Who Won the Week — 11/28/2021

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.

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.

My last Who Won the Week post was a bit of a rant from me about how Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old kid, was found not guilty of murdering two men and maiming a third. The jury inexplicably bought his self-defense argument even though he came from another state to Kenosha, Wisconsin and carried a military-style, semiautomatic assault rifle to an otherwise peaceful demonstration in protest of the police shooting of black man.

Well, the good news is that, at least in one instance, the justice system has redeemed itself. So this week’s winner is justice. A Georgia jury convicted three white men of murdering Ahmaud Arbery. The 25-year-old black jogger was shot and killed as he ran through a residential neighborhood in February of 2020.

Arbery was out for a jog when the suspects chased him through the neighborhood, cornered him with their pickup trucks, and shot him. The defendants say they thought he was a burglary suspect, and that they acted in self-defense. Ah, there’s the dreaded claim of self-defense again. This time around it didn’t work.

The three men are also facing federal hate crimes charges. In April, the Justice Department returned an indictment alleging that they used force and threats of force to intimidate and interfere with Arbery’s right to use a public street because of his race. It also alleges all three defendants attempted to unlawfully seize and confine Arbery and detain him against his will.

So let’s celebrate a just jury verdict this past week.

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

Who Won the Week — 11/21/2021

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.

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’s Who Won the Week Winner is Self-Defense. Well, actually it’s white supremacist and far-right militia groups and vigilantes who won the week. Such groups were essentially given a free pass to come to protests and demonstrations armed with semiautomatic rifles and to shoot protesters and to claim they did it in self-defense.

Spurred on by white militia groups, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse traveled from his home in Illinois to Kenosha, Wisconsin to allegedly protect the property of people he had never met and did not know. Rittenhouse took an AR-15-style weapon to a demonstration where he had no reason to believe that any of the demonstrators would be armed.

He opened fire and murdered two demonstrators and wounded another. At his trial, he tearfully claimed that he was defending himself and that he was scared for his life.

Just 15 days before the shooting, Rittenhouse was caught on camera saying he wanted to shoot looters outside of a CVS store. And immediately after pleading not guilty, he went to a bar, drank beer, posed for pictures with Proud Boys, and flashed white power symbols.

Does that sound like a remorseful kid who was in fear for his life? Does that sound like he acted in self-defense? And yet the jury inexplicably found Rittenhouse not guilty on all charges.

So congratulations to all white supremacists and right-wing militia groups. You may now feel free to move about the country and shoot peaceful protesters and demonstrations with impunity using your assault-like weapons and then claim you were scared and you were defending yourselves.

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

Who Won the Week — 11/7/2021

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.

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’s Who Won the Week Winner is America’s crumbling infrastructure. Why? Because Congress passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package on Friday, approving a signature part of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda. It will deliver $550 billion of new federal investments in America’s infrastructure over five years, touching everything from bridges and roads to the nation’s broadband, water, and energy systems.

The Biden administration will now oversee the biggest upgrade of America’s roads, railways, and other transportation infrastructure in a generation. Biden has promised this new bill will create jobs and boost U.S. competitiveness.

Gee. Upgrading America’s roads, bridges, railways, water, energy, and broadband. Sounds like a no brainer to me. But I’m not a Republican.

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

Who Won the Week — 10/31/2021

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.

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.

First of all, Happy Halloween. Second of all, I’m declaring Mr. and Mrs. Fandango to be this week’s Who Won the Week Winners. Why? Because today is the day that my son and daughter-in-law are bringing home our second grandchild. This time, it’s a girl! So now we have two grandchildren, a 17 month old boy and a newly minted girl. Baby and mother are doing fine. Father is a nervous wreck.

My wife and I will be spending most of the day today at our son’s place entertaining the older child and greeting his little sister.

So enjoy your Halloween Sunday.

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

Who Won the Week — 10/24/2021

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.

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 was really looking forward to this week’s edition of Who Won the Week. My plan was to name the Boston Red Sox as the winner of the American League (baseball) championship, who would be playing in the World Series against the National League champs, the San Francisco Giants.

Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. The Giants were eliminated early on by losing the National League divisional playoff to the Los Angeles Dodgers. But the Red Sox prevailed in their series against the Tampa Bay Rays to live another day. But the Sox were eliminated by losing the AL championship series to the Houston Astros and the Dodgers were shocked by the surprising Atlanta Braves in the NL championship series.

So my winners this week are the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves, who will face each other in Major League Baseball’s World Series starting this coming Friday.

Who am I going to be rooting for to win the World Series? Quite honestly, with the Red Sox and the Giants out of it, I couldn’t care less.

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