The Gray Lady Responds, “Smack!”


Donald Trump’s attorney to New York Times:

“We hereby demand that you immediately cease any further publication of this article, remove it from your website and issue a full and immediate retraction and apology. Failure to do so will leave my client with no option but to pursue all available actions and remedies.”

New York Times attorney responds:

“If Mr. Trump disagrees, if he believes that American citizens had no right to hear what these women had to say and that the law of this country forces us and those who would dare to criticize him to stand silent or be punished, we welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight.”


Yogurt and the Jihadi Threat

twinfalls1Turkish immigrant Hamdi Ulukaya bought a closed Kraft plant in New Berlin, New York. Chobani hired some of the ex-Kraft employees and launched his “Chobani” – derived from the Turkish word for “shepherd” – brand of yogurt in 2007. This Greek yogurt brand grew to be the largest-seller in the U.S. Near the end of 2012 Chobani opened a 300-employee plant in bucolic Twin Falls, Idaho. As we know, no good deed goes unpunished.

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Still Fighting Change

A couple decades ago I played third base on a fast-pitch softball team. In fast pitch there is a lot of bunting and the third baseman has to play in shallow, close to the batter. I was never mistaken for an all-star, but I still have all my teeth, so I consider myself a success at that position.

woman_playerOne season, we had on our club a recent college graduate, who was a pitcher on her college softball team. The “her’ became the problem. There was controversy and outrage and meetings about whether she should be allowed to play. Keep in in mind this was a purportedly adult league. As we were in the Portland City League and played on Portland city-park fields, she played. And guess what happened: nothing. The league survived and the sports world kept going as usual.

Well into the twenty-first century, you would think this is not an issue. You would be wrong. Soccer teams in Phoenix are trying to maintain the purity of the sport.

From Juanita Jean’s.


The Sonoma Stompers minor-league baseball team made news woman_stomperthis summer with a woman on the pitcher’s mound. Earlier this year, the Stompers were the first team with an openly-gay player on the field.

A Lifetime of Public Service

kids_smoking_cigarettesRep. John Boehner served the citizens of his Ohio district for more than twenty years in the House of Representatives, and the United States as a whole as House Minority Leader, House Majority Leader and, from 2011 until resigning in 2015, Speaker of the House. Public service runs deep in Mr. Boehner. The long-time Camel smoker has just been elected to the board of directors of Reynolds American, Inc., the second-largest U.S. tobacco company. He will no doubt continue his diligent work promoting the health and welfare of people everywhere.