Dogs in Coats

Running by the Farmington River this afternoon, among dogs in coats and people in sparkling new running shoes and clothes, a few things popped in now that 2014 is out of its misery.

  • Any year that takes Tony Gwynn, Robin Williams, Jann Hooks,$Elizabeth Pena, Harold Ramis, & Philip Seymour Hoffman way too early wasn’t really intent on playing fair from the get go.

  • hqdefaultThe NYPD ends the year with a slow-down and the overall crime rate plummets. At a time when the police union is renegotiating its contract. Brilliant strategy, could end up reminding people of the Great Elevator Operator Strike of 1972.

  • This year finally impressed upon me the truism that anyone who responds to a question with, “Look, it’s been working this way for twenty years . . . ” is not worth listening to.

  • The U.S. discovered the Islamic Statekh-five . . . an entity that has arisen countless times since the Koran was written. ISIS is hardly something new, despite what Congress, the State Department, President and political pundits . . . nothing’s a secret if Charleton Heston has already made a movie about it – a war Churchill fought in – right?

  • MLB Photos ArchiveBaseball appointed a special committee to look at Hall of Fame candidates from the 60s and 70s who didn’t get in. In doing so, Major League baseball was basically admitting that,hey, the HOF voting process was (is) not only antiquated but the enfranchised included drunks, wife beaters, outright conmen, and, worse of the worse, ink-stained keeper of the keys wonks who could agree on only one thing – Babe Ruth was not a first ballot hall of famer. So what happened? The new guys didn’t vote anyone in. Tony Oliva not a HOFer? Louis Tiant? Minnie Minoso? Richie Allen? Get voters with a clue, please.

  • Softbank is releasing a robot that can read450086876 human emotions next month. They look cute, seem smart, responsive, would probably be really cool to have if they had fur and were warm blooded. Developed and marketed by people who have never seen a science fiction movie . . . ever. I’m not interested and I recognize that my reluctance will not be noted after the apocalypse when a handful of human survivors serve their robotic masters.

  • 018-marlon-brando-theredlistThe NY Times has been all over the mess that is Rikers Island. Mess probably not being the right term for something international civil and prisoner rights organizations would be looking into if it wasn’t in the United States. They’ve focused on the head of the Corrections Officers Union as the chief problem – a guy whose friends call him a bully. He has a propensity for showing up at the homes of his political opponents carrying sidearms (the plural is not a misprint). He claims he’s not trying to intimidate, he’s just being a peace officer. “I’m the union head… and a peace officer,” I can hear him explaining to Kurtz. To which the Kurtz in my head answers, “You’re neither . . . you’re a glorified babysitter with the morals of an underfed weasel . . . ” It gets worse.

  •  My theory that the root of the world’s problems gunnyisn’t race, economics, or a host of other likely candidates but bullies bullying the bullies that bully the regular folk gets stronger every day.  Unfortunately, I think I’ll be able to prove it this year.

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