HOLD THAT ‘THOUGHT’

1. It’s Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

2. I’m trying to think of something Mike Huckabee has done to make the world or this country better. Anything.

3. There’s encouraging news this morning for those of us who signed the White House petition to get Yogi Berra recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Obama administration issued an official response to the petition, which surpassed the 100,000 signatures needed to generate the response, recognizing that Yogi is worthy of consideration. While the administration says it can’t reveal who’s under consideration for the nation’s highest civilian honor, the response is peppered with Yogisms, ending with “it ain’t over ’til it’s over.” 

4. Huckabee. Still thinking about it.

It sure as hell isn’t the stupid cinnamon “cure” for diabetes, a cruel hoax for the gullible who might have listened to him.

5. A lot of Americans are in prison. We have a higher percentage of our population incarcerated than any other so-called civilized nation.

That’s ridiculous. It’s the detritus of the days when politicians would make “law and order” the issue of the day.

Among the ways they placated the fear mongering they sowed was to require judges to issue mandatory minimum sentences for just about any offense. More people in prison — read that, of course as more people of color in prison, because that’s what they meant — would make everyone feel safer. ‘

It doesn’t. It ruins lives, and not just those of the over-sentenced. It wrecks communities.

The fact that there is now an effort by politicians of all persuasions to change this is good. But it’s not great, because it’s too late to undo some of the damage done to our society and our psyche. 

6. Not yet on Huckabee.

I — and I’m sure lots of young women in Arkansas —are at least grateful he didn’t have the opportunity to identify as female in high school so he could indulge his desire to see them in the shower.

7. There was an airline radio commercial in the 1970s that promoted New York’s La Guardia as a friendly neighborhood airport.

Most 21st century travelers would choke at that description. So the plans to rebuild La Guardia announced by Vice President Biden and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are welcome.

On the other hand, if you’re flying to or from New York from a midrange U.S. city, say Chicago or Orlando, how bad is the next five years going to be? Just a thought.

8. I give up. Huckabee is a worthless sack of dust and feathers. He’s worthy of being Fabulous Donny Trump’s running mate, which is what I think he’s angling for.

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