Grab Bag – Sunday

Texas Rangers' pitcher Clay Rapada reacts after closing out the sixth inning against the New York Yankees
  • The Texas Rangers proved that they’re not the Texas Rangers of old. They were not to roll over and play dead for the New York Yankees. A double steal in the first inning to generate a run was one clue. The second and more important clue came in the sixth inning when the Rangers were up against the wall. The Yankees look like they were poised for one of their patented innings which generates multiple runs. Somehow, some way, the Texas Rangers got out of that inning. Game three is on Monday in New York.
  • Millions of dollars are rolling into Republican coffers. Mysterious groups like American Crossroads and American Action Network are shoveling large amounts of money at House candidates.
  • Everyone was bowled over when Sharron Angle announced that she raised more than $14 million during the last quarter. Unfortunately for her supporters, she has only $4 million left in the bank.
  • The brother of the “underwear bomber” has been arrested in Nigeria. He seems to be connected with the bombing in Lagos.
  • I think it’s going to take years to straighten out the foreclosure mess. I think the Wall Street Journal summed it up very well, “The financial system and legal system have been on a collision course for some time in residential real estate. Both the lower standards for loans and the lax controls involving foreclosures were based on the premise that home prices would never fall, making it unlikely that many loans would go bad at once. Once that premise fell apart, the flaws in the system became obvious, and the long-term challenge now facing lenders is to rebuild the mortgage system on more solid footing. Banks argue that these problems will be repaired swiftly, and they’ll soon be running the foreclosure machinery at full speed again. But analysts say the problems could expand into a legal crisis if banks can’t prove that they are following standard property-law procedures.
  • Sadly, in Baltimore, an off-duty police officer got into an argument over a parking spot and was beaten to death. This kind of violence is senseless. Unfortunately, as a trauma surgeon, I see this on a weekly basis. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
  • Lots of craziness going on in college football. Number one Ohio State had only a week to enjoy their number one spot before they lost.
  • Another myth bites the dust. There really is no such thing as Eureka Moment. Major breakthroughs come with hard work.
  • Barbara Billingsley, best known as the mother on Leave It to Beaver, died at age 94. I will always remember her for her hilarious performance in the movie Airplane!
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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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