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First Quarter Recap – 2022

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on May 14, 2022

Overall, the first quarter of 2022 is about as woeful as any I can remember. Events were so depressing that I just couldn’t comment on them timely, so I decided to gather them up and create a quarterly recap.

It began in January when Stephen Breyer announced his intention to retire. This triggered another unseemly partisan nomination battle, a particularly disgusting one, even by recent standards.

President Biden had previously announced his commitment to nominate a black female justice to the court with his first appointment. Republicans pounced on his nominee even before he named one. So, at that point, Republican politicians could only have objected to her for being a woman or a nigger, for that is how these disgusting people think.

In the end, Biden nominated Katanji Brown Jackson, a truly outstanding jurist with experience unique to the Supreme Court, having been a public defender. Republicans smeared her viciously for defending criminals, though we know what they were truly smearing her for. She was ultimately confirmed.

In February, Russia declared war on the Ukraine, the memory of their debacle in Afghanistan apparently having been forgotten. I call Russia’s President, Vladmir Putin, Yesterday’s Man, because he longs to return to the old Soviet empire when Russia dominated and intimidated its neighbors by force. The only way this sorry lot could build an empire is by beating up on smaller neighbors.

In a way, Putin is succeeding in his dream. He’s taking us back to the cold war era, where Russia oppresses its neighbors, we contain him and support his neighbors by proxy until Russia self-destructs, again.

Russia is greatly diminished since the Soviet days. It’s a third world country with nukes and a nut for a leader. Though it must be said that Russians seem to want or need a tyrant standing on their necks, this one is all on Putin, Yesterday’s Man.

The difference between now and then is that Ukraine has seen this movie and doesn’t want anything to do with it. They are resisting and getting a lot of support from the west. It’s amazing the difference between an incompetent bully of a country and a highly motivated one fighting for its life. I think I’ll take the Ukrainians in this dustup, and I hope Putin loses his ass and his job over it.

In March, we had the Oscars. I was only watching with one eye, so when Will Smith struck Chris Rock, it took me a moment to absorb what had happened: black on black violent crime on live national television. Not the movie kind of violence; real physical violence, the kind we are preaching to our kids not to engage in. Bad role modeling, Smith.

I’m upset about this assault for a number of reasons. First, Smith was on the top tier of my favorite actors, and now I will never watch another of his movies, or whatever he does going forward.

Second, I don’t agree with how Chris Rock handled it. I would have filed a police complaint and sued Smith’s ass off. I’m sure Rock is tight with that community, and he had incentives to handle it gracefully, as he did. But Smith’s assault was not just an assault on Rock but on comedians everywhere, with a potentially chilling effect on comedy.  I would argue that Rock had an obligation to think of them as well.

Another disappointment is how the Academy handled this, which is to say dithered and did nothing meaningful. This is another example of why so many are so disgusted with our so-called elites. They dither when there is serious work to be done or decisions to be made.

But my biggest objection, is that it was a joke! It was a good joke. It was a funny joke! If you can’t take a joke, you shouldn’t be in show business.

Amid all the turmoil over the last election and the threat to our democracy from voter suppression, Congress was unable to pass voting rights legislation, because one of our two parties finds democracy an impediment to holding power.

In my view, democracy is our chosen form of government, and preserving the vote is more important than any other of the Biden administration’s agenda items. The fact that we couldn’t get it done speaks volumes to me about our long-term future.

The Republican National Committee is sanctioning two Republican Representatives just for participating in the January 6 inquiry committee, claiming it was just “legitimate political discourse.” This is a stunning preference of insurrection over the rule of law for a major political party in a democracy.

Sudden thought: I suppose if we are a democracy, we can vote not to be one. But it would be necessary for everyone to be able to vote for it to be fair and free.

In retrospect, we should have known that inflation would follow what’s his name, the disgraced former president’s administration’s massive tax cuts that gave billions to the rich, and the Biden administration’s massive response to Covid and its infrastructure bill efforts. We were naïve to think inflation wouldn’t follow and we should have acted sooner to correct it.  

Worst state: All of the worst states acted abominably during this quarter, but Texas was easily the worst of them all. Absolutely every responsible state and federal official  disgraced him or herself, beginning with Governor Abbott and working all the way down. They get the cup and may they choke on it.

Football Thoughts – the Wild Card Games

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on January 22, 2022

I want to post this blog about the wild card round before the divisional round games this weekend.

I should begin these thoughts by reminding myself and others what a pathetically crappy division is/was the NFC East, and that I predicted the Dallas Cowboys would win the division but still be a bad football team.

Which brings me to the Dallas Cowboys’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The Cowboys were winners of the NFC East but pathetic losers in every other respect, including its one and done playoff game.

I don’t think there has ever been such a great disparity between the talent on an NFL team and its performance. Dallas’ roster is full of underperforming, overpaid players, or as Shannon Sharpe calls them: “bums.”

The Cowboys, the most penalized team in the NFL this year, added 14 more penalties in this game! And, though penalties are killers any time in a game, the Cowboys picked particularly disastrous times to have them. Penalties are a clear indicator of lack of discipline, which is a coaching issue.

It is incredibly hard to win a game in the NFL. In fact, it takes an entire organization, but the Cowboys will never have that unless and until Jerry Jones, the greatest sports franchise history in terms of net worth growth of a franchise, meddles in the football operations.

It’s said that Jones really, really wants to win another Super Bowl or two in his lifetime, but that’s not his top priority. Yes, he would like to win one, but he cares much more about massaging his ego. He calls all the shots, he has a radio show, and a tv one, I think, and he is the guy who gives post-game interviews rather than the head coach. He can’t get out of the way of his own team’s chances for success, and he wants it that way.

The Cowboys head coach, hand-picked by Jones, is a flat out disaster. As I write this, there are eight head coaching vacancies in the NFL and Dallas’ offensive and defensive coordinators are both being interviewed for some of those jobs. They are the last people I would have on my list.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had their way with the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-15. As a reminder how bad the NFC East is this year, the Dallas Cowboys beat the Eagles 51-26 the week before. But the important takeaway from this game is how far and hard the Eagles clawed to get into the playoffs with this team. Bottom line: they just got beat by a vastly superior team, but they are ascending and at least they can quit wondering if Jalen Hurts is their quarterback of the future. Answer: yes.

The Los Angeles Rams beat the Arizona Cardinals by more than three touchdowns, 34-11. The Cardinals’ situation is somewhat like that of Dallas, though without as much talent.

The Cardinals have a problematic organization, including serious coaching issues. (What does it say about an organization that hires a mediocre college coach to coach an NFL team?)

I wrote Arizona off when Hopkins went down for the season, and I was right. The Murray-Hopkins connection was really all the Cardinals had.

Arizona has a better quarterback than Dallas, but Murry was running for his life the entire game, again, because the offensive line is porous, and the defense is about as bad. Head coach Kingsbury can’t even spell the word defense, and his team lacks discipline as much as Dallas.

The Buffalo Bills beat the New England Patriots 47-17, a real ass-kicking, indicating that Bill Belichick has a lot of work to do to get back to the top. Buffalos quarterback Josh Allen was terrific.

The Kansas City Chiefs finally put the Pittsburgh Steelers out of their misery 42-21. But the Steelers had a nice little run to send Ben Roethlisberger into Hall of Fame retirement. I was happy for him.

I define a true champion as one who wins over a long period of time. Landry, Belichick, Brady, Manning, Le Braun James, John Wooten, that lot. And broadly speaking, it is the long time proven teams that are rising to the top in these playoffs.

But there is some young blood coming into the league, as usual. I give you, as an example, Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals, who outdueled the Raiders 26-19 in the playoff round. Burrow has come much farther much faster than I imagined, even given his stellar senior college season.

The team about which I am most curious in these playoffs, we have yet to see. The Tennessee Titans got the bye week, so we won’t see them until their game this week against the Bengals in Nashville.

I wrote the Titans off when Derek Henry went down, and in this case I was wrong. The Titans held it together, and they get Henry back for this game. He certainly won’t be in peak form, but it will be interesting to see what he can do.

So, the OU QU Amigos had a very bad wild card round. Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns didn’t even make the playoffs and is having off-season surgery on his shoulder. Murry and Hurts each took a beating.

I won’t bother making predictions about the divisional round games this weekend for a number of reasons, including that everyone else already has, and that we are going to know the answers to such speculations today and tomorrow. But I love NFL playoff football, because it features the best teams against each other, and everyone gives maximum effort because it’s win or go home.

Thoughts on Events Over the Holidays

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on January 10, 2022

In what is becoming a popular tradition for the holiday season, a number of Americans went out and shot somebody, or some bodies, randomly or with a purpose, young or old, even children.

When it comes to gun violence, America is somewhere in the middle of the pack, but there are enormous disparities, regionally. In New England, for instance, the rate of gun violence is extremely low, about the same as England, which is among the most civilized and peaceful places in the world.

However, in the south and west, our gun violence is on a par with the Middle East, which is not taking part in the trend toward civilized, peaceful behavior this time around. This averages out to, well, average.

In D.C., where true gun violence occurred a year ago, Republicans are saying what violence? And just wanting us to forget the whole thing so they can do it again.

Meanwhile, the saga of what’s his name, the disgraced former president, is playing out as I predicted: slow but inexecrable deterioration. He will not run in 2024. He will more likely be dead or in jail. But he will grift on it right up to the end and beyond. And I have to admit that as long as that many people are stupid enough to send him money, it’s hard to blame him.

I spent Christmas at the Tesuque Casino. Actually, it was the day after Christmas. The casino was closed on Christmas! Have you ever heard of such a thing? Me neither.

I plunked down $100, played for 41 minutes, picked up my $100 and left. And, as my father said whenever he broke even, “And I sure did need the money.” 😊   

Worst state: South Carolina is a poor piss ant of a worst state that doesn’t score high in terribleness all the time, except when Lindsay Graham speaks up, and recently, he’s been kind of silent.

However, if considered on a per capita basis, South Carolina is really, really, terrible, and through the holiday season, the state took the cup based on per capita increases in Covid-19 cases, outstripping all other worst states, and indeed the entire U.S. They get the cup, even without Graham’s help.

Football Thoughts – Week 17

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on January 7, 2022

I don’t know what to think about this week’s NFL games. Nothing went the way I hoped and little the way I expected.

The Dallas Cowboys reverted to their underachieving form, and the Arizona Cardinals made fools of them. I could just acknowledge that Dallas got beat by a better team with a much better quarterback, but it was worse than that.

Dallas stank on ice, and this is one of those games where much of the loss can be pinned on the $75 million quarterback and the head coach, who suffered another time management failure.

McCarthy couldn’t decide if the Cardinals were going to go for it on fourth down or kick a field goal, so he panicked, peed his pants and called his last time out, which he needed at the end of the game and didn’t have.

If you don’t know which it’s going to be – going for it on fourth down or kicking a field goal, and time for a decision is running out – just defend the potential fourth-down play and don’t worry if it turns out to be a field goal attempt. The same set will work either way. What a moron.

Also, early in the game, the Cardinals were getting ready to punt at a time that fairly screamed fake punt. In fact, I did scream fake punt at the tv to warn the Cowboys, but no, they didn’t listen to me and were caught off guard.

The Cincinnati Bengals upset the Kansas City Chiefs. I wasn’t expecting that, but then again, I wasn’t expecting Joe Burrow to develop so quickly, and I sure as hell wasn’t expecting the Chiefs to be so stupid as to play one on one against Chase and not double team him. I can’t tell how the Bengals will do in the playoffs, but I can guarantee they won’t see single coverage on Chase again. “Double, double toil and trouble.”

I was hoping the Vikings would upset the Packers, but I didn’t expect it to happen, and when Cousins couldn’t start, I knew it couldn’t. The Pack had their way with the Vikings, and they look like the team to beat in the NFC to me. Rodgers is playing lights out and deserves the MVP.

The Buccaneers did win their game handily, which I did expect, but I didn’t expect the Antonio Brown meltdown, though I should have. He was bound to do it sooner or later.

Brown is crazy, rabid-ass nuts. He is self-destructive, and he takes others down with him. He does need professional help, but he isn’t going to get it from the NFL.

When it comes to talent, NFL owners are as big whores as any walking 7th Avenue in New York. They will forgive and rationalize anything. To paraphrase one sportswriter, if you’re not in jail, you play.

But Brown didn’t play. He walked out on his team in the middle of a game, and that’s a no-no. If all owners care about is whether you can play, then they can’t use Brown.

Pundits are saying Brown will show up in the NFL again someday, given what whores the owners are, but I’ll take the over, because what Brown did was not only to violate the if-you’re-not-in-jail-you-play rule, but he also reflected badly on the League in public. It’s hard to hide that kind of whorishness and hypocrisy. I think if a team tried to sign Brown, the Commissioner should veto anything like that as being detrimental to the game. I hope so. We’ll see.

The three OU QB Amigos did pretty well this week. I’ve written about Murray above. Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Washington Redskins handily, and Hurts looked good doing it. I hope this is the end of the is Hurts the guy talk; it certainly should be.

Baker Mayfield and the Browns lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but in a way, he won. First, Mayfield has been playing hurt for almost all of the year, and that nightmare is now coming to and end. He won’t play in the last game but will have surgery immediately instead, to be ready in time to next season.

Second, he didn’t play well, but nobody really noticed because it was Ben Roethlisberger’s last game and all eyes were on him, as they should have been. Roethlisberger didn’t play well either, but he won, and his career is shoo-in Hall of Fame. I’m happy for him.

As an aside, I thought Browns’ head coach’s play calling left much to be desired also.

Football Thoughts – the Bowl Season and Playoffs.

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on January 7, 2022

My beloved Oklahoma Sooners beat the Oregon cheating Ducks in the Alamo Bowl, 47Thoughts -32, getting a modicum of revenge for the infamous cheating game in Eugene, OR in 2006, but it was not, nor will ever be, enough. Oregon officials cheated in that game (so egregiously that the NCAA investigated, and heads rolled), and I, nor OU’s then-head coach, Bob Stoops, will ever forgive them.

Speaking of Stoops, it was a magical night for him. He righted the ship after the turmoil of losing Lincoln Riley to USC and coached this game as interim head coach until incoming head coach Brent Venables takes over. Stoops was greeted like a deity, which he is in Oklahoma, won the game, and even saw his son Drake catch a touchdown pass. He was living a dream.

I don’t know how OU will do next year, but I do know this: the defense will be a hell of a lot better. The defense that played in the Alamo Bowl was former defense coordinator Grinch’s defense, and it looked it. Riley is welcome to take Grinch with him to USC. Pass receivers were wide open while defenders were chasing after them like panting puppies.

Venables isn’t going to put up with that shit for a New York minute, and he knows how to correct it, having been the best defense coordinator in the country. I expect many of these players will be gone or buried in the depth chart by Spring practice.

There’s precedent for this kind of shake-up: When Bob Stoops took over as head coach, the Sooners were a demoralized, underperforming, out of shape lot. Stoops posted the off-season workout program and some lazy players left on the spot. Others flunked out along the way, but the rest were at least in shape.

I consider Mike Leach like John the Baptist, foretelling a great (coach) coming. Stoops hired Leach as offensive coordinator, Leach found quarterback Josh Heupel in an obscure small college in Utah, and developed him into an All-American, runner up in the Heisman balloting, and, of course, winner of the national championship.

Leach and Heupel were kindred spirits. At their first meeting, the two watched film all night. (I ran into Heupel in the Hotel about 3 am after the game. I didn’t think he was planning to go to bed that night. I know I wasn’t.)

In the Cheez-It Bowl, Big XII representative Iowa State lost to Clemson 20-13. I like the ISU program and their head coach, but I was not surprised Clemson won. ISU is plenty good enough to beat Clemson, but it has one fatal flaw, quarterback Brock Purdy.

Purdy is the archetypal Jekyll and Hyde. He can give defenses fits – he sure did give OU some – but he often finds a way to lose, in bizarre, unfathomable ways, to wit: One of Purdy’s passes was deflected at the line and sailed into the air. Purdy tried to bat it down but batted it straight ahead into the hands of a defender for a pick six.

Later, near the end of the game and trying for a game winning score, going for it on fourth and one, Purdy ran for the first down, crossed the line to gain and then inexplicably ran backwards and was tackled short.

Still, the Big XII acquitted itself well during the bowl season. In addition to OU, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Kansas State won. Iowa State and West Virginia lost, giving the Conference a 5-2 record in bowl games, the best among the Big 5 conferences. Texas and Kansas didn’t have bowl games.

The Pac 12 got wiped out, going 0-5. Maybe that’s the reason Lincoln Riley wanted to go to the Pac 12. Easier pickings.

It bemuses me that the Cotton Bowl is played at AT&T Stadium, which is 20 miles west of the Cotton Bowl, in Fair Park. Though if I had the choice, I would pick Jerry World too. The Cotton Bowl is really only good for the OU-Texas game anyway, because of the tradition.

The game went about as I expected. I thought Alabama might score a few more points, but the Cincinnati Bearcats were never in the game. I think the Bearcats deserved to be in the playoffs, they earned it, but I knew they couldn’t even sniff the other competitors.

Though the two quarterbacks were the talk of the town all season, I didn’t see anything all year that made me think either one of them is a shoo in Sunday starter. This is the year I would have given the Heisman to a defensive player, a number of whom are better than these quarterbacks.

Georgia wiped up the floor with Michigan, and while I’m glad that Harbaugh got the Ohio State monkey off his back, I’m satisfied that the two best teams got to the championship game.

This bowl season brought into vivid relief one unfortunate result of the college playoffs: it has diminished the importance of the bowl season itself. A lot of good teams strive for the playoffs and when they fall short, they lose interest in playing in a bowl game. Add to that the Covid problems and you have a mess.

Several Ohio State players opted out of the Rose Bowl, the Rose Bowl, to prepare for the NFL draft. I can’t blame them. If you go high in the draft and play the average NFL life expectancy of five years, you can make enough money to live comfortably for the rest of your life.

Some of the bowl games had so many problems that they were canceled, and nobody much seemed to care. I know I didn’t.

Football Thoughts – Week 15

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 30, 2021

NFL: Do I know how to jump back on a bandwagon timely, or what? The Cowboys had a great game, and the Cardinals did not. The Cowboys have clinched their division and the Cardinals are still struggling in theirs. As it stands, the Boys will have at least one home game in the playoffs.

The Cowboys annihilated the Washington Redskins 56-14. They scored about every way you can – run, pass, pass to an offensive tackle, pick six, fumble returned for touchdown, you name it. It was a complete game, plus luck.

The two most important takeaways from this game are: the defense played great, essential in a playoff run, and the Cowboys are peaking at the right time, and intangible that is important for a playoff run.

Another mixed bag for the OU QB three Amigos. Baker Mayfield did not play particularly well, though not nearly as badly as it looked, in a loss to the Green Bay Packers, 22-24. He was intercepted four times, and you can’t make those kinds and that many mistakes and hope to beat Aaron Rodgers.

However, two of the four were due to missed penalties, so obvious and so egregious, that the announcers were left humming and hawing and trying to say the refs stole the game without actually saying it. (The other two were on Baker.) That said, the Browns pressed the Packers to the wire. I still have hopes for them.

The Arizona Cardinals lost to the Colts 22-16, in a classic Cliff Kingsbury debacle. Get this: the Cardinals had two missed field goals and a missed extra point. Absent those, Kyler Murray would have won the game, despite their head coach. Likewise, if penalties were worth a point a piece (Arizona had 11 of them!), Arizona would have won by two scores. No discipline, another word, like defense, that Kingsbury can’t even spell.

It didn’t help that Carson Wentz chose this game to play perhaps the best game of his career. (Even so, I’m sure the Rams are more than happy with their switch of quarterbacks Wentz and Matthew Stafford.)

Historically, this is the time of year when Kingsbury coached teams – college and pros – swoon. After game six, Kingsbury’s teams have a disastrous losing record. As the playoffs near, the best players walk on water. Kingsbury passes water. Get rid of him, please.

And without DeAndre Hopkins, it’s hard to see the Cardinals going much further.

Now the good news: Jalen Hurts won again, as the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Giants 34-10. The Eagles play the Cowboys in Philly the last game of the regular season, and if there is still anything left for the Cowboys to play for, it could be a pretty good game.

Coming attractions: During the playoffs and/or immediately after the end of the season, I plan to write three essays on penalties, refereeing and the kicking game, not necessarily in that order.

Thoughts on Events the Week of December 13

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 25, 2021

I’m unaware of any state as dominated by one industry as West Virginia is to the coal industry, with the possible exception of the Mormon church in Utah. And coal exploits this dominance up to and including getting away with murder, if you include the miners killed by poor safety conditions. Perhaps I should add gambling in Nevada.

And no industry has a more dedicated puppet than Senator Joe Manchin. Despite his words, he hasn’t the least interest in serving his constituents (his yacht speaks to that) in the service of his coal masters. Manchin seems right out of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” only Manchin isn’t Mr. Smith, but the corrupt senator who tries to destroy him to keep his benefactors happy. Coal is a dying industry, and Manchin seems to be happy to let democracy die with it.

Manchin has little to lose to obstruct at the bidding of his masters. If his antics causes Democrats to take a beating in the mid-terms, he will simply switch parties and become a Republican. He is an amoral pig part, and he disgusts me.

I don’t have the stomach to write about any of the other political partisan horses’ patooties just now.

Worst state: I’m writing this on Christmas Day, so it doesn’t seem appropriate to give a cup this week. Peace on Earth to all men, and women, of good will.

Football Thoughts – Week 14

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on December 24, 2021

NFL: There were two spectacular fails over this weekend. First, the 10-3 Arizona Cardinals lost to the 1-11-1 Detroit Lions 30-12. This is simply inexcusable. The Cardinals were flat out terrible, including Kyler Murray. To give him a little slack, it was obvious that Murray is still hampered by his sprained ankle. He was run down twice by big defensive linemen, which wouldn’t otherwise happen.  But it’s still no excuse. This was a total team failure.

The defense was completely exposed. Keep in mind that the Cardinals head coach can’t even spell the word defense, let alone coach it. He has no business coaching an NFL team, and he wasn’t very good coaching a college one. Oklahoma sure didn’t fear him.

Jimmy Johnson had a couple of thoughts on this game that I thought were prescient, so I will paraphrase them here.

First, he said the Cardinals have been so bad for so long until recently, that they haven’t really learned how to win yet.

Second, he said his hardest coaching job was getting his teams ready to play bad teams. He said he didn’t need to get them up to play good teams. His teams knew they had to be ready to play those. The bad teams they were at risk of taking for granted and being upset.

This loss was costly. It dropped Phoenix way down the rankings, which you would think would be enough incentive to play well, but no.

Second, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were shut out by the New Orleans Saints 9-0. Tom Brady hasn’t been shut out since 2006, That’s 15 years! And Brady didn’t handle it well. He pouted and ranted and even walked across the field after the game to swear at one of the Saint’s coaches. Very un-sportsman-like.

The Cardinals are no longer my new favorite team. I’ve put up this shit from the Cowboys for years and I’m not going to put up with it from another group of underachievers until they get it together. I’m going back to the Cowboys because…

The Boys took care of business, beating the New York Giants 21-6. And they did it with a strong defense, essential in the playoffs. Of course, they have the same weakness as the Cardinals: coaching.

The OU QB Amigos were a mixed bag again this week. You know about Murray from above. Baker Mayfield didn’t play, so it doesn’t count against him one way or the other, except he’s missing a lot of games. Jalen Hurts scored two rushing touchdowns as the Eagles beat the Washington Redskins 27-17.

Hardly a week goes by when some sports commentator or columnist doesn’t ask if Hurts is their quarterback for the future, and almost every week, Hurts demonstrates that he is. Maybe this will finally shut some of them up.

Thoughts on Events the Week of December 6

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 18, 2021

Housekeeping news: Effective January 1, 2022, my phone number and email address will change. I’m discontinuing my landline and switching everything to my smart phone, whose number is: (928) 273-9422. My new email address is: eloivm42@gmail.com. Although my conversion starts officially next year, you can use this new contact information now.

Bob Dole Died: As Republican politicians go, Dole was a garden variety of the old school. Like most Republicans, he was defined more by what he was against than what he was for. (Oddly, he supported what’s his name, the disgraced former president, early on, someone who is far from old school. This is a major disqualifier in my book.)

Dole served with distinction in WWII, and was severely wounded, losing the use of an arm. Serving in the military was almost a prerequisite to run for political office back then. Dole lost his presidential bid to Bill Clinton, who was far too smart to get involved in the Vietnam War. It must have galled him.

Dole was a major figure in the U.S. Senate for years. He tried to run for president three times, and when he finally won the nomination, he resigned from the Senate to run for president and after losing, never ran for public office again. I’m not sure he could have gotten elected to the Senate in Kentucky by then. I mean look at the nimrods who are senators there now.

My bottom line on Dole is that he was a hidebound conservative, and not up to the job of leading the nation, so he didn’t rise to the level of his incompetence, as the Peter Principle predicts, thanks to Clinton.

Stormy weather in the Midwest: The was an outbreak of severe storms and tornadoes over a large swath of Midwestern states that caused enormous destruction and loss of life.

Tornadoes are not uncommon there, but not at this time of year and certainly not this severe. (The town of Maysville, KY was leveled and more than 100 people killed there.) This is the result of global warming, pure and simple. You’d think people would catch on my now, but no. It’s too late anyway now, so what the hell?

Consistent with his character as an industrial strength pig part, Senator Rand Paul, Republican Senator from Kentucky, screamed for federal aid for his state. There would be nothing wrong with this, except Paul has opposed federal emergency assistance to many other states experiencing natural disasters. What a putz!

Worst state: Of all the worst states, one’s Covid-19 cases is spiking out of control. It’s Kansas, whose cases, per capita, far outpace the others. It’s Kansas. Guess which state gets the cup this week.

Thoughts on Events the Weeks of November 29 and December 6

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 11, 2021

Nothing has happened these weeks but more partisan paralysis. It’s become depressing to read about and comment on our news. I don’t know how much longer I am going to be able to keep it up. The functioning of our three-branch democratic model, with checks and balances, has gone to hell in a handbasket.

We’ve known about the dysfunctional failures of the Legislative branch for a while. The Senate hasn’t functioned properly or responsibly for more than two decades. Fewer and fewer legislative branch members are even interested in governing soberly.

Now the Judicial branch has officially become another partisan player. When a Supreme Court Justice assures us that they are not political hacks, you can be sure they have a majority of political hacks. (I’ve often felt that I was never farther from justice than when I was at the courthouse, and now I feel that way about the highest court in the land.)

The Executive branch was severely damaged by what’s his name, the former president, perhaps irreparably, but it’s more than that. Everyone wants to tear down the president no matter what he or she does. Everybody’s a critic. This includes the fourth estate, which seems to need to criticize to attract readers and viewers. Everything’s a crisis.

Personally, think President Biden is doing a reasonably good job, but the media are already starting to call his a failed presidency. What is wrong with these people?

Worst state: I’m giving the cup to Arizona, my own personal residence, this week, and I don’t think I’ll have much pushback, because: a police officer here shot and killed a 61-year-old man in a motorized wheelchair in the back. And we don’t believe our police function needs serious reform?