First The Donald, then Kim Kardashian's new BFF

Kim Kardashian And Hillary Clinton Steal The GOP Debate's Thunder With One Photo
It’s going to be a long, long year.

Sorry, North Korea guy…

…you're way too late. My sister has had her own time zone for half a century and counting.

Another one of those immigrants

Frances Oldham Kelsey, F.D.A. Stickler Who Saved U.S. Babies From Thalidomide, Dies at 101 - The New York Times

"She was hailed by citizens’ groups and awarded honorary degrees. Congress bestowed on her a medal for service to humanity and passed legislation requiring drug makers to prove that new products were safe and effective before marketing them. President John F. Kennedy signed the landmark law that she had inspired, and presented her with the nation’s highest federal civilian service award"


Talk about your good planning

Considering that R debate last night (or whatever it was…inquisition?…quiz show?…hatchet job?) I have an appointment to get my eyes tested today, and my ears on Tuesday.

Maybe the next one will make more sense.


Trump-inspired debate drama highlights unsettled GOP field

"Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a champion college debater, was largely forgotten. His night was encapsulated by the moment he asked to "jump in on this one" — only to be told there wasn't time."

The first football game of the 2015 pre-season, the Hall of Fame Game (Steelers v. Vikings), is Sunday, only two days away.


Some days you just can't lose

Don't say we didn't tell you

Health officials warn that you could die playing GOP debate drinking games: 'It's just a formula for disaster'

“You simply can’t drink every time one of these guys says something silly,” said Surgeon General Vivek Murthy during a Wednesday morning press conference. “We’ve got three candidates who are prone to gaffes — Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Scott Walker — and then a half-dozen obscure goofballs vying with Donald Trump for a little media attention. It’s just a formula for disaster.”

It's becoming The Donald Show

Strategist predicts Trump will tone down rhetoric during debate | Boston Herald

And while we're talking about Oak Ridge…

Inside Oak Ridge, birthplace of the atomic bomb | The New Republic

…there was a book on our reading list some time last year called The Girls of Atomic City that tells a lot more of this story. If you didn’t read it then, well, it’s still good.

Bad day to be a cheese

Russia Steamrollers Western Cheese, Fruit to Enforce Ban - The New York Times

"It took a steamroller about an hour to crush 9 metric tons of contraband cheese in the Belgorod region. Officials in St. Petersburg were preparing to burn 20 metric tons of cheese in incinerators…"

Hey, cutie


This is a test

Exploring blogging from an iPad. More later.

Imagine our concern

Oh crap


"You are the 7148924886 person alive on the planet. This means that you are older than 97% of the world's population and older than 96% of all people in United States"

If you're keeping score at home

Rumors of Mullah Omar’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated Before - The Daily Beast

"The Afghan government whispers that the Taliban leader died years ago. U.S. officials and intelligence experts have doubts, given this would be the third time he died."


I walked past a Jeep dealership this morning and noticed a sticker on the windshield of a new Wrangler: $3,500. Who knew you could get a Jeep that cheap, thought I. No kidding.

Until, of course, I looked more closely and realized that was the cost of the gasoline. Per year. Per freaking year. Whoa.

My first car was a tricked-out 1963 VW beetle. I bought it with every available option (that would be a sunroof, whitewall tires, an AM radio and a little package shelf under the dash on the passenger’s side) for two grand. Two thousand dollars. And I took out a three-year loan.

Should have bought a dozen.

Sun flower

This might be good for somebody, we're not sure

John Kasich Is In, Rick Perry Is Out in First Republican Debate - The New York Times

"The former Texas governor is “going to have a very thoughtful conversation about the country and what he thinks ought to be done for the opportunity for this country,” said Jeff Miller, an adviser to Mr. Perry."

Wait what?

Another look at Cecil

In Zimbabwe, We Don’t Cry for Lions - The New York Times

"In my village in Zimbabwe, surrounded by wildlife conservation areas, no lion has ever been beloved, or granted an affectionate nickname. They are objects of terror."

[As usual, the New York times is behind a paywall for reading beyond 10 articles per month.]


That's show biz

Kermit and Miss Piggy Have Broken Up | TIME

"We will be seeing other people, pigs, frogs, et al."

We're feeling a lot better already

Before the GOP can debate, Fox will say who makes the cut

"It's an anxiety-filled process for a Republican Party that worked aggressively to improve its debates ahead of this election season. Yet with the largest field of contenders in modern memory, organizers say something had to give to ensure the debate in Cleveland didn't turn into a nationally televised circus."

Did "prankster" stomp the BOT?

Gearing up for the first big debate(s)

The Long History of Political Idiocy - The New York Times

"WE are currently enjoying a master class in the art of political stupidity.…"

Your Tuesday Morning Factoid

Seems it's President Obama's birthday today. He's 54.

According to the New York Times, "Mr. Obama was the fifth-youngest U.S. president when he took office in 2009. Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest, followed by John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Ulysses S. Grant."


But you knew this, right?

It's today.

A little good news for a change

Very cool maps

What’s across the ocean from you when you’re at the beach, in 7 fascinating maps - The Washington Post

I’m always amazed that Boston is only 0.5 degrees of latitude north of Rome.

1) Take a really deep breath

How to Plan a Successful Underwater Wedding | TIME

"For modern couples looking to replicate Smith and Sanger’s aquatic ceremony, several of their tricks are well worth noting…"

Picky, picky

Users of Jessica Alba’s Honest Company Sunscreen Are Posting Photos of Epic Sunburns | TIME

"Eco-friendly Honest Company’s sunscreen may be “naturally derived,” “unscented” and “non-toxic,” according to the company’s website, but now some users on social media are claiming that it doesn’t work."


Parking lot on Sunday

What, he dosn't know?

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says family worth between $9M and $22M

Guy has so much money he can’t even count it to ± $10 million?

Our kinda guy

A typical welcome sign? That won't fly

"For 27 years it's been up there on the flat roof of Mark Gubin's building in the flight path of Mitchell International Airport [in Milwaukee]. A sign painted in letters 6 feet tall tells people arriving here by air: "WELCOME TO CLEVELAND.""

One word: Philly

Hitchhiking Robot That Crossed Nations Fails to Last 2 Weeks in U.S. | TIME

"The hitchhiking robot is an experiment to see how humans interact with robots. HitchBOT previously journeyed across Canada and Germany without incident, in addition to enjoying a three-week vacation in the Netherlands."

When you crash you crash

I've been averaging seven miles per day walking for at least the last month but today I'm going no where. Dude, it's time for a break.

Although I did do laundry, so that's about one mile. And I might go to the bank to deposit an $18 check from Verizon. No kidding. When's the last time Verizon sent you money, Bunky?

Otherwise, I've got a book.

Trying to trump Trump is maybe not a good idea (but what fun!)

Dignity is where you find it, or perhaps not

“…  We recently watched a video in which Rand Paul took a chain saw to a pile of papers meant to represent the federal tax code. We watched another video in which Lindsey Graham put his cellphone in a blender, dropped a concrete block on it and tried to light it on fire. 
"We cackled at Scott Walker’s incompetence in the presence of cheesesteak. And we listened to Rick Perry challenge Trump to a duel of deltoids: Which man could do more pull-ups? 
"This is the magnitude of dignity being brought to the 2016 presidential contest. And it’s the context in which Trump isn’t surprising but rather inevitable."
[Noted by our Midwest and Elsewhere bureau.]