WordPress, Wherefore Art Thou?

DATELINE:  Biting the Hand That Feeds Us Tofu Turkey

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Almost as juicy as our Tofu Turkey Award, we were just notified by WordPress that this is our seventh anniversary.

We almost expect the locust to descend upon our readers.

Every once in a while we realize that there are awards out there for blogs, but as Ella Fitzgerald used to sing, “But Not for Me….”

Yes, indeed, bloggers are writing songs of love, but not for me.

We heard there are real WordPress awards out there, but they are as mysterious as the Men in Black for us.

Fear not, fearless readers. We will continue for another seven years writing movie reviews on weird movies, pushing our bad books, and berating Tom Brady. If we are not mistaken, seven years is about the same length of time for those with bad luck when you break a mirror.

Thank you, WordPress, for reminding us.

 

 

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The Great Barn at Mill Circle

DATELINE:  Recommended book

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For the first time in 2016, and for the first time in its 200+ year history, the interior of the Great Barn at Mill Circle was photographed and documented. Mill Circle has been a favorite haunt for generations of residents and visitors, but most have only seen the barn from a distance on the outside.

Impressive as its exterior is, the inside of the fancy horse stable for wealthy owners remains a time capsule of New England life within layers. Built as a utilitariathe Great Barn at Mill Circlen barn before 1800, it underwent two major renovations in 1845 and 1965.

Today we can at last see the hidden interior, visible only to a handful of residents over two centuries. Included in this book are over 100 photographs, many in color—some never seen by the public. This book offers insights and sights of Mill Circle’s barn, the private sanctuary of two important local families—the White’s and LeClerc’s of Winchendon.

This is the third book in a series about the extraordinary neighborhood of Mill Circle. Previous works have looked at the notorious mineral spring and its legendary ghost in HAUNTING NEAR VIRTUOUS SPRING. The second work chronicled the two most famous residents, Percival and Richard White, who perished on the Titanic’s maiden voyage, TALES OF A TITANIC FAMILY. Now comes the story of Mill Circle’s stable, where a governor kept his horses, where a stagecoach line may have been the final stop for murder, and where the glimmering barn still stands.

Dr. William Russo puts together this collection of history and images, based on his personal view to the historic Mill Circle barn and his experiences as a resident of Mill Circle. A biography of The Great Barn at Mill Circle emerges from these pages.

Now available on Amazon.com.The Great Barn at Mill Circle

Our Prediction is Our Predilection: Patriots Best Bills Collectors

DATELINE: Patriotic Gore

If you are surprised at the number of people who have picked the Patriots to lose their road opener to the Buffalo-winged Bills, a Jurassic Park team under a T-Rex coach, you must be living under an obsidian rock. The post-deflated Patriots are pumped up. Straight is the gate.

Picking the Pats to lose is the purview of a group of people who’d make mainstream political candidates cringe. The Patriots are hated, fans. They are despised across the spectrum, and more unliked by media shills. In fact, media/Fourth Estate types may be pandering to their readers and followers by dunning the Patsies.

You may have fallen under the spell of ESPN with their perpetual lyrical parallel hypnosis treatment of viewers. The spell has put national football fans into a robotic anti-Brady mood.

Bear in mind that Tom Brady has won over 160 career games if he throws for 24 points or more during his cakewalk. And, he is now upon his world tour of vengeance. Buffalo will soon be a checkmark of no consequence in the juggernaut of Belichick’s minions.

Bear in mind that Rob Gronkowski is a Buffalo native with a desire to show the home crowd how good he is.

It’s enough to make us scratch our pinhead. Why would anyone think the Patriots don’t stand a chance against the Bills?

We suppose that the selection of the Bills increases rabid fandom quotient (RFQ).

We also plan to tune in to see if Brady shakes T-Rex Ryan’s hand at game’s end.

Only one factor gives us pause in the face of so much hatred: Belichick teams always do poorly against unknown, untested, and untalented young quarterbacks. Hmmm. What is that aroma brewing?

Obtuse Time in America

 DATELINE: UNFUNNY NITWITS

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Obuse is a word we feel compelled to apply to large numbers of Americans.

At a Trump rally, one ‘informed’ voter rose to ask a question. Now, we presume these questions are all plants. Apparently not in the Trump camp. Perhaps they will start to better control their questioners.

This nitwit rose to discuss the “Muslim” problem. We know from that tone that he has a final solution to the problem of Muslims. Whether there are innocent people out there or not.

He also prefaced his inane comments with the notion that President Obama is a Muslim, “as everyone knows.”

Hunh? Where do voters receive their information? Not from Mr. Trump who apparently did not feel the comment deserved correction. In his defense Donald Trump claimed not to hear the opening words of the question in the large hall with its bad acoustics. We suppose that is possible.

Then in Boston on the same day, the media asked the next door neighbor to Baby Doe why she never realized the poster child and the girl in the next apartment were the same dead child.

This bright light claimed that she was not among the 55 million people who saw the poster and artist rendition of Baby Doe. It was shockingly accurate to the real pictures released later in the day. It was on TV nearly daily for 85 days.

We should not be surprised that media saturation and social media dominance has left people out there living in total ignorance. Stupid is a form of obtuse. These people are too dense to hear or to see information. They have no curiosity and/or interest in what the media presents. They watch with one eye and listen without hearing.

These are registered voters. Heaven help America. Just ask that Dallas student named Ahmed what time it is.

A Man of No Character and No Decency

DATELINE: AN  AMORAL COMMISSIONER

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The NFL is not infallible, but their mistakes don’t matter to the process. As long as the process is followed, the Commissioner can do whatever he damn well chooses.

So argue the lawyers for Roger Goodell. Wronged parties can offer evidence, and the Commissioner may sit there and listen, but he does not have to act on any mistake, error, misjustice, or travesty. All the Commissioner has to do is show up.

Despots, czars, kings, emperors, and the like, often run their fiefdoms in the same way.

Tom Brady can present any information or evidence, but the Commissioner can dismiss it—even arbitrarily, and it won’t matter because all Brady is guaranteed is a few hours to present his case.

If you begin to think this is not justice, you may not be alone.

We think a kangaroo court is one in which there seems to be a bureaucratic process—but it is a sham. Roger Goodell runs a sham operation.

He can make mistakes, err, and flub, but it matters not. He has the law of the shop behind him. He can do whatever he wants with impunity—unlike players or coaches or even owners.

If you think the basic rule of fairness has been violated, the Commissioner would say it is irrelevant. He makes the decisions, regardless of what is fair. You have no appeal to that.

Call us jaded by modern sports and law, but this policy and this rule by bubble-headed process is the worst argument and befits the idiot who serves as Commissioner.

Has Roger Goodell no basic decency? No, it is not required by the contract.

Loyal Opponent Cromartie Defends Brady

DATELINE: Sports Rivals

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Antonio Cromartie, no fan of Tom Brady, and a key member of the dreaded New York Jets, came out and defended Tom Brady against the Goodell suspension. He believes the suspension is an arbitrary judgment of a dangerous commissioner.

You have here an example of an honorable opponent. Cromartie earned our respect with his loyal opposition attitude. Yet, he is a man with a clear vision of what fairness is all about. He said Brady should have received only a fine.

He feels no player is safe with such a dictator running the show. He thinks Goodell makes up rules to suit his own ego.

Cromartie spoke all this on an interview at ESPN with the notorious Stephen A. Smith sitting on his right.

Smith is the shill that the NFL called to leak that Brady destroyed his phone. Smith obliged and put out a damning report, not fair or balanced. But, the NFL knew the right man to take a personal attack on Brady to his heart. Smith is a tool of the first order for the NFL.

As Cromartie spoke his support for a man he usually disdains, Smith sat there silent and looking slightly uncomfortable, if not sick to his stomach. He hid behind dark glasses, and true to form, was too gutless to speak up. He was not about to contradict or question Cromartie who made Smith look like the fool he is.

It is just another day for injustice unsheathed. Some people show they are standup guys, and others are slime that seeps down into the ground.

Clash of the Titans: Brady V. Goodell on the Docket

DATELINE: HUMOR AMOK

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We are taking a liking to this New Yawk judge. Today he said if the two parties have not come to an agreement by August 12, he wants both Mr. Goodell and Mr. Brady in his courtroom. For an apparent admonishing and face-off. And, for good measure, they can come back on August 19.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall, or an ESPN reporter in the court, whichever is more likely to carry disease and infection.

The meeting of Brady and Goodell after this acrimony would have to rank up there with Moses facing Pharoah, or at least equal to Nixon meeting Mao. If you think these two might be awkward in addressing each other, you’d be wrong. Butter will melt in their mouths.

Lawyers would be silenced and the two nemeses would face-off like King Kong and the airplanes. It wasn’t technology or cell phones that killed the Beast, it was jealousy. Of course, this judge, Mr. Richard Berman, may be biting off more than he can chew. Deciding to show your chops by putting Goodell and Brady in the same room is like cutting your teeth on broken glass.

This may be bigger than the Thrilla in Manila. Tom Brady may chase Goodell around the courtroom with a bear trap, like Cassius Clay did to Sonny Liston. And we all know how that ended for the prettier fighter.

This tussle could be more frightening than watching Dr. Moriarty going over the Reichenbach Falls in the embrace of Sherlock Holmes. What will we do for thrills when this ends?

Tom Brady Speaks: no humor here

I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.

Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past 6 months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner upheld my suspension based upon a standard that it was “probable” that I was “generally aware” of misconduct. The fact is that neither I, nor any equipment person, did anything of which we have been accused. He dismissed my hours of testimony and it is disappointing that he found it unreliable.

I also disagree with yesterdays narrative surrounding my cellphone. I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances. As a member of a union, I was under no obligation to set a new precedent going forward, nor was I made aware at any time during Mr. Wells investigation, that failing to subject my cell phone to investigation would result in ANY discipline.

Most importantly, I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January. To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong.

To try and reconcile the record and fully cooperate with the investigation after I was disciplined in May, we turned over detailed pages of cell phone records and all of the emails that Mr. Wells requested. We even contacted the phone company to see if there was any possible way we could retrieve any/all of the actual text messages from my old phone. In short, we exhausted every possibility to give the NFL everything we could and offered to go thru the identity for every text and phone call during the relevant time. Regardless, the NFL knows that Mr. Wells already had ALL relevant communications with Patriots personnel that either Mr. Wells saw or that I was questioned about in my appeal hearing. There is no “smoking gun” and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing.

I authorized the NFLPA to make a settlement offer to the NFL so that we could avoid going to court and put this inconsequential issue behind us as we move forward into this season. The discipline was upheld without any counter offer. I respect the Commissioners authority, but he also has to respect the CBA and my rights as a private citizen. I will not allow my unfair discipline to become a precedent for other NFL players without a fight.

Lastly, I am overwhelmed and humbled by the support of family, friends and our fans who have supported me since the false accusations were made after the AFC Championship game. I look forward to the opportunity to resume playing with my teammates and winning more games for the New England Patriots.

Waiting for the Letters of Transit

 DATELINE: HUMOR

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The latest news out of Roger Goodell’s office indicates we are dealing with one of the most obtuse people in human history.

Word leaking out from the Commissioner’s office is that they believe the best strategy is the old Nixonian style. They will let Tom Brady twist slowly in the wind.

We are back in Casablance before WW2 where refugees wait, wait, wait, for their letters of transit out of town. Tom Brady wants his get out of jail free card from Goodell’s minions.

Yes, when you lynch someone and destroy their reputation, it is standard practice to drag your feet on any opportunity to end the cruel waiting game.

The Goodell contingent figure they know Tom Brady to be an impatient player who will chomp at the bit to begin practicing and return to the field. So, their method is mad. They will let him stew until he becomes so agitated that he will agree to any looney punishment that Goodell’s halfwit advisors can create.

Have they no decency? Have they no understanding of Tom Brady? He wants his reputation returned in tact. He will not capitulate to their refusal to respond.

The other shoe won’t drop, ergo, Tom cannot file a court appeal to their decision. Yes, if there is no decision, you simply float along the great river of indecision.

In the meantime, drunken arrests of NFL players are now winning three game suspensions. Legitimate felonious crime receives less penalty suspensions than a man who MAY have asked for his footballs to be on the soft side.

We think the only soft thing nowadays is the spongy material between Roger Goodell’s ears. That soft organ has been deflating since he took over the Captain Renault in Casablanca.

Tom Brady’s Deal Sent to Limbo

DATELINE: HUMOR

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Tom on the Blacklist?

Unauthorized reports circulated suddenly that the NFLPA offered Roger Goodell a deal to end the Deflategate impasse. You might think this is the first sign that pressures are mounting—and someone’s willpower is shaking.

You would be wrong.

Sent to the Commissioner last week, the Brady sanctioned deal was met with stony silence.

In some instances, you may know that silence is golden. In other ways, silence is death. In the case of the NFL silence is likely the result of not knowing what to do.

Brady’s unaccepted offer apparently suggested that he would pay a hefty fine, but be given no suspension. Buying your way out is a tried and true American strategy, likely the idea of his supermodel, super-rich wife, Giselle Bundchen.

If silence was the response, the NFL was not buying.

And, that, Brady fans, means simply that they want to hang the superstar quarterback. Goodell is paralyzed because several powerful owners want to see their nemesis Brady punished for crimes both committed and uncommitted.

The notion that Brady will have his day in court now appears obvious. And, the NFL will shiver their timbers and swallow hard, egos deflated.

Owners never think that the courts will make them look ridiculous because they are a breed of men who do what they want—legal or not.

So, we are left up in the air, yet again, as training camp is on the horizon—and the great star of his age will be living in limbo, but not yet told to go to hell.

In Contempt of Roger Goodell

DATELINE: HUMOR

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In case you missed it, a federal judge has held Roger Goodell in contempt for not resolving the Adrian Peterson case. Yup, the Commissioner has been dragging his feet—and the judge has ordered binding arbitration. If that is not achieved, he will hold Goodell in contempt of court.

We hate to say it, but Goodell has contempt for everything and everyone related to football. Why is this man the commissioner?

In a related development, Roger the Dodger reported today that he has no timetable to give a ruling in the Tom Brady/Deflategate appeal. This is two weeks after he said the ruling was coming in a week or so.

Do you have the feeling Goodell is a tad nervous to render his opinion? He now claims he is considering every aspect of Brady’s appeal. “We want to make sure…” he intones. He wants to be sure he won’t be character assassinated. (It’s too late, Roger.)

The contempt is dripping out the corners of his mouth and now can be seen sputtering out of his ears. The man is a walking contempt of athlete’s lifestyle.

All this certainly returns us to our conspiracy theories that someone is trying to do in Tom Brady, if not the entire Patriots organization.

Do other owners have so much contempt for the winners of a Super Bowl?

Is the contempt coming from the media? They love a controversy

This leaves us with the prime suspect once again in the Commissioner’s office. Who do we know with contempt for Tom Brady? Hmmm, that’s a tough one. If you give us a few more weeks we think we might have a candidate, more or less, in a general sense of the word.

See You in Court, Mr. Commissioner!

 DATELINE: HUMOR on the PIGSKIN

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With Roger Goodell promising a verdict this week, the NFLPA is firing a shot over the Commissioner’s bow when it comes to Tom Brady.

They have let it be known that, unless the four game suspension is totally vacated, there will be a federal court date for the Commissioner.

And, just about everyone who has seen an episode of Perry Mason or Law and Order knows what that means. Goodell is hanging by a thread. He will be on the hot seat, if not the witness stand. It’s no place for the witless.

If intimidation is a factor, the NFLPA has made its point. Tom Brady made his over the weekend, releasing a photo of himself lying on a golf course, before the Grand Teton Mountains. His small daughter was at his side. A large smile was on his face.

Goodell spent his time at the Billionaire Boys Club in Sun Valley, hobnobbing with friends he hopes will give him a job when he is fired as NFL commissioner.

A rabid mob still insists that Tom is equally guilty of crime as Greg Hardy because he would not give up his cell phone for study by the Commissioner. Yes, a fishing expedition into one’s privacy is the first thing football fans are prepared to surrender.

Until someone wants to look at their phone.

Carrying off team loyalty in a losing city becomes onerous after the Patriots beat the tar out of your main street. Hence, so many sore losers are typing out venom on comment sections of various articles on Tom.

We never allow comments on this blog. We have the final word.

Tom Brady, Does Your Punishment Befit the Crime?

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Tom Brady is a happily married man. Domestic bliss seeps out of every pore. When his millionairess wife, and supermodel Giselle Bundchen is with him, the world looks rosy.

Yet, he has now received an NFL suspension equal to that of a wife-beater. What’s worse: his punishment is now the exact same amount (four games) as Greg Hardy, a convicted felon who dragged his partner by the hair, tossed her onto a batch of his loaded guns, and otherwise was the epitome of domestic abuser.

Yes, Tom, you are on a par with a lowlife like Greg Hardy. The NFL sees no difference. You withheld testimony and deserve your punishment, but hold on! Greg Hardy refused to cooperate with the NFL’s kangaroo court investigation! And his suspension has been reduced! Either Tom needs to start battering his spouse, or he should be walking a free man later this week.

The longer his punishment stands, the more obvious the NFL has no sympathy for battered wives. You cannot claim a man who beats his girlfriend, spouse, or domestic partner, is comparable to a man who pulls the plug on an inflated swim toy. But, that’s the world of professional football.

Your IQ to work in the Commissioner’s office must be lower than the psi of a pigskin wife beater. You must be someone who failed high school physics, and you must be someone who thinks the weather never has an impact on games. You must also hire referees who keep no records on their pregame work checking footballs.

Then you pander to the unwashed masses that like to lynch innocent men. If you wave the Confederate flag, your next NFL star may be a man waving a loaded weapon. Wait! You mean that’s already happened. Don’t tell us: we know the punishment is a four game suspension.

Money Doesn’t Talk to Roger Goodell

DATELINE: Billionaire Acres

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Roger Goodell was cornered by an inept reporter at the notorious Sun Valley, Idaho, Billionaire’s Club meeting this week. He must be an honorary member, or went as Bob Kraft’s date.

Oh, crafty old Bob Krafty never misses these social events. It’s an opportunity to rub shoulders and pick pockets of other bubble-headed billionaires.

You have more than sports moguls traipsing around the snowless grounds of a great ski town in mid-summer. You have Facebook, Amazon, and other major corporation movers and shakers. Apparently there are few places billionaires can go to take the pulse of their fellow control freaks.

Have they come together to discuss Tom Brady and Delfategate?

Well, an enterprising reporter there seemed oblivious to other major cultural and political decisions that may be coming out of such a meeting. We may be witnessing how money talks.

However, sports takes precedence over all else. The reporter asked her question of Roger Goodell about the Patriots owner, but had to receive a stagewhisper prompt from one of the other losers among the winners. She couldn’t recall Kraft’s name.

Instead, she asked Goodell when he was making a decision on Deflategate and if he discussed it with his good buddy, Bob Kraft, during their perambulations.

Goodell was non-plussed, as befits a millionaire among billions.

He tried to be affable, but stopped to throw out a few bon mots to the hoi polloi. He noted that he had not discussed the major scandal of trivial proportions with the owner of the Patriots. He also said, to the mouth-watering semi-journalists who cover such events, that he could have a decision next week.

How the trivial has become the dominant issue! Do we think Goodell is hearing that he has made a molehill a mountain big enough for Sun Valley?