“I don’t believe what I just saw!”

That’s what Jack Buck said when Kirk Gibson hit his famous home run off a Dennis Eckersley back-door slider in Game One of the 1988 World Series.

Move over, Mr. Buck, because tonight Justin Turner of the Dodgers hit the team’s first walkoff home run in a postseason game since that very one, 29 years to the day later.

Here they are with sound. First Gibby’s:

Then Turner’s:

Amazing coincidence, I calls it. The Dodgers now lead the series 2-0 and it moves to Chicago for Games Three, Four and if necessary Five.

Stills – Collins

We all know the history, right? Stephen and Judy were “an item” for some time in the Sixties, and Stephen wrote “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” for/about her. It appeared on the first Crosby Stills & Nash album and was released as a single in 1969.

All these years later they’ve teamed up on a lovely album entitled “Everybody Knows.” The title is also a track on the album, a beautiful Leonard Cohen song. Go buy it or download it or whatever. It’s excellent.

Damn Yankees

Mostly on general principles. The Giants and the Yankees are ancient enemies of the Dodgers. There have been 11 World Series in which they have been the opposing teams. Eleven!

The Yankees’ comeback from an 0-2 deficit in the American League Division Series against the Indians, previously the hottest team in that league from July 14 when the second half began (they won 55 while losing only 19), is thrilling if you’re a Yankee fan, heartbreaking if you’re an Indians fan, and just plain annoying if you got sick and tired of the Yankees winning their lousy 27 World Championships during the 20th century.

Now we Yankee haters have to hope the Astros will knock them off in the ALCS. Lola tried hard, but love won in the end.

Sucks to be you, poor women

The Trump Administration just expanded the range of employers who can claim exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that birth control be made available as part of any insurance policy.

This latest rewriting of the federal policy, in an interim final rule that takes effect immediately, broadens the entities that may claim religious objections to providing contraceptive coverage to nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies, even ones that are publicly traded. Also included are higher educational institutions that arrange for insurance for their students, as well as individuals whose employers are willing to provide health plans consistent with their beliefs.

A separate section covers moral objections, allowing exemptions under similar circumstances except for publicly traded companies.

The Administration is spinning the effect of this as minimal:

…administration officials estimate that 120,000 women at most will lose access to free contraceptives — many fewer than critics predict.

They write that they do not know how many employers or insurers that omitted contraceptive coverage before the ACA did so based on religious beliefs that would now allow them to be exempt. For that reason, the law says, HHS cannot predict how many entities will want exemptions, other than the groups that have filed recent lawsuits or made other public statements against the Obama-era policy.

Does anyone really think that only those who sued will drop coverage for contraceptives? Doesn’t this look like a blank check to deny anything if it can be claimed to violate “religious liberties”?

Roger Severino, director of HHS’s office for civil rights and a longtime proponent of religious liberties [said]…”We should have space for organizations to live out their religious identity and not face discrimination because of their faith.”

How many corporations have a “religious identity?” But how many will claim one now that a free pass has been issued?

This is why evangelicals still back Trump. Their morals are, shall we say, flexible. As long as the President hands them victories like this and give them judges who are socially conservative they’ll happily overlook his history of sexual assaults, theft of wages from employees and subcontractors and fraudulent enterprises, as well as his lying and warmongering since he’s been in office.

Oh, by the way: the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that savings on the birth control pill have made up more than half of the drop in all out-of-pocket prescription drug spending since August 2012 when the mandate that some form of birth control be covered took effect.

Trumpian excess

Every day in every way imaginable this man embarrasses the United States, its citizens, and even himself (if he had the capacity to realize it).

His performance in Puerto Rico today was appalling.

“Every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous — hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here, with really a storm that was just totally overpowering, nobody’s ever seen anything like this. What is your death count as of this moment? 17? 16 people certified, 16 people versus in the thousands. You can be very proud of all of your people and all of our people working together. Sixteen versus literally thousands of people. You can be very proud.

“Hell, little brown people, you think Maria was bad, you shoulda been in Katrina! Your storm wasn’t so big!”

You’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack. We’ve spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico.

Actually, we haven’t. If you recall, within a week of Irma and Harvey Congress appropriated $15B for emergency aid. No such emergency appropriations have been made for victims of Maria in either PR or USVI.

Then there’s this, where the great man passes out largesse to the peasants:

He is a despicable man worthy of no respect.

A question

How is it that the Republican Party repeatedly says gun control laws won’t work and aren’t needed but continually says more and more restrictive abortion laws are desperately needed?

“The shooters will just get guns on the black market,” they say when arguing against restrictions on gun purchasers. But when one points out that women will get abortions on the black market even if they close down every clinic in the country, they pooh-pooh the idea.

They’re literally bloodily delusional.

Dr. Strangelove has orange skin

What else is one to think after reading what Trump said this morning?


“I won’t fail?” You stupid stupid man, you fail the moment you undercut your senior diplomat, Secretary Tillerson. You are pushing North Korea toward launching nuclear weapons at us, at Japan, or at South Korea, all for the sake of your little man’s ego.

If we survive, it won’t be because of your good efforts.

Hawaii Five-0, Season Eight

I don’t watch the show, but there was a big foofaraw this past summer when two of the show’s four main characters, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, both quit after a salary dispute. They each wanted to be paid what Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan were paid, and CBS’s final offer to Kim and Park “was believed to have been 10-15% lower” than what O’Loughlin and Caan make in salary. After seven years of being paid less than the other two, I think I’d have said “pay up” too.

Anyway, the two characters had to be written out of the show somehow, so I was curious as to how that would be handled. Easy! Like so many other professionals, they left Hawai’i and moved to the Mainland!

In real life the reason most people move to the Mainland from Hawai’i is money. They can make more in their profession there or they can stretch the same pay a lot farther there, particularly for housing. The median price of a single-family house here was $795,000 three months ago. So it’s kind of a subtle joke that these two characters would head for the Mainland, presumably for more money, all while the real-live actors who played them couldn’t get the raise they wanted.

Maybe the writers didn’t think of it, but I did.