Saturday, February 25, 2023

A word about February 25th

We remember some birthdays and events on this date.

1)) We remember that Ron Santo was born on this day in 1940.

He began his career with the Cubs in 1960 at age 20. From that debut to his retirement in 1974, he put together some great numbers: .277 career batting average, 342 HR, 2,254 hits & 1,331 RBI. From 1963 to 1970, Santo averaged 29 HR and 106 RBI. He also led the NL in walks 4 times and won 5 Gold Gloves for his defensive work at third base. Sadly, he died in 2010 and did not live to see his induction into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

2) We remember George Harrison (1943-2001).

George Harrison was born in Liverpool on this day in 1943 and died on November 29, 2001. He had been battling cancer for a few years. George was part of The Beatles from the early days. He added a few songs to the group’s repertoire over the years but his biggest contribution was playing a great lead guitar and singing background vocals. He did sing or write some tunes, such as “Something” and “Here comes the sun“.

3) Happy # 81 to Karen Grassle.

We say happy birthday to Karen Grassle who was born in California on this day in 1942. She played the role of Mrs. Caroline Ingalls and became one of our very favorite TV mothers. “Little House” was based on a series of books written by Laura Ingalls-Wilder. Laura was born in the late 1800’s and published the books in the 1930’s. It was her family’s story. The stories were about Pa, Ma, sister Mary and Almanzo, the young man she eventually married.

I have never read the books but the TV series was fabulous. The shows were extremely well written, serious and touched on real family issues. It was a great show.

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Joy knows derailments

 (My new American Thinker post)

Trump Derangement Syndrome affects people in different ways.  Sometimes it drives a news network so far into the anti-Trump corner that they lose their viewers -- say, CNN.  Often it is reflected in the lunatic things that people say, such as Joy Behar and her sidekick Asuncion.

This is how Joy described the derailment in Ohio:  

Joy Behar shocked audience members of “The View” on Thursday when she implied that Donald Trump-voting residents of East Palestine, Ohio, have nobody to blame but themselves for the toxic train derailment that’s rocked the small town.

Gasps could be heard from the crowd after the comment by Behar, who also insinuated that the devastating Feb. 3 derailment was a result of the former president’s actions in the White House.

“I don’t know why they would ever vote for him, for somebody who, by the way, he placed someone with deep ties to the chemical industry in charge of the EPA’s chemical safety office,” said Behar, 80.

What an irresponsible person.

Derailments are a part of life, just like airplanes crashing.  They've happened before and will happen again.  To connect this derailment with a Trump policy or campaign contribution is beyond irresponsible.  Does everything have to be about Trump?  I guess yes, if you are infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Another woman, National Transportation Safety Board chair Jennifer Homendy, responded to the politics and told everyone to calm down.  She added this:   

“There’s a lot of misinformation on what would have prevented this,” she said. “Everyone is guessing. I saw it all over media, which was driving me nuts. Those solutions, all of the ones I heard of, are not the solutions.”

She hinted at an article that circulated soon after the derailment blaming it on a rule that would have mandated faster brakes on some trains, which was withdrawn in 2017. She said those brakes would not have prevented this derailment or even have significantly reduced its severity.

Last, but not least, “Scranton Joe” was in Kiev handing out dollars. I'm not against supporting Ukraine against Putin.  However, Air Force One could have made a quick stop in Ohio and put the President in touch with people hurting from the derailment.  The First Lady could have visited the area before going on her Africa mission.   

So we are left with no presidential visit, more horrible comments from Joy Behar, and residents in Oho wondering why.

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