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“His seven years in the Ecuadorian Embassy cost British taxpayers $21 million, and the judge said he sought asylum as a ‘deliberate attempt to delay justice.’

That may be a good outcome for him. He’s better off in British prison for jumping bail than he would be if he had to face serious criminal charges in Sweden (rape) and the USA (conspiracy to hack intelligence files). He may even get to enjoy a year or two of relative freedom in England after he’s released from prison, because his extradition to Sweden is expected to involve at least two years’ worth of paper-shuffling and legal wrangling.

He would be considered a risk to flee to Russia after his incarceration, but he’s probably better off if he doesn’t. I’m guessing that life in Swedish prison is probably better than life in Russia.

Fine Wine Is Now Almost Indistinguishable From The Cheap Stuff

The article raises some new arguments about advances in oenology, but the wine thing has kinda been true for decades. In blind tastings the so-called experts have been ranking “inferior” wines high for years.

Not just wine …

I don’t remember whether I have told this story before, but if I have, bear with me as I tell it for the new guys. When I was running all the 7-Elevens in SW Florida many years ago, one of the local bars and a local TV station ran a blind beer rating test which was to be televised that night on one of their evening news special interest reports. In order to prevent ballot-stuffing or other monkeyshines, nobody was supposed to know about this in advance, but an employee of the bar was a close friend of our local Schlitz distributor, so he told him about it, and the top two Schlitz guys went down to the bar to rig the results.

Boy did that ever backfire! Their intent was to score Schlitz 10/10 and all the competitors 1/10, but BOTH of them failed to identify Schlitz and scored their own beer 1/10 while giving some other beer a perfect score. (I don’t recall which one, but it doesn’t matter.) As if it were not embarrassing enough that their beer finished last when all the scores were added together, it also happened that somebody there recognized them and identified them to the TV crew. As a result, the TV report ran with chyrons under the sampling footage for those two guys that said something like “local Schlitz distributor hates his own beer,” and “local Schlitz marketing manager ranks Pabst best, Schlitz worst.” (Again, “Pabst” is just a placeholder. I don’t remember which ones they rated 10/10.)

I knew those two guys quite well, and I grant you that they were both dumb as rocks, but that’s still an indication that even “experts” don’t really have an especially discriminating palate.

Moral of the story: eat and drink the things you like, not those which are supposed to be good.

16 year old Selina Soule Speaks Up: Connecticut State Championships and the Equality Act

There is no way that genetic females can run against genetic males in sprints. The transgender student who won the Connecticut state woman’s championship would not have placed in the top 100 among the men. The women who complained about this situation have been painted by the media as bigots and sore losers and, worst of all, have been told that they should try harder! To really rub it in, the transgenders are being given not only the medals, but some “courage awards” as well!

This is really a mine field for the “woke,” with (for them) only lose-lose options. Whichever side they take, they offend some minority. Even the LGBTQ community is not united on this front. It’s not just hetero women that don’t want to run against genetic males. Lesbian athletes don’t want to either.

So far this subject has not received much national attention because there’s not much money involved. Some genetic women stand to lose college scholarships. Or maybe they won’t. We don’t know. But as Deep Throat wisely counseled, we had better follow the money. There’s not much moola in track, but what should the rules be when transgender athletes start to take millions away from genetic females in lucrative women’s sports like tennis and golf? At this point, our culture does not seem to have the universal ethical basis that would allow us to lay the groundwork for these rules.

The judge’s ruling really doesn’t mean much. This will go through many layers of appeals, and ultimately will probably be a song for the Supremes.

As I have noted before, the basis for the case is obvious. If the suit is denied, it means that Joe President can accept any level of bribe from a foreign nation as long as he does it though a business. In that case, a President could not accept a billion dollar personal bribe from the country of Musialstan, but he could own an antique store with one item on sale – an old beat-up couch, for example, worth five bucks. As long as he lets his son run the antique store day-to-day, the son can slap a billion dollar price tag on that couch, and sell it to the Musialstanis. That’s exactly the same in intent and effect as the billion dollar direct bribe. It seems to me pretty obvious that we can’t allow our President to be in that position.

That said, it doesn’t matter that the case obviously has merit. What matters is what the courts ultimately rule, and I can’t predict that.

Mueller wrote this letter to Barr on March 27.

Barr has some ‘splainin’ to do. This letter indicates that AG Barr apparently lied to Congress in April when he claimed he was not aware of Mueller’s position on his summary. Needless to say, Barr thought he was safe with this lie. He did not expect Mueller’s letter to become public, since nobody in Mueller’s group ever leaks anything.

But there’s an interesting sub-plot here. The WaPo’s release seems have been created from Barr’s copy of the letter, not from the original. (There is a hand-written acknowledgement stamp, indicating that it was received on March 28 by the OAG.). Barr seems to have a snitch in his own department.

He’s batting .431, although he couldn’t buy a hit in the post-season last year, and hit only .226 in spring training.

He has set these records:

  • most RBI before May 1
  • most total bases before May 1

He has tied this one:

  • most HR before May 1

In two full years in the minors, he batted .271 and .264. In two previous years with the Dodgers, he batted .260 and .267. After establishing that completely consistent level of performance, he has broken free this year. Whatever that Dodgers’ hitting coach noticed this spring must have been crucial.

Hope your May weather is better than ours.

We’re still not ready for Spring here on the frozen tundra. It is in the 30s as I type this, and is expected to drop into the 30s for several more nights. I can’t remember the last time I saw the sun, and it is supposed to rain for at least three more days. Although the trees are still bare, the grass is growing, so by the time it dries out enough to mow the lawn, my yard is going to look like the Serengeti.

Our only hope is extreme global warming. I just keep reminding myself that Green Bay is the Miami Beach of the future, but it’s just not coming soon enough. Can we speed it up if we all let our cars idle all night?