1. It’s Monday, October 12, 2015.

2. It’s Columbus Day. I’m Italian-American. In fact, my paternal grandfather is from the area around Genoa, Columbus’ home.

So I’m a big fan. I understand there are people who aren’t. I’ll respect their right to their views. But I’m celebrating others of my heritage and the idea that there are new worlds to explore and understand.

3. The New York Times did a great job this weekend showing how only 158 families have provided half the money for this presidential campaign. It means that their influence is totally outsized to their proportion of the population.

This, I’m afraid, is a formula for revolution unless someone puts curbs on this.

4. I’m going to Citi Field tonight to watch what’s supposed to be a Mets playoff game. But I expect to be a pretty raucous social event, with 43,000 plus people aligned against the Dodgers and their vile infielder, Chase Utley.

The situation is a mess, with Major League Baseball trying to mitigate it by suspending Utley for two games for his takeout tackle that left Met shortstop Ruben Tejada with a broken leg. Utley is appealing (although, in the other sense, he’s not – he’s a miserable bastard) and might get the ban overturned.

If there is justice in this world, the Mets will win tonight and tomorrow. But these are the Mets. Nothing is given. It should be interesting.

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