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News RoundUp – Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanagh, Jason Garrett and Amber Guyger

I guess it is time for a news Roundup.

Hurricane Florence just simply devastated North and South Carolina. Here, you can give to hurricane relief. I did.

So, 27 years ago, George HW Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to replace the irreplaceable Thurgood Marshall. Basically, he sailed through the hearings. Then, there were some allegations of sexual harassment. These allegations were brought by Anita Hill. They both worked at the Department of Education and the EEOC. Anita Hill reported to Clarence Thomas. Reportedly, Clarence Thomas had asked her out several times and she refused his advances. He graphically described the details of his anatomy to her. The hearings, the back-and-forth between Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill, was riveting television. In the end, the Senate decided to ignore Anita Hill and support Clarence Thomas.

Now we have Brett Kavanagh versus Christine Blasey Ford. Unlike 27 years ago, Sen. Chuck Grassley has decided there will be no FBI investigation. There are several issues to discuss here. First, the event occurred 30 years ago. Should Kavanagh be accountable for his actions when he was a teenager? Secondly, according to Christine Blasey Ford, there was 3rd person in the room. Yet, for some reason, the Senate Judiciary Committee does not want to hear from that third person. Why? In order to undermine Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, Brett Kavanagh does an interview with Fox News with his wife at his side. We have seen this look before. This gives Kavanagh the ability to look sympathetic and also to “stand firm” against those who are trying to tear down his good name. Now, a woman from Kavanagh’s college days says that he exposed himself to her while he was drunk at a Yale party. I think that Christine Blasey Ford should be heard. She should be respected. She is going to stand up on Thursday and say that bad, pain shit in her past has happened to her and Kavanagh was responsible for the bad stuff. Unfortunately, Senate republicans don’t care. This is directly from the Trump playbook. Never back down. Never admit that you are wrong. Never. Ever. No matter what. The whole thing makes me want to vomit. Are you going to believe women or not? Are you going to investigate or put on a show?

Amber Guyger is … was a Dallas Police officer who, according to her story, went into the wrong apartment, thought it was her apartment, saw the man in the apartment who was not supposed to be in “her apartment” and shot him dead. The story is hard to believe. You happen to go into an apartment one story above yours. How do you get into that apartment? You do not have the key to that apartment. Your key goes to the apartment that is one story below. Do you just open the door? And, when you open the door, do not you recognize that none of the stuff in the apartment is yours? How is there no discussion? How do you simply just open fire and kill a man?!?!? The whole incident is bizarre. Well the Dallas Police Department just fired Amber. My question to you is, if Amber was a man, would she still be on the police department now? I think the answer is yes.

To me, it is not that the Dallas Cowboys are losing. The problem is they are really not competitive. Dak Prescott who was accurate two years ago, simply is not that guy anymore. Whether it is the receivers or different coverage, it does not matter. Right now, he looks like one of the most wildly inaccurate quarterbacks have ever seen. I do not understand how you going to the season without having a number one wide receiver. We do not have one tight end that Dak can depend on getting open. Yes, the Dallas defense is better. Yet the defense is predicated on a dominating office. Dallas is not that. We cannot consistently run the ball. We cannot consistently throw the ball. We can consistently punt the ball which, by the way, is not how you win football games. Now, the Dallas media is up in arms and is calling for Jason Garrett to be fired. Why? Jerry Jones is the owner. Jason Garrett is doing exactly what Jerry Jones wanted him to do. Jason Garrett cannot do anything without Jerry’s approval. This is a fact. Firing Jason Garrett will just bring in some other knucklehead who will be unable to make decisions without Jerry’s approval. Jerry Jones is the problem. Until were able to fix the problem, there is no reason piddling around with fake fixes like firing Jason Garrett.

Tiger Wins!!!!! I know if you are a Tiger hater, then please look away. I’m not. I think that the guy can really play golf. That’s all. He can play!

By |2018-09-24T21:42:11-04:00September 24th, 2018|NFL, Party Politics, Sports, Supreme court|Comments Off on News RoundUp – Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanagh, Jason Garrett and Amber Guyger

Tuesday News Roundup

  • I was surprised at how nice it was to see Keith Olbermann back on TV.
  • It is time that we honestly assess our obsession with pro sports. With state, local and federal agencies trying to cut back because Americans simply don’t want to pay more, why is Los Angeles looking for pro football team? Pro football even in the largest markets requires subsidies, huge subsidies, from the taxpayer. Their single largest expense is not their egotistical quarterback or their prized wide receiver. It’s their stadium. If we, the taxpayers, have to pay for the stadium then why don’t we get an opportunity to make some decisions on personnel and coaches and the direction of the team? Don’t get me wrong, I love football and basketball and tennis and golf, but if you’re going to aske me to shell out money for a stadium, then I should have a say in the team.

  • Rory McElroy put the pedal to the metal and got an early lead at the U.S. Open. By Saturday, it was clear that he was going to win if he did not have another Masters-like meltdown. He did not. He rose to the occasion and cruised to victory. His meltdown at the Masters was really hard to watch. I am happy that he was able to get his mental game together. If he can avoid injuries, if he can keep his mind right, this young man has an opportunity to dominate golf for years to come.
  • Finally, continuing on the topic of sports, Serena Williams has made a comeback at Wimbledon. She hasn’t played competitive tennis for almost a year. She won her first match, but it wasn’t easy. It is probably time to say that Serena is the best female tennis player of all time.
  • A little bit more on Clarence Thomas. Justice Thomas seems to have some ethical problems. I have a problem with his wife involved with a Tea Party organization and a lobbying firm. Unless somehow she can prove that money given to her lobbying firm does not flow to her husband, this seems to be a conflict of interest. This whole thing just seems to smell funny.
  • The fact that 93% of all top congressional staffers are white males is not really news. It proves that the more things change…
  • In Libya, NATO bombs have gone astray, again. What is our goal here? To save innocent civilians?

  • 18 months ago, I was standing in Athens with my wife. It was an incredibly peaceful, warm and inviting place. Now there are huge demonstrations as Greece is being asked by the European Union to tighten their belt.
  • Suicide bomber kills 27 in southern Iraq. Six soldiers were killed two weeks ago in a rocket attack.
  • In an announcement later on today, it is expected that President Barack Obama will announce that we’re pulling out of Afghanistan. I just wonder if this is going to be one of those symbolic pullouts or we really going to get all the troops out.
  • We don’t need any new warnings on cigarette labels. This isn’t 1975. We all know the problems with smoking. Having pictures of some guy struggling to breathe in a facemask is not gonna stop people who smoke from smoking. Instead, we need for people who smoke to pay higher premiums because of their higher incidence of heart disease and pulmonary insufficiency. If cigarettes are going to be legal in this country, we’ve done all we need to do to inform the public of the dangers of smoking.
  • Senator John McCain blames the huge Arizona fires on illegal immigrants. Now, it is true that we need to control our border. We need to know who’s coming and going in order for all of us to be safe. It is also true that there’s absolutely no evidence that illegal immigrants had anything to do with this huge, devastating fire. All I can do is shake my head. The senator knows better.
  • Jon Huntsman has announced that he is running for president. In my opinion, several of these people, GOP candidates for president, are running now to set up a “real run” in 2016.
By |2011-06-21T13:14:45-04:00June 21st, 2011|Afghanistan, Foreign Affairs, Healthcare, Military, Sports, Supreme court|Comments Off on Tuesday News Roundup

Grab Bag – Monday Night

I hope that everybody is doing well tonight.

  • As a NFL Fan, I must start out with LaDainian Tomlinson’s release from the Chargers. I’m not surprised. He isn’t the same back that he was just three years ago, but damn.

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  • Former Vice President Dick Cheney is back in the hospital with chest pain.  Former Presidential contender and Senate minority leader Bob Dole is also in the hospital. I wish both a speed recovery.

From Political Animal:

  • Afghanistan: “An airstrike launched Sunday by United States Special Forces helicopters against what international troops believed to be a group of insurgents ended up killing as many as 27 civilians in the worst such case since at least September, Afghan officials said Monday.”
  • Senate vote on jobs bill still set for later today, though whether Republicans will allow senators to vote on the stripped-down bill remains unclear.
  • For those keeping score, there are now 21 Democratic senators who support using reconciliation to vote on a public option.
  • New consumer protections on credit cards go into effect today.
  • I can only hope that Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) does not support terrorist acts against the government of the United States.
  • Oklahoma’s outrageous anti-abortion law has been deemed unconstitutional. Good.
  • The “Volcker rule” picks up endorsements from five former Treasury secretaries.
  • Powerful piece from Adam Serwer: “Whereas al-Zawahiri and bin Laden turned to al-Sharif for a method to circumvent the plain language of the Koran, Bush and Cheney went to Yoo and Jay Bybee to circumvent the plain language of the law.”
  • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) seems to be getting more and more confused.
  • Clarence Thomas hasn’t said a word on the court in four years.
  • Fox News hatchet-man Griff Jenkins loves being the ambusher, not the ambushee.
  • Alexander Haig dies at age 85.
  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: “To listen to talk radio, to watch TV pundits, to read a newspaper’s online message board, is to realize that increasingly, we are a people estranged from critical thinking, divorced from logic, alienated from even objective truth…. [O]bjective reality does not change because you refuse to accept it. The fact that you refuse to acknowledge a wall does not change the fact that it’s a wall. And you shouldn’t have to hit it to find that out.”

Any other thoughts? Things to add?

By |2010-02-22T21:19:14-04:00February 22nd, 2010|Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Bin Laden, Civil Rights, Economy, Party Politics, Sports|Comments Off on Grab Bag – Monday Night
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