“When the tests showed Kathy’s brain was wooden, my worst fears were confirmed,” a spokesman for Mr. Doody said.
“He asks that his privacy and that of his family be respected in this difficult time.”
Articles chosen with care. Your comments welcomed.
Linked articles in bold purple
◆ The devastation–human and material–keeps growing from California wildfires
◆ Stand and Deliver: Goodell send letter telling NFL players he wants them to stand during anthem. (ESPN)
No specifics on how the league plans to ensure it or act toward players who do not stand.
Comment #1: ESPN broke into their political coverage to cover this sports story.
Comment #2 re Trump vs NFL kneelers: ZipDialog predicted
(a) the league would cave after seeing the fans’ and advertisers’ reactions,
(b) Trump was politically smart to make this an issue; most people respect the flag, and ALL his base does; and
(c) when Trump won on this issue, he wouldn’t be shy about saying so.
◆ Horny Harvey and Hollywood Hypocrisy
Comment: Now that he has been destroyed, the powerful people and institutions will finally speak.
I completely understand why the weak and vulnerable kept quiet; they are victims. But the powerful and well-entrenched who knew about this have no such excuses.
◆ The next phases of the Weinstein story, as I see it
Comment: Here are some obvious angles. The question is whether the media wants to investigate, given that they are directly implicated, along with their powerful friends:
◆ Henry Kissinger meets with Trump. What’s that about?
Comment: Kissinger has made one of the most sensible and serious proposals about working with China to resolve the North Korean crisis. He is also the most trusted intermediary to broker a deal between Beijing and Washington and to carry back-channel messages between the two. (Kissinger’s proposal was contained in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, subscription)
My guess: Trump listened to Kissinger, said “great, if Xi is willing to do it. But if he won’t or it doesn’t work, tell him the US will act unilaterally in a wide variety of ways that the Chinese won’t like.”
Hat Tip to
◆ Randy Helm for pointing out that the NYT deserves credit for breaking the story
We all know how deeply divided the country is.
Sometimes, though, a small, seemingly-insignificant item can reveal the depths in a new way.
That’s how I felt when I read this.
This is a paragraph in a New York Times news article (link here) about Megyn Kelly and the controversy surrounding her bumpy rollout at NBC, most recently involving the interview with conspiracy theorist and radio personality, Alex Jones.
But the comment was not about Megyn.
It was about a small, playful incident (utterly forgotten by me) involving Jimmy Fallon and Donald Trump.
“It’s Jimmy Fallon tousling Trump’s hair,” said Martin Kaplan, director of the Norman Lear Center for media and society at the University of Southern California, likening the Kelly-Jones tempest to the moment last fall that is widely considered to have caused lasting damage to Mr. Fallon, NBC’s “Tonight Show” host. –New York Times
Lasting damage? Good Lord.
Apparently, even playing with and humanizing Donald Trump is unacceptable to the other side.
You do not have to support Trump–or even like him–to find that a startling piece of news about America’s divide.
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◆ US anti-missile success over Pacific is a huge technological achievement.
The tasks now: keep improving the technology, keep testing, and start producing them for deployment
These anti-missile systems are not designed to deal with a massive attack, such as one China or Russia could launch.
They are meant to deal with rogue nations or, conceivably, an accidental launch.
Snarky Comment about those who fought hard to stop these systems: I don’t agree with those who say that the West Coast and Hawaii should not be protected since their Senators and Congressman–and their voters–have opposed missile defense every step of the way for 35 years. True, if they had succeeded, their cities would be the first ones at risk. But leaving them defenseless, as they actually wished to be, would be very ungenerous.
Still, it will be interesting to see if their Senators and House members will vote for these systems even now. After all, they might end up voting for a defense bill.
And while the folks on Nob Hill and Pacific Palisades look down their noses at the rest of America, they might want to pause and remember who worked so hard to save their sorry butts from their ill-considered judgments.
◆ Illinois, which models its finances on Greece and Puerto Rico, enters the last day of the legislative session without a budget. This is getting to be a habit. (Chicago Tribune story here.)
Comment: You can guess the story. Who controls the legislature? Mike Madigan and the Democrats. Who is the governor? A republican. Who wants few cuts, big tax increases, and no reforms to a system that has been running on fumes for years? Oh, go ahead, guess.
Odd, isn’t it, how the low-tax states now have public services as least as good as the high-tax states? What that means is that you don’t get more potholes fixed if you pay higher taxes. You just get the same number fixed but pay higher wages and benefits to public-sector unions and to a paving contractor who knows a guy.
Meanwhile, Illinois’ neighboring states of Wisconsin and Indiana have put their financial houses in order. Indiana is especially well run and has been for years.
◆ “Kathy Griffin apologizes for severed Donald Trump head photo after backlash“ (Washington Post)
Would she have apologized if Hollywood applauded (as they may well have done, privately)?
In fact, everybody condemns it, as they should. It is disgusting. And it shows how low our public mudslinging has gotten.
Even CNN is “rethinking” Ms. Griffin’s participation in their cash-cow show on New Year’s Eve.
Comment: But I was more struck by how CNN presented the episode on its main web page. It illustrates what corporate fecklessness truly is.
Here is the ONLY thing CNN has to say about Kathy Griffin there (early morning 5/31/17). She’s just “political.” Gosh. And we learn that she begs forgiveness (from whom, I wonder?).
A reputable news organization would have headlined the vile act, not the apology, and they would not have worked so hard to protect their asset by spinning it as “political.” But then again, they are CNN.
Kudos to Anderson Cooper, who did the right thing. Griffin’s co-host on New Year’s Eve publicly tweeted that he found it disgusting and unacceptable. Exactly right.
Btw, ask yourself what would have happened if she had done this with the head of Pres. Obama. I can tell you. She would never work another day in her life. And she would never attend another dinner party or reception. For Trump’s head, she will suffer some, especially on TV, where advertisers will shy away. But she won’t miss a single cocktail party in Hollywood and, after a month of apologies, she’ll be working again and telling funny stories about how “shocked” people were but were privately giving her high-fives.
◆ Opioid Epidemic spurs race to find safer painkillers (ScienceNews.org)
The need for new pain medicines is “urgent,” says Nora Volkow [director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse].
Scientists have been searching for effective alternatives for years without success. But a better understanding of the way the brain sends and receives specific chemical messages may finally boost progress.
Scientists are designing new, more targeted molecules that might kill pain as well as today’s opioids do — with fewer side effects. Others are exploring the potential of tweaking existing opioid molecules to skip the negative effects. And some researchers are steering clear of opioids entirely, testing molecules in marijuana to ease chronic pain.
Comment: Lots of research but no breakthroughs, so far. US prescriptions for opioids have fallen a bit since 2012 but are still around 250 million annually and have been since 2006.
I love the Perry Mason show. I still watch it, mostly for the camaraderie–a combination of friendship and professional respect–among the three principals: Perry, Della, and Paul. One reason Della (Barbara Hale) joined the show was her old friendship with Raymond Burr.
I had just finished watching another old episode when I read the sad news that “Della Street” had died.
She never seemed unhappy about being identified with one character throughout her career. In 1993 she told the Chicago Tribune that Della Street was “a woman who knew what everybody was thinking.”
“She was informed and very observant of everything that went on,” she continued. “That was my challenge as an actress, to be a necessary part of the office without being too aggressive.” –New York Times
Originally known as #67 (or #32, 26, or 78, depending on the restaurant), Gen. Tso’s Chicken is a long-time favorite.
Now its creator is dead. Peng Chang-kuei was 98 (or 32, 26, or 78, depending on the restaurant).
Earlier this week, we lost the creator of the iconic Big Mac, also 98.
The creator of deep-dish pizza sleeps with the fishes, and I fear for Col. Sanders and his family.
Former Federal prosecutor, Andrew McCarthy, a sharp critic of the Clintons, writes a scorching piece about Hillary’s emails, her corruption, and the role of her fixer, Cheryl Mills. (National Review Online)
Today’s episode of campus anti-Semitism: Syracuse Univ. disinvites a Jewish filmmaker because merely showing his documentary would cause a prof. of religion there to “lose credibility” among her colleagues. (Fox News) At issue is the pervasive effort to isolate Israel through “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions.” That noxious movement is so popular on campus that it is simply known by its initials: BDS. It is backed by Palestinian and Muslim activists and his “progressive” allies, such as Black Lives Matter. This episode would be troubling enough if it were confined to one university. Alas, it is widespread.
The city of Chicago is dead broke, but it’s nice to know the Mayor who did it will watch the destruction from his luxurious Gold Coast apartment (WGN) Only a cynic would find a connection between Richie Daley’s lavish public spending and his cushy life after leaving office.
Larry Sabato on presidential race in North Carolina and Pennsylvania: He notes that Clinton leads by 46% to 42% in NC and 45 to 37% in PA and concludes “Hard to see Trump winning without both states.” (Sabato’s Twitter feed)
Is Amy Schumer past her “sell-by” date? Sales of her omnipresent new book disappoint in first week. (NY Post’s Page Six)
Hat tip to Richard Becker and his valuable blog, ArchitectGuy, for finding the VDH article and twice to Tom Elia, once for the Richie Daley article and once for Andrew McCarthy.
I really appreciate friends sending me articles they find interesting. “Muchias gracias,” as Donald Trump would say.