Saturday, August 16, 2014

The New York open line: Plus a return from journalism to political flackery and a knock on Sen. Boozman

Posted By on Sat, Aug 16, 2014 at 4:54 PM

click to enlarge DOUBLEDAY FIELD: The ballpark in Cooperstown is named for Abner Doubleday, despite all the disputation about the whos and wheres of baseball's origination. The hall of fame s here, that's certain.
  • DOUBLEDAY FIELD: The ballpark in Cooperstown is named for Abner Doubleday, despite all the disputation about the whos and wheres of baseball's origination. The hall of fame s here, that's certain.

I had a few minutes to get on the computer from Cooperstown, N.Y., though it was hardly necessary with David Ramsey and Leslie Peacock's hard work today. Maybe I ought to leave permanently.

Anyway, the temperature is in the 60s here on the shores of Lake Otsego. Tourists throng the baseball card shops on the quaint Main Street in a beautifully preserved village. I saw "Carousel" today and will see "Ariadne auf Naxos" tomorrow at the Glimmerglass summer opera festival just down the road from Cooperstown. I also plan to get a picture of Brooks Robinson's plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame tomorrow morning before the music starts. I did pass through the Doubleday Stadium, a field of dreams where old-timers were playing a little pepper.

In the news:

* FLACKERY CALLS: The Asa Hutchinson campaign for governor announced today that KNWA co-anchor J.R. Davis was leaving TV news to become director of communications for the Republican's campaign. It won't be a jarring switch. He did TV news for a couple of years after doing communications work for Republican Rep. Steve Womack. Hey, Matt DeCample is going to be looking for new work soon. Maybe he could go back to TV at KNWA.

* RIPPING DR. NO: Republican Sen. John Boozman gets a thumping from an environmental group as one of the country's most dangerous congressmen when it comes to the environment. The link offers plenty of specifics. We've mentioned before his otherwise typical opposition to clean air controls got so bad at one point in congressional hearings that he hit TV.

When four former EPA Administrators who served under Republican Presidents recently testified in his committee, Boozman’s laughable response got him a climate change eye exam on the Daily Show. Boozman should stop listening to oil and gas interests, and support policies that keep his constituents healthy and that move us toward clean, abundant renewable energy sources for our future.


And, oops, I see I just stepped on David Ramsey's own closing notes. They follow:

* FERGUSON : Here's the latest, via ABC. The governor has declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice announced that it had opposed the release of a video that the Ferguson PD said showed Michael Brown involved in a robbery at a convenience store shortly before the shooting.

* MESSING IN TEXAS: New York's Jonathan Chait argues the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry is "unbelievably ridiculous."

* TWEET OF THE DAY

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