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More Ebola Thoughts

By on 10.20.14 | 11:01AM

I'm not staking my life (literally or figuratively), or my reputation on this, and not making a prediction as much as a short-term observation:

After several days of media-amplified panic about Ebola, of people saying they'd be afraid to fly on Frontier Airlines and stories of people being afraid to shake hands, it's time to notice what is really happening:

Other than the two nurses who had intense and close contact with "Patient Zero" in Dallas, nobody else in America, including people who had subsequent contact with those nurses, seems to have contracted the virus.

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Democrats Walk Out on Obama During Campaign Rally in Maryland

By on 10.20.14 | 1:03AM

President Obama has truly worn out his welcome. Not only do Democratic candidates for office not want to admit they voted for Obama, but during a campaign rally Sunday for Maryland Lt. Governor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown, Democrats walked out en masse ten minutes into Obama's remarks.

Remember when I recommended that Republicans walk out on Obama during his State of the Union address a couple of years ago? Should that happen I have a feeling some Democrats will join them.

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Peyton Manning Sets NFL Touchdown Record

By on 10.20.14 | 1:03AM

Late in the second quarter of Sunday night's 42-17 thrashing of the San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas for his 509th TD pass of his career, breaking the NFL's record of 508 set by Bret Favre. Dan Marino is in a distant third place with 420 TD passes, with Tom Brady and Drew Brees (both still active, but unlikely ever to get anywhere near Manning's record) tied for fourth with 372 TDs each.

In his post-game interview, Manning gave credit to his past and present teammates and coaches, and said he was humbled to be in the same category of the great QBs who played before him (and some who are playing today.)

Congrats to Peyton Manning, a tremendous athlete and class act.

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The Scorpion and the Gerbil

By on 10.19.14 | 12:58PM

I tuned in Fox News Sunday while enjoying breakfast this morning. There was a segment with Democrat Chairwomanperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Republican Chairnerd Reince Priebus. What a mismatch. A scorpion and a gerbil. A termagant and an invertebrate. I am woman hear me roar versus Revenge of the Nerds. If the meek indeed inherit the earth, Reince will be near the head of the line.

Priebus is the nebbish’s nebbish. He reminds me of Woody Allen before Woody completed assertiveness training (and without the lame gags). He’s a forensic non-working number and has all the charm of eggplant. If dim bulbs like this are the face of the party, it’s no wonder Republicans punch below their weight.

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White House Appoints Ron Klain Ebola Czar

By on 10.17.14 | 12:35PM

Well, thank heavens. The White House has appointed a lawyer, political consultant and investment firm general counsel as our new Ebola Czar, the person in charge of managing and coordinating America's response to Ebola nationwide.

President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain his "Ebola czar," knowledgeable sources tell CNN...

The president on Thursday signaled his openness to the idea to have one individual coordinating the entire federal response to any threat of an outbreak in the United States.

A former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and also to then-Vice President Al Gore, Klain is currently President of Case Holdings and General Counsel of Revolution, an investment group. He has clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court and headed up Gore's effort during the 2000 Florida recount and was portrayed in the HBO movie Recount by Kevin Spacey. He could not be reached for comment on Friday.

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Obama Opposes West Africa Travel Ban; Open to Appointing Ebola “Czar” - UPDATED

By on 10.17.14 | 9:38AM

Yesterday, President Obama stated his opposition to imposing a travel ban on West African countries afflicted with the Ebola virus on the grounds that it would make the country less safe.

Yet when the FAA imposed the travel ban to and from Israel back in July it was done so on the basis that it was "a potentially hazardous situation." Well, the situation in West Africa isn't potentially hazardous, it is hazardous. Maybe it's because West Africa isn't Jewish.

Obama also indicated he is open to idea of appointing an Ebola "Czar". The other day I suggested that Obama would be wise to appoint Mitt Romney to such a position, but I am not holding my breath.

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Travis Ishikawa Launches Giants Into The World Series

By on 10.16.14 | 11:50PM

The San Francisco Giants are going to the World Series for the third time in five years. The Giants dispatched the Cardinals in five games.

After not hitting any home runs in the preceding four games, the Giants hit three tonight. Joe Panik hit a two run shot to give the Giants a 2-1 lead in the third. But Matt Adams and back up catcher Tony Cruz hit solo HRs to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead. Mike Morse tied the game with a pinch hit HR in the eighth off sidewinder Pat Neshek. 

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Rangers Pick Banister Over Bogar as New Manager

By on 10.16.14 | 9:30PM

In something of a surprise move, the Texas Rangers have hired Jeff Banister to be their new manager. Until today, Banister had been a lifer with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Over the last 29 years, Banister has been a player, coach, minor league manager, scout and in player development. Banister had one big league at bat with the Bucs in 1992 in which he singled. He thus has a lifetime batting average of 1.000. Since 2011, Banister had been the Pirates bench coach.

The Rangers did finish 2014 with the worst record in the AL at 67-95, 31 games back of the Los Angeles Angels. But after Ron Washington resigned in early September, the club played much better under Tim Bogar. The Rangers went 14-8 under his stewardship and would win 13 of their 16 games. If not for Bogar, the Rangers would have lost 100 games. Bogar was a finalist along with Banister and Cleveland Indians bench coach Kevin Cash. Maybe Banister is just a better interview. It remains to be seen if that will translate on the field.

At this point, it isn't clear if Bogar will remain with the Rangers. If not, perhaps the Minnesota Twins would be willing to give him a look. 

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Professional Clowns Upset With American Horror Story’s Fake Murder Clown

By on 10.16.14 | 6:38PM

I haaaaaaaaate clowns. Haaaaaaaaaaaate. And apparently, I'm not alone. But Clowns of America International, apparently a trade association for clowns (here's hoping I never acidentally run into their convention in Vegas), wants you to know that there's nothing to fear. Except for that one time John Wayne Gacy dressed up like a clown to entertain at children's parties between murder sprees, clowns are a mostly agreeable bunch. And definitely nothing like the psychotic clown on American Horror Story: Freak Show, Twisty, who chops people up with scissors.

Take it from Glenn Kohlberger, their president (clown name: Clyde D. Scope): clowns are an unfairly maligned bunch.

“We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia or ‘clown fear,’” says Glenn Kohlberger...

“Hollywood makes money sensationalizing the norm. They can take any situation no matter how good or pure and turn it into a nightmare,” Kohlberger says. 

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