Archive for February 2021

Trading places at the kids’ table?

February 27, 2021

Rumors that Russell Wilson is interested in being traded to the Saints. Could make sense for New Orleans.. Wilson is used to the role of being a community leader. And the Saints receivers are all used to an offense including “look for something thrown by a ‘short’ guy.”

Today former Sen. Kelly Loeffler sold her 49% share of the WNBA Atlanta Dream to an investment group including a former Dream player. Leaving aside how much I love saying “Former Senator” Loeffler, have to wonder why she wanted to own a WNBA team in the first place?

FDA says Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 is safe and effective – so for millions of Americans, a whole new wonderful spin on “No More Tears.”

Ted Cruz actually tweeted “The Republican Party is not the party of the country clubs, it’s the party of hardworking, blue-collar men and women.” So where is Ted staying in Orlando. At the Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons?

So would media pay more attention to President Biden flying to Houston today to express support for storm-ravaged Texas if Joe had Air Force One touch down in Cancun on the way home?

I know there’s a “Do Not Fly” list. Out of consideration for other guests, could Ritz Carlton put Ted Cruz on a “Do Not Stay” list?

Turns out Justin Trudeau will be on Meet the Press Sunday. Anyone got a strategy where we can listen to and watch the Canadian PM without while muting and not seeing Chuck Todd?

So the next time Republicans try to convince you they are the party of the working class, remember that ALL GOP House reps voted against the COVID-19 relief bill.

Not paying nonstop attention to CPAC. Has anyone yet told the Former Guy he should “stay home and knit”?

Maybe we’re being too harsh on Kimberly Guilfoyle. Maybe she’s just demonstrating how to raise money for Republicans… one dollar at a time.

Although CPAC this weekend was moved from Maryland due to COVID restrictions to Orlando, Florida. Makes sense – convention is a combination of the Haunted Mansion meets Fantasy Lane.

Oops, I did it again…

February 27, 2021

Didn’t hit send on last night’s post:

The NCAA said that once the men’s basketball March Madness tournaments begins, it will not allow replacement teams in case of withdrawals. So will Vegas bookies allow bets on COVID?

A man who stole a Porsche from a dealership in Redwood City, California, then was caught after a police chase is pleading guilty by reason of insanity. Wait, he stole a Porsche? Wouldn’t an insanity defense work better if he’d stolen a Chevy Spark?

Apparently temporary Capitol fencing after January 6 is costing $2 million a week to maintain. Can we as taxpayers send the bill to the #FormerGuy

Liz Cheney is one of the most conservative women in Congress. But now many Republicans are condemning her for attacks on Donald. Wonder how long until Liz’s dad, the former VP, extends an olive branch by offering to take some of these clowns hunting?

How long until Dan Quayle weighs in on Mr. and Mrs. Potatoe Head?

Kamala Harris attacked Joe Biden to his face and he made her Vice President. GOP can’t handle some mean tweets. I don’t ever want to hear anyone call Democrats snowflakes ever again.

Got it. Louisiana Senator John Kennedy is going to vote against Neera Tandan. And in the spirit of being against name-calling he says he regrets YESTERDAY referring to Deb Haaland as “a neo-socialist, left-of-Lenin whack job.” Satire is dead.

Maybe Neera Tanden’s real crime was having her tweets be witty and accurate enough that the people she threw shade at noticed?

Marjorie Taylor Greene actually says “I’m fine with being kicked off my committees, because it would be a waste of my time. So what does she actually think her job is?

Found quote from John Boehner about Ted Cruz when the former House Speaker was speaking at Stanford in 2016 – “I have Democrat friends & Republican friends. I get along w/ almost everyone, but I ‘ve never worked w/ a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.” Seemed appropriate today.

So with the Senate adjourned until Monday afternoon, where is Ted Cruz going to jet off to for the weekend and leave his dog home alone this time?

Although serious question, with all Biden’s nominations still to be confirmed -why is the Senate adjourned until Monday afternoon?

Jennifer Granholm today confirmed as Joe Biden’s Energy Secretary.

Secretary Granholm was born in Vancouver.

So Canada, thank you. I guess this kind of offsets Ted Cruz.

Rachel Maddow says that minimum wage is more popular with Americans than “videos of kittens riding rumbas.” Okay, can we pass the minimum wage increase if everyone with a kitten and a Twitter account gets a free rumba?

So let’s do a stand-alone minimum wage bill. This won’t let members of the Senate, who’s median net worth is about $1 million, hide behind the cost to taxpayers.

So if Senate Democrats bring minimum wage back as a stand-alone bill, let Republicans have their filibuster. But make them do an actual filibuster. The optics of millionaires talking for hours or days against raising minimum wage from $7.25 an hour seem to me to be must-see TV.

Mitch McConnell would have endorsed Timothy McVeigh as the GOP nominee for President if it meant getting more right-wing judges confirmed.

Brett Kavanaugh’s lifetime SCOTUS nomination was confirmed despite credible allegations of sexual assault?

And Neera Tanden’s nomination for OMB director could be derailed because she sent adults some mean tweets?

My friends, THAT is white male privilege.

Not that jazze.

February 25, 2021

So how thrilled is the NBA ratings machine going to be if the Western Conference Champions turn out to be the Utah Jazz?

Hoping Tiger Woods makes a full recovery. But as this is his third car incident in 12 years, when he does recover, perhaps the company he should partner with for an endorsement is Lyft. (or Uber?)

The Washington Football Team has announced they won’t have a new name until 2022. Which is okay, we got a new name in 2021 on the important place in DC – the White House.

Katharine McPhee, 36, and her husband David Foster, 71, have had a baby boy. I see a great endorsement opportunity for father-son diapers.

Still livid about Capitol Police Officer Carneysha Mendoza’s chemical burns. Can you imagine how livid Senate GOP would be if someone from Women’s March or BLM had so much as spilled hot coffee and burned a Capitol Police Officer?

An FBI warning about a “war on Congress” was sent to DC and Capitol police in an email Jan 5, the night before the Jan 6 insurrection.

Let me put this in travel agent terms. If airline has a major schedule change months in advance, you send an email (& follow up.) If an airline cancels flight for next morning, you call IMMEDIATELY.

So is the actual issue with Neera Tanden’s tweets that GOP Senators feel real leadership never means having to say you’re sorry?

I’m really looking forward to the day when just one hour of CNN’s breaking news is that there is no breaking news.

How simply does it have to be spelled out? Many of the January 6 insurrectionists weren’t worried about being “caught.” Because they were expecting to be rewarded by their cult leader.

Tonight, Rachel Maddow referred to Trump henchman Louis DeJoy in his hearing today as “truculent.”

“Truculent” is a great word.

DeJoy is a horrible postmaster general.

If you didn’t already love Dr. Biden. Asked by a virtual member of Kelly Clarkson’s audience what she’s most looking forward to doing in a world post-COVID-19, Jill’s response “I don’t know. Maybe go and have a martini and some french fries.’

Many Republicans were more outraged that Sarah Huckabee Sanders couldn’t finish her cheese plate, than they were by Capitol Police Officer Carneysha Mendoza’s chemical burns from January 6.

As the lawyer for the woman accused of stealing Pelosi’s laptop says her recently unearthed pro-Nazi video was a joke, so were “Camp Auschwitz” t-shirts a joke too?

Love it, on a zoom and one of the participants got reminded he was “on mute.” His apology “Sorry, that was so 2020.”

CNN reporting acting Capitol Police Chief says VP Pence might have been kept from going to the Capitol on January 6 if there had been better intelligence. Uh, so it was okay to put the rest of Congress at risk with inadequate protection?

Joe Manchin will support Deb Haaland’s confirmation. Good, now she won’t have to go after him with her Native American Space Laser?

Tyger tyger

February 24, 2021

Glad Tiger Wood looks like he will be okay. Although have to wonder, will ESPN Masters coverage now be following Woods around Augusta on crutches?

If it’s going to be all Tiger, all the time, a simple PSA:

Police say Tiger’s life was saved by a seat belt. Seat belts work. Masks work too. Wear both of them.

Been a bad week for the Former Guy’s Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients. First Rush, then Tiger.

Anyone checked on Lou Holtz and Mariano Rivera?

Ted Cruz is probably wishing Tiger Woods had his accident last week because it would have knocked his Cancun trip off the front page.

The Washington Football Team will have a new name starting in 2022. A team website indicates they will soliciting opinions etc before and during the upcoming season, and will chose something before the 2022 season.

Translation, we’re going to monetize this as much as we can.

Anyone know if Neera Tanden played high school or college sports? Then she could dismiss those tweets as “locker room banter.”

And I understand there is a strong racial competent to the vitriol against Neera Tanden. But anyone want to tell me her nomination would be in the same jeopardy if she were a man?

Looking at the Senators who have issues with Neera Tanden and now Josh Hawley is upset because General Honore called him “a little piece of s–t with a Yale law degree.” Thinking clearly men are too emotional to be in elected office.

John Cornyn says Biden should withdraw his nomination of Neera Tanden as OMB director & pick someone who has “not promoted wild conspiracy theories and openly bashed people on both sides of the aisle.”

Satire is really having a bad week.

So much information, but Amy Klobuchar sums up the most important point of day one of committee hearing on the Capitol riots in one sentence: “This was a planned insurrection.”

(although as a luddite who is still working on the fine points of Zoom yet, how charming to see Senator Angus King struggle to join the hearing virtual today, and have Klobuchar helpfully point out – “You may be muted.”

Reminder, if Jon Ossoff and Reverend Warnock hadn’t won in Georgia, we couldn’t even be HAVINGs Senate hearings on the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to President Biden “U.S. leadership has been sorely missed over the past years.” Hope no one tells the #FormerGuy – he’ll be upset.

Something to know about Joe Manchin and the minimum wage issue: The typical home value of homes in West Virginia is $113,626.

But I am confused. After the last four years, when did “being qualified” become a GOP requirement for Cabinet members?

Looking up

February 23, 2021

Since Joe Biden’s inaugural, the formerly NBA worst Washington Wizards are 8-9 with a 5 game winning streak. So seems like EVERYTHING’s better in D.C. without the #FormerGuy?

If you didn’t already love George Clooney, he’s producing a docuseries about about a decades-long abuse scandal in the athletic department at the Ohio State University.

It will includes account from former OSU wrestler Mark Coleman about Strauss’ alleged sexual abuse. He also alleges that Jim Jordan, then OSU assistant wrestling coach knowingly ignored Strauss’ abuse.:

The Former Guy’s handpicked handmaiden on SCOTUS just voted against him on taxes and a final election challenge in Pennsylvania. I’m sure he dealt with that news in a mature and dignified manner.

It is my respectful opinion that Louisiana Senator John Kennedy doesn’t get nearly as much attention as he should for being a complete a**hole.

Marco Rubio tweeted “Sending $250/$350 per month/per child to everyone, with no work requirement, is welfare Being pro-family means being pro-work.”

So Senator Rubio, if you’re pro-work you’ll be okay with raising taxes on trust fund babies? I’m sure Democrats will be happy to work with you on this.

Still gets me that Clarence Thomas, a man who would never have been nominated to SCOTUS were he not Black, wants to use his position to suppress Black voting.

Meanwhile, Meghan McCain, 36, was whining today about – “The fact that I, Meghan McCain, co-host of ‘The View,’ don’t know when or how I will be able to get a vaccine….

Uh, Meghan, your father wouldn’t even jump the line to get out of a Hanoi prison.

Marriott, which owns Ritz Carlton, has announced free COVID testing for guests who stay at their Mexico properties at least three nights and are returning to the U.S. No word on how much they charged Ted Cruz. Hope it was a lot.

Still hopeful for Neera Tanden’s ultimate confirmation as OMB director. But still also trying to wrap my head around the idea that some GOP Senators could think she should be disqualified over mean tweets.

Rachel Maddow tonight correctly points out that Neera Tanden’s confirmation for OMB director is uncertain because a whole lot of Senators are snowflakes.

Trying tonight to think of a white male politician who suffered politically because of an alleged mean boss reputation, or for mean tweets….

Something to talk about.

February 22, 2021

Tom Brady actually tweeted on Sunday “So what am I supposed to do for the next five months.”

My response “Uh, you won last Super Bowl with a predominately Black team. Never been a fan and particularly now as Saints fan, but will take back at least some of bad things I’ve said about you if you get involved in voter registration drives & work against voter suppression in Florida! “

So Minnesota Timberwolves fired coach Ryan Saunders after 7-24 start. But T-Wolves have traded 2021 pick to Warriors unless it’s a top 3 pick. (then Golden State gets top 2022 pick.)

The way things are going & with strength of this year’s draft class, did Minnesota fire Saunders for overachieving?

Guess we’re learning about American Idol current viewing demographic when they’re running commercials for Botox??!!!

As much as we might be angry at Astros for cheating, hard not to root for Dusty Baker. He admits uncertainty about COVID-19 vaccine. And still took it, in part to set a good example for those “on the fence.”

Need convincing on the COVID-19 vaccine being a good thing? If it weren’t, so many rich people wouldn’t be trying to jump the line.

Costco is going to start giving COVID-19 vaccines in the San Francisco Bay Area. Will this mean when you come in you’ll end up leaving with enough doses for your whole neighborhood?

You know we’ve been in this pandemic for a while when I actually got an email ad for items for “Pet Movie Nights,” – cushions and little beds – “Must-haves for cuddles on the couch with your pet.”

As someone who hadn’t been watching American Idol for a couple years, I randomly tuned in tonight in time to see a 15 year old girl named Casey Bishop. Consider googling her for a treat. She could win.)

Greg Abbott was actually fundraising with the slogan – “Don’t California my Texas!” Uh, as a California resident for now about 40 years, does Abbott think it’s elitist that we believe everyone should have water and be able to keep their heat on?

I have a solution for dealing with Chuck Todd. I don’t watch him.

Still trying to wrap my head around the fact that a big obstacle to Neera Tanden’s potential confirmation as OMB director is that she sent mean tweets? Heck, forget just confirmation votes, that should be enough for GOP to refer to her as Presidential.

The #FormerGuy wrote love letters to Kim Jong Un. President Biden writes love notes to his wife.

As a moderate liberal who’s admittedly not in favor of ALL student loan forgiveness nonetheless can’t wait to hear Texas members of Congress pontificate about bailing people out for reckless and foolish choices

On thin ice.

February 21, 2021

This sign will probably never be seen after this weekend at an NHL game.

NHL Outdoor game between Golden Knights and Avalanche stopped after first period, and rescheduled to restart at midnight ET, 9p PT now, after sunshine caused deteriorating ice conditions earlier.

So add to 2021 insanity… a major professional sporting event postponed because the weather was too good?

Figure tonight a whole lot of people, especially women, watched SNL without knowing who Regé-Jean Page was. Wonder what Bridgerton streaming ratings will be tomorrow

I’m not sure songs that will be written about Ted Cruz… But plenty to repurpose.

“If ever I would leave you…

Could I leave you Flying merrily from the snow?

On a wintry evening When you have to boil that snow?

Louis DeJoy did for the Post Office what Reagan did for Air Traffic Control. Took YEARS for the system to recover.

So in shooting outside New Orleans, a gun shop customer during an argument apparently fatally shot 2 other customers-he was in turn killed by others who opened fire.

Sheriff’s office said “cops still investigating’ & “trying to put it all together.” This good guy/bad guy w/ a gun is SO confusing.

All these people saying the picture of that United engine on fire makes them scared to fly. Me, I’m thinking, well now we KNOW a plane can fly on one engine.

But if you return parts from a United engine to the airline do you get a future travel discount?

Reminder that Beto O’Rourke was actually a moderate while in Congress who would have been to the right of AOC on many issues. Doesn’t matter, they’re working together in a great way in Texas. That’s what a beautiful big BLUE tent is about.

Joe Biden says he will only travel to Texas when he is sure his presence as President will not be a burden.A POTUS who cares about people more than photo-ops. It’s so nice having that back.

And where is Texas’s other Senator John Cornyn anyway?

Wonder how many reporters might be hanging around DC airports tonight, especially at International Arrivals in Dulles, hoping to get glimpses of other Senators.

Meanwhile Florida Governor Ron De Santis been shameless sycophant for the Former Guy, ignored science, hid COVID numbers & caused deaths of countless Floridians. Now he’s playing political games w/ vaccine distribution.

But lowering flags to half-staff for Limbaugh gets #RemoveRon trending.

Very confusing, President Biden has signed disaster declarations for Texas and is offering to do all he can to help. And he hasn’t insulted the state yet, or told them to rake anything. Waiting for GOP to say he’s not being Presidential.

So what gives? Joe Biden has been President for an entire month now. We still don’t have a taco truck on every corner, and Cory Booker hasn’t shown up in my neighborhood.

Another reason Joe Biden needs to get that First Feline asap. Media is so bored and looking for any scandal, figure the cat clawing the drapes or bringing a mouse into the Oval Office should keep them busy for days.

Falling fast.

February 20, 2021

New Orleans Pelicans were up 11 going into 4th quarter over Phoenix Suns – 102 to 91, and still lost. Disappointing but it happens.

What doesn’t tend to happen – the Pelicans ended up losing by 18. 132-14. Even the Atlanta Falcons were impressed.

Senate comes back from recess next week. Wonder how many senators, especially GOP senators, might be trying to sneak back into the country from tropical destinations.

I watch videos of Joe Biden simply wearing a mask regularly and wonder how many lives would have been saved if the Former Guy just did the same thing?

Joe Biden says he will only travel to Texas when he is sure his presence as President will not be a burden. A POTUS who cares about people more than photo-ops. It’s so nice having that back.

Three Fox News headlines in order on website:

Gun registry bill would threaten safety, 2A rights, critics say

Colorado GOP Rep. Boebert responds after California Democrats mock her gun display

NC mom of 5 accidentally shot after kids find gun in purse: cops

#WhyThereIsNoSatire

Add to the list of things I was convinced were satire…. someone at Newsmax apparently really was going after Joe Biden’s 12 year old dog Champ. Is this some sort of payback for mainstream media going after the #FormerGuy’s 65 year old lapdog Lindsey?

People attack Joe Biden over Hunter, Joe Biden responds by saying how much he loves his son.

People attack Ted Cruz over his Cancun trip, Ted Cruz responds by blaming his daughters.

So while there’s apparently this talk of the Bible and cancel culture, wasn’t that that flood in Genesis God doing his own canceling?

Flags at half staff for Rush Limbaugh? Fine with me, if they’re Confederate flags.

“I’m in the middle of a serious crisis at work & know it’s a really bad idea to go on vacation but my kids want to go so please help me book something leaving tomorrow.” is a line no travel agent has heard ever.

Could be worse: While Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says he’ll lower the state’s flags to half-staff for Rush Limbaugh, you know Velveeta Voldemort would have tried to arrange a state funeral for Rush.

The only flags that should be lowered to half staff for Rush Limbaugh are confederate flags.

So who’s gonna play Ted Cruz on SNL this week?

Anyone else find Lindsey Graham’s pilgrimage to Mar-A-Lago almost as offensive as Ted Cruz’s attempted vacation trip to Cancun?

Lindsey Graham is packing his emotional baggage and heading to Palm Beach this weekend. As a bachelor, poor Lindsey can’t even blame his decision on heading down to Mar-A-Lago on his children.

Oath Keepers being indicted for insurrection conspiracy doesn’t mean the #FormerGuy didn’t incite them. He had a lot of plans to overthrow the election. But January 6 was his MAGAnot line.

Cruzing for a bruzing

February 19, 2021

ESPN says over-under on NFL teams making a change with their starting quarterback is 18.

Now, that’s going to be a lot of jersey sales.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver today on ESPN’s that holding the All-Star game March 7 is “the right thing to do.” Can they rename it the NBA “All $$$$$tar Game”?

That moment you see “Zodiac Killer” trending and you know without clicking on it that Ted Cruz is involved….

So who had “Ted Cruz throwing his daughters under the bus” on their 2021 bingo card?

So for all the grief Mitt Romney got for putting his dog on the roof, at least he didn’t leave his dog at home during a freezing winter with the power out.

A tale of two politicians: Despite years of attacks, Joe Biden has 100% stood behind his troubled adult son Hunter. Within hours, Ted Cruz 100% threw his 12 & 10 year old daughters under the bus.

So since United Airlines DID get Ted Cruz to put a mask on should we put some of their flight attendants and gate agents in charge at the U.S. Capitol? (After Cruz finishes his one week quarantine post-international travel.)

How long until Ted Cruz says “Seriously, I was cold and the original plan was just to get some Ritz crackers?”

Josh Hawley’s been awfully quiet. Wonder where he’s been spending the Senate recess week.

Btw, about that $300 hotel room Ted Cruz supposedly booked at Ritz Carlton Cancun. Does anyone think Senator & wife booked cheapest standard room w/ 2 double beds? Club level rooms, with more privacy, are more like $900 a night & bet he booked two. Or a suite. Just saying.

The Ritz Carlton? So was Four Seasons Landscaping in Cancun full?

“This is not a breakdown in the system, this is a system that is broken down.” – Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio, on the power disaster this week in Texas.

Perserverance went through 2370 degrees temps entering Mars atmosphere. Which should be about as hot as the temperature will feel for Ted Cruz facing reporters after his return from Cancun.

So since per Gov. John Bel Edwards, 1 million people in Louisiana do not currently have access to clean and safe drinking water, did Steve Scalise fly to Mar-A-Lago to pick up Trump bottled water?

Seriously, let’s make this bipartisan. CDC says anyone leaving USA must not only get COVID-19 test but also self-quarantine at least SEVEN days upon return. So Senate rules committee chair Amy Klobuchar & ranking member Roy Blunt need to keep Ted Cruz off Senate floor next week.

Also from CDC- “Level 4: COVID-19 Very High COVID-19 in Mexico February 02, 2021 Travelers should avoid all travel to Mexico.”

Imploded.

February 18, 2021

Tim Tebow, who’d been invited by the Mets to Spring Training, today announced his retirement from baseball. Awww, Tim, we were counting on you to give a bored media something to distract them for a few more weeks…

Thinking Tebow still has a better chance of appearing in an NFL uniform again than Colin Kaepernick.

Now it’s NBA Spurs with several games postponed due to COVID, following Grizzles and Wizards. Yet league is moving ahead w/ All-Star game plans.

Wonder if they’d take this more seriously if one of their television marquee teams were sidelined for a week or more with the virus.

Jacksonville Jaguars announced they are switching their primary uniform color back from black to teal. Unfortunately, for fans, the uniforms will still largely have the same old players in them.

Going to break my self-imposed rule on tweeting about radio host who died today with this wonderful quote from Molly Ivins: “Being attacked by Rush Limbaugh on the air” was like “being gummed by a newt. It doesn’t actually hurt but it leaves you w/ slimy stuff on your ankle.”

This COVID vaccine rollout is making a number of us 60ish people go from “Why are they sending us AARP ads?” to “Hey, why are we considered young?

Loathsome toad alert: Tucker Carlson, in attacking Jill and Joe Biden just said ‘Their love is as real as climate change.” Okay, when he’s right, he’s right.

Val Demings won’t answer direct question from Anderson Cooper about running for Senate or Governor. “We’ll see what happens down the road.” But she does say the state deserves those jobs held by someone who is “up to representing all Floridians.” So a definite maybe.

Joe Biden is getting pushback from some Progressives on not wanting a $50,000 student loan forgiveness plan. I don’t know the right answer here, but should we be shocked that someone who campaigned as a moderate is actually governing as a moderate?

Before any GOP member of Congress wants to appear on any legitimate news program, he or she should be required to answer one question – “Do you believe Joe Biden won the 2020 election?”

Hah, CNN chyron writer today: “McConnell’s plan to deal with Trump: Ignore him.”

Uh, can you tell your own network that?

Easy to forget, there are other states where the weather has been as bad or worse than Texas, but where the situation is much less dire for residents. New Texas motto “It’s not the cold, it’s the stupidity.”

This detail gets me…. people in Texas burning furniture for warmth. You read things like this in historical novels, you hear it in stories about third world countries… It shouldn’t be happening in the United States in 2021. Period.

At least when W. flew over Katrina he was heading back to the White House and not towards a tropical vacation.

Can we start calling him Ted-quila?

Don’t blame Senators for scheduling family vacation this week during recess. Wouldn’t blame them for being furious at fate/God that disaster in their state meant they’d need to send their family on vacation & stay home. I do blame Ted Cruz for not knowing he needed to stay home.

Training for spring training?

February 17, 2021

Pitchers and catchers reporting is supposed to be fun, isn’t it?

I miss fun.

FOUR San Antonio Spurs tested positive for COVID-19? I suppose it’s sadly fitting for the team always known for their passing game.

Damn good thing that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, 72, oldest coach in the NBA, had his COVID-19 vaccine last month.

Joe Biden doesn’t act like he thinks greatness resides in a President.

Joe Biden acts like he KNOWS greatness resides in the American people.

I write this seemingly once a month. But damn I miss Molly Ivins. I imagine her tonight, drinking whiskey, and pounding out a furious column by candlelight about the arrogant stupid lack of regulations that have left millions of Texans literally out in the cold tonight.

As lack of energy regulations actually is killing Texans, this Molly Ivins quote from 1995- It’s all very well to run around saying regulation is bad, get the government off our backs, etc. Of course our lives are regulated. When you come to a stop sign, you stop; if you want to go fishing, you get a license; if you want to shoot ducks, you can shoot only three ducks. The alternative is dead bodies at the intersection, no fish, and no ducks. OK?

So how long until conservative media attacks Joe Biden for not going down to Texas and throwing paper towels?

As a Californian for the past few decades, wonder what were they supposed to have raked in Texas? This is so confusing.

Joe Biden answers woman whose teenage son has serious health issues but hasn’t been able to get on vaccine list; asks if she can stick around & they can talk a bit afterwards. What an incredible antidote Joe is from “complete lack of empathy” we had for 4 years in White House.

Lindsey Graham says GOP without Donald doesn’t have ‘a snowball’s chance in hell’ of winning” Well and they did so well WITH him in Georgia.

Pennsylvania GOP censured Pat Toomey for voting “guilty” on impeachment. One Republican Party official ‘We did not send him there to vote his conscience…We sent him there to represent us.” Un, Pennsylvania went blue for Biden. So Toomey WAS representing the state.

As Donald and Mitch spar via insulting statements… was just thinking about Lisa Murkowski, who already won re-election once in 2020 as a write-in after losing the primary to a Tea-Party guy. How much must she be giggling?

Some things are scarier the second time. A small detail from Amy Klobuchar’s real-time interview on evening of Jan 6 w/ Stephen Colbert, which was replayed last night.

After Capitol was breached, Senators originally told to stay in place in Senate Chamber for safety. They milled around for some time, until they were told to evacuate to an alternate location.. We now know how close that decision came to disaster.

Thank you again, Officer Goodman.

The sounds of silence.

February 16, 2021

President Biden wishes us a “Happy President’s Day” by not tweeting. All day. How sweet it is.

Duke star freshman Jalen Johnson has opted out of the rest of the season and will ready for the 2021 NBA draft, the school announced Monday night. Well, with so much of normal student life gone during the pandemic at least Johnson doesn’t have to pretend he’ll really miss the college experience.

USVI Congressional delegate Stacey Plaskett has five children. Same number as Nancy Pelosi.

Actually, if Lara Trump can move to North Carolina just to run for Senate, can we persuade Stacey Plaskett to do the same thing?

Remember when Donald lied and said “thousands and thousands of people were cheering” as the World Trade Center collapsed?” How many of his followers were cheering as our democracy almost collapsed on Jan 6? And how many are still supporting THOSE terrorists?


Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson about January 6 -” it didn’t seem like an armed insurrection to me”

Once again the eternal question about some today’s GOP. Stupid or evil?

If we hadn’t gone through with the second impeachment, would most Americans ever have known just how close the rioters incited by our former President came to injuring or killing members of Congress?

Senator Chuck Grassley, 87, actually tweeted this out verbatim on Feb 15 “Chk it out a friend just told me real history on part time History Channel. I’m in car Something abt Washington.”
And the media focuses on Dianne Feinstein as the Senator who should retire?”

Just as the impeachment trial video gave us a new glimpse into how deliberate and awful Jan 6 insurrectionists were in the Capitol, at what point will we find out how deliberate and awful Donald’s response was with COVID vaccines after he knew he had lost?

For President’s day, Stephen Colbert replayed his show from the night of January 6: Scary detail from Amy Klobuchar’s real-time interview while she was waiting to go back to finalize the Electoral College results. After Capitol was breached, Amy talked about senators were originally told to stay in place in Senate Chamber for safety and were just milling around for a while. We now know how close that decision came to disaster. Thank you again, Officer Goodman.

Round and round

February 15, 2021

No serious injuries this year, fortunately, but did the Daytona 500 today refer to minutes, or crashes?

Although, midrace there was a nearly six hour rain and lightning delay “and fans who had been socially distanced in the grandstands instead had to seek shelter in the crowded concourse.” And this is Florida with no mask mandates. So it will be weeks until we know the real toll from this year’s race.

20 yrs ago Dale Earnhardt died at Daytona of a basilar skull fracture. He wasn’t wearing HANS device he derided as uncomfortable. After his death NASCAR mandated devices; now all drivers use them. So why after almost 500,000 Americans have died will many still not wear a mask?

San Antonio Spurs were down 17 to 33 to Charlotte Hornets after one quarter, but outscored the Hornets 47 to 26 in the second quarter. How much do I want to hear what Pop said to the team at the quarter break, (and can we somehow bottle it?)

So Fox News Sunday had both Lindsey Graham & Amy Klobuchar on today: Graham said Donald is “excited about 2022” and looking to help rebuild the Republican Party. Klobuchar said “He is done.” Guess which got top billing on Fox News website?

Lindsey Graham today said today “My friend Richard Burr just made Lara Trump almost the certain nominee for the senate seat in North Carolina to replace him if she runs.” If so this is great news. For North Carolina Democrats.

If we’re going to go with celebrities with North Carolina ties, I say let’s draft Michael Jordan.

Watching “Trial of the Chicago 7.” Was 10 when it happened, but realized conservatives haven’t updated their “radical left” insult in over 50 years.

Didn’t watch. But did ANYONE think American Idol was going to send Claudia Conway home the first day?

#Ratings

So with impeachment trial over, the Senate on vacation, and a President who sends tweets staying how much he loves his wife, what’s the media going to do for 24-7 breaking news all week?

Let’s be clear. If Donald had stood up and said “You’re Goddamned Right I Ordered the Code Red on the Capitol and Mike Pence,.” most GOP Senators would have said “We really don’t think he actually incited the attack.

Senate rules call for 67. But when someone wins an election 57% to 43% we call it a landslide.

Don’t flop, thinking about tomorrow.

February 14, 2021

LeBron James was warned for violating the NBA’s anti-flopping rule in Lakers’ win over Grizzlies yesterday. So if King James does it again will the league slap his wrist really really hard?

Small mercies – COVID prototcols have at least made one February joke (I hope) less sadly accurate – NBA players buying Valentine’s Day cards by the dozen – “to my one and only.”

The daughter of the Lombardi trophy design was upset by Tom Brady throwing it to a teammate on another boat during their parade. Fortunately the pass was complete, just like 21 of Brady’s 29 throws in the Super Bowl.

But that’s only about 75% And on the other hand, many of Tom’s throws were shorter in the air, which means the Trophy had at least a 50% chance of landing in the Hillsborough river.

Darn shame they couldn’t call Trump as a witness in his own impeachment trial? Stacey Plaskett questioning him could have broken all pay-per-view records.

We know one thing about Michael Van Der Veen – he’s an ambulance chaser who makes his money with the highest bidder. So interesting to see if Dems offer him more next time? Nope, never mind, Democrats have actual standards.

Politics aside, how did Van der Veen ever win any personal injury cases?

In honor of Alex Trebek and Jeopardy. The answer: “colossal squid.” The question: “Until the record was beaten today by 43 GOP Senators, what is the largest animal without a backbone?”

So 43 Senate Republicans said today if Trump had gone back to New York one January day and shot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue it would have been a bad thing but not impeachable?

Nancy Pelosi reiterates – and it can’t be said enough – Mitch McConnell created a situation where impeachment could not be heard before January 20….and then made it his excuse for not convicting.

Mitch McConnell says “Trump was practically and morally responsible” for January 6. And Mitch’s acquittal vote says that McConnell is practically and morally a coward.22376

McConnell delaying impeachment, then saying the delay was the reason he voted to acquit, is today’s Senate equivalent of the guy who murdered both parents then asked for sympathy because he was an orphan

As a Democrat I wouldn’t vote for one of the seven GOP senators who voted to convict today. But as an American I applaud them.

A friend reminded me today that Bill Clinton got a blow job in the White House. It would be wrong to tweet his suggestion that Trump just got 43 in the Senate. So I won’t do it.

As pissed as I am, am also aware that House Impeachment managers had as good a chance of convicting with that Senate jury as O.J. Simpson’s prosecutors had with their jury.

And on an optimistic note, O.J. WAS convicted on his second civil murder trial. And did time for his third trial for stealing his own memorabilia back.

Spurred on

February 13, 2021

As a San Antonio Spurs fan in California, especially in the second half, I’ve watched some stressful games online this year. Tonight with a halftime score of 77-48 in Atlanta was not going to be one of those nights.

(Both teams pulled a lot of starters late and Spurs “hung on” to win by 11.

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Pitchers and catchers report in 4 days. Remember when the only thing we thought about catching during spring training was a foul ball?

Not sure what ratings are like for Trump Impeachment Trial #2…. But maybe if networks could start referring to it as “February Madness?”

It’s not just what Trump said on Jan 6, it’s what he didn’t say. Arthur Conan Doyle nailed this in “Legend of Silver Blaze” – the dog that didn’t bark. Donald could have stopped the riot. At any time with a tweet. He didn’t. Period

Who says there’s not already Bipartisanism in 2021? All Senate Democrats will vote tomorrow to say that the attempted murder of a Republican Vice President is a crime.

Starting to see why Van der Veen was available on short notice for a major trial.

Question for every GOP Senator: For all you genuflect before Trump none of you will ever be as much of servile lapdog as Pence was for 4 years. And w/ first sign of VP simply saying he would uphold Constitution, Donald tried to have him killed. Think it’ll be different for you?

Also, in case anyone forgot, one Senator stuck his neck out early to be the first to support Trump – that Senator is Jeff Sessions.

Jealous now of all those students who took Jamie Raskin’s Constitutional law class.1759

How much do we all want to see Donald Trump say -“You’re Goddamned Right I ordered the Code Red on Mike Pence?”

Like most Americans, I’ve had bad bosses in my day. Even had moments when I thought “worst boss ever.” But I yield to Mike Pence today. None of my bosses ever tried to have me killed.

Jan 26, 21- Nikki Haley on Trump: “give the man a break!”

Feb 12, 21- Nikki Haley on Trump: “He went down path he shouldn’t have, we shouldn’t have followed him, we shouldn’t have listened to him, we can’t let that ever happen again.”

Nikki’s throwing Don under the bus at Trump speed.

Privilege

February 12, 2021

Urban Meyer, now the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, has hired Chris Doyle as “director of sports performance. “

Doyle left his position as strength and conditioning coach at Iowa last summer with a $1.1 million buyout after allegations of racism and bullying.

Well, considering Meyer, for starters, had no problem keeping Aaron Hernandez on his team at Florida, when Hernandez was under suspicion for a potential first murder, I suppose it could be worse.

After a brief controversy, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says the team will resume playing the National Anthem before games. And after the season is over, I challenge anyone to REMEMBER a National Anthem before games in Dallas.

Would be interesting to see what happens to National Anthems if networks were required to show it in full, and take the couple minutes out of their available to sell commercial time.

I understand that Republicans are scared of Donald and think they need him to win elections. Did they forget what happened just over 5 weeks ago in Georgia?

So if the Senate acquits Velveeta Voldemort, who will be the first senator THIS time to say “He’s learned his lesson?”

Stephen Colbert nails it, “I take no pleasure in old clips – referencing Adam Schiff’s & now Joe’s Neguse’s warning Trump will do it again” & “I will take no pleasure when he sends his supporters to sack Disneyland so he can move into Cinderella’s castle & declare himself Emperor of Fantasyland.”

Rachel Maddow reporting that Donald considered firing Bruce Castor after day one. Wonder if he was persuaded not to fire his lawyer because someone told him no one else would take the job.

Wait, Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are meeting privately with Trump’s defense team? Uh, the federal government considers jury tampering to be a felony offense, one that is punishable by at least one year in prison.

CNN reports – “A source close to Trump’s legal team says defense eyeing shortening their presentation & possibly making it as short as 3 hours in effort to make it “short, tight and direct.”” Translation, they have no defense & he’s not going to pay them anyway, why bother?

Jamie Raskin “If this isn’t impeachable conduct, what is?” Sadly some in GOP have already answered that question – a blow job.

Per CNN’s 15 GOP Senators decided not to show up in Senate chamber during impeachment trial this afternoon. So does that mean we average Americans can now just blow off jury duty when we feel like it?

Jamie Raskin nails it again -“Is there anyone in this room who believes if he got back into the Oval Office, that Donald Trump would stop inciting violence to get his way? Would you bet lives of more police officers on it, would you bet the safety of your families on it?”

You all realize, if Ossoff & Warnock hadn’t won Georgia, not only would McConnell probably have found way to cancel impeachment trial, Mitch would be ramming through judges, stalling all Biden’s nominees, & be letting Lindsay Graham preside over investigation into Hunter Biden.

Here’s something I don’t get…Jeff Sessions and Mike Pence were two of Donald’s most loyal lap dogs. And he turned on both of them. What makes current GOP sycophants think it will be any different in future? Or that it won’t be worse?

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Should we be shocked that the “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” crowd, also now seems to believe “cult leaders don’t kill people, the people who somehow mistook their cult leader’s hateful rants and instructions for orders killed people.”

Flagged and not flagged.

February 11, 2021

Tom Brady tossed the Lombardi trophy between boats to TE Cameron Brate during the Buccaneers water parade on the Hillsborough river. Good thing, Brate caught it. Otherwise NFL refs would have called a passenger on a nearby boat for pass interference.


Brady was later seen staggering a bit and appearing to be drunk leaving the boat. I dislike Brady but who cares if he gets drunk to celebrate, as long as he’s not driving. I do wish the man would wear a bleeping mask though.

Pitchers and catchers report in a week. How many of us miss the days when the most poignant thing about that statement was not feeling we could afford to go to Spring Training?

Rush Limbaugh has been off the air since Feb 2. My mother wasn’t always right, but think this is a good time for the “if you can’t say anything nice about someone…” So no comment.

Okay, watching “Name That Tune” to mellow out after impeachment trial and no one knows “If You Leave Me” by Chicago. Banging head into wall now….

January 6, insurrectionist on camera with reporter – “We’re listening to the orders of Trump — your boss!” If this were an actual criminal trial this would be when defense attorneys call for a recess to talk about a plea bargain.

If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to watch footage of your own attempted murder, members of Congress and their staffs just got that experience today.

Wonder how Mike Pence feels watching the trial today, increasingly knowing that his boss would have had him murdered to stay in power.

Mike Lee is upset? Maybe he should talk to his fellow Utah Senator Mike Romney, who just saw how close he came to being seriously harmed, about being upset.

One thing that still gets me with GOP Senate cult members…. If we’ve learned nothing in 4 years it’s that Velveeta Voldemort eventually turns on all his supporters for not supporting him enough – from Sessions to Pence. They still think it won’t happen to them?

Guessing GOP would say Henry VIII was innocent of murdering two of his wives since he didn’t personally chop off their heads?

Ted Lieu nails it – Donald Trump “ran out of non-violent options to maintain power.”

As GOP whines on social media whines that Democrats “are focusing on removing a President from an office he no longer occupies,” your reminder Republicans made Hillary Clinton testify for 11 hours when she was no longer Secretary of State.

ICYMI because of the impeachment trial, yes, Republicans are attacking Biden’s OMB nominee Neera Tanden for mean tweets. Some statements don’t even need a punchline.

In all seriousness, if you couldn’t watch some of those videos of January 6 today without being terrified, you might not be human.

The audio tapes Stacey Plaskett played in the Senate include the voices of police officers. And those officers, the ones protecting the Capitol, were terrified.

And then in the videos, one officer being beaten with a poll flying an American flag.

Real challenges.

February 10, 2021

Robin Roberts on “The Daily Show” – “Serena Williams won a Grand Slam title while pregnant – Try that Tom Brady.”

Dallas Mavericks have stopped playing U.S. national anthem before games & owner Mark Cuban said he made decision before season started. Make sense, actually. Avoiding kneeling controversies aside, we don’t play the anthem before concerts & movies and other forms of entertainment.

So with another mass shooting, with one at least dead, this time in Buffalo, Minnesota. How long until some in the GOP interrupt their defense of Trump to say it’s too soon to talk about gun control?

The alleged killer was identified as someone “well-known to authorities before the attack.” But he had at least one gun, and was apprehended unharmed. Don’t need to see his picture to know he’s white.

Meanwhile Fox News is attacking Joe Biden’s OMB nominee Neera Tanden for her “long history of hostile name-calling against GOP” on Twitter. Uh, so is Fox really saying they think Tanden is Presidential?

Rob Portman reminded us today that Neera Tanden said “vampires have more heart than Ted Cruz.” That alone says Tanden is both smart and insightful enough to be confirmed.

A friend correctly pointed out that GOP is in a sort of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation w/ impeachment trial. But Senators could have avoided being damned in the first place if they had unified before Jan 6 in simply saying “Joe Biden won the election.”

A cat lawyer might have done a better job with Donald’s impeachment defense today.

Senator Bill Cassidy, who indicated he was against having this impeachment trial, told CNN that House manager had “a very good opening” and made “very good arguments,” so voted today to proceed. How long until Louisiana GOP votes to censure him too?

Cassidy added “I’ve always said I would approach this with an open mind and would listen as an impartial juror to both sides.” Kudos to him. But sad that the minimum expected of Americans for jury duty now looks like real courage from a Republican.

A question to pose to Republicans: How can you say what happens at the end of a President’s term doesn’t count? When at same time you say a President at the end of his term – while people were voting, as Amy Klobuchar said, “in droves,” can appoint a SCOTUS judge for life?

Merrick Garland’s AG confirmation hearing scheduled for Feb 22-23

For the “both-sides” crowd – Jeff Sessions’ hearings began Jan 10, His confirmation vote was delayed because GOP wanted to confirm Devos & they needed Sessions’ vote in the Senate. Even so he was confirmed as AG Feb 8, 2017.

You think you’ve been bored in a long day of meetings: Senators had to sit through opening of impeachment trial including Trump defense today….with no cellphones or electronic devices.Pen and paper only.

You know how devastating the video played today was when Fox News website headline is “Graphic video of Capitol violence appears to take its toll during Trump impeachment opening arguments.” And they don’t show the video.

So which one of Donald’s lawyers is Sharky McSharkyface?

So who’s going to play Bruce Castor on SNL?

Bruce Castor actually referred to “Former President Trump.” Is Donald going to fire him for that?

Remember this as impeachment trial starts & some in GOP question whether Donald’s crimes were serious enough: In 1999, Chuck Grassley, James Inhofe, Richard Shelby and Mitch McConnell all voted to convict Bill Clinton basically for lying about a blow job.

New kids in town

February 9, 2021

If you didn’t see many well-worn jerseys with Bucs players names on them, some #SuperBowl trivia from a friend – All 31 Tampa Bay points were scored by players who weren’t on the Bucs last year, plus the QB who threw the TD passes also wasn’t on the team last year…

The college men’s basketball game between Miami and UNC was postponed today when Shapchat video surfaced of UNC players partying, in close contact and mask-less, after the Tarheels beat Duke last weekend.

-It’s one kind of stupid to party during a pandemic. It’s a whole different type of stupid to take and post a video.

Tom Brady apparently immediately after Super Bowl texted an apology to Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu “for several on-field verbal altercations.” Now you REALLY wonder what Brady said to him on the field?

As Ron Wright (R-TX) became 1st sitting member of Congress to die of COVID, wonder why we haven’t heard from his colleague Michael Cloud. They worked together & were 2 of 17 Texas Reps who tried to overturn election. Cloud was also one GOP Rep who mocked mask wearers on Jan 6.

Claiming it wasn’t inciting violence to say “history is going to be made…we’re going to fight like hell…walk down to the Capitol…” makes as much sense as saying you didn’t know Gorilla Glue would permanently glue your hair.

Donald’s lawyer David Schoen has withdrawn his request to not hold impeachment trial on Jewish Sabbath. Wonder if defense team figured out just how many times Ivanka and Jared got exemptions for White House events and parties?

Amy Klobuchar on with Anderson Cooper points out that GOP Senators huddled and hiding in the room with Democrats on January 6 were worried & wondering when Trump was going to speak. They knew on that date it was “his mob.”

Klobuchar also quoted Trevor Noah about the former President – “If you get fired from Best Buy you can’t go and steal a TV on your way out.”

(Though on Jan 20 did anyone count the TVs in the White House?)

Must admit it still puts a smile on my face to see the title under Mitch McConnell’s name “Senate MINORITY leader. Thank you Georgia!

Allegations by some on Fox News that Nancy Pelosi is responsible for the assassination plot against her and other members of Congress?!! Makes theory that Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election so Democrats could impeach Donald look good by comparison.

Richard Shelby will not seek re-election in 2022. So Alabama, if you’re already tired of stupid, you COULD bring Doug Jones back.

(Or, Alabama, if you have to do the sports thing, Charles Barkley would be an improvement over Tuberville. Or former Birmingham Barons outfielder Michael Jordan.)

Media already seems bored with Joe Biden’s normalcy and seems to be trying to create stories. We need a White House cat to distract them by clawing the Oval Office drapes or something.

Super spreader bowl

February 8, 2021

I do think we are going to find out that, like Drew Brees with his torn rotator cuff and torn fascia, that Patrick Mahomes had more serious injuries than were acknowledged for this Super Bowl.

And based on the second half it probably didn’t matter. But did the Buccaneer vote the officials a playoff share?

In the first half, Sarah Thomas, a downs judge who was the first woman to work a Super, called (correctly) that the Bucs had not score on a 4th and goal at the one. But she quickly made up for it by calling the Chiefs for a 5 yards penalty “‘lined up in the neutral zone” near end of 1st half on a SUCCESSFUL field goal attempt, and the penalty resulted in a drive culminating in a Tampa TD..

So maybe someone brought her up to date on the “Brady rules?”

Seems like NFL should have a list of all attendees at the Super Bowl today Can we do contact tracing on all of them?

And on anyone flying out of Tampa Monday? For starters.

#SuperSpreaderBowl

Not to say Tom Brady is getting up there, but when they asked, “Tom Brady, you just won the Super Bowl. Where are you going now?” Brady said “Depends.”

So why is Josh Hawley not demanding a recount of the Super Bowl final score?

Wonder what the portrait in Tom Brady’s attic looks like.

So small comfort but Drew Brees and Saints did outscore Tom Brady and Buccaneers 92 to 56 in three games this season.

Watching some media & unofficial ads referring to “Big Game” or “The Game” etc… if only we lived in a country where our former President took COVID as seriously as NFL takes the use of “Super Bowl” name. (Hundreds of thousands more Americans might be alive, for starters.)

Underrated best commercial moment goes to M&M’s -the guy saying – “I apologize for mansplaining – that’s when you…” And her response – “I know what it is.”

For all these conservatives who seem “Triggered” by Hunter Biden’s book contract, I missed their outrage over Donny’s book:

Since Karen was trending on Twitter once again, on behalf of several perfectly nice Karens I have known, including one black woman, can I suggest the term for an obnoxious entitled white woman be changed to an “Ivanka?”

Fox News quotes Lindsey Graham saying he believes the GOP will come ‘roaring back’ in 2022 I prefer Graham in 2016 “If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed … and we will deserve it.”