The Hanging Shad’s ‘Apropos of Nothing’

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Random items as we head toward the end of the year…

1. Apropos of the World Series in 2017: The Red Sox acquire all-star Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox. Price, Porcello, Sale, Rodriguez, Wright. Not bad.

2. When did the term “double down” move from the casinos to obnoxiously frequent use in everyday conversation? Also annoying are TV talking heads who feel the need to punctuate every statement with, “right?” Ex: “So Donald Trump is his own man, right?” They don’t need affirmation from me, just make your point and move on.

3. Donald Trump didn’t “drain the swamp,” he stocked it with alligators—uber rich alligators.

4. Just exactly how much power and influence is Trump going to give to military men? Do we really that many retired generals and admirals running the show? The Founders envisioned civilian control of departments like Defense. Retired Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis will require a waiver to be approved by the Senate. He should need a waiver until why he is called “Mad Dog” is fully explored.

5. With the possible exception of the aforementioned military men, Trump’s cabinet picks lack any experience in the departmental areas of cognizance. Ben Carson at Housing and Urban Development? He’ll be useful if someone in public housing needs heart surgery or if some resident gives birth to conjoined twins, otherwise, why?

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley lacks any foreign affairs experience. Although I hear she once visited North Carolina. Great pick for UN Secretary, eh?

Neither Mitt Romney nor Rudy Giuliani have any foreign policy experience (No One’s Mayor has a multitude of business interests abroad). Yet either could be secretary of state.

Sarah Palin’s name has been tossed around as energy secretary. Good luck with that one.

6. Separated at birth: Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and random fan at Gillette Stadium during the Pats trouncing of the Rams.

Patriots' Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia (R), and his look-a-like in Foxboro crowd Sunday.
Patriots’ Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia (R), and his look-a-like in Foxboro crowd Sunday.


7. Think social media “fake news” doesn’t have an effect? Take these deplorables backing his ridiculous, fact-starved, nonsensical statements that “millions” of votes were cast illegally in the election.

8. And then there is the rampant online rumor that Hillary Clinton is running a child sex ring out of a DC pizza joint. Preposterous on its face, right? Not to some. Apparently Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, North Carolina (there’s that state again) didn’t get the memo. He entered the Comet Ping Pong pizza pump to do “self-investigatory work” on Clinton. He was carrying an assault weapon and fired it into the floor in anger when he found Queen Elizabeth II running the ring instead of Hillary.

9. We went to see “Manchester by the Sea” Sunday night. If you find yourself teetering on the edge in your life, skip this flick and move on to “Muana.” I don’t ever claim to be a film critic by any means (I rarely see one or two of the movies that end up nominated for Best Picture), but Manchester is wonderfully acted—Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges and Kyle Chandler are incredible. But I’m not sure why the movie was made. The story sort of progressed instead of changing. It was so sad it could make one do a Louganis off one’s roof. Go see it…but you’ve been warned. And oh, I’m outraged by the charging of $4 for a small box of Junior Mints which is my movie candy choice.

Kyle Chandler’s character Joe Chandler meets an untimely death to set up the movie. I guess the cat didn’t deliver tomorrow’s newspaper to him that day.