Who Won the Week — 01/16/2022

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, the Who (or What) Won the Week winner this week is justice, maybe.

Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group, has been arrested and charged with seditious conspiracy in the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The federal seditious conspiracy statute can be used to charge two or more people who conspire to “overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States” or “by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States.” A conviction can carry a 20-year prison sentence.

Rhodes is charged, along with more than a dozen other members and associates of the Oath Keepers, who authorities say came to Washington intent on stopping the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.

Rhodes is the highest-ranking member of the extremist group to be arrested in the deadly siege and it is the first time the Justice Department has brought a seditious conspiracy charge in connection with the attack on the Capitol.

The Oath Keepers case is the largest conspiracy case federal authorities have brought so far over January 6th, when thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed past police barriers and smashed windows, injuring dozens of officers and sending lawmakers running.

Rhodes, himself, did not enter the Capitol that day, but is accused of helping put into motion the violence that disrupted for hours the congressional certification Joe Biden’s election.

Now that Rhodes and the other members of the Oath Keepers have been arrested, the next step is for them to actually be convicted. Maybe justice will be served if they actually are convicted.

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


Photo credit: REUTERS/Jim Urquhart.

Who Won the Week — 01/02/2022

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.

2021 is finally over. According to aUSA TODAY/Suffolk University poll of Americans conducted last week, people were not happy with 2021. In response to an open-ended question to describe 2021 in a single word, just 14% offered adjectives that were positive, assuming “exciting” is a good thing. The rest chose various versions of bad, from “catastrophe” and “chaos” to “frightening” and “failure.”

But the good news is that, when asked to come up with one word that best describes their mood about 2022, close to half of Americans said “hopeful.”

All I can say is that it’s a good thing I wasn’t included in that survey, as that would not have been a word I would have chosen.

Be that as it may, my Who (or What) Won the Week winner this week is hopefulness.

What one word would you choose to describe your outlook about 2022?

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


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Who Won the Week — 12/26/2021

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 winners are Dead Scottish Witches. Before the Scottish Witchcraft Act was repealed 300 years ago, an estimated 3,873 Scottish people were put on trial for practicing witchcraft, 84% of whom were women. Two-thirds of them, 2,148 women and 410 men, were found guilty of supernatural crimes and were usually strangled to death then were burned at the stake so as to leave no body to bury. Fun times, huh?

To put that into perspective, in the infamous Salem witch trials in Massachusetts, 300 people were accused and 19 people were executed.

The literal witch-hunt in Scotland ran from 1563, when the Witchcraft Act was enacted, until 1736, when it was finally repealed. An advocate group, Witches of Scotland, ran a two-year campaign aiming for posthumous pardons and their bill looks like it will finally come to pass in the Scottish parliament. The move follows a precedent by the Massachusetts House of Representatives in the U.S. that proclaimed the victims of the Salem witch trials innocent in 2001.

So to all of those thousands of executed Scottish witches, congratulations, you’ve been pardoned. Sure, it may be a little late, but at least it’s something.

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

Who Won the Week — 12/19/2021

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’m a little late today, but my Who Won the Week nod this week goes the point guard for the San Francisco-based Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry.

On Tuesday night, in a game against the New York Knicks, Stephen Curry became the National Basketball Association’s all-time leader in three-point shots. For those of you who aren’t familiar with NBA basketball, a three-point basket is a one made from beyond the three-point line, a designated arc surrounding the basket. The arc is 23 feet 9 inches (7.24 m) from the center of the basket. A successful attempt is worth three points, in contrast to the two points awarded for baskets made within the three-point line.

Curry knocked down the 2,974th three-pointer of his career, breaking the previous record held by NBA Hall of Famer Ray Allen.

So congratulations Stephen Curry. May you hit many more three-pointers in your career.

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

Who Won the Week — 12/12/2021

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 someone you probably never heard of. His name is Alexander McLeish of Massachusetts. He was recovering from open heart surgery and received a get well card from a friend. In that card were three scratch-off tickets.

As McLeish scratched off the letters on the crossword lottery ticket, he revealed the word “heart” on the bottom row of the puzzle. That scratch off card was a winner. But not just a winner, a $1 million winner!

man wins million prize in get well card

According to the Massachusetts State Lottery, there are only 10 total prize winners for that amount on the $20 lottery ticket. The odds of McLeish winning $1 million were literally one in a million.

This was actually the second time that the same friend had gifted McLeish a lottery ticket that turned out to a be winner. The first time was for McLeish’s 60th birthday, and he won $1,000.

McLeish said he plans to give some of the money to his adult sons and some to the friend who gave him the get well card with the scratch tickets in it.

So congratulations to you, Alexander McLeish. I hope you’re recovering well from your surgery.

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