A short take on today’s stories

BY JOE GENCO

–The true story of the Carl Paladino incident. It was a phone call, not an e-mail. They suggested self deprecating humor. He heard defecating and crapped himself. Then he thought about it again and realized maybe it was the self part he misheard, so he told some shitty jokes. If we could just get him a Twitter account and tell him to follow Trump’s lead. Seriously, here is his apology from Art Voice. http://artvoice.com/2016/12/27/carl-paladino-apologizes/…

–If that wasn’t enough, here’s Alan Bedenko’s further piling on. Taught me a new word, “fisk”, meaning to criticize.  http://www.dailypublic.com/…/carl-paladino-symbol-buffalo-d…

–As the screwing of Merrick Garland is almost finished, time to look ahead and see what President Trump has in store for court appointments. Let’s hope whomever he chooses is Conservative enough to get the job and reasonable enough to consider different views. http://www.npr.org/…/from-delay-to-action-the-supreme-court…

–The number of police murdered in the line of duty in the United States increased dramatically in 2016. This is very sad. Respect police. http://www.foxnews.com/…/blue-lives-lost-dramatic-rise-in-p…

–Don’t look now, but Chicago once again is the most dangerous big city in the United States with more than 740 murders so far this year. http://www.npr.org/…/gun-deaths-in-chicago-reach-startling-…

–Meanwhile in Sarasota, Fla, an over-officious jerk working for the State shut down a barbecue stand adjacent to the newspaper, citing a host of code violations. The vendor has been there for years and and a journalist with access to barrels and barrels of ink has taken notice. Thanks Tim Schmitt http://www.heraldtribune.com/…/anti-bbq-nanny-staters-invad…

–Vertical indoor farming is gaining popularity. I was always a skeptic because of electrical costs, but with LED lighting using a fraction of incandescent or flourescent, it might be worth revisiting. http://www.cbc.ca/…/business/vertical-farms-indoor-farming-…

–A New Brunswick trapper nabbed a black bobcat, the only one ever known to be caught somewhere in North America other than Florida. The color phase is from a genetic variation called melanism and is more common in squirrels like the one under our birdfeeder as I type this. http://www.cbc.ca/…/black-bobcat-melanistic-christmas-1.391…

–Coyotes are smart. The best intentions of an Alaskan hunter ended when, rather than stalking the wounded rabbit call being controlled by a remote, the craft canine stalked and made contact with the hunter. https://www.adn.com/…/2016/12/27/outwitted-by-a-wily-coyote/

–Boyd Curiosity: In a battle between a shark and an octopus of similar size, the octopus wins, according to those who study sea creatures.

–The Bills fired Rex. I remember Lyle Fitzsimmons, long before Rex came to the Bills, pointing out the success Ryan had with the Jets. I was willing to give him a chance right up to 4th-and-2 in overtime when he punted. Here’s Leo Roth’s take. http://www.democratandchronicle.com/…/roth-clutch…/95835106/

–The Sabres went to Detroit and won. Yes, the Red Wings have fallen that far. I guess they miss Datsyuk or maybe Babcock. Reinhart might have the best net-front hands since Vanek. https://www.nhl.com/gamecent…/buf-vs-det/…/12/27/2016020521…

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