Who Won The Week? 07/19/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

I almost wasn’t going to do a Who Won the Week post this week because these are very dark days in America. Consider what is going on in Portland, Oregon, where federal agents have been employing violent and constitutionally dubious tactics against protesters, including firing “less-than-lethal” munitions into crowds, and driving around the city in unmarked vans to yank protesters off the streets. Yes, in the United States of America, U.S. citizens are being kidnapped and held by agents of the United States government. WTF?

But in the midst of what is happening to this once great country, there was one item that caught my attention that I thought was positive. So this week I am declaring that the Department of Defense, colloquially referred time as “the Pentagon,” won the week.

I know you’re thinking that Fandango has lost his mind. Or that this is some kinda sick joke. But I’m sane and serious and here’s why I chose the Pentagon as this week’s winner.

AA04023E-B549-47BC-9534-427915108C67As you probably know, Donald Trump has made no secret of his opposition to banning the Confederate flag, which he considers to be an important symbol of American history and culture. He has been critical of NASCAR for banning the Confederate flag, saying he views flying the flag as “freedom of speech.”

So it was a bit of a surprise this week when the Secretary of Defense and Trump appointee Mark Esper announced that the Pentagon unveiled a new policy that effectively bans the display of the Confederate flag — without actually naming it — at American military bases.

The official language simply lists the types of flags that are allowed to be displayed, including the American flag, the flags of the U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia, military flags, and those of America’s allies.

“The flags we fly must accord with the military imperatives of good order and discipline, treating all our people with dignity and respect, and rejecting divisive symbols,” Esper wrote in the memo.

Finally there are some — too few, but some — in the Trump Administration who seem willing to stand up to Donald Trump. It’s about fucking time.

Now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

18 thoughts on “Who Won The Week? 07/19/2020

  1. rugby843 July 19, 2020 / 9:49 am

    I haven’t read it, but maybe Mary Trump, in writing her expose and appearing on interviews deserves some recognition?

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    • Fandango July 19, 2020 / 10:26 pm

      I haven’t read the book, just excerpts, and have seen a few interviews with her. She, too, would have been a good choice for this week.

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      • Marleen July 22, 2020 / 1:00 pm

        I thought I’d throw this in. Even a few chuckles (throughout) are helpful. There’s a tiny bit about her hook at or near the end.

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        • Marleen July 29, 2020 / 6:38 pm

          … her [Mary Trump’s] book at or near the end.

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  2. Marleen July 19, 2020 / 11:36 am

    We don’t really know if the “agents” in unmarked vans are actually “officials” of the United States government. To some extent, it depends how we define the government. If we define it as whatever the person holding the office of the presidency does or says to do, as a separate matter as per what we view as our rights and our constitution, then sure… whatever. But if we mean, by the government, the set of official channels and proper authorizations under our United States Constitution and respecting our rights and inherited traditions of common law and so forth, then these kidnappers do not represent the United States government even if they are doing the bidding of “the Trump government” or the set of rich and arrogant pricks (male and female) around him. These people in vans could be random recruits for rogue operations from right-wing militia groups. And/or they could be private mercenaries under the likes of the auspices owned by Erik Prince. We don’t know who they are, but we see that they are not holding our rule of law in esteem.

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    • Marleen July 19, 2020 / 3:12 pm

      I am seeing reports [efforts at reports that are half speculation due to the lack of identifiers and identification and records] using terms as if they are interchangeable — police, cavalry, troops, agents, officers, officials… anything. The beginnings of a fascist “police state.”

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    • Marleen July 22, 2020 / 10:06 pm

      Neal Katyak, today, on “The Last Word”

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  3. Marleen July 20, 2020 / 8:02 am

    I’m sure people have heard that NSSCAR is private — and, thus, that Trump bringing up The First Amendment (free speech rights) in that context is irrelevant (except as a ploy).

    I ran across this article, today, from back in October, that I find to be an interesting addition to that understanding: https://sports.yahoo.com/nascar-international-speedway-corp-merger-160608371.html

    The merger – valued at approximately $2 billion – will allow NASCAR to control those 12 tracks, along with Iowa Speedway, which it already owns. That could make it easier for NASCAR to move race dates from one track to another. NASCAR President Steve Phelps has stated that the schedule is among the areas the sanctioning body is looking at making changes. NASCAR’s five-year sanctioning agreement with tracks ends after next season.

    With NASCAR private, it won’t have to publicly report attendance revenue and other financials as ISC had to do as a publicly traded company.

    Once the merger is complete, NASCAR will join Speedway Motorsports, Inc. in going private this year. SMI operates eight tracks that host Cup races, including Charlotte Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.

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  4. Marleen July 20, 2020 / 8:31 am

    You said: Mark Esper announced … a new policy that effectively bans the display of the Confederate flag — without actually naming it — at American military bases.

    The official language simply lists the types of flags that are allowed to be displayed… [with some specificities].

    “The flags we fly must accord with the military imperatives of good order and discipline, treating all our people with dignity and respect, and rejecting divisive symbols,” Esper wrote in the memo.

    This is excellent news.

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  5. leigha66 July 20, 2020 / 3:35 pm

    American shoppers (although there will be those furious about it) safety – with many major retailer announce that masks will be required, maybe shopping will be a little less risky for catching the corona virus.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango July 20, 2020 / 10:09 pm

      I refuse to go into a store if it allows shoppers in without mask and without enforcing social distancing.

      Liked by 1 person

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