SCOTT PRUITT, TRUMP’S NOMINEE TO LEAD THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY & HIS HYPOCRITICAL PAST
FIVE OF THE SIX BOOKS BY U.S. REP. JOHN LEWIS have garnered the most sales in the past day on Amazon. That after Donald Trump ranted over Lewis’s statement that he didn’t think Trump is a “legitimate president.”
VIRVUS JONES was feted on his 70th birthday this week at a party hosted by his daughter,St. Louis Treasurer and mayoral hopeful Tishaura O. Jones, Is it an untrumor that Virvus is on her campaign payroll for $5k a month?
RINGLING BROS. & BARNUM BAILEY CIRCUS. after 146 years, will fold its tent in May. How many can remember when “The Greatest Show on Earth” performed at the old Coliseum, the Arena, the Kiel? An old saw: “There was the cannibal who ate a clown and remarked, ‘it tastes funny.'”
After Democratic Rep. John Lewis referred to Donald Trump as an illegitimate president,” GOP Sen. Roy Blunt said, “We consider John Lewis a friend and great man. The idea of constantly looking for ways to ilegitimize results of an election, no matter how unhappy you are about it, isn’t the best example we set.”
Alphonso Jackson, onetime head of HUD here, is probably seeing his name pop up in stories about Dr. Ben Carson’s leap to U.S. Secretary of Housing. Jackson was pushed out of office over allegations that he used his position to punish the Philadelphia Housing Authority over a personal vendetta.
William Peter Blatty has died. The author of the best-selling satanic novel and Oscar-winning movie, “Exorcist,” once attended Georgetown University where his classmate was William V. Bidwill, owner of the Arizona Cardinals, formerly the St. Football Cardinals. (The team is now run by his son Michael Bidwill. (Bill Sr.’s wife Nancy passed away in August.) There’s a double St. Louis link to Blatty. The story of a 12 year-old girl who was inhabited by demonic possession was actually a young man who underwent an exorcism at the old Alexian Brothers Hospital (then an affiliate of SLU) on south Broadway. Two of the priests who witnessed the event relayed that information to me. Father Lucius Cervantes was there with Fr. Edward Bowdern. Cervantes said he witnessed the young man screaming. Furthermore, he mentioned that he remained in touch with the possessed who became an airline pilot.
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan of our town has informed his clergy he is considering moving his archdiocese headquarters out of the building it now occupies in midtown Manhattan in a bid to save money. He also advised about his plan “to correct an “unfair and inaccurate perception of the archdiocese as some bloated and money-grabbing corporation.”
The NFL San Diego Chargers are moving to Los Angeles to become the
second team of the league there joining the Rams. (Two NFL teams in the
same city happening for the first time in decades.)
Ascension Healthcare prez and CEO Bob Henkel is hanging up his hat for retirement. . .Two additional suspects at John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis have been arrested on the second indictment relating to a kickback scheme. . .U.S. Senate has taken the first step toward repealing Obamacare with a vote of 51-48. Vote on Friday.
PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP TO CNN CORRESPONDENT AT WEDNESDAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE: “Your organization is terrible. . .Fake news!”
JANUARY 12 IN HISTORY: 1995, Murder trial began against O.J. Simpson; 1991, U.S. Congress gave George Bush authority to wage war on Iraq; 1981, “Dynasty” with Joan Collins premiered on ABC-TV; 1971, “All in the Family” debuted on CBS featuring first toilet flush on television; 1915, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected women’s rights to vote.
A proposed Major League Soccer stadium funding question will not be on the City of St. Louis ballot come April. . .Just in case you haven’t received an invitation, the heirs of the founder of McDonnell Douglas are having a party. “Eat, drink and be merry,” the invite begins. “Fifty years – Jim and Libby McDonnell, cocktail buffet, 6:30 p.m., Feb.18 at St. Louis Country Club” (Apparently, they can’t afford an anniversary dinner). . .Other anniversaries: Campbell’s Tomato Soup is 100 years old; Apple’s iPhone has reached it’s 10th and the federal income tax is 218 years-old.
MARSHALL FAULK has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He is a three-time Heisman finalist and yesteryear running back for San Diego State and former member of the St. Louis Rams and Indianapolis Colts.
THE AWARDS SEASON HAS KICKED-OFF with the Golden Globes and looming Oscars. The Missouri Lawyers Weekly will honor attorneys for their achievements in 2016 at a ceremony 11 a.m., Jan. 27 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. Securing the largest reported plaintiffs verdicts or judgments: James Onder, Onder Law; John Simon and Erica Blume Slater, The Simon Law Firm. Largest reported defense wins are Robert T. Shaw, Felicia Williams, Virginia Woodfork, Thompson Coburn; Peter Spataro and Sarah Cahill, Brown & James; Kenneth Brostron and Wendy Wolf, Lashly and Baer; Robert W. Cockerham and Ryan T. Knopf of Cockerham & Associates; Thaddeus Eckenrode, Eckenrode-Maupin. Securing the largest reported settlements: John F. Medler, Jr. and Tammy Medler, Medler Law Firm;
The AAA is expecting to see legislation introduced to address distracted driving via smartphones in Missouri. (It’s not what your hands do, but what your brain does.). . .Continuing to trend: Conflict of House members and MO Rep. Sam Graves’ wife who had a financial stake in the fuel industry while he served on the House Committee of Small Business in 2009. He invited expert testimony on the renewable fuels industry. . .THE ENTIRE “GOLDEN GIRLS” LIBRARY WILL STREAM ON HULU BEGINNING FEB. 13. . .TONIGHT AT 7 P.M., the Golden Globes will be aired on KSDK with Meryl Streep cinching the “Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.” Jimmy Fallon will host the ceremony.. . .ON THIS 70TH ANNIVERSARY SINCE KSDK WENT ON THE AIR AS KSD-TV, STATION OFFICIALS SHOULD PAY HOMAGE TO THE LATE GEORGE BURBACH. In the 1940s Burbach approached his boss, Joseph Pulitzer, Il., to apply for a license to own a television station. Pulitzer told Burbach that television wouldn’t last and declined to apply. Burbach, through constant encouragement, finally convinced Pulitzer to apply. The station became a cash cow following its NBC affiliation. . .TODAY IN HISTORY (JAN. 8): 2011, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot; 1992, President George H. W. Bush vomited on the Japanese prime minister’s lap; 1989, the musical, “42nd Street,” closed on Broadway after 3,486 performances; 1982, AT&T agreed to divest itself of 22 Bell Systems; 1974, gold hit a record of $126.50; 1963, the Mona Lisa was unveiled and hung in the National Gallery of Art; 1889, the first computer was patented.
Our town’s consummate spokesperson of the economy, Juli Niemann of Smith Moore, told an audience at the downtown Rotary Club that “bull markets do not die of old age.” She continued that a number of gurus are expressing concern that it is coming to an end. “There are always specific conditions which precipitate a bear market,” Niemann opined. “At present it is likely that market volatility will increase, but we still have steam left in this recovery. The economy is continuing to move in the right direction. The rate of growth in earnings is likely to slow somewhat, but that doesn’t kill a bull. . .we can deal with it. It is unlikely that Donald Trump would deal any body blows to the economy. Internationally, it is improbable, but not impossible for some catastrophic occurrence, but it is unknowable. So we continue to muddle through. However, not all sectors will do well this year. This market rally is unlikely to treat high dividend leading stocks well, because interest rates are rising. . .albeit modestly in my opinion. So caution is in order. Summary, be in the race, but on the right horses.”
THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI HAS LANDED A NEW 20-YEAR OPERATING LICENSE FROM THE U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION to produce crucial radioisotopes.
JOE BIDEN TO DONALD TRUMP ON PBS: “Grow up!”
KIA, HONDA, AUDI ORDERED 30-second television spots for SUPER BOWL 50. Each will belly-up $5 million for each ad or $170k a second. The first Super Bowl in 1967 cost advertisers $42k per 30-second spot.
ERIC TRUMP FOUNDATION has raised $16.3 million for St. Jude Hospital that offers free care to needy children.
RESTAURANTS NEWTOYOU: The space of the Webster Groves Bookshop will become a restaurant under the banner of Olive+Oak; Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery; 4715 Macklind; Louie (was Jimmy’s on the Park) 706 DeMun; Charleville Brewing Co. and Tavern , 2101 Chouteau (thanks to George Mahe).
CONNIE BURKHARDT OF FRONTENAC has been appointed to the Missouri Arts & Education Council by the Missouri Dept. of Economic Development.