SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, November 3, 2019

From the WAPO– SPOTTED FRIDAY NIGHT: Members of the Washington Nationals — including GM Mike Rizzo, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Aníbal Sánchez, Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Hudson and Sean Doolittle — celebrating their World Series win at Cafe Milano. …  Let’s hear it for the Nationals!

From POLITICO, quoting President BoneSpurs:

“ISIS was all over the place…It was me…who captured them … I’m the one who did the capturing. I’m the one who knows more about it than you people or the fake pundits.”  He also railed against  “the phony emoluments clause”,  a part of the US constitution.  You really wan this  man to be President?

Again from the WAPO:   Max Boot says Republicans “shouldn’t worry what Trump will think of them. They should worry what their grandchildren will think of them.” (WaPo)

SPOTTED: Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan in a booth at Sushi Taro on Wednesday night. .Looks pretty damn expensive.. On the other hand, we can look forward to more reasonably priced meals as Shake Shack continues its march through San Francisco to world domination. Check them out HERE.

THE KATIE HILL MESS: WHY WHY WHY does anyone allow nude pix of themselves to be taken ? WHY? She’s obviously not intelligent enough to serve in Congress. Sorry.

Speaking of the Zuckerbergs, if you pay even a little attention you’ve noticed that every time you turn around someone else is suing Facebook. WHY support a company that makes its living off your commerce but shows NO social conscience? GET OFF FACEBOOK! You can make our own mailing lists! It’s easy!

The Foodies blog is hinting that Marcelli’s Restaurant is closing soon. I hope it’s not true. I’ve never eaten at the restaurant but I enjoy buying their meat ravioli at Murphy’s and it make a quick easy dinner. I can’t believe how many restaurants are closing supposedly because they can’t find staff. Are they willing to pay enough? Hmnnnn.

Don’t know about you but that blackout took a lot out of me in terms of stress. Have a normal week!

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, October 20, 2019

For those of you who have been wondering “Whatever Happened to Rudy Giuliani”, there’s no mystery. He’s 73 and has been a heavy drinker for the last 50 years. This is what happens. Sad!

And I just came up with another great Hallowe’en costume idea:   LEV and IGOR,  Giuliani’s Russian pals. 

Meanwhile this headline over at WaPo flies in the face of years of right-wing media hysteria: “State Department probe of Clinton emails finds no deliberate mishandling of classified information.”

That is according to a “report submitted to Congress this month,” Greg Miller reported. “The report appears to represent a final and anticlimactic chapter in a controversy that overshadowed the 2016 presidential campaign and exposed Clinton to fierce criticism that she later cited as a major factor in her loss to President Trump…”

THE DEMS’S DEBATE:  Things are starting to shape up.  Here are my impressions:

JOE BIDEN : didn’t seem any the worse for the barrage of criticism, warranted and otherwise,  re: his remaining son.  Still the front-runner.

ELIZABETH WARREN-  gave a strong performance.  Don’t count her out. 

BERNIE SANDERS- is having  his ‘Bernie’s Back” rally as I write this. Everybody loves Bernie.  I hope he makes it. 

MAYOR PETE- continues to impress. He would end up as someone’s running mate except that if the candidate is male, there will be enormous pressure to pick a female for Veep. 

KAMALA HARRIS;  may have peaked too soon.  Also for Veep? 

TULSI GABBARD- an idiot who’ll be dropping out soon. 

AMY KLOBUCHAR- I would be pleased to  vote for her if I ever have a chance. 

TOM STEYER-  Wish he’d started running sooner.

JULIAN CASTRO-  monster resume, former Cabinet officer, he’s got it all, can’t seem to get traction.  I’d vote for him. 

THERE are three more that I can’t recall at the moment.  I guess that says it all.

WHERE ARE THE KURDS?????  Being slaughtered by the Turkish buddies of President Bone Spurs. All we get to see of it is Richard Engel describing it  because they have NO ONE who is media -savvy and speaks English.  Terrible!

HAVE YOU HEARD “CRIME AFTER CRIME”?  This parody of Cindy Laupers’  “Time After Time” addressing the Trump situation is hilarious.  I’d provide a link but I  don’t know how.  It’s by Jen Houston and it’s on You Tube. It was sent to us by someone in CHINA, yes CHINA.  They love Cindy over there,  too. 

“What a wild week it was”

Yes, every week in the Trump-era is crazy and unpredictable. But this week in particular felt even more over the top than usual. As it comes to an end, it seemed worth revisiting some of the headlines from the past five days…

— Rudy Giuliani pushed the Trump administration to grant a visa to a Ukrainian official promising dirt on Democrats…

— Mick Mulvaney admitted a quid pro quo, before attempting to walk it back…

— Rick Perry announced his resignation…

— Elijah Cummings passed away at 68…

Gordon Sondland testified that Trump directed diplomats to work with Giuliani on Ukraine…

— The White House announced the 2020 G7 Summit will take place at Trump’s resort in Doral, Florida…

— Mark Zuckerberg delivered a major speech on free expression…

— Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats walked out of a meeting with Trump. Pelosi accused Trump of a “meltdown” and a photo from the meeting showing her standing up to Trump went viral…

The foregoing courtesy of Brian Stelter and CNN.