Archive for December 2018

Any given Christmas Eve Eve?

December 24, 2018

Thinking a lot of folks might be forgiven for wondering why Nick Files isn’t Eagles starting QB?

6-8 Broncos vs 3-11 Raiders on Monday Night Football this week. So many NFL fans are getting their Christmas turkey earlier.

 

Wizards and Suns combined for 295 in Triple OT NBA game. Curiously enough 295 is approximate over-under if  Chiefs and Saints end up in the Super Bowl.

So did the Washington Redskins decide to show solidarity with government workers Saturday by shutting themselves down in the 4th quarter?

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tweeted that he had called leaders of US largest banks to confirm they had liquidity to keep offering credit. Thereby trying to reassure Americans who weren’t worried until he tweeted?

 

 

Here’s a compromise for Donald Trump – whatever we decide to spend on his wall or slats or whatever, Democrats get an equal amount to put into whatever social problem they want that he’s cut.

So wait, this morning we aren’t talking about “artistic steel slats” and are back talking about “a good old-fashioned wall.” This is SO confusing.

 

If we had a President he would be at least sending “thoughts and prayers” to Indonesia.

Same POTUS who said he’d run unarmed into a school to face an armed killer was afraid to fire his Secretary of Defense in person or even by phone.

Just thinking, anyone who REALLY cared about safety in this country might make sure TSA agents got paid during a shutdown.

So if Mexico is paying for the wall will they cover paychecks of furloughed government workers too?

Trump is staying at the White House over Christmas.  Is it really because of the government shutdown. Or is it just possible Donald doesn’t want to face his rich friends after tanking the stock market?

Wonder if since he’s stuck in DC, if Trump will issue an executive order demanding McDonald’s stay open on Christmas.

Bowling for green?

December 22, 2018

Four more made-for-TV college football bowls Saturday. And can anyone who isn’t a gambler or alum of a school involved say they’re seriously planning to watch any of them?

One of Saturday’s bowls is the “Dollar General Bowl.”  Is that the price they hope fans will pay to attend?

With Cincinnati trading for Yasiel Puig, Reds may not contend in 2019, but at least dugout may have thermo-nuclear capability.

Troy Tulowitzki is being paid $38 million by the Toronto Blue Jays not to play. If SF Giants just sign him to play along with Pablo Sandoval ($18 million due from Red Sox) would they set a record for players being paid by other teams.

Must admit, it takes a certain kind of stable genius to shutdown the government over a wall that he promised us Mexico was going to pay for.

Reports that Trump has attacked Matt Whitaker because POTUS feels prosecutors that the acting AG oversees have filed charges that make him look bad. Truly amazing that buses run in DC with all the people Donald has thrown under them.

 

Melania Trump has gone down with her son to Mar-a-Lago while Donald stays in Washington. So seems like SOMEONE at least got what she wanted for Christmas.

Lost in the craziness of  Friday morning’s tweet storm from Donald Trump “I know tech better than anyone…”
Says the stable genius who can’t even use spellcheck on his phone.

TSA workers will remain on job, but they will not be paid, except presumably retroactively. And you think airport experience was bad enough before Government Shutdown.

Trump says he is prepared for a “very long shutdown.” Did someone forget to tell him new Democrat-controlled House starts on January 3?

Quote of the day “Rather than talking about putting up a fence, why don’t we work out some recognition of our mutual problems? Make it possible for them to come here legally with a work permit, and they, while they’re working and earning here, they’d pay taxes here. And when they want to go back, they can go back. They can cross. Open borders both ways”
From that noted liberal Ronald Reagan.

On a brighter note, today is literally the darkest day of the year in the US. So we’re all uphill from now!

Blink and you missed it..

December 21, 2018

Yes, Thursday December 20, was the “Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.

(and if you knew without Google who was playing in it…. well, you just MIGHT have too much time on your hands.)

On those days when you feel overwhelmed and unworthy at work, remember Nathan Peterman, signed by the Raiders, has a job as an NFL Quarterback.

 

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, after he retires, again for health reason, will co-teach a course at the school on character  and leadership.

Some statements don’t even need a punchline.

Saints coach Sean Payton “The 46-man roster on game day is soon to be, I think, will be soon dated. I think that’s gotta change
If we’re interested in health and safety — and it sounds like we are; at least that’s something we talk about a lot — that number should be higher. And that’ll affect the overall roster size. And that might cost a little bit more money, but that’s the price.”

Uh “cost a little bit more money.” Wonder if NFL will suspend Payton again for that.

Can’t stop thinking about all those voters who thought there wouldn’t be any difference between Donald and Hillary…

Though in related news,  Donald Trump has announced his next book will teach executives healthy management techniques.

GoFundMe campaign for the wall up to over $9 million Wonder how many MAGAers who have donated would balk at, for example, paying $1 more for coffee or a burger to give restaurant workers a living wage

 

Even Fox News is making James Mattis’s departure a headline. But in their “Five things you need to know about Mattis” – #2 is “Obama appointed him to commander of U.S. Central Command.”

That moment when the last adult in the room decides the spoiled toddler is too much to handle….

 

So if you REALLY wanted to lead a war on Christmas, wouldn’t a first step be furloughing employees right before the holiday?

Wasn’t that long ago I bemoaned not being able to get on a flight for several hours without landing & thinking “WTF did Trump do now?”
Now we can’t even go for lunch or a coffee break.

Yesterday Trump tweeted “We have defeated ISIS in Syria.”
Today’s tweet – “Russia, Iran, Syria & many others are not happy about the U.S. leaving, despite what the Fake News says, because now they will have to fight ISIS and others, who they hate, without us.”
So we defeated them but they are back already? This is SO confusing…

Let’s hope no one tells Donald Trump that Santa Claus is a foreigner without a visa giving gift to people regardless of their immigration status.

I do think today the Democratic Virtual Advent Calendar just exploded.

But hey, if we have a government shutdown tomorrow, at least furloughed workers will be able to say “Merry Christmas!”

If elected they might not serve.

December 19, 2018

Seriously does anyone other than the players involved care who gets selected for the Pro Bowl?

 

New Orleans Saints need one more victory to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.  And the Panthers, who they play for the final game of the season,  have just shut down Cam Newton.

Though my son points out that Carolina’s best passer on Monday night was actually Christian McCaffrey.

Whew, Ohio, was trending tonight. But it’s not a mass shooting or disaster, but just for a football bowl game. Okay, be honest folks, who knew Ohio University HAD a football team?

Maybe one way to get more interest in these meaningless bowl games is that winners get guaranteed games scheduled with Power 5 conferences?

Cuban Baseball Federation has reached an agreement with MLB to allow to allow Cuban players to sign major league contracts without defecting.
Nobody tell Donald Trump.

So if we want to practice on a wall, maybe America could start by building one at the Florida border over Christmas? Or at least around Mar-A-Lago?

Marco Rubio, one of 12 Senators to vote against – If I’m uncomfortable in the end I’m going to air on the side of public safety and vote against it.” Right, unless the bill favors NRA or gun lobby.

Have often thought having troops in the Mideast is a mistake. But to suddenly pull them out of Syria on a day when Flynn plea and Trump Foundation being dissolved are making headline, well, T.S. Eliot had it right: “The last temptation is the greatest treason. To do the right thing for the wrong reason.

 

Trump Wednesday night tweeting about “The Ingraham Angle.” Can someone please shout at him to turn off the TV and “Do your job”?

I’m so old I remember waking up during the holiday season without thinking “What tantrum is POTUS throwing this morning?

 

So if Mexico is somehow “indirectly paying for the wall” can I tell IRS I am indirectly paying my taxes?

Smocking something?

December 18, 2018

New Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen “Internally, we would argue that we’re the favorites in the division right now.” Wait, I thought New York hadn’t yet legalized marijuana.

Redskins safety Montae Nicholson arrested early this am after he and a woman companion allegedly attacked another couple, Sounds like claiming Reuben Foster already has inspired his new teammates.

Damn, RIP Penny Marshall, not only Laverne but the director of “Big” and “League of Their Own.” No doubt she’s on her way to heaven saying “Are you crying? Are you crying?! There’s no crying! There’s no crying in baseball!

Trump is directing DOD to establish Space Command, aka Space Force. Does he think he can get Michael Jordan in charge?

Amazing, Tucker Carlson’s claim immigrants make the U.S. “poorer and dirtier.”
Wonder how many of the people who clean his home and hotel rooms he frequents are American born?

Wait, all of a sudden White House says they will accept $1.6 billion for wall instead of $6 billion. But why should it matter if Mexico is paying for it?

United Airlines is telling Premier members they now have free access to “Preferred Seats” – standard legroom but in “first few rows behind Economy Plus.”
Translation, most fliers will be now paying more not to sit in the VERY back of the bus.

Steve Mnuchin, asked about Trump’s “middle-class tax cut.”- “I’m not going to comment on whether it is a real thing or not a real thing,”
Translation – Trump made it up.

Today’s Trump fundraising email:
“..Your name is *NOT* yet on the Official First Family Christmas Card. President Trump and the First Lady have been working so hard to bring Christmas cheer to the White House……Because it’s not just their home. It’s your home too.
That’s why the official Christmas card we give them on Christmas Eve won’t be complete without your name.”
Uh, they won’t even be in White House on Christmas Eve, they’ll be at Mar-A-Lago.

 

The First Step Act is a good first step in criminal justice reform. But with such overwhelming support, have to wonder, why did Mitch McConnell refuse to bring it to the Senate floor until now?
Almost as if Trump asked him to wait to provide distraction on a very very bad day

Unexpected?

December 18, 2018

And yes, we all expected the New Orleans Saints to be on the cusp of clinching home field advantage throughout the playoffs because of their stellar…. defense??

 

And also  didn’t everyone have the San Antonio Spurs going 5-1 on their homestand by beating the now 20-12 Philadelphia 76ers and losing to the now 7-24 Chicago Bulls?

Your post Saints-Panthers game reminder, that while Cam Newton is a very good QB, it took a lot to be expelled from the University of Florida under Urban Meyer.

Must admit I liked the Woody Allen  movie “Manhattan”  MUCH more before I knew it was autobiographical.

 

Got an online ad for “official” Trump merchandise on sale for Christmas, IF you use the code ‘NOEL.” Wait, Noel is a French word. I thought we’re making America great again

 

Just thinking, if we have a Government Shutdown presume Secret Service still needs to guard Donald Trump. But to save manpower and money shouldn’t it only be indoors, meaning he shouldn’t venture outside to say, a golf course?

 

Utah just lowered DUI blood-alcohol content limit to 0.05, strictest in US. So any guy who wants to party this holiday season should be sure to be driven home by his most sober wife.

 

New report says that after the election, Russian disinformation teams targeted Robert Mueller. Now we might be talking the REAL witch hunt.

 

 

Your reminder that most people working illegally in this country flew in on visitor’s visas. You know, like at first Melanija Slavs, now FLOTUS.

If you are more outraged about Sarah Sanders not being able to finish her cheese plate than a 7-year old girl dying after being detained by the Border Patrol, you just might need to rearrange your priorities.

So if we DO have government shutdown Dec. 21 would that mean Air Force One is grounded from flying to Florida? Asking for a country.

Strange bedfellows, or at least field fellows…

December 17, 2018

While rooting for team you love is best, a one-night fling with someone playing “your” team’s rival can also be very satisfying.  Thank you Eagles, on behalf of all Saints fans. #BeatLA

Have to think a lot of casual NFL fans are wondering why this Nick Foles guy isn’t the Eagles regular starting QB.
Come to think of it..

 

Meanwhile,  Steelers Patriots features a team led by (alleged) rapist against the  cheaters… Sometimes choosing who to root for in NFL football can be so confusing…

 

-Christmas PSA – hey folks, if you care about American jobs, forget spending money on a wall, spend your money at small businesses.

A farm tied to an outbreak of E.coli  with romaine lettuce now is recalling other lettuce and cauliflower.
Once again, a chance for anti-science Trumpster to “own the libs” – proudly eat those vegetables.

 

So was calling his former long-time personal attorney a “Rat” another moment Donald Trump became Presidential?

Meanwhile, now there are rumors that Ross, Nielsen and even Devos might be leaving Trump White House. This ship of state  is losing rats faster than a boat carrying a cat convention.

Maybe the point of having Stephen Miller in White House is to convince immigrants they don’t want to come to a country that includes people like him?

Was spending the third Sunday in December shut up in the White House rage-tweeting another way Trump was saving Christmas again?

 

The real  reason Trump was so upset by SNL It’s a Wonderful Life spoof? – he always sided with Mr. Potter.

Who knew Rick Perry MIGHT end up being one of the least harmful Trump cabinet members?

Can’t decide for sure the windows this weekend for Democratic Virtual Advent Calendar.  But a strong case can be made for SNL’s “It’s a wonderful Trump” and Stephen Miller’s Wooly Willy hair. (google it, youngsters.)