Thoughts on Events the Week of October 12

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on October 21, 2020

Trump’s campaign strategy: The president’s unsurprising near-end-of-campaign strategy is to hurl, even for him, particularly vile, vulgar, vicious personal attacks on, well, just about everybody:

Democratic leaders, of course, particularly female ones, such as House Speaker Pelosi (who terrifies him), and Michigan Governor Whitmer; but also members of his own administration, including his Attorney General, his Secretary of State and his Treasury Secretary; the scientists struggling with Covid-19, whom he called a disaster and idiots; and the media, of course, notably including Kristen Welker, who will be the moderator of the final presidential debate.

Trump gave the impression of a wounded wild animal lashing out in fear and anger, but in actuality he’s just being himself, which is about the same thing.

The debate: Since Trump was unwilling to agree to stop talking over Biden, the second presidential debate was canceled when the debate commission planned to turn off mics when one or the other candidate is talking. It was ultimately replaced by separate town hall meetings organized by the respective campaigns, to which I paid scant attention.

Another debate is scheduled for this week, and the debate commission announced plans to turn off each opponents’ mic during the others’ two-minute answer period, then open them both up thereafter. Trump won’t be able to control himself for 90 minutes of this format, even with a pocket full of Valium.

The (less than) Supremes: The Senate held hearings on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, to which I paid no attention at all. It’s Kabuki Theater, and an insult to the Constitution and the American people.

The nominee will almost surely be confirmed, unlike President Obama’s nominee, who did not even get a hearing. The way things are going there may not be a credible Supreme Court thanks in large measure to Moscow Mitch.

Another kidnapping plot: Apparently inspired by the alleged plot to kidnap Governor Whitmer, some Trump supporter threatened and plotted to kidnap Wichita, KS’s mayor over his city’s mask mandate. Where do you think these knuckle dragging mouth breathers come up with these notions? Don’t answer; it’s a rhetorical question.

Worst state: Kansas, obviously. I feel bad about this. My baby sister lives in Kansas and I’m sure it pains her that her state wins the worst state cup so frequently, even though she agrees with my conclusions. She’s more disgusted with Trump than I am.

Football thoughts – Week 5

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on October 17, 2020

I’m running very late with my blogs about last week because one of my daughters came to visit, the first of my daughters I have seen in person in months, and I reordered my priorities to spend time with her and my son-in-law. Sorry, not sorry.

College Football: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners won the annual Red River Shootout over Texas 53-45. (The media now refer to this game as the Red River Showdown because “Shootout” is no longer considered politically correct, but it will always be Shootout to me, and as you can see by the score, this one was definitely a shootout.

The over/under on this game was 72.5 points, so Vegas expected a high scoring game given the potent offenses of the two teams and, for OU at least, the pitiable defenses. But the teams blew right through that line to 98 points, the highest total points ever scored in the 116 years of this rivalry.

To be fair, the game went to four overtimes, so it was longer than the average game, and there was a lot of scoring in the overtimes. But many of the points were scored during regulation, due to porous defenses and a lot of mistakes and penalties. But as any Sooner fan, or Longhorn fan, will tell you, no matter how ugly the game may be, any win in this game is paramount.

I digress to give a nod to Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, as this was probably his last game against OU. Ehlinger is 1-4 against us, with three losses in regular season games and one loss in a Big 12 Championship game, but this record is deceptive. Ehlinger is an excellent quarterback, and he gave us fits every game. I am surprised our record against him is that good. I have respect for him as a player. That said, I will not be sorry to see him move on, for he is dangerous.

In the Big 12, Iowa State beat Texas Tech and Kansas State beat TCU. Both of these winning teams have beaten OU, damn it. At this point in the season, three Big 12 teams are in the top 25, including Texas at 22, but Oklahoma is not one of them. It’s impossible to see how we can make it to the playoffs this year. The current top four teams – Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida – are legitimate contenders (though Florida has to get through Georgia, and I don’t see that happening). Notre Dame sits in the fifth spot. As usual, ND has an embarrassingly easy schedule, but they catch Clemson this year, which should be a very long afternoon for them.

Missouri upset LSU, which made my friend Peter happy, and the Aggies upset the aforementioned Florida, which made my daughter Erin incredibly happy. Both were impressive wins.

NFL: The Dallas Cowboys won their game against the New York Giants, but lost quarterback Dak Prescott for the season. Even with this serious injury (a compound ankle fracture) to Prescott, the NFC East is so weak this year that Dallas still might win the division. Dallas already leads the dreadful division with a losing 2-3 record, and the Cowboys have a very respectable backup quarterback in Andy Dalton.

In the comparison and contract between Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield, the Cardinals beat the Jets and the Browns beat the Colts, so both Heisman Trophy winning, #1 draft choice OU quarterbacks did well. The Cardinals won more handily – 30-10, but the Browns had the tougher opponent – 32-23. (Arizona plays the Cowboys Monday night. I’m conflicted who to pull for.)

In the family feud between Belichick and Brady, both were losers of a kind. Tampa Bay was upset by the Chicago Bears and New England wasn’t even able to play its game due to Covid-19 issues causing postponement of its game.

Thoughts on Events the Week of October 5

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on October 16, 2020

I’m running very late with my blogs about last week, because one of my daughters came to visit, the first of my daughters I have seen in person in months. I reordered my priorities to spend time with her and my son-in-law. Admittedly, this is not my best work. Sorry, not sorry.

Covid-19 News – There was a lot of turmoil and disinformation flowing around the virus this week. These items deserve a mention:

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the next debate would be virtual. Ostensibly, this was in consideration of the Covid-19 risk, but really it was because they needed to get control of Trump’s mic so they could stop him from talking over Biden.  Trump rejected doing a virtual debate for just that reason. Good, because Biden doesn’t need to debate Trump again, and both candidates will be safer. Each is planning a town hall meeting in different venues this week instead.  

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller has tested positive for COVID-19 and it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Whose says this virus doesn’t have a conscience?

Trump calls off negotiations for a Covid-19 relief package and tells Senate to focus on the Barrett nomination. Pelosi said steroids have addled his brain in a beautiful troll, so Trump reversed himself and told Senate to “go big,” which they didn’t do, so this may fall to President Biden.

Vice Presidential Debate:  The debate was held between Pence, Harris, and a recalcitrant fly, after which, Trump called Harris a monster, a communist, and totally unlikeable, doubtless winning over many white suburban women voters.

Terrorist threats: According to Department of Homeland Security’s first annual homeland threat assessment, white supremacist extremists will remain the deadliest domestic terror threat to the United States. Duh! This report doesn’t comport with Trump’s narrative, so it was surprising to see DHS publish it, especially so close to the election. Perhaps some rats are starting to abandon the sinking ship.

Worst State: It’s whichever engages in the worst voter suppression tactics, which could be any of them.

Football Thoughts – Week Four

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on October 7, 2020

College Football: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners lost to Iowa State in Ames, the first time OU has lost there since 1960. This is another game that OU was favored to win, but in which it failed spectacularly. The defense remained horrible and the quarterback remained a talented freshman. I think it is time we begin to accept that OU is just not as good this year as it has been recently.

My worry is that OU’s defensive woes are becoming not only bad, but notoriously so. When you are notorious for being bad, it becomes more and more difficult to recruit the players who can pull you out of it.

Texas lost also, to TCU, and looked as bad as the Sooners doing it. This was a game UT was supposed to win, but didn’t, which means that both teams will come into the Red River Shootout this weekend with a losing record, and losses the previous week, which very rarely happens, and hasn’t for years.

OU is favored by two points, but I can’t imagine why. The over/under is 72.5 points, an acknowledgement that neither team’s defense can stop anybody.

The NFL: The Dallas Cowboys’ pattern of disappointing, but no longer unexpected, losses in its now predictable way continued Sunday, with Dallas falling far behind, Prescott putting up outrageous numbers and bringing them back, all to fall short at the end. In fact, Cleveland Browns, over whom Dallas was favored by five points, wiped up the floor with them. (Cleveland won by 11 points, which means Dallas was 13 points worse than the spread predicted.)

In a bit of a surprise, the Philadelphia Eagles won their game over the 49ers, and with their dismal record of 1-2-1, took over the lead in the NFC East. This division is so lousy, Dallas still has a good chance to win it and lose embarrassingly in their first playoff game.

The week kicked off with the Thursday night game between the Broncos and the Jets. I almost didn’t watch because neither team had won a game and I thought it would be bad. But the teams were evenly matched, and each was desperate for a win, so they both played hard and made a good game out of it. Broncos won 37-28.

Green Bay toyed with the Atlanta Falcons (it was 27-6 at the end of three quarters), who have yet to win a game. Aaron Rodgers is playing extremely well.

The New England Patriots, without Cam Newton, lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-10. The Chiefs looked mortal in this game, but I suspect it was hard to get up for the game when the opposing quarterback was out.

In the Belichick v Brady feud, this week definitely goes to Brady. His Buccaneers won their game and Brady threw five touchdown passes, while the Patriots, while putting up a good fight, lost to KC without Cam Newton (see above). The 49ers lost too, though without Garoppolo, so he was a non-factor.

In the comparison and contrast between OU’s two Heisman Trophy winning, #1 NFL draft choices, Baker Mayfield had by far the better day. As mentioned, Mayfield and the Browns beat the Dallas Cowboys, while Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Carolina Panthers by 10 points, a team I expected them to beat. Their defense rivaled the Cowboys in ineptitude. (The Cardinals play the Cowboys October 19, in Dallas. I’m not sure who to pull for.)

Thoughts on Events the Week of September 28

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on October 6, 2020

Covid-19 catches up to Trump: I’m not going to be a hypocrite about this. I don’t have an ounce of sympathy for President Trump and his positive test for Covid-19. He deserves everything he gets. Trump has been flouting the advice of his medical experts for so long and so aggressively that I’m surprised he hasn’t tested positive sooner.

Trump brought this illness upon himself, and what’s much worse, he has brought it upon a lot of other people too, with his denials, misinformation, and deceit. We will never know how many of the 210,000 + deaths and counting attributed to Covid-19 were directly due to Trump, and how many may have lived if he had responded properly in the beginning, but it has to be a lot.

Wonder what his sycophantic staff is thinking right now. They’re kicking themselves for hanging around the West Wing in close quarters and without masks because the moron-in-chief doesn’t like them, I’m thinking. Everyone and everything Trump touches is diminished. I no longer have respect for anyone who sticks around knowing this about the man.

I’m too lazy to look it up right now, but a year or so ago, I speculated on the most likely ways Trump might leave office, in order of probability. Pretty high on the list was that he would simply die in office. At the time, I was thinking about his weight, bad diet, and the stress of the job. That was pre-Covid-19. Might I be right this near the end of his first term?

I can think of a few positive things to come out of Trump’s trip to Walter Reed:

First, I think the election is over. Everyone can see Trump’s spectacular failure dealing with the pandemic. The only thing Biden has to do to win the election is to keep breathing until November 4. If I were Biden, I would retreat to my basement and not come out until after the election. Ditto for Harris and Pelosi.

Second, I think Trump’s diagnosis throws a serious monkey wrench into the Barrett Supreme Court nomination. At least two Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who attended Trump’s irresponsible protocol abusing announcement about Barrett – Tillis and Lee – have now tested positive for Covid-19 and are self-isolating. Since the make-up of the committee comprises 12 Republicans and 10 Democrats, the loss of those two makes it a 10-10 vote. McConnell may not even be able to get the nomination out of committee.

McConnell may try to continue with the process virtually, but it will have a terrible look, and I think even some Republicans may choke on it. In any case, I see Barrett’s hearing carrying on until after the election, and if the results of the Presidential and Senatorial elections go as I hope, it may scuttle the whole thing. Surely, some Republicans are going to have some qualms about the propriety of the vote in such circumstances.

In any case, I think it is possible, finally, that some Republican Senators, not to mention other Republican office holders and appointees, may grow a pair now that Trump has put himself and them into such personal and political jeopardy. It’s one thing to tie your wagon to a political star, but quite another to tie it to a potential cadaver, even a political one, let alone a literal one.

Finally, maybe some of Trump’s base who have been following Trump’s advice religiously, will wake up and smell the virus and start wearing masks and social distancing and staying out of bars now. It would help us all a lot.

Worst state: It’s Texas, hands down, because their worthless excuse of a governor and the state’s leading vote suppresser, has issued an executive order that there can only be one drop off box in each country in Texas, one of the largest population states in the country. I hope the courts will put an end to these shenanigans, but I’m not counting on it. Thanks, Chief Justice Roberts for your stupid, or cynically racist opinion that there is no more voter suppression going on, so we don’t need voter rights legislation.

The First Debate

Posted in Politics and Justice by EloiSVM42 on October 1, 2020

The Angels sat this one out: I watched the entire debate because, and only because, this is such an important election. I have two take aways. First, this event will not change many minds. This is a clear reflection of the two candidates and opinions of them are already almost completely baked in. Besides, voting has already begun.

Second, without picking sides, it is clear that this debate format isn’t working.

Both of these are good reasons not to have another debate, and absent a change in format, or at least technology, Biden shouldn’t do any more, and I certainly won’t watch any more.

Did Trump plan this approach, or could he just not control himself? (Some insiders say he took a completely different tack than the one rehearsed in his debate prepping.)

I suspect Trump knows exactly what he is doing. He knows he can’t win a fair and free election and has given up trying. He is planning what comes after November 3 and is setting us up for it by sowing chaos wherever he can. Either way, debates such as the first one can’t be repeated. Options:

Forget debate. Just let the candidates talk on a subject for two minutes each with one-minute rebuttals, uninterrupted. And have some mechanism(s) to thwart interruptions.

In professional bass fishing, if a fisherman (they’re all men presently), catches a fish and it touches the deck of the boat while being brought on board or being unhooked, the fisherman loses two minutes of fishing time, which can be a meaningful penalty. The debate could adopt the same rule and if a debater interrupts, he loses a two-minute turn.

Also, the moderator should have control of the mics and turn off the one of the candidate who isn’t supposed to talk, or at least have a kill switch. If the debater’s mic is off and he talks even without one, he still loses his two minutes.

The Trump campaign is resisting rules changes, but they are on sandy soil. What good are the current rules if the campaign can’t muzzle their cur? Trump agreed to the present rules and then ignored them. The mic control and kill switch is probably the best option. Call is an anti-bloviator switch.

On the whole, I could do without any more debates. It’s embarrassing for other countries to see our president behave like this. But I suppose other world leaders already have baked in opinions about the candidates also.

BTW, I do not fault Chris Wallace for this debacle. He tried his best to get the debaters to follow the rules, but Trump doesn’t follow rules, and when he broke them, Wallace was powerless to stop the big orange bully.

Football Thoughts – Week 3

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on September 30, 2020

College Football: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners hosted the Kansas State Wildcats this weekend, over whom they were a 27.5-point favorite. This was before KSU announced just before the game that they would be missing five more players due to Covid-19 concerns.

First, the good news. Just kidding. There was no good news. OU lost 38-35 and stank on ice in all aspects of the game. Starting with the worst first, the defense suffered a collapse so complete it made me long for the terrible defenses we had just two years ago. KSU’s best offense was OU’s busted assignments on defense. OU was outscored 17-0 in the fourth quarter and gave up 334 yards passing.

I am sick and tired of our string of four years when we have lost a game to a woefully inferior opponent, sending our playoff prospects into turmoil. And I’m sick and tired to terrible defenses. Coach Riley don’t dither like you did over Mike Stoops. Give rid of this DC now and find a better one.

The special teams’ contribution to this debacle by allowing a punt to be blocked.

On offense the Sooners did score 35 points but had many poor series and way too many penalties. Spencer Rattler is the goods. He is perhaps an even more accurate passer than our previous three quarterbacks – Mayfield, Murray and Hurts – which is really saying something. He had 387 yards passing, but he is a freshman and played like it this week, with three interceptions.

Texas scored a whopping 63 points, which is impressive. But Texas Tech hung 56 on them and took UT to overtime. Not so impressive. Oklahoma State beat West Virginia 27-13, putting an end to the WV myth, and Iowa State beat TCU 37-34. OU has nothing to fear from any of these teams, but then again, they should have had nothing to fear from KSU. Disgusting.

Mississippi State beat defending national champion LSU by 10 points. The championship is open to OU, but we just keep screwing up against mediocre teams.

NFL: The new look Dallas Cowboys continued mimicking the old look Cowboys and their 8-8 seasons, falling behind, rallying late but falling short, with underperforming defense (they have averaged giving up of more than 32 points per game, a franchise worst in the first three games of a season) and unimaginative coaching. Dak Prescott had 450 yards passing, but also two interceptions and a fumble. Too much coughing up. (I don’t count Prescott’s last interception; it was a Hail Mary pass into the endzone at the last moments of the game, a long shot, not unlike the onside kick they recovered last week.)

I never expected Dallas to beat the Seahawks in Seattle. They are 1-2 now, just where I predicted them to be after the first three games. But I still think it is likely that Dallas will win the NFC East, because all the other teams in the division seem to be even worse. Washington is 1-2, just like the Cowboys, but less impressive; Philadelphia is 0-2-1, having been tied by Cincinnati, the worst team in the league; and New York has yet to win a game.

The important news is that it is clear now, after Jerry Jones’ post-game remarks, that the Cowboys just don’t think that Dak is their guy nor worth the money he is asking. Jerry burned that bridge. Okay. It’s Jerry’s money, his choice. That being the case, they must let Dak go and find a better alternative (good luck with that).

But don’t feel sorry for Dak. He’s making about $31 million dollars now, and if they were to franchise him next season, he would be making about $37 million.

But they won’t be able to keep him next season now that Jerry has burned the bridge, and if they do keep him. Prescott will have little incentive to play well. He’ll just be waiting for the end of the season to sign with someone else.

The Cowboys will have to cut Dak loose, and when they do, there will be many teams lined up to pay him what he wants. In fact, I can think of only five or six teams who wouldn’t need him. Just don’t trade him to an NFC East team. They all stink now, but with Prescott, they will wipe up the floor with our underachieving lot.

The game I thought would be the best of the weekend turned out not to be much of a game at all. Kansas City dominated the Baltimore Ravens, who might be the second-best team in the NFL but still struggled just to stay within two touchdowns of KC.

The game between Green Bay and New Orleans, turned out to be the best one, but though fun to watch, it was apparent that Green Bay is better than the Saints, and Aaron Rodgers is playing better than Drew Brees today, or just about any quarterback for that matter.

The Cleveland Browns won their game with Baker Mayfield over the woeful Washington Foreskins 34-20, while Kyler Murray fell to earth and the Cardinals lost to the lowly Detroit Lions 26-23. I’m sure this is a game Phoenix expected to win, but they just didn’t play well enough.

In the Brady Belichick feud, Tom Brady and Cam Newton both won for Tampa Bay and New England respectively, so I call this week another draw. Jimmy Garoppolo wasn’t involved in the calculation this week because he did not play, which as I think about it, may be a point against Belichick, but I’m still calling it a push. (San Francisco still beat the New York Giants handily, which says more about how bad the New York Giants are than anything about the 49ers.)

Thoughts on Events the Week of September 21

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on September 29, 2020

The dumbest thing ever said by a U.S. President: Trump spent the week trying to delegitimize the presidential election, and I expect him to continue to do so right up to November 3 and thereafter.

In this effort, he said, and I am not making this up, that if we take away the ballots, we’d have a good election. Can he not hear himself speak? Does he not understand how that sounds? For purposes of an election, ballots are pretty much de regueur. Trump finds ballots inconvenient for the type of government he has in mind, and it’s not our type. (In the meantime, early voting has begun in several states.)

In addition to Trump’s own efforts to undermine our election, he obtained help from his Secretary of State and Attorney General, both of whom have taken temporary and unofficial leave from their oath of office to shill for the president.

There are three types of Trump supporters today: his voter base; that part of the Republican leadership who are terrified of his base and so acquiesce to whatever Trump wants to do; and the part of Republican leadership that is aiding and abetting Trump directly, which makes them directly complicit.

This last group is the worst, but most of them, specifically the appointed ones, will be gone when Trump is gone. It remains to be seen what will happen to the middle group. I hope enough of them will be thrown out of office for Democrats to take control of the senate. Then the rest can writhe in the depts of minority misery. As for Trump’s base voters, I’m not sure what to expect. I’m optimistic enough to hope for some introspection.

Breaking News: Trump nominated a conservative jurist to become Justice of the Supreme Court. Also, the sun rose in the East. In an equally startling event, Trump went to where Justice Ginsberg laid in state and the mourners around her hounded him off the premises with chants of “Vote him out.”

Real Breaking News: As I go to press, thanks to the New York Times, Trump’s tax returns are beginning to leak out. I’ll have more thoughts on this after we learn more. But the returns are embarrassing to Trump, to say the least. Soon, many expect it to become more than embarrassing; possibly criminal. I’m taking the over on that. If there is any justice left after Barr is gone from DOJ, Trump will go from the White House to the Big House, with a short layover in Florida to be up a pair of clean undershorts.

The Johnson Committee Report: was issued from his committee’s totally made up investigation and it was a big yawner. Johnson is among the most complicit of Trump’s Republican stooges.

Oh, goodie. Let’s invade Iraq again: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that we are considering removing our diplomatic personnel from Iraq. This appears to be in preparation to send troops there to engage militias loyal to Iran, which is just what we need right now, a repeat of our biggest international relations blunder in our history, courtesy of President George W. Bush, now running second best in worst president competition, having been beaten our and even lapped by Trump.

I’m guessing, however, that this announcement by Pompeo is just political blustering to jack off the base leading up to the election.

Worst state: Thanks to Senator Johnson, Wisconsin would have won the cup were it eligible for worst case status, about which I am thinking but will reserve judgement until after the election. So, it’s Kansas again this week because Pompeo.

Football Thoughts – Week 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thoughts on Events the Week of September 14

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on September 23, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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