Archive for January 2020

New Kid in Town

January 23, 2020

Zion Williamson made his regular season NBA debut tonight, and while on a minutes restriction, still had 3 minutes and 8 seconds in 4th quarter where he scored 17 straight points and briefly gave the Pelicans, who had been down 12, the lead.

San Antonio did come back and win after Zion headed to the bench. Although even without a rookie phenom, as a Spurs fan in 2019-2020 would be nice to see San Antonio take a lead into the 4th quarter without a feeling of impending doom.

 

Eli Manning just announced his retirement. Will he follow his brother Peyton into commercials by becoming the new Captain Obvious?

Trump today minimized the severity of newly reported military concussions and other head injuries from the Iran attacks. How long until he attacks the NFL for their concussion protocol? 

Former GOP chair and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus hired as a political analyst by CBS News.   WTF CBS? Were you in a rush to try to sign him up before Dancing with the Stars?

Sorry, I don’t think anything Hillary Clinton has said defames Tulsi Gabbard as much as the words that come out of Tulsi’s own mouth.

Trump today on the deadly coronavirus “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. We have it under control, it’s going to be just fine.” Translation, time to panic.

Trump says he wants Bolton to testify at impeachment trial but John “knows some of my thoughts, what I think about leaders, what happens if he reveals what I think about a leader & it’s not very positive.” Uh, as if Donald hasn’t already insulted most world leaders, except Putin.

Trump will attend the March for Life on January 24, the first sitting US president to do so. And while there will he announce more cuts in welfare and food stamps?

 

Your reminder…. Hunter Biden is not on trial. Donald Trump is on trial.

How long until Trump attacks Adam Schiff quoting Alexander Hamilton because Hamilton was an immigrant?

 

Trump “We have all the material, they don’t have the material.” Translation, I’m obstructing justice in plain sight 

Bonds away

January 21, 2020

Of all the players in my lifetime, this is the one whose at-bats were not only must-see TV, but no one who knew anything at all about baseball would even consider a bathroom break at the ballpark when he was due up.

 

As a baseball fan in general I loved watching Larry Walker. But if we’re talking advantages for HOF numbers, 9 plus years in Coors has to be equivalent to at least some amount of PEDs.

While tickets for Super Bowl are over $4,000, tickets for Thursday’s Wizards- Cavaliers game are available on Stubhub for $4.    (Are they asking or paying?)

Los Angeles City Council approved resolution asking MLB to take World Series championships from Astros and Red Sox and give them to  the Dodgers. Uh, shouldn’t LA also then offer to give the Rams NFC 2019 Championship to the Saints?

Ivanka is ignoring questions about impeachment in Davos.  Guess that means that along with other wardrobe changes she’s brought both her “senior advisor” and “I’m just my daddy’s daughter” hats.

Look, I love the Joe Biden elevator moment, and will support him for President (especially if he picks a solid VP.) But heck, Betty White would get the same beloved reaction, and it doesn’t make her my very first choice either.

-Mitt Romney is a taller Mormon version of Susan Collins.

Flights were delayed at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport because of a coyote on the runway. Employees finally got it to run towards a nearby river bed… wonder which one of them had to dress up as a roadrunner?

 

Since #MidnightMitch is trending can I propose a new Democratic goal hashtag for 2020 election? I am sure we can get Eric Clapton on board. #AfterMidnightMitch. #winbig

Amy Klobuchar in response to Trump lawyer Pat Cipollone saying that the Senators running for President are “upset because you should be in Iowa right now, but instead we’re here.”  “I thought it was kind of unnecessary when the president’s lawyer kind of poked at us for being there.  That’s our job. He said, ‘Oh, they’d rather be in Iowa.’ No, we have a constitutional duty to do our job.”   

Maybe to be fair it was just projection in that Cipollone meant Trump that instead of doing his job,  Trump would always rather be on the golf course.

 

If there were actual witnesses who exonerated Trump, #MidnightMitch would want them to testify nonstop, and televised on every network. #ImpeachmentTrial

Out of their hands.

January 21, 2020

NFL refs have to be happy about yesterday’s AFC and NFC championship games. Both were big enough blowouts they couldn’t change the result with a bad call.

Felix Hernandez signs a one year deal with the Braves. Nice to see an offseason baseball headline again that isn’t about cheating

 

When Spurs have a 15 point lead with 7 minutes to go and have to come back from being down 2 to Suns with 2:55 to go, safe to say game was not a thing of beauty. 

Thinking if NBA games were three quarters long Spurs would be about a 3 seed in the West about now.
Why there is no satire. Just saw a story and headline with a picture of Meghan Markel living her “normal” life with baby Archie in Canada. And she was “only” wearing $98 Lululemon leggings.
What has democracy come to when this headline “Republican Sens. Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Lamar Alexander have said they are open to witnesses” is an example of the most reasonable dream we have of GOP Senators?
51% of Americans say Trump should be removed from office. And considering about 34% of Americans get their news from Fox News, that’s a pretty huge percentage of everyone else.

 

GOP Rep Andy Biggs from Arizona wrote in an op-ed that “Trump is America’s George Bailey.” Well, Biggs got the movie right, but more like Trump is America’s Henry Potter.

While some complain about NY Times endorsing two very qualified women for President, your reminder that US is being represented at WEF (World Economic Forum) in Davos by a failed knock-off clothing designer and her husband.

Really have to love these MAGAts and bots now going after Amy Klobuchar  over stories  of  her  being  a demanding boss. When “Dear Leader” screams at and insults everyone who works for him and then fires them by tweet.

 

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?