The nursing home that hired a male stripper. A powerful anti-drone message. And Henry Aaron, still the home run king


I don’t anticipate living in a nursing home for a long, long while, but if I do end up in one, I hope it’s as much fun as the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in West Babylon, N.Y.
East Neck was in the news this week because of a lawsuit filed by the family of a former patient there, an 85-year-old woman was “subjected” to an unwanted performance by a male stripper in 2013.

That’s right, it was “Magic Mike” time for the octogenerian set! Bernice Youngblood’s son found a photo in January, 2013 of the stripper gyrating in front of his mom.
According to this story, the image also shows Youngblood shoving dollar bills into the dancer’s underwear.
So, you know, it doesn’t sound to me like Bernice was hating the show so much, eh?

An attorney for the nursing home said the event was organized by a 16-member planning council of residents who decided to have the strippers, and that Bernice willingly attended.

So many jokes to be made here. Was the stripper paid in dollar bills, or in hard candy? Did the women compare the hunk to Humphrey Bogart or Gary Cooper?  And for the love of God, did the women take off their bras and throw them at the guy, because that could just be classified as unsafe working conditions.

Strippers in a nursing home. Hell, it sure beats BINGO night.


**If there’s one reason above all others America is hated in Pakistan these days, it’s the unceasing drone attacks from our military that has been going on for years.
Whether you favor drone strikes as a necessary evil (as I do), or deem them inhumane and unnecessarily dangerous to civilians, they don’t seem to be going anywhere. President Obama has escalated their use and, quite frankly, turned into much more of a hawkish President than any of us thought he’d become.

The Pakistanis can’t fight back against the drones, not in any real military way. But this ought to be pretty powerful on its own: A group of artists have created an enormous poster featuring the face of one of the victims of a drone attack. The poster is large enough to be seen by aircraft flying overhead, and it’s pretty haunting.

Since unmanned drone strikes began in earnest in 2008, the attacks have killed more than 3000 Pakistanis

**Finally today, Tuesday was a great anniversary in baseball, for it was on April 8, 1973 that Henry Aaron passed Babe Ruth on the all-time career home run list, by smashing his 715th in Atlanta’s Fulton-County Stadium.

To me, and I’m sure millions of others, Aaron’s career total of 755 is still the all-time record: What Barry Bonds achieved with the aid of steroids disgraced the game, and his 762 ought to be stricken from the record book. But alas, that’s not the way baseball works, sadly.
It’s amazing the pressure Aaron was under that 1972 season, and the winter leading up to ’73. The racism he faced, from fans and others around the game, was unlike anything a player has had to face since. Death threats to him and his family, constant police protection; it was all what he had to endure. He held up through it all, showing grace and humility, and he’s still living his life that way, too.

Truly, a (home run) King among men.


One response to “The nursing home that hired a male stripper. A powerful anti-drone message. And Henry Aaron, still the home run king

  1. I was lucky enough to see Aaron play for much of his career in Milwaukee. Because he didn’t have the charisma of a Willy Mays and others he was probably under rated some what. Joe Posnanski had a great column yesterday.

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