The Spew 11-22-17

1.      Thanksgiving means turkey.  What do you like better?  Dark meat or white meat?  Do you have a family favorite side dish?


2.      America’s  favorite Thanksgiving pie is pumpkin.  A recent survey says 36% of  people say pumpkin is tops followed by apple pie at 14%, sweet potato  pie at 10%, chocolate pie at 9%, lemon meringue pie at 4%, and both  cherry and blueberry pie at 3%.  What kind of pie do you like?


3.     Two former Indian fan favorites, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel, will both  appear on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time  in 2018. Thome hit 612 home runs in his career, 8th all-time,  and his overall stats can be mentioned with great names of the past  like Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, Mel Ott and Ted Williams.  Vizquel won 11  gold gloves at shortstop and had 2,877 career hits. Do they both deserve  to be in Cooperstown?  Will they both be voted in on the first try?


4.      The 8th  ranked Ohio State Buckeyes play the Michigan Wolverines Saturday at  noon.  OSU head coach Urban Meyer said, “This rivalry is not a one week  deal.  I learned that from Woody Hayes, from Earl Bruce, from Jim  Tressel. I just think it’s in your blood. It’s in your DNA”.  Is Ohio  State-Michigan still an arch rivalry?  


5.      Steve  Loomis is out as the President of the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s  Association.  The police union voted in former President, Det. Jeff  Follmer to take over the reins. Are you surprised by the vote?  How  important of a job is it being the police union president?


6.       President Donald Trump said that he's "stocked the courts to their  liking, cut funding for abortions and made it safe again to invoke God  in the public space. We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian  values. Guess what, we're saying Merry Christmas again."  Do you say  Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?


7.      Russian  President Vladimir Putin hosted Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to talk  about the need to move from military operations to the search for a  political solution to Syria’s conflict. Russia is working to build an  international consensus around a peace deal for Syria.  Putin will also  meet the leaders of Iran and Turkey and said he would follow up his  talks with Assad with phone calls to President Donald Trump and to  Middle Eastern leaders. Attempts to broker a peace deal in the past have  foundered because powers involved in the conflict have differing  approaches. Can a peace treaty be brokered in Syria? 


8.      Former President Bill Clinton is reportedly facing a new round of  charges of sexual assault from four women, who claim the incidents  occurred after Clinton left the White House in 2001. Author and  journalist Ed Klein reports in the Daily Mail that attorneys have  notified Clinton that they are preparing to file four separate lawsuits  against him. Reports say that the women were employed in “low-level  positions” at an organization owned by playboy billionaire Ron Burkle.  If there is smoke, is there fire?


9.      In  what is being hailed as one of the great finds in recent years,  scientists in Egypt have discovered a hidden chamber inside Egypt's  Great Pyramid of Giza. The discovery was made using cosmic-ray based  imaging, which shows how modern particle physics can reveal new  information about ancient structures.  The Great Pyramid was built  during the reign of Pharaoh Khufu who reigned from 2509 to 2483 B.C.   Archaeologists are still unsure how the Great Pyramid, which is 14  stories tall, was built. How could the pyramids have been built 4,500  years ago when human construction technology did not exist? Did an  advance race of aliens build it?


10.   The  NFL is investigating an allegation that Tampa Bay Buccaneers  quarterback Jameis Winston groped a female Uber driver, Lisa Friel, last  year.  The NFL released a statement sent to Friel which reads, "The  League has been informed that you may have been the victim of such a  violation perpetrated by Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Jameis Winston. The  league takes allegations of this nature very seriously and has opened  an investigation into this matter."  Will we see an end to the Weinstein  effect anytime soon or is this just the tip of the iceberg?

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