Archive for January 2020

Not so crammed?

January 20, 2020

WNBA has a new contract. It includes business-first class flights for the players. They’ve been flying coach?!!! And here most of us, even short people, have been feeling cramped in a coach seat.

Right about now not just fans in New Orleans who are wishing Saints were still in playoffs. Fox figures 49ers-Saints game might have been competitive enough to have viewers for 2nd half of  NFC Championship.

As a Saints fan I wholeheartedly embrace sulking and “coulda, woulda, shoulda.” So hade to admire all these p*ssed off Chicago Bear fans actually getting it trending about how their team drafted Trubisky over Mahomes.

But okay, did someone tell the Chiefs  that they have to give all their playoff opponents a head start? 

So how do you lose to the Hawks and then two days beat the Heat?   Schizophrenic  Spurs…

Trump praised the Packers in Wisconsin at a rally this week and attacked  “Nancy Pelosi’s 49ers.”   I missed his post-game tweet.

Fox News keeps attacking Virginia governor Northam and Democrats over gun control and a ban on weapons at tomorrow’s rally. So okay, own the libs, Trump needs to start allowing guns at HIS rallies!

So the new NASA program is called Artemis? Oh please, oh please can someone ask Trump who or what he thinks Artemis is.

Frightening thought, Trump loves to spill state secrets at his fundraising dinners and to friends. When we do get him out of office what’s he going to do with those former president security briefings?

 

Trump went to Austin Sunday to speak. Wonder if anyone told him that in 2016, over 65% of the city voted for Hillary Clinton?

Posted this tweet yesterday BEFORE NY Times endorsement.

Okay, here’s a really crazy thought, and I’m not pushing it…but would love opinions. Thinking about Warren’s comment about winning elections. Any way she and Amy team up? Obviously that ticket would take compromise. But that is how things get done.

 

Okay, who besides me really would love to hear the next Elizabeth Warren and  Amy Klobuchar private conversation, maybe in the Senate women’s room before Tuesday’s trial starts.

Slow sports day but…

January 17, 2020

 

Possible 2020 Slogan for Baltimore Orioles – “We’re been so bad, you KNOW we’re not cheating.”

Baseball has long been considered “America’s Game.”  But will all these suspensions and firings this weekend finally be what makes football #1?   Because what’s more American these days than cheating and getting away with it?

Actual headline on Fox website “Eric Trump: Reports that Joe’s brother ‘leveraged’ family name show ‘the Bidens are a business.'” #Whythereisnosatire

 

Trump administration today announced schools can roll back Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules on vegetables and fruits. George H.W. Bush’s saying he didn’t like broccoli now seems so quaint.

 

 

Chris Collins, who was the first congressman to endorse Donald Trump, has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for securities fraud. Too soon to start a pool as to when Trump will pardon him? And make him head of SEC?

Guess Alan Dershowitz had already given up on Martha’s Vineyard this summer.

“My father would’ve been ashamed of this Republican Party, He would’ve been embarrassed & ashamed a POTUS was as incompetent & traitorous as the man occupying the White House now.”- Ron Reagan You know it’s coming, how long until Trump attacks Ron and his father.

 

A reporter asked Marsha McSally “should the Senate consider new evidence as part of the impeachment trial? Her posted response “You’re a liberal hack. I’m not talking to you.” Well, yeah, because Arizona voters elected her to stand up to the media. Oh wait, she lost. Never mind.

Trump Thursday said he will protect the First Amendment right of students to pray in U.S. public schools. So this means Muslim kids can bring their prayer mats, and for that matter, Wiccans can do their rituals?

 

 

Seen with everyone, always at the heart of things – Lev Parnas might be the Forrest Gump of the GOP.

Unnecessary risks?

January 16, 2020

One question many are asking, the Houston Astros were so good, why did they need to cheat? The New England Patriots say “Hi.”

 

Trump today complained that people are prevented from praying on the football field. Uh what? As a Saints fan I can tell you most people in the Superdome often end up praying, especially in the playoffs. Even the atheists.

 

Joe Burrow’s father says “if the Bengals do draft him, he’s going to be happy.”
Translation, anything’s better than the Redskins.

Regarding the current cheating scandal in baseball. Yes, I KNOW stealing signs has been part of the game as long as there’s been a game.
But MLB specifically ordered teams not to do it electronically. And the people getting punished disobeyed that order.
That’s amazing cocky. Or stupid. Or both.

 

Well, at least the Mets were undefeated in the Carlos Beltran era.

 

New Orleans police issued arrest warrant for Odell Beckham Jr. on a complaint of simple battery after he simply slapped a Superdome security guard’s butt in LSU locker room. WTF, do they think OBJ’s a Saints referee too?

JetBlue raised the fee for a passenger’s 1st checked bag from $30 to $35, and 2nd bag from $40 to $45, with a $5 discount if pay in advance. Dibs on “Less than 24 hours” for how long it will take major carriers to follow them. (But no, we don’t have airline monopolies.)

CNN correspondent Manu Raju today in Senate halls to Arizona’s appointed senator Marsha McSally “Senator McSally, should the Senate consider new evidence as part of the impeachment trial?”
McSally: You’re a liberal hack I’m not talking to you”
Even with climate change, who knew Arizona had such big snowflakes?

Congratulations to all those who had Rick Perry in Trump Impeachment Bingo.

 

Trump says he just got impeached for making a PERFECT PHONE CALL. So why doesn’t he come to the Senate Floor and tell us about it?

Now that it’s come out that Lev Parnas started working for Fred Trump selling condos over 30 years ago, how long until Donald Trump denies knowing his father?

To the victor the spoiled?

January 16, 2020

 

Apparently former LSU star Odell Beckham Jr was on the field after the national championship game, handing out cash to players. While there was a rumor it was fake, Joe Burrow said ” “I’m not a student-athlete anymore, so I can say yeah,”

Yikes, I like Burrow but possible translation  ‘I’ve graduated off the bus so now I’m okay throwing my teammates under it? 

 

“I think you called me a liar on national TV,”
“What?”
“I think you called me a liar on national TV.”
“Let’s not do it right now.. You want to have that discussion, we’ll have that discussion,”
“Any time.”
“You called me a liar. You told me — all right, let’s not do it now.”
Is this a Presidential campaign or an episode of “The Bachelor?”

So in the Sanders Warren tiff, Trump has announced he believes Bernie. Is ANYONE surprised? The only time Donald believes a woman over a man, it’s when someone accuses Bill Clinton.

Delta Airlines facing criticism for dumping fuel in Los Angeles area over elementary schools. With California prices, at least they didn’t try to charge people on the ground for free gasoline.

 

Sexism in two sentences: If Democrats nominate Bernie or Joe, and they lose, no one will say “Well, it just proves an old white man can’t win.” But if we nominate Amy or Elizabeth and they lose….

I hope Lev Parnas has good security. And a food taster.

So who’s going to be the first GOP Senator to announce that they are “very troubled” by this possible Trump-involved plot to stalk and maybe harm  Marie Yavanovitch

Who knew the Trump Hotel bar would make Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca seems like a church in comparison?

Why do I have a feeling that surveillance tapes at Trump Hotel are all in the same place as tapes of Epstein’s cell?

Meanwhile, no joke, this is the headline on Fox News site “DEMS UNDERMINED – Parnas throws water on Ukraine surveillance claim, ‘crazy’ texts.”
“Undermined?” I don’t think that word means what they want us to think it means.

 

Actually, it makes a certain amount of sense. As a travel agent I haven’t recommended Trump hotels in years, many of my clients, even Republicans, have indicated they won’t stay at Trump properties, and the Trump Hotel DC is usually more expensive than anything else in town, including the Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental. So with people avoiding the place for reasons from politics to their pocketbooks, what better way to make it feel like a private club where you can get away with anything?

Missed chances?

January 15, 2020

Stanford had a rough football year. But we can take comfort after College Football National Championship in the fact that USC didn’t think Ed Orgeron was good enough to be their head coach.

(And for Michigan fans, Ohio State let Joe Burrow get away.)

Red Sox have fired manager Alex Cora. Translation – We can save a little bit of face if we fire him before he gets suspended.

While it may not have been as pervasive as steroids, does anyone think that the Astros and Red Sox were the only team engaged in electronic sign-stealing?

C.C. Sabathia says Yankees were ‘cheated’ out of title in 2017 by the Astros. Wonder what two teams NY beat to get to ALCS think,  the Twins and Indians, whose combined payrolls were pretty close to the Yankees.

Trump got a largely favorable reception at College Football Playoff. Well, let’s see, largely white Southern crowd who’d paid $1,000 & up for their tickets. Sounds like his base. (Guessing his reception would have been decidedly mixed at regular season Saints game.)

If Trump had exactly the same affair that Bill Clinton did,  GOP would insist both Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp be barred from testifying over “executive privilege.”

Who says there’s no use for a liberal arts degree? I actually knew the Final Final Jeopardy for the Jeopardy GOAT tournament.  (Not putting it in the post in case anyone’s recorded it.)

Before debates started,  struck by the fact that an old white man who just had a heart attack is viewed by many as less of a health risk than a woman who fainted on a hot day.

 

Tom Steyer wonders why we keeping having this conversation about healthcare and says it’s because the system is broken. No, it’s because Democrats just won the House and don’t have the Senate. 

Steyer also says he’s qualified to be President because he’s traveled internationally and met with a lot of people overseas. Does this mean the person we REALLY need to elect as President should be a travel agent?
Rick Scott yesterday, supposedly talking about China “I want more trade, but you can’t trade with somebody that lies, cheats and steals.” Another of those moments when Trump Cult members say the quiet part out loud.

Asterick-os?

January 14, 2020

Texans would like to thank the Astros for completely wiping their 24 point blown-lead from yesterday against the Chiefs off the Houston front pages.

Trying to imagine if Bob Gibson found out someone was stealing his signs. Mostly trying to imagine where the memorials would be located. 

Astros get caught cheating and ending up losing their manager, GM,  as well as draft picks.  Red Sox likely to follow.   Patriots are thinking “amateurs.’

Since MLB is issuing managerial suspensions but not punishing Astros or Red Sox players for cheating can we put Barry Bonds in the Hall of Fame NOW?!

(although seriously, as a Saints fan I still maintain other teams had bounty systems.  But four New Orleans players were suspended along with coaches.  MLB isn’t even slapping players on the wrist?)

Pitchers like Phil Niekro, Tim Wakefield and Charlie Hough have to be laughing at MLB’s sign stealing scandal. Doesn’t matter if you knew a good knuckleball is coming, you still couldn’t hit it.

 

 

Reports that some fans chanted “four more years” with Trump in the Superdome tonight. But are we sure they weren’t chanting it to Joe Burrow?

 

 

As President Trump walked to the sideline of the field here at the Superdome,  a reporter asked him… “Who do you like tonight?” “Both!” he said with a thumbs up.   Of course, even with a sporting event Donald cannot bear to pick a side in advance. Because he might be wrong. #Sad

 

Haven’t been an initial fan of SF Giants decision to hire Gabe Kapler , especially with all the good things I’d read about Astros assistant Joe Espada. But now wonder, did Giants have some idea about what MLB investigation showed in Houston?

Not the Onion, Gwyneth Paltrow’s is doing a “Goop at Sea” cruise with Celebrity Cruises this summer to the Mediterranean. I can only imagine what the cabin fragrance will be….

Maybe the Academy thought they’d get credit for diversity with Oscar Nominations because Joker is a man of colors?

Sure looks like the only “imminent threat” involved in killing Soleimani was that emails showing Trump ordered putting a hold on Ukrainian aid were an imminent threat to derail his impeachment defense. That and maybe the Burisma hacking.

Houston, we have a problem.

January 12, 2020

This week may see Houston Astros being punished more harshly than any MLB team since the Black Sox.  Houston Texans after 1st quarter did their best to get Houston fans prepared to deal with pain.


And after rushing out to a 24-0 lead, Texans also did their best to make the 1993 Houston Oiliers, who blew a 35-3 lead to the Buffalo Bills,  feel a little better.

Happiest fans not in Kansas City with  today’s Texans-Chiefs game. Anyone who bet the 50.5 over. (which was bested in the first half.)

Julian Edelman arrested for jumping on top of a car?!! Waiting for NFL to decide which lowly member of Patriots staff they’ll blame for this one.

 

Pete Carroll was really upset after officials said Packers’ Jimmy Graham had a first down while replays indicated he was clearly short.   Of course had Carroll himself been able to get about a yard in four plays at end of game with 49ers two weeks ago, Seahawks might not have even been playing in Green Bay.

Marc Ragovin –   “I’m not saying it was summerlike this weekend on the East Coast, but the Orioles were just eliminated from contention.”

Wonder how city of San Jose feels about all these aerial shots yesterday of Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay supposedly outside Levi’s Stadium ? 

Actually, considering traffic from San Francisco to Santa Clara there are times when it may be faster next year for Oakland fans to fly to Las Vegas for a Raiders game, than for San Francisco fans to drive to a home 49ers game.

 

As Texas supports Trump xenophobia by slamming the door on immigrants and ICE announces plans to check visas at MIT, your reminder that Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian immigrant student.

This morning Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said he ‘didn’t see’ evidence of an Iranian plot to attack four embassies. Time to move Esper up in Trump firing bingo.

Trump fundraising email today for his 60-second Super Bowl ad talks about the Left being “TRIGGERED by the TRUTH”- “we’ll have a FULL BLOWN, NATIONWIDE LIBERAL MELTDOWN on our hands.” Because nothing says Presidential like a ranting all-caps email?

 

Wait, Trump  tweeting “don’t kill your protesters” to Iran.  Uh, wait, this is the guy who completely melts down if someone so much as holds up a negative sign at his rallies. And said in 2016 he’d like to “punch a protester in the face.”

So protest is fine, as long as it’s not directed at him.

Wonder if MAGAts would be still cheering Trump’s decision to kill Soleimani if over 100 people on that Ukranian Air plane were American?

 

 

Oscar Nominations at 818a Monday morning. Expect angry Donald Trump tweets about not being nominated for anything at about 819a.