Monday, December 12, 2016

Monday Reads

Mitch McConnell tries to walk everything back.

He could tell his wife to decline any appointment in the Trump administration, assuming it ever happens.

Oh, cute, all we need is a Pravda around.

Obituary: Gospel singer Joe Ligon has died. He was 80 years old:

Willie Joe Ligon was born in Troy, Alabama. His family moved to Los Angeles when he was 14. The Mighty Clouds of Joy formed in 1955 during the members’ high school years, started recording five years later, and have been performing and recording ever since.

In 1978 and 1979, the quartet won back-to-back Grammy awards for best traditional soul gospel performance. Their third Grammy came in 1991 when Mighty Clouds of Joy won best traditional soul gospel album for “Pray for Me.”

Of course the Trump campaign and the Russians were and are in bed together.

We deserve answers, not the runaround, regarding this mess.

Obituary: Walter Swinburn, 55, jockey of the doomed racehorse Shergar, has died:

Swinburn was on the best horse by far in the 1981 Derby, but almost certainly on the second-best runner in the Classic five years later when his well-judged ride on Shahrastani denied the fast-finishing Dancing Brave, who had turned for home with many lengths to make up. He rode the third and final Derby winner of his career aboard Lammtarra in 1995, dedicating the success to the memory of Alex Scott, the colt’s first trainer, who had been murdered nine months earlier.

Swinburn was beaten aboard Shergar in the 1981 St Leger, after which the colt was retired to stud, but won all four of Britain’s other Classic events at least once. He was also successful in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1983 aboard All Along, and in the 1996 Breeders’ Cup Turf on Stoute’s Pilsudski.

Swinburn struggled with his weight from an early stage of his riding career, and suffered life-threatening injuries when he was thrown into a running rail at Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong in 1996. He was in a coma for four days afterwards, and his injuries included a punctured lung.

It's time for that Christmas Turkey, and it isn't in Greece.

It's oily all the same:

In a preview of a Newsweek article due to be released Tuesday morning, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow explained that writer Kurt Eichenwald has uncovered evidence that President-elect Donald Trump may have already been compromised by a foreign leader holding the power to threaten his overseas holdings to gain a political advantage.

According to Maddow, Trump has a business relationship with the Doğan family, owners of Doğan Holding, which is building twin towers in Turkey bearing the Trump name for which the Trump family stands to make millions of dollars.

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