"“He went for the apple and the cherry and left behind the strawberry rhubarb, so he was a picky little guy,” Lehnert said."
Another slightly-but-not-entirely different view is here, in this morning's (paywalled) New York Times.
“Everybody in Miami right now is shaking like a leaf,” Ybarra said. “People are really worried. The Americans and the Cubans are not in bed together, but they already have the room. It’s happening.”
"The spending amounts to roughly $230,000 for every day since she declared her candidacy on April 12, an incredible pace at a time when Clinton was not purchasing expensive television ads. Instead, the funds have gone toward building a national political apparatus helmed by campaign manager Robby Mook."
"There’s also a competition to see who can catch the most live insects, as well as a mosquito parade."
"'This is great because although a lot of people love to come to Fenway and eat a hot dog, some people don't want to eat a hot dog, they want to eat something else — maybe a salad or a wrap with vegetables in it,' Bunker said."
"The English speaking world may be divided into (1) those who neither know nor care what a split infinitive is; (2) those who do not know, but care very much; (3) those who know & condemn; (4) those who know & approve; and (5) those who know & distinguish. Those who neither know nor care are the vast majority, & are a happy folk, to be envied by most of the minority classes."
- Francis George Fowler
"More than 1,000 donors — including some of the nation’s most prominent political benefactors — are hedging their bets by spreading contributions among multiple White House hopefuls, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of new campaign finance disclosures and interviews with top fundraisers."
"The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says 11 counterfeit characters that its investigators created last year were automatically re-enrolled by HealthCare.gov, even though most had unresolved documentation issues. In Obama's terms, they got to keep the coverage they had."
""People want to tell their payment provider how they want to pay and not be told in the traditional way of 'here's your plastic, now get on with it'," said Howard Berg, senior vice president at Gemalto."
People, according to this story, apparently prefer wristbands to credit cards because, says one Ben Wood, an analyst at a company called CCS Insight, one’s wrist is "a very socially accepted place to wear something."
"Despite what he described as a 'little bit of a smell' wafting from the water, Jed Breed, 31, was glad to have an opportunity to cool off."
And in other news from Boston, Mayor Martin Walsh said yesterday the last of the snow has now officially melted, leaving quite a mess.
"A farmer was rumored to have taken a different approach, by buying 20,000 rounds of ammunition. The superintendent of the school district thought he saw low-flying military cargo planes overhead. "
"'They’re worried that they’re going to come in and take their firearms away,' Ms. Miller said. 'Martial law, basically. I try not to listen to all these conspiracy-theory-type people. All they’re worried about is their beer and their guns.'"
That too. How much fun can one week be?
""He changed his shoes, and went to the shower," Rubido said, explaining the footage. "You can't see what he's doing.""
"Mr. Gibbons, a former lecturer in art at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was sentenced on Monday to one year in prison after he pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court in Manhattan to third-degree felony robbery for entering a Capital One Bank in Chinatown this past New Year’s Eve, stealing $1,002 and filming it all on a pocket-size pink and silver video camera. He claimed it was an act of performance art coupled with dire financial straits."
"Yes, it can get worse. Zodiac Aerospace, a French aerospace company, has designed and patented an “Economy Class Cabin Hexagon” that envisions passenger seats in a beehive arrangement, such that you are—from inches away—staring your neighbour in the face.
…The patent states that, “by increasing the number of passenger seats in the space, the amount of space available for each passenger is diminished.”"
"Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will get to keep $51,100 in excess contributions to his presidential campaign from 19 donors by attributing the money to the donors’ spouses, the campaign said in a letter to the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday."
"According to a POLITICO investigation, the Obama administration and Congress have all but squandered an opportunity to give the anemic Food and Drug Administration, which is responsible for the safety of 80 percent of the nation’s food supply, a level of oversight the public long assumed it already had."
"During their 2008 battle for the Democratic nomination, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton argued bitterly about Iran. When Obama said he would meet with Iran’s leader without preconditions, Clinton called him “reckless and naïve.” After Clinton threatened to destroy Tehran if it used nuclear weapons against Israel, Obama likened her to George W. Bush."
"Depending on the location and the age group, some places have a lot more women than men, and vice versa -- as a fascinating series of maps by Dadaviz's Jishai Evers shows."
The national median age is about 37 years.
"For instance, she talked about the need to confront Wall Street, as Sanders does, but she did not use his harsh language or endorse some of his more extreme proposals, such as breaking up big banks."
"“Frankly, they didn’t do squat. They really didn’t do squat,” said William B. Shear, the director of Financial Markets and Community Investment for the GAO, who has written multiple reports on SBA’s preparation for disasters. “They really dropped the ball.”"
"“People,” he added, “should not underestimate me.”"
Give ‘em hell, Bernie.
"In recent weeks, the industry has turned to legislative maneuvering to stop the restrictions on water sales, finding an ally on Capitol Hill to add a last-minute amendment to the government appropriations bill the House passed last week. The measure prohibits the Park Service from using taxpayer money to eliminate disposable plastic bottles in parks."
“Big Water” sounds sort of, I don’t know, non-oily.
"See, the National Guard is completely funded by the federal government for the sole purpose of waging war against the federal government. If that sounds crazy, consider that we are also fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan by providing billions of dollars to Pakistan, which, in turn, funds the Taliban."
But maybe not.
"Since his attention-grabbing presidential announcement last month, Donald Trump is surging in the polls, dominating media coverage and drawing huge crowds when he speaks."
Now that would be fun. Better, it’d clear the air.
"In addition to his regular outfit, the singer put on six t-shirts, five sweater, three pairs of jeans, two pairs of sweatpants, two jackets and two hats. "
"NASA unveiled new images of Pluto on Friday, revealing in unprecedented detail the craggy and mysterious features on the distant dwarf planet’s surface."
"Jeb Bush’s claim Wednesday that Americans “need to work longer hours” may have been bad politics, but he got the economics pretty much right."
"Somewhere in the region, you’ll find the animal shows, drag races, rodeos, car shows, concerts, tractor pulls, carnival rides, crop competitions, milk shakes and funnel cakes. That can mean only one thing: the county fair."
…we reached dangerously high levels of fun: Following an epic bicycle ride happening on the West coast; banging away at the NYTimes crossword puzzle app; alternately reading and listening to a recent Grisham novel; generally enjoying being out and about on in nearly flawless July weather. And watermelon.
The biking continues (and concludes) today. We’re well stocked with puzzles and with books. It’s beginning to look like a fine weekend.
"“I think his delivery on some of his points could use a little finesse,” he said, “but that’s also what I like most about him.”"