Who Won the Week? — 10/18/2020

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.

For this week’s Who Won the Week, I’m going with a sign of the times.There’s an app called “Nextdoor” that I have on my iPhone and every day there are multiple posts about people stealing their political lawn signs. Seriously? Why would people do that? If someone has a political sign for one candidate or the other, does anyone really believe that swiping that sign is going to make a difference?

Anyway, the one and only hard copy magazine I subscribe to is The Week. And in this week’s edition, I read two short blurbs on the topic of political lawn sign thefts that I thought I’d share with you.

An Iowa man who pleaded guilty to stealing a “Biden-Harris” lawn sign then stole hundreds of copies of the local newspaper that reported on his crime. After his name appeared in the Dickinson County News police blotter, the 70-year-old man took entire stacks of the newspaper from multiple stores, earning another conviction and a far lengthier write-up in the Dickinson County News.

A municipal worker in Michigan required 13 stitches after moving a Trump lawn sign rigged with razor blades. The sign was closer to the roadway than permitted by local ordinance, the town supervisor said, and when the worker put his hands on it, he initially “thought it was electrified,” and then “realized he was bleeding aggressively.” The homeowner has denied doing the booby-trapping.

So, yeah, this week’s winner is a sign of the times…and a rather sad sign of the times, at that.

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

Who Won the Week — 10/11/20

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 (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.

Raise your hand if you watched the debate this week between current Vice President Mike Pence and Vice President hopeful Kamala Harris. I did. It was a lot less fractious and raucous than the first (and maybe only) debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Still, Pence often exceeded his allotted time, talking over his opponent and ignoring the moderator’s pleas for him to stop.

So which candidate won the debate? Well, overall I think Kamala won. She was able to effectively layout the Trump administration’s failures, especially on the coronavirus pandemic, while Pence was stuck defending the largely indefensible.

But the real winner was the fly that landed on Pence’s head and stayed there for two minutes.Pence ignored the fly, which could probably serve as an apt metaphor for Pence and the Trump administration. Everyone watching at home saw the fly. We all knew it was there and even Pence couldn’t have ignored it out of existence. But ignore it he did.

So this week’s winner of Who Won the Week is the fly that landed on Mike Pence’s head, reminding us of the many truths that the Trump administration has asked the American people to ignore.

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

Who Won the Week? 10/04/2020

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’s winner is unabated media bullshit, with a nod to Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson.Tucker Carlson For those of you who don’t know who Tucker Carlson is, he’s an American television news personality and political commentator who hosts a nightly political talk show on the Fox News channel.

This past week, a U.S. District Court judge in New York tossed out a defamation lawsuit against Carlson and Fox News brought by the former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, who took a $150,000 payoff to squelch her story of an affair with a pre-presidency Donald Trump.

McDougal had alleged in the suit filed late last year that Fox News host Tucker Carlson slandered her by calling the payout “a classic case of extortion.” But the judge ruled that McDougal failed to prove that Carlson was accusing her of an actual crime in a way that would back up a defamation claim. The judge said that lawyers for Fox News “persuasively” argued that “any reasonable viewer ‘arrives with an appropriate amount of skepticism’ about the statements” Carlson makes.

In other words, even Fox News’ own lawyers contended that no “reasonable viewer” would take most of what Tucker Carlson says seriously. I think the same thing could be said about all of the Fox News on-air personalities.

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

Who Won The Week? 09/27/2020

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.

Before I reveal who won the week this week, I need to provide some background. So please bear with me for a moment.

Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that the federal government conducts a comprehensive and complete count of its population once every 10 years. This decennial process provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and federal financial support for local hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources.

The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. And even in the best of times, counting roughly 330 million people is a monumental task. In the middle of a pandemic, it becomes incalculably harder.

The Census Bureau anticipated this back in April, during the first wave of the coronavirus, when it requested from Congress a four-month extension to deliver its data. Current federal law requires the data to be turned in by Dec. 31st. The extension would have run through April 2021. As part of its request, the bureau said it would continue knocking on doors, trying to reach every person in the country, through the end of October.

So of course, Trump ordered the Census Bureau to conclude operations for the census a full month earlier than what the Census Bureau requested. With about four in 10 households yet to be counted, ending the crucial in-person canvas one month early would ensure a significant undercount of minorities, immigrants, as well as rural populations and other groups. Such an undercount would benefit the GOP for the next decade, at least.Okay, with that background out of the way, this week’s Who Won the Week winner is U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in California.

Judge Koh ordered a preliminary injunction to stop the 2020 census from finishing at month’s end and suspended a year-end deadline for delivering the numbers needed to decide how many seats each state gets in Congress. Koh said the shortened schedule ordered by the Trump administration likely would produce inaccurate results that would last a decade.

Naturally, the day after Judge Koh’s ruling, the Trump administration asked the Ninth Circuit Court to immediately suspend her ruling, arguing that the September 30 deadline must stand in order for it to be able to deliver final population counts to Congress by December 31, as it is required to do by federal law.

As Rachel Maddow is wont to say, “Watch this space.

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

Who Won The Week? 09/20/2020

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’m sorry for running late with today’s Who Won the Week post, but I am still reeling after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Thus, I’m feeling hard pressed to come up with someone or something to select.I would hope that RBG’s passing could serve to energize Democrats and liberals by making it painfully clear what having a 6 to 3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court would do to the future of our nation. Her death makes very real the choice American voters have in November as perhaps no other issue can.

For those on the left, the Notorious RBG’s death is potentially disastrous, opening up the possibility that her seat on the Supreme Court could be filled by someone who would cement a far right conservative majority for years.

For those on the right, the vacancy presents the opportunity to fulfill a decades-long drive to change the nature of the court for a generation, including putting judges who oppose abortion at the top of their list.

Ginsburg’s death also changes the dynamic for the campaign between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. The Supreme Court has long been the voting issue for some conservatives, particularly evangelical Christians. Trump will undoubtedly be counting on the prospect of expanding a conservative majority on the court to further energize that part of his base.

But that same possibility of a potentially decades long conservative majority on the high court is just as likely to have an impact on Trump’s opponents. The history of the abortion debate suggests that when the right to an abortion is seriously threatened, as it would likely be with a 6 to 3 conservative majority, pro-choice proponents become activated. Because of the role Ginsburg played in empowering women and in fighting for women’s rights, her loss could galvanize those on the left to show up big time for this year’s election.

So sorry folks, but no Who Won The Week pick from me this week. What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?