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Cornyn Giving New Meaning to the Term Toadie

Sen. John Cornyn’s utter spinelessness in the face of another Trumpian stunt was on full display today.  Cornyn defended the use of tear gas and truncheons to clear the peaceful protesters in front of the White House yesterday so that Donald “Bunker Boy” Trump could have his photo op with “a Bible” in front of a church whose priest and bishop later denounced his actions.

Claiming that it was “for security purposes” Cornyn argued that BBT had the right to order tear gassing and forcible removal of protesters.  Cornyn claims that the protesters were asked to clear “but refused to do so.”   Notably, the 7 pm curfew was to kick in just a few minutes after Bunker Boy unleashed his shock troops on American citizens exercising their right to peaceably assemble.  But Trump is too important to wait a couple of minutes.

Cornyn then played the ultimate Trump card – going after the press.  According to Cornyn, the media is “never going to find any good or any positive development in anything.”  Well  Sen. Cornyn (Scumbag – TX), Red is looking hard to find the positive in using violent methods against peaceful protesters so that Bunker Boy can try to shed his cowardly image by walking across the street under an absurd amount of security to waive “a Bible” in front of the cameras.  A Bible that he probably could not quote a single word from and surely has never read unless forced to.

It is painfully obvious that Bunker Boy prefers groveling bootlicks and Cornyn is willing to lick long and hard.  How is the taste of leather John?   Please vote this embarrassment out of office in November.

There will come a day . . .

Endeavour is one Red’s favorite TV shows.  For those not in the know, the show centers around young Endeavour Morse (later Detective Inspector Morse in another TV series) a Detective Constable (later Sergeant) assigned to work with DI Fred Thursday in the Oxford Police Department (later Thames Valley).  Sort of a SPOILER ALERT here.  A plot line over a series of episodes has one of his colleagues DS Jim Strange (later DI Morse’s superior) joining a secret society that might possibly be the Masons.  The society is dominated by powerful members of Oxford society and apparently seeks to control aspects of the police department.  Morse rejects membership and warns Strange that there will come a day when he has to choose – that is, between loyalty to the rule of law and his police colleagues or loyalty to the powers that be in the secret society.  In a later episode it becomes clear that their superiors in the department are utterly corrupt and because he seeks to expose that corruption, the life of Fred Thursday hangs in the balance.  As the situation escalates, Morse asks for Strange’s help.  Strange tells Morse that he and others have been ordered to stand down. Morse tells Strange, “I told you the day would come when you would have to choose.  Today’s the day.”

Red is telling his friends and colleagues who continue to support Trump that there will be a day when you have to choose.  Do you support Trump or do you support the United States of America, representative democracy, the rule of law and the Constitution.  Red thought that day might come if Trump loses in November – that there would not be a peaceful transition of power and that Trump would foment violent rebellion in order to retain power.  Now, however, it looks like that day may be coming sooner.  Trump appears to be ready to declare war on his fellow citizens.  He has said that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is “in charge.”  His Secretary of Defense is referring to American cities as the “battlesite” that must be retaken.  He has deployed the military in the District of Columbia to attack peaceful protesters so that he can have photo op with “a bible” in front of a church.  He is threatening to use a rarely invoked and problematic  law to use military force throughout the country.

These are more than warning signs.  The day is coming.  Will you choose your country or Trump?

Quote for the Day

“How much larger your life would be if your self could become smaller in it; if you could really look at other men with common curiosity and pleasure; if you could see them walking as they are in their sunny selfishness and their virile indifference! You would begin to be interested in them, because they are not interested in you. You would break out of this tiny and tawdry theatre in which your own little plot is always played, and you would find yourself under a freer sky, in a street full of splendid strangers.”

G.K. Chesterton

Your theater can become very tiny and tawdry indeed when the end goal of your existence is to consume more and more.  The walls close in even more if you allow yourself to be convinced that being temporarily denied the ability to consume at will and at random is to be denied freedom or that you are taking a principled stand by not acting responsibly in the face of a pandemic- others be damned.  That production has a very short and dismal run and does not leave the audience wanting more.

 

Trump’s Push Poll

Red has been getting lots of email for some unknown reason from the campaign to re-elect the Reality TV Show Joke of a President.  Despite indicating his displeasure with Trump, the emails just keep coming and they are both amusing and SAD!  One of the latest had a push poll that included this question:

  1. As of today, who will you vote for in 2020?

    • President Trump
    • Sleepy Joe Biden  

     

    Yes, the President of the USA has a poll from his official campaign website referring to his opponent by an insulting nickname.  The level of immaturity in this man runs wide and deep.

Top Ten NFL Players? Always a Lively Debate – Red Weighs In

Red thinks that a little diversion from the Reality TV Show Joke of a President, his inept response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GOPs relentless voter suppression campaign and forced togetherness couple with boredom is in order.  So  looking ahead to an NFL season that may or may not happen as planned, Red offers the following:

Numerous sports writers like to put out their top player lists.  So even though Red is not a member of the scribe tribe, he will put out his top ten list for the coming season and maybe compare to a couple of others.

Red’s Top Ten NFL players for the 2020 Season;

  1. Patrick Mahomes – can there even really be a debate about this one?  Mahomes led his team to come from behind victories in three consecutive playoff games to cap the 2019 season with the Chiefs first Superb Owl win in 50 years.  More of the same in 2020.
  2. Lamar Jackson – the reigning MVP (a unanimous choice) had a breakout season leading the league in a number of categories including passing touchdowns, touchdown percentage and rushing yards for a quarterback.  He has all his offensive weapons back and another year to adjust to Harbaugh’s scheme.  And he has the sting of consecutive first round play-off exits as motivation.
  3. Derrick Henry – Led the league in carries, rushing yards, touchdowns and yards per game.  He has size, speed, toughness, vision and will be playing for a big contract.  If he becomes a pass catching threat out of the backfield, Katy bar the door.
  4. Christian McCaffery –  Mr. All-around. The league leader in total offense with 2392 yards.  What is not to like.  A new quarterback is going to rely on this guy even more.
  5. Khalil Mack – the best defensive player in the league needs to be in the top ten.  His stats are not that impressive because he is always a target for the offense.
  6. Michael Thomas – A tough call, but Red has him as the best wide receiver in the game.  149 receptions, 1725 yards!!  The only question is can he get to 2000 receiving yards in a season before Drew Brees expires in the huddle.
  7. DeAndre Hopkins –  There is a decent argument for him as the best receiver based on a slightly longer resume than MT.  But he was nowhere close to MT last season.  Don’t be surprised if he lead the league in multiple categories in Kingsbury’s offense.
  8. Russell Wilson – Never a favorite of Red’s but he has to give him his due.  He has missed the playoffs once in his career and won at least one playoff game in every other season except for 2017 when the Cowboys and refs robbed him.  He is still in his prime and very dangerous.
  9. Aaron Donald –  The offense must account for this guy on every play – usually with a double team.  Toss-up between him and Mack for best defender in the league.  Lots of folks think he is the best player in the league bar none.
  10. Travis Kelce – A defensive coordinator’s nightmare.  He beats you short, long, in, out and when he doesn’t even appear to be trying that hard.  The best tight end in the game as modern tight ends go.  He doesn’t get near enough credit for making the Chiefs offense the juggernaut that it is.

Other Guys Picks:

Pete Blackburn – CBS Sports

  1. Patrick Mahomes
  2. Aaron Donald
  3. Russell Wilson
  4. Michael Thomas
  5. Christian McCaffrey
  6. Stephon Gilmore
  7. Lamar Jackson
  8. Chandler Jones
  9. Khalil Mack
  10. Aaron Rodgers

Pete Prisco – CBS

  1. Patrick Mahomes
  2. aaron Donald
  3. Russel Wilson
  4. Michael Thomas
  5. Christian McCaffery
  6. Stephon Gilmore
  7. Lamar Jackson
  8. Chandler Jones
  9. Khalil Mack
  10. Aaron Rodgers

NFL Players Rank – 2019

  1. Aaron Donald
  2. Drew Brees
  3. Khalil Mack
  4. Patrick Mahomes
  5. Todd Gurley
  6. Tom Brady
  7. Antonio Brown
  8. Aaron Rodgers
  9. Julio Jones
  10. Von Miller

 

 

Texas Declared a Battleground State

Biden campaign ramps up staffing, focus on battleground states ...

Biden for President put out its preliminary game plan map showing Texas as a Battleground State in November.   Biden does not need to win Texas to get to 270.  The same is not true for Trump.  There is almost no path to an electoral college win for the Reality TV Show Joke of a President if he loses Texas.

Red doubts that Texas is really in play.  But if Trump has to divert resources early in the game to Texas, then he is weaker everywhere else where the fight is on.

Right now Red’s best prediction from the map above is:

Biden wins Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, N. Carolina, New Hampshire,  Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Trump wins Georgia, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.

Maine gets split.

Red is probably wrong about N. Carolina and possibly Iowa.