Archive for January 2020

A question of interest.

January 31, 2020

Can Astros & Red Sox now claim they were acting in the national interest to keep Dodgers from winning the World Series….and thus escape punishment? Asking for Giants and Angels fan friends.

 

Once again, part of the insanity about the Super Bowl is prop bets, everything from who the first person to score to the color of Gatorade for the winning coach’s shower.  But this year there should be something new – during the game, who will be the first person Trump insults by tweet?

So forget impeachment for a while, here’s the real question – did Tom Brady tweet a picture of himself at Gillette Stadium in a blue or white/gold dress?

John McCain would have voted for witnesses. Period.

 

So would GOP agree with Alan Dershowitz that if Trump somehow tampers with voting machines or otherwise rigs the election to ensure a 2nd term that it is not impeachable?

For that matter, what if Trump decides that since his re-election is in the public interest, he is justified in having his opponents jailed or killed? Asking for a democracy.

As if Sen. Joni Ernst wasn’t despicable enough chortling about Trump’s impeachment’s hurting Biden, now she said it’s “concerning” that Chief Justice John Roberts would not read Sen. Rand Paul’s outing the whistleblower question. Hey Iowa Dem, when caucuses are done, can you focus on voting her out?

CNN reports White House official said Trump and his team are “not concerned about the prospect of new revelations from former national security adviser John Bolton’s upcoming book.” Cool, so let Bolton speak before the Senate.

 

Your reminder, we have a POTUS shredding rule of law & constitution in plain view & some Democrats are freaking out over single events with various candidates decades ago? I’m solidly for Amy Klobuchar at this point but EVERY Democrat running is a major improvement. #VoteBlueNoMatterWho

A wrinkle in time?

January 30, 2020

As we near the end of January, only two and a half months left in the NBA season.   Which curiously enough, will then about be the length of the playoffs.

Between Kobe Bryant tragedy and Trump impeachment trial, this might be the first time in modern memory that Americans might almost forget it’s Super Bowl week.

 

Market Street in San Francisco is trending. Fortunately because it’s now a car free zone. But I miss the days when you saw a location trend and didn’t immediately think “Mass shooting.”

Trump is tweeting about “Commander in Chiefs.” Is he talking about Andy Reid or Patrick Mahomes?  

Witness intimidation is a felony. Trump may not be the first President to be impeached, but he is the first to be committing impeachable acts DURING his trial.

So by Alan Dershowitz standards, if a reporter stands in middle of 5th Avenue and Trump shoots him or her if that’s okay if Donald just claims they were hurting him with fake news?

Your reminder, the same POTUS who says Bolton’s book contains “Top Secret” information that cannot be revealed, was chatting about planned Soleimani attack on the golf course.

 

This Alan Dershowitz comment will age well ” I think I’m the greatest president there ever was and if I’m not elected, the national interest will suffer greatly.’ That cannot be an impeachable offense.”

 

One of many GOP arguments against impeachment is “let the voters decide.”  So if Barack Obama had decided to try an end run around Mitch McConnell & put Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court by executive order in March, think GOP would have had ANY qualms about impeaching him in an election year?

 

If Trump were a CEO who had hired as many executives who he then fired, & if those former employees almost all accused him of lying and worse….how long until boards would fire HIM?

Decency rising?

January 29, 2020

We can root for the Astros again. Dusty Baker will be their manager!

Apparently 49ers fans are buying more Super Bowl tickets than Chief fans. Makes a twisted sort of sense. By San Francisco standards ticket prices are still less than a month’s rent.

Cornerback Tre Roberson, who’s been playing for the Calgary Stampeders is considered to be the top Canadian Football League free agent this year.  Roberson.reportedly had nine offers but signed with the Bears.  Because Chicago is most likely to give him that sub-zero game-day weather he’s gotten used to in Calgary?

Carnival Cruise Line is going to ban offensive clothing, including anything with a message promoting hatred or violence. Does that include MAGA hats?

Whatever you think about the Bidens, at least Joe didn’t give his son Hunter a security clearance.

Hunter’s board position with Burisma was no secret. If the situation with Joe Biden situation was as bad as GOP makes it out to be, then how incompetent was Trump that he waited over 2 years to threaten Ukraine over it?

Donald’s lawyer Jay Sekulow finishes up today with “Danger, Danger, Danger!” Uh, does Sekulow realize that Trump makes Dr. Zachary Smith look really good by comparison?
#DangerWillRobinson #LostinSpace (Google it, children. 😉)

Your reminder next time you have a Senate race where you may not be that excited about the Democratic candidate: Joe Donnelly, Claire McCaskill and Bill Nelson all would at least have voted to hear witnesses.

In case anyone doesn’t remember, Pam Bondi, who was railing against the Bidens for corruption, in 2013 decided not to join lawsuit against Trump University for tax fraud after Trump gave her $25k donation. (Trump later paid the IRS a $2,500 penalty because the donation came from his foundation and was illegal.)
Also in 2013 Bondi also persuaded Gov. Rick Scott to postpone a scheduled execution because it conflicted with her reelection fundraising event. No joke.

Trump now apparently considering a ban on flights to China. Again, the stable genius stated just last week he trusts President Xi “It’s one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”
Are we feeling safe yet?

Unusually full house

January 27, 2020

 

“Super Bowl Opening Night” tonight at Marlins Park in Miami, a $25 general admission party. Sadly it probably will outdraw Marlins Opening Day.

WTF? Now MLB is saying DH in the NL might start in 2021. Guess it matters less that Madison Bumgarner is no longer with #SFGiants, but hope this doesn’t make him decide to retire.

One of the better things to my mind written on Kobe Bryant’s death, if you’re interested.

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a30668419/kobe-bryant-dead-at-41-obituary/

Ken Starr complained today  “The Senate is being called to sit as the high court of impeachment all too frequently. Indeed, we are living in what can aptly be described as the age of impeachment.”
Irony, your regular table is ready.

Tuned it to a bit of the GOP statements –  didn’t realize that Barack Obama was being impeached today.

As the Bolton potential bombshells from his book emerge, maybe T.S. Eliot had it right “The last temptation is the greatest treason. To do the right thing, for the wrong reason.”

Have to wonder how people would feel if they knew a murder victim where the killer got off because a witness who saw him do it said nothing… because he wanted to save the story for a book.

 

Although sometimes to hear GOP talk Donald Trump got elected to deal with the most critical issue of our time, prosecuting Joe and Hunter Biden for nepotism.

When this presidency is over how many of Trump”s lawyers will be able to find other jobs? #ETTD

Joni Ernst absolutely gleeful about how, in her mind today’s GOP defense of Trump will hurt Joe Biden in Iowa.
She’s not Donald’s juror, she’s his wingman.

 

So what’s Alan Dershowitz doing this summer now that he’s pretty certainly not going to Martha’s Vineyard?

Wonder how Rudy feels about being called a “minor player.”

Can someone tell Trump that if he testifies on camera in the Senate impeachment trial he would get the bigliest ratings ever?

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January 26, 2020

Damn. No snark. Never was my favorite player but gone way way way too soon. Maybe  Kobe and Wilt can play a helluva pickup game in basketball heaven tonight.

 

Wasn’t a Kobe fan for his style of play, and like many women was disturbed over the alleged rape. Have lost track of the jokes I have written about him. On the other hand, Bryant not only reconciled with Vanessa, they had more children, he seemed to be a great dad, and as if he would be one of those rare athletes who might have a “second act” as good or better than his first. He transcended sports. The world will miss him.
Carpe diem.

White Sox pitcher Dallas Keuchel, who was on the 2017 Astros “I think first and foremost, apologies should be in order … for everyone on the team.”
Uh, except apologizing means admitting taking part in the cheating.

Not in any of the major US media but news in Ireland  – Mike Pence had a photo op at Shannon with US troops on their way to Iraq, also “refueling”  at the airport.  The VP was in Rome for a meeting with the Pope.

Uh, Rome to DC is easily within Air Force Two’s range.  On the other hand, Shannon is within an hour from Trump’s money losing Irish resort, where Secret Service  etc would have had to stay.    I’m SURE it’s just a coincidence.

Queen Elizabeth just gave Prince William an additional new title:”Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.”
Translation “My grandson who isn’t f*cking things up?”

GOP defense seems to be, even if Trump did it, it’s not impeachable. Trust all GOP senators will go on record that if a Democrat is elected in 2020 she/he can on day one ask other countries to investigate Ivanka/Don Jr/Eric corruption, just in case Trumps run for office in future.

 

Trump retweeted a tweet about getting rid of NPR. Annual funding for all of CPB is about $445 million a year, about $1.35 per American per year and 0.01 % of the federal budget (one one-hundredth of one percent) of the federal budget.
Wonder how much taxpayers paid in 2019 to Trump hotels and resorts?

It takes balls?

January 25, 2020

White Sox pitcher Dallas Keuchel, who was on the 2017 Astros “I think first and foremost, apologies should be in order … for everyone on the team.”
Uh, except apologizing means admitting taking part in the cheating.

Have heard there’s an actual spread on tomorrow’s Pro Bowl. And if you know it you just MIGHT have a gambling problem.

 

George Salcedo, the former UCLA men’s soccer coach who’s been charged in the college admissions scandal, now is accusing the school itself of using athlete admissions “as a vehicle to raise funds” from wealthy donors.

This perhaps is not how the Bruins want to stay competitive with USC.

 

 

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Let’s make this a simple question to Americans on both sides of the aisle. If you had a crime committed against you, or if you were falsely accused of a crime, wouldn’t you want all possible witnesses? 

Pentagon raised reported # of traumatic brain injuries from Iranian missile attack to 34, including 8 soldiers sent home to US for treatment & 9 who were sent to Germany. If one of these soldiers dies wonder how long it will take Trump to blame pre-existing condition? Or Obama.

 

 

Okay, a sign that Amy Klobuchar   momentum is real. Trump war room account attack tweet today “Democrat Amy Klobuchar is a pro-abortion extremist.”
Uh, Amy is pro-CHOICE, and whether or not she’s your first choice, she isn’t an extremist anything. 
Trump is not happy that Democrats are calling him a dictator. Donald prefers “King.”
“Our case against lyin’, cheatin’, liddle’ Adam “Shifty” Schiff, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, Nervous Nancy Pelosi, their leader, dumb as a rock AOC, & the entire Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrat Party, starts today at 10:00 A.M. on @FoxNews, @OANN or Fake News @CNN or Fake News MSDNC!”
And seriously, some in GOP said they were insulted by Adam Schiff saying that Trump allegedly threatened to put “heads on a pike” if anyone voted to impeach.  How can you imagine anyone who wrote a nice tweet like the above would ever say such a thing?

Staggering towards the weekend

January 24, 2020

A slow sports week with the two-week break between NFC-AFC Championships and the Super Bowl.  But Tiger Woods shot an opening round 69 at Torrey Pines. And ESPN is going “Thank you, God.”

Jimmy Garoppolo attempted 8 passes in SF 49ers NFC Championship win.   Somewhere Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes are smiling.

 

You think you’re having a bad day at work. How’d you like to be director of marketing for Corona beer? #CoronaVirus

Michelle Carter, convicted of convincing her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself,  is freed from jail . And guess what guys, she’s single.

 

Because the impeachment trial isn’t that big a deal, and Trump spending half a million each weekend golfing is old news, Fox News posts a headline about a story that Justin Trudeau is out of touch because he bought expensive doughnuts.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says Greta Thunberg can give economic advice once she gets a college degree. Wonder if he posted that statement on Facebook with his iPhone or using Windows on his laptop. #Zuckerberg #Jobs #Gates

 

Oooh, Adam Schiff is going there with an ego attack… intimating that Trump’s defense includes the idea that the stable genius was “being led by the nose” by Rudy Guiliani. Don’t spread this story around, it will really annoy Trump.

 

So since today’s GOP are all such science deniers why doesn’t Trump lead a Congressional delegation to Wuhan, China? #OwnTheLibs #FakeVirus #sarcasm

About a third of GOP senators reportedly didn’t show up for hearings today. Wonder how that would work for most of us when we get called for jury duty?

What I want to hear a GOP senator asked on the record. “If you tell Donald Trump what he’s done so far is no big deal, what do you really expect if he gets a second term?”