Oct 18 2018

2018 Junior League Championship Game 5: Red Sox @ Astros

I’ll not kid you, the Red Sox could end it right here and that would be fine with me since I could worship at the altar of The Great God Citgo in the Series (this is a Series, League Championship, there is only one Series). Up 3 games to 1, who could possibly screw that up?

Bill Buckner, 1986.

It’s hard to fault the man, it was the 10th Inning and both his ankles were shot- no bowlegged jokes from me.

So the winning run is at second base, with two out, three and two to Mookie Wilson. [A] little roller up along first… behind the bag! It gets through Buckner! Here comes Knight, and the Mets win it!Vin Scully

One strike away.

I watched this live at my abusive brother-in-law’s house. Abusive? He beat my sister, threw her down a flight of stairs (at least once), and constantly denigrated her in public and screamed and berated her in private. He threatened to kill me with a knife (he said it was just a joke, didn’t feel like that to me). The only excuse the niece and nephew offer for visiting him (which they do dutifully) is that he’s now a sad, lonely old drunk with severe health problems and is basically bankrupt. Heck a few Ek’smases ago his girlfriend tried to strangle him with a string of lights.

Seriously. They took her away in cuffs. Ah, Stars Hollow, nothing ever happens here.

Once my sister divorced him I cut all ties (not that I was very close anyway) and now we see each other at funerals where we both pretend nothing is wrong with this picture. My sister thinks I’m a fool but I refuse to surrender my dignity just to avoid him.

But back to the basement Pool room, he was a huuuge Sox fan and understandably irked by this development. There was gnashing of teeth and rending of garments (he tore the bill off his $40 same as the Players wear Cap), he was armed with a Pool Cue and between me and the door. I was not happy, ok I was but I tried not to show it and fortunately the result was that he forgot I’d just run the table on him in short order as payback for the numerous times he pocketed all but the Eight which he bounced around to taunt me. I’m really good at Pool but my eyesight was really bad until I had that corrected with lens implants, remind me to tell you about that sometime.

But back to Baseball. Yes the Red Sox can lose but they will do so in Fenway, under the Green Monster, in 7. For the ‘Stros it is the only way.

The ‘Stros will pitch Ace Justin Verlander (R, 16 – 9, 2.52 ERA). He’s been strong for them, winning both his starts, one in the Division Championship and one in the League Championship. He’s thrown 11.1 Inning this post-Season allowing 4 Runs on 4 Hits with 6 Walks, collecting an ERA of 3.18. He pitches Heat almost exclusively with mostly Sliders for variety. He can also throw a Curve.

The Sox will respond with Ace David Price (L, 16 – 7, 3.58 ERA). Sure he seems as good on paper as Verlander but it’s a CC Sabathia kind of record. In the Division Championships he lost his start after only 1.2 Innings and followed with futility in the League Championship where he lasted but 4.2. All together he’s allowed 7 Runs off 8 Hits with 3 Home Runs and 6 Walks for an ERA of 9.95.

Not so good.

He throws Fastballs and Cutters which he mixes with Changeups.

Sox better bring their bats tonight if they expect to win, which of course they don’t need to.

Oct 18 2018

Innocent All The Way

C’mon, don’t you think Sam Bee is innocent? I mean, sure she has 3 kids but they were virgin births. Jason Jones had nothing to do with it

Why doesn’t it work? It’s not supposed to.

What do poeple that don’t vote think? Who Cares!

Oct 18 2018

Curae leves loquuntur ingentes stupent

Slight griefs talk, great ones are speechless.

What the Arab world needs most is free expression
By Jamal Khashoggi, Washington Post
October 17, 2018

I was recently online looking at the 2018 “Freedom in the World” report published by Freedom House and came to a grave realization. There is only one country in the Arab world that has been classified as “free.” That nation is Tunisia. Jordan, Morocco and Kuwait come second, with a classification of “partly free.” The rest of the countries in the Arab world are classified as “not free.”

As a result, Arabs living in these countries are either uninformed or misinformed. They are unable to adequately address, much less publicly discuss, matters that affect the region and their day-to-day lives. A state-run narrative dominates the public psyche, and while many do not believe it, a large majority of the population falls victim to this false narrative. Sadly, this situation is unlikely to change.

As a result, Arabs living in these countries are either uninformed or misinformed. They are unable to adequately address, much less publicly discuss, matters that affect the region and their day-to-day lives. A state-run narrative dominates the public psyche, and while many do not believe it, a large majority of the population falls victim to this false narrative. Sadly, this situation is unlikely to change.

The Arab world was ripe with hope during the spring of 2011. Journalists, academics and the general population were brimming with expectations of a bright and free Arab society within their respective countries. They expected to be emancipated from the hegemony of their governments and the consistent interventions and censorship of information. These expectations were quickly shattered; these societies either fell back to the old status quo or faced even harsher conditions than before.

My dear friend, the prominent Saudi writer Saleh al-Shehi, wrote one of the most famous columns ever published in the Saudi press. He unfortunately is now serving an unwarranted five-year prison sentence for supposed comments contrary to the Saudi establishment. The Egyptian government’s seizure of the entire print run of a newspaper, al-Masry al Youm, did not enrage or provoke a reaction from colleagues. These actions no longer carry the consequence of a backlash from the international community. Instead, these actions may trigger condemnation quickly followed by silence.

As a result, Arab governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate. There was a time when journalists believed the Internet would liberate information from the censorship and control associated with print media. But these governments, whose very existence relies on the control of information, have aggressively blocked the Internet. They have also arrested local reporters and pressured advertisers to harm the revenue of specific publications.

There are a few oases that continue to embody the spirit of the Arab Spring. Qatar’s government continues to support international news coverage, in contrast to its neighbors’ efforts to uphold the control of information to support the “old Arab order.” Even in Tunisia and Kuwait, where the press is considered at least “partly free,” the media focuses on domestic issues but not issues faced by the greater Arab world. They are hesitant to provide a platform for journalists from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Yemen. Even Lebanon, the Arab world’s crown jewel when it comes to press freedom, has fallen victim to the polarization and influence of pro-Iran Hezbollah.

The Arab world is facing its own version of an Iron Curtain, imposed not by external actors but through domestic forces vying for power. During the Cold War, Radio Free Europe, which grew over the years into a critical institution, played an important role in fostering and sustaining the hope of freedom. Arabs need something similar. In 1967, the New York Times and The Post took joint ownership of the International Herald Tribune newspaper, which went on to become a platform for voices from around the world.

My publication, The Post, has taken the initiative to translate many of my pieces and publish them in Arabic. For that, I am grateful. Arabs need to read in their own language so they can understand and discuss the various aspects and complications of democracy in the United States and the West. If an Egyptian reads an article exposing the actual cost of a construction project in Washington, then he or she would be able to better understand the implications of similar projects in his or her community.

The Arab world needs a modern version of the old transnational media so citizens can be informed about global events. More important, we need to provide a platform for Arab voices. We suffer from poverty, mismanagement and poor education. Through the creation of an independent international forum, isolated from the influence of nationalist governments spreading hate through propaganda, ordinary people in the Arab world would be able to address the structural problems their societies face.

Turkish sources say, not to get too gruesome, that he screamed for 7 minutes as they dismembered him alive with no anesthetics before he passed out from the pain. Dr. Salah Muhammed Al-Tubaigy, the head of Forensic Evidence at the Saudi General Security Department and traveling Bone Saw, wore earbuds to drown out the sound and said to others attending, “I always use these, you should get some.”

How committed are you already?

Oct 18 2018

Cartnoon

More myths about voting.

Oct 18 2018

The Breakfast Club (Chuck Berry)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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AP’s Today in History for October 18th

 

Inventor Thomas Edison dies; Three scientists share Nobel prize for DNA work; Anthrax scare hits CBS in New York; Two U.S. athletes suspended for Mexico City Olympics protest; Rock star Chuck Berry born.

 

Breakfast Tune Bluegrass Tribute To Chuck Berry – Dwayne Elix

 

 

Something to think about, Breakfast News & Blogs below

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 17 2018

2018 Junior League Championship Game 4: Red Sox @ Astros

So after yesterday’s thumping victory we are destined to worship again at the altar of The Great God Citgo, and so I shall regale you with more tales of the Hub, as they like to think of themselves.

Before I studied there Richard invited me on a business trip he was taking to brainstorm some new product ideas with his engineers. At the time he was a Product Manager (business guys are so imaginative, that’s why they need assistance to brainstorm) and research showed that existing lines were reaching saturation. I was allowed to participate and while my idea for an electric nose picker didn’t generate much enthusiasm (hah, that’s an electricity joke and my idea was much better than that) I was honored. After we were done we went to a dinky little restaurant (like 8 tables) in Harvard Square, so small they didn’t even have a Liquor License and you had to buy your wine next door.

It was the best meal of my life.

At the time I was totally clueless but I’ve come to recognise it as Chicken Marsala and it’s easy to make.

You’ll want some Chicken Cutlets or Boneless Breasts, better yet Thighs, pounded thin enough to make them tender and cook evenly. I prefer a tempura-like batter but you can use the traditional Flour/Egg/Bread Crumb treatment (Panko is good for that). Fry them until the crust is crunchy and brown on both sides then park them while you finish.

In the same oil take some sliced Mushrooms (Baby Portabello is traditional but you can use any type) and cook them to your desired degree of brown (Mushrooms have a lot of water in them so you can’t expect crisp). Now, pour in enough Marsala Wine to deglaze the pan and make a sufficient amount of sauce (the sauce is delicious so you’ll want more than they recommend). Toss in some minced Garlic, it never hurts. Simmer until it has been reduced by at least half (the thicker and more syrupy it is the better).

Reheat your Chicken (you can do it in the sauce but it kind of reduces the crunch) and plate it, pouring the sauce on top. Voila. I garnish with sliced Scallions but you don’t have to.

Oh, Baseball.

The ‘Stros will be sending out Charlie Morton (R, 15 – 3, 3.13 ERA) who we haven’t seen so far this year. In 2017 he appeared in 5 games for the ‘Stros, pitching 23.1 Innings and notching 2 Wins and a Loss. He allowed 11 Runs on 20 Hits with 2 Home Runs and 6 Walks for an ERA of 4.24. He throws Fastballs and Curves with some Changeups and Cutters, but not many.

Red Sox will counter with Rick Porcello (R, 17 – 7, 4.28 ERA). Him we’ve seen, even in this Series where he pitched a spotless Inning of Relief. In the Division Championship he appeared twice, earning 1 victory. He allowed 1 Run on 5 Hits in 5.2 Innings for an ERA of 1.59. He also threw 4 Innings in 2 games on 2017 for the Red Sox allowing 2 Runs on 5 Hits with 3 walks for an ERA of 4.50. He throws Fastballs and Sliders with Curves and Changeups to mix things up.

Oct 17 2018

2018 Senior League Championship Game 5: Brewers @ Dodgers

The Dodgers took 13 Innings last night to claw their way back into a tie. It shouldn’t have been so hard and the Brewers are still going back to Miller Field. It is the final game at Chavez Ravine (we hope) and even if they leave 2 – 3 the Brewers will have the advantage.

Dodgers will start Clayton Kershaw (L, 9 – 5, 2.73 ERA). He lost the opener against the Brewers allowing 5 Runs on 6 Hits with 1 Home Run and 2 Walks in only 3 Innings for an in game ERA of a whopping 12.00. Some Ace, and now he’s on short rest. He throws Sliders and Fastballs with Curves for variety.

The Brew Crew will send out Wade Miley (L, 5 – 2, 2.57 ERA) again. He did an outstanding job allowing only 2 Hits in 5.2 Innings which was about 3 more than he was expected to last. He throws all kinds of junk starting with Cutters but including a fair portion of Fastballs, Curves, and Changeups.

Oct 17 2018

Mid Game

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

In Chess this is the most interesting part because you’ve run out of the cheats in your Big Book Of Openings (I favor English because it’s unusual, unexpected, and works on both sides of the board) and you’re left staring at…

Well, a mess. Your Rooks are Doubled (meaning there is a clear line of communication between them) and your Bishops fianchettoed (deployed on the longest diagonals for maximum power), your Queen liberated for defense, your King well protected and your Knights aggressively postured. Somehow you have to turn that into a Checkmate.

Normally you simplify, sacrificing your pieces to remove your opponent’s pieces that have high value or are strategically significant. With the board emptier of distraction you go for the kill.

According to Bloomberg News (which I shall shortly cite at length) Mueller is at that stage. They contend that this is the End Game while I feel like a kitten in a big box of yarn. I think the most likely development after the election is a pile of indictments directed at Trump’s Inner Circle including his family and perhaps several sealed ones for The Donald himself. It is another probability that he will issue a preliminary report to Rosenstein and that he in turn will dump it to Congress like a hot potato. This is an insurance policy, especially if we get the kind of “Blue Wave” result we are hoping for.

Does Trump fire Sessions? Yes, thanks for nothing you disposable peon. Does he fire Rosenstein? He doesn’t need to, the new AG will presumably be free of recusable conflicts of interest (aside being appointed by Trump of course) and can take over supervision of the Russian Treason Plot investigation where he can proceed to thwart Mueller in a thousand ways that are significant but never get a headline.

So do I think of November 6th as a deadline? Yes I do. Only it won’t quite be November 6th because friction.

The fact remains that Mueller, while he undoubtedly knows a lot more than you’re able to pick up in the Press, probably hasn’t explored the uttermost reaches of Trump corruption yet if only because the territory is so vast.

Still, expect heavy news cycles after November 7th.

Mueller Ready to Deliver Key Findings in His Trump Probe, Sources Say
By Chris Strohm, Greg Farrell, and Shannon Pettypiece, Bloomberg News
October 17, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russia probe soon after the November midterm elections as he faces intensifying pressure to produce more indictments or shut down his investigation, according to two U.S. officials.

Specifically, Mueller is close to rendering judgment on two of the most explosive aspects of his inquiry: whether there were clear incidents of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, and whether the president took any actions that constitute obstruction of justice, according to one of the officials, who asked not to be identified speaking about the investigation.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Mueller’s findings would be made public if he doesn’t secure unsealed indictments. The regulations governing Mueller’s probe stipulate that he can present his findings only to his boss, who is currently Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The regulations give a special counsel’s supervisor some discretion in deciding what is relayed to Congress and what is publicly released.

The question of timing is critical. Mueller’s work won’t be concluded ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections, when Democrats hope to take control of the House and end Trump’s one-party hold on Washington.

But this timeline also raises questions about the future of the probe itself. Trump has signaled he may replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions after the election, a move that could bring in a new boss for Mueller. Rosenstein also might resign or be fired by Trump after the election.

There’s no indication, though, that Mueller is ready to close up shop, even if he does make some findings, according to former federal prosecutors. Several matters could keep the probe going, such as another significant prosecution or new lines of inquiry. And because Mueller’s investigation has been proceeding quietly, out of the public eye, it’s possible there have been other major developments behind the scenes.

Mueller only recently submitted written questions to Trump’s lawyers regarding potential collusion with Russia, and his team hasn’t yet ruled out seeking an interview with the president, according to one of the U.S. officials. If Trump refused an interview request, Mueller could face the complicated question of whether to seek a grand jury subpoena of the president. The Justice Department has a standing policy that a sitting president can’t be indicted.

After several postponements, Mueller’s team has agreed to a sentencing date for Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, who pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements last year. The Dec. 18 date comes more than a year after Mueller secured a cooperation deal with Flynn, suggesting that Mueller’s team has all it needs from him.

Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, struck his own cooperation agreement with Mueller last month, after being convicted at trial in Virginia on eight counts of bank fraud, filing false tax returns and failure to file a foreign bank account. The plea agreement let him avoid a second trial in Washington. The judge in the Virginia trial, who wasn’t part of the plea agreement, has scheduled a sentencing hearing Friday, which could complicate Manafort’s cooperation agreement with Mueller.

Mueller’s prosecutors also have met with Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer. Cohen pleaded guilty in New York in August to tax evasion, bank fraud and violations of campaign finance laws. That separate investigation, headed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, is one of several New York probes involving the Trump Organization, and could ultimately prove to be more damaging to the president than Mueller’s work.

Former federal prosecutors said in recent interviews that Manafort’s plea deal probably advanced Mueller’s timeline for determining whether there was collusion.

Manafort could be assisting Mueller’s team on questions related to whether the Trump campaign changed the Republican party’s stance on Ukraine as part of an understanding with the Russian government, and whether the Russians helped coordinate the release of hacked emails related to Democrat Hillary Clinton with members of Trump’s campaign, said another former prosecutor who asked not to be named.

Manafort is also key to understanding a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr. and a group of Russians who had promised damaging information concerning Clinton, the former official said.

Manafort appears to have good material to offer, said Samuel Buell, a former federal prosecutor who teaches at Duke University School of Law. “He’s not going to get that deal unless he can help Mueller make a case against one or more people,” Buell said. Cooperators can’t expect leniency unless they provide “substantial assistance in the prosecution of others,” Buell added, citing sentencing guidelines.

Oct 17 2018

Beto

So early voting in Texas starts next Monday, October 22nd, and by most accounts Ted Cruz is sitting on an 8 or 9 point lead. On the other hand even after the dark money kicks in O’Rourke has about $10 Million more in the kitty (that he should not dish to other Democratic candidates who have a better chance at winning, his chances of winning are just fine you craven concern troll). Of course there will be a Media Blitz but it’s getting hard to find additional airtime (they run other ads for stuff like Catheters and Boner Pills too you know).

I think the money best invested in Get Out The Vote programs. The reason polls are frequently wrong is their selection of what constitutes a “likely” voter. I think there is a serious underestimation by almost every Polling Organization of exactly how motivated Democrats and Democratic leaning Independent are by the Republican Party’s radical and repressive agenda.

Besides, even Republicans hate Ted.

They recently had a debate that the former Captain of the Princeton Debate Panel did not win and I thought it might amuse you.

Oct 17 2018

Cartnoon

Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

My weakness is Mathematics. I can understand what the instantaneous rate of change is but I don’t have the Trig to express it much less a derivative like the rate of change in the rate of change which is why Traders and Economists sneer at me as a lowly Accountant.

In fact I am a Lion Tamer, surfing Continents of Poetry, Prose, and Philosophy with ease, surveying the vastness of Time and Space as well as the uncertainty of small things. I have practical skills like how to set a proper table and make a stained glass window (impossibly hard if you don’t design straight lines, curves are a pain in the ass). I can’t paint or draw but I’m a wiz at page layout and fair enough at photography.

And I write.

Thick books of code and propaganda and training materials, quite impressive in context. Now I write for myself. I had a political career that I have left behind. I am drenched in blood, no ‘Good Place’ for me, Butt Hole Spiders instead.

Most of what they talked about in the first two seasons I already knew though it made me revisit some favorite authors and try some new ones. This season is more conventional so far, if you’re looking for an education I suggest bingeing 1 & 2.

My character? Ted Danson only I don’t have a bald spot I conceal with a mini toup. Bet you thought it was Chidi.

No Exit? Watch me egress.

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