Thursday, March 30, 2023
Friday, March 11, 2022
The baseball lockout is over. Play ball.
Thursday, April 1, 2021
The Tigers won their home opener 3-2 against the Cleveland Baseball Team.
The beginning of the regular season and — hopefully — a return to normal. Go Tigers.
Monday, December 14, 2020
Today is the day the Electoral College meets, each elector in their own state and the District of Columbia, to actually cast votes for the president and vice president.
It’s over. At that point, the outcome can’t be changed. New electors can’t be appointed in any state, by legislatures or any other means. No time machine exists to undo the meetings of each state’s electors that already have occurred.
There is nothing for Congress to do except to accept that Biden has won based on a majority of the electoral college ballots cast on Monday.
Of course, Congress still must receive and count these electoral college votes and formally pronounce Biden the winner, in a special joint session on Jan. 6. But that will be a mere formality. No officially sanctioned slates of rival electors — from state legislatures, as previously feared (and urged by President Trump), for example — exist for Congress to decide between. Republican senators can go ahead now and publicly acknowledge the result.
Some people can’t deal with that.
Trump signaled that he will continue to challenge the results of the 2020 election even after the electoral college meets Monday in most state capitols to cast votes solidifying Joe Biden’s victory.
In a Fox News interview that aired Sunday morning, Trump repeated his false claims of election fraud and said his legal team will continue to pursue challenges, despite the Supreme Court’s recent dismissal of a long-shot bid to overturn the results in four states Biden won.
“No, it’s not over,” Trump told host Brian Kilmeade in the interview, which was taped Saturday at the Army-Navy game at the U.S. Military Academy. “We keep going, and we’re going to continue to go forward. We have numerous local cases. We’re, you know, in some of the states that got rigged and robbed from us. We won every one of them. We won Pennsylvania. We won Michigan. We won Georgia by a lot.”
And I got an e-mail from Publishers Clearing House that says I might be a winner.
What I think disturbs me is that a lot of people can’t deal with it and lash out, including the violence on the streets from those right-wingers who said would be the result of Trump winning another term and that the left couldn’t deal with it.
Nearly three dozen people were arrested during a night of unrest in downtown Washington that began Saturday with rallies supporting President Trump and descended into chaos and violence as a group with ties to white nationalism roamed the streets looking to fight.
One of those arrested was 29-year-old Phillip Johnson of the District, who was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with at least one of four stabbings that occurred.
For most of the day, police largely kept opposing factions separated, at times frustrating the Proud Boys, a male-chauvinist organization that supports Trump’s attempts to reverse an election he lost.
It’s not exactly Berlin in 1935, but it’s coming from the same mind-set.
Ever the optimist — and counting on a goldfish-level of short-term memory — I think that by the time we get to January 6, which is when Congress will officially certify that Joe Biden won, Trump will be grumbling to himself in South Florida (and trying to figure out how to dodge a subpoena from the Southern District of New York on January 21), and Americans will be lining up to get their Covid-19 vaccinations and wondering what name the Cleveland Baseball Team will call themselves from now on.
Sometimes it’s a good thing to be easily distracted.
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Better late than never; better abbreviated than not at all.
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Congratulations, Washington Nationals! Maybe they’ll name an airport after you. Or grant statehood.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Here we go with my annual recap and prognostication for the year. Let’s see how I did a year ago.
- I have no earthly idea what will happen with Trump in the White House. But I can say that for the first time in my life — and I will hit 65 this year — I am frightened both for myself and my country.
- At some point in 2017 elements of the electorate will realize that they got conned into voting for Trump and that they were played for fools. The backlash will begin when they find out he can’t follow through on his bullshit promises, and reach a peak when they find out that repealing Obamacare and deporting 11 million people effects them personally. When it happens, it will not be pretty.
I’m still frightened. Nothing — not the Mueller investigation, the revelations coming from various sources, or chatter about impeachment or invoking the 25th Amendment — has calmed my fear that he is still capable of doing something that puts us and the rest of the world in peril. As for the second bullet point, we are seeing faint glimmers that disillusionment is happening in the nooks and crannies of America where he can do no wrong, and no amount of tweeting and bullshit from Fox News can turn around his dismal approval numbers. But that just means that fully 1/3 of the electorate still approve of him. Even his failures — Obamacare yet survives and the deportations haven’t happened — haven’t dimmed the hopes of the dim.
- There will be a downturn in the economy thanks to the cyclical nature of economics and the instability in the market by the Twitter-In-Chief. He will, of course, blame it on Barack Obama.
Obviously I’m not an economist because if I was I would have known that the economy lags behind and the continued growth and low unemployment rate are a result of Obama’s policies. Of course Trump is taking credit for it.
- A year from now the Syrian civil war will still be dragging on. ISIS will still be a factor, and if Trump does what he says he will do with the Iran nuclear deal, expect to see them re-start their nuclear program. “Dr. Strangelove” will be seen by historians as a documentary.
- The refugee crisis will continue and fester once nativists and right-wing elements win majorities in western European countries.
The Syrian civil war goes on but it’s not dominating the news cycles, and ISIS is a lessening factor. I don’t know if it’s sheer exhaustion. The refugee crisis goes on but with a lesser magnitude.
- Our diplomatic thaw with Cuba will freeze as the attempts to end the blockade will not get through Congress. Only until Trump gets permission to open a casino in Varadero Beach will there be any progress.
Trump rescinded some of the Obama administration’s changes in our relations with Cuba but not enough to return us to Cold War status. The blockade, such as it is, enters its 57th year.
- Violence against our fellow citizens will continue and take on a more xenophobic tone as the white supremacists think they are now in control. The attorney general will do nothing to put an end to it because, in his words, “they had it coming.”
Charlottesville and Trump’s tacit support of the Nazis proved that to be true, more’s the pity.
- We will lose the requisite number of celebrities and friends as life goes on. 2016 was an especially painful year. As I always say, it’s important to cherish them while they are with us.
I lost two uncles and a nephew since I wrote that.
- The Tigers will finish second in their division.
They traded Justin Verlander. Yeah, he helped the Astros win the World Series, but…
Okay, now on to predictions.
- There will be indictments at a very high level in the administration as the Mueller investigation rumbles on. Plea bargains and deals will be made and revelations will come forth, and by summer there will be genuine questions about whether or not the administration will survive. But there won’t be a move to impeach Trump as long as there are Republican majorities in the Congress, and invoking the 25th Amendment is a non-starter.
- The Democrats will make great gains in the mid-term elections in November. This is a safe bet because the party out of power usually does in the first mid-term of new president. The Democrats will take back the Senate and narrow the gap in the House to the point that Speaker Paul Ryan with either quit or be so powerless that he’s just hanging around to collect pension points. (No, he will not lose his re-election bid.)
- There will be a vacancy on the Supreme Court, but it won’t happen until after the mid-terms and Trump’s appointment will flail as the Democrats in the Senate block the confirmation on the grounds that the next president gets to choose the replacement.
- There will be irrefutable proof that the Russians not only meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, but they’ve had a hand in elections in Europe as well and will be a factor in the U.S. mid-terms. Vladimir Putin will be re-elected, of course.
- Raul Castro will figure out a way to still run Cuba even if he steps down as president, and there will be no lessening of the authoritarian rule.
- The U.S. economy will continue to grow, but there will be dark clouds on the horizon as the deficit grows thanks to the giveaways in the GOP tax bill. If the GOP engineers cuts to entitlement programs and the number of uninsured for healthcare increases, the strain on the economy will be too much.
- This “America First” foreign policy will backfire. All it does is tell our allies “You’re on your own.” If we ever need them, they’re more likely to turn their backs on us.
- The white supremacist movement will not abate. Count on seeing more violence against minorities and more mass shootings.
- A viable Democratic candidate will emerge as a major contender for the 2020 election, and it will most likely be a woman. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is considered to be the default, but I wouldn’t rule out Sen. Kamala Harris of California or Sen. Kristen Gillibrand of New York just yet. (Sen. Gillibrand would drive Trump even further around the bend. She was appointed to the Senate to fill Hillary Clinton’s seat when she became Secretary of State in 2009.)
- On a personal level, this will be a busy year for my work in theatre with a full production of “All Together Now” opening in March and several other works out there for consideration. I will also be entering my last full year of employment in my present job (retirement happens in August 2019) but I’ll keep working.
- People and fads we never heard about will have their fifteen minutes.
- I’ll do this again next year.
Okay, friends; it’s your turn.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
Monday, August 7, 2017
Monday, July 31, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
Monday, July 3, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017
Victims identified in deadly USS Fitzgerald collision.
Voters in France elect pro-Macron parliament.
Another traffic attack in London.
Casualties and deaths in forest fires in Portugal.
History: Memos show Watergate prosecutors had evidence Nixon plotted violence.
Six experts resign from White House HIV/AIDS panel.
Not a good week as the Tigers sink below .500.