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Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Writer's Life 5/1 - Relevance

The Sunday NY Post has its typically wide array of interesting items. Here are highlights, my comments in parentheses: Jonathon Trugman writes that at the end of 2013, the latest stats available, the government's IOU to the Social Security Trust Fund grew to $2.79 trillion. (People have been arrested for doing that in the private sector)... In her op-ed piece Peggy Noonan states that for the first time in history a Republican presidential candidate (Trump) will be to the left of the Democratic nominee (Clinton) on foreign policy. (Who'da thunk it?)... Kyle Smith takes the government to task for its stance against vaping, which is said to be 95% safer than tobacco use. He rails against progressives: "Where is the compassion for the single largest group of addicts in the country?" (They will not judge anyone in whose shoes they have not walked except for police, the military, smokers and Republicans caught in criminal acts)... In a piece on play dates, Jane Ridley includes a comment from a rejected mom, who was told: "... I try to limit my child's interactions with Republicans." (Sounds like the kid's already set for today's campus life.)    

There is a great joke making its way around the internet, a lampoon of Ted Cruz's move of naming Carly Fiorina his vice-presidential running mate after being routed in each of last Tuesday primaries. It goes something like this: "After I lose Indiana, I'll name my cabinet." I hope his supporters have the grace to laugh at that. Kudos to whomever came up with it.

The 2016 NFL draft is history and the results seem ho-hum for the locals. The Giants did better in the free agency signing period. The Jets' second round selection of Christian Hackenberg, who did not play up to expectations his final two years at Penn St., was curious. It seems to reflect no confidence in their other young QB's, Geno Smith and Bryce Petty. Management is resisting being held for ransom by Ryan Fitzpatrick, a journeyman QB trying to cash in on a career year. Its stance is understandable. Gang Green is in an unenviable position... In other news, Ohio St. had a record 12 players drafted in the first four rounds. Question: with so much talent, why wasn't the team among the four BCS title contenders? The Buckeyes also hold the record for the most players selected in a single draft, 14 in 2004... And, in my favorite part of the process, the 253rd and last player selected, Mr. Irrelevant, was Southern Mississippi CB Kalan Reed. We should all be so irrelevant. Good luck, sir.

The floating book shop was rained out today.
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