Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, has died at age 83. Banks was a beloved figure in Chicago and one of baseball's all-time greats. Beginning a couple of years back, I often saw Banks hanging out at Bongiorno's Pizza on Wabash. I believe he lived next door at the Trump Tower.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I was walking by the place and realized that I hadn 't seen Banks in quite some time. Perhaps his health had been failing.
I've been meaning to comment on that not-going-to-pass proposal for free community college. My comment is that I have many thoughts, but no opinion on the proposal. Reader and pseudonymous blogger, Gabriel Conroy shared some of his thoughts on the discussion here.
Brought to you by the nation that actually gave us the 9-11 terrorists: The Saudis have postponed the next set of 50 lashes for the atheist blogger sentenced to 1000 lashes and 10 years in prison for being an atheist who openly supports religious freedom. For providing his client with a vigorous defense, the blogger's lawyer is currently serving 15 years in prison.
In other peninsula news, the 90-year-old Saudi king died and will be replaced by a brotha from anotha motha who's pushing 80. You can take a look at the family tree along with a brief history of the House of Saud here.
The disturbing thing about the Saudi leadership is that among the alternatives that could actually be realized, the current Saudi regime may be the best of the possibilities.
Meantime, the regime in Yemen has fallen, which may be bad because that nation is a magnet for terrorists in training. Problem is that the faction in control for the moment doesn't seem hospitable to cooperation with western intelligence agencies.
The ISIS deadline for ransom payment in exchange for the lives of the Japanese hostages has passed. Evidently there is a dearth of sympathy for the hostages among Japanese citizens. I'm not thrilled by people taking huge risks that land them in these horrifying predicaments, but I'm still sympathetic. However mistaken, misguided or reckless their decisions, these people don't deserve to be slaughtered.
There has got be a better way to find a husband than this.
Looking for something to watch on the tube? PBS Frontline has an interesting documentary on the the criminal career of Vladmir Putin. Of all the leaders who are prominent on the world's stage, Putin strikes me, by far, as the most likely to be a true psychopath.
The Russian people are in love with a ruthless criminal. Not all of them, of course, but far too many. Wise and ethical leaders are usually unattractive to societies that most need them. The realism of good leaders is a downer for those who are failed, frustrated and out of patience. Too often, they are seduced by those who embody ruthless power. A dash or sometimes much more than a dash of paranoia can also be very appealing.
Well it isn't as if the Russian people are the only ones who suffer from this collective malady of judgment.