MONDAY, July 16, 2012

RECYCLING -- In Philadelphia, former FBI chief Louis Freeh issued his report on the Sandusky child-abuse scandal and  his investigation revealed that legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, along with other school officials were all to blame for protecting Larry Sandusky from prosecution as far back as 1998.  Penn State officials are considering what to do with the giant statue of Paterno that graces the entrance to the campus.  There is growing support for a proposal to melt it down and supply the entire school with brass toilet seats.

KNUCKLE SANDWICH -- Former big-leaguer Doug Glanville, in a column for the New York Times, honors Yankee hurler R. A. Dickey whose knuckle ball, a pitch that historically few players have been able to master, is considered the nastiest in baseball.  He’s right.  Thanks to high-def, stop-motion digital photography, Dickey’s knuckler has been photographed leaving the strike zone, pummeling the batter about the head and shoulders, and returning to the catcher’s glove completely unobserved by the home plate umpire. 

SPIES LIKE US -- The Food and Drug Administration has been caught using evesdropping software to spy on FDA scientists it suspected of conspiring with members of the media to expose FDA-approved tests for breast and colon cancer that subject patients to unsafe radiation levels.  Of course FDA officials deny the allegations and vow to defend their practices in court.   May take awhile, though.  If they follow the usual FDA guidelines, they’ll test the defense on rabbits for five years before using it in court.

YOU EATING THOSE FRIES? -- With the London Olympic Games quickly approaching, even Olympic and government officials have called security precautions so far a “fiasco,” with sub-contractors providing unqualified and under-trained employees, some unable to speak English.  Even Queen Elizabeth has expressed her concern and has offered to help protect the athletes from terrorists.   Unfortunately, her longtime food-taster told reporters he doesn’t think he could protect the entire Olympic Village. 

HIT ME AGAIN -- The TSA fired eight federal air marshals working out of the New York field office after reports surfaced that they had violated the agency’s “zero tolerance” policy of not drinking alcohol while on the clock and the “culture of accountability” for those who do.  According to their attorney, the dismissed agents who had gathered at a restaurant prior to their flights, will file a lawsuit for reinstatement on the grounds that they were working undercover, posing as pilots.

URBAN RENEWAL -- June 1979.  We’re sitting in the room at Shanghai’s Chi Ching Hotel where Nixon and Mao had signed the 1974 U.S.-China Trade Agreement at the mahogany and inlaid-ivory desk behind us.  Sitting at the desk, Hope joked, “Should I open trade relations with Moscow?”  During my return visit to China in 2007, I looked for the Chi-Ching but learned it had been torn down and replaced by a new, modern hotel. 

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