Saturday, December 9, 2017

Time to smile

We have an updated score, courtesy of the new Pew Research Center poll. Unfavorable is blowing out favorable in a 63-32 rout. It makes me somewhat optimistic to have confirmation that good Americans outnumber the shitty people roughly two-to-one. In 2017, disapproving of Donnie Diarrhea is definitely a virtue, and the more he turns your stomach, the more virtuous you are. Hating him makes you practically a saint.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Expensive?

Let's not hear any bullshit from Republicans about closing down Robert Mueller's investigation of The Nasty One because it's costing too much money. The Tax Freedom for Trump bill that passed in the Senate proves we're swimming in money, and just need innovative ways to spend it.

Speaking of Robert Mueller, since The Nasty One's lawyers and Fox News both insist that his investigation did NOT subpoena bank records related to money laundering or other crimes, then the subpoena can't be used to justify firing Mueller. At least not if logic and sanity are part of the process.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The GOP Agenda: Relevant Terms and Concepts

Definitions courtesy of Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com, and Britannica.com

FASCISM:  A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition. 

OLIGARCHY:  A government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes; a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.

THEOCRACY:  Government by divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided. In many theocracies, government leaders are members of the clergy, and the state’s legal system is based on religious law. 

The Republicans (now officially the Donnie Party) are working on an answer to this central question: Is it even possible to have a unified system of government that combines all the best features of fascism, oligarchy, and theocracy?

We know that Donnie Dog Droppings and the Bannon crowd prefer fascism, with Donnie as the dictator. The Republicans in Congress, led by the Chinless Wonder and the Cheese Prince, advocate an American oligarchy [see the Tax Freedom for Billionaires bill]. Finally, the vast majority of GOP voters dream of the day when America will be a theocratic nation, with all secular laws replaced by Biblical law. These losers already see Donnie as the one chosen by god to accomplish that goal, and think GOP stands for God's Own Party. The Republicans who finance the party's operation want the limited oligarchy that's now in place substantially expanded, and don't want any conflicts with the Nazis, the KKK, or the religious lunatics cutting into the take.

So there's the GOP challenge for 2018: How to end America's dependence on democracy and elections so that the existing power structure becomes permanent, then designing and implementing a different system that the fascists, oligarchs and theocrats are all happy with.

We already know, based on years of experience, that whatever they come up with is going to be an unmitigated disaster. Republicans are no good at building things, only destroying them.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Football 2017: Conference Championships

Texas A&M won't be involved in football this weekend since most of the action will be conference championship games. The last time A&M participated in one of those, the coach was R.C. Slocum, the conference was the Big 12, and we were still living in the 20th century. In the dreams of former students, the next coach will be capable of producing teams that will at least play in conference championship games, if not win them. When A&M is good enough to beat Alabama and LSU in the same season, they can start thinking about winning the SEC West. That's something they weren't able to do with the best quarterback in school history, so I'm not optimistic.

Here are the main games with the scores predicted by College Football News:
  • Pac-12: Southern Cal (9-3) vs Stanford (10-2) on ESPN (Friday 7:00 PM). The Trojans are favored by 4 points, and CFN thinks they'll cover in a 27-21 win. Update: USC edged Stanford 31-28.
  • Big 12: Oklahoma (11-1) vs TCU (10-2) on Fox (Saturday 11:30 AM). The Sooners are favored by a touchdown over the Christians, but CFN expects a narrow 31-30 win. I may watch some of this game to see what former Aggie flameout Kenny (Down) Hill is able to accomplish against OU. Update: The Sooners steamrolled Kenny's team 41-17.
  • SEC: Auburn (10-2) vs Georgia (11-1) on CBS (Saturday 3:00 PM). The Bulldogs are the underdogs at 2.5 points, but CFN forecasts a 27-23 upset win. Since the state of Alabama is currently the asshole of (at least) the western world, I'll watch this game and root for Georgia to kick some Auburn butt. Update: The state of Alabama sucks, and it made my day to watch Georgia stomp Auburn's ass 28-7.
  • Big Ten: Ohio State (10-2) vs Wisconsin (12-0) on Fox (Saturday 7:00 PM). The Big 10 has twelve teams, and the Big 12 has ten teams. That inaccuracy bothers me, and I think the conferences should change their names to the Big 12 Minus 2 and the Big 10 Plus 2. Ohio State with two losses is favored by 6.5 points over unbeaten Wisconsin. I hate the Buckeyes, so I hope the Badgers get the 30-26 upset win predicted by CFN. Update: Unfortunately, Ohio State ruined Wisconsin's perfect record, 27-21.
  • ACC: Clemson (11-1) vs Miami (10-1) on ABC (Saturday 7:00 PM). Clemson is one of the powers in college football, like Miami used to be. The Tigers are a huge 9.5 point favorite in this game, and CFN says they'll cruise to a 30-16 win. Update: As expected, Clemson didn't have much trouble thumping Miami 38-3.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Football 2017: Musical Chairs

Kevin Sumlin is officially the former head football coach of Texas A&M, and we assume an intensive search effort is underway to locate and hire a replacement who'll be able to attain a better W-L record every season than 8-5, and who might be able to beat LSU now and then.

Good Bull Hunting has a discussion of the pros and cons (okay, mostly cons) of the candidates on many of the Aggie wish lists.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Poll Averages and Other Current Events

Exactly how fucked up are the American people? According to the most recent update, even after everything we've learned since January, there are still 38.4 percent so fucked up they continue to believe Donny Dogfarts is making America great again.

Donnie Dogfarts lives in a world where truth and reality are whatever he happens to be thinking at any given moment. An example is his reversal on the pussy-grabbing tape. For some reason, this critical mental defect doesn't bother his fan club members.

If somebody looks like a wimp and acts like a wimp, he's a wimp. So the chinless wonder is a wimp.

Takes a whipping, comes back for more

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Football 2017: Week 13

Thanksgiving means a lot of college rivalry games on TV over the weekend, starting tonight with the Egg Bowl. Ole Miss is playing at Mississippi State in what's being hyped as rivalry made even more vicious this year thanks to the involvement of a MSU player in the NCAA investigation of Ole Miss. I hate both of them, but Ole Miss lost to Texas A&M last week, and MSU blew the Aggies out a few weeks ago. The formula tells me I'm pulling for Ole Miss, a 16-point underdog, to ruin the lives of MSU fans tonight. Update: The Rebels pulled it off with a 31-28 upset win on the road.

On Saturday, Texas A&M closes the regular season at Louisiana State, in a game that possibly will be Kevin Sumlin's last chance at a win as a head coach in the SEC. He isn't expected to get it (as a 10.5 point underdog), and College Football News predicts the Aggies will put forth a good effort, falling short in a 31-23 loss. Update: Due to Thanksgiving obligations, I only watched bits and pieces of this fiasco. The last time I checked the score, LSU was leading 45-21 in the 4th quarter. Ending the season getting stomped by LSU is the newest tradition at Texas A&M.

Second update: Assuming A&M fires Kevin after all, I imagine his next job will be somewhere other than the SEC. There are places where he can be successful, but the SEC is apparently not one of them.

Other TV games, with CFN predictions:
  • Friday, Texas Tech plays the longhorns at Texas U. They'll lose 27-13. Update: The Red Raiders picked off Texas U in their own stadium 27-23. I watched a little of this game; now I wish I'd watched the whole thing. Texas U is 6-6.
  • Florida State at Florida (Saturday at 11:00 AM on ESPN). May be worth seeing for the Jimbo Fisher factor. Both teams are 4-6, but FSU is a 5-point favorite, predicted to beat the Gators 23-20. Update: Didn't have a chance to see it, but the Seminoles handled Florida, 38-22.
  • Georgia at Georgia Tech (Saturday at 11:00 AM on ABC). The Bulldogs have looked strong this season, and are favored by 11 points. CFN believes they'll win 34-17. Update: Georgia won a 38-7 blowout.
  • Ohio State at Michigan. This is usually an interesting traditional rivalry game, but this time, the Buckeyes are a big favorite and should win 30-16. Will not watch. Update: Ohio State won 31-20.
  • Alabama (1) at Auburn (5) is the biggie at 2:30 on CBS, with the Tide favored by 4.5 points. Some people are picking Auburn in an upset, but CFN says Bama takes it 23-17. Will watch. Update: Only saw parts of the game, but Auburn's the real deal. Bama falls 26-14.
  • Clemson (3) at South Carolina (24) at 6:30 PM on ESPN. Clemson is favored by two touchdowns, and the CFN forecast is a 27-17 win.  May watch some of this if the game between A&M and LSU is unbearable. Update: Clemson rolled over S.C. in a 34-10 romp.