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Losing your shot.

June 12, 2021

MLB says 22 teams now at vaccination threshold, but no team of the remaining eight is close to that 85% threshold.

Can MLB put in a rule if your team isn’t at the threshold and an outbreak stemming from one of yourplayers causes a game with a vaccinated team not to be played, instead of postponing you just forfeit?

Yeah, Mets’ Jacob DeGrom might be the best pitcher in baseball. But he only has one shutout. But Giants pitcher Anthony Descalfani has two. #SFGiants

SPN’s Scott Van Pelt just (grudgingly) referred to SF Giants as “the best team in the National League. ” And as of June 11, they are.

Anthony Rizzo is a cancer survivor who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2008.. Now he says he wants more data before he gets the COVID vaccine. Wonder if Rizzo was treated for his cancer with leeches?

Jill and Joe Biden love their kids and grandchildren. But unlike Velveeta Voldemort they didn’t bring any of them to crash the party and meet Queen Elizabeth II. It’s so nice having a President.

I’m noticing something in common with all these world leaders at Joe Biden’s first G-7 meeting in Cornwall – SMILES!

Putin today praised Velveeta Voldemort as “extraordinary, talented and colorful.” Same phrasing could have been used by Geppetto about Pinocchio

Ron Johnson on Fox News, “He’s weak, and don’t ask me to get inside the mind of a liberal, progressive socialist, Marxist like President Biden.” “a liberal, progressive, socialist, Marxist?” Ron Johnson clearly has not spent even 5 minutes with rose Twitter.

Let me be very clear, while I admire him, not that I ever thought Merrick Garland should be deified, either as potential SCOTUS judge or current AG. But the man has been in office three months. Could we all maybe be just a little patient in reserving judgment?

It’s the DOJ today, but how long until we find out what Former Guy had the FBI do? And what suggestions were made to local police departments? You cannot convince me there weren’t Trump supporting police trying to start race riots because they felt riots would benefit his re-election.

Living the ratings dream?

June 11, 2021

Early days yet, but wouldn’t a Utah-Phoenix Western Conference final be exactly what ABC-ESPN dreamed up with this shortened ratings driven season? #Sarcasm.

Meanwhile, speaking of ratings, how about the Tampa Bay Rays and SF Giants having the best records in baseball.

Nixon resigned over coverup of break-in at DNC headquarters. Not quid-pro-quo w/ foreign leaders, not using DOJ to subpoena records of members of Congress. Not stuff we probably haven’t even found out yet. Nixon already seeming like a naughty schoolboy by comparison to Trump.

I understand that airlines are delaying returning alcohol sales on board because of bad passenger behavior. Uh, is it just possible some passengers are behaving badly because they are increasingly tense on board and can’t drink?

The Sopranos ran for six years. Velveeta Voldemort’s administration lasted four years. To be fair, Tony was a much more competent mob boss.

Boris Johnson on Joe Biden “A breath of fresh air.” Understatement of the year.

Caitlyn Jenner refuses to say Donald Trump lost the election. “I’m not going to get into that.”

Anyone who can’t answer the question – “who won the 2020 Presidential election? should have their televised interview terminated immediately. Period.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaking against state GOP anti-vax bill. “Before modern medicine, diseases such as mumps, polio, whooping cough were common & caused great, great suffering & death to thousands of people every single year.” How long until GOP tries to censure Dewine?

Biden opened his vaccine remarks at G-7 in Cornwall – “I want to express condolences on behalf of Jill & I, to her majesty Queen Elizabeth II & entire royal family & people of United Kingdom. Today would’ve been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday.” It’s so NICE having a President.

June 10, 2021

Persistence!

Lefty pitcher Sam Long, 25, who pitched four plus inning on one hit for SF Giants today, has been released before and in 2018 started taking some EMT classes. Announcers commented on his calm on the mound. Depending on those classes, thinking Long saw and thought about things a little more stressful than giving up some runs in a baseball game.

Well this could make for fun conversations in the huddle: As Panthers QB Sam Darnold says he’s still “evaluating” whether to get a COVID vaccine or not, reminder that Carolina’s star RB Christian McCaffrey was an Academic All-America at Stanford.

NFL’s Montez Sweat is still vaccine adverse, with the Washington football team player saying he “won’t treat Covid until he actually gets Covid.”. Can only imagine what his thoughts are on say, birth control.

Compared to Charles, Anne and Andrew, I know comparatively little about Prince Edward, 57, Queen Elizabeth’s youngest son. But I think I like him. In an interview touching on many issues including his parents, Harry and Meghan, etc “That’s families for you.”

Interviewed on Senate report on January 6, Amy Klobuchar talked about “the haunting words of one of the officers who said “Does anyone have a plan?'” Sadly, the one who DID have a plan was the Former Guy.

Why is anyone shocked that Louie Gohmert wonders if Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management can alter the orbit of the moon or the Earth? Gohmert’s cult leader thought you could alter the path of a hurricane with a Sharpie.

If Governors of Florida & Texas really want to make a point in their battle with cruise lines over vaccine requirements why don’t both of them go on a one week cruise vaccation with some of their unvaccinated constituents.

Know almost nothing about Mark Greenblatt, the Inspector General of Department of the Interior, who just said DC police didn’t clear Lafayette Park for a photo op. I do know he was confirmed in 2019 after being nominated for the position by Donald Trump.

How fantastic for our whole country would it be if in 2022 we not only could get rid of Florida’s Ron DeSantis and Marco Rubio, but also that we could replace them BOTH with women – Nikki Fried and Val Demings?

Must be very confusing for those who only watch Fox News: Network has been telling viewers COVID-19 is largely harmless and vaccines aren’t necessary…. but they should be outraged because the virus allegedly came from a lab in China.

Tucker Carlson claiming Americans should apply for asylum in El Salvador, it’s safer than Baltimore and Chicago. Waiting for Carlson to do a show on location in San Salvador to prove his point.

So how long does it take for the magnetization to kick in with the vaccines? Now feeling disappointed that I went to Hawaii for a few days last month and didn’t attract any coins or buried treasure on the beach.

Rachel Maddow points out scandal of Rob Porter resigning after accusations of domestic abuse by ex-wives would’ve been massive story in any other administration… Had almost forgotten it. TFG’s White House was like perfume testing for scandals..after a while they blur.

Long gone.

June 9, 2021

Cubs rookie Patrick Wisdom has 8 home runs in his first 40 ABs. It’s a heck of a story. But as an SF Giants fan, it’s a lot more fun when he’s hitting them against the San Diego Padres.

AVirginia gym teacher was suspended for refusing to allow transgender girls to compete because he claimed it went against his Christianity. Now judge ordered guy reinstated.

So if “Christianity” matters so much to this teacher, will he demand virginity pledges from all student-athletes?

So apparently it was either an earthquake or a sonic boom that got #SanDiego trending Tuesday night. I can’t be the only one who was relieved it wasn’t a mass shooting.

CNN chyron- “Senate Jan 6. report reveal new details on security failures, omit Trump’s role.” Uh, Senate committees were for WHAT happened & future Capitol security- not WHY it happened or who incited it.

That’s why Amy Klobuchar keeps saying we still need a bipartisan committee. Do better CNN!

Uh, travel agents have a “duty to warn” customers about any negative information we have. And Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines caved to Ron DeSantis about requiring vaccines for sailings from Florida. So now we tell everyone “so it MIGHT be a 7 day cruise or you might get stuck on board indefinitely?”

Still wrapping my head around some COVIDiots who don’t want to be guinea pigs with a vaccine, but they’re perfectly willing to be guinea pigs to go on a cruise ship without being vaccinated. Hope they’re negotiating open-ended vacation time.

So how long until Florida Governor Ron DeSantis continues his campaign for individual freedoms by saying he’ll eliminate seat belt and DUI laws?

As Democrats figure how to go forward for voting rights without Senator from West Virginia, your reminder if we had won more Senate seats in 2020, or held onto Bill Nelson and Claire McCaskill’s seats in 2018, we wouldn’t need him or Sinema. Litmus tests belong in labs.

Stormy Daniels has indicated she would “would love nothing more” than to cooperate with NY Grand Jury investigating the Former Guy. So sounds like it will be a lot more satisfying for Stormy to do to him what Donald did to her.

Same GOP that had 10 investigations over more than two years into a fatal attack on American diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, thinks we should just move on from a fatal attack on our own US Capitol six months ago

Let’s be honest. If Democrats hadn’t won those two seats in Georgia, Mitch McConnell & Senate Republicans now saying “move along nothing to see here,” about January 6, would have committees focused nonstop on Hunter Biden’s laptop.

For want of a shot:

June 7, 2021

Golfer Jon Rahm, ranked #1 or 2 in the world, had to withdraw from Memorial Tournament with 6-shot lead after positive COVID-19 test. He was asymptomatic at the time.

He’d been tested daily after close contact with someone with the virus, and while the tour doesn’t release information directly on who has been vaccinated anyone vaccinated isn’t subject to testing after close contact.

CONCACAF Nations League final between United States & Mexico was marred Sunday by unruly fan behavior that included objects thrown on the field. Where did fans think they were, at an NBA playoff game?

Sign of returning to normalcy – Sunday night baseball Yankees -Red Sox.

On Saturday ,SF Giants scored two runs in an inning against the Chicago Cubs on four singles. A reminder of what baseball used to be before launch angles.

Don’t think local & state elections matter? Keith Ellison, Minnesota AG who oversaw case against Derek Chauvin, won by 4 points in 2018 His GOP opponent, Doug Wardlow, will run again in 2022. What Doug’s been doing since his loss -being attorney for Mike Lindell & My Pillow.

Media: Joe Manchin thinks he’s King of the Senate. Also Media: We’re gonna give Joe Manchin more attention than anyone in the Senate.

All jokes aside, I don’t care about the Former Guy’s pants. I do care that the media really needs to put on their big boy (and big girl) pants and start figuring out how to cover a boring but competent President instead of a carnival barker.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report noted there were 6,052 deaths from Americans not wearing seat belts being ejected from cars in 2020 -20% increase from 2019, despite COVID. Wonder how many of them started ignoring science last year by not wearing masks?

So anyone got a list of how many mass killings were committed with Swiss Army Knives?

Delta flight attendant & passengers tackled a man who tried to storm the cockpit and were able to zip tie his wrists. Zip ties? Were there GOP tourists on board?

Bribes and misdemeanors.

June 5, 2021

Some baseball teams may start giving away free tickets to fans who get a covid vaccine at the stadium.

Now, the state of Arizona, 33rd in the US with about 36% of adults vaccinated, could use all the help they could get. But the way the Diamondbacks are playing, (20-39, 17 games out of 1st) perhaps they could try telling fans, if you DON’T get vaccinated, you are required to stay for the entire game?

20 MLB teams have reached 85% vaccination rate for players & other on-field personnel, 2 more have had shots & are 2 weeks away. Would the 8 other teams like to tell us who they are? (Because not being vaxxed might affect stadium staff, also prefer not to root for idiots..)

Has Adam Silver figured out how to have a second round play-in game to keep Lebron James in the NBA postseason a little longer?

Federal Judge Roger Benitez, just ruled against California assault rifle ban. “Like Swiss Army knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon & homeland defense equipment. Perfect for home & battle. I couldn’t write satire that absurd.

Wrap your heads around this one: Today’s GOP is now more interested in a hearing to investigate Dr. Fauci than the fatal insurrection on January 6.

Great that Fox News & folks like Josh Hawley finally think Trump should have resigned over not promoting mask wearing during the the pandemic.

Oh wait, no, they want resignation of Dr. Fauci!? And Fauci, unlike the Former Guy, changed his stance based on changing evidence.

So Mike Pence just says he “doesn’t see eye to eye with his former boss over January 6. Anyone thought of putting a microphone in front of Karen Pence and ask what SHE thinks about Donald almost having her, her husband and their daughter killed to stay in power?

Wolf Blitzer asks Preet Bharara if Trump should be sweating: Preet points out he’s escaped before But… “I think this is a different kind of thing. It’s not a political investigation, it’s a standard financial organization criminal investigation…” They got Capone on taxes.

GOP still genuflecting before the crazy Former Guy is as if the little boy shouted that the Emperor had no clothes and the people responded by throwing the kid in jail.

For all those who expect Americans to know what’s best for them on vaccines without guidance (and maybe bribes) from our leaders: Just was waiting at a railway crossing for a train to pass and noticed the big sign “DO NOT STOP ON TRACKS.”

Anyone know what President Biden is up to this weekend? Me neither. Nice, isn’t it?

Lake(rs) run dry?

June 4, 2021

Well, for the next six weeks of the playoffs we don’t have Lebron James to kick around anymore.

Jae Crowder puts Suns up 16 over Lakers with less than 2 minutes to go and TNT announcer says “And that may seal it for Phoenix.” What was his first clue?

Say what you want about horse racing. But by banning Bob Baffert from Churchill Downs for two years, the sports has shown more cojones in punishing its biggest stars who break rules than other sports – compared to for example NFL with Belichick, Brady & the Patriots…

Regular nonpolitical sports rant: 1. Replay matters to get the call right. 2. If you can’t see enough to change a call in 60 seconds or less, the call is right enough.

ESPN now considers #SFGiants the fifth best team in MLB. And the third best team in the NL West. Well, both COULD be true.

Don Lemon reports Mike Pence today saying about Donald Trump – “I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on January 6.” So this is like Macduff saying he doesn’t know if he’d ever see eye to eye with Macbeth?

I’m not sure what Rachel Maddow would do now for her show in 2021 if we had a single day without a domestic threat against our democracy. But it would be nice to find out.


Mike Pence says of January 6 that “one tragic day” should not be used to discredit Americans who voted for his former boss. Well, and why should April 15, one “tragic night”, be used to discredit what was an otherwise fine acting career for John Wilkes Booth?

All these employers claiming they can’t hire anyone. At same time some law firms are desperate enough to sign onto increasingly frivolous lawsuits by folks like Mike Lindell & some cult members by red state Republicans. So maybe what we need is job retraining for lawyers?

Lots of carrots to encourage vaccines, but a friend suggests a good stick – if someone chooses not to get vaccine then insurance should not have to pick up the cost of treatment when they get COVID (unless they have a VALID medical reason not to get the shot.)

One man has served in public health for over 50 years, advised every President since Reagan & received Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush for work on AIDS. Other man told us COVID was harmless & wanted us to drink bleach. Guess who GOP & FOX are now supporting?

Apparently Donald Trump now said in a statement – “China should pay ten trillion Dollars to America, and the world, for the death and destruction they have caused.”Wait, this is same guy who said “99% of cases are totally harmless.”This is SO confusing.

“Privilege of serving alongside Trump, it’s greatest honor of my life.” Mike Pence, 6/2/2021 – at a New Hamphire GOP dinner. “

I pray God save the king…for a gentler nor more merciful prince was there never: to me he was ever a good, gentle & sovereign lord.” Anne Boleyn, 5/19/1536 – on the scaffold.

Flamed out?

June 3, 2021

Apparently in the last few weeks, while the Tokyo Olympics now are supposed to start in less than three weeks, 10,000 volunteers in Japan have quit, and the country is still going through some of the worst times with COVID.

And here we thought China and Russia would stage the most controversial Olympic games of our lifetime.

Kentucky Derby winner’s Medina Spirit failed drug test has been confirmed. Will the colt blame it on a tainted supplement from a stablemate?

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NY Knicks are out, LA Lakers and Clippers each one game from elimination. ABC and ESPN now beginning to feel like FOX feels when the Dodgers, Cubs, Yankees and/or Red Sox aren’t in the World Series?

While I realize there are far more important things to worry about, with all MLB’s efforts to make games more exciting, perhaps they should consider a mercy rule. Top of the second in Los Angeles. Cardinals 1. Dodgers 11. Not a typo.

(The Dodgers held on, 14-3.)

Blacksburg police say incoming Virginia Tech freshman LB Isi Etute has been arrested & charged with 2nd-degree murder. Depending on the case outcome, we’ll know how good a recruit Etute is based on if any SEC school offers him a second chance.

Was at a store today and overhead two women discussing being there – one said “I never went out during COVID.” Now, I’m thrilled to be vaccinated and happy to be going out more again…. But, especially with all the unvaccinated folks still out there – “during COVID” isn’t over.

Guessing when most Americans are asked to name Senators outside their home states a whole lot of them would name the most controversial instead of the most effective.

As a Stanford grad happy to see my alma mater figured out caving to Federalist society was a stupid idea. But putting even a temporary hold on a law student’s diploma over satire might be the most embarrassing moment Stanford has had since anything involving Josh Hawley.

Today’s difference between parties: Democrats are trying to show Americans our policies are better & are looking ahead to 2022 elections. Republicans have given up on convincing Americans about any policies & are still trying to figure out a way to steal the 2020 election

Anheuser-Busch says they’ll buy all adults a beer, seltzer (or nonalcoholic beverage) if USA meets Biden’s goal of 70% of adults w/ 1 dose of vaccine by July 4. If looking out for friends & family’s health wasn’t good enough reason, free booze could do it. God bless America.

Fox News trying to bash our President with this headline: “Biden might buy you a beer if you get the shot.” Uh, are they sure this might not be the headline that finally convinces some of their viewers Joe might be ok?

Okay, I’ve had this little blog I’ve kept up for over 15 years. Though w/ Twitter now as an alternative I probably get more readers on social media each day. But at least I can say I now get more visitors than the Former President of United States.

Not so soft landing?

June 2, 2021

Mike Yastremski sprained thumb crashing into the wall tonight for SF Giants. Maybe just maybe bricks in stadiums should be padded as high as people can jump?

Braves OF Marcell Ozuna was already on IL when arrested. He was released from jail yesterday on $20k bail & faces charges of aggravated assault by strangulation & battery against his wife. Thinking if this were NFL & he were healthy, Ozuna would be playing this weekend.

As New Orleans Saints fan, I understand concept of not getting over a loss. But in NFC championship in 2019, there was bipartisan agreement Saints got cheated. And even so, unlike Former Guy supporters after 2020 election, we fans didn’t try to storm the Super Bowl.

The Denver Nuggets won in double OT over the Portland Trail Blazers so maybe many will forget the details of tonight’s game. But in future trivia games there’s going to be at least one answer involving an amazing 3-point shooting night that doesn’t involve a member of the Warriors. #DamianLillard

As many Americans headed back to work after Memorial Day weekend, isn’t it nice to know we have a President who also is going back to work?

N.Y. gov candidate Andrew Giuliani refuses to wear mask indoors while campaigning despite being unvaccinated

I miss the days when “dying to own the libs” was rhetorical.

Pretty sure that if last weekend if I or almost anyone I know publicly said of the military coup in Myanmar “It should happen here,” we’d have already had a knock on our door from the FBI.

Amy Klobuchar has decided she likes Anderson Cooper’s new term for the Former Guy – “The Man from Mar-A-Lago.” “Man” might be a bit of a stretch but I like it. And I must admit it’s more professional than my preferred Velveeta Voldemort.

It was November 10, when the Washington Post quoted an unnamed senior White House office about Trump “What is the downside for humoring him for this little bit of time? No one seriously thinks the results will change. It’s not like he’s plotting how to prevent Joe Biden from taking power on Jan. 20.”

That aged well.

CNN headline “America’s worker shortage is real and getting worse” -US Chamber CEO Have to wonder during pandemic how many low-paid workers realized costs of work, commute, clothes, food, dependent care, were more than they were making. Child & elder care ARE infrastructure.-

Despite majority in state legislature & all major statewide offices, Calif. Democrats lost some close House races in 2020. Trying to imagine if CA legislature thus decided to limit votes in rural areas & give state officials power to overturn elections. GOP heads would explode.

Fanning the flames.

June 1, 2021

True sports fans have to give Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau credit tonight. He loves the NHL Montreal Canadiens. And was unabashedly rooting for them against Maple Leafs – a hard luck/cursed team for over 50 years that happens to be from the most populous province in Canada.

Even Cubs fans are feeling sorry for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

(Leafs haven’t won since 1967. Haven’t won a playoff series since 2004.)

I think optimistic SF Giants fans had the team at .500 on Memorial Day. But in first place in the best division in baseball?

And early days, but Mike Tauchman’s catch of Albert Pujols’ near home run on Friday night, might turn out to be this season’s Brian Johnson moment for the SF Giants against the LA Dodgers. (Google it, youngsters.)

Baseball

A fan was arrested tonight in Boston for throwing a water bottle at Kyrie Irving after the Nets beat the Celtics. While I can’t blame everything on the Former Guy, I do blame him for encouraging everyone to embrace their inner a**hole.

This may be an unpopular option, but for all those who want to abolish the shift in baseball, I’m thinking, uh, average MLB salary is over $4 million. For that you can learn to hit to the opposite field. Maybe learn to bunt even.

Starting in 1952, this state voted Republican in Presidential elections, except for LBJ in 1964, EVERY year until 1992. The state is California. Don’t tell me we can’t turn Florida or Texas blue in 2022.

Kyrsten Sinema still hasn’t said why she missed the January 6 Commission vote. Respectfully saying, Senator Sinema, doesn’t matter if you’re Democrat or Republican, a perceived cover-up of something is almost always worse than the actual reason.

To quote the late great Ralph Barbieri, more than one thing can be equally true.

  1. Kamala Harris’s memorial day weekend tweet wasn’t her best.

2. This doesn’t excuse GOP from hypocrisy on steroids over even more tone-deaf actions and yes, tweets on Memorial Days past. (Anyone remember Ivanka’s champagne popsicle tweet?)

The same Republicans now trying to wrap themselves in the flag on Memorial Day weekend have also shown they now have no problem with a Confederate flag on January 6 in the US Capitol.

Just thinking that all of Joe Biden’s weekends at home in Wilmington, Delaware probably have cost U.S. Taxpayers less than one of the Former Guy’s golf weekends.

Does anyone think if GOP retook Senate and he needed to pass legislation that Mitch McConnell would have a minute’s hesitation in abolishing the filibuster?

The Former Guy’s pardon absolved Flynn of “any and all possible offenses” arising from Mueller’s investigation. So does that mean trying to incite a coup in 2021 isn’t covered?

Thought I had pretty good education on racial injustice in past century – knew about Birmingham Church bombing, Emmett Till, Rosa Parks, Freedom Summer, George Wallace standing at U of Alabama door… Honestly don’t remember ever hearing until recently about Tulsa Race Massacre.

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GOP Senator Shelley Moore Capito, 67, says elder care is not infrastructure. So I presume her House and Senate pensions will cover any elder case she might need in future, or her children are planning to take care of her if need be? Many average Americans aren’t so lucky.

So apparently many Republicans don’t know who Lee Harvey Oswald was, and political pranksters got some of them on Memorial Day including Matt Gaetz, to RT pictures of Oswald as a private in the Marines.

Given racial politics of today’s GOP I’m actually surprised someone didn’t try to get RTs for a uniformed picture of 1945-48 Army veteran James Earl Ray. (Yes, he served a few years but was discharged.)

Saturday night’s not alright for fighting

May 30, 2021

Atlanta Braves star outfielder Marcell Ozuna was arrested on Saturday in Fulton County, Georgia, on domestic battery and aggravated assault charges for allegedly choking his wife.

While expectations are the Braves may cut ties with Ozuna, the outfielder had been recently placed on IL with broken fingers on his hand and was expected to miss about six weeks. Which is about how long he’d be suspended if he were in the NFL.

One more thought about Friday night’s game – who’d have imagined a month ago a Giants Dodgers’ May 2021 classic would come down to Albert Pujols being robbed by Mike Tauchman?

As much fun as this Giants-Dodgers rivalry is, if the Padres don’t cool off it’s all going to be about who gets home field advantage for the wild card. Just saying.

RIP Gavin MacLeod, aka Captain Stubing. Must admit I loved “The Love Boat.” Except for when I got into the travel industry and clients expected cruise ship cabins to look like they did on TV.

ESPN headline – “MLB reaches 2 million total runs when Minnesota Twins’ Josh Donaldson crosses plate.” So were 1 million of them at Coors Field?

As teams start being eliminated in round one of the NBA playoffs, wonder how many sports fans can name the NBA teams who started in the playoffs?

As a moderate liberal even though Krysten Sinema ran as a centrist in a purple state, I can accept her being to the right of me on issues. But theatrical flourishes & refusing to explain an absence for a big vote -like on the January 6 commission – isn’t helping anyone’s cause, including her own.

Yeah, I know it’s almost certainly illegal, but would be really fun if Schumer & Senate Democrats snuck into town for a day during the Memorial Day recess, invoked cloture & passed a bunch of stuff by voice vote.

Why we can’t have nice things. Or even mediocre wine: American joining Southwest in not resuming alcohol sales on board after incidents of violence against flight attendants, often over masks. Of course if Trump had criticized them, we would have had incidents over seat belts.

Since some COVIDiots now using “we don’t want to be guinea pigs” excuse to avoid mandatory vaccinations for work etc, presume they just want to stay untreated at home if they get bad case of COVID. Since all treatments are year old or less any patient IS essentially a guinea pig.

Republicans trying to make it possible in some states for elected officials to overturn election results: Just imagine, for example, if Democrats had convinced Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to try to overturn 2016 Presidential election results?

President Biden: “I call again on Congress to pass For the People Act & John Lewis Voting Rights Act. I call on all Americans, of every party & persuasion, to stand up for democracy, protect right to vote & integrity of our elections.” Reminder on Memorial Day weekend what they died for.

The Giants win a game! The Giants win a game.

May 29, 2021

Okay, the 2021 SF Giants have won a LOT of games.

But Friday night was their first against the LA Dodgers.

Any long term #SFGiants fan remember 1993? When Colorado Rockies lost all 13 games to Atlanta Braves – ONE win would have put SF into at least a one-game playoff for the postseason. Whatever happens this season, at least 2021 Giants vs Dodgers are not the 1993 Rockies vs Braves.

Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper – discussing Dodgers’ Gavin Lux new “yoga pants” uniform look…Which is a good description of them fitting very tightly. S

So how long until we see someone slide into a base and come up with split pants?

-The NY Post posted pictures of Bill and Hillary Clinton at a “posh’ NYC restaurant dining with friends.

Hillary’s response ‘Get vaccinated, then you can enjoy a glass of wine with friends.”

Enough of a burn to mull that wine.

After a passenger assaulted a flight attendant, Southwest Airlines decided NOT to resume alcohol service in June. I’d say “Wanna get away,” but at least Southwest did ban her from flying with them, permanently.

In St. Petersburg, Florida, a concert promoter is offering tickets for $18 if you’re vaccinated.

$1,000 if you aren’t.

Sometimes I love the free market!

If Lisa Murkowski became an independent, the biggest fallout for her could be losing committee assignments. On the other hand, if McConnell removed her from committees, she’d be that much more receptive to offers to become a conservative Democrat…. And Mitch knows that. Hmm.

So let’s see… now that Senate Republicans have destroyed the chance for a bipartisan January 6 commission, how long will it take before GOP starts screaming bloody murder about what will now be a Democratric-led commission in the House?

So when will Republicans officially change their slogan to “We can’t-handle the truth.”

Fox News about Jan 6: “Mob briefly stopped certification process in Congress as lawmakers had to evacuate the chambers & take cover.” “Briefly stopped?” Uh, I stayed up to watch Klobuchar & Blunt & Pence certify results. They finished close to 4am. Maybe Fox forgot?

Reason for optimism: Senate Rules & Homeland Security Committees working on a joint report on Jan 6- due out in about 2 weeks… wonder if they may work longer. It’s Klobuchar & Peters as chairs, then Blunt & Portman as ranking members. And Blunt & Portman are retiring….

Also on a brighter note, did GOP forget that as with Benghazi, the House IS capable of having their own commissions? Pretty d*mn sure Nancy Pelosi hasn’t forgotten.

If GOP really thought there was a single Antifa supporter partly responsible for the five deaths and over 100 police injuries on January 6, a bipartisan commission would have passed unanimously.

Wee hours

May 28, 2021

 

Oklahoma and Nebraska are upset because their college football rivalry, “on the 50th anniversary of the Game of the Century”, will kick off at 11 a.m local time on September 18 on Fox.

Meanwhile, Stanford’s first game, FS1’s opener on Sept 4, will kick off – at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, also at 11 a.m.

9 a.m. Pacific Time.

It’s TV’s world, we just live in it.

76ers indefinitely banned fan from Wells Fargo Center who dumped popcorn on Russell Westbrook. Knicks indefinitely banned fan from MSG who spit on Trae Young. Why stop there? What’s with this “indefinitely?” And shouldn’t NBA ban them from ALL games?

My son’s little league coach was a good and patient man., he’d have benched the whole infield for this.

As the GOP obsession with masks continues who’s gonna be the first to say seat belts are an attack on our freedoms?

Nice: not to wake up every morning in 2021 and think “Now WTF did he tweet?” Not so nice: To wake up every morning in 2021 and think “Did we have another mass shooting?

LA Times headline “Tragedy in San Jose.” Uh, a tragedy involves a hero with a fatal flaw. Nothing heroic about another angry man with a gun, and a Congress that refuses to take action to reduce these mass shootings.

“They’re afraid of Donald Trump.” Senator Dick Durbin, summing up the GOP Senate in one sentence.

Marco Rubio talking about one of his amendments, acknowledging it won’t pass, but “I still want to take this opportunity to talk about this and have a vote on it.” UH, WHERE WERE YOU SENATOR RUBIO WHEN MCCONNELL WOULDN’T HAVE VOTES ON ANYTHING?

Many like to talk about intent of the Founding Fathers:

Amy Klobuchar on with Chris Hayes tonight before Jan 6 commission vote: “Our job isn’t just about winning. Our job is about getting things done for people and getting things done for our country.”

I think Amy nailed it.

Average Americans still can’t get onto the grounds of the Capitol. Heck, even local Washington D.C. florists can’t deliver flowers to a member of Congress. (Seriously.) But GOP wants to pretend nothing happened January 6?

I don’t care what BS reasons GOP Senators gave in early hours of May 28 to delay bipartisan Science & Technology bill. The ONLY reason they were still talking was to delay vote on the January 6 commission bill.

So at 3am Senate decided to take six hours off for naps? Then GOP delaying tactics for the January 6 commission start again at 9a..

Can we all remind anyone we know with a Republican Senator we are paying them big bucks for this BS?

Late night reminder: If Democrats had managed to save Senate seats for Mary Landrieu (LA) & Claire McCaskill (MO) not only would we not be fretting as much about Sinema and Manchin, but we wouldn’t have John Kennedy and Josh Hawley.

As a travel agent I know flights are exceptionally full for this Memorial Day weekend. Is it wrong to hope that Ron Johnson has caused some of his GOP Senator colleagues not only to miss tonight’s flight but to be unable to find a flight home tomorrow?

Too high a cost.

May 26, 2021

Apparently Panda Pablo Sandoval is still being booed in Boston after the Red Sox let him go midway through a 5-year $95 million contract. Uh, shouldn’t they be booing the guy who gave him the contract?

Former SF Giants Randy Winn just talked about “going through your mental rolodex” on a pitcher. Great image. Google it, children.

Baseball

Former MLB pitcher and veteran pitching coach Mickey Callaway was suspended by MLB through end of 2022 season & fired by Angels over sexual misconduct allegations by 5 women in the media industry over 5 years.

Callaway can be rehired after 2022. Since he’s a white guy, assume the question will be not “is he rehabilitated,” but “can he help us win?”

Adam Vinatieri, 48, has announced he is retiring from the Senate. So soon? Looking at Biden winning the Presidency, Brady winning the Super Bowl and Mickelson winning the PGA, have to figure Vinatieri might be a favorite for 2021 NFL scoring title.

Republicans taking a fair amount of heat and looking suspicious for opposing the January 6 commission. So what part of the truth can’t they handle?

I understand Majority Leader Schumer has his reasons for things: But Kristen Gillibrand and Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley and 64(!) co-sponsors on the Military Sexual Assault bill? C’mon Chuck, bring the damn bill to the floor.

Have no idea how long this NY Grand Jury is going to take to do its work. But expect panicked media handwringing starting in about a week.

Biden has doubled to $1 billion FEMA fund that helps communities prepare for natural disasters. While wildfires do affect California, guessing most of this money will go to red states with tornados & hurricanes. Think GOP and conservative media will give Joe any credit at all?

And now sadly to the mass shooting du jour.

As at least eight people are victims of today’s mass shooting, your reminder that Texas wants to make it even easier to carry a gun than to vote.

Saying “the shooter is no longer a threat,” is not exactly comforting to the families of at least eight people. #SanJose

Fox News headline: “San Jose shooting leaves 8 dead, deceased suspect identified.” So yeah, that’s how I knew the “deceased suspect” was a white guy.

But seriously, white (alleged) mass shooter in San Jose, many of the eight victims were brown and/or foreign born.” For some reason reason conservative media like Fox News, who always make sure to put “immigrant” in their headlines when a shooter isn’t US born, are barely mentioning that.

Oh say can you not see democracy?

May 26, 2021

Not the Onion:

Bill passed by Texas legislature & expected to be signed by Gov. Abbott will REQUIRE all sports teams in Texas to play the national anthem before sporting events or risk losing millions of dollars in state & local tax subsidies. GOP #Priorities

Sexual assault case against Deshaun Watson case has entered into discovery, but his 22 women accusers will be deposed first & Houston Texans star QB can’t be be deposed before Feb. 22, 2022.

The Super Bowl is Feb 13, 2022. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.

Phil Mickelson yesterday on winning. “It’s very possible that this is the last tournament I ever win… But the point is that there’s no reason why I or anybody else can’t do it at a later age. It just takes a little bit more work.” Good rule to live by for more than golf.

Watching Maddow cover the horrible story about a plane being forced down by a fighter jet to arrest a journalist Belarus’s dictator didn’t like. With the Former Guy and DeSantis both residents, I think we can all thank God Florida doesn’t have an Air Force.

Rachel Maddow points out a recent poll showing 53% of Republicans believe the Former Guy is the “true president.” It happened in my college days but in all seriousness I thought Jonestown was the worst cult involving Americans I would see in my lifetime.

While many call for resignation of Dianne Feinstein, 87, I challenge anyone to listen to Chuck Grassley, also 87, for more than a minute and tell me why a lack of similar calls for his resignation illustrates anything but misogyny?

So will Gym Jordan’s forthcoming memoir include a blank chapter about his time as an Ohio State wrestling coach?

I believe in common ground where possible but wondering where all these Republicans demanding Biden compromise now on legislation were when Democrats were begging McConnell to bring even the most uncontroversial legislation to the Senate Floor for a vote?

If you missed “The West Wing,” and the incomparable Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg putting idiots in their place as White House Press Secretary, yeah, Jen Psaki with Peter Doocy is like that.

Very few things put as consistent a smile on my face as Jen Psaki consistently dunking on Peter Doocy. “I think you’re misunderstanding how this process actually works.”

How can Bob Dylan be 80? Still remember arguing with a college roommate whether his or Joan Baez’s version of “Simple Twist of Fate” was better. “People tell me it’s a sin, to know & feel too much within.” Or “People tell me it’s a crime, to feel too much at any one time.”

Just because Liz Cheney correctly pegged the Former Guy as a dangerous liar doesn’t mean she’s become so radical as to support something like all citizens having the right to vote.

Satan was trending on Twitter today. Did he endorse Marjorie Taylor Greene?

Amy Klobuchar & John Cornyn have bipartisan bill to create new “resource centers” for ex-prisoners, providing assistance w/ housing, medical care, job searches & legal services to help them get a fresh start. Looking like this bill might be a bit of good news for the Former Guy.

I remember a fair amount about Salem history. They didn’t convene grand juries for witch hunts.

Some Republicans and conservative media still pretend there were liberals and “Antifa” in January 6 insurrection crowd. So uh, wouldn’t that be all the more reason to have a BIPARTISAN commission to investigate it?

Royal Caribbean is doing some US “test cruise” in June with only volunteer passengers. But vaccines will NOT required. Volunteer passengers will be evaluated for symptoms before embarking & tested 3-5 days post cruise. If not vaccinated they need documentation from a health professional or must at least “self certify they aren’t at heightened risk for COVID-19.”

“Self-certify? What could go wrong?

CNN headline “House Republican leaders condemn Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Holocaust comparison after 5 days and a wave of outrage.” Uh, Kevin McCarthy issued a statement that briefly said “Marjorie is wrong” then attacked “Democrat” party and Nancy Pelosi. Do better, CNN!

How many of us until recently never heard until the Tulsa Race Massacre? And how many Fox News viewers will never hear about it?

Again for those in the back. I am not a big fan of Manchin or Sinema. But today on Kristen Clarke confirmation they voted yes. Murkowski voted no. It’s not about who we want to have beer or glass of wine with; for Biden’s agenda the worst Democrat is better than best Republican.

Numbers are just an age.

May 24, 2021

Only one game down in the playoffs. But Golden State Warriors out, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers and NY Knicks losing on their home courts.

This might be how the ratings-driven media felt when it looked like boring by comparison Biden was going to beat the Former Guy.

And okay, who figured of the “old guard” that it would be Phil Mickelson, 50, and not Tiger Woods, 45, who would win a tournament this year? Now all you liars put your hands down.

On the other hand, how excited was Tiger, 45, to realize as he recovers he’ll still have chances in 5 years.

Just heard on CBS, odds on Phil Mickelson winning the PGA Championship last Thursday? 280 to 1. Guessing even Lefty wouldn’t bet on himself.

When Phil Mickelson won his first tournament President Joe Biden was still in his 40s.

Wonder after his PGA victory if Phil Mickelson will be invited on any of Monday’s late-night talk shows? Of course Lefty may first have to schedule a nap to stay up that late.

GOP’s Roy Blunt says “scope of what White House staff wants to call infrastructure is way too big.” Uh, Senator, guessing you’ve never dealt w/ child care or elder care issues derailing your life, or had your broadband internet go down for more than about 20 minutes?

Charleston Church killer wants federal conviction to be tossed out. Attorneys say “his delusional belief he’d be rescued from prison by other white supremacists prevented him from failing previous competency hearings.’ Uh, is any expectation delusional w/ white supremacists these days?

(But yes, they are saying that if the guy – I won’t use his name -thought he’d be stuck in jail, he’d have deliberately pretended to be crazy.)

We know best ways actually to reduce number of abortions are sex education and readily available birth control. But somehow I’ve missed GOP efforts on both.

Rand Paul says he’s not getting vaccinated because he already had Covid-19. So he’s not getting Shingles shot because he’s had chicken pox?

Whenever you’re afraid you won’t be good enough to reach one of your goals…remember, Rand Paul got into Duke University School of Medicine.

Reports last week were 92% of GOP Senators were vaccinated against COVID-19. So who are the three other COVIDiots besides Rand Paul?

Age and treachery.

May 22, 2021

In 2021, Joe Biden became President, Tom Brady won another Super Bowl and now Phil Mickelson is leading after the third round of the PGA Tour. Does this mean Steph Curry was just too young to singlehandedly lead the Warriors to the playoffs?

For those who already think the NBA season has been too long… as of Saturday May 22, we are only 2 MONTHS away from NBA finals game 7.

So if we’re all getting secretly implanted with a microchip via the COVID vaccine at least it means if Boomers get dementia our family and friends will be able to find us.

Pete Davidson on NBC SNL season finale: “AIDS is a lot like SNL, it’s still here, but no one’s gotten excited about it since the 90s.”

As SNL has Anya Taylor host reminder that many fans of Queen’s Gambit still know nothing about actual chess. Which seems quaint considering the consequences of fans of the Former Guy still knowing nothing about actual democracy.

Seriously? Some right-wing media making big deal of Joe Biden accidentally calling Korean President Moon Jae-in “prime minister”& Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “president” Uh, at least he didn’t insult either of them on Twitter.

What upsets Ted Cruz – Being called #CancunCruz or #KremlinCruz. What doesn’t upset Ted Cruz – Having his wife called ugly or his dad called a murderer.

Whether or not we are pro-choice, can we stop pretending overturning Roe V. Wade will stop even all legal abortions in US?

Girls and women who can afford to travel to states like California will be fine. The rest of them will risk dying with DIY attempts or in back alleys.

Just imagining what GOP response would be if Democrats tried to close or limit polling places at gated or semi-gated communities like Florida’s The Villages?

And then there were 16.

May 22, 2021

ESPN reports that NBA commissioner Adam Silver said his personal preference is for the play-in tournament to continue in future seasons. Well, he said that before the Grizzlies beat the Warriors.

But wonder what Silver would have said if the Lakers were eliminated in the play-in game?

Well, as a Spurs fan I no longer feel quite as disappointed over being knocked out of the playoffs by the Grizzlies.

So forget the playoffs, can Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich now get together in their unexpectedly early offseason and figure out how to change the world?

Insult to injury department: So one day after scoring the most runs in a game of the 2021 season – nineteen – against the Reds, not only do the SF Giants come home to San Francisco and score one run on two hits against the Dodgers, their record gets broken by the Braves scoring 20 runs against the Pirates

It’s only two rounds, but okay, at the beginning of 2021, who had Phil Mickelson atop the leaderboard Saturday morning at a major PGA tour event… and not Tiger Woods?

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki regularly dunking on Fox News’ Peter Doocy is as good as any West Wing script Aaron Sorkin ever wrote featuring C.J. Cregg.

Eight states w/ fewest COVID vaccines administered per capita: Miss, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Wyoming, Idaho, Georgia & Tenn.

Eight states w/ most doses per capita: Vermont, Mass., Conn, Hawaii, Maine, Rhode Island, New Mexico & NJ.

Gosh, wonder what these two groups have in common?

So the idea that we have enough investigations into January 6 MIGHT be a plausible argument. But how many investigations into Benghazi? ICYMI, TEN, Six by GOP controlled House committees.

A big part of our media problem right now: Biden is a quiet, competent, no drama politician who has a pretty sedate and loving personal life with his family. This, however, does not provide the media with hourly “breaking news.”

Due to salmonella worries, the CDC issued a statement yesterday “Don’t kiss or snuggle backyard poultry.” So how long until MAGAs react with “get close to your chicken” parties

Wyoming State Senator Anthony Bouchard, now running to primary Liz Cheney in Wyoming says he “impregnated” a 14 y/o when he was 18. “ She was a little younger than me, so it’s like the Romeo and Juliet story.”

It was statutory rape, she committed suicide when she was 20 after they married and divorced, but he’s trying to get out in front of this story because HE’S the victim here? Who are these people?

So first it’s the Former Guy and Kevin McCarthy, now it’s admitted statutory rapist Anthony Bouchard. What kind of deal with the devil could the Cheneys have made to have Liz Cheney look so good by comparison?

If the CDC said we shouldn’t eat boogers would Tucker Carlson and Fox News have a nose-picking harvest and cooking festival?

We’re now more than six months after November 3, 2020. I’m so old I remember SCOTUS blocking a simple Florida hand recount of presidential ballots, less than six WEEKS after the 2000 election.

Looking like cruising will resume from US ports this summer… But with Gov. Ron DeSantis’s new law prohibiting businesses from requiring customers to document they have been vaccinated, would be karma if Florida becomes a “no-sail” zone for cruise ships.

Hey GOP. If you insist that many of the January 6 insurrectionists were liberals and Antifa, wouldn’t you WANT a bipartisan commission to dispel reports to the contrary? Asking for a country.

Now Cancun Cruz is doubling down with his anti-military tweets. “Dem politicians & woke media are trying to turn them (the military) into pansies.’ How much would we all pay to see Ted Cruz and Tammy Duckworth in a cage match? And where do I go to bet on Tammy?

Unevenly matched.

May 21, 2021

Jacob DeGrom looked great in striking out eight and walking none over three shutout innings Thursday during a rehab start for the St. Lucie Mets, New York’s low Class A affiliate.

But of course, that is against low A ball hitters. I guess the Seattle Mariners weren’t available.

Actually, SF Giants are not being showy about it… But when you buy single game tickets for June, you have a choice, “Socially distanced,” or “Fully Vaccinated.” “Select the Fully Vaccinated Locations – 20% off offer.” Well played, #SFGiants, well played!

19-4 final score today for Giants-Reds -. Heard on Youtube broadcast – this is the most San Francisco has scored against Cincinnati since the Super Bowl.

Wonder when it got to be 14-1 if Tony LaRussa would have told the Giants to stop swinging.

Washington Wizards started out 3-8, then got hit with an COVID outbreak and didn’t play after Jan 11 until Jan 24, lost four more games, and now have ended up the NBA’s Eastern Conference 8th seed. Can we blame Biden?

(At least whoever wins this NBA season, they’ll actually probably want to go to the White House.)

CNN reports Trump’s DOJ secretly obtained one of their reporter’s phone and email records.Does anyone think they only stopped with ONE reporter?

Some conservative media giving Joe Biden hard time for having 68 mask-less & not socially-distanced guests at at COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act signing ceremony. Not mentioning that all 68 of them are vaccinated!

Not that I can stand to listen to Senator Ron Johnson (R-Moscow) under most circumstances, but today he’s ranting about the Mexico border. Because that’s such a pressing issue in… Wisconsin?

-Fox News Headline “Biden tries to claim credit for Israel-Hamas cease-fire, even though he didn’t broker peace deal.” Amazed Fox didn’t try to credit Jared.

I’m so old when I remember journalism had some basic standards of accuracy. This is from http://USAToday.com on Prince Harry’s series “The Me You Can’t See.” “He reveals he is triggered by London, where his mother Princess Diana died…”

(I didn’t watch the interview, but pretty darn sure Harry, didn’t say that, because along with most of the world he knows his mother died in Paris.)

Ron DeSantis at a GOP fundraiser tonight “”I can tell you this: in the state of Florida, with me as governor, I have only begun to fight.” Interesting that DeSantis quotes John Paul Jones. Does he know in later years, Jones became a rear admiral for Russia? (No joke.)

There should be one question for ANY person charged and asking for bail in regards to the January 6 insurrection: Do you think the election was stolen?

So when the NY AG comes out with actual charges, maybe they can arrest members of the Former Guy’s administration using zip ties – you know, for a “festive” atmosphere.

In high school, I had a conservative ex-Marine American History teacher tell us that Watergate was actually just Nixon trying to take care of our national security. Trying to imagine what he’d have said about January 6.

Thinking ahead to when U.S. Capitol at some point reopens to the public on at least limited basis… Why am I sure GOP members of Congress downplaying Jan 6 will freak out if unarmed women quietly march in with pink pussyhats?

So if Democrats were as good as Republicans claim at cheating in the 2020 elections don’t they think we’d have grabbed a few more Senate seats while we were at it?

Air and not air balls.

May 20, 2021

With less than a minute left in 4th quarter. Lebron James did a great Steph Curry imitation.

Meanwhile DeRozan and Murray eight for 36. San Antonio’s starting PG Derrick White out. And the Spurs almost pull it off against the Grizzlies. Not sure if this was his last game. But Gregg Popovich is a heck of a coach. #GoSpursGo

Six no-hitters now in MLB this season, not counting Madison Bumgarner’s seven-inning complete game no-hitter. Can anyone imagine how many no-hitters Nolan Ryan would have in this home run or bust era?

So if Ivanka really is her father’s mini-me, will she turn on him before The Former Guy turns on her?

New vaccine idea – instead of gifts for vaccines, offer unvaccinated Americans the opportunity to have their names and pictures in local newspapers. If people want to proudly display their ignorance of science, at least the rest of us will know to avoid them.

An extra benefit for many of us travelers if Europe reopens this summer only to Americans with proof of vaccination: it will be a largely MAGA free zone.

Texas – Local governments can’t make health decisions for other people by regulating masks.

Also Texas, private citizens can make health decisions for other people by suing abortion providers. Damn I miss Molly Ivins.

Greg Pence voted against a January 6 commission despite insurrectionists chanting to hang his brother Mike. And you thought your potential summer family get-togethers might be awkward.

GOP Michigan legislators have bill requiring Whitmer to notify lawmakers if she plans to travel out of state. “What happens if Gov. leaves, decides not to tell anybody & we have real emergency arise?” Gosh, for some reason TX legislators don’t have similar bill for Cancun Cruz.

Many GOP lawmakers in DC met with police officials last week during National Police Week. Wonder if they told those officials they planned to try to kill the January 6 commission?

GOP more concerned with hypothetical terrorists allegedly trying to get into US from Mexico than they are with actual terrorists who got into the US Capitol from the Trump rally.

So Democrats did all this work to agree to GOP demands about making the January 6 commission bipartisan… And now Republicans are backing out. Lucy did a better job pretending to hold the football.