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MLB ’19: Longtime baseball voices going, going, almost gone replies
Posted by Ken M. 3/19/2019 7:19:12 PM Post Reply
Steve Blass spent his boyhood afternoons in Connecticut flinging a rubber ball against the side of a half-barn, fantasizing that he was pitching in the majors. Come evening, the 10-year-old would get his radio and tune into a game, delighted when Mel Allen’s voice crackled from the transistor. “When I thought ‘baseball,’ I thought about Mel Allen,” said Blass, now a Pittsburgh Pirates announcer. “When I thought ‘Mel Allen,’ I thought about baseball.” More than in any other sport, baseball broadcasters become an inseparable part of the game they describe.
Bull Durham at Justice replies
Posted by Ken M. 5/16/2019 8:44:06 PM Post Reply
Better late than never: Attorney General William Barr has tasked U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation. If the Justice Department had done this two years ago, the country would be in a much better place. Mr. Barr has made clear that he intends to restore his department’s credibility. The Durham appointment is a perfect example of that effort. This is how Justice ought to operate, from the nature of the probe to the choice of prosecutor. It’s a striking contrast to the hash that became of the Mueller investigation. Mr. Barr gets credit for
The College Board:
Dumbing Down America
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Posted by Ken M. 5/19/2019 7:46:10 PM Post Reply
There are now 23 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination with New York’s mayor jumping in. The unveiling of the spies and tactics behind the fake collusion tale continues apace. It looks as though Mueller will testify before Congress on the 12th of Never and the impeachment train will never leave the station. Inspector General Horowitz’s reports on Comey and another on charges of illegal conduct in the DoJ and FBI are due soon, though, as usual, seem to be a long time aborning. General Flynn’s sentencing hearing should come soon.
House Intelligence Panel, Justice
Department Reach Deal for Mueller
Documents
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Posted by Ken M. 5/22/2019 10:45:47 AM Post Reply
WASHINGTON—House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) said the Justice Department had agreed to turn over 12 categories of counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials connected to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Mr. Schiff said Wednesday that the Justice Department had agreed to turn over the documents on a rolling basis, to be completed by the end of next week. He also postponed a committee meeting, but said the panel remained ready to enforce its subpoena for the full report and underlying documents. Mr. Schiff had set Wednesday as a deadline for the Justice Department to cooperate.
Pelosi’s Impeachment Dilemma replies
Posted by Ken M. 5/23/2019 7:54:18 PM Post Reply
he progressives in her party are lining up to demand an impeachment spectacle. They hail from uber-liberal districts, their constituents want Trump’s scalp, and they fear inaction will earn them a primary challenge. Even Mrs. Pelosi’s wingmen—those who’ve had her fake-impeachment back—are starting to break. The Washington Post reports that Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is arguing for a formal impeachment inquiry, as are “five members of Pelosi’s leadership team.”
Pelosi’s Impeachment Dilemma replies
Posted by Ken M. 5/23/2019 7:54:33 PM Post Reply
he progressives in her party are lining up to demand an impeachment spectacle. They hail from uber-liberal districts, their constituents want Trump’s scalp, and they fear inaction will earn them a primary challenge. Even Mrs. Pelosi’s wingmen—those who’ve had her fake-impeachment back—are starting to break. The Washington Post reports that Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is arguing for a formal impeachment inquiry, as are “five members of Pelosi’s leadership team.”
Pelosi’s Impeachment Dilemma replies
Posted by Ken M. 5/23/2019 7:54:34 PM Post Reply
he progressives in her party are lining up to demand an impeachment spectacle. They hail from uber-liberal districts, their constituents want Trump’s scalp, and they fear inaction will earn them a primary challenge. Even Mrs. Pelosi’s wingmen—those who’ve had her fake-impeachment back—are starting to break. The Washington Post reports that Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is arguing for a formal impeachment inquiry, as are “five members of Pelosi’s leadership team.”
Pelosi’s Impeachment Dilemma replies
Posted by Ken M. 5/23/2019 7:54:37 PM Post Reply
he progressives in her party are lining up to demand an impeachment spectacle. They hail from uber-liberal districts, their constituents want Trump’s scalp, and they fear inaction will earn them a primary challenge. Even Mrs. Pelosi’s wingmen—those who’ve had her fake-impeachment back—are starting to break. The Washington Post reports that Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is arguing for a formal impeachment inquiry, as are “five members of Pelosi’s leadership team.”
Pelosi’s Impeachment Dilemma replies
Posted by Ken M. 5/24/2019 7:55:56 AM Post Reply
The progressives in her party are lining up to demand an impeachment spectacle. They hail from uber-liberal districts, their constituents want Trump’s scalp, and they fear inaction will earn them a primary challenge. Even Mrs. Pelosi’s wingmen—those who’ve had her fake-impeachment back—are starting to break. The Washington Post reports that Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is arguing for a formal impeachment inquiry, as are “five members of Pelosi’s leadership team.”
Discipline or treatment? Schools
rethinking vaping response
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Posted by Ken M. 5/26/2019 5:58:00 PM Post Reply
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A glimpse of student athletes in peak physical condition vaping just moments after competing in a football game led Stamford High School Principal Raymond Manka to reconsider his approach to the epidemic. His school traditionally has emphasized discipline for those caught with e-cigarettes. Punishments become increasingly severe with each offense, from in-school suspensions to out-of-school suspensions and, eventually, notification of law enforcement.
Stacey Abrams Won’t Go Away replies
Posted by Ken M. 5/30/2019 3:38:23 PM Post Reply
Since losing the 2018 Georgia governor’s race, Stacey Abrams has given self-pity a bad name. “I did win,” Ms. Abrams still insists, making fantastic claims of a stolen election. She says Republican Gov. Brian Kemp holds the office only because “it was not a free and fair election.” Never mind his 54,723-vote margin of victory; she’s hoping that repeating a falsehood will make it true and pave her way to the governorship in 2022, if not the presidency in 2020.
Scholastic Meritocracy replies
Posted by Ken M. 5/31/2019 11:21:03 AM Post Reply
With all of the high-profile reports of corruption within the college admissions process surfacing, it is apparent that there is not always scholastic meritocracy. Asian Americans are being routinely discriminated against, throttled in their admissions, despite their statistically higher performance in both coursework and pre-college entrance exams. Similarly, wealthy Americans are being persecuted and penalized, under the guise of equality, for their attempts to circumvent the admissions process.
A Democrat Deflates a Trump ‘Scandal’ replies
Posted by Ken M. 6/6/2019 8:33:57 PM Post Reply
In 2014, Interior delayed the renewals, calling for more “study.” In early 2016, the department’s solicitor issued a howler of a legal opinion, granting the government new authority to deny Twin Metals automatic lease renewals. It was an Obama extralegal classic: The opinion ignored precedent, existing rights and regular procedure. In a midnight kiss to green activists, the department officially blocked the leases on Dec. 15, 2016.
Contempt’ and the Court replies
Posted by Ken M. 6/13/2019 7:38:28 PM Post Reply
But that’s hard to square. The Justice Department has flooded the committee with information, turning over 17,000 pages of documents, and making officials available for hours of interviews. More telling, the process isn’t over. The department is readying thousands of pages more, and the committee has already scheduled additional interviews. Contempt is usually a way of breaking an impasse; there’s no need for it when an agency is cooperating. So why the rush? Mr. Cummings’s vote is the left’s latest, desperate effort to get the Supreme Court to stand down from an imminent ruling over that same census question.
Contempt’ and the Court replies
Posted by Ken M. 6/13/2019 7:38:45 PM Post Reply
But that’s hard to square. The Justice Department has flooded the committee with information, turning over 17,000 pages of documents, and making officials available for hours of interviews. More telling, the process isn’t over. The department is readying thousands of pages more, and the committee has already scheduled additional interviews. Contempt is usually a way of breaking an impasse; there’s no need for it when an agency is cooperating. So why the rush? Mr. Cummings’s vote is the left’s latest, desperate effort to get the Supreme Court to stand down from an imminent ruling over that same census question.
Contempt’ and the Court replies
Posted by Ken M. 6/13/2019 7:38:47 PM Post Reply
But that’s hard to square. The Justice Department has flooded the committee with information, turning over 17,000 pages of documents, and making officials available for hours of interviews. More telling, the process isn’t over. The department is readying thousands of pages more, and the committee has already scheduled additional interviews. Contempt is usually a way of breaking an impasse; there’s no need for it when an agency is cooperating. So why the rush? Mr. Cummings’s vote is the left’s latest, desperate effort to get the Supreme Court to stand down from an imminent ruling over that same census question.
Contempt’ and the Court replies
Posted by Ken M. 6/13/2019 7:38:49 PM Post Reply
But that’s hard to square. The Justice Department has flooded the committee with information, turning over 17,000 pages of documents, and making officials available for hours of interviews. More telling, the process isn’t over. The department is readying thousands of pages more, and the committee has already scheduled additional interviews. Contempt is usually a way of breaking an impasse; there’s no need for it when an agency is cooperating. So why the rush? Mr. Cummings’s vote is the left’s latest, desperate effort to get the Supreme Court to stand down from an imminent ruling over that same census question.
Accusing the New York Times of
‘Treason,’ Trump Crosses a Line
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Posted by Ken M. 6/19/2019 8:09:23 PM Post Reply
Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death. On Saturday, Mr. Trump said the Times had committed “a virtual act of treason.” The charge, levied on Twitter , was in response to an article about American cyber incursions into the Russian electrical grid that his own aides had assured our reporters raised no national-security concerns. Few paid much attention. Many news organizations, including the Times, determined the accusation wasn’t even worth reporting, a sign of how inured we’ve grown to such rhetorical recklessness.
Make America Even Greater replies
Posted by Ken M. 6/20/2019 7:08:09 PM Post Reply
Those themes were a mix of traditional Republican positions (tax reform, deregulation, conservative judges, military strength) and a populist agenda (draining the swamp, trade, immigration). Mr. Trump spent much of Tuesday night highlighting the promises kept and the resulting prosperity, while vowing to complete those items that have had a rougher ride—the border, that China deal, health care. He threw in a few new proposals at the end, like eradicating AIDS in America and a mission to Mars. But broadly the president’s message was this: Give me four more years to protect and finish the plan.
Grim Lizzie replies
Posted by Ken M. 6/27/2019 10:14:38 PM Post Reply
The grimmest candidate of all may be Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who dominated Wednesday’s debate stage. Ms. Warren is running on her own unique brand of anticorporate populism, one that attacks “a small group that holds far too much power.” Every problem she sees in America—climate change, guns, student-loan debt, health-care prices, legislative gridlock—is a product of “systemic” corruption. Only “a thinner and thinner slice at the top” is succeeding, Ms. Warren insisted. Everyone else is failing.
Pelosi’s Prima Donnas replies
Posted by Ken M. 7/11/2019 7:36:05 PM Post Reply
Her comments were viewed as a direct warning to “The Squad,” a quartet of high-maintenance female freshmen: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. Mrs. Pelosi was responding, among other things, to offensive tweets, including from Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti. Last month he accused moderate Democrats who backed a compromise border-spending bill of “being hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s.” Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan, meanwhile, referred to Democrats who voted for the bill as the “Child Abuse Caucus.”
Pelosi’s Prima Donnas replies
Posted by Ken M. 7/11/2019 7:36:11 PM Post Reply
Her comments were viewed as a direct warning to “The Squad,” a quartet of high-maintenance female freshmen: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. Mrs. Pelosi was responding, among other things, to offensive tweets, including from Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti. Last month he accused moderate Democrats who backed a compromise border-spending bill of “being hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s.” Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan, meanwhile, referred to Democrats who voted for the bill as the “Child Abuse Caucus.”
Pelosi’s Prima Donnas replies
Posted by Ken M. 7/11/2019 7:36:13 PM Post Reply
Her comments were viewed as a direct warning to “The Squad,” a quartet of high-maintenance female freshmen: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. Mrs. Pelosi was responding, among other things, to offensive tweets, including from Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti. Last month he accused moderate Democrats who backed a compromise border-spending bill of “being hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s.” Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan, meanwhile, referred to Democrats who voted for the bill as the “Child Abuse Caucus.”
Pelosi’s Prima Donnas replies
Posted by Ken M. 7/11/2019 7:36:14 PM Post Reply
Her comments were viewed as a direct warning to “The Squad,” a quartet of high-maintenance female freshmen: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. Mrs. Pelosi was responding, among other things, to offensive tweets, including from Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti. Last month he accused moderate Democrats who backed a compromise border-spending bill of “being hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s.” Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan, meanwhile, referred to Democrats who voted for the bill as the “Child Abuse Caucus.”
Procter & Gamble shares jump on
earnings beat, optimistic 2020
outlook despite Gillette write-down
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Posted by Ken M. 7/31/2019 12:21:18 PM Post Reply
Procter & Gamble swung to a net loss in its fiscal fourth quarter after the company reported an $8 billion write down of its Gillette brand. But P&G shares rallied Tuesday, as earnings topped expectations after stripping out the impact of the charge, and the company offered up an optimistic forecast for fiscal 2020. P&G shares, which have climbed nearly 44% over the past year, hit an all-time high and were trading up 4%. Here’s what the company reported compared with what Wall Street was expecting, based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv: Earnings per share: $1.10, adjusted, vs. $1.05 expected Revenue: $17.09 billion vs. $16.86 billion expected
Poll of Native Americans’ view of
Redskins name finds “proud” most common
answer
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Posted by Ken M. 8/11/2019 7:41:09 PM Post Reply
A new survey has found that Native Americans are more likely to be proud than offended by the name of the Washington Redskins. The survey, as reported by the Washington Post, asked 500 people who identify as Native American to pick from a list of words which one best described their feelings about the Redskins name. The word most picked was “proud.” Following “proud” came “indifferent,” “annoyed,” “content,” “satisfied” and “disappointed.”
Jack Whitaker, legendary CBS Sports
announcer, has died at 95
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Posted by Ken M. 8/18/2019 7:21:31 PM Post Reply
Jack Whitaker, legendary sportscaster and World War II veteran, died Sunday morning in his sleep in Devon, Pennsylvania, of natural causes. He was 95 years old. Whitaker was a CBS Sports announcer for 22 years, starting in the late 1950s. He covered everything from football and horse racing to golf. Whitaker called Super Bowl I for CBS Sports as well as the 1973 Triple Crown Race with Secretariat emerging victorious. After his time at CBS Sports, Whitaker worked at ABC Sports. Whitaker was born and raised in the Philadelphia
Judicial Watch Victory: Court Grants
Significant New Discovery
in Clinton Email Case
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Posted by Ken M. 8/31/2019 9:02:23 PM Post Reply
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that a federal judge granted seven additional depositions, three interrogatories and four document requests related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private, unauthorized email server. Hillary Clinton and her former top aide and current lawyer Cheryl Mills were given 30 days to oppose being deposed by Judicial Watch (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:14-cv-01242)). The court rejected Justice and State Department arguments to protect Clinton and the agencies from additional discovery and ordered agency lawyers to respond to Judicial Watch’s questions about their knowledge of the Clinton email issue.
The blatant blackballing of
Colin Kaepernick continues
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Posted by Ken M. 10/10/2019 5:20:59 PM Post Reply
On Sunday night, an undrafted rookie from an FCS school may be playing quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Colin Kaepernick may be watching the game on TV. And, yes, something continues to be very wrong with that picture. The NFL continues to blackball Kaepernick, consistently and continuously ignoring his ongoing desire to return to the NFL.
Fritz Pollard Alliance supports
Colin Kaepernick workout
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Posted by Ken M. 11/13/2019 1:14:22 PM Post Reply
The NFL has scheduled a Saturday workout for free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, with all 32 teams invited to attend. The Fritz Pollard Alliance has issued a short statement supporting the upcoming session. “On September 18, 2016, the Fritz Pollard Alliance issued a statement in support of Colin Kaepernick’s and other athletes’ right to freedom of expression,” said the statement, which is attributed to no specific person with the Fritz Pollard Alliance. “We were among the first organizations to do so. When Kaepernick became a free agent, we encouraged clubs to give him a chance to compete for a position.
'Bill Hemmer Reports' launches
with 1.8 million viewers,
topping MSNBC, CNN
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Posted by Ken M. 1/21/2020 5:43:56 PM Post Reply
Fox News’ “Bill Hemmer Reports” averaged 1.8 million viewers for its premiere episode Monday, trouncing the cable-news competition. MSNBC averaged one million viewers while CNN averaged only 867,000 during the same 3 p.m. ET time period. “I am very happy to start this next chapter with you at home. We won’t solve the world’s issues in an hour, but over time we will understand them better. I call it the whole picture,” Hemmer told viewers. “We’ll be fast and we’ll try to be first, but we will focus on being fair.
People begin gathering
for Trump rally in
Las Vegas
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Posted by Ken M. 2/20/2020 8:25:25 PM Post Reply
About 15 people were gathered outside the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North Hall at noon Thursday, 24 hours before President Donald Trump is set to speak at a rally. The group said they wanted to get out to show support for Trump, to get to the front of the Keep America Great rally and to enjoy the community-centered tailgating aspect of camping out. Lynn Caplan, a Las Vegas resident, said she loves Trump because he’s “a true patriot.” She said she hopes to see him re-elected, chanting “Four more years!”
Pols Face a Coronavirus Test replies
Posted by Ken M. 4/2/2020 8:25:25 PM Post Reply
Crises have a way of separating the leaderlike wheat from the opportunistic chaff. Coronavirus is the crisis of our time, and the political winnowing is something to behold. Example: The Trump administration spent this week distributing ventilators, standing up small-business loans, dispatching hospital ships, erecting alternate care facilities, explaining virus modeling, revamping regulations to keep truckers on the road, and plastering the airwaves with information about hygiene and social distancing. Speaker Nancy Pelosi spent this week setting up a new House committee to investigate Donald Trump.