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Thoughts on Events the Week of January 11

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on January 20, 2021

The Aftermath: I’ll stand by my predictions regarding Cruz and Hawley and most of the Republican House members who participated in Trump’s despicable attempt to overturn the Constitution last week. They’re from red states whose voters are OK with that kind of behavior from their politicians.

But I may have underestimated the fate of those rioters and vandals who got inside the Capitol buildings. It turns out that various federal authorities have technologies and techniques to identify many if not all of the rioters, and they are using them. As of this writing, more than 100 of these insurrectionists have been arrested.

More important, perhaps, it also turns out that Congresspersons don’t appreciate having criminals barging into their chambers with firearms and intent to kill them. Who knew? A gun nut kills 20 second grade pupils and teachers at a school in Connecticut and it doesn’t faze Congresspersons a bit, but when the guns are aimed at them, they take a different view.

This change in Congressional attitudes suggests there just may be another loser from the events of last week: guns! Just maybe people in authority might begin thinking about the wisdom of letting knuckle dragging mouth breathers wander about carrying weapons now that they are potential targets.

Speaking of whom: After rioters, looters and various and sundry insurrectionists stormed and vandalized the Capitol and threatened our Congresspersons and our democracy, 25,000 troops were sent to guard the place. Talk about closing the barn door after the horse has already peed on the carpet. But those 25,000 troops will be ready the next time, by golly.

In fact, I think we will see little to no disruption during the inauguration week, in D.C. or at state houses, and rapidly diminishing white supremist troublemaking going forward. These people are like cockroaches, in that they scamper under the refrigerator when the lights are switched on.

For the last four years, the cockroaches have been tolerated, even encouraged, but that changed on January 6. I suspect that seeing how quickly the FBI has been able to identify and arrest the miscreants has been sobering to these bozos.  

The worst Trump Appointment: As the rats are leaving the ship, it begs the question which of them was the biggest rat. They are pretty much all corrupt and incompetent, so it’s hard to pick the worst one.

A good candidate would be Mike Pompeo, who will go down as the worst Secretary of State in history. He is the antithesis of a diplomat. He’s a pompous prick. There will be cheering in foreign capitals, and our own Foggy Bottom when he is gone.

But the worst Trump appointment was Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Education is arguably the most important, and most neglected of departments. As Thomas Piketty has written in Capital in the 21st Century, education is the best long-term solution to inequality.

Like many Trump appointees, DeVos was put in place more of less to destroy the department she was appointed to head, and she made a pretty good job of it. This child of extreme privilege was in completely over her head and had absolutely no understanding of or appreciation for her responsibilities. DeVos was unprepared and unqualified for any number of reasons, including that she herself is, well, stupid.

Worst state: The weathervane that is Lindsey Graham’s hypocrisy, has spun again. After briefly criticizing Trump’s behavior over the Capitol riot, Graham placed his lips back on The Donald’s ass, arguing against another impeachment because it might hurt his feelings. South Carolina gets the cup because Graham.

Football thoughts – Week 20

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on January 18, 2021

Kansas City v Cleveland: This game went almost exactly as I expected. I figured the Chiefs would win; they are the better team. But I also expected Baker Mayfield to take them to the wall, which he did.

In fact, Mayfield had them within range of an upset, until, well, another of my expectations were met, that the referees would make a spectacular, game changing screw up sometime during the playoffs. As it happened, they did it in the first playoff game of the weekend.

The refs failed to call an obvious helmet to helmet penalty that caused a fumble by Cleveland at the Kansas City goal line, which resulted in a touchback giving the ball to Kansas City on their 20. A touchdown there and Cleveland could well have won the game.

I’m thinking again about that numb nuts football commentator who opined that if Mayfield didn’t win the first game against Pittsburgh to get into the playoffs, Cleveland should get rid of him. What a moron! That said, the Browns need a serious upgrade on defense before they can expect to advance much further.

Baltimore v Buffalo:  I expected Baltimore to win this game, but Buffalo upset them, 17-3. The Ravens laid a playoff egg, which is becoming a bad habit of theirs. Lamar Jackson becomes mortal in the playoffs, and the Harbaugh brothers both seem to have trouble getting teams up for a big game.

That said, Buffalo is a good team and deserved the win, which is not to say they can beat Kansas City, but I wouldn’t bet against it.

Green Bay v Los Angeles: The Packers went through the Rams like a hot knife through butter. The score was 32-18, but the game wasn’t that close. L.A.  was never really in it, and the Packers could have scored another touchdown at the end of the game, but Packer coach Matt LaFleur had the Pack take a knee at the Rams’ goal line. (LaFleur and Rams coach Sean McVay are close friends.)

Aaron Rodgers, who has played well all season, is actually peaking for the playoffs. The Packers will have home field advantage in cold, snowy Green Bay for the Championship game, Rodgers very first home playoff game.

Tampa Bay v New Orleans: This was the most anticipated and, in many ways, the best game of the weekend. It was thrilling to see NFL royalty, two certain Hall of Fame quarterbacks, both now over 40, duke it out on the field and also embrace before and the game. The Bucs won 30-20, but this was one of those historic games that almost transcended the score.

I agree with Skip Bayless that the one man in sports you can never bet against is Tom Brady. He can be beaten, but not very often and almost never with all the chips on the table. Brees did not have a good what may have been his final game, but it probably wouldn’t have mattered.

So, after this exciting game pitting two certain Hall of Fame quarterbacks Sunday evening, we will have nearly the same thing next week when Brady faces Rodgers for the Championship at Lambeau Field. The Packers will probably be favored. Want to bet against Brady?

Thoughts on Conspiracy Theories

Posted in Politics and Justice by EloiSVM42 on January 15, 2021

Conspiracy Theory: This is a phrase that is used so much and so loosely that it has become a cliché and lost whatever meaning it may have had. Originally, I assume, it was used by people who believed that a group of malevolent “others” are plotting to harm them in some way. But let’s break down the phrase and examine.

According to the dictionary, a conspiracy is “a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful.” A week ago, I would have said this is stuff and nonsense, but it turns out that there was a group doing just that. The irony is that the group was a group that is always claiming to be victims of a conspiracy.

A theory, by definition is, “a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, especially one based on general principles.” So, basically, a theory is what we understand today, based on what we know now, and for some theories, have believed for some time, years, or centuries or even millennia.

Examples of theories are found in geometry, such as, for instance, that parallel lines will never intersect. They never have, and they never will, but because no one has ever followed parallel lines into infinity, it’s still called a theory because it can never be proven, even though every known example has always indicated the same result.

(Note to really stupid people who want to argue with me about this this theory, you may argue that if you look at train tracks far into the distance, they seem to be merging. But it ain’t happening. It’s just an optical illusion. If you still doubt it take a train.)

Among the most popular current “conspiracy theories” is that a cabal of Jewish billionaires is funding Republican elites, including Hillary Clinton, who are running a pedophile sex ring out of a pizza parlor. This is a theory? Who would be stupid enough, or crazy enough, to believe such a ridiculous thing?

It was H.L. Mencken who said that “the primary occupation of most people is to believe things that are obviously untrue.” But this theory cannot be explained by stupidity or gullibility. Nobody is that stupid or gullible. (I hope.)

Academics have studied how people can come to believe such nonsense. One of the possible explanations (theories) is that people tend to believe what fits with their world view. I’m skeptical about this explanation. Pedophile sex rings run by Republican elites out of a pizza parlor can’t possibly fit into any ones’ world view. These people know this theory is not true, yet they choose to believe it. This is determined ignorance, the worst kind. They are using this canard as cover for their own acts.

So, I reject the whole idea of conspiracy theories. I will henceforth refer to them only as, paranoid fantasies, a definition closer to the truth, but which, like string theory, doesn’t quite explain everything.  So, channeling Steven Weinberg and Brian Greene (Google them), I’ll keep working on it.

Football Thoughts – Week 19

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on January 13, 2021

NFL: Wildcard Weekend is among my favorite dates on the sports schedule. It features better teams in a win-or-go-home tournament format, with the result the games are good and strongly contested. It was so again this year, and even a little better because there was another game added to the format. I got to watch some, most or all of six games and it was worth every minute.

The game I was most interested in was between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. The Browns got into the playoffs by beating the Steelers in the last game of the season, when the latter was resting a lot of starters. Conventional wisdom, including my own, was that Pittsburgh would win this game when its starters returned, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

But that didn’t happen. Cleveland won the game after the Steelers had a disastrous first quarter, losing three turnovers – one on the first play of the game that went for a Cleveland touchdown – and falling behind 28-0 in the quarter.

Overall, Pittsburgh had five turnovers, while Mayfield had a good, steady game and Cleveland didn’t have a single turnover. That’s how you win playoff games, which Cleveland did, 48-37.

Cleveland’s award for this upset is to play the Kansas City Chiefs, in KC, where they are about a 10-point underdog. But they’ve advanced in the playoffs with a win, Cleveland’s first payoff win in forever, and fans are happy.    

The other game that went differently than I was expecting was Rams v Seahawks. I expected Seattle to win but the Rams kept Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson in check all day and won the game 30-20.

Wilson didn’t play particularly well, and the offensive line simply could not protect him. The defense is not what it has been recently either. Seattle has some work to do in the off season. (It’s just been announced that the Seahawks fired their offensive coordinator.)

So, we move on to the next round, where the Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers, who had byes, step onto the field. Another week of good games between good teams. I’ll be watching.

College: I’ve been reporting Monday night NFL games as if they were part of the previous week’s lineup. There was no Monday night NFL game, but the NCAA Championship game was played Monday night, so I’ll cover it this week and we’re done with college ball until the draft.

I’m delighted to report that the Alabama Crimson Tide wiped up the floor with Ohio State University in an absolute rout, 52-24. OSU should never have been in the game in the first place, having played only six regular season games. They are a good team, but Alabama was demonstrably better, and in my view, justice was served on the Buckeyes.

Thoughts on Events the Week of January 4, 2021

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on January 12, 2021

Georgia on my mind: In an astounding upset, Democrats won both Senate races in Georgia, effectively giving control of the Senate to Democrats. The Senate is now split 50/50 between the parties, so Vice President Kamala Harris will have the deciding vote in the event of ties. Guess which party she will favor.

Stacy Abrams did a marvelous job of organizing and motivated black voter turnout. She has risen dramatically in my estimation. But Democrats owe this extreme good fortune to President Trump. There is no doubt in my mind that had it not been for Trump’s antics since he lost his own election, Georgia would have gone like so many other states: electing Biden at the top of the Democratic ticket but Republicans down ballot. Thanks, the Donald, for such an artful deal.

Hey, Moscow Mitch, what do you think about your president now? Don’t bother answering; it was a rhetorical question.

Capitol Carnage: Incited by President Trump and several Republican lawmakers, a mob of Trump’s knuckle dragging, mouth breathing minions stormed the Capitol building, scaring a lot of people, injuring some, killing a few, causing minor physical damage to the building and grave damage to their cause. I’m sure you are aware of this; it was in all the papers.

These criminals were kind enough to take pictures of themselves in commission of their crimes and post them on social media so the police will know who they are and where to find them…typical Trump supporter intelligence.

It’s too late: I enjoyed watching Republicans scrambling to put distance between themselves and Trump. In another week, they will never have heard of Donald Trump. But for most of them, enlightenment has come too late. They had three years and 50 weeks to do the right thing, and they squandered their time and eschewed their responsibilities, preferring to kiss Trump’s ass. How does that fat ass taste now?

Big losers are Trump, of course, and Moscow Mitch McConnell, who is now a back bencher in the Senate. I have less sympathy for Moscow Mitch than for most Trump sycophants. He’s as indifferent to the Constitution and his oath to it as Trump. He has enabled Trump as much as anyone else, yet butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth as he criticized Thump this week. What a puke.

I think this will go hard on Senators Cruz and Hawley too, but only to their reputations and their prospects for higher office. They can probably get reelected in their own conservative states, but I wouldn’t bet the ranch on it.

As for the Republican Representatives who signed onto the coup, most, I expect, will get off Scott free. They come from red states, a large portion of whose voters are probably okay with their behavior. This includes even Kevin McCarthy, Republican minority leader in the house and one seriously unprincipled pig part.

But another big loser, and perhaps the most important in the long run, is social media. They have been allowed to pass along scandalous, even treasonous postings with impunity. They need a big knot tied in their tail and I think they may be about to get it. It is certainly about time.

More shiny object chasing: Democrats are carrying on about impeaching Trump again or removing him from office via the 25th Amendment. I wouldn’t do it, but what else has Congress got to do before January 20? Well, there is that COVID-19 thingie. Save Trump’s punishment until after he is out of office when prosecutors can get their hands on him unimpeded.

The only rationale for trying to impeach Trump now is that it will prevent him from running again in 2024. But there’s no danger of that. By 2024, Trump will be a bad memory and possibly in jail. He’s not going to run for anything again, and if he does, even Republicans, especially Republicans, won’t stand for it. This all assumes there will even be a Republican Party in 2024.

Worst state: Among Republican leaders and legislators doing back flips through their assholes trying to change their positions on Trump since the insurrection began on Wednesday, the most disgusting is Lindsey Graham, the filthiest pig in the sty.

In the course of Trump’s candidacy and term in office, Graham began as a critic, then sold his soul just to play golf with Trump, damn his responsibilities to his office, to now piling on Trump as if he had been opposed to his antics the whole time. This is the behavior of an unprincipled piece of putrid pie. South Carolina gets the cup this week because, you guessed it, Lindsey Graham.

Football thoughts – Week 18

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on January 7, 2021

College: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners (#6) wiped up the floor with the (#7) Florida Gators in the Cotton Bowl, 55-20. The Texas Aggies (#5) beat (#14) North Carolina handily in the Orange Bowl, 41-27. Meanwhile, Alabama cruised by Notre Dame and Ohio State embarrassed Clemson to set up the championship game.

These games brought into sharp relief how badly the playoff committee blew it this year. Notre Dame should never have been in the playoffs to begin with, and Ohio State, though it is a fine team, should have been disqualified from the Championship because they only played six games. The playoffs could have included OU and the Aggies instead. I’m thinking some of the committee members know it, too.

Texas fired head coach Tom Herman, which surprised me. I expected him to succeed at Texas, given his experience as a high school coach in the state, a potential advantage with recruiting, and his success at Houston (he actually beat OU there a few years ago).

Herman’s record wasn’t that bad, just not good enough for Texas. Herman had an excellent quarterback in Sam Elinger, so you would expect his record to be better. In fact, Texas was getting recruits, just not developing them adequately.

Texas immediately hired Steve Sarkisian off the Alabama staff. I guess if money is no object, you can do that kind of flipping. Sarkisian is an excellent coach, but a once-failed head coach.

NFL: In the comparison and contrast between Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns beat a resting Pittsburgh Steelers team to qualify for the playoffs. Before the game, some sports analyst opined if the Browns didn’t get in, they should part with Mayfield. What a moron. I would replace almost every player on the team before Mayfield, starting with an offensive line that can’t protect him and a defense that can’t break up a pass.

Regarding Kyler Murray, the Cardinals lost their game with the Rams, but Murray went out with a sprained ankle in the first quarter after scoring a touchdown and giving the Cardinals the lead, so no comparisons are possible.

Clearly, the Cardinals need more protection for Murray and a whole lot more defense. Sadly, the Cardinals coach hasn’t a clue about defense. Never has had, never will have. And, based on body language, Murray has little confidence in his defense and no confidence in his coach.

The Dallas Cowboys, my erstwhile favorite team, did it again, stinking up the place with a loss to the New York Giants to eliminate themselves from the playoffs. Bad coaching, inept defense, under performance and poor play. Never has an NFL team paid so much for players giving such little effort.

But the most interesting game in the NFC Least was between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles. Washington won and will represent the East with a losing record, 7-9.

It’s a mystery what Eagles’ head coach Doug Peterson was thinking, given his decisions. The only plausible explanation is that he was trying to lose the game to gain a higher draft choice. The only other possible explanation is that he is a bad coach and it’s inexplicable how he ever won a Superbowl a few years ago. Either way, he should have been fired on the spot.

Peterson wisely started Jalen Hurts at quarterback over Carson Wentz, who is struggling, and Hurts had them in position to kick a short, easy field goal that would have tied the game with eight minutes to go, but instead Peterson went for it on fourth and about 10 yards, an exceptionally low percentage decision, which failed, predictably.

Worse, Peterson then benched Hurts for a third string backup quarterback of whom I had never even heard, who immediately blew up. Hurts was not happy, nor was anyone else in Philly.

The irony in Peterson’s blunder is that he may have solved the Eagles’ quarterback dilemma inadvertently. Philadelphia must decide who to keep at QB next year: Carson Wentz, who seems to be a bust now, but who has an enormous contract that will make him hard to trade and disastrous if they have to swallow it, and Hurts, who is a good player at a fraction of the cost and who would be a welcome starter on most NFL teams.

Peterson may have made this decision academic by benching Hurts. If I were Hurts now, I would insist on being traded out of that chicken outfit and stick Philadelphia with Wentz. It would serve Peterson right to be left with a struggling Wentz and his albatross of a contract.

I’m a believer in the importance of timing a peak for the playoffs. A few NFL teams seem to be peaking at the right time: Baltimore, Green Bay and Buffalo in particular. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Superbowl between two of these teams.

Thoughts on Events the Week of December 28

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on January 6, 2021

How did it all come to this: I have my theories, but it is still somewhat of a confounding mystery how one of the two major political parties in our country no longer supports democracy, but instead embraces an authoritarian wannabe.

More than 100 Republican congresspersons and about a dozen U.S. Senators have indicated they will ignore the Constitution and raise (futile) objections to the certified vote of the people in favor of the election’s clear and decisive leader. If that’s being faithful to their oath, I’ll kiss your ass in Macy’s window and give you an hour to draw a crowd.

Among the notable objectors is newly elected Tommy Tubberville (R-A), displaying his disdain for the Constitution before he even gets onto the Senate floor; and Josh Hawley (R-MO). Tubberville is an ignorant boob, consistent with the bozos Alabama typically elects to public office, but Hawley knows better.

I can understand that the objectors are from red states and that they are afraid of Trump’s base, but that doesn’t excuse their flouting the Constitution and their oath of office.

It’s said that Hawley is a young, smart, ambitious politician who plans to run for president in 2024. I’m sorry Hawley, but I prefer to vote for someone with faith in, and respect for, the Constitution and not one with more naked ambition than Casca and his “lean and hungry look.”

Covid-19 Distribution: Fortunately, distribution of the new vaccines has begun, and inoculations are underway, though the numbers of each are far behind what was promised at this point. There may be some weather-related reasons why some inventory of vaccines was held back, but the inoculation hold ups can only be explained by massive incompetence.

The cynic in me has considered that Trump may be holding up distribution to use it as a tool for manipulation of states to overturn their election results, or even to sell the vaccines for his personal profit. In the end, however, I am pretty sure it’s just gross incompetence. That’s the default explanation for so much of the Trump administration’s behavior.

One thing Trump got right: Trump got two things right in four years, but he subsequently screwed one of them up. I’m commenting on this one. Trump was spot on to want to get rid of Section 230 of the so called “Communications Decency Act,” which is anything but. This section allows social media companies to post vile, spurious, inaccurate information and downright lies, with impunity. The practical effect of Section 230 is that some of the communications posted on these sites is about as far from decent as you can possibly get.

Not even cable news networks can get away with that. See how quickly Dominion Voting Systems got Fox News to recant the lies about the company that they have been passing along about their voting machines in response to Dominion’s cease and desist order. Talk about a fast backtrack. Social media should be legally accountable for the lies and misinformation they allow to be disseminated on their platforms.

And another thing, the disclaimer language that Twitter and others use is woefully inadequate. It goes something like, “Claims in this posting are disputed.” No, they’re not. They’re clearly inaccurate or lies or both. The disclaimer should say something like, “This post is a flat out lie,” or “This statement is bullshit.” Then let’s get on to the lawsuits to get these tech behemoths under control.

The worst states: Congresspersons from all the worst states have signed onto this patently unconstitutional assault on our democracy, so they all share the cup this week.

Going into 2021, we’ll hold the worst state list at: Alabama, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. Arizona drops off the list for 2021 due to its enlightened voting laws.

Football Thoughts – Week 17

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on December 31, 2020

After much interesting football a week ago, things went wobbly in the sports this week.

College: After winning the Big XII Championship against Iowa State last weekend and moving up to #6 in the polls, my beloved Oklahoma Sooners were idle this week and are preparing for a matchup with Florida in the Cotton Bowl. Various other college teams still have games to play and others are preparing for their minor bowls.

Regarding those bowls, many are starting to cancel because one or more of their chosen teams cannot meet the bell due to Covid-19 concerns. In fact, some bowls have been unable to find two teams with enough wins to be eligible for a bowl game. I don’t see the point of these bowls this year anyway because there won’t even be any fans to watch and enjoy them live and they have no bearing on the national race.

Among the games I did watch this weekend, further evidence how bad refereeing has gotten abounded.

NFL: In the comparison and contrast between Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, both Cleveland and Arizona laid an egg against seriously inferior competition. Baker was beaten by the lowly New York Jets 16-23 and the decimated 49ers upset Arizona 20-12. Both teams remain on the sidelines looking in on the playoffs. Though both teams still have a chance to get in, their options have narrowed.

The Dallas Cowboys beat Philadelphia handily, while Baltimore pounded the New York Giants 13-27 and the Carolina Panthers improbably upset Washington 20-13. The result of all this is that the winner of the NFC Least is still undecided and hinges on the last game of the season.

If the Cowboys beat the Giants in New York and Philadelphia beats Washington in D.C., the Cowboys are in. If either of these things doesn’t happen, the Redskins are in. If the Giants win and Washington loses, they are in. This all assumes, of course, that the teams will avoid Covid-19 disaster and be able to finish the season.

The best teams are rounding into playoff form. Green Bay pounded the Titans, Seattle beat the Rams and Buffalo routed the now hapless New England Patriots. Aaron Rodgers looked stronger than a bear’s breath and may well win MVP.

Scandalously bad refereeing in the pros, as well. A couple of games would have been better if the refs hadn’t been on the field at all.

Thoughts on Events the Week of December 21

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 30, 2020

Screw the public: Trump went to Florida* to pout and tweet his grievances and golf, and he took important legislation with him to be signed or vetoed. Vetoing creates much more chaos so he chose that course, or at least threatened to, even though to do so would be a major blow to voters including his base, whom he’d already screwed with his incompetent mishandling of Covid-19, which made the legislation necessary in the first place. He doesn’t care.

Trump finally signed the bills, though not before causing a lot of angst among his own administration, and late enough to cause financial pain to citizens. He is such a narcissist he doesn’t even know what a jerk he is.

*Some have questioned whether Trump might just stay in Florida and never come back in order to evade the humiliations and embarrassments awaiting him there. I think this is a plausible possibility, but I think he will return for his counter-events on January 5 and 6, and then slink back to Florida, never to return until he is forced to answer a subpoena.

Addiction: People are speculating what Trump will do on January 21. Good question. I think he will be pretty much the same but with diminishing returns until even the majority of Republicans are sick to death of him.

Trump craves the limelight. Not only does he crave it, but he can’t stand for anyone else to have it. It is a drug to him, and over the last four years, he has had the limelight pretty much to himself. I suspect that by now, he is so addicted to it that he won’t be able to stop insinuating himself into current events, no matter how outrageously he will have to behave to do it.

But I think he will fade quickly. I say this because this last episode of mischief making has been truly despicable, and I think enough so that Republicans will start thinking how crazy and dangerous he is and perhaps how crazy they have been to cow tow to him. I suspect many Republican leaders (I’m looking at you, Moscow Mitch) wish they had never met the man.

However, I still think most Republican politicians won’t pay any significant price for enabling Trump because most of them are from red states who are Trump voters, but I think most are soon going to wish and pretend he doesn’t exist, just as they have done with George W. Bush, remember him? I think Trump will try to make as much mischief as he can, and I hope Republicans choke on him.

Pardons: People are upset because Trump is handing out pardons like Skittles to some really smarmy and criminal characters. Who else would Trump pardon? He only knows smarmy criminals. Don’t waste your time wringing your hands about it. Trump is perfectly within his rights to pardon whomever he wants…except for himself. It’s another of those less than brilliant ideas engrained in our Constitution.

Worst state: The cup goes to Texas again, this time because Representative Louis Gohmert, has filed a lawsuit against Vice President Pence of all people in an attempt to grant Pence the authority to overturn the results of the general election. (When I want to call someone stupid, I call them a Gohmert.)

If Pence had such authority, he is such a suck up, he would probably use it, but he doesn’t and he won’t get it. That said, he is probably trembling with fear what bind Gohmert’s ludicrous suit might put him in.

If it were possible to feel sorry for Pence, I would, but I can’t so I won’t.  He’s a craven, ass kissing coward, the type who die a thousand deaths, and that’s exactly what he is doing now. It couldn’t happen to a nice guy.

Football Thoughts Week 16

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on December 28, 2020

I’m running a full week behind because Christmas.

There were a lot of interesting football games this week – college and NFL. The college conference championships were played, after which the committee made its selections for the playoffs, which blew. And we are getting near the end of the NFL regular season, if you can call it that, and teams are playing hard to earn playoff spots.

College: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners beat Iowa State for the Big XII Championship. But it wasn’t enough to get them into the playoffs. We’re sitting at #6, and between us and the playoffs is #5 Texas A&M. I suppose if one or two of the playoff teams succumb to Covid-19, the Aggies and/or we will be invited to fill in.

You’ve heard me complain how terrible the refereeing has become, thanks primarily to instant replay, and it’s getting worse every week. Well, in this terribly messed up football year, the playoff committee blew it completely also. Two of the four teams chosen – Ohio State and Notre Dame – should not be in the playoffs.

Notre Dame got into the top four by beating Clemson (about the only actual football team ND played) when Clemson’s quarterback was out with Covid-19. When Trevor Lawrence returned., Clemson wiped up the floor with Notre Dame, who should have been knocked out right then.

Ohio State played only six games. It’s like entering a race at the half-way mark and wanting to be declared the winner when you come in first, having only run half as far. OSU is a good team, but it’s just not eligible for the playoffs in those circumstances.

Neither Notre Dame nor OSU should be there (Notre Dame should never be there). The Aggies and Sooners are more deserving.

NFL: Things worked out about as well as they could for me this week. The Arizona Cardinals, my new favorite team, beat the Philadelphia Iggles 33-26, with Jalen Hurts, the last of the three OU quarterbacks to go high in the draft in three successive years, getting the start for Philadelphia and playing well. I wanted Hurts to do well, but not to beat Kyler Murray and the Cardinals, which happened.

Cleveland beat the New York Giants, and Baker Mayfield played very well, so in the comparison and contrast between Mayfield and Murry, both shone.

The Dallas Cowboys, my erstwhile favorite team, beat the San Francisco 49ers 41-33. Poor San Francisco. They seem to have had more injuries, illnesses, and other issues than any other NFL team this year.

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Washington Redskins 20-15, with the result that since Dallas won and the Giants, Eagles and Redskins all lost, Dallas is still technically in the hunt to win the NFL East, though they are not going to.

The family feud between Belichick and Brady is essentially over for this year. The Patriots lost to Miami and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won a thriller with a come from behind rally by Brady. We’ll see what Belichick can do over the off season to restock the Pats.