Jack’s Random Thoughts, Available Quarterbacks, Edible Children

It would appear that Donald Trump made a successful foreign policy foray to Mexico City. This should only be surprising to people who mistakenly believe this trip was tricky or complicated for him. I never thought so, and therefore it looks like a modest goal, modestly attained.

By the way, the media kept reminding us today how “despised” Trump is across Mexico. A little history: Numerous American presidents have sent troops and/or ships into battle against Mexico, inside Mexico, from the 1846-48 Mexican American War through numerous incursions during the last half of the 19th century to a 1914-17 protracted, multipronged war and occupation of Veracruz. My point: American presidents have a long history of being unpopular there. It’s only a recent development for our presidents to cozy up.

More and more as I get older, I find solace in the mental trick of talking my way out of despair or sadness by realizing how someone else has worse/bigger/harder problems, and then mentally slapping myself because others have it worse. Hopefully, I can keep that working.

This helps too: 

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NIV)

The Minnesota Vikings lost their very talented young QB Teddy Bridgewater to a season-ending ACL tear this week, and the hot topic in the Twin Cities is whether to acquire Colin Kaepernick from the 49ers, who appear unlikely to start him.

Should the Romo-less Cowboys consider Colin too?

There aren’t a lot of Super Bowl-caliber quarterbacks waiting around by the phone. Then again, are you prepared for your football team to be relegated to the supporting cast for a season-long melodrama?

Lost in the shouting over District Attorney Nico LaHood’s candid assertion that he believes autism is linked to childhood vaccinations: It was an authentic moment. There’s no political play here, and if anything, only risk. Agree or disagree with him, it took guts to take a stand you know will be reviled, and one no one forced you to take.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be canonized by the Catholic church on Sunday. Today we learned that five of her Missionaries of Charity sisters in Argentina were beaten and tortured by thieves. It’s easy to forget that Teresa not only gave selflessly, but she did so in the most dangerous places on Earth, as do her fellow nuns today. You know what they call “photo-op charity”? Hers and theirs are the opposite.

Even good kids get a little unruly at a wedding. I mean, they are boring. Read this invitation to them and they’ll stay right in line.

A study found workers would try harder if the incentive was pizza, rather than money. I’m glad that’s not just true of me, only.

And finally, much ado was made about a jetBlue airliner flying from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Santa Clara, Cuba today, as “the first commercial flight from the US to Cuba in over half a century.” Except for the gazillion planes hijacked to Cuba over that period. So…technically…



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