Who Won The Week? 05/24/2020

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.

This week I declare that my wife and I won the week when we became first time grandparents, as our grandson, Fandango III, was born.As cute as can beThat is not him in the photo above because we want to maintain his anonymity, but you get the idea. Suffice it to say that baby, wife, and father are all doing well. Unfortunately, in these days of the coronavirus pandemic, I’m not sure how long it will be before we can actually visit and hold him in person. Hopefully, it will be before he graduates from college.

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

Who Won The Week? 05/17/2020

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.

This week was an easy one for me. Last night, as part of a star-studded, nationwide televised show dedicated to the graduating class of 2020, former U.S. President Barack Obama made a short, seven-minute commencement speech to the graduating class.

How refreshing it was to hear an articulate, intelligent, compassionate, competent, world leader talking to the youth of America, inspiring them to come together and to work hard to restore their country to its full potential. What a remarkable contrast it was to almost every speech given by the inarticulate, incompetent, narcissistic buffoon who took Obama’s place in the Oval Office.

So this week, Barack Obama is The Who Won the Week designation. He was a perfect reminder of how things were in America and how they could be once again.

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

Who Won The Week? 05/10/2020

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.

DF8FEB61-B0E0-4A31-8BF7-287973EF537FThis week I an reluctantly picking Michael Flynn as the recipient of my coveted Who Won the Week award. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Flynn, he is a retired United States Army lieutenant general who was briefly the National Security Advisor to Donald Trump before being fired just 24 days after assuming that role.

Flynn joined the Trump campaign in 2016 and is remembered for leading the “Lock her up” chants about Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton. After Trump’s unexpected victory in the 2016 election, he appointed Flynn to the position of National Security Advisor.

But Flynn ultimately pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the transition. He admitted to having had conversations Russia’s then-ambassador to the United States as he and the rest of President-elect Donald Trump’s camp waited in the wings early in 2017.

Flynn also failed to declare that during the campaign, he was also serving as a paid political consultant to the government of Turkey and was lobbying on that country’s behalf.

Even though Flynn twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with the Russian government, Trump and many Republican allies painted Flynn as an innocent victim of a justice system run amok.

And this week, the “Justice” Department, under the leadership of Attorney General and Trump ass-kisser and presidential protector, Bill Barr, inexplicably decided to drop the charges against Flynn. That abandonment of the Flynn case is a political windfall for Trump, who had been talking about pardoning Flynn.A191C386-007C-4C81-B1C5-2191BC95EFD8So, Michael Flynn, who was still awaiting sentencing for his crimes, was granted a get out of jail free card, and yet another corrupt Donald Trump crony got off scot-free.

So much for the rule-of-law in America.

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

Who Won The Week? 05/03/2020

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 didn’t write a Who Won The Week post this week because there are slim pickings. But then I remembered that there was a bit of, shall we say, promising news with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, announced this week that a trial of the drug Remdesivir had shown a “clear-cut, significant, positive effect in diminishing the time to recovery” from COVID-19. It was not a knockout punch, according to Dr. Fauci, but it did reduce hospital stays from 15 days to 11 days in the clinical trial.

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration gave emergency approval for doctors to use Remdesivir, from Gilead Sciences, to treat severely affected patients in hospitals. Those with intensive care units will get the drug first, Gilead said. It will not be available to patients recuperating at home, at least initially.

So for this week, I declare that the drug Remdesivir has won the week. Also, anyone who owns stock in Gilead Sciences, the biopharmaceutical company that manufactures Remdesivir, since it’s likely that, if the drug lives up to its potential, Gilead’s stock will do quite well. Unfortunately for me, I do not own any shares of Gilead. Oh well.

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

Who Won The Week? 04/26/2020

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.

This week I am selecting Instacart shoppers as my Who Won the Week recipients.C82A1370-A424-4802-A506-B60D6BCAE0ECThe stay-at-home mandate has been in place in my area since mid-March and we have been relying on grocery delivery services to keep our pantry and refrigerator fully stocked. Most of the time we use Instacart to pick up and deliver our online orders from our local Safeway. Apparently a lot of others do as well.8764A371-51EC-4D85-BAFF-2523C6133076For the most part, the shoppers at Instacart do a good job. But when the store is out-of-stock of something I ordered, I’ve pre-authorized the Instacart shopper to find the closest substitute product that is available. For example, if I ordered organic bananas, and none were available, the shopper could substitute conventional bananas.

But there have been times when the substitutions The shoppers have selected stretched the definition of the word “closest.” For example, instead of two boxes of Wheaties breakfast cereal, two boxes of Cocoa Puffs were delivered. Let me tell you, I am not cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

I asked for organic raisins figuring that I would at least get non-organic raisins. Instead, they gave me Craisins, which are not raisins at all. They’re dried, shriveled up cranberries.82BB804E-3769-40B2-B248-5388D463A05DAnd instead of getting the organic zucchini I asked for, they gave me organic cucumbers. Well, at least they were organic.

So even though the Instacart shoppers are not perfect, they have enabled me to keep my cupboards stocked without having to trek to the grocery store and risk infection. Thank you Instacart shoppers.

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