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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

A STEP FORWARD – FROM FOX:   A bill that would increase penalties for protestors blocking roads and obstructing emergency vehicles is on the way to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.  And the two term GOP governor, who’s running for re-election next year, says he’ll sign the measure into law.  "I will sign soon," Abbott tweeted this weekend. "Peaceful protest doesn’t include blocking roadways & preventing emergency vehicle access. That chaos won’t be tolerated in Texas."  The governor sent his tweet soon after the Texas Senate voted 25-5 to pass the bill, which would toughen penalties and calls for jail time for protestors who purposefully block emergency vehicles from passing through a roadway, or obstruct a hospital entrance.  Abbott has been a great governor of Texas, and would fit comfortably on a national ticket.  In fact, the Republican Party has a number of great governors.  This new law will make Texas even better than it already is.

TELLING IT LIKE IT IS – FROM FOX:    Hall of Famer Charles Barkley spoke out after the league announced that Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James would not be suspended after he violated the NBA’s health and safety protocols earlier this week when he attended a promotional event with rapper Drake and actor Michael B. Jordan.  ESPN reported on Saturday that the NBA did not intend to suspend James after he attended a photoshoot for Lobos 1707 tequila, which is a brand that he is an investor in.  Barkley, who is as outspoken as anyone in sports media, shared his thoughts on the NBA’s decision.  "The NBA ain’t got the XXXXX to suspend Lebron James. Zero." Barkley said during a virtual interview with Yahoo Sports.
Barkley admitted that he started to laugh when he heard the news of the league’s decision.  "The NBA, they ain’t got no chance of suspending Lebron James. If it was a nobody, they would put him in health and safety protocols," Barkley said. "Ain’t no XXXXXXX way LeBron James is going to be sitting out because of health and safety protocols."  Barkley said when he read that, he started laughing and said: "Lebron James is playing Sunday. Guaaaaranteeed."  Wait.  Isn't this the same NBA which has become so ultra-sensitive to political correctness?  And isn't that the same LeBron James who puts on the self-righteous face and lectures us all on our racism?   Guess when you're a godlike figure you don't have to play by the rules.

May 23, 2021