HUMPTY DUMPTY HILLARY. Like the fictional nursery rhyme character, Hillary Clinton took a tremendous fall last November and all the king’s (Obama’s) horses and all the king’s (Obama’s) men could not put her together again.
In Hillary’s case, the horses and men included President Obama, Joe Biden, Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, the disgraced DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Donna Brazile who leaked debate questions and most of the mainstream media.
The latest outburst from Hillary, while conducting her never-ending book tour, was against FOX News when she stated that if the channel had been around when husband Bill was going through his sexual escapades, he probably would not have been elected. This comment came in the wake of the flood of sexual harassment charges against a number of prominent celebrities. In essence, whether she knew it or not, by her statement about FOX, she was ratifying the fact that during Bill’s career all the mainstream media was totally liberal. Since she had co-opted the DNC during her presidential run, there is little wonder that she took long absences from the campaign trail and refused to give timely Press conferences. As she waddled imperiously toward certain victory, she had a rope line before her that kept her separated from the Press and the hoi polloi.
A counterpoint to her book, “What Happened” was the recent release of Donna Brazile’s tome, which might well have been titled, “What Really Happened”. In Brazile’s book, she noted that, at one point in time, she was considering replacing Hillary with Joe Biden. This came about because of Brazile’s concern with Hillary’s health, a point that rival Donald Trump hammered on consistently. Also, Brazile’s book highlighted the chaos in Hillary’s campaign that was first exposed by Wiki Leaks.
Today there is a word that a riveting disclosure is soon to be released about Hillary’s connection to the infamous Uranium One deal.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR? The current issue of the upscale GQ Magazine features a picture of a nattily dressed, full-blown afro coiffed Colin Kaepernick, who has been named their Citizen of the Year. It’s unknown so far whether sales of the mag have increased or decreased.
MEXICO VS. THE UNITED STATES. In the recent Oakland Raiders/New England Patriots football game in Mexico City when the Star Spangled Banner was played, Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch took a seat ala Kaepernick and when the Mexican National Anthem was played, he stood for the song. Apparently, Lynch thinks that conditions in Mexico are the racial divide are far better than those in the United States. Possibly he has failed to watch TV or read newspapers regarding the grisly accounts of mass murders, warring cartels and the propensity for Mexico to jail Americans carrying firearms. By his action, he has basically one-upped Kaepernick.
FULL CONTACT BASKETBALL. During most of my days playing roundball, you were limited to four fouls before you were ejected. Those fouls were called when you made physical contact with an opponent. Whether the contact was inadvertent or intentional did not matter.
Today the old foul rules have gone by the wayside, particularly in NBA contests. The latest most striking example of aggressive fouling, which was ignored by the three referees, occurred during a Warriors vs. Celtics game. The recipient of most of the aggression from the Celtics was Warriors star, Steph Curry. In that game, Curry spent almost as much time on his back as he did on his feet by being consistently fouled on lay-up attempts.
The previous game was so one-sided in the foul department that it caused the TV commentators who are usually very non-partial to state, “Three persons did not do their job tonight-and you know who they were.” They added that of the two West Coast teams who were playing the East that week-the Oakland Raiders and the Warriors-the basketball squad faced the most physical opposition.
In days of yore, most basketball players were tall and lithe, such as Warriors superstar of the past Rick Barry. Basketball players were never encouraged to go into the weight room. Today, however, the majority of the players are heavily muscled, with Lebron James being the perfect example.
Over the years, MBA referees have gotten worse and worse. The addition of a third referee has done little to help the situation. Professional games have grown longer due to the fact that the three referees consistently go to the scoring table to review replays of controversial situations.
When one team gets twice as many free-throws as the other team, such as happened in the Warriors/Celtics game, there is more than a vestige of one-sidedness.
Probably, the most egregious miscall that occurred in the Boston/Golden State game occurred when Draymond Green was going in for a layup and a Celtic launched his body against Green, causing him to miss the shot and lose the ball out-of-bounds. Unbelievably, the referee ignored the foul and gave Boston the possession. This brought Warriors coach Steve Kerr, a former NBA player himself, fuming off the bench and deriding the ref.