Friday, January 17, 2014

Hey Joe Just Fix It

The USS Cole will be in Key West this weekend. This was the Navy ship that was attacked by suicide bombers in Yemen in 2000. The explosion ripped a 40 foot hole in the destroyer killing 17 U.S. sailors. It was repaired and returned to military service in 2003. I'm sure they will receive a warm welcome at the Truman Waterfront.

Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers signed a 7 year $215 million deal to stay with the Dodgers. Great left handed pitchers really have it made as they are a rare commodity in baseball. When my son Cole was 2 years old, I briefly tried tying up his right arm with a bungee cord so he would try throwing lefty. It didn't work very well and people gave me a good natured hard time. Judging by this contract maybe I should have tried harder!

Russell Johnson passed away yesterday. Krissy knew immediately who I was talking about when I yelled upstairs that the "professor died." Johnson played the professor on all 3 seasons of Gilligan's Island and by all accounts was a genuine good guy.

Hiroo Onoda passed away from pneumonia yesterday. Onoda was a Japanese soldier stationed on a small island off the Philippines during WWII. He was among a handful of japanese soldiers scattered about that never believed the reports that the Japanese Imperial Army had actually surrendered.

 Finally in 1974, his commanding officer located him and officially relieved him of duty. Still wearing his ragged 30 year old uniform, Onoda surrendered  his sword to Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos but Marcos refused it in a rare act of decency. I've seen several lengthy documentaries regarding Onoda and found them totally fascinating.

Joe Manchin, the former governor and current democratic Senator of West Virginia has a puzzling take on his states most recent chemical spill. He's "not going to cast guilt on anybody." Really, maybe that's why this is the 3rd major spill in 5 years? Hey Joe, hold someone accountable for a change.

Manchin will also look into requiring inspections on storage tanks near water. Or, maybe someone should move the storage tanks away from water? It would be an added expense for the mining corporations but they shouldn't have been built on water in the first place. Hey Joe, find a set and give safe drinking water to the good people of West Virginia!


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