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Coming up Aces

May 24, 2022

The Las Vegas Aces are 7-1, best record in WNBA. Yes I seldom post about WNBA. But they’re being coached now by rookie head coach Becky Hammon! The NBA’s loss is the WNBA’s gain.

On my baseball b*tshit bingo card, I did NOT have the high point of the week as SF Giants fan watching Luis Gonzalez throwing 45 mph pitches and making major league hitters look bad. Even if Mets finally got to him tonight.

Stephen Colbert joking about Biden’s age tonight. Yes, Joe was 78 when he was elected President. And Republicans who delight in those jokes are happy to be led by a man who will be 78 in 2024.

Person, woman, man, camera, TV.

A little good news: In 2020, approx. 220,000 Georgians voted early. GOP is trying to restrict early primary voting. As of now early primary voting in Georgia is about 850.000. Apparently some people only discover how valuable a right is when some people try to take it away!

Boris Bondarev, Russian diplomat to U.N. Office in Geneva just resigned, saying he’s “ashamed” of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He told AP he has no plans to leave Switzerland as he’s “concerned” about Moscow’s response to his letter. “Concerned?” Understatement of year.

After Velveeta Voldemort unendorsed him, Mo Brooks is now campaigning with Ted Cruz. How bad has it gotten for GOP when Ted Cruz looks like the more appealing option?

Now it’s Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon who has COVID-19. Several Democratic Senators, all vaxxed and boosted, have tested positive lately. No Republicans. So are they somehow immune? Or not testing?

I don’t give a rat’s behind who 2020 Presidential Candidate Velveeta Voldemort has endorsed in Georgia gubernatorial primary. I do care that 2020 Presidential Candidates Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker have all endorsed Stacey Abrams.

Slow and slower…

May 23, 2022

Luis Gonzalez, he of the blazing 45 MPH pitches, (with maybe one pitch an inning in the 80s) just threw two more scoreless innings for the SF Giants. And then got a base hit.

So when Luis Gonzalez going to get a spot start for the SF Giants? Not completely kidding. He’s thrown 3 scoreless innings, and letting opposing batters start by swinging at pitches as slow as 45 MPH could throw off their timing for the whole game.

Besides, we don’t need no stinkin’ DH. Madbum would be proud.

Really tired of hearing announcers say things like “looks like today umpire is going to give more high strikes than low strikes. Or, “today looks like small strike zone.” Or something similar. The strike zone is the strike zone. And no one buys tickets to see umps. #RobotUmpsNow

PGA Tour rookie Mito Pereira had a one shot lead on 72nd hole of the PGA Championship, hit his first ball in the water and not only lost the lead but ended up with a double bogey to miss the playoff.

Didn’t we see this in a movie featuring Kevin Costner?

When Elizabeth Warren attacks her fellow Democrats, it’s headline news with most media.

When she partners with Amy Klobucharr, hardly Warren’s ideological twin, on reasonable new legislation to protect elections…it’s pretty much crickets. I wonder why,


GOP trying to say Biden should’ve noticed & tried to fix infant formula shortage sooner. Uh, aren’t members of Congress supposed to visit & listen to their constituents? Why did no Republicans sound alarm months ago? Almost as if they care about headlines more than issues.

Bad night at National Airport had weather delays, so many flights arriving near or after midnight, Metro closed, reports of 200 plus in taxi line and no available Lyft/Ubers. Waiting to see how this was Biden’s fault.

Fox News is anti-President Biden all the time. MSM so concerned with both-sides-ing (and ratings) they often give anti-Biden voices an equal platform. And we wonder why Joe’s approval ratings are low?

Fox News is anti-President Biden all the time. MSM so concerned with both-sides-ing (and ratings) they often give anti-Biden voices an equal platform. And we wonder why Joe’s approval ratings are low?

At local Safeway went to see if Jif recall caused peanut butter shortage. Nope. One big reason.. There are a lot of different peanut butter manufacturers. Over 100 apparently in US, and some in Canada that get imported.. Competition matters.

Ahead of the game.

May 21, 2022

So when Republicans hear about a big win for Early Voting are they gonna try to get him disqualified? #PreaknessStakes

Lots of headlines “Tiger Woods withdraws from PGA Championship.” So is anyone actually winning the tournament?

It’s May 20. So if the NBA finals goes seven games, we are exactly a month from the NBA finals..

Jif Peanut Butter has a recall of many of its peanut butters due to salmonella. But hey, assume this means MAGA’s will just stockpile and continue eating the products – it’s only science.

The fact that some in GOP are trying so hard to suppress votes now indicates they are still afraid of people voting in 2022 They’ll only stop trying when they think they have permanently rigged elections going forward.

Almost no politics tonight on NBC SNL – l Not methinks that there was no material, but maybe for their season finale SNL figured…no way we can write satire that outdid some of this week’s reality.

As Republicans try to get Americans to lose faith in elections, remember that most state legislatiors, every GOP member of the House and 1/3 of GOP Senators were themselves elected in 2020.

Got phone text message from son w/ picture taken today at Incredible Hulk Coaster, which we rode when he was a child. Captioned only “still a great ride.” And on laptop just now got ad for Universal Studios. Still think we don’t need legislation to protect consumer data privacy?

Seen on “Hungary Today.” “Tucker Carlson, One of most influential people on American political right couldn’t be at CPAC so sent video message saying “Hungary is free, decent & beautiful country that cares about its people..” Fox News didn’t mention it. Hoping we didn’t find out?

Marco Rubio is whining about his campaign emails supposedly going to spam & blaming it on Google because they supposedly favor Val Demings who he calls a “Pelosi Puppet.” Uh, Marco. 1. Demings is no one’s puppet. 2. Since GOP now is all about projection, whose puppet are you?

Ill wind…

May 21, 2022

Eleven home runs hit today at Wrigley Field in one game between Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs. Well, guess we know the answer to one weather question.. was the wind at Wrigley blowing in or out?

Yes, great comeback story for the Golden State Warriors as they came back from 14 down at halftime to pull within two after three quarters – and then won 126-117.

But actually, Warriors only scored 25 in the third quarter. Tied their lowest quarter of the game. They came back because the Mavericks scored only 13. (including 2 of 13 on 3s.)

Say it ain’t so… Kate McKinnon is leaving SNL after this season.

All you need to know about today’s Catholic Church: SF Archbishop barred Nancy Pelosi from receiving Holy Communion due to her being pro-choice. While Church had no problem w/ Callista Gringrich, Newt’s mistress when he was married to his 2nd wife, being Ambassador to Vatican.

Media loves to complain that Democrats don’t have leaders. Different take – main stream media too lazy to cover leaders with real ideas, when scandal makes better clickbait. Maybe Bill Clinton’s genius was being a policy wonk who behaved badly enough to keep MSM’s interest.

Takeways from GOP PA Senate primary, where top 2 currently separated by about 1,000 votes out of over 1.3 million.

1. Your vote matters.

2. With 7 candidates, difference between Oz & McCormick is fewer than votes cast for any unknown fringe candidate. Don’t throw away that vote.

How long is it going to take before most Americans figure it out? GOP doesn’t actually want to have elections.

Since apparently this proposed takeover is an excuse to pay attention to everything Muskrat says… If some Democratic billionaire really wants to get a strong message out, perhaps they could fund a proposed counterbid for Twitter by Hillary Clinton?

I’m so old that I remember supporting a treasonous coup attempt might have gotten you condemned by the Republican party more than talking about orgies.

SF Archbishop Cordileone bans Pelosi from communion over abortion rights – “grave evil she’s perpetrating, scandal she’s causing & danger to her own soul.” Same Cordileone who won’t release official list of priests known to be credibly accused of child sexual abuse. Jesus wept.

While Abbott’s near-monopoly, especially with WIC low-income families, may take time to solve, looks like infant formula crisis is on it’s way to being solved. Good news, but begs the question – what will GOP and Fox pretend to be outraged about next?

Missed it by… more than that much.

May 20, 2022

While some of the 2022 NBA playoff series have are back and forth as far as which team wins each game, most of these individual games have all the drama of the Harlem Globetrotters vs the Washington Generals. #Blowouts

“But Manchin and Sinema” is a fact of life in the Senate. Now. If Democrats can hold their Senate seats and flip two, or more, in November, then two Senators matter a lot less.

So was the $1 billion Twitter breakup fee something the Muskrat might have figured was a small price to pay for months of being a headline? Asking for a country really tired of malignant narcissists.

Nick Saban has apologized for saying Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M “bought every player” in their top-rated 2022 recruiting class. Maybe why Saban was angry – he thought Texas A&M had outbid Alabama?

Velveeta Voldemort signed deal to get US out of Afghanistan by May 2021. Biden got blamed for collapse. Velveeta Voldemort’s Administration imposed quotas & tariffs on Canadian imports including infant formula in USMCA trade deal. Biden gets blamed for shortages. See the pattern?

Gas prices are soaring around the world- including in Europe – which relies heavily on gas from Russia. Wonder why no Republicans or conservative media mention that.

On a cheerier note, Arkansas GOP Senator John Boozman just gave a pretty gushing bipartisan speech especially thanking Debbie Stabenow, & Schumer for helping get infant formula bill to Senate floor.

Two thoughts.

  1. Good for Boozman.
  2. Pretty sure he’s NOT running for President

It was 84 degrees Thursday in Denver. United Airlines just sent travel agents “Rocky Mountain Winter Weather” for May 20 – 22, 2022 for expected major snow storm including Denver.

“Winter Weather.” In late May.

But no, we don’t have climate change issues in this country. #sarcasm

They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things & creatures & then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, & let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

Written about 100 years ago. True about many today..

Senator Warnock accurately said “some people don’t want some people to vote.” Becoming increasingly clear that some Republicans don’t want ANYONE to vote. Democracy is inconvenient for them.

Scoring at home.

May 18, 2022

The Calgary Flames beat their intra-Alberta rival Edmonton Oilers today in game one of their playoff series 9-6.

9-6? Did they somehow schedule the NFL playoffs at Coors Field?

SF Giants lost 5-3 to Rockies, failing to get their 13th straight win against Colorado.

Maybe just as well. The last time the Rockies lost 13 straight to ANYONE was 1993. Which for those who might wish to forget was when the Giants won 103 games and missed the playoffs. Because Colorado lost all 13 games to the Atlanta Braves. ONE win by the Rockies over the Braves would have put the Giants into a one-game playoff to get into the playoffs.

But no, Giants fans are not still bitter.

GOP Establishment is pretty happy about Madison Cawthorn losing his primary. But actually, how is he any worse for the Republican brand than Boebert and Marjorie Three Names.

Oh, that’s right, they didn’t mention cocaine orgies. Never mind.

Six days before GOP Georgia Gubernatorial primary, a Fox News poll has Brian Kemp leading David Perdue by 32 points. So the real question – WWVVB – Who will Velveeta Voldemort Blame?

Velveeta Voldemort now saying on Truth Social that “Dr. Oz should declare victory. It makes it much harder for them to cheat with the ballots that they ‘just happened to find.” Ok, so can New Orleans Saints just declare they won the 2019 NFC conference game AND the Super Bowl?

So apparently this new monkeypox is transmitted through sex. Well, seems like one way to reduce transmission would be to start limiting access to Viagra.

House passed Access to Baby Formula Act 414-9. Bill calls for reducing monopolies on kinds of formula low income families in WIC program can purchase. Opposition? GOP Reps. Biggs, Boebert, Gaetz, Gohmert, Gosar, Marge 3 Names, Higgins, Massie, Roy. Again 4 words – Pro Life My A**

Chuck Grassley rambling on the Senate floor today about preserving the filibuster. Well, maybe Chuck thinks he has standing because he remembers the first filibuster – by the Whigs, back in 1837.

So how is Fox News gonna try to blame Monkeypox on Hunter Biden.

Kathy Barnette said she won’t support Pennsylvania GOP Republican nominee if she loses. So does that mean now Barnette’s gonna support John Fetterman?

When did conservative media get so whiny? Fox bragging about Velveeta Voldemort’s endorsements yesterday admits “Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin handily lost bid to oust incumbent Republican Gov. Brad Little. Tr*mp endorsed Geachin last autumn, but did little to actively support her.”

He who laughs last?

May 18, 2022

Erik Spoelstra is coaching a Miami Heat team that looks like they might be going to the NBA finals. And Lebron James is sitting home watching. Just like everyone expected 11 years after that first “superteam” season.

Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi became third pitcher in MLB history to allow 5 home runs in one inning Tuesday night.

Shockingly, it wasn’t at Coors Field.

(It was at Fenway Park against the Astros.)

Meanwhile, tonight Brandon Crawford scored on a triple and a throwing error. Or as baseball parents know it “a Little League Inside the Park Home Run.”

SF Giants took a 10-2 lead at against the Rockies today and ended up hanging on to win 10-7 with the tying run at the plate in the 9th

So as they call that at Coors Field -” a laugher..”

So shouldn’t all election deniers be barred from declaring victories in elections?

Although who’s gonna be the first Republican to lose in the primary and claim the election was rigged?

Dr. Oz actually said last night “When you go to bed at night & put your head on that soft pillow, you know Oz will be doing exactly what you want him to do if he you were there next to him.” Uh, children & teens may have seen that on the news. And some are worried about books?

Of course with all Madison’s alleged cocaine orgy stories and now no reason to keep silent since the GOP establishment basically abandoned him and he lost his seat, thinking Cawthorn might want to stay away from windows.

Seeing some say that John Fetterman’s health might be an issue in the November Senate election in Pennsylvania. Fetterman appears to be on the road to a full recovery. But even an invalid would be more effective and useful than many “just say no” GOP members of Congress.

IF Abbott had several US infant formula competitors, as they do in Canada, then closing plant would have helped those competitors & hurt THEIR business. As opposed to now, when Abbott will just resume their dominant position after having hurt Americans. Antitrust matters.

Delta and United somehow just “randomly” increased their fuel surcharge on business class tickets from $1600 to $1700 on the same day. Don’t tell me or any travel agent that monopolies/oligopolies don’t hurt consumers.

Texas GOP rep Dan Crenshaw is anti-choice, pro-gun, refused to wear a mask during worst of pandemic & signed onto the Texas lawsuit that sought to overturn election results in four swing states.

But because he now supports aid to Ukraine he’s too reasonable for Tucker Carlson? It’s. A. Cult.

I’m so old I can remember being shocked that someone clearly so unqualified as George W Bush could be elected Governor and then President.

Altitude sickness?

May 17, 2022

SF Giants hung on for a 7-6 win.

But why does a one run lead against the Rockies at Coors Field going to the bottom of the 9th somehow feel like a tie game in the bottom of the 10th with that ghost runner on second?

After a blow-out loss game 7 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul says he plans to be back “next year.”

“Next year?”” The 2022-2023 regular season starts in about five MONTHS.

Newly signed Browns QB Deshaun Watson, accused of sexual misconduct by 22 women he hired as massage therapists, will meet with NFL officials this week. And no doubt the league will slap his hand really really hard.

Sometimes it feels like Democrats have cornered the market on political infighting… And then there’s Pennsylvania – Kathy Barnette said in a radio interview Monday she has “no intentions” of supporting EITHER Oz or McCormick if they win the GOP primary.

Oklahoma GOP Governor Kevin Stitt is warning state’s Native American tribes that if they allow abortion on sovereign land he will intervene..

So what part of “sovereign land” does Governor Stitt not understand?

Tommy Tuberville was on the Senate Floor complaining President Biden is against cryptocurrency, and that Americans should be able to invest their retirement as they choose. Does anyone think if asked Senator Tuberville could even EXPLAIN cryptocurrency?

Actuallyo today Tommy Tuberville was promoting his bill allowing Americans being able to put their 401ks into cryptocurrency. What’s next? A Tuberville bill to allow us to invest in tulip bulbs and Beanie Babies?

Chuck Schumer today calling out Fox News & Turker Carlson, for their “craven quest for viewers and ratings” He says for years they’ve been “stoking cultural grievance and political resentment that eerily mirrors the messages found in replacement theory.” Schumer is right.

Sorry, I love Stephen Colbert. But when he has Mark Esper on, another man who kept terrifying truths quiet to save them for his memoir, well, I change the channel. Call me old fashioned, but I believe in “Country over Book Sales.”

ICYMI, Texas has been dealing with VERY high temperatures & some power plants have already temporarily failed, Texans have been asked to limit electricity usage. But when power grid really fails, to which air-conditioned destination will Ted Cruz go?

There’s something underappreciated about the fact that many and in some cases most GOP candidates running now in elections are running against the idea of trusting elections.

Game 7s

May 16, 2022

Four game sevens today in basketball and hockey.

And if you are a fan of close games… hope you were watching NHL.

(Both NHL games went to OT, the closer of the two NBA games was decided by 28 points..

Some day the there will be a baseball trivia question “Once the DH was added, who was the first NL player to pitch and hit a home run in the same game?” And the answer will be the SF Giants’ Luis Gonzalez.

At one point in the midst of his two scoreless innings, SF Giants’ Luis Gonzalez threw a pitch at 45. Then one at 85. As ESPN announcer says, “the widest variance of any two pitches in the history of the game.” (And after a swing through strike at 85 he gets a popup on another 45 mph pitch.)

And then he hit a home run off Albert Pujols – “Just call me Ohtani.”

The Cincinnati Reds are looking at a historically bad season…

If they end up worse than the 120 loss 1962 Mets, Sunday might be a highlight/lowlight – a no-hitter LOSS to the Pirates. And to add insult to ingury… because the game was in Pittsburgh it was a complete game loss where Pirates didn’t need to bat in the 9th, and the no-hitter doesn’t count.

GOP wants to keep BOOKS they consider dangerous out of the hands of teenagers. But they are fine with assault weapons in the hands of teenagers.

We didn’t even get the mass shooting clock in America reset to one.

Don’t think all Republicans are racists. And not all GOP members of Congress represent deep red districts or states. So why are NONE of them after the Buffalo terrorist’s massacre condemning hateful white supremacy and the lie of the “Great Replacement Theory?”

Conservatives have been all over liberals anytime a politician or someone in media makes a comment viewed as incendiary and provoking violence.

And I admit that some liberals have said stupid things on occassion.

So why crickets from them on Tucker Carlson pushing “great replacement theory?”

Buffalo mass murder suspect said he was influenced by man who in 2019 murdered 51 people at New Zealand mosques & several others including the 2015 Charleston church murderer. Apparently, the killer forgot to name Tucker Carlson.

Aaron Salter was heroic security officer who was murdered at Buffalo supermarket. Salter was a TRAINED “good guy with a gun.” Who shot the killer to try to save lives. But the suspect had body armor so was unharmed. Is NRA going to say now our kids & teachers need body armor too?

Not a Pennsylvania voter and don’t claim to know everything about the Democratic Senate candidates. But I do know: John Fetterman is better than all GOP options Malcolm Kenyatta is better than all GOP options Conor Lamb is better than all GOP options #VoteBlueNoMatterWho


May 14, 2022

Philadelphia Phillies have scored 29 runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 3 games. As a SF Giants fans a comment and question.

1. Well played.

2. Want to tell the rest of MLB how to do it?


Nothing is certain but death, taxes, and the Toronto Maple Leafs losing elimination games in the postseason.

(Toronto tonight lost theire 10th straight series clinching game.)

Oddly enough, I moved to Toronto as a child in 1969 (for 4 of 5 years) when the Leafs had relatively recently won a Stanley Cup in 1967. Probably the closest I came to knowing what it felt like to be born a Cubs fan.

Moscow Mitch McConnell went all the way to Kyiv to talk about the Senate needing to pass the Ukraine aid bill. He could have just traveled to Rand Paul’s house in Kentucky because Paul was the one who held up the bill passing last week.

Seeing some GOP and conservative media say Biden should use Defense Production Act to increase baby formula manufacturing. Wait, I thought GOP wanted small government unless it was taking rights away from women.

ABC’s This Week has Chris Christie on tomorrow. I think I speak for millions of Americans in saying that when it comes to what Chris Christie has to say, I really don’t give a d*mn.

Following Senate confirmation, a majority of the members of the USPS board are now Biden nominees. Although if they finally fire DeJoy they better not do it by mail. He wouldn’t find out until after Christmas.

Several manufacturers make ED drugs in America & now with expired patents there are several generic options. But why do I think if one company had an ED drug monopoly & a factory problem caused shortage, there’d be GOP Senators lining up to sponsor antitrust legislation?

So after today’s mass shooting where the suspect himself said it was racially motivated is there a single GOP lawmaker saying he or she is against white supremacists & the politics of hate?

Made spur of minute decision to go grocery shopping this afternoon. It wasn’t and shouldn’t have been a life-altering decision. Though it was for some in Buffalo. Where is the “pro-life” GOP on this one?

Also, I am not using the alleged Buffalo shooter’s name. (Don’t want to give him more notoriety.)

But can we talk about where THIS terrorist was radicalized?

Just a bit outside

May 14, 2022

Rookie Francisco Morales who earned his first save for the Philadelphia Phillies against the Los Angeles Dodgers threw 24 pitches in the bottom of the 10th. 10 strikes.

Siri, what is “effectively wild?”

But hey, 12-10 Phillies win Friday night. 9-7 Phillies win Thursday night? Did they move Dodgers home games to Coors Field and not tell us?

We now know GOP’s allegations of voter fraud has been pure projection for their own efforts to overturn elections. So guess we should start wondering about GOP’s latest favorite obsessive allegations about pedophilia…?

Melanie has apparently given her first interview since leaving the White House and of course criticized President Biden. I really don’t care, do U?

Was lucky enough to be able to breastfeed my son exclusively & even to pump extra work to donate to local nonprofit breast milk bank. (Now 30 such milk banks in US.)

If GOP cares so much about feeding babies would they like to put real $$ into increasing that number? Thought not.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants to stop ALL women from having abortions. Also Texas Gov. Abbott wants to stop Biden from now sending baby formula to undocumented immigrants. So if these women can’t breastfeed they have to have the baby then let it starve to death? Pro Life My A**.

Mike Pence is campaigning for Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, while his old boss campaigns for David Perdue. How long until Velveeta Voldemort says Pence was only his coffee Vice President?

You know, I don’t remember media obsessively following who Hillary Clinton endorsed after the 2016 Presidential election. And she actually WON the popular vote.

Comebacks and way backs.

May 13, 2022

7-1 Phillies lead in 6th over Dodgers ends up 9-7 Philadelphia win.

But only after LA ties it 7-7 in 8th, gives up 2 in top 9th, but doesn’t score after loading bases with no outs in bottom 9th.

SF Giants manager Kapler looking better & better with the “never stop trying to score” offense.

Much discussion late in NBA season if the Phoenix Suns could be the equal of the Golden State Warriors. Last night the Warriors lost by 39.

Tonight the Suns lost by 27.

Don’t think this is what Phoenix had in mind.

Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike’s owner Rick Dawson says they planned to enter Preakness, but with last minute Derby they will give him more recovery time to rest & run in Belmont. Owner who cares more about his horse than money? This might be as shocking as Rich Strike’s win.

Today GOP – students in public schools should not be exposed to books that include teenagers dealing with sex and its potential consquences.

Also today’s GOP, if a student in public school gets pregnant she has 9 months at least and possibly a lifetime to learn all about sex and its potential consequences.

Elon on Twitter is going after President Biden by saying Joe wasn’t elected to transform the country but because Americans “wanted less drama.” And who is more of an expert on “less drama’ than the Muskrat?

While I can understand SCOTUS justices’ desire not to have protesters outside their homes, in part because justices are not politicians, while we’re at it can we also stop justices being able to make speeches at partisian political events?

Rand Paul wants to get rid of ALL COVID rules including vaccines, boosters and masks in all cases, for Senate pages.

Roy Blunt & Amy Klobuchar, top Senators on Rules Committee, both politely tell him he is nuts. Who says there’s no bipartisanism in DC?

If the Senate set up two dunking booths with Ted Cruz in one and Rand Paul in the other, how much bipartisan handwringing would there be as to who to try to dunk first?


CNN just did whole segment on baby formula shortage w/out saying big part of problem is Abbott Nutrition has monopoly on 1/2 US formula market, & 3 other companies make the rest. It’s not just “cat food & caskets” as Amy Klobuchar says, monopolies can matter hugely to our lives.

Some Republicans are blaming Biden’s FDA for not acting quickly enough to solve infant formula problem While many Senate Republicans delayed Biden’s nominee for head of FDA, Robert Califf, who held that position under Obama, for several months until Feb 2022. Time is relative.

As travel agent been reissuing some tickets from 2020. Airline “fuel surcharge” on business class ticket to Europe was $1200. Now $1600.

Gas prices haven’t gone up THAT much. GOP blames Biden for high prices, so they’d be okay w/ him issuing some executive orders against corporate price gouging?

Not so close

May 12, 2022

The Golden State Warriors will make millions if there’s a game six at Chase against the Minnesota Grizzlies. Not that I believe teams tank in the playoffs – but actually if they did intend to lose on purpose, it probably wouldn’t have been THAT embarrassing. (39 points)

Seven of 15 teams in the NL are above .500

Five of them are in the NL West.

Just saying.

Last week the SF Giants couldn’t score 7 runs in a week. This week they’re averaging over 7 runs a day. Baseball is a funny game.

Tonight in Washington DC, new owners of former Trump hotel began taking down signs with the Trump name on the property Shame it wasn’t that easy to take his name off the Republican Party

Maggie Hassan – moderate Democrat.

Mark Kelly – moderate Democrat.

Jon Tester – moderate Democrat.

Jacky Rosen – moderate Democrat.

Media calls Joe Manchin moderate. Democrat. He’s CONSERVATIVE Democrat. But real moderates don’t provide regular that media’s real excuse?

And Manchin claimed he would have supported a bill that JUST codified Roe V. Wade.

So why didn’t he write one?

Manchin, however, is not running for re-election in 2022.

But there are a number of Senate Republicans who are.

And a number of open seats.

Win some of those races and Manchin matters a lot less. #getmadANDvote

Sadly Susan Collins voted no on Protecting a Woman’s Right to Abortion. Perhaps if the bill had included something important like protecting sidewalks near Senators’ homes from chalked messages..?

While I would never out anyone on a personal health care decision if a woman who is related to any one of these GOP Senators who support SCOTUS taking reproductive rights away has had an abortion, now would be a good time for her to come forward.

You know you’re out of touch with contemporary music when you see Sunny Day Real Estate trending and think it must be something like a Four Seasons Landscaping thing involving Rudy Giuliani.

No nos

May 10, 2022

Astros’ Justin Verlander missed his a fourth no-hitter by five outs but still faced the minimum through eight innings today against the Twins.

And Justin wasn’t even the top pitcher story of the day since rookie Angels pitcher Reid Deimers, 22 years old, who’d made 5 starts this year with a 5.32 ERA, just threw a no hitter against the Rays.

Baseball is the best game.

Tom Brady says he will join FOX Sports as an analyst when he retires. Well, better than him running for the Senate as another unqualifed celebrity Republican.

Velveeta Voldemort-backed Charles Herbster, accused of groping eight women, is now third in the GOP Nebraska gubernatorial primary. So who is VV gonna blame?

Chris Murphy talking about how same GOP who claim to revere life have no problem with threats once a baby is born… including over 100 dead every day in America from gunshots.

Wrap your head around this: For many in today’s GOP a woman who aborts a fetus for any reason is a murderer. While Kyle Rittenhouse is a hero.

Moscow Mitch “It is an attempt to replace the rule of law with the rule of mobs. It is unacceptable (not to) clearly denounce it.” So McConnell has finally come around again about January 6? Nope, he’s upset about protesters outside the homes of SCOTUS judges.

Get as annoyed as anyone at Sinema & Manchin sometimes, but credit where credit is due. Both voting for Lisa Cook on Federal Reserve Board. They’re difficult Democrats at times, but they’re NOT Republicans. Need to elect Blue Senators so their “idiosyncracies” matter less.

Just got fundraising call from nice sounding guy w/ Republican Senatorial Committee. Let him ramble & responded as sweet as could be “Sir, I support your right to free speech but going to do everything I can do to help you lose in 2022. Vote blue. Have a nice day.”

Seemed nicer than “F*ck U.”

Really miss Stephen Colbert this week, and hoping he tests negative for a recurrence of COVID. OTOH, Stephen was going to have Mark Esper on this week. Maybe a sign from the heavens about hiding treasonous secrets for book tour?

Can someone ask these GOP Senators who wax lyrical about unborn babies why they want to cut the babies & their mothers off from healthcare & financial support as soon as they are born? Heck if GOP had their way some mothers wouldn’t even be able to pay for cost of giving birth.

Velveeta Voldemort said he wouldn’t return to Twitter if his ban was lifted. And I’m sure he was as honest about that as he has been about everything else.

While Rick Scott is making headines over anti-abortion comments and his desire to raise taxes on lower-income Americans, look at these numbers: 4,099,505 to 4,089,472. Yes, a difference of about 10.000 out of over 8,000,000 That’s now much Scott beat Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson by in 2018. #GetMadANDVote

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?”