by John Walters

Tweet Me Right

Retweeting myself but I’m in a self-indulgent mood this morning…

Starting Five

Mass Debaters*

*The judges will also accept “Say It Ain’t Joe”

We didn’t watchβ€”againβ€” but everything we read from Twitter informs us that the Democratic party and its denizens/tweeps still conforms to the same rules that they allegedly are so up in arms about. Joe Biden, the older white guy with the best pedigree, doesn’t actually need to have the best performance at a debate in order to have “done just enough” to maintain his supposed lead among the Dems. Where have we heard that type of rationalizing before besides just about every corporate board room in America?

Related: Was having an interesting conversation last night with a cookoutateria coworker last night who just returned from a month in France. His mother lives there full-time and he is a dual citizen. He says that many French want “Frexit” and are concerned about the mass migration of foreigners (read: Africa, Middle East) into France. France is a socialist country where people pay very high taxes but where college and health care are free. And unemployment, especially among the working class, is high.

My friend says that native French are worried about immigrants taking their jobs and also about how they will continue to be able to support such socialist systems with the infusion of so many newcomers. I honestly don’t know if these fears are valid or not; only passing on that the USA is not the only major Western country dealing with this.

As I’ve said before, and I’ll repeat now: I’m not a Republican or Democrat. I’m a Sports Values Party member (SVP!). What does that mean? That I conform to two principles, which are fundamental aspects in sports: 1) the same rules should apply to all and 2) Outcomes should be merit-based (i.e., if you perform better on the field/court, you win; and if you don’t, you lose).

(Beto is the Obama of the 2020 race; but America may not be ready to return to such a political figure right now)

Looking ahead, all I see is a crowded field of semi-socialists and no one with the charisma or dynamic charm (or at least no one who the most powerful members of the party will allow to step up and out: i.e. Beto, Pete, Liz) to take out Trump. Biden or Bernie? Well, if you’re a Never Trumper you’ll vote for a burlap sack of rice over the incumbent (and it will likely have a tariff on it), but if the stock market is where it is today (near a record-high) and it there’s no war or major world crisis, I really do think it’s going to be tough to knock out the Donald.

We’ll see. But all I see is a bunch of soft middleweights who claim they want to take on the school bully. Where’s Nick Saban when you need him?

Black Out

Gregory Cheadle, who was famously singled out by then-candidate Donald Trump as “my African-American” during a 2016 campaign stop in California, is now denouncing the GOP. Speaking to PBS NewsHour last night, Cheadle said he is tired of the Republican party pursuing a “pro-white” agenda and using African-Americans as “political pawns.”

Really? You don’t say?

President Trump took the news gracefully, as is his nature, and told Cheadle he still loved the work he did in Hotel Rwanda. Also assured him that he will not be black-listed if he attempts to stay at a Trump property. Which is nice.

Send In The Clown

Even Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the geniuses who created The Office, never considered this story arc. An employee at an Auckland, New Zealand, ad agency knew that he was going to be terminated. So when he was called in for his redundancy meeting, he was accompanied by an…emotional support clown.

During the meeting the clown blew up balloons and made animal figures out of them. And then when the paperwork was produced for the necessary signatures, the clown mimed crying. This scene has to be better than anything that ad agency has ever produced, no?

To Air Is Human

Who knew that the climate change debate would extend to the visitors’ locker room at Texas. LSU coach Ed Orgeron, who earlier this week said that his team dressed in stifling heat beneath Darrel K. Royal Stadium in Austin due to a dearth of air-conditioning, was yesterday confronted with something worse than burnt-orange truthers. He was met with Texas-produced air-conditioning data.

The Longhorns produced spreadsheet after spreadsheet detailing the locker room temp before the game (68 F) and after (72-73 F). This makes the Longhorns the first team in the Big 12 to run the Spreadsheet Offense. Our work here is done.

Breaking Away Turns 40

If you’ve never seen Breaking Away, which celebrated its 40th anniversary of its release date yesterday, do yourself a favor and go. It’s a perfect film.

Funny, and poignant. And that cast. Dennis Quaid‘s breakout role. Daniel Stern, who would go on to voice the Kevin Arnold adult narrator character in The Wonder Years and be the hapless villain in the Home Alone films. Jackie Earle Haley, who was already an icon for kids my age having played Kelly Leak in The Bad News Bears films. And then Dennis Christopher, who would never have a role anywhere close to this one again, but who deserved at least a nomination for Best Actor at the Oscars.

A group of working-class kids from Bloomington, Indiana, dealing with growing up and growing apart? Handled with humor, pathos and lots of Italian.

Also, if you think about it, three fantastic sports movies based in Indiana were released in a 15-year period: This, Hoosiers and Rudy. And for me at least, that’s the same order I’d rank them.

5 thoughts on “IT’S ALL HAPPENING!

  1. Is it too late for the cig companies to give away a free pack of the flavor-flavs with every AR-15 purchase? πŸ˜‰

    What is this “I’m not a Republican or a Democrat” twaddle? sigh/grumble/roll my eyes. You remind me of me when I was 18 & I registered as an “Independent”. Quite haughty I was about it too. That changed the DAY after Reagan was elected the 1st time. I called my Mom (who worked at my home county’s Board of Elections) to send me a new registration form ASAP. Question – about your “outcomes should be merit-based” plank – sure, it SOUNDS good but what about the “player” that is BORN on freakin 3rd base? And another ‘player’ who only has ‘one arm’? I’d say there’s a preetee good chance the 3rd base entitled brat crosses home base 1st. Is THAT really “merit”? As great as sports are, not all of life can or should be guided by sports rules & “principles”. Too much of ANY one philosophy is a death knell for a society. (Did you never watch ANY iteration of Star Trek? πŸ˜‰ )

    Anyhoo, the GOP Nazis are DUMBER THAN DIRT because while they ACCUSE Democrats of being (sucks in breath) “Socialists” (oh lawdy, lawdy), they actually believe the rest of us are too stupid not to see how ALL their new laws & regulations & piss-poor taxes on the rich & all cancellations of laws which protected the environment & the education of our youth, etc, etc ONLY enriches the superrich & further pushes “equality” in this country into MYTH rather than fact.

    The sole reason “socialism” didn’t truly take hold in this country back in the 20s & 30s is because the “common man” (well, the WHITE MAN) believed he truly had a shot of rising in this society, based on “hard work & honest ideals”. Every day we’re getting closer to the opposite of that reality. Every single heinous act by The Sociopath & the GOP Nazis in Congress which benefits the RICH actually pushes us CLOSER to Socialism. They have crossed the line & don’t realize (or care as long as “they get theirs”). Might as well start going the GOP the ‘Nero Nazis’.

    Anyhoo, so what did you think of the “human garbage” Sociopath calling for “zero or less” interest rates? Apparently, his now deceased parents never sat their a-hole brat down & explained “just because the other kids JUMP OFF A CLIFF doesn’t mean you should!” I mean, my god, the myopic, self-serving, arrogant STUPIDITY of the man never ceases to amaze. (The fact that I watched one of his financial ‘aides’ (Kudlow)’s show every night (among others on CNBC) for 2 years (2008-201o) makes me SICK with disgust. If that lame suckup ever comes back to CNBC, I hope our new Chinese overlords ‘make him disappear’ 1st…)

    • Susie B, you chide me for “too much of any one philosophy” while also chiding me for not being either a Dem or a GOP in the same paragraph. So much chiding, so much nonsense. Yes, Susie B., some people are born on 3rd base. I’ve never attended a sporting athlete where every athlete had the same amount of talent or physical gifts. Doesn’t allow them to make excuses and doesn’t keep them from playing the games.



  2. Fantastic lineup today!

    Instead of Spreadsheet Offense, wouldn’t this more accurately be described as a Spreadsheet Defense?

    Also – Breaking Away is a fantastic movie. I’m 3 years younger than the movie itself, but my older siblings made me watch it (I hardly ever had control over the TV growing up the youngest of 5) and I love it. It’s one of those that you stop and watch whenever it turns up on TV (or streaming service). My favorite character is the dad. Same actor played the dad in 16 Candles. Very funny straight man brand of comedy.

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