Archive for May 2022

No mercy rule

May 9, 2022

Today the Cleveland Guardians scored six runs in the bottom of the 9th to rally from an 8-2 deficit against the Chicago White Sox. And won 12-9 in the 11th.

Meanwhile SF Giants took an 8-2 lead into the 9th against the Rockies, and the game ended 8-5 with the tying run in the on-deck circle.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler “never stop trying to score” strategy looking better and better…

Grizzles shot 41.9% tonight – despite Dillon Brooks being 5 for 19. with 4 turnovers. Looks like Memphis would have had a better chance to beat Golden State if Brooks had been suspended 2 games instead of 1.

After Yankees ‘ Gleyber Torres’ hit walk-off HR into the right field short porch, angry Rangers Manager Chris Woodward calls Yankee Stadium “a little league ballpark.” Nah, Little League ballparks don’t require many folks to take out a 2nd mortgage to afford tickets.

So guessing women up to about the age of 55 in red states can now feel free to drive in carpool lanes with impunity: Get stopped by a police officer, tell him you might be a few weeks pregnant.

FL Gov. DeSantis signed new law making Nov 7 “Victims of Communism Day” requiring students to get special instruction in schools on that day “to honor “those who’ve suffered & remind us of destruction communism has caused worldwide w/ death toll over 100 million,”

But kids can’t learn about slavery. WTAF?

Republicans act more concerned about SCOTUS judges with actual peaceful protestors outside their houses than they did about Brian Sicknick.

I don’t remember any Republicans whining about noisy protests when People’s Convoy was blowing horns all night in residential neighborhoods.

So if a woman wants to leave Texas in future to get an abortion is she going to have to be armed?

Maggie Hassan most bipartisan 2021 Senator per Lugar Institute: Others in top 10: Collins, Portman, Sinema, Peters, Tester, Manchin, Cornyn, Rosen, Klobuchar. Amy gets coverage now for her leadership but besides Sinema/Manchin how many Dems have heard of others?

Do better,media.

Been an active Democrat since high school. Have now had friends run for & win elective state/local offices. But I haven’t even agreed w/ FRIENDS on everything they do in office. Why do some people think candidates for Congress or President should agree with them 100%?

As California voter, I get an email from County Registrar of Voters saying they mailed my primary ballot & to call if it hasn’t been received in 7 days. They don’t care if I vote blue or red, California just believes every eligible voter should be able to vote. Nice, isn’t it?

Rachel Maddow tonight talking about leading GOP candidates who have been been credibily accused of assault against women. Well, if it’s good enough for a Republican SCOTUS judge….

If you really feel like protesting SCOTUS being primed to overturn Roe v. Wade, this would be an excellent time to join a voter registration drive.

Love Tim Kaine on MSNBC tonight – “When people ask the question ‘will this provoke Putin?’ The guy was born provoked.”

In search of wins..

May 9, 2022

Glad to have a SF Giants win on Mother’s Day. But close nail-biting baseball games are much more fun when you don’t care who wins.

And this was the St. Louis Cardinals’ only visit to San Francisco during the 2022 season. But as a Giants fan sure felt like Goldschmidt and Arenado were up every inning.

Way too early in the MLB season, but when it comes down to Wild Card teams in October, how much of an advantage will teams like the Brewers and Cardinals have with all those intra-division teams against the Pirates, Cubs and Reds?

Apparently tonight it was Mark Esper on 60 Minutes. (No I didn’t watch.) So how many other former members of Velveeta Voldemort’s inner circle have secrets they are sitting on for THEIR book tours?

So tired of people just talking about babies that have been aborted. I know at least two people who wouldn’t be alive if their mothers hadn’t been able to abort non-viable pregnancies before they became pregnant with them.

Think GOP didn’t expect SCOTUS to overturn Roe V. Wade this year? Has to be one of reasons they’re trying so hard to suppress votes. Republicans have given up on winning over a majority of Americans, choosing instead to try to keep those not in their minority from voting.

Amy Klobuchar talks on This Week ABC about potential patchwork of laws in United States on abortion “Why should a woman in Texas have fewer rights than a woman in Minnesota? Wonder, will overturning Roe affect where women choose go to college, or take jobs, for that reason?

Gov. Asa Hutchinson claims criminalizing abortion is will of people of Arkansas. His state has become pretty red. But Florida is trying to criminalize abortion – Desantis won by 32,000 votes out of 8 mill. By Asa’s logic that’s enough to take rights from all Florida’s women?

From “The Way We Were,” one of my all-time favorites, which my son was kind enough to watch virtually with me on Mother’s Day.

About politics, and being involved:

Hubbell: “I don’t see how you can do it.”

Katie: “And I don’t see how you can’t.”

Ahead of the field.

May 7, 2022

Apparently Velveeta Voldemort was at the Kentucky Derby today. So the race featured 20 horses and one horse’s a**.

Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike’s only victory before today was in a $51,500 claiming race. Which means anyone could have claimed – i.e. bought – him for $51,500.

Buster Posey day today for SF Giants. Bruce Bochy probably summed it up “You made the city better. You made the team better. You made ME better.

Great that Dolly Parton will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her music is important. But time to ask again, and not for the last time, why not Karen Carpenter and the Carpenters?-

Fox News TOP headline tonight is “Hitting Home.” – complaining about pro-choice activists protesting outside SCOTUS justices’ homes. And still not a peep about Kevin McCarthy’s texts and tapes over what most of GOP calls a “peaceful protest” on January 6.

Can media stop saying that Cruz thinks some liberal leaked the Roe V. Wade draft. We don’t know what he thinks. It’s quite likely that the Cancun Crybaby believes or knows it was leaked by a conservative trying to blunt the outrage. Ted is just publicly blaming it on Democrats.

Marsha Blackburn has talked about making birth control only available to married couples. By that logic, Viagra should only be available in limited quantities to married men with wives of childbearing age. And not while those wives are pregnant.

Can someone introduce a bill in Congress to index the ease of obtaining a prescription for Plan B to the ease of obtaining a prescription for Viagra?

Anyone saying it would be political suicide if GOP took back the Senate for Mitch McConnell to end the filibuster in order to pass an abortion ban assumes Republicans plan to keep allowing fair and free elections

Tonight on SNL the cold open went back to 17th century England for a great skit about Sir Matthew Hale who inspired Justice Alito…. A reminder why GOP wants to ban history.

Colin Jost on SNL Weekend Update about the unprecedented leaked Roe vs Wade opinion “‘So the court is usually careful but they slipped up just this once and now they have to live with it forever. Seems unfair.” Would be funnier if not so accurate.

Faint praise might be less damning?

May 6, 2022

For the past couple weeks ESPN has ranked SF Giants among the top teams in MLB. Since the Giants over their last 10 days are 3-7, thinking maybe it would be better if ESPN puts them back towards the bottom.

Bright spot in another loss for SF Giants was Sean Hjelle having a 1-2-3 inning in his first major league appearance. Hjelle, from Mahtomedi, Minnesota, already tied an MLB record being 6’11.” Tallest in MLB history and taller than most of the NBA Timberwolves.

Meghan McCain’s book ‘Bad Republican: A Memoir,” which was released April 26, has sold 244 copies. (Not a typo.) At this point Meghan’s only hope for getting readers is to leak some reason the rest of GOP might want to ban her book.

OTOH, Velveeta Voldemort had a reported 600 people at his Pennsylvania rally tonight. I don’t watch but wonder if he bragged about being twice as popular as John McCain’s daughter.

The Washington Post Friday has an opinion column “Overturning Roe would make America more democratic.” Didn’t even have to look at the byline to know it was written by a man.

Fox News still hasn’t gotten around to covering today’s job report – which was 428,000 new jobs in April. That number beat forecasts for an increase of 380,000. If it had come in lower you KNOW Fox would have made it their number one headline!

And some wonder why I wear a mask in public. Anonymoua rravel client just told me about acquaintance who tested positive for COVID early this week & has been running around doing errands before leaving this weekend for Europe – Her flight will be 5 days from date of her positive test.

On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert points out Dr. Oz, who has dual US-Turkish citizenship, not only lived in New Jersey until he started running for Senate in Pennsylvania, but also was seen, while he claimed not to be involved in Turkish politics at all, voting in Turkey in 2018

No wonder GOP’s focused on voter fraud – they’re so good at it.

Arson squads

May 5, 2022

Phillies gave a 7-1 lead in Philadelphia to the bullpen facing NY Mets going to the 9th. The Phillies still had a 7-4 lead with 2 outs in the 9th. And they lost 8-7.

SF Giants manager Gabe Kapler never wants to hear about piling on with a big lead again.

Although the SF Giants offense, with several starters on the regular IL and others with COVID, has only scored 1 run in each of the last three games. There offense could be called criminally bad right now, though the case could be tossed for insufficient evidence.

Tom Brady on Tiktok today with the “tell me something honest” trend – “The ‘Tuck Rule’ game against the Raiders? Might have been a fumble.” Easier to own an official’s mistake than something that might leave him feeling deflated

Warriors – Grizzles played Game 2 of Western Conference Semi-Finals Tuesday night, and don’t play again until Saturday night?

Heck, why not spread games a week apart, then the NBA could stretch the finals out until August.-

Happy Cinco de Mayo. A day when plenty of white Americans get drunk on tequila and bitch about immigrants.

So how many more people are sitting on explosive tapes to sell future books? Asking for a really tired country.

Some Republcians are trying to say it’s murder to terminate any pregnancy from the moment of conception.

That makes IVF murder. Along with IUDs and possibly birth control pills. But if baby crawls around house some night and scares someone asleep with gun by their bed and the baby ends up accidentally fatally shot, that’s self-defense and fine.

If it’s going to be homicide in Louisiana from the moment of fertilization shouldn’t male masturbation be attempted murder?

In 2018, 78% of IVF was done by white women. It’s expensive. To maximize pregnancy chances, doctor can implant several embryos. If more than 2 survive they may do “multifetal pregnancy reduction”- translation, selective abortion. GOP going to start locking up rich white women?

Stephen Colbert responding to Kellyanne Conway on Fox News complaining Democrats weren’t talking about abortion rights until today.

“Typically people wait until something happens to talk about it. Nobody on the Titanic was complainng about icebergs when they left the harbor.”

Amy Klobuchar today at Democratic press briefing about codifying Roe V. Wade into law. Saying about Republicans ‘We always said they’d take us back to the 50s. They’re taking us back to the 1850s.”

So now former Defense Secretary Mark Esper is the latest who sat on terrifying stories about Velveeta Voldemort because he wanted to save them for his memoir. This would be a great game of “Batsh*t Book Secrets Bingo” if it weren’t our democracy at stake.

Longer than….

May 4, 2022

Madison Bumgarner was thrown out of the game in the first inning after he took issue with Dan Bellino’s staring him down and examining his hand much longer than normal – “Take your f*cking time.”

But hey, don’t we all pay expensive ticket prices to go to baseball stadiums to see umpires in person?

NBA playoffs started almost a month ago, and on May 4 and Warriors announced Gary Payton II will be out about a month with a fractured left elbow.

Which means if Golden State survives, Payton will be back for the NBA finals.

And they say the baseball season is long.

The 3-21 Reds now have had three players added to COVID lL list.. Normally that means teams have to call up minor league players. So Cincinnati will basically be making lateral moves?

As the lies multiply, from GOP members to Congress to SCOTUS justices…. I’m so old that I remember when Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about sex. As Seinfeld said “Everyone lies about sex. Heck, most people lie DURING sex.”

As someone with a very visual and at times almost eidetic memory I can safely say I will take people’s word on the most recent tape featuring Madison Cawthorn without checking it out for myself. Some things you cannot unsee.

Wait, Senator Mike Lee wore a tan suit on the Senate floor Wednesday. Isn’t that grounds to impeach him?

GOP Senator Joni Ernst, railing against inflation, says you can’t just print money and hand it out for free. But never forget, she and other Republicans had no problem handing out money to millionaires and billionaires with the 2017 tax cuts.

So how many more GOP audio tapes are there that have been saved for books?

So Lauren Boebert claims she wrote a book about her life. If she even mentions her husband’s jail time for exposing himself to young women at a bowling alley, guess that means her book has to be banned in red state schools.

Leaking the draft of Roe vs. Wade decision seems likely to have been a way to blunt the outrage by creating a different outrage. So if it hadn’t leaked what would GOP have done when decision came out and how would it have involved Hunter Biden?

Senator Amy Klobuchar on “the Daily Show’ with Trevor Noah on leaked draft of Supreme Court overturning Roe vs. Wade -“there’s a saying ‘don’t get mad, vote.’ I say get mad AND vote.”

Allison Beth Krause, 19,

Jeffrey Glenn Miller, 20,

Sandra Lee Scheuer, 20,

William Knox Schroeder, 19

How many Americans know those names?

If you don’t think it can happen again you’re not paying attention.

Velveeta Voldemort – “can’t you just shoot protesters?”

Flagrant fouls.

May 4, 2022

I’m a San Antonio Spurs fan who would still love to see Chris Paul get a ring. But dang, Ja Morant is good at basketball.

Meanwhile, after being ejected for picking up a Flagrant 2 in game 1 vs Grizzlies, Warriors’ Draymond Green “I am never going to change the way I play basketball… Because then we go home early, & the [flagrant] points don’t matter anymore.” Does he think refs can’t read?

Although then tonight Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul that led to Gary Payton II fracturing his elbow. Further punishment may come.

NBA could make it simple. If your flagrant foul leads to an injury, you’re out as long as the person you hurt.

Can we call the Supreme Court for a flagrant foul against women?

While I respect Lisa Murkowski as much as any Republican Senator think I can’t be the only person who lost confidence in this SCOTUS long before she did.

GOP as well as Democratic women use IVF to conceive children. Wait until they realize Coney Barrett might want to outlaw that too. In 2006 she signed onto letter by anti-choice group that would criminalize IVF. And after all, embroyos do get discarded.

Some GOP and conservative media are claiming Democrats are just being falsely alarmist with idea this SCOTUS could overturn gay marriage laws. Like Democrats were being falsely alarmist that SCOTUS would ever overturn Roe vs Wade?

And seriously does ANYONE who watched how McConnell cheated to block Garland SCOTUS nomination and to rush through Barrett nomination have any doubt that if GOP gets the gavel Mitch will overturn the filibuster within a month?

Imagine how much it will blow GOP minds if a bunch of armed women organize red state protests in support of Roe V. Wade.

Have to assume Obergefell v. Hodges (same-sex marriage) is next for this illegally packed right-wing activist court. But maybe Clarence Thomas might draw the line at overturning Loving v. Virginia? (inter-racial marriage.)

Billionaire Peter Thiel, who is actually a New Zealand citizen, has given $15 million in total to bolster JD Vance — the largest amount ever given to boost a single US Senate candidate. Three printable words about Vance “Populist my a**.”

Crossing lines.

May 2, 2022

The entire NY Yankees active roster were allowed to cross the border into Canada for a three-game series in Toronto against Blue Jayas tonight – which means they were all vaccinated against COVID-19.

Well, politics and science aside, good to know the Yankees had their rea$on$.

NFL says independent review found “no evidence” to substantiate allegations made by ex-Browns coach Hue Jackson that team tanked games. Translation, either no one w/ Cleveland put anything in writing, or Browns had enough notice they found good IT person to scrub computers.

Need to remember. GOP knows if prices stay high it will cost Democrats votes in November. So Republican senators will do everything they can to make inflation worse. Because they want Americans to suffer to help them win an election.

Been in awe of Ketanji Brown Jackson for a while. But think on this, not only did she agree to put herself through a heinous hearing, Ketanji agreed to accept a lifetime appointment to be on SCOTUS with these right-wing so-called Christian autocrats.

Curiously if Ivanka did turn out to have thrown Velveeta Voldemort under the bus she will have proven she really is her father’s daughter.

Governor Ron Deathsantis “I get people that write in to Florida from other countries saying, we look to Florida as kind of the beacon.” Other countries? Like Russia and Saudi Arabia?

IF you call yourself a Democrat but claim you’lll either not vote or vote 3rd party or protest vote because Democratic candidate isn’t perfect or somehow offended you… Maybe tonight will convince you to get over it & get your a** to voting booth & #VoteBlueNoMatterWho

Women still have the right to vote in this country. We need to use it before this SCOTUS repeals 19th amendment next.

Bottom dwelling

May 1, 2022

Cincinnati Reds are now 3-19, setting the franchise mark for their worst start to a season.

Reds President Phil Castellini, son of owner Bob Castellini earlier this season threatened unhappy fans who want his dad to sell the team “To who?

And Phil indicated other owners might “pick (the team) up and move it somewhere else. “

At this rate, Reds fans might help them pack.

Warriors won Sunday night against the Grizzlies despite Draymond Green being ejected for a “Flagrant 2” foul that he said was“probably a reputation thing” rather than a legitimate call. 

Didn’t see the foul, but since this sort of thing keeps happening, would it be heretical to suggest Draymond work on his reputation?

Positive signs for the week ahead. Trevor Noah rocked the White House Correspondents Dinner last night. And Stephen Colbert is back after a brief hiatus on Monday night.

Since we know just about everything else GOP accuses President Biden and Democrats of is projection, perhaps we should be more focused on Velveeta Voldemort’s possible dementia. Come to think of it, has anyone heard him say recently “Man, woman, person, camera TV?”

Dr. Deborah Birx was on CBS this Sunday morning talking about her predictions for COVID this summer. With all due respect, after her shameless toadying for Velveeta Voldemort why does anyone care now what Dr. Birx thinks?

Dear Ohio.

If you want to elect a populist to the Senate besides Sherrod Brown:

J.D. Vance is a venture capitalist bankrolled by a billionaire venture capitalist. He is not a populist.

Tim Ryan is a populist. You’re welcome.

Oops, Fox News story on Biden’s WHCD jokes led w/ Joe joking about his low approval ratings but included the President saying “nothing I can say about GOP Kevin McCarthy hasn’t already been put on tape,” referring to leaked tapes reported by NYTimes showing GOP leader criticizing Trump.

Fox viewers “what tapes?”

One reason media claimed Hillary Clinton needed to go home and knit after 2016 is that she was too old to run again. Hillary is now 74.

Velveeta Voldemort is now 75. But no, there’s no misogyny in this country.

From an anonymous friend “I’m so old I remember when the only fake news was the National Enquirer.”