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Football thoughts – Week 18

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on January 7, 2021

College: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners (#6) wiped up the floor with the (#7) Florida Gators in the Cotton Bowl, 55-20. The Texas Aggies (#5) beat (#14) North Carolina handily in the Orange Bowl, 41-27. Meanwhile, Alabama cruised by Notre Dame and Ohio State embarrassed Clemson to set up the championship game.

These games brought into sharp relief how badly the playoff committee blew it this year. Notre Dame should never have been in the playoffs to begin with, and Ohio State, though it is a fine team, should have been disqualified from the Championship because they only played six games. The playoffs could have included OU and the Aggies instead. I’m thinking some of the committee members know it, too.

Texas fired head coach Tom Herman, which surprised me. I expected him to succeed at Texas, given his experience as a high school coach in the state, a potential advantage with recruiting, and his success at Houston (he actually beat OU there a few years ago).

Herman’s record wasn’t that bad, just not good enough for Texas. Herman had an excellent quarterback in Sam Elinger, so you would expect his record to be better. In fact, Texas was getting recruits, just not developing them adequately.

Texas immediately hired Steve Sarkisian off the Alabama staff. I guess if money is no object, you can do that kind of flipping. Sarkisian is an excellent coach, but a once-failed head coach.

NFL: In the comparison and contrast between Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns beat a resting Pittsburgh Steelers team to qualify for the playoffs. Before the game, some sports analyst opined if the Browns didn’t get in, they should part with Mayfield. What a moron. I would replace almost every player on the team before Mayfield, starting with an offensive line that can’t protect him and a defense that can’t break up a pass.

Regarding Kyler Murray, the Cardinals lost their game with the Rams, but Murray went out with a sprained ankle in the first quarter after scoring a touchdown and giving the Cardinals the lead, so no comparisons are possible.

Clearly, the Cardinals need more protection for Murray and a whole lot more defense. Sadly, the Cardinals coach hasn’t a clue about defense. Never has had, never will have. And, based on body language, Murray has little confidence in his defense and no confidence in his coach.

The Dallas Cowboys, my erstwhile favorite team, did it again, stinking up the place with a loss to the New York Giants to eliminate themselves from the playoffs. Bad coaching, inept defense, under performance and poor play. Never has an NFL team paid so much for players giving such little effort.

But the most interesting game in the NFC Least was between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles. Washington won and will represent the East with a losing record, 7-9.

It’s a mystery what Eagles’ head coach Doug Peterson was thinking, given his decisions. The only plausible explanation is that he was trying to lose the game to gain a higher draft choice. The only other possible explanation is that he is a bad coach and it’s inexplicable how he ever won a Superbowl a few years ago. Either way, he should have been fired on the spot.

Peterson wisely started Jalen Hurts at quarterback over Carson Wentz, who is struggling, and Hurts had them in position to kick a short, easy field goal that would have tied the game with eight minutes to go, but instead Peterson went for it on fourth and about 10 yards, an exceptionally low percentage decision, which failed, predictably.

Worse, Peterson then benched Hurts for a third string backup quarterback of whom I had never even heard, who immediately blew up. Hurts was not happy, nor was anyone else in Philly.

The irony in Peterson’s blunder is that he may have solved the Eagles’ quarterback dilemma inadvertently. Philadelphia must decide who to keep at QB next year: Carson Wentz, who seems to be a bust now, but who has an enormous contract that will make him hard to trade and disastrous if they have to swallow it, and Hurts, who is a good player at a fraction of the cost and who would be a welcome starter on most NFL teams.

Peterson may have made this decision academic by benching Hurts. If I were Hurts now, I would insist on being traded out of that chicken outfit and stick Philadelphia with Wentz. It would serve Peterson right to be left with a struggling Wentz and his albatross of a contract.

I’m a believer in the importance of timing a peak for the playoffs. A few NFL teams seem to be peaking at the right time: Baltimore, Green Bay and Buffalo in particular. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Superbowl between two of these teams.

Thoughts on Events the Week of December 28

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on January 6, 2021

How did it all come to this: I have my theories, but it is still somewhat of a confounding mystery how one of the two major political parties in our country no longer supports democracy, but instead embraces an authoritarian wannabe.

More than 100 Republican congresspersons and about a dozen U.S. Senators have indicated they will ignore the Constitution and raise (futile) objections to the certified vote of the people in favor of the election’s clear and decisive leader. If that’s being faithful to their oath, I’ll kiss your ass in Macy’s window and give you an hour to draw a crowd.

Among the notable objectors is newly elected Tommy Tubberville (R-A), displaying his disdain for the Constitution before he even gets onto the Senate floor; and Josh Hawley (R-MO). Tubberville is an ignorant boob, consistent with the bozos Alabama typically elects to public office, but Hawley knows better.

I can understand that the objectors are from red states and that they are afraid of Trump’s base, but that doesn’t excuse their flouting the Constitution and their oath of office.

It’s said that Hawley is a young, smart, ambitious politician who plans to run for president in 2024. I’m sorry Hawley, but I prefer to vote for someone with faith in, and respect for, the Constitution and not one with more naked ambition than Casca and his “lean and hungry look.”

Covid-19 Distribution: Fortunately, distribution of the new vaccines has begun, and inoculations are underway, though the numbers of each are far behind what was promised at this point. There may be some weather-related reasons why some inventory of vaccines was held back, but the inoculation hold ups can only be explained by massive incompetence.

The cynic in me has considered that Trump may be holding up distribution to use it as a tool for manipulation of states to overturn their election results, or even to sell the vaccines for his personal profit. In the end, however, I am pretty sure it’s just gross incompetence. That’s the default explanation for so much of the Trump administration’s behavior.

One thing Trump got right: Trump got two things right in four years, but he subsequently screwed one of them up. I’m commenting on this one. Trump was spot on to want to get rid of Section 230 of the so called “Communications Decency Act,” which is anything but. This section allows social media companies to post vile, spurious, inaccurate information and downright lies, with impunity. The practical effect of Section 230 is that some of the communications posted on these sites is about as far from decent as you can possibly get.

Not even cable news networks can get away with that. See how quickly Dominion Voting Systems got Fox News to recant the lies about the company that they have been passing along about their voting machines in response to Dominion’s cease and desist order. Talk about a fast backtrack. Social media should be legally accountable for the lies and misinformation they allow to be disseminated on their platforms.

And another thing, the disclaimer language that Twitter and others use is woefully inadequate. It goes something like, “Claims in this posting are disputed.” No, they’re not. They’re clearly inaccurate or lies or both. The disclaimer should say something like, “This post is a flat out lie,” or “This statement is bullshit.” Then let’s get on to the lawsuits to get these tech behemoths under control.

The worst states: Congresspersons from all the worst states have signed onto this patently unconstitutional assault on our democracy, so they all share the cup this week.

Going into 2021, we’ll hold the worst state list at: Alabama, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. Arizona drops off the list for 2021 due to its enlightened voting laws.

Football Thoughts – Week 17

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on December 31, 2020

After much interesting football a week ago, things went wobbly in the sports this week.

College: After winning the Big XII Championship against Iowa State last weekend and moving up to #6 in the polls, my beloved Oklahoma Sooners were idle this week and are preparing for a matchup with Florida in the Cotton Bowl. Various other college teams still have games to play and others are preparing for their minor bowls.

Regarding those bowls, many are starting to cancel because one or more of their chosen teams cannot meet the bell due to Covid-19 concerns. In fact, some bowls have been unable to find two teams with enough wins to be eligible for a bowl game. I don’t see the point of these bowls this year anyway because there won’t even be any fans to watch and enjoy them live and they have no bearing on the national race.

Among the games I did watch this weekend, further evidence how bad refereeing has gotten abounded.

NFL: In the comparison and contrast between Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, both Cleveland and Arizona laid an egg against seriously inferior competition. Baker was beaten by the lowly New York Jets 16-23 and the decimated 49ers upset Arizona 20-12. Both teams remain on the sidelines looking in on the playoffs. Though both teams still have a chance to get in, their options have narrowed.

The Dallas Cowboys beat Philadelphia handily, while Baltimore pounded the New York Giants 13-27 and the Carolina Panthers improbably upset Washington 20-13. The result of all this is that the winner of the NFC Least is still undecided and hinges on the last game of the season.

If the Cowboys beat the Giants in New York and Philadelphia beats Washington in D.C., the Cowboys are in. If either of these things doesn’t happen, the Redskins are in. If the Giants win and Washington loses, they are in. This all assumes, of course, that the teams will avoid Covid-19 disaster and be able to finish the season.

The best teams are rounding into playoff form. Green Bay pounded the Titans, Seattle beat the Rams and Buffalo routed the now hapless New England Patriots. Aaron Rodgers looked stronger than a bear’s breath and may well win MVP.

Scandalously bad refereeing in the pros, as well. A couple of games would have been better if the refs hadn’t been on the field at all.

Thoughts on Events the Week of December 21

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 30, 2020

Screw the public: Trump went to Florida* to pout and tweet his grievances and golf, and he took important legislation with him to be signed or vetoed. Vetoing creates much more chaos so he chose that course, or at least threatened to, even though to do so would be a major blow to voters including his base, whom he’d already screwed with his incompetent mishandling of Covid-19, which made the legislation necessary in the first place. He doesn’t care.

Trump finally signed the bills, though not before causing a lot of angst among his own administration, and late enough to cause financial pain to citizens. He is such a narcissist he doesn’t even know what a jerk he is.

*Some have questioned whether Trump might just stay in Florida and never come back in order to evade the humiliations and embarrassments awaiting him there. I think this is a plausible possibility, but I think he will return for his counter-events on January 5 and 6, and then slink back to Florida, never to return until he is forced to answer a subpoena.

Addiction: People are speculating what Trump will do on January 21. Good question. I think he will be pretty much the same but with diminishing returns until even the majority of Republicans are sick to death of him.

Trump craves the limelight. Not only does he crave it, but he can’t stand for anyone else to have it. It is a drug to him, and over the last four years, he has had the limelight pretty much to himself. I suspect that by now, he is so addicted to it that he won’t be able to stop insinuating himself into current events, no matter how outrageously he will have to behave to do it.

But I think he will fade quickly. I say this because this last episode of mischief making has been truly despicable, and I think enough so that Republicans will start thinking how crazy and dangerous he is and perhaps how crazy they have been to cow tow to him. I suspect many Republican leaders (I’m looking at you, Moscow Mitch) wish they had never met the man.

However, I still think most Republican politicians won’t pay any significant price for enabling Trump because most of them are from red states who are Trump voters, but I think most are soon going to wish and pretend he doesn’t exist, just as they have done with George W. Bush, remember him? I think Trump will try to make as much mischief as he can, and I hope Republicans choke on him.

Pardons: People are upset because Trump is handing out pardons like Skittles to some really smarmy and criminal characters. Who else would Trump pardon? He only knows smarmy criminals. Don’t waste your time wringing your hands about it. Trump is perfectly within his rights to pardon whomever he wants…except for himself. It’s another of those less than brilliant ideas engrained in our Constitution.

Worst state: The cup goes to Texas again, this time because Representative Louis Gohmert, has filed a lawsuit against Vice President Pence of all people in an attempt to grant Pence the authority to overturn the results of the general election. (When I want to call someone stupid, I call them a Gohmert.)

If Pence had such authority, he is such a suck up, he would probably use it, but he doesn’t and he won’t get it. That said, he is probably trembling with fear what bind Gohmert’s ludicrous suit might put him in.

If it were possible to feel sorry for Pence, I would, but I can’t so I won’t.  He’s a craven, ass kissing coward, the type who die a thousand deaths, and that’s exactly what he is doing now. It couldn’t happen to a nice guy.

Football Thoughts Week 16

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on December 28, 2020

I’m running a full week behind because Christmas.

There were a lot of interesting football games this week – college and NFL. The college conference championships were played, after which the committee made its selections for the playoffs, which blew. And we are getting near the end of the NFL regular season, if you can call it that, and teams are playing hard to earn playoff spots.

College: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners beat Iowa State for the Big XII Championship. But it wasn’t enough to get them into the playoffs. We’re sitting at #6, and between us and the playoffs is #5 Texas A&M. I suppose if one or two of the playoff teams succumb to Covid-19, the Aggies and/or we will be invited to fill in.

You’ve heard me complain how terrible the refereeing has become, thanks primarily to instant replay, and it’s getting worse every week. Well, in this terribly messed up football year, the playoff committee blew it completely also. Two of the four teams chosen – Ohio State and Notre Dame – should not be in the playoffs.

Notre Dame got into the top four by beating Clemson (about the only actual football team ND played) when Clemson’s quarterback was out with Covid-19. When Trevor Lawrence returned., Clemson wiped up the floor with Notre Dame, who should have been knocked out right then.

Ohio State played only six games. It’s like entering a race at the half-way mark and wanting to be declared the winner when you come in first, having only run half as far. OSU is a good team, but it’s just not eligible for the playoffs in those circumstances.

Neither Notre Dame nor OSU should be there (Notre Dame should never be there). The Aggies and Sooners are more deserving.

NFL: Things worked out about as well as they could for me this week. The Arizona Cardinals, my new favorite team, beat the Philadelphia Iggles 33-26, with Jalen Hurts, the last of the three OU quarterbacks to go high in the draft in three successive years, getting the start for Philadelphia and playing well. I wanted Hurts to do well, but not to beat Kyler Murray and the Cardinals, which happened.

Cleveland beat the New York Giants, and Baker Mayfield played very well, so in the comparison and contrast between Mayfield and Murry, both shone.

The Dallas Cowboys, my erstwhile favorite team, beat the San Francisco 49ers 41-33. Poor San Francisco. They seem to have had more injuries, illnesses, and other issues than any other NFL team this year.

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Washington Redskins 20-15, with the result that since Dallas won and the Giants, Eagles and Redskins all lost, Dallas is still technically in the hunt to win the NFL East, though they are not going to.

The family feud between Belichick and Brady is essentially over for this year. The Patriots lost to Miami and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won a thriller with a come from behind rally by Brady. We’ll see what Belichick can do over the off season to restock the Pats.

Thoughts on Events the Week of December 14

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 27, 2020

I’m running a full week behind  because Christmas.

Electoral College: That antiquated, undemocratic anachronism performed as it should and recorded 306 votes for President-elect Biden, a landslide, opined by no less an authority than President Trump, when he won by that same landslide margin in 2016.

As with all previous mileposts, this one confirmed yet again that Biden won the election and Trump is the loooooser, which has been obvious for many weeks, and there’s nothing Trump can do to change that.

Of course, this won’t stop Trump from lying and suing and generally carrying on like a big baby, and many Republican politicians will keep their lips pressed tightly against his ass for a while longer and pray no more damage will be done before Inauguration Day. I wish them well with that.

I don’t care a fig if Trump leaves angry or sad or happy. He is leaving, and I suspect there are countless people ready to drag him out of the White House by the hair if he resists. In fact, we could probably have a raffle to see who gets to do it and retire the national debt with the proceeds. I would certainly buy a ticket.

I can sympathize just a little with Trump’s base voters. I felt just as they felt in November 2016 when Trump won. I was stunned and horrified. But an election is an election, and the voters and the electoral college spoke, and I had to respect and accept that, regardless of my angst, which proved to be well placed.

Now it is Trump’s base that is surprised and disappointed. The only difference is they are not accepting it, and some of this knuckle dragging, mouth breathing base, whose passions and ignorance are easily exploited by Trump, carry guns and are just nuts enough, or stupid enough, to be tempted to use them.

Sudden thought: if protesters, or counter-protesters are carrying guns, can it really be said to be a peaceful protest, as protected by the Constitution? Why on earth would we permit people to carry guns to a protest? It’s intimidating and just plain nuts.

Worst State: Texas and Kansas split the cup this week. Texas because of its failed lawsuit to try to overturn the election in four other states, which the Supremes shot down in a heartbeat. Kansas because Mike Pompeo is a pompous pig.

BTW, Wisconsin are among the finalists to replace Arizona on the worst state list in 2021.

Football thoughts – Week 15

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

College: The final regular season game between my beloved Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers was canceled due to Covid-19 concerns. Nevertheless, it is official, and the Sooners will play Iowa State University for the Big XII championship on Saturday morning, assuming both teams can field a team. Football for breakfast, my favorite kind.

This is the only college game that was of any interest to me this week and it was a cropper. However, I was glad to see that some college football pundits are finally starting, as I have been from the get-go, to question the fairness of having Ohio State in the playoffs when they have only played five games. It’s about time. (Ditto any Pac 12 or Big 10 team, which all started the season late.)

NFL: Easily the best game of the week was between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, which the Ravens won at the bell 47-42. Both quarterbacks, Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield, were superb. In fact, Mayfield had the Browns in position to win the game (the Browns scored 42 points!), but Jackson scored a last-minute touchdown to win it.

The sour note for the Browns is that their defense was so poor. Not only didn’t it play well, but the defensive game plan was criminally defective. The defensive coordinator apparently didn’t get the memo that Jackson is the Ravens’ biggest threat, and he’s most dangerous when he’s running. The Browns defense focused on covering Jackson’s receivers and not him, with the result Jackson ran for record-breaking rushing yards for a quarterback.

Next draft, the Browns should spend their picks #s 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7 on defensive players, oh, and get a new defensive coordinator.

The Arizona Cardinals, my new favorite team, beat the New York Giants 26-7. Kyler Murray is the goods. The Cardinals need some serious upgrading in the next draft, though, and they have got to cut down on undisciplined penalties.  A new coach or two wouldn’t hurt either.

But the really big news about recent OU quarterbacks was that Jalen Hurts got the start for Philadelphia and upset the Breesless Saints 24-21. I presume this spells the end of Carson Wentz at Philadelphia. Hurts is the goods. He has a natural feel for the game, which Wentz, for all his physical attributes, does not possess.

Meanwhile, The Washington Redskins beat the 49ers (the NFL team suffering the most injuries and Covid-19 problems this year) and will apparently win the NFC East, much good may it do them.

My erstwhile favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, lost to the Baltimore Ravens, which was expected, 34-17 on December 8 and then beat the Cincinnati Bengals 30-7 on the 12th. Who cares? They still stink on ice.

The family feud between Belichick and Brady went badly for the coach this week. Brady and the Bucs beat a good Vikings team 26-14 while the Patriots lost to the Los Angeles Rams 24-3. Cam Newton had such a bad game he was pulled in the fourth quarter. The Patriots are simply not as good this year as they have been in the past, with or without Brady. This feud must be observed for a few years to determine a winner. I’m thinking both coach and quarterback will do well in their new circumstances, ultimately.

Elsewhere, Kansas City and the Packers still look like the cream of the quarterbacks, which is always a leg up in the playoffs.

Thoughts on Events the Week of December 12

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 16, 2020

The Supremes come through: Other than the approval of a Covid-19 vaccine for emergency distribution, which is wonderful news and essential for restoring our economy and way of life, the biggest news of the week was the lawsuit filed by Texas state Attorney General Paxton to toss out all the votes in four states because President Trump didn’t like the results, which went directly to the Supreme Court for original jurisdiction.

(Spoiler alert: Trump lost all of them convincingly, and their electoral college votes add up to enough to deny the presidency to Biden and throw the election into the House, with each state having one vote each.)

This stunning request to override the Constitution and the will of the people was joined by 17 attorneys general and about 115 Republican members of Congress, for whom ass kissing the president is more important than their oath to uphold the Constitution and the will of the citizens in their respective states.)

For more than four weeks, since it became obvious that Biden had won the popular vote by a wide enough margin and in enough states that he would win the election in the electoral college, I stopped worrying about all the hand wringing among the media and many Democratic voters and relaxed. This latest last ditch, desperate patently undemocratic lawsuit was obviously destined to fail.

But just as I was relaxing, one my very closest friends, an attorney of some distinction who has argued before the Supreme Court, told me that the lawsuit had a thin reed of legal logic to it and the Supremes could cause mischief with it if they were of a mind to.

This conversation triggered what I have learned to recognize as Battered Voter Syndrome, common among Democratic voters who witnessed the improbable 2016 election of Trump and fear something like that could happen again, even in the face of facts, logic, and common sense.

But in a unanimous decision, the Supremes made the obvious, correct call and my calm was restored. Bravo, Supremes!

The saddest thing about this is that I doubt the aforementioned Republican congresspersons and state attorneys general who abrogated their responsibilities knowingly and cynically, will pay little if any political price of it, because they are all from red states whose citizens apparently are fine with flouting Constitutional oaths of office to support Trump. It is a genuinely sad state of affairs.

 Worst State: The cup goes to Texas, obviously, because it was Texas’ Attorney General who began their obscene attempt to subvert the Constitution and thwart our national election. But Congresspersons and Attorneys general from the other worst state candidates signed on to the lawsuit, so every worst state was complicit.

As an aside, this event was the tipping point for me and organized religion. I am no longer ambivalent, and I will write some more about this next week.

Football thoughts – Week 14

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

College: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners beat Baylor 27-14. It wasn’t a pretty win, but there were two reasons. First, Baylor has a pesky team and an infuriating quarterback who gives us fits. He graduates this year, and I will not miss him. Second, and more important. OU had double digit players not able to play due to COVID-19 concerns.

This sets up a Big XII conference championship game between OU and Iowa State. ISU beat us early in the season, but we are not the same team now as then. Many important players were not available for that game and the team overall was green as grass. We’ll do better next time, but it will still be an exceedingly difficult game. The Cyclones are a very good team.

The remainder of the schedule went pretty much by the chalk, at least those games that were able to be played, including the Aggies nice win over Auburn.

NFL: It was an unusual week in the league, including a Thursday Night Football game played on Tuesday night between my erstwhile favorite team the Dallas Cowboys, and the Baltimore Ravens.

There was nothing unusual about the game, just the day on which it was played. The game was like all recent Cowboys games. Dallas stunk on ice, 34-17. They are spectacularly bad. Terrible coaching, terrible defense, just terrible, period. Fortunately, I don’t care about the Cowboys anymore. I have a new favorite team – the Arizona Cardinals.

Unfortunately, my Cardinals lost also, to the Rams, 38-28. Overall, this was just a case of the better team winning. Arizona still has a way to go, particularly on defense, and the defense will not improve, I fear, so long as Kingsbury is the coach. I’m not sure he knows how to spell defense. He coached at the college level for a school not known for academics, and certainly not for defense.

The Cleveland Browns, the other team with a Heisman Trophy winning #1 draft pick from OU, upset the Tennessee Titans 41-35 and Baker Mayfield was rock solid.

In two unlikely results, The Giants upset the Seahawks, and the Redskins upset the Steelers, which means as Dallas is sinking down the crapper, other NFC East teams are pulling it together.

In the family feud, Tampa Bay was idle, but the Patriots pounded the Chargers 45-0, so Belichick and Cam Newton get this spotlight this week.

However, the most unusual play occurred in the Kansas City v Broncos game, when Tyreek Hill made a catch so improbable that Hill didn’t even realize that he had caught the ball. It was ruled a fumble, and Hill thought it must have hit the ground.

After it was too late, replay showed that it had been a catch, which led to some finger pointing between coach and receiver about why they didn’t challenge the play. My question is why isn’t the finger being pointed at the referees? They are arguably the worst team on the field week after week.

(In the Cowboys’ humiliating loss, they were the victims of among the most egregious missed calls I have ever seen in pro football, right up there to the injustice that kept Brees and the New Orleans Saints out of the Super Bowl a few years ago.)

Thoughts on Events the Week of November 30

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 10, 2020

The Last Grift: Trump has been suing in all directions – his default behavior – ostensibly trying to get his landslide election loss overturned. This is a charade. The election is over. Biden won. It’s official, and Trump knows it. He’s just running a con to raise money from his gullible base. On January 20, Trump will be out of the White House carrying bags of his voters’ money.

The last diminishments: For no reason but spite and petty revenge, Trump fired a lot of career intelligence personnel and replaced them with his own personal political sycophants.

Since everyone Trump touches is diminished, and as these replacements will only be in office for a couple of months, one wonders why they would take the jobs at all. Such is the draw of power, I suppose.

These lackeys are not going to do anything useful in their short tenure. They can cause mischief for Trump, but they’re not going to bomb Iran or anything. Trump doesn’t have the balls. Speaking of balls, what does it take for a Republican politician to grow a pair? Answer: announcing they’re not running for reelection. All active Republican politicians still cower in the corner in fear of the Donald. Though contemptible, it is understandable. Politicians are cowards, and their biggest fear is of voters. They are terrified of Trump’s base.

The last reason: The most important reason Biden should not expect cooperation from Republicans is Kamala Harris. Harris is black and the very thought of a black person in the White House who is not wearing white gloves and serving dinner, is anathema to Moscow Mitch, who is as big a bigot as the South has ever sent to Congress.

We are not going to be able to eliminate the white supremacists and other racists rampant among Trump’s base, we should be able to sweep them back under the refrigerator where they belong.

Worst state: Politicians in very one of the worst states is participating enthusiastically in Trump’s con by refusing to acknowledge that Trump lost the elections. Meanwhile, fortunately, each of the states’ authorities have processed their ballots and submitted their counts as required by law.