The Rundown

Russia to develop a new 'doomsday plane'

Vlad Putin was all set to roll out his Doomsday Plane at Moscow’s Victory Parade on Monday but the flight was grounded because of weather. The modified plane, referred to as the “Flying Kremlin” would house the country’s leadership in the event of a nuclear event. The plane has no passenger windows in order to protect its passengers from the after effects of a nuclear blast and it can be refueled in mid-flight, allowing the power brokers to remain airborne.

Sounds impressive, right? Okay, now let me repeat what happened to this powerhouse last week. A plane that was built to endure the effects of a nuclear event . . . was grounded because of rain.

The Wicked Witch of the West called. She wants her punchline back.

A Pill Available in Mexico Is a Texas Option for Abortion - The New York  Times

The insufferable hypocrisy of American politics is coming home to roost.

Scores of women along the southern border of Texas have been scouring pharmacies in Mexico for abortion pills since the state whose motto is Friendship passed a strict anti-abortion law last September. To make matters worse, we’re talking about unregulated pharmacies here. Sadly, these women are not privy to the options afforded all those holy rollers who want to flip the script on Roe v Wade. Because for all the proselytizing these peeps dish up, they’re going to play a game of hush when it comes to them and theirs. They’ll find the avenues that privilege affords them and to hell with everybody else. It brings to mind the words of Sister Joan Chittister in an interview with Bill Moyers, when discussing the truth of abortion.

“I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”

That says it all right there.

Patron the mine-sniffing dog is capturing Ukraine's hearts

Hail Patron! This two and a half year old mine sniffing Jack Russell Terrier who is my Hero Of The Week! here at The Rundown. The dude is so much more than just another pretty face, as evidenced by his prolific resume when it comes to saving the day. Patron has sniffed out more than 200 (You read that right) explosives since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.

For his tireless efforts in saving lives and educating the civilian population, Patron was awarded a medal for “Dedicated Work in the Ukraine Army.” He’s got a trophy case and an online following and that’s all well and good. But all he really cares about is doing the job, every single day. Because in life, some may want to write the lessons and others may want to teach them. But the ones who change the world?

They live them.

New Mexico | Bureau of Land Management

It’s Day 37 of the raging wildfires that have engulfed 237,000 acres in New Mexico while enlisting more than 1,800 fire and rescue workers to battle it and officials say there is no end in sight. The devastation began when two smaller fires merged and laid waste to more than fifty square miles in one day.

High winds and drought ravaged forests have pushed these men and women to the brink, but somehow they’ll keep moving. They will always have a reason to keep fighting back, because that’s what service looks like.

God bless them all.

Long-shot Rich Strike wins the 148th Kentucky Derby - CNN

80-1 underdog Rich Strike won the Kentucky Derby last week, and I was grateful to have the space of a week’s worth of time to deliver up this news. Because in horse racing, every result is a dubiously fitted fairy tale these days. The sport is rife with rich creeps who are expert when it come to writing up regrettable endings to feel good stories. But for now? Rich Strike turned the gambling books upside down and shook their pockets clean.

Okay, so the trainer Eric Reed has come under fire for some coarse things he may or may not have tweeted about Vice President Kamala Harris. And jockey Sonny Leon was suspended for careless riding in the race before his Derby win. But so far, no evidence has been presented that someone doped this beautiful creature.

It’s probably safe to celebrate the upset win now. Probably . . .

Corrections Officer Vicky White, who helped inmate Casey White escape, died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds: authorities - ABC7 Chicago

“On the Run with the Whites” is the working title for that guilty pleasure limited series that will be coming to a streaming service near you (And maybe it won’t be Netflix after all, but I’ll get to that in a moment).

Because the worst? Happened.

Okay, not the worst, since Casey Cole White fought the law and the law won, catching up with the runaway couple in Evansville, Indiana after a nearly two week manhunt. And now the man who fatally stabbed a fifty-eight year old woman in 2020 is no longer a menace to society.

Vicky White wasn’t going out like that. She knew she was facing hard time and so she put a gun to her head and pulled the trigger. And now the network vampires won’t get their day in court with a woman who threw it all away for fleabag hotels with shitty room service. Instead we’ll get the fictionalized version of these two.

You can put money on it.

Netflix Q4 Earnings: Why The Stock Is Tanking - MavenFlix - TheStreet StreamingBut don’t go putting any money down on Netflix, because they’re looking a hell of a lot like Rocky Balboa in Rocky III. And the other streaming services are Clubber Lang, intent on teaching the former champ a lesson in humility. Netflix stock has plummeted by 75% in just the last six months and the memory of their pandemic mighty has given way to plugging leaks with measures that won’t promote the growth they have come to expect. It happens to every heavyweight champion sooner or later.

Netflix got punched in the mouth. Now we’ll see how they respond.

I began this week’s episode in the air, and that’s where I’m gonna end things. The only difference being, Vlad ain’t got his hands in this mix so yeah . . it’s a story that worked out beautifully.

You know the action movie scenario where the pilot loses consciousness and one of the passengers is called on by air traffic control to land the plane even though they have no blessed idea how? Welp, Darren Harrison is the passenger I’m talking about and guess what? He actually lived to tell that harrowing tale.

Harrison was on board a single engine Cessna Caravan that was headed back to Florida after a Bahamas jaunt when the shit hit the fan or in this case, the propeller, when the pilot became incapacitated. It was a Jesus take the wheel moment with the only problem being that in spite of his beard, Harrison ain’t that guy.

This was the intersection of heaven and earth and the guy who had no idea how to fly a plane wasn’t ready to let the cosmos have the last word. Not so long as he had a chance to grab that winning lottery ticket more commonly referred to as terra firma. And then he was becoming fast friends with Robert Morgan, a certified flight instructor with over 1,200 hours of flight time. And then Harrison was focused on an A+ from his teacher, since the results of this particular excursion were pass/fail.

Morgan summoned every bit of his calm and cool and he gave a master class to his new pupil whilst pulling up images of the plane he was shepherding and also coordinating with Palm Beach International for the emergency landing. Which happened, without a single other hitch. After which Harrison got to thinking on the miracle of life. No, not this one. The one that will be happening later this year when he becomes a father.

I bet you he nails that landing too.


58 thoughts on “The Rundown

  1. An excellent column Marc, the old politicized justices representing the Rep party are determined to put their boot on the neck of women adhering to the wishes of cohorts on the right wing Senate. Let the battle begin.
    I was astounded by underdog Rich Strike, I’ve never seen such an exciting horse race, he was behaving extremely hyped up after the race, I’m hoping a rush of adrenaline and nothing more.
    Enjoyed this very much, the heroes esp. 😊

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  2. Sister Joan Chittister had it right. I had to vomit, er…mean scream this morning when I heard the Minority Leader wax on about how the Supreme Court’s job was sometimes to disagree with public sentiment. With all due respect (though for this legislator, there is little of that from me), no sir…the Court is supposed is to follow precedent from previous rulings brought before it. Everytime this guy makes a statement, I seeth. He likes things both ways, something that his party champions regularly. And in a statement earlier this month, Clarence Thomas, another posterboy for conservative hypocrisy said said the court should welcome the opportunity to overturn precedents it regards as incorrect. Seems it’s okay to reverse long-standing precedent when you disagreed with it initially, as does his wife Ginni apparently given her role in January 6. Gee, if that’s the case, I didn’t like that Thomas, or for that matter Kavanaugh, Coney Barrett and Gorsuch were confirmed (under false pretenses and skullduggery I believe), can we get a do-over? Likewise the same with Mitch. 😡

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  3. Another pithy remark re: Roe — They’re giving rights to the unborn by taking them away from women.

    I shouldn’t ask, but what happened to the Cessna pilot? Ticker crapped out? That would be my idea of a really bad day. I never get in tiny planes like that!

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    • This shouldn’t even be up for debate. Where in the blessed fig newtons is this world going?

      As for “Airplane 2!” funny you should ask because I read a few articles and it was kind of vague to me. A medical emergency in which the pilot became incoherent. No idea.

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    • As Dennis Miller once said (Before he became a different Dennis Miller). These people want to protect the fetus and kill the felon, so I guess it’s all in the timing.

      And the name, Patron! I love that name. And what a hero! He not only has sniffed out more than 200 land mines, he also educates the kids on what to look for.

      Umm, they would be speaking of me posthumously. Hell of a job by this guy.

      Because Matt Lauer is an attention whore, among other things.


  4. Jack Russells are one of the brightest breeds there are. They’re the Thomas Edison of dogs. Not too cuddly, but you can’t have everything.

    As for Putin’s plane…did you that Marco? It’s the Wright Brothers giggling from their airplane hangar in the ether.

    By the way…I truly admire all the work you put into these, It’s very inspiring to your peers. But of course that’s our goal as writers…we aspire to inspire. 🙂

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    • When I used to volunteer at the shelter, the Jack Russells were always a handful. A lot of fun, a lot of energy, a lot of everything.

      They are! Slapping their foreheads going “What in the fuck are these people doing with our majestic enterprise?!”

      Big hugs for that. And yes, it’s quite enjoyable to cull and clip and curl these pieces together. Like a crazy quilt you don’t get to inspect until it’s all sewn.

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  5. It amazes me the bad seems to be getting badder but to offset that the good are getting gooder? Just a little tired and my brain has gone on walkabout. The good stories give me hope and the bad stories make me shake my head. How on earth can we ever survive?

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    • Yes, yes they are. On both counts. And the bad can’t be shrugged off, so we recognize it, after which we appreciate the gooder that much more.

      We survive because we always have. Through wars and cataclysms both man-made and natural. We survive because it’s in us to do so.

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    Grounded for weather. Doesn’t that figure. I would like to say something about planes imploding with certain passengers aboard but karma and all that prevents me from doing so…

    It is disgusting that important rulings like Roe v Wade can actually be overturned years later. I don’t want to think of the return of hangers and questionable “doctors” doing the deeds. These pills are just the tip of the iceberg and (hopefully) the lesser of the evil options. It’s just so enraging. Sister Chittister is one of those voices of reason that comes out of a place not known for it.

    Patron! (Is it wrong that I am saying it like Patrón?) What an amazing dog. He is a hero in every sense of the word.

    These damn fires are so heart-breaking. Every year. Firefighters are definitely another brand of hero. Scary stuff.

    So funny. I was going to share that video of Rich Strike with you and then got sidetracked. Of course, you feature it here. That was so amazing to watch (I did, over and over) and I have to wonder at what shenanigans might have been involved for him to be able to do what he did. I, also, dearly hope he was not doped or anything else…

    The Whites are such a cliché, aren’t they? And you know it will be a movie-of-the week. No way the networks won’t capitalize on such a gift.

    Netflix… To think the price has doubled since I signed up. Honestly, if they are gonna punch me in the mouth in retaliation for their punch in the mouth? I’m outta here!

    Wow on Darren Harrison! Can you even ever imagine having the cojones to do what he did? Amazing. With the cool head he had to do what he did, fatherhood will be amazing.

    Outstanding Rundown!


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      And here I thought you had forgotten about me,;). Just kidding! I’m kidding!

      Yeah Putin plays big man on campus but he really knows how to come up small, time after time.

      And again, those high minded individuals who preach . . they really ain’t gonna leave their wives and daughters and mistresses to suffer when they decide to get an abortion. Phonies.

      Patron is one hell of a name for one hell of a dog. What a hero!

      The fires always amaze me, their duration and their size. It’s a test of wills for the brave men and women who fight them.

      Rich Strike will not be running in the Preakness. Which was odd news. But to this point, no funny business.

      And . . . I wonder what streaming service will carry this story. And will it be a limited series or a season’s worth? Hmmmm.

      I’ve already talked one person out of signing up! LOL

      Like I told someone, I would have been written about . . . posthumously!

      Gracias sweetness.


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      • As if! Plus, you know I would never do so!

        I so want him proven to be small… and taken out of commission. He sure is beyond shit-disturbing in the meantime.

        They are full of shit. When it’s in their family, totally different story. Sonsab***es.

        Such a good name!

        Those fires scare the shit out of me.

        No, eh? Hmmm….

        I wonder, too. There will be one, that is for sure.

        Woot! Good for you!

        Hahaha! You nut. We never know what we can do until we are put into a situation.

        You know it, love.

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  7. The Doomsday Plane is doomed.
    I hope Vlad, the impaling bomber is doomed too, soon, very soon, very very soon.

    I don’t usually do opinion posts, but I’m working on an abortion one for my other blog.

    Patron can come live with me! I will kiss him, and hug him, and love him, and scratch him, and hold him, and feed him, and brush him and kiss him some more.

    Rich Strike’s story is rich!
    I used to be a horse race nut. Now I worry about the horses.
    My Edmonton family (Ima child of a divorce) were addicts, so when I stayed with them, it was all about getting to the track in time to get a bet down in time for the first race.
    My step mom would mow you down if you got in her way.
    It was so bad, that they got me to hang around the paddock, and pick up a jockey. So, I began dating this guy who came up to my chin, and wore 4 dress sizes smaller than mine.
    The plan was for me to get tips.
    I brought him home one night after the races. Dad had this garbage compactor, his pride and joy. It could compress 50 lbs of trash into a tidy 18″ X 18″ square. When the guy left, dad had him take the trash to the curb. I thought he was going to get herniated.He never called again.

    Ef netflix.

    The Whites… ???????????????????????? he’s live.

    Love the last story. Watched it a few times on tv!


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    • Putin can’t get out of his own way most of the time. He’s not so tough.

      I can’t wait to read your post.

      Hail Patron! I love that name. And he would be a very lucky dog indeed if he lived with you, LOL.

      Another Resa original! You have a million of them, and one more entertaining than the next.

      Yes, the hell with Netflix.

      He’s gonna live the rest of his life behind bars. Again. And still. And hopefully no more escapes.

      What a story!


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  8. Enjoyed the rundown
    And if the Putin plane is nuclear proof a who would be around to fuel then if the other planes are not jazzed up as well?
    But that was funny that rain grounded then!

    Also – happy ending with the landing in the last story – and sounds like the flight instructor that helped was a gift! Cheers for effective and seasoned instructors – and of course Harrison had some gifts too – to rise to the occasion and even cooler that he will still be around to see his child enter the world

    And Netflix?
    I think this was a matter of time because streaming is now everywhere – the competition finally emerged and the King of steaming needs to adapt or die

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