Who Won The Week — 05/22/22

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity 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.

This past week my Provocative Question prompt asked for your thoughts about Critical Race Theory (CRT) and White Replacement Theory (WRT). Today, in the Sunday Comics section of my local paper, this Doonsbury strip from Garry Trudeau caught my attention.

It tickled me and it also provided, in a humorous (and perhaps a bit biting) manner, how some white parents feel about Critical Race Theory. So this week’s winner of Who Won the Week is Garry Trudeau.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

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Who Won The Week — 05/15/22

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity 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.

For the first time since I started Who Won the Week, I am designating another blogger, Jill Dennison, as this week’s winner. This morning she posted something (a bit of a justifiable rant, in my opinion) on her blog. It’s a rant that I consider a must read post. You can read her post by following this link to get to her blog. I’ve also copied and pasted her post below.


WHOA … THE HYPOCRISY!!!

What, exactly, is the ‘Right to Life’? Whose life? To what extent are we willing to go to preserve life? And what, exactly is life? I’m frankly sick of hearing people say they are “pro-life” when all they really mean is they are against abortion. Something in the news yesterday, though, connected some dots and made me stop … and after a bit of cursing and punching the coffee pot for not heating quickly enough, I sat down and said, “WHOA … the hypocrisy!!!!” What was that something? The second mass shooting of the weekend yesterday afternoon in a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, where at last count, 13 people were shot, 10 murdered.

Folks, let me make something perfectly clear here: the nearly-uncontrolled right to own guns is completely inconsistent with the right to life. Completely. If a person buys a gun, he or she does so with the intention of using that gun to kill. Guns literally have no other purpose than to maim and murder.

Next time someone tells you they are ‘pro-life,’ ask them if they own a gun. If they say ‘yes,’ then you can inform them that they are a potential taker of life, so no, they are not pro-life at all, they are just using the term to justify their stance on taking away women’s rights.

The shooter in Buffalo was an 18-year-old white male who apparently hates Black people for some reason, for the government is treating this as a hate crime based on his ‘manifesto.’ Gee, I wonder where he got that prejudice from? Look first at the parents, but then look at society today. Wonder why an 18-year-old kid even has access to a gun? Last Wednesday, a judge in ruled that California’s ban on the sale of semiautomatic weapons to people under 21 is unconstitutional. What’s next … will it be ruled unconstitutional to ban giving guns to children age 14? Age 10? Age 5? The gun culture in this nation is truly insane. In no other nation is a civilian allowed to own an assault weapon, let alone an arsenal!

If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know my stance on guns … they do not belong in the hands of civilians. Full stop. Need further proof?

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday night, there was yet another mass shooting that left 17 people injured, but no fatalities thus far, miraculously. This one took place late Friday night shortly after fans left a nearby NBA playoff game. Two other shootings in the same general vicinity took place earlier that evening, leaving an additional four people injured.

My message to every single member of the United States Congress is this …

Do not offer ‘condolences’ to the families of the victims in Milwaukee or Buffalo. Do not offer meaningless ‘thoughts and prayers.’ DO SOMETHING! Initiate and pass serious and meaningful gun legislation to get the guns out of the hands of people! No 18-year-old child has the need for a gun. Nobody who has EVER been accused of abusing another person in any way should be allowed to own a gun. And NOBODY anywhere, ever, for any reason has a need for an assault weapon! Shut down the gun shows where even the most basic rules are openly disregarded. Override with federal legislation the individual state laws that allow for carrying concealed weapons, for possession of a gun without a license, and make the federal law ‘One Strike, You’re Out’!

But alas, mine is a pipe dream, for those very people who claim to be ‘pro-life’ would scream, yell, and threaten any who even suggested such laws. No matter that gun violence is the leading cause of death in the U.S. You have a roughly 1-in-315 lifetime chance of death from gun violence.

For those who would claim that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives them the right to own as many guns of any sort as they wish, let me clarify the exact wording of that Amendment:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

NOWHERE does it say that people should be allowed to keep a gun in the glove compartment of their car or walk into a grocery store with one concealed in pocket or purse. NOWHERE does it say that guns should be freely available to teens. NOWHERE does it say that a person should be allowed to own an assault weapon that didn’t even exist when the Constitution was written in 1787!

Those who believe that abortion is an infringement on the right to life, better wake up and look at the gun culture, the lack of gun laws in this country, for already this year 15,862 people have lost their life to a person with a gun. That is more than the total gun deaths all year in 2016! But yet, do you hear anybody speaking for the ‘right to life’ of those victims?

Friday it was Milwaukee, Saturday it was Buffalo … will your neighborhood be Sunday’s statistics?

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Who Won The Week — 05/08/22

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity 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.

Today is Mother’s Day, so naturally I’m dedicating this week’s Who Won the Week to all of the mothers around the world. Each and every one of us owes our lives to our mothers and they deserve to be celebrated, not just today, but every day, for bringing us into this world and for all the love and nurturing they’ve bestowed upon us.

I’ll be gone most of the day today because my wife, the mother of our children, and I will be loading our ebikes onto our bike rack and heading into San Francisco, where we will be meeting our daughter and her fiancé to bike through Golden Gate Park and along the Pacific Ocean. This evening we’ll be meeting our son and his wife for a Mother’s Day dinner.

So, I hope all of you will enjoy your Mother’s Day today (or, if it’s celebrated on a different day where you live, then I hope you enjoy your Sunday and give your mother a thought today anyway).

See you when I see you.

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Who Won The Week — 05/01/22

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity 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.

This week I’m going personal and local for my Who Won the Week winner. Before moving to the East Bay in early 2020, my wife and I used to live about three blocks north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. It was an easy walk to the park and to the main thoroughfare through the park, John F. Kennedy Drive (pictured in red, below). It runs from the east side of the park all the way west to the Pacific Ocean. We’d walk our dog there and would often ride our bikes across the park to the ocean beaches.

So this week’s Who Won the Week winner is the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, which, on Tuesday, in a 7-4 vote, backed legislation from the mayor that bans cars in perpetuity on 1.5 miles of JFK Drive. Since JFK Drive was temporarily closed to vehicles two years ago due to the pandemic, it has become a highly popular destination for walkers, runners, and bicyclists.

Even though we no longer live three blocks from Golden Gate Park, we can easily load our ebikes onto the bike rack of our electric car, drive across the Bay Bridge, and enjoy a vehicle-free day of cycling in Golden Gate Park and along the Pacific Ocean. Yay!

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Who Won The Week — 04/24/22

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity 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.

This week’s Who Won the Week Winner is, well, I don’t know yet. I’m hoping that by the end of the day, it’s going to be France’s current president, Emmanuel Macron.

Today there is a presidential runoff election in France that will have wide repercussions for Europe’s (and the world’s) future. Centrist President Macron is considered the front-runner, but he is fighting a tough challenge from far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

A Macron victory in this vote would make him the first French president in 20 years to win a second term. But should Le Pen, who has close ties to Vladimir Putin, win, she would immediately represent a severe danger to both the European Union and NATO. France is the EU’s second-largest economy, its sole nuclear power, and its only permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

So we’ll see later today, after the voting closes in France, if my who won the week winner. Emmanuel Macron, has won re-election. Or if the Trumpesque Marine Le Pen is about to blow up France and possibly the rest of Europe.

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