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Ideas, Great and Good

Pope Francis tweeted.

“Do we really want peace? Then let’s ban all weapons so we don’t have to live in fear of war.”  Pope Francis @Pontifex.

Now why didn’t anyone else think of that?  We guess that’s why he’s the Pope.  Now we think this is a great idea but we also think Pope Francis has to follow up on this by letting us all know just what is and what, isn’t a weapon.  Of course there are the obvious ones, like atom bombs and artillery just to name a few but terrorists have taken to using cars and trucks.  Then there is the knife.  It can be a weapon or you might use it to eat supper.  Try eating a tomato, or a steak without one.  You could do it but it would be messy.  Of course in the interest of world peace, we’re willing to be a little messy but as you can see we need some clarification here, like a list.   You know with weapons on the left hand side of the page and household items on the right.  So we’ll know what and what not, to buy.

Then there is a letter that a hundred women over at NBC signed that says Tom Brokaw is a good guy.  This is in reaction to a former news woman at NBC who said Tom Brokaw forced himself on her and belatedly took no for an answer.  There is another woman who also says he made unwanted advances towards her too but she’s decided to remain anonymous.  So NBC got the letter together because it must have seemed like a good idea.  But now it has come out that a lot of the women who signed the good guy letter, did it because they felt pressured to sign. They were afraid if they didn’t sign it their careers at NBC would be short lived.  This whole thing reminds us of a guy from the old neighborhood who had a letter from a New York State Mental Hospital that said he was okay now.  People used to make fun of that letter, as no one else had one.  Why would they need one?  Now we don’t know what happened over there at NBC.  Rest assured that we are digging hard.  And, we’re not saying anyone is yucking it up over there but we’re kind of guessing that nobody else at NBC, has one of those good guy letters either.

As the Yankees were about to play the Houston Astros the other night the announcer was pointing out that the Yankees had never hit a home run against the pitcher they were facing  Dallas Keuchel.  In the first inning Giancarlo Stanton got up and hit a Keuchel pitch into the right field seats.  When Giancarlo got up the next time he hit another Keuchel pitch into the left field seats.  You could think maybe Keuchel is losing it a little but then he’d never faced a Yankee lineup with Giancarlo Stanton in it before.  The Yankees traded for Giancarlo during the off season and he’s batting between Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.  And, from now one we’re going to refer to the three of them as Judge (Aaron 53 home runs last year, Jury (Stanton 59 home runs last year) and the Executioner (Sanchez 62 home runs in his 1st 206 games).   And, trading for Giancarlo in the off season is looking like a pretty good idea, maybe even a great one.

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5 comments to Ideas, Great and Good

  • mistermuse

    Don, I’m sure the Boston Red Sox (among others) would like to see the American League ban those Yankees’ weapons of vast destruction, but I have an even better idea: force the Yankees to trade Stanton, Judge, and Sanchez to the Cincinnati Reds for a gallon each of Gold Star Chili, Graeter’s Ice Cream, and Ohio River water, all of which are famous Cincinnati products that anyone would savor (though it might be best to boil the water before savoring).

    Damn Yankees — break them up before they destroy baseball!

  • Don Frankel

    Muse while ballplayers have been known to sink a piece of lead into a bat head drinking it is not such a good idea. We’ll have to pass on that. But teams can turn things around real fast nowadays. Don’t lose heart because as you well know in baseball…

  • markscheel1

    Don and Muse,

    Good to see your posts and comments again. Somehow I missed the NBC “forced” (just used the quote marks to give Ricardo a rise!) letter, but understandable since I just got out from a week in the hospital. Acute gall bladder/pancreatitis attack and gall bladder operation and prostate complications. Back home today. Working on a blog post in my head about it. Details then.

    Stay healthy guys! The alternative sucks!


  • Mark,
    Sorry to hear about all that but it sounds like it is all treatable. Hang in there and keep writing.

  • mistermuse

    Hey, Mark — knock it off with the health problems. I don’t know if you fit this quote (“If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself”) from my May 9 post, but it’s never too late to get started (until it IS too late). 🙂

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