by John Walters

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Starting Five

Taylor-Made For Impeachment

I’m just a Bill,

Yes, I’m only a Bill,

Testifying up on Capitol Hill,

But I’m a 50-year public servant

And I kept meticulous notes

And when the Senate reads my statement

Then we’ll get the impeachment votes

And they’ll put it in a public box,

Yes, I hope and pray that they will,

But today I am still just a Bill…

Forget the nine-plus hours of answering questions from the impeachment inquiry. Ukraine ambassador Bill Taylor, a Vietnam veteran (apparently it was not inconvenient for him to serve) who has a half-century in public service, laid down a 15-page opening statement that nails Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, Mike Pence and Bill Sondland dead to rights.

It’s all over but the shouting now. Seriously.

Nats Ding Cole*

*Don’t credit us for that headline; credit The Houston Chronicle, which is running it this morning.

The Nationals, who’ve now won like, what, seven consecutive games or something, were unintimidated by Astro starter Gerrit Cole, who had won 16 consecutive starts and had last lost a game on May 22nd.

Speaking of May 22nd, on that day the Nats were 19-30 and would lose again the following day before mounting the long uphill charge that would lead them to a 5-4 Game 1 win in Houston.

Notes: 1. Ryan Zimmerman connected on a two-out solo home runs for the Nats in the second. It was the first home run in World Series history by a Nationals player and it was hit by the first player the Nats selected in the draft, 15 years ago (give the dude who made that call a raise). Also, it was the first home run in World Series history struck by a player whose surname begins with a Z. 2) Juan Soto, who turns 21 on Friday, had a home run, double and single after striking out in his first at-bat. “I’m not gonna lie, my legs were shaking my first time up,” Soto told Ken Rosenthal afterward 3) Late in the game Fox’s Joe Buck noted that the Astros pitching staff is comprised entirely of righties and then informed the audience that the last time a World Series staff had not a single southpaw was 1903. What Buck did not add, yet should have, is that 1903 was also the very first World Series.

The 1903 World Series, by the way, featured pitcher Cy Young of the victorious Boston Americans and outfielder Honus Wagner for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Americans won 5 games to 3. Also of note is that Pittsburgh’s Exposition Park used a rope to hold back outfield spectators and it was ruled that if a ball rolled under the rope and into the crowd it would be a ground-rule triple. There were 17 ground-rule triples hit in the four games at Exposition Park.

Miami Heat

Four flight attendants for American Airlines were arrested at Miami International Airport yesterday primarily because one of them is a terrible crook. When a customs agent asked Carlos Aberto Munoz-Moyano how much cash he had on him, he initially replied, “$100,” then got nervous and told the truth: $9,000.

Customs agents quickly rounded up other flight attendants on the same flight from Chile and found more than $22,000 of spending money on them. If you’ve spent any time around flight attendants, you know this isn’t casual walking-around-money for them. So they’re most likely drug mules, no? Carrying not the supply but the payment?

The next time you fly American international, ask your flight attendant if he or she has change for $10,000.

The Battle Of L.A. Begins

kWh put up a game-high 30 in a game that had a classic ’70s NBA feel and look

On the NBA’s opening night, the Clippers outlasted the Lakers 112-102. Never mind that two of the top five players on the squads—the Clippers’ Paul George and the Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma—were injured and unavailable. And even with that LeBron James, age 36, may have been the third-best player on the court after teammate Anthony Davis and Clipper Kawhi Leonard.

Also, new Laker acquisition Danny Green had 28 points. Keep an eye on the seasoned pro who, as you may recall, was Kawhi’s teammate in Toronto last season.

Horror In The U.K.

A trailer was found in Grays, England (about 25 or so miles east of London along the Thames) with 39 dead bodies in it. The truck is from Bulgaria and it entered the U.K. through Wales on October 19th. The driver is a 25 year-old from Northern Ireland. Seems what we have here is human smuggling gone awry.

Between this, Bill Taylor and the American Airlines item, it’s incredible what takes place every day that most people will never find out about. Only occasionally when something goes wrong or someone says something they’re not supposed to does the skulduggery get exposed. Conclusion: I’m living an extremely boring life.

2 thoughts on “IT’S ALL HAPPENING!

  1. Ahem, LeBron is 34 & will turn 35 in December. I may again not be watching him play as a dreaded Laker & I may still be nursing a broken heart, but he’s still my, sniff, sniff, Sweat Pea. I clicked over to Sports Center late last night to see the outcome of the WS & the score of Lakers-Clippers. YEAH for the 1st & based on the as-yet-not-analytically-confirmed ‘susie b LBJ theorem’, when I saw the latter score, I bet the TV that LBJ scored under 25. Yep. So, my “theorem” states whenever LBJ scores UNDER 25, his team loses unless playing a truly terrible team. 🙂 I do not actually know if this is “factually correct” but I came up with this 3-5 years ago during the Cavs’ playoff games & again while groaning thru Sweat Pea’s final season with them. However, since last night was just Game 1 of the season & LBJ desperately wants his TEAM to “get going”, I would have bet he’d be passing (perhaps a bit too much) & “getting others involved” more than looking to score himself. LBJ scored 18. Was I right or was I RIGHT? Still, that PG did not even play for the Clippers last night & the Lakers still lost by 10?

    I REALLY wanted to watch the World Series last night but since I didn’t watch any of the other post-season Nats games, if they lost this game, I’D be to blame! I know, I know, pretty pathetic but do you remember I wore the EXACT SAME OUTFIT thru most of LeBron’s Finals games? AND would NOT MOVE from a certain spot on the sofa during “momentum runs”? Fandom & superstition combined produces a crazy person! 🙂

    Donald Trump is a sociopath & has been UNFIT for his current “job” since day one. The violations of Constitutional LAW are never ending & the extent of CORRUPTION in that “administration” will eventually be revealed to be so vast, it will shake whatever is left of this country. However, the ONLY question now is whether there are more than just a handful (if that) of Republican Senators who will actually impeach the “human garbage” & go about what has needed to be done since that fraudulent election – HAVE HIM REMOVED. I have NO FAITH that those SOBs will do it. None. UNLESS they fear for their own position. So, it comes down to their constituents. What faith have YOU in the “voters” of , let’s say, KY & SC? 🙁

  2. While he occasionally played other positions early in his career, Honus Wagner was primarily a shortstop, and played shortstop in every game of the 1903 World Series.

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