World Series 2016 Game 2: Cubs @ Indians

Much to my dismay Sianis is proven a prophet yet again. This game was much further out of reach than the shutout score would indicate, Cubs bats were practically lifeless against Kulber.

Sigh, well that’s why extended series are good despite the nay saying of some who pointedly drag their heavy coats out of the closet and make jokes about Thanksgiving games (you know, there’s a reason that Canadian Thanksgiving is in October and what’s the matter with a few, or 17 inches, of snowflakes anyway?). It’s a 162 game regular season that slows things down and every Series should have 7 games except the Wild Card which should have 5. This allows the best team with the greatest depth to prevail.

Or the Cubs sure hope so. Frankly part of me rebels against the concept that a single pitcher can carry a club through a whole Series but that doesn’t keep it from being used successfully by Managers who count on picking up the odd unexpected game here or there while ruining a player for life.

That’s why they call it the Big League bucko. There is no crying.

Tonight the Cubs will start their second Ace, Arrieta, while drone gashed Bauer attempts to not bleed all over the ball (seems a bit of a sacrifice for a spitter) and it all takes place an hour early in an attempt to out run the rain.

Good luck with that.

The worst case is that intermittent showers (which seem likely) delay things enough so that we have an official game (5 Innings at bat for the losers) by 11 pm.

Spahn and Sain and pray for rain, except in this case it works against the Cubs.

First we’ll use Spahn
Then we’ll use Sain
Then an off day
Followed by rain
Back will come Spahn
Followed by Sain
And followed
We hope
By two days of rain

Hail, Hail, Walloonia!

What? You don’t get the Title? Which kind of Marxist are you? Certainly not Groucho.

You want to know something funny? Margaret Dumont thought it was a straight gig. Through 4 movies.

Anyway we owe the French-speaking part of Belgium a huge debt of gratitude for stopping the passage of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (hereafter known as CETA), a Trans-National Mega-Corp protectionist arrangement between Canada and the European Union. You may not have heard about it because Canada, eh? Moose, Hockey, and Cops in Red Uniforms, and those cheese eating Euros with their tiny cars that constantly break down and you have to buy an entirely new set of wrenches to monkey with (pro tip- slightly oversize your wrench and use shims to make up the difference, you can thank me later).

The land of people too polite to point out that it isn’t actually a State (Universal Health Care you know) but quite happy to pipeline asphalt and call it “Heavy” Oil because it costs more to refine into things useful other than as a driveway sealant and replacing it with icky Muslim branded stuff, and the multitudinous nations of IKEA (no, my shim trick won’t work because only the enclosed tool will and buy 2 units to replace the missing final screw, lovely meatballs and jam though), thought they had cooked a deal almost as bad (Canadian Bacon is Ham! Use your best Charlton Heston impersonation) as TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), and TiSA (Trade in Services Agreement) and much more likely to slip under the radar because it didn’t involve that big exceptional nation that still thinks the Earth is flat even though they live on the other side of it.

But they didn’t expect the Walloons (amongst our weaponry is fear, surprise, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope… look, I’ll come in again) saying-

Il y a tellement de fromage canadien.

Oui, et il goûte beaucoup mieux.

Cela va détruire totalement notre marché et nous et nos vaches sans travail.

You see, if you were Canadian you wouldn’t even need me to translate that for you.

It’s a bad deal for Canada too unless you are the owner of a Trans-National Mega-Corp or one of their Corporatist Neoliberal lackeys.

As I say it seemed on rails, just like its brethren, even ready to grease the skids of acceptance but hey, democracy works…


Let Me Explain: Partial Birth Abortion Does NOT Exist

During the final debate, there was a discussion about abortion that took a mythical and ugly turn when Donald Trump claimed that women can abort a pregnancy in the ninth month. As a medical professional let me say this – that does not happen. Nor is there any procedure called a partial birth abortion, a term rejected by the American Congress of OB/GYN. It is a term that was created by the right wing anti-abortion movement to dehumanize women who have needed one. A baby is either born or it’s not, it cannot be “partially born.” The term in the medicine is late term abortion, a abortion that occurs after 16 -18 weeks gestation. They are rare, only 1.3 percent of abortions happen after 21 weeks and most of these happen by 24 weeks. A normal pregnancy is 39 – 40 weeks. The vast majority of late term abortions occur because of severe birth defects, ranging from Downs Syndrome to anomalies incompatible with life, or, though not as often, the health of the mother.

An abortion is surgery and very precise. There is no ripping and tearing of tissues. Dr. Jennifer Gunter is an obstetrician/gynecologist who is trained to perform late term abortions and she was outraged at Trump. This is what she said:

The third and final presidential debate focused very quickly on abortion. Clinton defended choice, and Trump ― not one to be bothered with facts ― countered with this doozy of a line:

I think it’s terrible if you go with what Hillary is saying… in the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby. Now, you can say that that’s okay, and Hillary can say that that’s okay, but it’s not okay with me. Because based on what she’s saying and based on where she’s going and where she’s been, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month, on the final day. And that’s not acceptable.

First of all, we don’t “rip” anything in OB/GYN. In surgery, we use sharp dissection and blunt dissection, but we don’t rip. Some women do tear during a vaginal delivery, but that’s not a doctor ripping the baby out. Even with a forceps delivery, I wouldn’t call it ripping. We also don’t rip tissues during c-sections.

Perhaps we can forgive Donald Trump for not knowing this as it is hard to believe that a man who bragged that he doesn’t change diapers and said he wouldn’t have had a baby if his wife had wanted him to actually physically participate in its care would have attended the birth of his own children. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart as there is, after all, lots of blood coming out the “wherever.”

Trump’s statement, as incorrect as it may be, supports the fallacy of the due-date abortion. It is a common anti-choice narrative that women come in at 39 weeks and have some kind of abortion for fun or out of boredom and that we doctors are only to happy to comply. I’m sure some people think there are Groupons. The more graphic the description of the procedure the better, as it helps to distract from the facts. [..]

Regardless, terminations for birth defects isn’t ripping “the baby out of the womb in the ninth month.” At 38 or 39 weeks, it’s always an induction and is simply called a delivery. [..]

There are no ninth month abortions. Really. A ninth month abortion is a unicorn and so it’s ridiculous to even discuss it. Terminations after 24 weeks are for severe fetal anomalies.

If it’s a unicorn, why not legislate it? Introducing a gestational age limit is introducing the thin edge of the wedge. Once you say abortion is illegal at say 37 weeks then you have agreed the subject is up for negotiation and more legislation.

If someone were truly interested in reducing abortion, they wouldn’t start with the 1.3 percent. More reductions can be made in the first trimester where most terminations are due to unplanned pregnancies. These abortions could be reduced dramatically with access to free and accessible long-acting reversible contraception. To dismiss these abortions and focus on the later procedures means it is not about reducing abortion at all, so it can only be about punishment and control.

Dr. Gunter goes on, in greater detail in another article, to describe the procedures. Warning, this is graphic and not for the squeamish but then neither is real life.

The host of “Full Frontal” Samantha Bee destroys Trump over this non-existent procedure.

Women cannot afford to have their right to the health care they need further eroded based on fallacies and myths.

We are nasty women, here us roar. Vote November 8.

The Breakfast Club (Nasty)

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This Day in History

President George W. Bush signs USA Patriot Act; Henry Kissinger says ‘peace is at hand’ in Vietnam; Gunfight at the OK Corral takes place; Actor Bob Hoskins and ‘Wheel of Fortune’ host Pat Sajak born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

The truth of the matter is the tone is toxic here in Washington, and we have been exporting it around the country.

Emanuel Cleaver

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World Series 2016 Game 1: Cubs @ Indians

So, what about the Goat?

Well according to Wikipedia in 1945 Billy Sianis, owner of the nearby (to Wrigley Field that is and yes, it is in fact named after the Gum Guy) Billy Goat Tavern was ejected from Game 4 of the World Series because he had brought along his pet goat and some of the neighboring fans thought the smell objectionable.

It’s not quite clear if the odor emanated from Billy or the Goat of which as a species I have never found the scent offensive provided they are well kept and clean, at least in comparison to other barnyard animals, unless, of course, you are talking about the cheese made from their milk and that’s a matter of process ranging from fresh, light, and hardly aromatic at all to fairly gamy and distinctive but no more so than a well ripened Cow’s Milk Limburger, it’s a matter of taste and whether you like it runny enough for the cat to drink or not (and turn off that bloody bouzouki!).

Indeed I frequently threaten when my Writer’s Block is overwhelming to give it all up and retreat to some isolated cave and live as a hermit among my goats to which TMC will reply, “You wouldn’t last 10 minutes,” and my sage Aunty Mame will respond, “You’ve never owned one, have you?”

I have not in fact, but my youthful encounters at the petting zoo did not result in permanent damage so I imagine them somewhat benignly however much my musings of a simpler, more pastoral existence provoke my intimates. And besides, I watch a lot of Les Stroud and doubt very much I would perish in mere minutes, it might take a day or two.

In any event Sianis thought himself ill used (there is no record of what the Goat thought) and said, ungrammatically, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.”

And so it has proven though in fact the Cubs had a long record of futility (37 years worth) already at that point and have gone (until this year) 71 seasons without so much as a Senior League Championship.

By contrast the Curse of the Bambino lasted a short 86 years and I am perhaps the only active author (120+ years) who remembers the Cubs as a winner from youth (theirs and mine). As I recall I didn’t like them much.

Oh, the Indians attempt to make themselves out hapless rascals and point to Rocky Colavito but that trade was made while John F. Kennedy was still alive and they’ve advanced to the Junior League Pennant as recently as 1995 and 1997 so it is hardly a fair comparison.

Let it not be said I am unwilling to discard the resentments of my formative years and experience novel thrills like Cubs fandom (if my Metropolitans have not eclipsed them in perhaps the most noted choke of all time, same goes for you Sox stalwarts- Bill Buckner, 1986).

Now Playing-

I’ve actually been waiting for this to show up for several days now. Since Michael Moore is offering downloads for, well… free (here for instance) it was just a matter of time before it showed up on YouTube.

Likewise it’s just a matter of time before some party pooper copyright Nazi takes it down so if you haven’t gotten a copy of Free YouTube Download I strongly recommend you do so. It has quirks so I don’t recommend it unconditionally, but if you are a savvy user with a well regulated system you understand it’s mostly harmless.

Otherwise I am limited in my video presentations by things that will post for streaming from publicly accessible sources (mostly YouTube, but also some sites like Comedy Central) as I feel if I can’t embed it and if you can’t stream it through your browser I’m really asking for too much user participation.

That said, Michael Moore does not have horns and cloven feet and is actually kind of a mild mannered teddy bear of a guy (though he’s a lousy newspaper boy, always tossing it in the bushes instead of placing it in the center of the front step on the porch) and this film reflects that style and is genuinely sympathetic to the plight of the 99% who are disenfranchised by our plutocratic neoliberal political system. It certainly invites comparison with Tom Hank’s recent Black Jeopardy sketch.

Michale Moore- Trump Land

Tom Hanks- Black Jepoardy

2016 Election: 14 Days To Go

Two more weeks to Election Day and for many Americans it can’t come soon enough. Watching cable news has become painful but there is some relief in the news, social and late night media that are worth hearing. Some even provide a much needed laugh.

In a well reasoned righteous rant last week Keith Olbermann reminded voters why a vote for Donald Trump would be insane and dangerous for our democracy and the world. He gives voters a lot to consider and a warning of Trump is elected.

Sunday night, John Oliver, the host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” gave a scathing critique of Trump’s cringe worthy speech at the Catholic Charity’s Al Smith Dinner and made him a bet.

But it was Trump’s tormentor in chief Massachusetts’ Senator Elizabeth Warren who really turned Trump’s “nasty woman” debate comment back on him.

Goddess willing, Donald Trump will lose this election in two weeks to a woman who has spent her life fighting for women, children and families and is hands down a billion times more qualified to be president of the United States than a xenophobic, misogynist bigot.

I am a nasty woman and I vote, hear me roar.


The Breakfast Club (Hear Us Roar)

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This Day in History

Cuban missile crisis fuels Cold War clash at UN; China’s UN seat changes hands; ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ battle takes place; Author Geoffrey Chaucer dies; Golfer Payne Stewart killed in plane crash.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore, and I know too much to go back and pretend.

Helen Reddy
Read more at:

Happy 75th Birthday, Helen

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On the Front Lines

Police Arrest 120+ Water Protectors as Dakota Access Speeds Up Pipeline Construction
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Water Protectors Erect New Frontline Camp Directly in Path of Dakota Access Pipeline
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Actor Shailene Woodley on Her Arrest, Strip Search and Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance
October 24, 2016

Meet the Journalist Facing 45 Years in Jail for Filming Tar Sands Pipeline Protest in North Dakota
October 24, 2016

Arrest of Journalists and Filmmakers Covering the Dakota Pipeline is a Threat to Democracy
October 24, 2016

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