Archive for January 2017

Up in smoke?

January 31, 2017

 

Stephen Jackson said today in an interview he and other players occasionally smoked marijuana before playing in NBA games. Next thing someone will say is that the Gatorade on the sideline is wet.

Some uproar in SF area about @49ers choosing John Lynch as GM as he has no experience. Maybe no one with any experience would take the job?

New 49ers GM John Lynch says SF is going to “aggressively recruit” talent to “make us even stronger.”
Well, it would be hard to make the team much weaker.

 

 

At Super Bowl media event, avowed Trump friend Tom Brady said he wasn’t talking politics, but later was asked his opinion of what was going on in the world “What’s going on in the world? I haven’t paid much attention. I’m just a positive person.”
I think I liked “I knew nothing about deflated footballs” better.

I apologize, clearly Trump DOES listen to people who know what they are talking about. .

“.@AP has learned President Donald Trump’s voter fraud expert is registered in 3 states.

Sean Spicer today said people shouldn’t be upset that Trump’s Holocaust remembrance statement didn’t mention Jews, and that “nitpicking” the statement is “just ridiculous.”
What is ridiculous is that Spicer could say that with a straight face.

Suspect in Quebec City mosque shooting is French-Canadian so can we expect Trump’s travel ban to include Canadians?

Gosh, #QuebecCityMosqueShootingoff off headlines at Fox News already. Sure it has nothing to do w/ fact shooter is white.

When Donald Trump heads to England to visit Queen will be interesting if British customs officer asks to see his social media account.

Well, that didn’t take long. Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates for not enforcing one of his executive orders. Remind me again how he’s going to let Jim Mattis overrule him on torture etc?

 

Thinking maybe it’s not too soon to start a pool on when Jim Mattis resigns or is fired?

Trump’s purported next executive order might limit the number of foreign workers high-tech companies can hire. And he was upset by how much he lost the popular vote in California by before….

Tweeted by a man who never expects to fly a commercial plane for the rest of his life, especially Delta.
“Only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning. Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage,…..”

 

Unnamed White House official on the travel ban ‘It really is a massive success story.” Hmm, wonder what it was designed to distract attention from?

Give Trump credit, 1st President to get tens of thousands of Americans to go to airports without their own flights involved.

One good thing about this #BoycottStarbucks, as a liberal when I’m in line now I know I can safely have a political discussion.

From Roberta.   “For anyone worried that those 10,000 refugees are “taking American jobs”; at the rate Starbucks stores are proliferating in this country, that’s only an average of 1-2 refugees per store.”

Semi-pro football?

January 30, 2017

SF  49ers reportedly sign John Lynch to a 6 year contract as GM.   Not a bad deal if it’s guaranteed as if York stay President of the team Lynch will probably only have to work 3.

 

Give the #ProBowl players credit, they produced a game that was more compelling than 8-11 NFL playoff games.

But to be fair, the Pro Bowl uniforms look like they should have footsies on them.

Delta Airlines tonight had a “systems outage that has resulted in departure delays for flights on the ground” This a week after United Airlines had a similar problem. Can we blame Trump?

As a pro left-hander, have to wonder, soo is this is what America deserves for mistake of electing right-handed President to follow a lefty? #lefthandersareonlypeopleinrightmind

 

(George H.W., Bill Clinton and Obama were all lefties.)

Starbucks defiantly said tonight they would hire 10,000 refugees in next five years. Standby for “lousy coffee” tweet from Trump in 3.2.1..

A story making the rounds about a Colorado woman trying to frame some Trump inauguration memorabilia last week, and being turned down by a framing store because the clerk didn’t feel comfortable about it.
Where are the defenders of religious freedom on this one?

 

Story many people never expected to see: “A spokesman for Angela Merkel President said yesterday the German chancellor ‘explained’ the Geneva Refugee Convention to the new President.”

Priebus on Meet the Press “Everyone’s suffering in the Holocaust, including obviously all of the Jewish people affected.” Yes, he said it.

Realize millions of Americans support Trump’s actions. But millions voted for him thinking he’d never do many things he said. #sad

OK, as he said, it’s just preliminary, but CNN reports that White House Policy Director Stephen Miller says Trump officials “are discussing the possibility of asking foreign visitors to disclose all websites and social media sites they visit, and to share the contacts in their cell phones. If the foreign visitor declines to share such information, he or she could be denied entry.”
So wonder how Americans would feel about doing the same upon arrivals in other countries when WE travel?

Degrees

January 30, 2017

That moment when you turn on sports talk radio for comparatively calm and reasonable conversation. #trumpweek1

 

OKC’s Enes Kanter says he apologized to his teammates after breaking his arm by punching a chair during a game with Dallas last week. But did he apologize to the chair?

On a lighter note, because we need some of those these days, Serena Williams is a damn good tennis player.

 

On another lighter note, who did the Clippers think they are tonight, the Lakers?

 

And he’s adorable too. So jealous.

 

Nikki Haley, saying that at the UN, we will “show our strength, show our voice, have the backs of our allies and make sure that our allies have our back as well, For those that don’t have our back, we’re taking names…”
Of course, the way things are going, the US could have a lot fewer allies to worry about.

Yeah, there are some truly terrifying men in the world today. How long until some country decides to put in an American ban?   Or specifically orange Americans?

Dr Gholam A. Peyman, born in Iran, US resident since 1970s, invented LASIK. Can we ban Trump supporters from having the surgery? #Muslimban

A Thailand court sentenced man to 11 yrs in prison for posting material online judged “insulting” to monarchy. Scary. Hope Trump didn’t see it.

Iran’s Asghar Farhadi is nominated for best foreign film, now may not be able to attend Oscars until he gets some sort of a waiver, fast.  Can Meryl Streep accept for him, with speech time?

Trump has given Steve Bannon of Breitbart News a seat on the National Security Council. I’m ready for Bobby to come out of the shower now.

Federal Judge Ann Donnelly temporarily blocked President Trump’s Executive Order on refugees with an emergency ruling that applies to detainees already in the United States, or those mid-flight. She said that sending the refugees home now could cause them “irreparable harm.”
Standby for Trump’s tweet calling for removing Donnelly from the bench in 3.2.1….

Just wondering, what happens with flight attendants from the 7 banned countries? #malicewithoutaforethought

 

A rare serious thought  for a change. Ok, I understand that there are threats that many US civilians don’t understand and so there may be more reasons we don’t know behind Trump’s executive order about citizens of some Muslim countries.
On the other hand, when we live in difficult and nuanced times, what stands out to me is that this EO was dashed off with all the calm reasoned well-thought-out logic of a 3 am Twitter post.

 

 

 

 

 

The first cut is the deepest.

January 28, 2017

Already nostalgic for when “Tiger Woods misses cut” was the most headshaking headline of the day

Skip Bayless tweeted out that if Mason Crosby hadn’t “lucked in” a 56 yd field goal, “the Cowboys would have beaten the Falcons and would be playing the Patriots. A shame.”
Uh, yeah, and if the SF Giants had a closer they’d still be saying “Wait until next year” in Chicago. #WTF?

How did this happen? Lebron James, 32, will be the oldest player in the NBA All-Star game.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon to ESPN on the team’s move to LA “I don’t think we’re going to lose everyone in San Diego.I really don’t think of it like that. I just think of it as we’re on a break — like a relationship. You know? But she’ll be back and we will be back. We will be back together. That’s how I look at it.”
Shockingly, Gordon is single.

Bill Littlejohn, after the Dallas Cowboys said they’d handle the Romo problem “with kid gloves: “Right,and the kid’s name is Dak Prescott.”

Trump honoring #HolocaustMemorialDay by saying Christians to be given priority over other refugees seeking to enter United States. #WTF

Regarding that wall….Trump does know about tunnels, right? And people who just overstay visas?

 

If the question is #WWJD, pretty sure He would not demand proof of Christianity to save someone’s life.

and so what happens if some potential refugee claims they are trying to enter the US to avoid being forced to have an abortion

Russia’s parliament just voted 380-3 on Friday to decriminalize domestic violence, when it doesn’t cause “substantial bodily harm” and doesn’t repeat within 12 months.
Waiting for the Trump tweet on this one….

Trump on Twitter, still obsessed with his popular vote loss: “Look forward to seeing final results of VoteStand. Gregg Phillips and crew say at least 3,000,000 votes were illegal. We must do better!”

Since California is so much of his vote count problem, maybe he should just ask the state to secede and then build a wall ? And then let’s talk about tariffs.

So if Donald Trump really believes that illegals voted, why doesn’t he call for a new election?

 

Remember innocent days when U.S. tourists were viewed as ugly Americans just for being too loud with too much money?

How long until Donald Trump replaces words on Statue of Liberty “give me your tired…” with ad for Trump Hotels?

“The media is the opposition party.” Small act of resistance. “Welcome to your unlimited digital access to The Washington Post” #Subscribe

 

And okay folks, if you’ve stuck with me this long especially since the 2016 Presidential election you either share or put up with my politics –  But for another serious example of why I am very fond of Cory Booker – from a Friday interview.

“I don’t understand why the media is treating Donald Trump with such kid gloves. These are not ‘untruths.’ These are not ‘alternate facts.’ These are lies and propaganda.”

 

 

Harsh

January 27, 2017

ESPN reports Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski apparently is disciplining players by temporarily kicking them out of the locker room and forbidding them from wearing team gear.
Shame coach K is at Duke, at many top basketball schools he could issue the ultimate punishment – make them go to class.

Seahawks assistant coach Rocky Seto is leaving the team to enter the ministry. Hmm, if he really wants to be around  a lot of people praying every Sunday, maybe Seto should join the 49ers.

LeBron James was already unhappy about Cavs roster. Now Cleveland lost to Sacramento Kings. Who’s getting fired this time?

Things are getting crazy enough in U.S. that Americans are actually looking forward to the sober sensibility of Super Bowl media week.

OT Joe Thomas says the Browns should use their first pick on a pass rusher. Now, before Deshaun Watson gets too happy about potentially dodging that bullet, remember, the #2 pick goes to the 49ers.

Steve Bannon “I want you to quote this. The media here is the opposition party.” Time to subscribe to another newspaper. #Resist

On a positive note, have to guess that President Trump is really really good for U.S. wine sales.

Dow when Obama took office, 7949. Dow when Obama left, 19,887. Now Trump taking credit for Dow 20,000. Talk about Hidden Figures.

President wants a 20% tax on all U.S. imports from Mexico to pay for the wall. Uh, $2.8 billion of that is beer. Drink up, Trump voters.

Scientists have moved #doomsdayclock closer to midnight. Kellyanne Conway explains that White House clock runs on alternative time.

While 20% Mexico tariffs make their fruit expensive, we build a wall to keep immigrants out. Uh, who’s going to pick the fruit we grow?

Now Mexican Pres. Nieto isn’t attending a meeting w/ Trump Jan 31.over wall $$$.. But who needs Mexico when Trump Tower has best taco bowls?

Reince Priebus ‘If you defy the laws of this country, you shouldn’t receive federal taxpayer dollars’
But if you settle a fraud lawsuit for $25 million you can live in taxpayer-paid housing.

Who says I never post anything nice about Republicans?! Vamos Lindsey!

“Simply put, any policy proposal which drives up costs of Corona, tequila, or margaritas is a big-time bad idea. Mucho Sad. (2)”

The Trump administration is likely to eliminate a proposed DOT rule requiring airlines and travel agents to disclose baggage fees during a fare search.
Well, of course, travelers who don’t like baggage fees should just use a private plane.

GOP voters today: “Fantastic, Trump shrinking govt & instituting hiring freeze.” GOP voters next month. “Why can’t i get my call answered?”

Could be greater?

January 25, 2017

Lebron James is not happy with the Cavs. “We’re not better than last year, from a personnel standpoint.” And last year Cleveland was so heartbreaking close….

Following on our President’s lead the Chicago Cubs have asked for investigation to prove they also won 2016 World Series games 1, 3 & 4.

 

Tostitos has come up with “alcohol sensor bags.” While the bag won’t be sold to the public at least this year, they will light up green if you breathe on them and the sensor doesn’t detect alcohol. If it detects alcohol the bag will flash red with a “don’t drink and drive” message.
Cool idea, but if you’ve got to go looking for a Tostitos bag to decide if you’ve had too much to drink, you’re probably drunk.

(and if you finish the bag, alcohol might not be why  you’re impaired.)

The San Diego bowl group announced they are terminating Poinsettia Bowl to focus on the Holiday Bowl. Hope this doesn’t bring colossal disappointment to some .500 team this year who will just miss the postseason.

#BrentMusberger is retiring. Any way we can convince Brent to take Joe Buck with him?

Sad.  Mary Tyler Moore, 80, has passed away.   In her honor, all women should embrace their inner spunk.  – “You’ve got spunk. I hate spunk.”

In practice for Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Orlando Ravens kicker Justin Tucker hit a 75-yard field goal. Stay tuned for Sean Spicer to say tomorrow how President Trump made an 80-yard one in college intramurals.

 

White House plans to take action to address governmental “inappropriate” social media use. Psst. Look in the Oval Office

Trump vows no federal aid for sanctuary cities like NY & San Francisco. Does that mean we can stop paying federal taxes too?

GOP Rep. Lamar Smith. “Better to get your news directly from the President. In fact,it might be the only way to get the unvarnished truth.”  #whythereisnosatire

And here we go….President Donald Trump tweeted early today that he is ordering a “major investigation” into voter fraud. Like his major investigation into Obama’s birth certificate?

This makes sense: U.S. intelligence says evidence of Russia hacking our election, so Trump going to investigate voters in blue states. #WTF?

So can some journalist who wants to be next Woodward/Bernstein please find some evidence of illegal GOP voters?

 

Trump on his CIA speech: “I got a standing ovation. In fact, they said it was the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning had won the Super Bowl and they said it was equal.”
Guess the President doesn’t remember in 2016 Denver won the Super Bowl in SPITE of Peyton Manning.

 

So now torture is a good thing. I forgot, what position did @realDonaldTrump appoint Jack Bauer to?

 

 

From T.C.  So I went to see the movie “Patriots Day” and discovered that it had nothing to do with football, Brady or Coach Belichick. Next on the agenda is to watch record 14 Oscars nominations film “La La Land”. This movie is about the state of Donald Trump’s brain, right?

Now that the Women’s March is over, what’s next? Well, for starters hope everyone involved is registered to vote and plans to exercise that right. Beyond voting, it’s not too soon to start paying attention to candidates for the future. And while congressional and most state elections aren’t until 2018, there are many municipal and local elections in 2017, which matter too, a lot. City councils and school boards not only set local policy, but also they can be stepping stones for higher office.
In addition, contact your state and local elected officials when you feel strongly about something, They do keep track of numbers.
But short version, get involved and stay involved. The country you save may be your own.
And now back to your regularly scheduled snark.

And the nominees are….

January 25, 2017

Oscar nominations are out & least this year #OscarsnotsoWhite. Alas, instead, we have #WhiteHousesoWhite

 

And here we go again with Oscar snubs, but to be fair, the Brooklyn Nets haven’t done a great job of acting like a professional NBA team.

So did Meryl Streep really get her 20th Oscar nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins…. or because the Academy really wants to see her take another shot at Donald Trump?

 

These Sean Spicer press conferences making Americans look forward to serious deep analysis of Super Bowl media week.

Some controversy over Steve Kerr saying that NBA players made a “mockery” of All-Star voting. And really, who did they think they are – fans?

Philip Rivers was added to the Pro Bowl today and says he looks forward to the opportunity to play one more game as a San Diego Charger.
Guessing it will also be an opportunity for Rivers to get used to the size and enthusiasm of the crowds the Chargers will play in front of in Los Angeles

SF 49ers have announced they are freezing season-ticket prices for the next two seasons. Wonder how many fans are holding out until the team starts paying THEM?

President Trump is hanging a panoramic photo of his Inauguration Day in the press room at the White House; the picture was was taken from an angle showing a good-sized crowd. This was all more fun when he was just concerned about the size of hands.

 

Imagine if after game 7 champion wins Lebron James or Joe Maddon immediately started claiming cheating officials kept Cavs & Cubs from 4-0 sweeps.

The anti-narcissist: After Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was “the best in sports,” Pop’s reply “That’s very flattering but obviously untrue. I’ve been around a long time and we’ve won some games, and if you’ve forgotten, I got to coach Tim Duncan. That made me look pretty good.”

f Democrats really managed to get 3 million illegals to vote wouldn’t they have bused in some in to WI, MI, FL or PA?

 

3-5 million voted illegally? Well, WI & MI are near Canada, NC & FL are coastal. Time to investigate potential foreign Trump voters?

Trump says he’s going to “send in the Feds” if the “carnage” in Chicago doesn’t stop. Yeah, that worked so well at Kent State.

Donald Trump is going to block all visas into the U.S. for peoole from Iraq. Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, in theory to stop terrorists. Not that history, even recent history, is Trump’s strong point. But did he forget about France, England, Belgium, Turkey and oh yeah, Saudi Arabia?