WHEN DID “BARTENDER” BECOME “MIXOLOGIST”? or WHEN A MARTINI ISN’T A MARTINI!

WE USED TO CALL THEM BARTENDERS OR BARKEEP OR BARMAN, REGARDLESS OF GENDER (THANKFULLY, NEVER BARPERSON). BUT NOW I KEEP HEARING “MIXOLOGIST” AND PERHAPS THAT’S AN APPROPRIATE TERM SINCE I ALSO HEAR & READ ABOUT DRINKS WITH “LAVENDAR INFUSED GIN” OR “HAM INFUSED BOURBON”.  AND MARTINIS WITH CHOCOLATE, OR ORANGE BLOSSOMS!  JUST BECAUSE THEY’RE SERVED IN TRADITIONAL STEMMED COCKTAIL GLASSES DOESN’T MAKE THEM MARTINIS. A MARTINI IS MADE WITH GIN (PREFERABLY, ALTHOUGH VODKA IS ALSO ACCEPTABLE, BARELY) &  A LITTLE DRY VERMOUTH. NOTHING ELSE IS A MARTINI, EVEN IF PREPARED BY A MIXOLOGIST.

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THE (WISE) ECONOMIST

Whether or not you are a subscriber, I urge you to read the cover editorial in this week’s Economist magazine entitled: “Washington, we have a problem…Trump’s America”.   In one page it clearly explains “Why the Donald is dangerous” and concludes by urging that “Republicans should listen carefully to Mr. Trump, and vote for someone else”.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS & RAIDERS

Lots of talk these days about bringing the NFL back to Los Angeles. Three teams involved: San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders &  St. Louis Rams. All three having stadium issues in their current cities.  All three involved in new stadium proposals in Los Angeles.  Likely two will move, leaving one out (like musical chairs). Who draws the short straw? Here’s one scenario in which all three win something and all three lose something.

The Chargers & Raiders move to LA, but not into the stadium they have jointly proposed for Carson, CA. Rather they lease the stadium from Rams’ owner, billionaire Stan Kroenke,  which he has planned for Inglewood. With some of the profits from his LA stadium, Kroenke helps fund a new stadium in St. Louis in which the Rams will play.

Here’s the reasoning: The city of Oakland has done almost nothing to keep the Raiders, to the point where they haven’t even been invited to make a presentation to NFL owners. And the bay area will still have the 49’s. San Diego has done more than Oakland, but less than St. Louis to keep their team, but the Chargers could not possibly survive in San Diego with two teams only 2-3 hours away in LA and many of their fans would make that commute after the move.  The NFL would lose face if it left St. Louis without a team and it can compensate the Rams owner by selecting his LA stadium (which rumor has it the NFL and the city of LA both prefer anyway).

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BROKERED CONVENTION

There hasn’t been a “brokered convention” (where no candidate has enough first ballot votes for the nomination) since Gerald Ford edged out Ronald Reagan in 1976. But stand by for 2016 when Donald Trump, who the party establishment clearly doesn’t want, but could well lead going in with perhaps a third or more of the committed delegates.  Assuming the remaining delegates are split between two or more candidates, that could make for a lot of back room give and take (and perhaps a bunch of ballots) before an “acceptable” nominee is  settled on. And who that might be is, at this point, anybody’s guess.

DONALD TRUMP’S TRUE COLORS

Mr. Trump is a Republican candidate to be president of our country. Knowing that he is unlikely to be the Republican candidate in 2016, he has stated that he may run as an Independent, “depending on how the republicans treat me”. Moreover, knowing that his run as an Independent would almost certainly guarantee a Democrat victory, it is abundantly clear that Mr. Trump’s top priority is not the welfare of his country, but the welfare of The Donald! Is anyone at all surprised?

PETE ROSE DESERVES THE HALL OF FAME

Pete Rose, the all time hit leader in MLB, bet on baseball, but only on his team to win which, therefore, had no effect on the outcome of games. He is currently denied the opportunity to be in the Hall of Fame. Other players, including Ryan Braun and A-Rod, to name just two, took Peds which did affect their performance and, therefore the outcome of games. All of which they lied about repeatedly. Yet both are not only eligible for the Hall, they are currently playing! Not difficult to see what’s wrong with this picture.