But it was your job to know.

Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simons continued with her defense strategy of “pass the buck” during her testimony before a Michigan congressional hearing.
“in hindsight … there were clearly things that might have been warning signs.” However, Simon added, she believed that investigators at the time “did their best.”

The vast number of Nasser’s victims attests to the fact that “did their best” was woefully inadequate.
“There are warning signs here that should have been heeded earlier at the very top of Michigan State University,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, the ranking Democratic member of the Senate subcommittee that held the hearing. “Apologies aren’t enough. We have to honor those survivors with real action.”

Senator Blumenthal is absolutely correct in his assessment. MSU needs to stop circling the wagons and trying to defend their indefensible inaction. Instead of trying to assert that Nassar somehow skirted the system and they’re blameless, they should be owning up to the idea that implementing such a flawed system to begin with was crucial to allowing Nassar to devastate so many people’s lives.

“If I had known about Nassar sooner, I would have fired him”

But you did know, and he was allowed to continue unabated for two more years. It was your job to know these things as President of MSU and you failed. Until you can admit you failed, there can’t be an honest dialog about how to prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future.

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/06/05/former-msu-president-simon-nassar-congress-hearing/674103002/

Shiny!

Wow, hard to believe it’s been15 years since Firefly blazed across my television. Even harder to believe that in 15 years not a single streaming service picked this show to revive. This was truly a show that ended way before i’ts time.

It was essentially a western set in space with a bit of Robin Hood mixed in. The crew of the Firefly loved adventure, loved each other, and loved their plucky little spaceship the Serenity. In one short season they also made a whole lot of fans fall in love with their universe.

So put on your browncoat, fire up a Firefly marathon, and keep it shiny!

Ovie and the Caps, One Win Away

After leading the Washington Capitals to three President’s Trophies, Alex Ovechkin may finally be ready to lead them to their first ever hoisting of Lord Stanley’s Cup.

With their bonafide 6-2 blowout of the Vegas Golden Knights in game 4 on Monday night, the Capitals are one game away from winning it all. The game was effectively over after Washington went up 3-0 in the first period.

The swarming offense and fusillade of shots that marked the offensive onslaught Vegas rode in to the finals seems to have met its match in Washington’s great goaltending, solid defense, and favorable goal posts.

The Capitals can win it all on Thursday.

Infinity and Beyond

Finally saw Avengers: Infinity War this past weekend. It’s definitely a blockbuster, and over all I enjoyed it…

But…

I almost thought it was too big. For the most part it’s just one, long, continuous fight scene while almost every hero gets a cameo. I recognize that these movies started out to appeal to hard core comic book geeks, but this mega-movie seems to demand that everyone needs to know the Marvel Universe to that degree. You really need to know what’s happened in just about all previous 18 movies to fully get what’s being referenced in the brief interludes between the constant barrage of action. At times it kind of felt like I was watching the season finale of a television that I’d missed key episodes of along the way.

I was actually kind of glad for the ending. Now I don’t have to keep track of every single character in the Marvel Universe. While I can appreciate what they’re trying to do by having all the movies tied in with each other, they should realize we’ve not only got our favorite characters, we’ve got ones we don’t give a rat’s behind for as well.

They Call Them the Streak…..

The Detroit Tigers are most definitely in rebuilding mode. With their 6-2 win yesterday afternoon over the Los Angeles Angel’s their record over the last 10 games is 6-4. That seems to be the way this season is going to play out for the Tigers. A ten game stretch where they play pretty good baseball followed by a ten game stretch where they remind us all the good major league players got traded away last year.

So far this season, the hot and cold streaks have balanced out and kept the Tigers near the .500 mark despite a rash of injuries during May. As we move in to the heart of summer it’ll be interesting to see if we keep going back and forth, or if one side, not or cold, starts winning out.

Here’s hoping the hot streaks win out, and speaking of streaks….

Washington Capitals Even It Up

The Washington Capitals fixed most of their game 1 woes to beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in game 2. Smart play and outstanding goaltending from the Caps evened the series up at a game apiece heading in to D.C.

Just how good was the Caps Braden Holtby in net last night?

http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id

Pretty darn amazing! That was certainly the stop that saved the game for Washington. Now it remains to be seen which Capitals team shows up for game 3.

Fake Bread and a Tasty Dessert

I have been really watching my carbohydrate consumption since my doctor gave me the news I have type 2 diabetes. I’ve done the Atkins diet before with pretty good success, so I went back to it again. I have stuck mostly with the initial induction phase for maximum weight loss but I’ve started adding in phase 2 foods like nuts and berries.

One of the first things I gave up was any kind of bread. That, along with no sweets, was the hardest part about getting started. With yesterday’s dinner I decided to try this recipe:

Muffin in a Minute

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tbsps Flaxseed (Spectrum) Organic Ground
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder (Straight Phosphate, Double Acting)
  • 1/2 individual packet Sucralose Based Sweetener (Sugar Substitute)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 large Egg (Whole)
  • 1 tsp Unsalted Butter Stick

Put all the dry ingredients in a microwavable mug, then add the egg, and I used a tsp of olive oil instead of butter because I didn’t have enough soft butter available. Mix it all up and pop it in the microwave for about a minute. Viola! Something to fool you into thinking you’re getting bread. It tastes like a bran muffin with a hint of cinnamon and comes in with 4 grams of net carbs.

Back to Work!

Holiday is over and it’s back to work today! Didn’t get cars washed and didn’t learn any new banjo song (I just practiced bluegrass rolls), but I got most of my other tasks accomplished. I’m going to consider it a weekend well spent.

Speaking of needing to go back to work, it looks like the Washington Capitals are going to have to work their butts off against the Vegas Golden Knights after all. Neither team seemed all that interested in playing defense in Vegas’ 6-4 win over the Capitals, and I’m not sure that even if Washington had played better they would be able to shut down the Golden Knights. The Knights seemed destined to be the first franchise in the NHL to win it all in their first season.

Part of that success has to do with this statement being entirely incorrect,

Just 342 days after the Knights selected the backbone of their first roster in the expansion draft, Vegas had another party on the Strip with its remarkable collection of castoffs.

Vegas didn’t assemble their team with “castoffs,” they assembled their team with guys every other team agonized over leaving exposed for the expansion draft. Every single team had to face the dilemma of not being able to protect every player they wanted to protect. Give Vegas credit, they expertly nabbed the best player form every team that was exposed.

RIP Alan Bean

One of my most early childhood memories is my entire family sitting in the family room, glued to the flickering black and white images on the television. I’m not entirely sure I knew what all those images were, but I did understand I was seeing people do amazing things, I was seeing history unfold, and I was witnessing the dawning of a new age.

This Memorial Day weekend started with the death of the fourth human being to ever walk on the Moon, Alan Bean. This Memorial Day I’m thinking of those heroes that have gone on, the four heroes that are still here, Buzz Aldrin, Dave Scott, Charlie Duke and Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, and the unfulfilled promises of human exploration they left behind.

Alan Bean Apollo Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon Has Died at 86 from NPR

TGIF! May 25, 2018

Hurray! Made it to the end of another work week with the Memorial Day weekend coming up. Nothing but fun and leisure for the next three days!

Well, fun and leisure mixed in with laundry, house cleaning, carpet shampooing, car washing, etc. Hmm, seems like I work more on my fun and leisure days than I do on my work days!

Oh well, one of the things I think I’ll be working on is a version of this song:

Fairly simple, comprehensive lesson (as usual from Mr. Hicks) that sounds and looks like fun to play.

Have a great holiday everyone and don’t work too hard!

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