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Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Five-year-olds Manuel Preston and Leif Gustafson were on a quest to collect as many worms as possible while playing at Rainbow Park Friday afternoon. Asked if they were going to use the worms for fishing bait, they replied "no", the worms would be kept as pets.

Good morning and welcome to an abbreviated version of Summit Up, the world’s only daily column wondering what’s taking Congress so long to confirm John Roberts to the Supreme Court.See, we have been scouring Roberts’ record in our free time (we know, we have far too much of it) and we were lucky enough to find this little nugget that Roberts wrote while serving as legal counsel to former President Reagan. It concerns everyone’s favorite freakshow, Michael Jackson, and an award Reagan was planning to publicly give to Jacko.

“If one wants the youth of America and the world sashaying around in garish sequined costumes, hair dripping with pomade, body shot full of female hormones to prevent voice change, mono-gloved, well, then, I suppose ‘Michael,’ as he is affectionately known in the trade, is in fact a good example. Quite apart from the problem of appearing to endorse Jackson’s androgynous lifestyle, a Presidential award would be perceived as a shallow effort by the President to share in the constant publicity surrounding Jackson … The whole episode would, in my view, be demeaning to the President.”This is more than enough proof of Roberts’ competence and good judgement for us.

Mind you, this whole episode happened well before Michael went full-on freaky – not like now when everyone knows what a mess Michael really is. This was the “Thriller” era, for heaven’s sake. At this particular time, Michael was only flirting with the toy soldier look – not totally succumbing to it.Is there any question as to Roberts’ remarkable genius?

Reagan, by the way, didn’t take Roberts’ advice, and instead held a huge party with Michael, Nancy and and room full of kids. Oooops …***We out, sequinning our garish costumes and applying dripping pomade …

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