Archive for March 29th, 2017

From Russia with Love

Cy Young was born 150 years-ago today. March 29 is a pretty good day, don’t you think?

Go check out another killer Russian dressing flavor Nick Anderson cartoon in today’s Chron. Here if you can get behind the paywall: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/anderson/article/Sanctuary-City-11034559.php.

More Russian dressing from Politico:

“Today’s hearing would also have provided the opportunity for former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates to testify about the events leading up to former National Security Advisor (Michael) Flynn’s firing, including his attempts to cover up his secret conversations with the Russian Ambassador,” (Cong. Adam) Schiff said in a statement.

More Russian dressing from USA Today:

To expand his real estate developments over the years, Donald Trump, his company and partners repeatedly turned to wealthy Russians and oligarchs from former Soviet republics — several allegedly connected to organized crime, according to a USA TODAY review of court cases, government and legal documents and an interview with a former federal prosecutor.

Here is all of the USA Today read: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/28/trump-business-past-ties-russian-mobsters-organized-crime/98321252/.

And now NBC did a killer story on Paul Manafort yesterday on money laundering.

The Russia lovefest with Trump is going to get bigger and bigger.  The Russians own a big chunk of his arse for sure.

On Pasadena Mayor Johnny Isbell calling Council Member Cody Wheeler “boy”, Commentary called for Mayor Isbell to apologize. He did.

Here is from the Chron:

Pasadena Mayor Johnny Isbell on Tuesday issued an apology for telling a Hispanic councilman to “Speak up, boy” during a meeting, noting the “term could be construed as inappropriate” and that members of the council should be addressed more respectfully.

Still, in a statement to the media, the 78-year-old mayor took issue with critics who called the way he addressed Councilman Cody Ray Wheeler “racist.”

“There was no racial component in my mind whatsoever,” Isbell stated. “Having spent years involved in sports and coaching and in the military, saying ‘hurry up, boy’ is simply something that you might say to expedite an action. It’s a term I have used with friends and with family. I was not trying to disparage anyone in any way.”

“Again, I apologize to Councilman Wheeler and anyone else who my comment may have offended,” he added.

Now go say twelve “Hail Marys” and six “Our Fathers.”

Among MLBers still playing and on an MLB roster, the ‘Stros have two who are in the top 20 in career dingers, name the two?

Commentary didn’t expect these folks to break bread with the enemy so this announcement comes as no surprise. Here is from Politico:

No White House staff will attend next month’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner in “solidarity” with their boss, President Donald Trump, who is the first president to skip the dinner in decades.

“The White House informed the White House Correspondents’ Association this evening that White House staff will not be attending this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner out of “solidarity” with President Trump, who has previously announced that he would skip the event,” WHCA president Jeff Mason said in a letter sent to the organization.

“The WHCA board regrets this decision very much. We have worked hard to build a constructive relationship with the Trump White House and believe strongly that this goal is possible even with the natural tension between the press and administrations that is a hallmark of a healthy republic. We made clear in our meeting tonight that President Trump, Vice President Pence, and White House staff continue to be welcome to join us at this dinner.”

It looks like the evening will be fun anyway and you bet Trump and his staff will be watching.

This from Politico:

Trump will not throw the ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals opening day Monday, the team told reporters Tuesday.

This is pretty obvious. He didn’t want to get booed bigly in a big league venue.

Carlos Beltran of course has 421 career dingers and Brian McCann has 245.

It is MLB at The Yard tomorrow.

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