A short take on today’s news

BY JOE GENCO

–”I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries”. Nothing says Merry Christmas like insults from Monty Python. If we can’t laugh at ourselves, at whom can we laugh?

–Here is the forger’s Christmas miracle, a wonderful story about when crime makes sense. http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/the-prison-forgers-christm…

Robert MacCallum shared this yesterday, a lovely Christmas Carol created as a duet with our formerly favorite estate sale purveyor Ian Harding. I never saw this song as alt right before. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOt7aP-lMzs&feature=youtu.be

–Alan Bedenko wrote this acerbic poem calling on all of us to sign a petition demanding Carl Paladino’s removal from the Buffalo School Board. In this post-truth world, where political correctness is gone and contrition is a novelty for the genteel, all of it is sound and fury signifying nothing. That which doesn’t kill Carl makes him stronger. http://www.dailypublic.com/articles/12242016/merry-carlmas

–Meanwhile, political scientists look at the government of North Carolina and realize, with its restrictions on voter registration and other rule changes, it has evolved to “a Randian fever dream that no longer qualifies as a Democracy.” Great phrasing. http://theslot.jezebel.com/north-carolina-is-no-longer-qual…

–Here’s some Christmas music from the Oh Hello’s. Tiny Desk Concerts rock. http://www.npr.org/…/the-oh-hellos-holiday-tiny-desk-concert

–Conservatives begin to wonder (I don’t, I saw through him all along). Is the guy who was a pro-choice Democrat in favor of single-payer healthcare for most of his life really now a Conservative? What happens after inauguration

http://www.npr.org/…/conservatives-wonder-will-the-real-don…

–Speaking of Donald, he said he wanted to dissolve his foundation to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. Too late, actually, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman needs to finish his investigation first. http://www.npr.org/…/trump-plans-to-dissolve-his-foundation…

–Hey Christina Abt, we miss 64 and More already. Can anyone suggest a daily source for profiles of interesting people we could share here?

–Boyd Curiosity: Hide and seek is not a learned game but a game of nature. Otters play it. So do young deer.

–Punting on 4th-and-2 in overtime? Good luck to you, Rex Ryan. Oh and I have a hard time forgiving that play to Reggie Bush. What the fuck. Thanks for the memories, Dan Carpenter, without you, even with the Ryan defense the Bills would be alive for the playoffs. And for god sakes, pick up Tyrod’s option. Oh and start Cardale next week.

–The Chargers lost to the Browns. See. It could be worse. http://deadspin.com/the-cleveland-browns-are-1-14-1790471666

–A whiny ass Dolphins writer piled on Bills fans for having fun. Hooray. http://www.miaminewtimes.com/…/the-buffalo-bills-have-the-w…

–It might be fun one day to see the Sabres have two Casey’s on the blue line, Fitzgerald and Nelson. http://www.buffalohockeybeat.com/versatility-earn-sabres-p…/

–Merry Christmas to all and thanks for sharing this space with me.

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