10 Thoughts for the Week of January 24, 2021 – RIP Hank Aaron and COVID Getting Close to Home

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1. IMMEDIATE ACTION BY PRESIDENT BIDEN

The inauguration was quick and sweet and President Biden got right to work.

On his first official day in office, President Biden signed a number of executive orders to basically try to fix all the things that Trump had broken as president. He rejoined the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Agreement. He stopped the building of that stupid wall and reversed the. Muslim Ban.

2. 400,000 AMERICANS HAVE DIED OF COVID

The United States has hit 400,000 deaths this week and it is predicted that we will hit 500,000 deaths some time next month. This is actually a week where we didn’t break a  daily record.

3. COVID IS HITTING CLOSE TO HOME

It has been a very long time in this pandemic, but I feel like COVID has finally hit home. My son tested positive and was put in the quarantine dorm. A member of my church passed away as well. It’s late in the game, but it has become more than real to me……

4. RIP HANK AARON

My heart was broken on Friday morning to hear that “The Hammer” Hank Aaron passed away. Hank Aaron was the man who took the home run record away from Babe Ruth amidst death threats. His career encompassed all of baseball including the Negro Leagues. He impacted Reggie Jackson and Barry Bonds.

He was very important to me as a kid. I remember being nine years old and reading a “Legends of Baseball” book. I found a lot of comfort in finding Hank Aaron in a book with all those white faces. He meant so much to me that I lied to my friends and said I was Hank Aaron’s grandson.

It only seemed right that the MVP should be named after Hank Aaron.

5. JAMES BOND DELAYED

Another way that COVID has become all so real to me is that Daniel Craig’s last turn as James Bond has been delayed until the movie company can maximize the profits from this movie. It was supposed to come out last year, and I am wondering if I will see it this year.

There are three things I really want this year:

            1. To travel somewhere for vacation
            2. My second grader to go back to school
            3. Watch No Time to Die

6. RIP LARRY KING

At some point, Larry King was much-watch television. His was the only show Al Pacino would go on. My first real experience with Larry King was when I was umpiring tee-ball. There was an elderly looking old man in the stands. It was not uncommon for grandparents to come watch the games. What was different this time was Larry King came to watch his son play. The nature of being a celebrity is you can marry a woman much younger than you and end up in your 70’s with an elementary school kid.

7. PHOTOS OF BETELGEUSE

I wish there was a lot to say here, I am blown away by just the picture of what a star looks like up close.

8. BEST THING I READ THIS WEEK

I had to give props to this poem. I was super moved by My Girlfriend Killed James Brown by David Kirby.

Nothing good comes from murder. Well, if you murder

Hitler, yeah, but suppose you murder Hitler and somebody

worse takes his place? The girlfriend didn’t mean to kill James Brown,

though. Accidental death’s a whole other kettle of fish

9. NFL PLAYOFFS – CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY

Championship Sunday is known as the best day in the NFL. Sunday put a lot of good football on display. Tom Brady’s GOAT status was almost done in by three interceptions. He was saved by Packers coach, Matt LaFluer, going for a field goal on fourth down and goal late in the fourth quarter.

Going for the field goal instead of the touchdown was like gift-wrapping the Super Bowl for Brady. Either way, Brady knew how to close out the game when things really mattered.

What is most troubling, is Aaron Rodgers and his uncertain future.

Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill remind me of the 90’s Bulls. They are just straight unstoppable. I am not even sure they have played their best football yet.

Josh Allen had a great season but came up short. He took some very ugly sacks trying to keep pace with the high powered Chiefs offense.

10. RAND PAUL AND THE STOLEN ELECTION

It has been almost 90 days since the election. All the lawsuits challenging the results of the election have been dismissed for lack of evidence. There was an attempted coup on the Capitol and the Electoral College has certified the results.

Somehow someway, Rand Paul, cannot admit that the 2020 election was not stolen from Donald Trump. He wanted to say there are two sides to every story, but there is something indisputable about not having any evidence of election fraud.

10 Thoughts For The Week of January 17, 2021- A Whole Bunch of Stuff

1. MORE COUP STUFF

Last week, I talked about the coup that some people would like to call a protest. If there was any doubt, the revelations of the past week make it fairly indisputable. There were tours given to the insurrectionists by Congressmen the day before. There were people who brought weapons and nooses to the event that were definitely for more than self-defense. There have been 275 criminal cases open against the insurrectionists. What blows my mind, is an article posted by ProPublica which shows all the videos posted on Parler during the attempted coup.

2. INAUGURATION STUFF

The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden is coming. The FBI has put out warnings of attacks during the inauguration. Everyone is on high alert in Washington and all the state capitals. The National Guard is sleeping on the floor in the Capitol. There have been incidents of people being found with guns and ammunition.

3. 4,400 DIED OF COVID ON TUESDAY

Last week, 4,000 people died of COVID in one day to set a new daily record. This week, after the vaccine being out for a good amount of time, the number of deaths continue to rise. This week 4,400 people died on Tuesday. Sadly these sad numbers are being drowned out by impeachment and insurrectionists.

4. NEW COVID PROTOCOLS FOR THE NBA

The NBA has instituted new protocols to prevent players from getting COVID. Some players have made objections to these new rules. The NBA starting up again feels like a money grab. Everything about the NBA feels like they are going through the motions. The most compelling part of the game right now is the drama created by Kyrie Irving and James Harden.

Both guys have created a stir. Harden did everything possible to make things miserable for the Houston Rockets. He was finally traded to Brooklyn where Kyrie was making things miserable for the Nets.

5. 13 EXECUTIONS SINCE JULY

Dustin Higgs was the thirteenth person on Death Row executed by the Trump administration since July. This is the most executions during a presidency in 120 years. I really need someone to explain why Trump is so zealous about these executions. Are these sadistic acts or are there reasonable logic to the Even as he has lost the election and has less than a week in office, he continues to try to kill as many people as he can. It seems like he would have better things to do with his last days in office than kill people.

6. REPARATIONS STUFF

The cities of Portland Oregon and St. Paul Minnesota had made steps towards reparations. Momentum is building.

7. PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM

With all the talk of incitement and impeachment, President Trump tried to move attention somewhere else. He announced he was going to present New England Patriots head coach, Bill Belichek, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It was a good idea. The coach didn’t want to play the game. It was an even worse look for the president. Hopefully Trump saved the loss by Toby Keith accepting the medal instead.

8. NFL PLAYOFFS

I was looking forward to this weekend of NFL Playoff football. The divisional round is for all the teams who truly belong in the playoffs.

The battle of the Aarons came down to Green Bay being better on both sides of the ball. The Rams had a championship defense but their offense was not up to snuff. Sean McVeigh is an amazing offensive mind, but he can only do too much.

Buffalo and Baltimore was a hard hitting game which may have ended differently if Lamar Jackson finishes the game. Baltimore is very similar to the Rams. They have a championship defense but they really need to figure out some things on offense.

Props to Cleveland for giving Kansas City a good game. Kansas City was not on their game but they had enough to make it to the next round. Chad Henne did enough in the last five minutes of the game to earn whatever they are paying him.

The battle between Tom Brady and Drew Brees came down to a disappointing performance from Drew Brees in what is probably his last game. There were four turnovers and they resulted in a majority of the points for the Buccaneers. Brady was not great either. He simply didn’t shoot himself in the foot.

9. IPAD STUFF

I got a new iPad for X-Mas. The 11’ iPad Pro came with a new cord for charging. It reminded me of when Apple removed the headphone jack from the iPhone. I hate being reminded of Apple’s money-grabbing efforts.

Not to be totally down on Apple. I am a true believer in Apple products. Here are some cool stuff I have been learning about my new iPad:

10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BETTY WHITE AND JAMES EARL JONES

Happy birthday to two American legends! Betty White turned 99 and James Earl Jone turned 92.

 

 

10 Thoughts for the Week of January 3, 2021 – New Year, MF Doom & Reparations

1. HAPPY NEW YEAR

Many people celebrated the end of 2020 and welcomed in 2021. I have to confess that 2018 was much worse than in 2020 in my life. There was no pandemic but I felt like there was a plague in my life.

My transition to the new year was lame. I blame the pandemic and my old age. I really wanted to bring in the New Year at 9 PM PST. I knew I would have a hard time staying up to midnight. My wife has the tradition of watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy. She started the movies and I fell asleep during The Two Towers. I woke up at 9:30. I was bummed I missed the New Year, but I wanted to go back to sleep.

Fortunately, my wife woke up at 11:45 to bring in the New Year properly. I made it until 12:30 am and went back to sleep.

I brought in the New Year in Edinburgh a few years ago and it was amazing. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

2. COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

Last year, I complained about Oklahoma getting into the College Football Playoff. This year, my gripe is against Notre Dame.

Last week I complained about their resume. I predicted it because Notre Dame was one of the four teams that did not have enough “Dudes”. Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State bring more and more “Dudes every year.

Alabama dominated Notre Dame gave themselves to play for year another national championship. It was like watching a varsity team dominate a junior varsity team.

The game I most looked forward to was the rematch of last year’s playoff game between Ohio State and Clemson. Both teams had “Dudes” but Ohio State used the chip on their shoulder to dominate the Tigers.

The whole playoff was not a good showing for the ACC. I am not saying Oklahoma should be there. I am more upset about Texas A&M, Georgia, and Cincinnati.

3. TRUMP CALL BEGGING FOR VOTES

The release of the Trump call begging the Secretary of State of Georgia for more votes is the last gasp to save what has long been the end of the Trump presidency. I guess Trump called eighteen times before the Secretary of State took and recorded the call.

4. RIP MF DOOM

Hip-hop lost a legend this week. MF Doom passed away at the young age of 48. Hip-hop is young enough to have some martyrs but very few artists have died of old age. Forty-eight is not old but you cannot consider MF Doom a martyr.

5. NBA WEEK 2

Week 2 of the NBA season can only be filed away as too early to tell. Teams I expect to be good have started slow. Teams I didn’t expect to be good are excelling. There are 50 point blowouts. Steph Curry is finding his shot and dropping 60 on teams. Everybody has forgotten how to play defense.

6. NEW STRAIN OF COVID

A new and more contagious strain of COVID-19 has been discovered so keep your mask on.

7. PRINCE ESTATE INTENTIONALLY UNDERVALUED

Prince’s relatives undervalue the assets of his estate to the IRS to avoid paying taxes to the government, There was an $82 million discrepancy between the true value of the assets and the value listed by the family. I can’t blame them for trying to avoid paying $30 million in taxes.

8. NFL PLAYOFFS

The NFL playoffs are set and it is the first time the Patriots are not in the playoffs since 2003. Tom Brady is still in and he gets to take his shot at the Washington Football Team. The matchups feel like a toss-up. They could be really good games and or they could be blowouts.

9. RUSSELL WILSON IS A STAND-UP GUY

Russell Wilson takes care of his guys. David Moore had 34 catches and needed 35 for a $350,000 bonus. Russell Wilson made sure to find him with less than two minutes in the game when he should have been running the clock out. He was not the poster boy for the Legion of Boom, but he is the guy you want on your team.

 

10. REPARATIONS

Two weeks ago, I talked about an English PM being sued for reparations. This week Representative Sheila Jackson from Texas introduced reparations legislation before the House of Representatives. This follows Barbara Lee 2020 introduction of reparations legislation. We will see where it goes