And then I wrote...

By Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that there is an old saying, repeated in the words of a song, to the effect that “some days are diamonds, some days are coal.” In addition to the relative value and attractiveness of the two things, I think the message also conveys that both are created in part by pressure.

I could not help but think about how that phrase might apply to Senator Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat who says he will resign after many of his fellow party office holders put pressure on him to do so following charges of sexual misconduct.

For several weeks prior to those charges, he had a hagiography on the national best selling books list. I did not plan to buy it, so am a bit vague on the title, but it was something like “Giant (maybe lion?) of the Senate.”

And soon, he will be out of the senate.


And if he does resign, he may not be out of the senate for long. There is nothing to prevent him from seeking the approval of Minnesota voters when that office becomes available again, and if Republicans were willing to “let the voters” in Alabama choose to select their senate candidate, Roy Moore, despite similar allegations against him, I can see Franken saying “let the voters choose” in Minnesota when that opportunity presents itself.

If interest in fan attendance at Iowa’s Pinstripe Bowl football game over the Christmas holiday period was lukewarm initially, it may have gotten even colder over the weekend.

Saturday’s Army-Navy game in nearby Philadelphia was played in a blizzard, and I heard there was deep snow for one professional football game Sunday in some New York city.

Then Monday, an ISIS sympathizer attempted to ignite a pipe bomb underground in the NYC subway system.

My nosy newspaper mind wants to know what nationality that FBI-Justice department agent, Strzok, hails from. He seems to have been involved in every Hillary clearing - Trump charging incident for the past couple of years.

The name isn’t Irish or Asian. Or Hispanic. Sounds like Middle Europe maybe.

Or maybe Russian?

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