Archive for February 2020

Coasting?

February 29, 2020

Meanwhile, on another lighter note, the Milwaukee Bucks have officially clinched a playoff spot.

For the uninitiated, it’s still February. The NBA season ends in April.

Might be the first post I do lauding NCAA. Their football rules committee recommends changing instant replay rules to a two-minute limit. If you can’t figure it out in 2 minutes the call would stand.
Uh, NFL, MLB, NBA….?

 

Tony Romo getting $17 million next year from CBS as an analyst, almost as much as he made as a QB. Seems like a good deal for CBS, Romo is a better analyst than he was a QB.

Admit I wasn’t thrilled about the SF Giants Gabe Kapler hire. But I did like that he’s an admitted Democrat. Admit also to being amused and pleased tonight when he was miked up for NBC TV in the dugout but then Rockies put runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. “Okay guys, got to let you go, I got a game situation to manage here.” In Spring Training. (Giants and Cueto got out of it.)

 

So now Katie Miller, is in charge of approving all coronavirus communications. She’s the one who out of all the men in the world chose to marry Stephen Miller. Anyone but me find that rather damning regarding her judgment?

Fox News “As coronavirus concerns sweeps nation and make news across globe, liberal CNN is being criticized for placing blame for its spread on President Trump and politicizing the alarming illness.” Of course, one immigrant kills one American & Fox will politicize it for weeks.

If Mike Pompeo and Mick Mulvaney think that coronavirus is a hoax they should immediately lead a GOP delegation to China to reassure the American people.

Gosh, if you look at Tom Steyer commercials, which are almost as ubiquitous in California as Mike Bloomberg commercials, you’d wonder if Tom has any white friends at all…
Trump on stock market crash this week – I think they’re not very happy with the Democrat candidates when they see them. I think that has an impact.”
Uh, if Donald is sure he’s going to win, why would it MATTER who Democrats nominate?
Since Trump and company are downplaying coronavirus, muzzling scientists and saying it’s a media hoax, how long until other countries advise their citizens against travel to the USA? Or ban Americans from visiting?

Flipping the calendar…

February 27, 2020

It’s February 28. Not sure what we’re going to call Donald Trump’s coronavirus startegy. Alas “March Madness” is already taken.

Madison Bumgarner, fresh off an off-season that included winning a team-roping rodeo competition, had a strong first outing for Dbacks today. Will he call his approach to batters a “rope-a-dope” strategy?

 

Lawyers for actress Lori Loughlin say evidence shows she s innocent of trying to bribe her daughters’ way into USC as fake crew recruits because notes “support the couple’s claim that they believed their payments were legitimate donations, not bribes.
So if Loughlin and her husband thought they were donating to USC while they pretended their daughters rowed that’s okay then? Got it.

One of the boats on Disney World’s Jungle Cruise sank today. Wonder how long it will take Disney to rebrand the attraction as a thrill ride?   Or as a friend wonders, how long until they decide it’s their new Little Mermaid ride? #UnderTheSea

Rudy Giuliani thought he had hung up phone on a reporter and was overheard saying “I just keep getting disappointed. I got about five friends left.”
Thoughts and prayers.

Coca Cola is saying there could be a Diet Coke shortage as their supply chain of artificial sweeteners from China has been disrupted.
NOW will Trump take coronavirus seriously?!!

Hey folks, it’s all good, Trump spent afternoon meeting with Diamond and Silk. I am sure he’ll be inviting them to join his coronavirus task Force next?

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”
George Orwell.
Waiting with this coronavirus for Trump to order Pence to say two plus two make five.

Stock market tanked further after Trump White House said all statements about coronavirus had to go through Mike Pence. When the US gets through this, and we will, ask yourself, are these the kind of people you want in charge of keeping Americans safe? Seriously.

 

I got three, count ’em THREE, mailers for Mike Bloomberg today. Does he really think more expensive fodder for the recycling bin is going to help his chances on Super Tuesday?

Not that the American democracy experiment has been a bad thing, but in a parliamentary system, as in Canada and the UK, about now might be a really good time to call for a vote of no confidence.

It’s catching?

February 27, 2020

Ticketmaster, Stubhub, and Ticket Network told a congressional committee Wednesday that they would support a federal mandate to disclose “all-in” ticket prices, instead of the current pricing only when someone tries to buy tickets.
Uh, what’s stopping them now?

Alex Bregman on Wednesday became the 7th Astros player hit by a pitch in five spring training games.  If only there was a way to warn Houston players which pitch was coming.

First confirmed case of coronavirus not from travel or contact from a known infected individual is in Solano County. Over-under on how long it takes for Trump to blame California?

But wait, Trump said warm weather would kill the corona virus. It was 77 degrees today in Solano County.

 

Ah, the market drop was not coronavirus, but basically because of the Democratic candidates running for President, and their debate a day AFTER the biggest decline. Even by Trump standards that’s pretty good.

But did we really need to watch Trump press conference this afternoon on Coronavirus. Pretty sure we could have all summarized it in advance. 1. There’s nothing to worry about. 2. It’s not my fault.

So remember, whatever medical experts Trump uses to reassure us about the coronavirus are the same ones who tell us Donald is 6’3″ and 239 pounds.

Trump on coronavirus “Now, it may get bigger. It may get a little bigger. It may not get bigger at all.”  Or maybe Donald was confused and was thinking of what he told Stormy Daniels.

Trump says there are 15 cases of coronavirus in US, when there are actually at least 60. This is unusual, Donald almost never lies to make a number smaller… unless it’s his golf score.

 

As a Californian, I’ve mailed in my ballot. Some saying not to vote for Amy Klobuchar because she’s not high in polls. But watching  CNN Town Hall reminded me why she’s my candidate. And why I’m proud to have voted for her. Polls don’t elect people, people elect people.

Amateurs?

February 26, 2020

The 2021 World Baseball Classic will be played in Taiwan, Tokyo, Phoenix and Miami. i Marlins Park in Miami will host the semifinals and final along with half of the quarterfinals.

Seems like a good fit, these days Marlins fans should be about the best in baseball in appreciating top level amateur talent..

Jose Altuve was hit in the foot batting during the Astros first away game of Spring Training.
Two questions, what’s the team record for batters HBP in a season?
And how long this season will it take Houston to break it?

Duke allowed 113 points today in a double overtime loss to Wake Forest. 113 points?  That kind of defense would indicate at least some of the Blue Devils are NBA ready.

Disney CEO Bob Iger to step down immediately, saying it’s “optimal time to transition.”
Seems kind of like a Mickey Mouse explanation.

Give me a bleeping break. Some conservatives now attacking Michelle Obama over old footage of her praising Harvey Weinstein.
I think Weinstein should rot in jail, but where are their attacks on George W. Bush for giving the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bill Cosby?

On a lighter note, ABC is now casting a Senior version of the Bachelor, recruiting men and women over 65 who are “looking for love.”
So in Senior Bachelor it will be a Fantasy they can still do anything in the Suite?

Bloomberg keeps talking in ads about leading New York through 9-11. Uh, how soon we forget the actual mayor on Sept 11, 2001 – Mr “A noun, a verb, and 9-11.”

 

Some worry we don’t have a capable Democratic candidate for President. I think we have more capable Democratic candidates than we have capable debate moderators.

Amy Klobuchar is starting to remind me of that Adlai Stevenson story when a woman said “Every thinking person would be voting for you”. He retorted, “Madam, that is not enough. I need a majority.”

and every woman in the world can relate to this…. fightnight

The only candidate who had uninterrupted time in South Carolina’s Democratic Debate  Tuesday was Mike Bloomberg during his TWO commercials.

Rush Limbaugh. ” Folks, this coronavirus thing, I want to try to put this in perspective for you. It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump. Now, I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus. You think I’m wrong about this? You think I’m missing it by saying that’s — Yeah, I’m dead right on this. The coronavirus is the common cold, folks.”
Hmm, so, why don’t Rush and Donald take a little trip together to China and prove it?

The weight of it all.

February 25, 2020

 

Former heavyweight world titlist Deontay Wilder says he lost his bout last weekend in part because the 40-pound costume he wore into the ring was too heavy and hurt his legs.

And women are going, “40 pounds?   Meh, that’s the weight of my small purse.”

New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin avoided more serious injury but fractured ribs in a car accident this weekend and will be re-evaluated “in a couple weeks.” Well, I know a certain Zamboni driver who might be available.

Your reminder that when the Ebola crisis hit, Barack Obama didn’t say “everything was under control.” he had US lead the response and got Congress to appropriate over $5 billion…. And Ebola was largely contained to West Africa, with 11 cases only in the US.

 

On the other hand, 2,600 people have died worldwide from coronavirus. So far, 16,000 people in US alone have died and 280,000 people have been hospitalized from the flue just during just 2019-2020 flu season. So anyone freaking out about coronavirus, please, if you haven’t, get your flu shot.

 

India does have three reported cases of coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution can the US quarantine anyone who travels there.  Asking for a country.

Btw, can someone come up with one good reason why our tax dollars are paying for Jared and Ivanka to go to India?

Trump this morning talked about loving Indians -“We have millions of people from India living in the United States and doing very well in the United States.”
Donald didn’t mention he’s trying to ban almost 100,000 spouses of H1-B visas from working in the US. And over 73% percent of H1-B visas holders are from India.

 

Tonight Rachel Maddow pointed out  that Tom Steyer spent $14.4 million in Nevada. Yes, fourteen! Bernie Sanders spent the next most at $1.8 million, Amy Klobuchar spent the least at $850,000 thousand. And for $14.4 million he got fifth.

Amy Klobuchar blanked on name of Mexico’s President & it was top news story all week and a debate question.
Bernie Sanders said he opposed “authoritarian nature” of Castro’s regime, but “it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad.”
Sure hope he gets asked about that statement in Tuesday’s debate.
Bernie Sanders is running TV ad in California featuring John F. Kennedy making a speech. Uh, if JFK were running now Bernie would be attacking him as part of billionaire establishment.
Meanwhile, on “The Bachelor,” apparently a woman who signed up knowing the man she would be dating had sex four times in a windmill with “The Bachelorette” is upset he would sleep with other women on this show. Beam me up, Scotty…

The Pierre Delecto of baseball?

February 24, 2020

Madison Bumgarner has apparently been competing in rodeos for the past few years using the alias Mason Saunders.   No bull.

Dbacks GM Mike Hazen told “The Athletic” he was “not going to get into discussing specific contract language” when asked about Bumgarner’s hobby. Well, if Arizona voids his deal maybe SF Giants could get him Madbum back?

Have to love it. A number of fans showed up with anti-Astros signs at Houston’s first spring training game. Ballpark security stole their signs.

 

Just wondering, whose bright idea was to have two of first three Democratic primaries be caucuses? Asking for a country.

The Prisoners Dilemma was a lot more fun as an example in Psychology class than the state of moderates in the Democratic primary.

Saturday was #NationalMargaritaDay – Waiting for Trump to say tequila is taking the job away from American alcohol.

Bernie Sanders was endorsed by Marianne Williamson. Just when things were going so well for him.

Clint Eastwood endorsed Mike Bloomberg. But what does Clint’s chair think?

Twitter is suspending 70+ accounts for posting identical pre-written messages about Mike Bloomberg. Meanwhile, I’m seeing nothing about suspending the 1 million new Russian bots Donald adds each week….

Your reminder, of the remaining credible Democratic field for President , there are more millionaire white men over 75 running than there are women.

Susan Sarandon is now going after Nancy Pelosi.  Your reminder that Sarandon said there was no difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Maybe I’m wrong, but as an Anglophile I look at Bernie Sanders and see an older grouchier Jeremy Corbyn.

Trump is heading for a meat-free few days in India. Who beside me thinks he’s smuggled some “hamberders” on Air Force One?

 

Trump says his visit might be the “biggest event they’ve ever had in India.” Waiting for him to declare himself bigger than Gandhi.

Back to sports for the best story of the week.  A Zamboni driver steps in as an emergency goalie…. and WINS.     Worth a read.  https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/emergency-backup-david-ayers-makes-eight-saves-and-nhl-history-as-hurricanes-down-maple-leafs

Full count

February 21, 2020

Your reminder that as much as all of MLB is hating on the Astros right now, the league report and punishment for Red Sox hasn’t come out yet.

Meanwhile, your shocking NBA story of the night, so to start out the 2nd half of the season, the Spurs actually built a lead that could withstand the 4th quarter? Wow!   (18 point lead, won by 9.)

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has apologized for calling the World Series trophy “just a piece of metal.” Would he consider World Series rings “just pieces of jewelry?”

 

Victoria’s Secret is being sold. For each store they purchase will the buyers get the other one half off?

Dick Van Dyke has endorsed Bernie Sanders. Well, of course, Dick considers Bernie to be young talent.

 

I’m so old I remember when Paul Ryan was considered a Republican with principles.

 

Until we get rid of Citizen’s United, we’re going to need money in politics. I don’t begrudge Bernie that. I also don’t, however, like hypocrisy.

For example, since I’m somehow on their email list – this from Bernie’s “non-SuperPac – “Our Revolution is taking the fight directly to corporate favorite Pete Buttigieg. Rush a donation now to help us continue challenging corporate Democrats like Pete Buttigieg & Joe Biden.”

 

So let’s get this straight. Trump writes love letters to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, and knocks the South Korean Best Picture winner. Think we have bigger things to worry about than the tone of Democratic debate.

Trump wants to have “Gone with the Wind” back. He does remember at the end of the movie the rich white slave-owners in the South have lost?

-Trump’s reported anger about news that Russia is trying to help him win election is as if Astros called a Press Conference and said the REAL problem is that everyone found out, because we wanted to keep cheating to win another World Series in 2020.

 

First Russian interference for Donald Trump, now for Bernie Sanders… this remake of the Manchurian candidate really s*cks.

Your reminder that if Trump was asked if he could name the President of Mexico and responded “no,” he’d now be telling us that the leader of Mexico is named President Know.

On a positive note,  IMHO, my newspaper.  https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Editorial-Chronicle-recommends-Amy-Klobuchar-in-15074770.php?utm_campaign=CMS%20Sharing%20Tools%20(Premium)&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

The longest season?

February 20, 2020

NFL thinking about expanding to a 17 game season and 14 playoff teams. So what is the league trying to become, the NBA?

So at Minute Maid Park this year for MLB games will they forbid lids on trash cans?

 

 

Hey Telemundo, can you ask Trump on camera who the President of Puerto Rico is?

I love Amy Klobuchar and like Pete Buttigieg,  But  “Are you trying to say that I’m dumb” keeps resonating in my mind. Am I the only woman who’s really tired of what feels like a serious double standard when it comes to making a mistake?

So a few days ago Amy Klobuchar couldn’t remember the name of the President of Mexico. Tonight, Michael Bloomberg couldn’t remember why he’s running for President of the US.

Listening to Andrew Yang on CNN, I actually think he is right, Michael Bloomberg should have come up with an excuse to skip this debate….Wouldn’t have looked good, but wouldn’t have looked as bad as he did tonight.

Tuesday night’s debate was such a boxing match amazed they aren’t putting it on Pay-Per-View. 

Right about now Mike Bloomberg must be wishing he didn’t get that last qualifying poll. 

But can someone ask NBC why they were running Mike Bloomberg ads DURING the debates?

We all have our favorite candidates. But consensus for most hated person at Democratic Debate has to be…. Chuck Todd.

Meghan McCain today on the View to Joy Behar “You guys have done a piss-poor job of convincing me that I should vote for a Democrat” Uh, hasn’t what Trump says about her dad done that?

Trump tweet “Rod Blagojevich did not sell the Senate seat. He served 8 years in prison, with many remaining. He paid a big price. Another Comey and gang deal! Uh, Blagojevich was indicted in 2009, and finally convicted and sentenced in 2011. Comey took over at FBI in 2013.

Still marching in…

February 19, 2020

Meanwhile…. a good news story. (Maybe not for the rest of the NFC South) – Drew Brees today – “My feelings about the 2020 season, I look forward to the grind and journey… For the reward at the end will be worth it… Let’s Make Another Run at it.”
Going to be a happy Mardi Gras week in New Orleans!

 

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred apologized for describing the World Series trophy as “a piece of metal” during an on-camera interview with ESPN.   Never thought I’d say this but sometimes I ALMOST miss Bud Selig. (Almost)


Wonder what Manfred calls World Series Rings?

 

Local news saying that only a “single digit” number of California mail-in ballots have been returned now – two weeks before the election? Uh, as fast as things change these days in politics, what’s the rush?

Here’s what gets me tonight about Mike Bloomberg.  (And yes, I will vote for him if he gets the nomination.)  He got an invite to a CNN town hall  . You KNOW all the candidates are exhausted and town halls are a tough format. But they showed up,  when you know Buttigieg, Sanders and Klobuchar might have preferred something more relaxing the night before the debate.  Mike declined. Afraid of getting away from a script?

Time to start the pool as to when Trump will pardon Bernie Madoff.

Trump pardons Eddie DeBartolo. Makes sense, not only was the former SF 49ers owner Eddie D. convicted of fraud, but he also settled a sexual assault case. Donald’s favorite kind of guy.

Maybe Attorney General Barr wants to resign because he knows Trump will pardon him. And he’s not sure about the next President, whoever she or he is.

 

Get the feeling if someone told him most of the people who worked in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building were Democrats, Donald Trump would posthumously pardon Timothy McVeigh.

Trump today claimed he knows the identity of “anonymous” “I know who it is,” adding he “can’t tell who it is.” but he “knows who it is.” Uh, does anyone think Trump could keep his mouth shut about ANYTHING?

Crime and punisment.

February 18, 2020

Well of course Astros relief pitcher Frances Martin gets suspended for 162 games. Without him taking PEDs Houston doesn’t win the World Series in 2017. Oh wait. Never mind.

As the Astros cheating story dominates all the MLB spring training headlnes, the sport must long for the good old days when the only scandal was potential steroid use.

NBA All-Star game break continues now with no games through Thursday.   So with no professional basketball to watch fans of all teams now know what it’s like this year to root for the Cavs.

-Trump RTs a Daytona 500 video of what could have easily been a fatal crash, one that resulted in a driver being in serious condition in the hospital, with the caption “You didn’t think we were getting through this without the Big One, right? “

Amy Klobuchar is right, this election is a decency check.

No lie too small department.  Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted a dramatic photo of Air Force One at Daytona, saying “.@realDonaldTrump won the #Daytona500  before the race even started.” The shot was of George W. Bush’s plane leaving in 2004.  Parscale deleted the tweet three hours later.

If you want, you can find reasons to vote against every Democrat running. And if we keep focusing on those reasons we will get four more years of Trump. #VoteBlueNoMatterWho2020

 

Stephen Miller and Katie Waldman were married this weekend. Are they planning a honeymoon in the Republic of Gilead?

Want to pay a fee to get away?

February 16, 2020

 

Just thinking, when anything involving you or your company is trending with the word “gate” after it, you’ve done something either very wrong or very stupid. #Delta #RECLINEGATE

Joc Pederson is back with the Dodgers after he was reportedly traded to the Los Angeles Angels, but the deal fell through.  The baseball equivalent of “hey, you don’t mind if I cheat if I come back?”

 

Wanna get away, 2nd version? As my friend Dwight Perry points out.
“Red-faced Target officials apologized after four Twin Cities stores offered “Minnesota Badgers” onesies for sale.
No word on how the fresh shipment of “Green Bay Vikings” kiddie shirts is selling in Milwaukee.”

Derrick Jones Jr. edged Aaron Gordon in a controversial NBA All-Star dunk contest.  And if you’re seriously still upset about that you might need a life.

 

About the Westerdam being a Carnival cruise ship… Well, it’s not like the ship has its company on the side or anything. Oh wait, never mind. 

 

holland

 

Meanwhile 44 Americans on Diamond Princess have now tested positive for coronavirus.

“Today’s 62nd running of the  Daytona 500 has been postponed due to inclement weather.”  #ETTD  (Everything Trump Touches Dies.)

 

If we’re going to quarantine people who’ve been exposed to something seriously toxic, when does the quarantine start for anyone who’s worked for Trump White House?

Reminder to anyone slamming any Democratic candidate over a record that includes compromises. Uh, with all due respect, the only way you regularly get things done in a non-dictatorship is to compromise.

Trump Presidents Day fundraising email. “Right now, you can take 25% OFF your ENTIRE ORDER at the only Official Trump Store…” Translation, if the RNC doesn’t buy it we can’t give this sh*t away.

And okay, political soap box time , yeah, I”ve become  an  Amy Klobuchar fan,  yeah, she shouldn’t have forgotten the name of President of Mexico. But who hasn’t forgotten a name?   And Amy won’t forget unjustly maligned immigrants, or for that matter, Americans who want their democracy back.

Reporting.

February 14, 2020

Pitchers and catchers have reported, spring training games start next week.  When is spy camp?

 

Call me a cynic, and I’m not an Astros fan, but too soon to start a pool on what other MLB teams might have been playing similar, but not as effective, cheating strategies?

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane made some incredibly tone-deaf statements yesterday. Delta CEO Ed Bastian – hold our overpriced beer.

Ed Bastian, the CEO of Delta says he always asks permission before he reclines his seat. Want to start a pool on how often he’s been seated in coach?

Delta CEO says you should always ask permission before reclining your seat. Because everyone in coach should be happy enough eating cake?

 

Zion Williamson said meeting former President Barack Obama was one of his top life experiences. “This could be No. 1. I  don’t want to say it is No. 1 right now because the draft might be 1, but this is definitely top two.”

“Zion overrated” tweets from Trump in 3.2.1…

So who will Trump demand be locked up for not locking McCabe up?

See’s Candies at about 6p PST sending emails reminding us “it’s not too late, we’re open until 9pm.” Now, anniversaries and birthdays can be hard, but if you forgot it was Valentine’s Day and your significant other likes chocolate, you just might have bigger problems than candy.

Yeah, a bad time to have a brain cramp and forget President of Mexico when talking to Telemundo. Even Pete said “Lopez Obrador, I hope.” But Steyer, Klobuchar and Buttigieg took the time to show up…. unlike Sanders, Biden, Warren and Bloomberg.

Scene in every Presidential candidate’s war rooms tonight…. World Leader Flash Cards.

To be fair, does anyone think Trump knows the President of Mexico?

Former Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti has been found guilty of extortion. Well, they got off to a rocky start but seems this is the kind of guy Trump might want to pardon then hire.

Bang out those strikes.

February 14, 2020

Astros owner Jim Crane on sign-stealing “Our opinion is that this didn’t impact the game.” Uh, if they didn’t think it impacted the game then why did Houston do it?

 

The Astros made a bad situation worse today, but given the fact that no other team has publicly called for them to give the World Series trophy back, have to assume they just might not be the only MLB team with some sort of electronic cheating.

The Astros press conference was so defensive and lacking in real remorse it might earn them another White House invitation.

Not all change is bad. MLB this season will require, barring injury, any starter or reliever must face three batters, or pitch until the inning is over, before coming out of the game.
What a disappointment though to fans who love to see three or more pitchers per inning. Both of them.


ESPN reports Eastern Kentucky LB Michael Harris, who recently transferred from Auburn, was arrested this week in Grove City, Ohio on four different charges, after he hoisted a police officer over his head, almost body-slamming the cop before they both fell.  Harris was booked into the Franklin County Jail, which has also been housing a pair of Ohio State football players accused of rape.

What a week for football in Ohio.  Are we sure Urban Meyer isn’t somehow involved?

 

If any Republicans think that their surrender to Donald Trump during the impeachment trial will keep them in his good graces, they should watch Lou Dobbs attack Bill Barr tonight.

Barr says the president “has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.” Right. Donald never ASKS anything. He orders.

 

So Sean Spicer and Hope Hicks are being rehired by the White House. This is the Presidential version of dumpster diving.

For a man who always says he hires “the best people” Trump sure ends up deciding a lot of them are liars and idiots.

 

Like him or not, James Carville doesn’t mince words. “Last night on CNN, Bernie called me a political hack. That’s exactly who the f**k I am!” I am a political hack! I’m not an ideologue. I’m not a purist. He thinks it’s pejorative. I kinda like it! At least I’m not a communist.”

The pain, the pain

February 12, 2020

The Ohio State Medical Board ruled against Browns or Bengals fans who said they experienced enough pain to qualify for medical marijuana. But what about those who are Browns/Bengals fans AND fans of the Cavs and Reds?

Jameis Winston, who last season threw 30 interceptions in one season, just had Lasik surgery. 30 passes to someone in the wrong uniform. Does Lasik correct color blindness ?

On a nonpolitical but potentially still controversial note, heard former NBA player Tom Tolbert on KNBR suggest an idea for instant replay I’ve considered before and agree with: In all sports, you get 60 seconds. If you can’t see enough to overturn the play in that time, the call stands. Period.
Thoughts?

Deval Patrick has dropped out of the Presidential race. Shocking millions of Americans who didn’t realize he was in it.

 

Larry Ellison is holding a fundraiser for Donald Trump.  As if he wasn’t already one of the most disliked people in high-tech.

After Trump tweeted about Roger Stone’s prison sentence, Lindsey Graham said “I don’t think he should be commenting on cases in the system. I don’t think that’s appropriate.”
Too soon to start a pool on when Graham pivots and says Donald was just being Presidential?

“If the lion knew his own strength, hard were it for any man to rule him.” Nope, not spoken about Trump. Thomas More, in the 1500s. And how’d that work out for most of those who enabled Henry VIII?

Occam’s Razor says Trump’s cutting a scheduled pay raise for Federal workers is because he’s still livid over the federal workers who he thinks have betrayed him by telling the truth.

Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price has resigned. Well, guess no future employer will need to ask “why did you leave your last job?

 

Vetting candidates matters. But just like all pitchers have ERAs, anyone who has spent any time in politics has made mistakes in their past. But come on folks, all the bad things everyone in the Democratic field have done together add up to less than an average Trump week.

Good news.

February 12, 2020

The real winner in tonight’s Democratic primary?   Iowa over New Hampshire.

 

The only way Amy Klobuchar might have sounded happier tonight is if the Vikings had made it to the Super Bowl.

Tim Tebow, 32, starts NY Mets spring training this week and says he is still driven to someday play in MLB. Or even with the Mets.

 

Elizabeth Warren- very classy. “I want to congratulate my friend and colleague Amy Klobuchar for showing just how wrong the pundits can be when they count a woman out.”

Okay, who had Amy getting more votes in New Hampshire than Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren? Now all you liars put your hands down.

Under Barr, can we rename it the Injustice Department?

Elizabeth  Warren nails it. “Susan Collins said Donald Trump has learned a lesson. He has – the lesson is that he can do anything he wants.”.

Under Barr, can we rename it the Injustice Department?
So I must have missed it, when did Susan Collins, who voted for him, announce that she was “very troubled” by William Barr?
Former Massachusetts Governor Deval  Patrick announce he  will  end his  2020 presidential bid. Shocking millions of Americans who didn’t realize he was running.

PSA, EVERY SINGLE DEMOCRATIC Presidential candidate has done something you disagree with. And the longer they have been in public service, the more “somethings” there will be. Get over it, or we will have 4 more years of Trump. Thank you.

Joe Biden says Democrats can run Mickey Mouse against Donald Trump and have a chance. Well, if Mickey offers everyone free Disney tickets Joe might be right.

Andrew Yang is dropping out of the Presidential race. I guess he did the math.

Jussie Smollett should be in jail
So should Roger Stone.
It’s not that hard.

Calm before the storm

February 11, 2020

San Antonio Spurs had a 22 point lead with five minutes left in 3rd quarter tonight. This season a big Spurs lead late in the game is like watching the happy moments of what you know will be a horror movie.

Rob Manfred wants to change MLB playoffs to letting 7 teams win, with expanded wildcards, and gimmicks like letting the top team pick who they want to play in the first round.   Hell,  so how long until fans can vote for their favorite teams like they do All-Stars?

 

Amy Klobuchar leads with eight votes after three townships cast their ballots at midnight in New Hampshire. Don’t laugh. It’s eight more votes than they had definitely counted after the first night in Iowa.

 

Trump has decided to go to India in a couple weeks. Since he’s so sure Coronavirus is under control why doesn’t he stop off in Beijing?

Actually Trump now tells us the coronavirus will be no problem because China has told him it will go away when the weather warms up. So now the stable genius is a medical genius too?

Good to see Trump focused on a US response to the increasingly global Coronavirus crisis. His 2021 Budget Proposal, released today, outlines a nearly $65M proposed cut to the World Health Organization WHO – a more than 50% decrease from FY20 funding. It also proposes a 34% overall cut to Global Health Programs…
Wait, never mind…. WTAF?

Attorney Joe diGenova said on a radio show Trump has identified writer of anonymous NY Times editorial & will “soon” fire them. Uh, “soon?” Since when does Donald make a plan to do anything more than about 5 minutes in advance?

Trump said it was “perfect” SOTU speech & tweeted “We will not be touching your Social Security or Medicare in Fiscal Year 2021 Budget.” – Today his budget proposes $800 BILLION cuts to SS and, Medicare. Anyone else figured out for Trump “perfect” means perfect lies?

Now 100 US service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries in the wake of the January 8 Iranian missile attack. Are we waiting for Trump to show up and throw them aspirin?

The cruelest month

February 10, 2020

February is a rough month for meaningful games in major American sports.  But hey, we’re less than six weeks way from Spring Training games. Which matter at least about as much as NBA regular season.

 

Joc Pederson from Dodgers to the Angels deal is reportedly off.   Which could be expensive and embarrassing. But well, at least neither team has planned to endorse a Joc bobblehead.

Nevada has just eliminated parallel parking on their driving test. And most millennials and younger Americans are going “parallel” what?

While offering no proof, Rudy Giuliani says he has ‘smoking gun’ proving Hunter Biden broke law in Ukraine & Obama administration illegally sought dirt on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort . Rudy will show us the proof at same time Donald releases his tax returns?.

Officials in London and DC say Trump vented “apoplectic” fury at Boris Johnson in a tense phone call this week. Who’d a thunk anyone could make Johnson seem like the calm statesman by comparison?

The Barack Obama produced American Factory wins best documentary. Trump twitter meltdown in 3.2.1…

But really, South Korean “Parasite” wins best picture, Barack Obama produced “American Factory” wins best documentary. Can just imagine the ‘us against the world” love letters that will pass between Trump and Kim Jong Un after tonight.

For that matter, how long until Donald Trump tweets that Brad Pitt, who quipped he got “45 seconds more than John Bolton,” to talk, is “overrated?”

Since subtitles worked so well for English speakers to understand , maybe the White House could start using subtitles for Trump’s speeches?

Now Trump is referring to Joe Manchin as “Joe Munchkin.” This White House remake of “Mean Girls” really s*cks.

Some are comparing Trump with his name-calling to a 12 year old boy. As the mother of a son who used to be a 12 year old boy, I can tell you if he ever behaved like that he’d have been grounded.

 

Washington Post reporting admin officials are terrified their careers will be ruined by ‘vindictive’ Trump if they report anything unethical. On the other hand, how much will their careers end up ruined post-Trump if it comes out they collaborated with him in being unethical?

Diversion

February 9, 2020

Some people ask why I like sports. Watch replay of last few minutes of regulation plus OT of Duke-UNC men’s basketball game today and ask, how can you not?

(13 point comeback by Duke in last few minutes, tied game at buzzer, game winning shot at end of OT.)

NBA admitted refs missed a goaltending violation with 11 seconds to go in Blazers-Jazz game that would have allowed Portland to tie the score, a game Utah won 117-114. Over at the NFL, they’re going “Whew, not us this time.”

Bobby Knight got a standing ovation as he entered Indiana’s Assembly Hall on Saturday for the first time in 20 years. Did the Hoosiers considering giving Knight the honor of throwing out the first chair?

 

I actually don’t feel that strongly about Pete Rose in Baseball Hall of Fame, but since Trump now is tweeting that he belongs, here’s what pushed me some years ago towards a no. Pete never bet against the Reds.  But imagine this scenario if you’re a booking or connected to oddsmakers. Cincinnati plays a 4 game series. Rose, who set the starting rotation, bets on games 1, 2, and 4. But not 3.

I’m sure nobody is shocked that the player Trump says should be in HOF is Pete Rose and not Barry Bonds.

 

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is giving Ivanka Trump an award for supporting manufacturing. That’s nice. Will she give a holiday to celebrate to the kids working her sweatshops?

 

 

Purple heart recipients Alexander Vindman and Robert Mueller, four-star general John Kelly, former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, career diplomat Marie Yavanovitch (1st appointed ambassador by George W. Bush.) ALL of them have to be lying for Cadet Bone Spurs to be telling the truth.

When Americans talk about wanting someone “exciting” as a nominee, your reminder that really the leader of the free world right now is Angela Merkel.

 

Numbers not adding up?

February 8, 2020

So the big blockbuster, big $$$ three-way MLB trade which supposedly sends Mookie Betts & David Price to Dodgers; Alex Verdugo and Brusdar Graterol to Red Sox; and Kenta Maeda to Twins is now somehow in limbo.
Did they make the deal in Iowa?

Best news of the week. From Craig Calcaterra on Twitter “Heard this: Hunter Pence is on his way to San Francisco for a physical. If he passes, he’s joining the Giants. He turned down offers from Padres and Astros.

Separate note to Hunter Pence: you may want to keep the phone conversations you have in the gate area at the airport a bit more quiet.”

 

One American citizen dies from coronavirus in China. Meanwhile about 25,000 Americans have died in US since October from the flu. Humans really suck at risk evaluation.

 

“Escaped cows rounded up on runway at the Ames, Iowa municipal airport. Ames police will tell us how many cows next week.”

Now Trump has recalled Gordon Sondland as EU Ambassador.
Wait until someone tells Donald he can’t fire Mitt Romney.

Today would be a good day for Presidential candidates to say that if elected they will restore Alexander Vindman to his White House job… and give HIM a medal.

 

Anyone but me watch Bernie yelling at everyone and worry  he’s going to have another heart attack?

Pete Buttigieg is talking about standing next to Trump on a debate stage. Although at this point thinking what are the odds Donald will find an excuse to avoid any debates. (Like bone spurs?)

 

Good line from Pete Buttigieg:  “This is not an episode of 24.” But wait, is Pete old enough to remember “24?”

Seen some “Amy Klobuchar hates Pete Buttigieg” statements. Do I think she hates him? No.

But she’s been in the Senate 13 years, gotten a lot done.. And do I think sometimes does Amy feel like every smart talented woman who really has learned her stuff, done great work, planned on a promotion, and then sees a young hot shot guy who comes in and looks like he might get that promotion instead.  Yes.

Just a thought, since everything with Trump is projection, remember he accused Obama of faking job numbers? #JobsReport

Blame game.

February 7, 2020

 

Former Astros manager AJ Hinch, asked by MLB Network if Houston’s 2017 World Series championship has been tainted by the sign-stealing scandal “”It’s a fair question.  And I think everyone’s going to have to draw their own conclusion.”

MLB commissioner Manfred’s report noted sign-stealing was “player-driven” and not supported by the manager, but that Hinch did not stop it.

Is it too soon to start asking the Hall of Fame quesitons?

 

 

Golden State Warriors have sold out the season in their new Chase Arena, though actual attendance has been disappointing. Perhaps the team could induce fans to show up on any given night with a contest to guess the starting line-up? 

 

Nothing is certain but death, taxes, and the 2019-20 Spurs blowing a 4th quarter lead.

And now back to insanity… sniff, sniff (Trump speech., not too many mentions.)

 

Trump talking about Scalise, and how upset his wife was when he was shot “a lot of wives wouldn’t have given a damn.” So is he talking about Ivana, Marla, and Melania?

Trump: “Want to apologize to my family for having them have to go through phony, rotten deal by some very evil & sick people. And Ivanka is here & my sons & my whole family. And that includes Barron.” Then he calls Ivanka for a hug & a kiss.’ That’s a whole DSM page in 1 minute.

New slogan for Iowa. “Florida, but with more white people and worse weather.”

 

Donald Trump Jr. calls Mitt Romney a ‘Pussy’ for voting to convict his father. Does that mean Donny thinks Donald wants to grab Mitt?

Trump: “Want to apologize to my family for having them have to go through phony, rotten deal by some very evil & sick people. And Ivanka is here & my sons & my whole family. And that includes Barron.” Then he calls Ivanka for a hug & a kiss.’ That’s a whole DSM page in 1 minute.

While we’re fussing over a few thousand votes in Iowa, Trump’s Federal Reserve Board nominee has called for ending federal deposit insurance, calling it a “government subsidy that distorts financial markets.” Banks on the honor system, what could go wrong?