RAFT OF POTENTIAL CONFLICTS IN PRESIDENT'S APPOINTEES
Follow along, class ...
"President Trump is populating the White House and federal agencies with former lobbyists, lawyers and consultants who in many cases are helping to craft new policies for the same industries in which they recently earned a paycheck."
"In at least two cases, the appointments may have already led to violations of the administration's own ethics rules."
" ... [E]valuating if and when such violations have occurred has become almost impossible because the Trump administration is secretly issuing waivers to the rules."
YOUNG COUPLE RISE AS PILLARS OF FAMILY-DRIVEN WEST WING
President Dodoerivja [click on two letters at a time].
NORTH KOREAN MISSILE TEST FAILS, AND A LEADER'S SHOW OF STRENGTH FIZZLES
"Kim Il-sung's birthday, called the Day of the Sun, is the North's most important holiday and a key moment for scoring propaganda points."
WHY BASE STEALERS TARGET SYNDERGAARD
I am such a sucker for charts like this.
"Good base stealers can get to second base in about 3.4 seconds; some get there even faster. Syndergaard's catcher, usually Rene Rivera, can catch the ball, transfer it to his throwing hand and get it to second base in an average of 1.91 seconds. (The league average for catchers is 1.98.) That leaves Syndergaard only 1.5 seconds to go through his windup and throw to Rivera. That's the problem: Syndergaard's delivery is rarely that fast."
So, taking Syndergaard's average of 1.65 to the plate and add the 1.91 it takes the catcher to throw to second = 3.56 seconds. So the "average" "good base stealer" gets there in 3.40.
"Not only did [Syndergaard] give up the most stolen bases [48 in all of 2016 MLB], but base stealers succeeded 84.2 percent of the time against him, compared with the major league average of 71.7 percent."
Bottom line -- if Syndergaard could shave tenths of seconds off of each of the four components shown above, he might discourage would-be thieves more often.
REFINED SABATHIA ALLOWS YANKEES TO OUTLAST A HAPHAZARD PITCHER
One of the most entertaining games I've seen yet this season!
This is what the Yankees did in the first two innings:
- Gardner walks.
- Hicks walks.
- Carter strikes out.
- Molina allows a passed ball; runners on 2nd and 3rd.
- Ellsbury strikes out.
- Martinez throws a wild pitch; 1-0 Yankees, runner on third.
- Castro walks.
- Headley walks. Bases loaded.
- Bird strikes out looking. Three down.
- Second inning: Higashioka strikes out.
- Torreyes strikes out.
- Gardner walks again.
- Hicks walks again.
- Carter strikes out again.
That's six walks and six strikeouts.
With Chapman and Betances unavailable, Clippard managed to barely save the game! Yanks are on a good-looking roll.
"Once you've learned to fake sincerity, the rest is easy. Once Donald Trump learns to pretend to love animals, he can move on to pretending to love the human race."
I don't understand a word of this article, but it looks beautiful.
"Bannon is still on the job, and Trump may keep him there, because while he has been disruptive inside the White House, he could be pure nitroglycerin outside. He commands acolytes on the alt-right. He has a mouthpiece in Breitbart News. He has means for revenge. He also has a history of it."
Shakespeare, anyone? This is basically why I don't think he'll be the first (or second) to go.
"[H]ere's a partial list of his reversals and revisions, large and small, to date:
THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION
"Kristof: How can I reconcile my admiration for the message of Jesus, all about inclusion, with a church history that is often about exclusion?
Carter: As St. Paul said to the Galatians in 3:28, 'There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female, for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.'"
Sounds like the Borg.
"There are over 440 bridges [in Pittsburgh]."
"[The] Roberto Clemente Bridge ... look[s] up the Allegheny River at two other huge, majestic steel bridges: the Andy Warhol and the Rachel Carson."
When I last lived in my hometown Pittsburgh, the AWB was the 7th Street Bridge and the RCB was the 9th Street Bridge.
Maybe when I'm famous, they'll name the 318th Street Bridge after me.