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Thoughts on Events the Week of February 8

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on February 16, 2021

Impeachment Redux: If the second impeachment of Trump proved anything, it is that the Impeachment clause is another one the founding fathers did not think through sufficiently. It was naïve to think the Senate could hold a trial involving the president of one or another party. Senators are not jurors, they’re politicians and politicians are going to act like politicians, not impartial jurors.

In the more than 230 years of our country’s existence, there have been four impeachments – Johnson, Clinton, Trump, Trump – three in my lifetime, all in the last quarter of a century and the last two within a year of one another. The pace is picking up. Soon, we will be impeaching presidents on Inauguration Day.

(Nixon would have been impeached and convicted – there was bipartisan support for it. Republicans were capable of shame back then – but he resigned to avoid it. Then President screwed up the accountability by pardoning him.)

The trials and verdicts were political and predictable, and none of the defendants was convicted. In each case, the presidents were obviously guilty of something, but unlike a courtroom, there is only one possible punishment option – removal from office – and the politicians were unwilling to go there, as were the people, except in the case second trial of Trump.

The clause should have read that the House could impeach, and the trial would be held before the Supreme Court, or an ad hoc tribunal of impartial jurists, using judicial standards. Since the Constitution doesn’t read like that, we might as well scrap their use altogether and go to Plan B, which is to have the Justice Department rescind its policy not to prosecute sitting presidents for true crimes. This probably wouldn’t work either, but it might be a stronger deterrent to future presidents and an available remedy is necessary.)

One of the reasons Democrats wanted to impeach Trump was to be able to ban him from running for office again. This is an unnecessary concern. Trump will not run again – he’s more likely to be dead or in jail – and if he did, he would lose, but make life hell for other Republican candidates.

Still, the impeachment trial had some utility. It exposed the Republican Party for what it has become, which is anti-democratic, for which they will pay a heavy price, I hope, I hope. Either way. political theater is going to be interesting to watch over the couple of years.

President Biden’s highest priorities: Were I advising the president, I would recommend that his first priorities should be, after any necessary Executive orders to reverse everything possible from Trump’s orders, the following four, in priority: (Spoiler alert: my list will be different than many others, and different from Biden’s at this point. I hope he listens to me.)

  1. Covid-19: This must be, and is, Biden’ first priority. The economy cannot completely recover until the virus is wrestled to the ground. This includes the financial stimulus necessary to keep the real economy sustained until then.
  2. Voters’ Rights: Since John Roberts screwed the country over by ruling cynically that voter suppression no longer warranted regulation, voter suppression has run rampant. Since they lost the election, Republicans are trying to suppress voters’ right even more to insure as unfair
    an election as they can, since they can’t win a clear and fair one.

Voter suppression has no place in a democratic society, which, at least at this moment, we have in this country. Biden should rewrite the bill, make it stronger, bronze it, stick it in Roberts’ ear and dare the Supremes to mess with it, and then wage serious prosecution on offending states.

Among the most egregious suppression tactics is gerrymandering, by both parties. I don’t know how this obscene practice can be stopped, but it must be. My suggestion would be to take all redistricting out of the hands of local legislators and establish a board of independent, non-partisan experts to draw them. This is done in some states, including Arizona, and it seems to work better.

  • Immigration reform: We must come to grips with this chronic, toxic issue and create a comprehensive plan. It must resolve, if not solve, all issues – status, who, how many, the Dreamers, everything. This will take some compromise, but it must be done. It will take this issue off the table and prevent it from causing so much rancor, not to mention hypocrisy.
  • Gun Control: The carnage has got to stop. Perhaps Congress, having looked down the barrel of a gun itself recently, will have some incentive to take this issue seriously and more rationally.

Worst state: Has there ever been a more cynical, hypocritical smarmy pig part than South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham? Don’t bother to answer; it’s a rhetorical question. Though Graham has some close competitors, such as Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Let’s let Texas and South Carolina split the cup this week. I’ll deal with disgusting wannabes Hawley and Cotton later.

Thoughts on Events the Week of February 1

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on February 12, 2021

The Battle Rages On: In a secret ballot, about two thirds of the Republican House caucus refused to strip Liz Cheney of her leadership position for voting for the impeachment trial of Trump to go forward. If the vote had been on the record, more of the cowardly congresspersons would likely have voted against her, according to news sources.

Likewise, the caucus couldn’t bring itself remove from her committee assignments, Marjorie Taylor Greene, even though she is certifiably nuts. They hid under the refrigerator while the whole House, in which Democrats hold the majority, did it for them, the pusillanimous pukes.

The result of these contradictory votes signals that the Republicans are still intent on tearing their party apart, mostly in public. This couldn’t happen to more deserving people and I am going to enjoy every minute of it.

One thing is clear: Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader, is siding with the crazies. He went down to Florida to kiss Trumps, er, ring, in public to demonstrate his abhorrence of democratic processes, or democracy more broadly. He’s all in with scraping the Constitution and using it to wipe his chin after his, er, ring kissing.

At the end of this civil war, there will probably be no Republican Party. There may or may not be something that calls itself the Republican Party, but it will be an Authoritarian Party and/or a teeny tiny Establishment Party, but either or both will see precious fewer representatives elected.

Not yet: I’m still waiting for some congressperson to start talking about gun control after seeing them out of control in the Capitol. So far, crickets.

Lou Dobbs is fired from Fox News: Talk about bad things happening to people richly deserving of it. I’ve watched Dobbs go insane before my very eyes, but up until now it didn’t seem to matter to Fox. Why now? I’ll tell you why below.

Libel and Slander are actionable: Politicians can say anything about their opponents and get away with it. News channel hosts can say almost anything about anyone whose party their network opposes. But it turns out that private companies, such as news organizations, may not slander or libel other private companies without potential consequences, and that big bad chicken has come home to roost.

Conservative news organizations, including Fox News, the biggest of them, and others in their obsequious support for Trump’s lies about having been cheated out of the presidential election, have blamed not one but two voting machine manufacturers, without evidence, of participating in this “steal.”

These voting machine companies are suing, or threatening to sue, Dobbs and others of slander. They have been injured and they have standing.

Fox News is in trouble and they know it, which is why they are doing backflips through their assholes to distance themselves from themselves by issuing disclaimers and firing some crazies.

I can’t wait to see where these suits go, and afterwards, maybe we can rethink how politicians may be held responsible for their slanders.

Groundhogs Day: This week we observed what is perhaps the most ridiculous ritual in our culture. Let’s be clear: whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, Spring comes officially on March 20-21, the vernal equinox, six weeks after February 2, making dragging the poor rodent out of hibernation superfluous.

Super Bowl: This same week, perhaps our most popular ritual was celebrated.

Covid-19: I got my first shot this week with a follow-up scheduled for March 7. One step closer to normality.

Worst state: Lindsey Graham is putting South Carolina on the map. At the rate he is going, this favorite son may retire the cup for his home state. He certainly earned it this week with his comments on the Trump impeachment.

Thoughts on Events The Week of January 25

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on February 5, 2021

It’s too soon to become discouraged or give up, but the prospects of Congress making any bipartisan progress do not look promising. Any number of Republican politicians are clearly determined to keep their wagons tied, if not to Trump, then to Trump’s base.  So, Democrats may have to go it alone for a while longer.

It’s understandable – what politician wouldn’t want such a loyal and gullible base – but unwise. Voter behavior suggests that to hold that base requires alienating most other voters and the base is not big enough to win an election.

In the meanwhile, I intend to get my entertainment watching the Republican Party deal with itself. I anticipate a nasty, vicious bloodletting, likely resulting in a split, impotent party with one segment going the way of the Know Nothings and the other to where I’m not as certain. But it couldn’t happen to more deserving people.

Keep an eye on the Cheney/Green drama. It may give us some illumination as to where the party may go and how nasty may be the path to get there. Here’s my take on this early battle of the Republican Civil War.

Liz Cheney certainly did nothing illegal when she voted to impeach former President Trump, but for a member of the Republican leadership in the House, it is unusual, and doubtless offensive to “Trumpers.” As a member of that leadership, she is the Republicans’ issue to deal with. She’s an internal party matter.

The situation is slightly different for freshman Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has made numerous ludicrous, vile, and offensive statements before and since entering the House.

Fortunately for Greene, and me and all of us, most of her language is protected by the First Amendment. As odious as she is, and she is, or how crazy, hers is still protected speech. If she wants to claim that wildfires in California are being started by laser beams from space paid for by Jewish bankers, she is free to do it.

However, the First Amendment’s protection of free speech does not extend to supporting insurrection or inciting violence.  Greene’s support of shooting Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in the head crosses that line. In my view, that’s not only unprotected speech, but actionable.

The U.S House is clucking like a hen house over what to do about Greene, but ultimately, the decision rests with the constituents in her dark red district in Georgia. They voted for her and they are welcome to her. Just don’t ask me to respect people who vote for such representation. I can’t do it.

Worst state: Some say I was premature in taking Arizona, my own personal state, off the worst state list because two House members supporting the events of January 6 – Paul Gosar, my own personal congressperson, and Andy Biggs – are from Arizona.

This is a valid point, but the fact is that most states, especially red states, but most states have similar such congresspersons. Arizona is hardly unique in this regard these days. That said, Gosar is a particularly odious example, rivaling Louis Gohmert in stupidity and crazy. (When I want to call someone stupid, I call them a Gohmert.)

I am taking this suggestion under consideration, however, but I’m going to wait to see what Arizona does with its voting laws. We have very enlightened ones, but there is pressure from the Republican majority state legislature to make it harder, not easier, to vote. If they succeed, I’ll put Arizona back on the list.

In the meantime, I’m keeping an eye on Georgia, which is currently trying the same kinds of dirty trick to suppress voters. If they succeed, I may have to add another state to the worthy worst state candidates.

While we wait, everyone gets a pass this week.

Football Thoughts – Week 20

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on January 27, 2021

Skip and Shannon both had something to be happy about Monday morning. Shannon’s Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bills and Skip’s GOAT (I don’t believe in GOATS, only tiers) Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers eliminated the favored Green Bay Packers. It was the second straight week of quarterback duels and we will be treated to another one in the Superbowl.

In the Be Careful What You Wish For category, Aaron Rodgers said he wanted to play a Conference Championship game on his home field in winter conditions. He got it, but Brady outplayed him, aided by a poor call by the Packers coach, and won the game. In the second game, Kansas City was simply better than a good Buffalo team.

The games being the last step to get to the Superbowl, the pressure was palpable, and while the games were hard fought, there were several pressure-induced mistakes made (Brady had three interceptions, for instance).

Oddly, I thought the referees performed pretty well under the stress, arguably better than they have during the regular season. But the referring reminded me of another reason I oppose instant replay: Opera.

I enjoy operatic music, but I don’t like operas, because after every aria, the show stops, the curtain closes and the singers come out an take a long bow, after which the action resumes. It’s what’s wrong with instant replay. The action stops for interminable reviews, which in most cases stand. In football more even than opera, these reviews adversely affect the flow of the game. Let the refs work and there be reviews for only the most obvious and egregious misses.

The Philadelphia Eagles finally fired head coach Doug Pederson ostensibly for how his mishandling of the season, his quarterback dilemma and for tanking in their last game to try to move up to a higher drafting position. They should have fired him on the spot for that. I would have. Pederson had become bad for the game.

Philadelphia asked for permission to talk with Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore about the job. I was momentarily excited because I would like to see Moore gone. He’s a holdover from the old Cowboys regime that drove the Cowboys into years of mediocrity. Sadly, Philadelphia wised up and signed someone else.

Apparently, the decision to fire Pederson was made by the owner, Lurie. It was doubtless a financial decision, because it’s reported Pederson wanted to trade Wentz and start rookie Jalen Hurts, but Lurie didn’t want to have to eat Wentz’s enormous contract. Perhaps a sound financial decision, but a poor football one. So now Hurts may be traded to some team where he can prosper. We’ll see.

Thoughts on Events the Week of January 18

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on January 26, 2021

Inauguration Day: On Wednesday, we got a new president and the former one flew off uneventfully, albeit with some pathetic self-organized pomp, to Florida. A blessed moment.

My reaction to this moment was not quite what I expected. I expected to be overjoyed, and I am, but my primary emotion was one of relief that the previous administration is over.

I was spot on when I predicted that there would be no trouble at the inauguration in D.C. or in state capitals. When the FBI started rounding the rioters up for prosecution, the cockroaches scrambled back under the refrigerator.

I was wrong, and pleasantly surprised, at how quickly things started to snap back.  This is one of those times when longing for the good old days is appropriate.

But we have some unfinished business with those among The Donald’s base who defiled our Capitol and threatened our democracy, including those elected representatives and senators who participated.   

The Republicans have some unfinished business among themselves, as well. I will be curious to see how they shake out, but I am skeptical it will be nobly.  

I applaud President Biden’s determination to find middle ground with Republicans in Congress, particularly in the Senate, but he should abandon his attempt in a heartbeat if he gets insufficient positive response. Moscow Mitch, who positions himself as an institutionalist, is as dismissive of democratic governance as Trump. He is an undemocratic horse part. And by the way, the filibuster is undemocratic.

Impeachment Redux: The House Impeached Trump, again, and the Senate will try him, beginning February 9th.  Some Democrats say the reason for the trial is that if convicted, Congress can vote to prevent Trump from running for elective office ever again. This is true, but not a sufficient reason. Trump will not run again. In 2024, he’ll too old, likely in jail or dead, and in more disgrace than he is now.

No, the reasons to try Trump are first, to show the world, and ourselves, that we have come to our senses, and second to remind future presidents of the Constitution they have taken an oath to preserve and defend and they had better take that oath seriously. Gerald Ford did us a great disservice by pardoning Nixon and denying the country this example.

Finally, it will give Republicans one last opportunity to assess whether they want to move forward with the rest of us. I’m thinking not. It’s a sad thing that one of the two major political parties has knowingly rejected our democratic form of government. Damn their eyes.

Social Media: After more than four years of publishing lies and incitements to riot by Trump, Facebook and Twitter both kicked Trump off of their platforms. The silence is golden, but it’s not a reliable solution. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want these two unimaginably wealthy, privileged entrepreneurs making free speech decisions. They’ve proven to be untrustworthy.

Remember, their first solution when Trump tweeted that he had won the election and it had been stolen was to add a comment saying, “This claim is disputed.” Bullshit, it is not disputed; it’s a provable fact, and a damnable dangerous lie, as we have seen.

There are serious, tricky free speech issues to be resolved, but we have got to tie a knot in the tail of these platforms. Free speech or not, it’s never made any sense to me that these sites can permit any libel to be published on them without bearing any responsibility. There are laws against slander or libel, and these should apply to social media also.  

Worst state: Just because I took Arizona off the list of worst state candidates does not mean we are incapable of really stupid governance on occasion. Every state is. As an example, this week, deeming them to be insufficiently supportive of Trump, the Arizona Republican Party censured its own Republican Governor Doug Ducey, Senator John McCain’s widow Cindy, and the aptly named former Republican Senator Jeff Flake.

Sudden thought: If it’s ok for Republicans to censure a senator who has been out of office for more than two years, why is it not ok to impeach a president after he is out of office for a week?

But this laughable example of Republican insanity does not rise to the level of cup worthiness. However, the behavior of leaders of almost all the other worst states is sufficiently egregious, so this week, the cup recipients are a ménage à trois of South Carolina because Lindsey Graham, Texas because John Corwin and Alabama because of newly elected Senator Tommy Tuberville, who all were involved in supporting Trump’s attempted coup. (Tuberville is already challenging Oklahoma Senator James Imhoff for dumbest sombitch in the Senate.)

Thoughts on Events the Week of January 11

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on January 20, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Football thoughts – Week 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thoughts on Conspiracy Theories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Football Thoughts – Week 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thoughts on Events the Week of January 4, 2021

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on January 12, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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