Archive for August 2018

Room for improvement?

August 31, 2018

Yeah, Stanford had an opening night crowd at kickoff that would have embarrassed the Oakland As.
But seriously, what do you expect when you sell your soul for TV rights and the first game is against San Diego State, three weeks before classes start, and at 6p on the Friday of Labor Day weekendcrowd.jpg



So is Aramis Garcia one of the power hitters SF Giant fans have been dreaming about? Or is this just another AAA game but against the Mets?

And who knew the SF Giants offense was capable of scoring a touchdown?

Urban Meyer says he “did not condone domestic violence” or “lie to reporters” but “my fault was in not taking action sooner against a troubled employee about his work-related issues.” So how long until Meyer leaves coaching to run for office?

JetBlue raised their first checked bag fee to $30 on Wednesday. Today United changed their fee to $30 effective immediately.
So congratulations to all those who had “48 hours” in the pool.

So the “sniveling coward” Donald Trump who is “worse than Hillary” has endorsed “Lyin’ Ted” Cruz, whose dad killed JFK. Ain’t politics grand?

Some questioning why Trump’s poll numbers haven’t fallen more in a week with Manafort verdict & story of Cohen flipping. One reason, Fox News watchers probably haven’t heard either story.

So let’s see, this week  Trump has angered veterans over his disrespect for John McCain, and over 2 million federal workers with a wage freeze. Good thing he doesn’t need either group to be re-elected…..

Open note to Donald Trump, if you’re going to be upset about “off the record” insults to Canada being leaked maybe you should stop tweeting on an unsecured cellphone.

Trump cranky about his leaked “off the record” comments – but “at least Canada knows where I stand.”

Right, they shouldn’t have leaked that I acted like a petulant child but I am doubling down on my tantrum.


Bye Cutch

August 30, 2018

Really like Andrew McCutchen and have enjoyed watching him play. But couldn’t SF Giants have traded him to a team Giants fans could tolerate?   #DamnYankees

Now Trump is saying actual tapes that everyone has seen (but he doesn’t like) are “fudged.”

As an SF Giants fan can we be Presidential and say all those game tapes blown saves and 1 run losses this year were fudged and the team is on their way to clinching the NL West?

Now 145 former Ohio State students have come forward to accuse late sports doctor Richard Strauss of sexual abuse, the abuse Jim Jordan now denies knowing about. So another “he, he, he, he, he, he, he, he, he…. said” situation

Must be killing Donald Trump that even Fox News is devoting the morning to John McCain’s funeral.

As crazy as Betsy Devos’ idea to spend school money to arm teachers sounds, suppose with enough guns teachers can get all the school supplies they want.

I remember days when Phyllis Schlafly was biggest traitor to her gender we could imagine. Now Betsy Devos’s new rules for sexual violence investigations on campus “Every complainant’s sexual history, if relevant. may be introduced at the hearing…” ?

Trump today cancels pay raises for most federal employees set to take effect in January, citing budget concerns.
Got to pay for those billionaire tax cuts somehow.

Not only did Trump at his Indiana rally say “Democrats want to raid Medicare to pay for Socialism,”  but Breitbart doubled down on it by making the statement a headline

And here Trump complains Democrats claim his supporters are stupid – he’s the one acting like they are.

So if the US economy has never been better why does Trump need to cancel pay raises for federal employees because our budget cannot afford it?
Asking for a country.

Trump bragging today about 401k’s and stock market. Wasn’t one of reasons MAGAers said they voted for him is that all the economic gains were going to the elites – ie stockholders?

The sound of one hand clapping?

August 30, 2018

Miami Marlins will allow noisemakers in designated section of Marlins Park next year. Apparently they want to make 300 fans sound like 30,000?


Packers signed Aaron Rodgers to 4-year, $134 million extension. In related news expect Green Bay to announce beer and brats can now be paid for with an interest-free loan.

Cleveland releases LB  Mychal Kendricks after he was charged for insider trading over making over  $1 million in illegal investments in 2014.  Well, at least Kendricks didn’t do something obvious like betting against the Browns.

Betsy Devos wants to use federal funds to arm teachers in schools, which means taking the money from things like school supplies. On the other hand, with enough guns, maybe teachers can demand all the pencils they want.


Ted Cruz must be getting scared, Texas GOP running an ad referencing a DUI arrest Beto O’Rourke got over 20 years ago.
But considering George W. Bush and Cheney had 3 such arrests between them, maybe Republicans are trying to say O’Rourke is Presidential material.

So who’s going to be one to break it to Donald Trump that Republicans generally win Republican primaries?

Meanwhile, in Arizona,  over 140,000 people STILL voted for Kelli Ward, and over 94,000 voted for Joe Arpaio. Hillary was right about deplorables.


Another example of why we need more women in politics: Gwen Graham, on the night she was upset in Florida primary by Andrew Gillum, congratulated him immediately and added “‘Now, Andrew, go out and win this damned thing.”

Got to love how Donald Trump tweets out a false statement about Hillary Clinton’s emails being hacked by China, on an unsecured cellphone.

Have to wonder how much of this week’s tweet storm is Trump realizing he will never be loved by Americans 1% as much as John McCain?

ICE agents detailed 160 allegedly undocumented workers after a surprise raid at Load Trail Trailers in Texas, but no “criminal arrests” were made.
Uh, why not? If Feds REALLY wanted to stop businesses hiring illegals, lock the executives up.

Can’t go home again?

August 28, 2018

Johnny Manziel now saying when he got to Cleveland I was like, ‘Can I go back to college?’
And soon Browns fans thought the same thing.

USA Today has college BOWL projections out today. And we thought Pumpkin Spice Lattes in August were jumping the gun.

SF Giants these days are doing a great impersonation of a really good baseball team.  Either that or the lousy act went on a little longer than intended.

Another day, another airline travel waiver for severe weather in Chicago. As a travel agent, can’t wait for winter and better weather.

Elon Musk has been acting so crazy lately you almost have to wonder if he’s considering a Presidential Exploratory Committee.

Catholic Charities of Buffalo is shutting down adoption services because state of NY says they cannot refuse to place children with same-sex couples.  Guess they think better the children should be looked after by priests?

Al Gore – “I invented the internet.”

Donald Trump- “I am trying to eliminate the internet.”

The real reason Donald Trump is mad at Google?. He probably figured out he’s a lot less popular than most cat videos.

Anyone remember that old party game Twister? The modern version is Trump apologists trying to explain how every insane thing he says or does is part of a rational plan.


Trump apparently in talking to Shinzo Abe told Japanese PM
“I remember Pearl Harbor.”
No wonder the aging President, born in 1946, hates Google. It tells people the date of Pearl Harbor.

What’s next, we’re going to hear that Trump told Angela Merkel he remembers when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? #AnimalHouse

Trump ranting today about Google. Wait until someone tells him both Kim Kardashian and Barack Obama have more Twitter followers than he does.


Whatever you do now don’t google “Imbecile.” It would really upset Trump.

But okay fellow Democrats, to make sure that happens in November we HAVE to get over “I’m not voting for ‘anyone endorsed by Hillary, Bernie or fill in the blank’ for whoever failed your purity test.”

No relief

August 27, 2018

Angels and Rockies combined for NINE runs in the 8th inning Monday night. The shocking part, it wasn’t at Coors Field.

You know it’s been a rough year when the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals have both been eliminated from the playoffs.  And it’s only August.

Larry Fitzgerald, who will speak at John McCain’s funeral, on the Arizona Cardinals deciding to lock arms in the end zone during the anthem last year. “Everybody has a different opinion. You get 60 guys from different religions, different backgrounds, different races together, there’s going to be some differences of opinion. But the thing I liked about it is we were able to stick together as a unit, and that’s what it’s about.”
If anyone had doubts why Senator McCain wanted a football player at his funeral instead of the President of the United States.

A man who can’t figure out that flag should be at half-staff for a war-hero Senator is not someone who should be lecturing athletes on the anthem. Period.

Whatever you can say against Hillary Clinton, it’s pretty certain as President she would have lowered the White House flag immediately for John McCain, as well as issuing a gracious statement.

Too soon to start a pool on when the alleged deal between the U.S. and Mexico will collapse? “Who knew trade could be so complicated?”

I refuse to believe an actual deal with Mexico has been reached until I see the commemorative coins.

Vanity Fair reports White House counsel Don McGahn thinks pardoning Manafort is a bad idea, so Trump might hire a new lawyer. At this point, who’d take the job?

Safeway has Halloween candy, Starbucks is bringing back “Pumpkin Spice Latte” tomorrow. It’s AUGUST.
Can we blame Trump?

So Fox News, which devoted their front page for days to the murder of a young woman in Iowa, seems to have no concept of the fact that two young men were murdered in a mass shooting yesterday in Florida.
I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.

Uh,  Marco Rubio.  About Florida’s latest mass shooting –  “The Baltimore native, who used two legally purchased handguns, had a history of mental illness, authorities announced during a press conference Monday.”

Melania Trump in a fundraising email “Democrats and the opposition media are doing everything they possibly can to discredit Donald with false accusations by spreading their fake news and making it appear that he does not have the support of America’s voters.”
Hmm, guessing at least she didn’t plagiarize this one from Michelle Obama.

Changing seasons.

August 26, 2018

Three games into the NFL pre-season. Have the Browns been officially eliminated yet?


Tiger Woods had a bad day putting. Guess it would be childish to make jokes about Tiger no longer finding it so easy to put in the holes.

SF Giants, along with the NY Mets, are having disappointing seasons.  On the other hand, the Baltimore Orioles will just miss losing their 100th game of the year… in August.


Congratulations to Hawaii for winning the Little League World Series. Waiting for Trump to tweet next year he hopes winner is an US team.

Neil Simon “I can’t think of a humorous situation that does not involve some pain. I used to ask “What is a funny situation?” Now I ask “What is a sad situation and how can I tell it humorously?  R.I.P.


That moment when a President of a Foreign country, in his second language, far outclasses our US President. Tweet from Emmanuel Macron  “John McCain was a true American hero. He devoted his entire life to his country. His voice will be missed. Our respectful thoughts go to his beloved ones.”


One young woman killed by an immigrant and Trump rants about the border and his wall. Multiple people killed by a man who lost a video game tournament and crickets…


Admittedly, girls, young women, and grown women can be nasty.   But we don’t tend to shoot a bunch of people when we don’t get our way.

On other hand, showing that no party has a monopoly on mean and stupid,  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posts a nice tribute to John McCain and  many of her most liberal supporters immediately attack her because of bad things he did in his life. This is why we can’t have nice things.

This would, however, be a time for Marco Rubio or another GOP senator praising John McCain to have a maverick moment and actually introduce some reasonable gun control legislation.


Or Lindsay Graham “I had always viewed him as indestructible. It never crossed my mind that there would be political life without John McCain, until now.” Well, how about honoring him by remembering where you put your spine?

Losing a lion

August 25, 2018

We knew it was coming, but still, too soon. RIP John McCain.


A great way for one of John McCain’s GOP colleagues to honor him would be trying to emulate him some time by putting country over party.

Even Fox News loved John McCain more than they will ever love Donald Trump.

Susan Collins said John McCain’s death meant we have “lost the last lion.”  Perhaps it is time to look to the lionesses.

Hawaii will play South Korea for the Little League World Series Championship. Waiting for hard-core MAGAers to protest that there’s no US team involved.

Urban Meyer’s lawyer said the Buckeyes football coach “fell on the sword” in accepting Ohio State’s “punishment.”
Uh, please, a three-game suspension where only conference game is vs. Rutgers? More like fell on a semi-sharp pencil.

Urban Meyer Friday “Let me say here and now what I should have said on Wednesday: I sincerely apologize to Courtney Smith and her children for what they have gone through,”
Translation, someone heard from his wife or lawyer.

Does anyone doubt that if the Buckeyes were a .500 football team, Urban Meyer would have been fired weeks ago?

Apparently Maryland AD Kevin Anderson used department money to hire a lawyer for two football-players accused of sexual misconduct.
Ah, for the days that the Terps were only embarrassing on the field….

Does GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter, who just threw his wife under the bus by blaming her for his misuse of campaign funds, realize women have the right to vote?


Three people shot, one fatally, at a Florida high school football game. Well, clearly all football fans need to be armed.

Mike Pence has been so invisible lately you figure Dick Cheney must have given him the key to his undisclosed secret location.

“Donald Trump said he’d run into a school to face an armed killer. But he’s afraid to confront 5’4″ 71 year-old Jeff Sessions in person and needs to insult him on Twitter.”

Trump spoke at Ohio GOP fundraising dinner Friday night. Gov. John Kasich said he had a personal scheduling conflict and couldnt attend. So was he washing his hair or his truck?

You can tell GOP is seriously worried about Duncan Hunter’s seat. Fox News headline “Grandson of Munich terrorist rises in race against indicted Rep. Hunter, disavows dark family past.”

Ammar Campa-Najjar’s grandfather died 16 years before he was born.

So as Donald Trump becomes increasing unhinged about this #WitchHunt, how long until he unleashes the flying monkeys?