Who Won The Week? 1/19/20

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 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 choosing Rachel Maddow.

D59D7C8A-28E3-4ED0-9661-409C38C10F1FYou know, as I said in this post earlier this month, I am a big Rachel Maddow fan. But this week, on Wednesday and Thursday nights, Rachel had an exclusive interview with Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. In his first televised interview since being indicted, Parnas unleashed a series of explosive allegations against top members of the Trump administration, among them that Trump knew “exactly” what Giuliani was doing in Ukraine. Parnas also implicated Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General William Barr, saying that they were “in the loop” as far as the Ukraine quid pro quo effort went.

I don’t know what, if any, impact Rachel’s interview with Parnas will have on the Senate impeachment trial of Trump, which starts on Tuesday morning. But boy oh boy, it certainly does make Trump look guilty of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Will the Republican Senators continue to wear blinders and stand by Trump, or will some of them finally say that enough is enough? As Rachel Maddow is wont to say, “Watch this space.”

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

Who Won The Week? 1/5/20

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 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 reluctantly picking Vladimir Putin for Who Won the Week. Doesn’t he look happy?E9647072-B37F-4601-BD7C-A96486CA78C8In the wake of Trump’s ordered drone strike at Baghdad’s international airport that killed Major General Qassem Suleimani, head of the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, Iraq’s parliament voted in favor of expelling U.S. troops from that country and shutting down the American embassy.

Putin was already the most influential world leader in the Middle East, including in Turkey, Syria, and Iran. Now Trump has essentially ceded American influence in the region, now including in Iraq, to the Russian leader.

Putin can point to U.S. actions as seeming to justify Russia’s current campaign to push back against the world order the U.S. represented. It also allows Putin to play the sober statesman, compared with the erratic American leader.

By the way, Trump allegedly spoke with Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before ordering the drone strike. Not to any American Senators, but to Putin and Netanyahu! Hmm, I wonder what advice they gave him. No doubt it was in the best interest of the United States, right?

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

Who Won The Week? 12/22/19

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 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 pick for Who Won the Week this week is the Constitution of the United States of America.

Having fought for and won independence from the British monarchy, the leaders of the various states that comprised the nascent country gathered in 1787 to write the Constitution — a set of principles that told how the new nation would be governed.

They wanted a strong and fair national government, and one that would prevent the government from abusing its power. They believed they could do this by having three separate and equal branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial. This separation is described in the first three articles, or sections, of the Constitution.

The three branches of government are supposed to interact with one another through checks and balances. They each have their own distinct powers through the idea of separation of powers. However, they also share in one another’s powers so that it will be possible for them to check and balance one another.

For the first three years of his administration, Trump has run roughshod over the separation of powers, acting more like a king, dictator, and autocrat, than as the president of a democracy. He has claimed, incorrectly, that the Constitution allows him to do anything he wants to do. And, ironically, he has had a lot of support from his Republican cronies in Congress, which is supposed to be a co-equal branch of the government responsible to ensure that what Trump has been doing doesn’t happen.

But on Wednesday of this past week, the House of Representatives, one of the two bodies of the legislative branch of Congress, passed two articles of impeachment, one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress. As a result, Donald Trump has become just the third president of the United States to have been impeached.

It remains to be seen whether or not the Republicans in the U.S. Senate will grow a spine, do their job as impartial, nonpartisan jurers at Trump’s trial, and find Trump guilty and remove him from office.

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

Who Won The Week? 12/15/19

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 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 pick for this week is the House Judiciary Committee for voting for two Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump.

After spending two contentious, marathon days “debating” the merits of the two Articles of Impeachment presented to the House Judiciary Committee from the House Intelligence Committee, each article — one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress — was passed by a 23 to 17 vote. The votes were strictly along party lines and not a single Republican managed to publicly concede that Donald Trump has done anything wrong. Not one Republican voted for either article.

So now the full membership of the House of Representatives will vote this coming week, probably Wednesday or Thursday, on the two articles. And I will be surprised if even one Republican will vote yes for either one.737BA30B-0BE5-411F-B6D7-BBF1DA7DFA46I do believe that the Democrats should be able, given their 36 member majority, to successfully impeach Trump, making him just the third president in U.S. history to have been impeached.

Then, the case will go to the U.S. Senate for a “trial.” The fact is that no president has ever been found guilty and removed from office as a result of a Senate impeachment trial. Unfortunately, the outcome of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is going to keep that statistic intact.

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

Who Won The Week? 12/8/19

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 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 pick for this week is a personal one. Our dog won the week.66B67C7C-2D2F-4205-90DA-CD64E936FE34Our dog, who we rescued from a kill shelter when she was five, turned 14 this week. She’s a German shepherd and Labrador retriever mix. She’s suffering from arthritis and a slight case of doggie dementia. For months we’ve had her on two different medications, Gabapentin and Meloxicam, to treat the arthritis, but her limping continued to get worse and we were really contemplating putting her down, as she was clearly in pain.

But something interesting happened this week. Last Sunday we forgot to give her one of her Gabapentin pills, and when we walked her afterwards, her limping was no worse. We also didn’t give her Gabapentin the next day. And this time, her limping was less pronounced and she walked more briskly than she had in months.

So we decided to stop giving her Gabapentin while continuing with Meloxicam, and now she’s doing great — hardly limping and walking much more briskly and for longer walks. Apparently the Gabapentin was doing more harm than good and was possibly counteracting the pain relief actions of Meloxicam. So now Meloxicam is the only med she is getting.

Our beautiful old lady and beloved companion, who just celebrated her 14th birthday, and who is doing much better, won the week.

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