The Rundown

King Charles III crowned in ancient rite at Westminster Abbey - Terrace Standard

More than two decades worth of waiting so that Charles can wear a hat that’s ten sizes two large while poodling around in a carriage that weighs more than the entire Manchester United soccer team. I hope it was worth it! Oh wait, yes it was worth it because now we have something called Coronation Quiche.

Anyways, in this week’s episode, we’ll talk about a grief book only OJ Simpson could relate to. And there’s George Santos, who vows to clear one of his many names. I’ll finish with a story that will have you believing in humankind all over again.

All that and more, so let’s get to it . . .

Two fishermen caught cheating at Ohio tournament plead guilty - CBS News

You can cheat at marriage, you can cheat at politics and you can even cheat at taxes . . . for a little while anyways. But don’t go cheating at a fishing tournament because they will nail your ass. It happened to Jacob Runyan, 43, of Ashtabula, Ohio and Chase Cominsky, 36, of Hermitage, Pennsylvania when the two were caught stuffing fish with lead weights. They were sentenced to ten days in jail and forced to give up their $100,000 boat as a result. Wait a minute, fishermen who cheat the details? What will they think of next?!

Kouri Richins 'advertised she's single & available' in TV slot before charge for husband's death, body language pro says | The US Sun

Kouri Richins was that person. The thirty-three year old mother of three had overcome the tragic loss of her husband Eric one year ago while becoming something of a local celebrity in the process. The real estate agent from Kamas, Utah penned a children’s book on how to deal with grief titled “Are You With Me?” with the help of her three kids. She was a shining example of resiliency and strength in the face of tragedy, until she wasn’t.

Earlier this month, Richins was charged with the murder of her husband. Authorities are alleging she gave him five times the lethal dose of fentanyl in what was supposed to be a celebratory drink. And it wasn’t the first time she tried to kill him either. And then there’s the life insurance policy she tried to change in order to make herself the sole beneficiary.

And now Kouri Richins is that person for a very different reason.

Did Republican Representative-elect George Santos lie about his life story? - Vox

When George Santos is asked if he swears to tell the truth and all that jazz, I sure as hell hope the sprinkler system is working in that courtroom. If not, I sure as hell hope everyone in attendance brings plenty of chocolate bars, marshmallows and graham crackers for the occasion.

Make the most of it, yanno?

The Diplomat' Netflix Series Release Date & What We Know So Far - What's on Netflix

Our favorite new streaming fix is happening on Netflix right now. The Diplomat stars Kerri Russell and Rufus Sewell as a husband and wife team whose marriage makes Bill and Hilary look like the Cleavers. The cast is dynamic, the writing is an upper deck shot and the chemistry these two stars have going makes you wish she was a real candidate. Him too.


Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil - Words of Deliciousness


Something was dumped near a creek bed in a residential New Jersey neighborhood and it wasn’t a dead body, toxic chemicals or Jimmy Hoffa’s laundry. Nope, it was several hundred pounds of pasta. We’re talking heaping helpings of spaghetti, elbow macaroni and ziti. Area residents used their noodle in order to figure out who dumped all those carbs and now Olive Garden is reintroducing its Never-Ending Pasta Bowl menu, umm . . . while supplies last.

Republicans Question Donald Trump's Electability After Trial Verdict

Donald Trump boasted about sexually assaulting women with that little asshole Billy Bush all the way back in 2016, so it’s not like we’re covering new ground here. But the wheels of justice are cranky when you happen to be a reality show influencer and ringleader extraordinaire with an insane clown posse of money and influence bowing at your feet. His former BFF’s who are jumping ship now that Colt 45 was found liable for sexual assault this week waited seven long years to express their outrage over his behavior. Because it was never about the women involved for these guys. It was about preserving their own political careers.

Mom Turns to Facebook To Find Friends for Son with Down Syndrome and the Response Warms Her Heart | Herbie J Pilato | NewsBreak Original

Christian Bowers is a twenty-four year old kid who loves video games, the St. Louis Blues and his Mom. But dudes can’t be expected to live on that alone, yanno? Sometimes it’s just nice to have a social circle, but when you have Down Syndrome that can be easier said than done.

A mom wanted one friend for her son. Thousands responded | The Seattle Times

So Donna Herter took to her Facebook page in an attempt to find someone who might want to spend a few hours a month with her son, playing video games and just hanging out. She promised to reimburse anyone who was interested for the time they spent with Christian before posting her offer and going to bed.

Strangers befriend man with Down syndrome after mom's touching post

When she woke up, she started scrolling through the comments to her post. All 5,000 of them. And those voices she was scrolling through weren’t just from her hometown or even her home state of Missouri. She found people chiming in from all across the world. And so it took her some time to actually whittle down the list of candidates to a group of fellows but with a post that now stands at 60,000 shares and more than 26,000 comments, Christian’s got friends in every corner of the map.

A desperate mother is looking for companionship for her son with Down syndrome in her Facebook post

These people didn’t want a payday. They weren’t looking to score a trending tweet on humanity and they sure as hell didn’t care to be known by the whole wide world. Nope, all these people really cared about was a kid who doesn’t deserve to feel lonely or less than. Because all Christian Bowers wanted was someone he could lean on when a day wasn’t so kind, and it just so happened that he ended up finding a whole lot of someones. In the process, Donna was gifted an early Mother’s Day gift when she took a chance for her kid. And a mother and son learned a lesson about friendship.

It’s the kind of thing money can’t buy.


48 thoughts on “The Rundown

  1. Love your rundown today, Pilgrim. I guess if you plan to write a book about grief, you need to cause some. Kouri she did. A beautiful story about Christian. Makes you warm inside to know so many responded to that mom’s desire. Glad Charles finally got a job. Glad Santos got indicted. Glad Trump was found liable and glad someone could find a use for the pasta. Thanks for sharing your opinion of The Diplomat too. Well done.

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    It was definitely more than two decades of waiting for poor ole Charlie-Boy. So, tell me, you gonna try to make the quiche? It actually looks rather tasty πŸ˜‰

    No way! What association is in charge of this fishing tournament? Seriously, the government could learn a thing or two about how to deal with cheaters!

    I’m sorry, what? She did what? She has got her some big-ass lady balls, tell you what. And hey, any proceeds from the book will help those poor kids with the therapy they are going to be needing.

    George, George, George… Send him to that fishing association!

    I can’t wait for the next episode! Tonight! Woo hoo! So good. To think you seemed a tad iffy about trying it out… awful glad you agreed to give it a go. Their chemistry is off the charts.

    Ummm… How? Why? And it will be a hard pass for me on Olive Garden.

    Funny how it took Trump’s BFFs seven years to jump ship for something that was all over the internets way back when and he was not shy about it being out there. Honestly. About fucking time. Now if they could only nail him for more shit.

    Christian Bowers has been blessed with the best mom in Donna Herter. What a beautiful story. And doesn’t it go to show that the world is full of gracious and generous people? My heart is all warm and mushy, now.

    Perfect tune with which to end this wonderful post!


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      What do I have to lose? Don’t answer that.

      So these guys have actually SERVED TIME while Congress and the Oval Office . . . those peeps skate. Yeah seriously, maybe these tourney officials should put in a call to Washington and offer up their services on how to deal with cheaters. Yeah!

      Can you imagine what those kids are going to go through now? They lost both parents, horrible enough. But it’s the way they lost them that makes for a lifetime of therapy sessions. If they’re lucky.

      George Santos vowing to clear his name had me laughing out loud. Which one?

      Yeah I was on the fence and now I can’t imagine what that was.

      Olive Garden has good breadsticks though, and I like the salad.

      They are no closer to nailing him on anything than they were seven years ago. He’s bulletproof it seems.

      What a story right? Yeah I told John this one really resonated. To see the outpouring of support for the kid, it’s wonderful. It just lets us know we’re not hopeless, not yet we’re not.

      Thank ye!


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      • I’d be down for tasting it πŸ˜‰

        That is just crazy. And yeah, these guys could teach Washington a thing or two,

        It is horrible what these kids have to live through. They are starting off with the short end of the stick, that is for sure.

        No kidding. What a joke. I’m just thinking the fishing guys could learn him a lesson….

        Funny how we can have a first idea of nay to something… and yet… The Offer. The Diplomat. They ain’t no The Night Agent (is that what it was called? So forgettable, I’m uncertain about the title!)

        There are those, true. I haven’t been to an Olive Garden since… I honestly cannot say!!

        It does seem that shit slides off him faster than water off a duck’s back. Slimy fuck.

        It was such a beautiful story – so resonated with you that you actually shared more than one photo of this story! That means it was huuuuge!


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        • It does look mighty tasty.

          I wish they would.

          So sad. When people talk about having had to seek therapy because of their upbringing, I don’t think they meant THIS.

          Imagine? I wonder if he’s beyond help at this point.

          The Night Agent will go down as one of the more forgettable shows we’ve checked out. Hell, one episode and we didn’t even pretend we wanted to trudge further.

          I think my last time out was before COVID. I’m sure of it. It was okay, but you go in not expecting much so there’s that.

          And yet, his followers remain in love with him.

          HUGE! No it was one of those stories that you can’t help but smile at. It hits you right in the feels.


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  3. In the beginning I shook my head, I was dismayed and I questioned why we as a species should survive. But that last story changed everything 180Β°! Damn we are good people or rather there are more good people than not. Thank you so much for sharing that story and I loved the video! Everybody was smiling and laughing and dancing in the aisles. Brilliant!

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    • There is so much darkness in the world that it becomes easier and easier to just get caught up in it. And dragged down to the depths from which this stuff lives. And then you see a story that changes your whole day for the better and you realize all is not lost. Far from it.

      And that video. What’s not to love?

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  4. Kouri Richins-whoa…talk about chutzpah. Loved the story about Christian Bowers (well except that he’s a fan of the Blues-he needs a better role model than Jordan “Bitchington”). But he seems like a great young man and I’m glad he found some kind souls. Woof, woof…that Keri Russell…she’s the real deal!

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  5. Well, you captured a range of personalities from A to Z .. from the good to the shitheads …. from the Mother Teresas to the Bud Seligs. Gotta love Christian Bowers. Those people with DS have a way of showing us the bright side of life. Gotta love the closing video!

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    • Seriously!

      The string of forgettable news stories mirrors what we read and watch on the daily. So yeah, it has to have something more positive to end on, don’t you think? And that story . . wow, it really hit me.


  6. I’d never thought about it like that before, but you’re right. If you’re going to stand next to a serial liar, bring marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers. May as well make it a party when the lightning bold strikes!!!

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  7. I dunno? Prince Chuck waited a loooooong time.
    So long that I think he should have said”So long” & given it up to William and Kate!
    Kouri Richins & George Santos are metaphors for what is wrong in this world.
    trump? — grab women by their pussies? Yeah, I wish Mr. Beartrap would grab him by his puppies.
    I’m not a mean person…. well I wasn’t!
    Hooray for Christian Bowers!


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