Born legally blind, experimental surgery returns his sight. So, he buys a Corvette. Wouldn’t you?

Mike Schickerowski was never supposed to drive, let alone go flat-out in a V8-powered car. The 44-year old Alberta resident was born with an eye condition that made him legally blind and disqualified him from driving. He got his sight back after undergoing an experimental surgery — then chose a Chevrolet Corvette as his first car.

Schickerowski told Canada’s Global News that he was born with nystagmus, a condition that “involves involuntary movement of your eyes.” Although he could see, objects were always out of focus.

Schickerowski nonetheless underwent an experimental surgery at a clinic in California, and the procedure gave him his eyesight back. So he started the process of applying for a driver’s license and purchasing his first car, a seventh-generation Corvette.

Global News added Schickerowski bought his Corvette without seeing it, and before he took his driver’s test. He passed the test on his first try in July 2020, and has been enjoying his yellow coupe ever since.

Although driving a Corvette is an unforgettable experience, Schickerowski said the best part of getting his vision back is being able to do things with his family, like taking his son fishing and taking his daughter out for ice cream. “I was never able to do that before on my own.”

Keep the rubber side down and the shiny side up, bro’!

Whiners wrong again — MLB with player support for Black Lives Matter sets TV records


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Despite the repeated insistence by some that the return of national anthem protests would cause MLB television ratings to crater, the two games televised to a national audience Thursday night set multiple viewership records.

According to Nielsen ratings shared by ESPN, the first regular season game of the season between the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals averaged an audience of 4,00,000 viewers, which is a new record for an MLB opening night game telecast. The broadcast was the most-watched regular season MLB game on any network since 2011.

In addition, the late game between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers generated an average audience of 2,764,000 viewers, and was the network’s most-watched MLB regular season game in a 10 p.m. ET slot ever. Locally, the broadcast drew a 6.9 rating in the San Francisco market — a figure that makes it the highest-rated regular season MLB game in the SF market since 2013.

Always an extra tug on the heartstrings seeing the folks who get to be role models for so many young Americans in particular demonstrate solidarity with the fight against racism. Especially in this land at this time, when so many politicians, including the thug in the White House, make it clear the bigot status quo is OK with them.

Dr. Fauci will throw the first pitch at the Nats season opener

The Washington Nationals are returning to the baseball diamond and they’re bringing along a new ringer: Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Describing the nation’s leading infectious disease expert as a “Nats super-fan,” the team said that it was “thrilled to announce” that Fauci had accepted its invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for their opening game on Thursday.

“Dr. Fauci has been a true champion for our country during the Covid-19 pandemic and throughout his distinguished career, so it is only fitting that we honor him as we kick off the 2020 season and defend our World Series Championship title,” the team said in a statement posted to Twitter on Monday.

The Fake President is the first occupant of the White House since William Howard Taft [1909-1913] NOT to be invited to offer up the first pitch at a Washington season opener. Another one-term wonder!

First Black World Champion F1 Racing, Lewis Hamilton – #BlackLivesMatter

Went down to Hyde Park today for the peaceful protest and I was so proud to see in person so many people of all races and backgrounds supporting this movement. I was proud to be out there acknowledging and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, and my black heritage. I was so happy to see people of all ages, sporting Black Lives Matter signs and saying it just as passionately as I was. I was also happy to see so many white supporters out there today in the name of equality for all. It was really moving. I’m feeling extremely positive that change will come, but we cannot stop now. Keep pushing. #blacklivesmatter

Keep the shiny side up, the rubber side down! Keep winning, everywhere.

Viewers will get tired of another season and change the channel, I hope!

I don’t need a lesson on how much so-called Reality TV sucks! We have a stunning example hiding in the basement of the White House. What we need – somehow – is to get through to the fools who believe we’re dealing with some tidy menu of “pick an item from column A” and “pick another from column B” and you’ll get dessert thrown in for free at the end of the meal.

What we’re facing is what appears to be an inevitable Second Wave of infection which will likely increase to 3000 new cases of COVID-19 per day by August and an undiminished death rate ready to march into Trump’s graveyard subdivision.

President Donald Trump and many governors are heralding a reopening of the American economy — even though a majority of states ending their coronavirus shutdowns this week have not met the White House’s most basic thresholds for testing, tracing and a prolonged drop in new cases…

“There’s this mindset that it’s like running a show and you’ve got to keep people tuned in, you’ve got to keep them interested and at some point you’ve got to move on and move on quickly,” said a former senior official at the Health and Human Services Department. “Viewers will get tired of another season of coronavirus.”

Dr. Michael Mina, an epidemiologist at Harvard’s School of Public Health, warned of repeating an earlier cycle of the outbreak by opening up too quickly while the disease continues spreading through thousands of transmission chains. “As each of those communities begin to open up, we won’t have sufficient herd immunity for anything different to happen from what we saw in January or February,“ Mina said.

“What that means is as things open up, any one of those transmission chains or thousands of them could potentially ignite new outbreaks,” Mina said. “That’s how a second wave can potentially be more disruptive, more damaging and larger than the initial phase of the epidemic.”

Medical professionals, women and men whose life’s career is dedicated to building a healthy American nation confront shitheel politicians like Trump on a daily basis. Not all of their efforts ever make it into the eyes of the American public. And not all of that public is bright enough to differentiate between knowledge and science on one hand – and glad-handing phonies, political hustlers, on the other.

I admit that I’m continuing to defend my family’s life against the premise that STUPID will continue to rule this nation until at least the next Inauguration Day. Sadly, perhaps longer.