October 1, 2021

ON THE ULTIMATE QUIZ V

October 1, 2021

As indicated in IV, this has become one of my favorites. You are asked to provide the correct answer to the following 20 (plus 1) questions. You already know the routine: 5 points for each correct answer. A grade of 90 indicates that you are brilliant… anything below 25 is, well…

  1. Who authored “Fourscore and seven years ago…”
  2. Who were the stars of the movie “Sampson and Delilah?”
  3. Who is the greatest basketball player of all time?
  4. What famous singer said “So when you see your neighbor carrying something, help him with his load”?
  5. What famous New York baseball owner’s motto was “If you do something good for someone, and more than two people know about it, you did it for the wrong reason.”
  6. Unlike healthcare workers, what professional group refused to work because of health concerns and demanded that they be paid?
  7. Prior to 2014, what basketball Hall of Famer had the second highest season scoring average?
  8. True or false: The radius of the sun is approximately 900,000 miles.
  9. What Hall of Famer broke the baseball color barrier?
  10. Who was elected President of the United States in 1952?
  11. What Hall of Famer started and ended his career with a Boston team?
  12. What famous Astorian won an Olympic gold medal in wrestling and later became boxing’s light heavyweight champion?
  13. What was Connie Mack’s real name?
  14. True or false: Queens joined New York City in 1898.
  15. What has often been referred to as the most Irish town in the United States?
  16. What is the currency of Turkey?
  17. What animal is located on California’s state flag?
  18. What city’s cable cars are the only National Historical Monuments that can move?
  19. Where is the Liberty Bell located?
  20. What city, located on the West Coast, was destroyed by fire and an earthquake in 1906?
  21. Explain the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic.

ANSWERS:

  1. President Abraham Lincoln
  2. Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr
  3. Full credit. For me, it is Kevin Durant.
  4. Bob Dylan
  5. George Steinbrenner
  6. School teachers
  7. A tough one here: Rick Barry. Wilt, of course, had the highest average.
  8. False. According to my files, the answer is approximately half this value.
  9. Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947
  10. Dwight Eisenhower
  11. Babe Ruth
  12. A toughie; Paul Berlanback, 1924 Olympics.
  13. Another toughie: Cornelius McGillicuddy.
  14. True; and it was first established nearly 200 years earlier.
  15. Full credit here. Butte, Montana, a place our family visited three times.
  16. Lira
  17. A tough one: A grizzly bear named Monarch.
  18. San Francisco, California
  19. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  20. Once again, San Francisco
  21. Epidemic is defined as “prevalent and widespread among many.” Pandemic refers to “over a whole area, country, and universe.” Thus, the difference relates to the size of the affected area.

Prepare for another one VI early next year.

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DECEMBER 1:          On Zzzabuu VI

JANUARY 1:             On Hofstra’s 2020-21 Basketball Season

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Here are this month’s three offensive suggestions from the upcoming second edition of my “BASKETBALL COACHING 101” book.

  1. Every attempt should be made to exploit the team’s offensive capabilities against the opponent’s defensive weaknesses.
  2. Players should learn to dribble with either hand.
  3. Players should learn to shoot with either hand.

ON GREAT EATS VI: HAMBURGERS

September 1, 2021

September 1, 2021

Six years ago, I wrote the GREAT EATS article. The fifth article in this series appeared a year ago and was concerned with steakhouses. Here’s what I had to say then:

“Steakhouses? A recommendation? I can close out this article right now with my answer: stay away from steakhouses. Period! They are a group of restaurants not to be frequented…but…if not a steak, is there another option? I have come to really enjoy hamburgers. What could be better than a hamburger with fried onions on a crusty roll? Add some ketchup, French fries and a sour Jewish pickle and you’re in business”.

A check of the literature provides a host of restaurants that could rightly be described as “hamburger joints.” Here is an abbreviated list of 10 along with, in some cases, their locations.

  1. The Wild Goose, Port Washington
  2. Prohibition Kitchen, Port Jefferson
  3. Burger King, (chain)
  4. McDonalds, (chain)
  5. Memories, Williston Park
  6. Bareburger, (chain)
  7. Beginnings, Atlantic Beach
  8. J.R.’s Great American (under construction), Williston Park
  9. Majors, (chain)
  10. Swing the Teapot, Floral Park. Last but not least, a solid burger with the trimmings, including some really tasty fries. Ask for Mary to be your server. Great entertainment on the weekends; try to catch Hell or High Water.

You might also consider just simply putting some chopped chuck on the grill. The price is definitely right. I don’t know if burgers at some delis and supermarkets qualify for this article but one can occasionally get a delicious burger there…a bargain for which there is no 9-% sales tax and 20+% tip.

You want more? Just check the Yellow Pages. But as for me, I offer the following suggestions for burger joints.

  1. Any diner. I’ve yet to have a bad burger at a diner. Honestly, the price is always right and the French fries almost always hit the spot.
  2. Shake Shack. My favorite. My family’s favorite. The burgers are tasty and reasonably priced. The French fries are fair but the shakes are excellent.
  3. Wendy’s. Dave’s single; a meal in itself. A $5 bargain and the fries are excellent. They occasionally have a 2 for $5 deal…what a bargain! The shakes are fair.
  4. The Cornerstone Pub and Restaurant, Mineola. A lot to choose from here but the burgers stand out. A bit pricey but the ambience is excellent.
  5. Any of the steakhouses. Hamburgers are your best bet at these spots but the prices are way out of whack.

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OCTOBER 1:             On the Ultimate Quiz V

NOVEMBER 1:         On Technical Writing

DECEMBER 1:          On Hofstra’s 2020-21 Basketball Season

JANUARY 1:             On Zzzabuu VI

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Here are this month’s three defensive suggestions from the upcoming second edition of my “BASKETBALL COACHING 101” book.

  1. Try to prevent the opponent’s offensive team from taking three-point shots from the end-line and the head of the key (where a higher percentage of shots are made).
  2. A great defensive player is as valuable as a great offensive player.
  3. A weak defensive player is as ineffectual as a weak offensive player.

ON ZZZABUU V

August 1, 2021

August 1, 2021

You were reintroduced to Zzzabuu four months ago. He had arrived earlier in 2003 from the planet Zzokki in a faraway galaxy, having been dispatched to Earth on a fact-finding trip involving politicians in the United States. Zzzabuu had been selected once again for a special assignment by The Superiors in 2021 because of his great intellect, analytical mind, and his love of gambling. On reaching Earth, Zzzabuu set out immediately to accomplish his specific assignment: to determine details (both pros and cons) of gambling investment opportunities on Plant Earth. As per instructions from the Superiors, Zzzabuu met with a retired, often confused, outspoken, nefarious chemical engineering professor (who shall remain nameless) in order to obtain background material and guidance prior to preparing a final report on his assignment.

As promised, this second of five articles on gambling is concerned with pari-mutuel racing, i.e., betting on horse races. This piece is particularly appropriate since the New York Racing Association (NYRA) venue is now in full swing in upstate Saratoga Springs…a place I have visited 66 years in a row. In any event, here is my take on this betting activity.

Let’s proceed directly to the bottom line. This sport is dying a slow death. Why?

  1. NYRA is a totally corrupt and incompetent organization, unable to run a legitimate business.
  2. There is a 15-20% “takeout” that significantly – and I mean significantly – reduces the probability of the bettor winning.
  3. The sport is currently supported by the aged few, e.g., yours truly, for whom this form of gambling has unfortunately become a way of life. Attempts to attract the younger generation and the opposite sex continue to fail miserably.
  4. The bettor has consistently been treated as a third class citizen, not a patron to be valued.
  5. I predicted NYRA’s demise when I appeared as an invited guest at a Presidential Crime Commission hearing in 1976. My predictions have come true.
  6. I have proposed a legitimate possible solution to the sport’s dilemma…but I hold no hopes for its implementation.
  7. Finally, NYRA has successfully alienated its base and continues to discourage live fan involvement.

But, what about those in this reading audience who will continue to wager on horseraces? Although you should accept the fact that the probability of losing is extremely high, here are a handful of hints that I believe will increase your chances of winning.

  1. For the beginner or novice, who has little or no knowledge of pari-mutual wagering, simply bet the number 1 (one) horse every race.
  2. Always give serious consideration to betting the 1 (one) horse, particularly with 2-turn races where the inside post is a major advantage.
  3. What about tips? The general rule here is to never bet tips. Here’s a quick tale that will seal the deal. Mary and I owned Katy R, a standardbred. One night prior to one of her races at Roosevelt Raceway, I was introduced to a guy who suddenly claimed he had a tip on a horse in the race. What horse? Katy R. I asked him about the source of this tip. He showed me the program that read OWNER: M.K. Theodore and L. Theodore, Jackson Heights. He claimed that he got the tip directly from L. Theodore, a gambling degenerate who was owner and the chef of a diner in Jackson Heights. I showed him my horseman’s photo ID card. He snickered and walked away. So much for tips.
  4. What about win bets? I rarely bet win because tickets are being punched AFTER a race starts. I believe this could be proven in a court of law. (Successfully gaining illegal entry to computers, protected by sophisticated systems operated by true experts, has become painfully clear in recent months.)   Never bet place or show. I also generally try to stay away from favorites, particularly in stake races. I also prefer betting large field cheap claiming races rather than small field stake races.
  5. Try to key on betting on Pick-3, Pick-4, Pick-5, and triples.
  6. What about jockeys? I stay away from established older jockeys, e.g., John Velasquez. Their ROI, i.e., return on investment, is almost always negative. For me, the greatest jockey of all time was Jerry Bailey. The most overrated were Angel Cordero, Eddie Arcaro, and Mike Smith. Give bug-boys (apprentices) more consideration for longer races since the weight allowances are sure to come into play.
  7. Give apprentices more consideration in later races, particularly during the cold winter months, as the journeymen are more likely to be disinterested bystanders.
  8. What about race changes? I love first-time turf but stay away from turf to dirt. I also love horses going long the first time and stay away from horses going long to short.
  9. Give special consideration to 2nd-time starters.
  10. Try to stay away from betting on favorites.
  11. Give special consideration to speed horses in stake races.
  12. Try to avoid betting on layoff (21 or more days) horses in cheap claiming races since they obviously have missed a turn — for a reason.
  13. Finally, stop betting NYRA tracks. I now bet Gulfstream, Pimlico, etc.
  14. Where to bet? Find an OTB or a simulcast facility that offers track odds or bet from home with a phone account since live at-the-track betting has become a dying form of entertainment.
  15. What about money management? Forget about it. It is a non-entity for the real gambler. It all depends on the risks you are willing to take. For the novice, bet only an amount that losing will have no impact on your life.
  16. What about bringing friends and family to the track (as I have often done)? Don’t waste your time. Most are looking for “instant gratification” and become disillusioned / bored when they realize there are 30-35 minutes between races.

Good luck in the months (and hopefully years) ahead. If you continue to bet, and my above suggestions don’t work, blame it on Karma.

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OCTOBER 1:             On Technical Writing

NOVEMBER 1:         On the Ohi Day IV

DECEMBER 1:          On Hofstra’s 2020-21 Basketball Season / EWSD (Budget Vote)

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Here are this month’s three offensive suggestions from the upcoming second edition of my “BASKETBALL COACHING 101” book.

  1. Practice putting the ball in play; there should be several options available (and known) without the need to take a time out.
  2. Always run on offense; the only exceptions are:
  3. The bench is weak, and
  4. A key player is in foul trouble (shorten the game).
  5. Motion offense is a must, otherwise your grandmother can guard you.

Note: Mary (M.K. Theodore) and I (L. Theodore) just published a book titled “Introduction to Environmental Management”, 2nd edition, CRC Press / Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL, 2021 (99$). The book is the definitive source for those seeking a non-technical presentation of technical environmental issues, e.g., electromagnetic waves, noise pollution, nanotechnology, global warming, desalination, etc. Homework problems and exams (with solutions) are also available for those who adopt.


ON MEMORIAL DAY V

May 31, 2021

June 1, 2021

How often do those in the reading audience give thanks for being an American? How many give thanks for having been born and raised in America? How often do we give thanks for our lifestyle – cars, TVs, restaurants, vacations, home(s), cellphones, etc? And how often do people around the world give thanks for their present-day lifestyle?

But, who should we and those around the world give thanks to? For some, the answer might be the bureaucrats, politicians, lawyers, etc. For others, it might be doctors or engineers or scientists. For me, thanks would be directed to those who have served or are presently serving in the defense of our great nation. I feel a pang of guilt every year when Memorial Day rolls around. I am 87 years old and never served America. Although I have been told that I am not in the “Jane Fonda” mold, this haunting memory shall not leave me, nor should it.

This is the 21st Memorial Day of this century. It provides us with another opportunity to reevaluate the meaning of this special day. It is a day we primarily pay tribute to those who have died in battle for our country. We also pay tribute to those veterans who have served our nation.

It is a day of reflection, and on this day of reflecting I am reminded of an old saying: “to live in the memory of a loved one, is to live forever.” It is appropriate that we pay homage to these men and women who have provided us with our present-day quality of life.

Twenty years ago, I attended Memorial Day festivities on our Village Green. I was treated to a touching and compassionate speech by Tony Cassella (former Mayor of the Village of East Williston). The speech was written by his son Paul. Tony graciously provided a copy of the speech to me. I would like to pass along (with permission) part of that speech.

“To me, Memorial Day, like Thanksgiving Day, is that day when we pause in our busy lives and think about all of the people who sacrificed so much so that we may enjoy our freedom in this wonderful country. When I think of Memorial Day what first comes to mind are the dramatic opening lines of Thomas Payne’s Pamphlet written during the Revolutionary War wherein he stated “These are the times that drive men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will in this crises, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” Those words were so powerful that our first President, George Washington, before crossing the Delaware to attack the sleeping Hessians on Christmas Day, read Payne’s pamphlet to all of his troops. Little did Thomas Payne know that from that time on to this very day the citizens of this country would never be summer soldiers or sunshine patriots. Throughout world wars and the many conflicts and police actions over the last years, our citizens have met their call to duty. It is because of their actions that today we honor those men and women who have made the supreme sacrifice and who have been injured in conquering tyranny. The actions assure that we today would enjoy the wonderful life that we have in these great United States, here in East Williston, and in villages like ours across the country.”

I also want to leave you with my thoughts for those who came before me and made the ultimate sacrifice:

  1. They fought for and defended our way of life over these past 2 ½ centuries.
  2. There were over 1,000,000 service members who didn’t make it back – American Revolution (4,500), WWI (110,000), WWII (400,000), Korean War (35,000), Vietnam War (60,000), etc.
  3. My gratitude is forever.
  4. I will never forget.
  5. Let us remember what they died for.
  6. Their sacrifice guarded and continues to insure our freedom.

For me, forgetting and not honoring our fallen heroes of the past provides strength to our enemies of today. Let us all help erase this advantage on this special day. It would be great if the Village Mall were jammed packed for this coming Memorial Day celebration. It is up to each and every one of us to help make this happen. It will serve as a reminder to all of the sacrifices made by the men and women who served our great country in the past and those who are serving today.

Have a great Memorial Day. Enjoy it as grateful and thankful Americans and let us never forget its significance.

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Here are this month’s three defensive suggestions from the upcoming second edition of my “BASKETBALL COACHING 101” book.

  1. Practice various strategies when boxing out at the foul line.
  2. Practice various defenses when opponents are inbounding the ball from various locations on the court near the end of the game.
  3. Try to maneuver opponent near a corner in the back court if pressing.

ON THE THEODORE COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION PLAN

February 28, 2021

March 1, 2021

The distribution process for the COVID-19 vaccine is obviously significantly flawed. Who is at fault? It depends on who you talk to but it really doesn’t matter. For sure, there has to be a better way of handling this situation. Here are my comments followed by my vaccine distribution approach.

Three questions first need to be addressed before proceeding.

  1. How should the number and timing of vaccines be maximized?
  2. Who should decide who gets the vaccine and when?
  3. How should the vaccines for the recipients be distributed?

The answer to question (1) is simply this: the federal government should subsidize the creation / discovery and preparation of the vaccine supplies with generous bonuses for timely deliveries. This apparently did occur. Anyone or any group – other than the CDC or WHO – should determine the answer to questions (2). Why not me, even though there must be a host of others who could better provide an answer. Obviously (3) is the key question. Both questions (2) and (3) should be dynamic and vary with individual states, counties, locales, etc. In any event, here is what I propose.

The prioritization (high priority to low priority) is presented in terms of 6 categories. Categories include:

  1. Healthcare workers
  2. Infrastructure personnel (police, firefighters, etc.)
  3. Senior citizens
  4. High risk groups
  5. Children
  6. Others not included in A-D

My prioritization follows. Note that there are 20 groups.

A1.   Employed healthcare workers

B1.   Policemen and firefighters

C1.   Citizens 90 and over

D1.   Citizens with cancer, lung, liver, or heart disease

C2.   Citizens 85-90

A2.   Unemployed healthcare workers

C3    Citizens 75-85

D2.   Citizens with flu or pneumonia

C4.   Employed citizens 60-75

D3    Citizens with any past lung, liver, or heart disease

C5.   Parents with 3 or more children

D2.   Other employed infrastructure personnel

D3.   Other unemployed infrastructure personnel

E1.    Children under 1

C6.   Employed citizens 18-60

C7.   Unemployed citizens 18-60

E2.    Children 1-18

F1.    Used car salesmen, realtors, and dentists

F2.    Lawyers, elected officials, and government personnel

F3.    School teachers, college professors, and veterinarians

I believe the first four groups (A1-D1) in any order – should receive the vaccine first. The last three groups should receive the least consideration.

The assignment of any of the priorities above is not based on any solid scientific or medical data and information. It is simply a gut feeling drawn from my limited experience. As is the case with this sort of judgement, this prioritization will vary with both the individual and time. But for me, the key would be to have as little impact as possible from the government and bureaucrats.

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Here are this month’s three offensive suggestions from the upcoming second edition of my “BASKETBALL COACHING 101” book.

  1. Practice inbounding the ball at various locations on the court when the opposing team is pressing.
  2. The player nearest to the ball should take it out immediately after a basket or foul shot and pass it to the first open man.
  3. Do not leave the foul line after the first of two (or three) free throws, and do not slap / shake the hand of a fellow teammate.

THE ULTIMATE QUIZ IV

February 1, 2021

February 1, 2021

As indicated in III, this has become one of my favorites. But, this one is a little different. It is solely political in nature and each statement to follow requires either a true or false answer. And, there is no correct answer … it is basically your call. The 40 comments to follow concern events/ actions that occurred during the 2016-2020 time period. You are asked to provide a true or false response.

I personally will not take a position on the results/grade of your true – false test. But, based on your number of true answers, I feel that you would be classified in one of the five categories:

  1. 0-8:     a staunch liberal
  2. 9-16:   a liberal
  3. 17-24: a moderate
  4. 25-32: a conservative
  5. 33-40: a staunch conservative
  1. The stock market increased at a near exponential rate, no doubt due to a turnaround robust economy, commitments to job creation, and a decline in poverty levels.
  2. Our nation is now classified as energy independent (remember the price of gasoline is now $2.00/gal)
  3. Contrary to earlier predictions, there was a return of manufacturing jobs.
  4. Black colleges and universities received an unprecedented increase in financial aid from the Federal government.
  5. The U.S. military prowess increased dramatically.
  6. The air, water, and land (soil) was never cleaner.
  7. Despite a departure from the Paris Peace Accord, CO2 emissions decreased below expectations.
  8. NAFTA was dissolved and replaced.
  9. New rules were put in place to stop the exploitation by China.
  10. Built nearly all the Southern wall and stopped illegal immigration across the Southern border.
  11. The majority of the public came to realize that the media was corrupt, self-serving, and un-American.
  12. The Washington establishment – consisting primarily of career bureaucrats, often referred to as “The Swamp” – was corrupt, self-serving, and un-American.
  13. Stopped the ISIS killing and torture.
  14. Several elements of the Obama Health Care Act were eliminated.
  15. Reduced the North Korean threat.
  16. For many citizens, there was a return of pride and love of country.
  17. Contrary to earlier predictions, our presence in foreign wars was significantly reduced.
  18. Abuses in veterans’ hospitals were significantly reduced.
  19. The COVID-19 pandemic was responsibly addressed medically and economically.
  20. Delivered ventilators and hospital beds immediately to an ill-prepared NYS.
  21. Delivered the COVID-19 vaccine in 7 ½ months, not 5-10 years (as predicted).
  22. Taxes were lowered for the middle class.
  23. The President was impeached based on a telephone conversation with a third-world country that was interpreted in a questionable manner.
  24. Unemployment levels for Blacks reached an all-time low.
  25. The Food Stamp Program was significantly reduced.
  26. Per capita wealth increased at a near exponential rate.
  27. Property values increased at a near exponential rate.
  28. Many companies, after moving abroad earlier, returned home.
  29. The MS-13 presence in our country was reduced.
  30. Eliminated the presence of ISIS in the Middle East.
  31. Our soldiers are now coming home.
  32. The Iranian threat was significantly reduced.
  33. Contrary to earlier concerns, no nuclear wars were initiated.
  34. The US was the first country to stop to and fro travel with China.
  35. Unemployment levels for Hispanics reached an all-time low.
  36. Unemployment levels for Asians reached an all-time low.
  37. Unemployment levels for women reached an all-time low.
  38. Contrary to failed promises from a host of past presidents, the US Embassy in Israel was relocated to Jerusalem.
  39. The economy and newly created jobs grew at an unprecedented and exponential rate.
  40. Contrary to the prediction of nearly all the bureaucrats, peace treaties were signed between Israel and several Arab nations.

How many true answers did you come up with? Where do you think Trump would be classified? Biden? Pelosi? Cuomo? Pence?

Note: For some of my fans, I recently co-authored an Amazon book ($7.99) titled “Virus Contacts”. The lead author is Ann Marie Flynn.

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Here are this month’s three defensive suggestions from the upcoming second edition of my “BASKETBALL COACHING 101” book.

  1. Every shot, particularly of an “outside” variety, should be contested — unless you are the size (5’ 6”) of the author.
  2. Every attempt should be made to exploit your team’s defensive capabilities against the opponent’s offensive weaknesses.
  3. If fouls committed by your team are low relative to your opponent, substitute for your star or key players – assuming they need a breather anyway – since the officials are more prone to call “touch” fouls on your team.

ON A (NOTHER) BAKER’S DOZEN

December 1, 2020

December 1, 2020

The presidential election results are in…or are they? At the time of the preparation of this note, it appears Biden (ugh!) – a dumb, inept, mentally challenged, career bureaucrat felon, etc. – will be our next president, as the media successfully dragged him across the finish line. Add to this, a totally incompetent failed attorney with essentially no experience will be our vice president. How did this happen? I often have claimed that we “should never underestimate the stupidity of the majority of the voting public.” A dear friend commented “the reason the democrats won was because they significantly overestimated the stupidity of the voting electorate.” Notwithstanding the above, here are a baker’s dozen 1 (or 2 or 3) – liners:

  1. Biden has called for cooperation and asked that we come together. How is that possible with their proposed agenda and Biden preaching unity while insulting and ridiculing Trump and his supporters? Why should we, after the way they refused to cooperate with Trump. I feel an obligation to cooperate until they attempt to implement their plan to convert our nation to socialism.  In the meantime, the ultimate move is on toward fascism as the media is now controlled by the fanatics and those of us who love our country are being brutalized in the streets with no media coverage.
  • The pandemic? Stop the nonsense and open all businesses and schools. Interesting that Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company that hates Trump for his price policy on drugs, announced their vaccine 3 days after the election.
  • The WHO and CDC both failed the people they purportedly represent. It is almost as if they never heard of COVID or the accompanying more severe ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome). There was absolutely NO preparedness for a potential pandemic. Thankfully, Trump was able to minimize the colossal damage that they, along with China, caused. Shame on both organizations. These incompetents unquestionably never looked into hypothetical situations – a procedure that is key to emergency planning (an area that I have worked in/lectured on). Not preplanning for nightmares ultimately results in playing catch-up. I love listening to these Monday morning quarterbacks who become overnight pandemic authorities on what actions Trump should have taken.
  • In 2016, the media convinced many that Trump would expand losing wars abroad that would probably lead to a nuclear war. As with all their accusations, they were wrong: Trump defeated ISIS, stopped Russia cold in the Ukraine, has essentially ended these senseless wars, and is finally bringing our soldiers home.
  • How about the insanity of defunding the police? Biden is certain to honor this promise.
  • Biden is certain to provide funding and support for both BLM and ANTIFA. Is this what Americans want?
  • Biden is certain (if allowed) to “pack” the Supreme Court, replace the Electoral College, and expand statehood. Is this what Americans want?
  • I think health insurance can be improved, but not by the government. Anything they touch turns out to be a disaster. You’ve heard the old joke: I’m from the government and here to help.
  • I now refuse to go to the movies. I also no longer watch the NBA or the NFL on TV. The individuals in these three professions have forgotten what it is to live paycheck-to-paycheck.
  1. Something definitely has to be done about the corrupt media. Important news is not covered but lies are. I get disgusted every day reading the headlines in the New York Times and watching some of CNn and CNBC that airs on FOX. Enter fascism and exit democracy with a biased media.
  1. Education? School choice is the key to providing opportunities for minorities. We need charter schools. We also need to instill a love of country in our youth and make them aware of the great history and character of our nation. We won’t get any of these two with Biden.
  1. How about some of the media and some elected officials calling me and all Trump supporter racists and un-American because we oppose their destructive agenda. Even worse, they are proposing we be “blackballed” and punished. Folks, this is just the start of the fanatics’ move toward fascism.
  1. Does any reasonable and intelligent individual not believe that fraud was committed by the fanatics during the election? Remember, it was the fanatics who promised to “stop” Trump by any means. Their insistence on mail-in ballots insured there would be cheating. We can kiss our democracy goodbye if the elections are not legitimate and honest.

Bottom line: Prepare to usher in corruption and larceny (especially Biden and his family) in government, expansion of the bureaucratic swamp, elimination of transparency, a partisan press corp, open borders, unvetted immigration, loss of respect of law, avoiding adherence to the Constitution, senseless rules and regulations, penalizing Trump supporters, a reduction in police budgets and support, not allowing validation of elections, expansion of sanctuary cities and their accompanying activities, disappearance of our guardians of liberty and democracy, government-run healthcare embolden activities of our enemies, skyrocketing energy prices, a botched economy, collapse of the stock market, attempts by Biden to preach unity/healing and bring us together will fail miserably, loss of gun rights, reduction in religious freedom, destruction of statues, an increase in crime, an acceptance of the fanatics’ agenda, stop asking questions, allowing capitalism and conservatives to fade out of existence, BLM going totally unchallenged and allowed to flourish, no accountability for the fanatics, further exploitation by the teachers and their unions, and the disappearance of transparency as press conferences that put Trump under daily fire be replaced by seasonal ones with softball questions. Did I forget anything?

The above won’t impact me, but will impact my children and grandchildren … and not in a positive way.

Not a pretty picture.

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JANUARY 1:              On Hofstra Men’s Basketball – The 2020-21 Season?

FEBRUARY 1:           Purely Chaste, Pristine, and Random Thoughts XXX

MARCH 1:                 On Great Eats IV – Burgers and Pastrami

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Here are this month’s three offensive suggestions from the upcoming second edition of my “BASKETBALL COACHING 101” book.

  1. Practice end-of-game offenses regularly.
  2. Practice inbounding the ball at various locations on the court when the opposing team is pressing.
  3. The player nearest to the ball should take it out immediately after a basket or foul shot and pass it to the first open man.

ON THE ULTIMATE QUIZ III

October 1, 2020

October 1, 2020

This has become one of my favorites. You know the routine – 5 points for each correct answer. A grade of 90 indicates that you are brilliant; anything below 60 is, well…Answers appear at the end.

  1. What famous movie actor said in Rooster Cogburn: “Well I’ll be damned if she didn’t get the last word in again.”
  2. Who keeps advocating that one should never play zone defenses in basketball?
  3. How long ago did the BIG BANG occur?
  4. Who never put in an honest day’s work in their life?
  5. What famous movie actor said in The Maltese Falcon: “It’s the thing that dreams are made of”?
  6. True or false: The moon is approximately 240,000 miles from our plant.
  7. What metropolitan major league baseball player won the Cy Young award two years in a row (and may win it this year)?
  8. Name the capital of either North or South Dakota
  9. Who is the greatest heavyweight champion of them all?
  10. Name the capital of Iceland.
  11. What famous comedian actor repeatedly used the phrase: “And away we go”?
  12. What two US presidents continue to attempt to rewrite history?
  13. Who is the man of the 20th century? Hint: He’s a British diplomat.
  14. True or False: The temperature in the center of the sun is approximately 29MM°
  15. Who is the toughest Greek who ever lived?
  16. Name the top university in the U.S.
  17. Who is the greatest US president?
  18. What happened in the interim following the BIG BANG?
  19. What famous president said: “Take down this wall”?
  20. What famous (and beautiful) actress said in Casablanca: “Play it again, Sam”?
  21. What corrupt organization recently cancelled racing at Belmont Park from 9/2 to 9/18?

That’s it? Congratulations, if you did well… If not, better luck next time with IV.

ANSWERS:

  1. John Wayne
  2. Well, yours truly, of course
  3. Approximately 13 billion years ago
  4. Career bureaucrats, plus educators (that includes yours truly!)
  5. Humphrey “Bogie” Bogart
  6. True
  7. Met’s pitcher DeGrom
  8. Bismarck and Pierre, respectively. An extra 5 points if you got both capitals.
  9. Full credit here. For me, it was Gene Tunney.
  10. Reykjavik
  11. The great one – Jackie Gleason; he was indeed the greatest of the great.
  12. Full credit for either Carter or Obama.
  13. Winston Churchill, hands down.
  14. From what I have read, it is TRUE.
  15. I have two choices: Alexander the Great or Leonardas.
  16. Full credit. For me, it’s Northwestern followed by Rice.
  17. George Washington. He put everything on the line, including his life for our country.
  18. Full credit. Approximately 4-5 billion years ago, our galaxy was formed (which included planet Earth).
  19. Ronald Reagan
  20. Ingrid Bergman
  21. The New York Racing Association (NYRA). There is probably only a few places in the world more beautiful than New York in early September. So what did NYRA do? Cancel racing at Belmont Park – the most beautiful racetrack in the world – from 9/7 – 18. How did someone as clueless at Cuomo get elected and even worse, where did they find these NYRA executives?

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NOVEMBER 1:          On Election Time

DECEMBER 1:          On Great Eats IV – Burgers and Pastrami

JANUARY 1:              On Hofstra Men’s Basketball – The 2020/21 Season?

FEBRUARY 1:           On Purely Chase, Pristine and Random Thoughts XXX

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Here are this month’s three offensive suggestions from the upcoming second edition of my “BASKETBALL COACHING 101” book.

  1. Every attempt should be made to exploit the team’s offensive capabilities against the opponent’s defensive weaknesses.
  2. Players should learn to dribble with either hand.
  3. Players should learn to shoot with either hand.

ON THE CORONAVIRUS II

July 1, 2020

July 1, 2020

 

Four months ago, I put forth an article concerned with the coronavirus. This is a follow-up piece that details my thoughts on some of the major players in the field.

 

Two things have occurred in the interim. I am now planning on writing a book on viruses (even though I know nothing about the subject) titled “Virus Contact Agencies and Organizations: A Resource Guide”, and secondly, the virus pandemic has been ebbing at this time. Nonetheless, here are my thoughts on seven of the aforementioned players in the field.

 

  1. Mayor DeBlasio. Ouch! Is this guy dumb or is he an anarchist? He apparently has his priorities on the police and rioters reversed. How in the world could anyone vote for him?
  2. Governor Cuomo. Here is another wimp whose only positive position is that he hates DeBlasio. He is still desperately trying to act presidential during daily press conferences while bragging about his accomplishments and at the same time attempting to rewrite history. His idiotic blunder on the nursing home patients and failure to purchase ventilators cost at least a thousand lives and will forever haunt him. He, like DeBlasio and NYC, is destroying our state — which may explain, in part, why he appears to be losing his mind. What a loser.
  3. President Trump. The Donald just can’t seem to do anything wrong. He guessed right on the early travel ban, approached the pandemic problem as only a competent non-bureaucratic individual would, and set us on the right path to rid ourselves of this menace. Furthermore, the economy (including the stock market) seems headed to bigger and better things. And to top this, it now appears with a high degree of certainty that Barack Hussein Obama and his henchmen in the FBI and DOJ did attempt a coup, an act (if proven) is punishable by death; these guys are really in hot water.
  4. The Media. Many of them belong in jail. I just can’t believe the blatant lies and distortions on CNBC (or what Hannity justifiably refers to as CDNC) and CNN. Their accusations regarding Trump and the pandemic are, at times, actually unbelievable. Their hatred for Trump just simply doesn’t make sense.
  5. The New York Times. Once a great newspaper. Still a great paper except for their coverage of the news and their raw hatred for Trump. I ask the reader to just read the headlines on the first page each day. No fair and learned individual could possibly claim that they are neutral and objective.
  6. Fauci. A fraud. A legitimate fraud who the Donald flushed out early in the pandemic. In March, Fauci proclaimed during a news conference that face masks serve no useful purpose. In April, he revised his position from March, claiming that the masks protect people around you. Then finally in May, he was back on TV telling us that masks were essential. With the coronavirus around for years, how could a so-called expert not know what was going on? His projections, based on poor data and faulty models, also failed us. I’ve written two books on and taught statistics and can assure even the novice or anyone who has taken a high school stat course would have known better. We now know he was wrong – flat out wrong – and should have not extrapolated the models. His advice was anything but science. In addition, he was no doubt attempting to protect the standard and traditional protocol of his profession and also help insure additional so called “critical” tests on oxychloroquine. Write this guy off!
  7. The Center for Disease Control (CDC). They are no different than any other bureaucratic organization… looking to survive and prosper, irrespective of the impact on us. It was founded in 1946 with a 10 million dollar budget. Its budget today is 1500 times larger and is manned with thousands of government employees. It advertises itself as “commitment to excellence”, the “premiere health prevention and preparedness agency”, and (get this) “protect America from health, safety, and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S.” I’ve taught numerous courses titled “Emergency Planning and Response” and “Risk Assessment” (and associated calculations). Firemen take similar courses and can no doubt better attend to this issue than the CDC. In any event, one needs to answer two questions.
  8. Did the CDC do a good job (not ever excellent) of preventing and controlling this virus?
  9. Was the CDC prepared for this once in a decade (or is it century?) the pandemic?

They obviously failed miserably on both counts. This pandemic has made it clear that a significant part of the bureaucracy failed us. Fortunately, we Americans always respond to a crises.

We have been taught a painful and expensive lesson. Has the bureaucracy? I doubt it; they’re still employed, collecting checks, and attempting to dictate national policy. Bottom line: The CDC is a typical failed and useless bureaucratic organization.

 

Enough already. Let me know what you think.

 

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SEPTEMBER 1:         On the Ultimate Quiz III

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Next month’s article will contain three defensive suggestions (from a total of 59) from the upcoming second edition of my “BASKETBALL COACHING 101” book.

 


ON GREAT EATS IV: STEAKHOUSES

March 1, 2020

March 1, 2020

 

Steakhouses? A recommendation? I can close out this article right now with my answer: stay away from steakhouses. Period! They are a group of restaurants not to be frequented.

 

Despite my above recommendation, many of you will still want some comments and analyses. So here goes with a baker’s dozen, although it hurts to say anything positive about this class of restaurant today. In earlier times, nearly ¾ of a century ago, Italian restaurants had the best steaks; however, I can’t remember ordering a steak at any Italian restaurant in recent years.

 

  1. Blackstone, Melville. Overpriced. Mashed and creamed spinach good. Highly recommended in the literature. It’s all yours.
  2. Bryant & Cooper, Roslyn. Overpriced. Try the hamburger with onions or the lamb chops. Not for me.
  3. Burton and Doyle, Great Neck. One of many along steakhouse row on Northern Blvd. Decent, perhaps.
  4. Butcher’s Bar & Grill, Williston Park. Celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary there. Everybody loved it, except yours truly (who was not paying). Not for me, ever again. Really disappointing.
  5. Capital Grille, Garden City. Grossly overpriced. Formal, decent service. Excellent steak ($69, ouch) the one time I ate there.
  6. Frank’s Steakhouse, Jericho. A bit expensive. One of our son’s favorite. Not for me, although the least expensive of the “overpriced” group.
  7. Jake’s Steakhouse, East Meadow. There during restaurant week. Decent.
  8. Majors, East Meadow. A poor man’s steakhouse. Casual, comfortable, and decent service. My friend’s favorite haunt but I’ve yet to have a good steak there.
  9. Morton’s, Great Neck. A bit expensive. Formal. I’ve only gone there during Restaurant Week ($29 for 3 courses). The drinks are hellaciously expensive and a major rip-off – stay clear of the bar!
  10. Outback, Merrick. Another poor man’s steakhouse. If you go, order the lamb chops, not a steak.
  11. Rothmann’s, East Norwich. Expensive. Formal. A favorite of one of my friends. Not for me.
  12. Peter Luger’s, Great Neck. Very expensive; salad ($20, ouch) and steak for two ($115, ouch). Poor service. Not for me – it’s all yours!
  13. Ruth Chris, Garden City. I’ve never had a good steak here. Definitely a good one to avoid.

I apologize if I’ve missed a few. But, you get the picture. My recommendation is that you stay clear of these restaurants.

 

I know. Many of you complain that much of my stuff are put-downs without offering any alternatives or solutions. So here goes. If not a steak, is there another option? I have come to really enjoy hamburgers. What could be better than a hamburger with fried onions on a crusty roll? Add some ketchup, french fries and a sour Jewish pickle and you’re in business. My favorite burger spots? Wendys, (Dave’s Single) and Shake Shack. You might also think about meatballs with spaghetti (actually, linguine for me) in Rao’s marinara sauce, from a jar, (I prefer Mary’s rich tomato sauce) and grated cheese. Finally, you might think about (as I usually do) an Angus ribeye from a supermarket and putting it on your own grill at home. All of these suggestions carry another feature. There is no tipping! Today, good service requires a 20% tip. I go for 25% if happy with the service. Thus, 2 – $15 glasses of wine (I no longer drink) doesn’t cost $30 – they cost $40. A $200 food bill costs $260 with tip and tax. Bottom line: you make the call, but there appears to be some merit to frequenting “fast food” restaurants (next Great Eats article later this year) and eating in.

I hope this helps those of you who requested this article. Let me know what you think.

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those of the editor or publisher.

 

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MAY 1:                       On the 2020 East Williston School District Budget Vote

JUNE 1:                      On Memorial Day V

JULY 1:                       On Four Issues II: The New York Racing Association (NYRA)

 

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Here are this month’s three defensive suggestions from the upcoming second edition of my “BASKETBALL COACHING 101” book.

 

  1. Keep “score” on each defensive player’s ability to prevent a pass to the man he is defending.
  2. Each defensive player should “scout” the player he will be defending.
  3. When losing near the end of the game, know when and who to foul.