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Ric Latarski has written for a variety of publications in the Atlanta area, was a stringer for Time Magazine, did commentary for Georgia Public Radio and wrote the guidebook, Atlanta: 101 Great Choices. He now writes fiction and recently completed his first novel.
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By Ric Latarski:
crackdown on continues
In a series of tweets and Fox News interviews, President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to deport Area 51 aliens and answer scores of questions that have plagued the minds of millions who voted for him.
“The people have a right to know, and I’m going to tell them,” Trump tweeted. “I’ve ordered the FBI to send me all of their X-Files.”
At an afternoon press conference in Roswell, New Mexico, before a crowd estimated by the White House to exceed fourteen million …
Hillary was dead, not dead dead, but dead as a hammer in the world of politics. The Electoral College was dedicated to its duty, and voted according to expectations, with its members then checking themselves into rehab.
It was in this world that The Donald lived. High potentate, head banana, big-wig and man in charge, living large in The Tower while waiting for the residents of the public housing to move out so he could move in, if he decided he wanted to downgrade…
who's your master?
It’s long been said that if you want a friend in Washington, adopt a dog.
President-elect Trump does not have a pet, other than his ex-wives, but reports by a Trump consultant indicated he may be changing his mind on having a national pet.
While presidents in the past have had all manner of pets, ranging from dogs to goats, because of Trump’s noted short attention span and indifference to details and facts, there are worries that a White House pet could be neglected.
making a difference
Colin Kaepernick’s protest of injustice in America by not standing for the national anthem is absolutely his right, and we are now seeing a few more players following suit in support of his cause. All this is well and good, and while there are many who do not believe this is an appropriate method of voicing his position, how a person chooses to protest and their wiliness to accept any backlash that comes is a matter of their own prerogative and conscience.
Sadly, injustice, intolerance, bigotry and racism are a bane upon civilization that has been with us since man came out of the cave …
With the 2016 Olympic Games on the horizon, a group of prospective participants are giving the whole business a snub. Golf is returning as an Olympic game after being away since the word sticks was an accurate description for the equipment being used. And many of the top professional players in the world have announced they will not attend. Most are citing the fear of the Zika virus and family concerns, and some are probably happy they have this as a built in excuse.
the ncaa sham
Just in case you missed this, Ben Simmons has decided to forego the balance of his college experience and declare himself for the NBA draft.
This is a shock on par with hearing Donald Trump insult someone.
Simmons is another of the famous one and done, athletes who accept a college basketball scholarship with no intention of staying more than a year before leaving for the pros.
avoid the lightning
The grand plan for the Braves is clearly afoot, and you just witnessed a few days ago the hard reality and danger of that plan.
The Braves traded Christian Bethancort to the Padres, who appear to be the answer to the Cobb County Braves by becoming the San Diego Braves, for two prospects, pitcher Casey Kelly and catcher Ricardo Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is considered a defense first, hit later, catcher (uh-oh) and Kelly looked to be a genuine talent until, uh, Tommy John surgery.
The American Medical Association has announced Fearbola is now recognized as a legitimate disease and warrants further investigation by the medical profession as to treatment and prevention.
“The abnormal and uncontrollable fear of terrorists can have profound detrimental impact on the individual as well as our economy if it goes untreated,” said Dr. Oscar Kemper of the AMA. “Having people afraid to leave their homes and live in fear of what might happen is a recipe for a neutered society.”
last man standing
The time has come for the Braves to pull the trigger on Freddie Freeman. The brain rust, uh, brain trust of the Braves stated Freemen will absolutely not be traded under any circumstances. No doubt this was an honest statement when it was made, but there is always a potential deal that can change things.
There have to be a couple of left handed pitchers recovering from Tommy John surgery out there somewhere the Braves covet.
makes you wonder
Let me get this clear in my mind. The brain trust of the Atlanta Braves decided, in the interest of building a competitive team sometime during the next millennium, decided to trade arguable the best defense shortstop in baseball.
This is not brain trust; this is brain lock. If there were any notion the Braves really had a plan, this move dulls that idea down to an old kitchen knife.
Supposedly the deal with the Angles gives them a serviceable shortstop for next year and two great young pitching prospects… again.
braves v. future
The World Series is now over and the Kansas City Royals, who fell just short last year, showed their mettle by coming back time and time again to win the crown.
We can only hope the Braves were watching.
They did it with what has become more and more lacking in major league baseball, playing fundamentally sound defense and taking advantage of the other team’s mistakes.
Hollywood these days seems to be in a serious rut. There is the occasional original and interesting new film, but for the most part studio heads apparently don’t like to take risk so we are constantly getting remakes of old films or one more in a series of previously successful movies.
Another James Bond or Indiana Jones film makes perfect sense, but remakes of wonderful old movies are usually wholly unsatisfying and generally disappointing despite all the new technology available to fill them with moronic special effects.
boys of summer
We are closing in on the start of the Fall Classic, only we’re not. It’s more like the beginning of the Winter Routine.
Through the years the World Series has slowly been pushed further and further back on the calendar until the point we can now hear Christmas commercials sprinkled in with reports of ERA and batting averages.
It doesn’t matter which of the current teams make the big dance.
Despite the seeming endless number of deficiencies the South can lay claim too, there have always been two aspects which have set the South apart: writers and football. Southern writers, when they are good, are very, very good. From Tennessee Williams to William Faulkner to Erskine Caldwell, Southern writers tap into a part of the human equation at a singular depth of understanding…
Fall is in the air and football is upon us, meaning for the hard-core Southern boy, baseball is on the wane and we are ready to put the Braves behind us, and the Braves have helped in this effort by performing in the shabbiest of fashion.
It bids evil for a team near the bottom of the standings to have the discussion less about hitting and pitching than the dreadful decision to move the franchise from the city to the suburbs of Cobb County.