Football Thoughts – Week 2

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on September 24, 2020

College Football: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners were idle this week but retained their #3 ranking. They are in good shape unless they manage to lose to one of the lesser schools in the Big 12, and they have managed to do for the last two years, complicating their chances in the playoffs. If they hang on to the #3 spot, they can avoid playing the #1 team in the semifinals. This all assumes the college game will finish the season, of course. I’m still taking the under.

Oklahoma State won its game against Tulsa but looked ragged doing it and were lucky to win. We have little to fear from these guys. Actually, I stopped worrying about the Oklahoma Aggies years ago. They couldn’t beat us with the best teams they ever had. They’re not going to beat us with this one.

NFL: The Dallas Cowboys added another pattern in Week 2 that has plagued them recently, in addition to the ones they already exhibited in their opener. This pattern is to fall hopelessly behind early, claw back into the game desperately in the last quarter, only to lose out at the end. This week, they lost three fumbles in the first quarter, fell behind 20-0, clawed their way back, and in a twist, actually won this game at the end, with plays so improbable, they never should have won.

Dallas coaching and play calling were as bad as they were in the opener. Nothing has improved.

I picked Dallas to be 1 and 2 after the first three games, and I remain confident in that prediction. Dallas is not going to beat the Seahawks and Russell Wilson in Seattle. The rest of the NFC East is so pathetic, however, that after these first three games, I think they may have a relatively easy run to the division title, unless McCarthy coaches them out of too many games. The new look Cowboys stink on ice.

The Cowboy mystery this season is how much the price of retaining the services of Dak Prescott will increase before Jerry Jones throws in the towel and gives him his money. Prescott is one of the few Cowboys pulling his weight. The price tag goes up every week, Jerry.

The best game of the week by far was the terrific one between Seattle and New England Sunday night. The Seahawks won, but the Patriots took them to the wire. Both teams played lights out. It was a fun game to watch.

Kansas City decided to mail it in this weekend and almost got beat. The chargers took them to overtime and gave them a good scare. Green Bay is still rolling. Baker Mayfield led Cleveland to a win. His team still sucks, but he is getting his swagger back.

The Cardinals won and looked good doing it. Kyler Murray had an outstanding game. In the comparison and contrast between Murray and Mayfield, two Heisman winning first round picks from OU, Murry is ahead at this point, but he also has a better team and organization than Mayfield and Cleveland. (I never thought I would write that the Cardinals have a better organization than anybody.)

In the dual between Brady and Belichick, I score it a draw in Round 2. Brady won his first game with Tampa, and New England lost that great game with Seattle. However, Cam Newton played extremely well.

The tie breaker again was San Francisco’s quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, Belichick’s pick to replace Brady. Garoppolo wasn’t spectacular in the 49ers win, but he was steady, so that nod goes to Belichick. Not sure how many 49ers games are going to be like this going forward, though, because the team suffered some serious injuries to important players.

The Monday night game between the now Las Vegas Raiders and New Orleans Saints was worth the wait. It was the Raiders’ first home game in their new stadium, which is a beauty. I did not know until I turned on the game that Monday was the 50th Anniversary of Monday Night Football, so there was a lot of nostalgia about the Raiders and MNF as well as a good game.

Poetically, on this opening night of Las Vegas football, the Raiders outplayed the Saints and won the game. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr played very well. It must be said that the Saints’ sure to be Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees looked mortal after all his years of superhuman play. Perhaps this will be his last year.

Thoughts on Events the Week of September 14

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on September 23, 2020

RBG – RIP: Justice Ginsberg died. She was a force. We are lucky to have had her.

I hoped Ginsberg would survive until the next administration, because her passing is going to unleash a storm of hypocrisy the likes of which we haven’t seen even in Washington.

The Republicans, led by Moscow Mitch McConnell, who denied President Obama from naming a new Justice to replace Scalia eleven months from the next presidential election, are now screaming that a new Justice must be selected immediately, less than two months out from the 2020 election.

This hypocrisy goes both ways. The Democrats who insisted, rightly, that Obama should be allowed to replace Scalia immediately, are now saying the Senate should wait until the next election before replacing Ginsberg.

Should the Democrats get their way? Will two wrongs make a right? Or should Republicans be allowed to appoint the next Justice?

Of the two options, in the interest of intellectual honesty and respect for the Constitution, the Constitution language should prevail. The president should be allowed to propose a nominee. Perhaps then, the Senate can return to normal practice, not that I’m optimistic this will ever happen with Moscow Mitch in charge.

That said, Democrats should be sure the public knows what’s at stake here, and perhaps a public outcry will put some pressure on some Republican Senators. They are a cowardly bunch, and there’s nothing a politician fears more than a voter. Perhaps they will have second thoughts.

And should the Republicans prevail on the appointment but lose the Senate in the November election, the Democrats should take vicious revenge. Unlike Trump, they must represent all the voters, but they should make the lives of Republican Senators a living hell.

I’m not sure if the Court can be saved at this point, or how to fix it. The Court is already severely damaged, but the drama that is about to unfold could ruin the Court irreparably, which, as I think about it, may not be a completely bad thing. I can remember when we chose the best legal minds we could find to be on the Court. Now, it’s finding the most baldly partisan. Tom Cotton? Really?

The fights over the Court have warped our entire justice system and elevated the subject of abortion to the level of slavery prior to the Civil War, which is nuts. Maybe we should let an ultra-conservative Court run amok for a while and see the response from the other branches. History tells us that when the Court gets too far behind the public will, it is in danger of losing all its credibility, and backs down.

Who’s crazy now?: Michael Caputo, a Trump minion who, like most, is unqualified for his position, lost his mind publicly on color TV, spouting crazy talk. Shortly thereafter, Caputo took a leave of absence until his sanity returns or hell freezes over, whichever comes later.

But the irony here, which seems to be lost on many, is that when Caputo was talking crazy, he sounded just like Trump and was saying the same things Trump says. So, who’s the crazy one? The one who says crazy stuff because he sees the boss doing it and wants to please him by emulating him, or Trump himself? Don’t answer; it’s a rhetorical question.

Kabuki in the Middle East: The Trump administration announced breakthrough agreements that Israel reached with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. This was not a breakthrough, but a coming out of the closet. These two Arab countries have been cooperating with Israel for quite a while, because they have a shared perceived enemy in Iran and because they no longer trust the U.S.

What these agreements do reveal is that Arab countries don’t give a rodent’s rectum about the Palestinians, who were thrown under the bus with this agreement. But then they never did. They just used the Palestinians’ plight and their alleged support of it to distract their own citizens from their poor governance.

Worst state: Kansas, who birthed the pompous whale Mike Pompeo, who told the United Nations it should sanction Iran for violating the terms of an agreement with America that America itself opted out of. Not even the U.N could stomach that hypocrisy.

Thoughts on Football – Week One

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on September 17, 2020

College Football: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners took care of business Saturday and looked good doing it, as did West Virginia and Texas. The rest of the Big XII teams playing this first weekend – Iowa State, Kansas State and Kansas – laid big eggs against their respective tomato can opponents. (Oklahoma State, Baylor, TCU, and Texas Tech were idle.)

This is typically a weekend when big schools invite smaller ones they can beat easily for a warmup before their conference schedules begin, and the small schools come because they get a big paycheck for it. However, for the three humiliated teams, it was like Nero threw Christians into the arena with lions and the Christians ate the lions. How embarrassing for the conference.

NFL: Dallas Cowboys: How do you like the new look Cowboys? Looked like the old look Cowboys to me, including widespread underperformance, predictable play calling, injuries at center linebacker, and a coach dumb enough to coach his team right out of a potential win.

First, the play calling. I was slack jawed when Dallas kept Kellen Moore around as offensive coordinator. When you have a staff as stained as Jason Garrett’s, you have to excise the entire thing. Moore is just another Garrett, and he called the game like Garrett Sunday night. Amazing.

One more time, here’s how to call offensive signals broadly, per Norv Turner, the best OC Dallas ever had: On first down, be unpredictable – 50/50 pass/rush. If successful, keep being unpredictable. If only short yardage gained, run the ball to try to shorten the yardage needed for a third down pass, which will probably be necessary. If you get a third and short, continue being unpredictable, unless you have Zeke Elliott. Wait, we do! We can run with confidence of getting a first down. What’s so complicated about that? Oh, the unpredictable part. It’s not in Garrett, not Moore.

Now, the coaching. Mike McCarthy is a believer in metrics, and he is a believer that most NFL coaches are too conservative too much of the time. I agree with him on both counts. But there are times when the right call is glaringly obvious, and McCarthy blew the most important one of these.

With 11+ plus minutes to go in the game, trailing by three points and with a short field but a fairly long fourth down, McCarthy eschewed the field goal and went for it, which failed, and the ball went over to the Rams.

This was inconceivably stupid. Dallas went chasing those points desperately for the rest of the game. If they had kicked the field goal, it would have tied the game and put the pressure back on LA, and the Rams would be chasing points. I expected Dallas to lose this game, but I didn’t expect them to give it away.

So, here we go again: underperforming players, predictable play calling, poor coaching and without our center linebacker. Could we be looking at another 8-8?

Belichick v. Brady: In the grudge match that this season has become between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, the player won the first round on points, 3-2. The Patriots won their game with Cam Newton (congratulations, Cam), and Brady’s Buccaneers lost to a very good team, perhaps the best they will face all season.

But in the tie breaker, The San Francisco 49ers, quarterbacked by Jimmy Garoppolo, for whom Belichick wanted to release Brady and to take over at QB in New England, lost to a spunky Arizona Cardinals team led by Kyler Murray. Garoppolo looked shaky, which made coach Belichick look not so prescient.

Arizona Cardinals: Speaking of the Cardinals, they took a step forward by signing DeAndre Hopkins and giving Murray another quality receiver. Hopkins lit it up Sunday and made Phoenix appreciably better. Now, they just need some more linemen on both sides of the ball.

Miscellany: Cleveland, and Baker Mayfield, are still struggling, and Kansas City is not. The Chiefs looked in midseason form in their opener. And, since the rich get richer, as the Super Bowl winner and so having the very last pick of the first round in the draft, KC struck gold with running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who looked like an all pro in his first game.

Aaron Rodgers looked good for Green Bay and most of the rest of the teams looked like teams usually do for the first game, including the referee crews. The better ones generally won, the lesser ones generally lost, and they all looked a little rusty. This is to be expected, especially with the odd preseason protocols required due to Covid-19.

Thoughts on Events the Week of September 7

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on September 16, 2020

Covid-19: Trump is on tape telling Bob Woodward how easily the virus is transmitted airborne, and that it is seriously deadly, while he was telling us not to bother wearing masks and the virus is no big deal and will go away soon, harmlessly.

This is a blatant abuse of his office for partisan political purposes. He misled the American people to catastrophe, without a thought to our lives.

Some are criticizing the journalist for not telling us what Trump told him as soon as he heard it, to which I say lay off Woodward. This criticism is misplaced. Woodward’s job is to sell books. It’s Trump’ job to protect us. Who did the better job?

I do not think for a minute that this revelation will shatter Trump’s base. They are solid as a block of granite. And twice as smart. But I think it will chase more voters away from him at the margins.

What I do expect, in fact am counting on, is that people will get into the voting booth and realize how exhausted they are from four years of Trump’s chaos, lies, vulgarity and plain mismanagement, not to mention corruption beginning with him and down through his entire administration, and deciding they can’t take another four years of it. It used to be we wouldn’t put up with this nonsense. I hope we will make a major correction this November.

National Deception Director: The Director of Homeland Security reportedly ordered that intelligent reports be withheld from states and local communities, Congress, the press, and sometimes even the president, because the news upsets him.

If this is the case, what’s the point of having a DHS? It’s a bloated bureaucracy that that has been completely politicized and corrupted and is only gumming up the works. Tear it down.

Benefit of incumbency: Trump wants desperately to hold onto Florida in the election – without it, he is toast – so he is doing them favors, or at least is trying to appear to. He extended the ban on offshore drilling around Florida, which will please its residents, though was an unnecessary gesture. The current ban runs years longer, and it would have been extended when the subject next came up.

On a related note, Trump also announced he is drawing down 3,000 more troops from Afghanistan, another empty gesture. Trump has said he would get us out of Afghanistan but has done little to nothing about it throughout his term until this symbolic, political move . And even with this drawdown, we still have thousands of troops there. This was another feint to give the appearance of action.

Worst state: The worst state this week, hands down, was Wisconsin (which is not even on the worst state list), due to its odious voter suppression shenanigans, abetted by a blatantly partisan Supreme Court. So, the usual suspects get a pass this week.

(Note: I never thought I would say this, but if Wisconsin keeps it up, they may have to be Considered for the worst state list. A once progressive state with good education standards, it has become an embarrassment to democratic governance.)

Football Kickoff – 20-21

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on September 10, 2020

The football season begins this week. Colleges had a few games last weekend and the NFL begins tonight with a game between Kansas City and Houston.  I love football. I plan all my activities in the fall around the games I want to watch and the sports talk shows’ discussions and them before and after.

Though football kicks off, I’m taking the under that no conference or league will finish their season, due to Covid-19. This is sad for me and everyone else involved, particularly the college athletes. But the contemplation forces me to admit this to myself: health and education are more important even than football. Like everything else these days, not everyone agrees.

Chuck Lorre

Posted in Reviews - of books, mostly by EloiSVM42 on September 9, 2020

I pause my political ranting to pay a brief, unresearched narrative homage to this comic genius.

Why? Because Lorre created a string of sit com masterpieces, including two genuinely great ones that ran concurrently for years. What of his shows weren’t great hits were still hits.

One of his seemingly simultaneous strokes of genius is “The Big Bang Theory,” built around a popular, plausible character type in our culture, the socially awkward genius nerd. I love this series, which came to a poignant finale just recently. The only problem I ever had with it is that one of the female characters, Bernadette, spoke in such a high, squeaky voice that I often couldn’t understand what she was saying and so missed a lot of good jokes. I hate when that happens.

It’s mate, “Two and a half Men,” is built on a totally implausible premise, but it worked, thanks to wicked funny writing and good acting. Sadly, the main star, Charlie Sheen, had such an emotional breakdown in real life that he had to be written out of the show. The program was sustained for a few more years, but though it was a valiant effort, it wasn’t the same without Sheen. What a shame, Sheen.

Why now? Because I am totally exhausted by, and disgusted with, the state of our country under the Trump administration. I don’t want to think about it anymore. I just want it to end. I’m the one who needs the distraction from Trump, today, not the other way around and thinking about Lorre’s comedy helps.

Thoughts on Events the Week of August 31

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on September 7, 2020

Joe Biden’s Speech: Biden followed up his acceptance speech with another excellent one, I thought, in which he calmly, clearly, and persuasively debunked every one of Trump’s present lies and smears against him. When Biden was finished, Trump’s boxer shorts were down around his ankles and his, er, inadequacies fully exposed.

I’m not certain why Trump lies and smears as excessively as he does. Speculation includes that he is such a pathological liar that he doesn’t know how to tell the truth. Since most of his smears of others are actually reflections of his own character flaws, perhaps he is just trying to shrug them off of himself to preserve his fragile psyche. But I think he recognizes that his true self is so despicable that he must pollute our minds with distractions to hide who he knows he really is. For this, he seems to have a true gift, his only one.

Trump v. Military. Spoiler alert: Trump loses: Trump stepped into a hot mess messing with the military, deliciously for telling the truth for once, though at the wrong places at the wrong times. People who were willing to admit it overheard him.

Trump loves the trappings of being Commander in Chief, just not anything having to do with the responsibility for actual military leadership. He is especially averse to dealing with gravely wounded vets, whose wounds are considerably more serious than bone spurs.

I’ll skip over many of the president’s smears of the military and its members to the one when, it is reliably reported, he called soldiers who fought in Vietnam (my generation’s war) “suckers,” and wondered aloud why they would have done it. Well, most of them were drafted, that’s why, something Trump was able to evade.

Trump is correct that Vietnam was a stupid, stupid war. I opposed it then and I still hate it now. I would have gone to Canada before Vietnam, though fortunately I didn’t have to. But I would never denigrate those people who did go, either because they had to or wanted to. (My charity does not extend to the military and political leadership at the time. Any still living should be hanging by their scrotums in a dungeon somewhere.)  

Trump’s base may be willing to excuse even this, but I sense this offense is different, and if not his base, many others are noticing.

Don’t vote, but if you do, vote often: Trump has proposed that North Carolina voters vote twice. Seriously, as part of his campaign to try to delegitimize mail in voting, Trump said that voters in North Carolina should vote once by mail and then in person, to test his premise that mail in voting is ripe for fraud.

Both ideas – mail in voter fraud and voting twice are so stupid, and the latter so illegal, they expose Trump’s incurious mind and tenuous connection to common sense, not to mention our laws.  

By the way, you low functioning moron of a president, the specific reason for expanding mail in voting during in this unique voting cycle, though smart anytime, is precisely so people won’t have to go to the polls and risk exposure to Covid-19. Asking voters to go to a poll after they have voted safely by mail is not only stupid, but chillingly cynical.

Evidence that Trump isn’t the least serious about this is that he suggests an exception – Florida – whose voters should be able to vote by mail because it has a Republican governor and Trump wants to vote by mail there himself. What a putz.

Trump doesn’t care that it makes infinite sense to expand mail in voting in the age of Covid-19. Also, he doesn’t seem to care that his idea throws vulnerable Colorado Senator Corey Gardner under the bus because most Colorado voters already do vote this way. Trump just wants to distract with shocking, moronic statements.

But even worse than Trump, AG Barr is such an ass kissing sycophant that when asked, our nation’s top justice official could not acknowledge that voting more than once in the same election is a felony. He gurgled that he wasn’t familiar with North Carolina law. Wolf Blitzer had to remind him that voting more than once in the same election is illegal in any election, period, from local to state to federal ones. What a putz.

Worst state: We have a winner this week – Arizona, my own personal state at present. Arizona wins because a rather large group of socially distancing-averse students at Arizona State University held a rally to raise money for the legal defense of the total wingnut 17-year-old who shot and killed two protesters recently.

These students are presumably among Arizona’s best and brightest. What does that say about us? Don’t be too confident that Arizona is about to turn purple in November. Maybe for Kelly over McSally, but beyond that, I’ll believe it when I see it.

Thoughts on Events the Week of August 24

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on September 1, 2020

Republican National Convention: I watched even less of this convention than the Democratic one, because I have a weak stomach and because I knew I would get plenty of coverage by MSNBC. Here are a few takeaways:

This convention resembled more conventional ones in that there were events with crowds packed together and maskless for the president’s speech, endangering themselves and those with whom they will come in contact, and setting a bad example for the nation. If at this point you are this obtuse, you deserve what’s coming to you.

It differed from others in that speakers said the opposition would flat out literally destroy the country. I’ve never heard language like that from a sitting president.

It also differed in that Trump and most of the other speakers said that what was happening in the country now is all Biden’s fault, apparently hoping we wouldn’t notice that Trump is the incumbent and has been in office the last several years. How can one be in office for four years and claim not to have had anything to do with what has happened during that time, including some spectacular executive branch failures?

I was happy to hear from Trump’s economic advisor Larry Kudlow that Covid-19 has been eradicated. I was concerned about the pandemic. I was surprised to learn, however, that it was eradicated so long ago that many in the Trump administration seemed never to even have heard of it. “What pandemic?” seemed to be the theme of the convention.

I was intrigued by the Republican platform, which boils down to “whatever Trump wants.” There is no platform. It’s just every Trump whim or impulse. What could possibly go wrong? There hasn’t been anything like this since the Know Nothing Party of 1854-56. The membership of this short-lived party were ignorant bigots and xenophobes, too. How can Republican leaders look at themselves in the mirror?

It was unprecedented, but not surprising that Trump appeared on all four nights of the convention. Not only must Trump be in front of the camera, he can’t stand for anyone else to be in front of it.

I didn’t listen to Trump’s speech, but I heard excerpts. I don’t think I could have stayed awake for more than an hour of that flat monotone voice Trump uses when he is reading from a teleprompter. He is a remedial reader.

As disgusted as I was by this event, I have no doubt that some of his disillusioned base will return and that the race will tighten. This is the way of conventions. But I don’t see suburban women returning. I hope I’m right. After 2016, they still owe us one.

Violence in the streets: It is extremely important to differentiate between protesting, a form of speech protected by the Constitution and looting and rioting, which are crimes. Protests, crimes. Protests, crimes. You see the difference, don’t you? It’s important that everyone does.  

While we’re on the subject of rioting versus protest, what sane society would allow protestors and rioters to be in the same space carrying firearms? It’s asking for easily avoided disaster.

Violation of institutional norms: Why are we even talking about this? Trump breaks actual laws! Why would he have any respect for traditions, rules, or norms? We should stop wringing our hands every time Trump drops a turd in the punchbowl of protocol and focus on his crimes only. Hammer them. They are what really count.

Worst state: What, are the crimes and misdemeanors of the national government not enough for you?

Thoughts on Events the Week of August 17

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on August 28, 2020

Democratic National Convention: I usually consume these conventions like I do other political events and books: skip them and pick up the highlights on the news. But I watched some of this one because I was curious how they would handle the new challenges of a virtual convention. On the whole, I thought they did a competent, even creative job. They certainly put on a responsible convention in the age of Covid-19, setting a good example for the country.

My favorite virtual event was when they canvased their delegation by state to hear the votes for the various nominees, though this year there were only two:  Biden and Bernie. There was a camera crew in each state where a spokesman gave their respective tallies and a brief pitch for their state. My favorite was the calamari served up in Rhode Island. Did you know Rhode Island was the major player in calamari? Neither did I.

It was charming and more interesting than the typical shouting from the convention floor. I hope future convention consider doing this.

However, the most poignant moment in the convention for me, even more than the brave, stuttering boy who was befriended by Biden, a former stutterer, was the speech by President Obama. It brought tears to my eyes to be reminded what a president should look like and behave.

Steve Bannon got busted: And it couldn’t happen to a more deserving fellow. But his arrest raises a question I have posed before: are all people who come into the administration crooks, or do some become crooks when they get there? Channeling Forrest Gump, I would say both, maybe.

Most are already crooks. Trump doesn’t really seem to know many people who are not. But some are mere venal people of poor character who, when they see the president breaking the law, think it is okay for them to do it too. Either way, they’re pretty much all crooks. Everyone and everything that Trump comes in contact with is diminished.

Worst state: I haven’t paid the least attention to what any of these states were doing when actual statesmen and women were on the national stage this week.

Thoughts on Events the Week of August 10

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on August 17, 2020

Kamala Harris: Joe Biden selected Senator Harris (D-CA) to be his running mate. Harris was my first choice and my first guess who he would select. She checks all the boxes.

I usually don’t favor U.S. Senators for higher office because the Senate hasn’t functioned properly for two decades, and senators have lost touch with how to govern responsibly. But Harris has executive experience as Attorney General of California, a big job.

I think Trump is rightly afraid of Harris. She’s a strong woman, and all strong women scare him. (Can you see Harris letting Trump, or Pence, stalk her across the stage like Hillary did?)

Given the political and demographic landscape, I think that with this nomination, Harris becomes the likely first women president, and a lot of other firsts, including the first women candidate to wipe up the floor with Mike Pence in the VP debate and leave him crying for Mother.

Amazon Cabinet: Looking over the finalists for the VP nomination, I am struck by what an impressive group of women they are. Ditto some of the men in the list of primary contenders. I think many will have a bigger future in the Democratic Party, some quite soon.

You’ve heard of Andrew Jackson’s “Kitchen Cabinet,” but how about a Biden Amazon Cabinet? These women are so impressive I can imagine them filling up most of the posts in Biden’s administration.

I expect to see Susan Rice there as Secretary of State or National Security Advisor and I would love to see Elizabeth Warren become Secretary of the Treasury so I can watch bankers cry for their mamas. Tammy Duckworth as Secretary of the Army? Make Bernie Secretary of Education, a position from which he can work on his dream of free, quality education for everyone.

As for Director of Homeland Security, I would choose no one. Break it back into its original parts, discarding a whole lot of bureaucracy, and put competent leaders in each one. Biden has a deep bench from which to choose.

USPS BS: President Trump is trying to strangle the Post Office Department to suppress mail-in voting. This is worse than garden variety voter suppression, odious as that is. This is an insult to the Constitution, and the sleep of reason among Republicans.

In our present circumstances, a healthy, functioning democracy would be investment spending like crazy on the USPS to expand its capabilities, at least temporarily, to handle the anticipated surge in mail in voting during a pandemic. Instead, we’re doing just the opposite.

It is jaw dropping how much damage Trump seems willing to visit on the Constitution and American citizens to win an election. He has vowed to veto any Covid-19 relief package that includes money for the Post Office or to help states prepare for increased mail in voting.

Hypocrisy abounds as Trump says mail-in voting is OK in Florida where he votes because it has a Republican governor, and that he plans to vote there using a mail-in ballot. In other words, he gets to do it, but he doesn’t want anybody else to do it.

Trump seems not to realize that his own voters are voters too, and many of them may be as worried about in person voting as Democratic voters just now. I’m surprised that other Republican elected politicians haven’t pointed this out to him.

I don’t know how this is going to be resolved, but I think this puts Republican legislators in a bad fix. Trump has positioned himself, and therefore Republicans, as the obstacles to any relief package, and as the ones endangering voters’ lives. I don’t think it’s going to sit very well with voters. It will be interesting to see what Republicans hear from voters about this over their fall break.

Birther Redux: President Trump paused from playing his racist and xenophobic cards for a moment and played his misogynist card against Harris (Trump only has three cards to play), but I don’t think it’s going to stick. We’ve all seen these tropes before, and they are becoming shopworn. And I sure don’t think it’s going to help his standing with suburban women.

Football: I don’t think there is going to be college football this fall, and I’m doubtful about pro ball. I think the NFL will try to start a season, but I expect it to have to end due to Covid-19. It’s a personal loss, because I love football, so one of the myriad reasons I hate Trump as our president is that if he had addressed the virus properly the first time, we wouldn’t be in this mess.

Worst State: There’s been so much national news – good and bad – this week that I haven’t had time to check the usual suspects for malfeasance, so they all get a pass this week.