Who Won The Week? 08/09/2020

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 designating Jonathan Swan, an Australian journalist who works as a political reporter for Axios, as the winner of Who Won the Week. This past week “Axios on HBO” aired Swan’s interview with Donald Trump. It was eye opening.

Whether you’re a Trump fan or a Trump foe, you should watch this interview. Here’s the whole thing. It’s truly a remarkable thing to behold.

If you don’t have 37 minutes to spare today, here are just a few of the “highlights.”

Congratulations to Jonathan Swan for showing us who the real Donald Trump is…and isn’t.

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

Who Won The Week? 08/02/2020

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 designating seriously flawed TV detectives as my winners of the week. You see, I am making a big effort to escape the awful reality of the daily news each day by cutting back on watching cable news channels, reading the newspapers, and constantly checking my iPhone’s newsfeed. It’s all part of my effort to stay blissfully uninformed. It’s too angering, frustrating, and depressing for me to keep abreast of the insanity that is swirling around us.

Instead, I’ve taken to binge watching streaming detective shows on Netflix and Amazon prime. And what I’ve found are a number of shows highlighting the exploits of some seriously flawed, yet remarkably compelling TV detectives.4D472274-BEA3-4CD9-8FBC-4EA852262980I started with “Bosch” on Amazon Prime. Harry Bosch is a gruff, irreverent LAPD homicide detective who has problems with authority, follows his gut, and bends a few rules while achieving the best solved case rate in all of California.1ACE437B-69CC-4798-B9DD-FBB128CFE5D7Next was “Marcella” on Netflix. Set in London, British Metropolitan Police Officer Marcella Backland, a detective in her late 30s, gave up her fast-tracked role to marry and devote her life to starting a family. With the abrupt end to her marriage, and isolated from her daughter at boarding school, Marcella returns to work while attempting to make sense of what’s happened in her life.

Then there are two Finnish detective series, “Borderland” and “Deadwind,” which grabbed me.

Unless you speak Finnish, you’ll have to deal with subtitles, but it’s well worth it.

“Bordertown” is about a quirky detective from the capital city of Finland who moves to a small town nearby the Russian border in order to work less and spend more time with his family. He soon realizes that the bordertown isn’t the peaceful town he thought it was and he delves into his mind palace to solve despicable crimes.

Deadwind, which I just started watching yesterday, is another tale of a female detective in her 30s who is trying to get over her husband’s death. She ends up triggering a chain of events that threatens to destroy her life again. Deadwind is a highly thrilling series from Finland mixing crime investigation and personal drama.

So if you want an escape from reality, and enjoy watching quirky tales of flawed detectives, I think you might want to give these a look-see.

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

Who Won The Week? 07/26/2020

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.

Michael CohenThis week I am naming Michael Cohen as my Who Won the Week designee. For those of you who don’t know who Michael Cohen is, he was, for many years, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and “fixer.” Among other crimes he committed on behalf of Trump, Cohen arranged for payments during the 2016 election to silence women (including a porn star and a Playboy bunny) who claimed to have had affairs with Trump. Cohen was accused of  breaking campaign finance laws, and was found guilty of tax evasion and lying to Congress.

In December 2018, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for his crimes, and he finally admitted that the reason he committed those crimes was because of his “duty to cover up [Trump’s] dirty deeds.”

But this past May, Cohen was released to home confinement in his New York City apartment as authorities tried to slow the spread of coronavirus in federal prisons. However, on July 9th, Cohen was suddenly picked up and sent back to prison. According to probation authorities, he was sent back because he refused to sign a form banning him from communicating with the media or the public about a “tell-all” book about his time serving Donald Trump that he was planning on publishing prior to the November 2020 election. For the record, there is no law that prohibits federal or state prisoners from writing books or talking with the media while incarcerated.

This past Friday, Michael Cohen walked out of a federal prison a day after a U.S. District Court judge ruled that Cohen’s First Amendment rights were violated when he was ordered back to prison. The judge found taking Cohen back to the federal prison earlier this month was clearly meant to punish him for his plan to publish his book. The judge said that returning Cohen from home confinement to jail was “retaliatory,” and that it punished Cohen “because of his desire to exercise his First Amendment rights to publish a book and to discuss anything about the book or anything else he wants on social media and with others.”

I don’t find Michael Cohen to be a sympathetic character. In fact, I think he’s essentially a sleazeball and a piece of shit. That said, this decision is a victory not only for Michael Cohen, but for the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which, among other things, prohibits the government from “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”

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

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?

Who Won The Week? 07/12/2020

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.

DD8F1DA0-A48A-4688-AECE-565A0E034F21As much as it pains me to do so, I’m declaring that Roger Stone won the week. Who is Roger Stone you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. Stone is an American conservative political consultant, lobbyist, and convicted felon who was convicted on seven counts, including witness tampering and lying to federal investigators. On February 20, 2020, he was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison.

A political operative since the late 60s, Stone has worked on the campaigns of Republican politicians, including Richard Nixon’s and Donald Trump’s. He’s been described as a “self-proclaimed dirty trickster,” a “renowned infighter,”a “seasoned practitioner of hard-edged politics,” a “mendacious windbag,” a “veteran Republican strategist,” and a “political fixer.”

With respect to Trump’s campaign, Stone lied to Congress about foreign interference in the 2016 election and having pressured a witness to do the same. Stone was the person who gave the Trump campaign its first heads up about Julian Assange’s and Wikileaks’ ability to upend U.S. politics by publishing its cache of damaging materials hacked by Russia, that would go on to cripple Hillary Clinton’s White House bid.

Well, this week the most corrupt president since Richard Nixon, commuted Roger Stone’s prison sentence, essentially making Stone a free man. How long will it be before Stone gets a tattoo of Donald Trump on his back to match his Richard Nixon tattoo?19355CA4-6106-4350-A826-C5A8516A9EACNow it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?