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Weekend link dump for April 23

Meet Jean Afterman, the highest-ranking woman in MLB’s front offices.

“So now, 133 years later, in a 7-1 game in the ninth, you have to watch some 27-year-old failed starter huff and puff for 23 seconds, catching his breath while deciding between his fastball and his fastball, all because Pud Galvin and his ilk cheated so effectively that the game gave up trying to stop them.”

“But this assumption has tended to hide an extremely relevant story in plain site: namely, Donald Trump had and continues to have extensive and deep ties and business dependence on organized crime figures in the US, Russia, Ukraine and a host of other countries. If we’d never heard about Russian intelligence hacking of the 2016 election or Carter Page or Paul Manafort or Sergei Kislyak this would seem like an extraordinarily big deal. And indeed it is an extraordinarily big deal.”

“To have countries with their own distinct corruption issues laughing at our current issues—it’s embarrassing.”

That United flight wasn’t actually overbooked, which makes what they did to Dr. Dao illegal.

RIP, Emma Morano, last known person to have been born in the 1800s.

“Jesus says four times in four different places: do not divorce. Does divorce bother evangelicals? No, absolutely not. Does adultery bother evangelicals? No, not really, because if so they wouldn’t have voted for Donald Trump. So what bothers them? Abortion and same-sex marriage. Beyond that, there’s no longer an agenda.”

“More workers in general merchandise stores have been laid off since October, about 89,000 Americans. That is more than all of the people employed in the United States coal industry, which [Trump] championed during the campaign as a prime example of the workers who have been left behind in the economic recovery.”

“A 20-year-old Syracuse University journalism student made history in 1967 by becoming the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon. Now, 50 years later, Kathrine Switzer will return to the Boston Marathon starting line wearing the same number an official tried to rip off her clothing in the 1967 race.”

“While the popularity of Shape Of You and made-up first names is simply beyond comprehension, there is an answer to why flying is the worst: the lawyers.”

Monty Python star Terry Jones is coping with a form of dementia called FTD.

“But then they went ahead and took the data anyway.”

“What’s going on? Well, Trump’s populists don’t know enough about how Washington works, and Trump’s populism isn’t real enough for him to care.”

Undocumented immigrants pay their share of taxes, too.

Captain Kirk, the Green Woman, and the Bible. It all makes sense, trust.

“[MST3K creator and original host Joel] Hodgson believes that fans sharing the show online was partly what made the Netflix revival even possible.”

“Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction, was found dead early Wednesday of an apparent suicide inside his prison cell”.

“If Trump does not get us all killed, I expect his presidency will look surprisingly unimportant in retrospect.”

From the “anything you say can and will be used against you in a (civil) court of law” department.

RIP, Lyda Ann Thomas, former Mayor of Galveston who served during Hurricane Ike.

“But when you’re talking tough and getting into stand offs over nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles and a major global city vulnerable to overwhelming artillery fire, you’ve got to have your shit together.”

“It isn’t just that Trump wasn’t sincere in his desire to make Washington more responsive to the public (though he wasn’t). It’s also that for a president to make a truly meaningful impact on the kinds of Washington habits and mores that people object to, he’d need extraordinary political skills. He’d have to be able to convince lawmakers to get beyond their individual interests to pass reforms that might threaten their livelihoods. He’d have to have a deep understanding of the workings of the executive branch so he could figure out why things work the way they do, what should and shouldn’t be changed, and how you’d go about it. We may never have had a president less possessed of that skill and knowledge than Trump.”

RIP, Bart Truxillo, longtime advocate for preserving Houston’s historic buildings.

The last orca whale to be born at Sea World made its debut this week.

“Wall Street is like the last kid on the block to figure out that Santa isn’t real.”

RIP, Erin Moran, best known as Joanie on Happy Days.

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  1. Flypusher says:

    There’s a whole lot wrong with Trump to make thinking people worry, and screwing up concerning Korea is a top of the list item. Bluster and bulls*** are never good substitutes for knowledge and reality-based diplomacy, but it’s especially bad there. Talking of a preemptive strike is just stupid; Kim is a nasty little psycho who would not back down and if you really are considering it, you shouldn’t be tipping your hand. Also consider that even if your preemptive strike is 95% successful, you can bid good bye to Seoul and millions of people at a minimum. Tokyo would probably not escape unscathed either. Trump would quite likely blame the generals again rather than manning up and accepting full responsibility for any bad consequences.

    Concerning the MST3K reboot, I’m watching and can sum it up it one word: SQUEEEEEEEE!

    As for Capt Kirk, any real nerd could have told you that he never dallied with any green Onion women, at least not in any TOS episodes. There were some other ladies with whom some romance was at least implied though. The more interesting misreading of Kirk discussed in the Tor.com rewatch is his reputation as a order-bucking space maverick. In the TV episodes at least it’s more often the opposite. Scotty was the one more likely to go maverick and disobey orders.