Bob Costas’ Eyes Are Getting Worse, Both Are Now Infected And Horribly Red

UPDATE Bob Costas steps down from Olympic games broadcasts.

Bob Costas’ infected eye that was discussed with honesty as the 2014 Winter Olympics opened last Thursday, has now become a major story in Sochi as the condition has taken a turn for the worse.  The swollen red eye that forced the sportscaster to wear glasses has now spread to both eyes, and he looks dreadful.  Tonight, the fifth night of coverage and he is obviously not feeling well.

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Wisconsin Club For Growth Squealing Like A Stuck Pig

I am reminded that where there is smoke there is usually a fire.  That thought came to mind again today when news reports concerning Wisconsin Club For Growth made headlines.

Once again this conservative group  is working to shut down a John Doe probe that is seeking to better understand and uncover the relationship and connections between right-wing groups dealing with campaign fund-raising and Wisconsin’s recent recall elections.

As is often the case with matters of this type there is an attempt to mislead the public by putting forth a false and highly inaccurate statement.  That was the case today from the Wisconsin Club For Growth.

“This secret investigation and gag order on conservative activists is intended to stop their political successes in Wisconsin,” O’Keefe said in a statement. “The state cannot be allowed to silence political speech it does not like.”

Pure horse rot.

If this probe proceeds in the fashion that many think it will the point of law that will be brought to focus is not about free speech, but instead will be about how election laws are meant to be followed, and why there can not be cozy dealings between independent political campaigns and the smarmy world of special interest groups.  That is the crux of the matter, and to spin it as something it is not only underscores the very reason this probe started, and why it must be allowed to continue.

It should be noted that Republican strategist R.J. Johnson is a longtime adviser to the Wisconsin Club for Growth, and also a consultant for both Walker and the club.  Johnson has also hinted he is a focus of the investigation.  Oink. Oink.

If there is indeed a real desire by Club For Growth to see this probe ended then they need to produce the documents that show the manner in which political operations were handled during the recall elections.  If everything was done legally there will be no problem.  If Wisconsin Club For Growth finds law and order a laudable goal then the process now underway through the John Doe probe should be honored and allowed to play out.  It is easy for people and organizations who have nothing to hide to submit to inquiries of this type.

History shows however that when weaving, dodging, and suing prosecutors all take place in federal court there is something the public is very much in need of knowing.

That is where we are tonight in Wisconsin.

After all, the average person in this state knows full well that where there is smoke…….

Did Governor Christie Fly In Helicopter Over Fort Lee During Lane Closures?

How much more can the Republican Governor’s Association hear before they say time for a change?  At some point they will need to cut the big guy loose.   Governor Chris Christie is too toxic for the aspirations and needs of the many GOP candidates seeking election this fall to be caught with a close embrace from the legally and ethically challenged New Jersey pol.

The state legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal is looking into whether Gov. Chris Christie flew in a state helicopter over Fort Lee at the time of last year’s controversial lane closures, according to a source with knowledge of the probe.  

The source, who is not authorized to speak about the investigation, requested anonymity.

At the bottom of this news new comes the need to probe records of helicopter rides Gov. Chris Christie took to see if he flew near Fort Lee, and if the governor took a ride with then-Port Authority exec David Wildstein, who allegedly orchestrated the lane closures on the order of a Christie aide.

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Dan Rutherford: Allegations Of Grabbing Male State Worker In Genital Area

When a state worker resigns and files a federal lawsuit……

WOW!

A former employee in Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s office filed a federal lawsuit Monday alleging the Republican gubernatorial candidate made inappropriate sexual advances and regularly forced him to do political work on state time.

Ed Michalowski, a former lawyer and director in Rutherford’s office, alleged in the lawsuit that Rutherford’s sexual advances began in April 2011, shortly after Michalowski began working in the office. The lawsuit also alleged Rutherford asked Michalowski to set up meetings with potential donors for campaign contributions while he was working for the state.

Attorney Christine Svenson, who represents the former employee of the treasurer’s office stated this morning on WLS Radio, “Mr. Rutherford entered my client’s bedroom and grabbed at his genital area.  My client immediately forced him off of him, gathered his belongings and left.  He went to go talk to the chief of staff about it, and the chief of staff said quote…’at least we have job security’…unquote, and that it had happened to him as well.”

And of course there is more….

The suit also claims Rutherford made Michalowski do work for his own campaign as well as for 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Rutherford was the Illinois chairman for the Romney campaign.

Rutherford, a former state lawmaker, was elected to the office in 2010. He’s among four candidates seeking the GOP nomination for governor in the March primary. The others are Rauner and state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard.

Rutherford said his office conducted an internal investigation into the allegations and they showed no merit, but because he’s treasurer, he was launching an outside investigation with independent attorneys and consultants. Rutherford has said he would tell his side once the investigation was complete.

The Fate Of Central Park Horses In New York City Unclear

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The debate over the horse and carriage business in New York City is being noticed across the country.   This is largely due to the intent of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to shut down what can only be described as an iconic industry, one that evokes all sorts of imagery and charm around Central Park.    The mayor and those who advocate the same positron say it is inhumane to keep horses in modern-day Manhattan.  I think ending the industry is a mistake.

One would hope sanity might take hold and allow for this industry to remain as it has for decades.  But should the carriage industry take a needless political blow the next question (apart from how to deal with the anger from the owners) is what will become of the horses?

While there seems to be goodwill from many about finding a place for approximately 200 carriage horses to live there seems to be a larger concern that will also need to be considered.   The carriage industry has warned that shutting down the city stables might have the side effect of removing a means for using surplus horses pouring out of the farming and racing industries.  If those horses are not used they could simply be sent off to a slaughterhouse.

It seems that all sides might agree that unregulated breeding is one of the main problems, and that the Amish in Pennsylvania are the source of many horses that add to the oversupply.  The problem is that more horses are produced than can be used or cared for per year.

While it may make some feel good about themselves to free the horses from the bondage of walking around Central Park carrying delighted passengers there will be consequences that need to addressed  about an oversupply of the animals.

And Then There Was Michael Sam

From The Daily Beast

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In September 2014, the NFL will start the season as usual. There will be fireworks and jets flying over the stadiums.  But, when the players stand along the sidelines, silently mouthing the words to the Star Spangled Banner and waiting for the game to begin, something will be different. Almost certainly, at least one player will be openly gay.

 The NFL was founded in 1920 and it’s almost certain that gays have played in the league since its inception, when teams like the Canton Bulldogs faced off against the Dayton Triangles. But no active player has ever been open about his sexual orientation when Michael Sam, a star college player at the University of Missouri and NFL draft prospect, came out publically to the New York Times and ESPN that he is gay.

 Sam, a 6’2”, 260-pound defensive end, was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All American in 2013.  Sam led Missouri to a win in the Cotton Bowl as it ended the season as the No. 5 college football team in the country. Sam told reporters Sunday that he had come out to his team in August, before the season began, and players on the team had supported Sam throughout. According to the New York Times, one player accompanied Sam to a gay pride event in St. Louis while others went to gay bars with the star defensive end.