Football thoughts the week of December 9

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 19, 2019

The Dallas Cowboys did something unprecedented for them this season: they beat a team with a winning record! And they looked good doing it. Who knew?

Oddly, this performance against the Los Angeles Rams had no effect on their chances of making the playoffs, win or lose. If they beat the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday and the Redskins the following week, they are in. If they lose either of those games, they are the Cowboys.

The Arizona Cardinals beat the Cleveland Browns in the first duel between the matching OU Heisman Trophy winning first NFL draft picks. Kyler Murray is figuring out the NFL. Baker Mayfield is still waiting for a team.

Going into this season, and game, I though the Browns had the better team. Still do. But Murray’s speed, like that of Lama Jackson of Baltimore, is a game changer. And, it is clear that the Browns’ head coach has no clue how to use his weapons, of which he has enough that they should be playing much better if he did.

This off season, the Browns need to draft defensive players and a new coach. It’s about the same for the Cardinals.

Thoughts on Events the Week of December 12

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 19, 2019

Impeachment Inquiry:  As expected, the House Intelligence Committee submitted its report to the House Judiciary Committee, which voted to send the articles of impeachment to the full House next week. (Since I am writing this late, we now know that the House has impeached Trump.)

I’ve been ambivalent about whether impeaching Trump was useful. I was inclined to remove him from office via the next presidential election. However, there are two good reasons to impeach Trump now.

First, when the charge that Trump extorted Ukraine – a classic example of a high crime about which the Founding Fathers were specifically concerned – was documented and corroborated, the House had no choice at that point. Second, Trump might win the next election! He won the last one with fewer votes than Clinton. If that were to happen, Trump would have gotten off Scott free, which would have done irreparable damage to the Constitution.

What will happen next is predictable, but still unassured. But one thing is now certain. The mark of Cane is upon Trump, so to speak. He will be remembered in history as the third president to be impeached. He can never escape that legacy.

The caterwauling, lying and coverup by Republicans and Trump has been odious, but one of their claims galls me the most. I’m used to the lies, insults and vulgar language by now, but I am deeply offended by their claim that the impeachment is illegitimate. In fact, impeachment is clearly spelled out in the Constitution and is perfectly legitimate. I would argue that the House is the only Constitutionally specified body that is doing its job properly these days.

Brexit: The Brits voted again, and Boris Johnson won a landslide victory. I assume this means Britain is fairly and truly going to be out of the European Union soon. You don’t often see a country shoot itself in the foot like this, but apparently this is what the people want. Xenophobia runs deeper through the British body politic than I understood. Oh, well.

Worst state: Texas announced this week that it will not spend a dollar to help with the 2020 census, because it is trying to suppress the count of minority voters. This contrasts with many states that are supporting the census financially because they want a good count. Besides, Ted Cruz. For both, or either, of these reasons, Texas get the cup this week.

Thoughts on Events the Week of December 2

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 12, 2019

NATO: President Trump returned to Europe for another NATO meeting as we winced, worried what he was going to say to embarrass us. But things were different this time. Trump did say some embarrassing things, but no one in NATO was paying any attention. It is apparent that Europe has decided to move on without Trump, or at least wait until he goes away to engage with us. So little do the NATO country leaders think of Trump that they made fun of him behind his back. Poor Trump, having the world’s biggest but most fragile ego, and the world’s thinnest skin, huffed off in a snit. Our president snits. What a sniveling pussy. My daughter Megan introduced me to this website, and it has become a favorite. It is liberal, saucy, feminist, as you might imagine from the name, irreverent, and suits me right down to the ground. It describes a lot of rightwing activity and politicians in ways they deserve to be described, praises good works, and always offers a happy ending, frequently visuals of cute furry animals at play.

Note: the language is typical of that used between Ambassador Sondland and President Trump, but to better effect. Wonkette is self-funded and they will ask you for, but not require, a small donation if you read their stuff. I often throw in a few dollars to help them out, because any site that calls Lindsay Graham guilty of “fuckery,” deserves support.

Worst State: Everybody is picking on poor Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, but only because he deserves it. I’m giving the Lone Star State the cup this week.

Football Thoughts the week of December 2

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 12, 2019

The Dallas Cowboys embarrassed themselves thoroughly, again, losing to the Chicago Bears Thursday night. They are a disgustingly underperforming team that doesn’t earn the money they are being paid. In this one thing, I sympathize with Jerry Jones, though he has brought it on himself by failing to create a professional football organization and keeping a less than worthless coaching staff around.

Inconceivably, as bad as they stink, the Cowboys could still get into the playoffs by virtue of playing in the worst division in the NFL. Even having lost to the Bears, and even if they lose to the Rams next week, which wouldn’t surprise me at all, should they beat Philadelphia the following week and win against the Washington Redskins the final week of the regular season, the would win the division. This ludicrous injustice will be rectified during the first game of the playoffs, however. I have watched a lot of pro football the last couple of weeks and there is not another team likely to get into the playoffs who won’t wipe up the floor with Dallas. Dallas is a zombie franchise.

The only good to come of this season is that Jones will finally get rid Jason Garrett. But I am skeptical this will help the team, for what good coach would work for Jones? It certainly won’t be Lincoln Riley, as so many people in Dallas are speculating. Riley has one of the best jobs in college football, and he’s already a millionaire. Why would he leave to coach in the NFL at all, let alone to coach the sorry Cowboys for a sorry owner? In the best of circumstances, an NFL head coaching job is a firing waiting to happen, and coaching for the Cowboys, where you won’t be fired, just emasculated, is even worse.

There was a palpable difference in the pattern of recent Oklahoma football when the Sooners beat Baylor, again, to claim the Bix XII championship for the fifth straight season and make the playoffs. The defense played well! For some time, the defense has been playing with more spirit and effort, but with only mildly perceptible progress. This game, things came together. The Sooners still gave up two long passes near the end of the game that allowed Baylor to stay in it. But other than those two plays, the Sooners were very good on defense. One might argue the defense played better than the offense this game. Kudos to the Grinch.

Las Vegas, and everyone else, has already written OU off against the #1 ranked LSU Tigers in its playoff game. The Sooners opened as a 10-point underdog. But with a defense that is improving and an outstanding offense, OU should not be so easily dismissed. It could be a very good game.

One thing is certain, whatever the playoff outcome. Oklahoma is one of the truly elite football programs in the country. Winning consistently over time is the true measure of a championship program, and OU is always in the playoff picture, along with very few other terrific programs. Being a fan of the Oklahoma Sooners is a fortunate fan to be.

Football Thoughts the Week of November 25

Posted in Sports - football, mostly, Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 6, 2019

The Dallas Cowboys got embarrassed at home by the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving Day, over whom they were a 6 ½ point favorite. The Bills wiped up the floor with them. I am sick to death of the Cowboys. I’m sick of their underperforming players, sick of their incompetent coaching staff and sick of their owner/general manager/media hog. I am also sick of hearing about Dallas’ vaunted offensive line. I see other teams’ lines keeping our defenders off their quarterback, but I see Dak Prescott running for his life consistently.  And when Prescott gets pressured, he too frequently coughs up the ball or throws a pick.

The Cowboys are still favored statistically to win the NFL East Division. (As Mark Twain said, there are lies, damned lies and statistics.) I don’t see how anybody who has watched this team play could think so. The Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas’ rival for the Division title, has a much easier schedule than the Cowboys, and I don’t think the Cowboys are finished losing yet. It could all be over before Dallas plays the Iggles in Philadelphia in a few weeks.

The only silver lining in this sorry season is that I think Jerry Jones must fire Jason Garrett now. It is no longer tenable to keep any of these sorry coaches and still say you are interested in winning another Super Bowl. Jones is fond of saying he owns and team and gets to make the decisions, but he still must show his face in town and presently he does that at the risk of being made fun of in public. But what good coach would work for Jones?

Shame on this whole damn organization.

My beloved Oklahoma Sooners handled the Oklahoma State Aggies with relative ease, as I expected. As I have opined previously, I don’t worry about OSU anymore. In recent years, they have had the best teams they have ever had, or ever will have, and we have been able to beat them. They’re not going to beat us with what they are producing now.

That said, OU won the game in their typical, less than ideal fashion: superb offense, though with less than perfect play calling, and mediocre defense. In fairness to the Grinch, the defense is playing with more spirit and aggression, but they still can’t tackle worth a damn. I stopped counting the times a Sooner was in position to make the play and whiffed on the tackle.

Thinking about this weekend, I’m not particularly worried about Baylor either. We beat them without Cee Dee Lamb during the regular season, in a game when Jalen Hurts had the worst half of his football career. Neither of these is going to be the case in the Championship game. I feel bullish.

Which brings us to the prospects for making the playoffs, which I still think is a long shot, but no longer out of the question. Things continue to fall into place, but will it be enough? Assuming everything else follows the chalk (upsets are not out of the question for some higher ranked teams, but I’m not counting on it), if Oregon upsets Utah, I think we’re in. If Utah beats Oregon, it will be a beauty contest between them and Oklahoma. I don’t know how that may work out. OU will have played and beaten more, higher ranked teams than Utah has faced, but maybe the committee will want a new face in the playoff mix. OU is still the more interesting option, though.

Thoughts on Events the Week of November 25

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 5, 2019

Our president befriends more war criminals: Trump pardoned three war criminals within our own military. This shouldn’t surprise us, though it should disgust us more than it seems to be doing. Trump pardons, or at least excuses, war criminals all the time: Putin, Erdogan, Duterte, Kim, and so on. Nevertheless, to pardon a member of the U.S. military who had his picture taken standing over the corpse of a prisoner, whom he likely killed, and who was found guilty of this in a military court, is a particularly odious low.

This all started with President George W. Bush (still our worst president, though Trump is closing the gap), when his regime endorsed torture of prisoners. Trump’s pardoning of our own war criminals was the inevitable next step down that rabbit hole, and I suspect it is only going to get worse.

Complicity: I’ve never understood why Trump’s base adheres to him so tightly, though I have some theories. I can understand on one level why Republican politicians cling to Trump. They’re afraid of that base. But the job of legislators is not just to follow but to lead, and no Republicans save Trump are leading, only following. Not a single Republican legislator anywhere near an election has expressed any reservation about where Trump is leading them. On the contrary.

To be so blatantly and willfully blasé in the face of such obvious criminal behavior is to be complicit in it. We can’t throw the entire Republican Party in jail, but we can throw Republican legislators out of office. I predict this will happen more and more for a while. Republicans are going to pay a heavy price for what is going on now, and for a long time, I think.

Facts: Senator Moynihan famously said that everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts. But that has proven not to be quite true. Many people seem to be willing to accept “alternative facts,” which aren’t facts at all, and pretend they are. A brazen example occurred when Trump urged Republicans to provide their own transcript of his phone call with Zelensky of Ukraine. There is no such thing as an alternate transcript. A transcript is a transcript, not an interpretation. There can be only one of them. What Trump is doing is urging his supporters to muddy the waters by making stuff up. This is merely more obstruction.

MBA candidates learn early on in graduate school that there is a strong correlation between objective information and quality of decisions. Without agreement to facts, it is almost impossible to get anything done in Congress. Oh, wait! Congress isn’t getting a damn thing done.

California’s War on Pot Churches: California is cracking down on churches who are trying to evade the recreational pot laws by forming a church and calling pot a “sacrament.” I’m impatient with religion in any form. Fortunately for religions, freedom of religion is prescribed in the Constitution and I am sympathetic to the Constitution, so overall, I support people in their religious practices almost absolutely.

But no right is absolute. There are exceptions, the clearest example being Justice Holmes’ regarding freedom of speech that it does not permit someone to yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater. Some things simply violate common sense and public safety.

Pot churches defy common sense, but that’s not the main issue. The issue is license. I am in favor of regulating marijuana distribution through licensed dispensaries because it helps ensure quality control and tax revenue. So, I support marijuana churches (if anyone is stupid enough to believe such nonsense), but I would insist the church to get its “sacrament” materials from a licensed dispensary.

That said, there must be a dispensary available where it may be obtained. I’m surprised that there are communities that ban pot, which authority I assume was written into the state law. That’s a pity, because it only encourages unlicensed pot, which evades taxes and may not be safe. There will always be a black market; it’s human nature. But I would damn sure make marijuana churches buy licensed pot, even if they must drive a little farther to get it. It may be inconvenient, but not compared to being nailed to a cross.

Worst State:  No state can hold a candle to Kansas so long as Mike Pompeo is on stage, pimping for Trump, lying to Congress, and generally being a pathetic pig part.

Thoughts on Events the Week of November 18

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on November 27, 2019

Impeachment Inquiry: I didn’t watch the testimony on television because it’s more efficient (and slightly less nauseating) to get a recap on the news at the end of the day. But Wednesday, I drove to Phoenix and back, so I listened to the testimony of Ambassador Gordon Sondland on the car radio. Here are my impressions.

First, there can no longer be any question that bribery, or extortion, or quid pro quo, whatever you want to call it, occurred, and that President Trump wanted it and directed it. Sondland testified to this and said everybody, including Pompeo, Mulvaney, Perry, and Bolton were “in the loop.” (Of all of these, Bolton seems to have been against it.)

A crime occurred. The only important question remaining is what Congress will do with this certainty.

Second, Representative Nunes is a moron. I tried to follow his interrogation of Sondland (it was really more of a rant) but found it impossible. I couldn’t follow his statements or understand his points, and in any case, they were mostly about something that happened back in 2016, which I couldn’t follow either, and which had nothing to do with the topic. But what I did understand was lies and fantasies. I know it, you know it, he knows it, everybody knows it, whether we choose to admit it or not.

Third, the difference between the Democratic counselor and the Republican counselor is the difference between cheese and chalk, as the British say. The former was clear and penetrating in his questioning and the later was lost in his own notes and incoherent, and occasionally brought out testimony detrimental to his client, which I think in legal circles is something to be avoided.

Finally, based on the testimony of the last two days, this impeachment thing, or some other inglorious end of the Trump presidency, is looking more likely.

But my saddest takeaway from the hearings is the loss of so many dedicated, intelligent public servants who have been pushed out of their careers for partisan political pettiness. What was it said about El Cid? Such a noble vassal. How unfortunate he has such an unworthy liege.

Other investigations: Washington has descended into pure farce, and malicious farce at that. Democrats are now investigating Nunes and Giuliani and may soon be investigating Pompeo. Republicans are investigating the Bidens and may soon be investigating any Democrat running for president. You are nobody in Washington unless you are investigating somebody, or being investigated, or now both. Our political parties seem to be eagerly engaged in mutually assured destruction, and they’re taking the rest of us down with them. This is not a good thing.

Partisanship has become so extreme, divisive and vicious that it can no longer be called “polarization.” It has become a civil war, with the Constitution in the crossfire. In Civil wars, the rule of law goes out the window, which seems to be happening here. It is most certainly being challenged.

Many commentators say our institutions are holding, but I’m not so sure. The Legislative branch is less than productive. (The Senate hasn’t been functioning properly for two decades.) The Executive branch is waging war on the other two branches and is winning on many fronts, and the Judicial branch has become another partisan political branch. Responsible public servants are being run off or are quitting or are just not joining, and it is hard to find much competence, let alone courage, among the elected or appointed political actors. Frankly, I find it discouraging.

DACA: I fear that the so called Dreamers – undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents at a young age and who have lived here most of their lives and consider themselves American citizens- will lose the protections given them by President Obama by executive order, which President Trump wants to rescind, and so will be at risk of being deported. The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case this week, and it’s expected they will rule in Trump’s favor, odious as the result could be.

Actually, though sadly, I think the Supreme Court would be deciding correctly in ruling Trump may overturn the Obama order, because that’s what it is, only an executive order and not a law. (I certainly hope that the next Democratic president will overturn all of Trump’s overturns.) Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer, but I play one on my blog.

When the Dreamers first came on our radar, there was bipartisan support for letting them stay here, but the bill, which Obama would have signed, faltered, due to rising xenophobia and the rabid desire by Moscow Mitch not to give Obama anything that could be interpreted as a legislative “win,” regardless of merit. What a horse part!

I don’t know what this may portend for the Dreamers. I guess it’s possible Congress might protect them somehow, but I wouldn’t count on it. On the other hand, the idea of throwing three quarters a million or more Dreamers out of the country unceremoniously may have so bad a look that even Republicans may not want to be party to it. I’m sure it would drive more suburban woman away from the Republican Party in the next election, not to mention the handful of Hispanics who might still be thinking of voting for Trump.

The Constitution and common judicial sense: The California State Supreme Court knocked down proposed legislation to require President Trump to release his tax returns before being allowed on the ballot in California. This suit was correctly decided. The Constitution prescribes the requirements for president, and no state has the authority to amendment them. Come on, guys. Stop acting like children and work on something meaningful and within your authority. You make governance look frivolous with this kind of stuff and governance looks stupid enough as it is.

Worst State(s): Kansas and South Carolina seem to be in an all-out contest to see which can insinuate the slimiest specimens into the D.C. swamp. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina was already in the swamp that Trump said he would clean up, but instead Trump added a myriad more odious reptiles into it, such as Mike Pompeo from Kansas.

Graham is the biggest hypocrite in politics, which is really saying something in an occupation where hypocrisy is the norm, and Pompeo is a pathologically political pig part. He makes Lady Macbeth look like a saint.

Graham seems destined to live out his life being a disgrace to the Senate since South Carolina voters keep sending him there. (Mick Mulvaney, Acting Chief of Staff and professional pig part, is from South Carolina too.) Pompeo, who used to be a Congressman from Kansas, is said to have plans to crawl out of the swamp to run for Senate there so he can return to the swamp and stink up the place some more. (Wouldn’t it be lovely if Kansas rejected him due to his betrayal of office at State?)

Both states are free to make their own choices for Senator, and both get what they richly deserve, which this week includes an equal share of the worst state cup for their respective states. You other worst states need to step it up if you want to retrain your status. I’m thinking of throwing one of you out and adding Tennessee.

Thoughts on Football the week of November 18

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on November 27, 2019

Everything that needed to go right for my beloved Oklahoma Sooners this weekend did, except for the play of the Sooners themselves against TCU. The teams that need to keep winning to give OU a shot at the playoffs did, and one of the teams ranked above them – Oregon – got upset. OU will move up at least one place in the polls. Against TCU, OU had a chance to wow the judges, but failed. Instead, they showed their same old stuff: fascinating offense and defective defense (though they showed better spirit and effort on defense for a half), with the frustrating result of letting an inferior opponent hang around.

It is amazing to me how spectacular OU’s offense can be. Equally amazing is how easy it is for this team to lose focus and struggle to regain it. A single three and out, the result of some questionable offensive play calling, and the whole team, including the coaching, went into a deep spiral for a period and a half.

I know it is blasphemy to criticize the offensive genius of Lincoln Riley, but on occasion, he violates what to me are sacred rules, articulated by Norv Turner, my all-time favorite offensive coordinator, which I sum up this way: be unpredictable on first down. If you have success on first down, stay with it. If you are second and 9ish, run the ball to close the gap in order to make third down more manageable. If you are second down and more than nine, throw the ball. Above all, if something is working, stay with it until the opponent can stop it, which means something else will be open. Riley does not always do this, and he takes long shots at times that are to me inappropriate, as was done on that three and out that caused OU to unravel.

OU still has a tough road game against OSU, but this doesn’t worry me much. OU played OSU two or three times recently when OSU had much better teams than their current one (the best they will ever have) and OU always managed to win, even on the road. The Big XII championship game is now set between the Sooners and Baylor, and this one doesn’t worry me at all. OU beat Baylor in the regular season when Jalen Hurts had the worst half of his career and OU was without Cee Dee Lamb. Hurts will never have another disastrous half like that again and Lamb is back. Still, I don’t think this team is going to get to the playoffs. There is too much ugly to overcome and too many decent competitors (almost all of which OU could beat) ahead of them.

Speaking of ugly, Texas, inexplicably to me, has regressed badly this year. I expected them to be much better, and I thought Sam Ehlinger would be a serious Heisman candidate. I was sure we would be playing them in the conference championship game again this year, but the Longhorns have been severely humbled. I’m delighted, of course, but surprised.

The Dallas Cowboys played the New England Patriots Sunday night. It was a game between a good team and a pretender. Dallas is the pretender, as becomes obvious every time they play a good team. One might argue that, given the closeness of the game and Dallas’ holding New England to 13 points, that they played well enough to win, but they didn’t. Dallas screwed up early, the Pats took the lead early, and that was it.

The reason Dallas couldn’t win is its coaching deficiency, which was completely exposed, again. Jason Garrett is flat out an inferior coach and it is obvious to everyone, just not painfully obvious enough to Jerry Jones. Garrett literally took the chance to win this game away from his team.

I no longer believe Dallas will make the playoffs. The Philadelphia Eagles have a very easy schedule the rest of the way, similar to the one that got Dallas off to a 3-0 start, and banged up as the Eagles are, should overtake Dallas for the Division title. Dallas has no chance at a wild card spot.

This being said, historically, the Cowboys have benefited from their traditional Thanksgiving  Day game. Playing at home on a short week gives them significant advantages. If they can beat the Buffalo Bills Thursday, it may give them an opportunity to right the ship. But if they lose this game, they are truly toast.

The deterioration of the refereeing was also vividly on display in this game, and elsewhere at collage and the pro games. Dallas was penalized twice for “kicking.” Kicking is rarely called in the NFL, but I have seen kicking and the two penalties were nothing like kicking. Interestingly, Troy Aikman, the color commentator on this broadcast crew, said the same thing, and he even got into it with the “rules expert.” Aikman was exactly right. So, it has come to this: even the rules experts don’t know what the hell they are talking about anymore. What a mess!

Two more idle thoughts: Tyrone Smith may be at the end of his illustrious career and Amari Cooper was not whole for this game.

Baker Mayfield is figuring out the NFL, as I knew he would, and his talent and natural leadership skills are beginning to bring the Cleveland Browns back on track. Sadly, he suffers from the same bad coaching problem as the Cowboys, but he has more of what it takes to overcome it.

Again speaking of ugly, the 49ers put some whoop ass on the Green Bay Packers Sunday night. I think we are seeing a major changing of the quarterback guard.

Midweek football thoughts

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on November 21, 2019

The NFL is a copycat league. When a team is successful with a new idea, or a retread one, other teams begin to copy it. Note the current universal popularity of the back-shoulder pass. (I am old enough to remember when the shotgun formation was introduced, and Tom Landry was adamant that the Dallas Cowboys would not use it. But the shotgun had benefits and it wasn’t long before Roger Staubach was backing away from under center on plays Landry devised.)

Currently, the league seems to be trending toward running quarterbacks after a long period of emphasis on pocket passers. (This shift seems a little odd to me, because the rules seem to favor the passing game so much. It’s almost impossible for defensive backs to cover receivers these days. Pass interference seems to be called if a defensive back so much as frowns at a receiver, and the penalties are onerous. One day, opposing quarterback and defensive back captains will shake hands at the coin toss and a referee will throw a flag.)

This new infatuation with running quarterbacks seems to have been inspired by their success in the college game. Colleges have produced a lot of them recently, such as Desean Watson, Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, who are tearing it up in the pros now. (Murray would be tearing it up even more if his team didn’t stink on ice.) Texas’ Ehlinger and OU’s Hurts, among others, will likely be doing the same in the pros soon.

Ironically, the trend to running quarterbacks is also prima facie evidence that the treatment of Colin Kaepernick is flat-out racism perpetuated by the NFL owners, who are basically a pack of conservative pasty white guys. When he was playing, Kaepernick was by far the best running quarterback in the game. He stuck out among NFL quarterbacks, the rest of whom, apart from Aaron Rodgers, looked like they were mired in concrete comparatively. Being the prostitutes they are, who will play wife beaters if they are talented enough on the football field, teams should be climbing over each other to sign Kaepernick, but they are not. Shame on them.

Another current trend is “The Spin,” where runners and receivers spin around upon contact, rather than zig and zag as they used to. There is some logic in this. A lot of defensive backs and safeties are poor tacklers these days. They try to use their shoulders to knock runners over rather than wrapping them up with their arms. The offenses have noticed this and have started spinning. If the defensive backs aren’t using their arms, when the runner spins, there are no arms on either side to stop him.  

Thoughts on Events the Week of November 11

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on November 20, 2019

Turkey: While many government officials were trying to preserve our democratic institutions, President Trump was feting Turkish authoritarian Yip-Yap Erdogan and all but French kissed him in public. In return, Yip-Yap thanked Trump for letting him murder our Kurdish allies.

Mad Hatter Hawk John Bolton said he could not see a reason Trump would help Yip-Yap. But there is an obvious reason: Russia told Trump to. Of course, there is the possibility that Trump was just confused and thought Yip-Yap was the “turkey king” and not the president of a country and hoped to charm him out of a free one for his Thanksgiving dinner.

Guilty on all counts: Another of Trump’s lying buddies, Roger Stone, is going to prison for doing a whole lot of lying to people you may not lie to. Lying is one of the things Trump and Stone have in common, which may be why they have hung together for so long. Stone will now go to jail for a long time or be pardoned, which I am not expecting, because it will look so bad. But if Stone isn’t pardoned, perhaps he may try to shave something off his sentence by telling the truth to the people you may not lie to for a change.

Marie Yovanovich: President Trump smeared this former ambassador to Ukraine before she was recalled for doing her job too well and getting in the way of his attempt to bribe and corrupt Ukrainian president Zelensky. As Yovanovich was testifying about this before Congress, Trump smeared her again in real time, which sent his Republican ass kissers into stunned, gulping silence. I am pretty sure it is impeachable.

Trump apparently considers his power over ambassadors to be absolute. He said he has the “absolute right” to appoint them. That’s not true. He has the absolute right to nominate them, but the Senate must approve them, so the right to appoint them, absolute or otherwise, doesn’t really exist with him. Somebody please give the man a copy of the Constitution.

Freedom of Speech: In a similar misunderstanding of the Constitution, Trump says he has freedom of speech like everyone else. Well, he is right about this. Setting aside the responsibility a president may have to use his speech wisely, Trump does have freedom of speech just like everyone else. But the freedom of speech is not absolute. Just ask Oliver Wendall Holmes. There are certain things one cannot do with that freedom, such as cry “Fire!” in a crowded theater, or intimidate witnesses, which Trump surely did when he smeared Yovanovich as she was testifying. (Maybe there’s a copy of the Constitution in the prison library.)

Was Barr genuflecting, or what?: To close out this sorry weekly saga, Attorney General William Barr got down on his knees for Trump again and told an audience that the Democrat’s impeachment inquiry undermines “voter intent.” This laughable statement fails on many levels, including the fact that Clinton got north of three million more votes than Trump in the presidential election. That is undermined “voter intent.” Poor choice of words, there, Barr.

Worst State: I’m giving it to Kansas this week and again because Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is from there, was previously an elected official from there, and Kansas should be ashamed of itself. Pompeo has been a disgrace to the State Department, to the extent he has been present at all. He has done little or nothing to fulfill his responsibilities there, because he has committed himself to doing Trump’s bidding and to hell with his department.