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01/15/20 10:21 AM #10426    


Glen Hirose

  The Rules of Baseball seem pretty clear to me, no exceptions.

Image result for 1919 black sox

The Astros should be stripped of the 2017 World Series title, and the guilty people in the Astros organization        should be banned for life.*

    *Pete Rose only bet on his own team to win; stupid yes, cheating no, and he's ban for life. Where's the justice?

01/15/20 04:29 PM #10427    


Jack Mallory

Drove by the nest on the way back from the VA today! Grabbed the phone . . . 

Mom and dad, both in residence. Drove home, grabbed the big camera . . . 


Looks like another season being the third parent!

01/15/20 06:39 PM #10428    


Joanie Bender (Grosfeld)

Jack the photos are so dramatic...thanks for sharing those. Love, Joanie

01/16/20 02:54 PM #10429    


Jack Mallory

Not so idyllic at the nest early this morning. Hope they had a fire in the stove.

01/16/20 05:45 PM #10430    


Jack Mallory

The BCC Message Forum is getting a different set of advertisements. Glen, what have you been clicking on?

01/16/20 08:58 PM #10431    


Jack Mallory

Republicans for the Rule of Law remind us that not everyone is corrupt, not all lie, there are those who put country above party, truth before power. 


"This is Ambassador John Bolton . . . He was national security adviser to President Trump. He was in all the meetings in which the president's national security team discussed withholding aid from Ukraine in exchange for announcing investigations into the Bidens. Now, Ambassador Bolton has agreed to testify before Congress."

"He's willing to do his duty to tell the truth . . . "Are Senate Republicans willing to do their duty to listen?"



01/17/20 10:19 AM #10432    


Joanie Bender (Grosfeld)

This is a very good article by Senator Patrick Leahy. Love, Joanie


01/17/20 10:47 AM #10433    


Glen Hirose


     Hey, That's not fair. I'm not getting that stuff; what gives?

    Ear Wax Removal | Walgreens

      Image result for remove ear wax easily


01/17/20 10:51 AM #10434    


Jack Mallory

And how will IMPOTUS respond to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office conclusion that he has broken the law? 

  1. I have an Article 2, where I can do whatever I want as President
  2. The CBO hates America
  3. Traitors
  4. Enemies of the state
  5. Human scum


Just out. When I take some comfort in history candidly recording the Trump debacle, I think of books like this as the first draft of history. As rough as it may be on my blood pressure, I'd rather read this than watch 1917.

An excerpt quoted from the NYT review of the book: Trump to Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India--“It’s not like you’ve got China on your border.”


01/17/20 11:33 AM #10435    


Jack Mallory

From Trump's "No Americans were harmed . . . no casualties" to 11 soldiers wounded, evacuated, and being assessed for traumatic brain injury. NEVER trust a word he says. 

01/17/20 12:06 PM #10436    


Jack Mallory

I don't know, Glen. Now it's this. 


01/17/20 08:39 PM #10437    


Jack Mallory

Great visit. Almost 60 years of best-friendship. We agreed: there can be ex-wives, ex-husbands, ex-boy friends and ex-girl friends, but there's no such thing as an ex-best friend. 


And Jennifer is very much a J.

01/18/20 06:47 AM #10438    


Jack Mallory

Under the guidance of Yuge Brother, all branches of government work with the Ministry of Truth and the Thought Police to eradicate Thoughtcrime. If the people can't see it, they won't think it. 

“'As a non-partisan, non-political federal agency, we blurred references to the President’s name on some posters, so as not to engage in current political controversy. . .' Archive officials did not respond to a request to provide examples of previous instances in which the Archives altered a document or photograph so as not to engage in political controversy."


Time to go back to reading 1984, especially the appendix on the principles of "Newspeak" and "doublethink: "the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as doublethink."

1917 is only two hours long. I'll need to skip several other movies to fit in all the reading I need to do. 

For other Kindle fans--there's a1984 available for only $2.50!



01/18/20 10:12 AM #10439    


Joanie Bender (Grosfeld)

Jack, I have a 60 year friendship too that is so special to me...a BCCer too....we were tossing with the idea to have a 60th anniversary party....but anyway, its great. Love, Joanie

01/18/20 10:15 AM #10440    


Glen Hirose

If you high-stick Ovie you get:

Image result for ovie hat trick beats devils

Хет-трик !


01/18/20 10:38 AM #10441    


Nora Skinker (Morton)

Rock on, Glen! 

01/18/20 11:25 AM #10442    


Joanie Bender (Grosfeld)

who is the man in the cartoon Nori? Love, Joanie

01/18/20 12:11 PM #10443    


Jack Mallory

Oh this will be fun! Good idea, Nora! 

Were you ever going to tell us about those abortion statistics you wanted made public? I asked back when you wanted us to comment, and I still don't understand what's being kept secret, and by whom.

01/18/20 05:00 PM #10444    


Glen Hirose

Lets see, what happened January 18th a hundred years ago in 1920.  Why it was the first full day of prohibition in the US as a result of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.

Image result for first day of prohibition

Prohibition led to a rise in crime. That included violent forms such as murder. During the first year of Prohibition the number of crimes committed in 30 major cities in the U.S. increased 24%. Arrests for drunkenness and disorderly conduct increased 21%, and about 2.7 trillion in todays dollars was lost in tax revenues.  All-in-all Prohibition was declared a success, and the 18th Amendment was repealed in 1933. 

01/18/20 05:45 PM #10445    


Jack Mallory

 You're right, Glen, 



At least they have the professionalism to be embarrassed about trying to keep Big Brother happy. 


01/18/20 07:00 PM #10446    


Jack Mallory

What a wonderful lesson for Lara, and her father in law, and anyone else who thinks it's fun/funny to make fun of any kind of disability. And from Sully Sullenberg!

"here is what I want you to know:

"You are fine, just as you are. You can do any job you dream of when you grow up. You can be a pilot who lands your plane on a river and helps save lives, or a president who treats people with respect, rather than making fun of them. You can become a teacher to kids who stutter. A speech disorder is a lot easier to treat than a character defect. You become a true leader, not because of how you speak, but because of what you have to say — and the challenges you have overcome to help others."

Underlining mine. A real thumb in the eye from Sullenberger to the Trumps and others who taunt the disabled.


01/18/20 07:03 PM #10447    


Nora Skinker (Morton)

Hard for me to equate robbing life from the innocent & robbing drinks from the drinkers but if that really makes sense to you, knowing how protective of human life you are, I am quite surprised. As I have shown in past posts, states are not mandated to report the numbers of abortions performed, making it impossible to know how much abortion stats have risen or fallen in recent years. Like so many biased sources, unsubstantiated figures are reported to appease a political constituency. For the record, however, I am not against abortion 'across the board' but would like abortion to at least be discussed rather than readily acceptable & therefore, not worth mentioning anymore. I think it's sad for America when millions are dying - many when viable - because it's inconvenient to be born. Not just sad but horrifying. 
Joanie, am not sure why it would matter who the person is in the very disturbing cartoon but perhaps it matters to you? 



01/18/20 08:42 PM #10448    


Jack Mallory

So our opnions are not dissimilar, Nora. For me, protected from pregnancy by the outcome of the chromosomal lottery, the decision about terminating or continuing a pregnancy should be made by the pregnant woman--not by the government. RBG puts it better than I can:

The Deseret News, not exactly a pro-choice publication, produces this excellent explanation of the issues around abortion statistics. Clearly the power of big government will need to be expanded, as will government expenditures on data collection, if you want to mandate increased data availability. 


01/18/20 08:48 PM #10449    

Jay Shackford


“When Trump says he knows everything, he knows nothing,” Windsor Mann tweeted.

“When Trump says he knows nothing, he knows something.   And that something is bad.”

Honestly, I’ve been recovering from a bad case of Trump fatigue over the holidays as Nancy Pelosi employed her “four-corners” strategy to pressure Moscow Mitch to allow witnesses and set rules for a fair trial before sending over the articles of impeachment to the Senate. This triggered a storm of protest and hundreds of tweets from an enraged President – even to the point where he photo-shopped pictures of Nancy and Chuck dressed in Muslim attire with a caption calling them “terrorists.”  Now that’s something you would expect from mentally deranged person having a bad hair day.  But coming from the President of the United States.  Really! 

But my blood is rolling again – triggered by the inevitable retaliation by Iran to General Soleimani's killing with rocket attacks against our bases in Iraq (injuring, as Jack noted, 11 American servicemen and dangerously escalating tensions in the most explosive region of the world), Lev Parnas’ confessions and back-up evidence dump on The Rachael Maddow Show and the beginning of Donald J. Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate.  Rachael will get a Pulitzer Prize for breaking the Lev Parnas story.  

I almost feel sorry for Old Bone Spurs. Look at the bags under his eyes, which seem to have a blue tinge when the lighting and camera angle is just right.  He looks like a guy who has been sucker punched by the truth too many times.   Stumbling, bumbling and bouncing off the walls at Mar-a-Largo and in the White House.  Early signs of CTE or advanced dementia? Or is it just more of the same – a President who is brain dead, morally bankrupt and bat-shit crazy.  

Now on to sports and the weather.  Glen and Nori, I’m rooting for the Chiefs and the 49ers to win on Sunday and move on to the Super Bowl.  KC’s Patrick Mahomes is best and most exciting QB to come along in more than a decade.   Go Chiefs!

On a weather-related hockey story, my son, Nick, flew to Edmonton on Wednesday to recruit players at the biggest AAA Bantam tournament in Canada, arriving in the early evening with temperatures at minus 31. By Friday morning the temps had risen to -15 – a warming trend. By the middle of the coming week the forecast is for a high of +30 degrees, a swing of about 60 degrees.  Something is going on.  Nick coached for two years in Alaska and, according to his text, he’s never been so cold. 

This tourney attracts coaches, agents, scouts and general managers from NHL teams and major junior teams in Canada as well as college coaches from the U.S.   A big part of being a sports agent is developing relationships with coaches, general managers and scouts for teams at all levels in the states and Canada, including Major Junior teams in Canada, which is a developmental league for the NHL with players running in age from about 16 to 21. They are professionals and paid to play, with the top NHL draft picks earning hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.  

Here’s where the story gets interesting. Many of the scouts, general managers and coaches mingle together at these tournaments, which run all day and through the evening usually at several different rinks.  Nick runs into and goes out for drinks on Thursday night with Merrick Sutter, who is the assistant GM for the Red Deer Rebels (gotta love these names of towns in Canada) – a major junior team in the Western Canadian Hockey League (WHL). Merrick is the oldest son of Brent Sutter, who played 18 seasons in the NHL with the New York Islanders where he won the Stanley Cup twice during the dynasty years of the 1980s and Chicago Blackhawks.  He was the Islanders’ first pick (17th overall) in the 1980 draft. 

After his playing career ended 1998, Brent purchased the Red Deer Rebels where he coached and served as general manager, a position he still holds today.  He left the Red Deer Rebels for five years to coach the New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames (2007/2012). He also coached four Canadian Junior World Cup teams. 

It’s worth noting that Dale Hunter, an all-star player with the Washington Caps who also coached the Caps for one season, also owns and manages with his brother the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, a major junior team located close to where they grew up.  These major junior teams play in arenas with up to 14,000 seats, and generally sell out for each game, making the teams money-making machines. Dale and his brother also coached and managed the Canadian Junior Team this year, winning the World Cup over the Christmas holidays by beating Russia in the finals, with Sweden coming in third.  Watched a couple of those games on ESPN; fast-paced and exciting hockey featuring many NHL stars of the future.      

Besides being an all-star player with more than 1,000 games under his belt and 74 points in playoff games, Brent Sutter also came from the most famous hockey family in Canada.  Growing up in a farming family in Viking, Alberta, he was one of seven sons, six of whom went on to careers in the National Hockey League (NHL).  Collectively, the six Sutter brothers played more than 5,000 NHL games and won six Stanley Cups.  The seventh brother stayed home to take care of the family farm and ironically was considered the most talented among the brothers, according to interviews with several Brent brothers over the years.  After the 2012 season with the Calgary Flames, Brent returned home to manage and coach the Red Deer Rebels.  

Brent has two sons, Merrick who went out drinking with Nick the other night and played professionally in the AHL for a couple of seasons before joining his dad and the Red Deer staff as assistant general manager, and his youngest son, Brandon, who is still playing for the Vancouver Canucks with a $3.5 million a year contract.  That’s probably more than his dad made during his entire 18-year all-star NHL career.   

That’s it for now, and I apologize for boring most of you who could probably care less about my son’s adventures and Canadian hockey.  But my guess is that at least Glen and Nori will find it amusing.  

Back to impeachment, here’s my starting lineup for witnesses at the Senate impeachment trial:  John Bolton, Mike “Ribeye” Pompeo, Mick “Get Over It” Mulvaney, Bill “Beefsteak” Barr, Mike Pence, Lev Parnas and a few veterans from the House hearings, including “everyone is in the loop” Songland.  With each passing day, it looks more and more like Attorney General Barr is the enforcer of President Trump’s coverup.  Let’s get these guys to testify under oath and see how tough they really are.    

And a warning for the Js.  Don't count on Senator Susan Collins for anything.  She's just testing the political winds in Maine where she faces a tough reelection. And don't forget recent history. She played the same game on "preexisting conditions" preceding the vote to kill Obama Care, and ultimately voted on the wrong side of history.    











01/18/20 10:19 PM #10450    


Joanie Bender (Grosfeld)

I was just tired when I saw the cartoon Nori and misinterpreted it. I thought the blond person might have represented an abortion doctor...but I think I understand the cartoon now. I know you and many others feel very strongly about this issue. I know its hard for you to understand that some of us have a different point of view. We also cherish life but feel that this decision must be left to the woman involved. Love, Joanie

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