by John Walters

The Rise Of Troye

How many people who literally worked with and for President Trump in the White House have to tell you what a scumbag he is before you begin to listen? With some folks, I doubt they’d listen if Trump himself said so (though, in not so many words, he does so every day).

The latest Trump Truther is Olivia Troye, who was vice president Mike Pence’s top aide on the coronavirus task force before resigning in late July. On Thursday Troye released a video statement in which…well, let her tell you herself:

Excerpts: “The truth is that he doesn’t actually care about anyone else but himself (things we already knew).”…

…and “Maybe this Covid thing is a good thing. I don’t like shaking hands with people. I don’t have to shake hands with these disgusting people.” I mean, I pretty much agree with Trump here, but then again, these people are not my base.

Remember when Hillary uttered “Deplorable” and they all used it as their badge of honor? Maybe they should upgrade to calling themselves “DDs,” or “Disgusting Deplorables.”

It’s one thing to hear Don Lemon and Rachel Maddow and Joe and Mika rant and rave about how unbelievably unfit Trump is to hold office/be married/touch his toes. But when you get a chorus of ex-staffers, many of whom were not shown the door but instead left of their own accord (or were arrested), well, is everyone else lying? Or is Donald?

I think we all know the answer to that one.

Alrighty Then!

Saturday Night Live has wrangled one of our faves, Jim Carrey, to play Joe Biden this season. If you’re scoring at home that’s Jason Sudekis, Woody Harrelson and even once John Mulaney who have played Biden. We loved Sudekis’ Biden the best but can’t wait to see what Carrey does with it. Carrey’s probably the most talented SNL-type performer who was not a cast member (he or Robin Williams). In his twenties Carrey was on In Living Color, which was Fox’s Sunday night version of SNL. The talent jumped off the screen back then.

Lowering The Barr (Yet Again)

You’d thought Attorney General William Barr had already hit bottom, but then he says what he did Wednesday and fracks down even lower. Speaking at Hillsdale College in Michigan, Barr said, “Putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders is like house arrest. Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, it’s the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history.”

Wow. Most people who make Holocaust, Hitler or slavery comparisons with anything they are currently enduring, in public, put their jobs in peril. And perhaps, unless they’re comedians, they should (be in peril). But here’s the nation’s top law enforcement official comparing 100s of years of slavery to a few months of please-wear-a-mask-and-oh-yeah-LA-Fitness-is-closed-for-the-time-being.

If this is the American Apocalyptic Olympics, Trump has already wrapped up the gold, of course. But William Barr and Mike Pompeo are running neck-and-neck for the silver. Fat, rich, angry, powerful, late-middle-aged white men, all three. How did this country not only produce such figures, but worse, give them access to power? Shame on you who voted for Trump.

Bronx Bomb Shelter

(Bashing but not bashful: Voit hit his baseball-best 20th home run last night)

The New York Yankees have had some pretty decent home-run hitters over the years. Mickey Mantle. Roger Maris. Alex Rodriguez. Aaron Judge. Messrs. Gehrig and Ruth.

But in the past three nights these Pinstripers did two somethings that no Major League franchise had ever done while also separately setting a new franchise mark. In a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees set an MLB record for most home runs in a series of any length with 19. They also became the first team to hit six home runs in three consecutive games.

On Thursday evening the Yanks set a new team mark with five home runs in one inning. Luke Voit was among the five to hit a home run in that inning, bashing his 20th of the season in the Yanks’ 50th game. Only two other players in Yankee history have hit 20 home runs in the first 50 games of a season. Their names? Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle.

A little over one week ago the Yanks had fallen to 21-21 and were actually in danger of not being one of the eight A.L. teams that will make the playoffs. They’ve since won eight straight, all without Aaron Judge, to move to 29-21.

Was It Really Necessary To Mention Amber’s Age?

The headline screamed at readers from CNN’s home page: “Oldest animal sperm discovered in 100-million-year-old amber.” It’s bad enough that they had to name the poor woman, but then to include how old she is? Poor form.

4 thoughts on “IT’S ALL HAPPENING!

  1. Another TOUR update but this one has nothing to do with the racing itself. So, it seems the Director (basically the ‘Head Coach’) of Jumbo-Visma, the team of Yellow-Jersey wearing Roglic & the strongest, most dominant team (by FAR) in this year’s race was THROWN OUT OF THE TOUR Wednesday after the stage. He apparently was “rude, disrespectful, insulting, threatening” to a UCI official (the org that oversees cycling) as Roglic’s bike was being taken apart to “check for electronic devices”. This is a thing they’ve been doing at pro races for almost an decade now – searching (including x-raying) for tiny electric motors. When “the hunt” 1st began back in 2011, I scoffed in disbelief but apparently, these things do exist & some female pro cyclist was caught a few years ago at a race (although she “denied all knowledge”, yeah, ok….). In his defense, Director Zeeman says Roglic’s (just a reminder – the CURRENT LEADER OF THE TOUR) bike was damaged during this intrusive exam & Zeeman basically lost his shit (my phrasing). He apologized to the official & the race but at this point, he’s still outta the race; the “head coach” of the team about to win the Tour. Hmmmmmmmm. I’ve NEVER heard of such a thing at the Tour, at least not to the Director of the YJ team a mere 4 days from Paris! As they would say in cycling, um, circles – “POLEMICA!”

    Can you imagine the Head Coach of an NFL team THROWN OUT the night before or during the Super Bowl? Or an NBA HC removed during the Finals or before Game 7 of the Finals? Short of assault (& have not read that Zeeman did so) , the UCI used the guillotine (it is France after all) when a hefty fine, a warning & post-race suspension would have sufficed.

    Pro-cycling at the elite level is, er, unique. Fans don’t just love OR hate it, they usually both love AND hate it. You click on the TV to watch the Tour de France, expecting to see superb & thrilling athletic achievement in the hardest endurance sporting event but also are treated daily to the GORGEOUS French countryside & mountain vistas, & as your desert, some “POLEMICA!”. Viva la Tour! 🙂

      • In my defense, at home I’m on a TINY loaner laptop. I have to wear special “reading glasses” just to see the screen, let alone the font size. It’s a MIRACLE that I haven’t mistyped every other word these past 7 months! Plus, the keyboard is tiny too.

        As for my ever elusive 100-bagger, I’ll get there eventually but even I knew we were FROTHY for these past several weeks, especially in tech (into which AMZN gets lumped). My only regret (well, recently) is NOT selling that next 6% in my 401-K on the day I planned (9/2). I sat here that afternoon, debating whether to enter the order. ANNNND I decided to wait 1-3 days. Now THAT ticks me off. At myself!

        Meanwhile, one of my “dog stocks” has skyrocketed since 9/9 & I can’t find out why. Not one site has written anything recently about TCS & it has leaped from around $3.70 on 9/9 to $6.69 earlier today. I’m guessing it’s about to be bought out & insiders are buying. This has been one of my worst picks (a Motley Fool suggestion) & I’ve owned (unfortunately) about 6 years. Why do I still own? Because I keep HOPING I’ll “at least get back to even”. The investors/bettors’ lament. 🙂

    • Also, Susie B., you do have my empathy. You were a fingernail’s distance away from the legendary 100-bagger (!) and now you’re back to, what, 85-bagger status? Maybe less? In the words of our vaunted VP, “Stay the course.”

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