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05/11/19 06:44 PM #1176    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

The Brewers love the rivalry with the Cubs -

In a marathon that lasted longer than the (cold) rain -

bottom of the 15th, Willson Contreras hit his 10th homerun this season.

Bravo, Willson! that’s what you call a “crawl-off” homerun!  

Cubs defeat Brewers  2-1

GO CUBS GO! ! !  

Tomorrow (Sunday)

watch the rubber match at 6:08 CDT on ESPN


How fun! the Brewers support math education at Miller Park by inviting students to interact with the math behind baseball.  In advance of Math Day at the ballpark, students receive a Brewers Math workbook - game day at Miller Park they gather data throughout the game and exercise basic statistical principles through the mechanics of the game.


05/12/19 03:52 PM #1177    

Stewart Myrent

I wanted to mention that Ronan Farrow, in his newest book, "War On Peace", has a dedication to his book, simply "For Mom."  I'll get back to that in a few moments, because the major reason for my post today, is to wish all of the women, who are mothers & now (presumably) grandmothers, the happiest Mother's Day.  Even if you are not a mother (by choice or happenstance), I hope all of you have the best possible day today.  I have known for several decades now, that there are major differences between men & women (and I'm not talking about the obvious differences - I know that you're all shocked that it's only for the past few decades that I have noticed these differences), almost to the point that we (men & women) are very much like two different species.  But, women are endowed with certain qualities that are pretty much totally lacking in men.  I'm pretty sure if the population were only men, we would have totally killed each other off, well before now.  My own mother died in 1976 (she was only 53), so she's been gone over 40 years now.  Even if you're over 70 & your mother is over 100, I guarantee she worries about you & thinks of you every day.  It never changes.  I know that it's our mothers who teach us right from wrong & teach us, also, how to be respectable & polite members of society.  As I mentioned in a previous post, there are thousands of ways to be a good parent & probably several dozen ways to be a bad parent.  In a similar vein, I'm sure you have met a few women in your lives, who should not be mothers - but they are few & far between.  Getting back to Ronan Farrow, I have to say he is a very gifted & precise writer - he has won a Pulitzer Prize.  So, I'm thinking that since his father is Woody Allen (I have no idea what kind of father Woody was), my guess is that his mother (Mia Farrow) may have had much more to do with how he turned out.  When I think of Tiffany Trump, it seems like her mother (Marla Maples) did a pretty good job of shielding her from the effects of being too close to her father.  I am hoping that Melania figures out how to make sure that Barron is not brought too much under his father's sway.  As far as I can see, the three older kids (Ivana's) have been corrupted & I'm guessing could be facing significant jail time.  But for all of you women without the surname Trump, have a wonderful Mother's Day.

05/13/19 08:18 AM #1178    


Steven Ray Hirschtick


Good post Stewart.  My siblings and I were very lucky to have the Mom and Dad who we had.  I reflect upon that almost every day and our house in Thailand has many photos of the senior Hirschticks on the walls.  My Mom, Isabel, took me to my first Cubs game on a Ladies Day many years ago.........when they had Ladies Day.

But I post to discuss baseball..........and am NOT focusing this post directly at the only Cardinals fan who I know occasionally posts here (and spends the rest of his time counting everybody elses' posts).  The Cardinals were on a roll when they came to Chicago for the 3 game series starting May 3.  Cardinals were 20-11 and in first place when they rolled into Wrigley.  They got whipped!  The Cubs knocked the wind out of both their sails and their lungs with the Sweep.  Cardinals have gone 2-8 since May 3, falling to 4th in the division.............whilst Cubbies have gone 8-2 in same stretch and are now in first.  Being in first makes Cubs fans happy..........but stomping on Cardinals to get there makes us even happier.  

MLB also focused upon Cardinals-Cubs series to do another TV special.  It focused upon the intense rivalry.  Somebody at MLB recalled me from their Cubs World Series special and asked me to shoot some video explaining that rivalry to Ace, who will be 8 in July.  He had just watched his third Cubs game when MLB reached out.  We sent them many minutes of tape.  MLB now editing.   I know that nothing in show business is over until over and that Ace and I can end up on cutting room floor, but initial word back from MLB is that they really liked what they got from us and, at least at this moment, intend to open show with us after intro.

I do not know when is will be shown.  I will post that here when I know.  Ace begins second grade here tomorrow.  I got him a nice haircut today and suggested that he tell all the ladies that he is a star of American TV and they will soon see him on the internet.  He turned VERY red.  It was very funny.............but not quite as funny as when we were shooting some outdoor tape for this show, when Ace walked behind me while I was speaking into camera...........lifted-up his shirt and peed!!  I had no idea until I was watching tape later.  Very, very funny!!

I depart here in a few days for the very long trip to Wrigley where I may be about to see my last Cubs game there.   

05/13/19 01:13 PM #1179    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Stewart, thanks for your Mother’s Day wishes - I shared them with my daughters as well.  

My thoughts were with Kendrick Castillo’s mom - sadly I was rebuked by a mom who echoes Samuel Wurzelbacher (AKA Joe the Plumber): “Your dead kids don’t trump my constitutional rights.”  

I’m with the Parkland kids - Marching for Life.

Steve, are you hoping we’ll all be at Wrigley to cheer the Cubs together?


05/14/19 11:14 AM #1180    

Stewart Myrent

Janis, thank you for the thank you for Mother's Day wishes.  Steve, I know your post stated you are coming in soon for your (perhaps) final Cubs game.  It's sounding to me like it will most probably be your final Cubs game at Wrigley.  A couple of years ago, I went to a Cubs game, because I had some cousins coming in to Chicago & they wanted to see a Cubs game at Wrigley.  I hadn't been there myself in probably 20 years, or so.  Although the structure of the ballpark hasn't changed at all (all the seating is pretty much the same), there have been many changes to the park, relative to signage, scoreboards & video boards (kind of like a modern ballpark) & you will be amazed.  You didn't mention when exactly you are coming in to see the game & didn't mention which game (or games) you will be going to.  Maybe you should go to more than one, if it does prove to be your final trip to Wrigley Field.  Although, I have no desire to go to Wrigley one more time (I actually took a Pace bus from Schaumburg to the game, because I had heard that parking (which I thought would be $20-30) was actually like $40-50 - the bus was not that comfortable, but it cost $4 each way - nice).  However, since I know that you have no plans to attend the 55th reunion, I would love to see you when you come in.  Don't know where you're staying when you come to Chicago, but I'm all the way out in Lake County & will be glad to meet you, while you are in town.  I'm off work Mon.-Wed.  If you're interested, give me a call at 847-361-9102 (Cell). 

05/15/19 02:17 AM #1181    


Steven Ray Hirschtick

Hi Stewart,

Nice thoughts, and your invitation most considerate and appreciated.  I have noted your phone number and will be calling soon (via Skype so I cannot tell what number wil appear on your phone).  Not quite certain when as I depart from here early tomorrow for long trip to LA.  There is simply no time for a visit this trip.  I really hate to be away from Ace and my family here.........especially to travel to a country where an incorrect glance or hat/shirt at an airport can get somebody looks of hostility.  There are indeed some nasty/tense Thais, but very few and most here seem genuinely sweet to me.  But time there is biggest problem Stewart.  Primary reason for trip is to get some intense MRI work done there that is not yet available here.  Much time at clinic in LA, with only 2.5 days allocated to Chicago.  Two family dinners and a Cubs game with family will fill all that time, plus I am staying far South of Loop.

While you and I do not always agree, I do certainly enjoy your thoughtful, non-hostile posts and would enjoy a chat.  I am also quite impressed to find somebody today who still enjoys reading words printed on paper.

Happy Wednesday,  steve


05/15/19 02:31 AM #1182    


Steven Ray Hirschtick

More background on Wrigley trip Stewart.  It is more than just a ballpark to me.  It has religious overtones.  I have observed many folks who put their faith in imaginary beings.  Totally their choice and I never challenge their belief system……but I also do not accept it.  I’ll stop here about faith as enough folks here already offended by my politics.  Wrigley means a lot to me.  Al Karlin and I lied about our ages almost 60 years ago to get jobs as vendors at Wrigley.  Al K and I broke in as rookies in 1960 with Ron Santo.  So I will get to Wrigley very early and take a long walk around Wrigleyville to see what is as I recall, and what Rickett’s and others have changed since my last trip there for the ‘16 World Series.  PLUS, there is a Shake Shack across from Wrigley now.  Best burger on Earth and I live in a country with great food, but no edible burgers.

05/15/19 10:58 AM #1183    

Stewart Myrent

Steve, thanks for update on your itinerary.  It sounds like you already have full round of activities scheduled for your upcoming visit to Chi, although, frankly, if you are staying way south of the city & me stuck out in Lake County, it would be difficult for me to hook up with you during your visit.  To me, going to the far S. side of Chicago, would be almost as daunting as travelling to Thailand.  Additionally, I hate to disappoint you, but going to Wrigley, in no way represents a religious experience to me, but I get it.  I didn't realize that you had come in for the 2016 championship run, so you have already seen the changes made at Wrigley and, actually more recently, than I had been there with my cousins.  Doesn't sound like there's much chance of us getting together during your upcoming trip, but have a safe trip & return to Thailand. 

05/16/19 10:11 AM #1184    


Roger C. Kaage

Sorry to change the subject again, but a couple of points cause me to burst out of my lurking.  First, take your minds back to our jr high/high school years--even if you're not a fan of musical theater, you probably realize those years are part of the golden age of musical theater.  And now, for those of you still in the Chicago area, you can relive one of those productions.  West Side Story is playing at the Lyric Opera, and the production is spectacular!  The dancing is the original Jerome Robbins choreography, and the voices of the principals are astounding. I heartily recommend your attendance.  It was well worth a two hour drive in, the stay overnight, and the long drive home.  For those of you in the area--take the time to enjoy it!

Secondly, I just finished a book I must recommend--Commander in Cheat, by Rick Reilly.  Even if you are not a golfer, but have a general understanding of the rules and integrity of the game, the insights into the mind and behavior of POTUS are maddening.  It's an easy read, but it's very troubling, too.

Okay--I'll go back to lurking for now.

05/16/19 02:11 PM #1185    

Stewart Myrent

Roger, thank you for the heads-up on "West Side Story", which I have always loved, but have probably only seen the film from 1961.  We had a recording of the Broadway stage play at home, but I doubt that I will see the new stage version here.  However, I'm thinking it's way more likely that I will pick up a copy of "Commander in Cheat", by Rick Reilly.  On the other hand, I've already read 3 Trump books & I'm getting saturated with stuff about Trump.  I'm thinking, "Do I really need to read a book that tells me that Trump is a huge cheat at the game of golf?"  I don't expect to be shocked, or even surprised.  But, my time needs to be filled with something good to read, so I may pick up a copy at the library.

05/17/19 01:00 PM #1186    

Stewart Myrent

Just finished Ronan Farrow's "War on Peace", the subtitle of which is "The End of Diplomacy and The Decline of American Influence".  I was expecting to find that this was brought on by the Trump administration, but was surprised to find that it began during the Obama administration, where the Defense Dept. was brought into primacy to settle international problems via military options, as opposed to the State Dept. & the Foreign Service, attempting to solve problems through diplomacy.  Of course, it was exacerbated by the Trump administration & Rex Tillerson, cutting funding drastically to the Department of State (and consequently the Foreign Service).  During Trump's administration, many career State Dept. & Foreign Service career diplomats were let go (or left on their own), and their positions are still sitting vacant, without ever being re-filled by replacement officers.  I was surprised by the info on the Obama administration.  This is why it's always a bad idea to assume anything. 

05/17/19 01:29 PM #1187    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Stewart, there you have it - the difference between Trump supporters and others is others can support a president and agree or disagree objectively - even publicly express disappointment - with a president's policy.  Sadly Trump supporters give - are expected to give - blind support to Trump.  As we've seen on the Forum, they do not tell us why they support Trump or his policies, they just do.


05/17/19 05:25 PM #1188    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

"A little-noticed provision in Trump’s sprawling new tax law - students from middle and low income families with large financial aid packages found their non tuition assistance for room and board taxed by as much as 37% - a byproduct of conservatives’ desire to simplify the tax code and bring in new revenues to help offset the fiscal cost of cutting tax rates for individuals and businesses.  

"In the past, a student from a household with a joint income of $50,000 awarded a scholarship that covered room and board was taxed at their parents’ rate of 12%.  Under the new law, students awarded $11,500 for room and board at a public university were taxed up to 35%, and students awarded $12,680 for room and board at a private university were taxed up to 37%." 

 -- Erica L. Green, May 17, 2019  The New York Times

Is the law a consequence of haste or underlying greed? 

Imagine the hardship and stress for young American students.

Congress: Unless you want substantial tax increases on scholarships,

              Fix the law you passed.


“We used to tax the rich and invest in public goods like affordable higher education.  Today we cut taxes on the rich and then borrow from them.  

“The only beneficiary of this debacle is a parasitic student loan industry.

“In a recent class of 25 undergraduates at Boston College, just eight will graduate without debt, either because of full scholarships or family wealth.  For the rest, imposing debt looms — $40,000 on average, but six reporting school debt of more than $150,000.

"Putting tens of millions of families into debt servitude serves no economic or societal purpose.  It’s damaging not only to individual finances but to society and the economy as a whole.  Student debt delays household formation, discourages both entrepreneurship and public service, and thwarts homeownership, among other forms of wealth building.  

"Nearly all the Democratic presidential candidates have put forward plans to address the problem of college affordability.”

 -- Entrepreneur Dariel Garner who got a world-class education for free (both undergraduate and graduate school) at University of California, Berkeley, between 1968 and 1975.


05/20/19 10:50 AM #1189    

Stewart Myrent

Steve, very sorry I missed your call on Sat., but the caller ID said "Unknown".  I had never seen that before, but I thought it might be a scammer, although I have received calls where caller ID said "Scam Likely", which I never answer, of course, but I thought it might be you.  If you have time to call again & caller ID says "Unknown", I will pick up next time.  Don't know if you brought a laptop with you & if you will even see this post, but I hope you can see this.  I am guessing you are going to Wrigley for this series with the Phillies.  If you are going tonight, you will see former Cubs great, Jake Arrieta, going against new Cubs starter (and major disappointment) Yu Darvish, but game last night against Nationals was fairly epic & Cubs won the series, 2-1, giving them 10 series wins in the past 11 series.  If you are going tonight, have a great time & bring home a win.  Hope you have time to try calling again.

05/20/19 11:27 AM #1190    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Mayor Pete got a standing O at FOX News town hall with Chris Wallace.

Trump tweets:

“Hard to believe that FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete ... They (FoxNews) forgot the people.....

....who got them there... Gee, he (Chris Wallace) never speaks well of me - I like Mike Wallace better...and Alfred E. Newman (Trump’s name for Buttigieg) will never be President!”

FOX News Brit Hume linked to Trump’s tweet:

“Say this for Buttigieg.  He’s willing to be questioned by Chris Wallace, something you’ve barely done since you’ve been president.  Oh, and covering candidates of both parties is part of the job of a news channel.”

FOX News journalists are pushing back on FOX prime time opinion hosts and Trump.


05/20/19 03:15 PM #1191    


Steven Ray Hirschtick

Hi Stewart,,.........and therein is the problem. No Americans seem to answer phone when no caller ID. My phone system from Thailand is never known here. So I get to chat with lots of recorders. Will try again if opportunity appears.

Yu will pitch 7 good innings Tuesday and get Cubs the W.  I am occasionally wrong.


05/20/19 03:49 PM #1192    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

See Atticus Finch (played by Jeff Daniels) in Broadway’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” (adapted for stage by Aaron Sorkin).

- Though we don’t always do the right thing- we can always try to do the right thing. -      -- Scout

We’re short on heroes these days.


05/20/19 08:28 PM #1193    


Steven Ray Hirschtick

Hi again Stewart, 

Looks like two strikes and I am out. Just called again without success. I waited until your Monday night when you not working.  I am becoming quite close with your voicemail. Now my schedule gets much busier until I depart for home.


05/20/19 11:10 PM #1194    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

May 18, 2019 Republican Representative of Michigan Justin Amash tweeted a document length thread:

Here are my principal conclusions:

1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.

2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.

3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.

4. Few members of Congress have read the report.  


I offer these conclusions only after having read Mueller’s redacted report carefully and completely, having read or watched pertinent statements and testimony, and having discussed this matter with my staff, who thoroughly reviewed materials and provided me with further analysis.  


In comparing Barr’s principal conclusions, congressional testimony, and other statements to Mueller’s report, it is clear that Barr intended to mislead the public about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s analysis and findings.


Barr’s misrepresentations are significant but often subtle, frequently taking the form of sleight-of-hand qualifications or logical fallacies, which he hopes people will not notice.  


Under our Constitution, the president “shall be removed from Office on impeachment for, and Conviction of Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”  While “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” is not defined, the context implies conduct that violates the public trust.  


Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment.  


In fact, Mueller’s report identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence.  


Impeachment, which is a special form of indictment, does not even require probable cause that a crime (e.g., obstruction of justice) has been committed; it simply requires a finding that an official has engaged in careless, abusive, corrupt, or otherwise dishonorable conduct.  


While impeachment should be undertaken only in extraordinary circumstances, the risk we face in an environment of extreme partisanship is not that Congress will employ it as a remedy too often but rather that Congress will employ it so rarely that it cannot deter misconduct.  


Our system of checks and balances relies on each branch’s jealously guarding its powers and upholding its duties under our Constitution.  When loyalty to a political party or to an individual trumps loyalty to the Constitution, the Rule of Law—the foundation of liberty—crumbles.  


We’ve witnessed members of Congress from both parties shift their views 180 degrees—on the importance of character, on the principles of obstruction of justice—depending on whether they’re discussing Bill Clinton or Donald Trump.  


Few members of Congress even read Mueller’s report; their minds were made up based on partisan affiliation—and it showed, with representatives and senators from both parties issuing definitive statements on the 448-page report’s conclusions within just hours of its release.  


America’s institutions depend on officials to uphold both the rules and spirit of our constitutional system even when to do so is personally inconvenient or yields a politically unfavorable outcome.  Our Constitution is brilliant and awesome; it deserves a government to match it.


Day 851 of the Trump presidency.



05/21/19 12:11 PM #1195    

Stewart Myrent

Steve, so sorry I missed your call again last night.  I was actually at the home of another Niles West alum, Bob Fimoff, who lives quite close to me (in Grayslake), watching that disgusting Cubs game & I didn't even realize you had called again, until I got home & listened to your V.M.  Don't know if you remember Bob & his twin sister, Barbara.  If I had heard the call coming in, I definitely would have picked up, as my call log showed "Unknown" call at 8:17PM, so I would have been prety sure it was you calling.  Sorry, again.  I know your V.M. said you schedule is tightening up & apparently, you have not even arrived in Chgo yet.  Be glad you were not here yet for the game last night, as Darvish did not make it through 7 innings & the Cubs did NOT win that game.  Hope you have a laptop with you, so you can receive my posts to you.  If your schedule is getting hectic & you don't have time to try to call again, I will understand, but if you have time, please try calling again.  I will be off work tonight & tomorrow night again.  Hope to hear from you.  Janis, all I can say, is, "Yikes.", but all I can say about Trump is, part of me is glad I lived long enough to see what's happening right now, because otherwise, I probably wouldn't have believed it.  Are you ready to just skip 2019 (as I suggested months ago) & just move on to 2020?  I am reading "Kushner Inc.", and I have to say that Jared is way more like Trump, than I ever realized, despite his civil veneer.  He also was raised to believe that laws, norms & mores do not apply to him.  I am starting to believe that ALL the Trumps believe they are above the law & the rules do not apply to them.  I am anxious for our government to get back to normal.

05/22/19 07:41 PM #1196    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

So much for Infrastructure Week...

Trump calls a deal on infrastructure “one of the easy ones”...

Nancy and Chuck agreed to a $2 trillion infrastructure package,

it would be nice if Trump had a plan...


Day 853 of the Trump presidency.


05/23/19 12:54 PM #1197    

Stewart Myrent

Just finished reading "Kushner, Inc.  Greed.  Ambition. Corruption.", by Vicky Ward.  It was a fairly easy read - I finished the book in less than a week.  Some highlights: Chapter 3, "FamilyFirst": "A story, perhaps apocryphal, that made the rounds in the New York real estate world was that during one meeting in New York, Jared walked in and, upon learning that Charlie (his father) had hurt his foot, took off his father's sock and kissed it."  From Chapter 7, "They Are Like Robots": "At 'Observer' (paper owned by the Kushners) events, all of them would show up - Charlie, Seryl (his mother), Jared, Nicole, Dara and Josh.  They kissed each other warmly every time they saw each other, as if they hadn't been together in years.  One person said their closeness spooked him.  'They still vacation together.  They eat together, they all office together.  They're all in meetings together...They are like robots, these kids.', said the same person.  'They're well-dressed.  A hair's not out of place.  You never see Jared sniffling.  Never sick.  Never see him down.  It's strange.' "  From Chapter 8, "A Most Convenient Candidate": Talking about Corey Lewandowski, Trump's first campaign manager, that he "almost certainly would not have been any of the other Republican candidates' first choice for campaign chief.  But Trump adored him.  'He's like the son he never had,' said someone on the Trump campaign.  'Corey is amoral.  He's the closest thing Trump can get to Roy Cohn (Trump's ruthless mentor), without the law school degree.  He's cunning.  He's crafty.  He comes up with the kind of cunning shit that Trump loves.  And he's cheap.' "  From Chapter 12, "The Secretary of Everything": During Trump's inaugural night, Jared "looked uncharacteristically emotional.  Michael Cohen, who lived in the couple's building in New York, had once observed of Kushner that he is usually so calm, 'he's almost like a flat line on an EKG.' "  And, "the author of 'Trump Nation', Timothy O'Brien, gave the couple the nickname Javanka, explaining, 'I think of it as shorthand for the joint - and relatively unchecked - power they wield in the Trump White House, given their proximity to the president and the financial and familial ties they share with him.' "  Talking about Ivanka, 'Her relationship with her father was so tight it was nearly impossible for outsiders to intervene.  Multiple people noticed that she'd regularly wander into the Oval Office, often with a child in tow, and talk to Trump in a sing-song voice.  He'd call her 'baby' or pat her on the bottom.  He sometimes stopped what he was doing to ogle her when she left the room.  'Doesn't she look great?' he would say to others in the room.  One person told me he found something about the dynamic sickening."  Revelatory, I would say, but certainly not shocking. 

05/23/19 04:10 PM #1198    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Female presidential candidates - Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar - are all “surging” in the polls.

First Democratic Debate will happen over two nights - June 26th & 27th.

05/23/19 10:51 PM #1199    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Twitter thread from GOP MI Rep Justin Amash to lay out Trump’s effort to obstruct justice:


“Mueller’s report describes a consistent effort by the president to use his office to obstruct or otherwise corruptly impede the Russian election interference investigation because it put his interests at risk.

“The president has an obligation not to violate the public trust, including using official powers for corrupt purposes.  For instance, presidents have the authority to nominate judges, but a president couldn’t select someone to nominate because they’d promised the president money.  

“It also revealed criminal activities, some of which were committed by people in Trump’s orbit and, in the case of Michael Cohen’s campaign finance violation, on Trump’s behalf.  

“The investigation began before the president was elected and inaugurated.  After Trump assumed the powers of the presidency, Mueller’s report shows that he used those powers to try to obstruct and impede the investigation.  

“Trump, through his own statements—such as complaining about people who ‘flip’ and talk to investigators—and through communications between his personal counsel and Manafort/Cohen, gave the impression that they would be pardoned if they did not fully cooperate with investigators.  

“Some of the president’s actions were inherently corrupt.  Other actions were corrupt—and therefore impeachable—because the president took them to serve his own interests.  

“The president has authority to fire federal officials, direct his subordinates, and grant pardons, but he cannot do so for corrupt purposes; otherwise, he would always be allowed to shut down any investigation into himself or his associates, which would put him above the law.”  


Day 854 of the Trump presidency.



05/24/19 11:10 AM #1200    

Stewart Myrent

Janis, appreciated the comments from Rep. Amash.  However, my main reason for posting today, is to mention that I picked up a new book at the library yesterday: "Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Pleasures of an Old, Happy Dog".  I picked this book up for four reasons: (1) I was getting burned out on all the political books I had been reading (because they are extremely disturbing, disheartening & unsettling), (2) the book was available at the library, (3) I, also, want to be an old, happy dog, and (4) it was written by Dave Barry.  I used to see Dave Barry's columns in the Chicago Trib, but I haven't seen anything from him for quite a few years.  I know his column is syndicated & I  am presuming that the Tribune syndicate decided (for whatever reason) to stop featuring his columns, but he is one of the funniest writers, ever.  I started the book yesterday & have already gotten through the introduction & the first three lessons from Lucy.  I also have been laughing hysterically (non-stop) on virtually every single page of the book.  If you want to read a book that will entertain you & keep you laughing, I couldn't recommend this book any more highly. 

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