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Thoughts on Events the Week of November 12

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on November 11, 2021

Incompetence Comeuppance: Democrats took a drubbing in various elections this week and it was well deserved. Typically, the party in power loses some strength in off-year elections and that was a factor here.

But I suspect that primary reason this time is that the average voter was aghast and off-put to see the unseemly, not to mention unproductive intra-party obstruction that held up meaningful legislative accomplishments upon which Democrats could run.

This has been going on since almost immediately after Biden was inaugurated, while people in need and other priorities went wanting. Who could blame people for not wanting to vote for this lot?

Worst state: The cup goes to Texas this week, without even a moment’s debate. This time, however, it is not due to the malfeasance and misfeasance of its political leaders, but guilt by association, because…

A group of Qanon crazies invited its followers to come to Dallas to observe the resurrection of John F. Kennedy and his son, which would trigger the return of what’s his name, the disgraced former president, to the presidency.

After the appointed time for this resurrection came and went without JFK showing up after almost 60 years being dead, and Biden still the president, many of these people decided to hang around just to see if they got the date wrong by a day or two. As Ron White said, you can’t fix stupid.

But how stupid would one have to be to believe such nonsense, and how can I be expected to take them seriously, let alone respect them? Answer: I can’t.

That Texas would even let these crazies cross their state line, and why these crazies would think Texas to be a comfortable place to practice such nonsense, qualifies it for the cup.

Thoughts on Events the Week of October 25

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on November 5, 2021

Legislative disfunction: Voters are disgusted with our legislative branch and it’s easy to understand why. Here are two reasons right off the bat:

In this highly polarized and partisan season, about half of the population disapproves of the members of the other party and vice versa. Throw a Ven Diagram over that and you get a very low percentage of voters who feel positive about the legislature overall.

More immediately, Since Biden took over the presidency on January 20, Democrats have embarrassed themselves with public, intraparty incompetence that has brought progress on important legislation to a screeching halt. That’s nine months of impotence that leaves voters to conclude that the Democrats are not capable of governing.

And there was another week of this paralysis leading right up to the week of special and scheduled elections. This does not look good on Democrats’ resumes.

Worst states: Let’s cut right to the chase. Paul Gosar, my own personal representative in the U.S. House is among the worst top five Congresspersons on his best day. But it appears he was up to his arm pits in the January 6 insurrection. It’s not even a contest this week. Arizona gets the worst state up by unanimous consent of me.

Thoughts on Events Through the Week of October 18

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on October 25, 2021

Sausage: More weeks of Democratic intraparty self-abuse, Republican obstruction, and no visible progress on anything. This is no way to run a republic.

Filibuster: One of the parliamentary traditions we inherited from England was an upper house determined to avoid making any decision. One change that would speed debate and legislation along is to get rid of the filibuster, as undemocratic an excuse for paralysis as you will ever see. In practice, it has turned minorities into ruthless subverters of majority will.

The biggest objection to losing the filibuster is that if/when the rival party should take power, it could use the lack of a filibuster against the other. This is true, but it’s also just the point. The party in power should get to lead. If Republicans gain a majority through the election process, they should get to be in charge, just as Democrats should be now.

Caveat: That said, this only works if everyone gets to vote. Republicans are already at an advantage, given the large number of small, piss ant states with small populations but two senators, while D.C. has a larger population than at least two such states and leans Democrat, has none. If Republicans are allowed to suppress voters, it destroys the cornerstone of a democracy: one man one vote, and perverts the process.

Afghanistan: Remember this pile of rocks that was all anybody could talk about when President Biden pulled out and many thought it was a mistake and would lead to disaster? Well, we don’t hear much about it anymore except that the Taliban is finding is more difficult to govern than to terrorize.

Among the reasons I predicted there would be no great repercussions from leaving this pile of rocks is that I knew that as soon as we were gone, the Taliban would be far too busy with its new domestic issues than to have any time to think about us, let alone cause us mischief, which is just what is happening, thank you very much.

Worst state: At present, there are two nominally Democratic senators who are throwing sand on the Democrat’s tracks to fulfilling its agenda. One is from West Virginia and the other from Arizona, my own personal state of residence.

I don’t see much hope for Joe Manchin, the West Virginia senator. He represents a very red state. Worse, he is bought and paid for by the coal interests, which have less than no interest in the state’s citizens. Coal is how Manchin makes his money and gets his campaign donations. As for looking out for the average person in his state, it just isn’t happening. Manchin owns a yacht for crying out loud.

The Arizona senator – Kyrsten Sinema – is worse. She has sold out to rich donors too, not trusting the thin Democratic majority here. But worse, she doesn’t know what she’s doing or what she wants, but whatever it is, it’s not helping the citizens of Arizona.

Manchin is beyond my jurisdiction. West Virginia is not a worst state. Read Hillbilly Elegy and you’ll question whether it is a functioning state at all; just one big Deliverance. But Arizona is a worst state, and we get the cup this week, thanks to Sinema.

Football Thoughts Weeks 4 and 5 College

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on October 6, 2021

College: I was surprised when my beloved Oklahoma Sooners were installed as a 17-point favorite against West Virginia. I thought WV was the second-best team in the Big XII. Still do. So, I wasn’t surprised that this was a much closer game, which OU won 16-13. However, I was surprised that OU won the game without ever having the lead. In fact, the gun went off while OU’s winning field goal was still in the air.

A couple of takeaways: First, OU has still not gelled to the level of a playoff team.
They will need to keep getting better every week. Second, I’m still worried about the defense. It’s improved, and it held WV to only 13 points, but the Mountaineers had great success with a slant route that Grinch never seemed to figure out how to stop.

Now a comment on the dirty side of OU football: Chinamen. OU fans want OU not only to win but to win big. They are never satisfied, which is what prompted one sportswriter to ask, “How much rice can a Chinaman eat?” While OU was locked in a close game, fans were booing quarterback Spencer Rattler. Despicable.

A couple of teams leapt over OU in the rankings, but those mean nothing yet, and with the exception of Alabama and Georgia, I don’t see any other team with a clear shot at the playoffs, unless OU gets its ship completely righted.

NFL: Again this week, two of the three OU quarterbacks staring simultaneously in the NFL won and one lost. See below:

My new favorite team, the Arizona Cardinals, had an easy time of it defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-19. Kyler Murray played very well. To my eye, and expectations, he’s looking the best of the young Turk quarterbacks.

Shannon Sharp said accurately that if a player is on an NFL roster, he can play football, and this is true. But it is not necessarily true of NFL coaches. I can think of at least three who have no business coaching an NFL team, including Cardinals coach Cliff Kingsbury.

Kingsbury can’t even spell defense, or discipline (penalties, penalties, penalties). He knows something about offense, but not as much as many other NFL and college coaches. And Murray doesn’t need much coaching anyway.

However much Kingsbury may have contributed to the win on Sunday, he more than took away with one of the biggest bonehead calls I have seen from an NFL coach,

With only a few seconds to go before the half and the score tied 7-7, I’m thinking take a knee. But Kingsbury called for a field goal attempt of more than 60 yards. I’m thinking why? Take a knee and get out of there. The kick is short, predictably, Jacksonville returns the short kick for a touchdown and goes into halftime with a 14-7 lead. Kingsbury has no business coaching an NFL team.

Baker Mayfield didn’t have a great game, but he won. His contribution to the team win was ball control. He did what he needed to do and didn’t screw things up.

The Philadelphia Eagles had no chance against the Kansas City Chiefs, but Jalen Hurts played well. They’re still questioning whether he is the answer because they are losing, but Hurts is not the reason. The difference between Hurts and the other two OU quarterbacks is they have better teams around than Hurts does. The Eagles need to add some pieces before worrying about quarterback.

My Dallas Cowboys game against the Philadelphia Eagles went as I hoped and expected. Dallas won the game handily 41-21 and took sole possession of the lead in the NFL Least. Prescott played very well, and Ezekiel Elliott played well also in a game whose game plan relied heavily on running plays.

Jalen Hurts played hard during the game, but not well enough to beat Dallas.

The Cleveland Browns looked solid, beating the Bears handily 26-6. Baker Mayfield had a good game.

So, two of OU’s three recent quarterbacks won again this week. Speaks pretty well for OU.

The Rams Buccaneers game was a letdown. The Rams easily defeated Brady and the Bucs 34-24. I’m thinking the Rams are feeling pretty good about their trade for Matthew Stafford right now.

On the other hand, the Packers 49ers game was a gem. Both quarterbacks played well. Jimmy G. got the lead for the 49ers with 37seconds to go, but Aaron Rodgers brought the Packers down the field in that short time and Green Bay kicked the winning field goal with two seconds to spare 30-28.

I’m starting to feel a little sorry for Garoppolo. He must wonder what it takes to win in this league. He certainly played well enough to win, but no luck

A final game worth mentioning: the Raiders beat the lowly Miami Dolphins 31-28. Derek Carr played very well. It’s said that Raiders coach Gruden has never been completely sold on Carr, but he should be rethinking his position the way Carr is playing this season.

College: I hate going to Manhattan, Kansas to play Kansas State, just hate it. It’s a long drive to nowhere, and no fun when you get there. They always give us a hard time, as they did this week. We won 37-21, but it was a grind. Making matters worse, two of my nephews and one of my nieces went to Kansas State, and when they beat us, I never hear the end of it.

Finally, the only other college game I watched intently was Texas’. As I predicted, they are getting better in time for our match-up. They do not look invincible, however. TCU took them to the wire, which was not impressive. That said, their running back Robinson is terrific.

Thoughts on Events the Weeks of September 20 and 27

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on October 6, 2021

Democrats suck!:  I am not a democrat. I vote democratic almost all of the time because their policies are closer to mine than the other party, whose policies, to the extent they have any other than to kiss the ass of what’s his name, the disgraced former president, are odious.

That said, I despise the Democrats almost as much as the other party. They are weak, timid, ineffective, and too polite and politically correct, poor qualities when facing barbarians.

Do you think there is a democrat mean enough to prevent a president from naming a Supreme Court nominee? Other than Pelosi, not a chance. (This is not an ideal example, but you get the idea.)

The democrats are sitting on a golden, but perishable and fragile egg of opportunity, controlling as they do both chambers of Congress and the white house, and they are standing around, picking their noses, bickering, and letting the opportunity slip away. They need to get something done, and if they can’t, they don’t deserve to govern.

(My distain excludes the debt limit issue. That’s all on the Republicans and I think voters will see it that way.)

What Biden needs to do is put everybody in a room and not let them out until they come up with something. It will be more than some want and less than others want, but it will be something. Then, they need to march to the Senate, tear out the filibuster, bronze it, stick it somewhere in Moscow Mitch McConnell – their choice – then start legislating in earnest. Biden signs the bills, and we are off to the races, by which I mean the mid-term races.

As for Senator Manchin, he needs to get on board for this, like everybody else. The only long-term cure for him is to add another Democratic senator by whatever means, so Manchin’s obstruction is diluted contained.

I have harsher words for Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema. She is a Democrat in a now blue trending state, but she is not acting like a responsible Democrat. I voted for Sinema happily, but I won’t vote for her again. If she has a primary opponent, I’ll vote for that candidate. If she wins the Democratic nomination, I just won’t vote for Senator.

The Arizona “Audit”: After wasting months and millions, the Trumpers/cum auditors validated the Arizona count. Let’s be clear, this “audit” didn’t validate or certify shit. The election was held in November, certified in December, confirmed by the Senate in January, President Biden won, was sworn into office January 20 and has been president for more than eight months.

This “audit” had no more relationship to the election than my breakfast cereal. It’s just another way to stir up the base and grift them simultaneously.

Worst state: Arizona, of course, whose Republican leaders for initiating the audit in the first place.

Football Thoughts Week 4

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on October 2, 2021

College: I was surprised when my beloved Oklahoma Sooners were installed as a 17-point favorite against West Virginia. I thought WV was the second-best team in the Big XII. Still do. So, I wasn’t surprised that this was a much closer game, which OU won 16-13. However, I was surprised that OU won the game without ever having the lead. In fact, the gun went off while OU’s winning field goal was still in the air.

A couple of takeaways: First, OU has still not gelled to the level of a playoff team.
They will need to keep getting better every week. Second, I’m still worried about the defense. It’s improved, and it held WV to only 13 points, but the Mountaineers had great success with a slant route that Grinch never seemed to figure out how to stop.

Now a comment on the dirty side of OU football: Chinamen. OU fans want OU not only to win but to win big. They are never satisfied, which is what prompted one sportswriter to ask, “How much rice can a Chinaman eat?” While OU was locked in a close game, fans were booing quarterback Spencer Rattler. Despicable.

A couple of teams leapt over OU in the rankings, but those mean nothing yet, and with the exception of Alabama and Georgia, I don’t see any other team with a clear shot at the playoffs, unless OU gets its ship completely righted.

NFL: My new favorite team, the Arizona Cardinals, had an easy time of it defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-19. Kyler Murray played very well. Shannon Sharp said accurately that if a player is on an NFL roster, he can play football, and this is true. But it is not necessarily true of NFL coaches. I can think of at least three who have no business coaching an NFL team, including Cardinals coach Cliff Kingsbury.

Kingsbury can’t even spell defense, or discipline (penalties, penalties, penalties). He knows something about offense, but not as much as many other NFL and college coaches. And Murray doesn’t need much coaching anyway.

However much Kingsbury may have contributed to the win on Sunday, he more than took away with one of the biggest bonehead calls I have seen from an NFL coach,

With only a few seconds to go before the half and the score tied 7-7, I’m thinking take a knee. But Kingsbury called for a field goal attempt of more than 60 yards. I’m thinking why? Take a knee and get out of there. The kick is short, predictably, Jacksonville returns the short kick for a touchdown and goes into halftime with a 14-7 lead. Kingsbury has no business coaching an NFL team

My Dallas Cowboys game against the Philadelphia Eagles went as I hoped and expected. Dallas won the game handily 41-21 and took sole possession of the lead in the NFL Least. Prescott played very well, and Ezekiel Elliott played well also in a game whose game plan relied heavily on running plays.

Jalen Hurts played hard during the game, but not well enough to beat Dallas.

The Cleveland Browns looked solid, beating the Bears handily 26-6. Baker Mayfield had a good game.

So, two of OU’s three recent quarterbacks won again this week. Speaks pretty well for OU.

The Rams Buccaneers game was a letdown. The Rams easily defeated Brady and the Bucs 34-24. I’m thinking the Rams are feeling pretty good about their trade for Matthew Stafford right now.

On the other hand, the Packers 49ers game was a gem. Both quarterbacks played well. Jimmy G. got the lead for the 49ers with 37seconds to go, but Aaron Rodgers brought the Packers down the field in that short time and Green Bay kicked the winning field goal with two seconds to spare 30-28.

I’m starting to feel a little sorry for Garoppolo. He must wonder what it takes to win in this league. He certainly played well enough to win, but no luck

A final game worth mentioning: the Raiders beat the lowly Miami Dolphins 31-28. Derek Carr played very well. It’s said that Raiders coach Gruden has never been completely sold on Carr, but he should be rethinking his position the way Carr is playing this season.

Football Thoughts Week 3

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on September 22, 2021

College: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners defeated a determined Nebraska team 23-16 on the anniversary of the Game of the Century game between the same teams in 1971, which I attended. This game did not approach that level, but the Cornhuskers made a good showing.

OU held onto its #4 ranking, but they just don’t look like a playoff team they are expected to be to my eyes. They will have to improve steadily if they are to get through their schedule unscathed. Next up, West Virginia, which should be an interesting test.

NFL: My two favorite pro teams – Dallas and Arizona – each won their game with a last second field goal attempt. Dallas made theirs, and the Vikings missed theirs against the Cardinals, each of which resulted in a win for my team.

I pause here to admit that Dallas OC Kellen Moore as risen a bit in my opinion after the first two Cowboys games. He adopted two very different strategies for the games, each of which was effective. He was pass heavy against Tampa because the Cowboys couldn’t run against them and run heavy against Minnesota because they could. I still worry about Cowboys coaching. Head coach Mike McCarthy got lost in space during this game and it could have cost them.

Again this week, two of the three recent OU quarterbacks starting in the NFL simultaneously won this week, but it was not the same ones as last week. Jalen Hurts, whose Eagles won last week, lost, and didn’t look great doing it, while Tyler Murray looked world beater for the Cardinals and Baker Mayfield was better than solid for Cleveland, the third pro team I am paying close attention to.

Two other NFL games caught my attention. The Ravens beat the Kansas City Chiefs in a game where Lamar Jackson was sensational and out paced Patrick Mahomes. This was Jackson’s first win against Mahomes in four tries.

Derek Carr looked good in Las Vegas’ win over Pittsburgh 26-17. Even John Gruden, who has not seemed to be completely sold on his quarterback, praised his play. The Raiders seem to be genuinely competitive this year.

Thoughts on Events the Weeks of September 6 and 13

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on September 21, 2021

Insurrection Impotence: It was predictable that the protest planned for the 18th would be a whimper. In fact, I predicted it, and the same for all such future protests in support of what’s his name, the disgraced former president.

These people are crazy, but not stupid (well kind of stupid or they wouldn’t have been out there in the first place but not that stupid). They know that if they show up at another rally and behave badly that they will be photographed, identified and busted. Plus, there’s the little matter that the security at the January 6 insurrection was overwhelmed, and the security personnel were not about to let that happen again.

So, this one boiled down to a teeny tiny, garden variety protest. Only a few people were arrested, and most were the ones stupid enough to carry weapons.

I’ll give them this for creativity: seeing that their protest was going to be a bust, they advised their fellow cockroaches to stay away because it wasn’t their protest anyway. It was a trap set by the authorities to entrap them. Yeah, right.

Perversion of democracy in America: We used to be a nation of laws; now we are a nation of lawsuits. Everybody sues everybody at the drop of a hat. It’s the default response to anything that displeases us rather than a resolution of legitimate issues.

Worst state: Case in point: The Attorney General of Texas has filed a lawsuit against a proposal made by President Biden. This is not a law. It’s not even an executive action. It’s a proposal. The AG is suing over something that hasn’t even happened yet. How can there be standing? How can there be harm? It’s a damn suggestion!

This is a frivolous lawsuit brought by Texas’ Attorney General, presumably a person with serious responsibilities and familiarity with the law. Obviously, this AG is just jacking off his base with a waste of time and money. Texas gets the cup again this week.

Thoughts on Events the Week of August 29

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on September 6, 2021

A thorn out of my foot: The last U.S. troops left Afghanistan on Monday and Tuesday, and I couldn’t be happier about it unless it had happened a decade or two earlier. It evoked memories of previous military misadventures, to which we seem to be addicted.

For instance, I remember the famous memo from George Ball to Lyndon Johnson making the case that we should get out of Vietnam and predicting that: there would be no falling dominoes, and that in fact Vietnam and China would be at each other’s throats in six months after we left, as they had been for the previous 600 years. Sure enough. And more interesting, we are now trading partners with Vietnam.

This week Rachel Maddow on her show played video clips of Russia’s tail between their legs retreat from Afghanistan in 1989, and I remember thinking, as our (barely) high functioning moron President turned our strike against Al Qaeda and bin Laden into a twenty-year mission creep, why he hadn’t learned anything from Russia’s disastrous experience other than to repeat it.

Horse shit: Some Trumpsters (rhymes with dumpsters) are advocating, and a few are even mandating, that people ingest a medicine used for deworming horses to treat Covid-19, which medicine is not recommended for human consumption for any reason at any time.

We are living in an age of criminal stupidity, not to mention lunacy. Thomas Jefferson said that having a functioning democracy requires an informed electorate, and we don’t have either at present.

NFL Football: This week contained two of the busiest days on the NFL’s calendar, annually. On Tuesday, all the teams needed to cut their rosters from 90 to 53 players, and on Wednesday all the teams were sifting through the releases looking for players they might sign who are better than the ones they have.

A notable cut was Cam Newton by the New England Patriots. They are now ready to move forward with their young quarterback Mac Jones. Newton brought this on himself by not getting vaccinated. No team wants unvaccinated players. The NFL’s punishment is too severe if a team has to forfeit a game due to the virus.

College Football: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners, ranked #2 (for now) and a 31- point favorite, eked out a victory over Tulane, 40-35.

I was mildly disappointed with OU’s offense. They didn’t look able to outscore opponents enough to overcome inferior defensive efforts this year as they have in the past.

I was extremely disappointed in our defense. We were told it would be much better this year, and if anything, it looked like they have regressed badly,

That said, the Tulane Green Wave played a very good game. If they didn’t leave their entire season on the field in Norman, I think they will win several games, and I wish them well.

In the game between the two highest ranked teams, #5 Georgia beat #3 Clemson 10-3. Clemson’s offense, which lost a lot of players from last season, was badly exposed. Its defense is still excellent. Technically, it held Georgia to only three points. The other seven came from a pick six by Georgia’s defense.

Worst state: There is not even a distant second to Texas this week. They passed an anti-abortion bill that is odious in every regard First, it prohibits abortions after six weeks, with no exceptions – rape, incents, etc. At six weeks, many women don’t even know they are pregnant yet.

Worse, it permits, even encourages, vigilantes, not the authorities, to turn in anyone they find, or even think, is aiding or abetting an abortion, including innocent cab drivers who drop off a woman near a clinic.

 Encouraging its citizens to rat out neighbors was something the Soviets did, and it was part of the plot of 1984.  This legislation is ripe for abuse. We know from history of the USSR and the Middle East that people will turn in their neighbors without any evidence out of spite and to settle grudges.

Both of these provisions are unconstitutional on their face, but the Supreme Court is complicit in this exercise. This is a court that philosophically belongs in the Middle Ages. And with their atavistic ruling, there is nothing to keep any other red state from enacting the exact legislation.

I’ve been curious for a while what will happen should Roe v. Wade be overturned. But now I’m even more curious what will happen with this Supreme Court after this ruling. I don’t think it’s going to end well for them.

Thoughts on Events the Week of August 26

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on September 2, 2021

Climbing off the pile of rocks.: It was always going to be messy. It could have been better, but then again it could have been a decade or so sooner too.

Since the first ISIS K suicide bombing, we have killed some of the ISIS terrorists with drone strikes. I take this as good news. It means we can still get to them, and that we still have some intelligence capabilities there. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that some of our intelligence is coming from the Taliban.

Not so sudden thought: What kind of moron would advocate continuing to waste $1 trillion dollars and a thousand U.S. lives a decade, other than the ones who got us into Iraq and Afghanistan in the first place, and the media, who are always finding crises to goose ratings and readership, whether they exist or not? Don’t bother to answer. It’s a rhetorical question.

NFL Football: I watched a quarter or so of several games this weekend when some starters were playing. Broadly speaking, the good teams looked pretty good, the weaker teams not so much.

The Arizona Cardinals didn’t look as good as I hoped they would. The Cleveland Browns seem to have surpassed the Cardinals, each of whom have a #1 draft pick quarterback from my beloved Oklahoma Sooners.

The Dallas Cowboys stink on ice. Of course, Dak Prescott didn’t play a down in preseason, but when he returns for the regular season…the Cowboys will stink on ice. They just stink,

That said, Dallas may still win the NFL Least because the rest of the teams in that division are so bad also. But if they don’t, Dallas should fire the coach and every underachieving player, because it will all be on them, and Jerry, of course.

Worst state: I’m gong to switch gears and give the worst state cup to Kansas. They have a raging case of white supremacy going on there, plus Mike Pompeo.