Who Won The Week? 07/05/2020

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 announce my selection for Who Won the Week, I need to provide a little background. I was raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC. As a boy, I was a big fan of Washington’s Major League Baseball team, the Washington Senators, and the National Football League’s Washington Redskins.6F611124-B8A9-4A00-8EEF-674E9A164917To be honest, I never really gave much thought to the football team’s name. As a white kid living in the suburbs, I naively looked at the team’s name as a way of paying tribute to Native Americans, not really thinking about its racist connotations.

But for the the past decade or so years, there has been mounting pressure for the Washington football team to change its name, which many consider to be a racist trope.

Yet, even in the face of governmental and activist pressure to change it, Dan Snyder, the team’s owner, has been steadfast in his insistence to keep the name. “We’ll never change the name,” Snyder said in 2013. “It’s that simple. Never — you can use caps.”

But the day could soon be coming when the team will, indeed, change its name. In the last month, since the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, a widespread movement has led to a reconsideration of statues, flags, symbols, and mascots considered to be racist or celebrating America’s racist history.

A few days ago, signs emerged that a change to Snyder’s intractable stance may be in the works. One day after two prominent corporate sponsors, FedEx and Nike, began backing away from the team’s name, and which prompted other sponsors to follow suit, the team published this announcement on Friday:

“In light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community, the Washington Redskins are announcing the team will undergo a thorough review of the team’s name.”

So, I am proclaiming that Native Americans won the week with the probably fall of the “Redskins” nickname for the Washington NFL team.

Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves, you’re next.

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

Who Won The Week? 06/28/2020

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.

My selection this week for Who Won the Week is an old saying, “Less is more.”

Let me put this in context. Donald Trump is omnipresent. On TV. On Twitter. In newspapers and magazines. He’s everywhere all the time. Contrast that with Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate running against the incumbent, Trump, in November. Biden has spent the past three months in his home in his basement.

And yet, Biden has amassed a significant lead — ranging from 10 to 14 points — in the national polls.EA9D0AF6-6D09-419E-AC8D-87970CDDD653Even a poll from Trump’s favorite cable news network, Fox News (aka Trump TV), shows Biden up by 12 points.712EDE49-90BC-4B81-A714-9073BCFDF362Perhaps even more significant than the national polls, given the importance of the Electoral College in U.S. presidential elections, 19 polls of voters in swing states from four different pollsters were released on Thursday, with Biden besting Trump in every single one, including in historically Republican states like Arizona, Georgia and Texas.

So it seems that Biden’s less is more strategy of laying low and letting Donald Trump continue to demonstrate his ineptness and incompetence to serve as President of the United States is working. Of course, we’re still a little over four months away from the election and anything can happen. But at least at this point, assuming that we will, in fact, have an election in November, and hopefully, a free and fair one, Biden is going to win.

What better way is there to illustrate just how topsy-turvy our world is today than to witness how less is more in a presidential campaign?

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

Who Won The Week? 06/21/2020

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.

My selection this week may be surprising. It was to me, anyway. As most of you know, Donald Trump was in Tulsa, Oklahoma last night for his first major campaign rally, his so-called comeback rally, since before the pandemic. He was very excited about it.

Just before he boarded Marine One at the White House, Trump declared, “The event in Oklahoma is unbelievable,” he boasted. “The crowds are unbelievable. They haven’t seen anything like it.”

The crowds were expected be so large that the Trump campaign set up an outdoor overflow area to accommodate an additional 40,000 fans who couldn’t squeeze into the 19,000 person capacity indoor arena. Brad Parscale, Trump’s cambaign manager, bragged about the “over ticket one million ticket requests” the organizers had received.7D93B8CB-828E-479F-9BB2-00E68E14CE33But it turns out that the crowd was a lot less than expected. In fact, according to a report from Forbes magazine, only about 6,200 attendees showed up. So what went wrong? Why had the Trump campaign overestimated the crowd size? Was it coronavirus? Was is Antifa?

No, it was a 51-year old grandmother in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Mary Jo Laupp, who was apparently so upset by the original date and place of Trump’s rally — the city where one of America’s racist massacres took place, in 1921 — that she asked people to sign up for the rally and to not go.

Laupp led the charge on TikTok late last week when she posted a video encouraging people to go to Trump’s website, register to attend the event, and then not show up.

“All of those of us that want to see this 19,000 seat auditorium barely filled or completely empty go reserve tickets now and leave him standing alone there on the stage,” Laupp told her then-1,000 or so followers on TikTok, normally thought of a platform for dancing teenagers and not for political action.

As a result of Laupp’s post, which went viral, TikTok users and fans of Korean pop music groups claimed to have registered potentially hundreds of thousands of tickets for Trump’s campaign rally as a prank.

So this week’s Fandango’s Who Won the Week goes to Mary Jo Laupp and her teen followers on TikTok. I can imagine that his is what Trump felt like after his rally last night.BF844C67-18FB-44E0-ADF5-1BEB65E45881Now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?


Photo credit: Pixabay and from today’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt.

Who Won The Week? 06/14/2020

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 was thinking about who or what to bestow my coveted Who Won the Week designation upon this morning when I came across this in today’s comics section of our local paper.2C83157C-A068-4073-A8EB-80F93EC83412And so it is my duty to grant this week’s Who Won the Week honor to Garry Trudeau, the creator of Doonesbury, for his spot-on depiction of the tone and tenor — and attitude — of Donald J. Trump, sadly, the current President of the United States.

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

Who Won The Week? 06/07/2020

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 I’ve chosen Marine Corps General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as the winner of the week.423F7732-07E1-4CF0-8E9B-49DD66032FFFHe, and a number of other retired four-star generals and admirals, have come out and been publicly critical of Trump’s threat to use the U.S. active military to quell nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police.

These military leaders were critical of Trump’s use of law enforcement and National Guard troops to aggressively disperse, using tear gas and rubber bullets, peaceful protesters outside the White House so that Trump could walk across the street to a church and awkwardly pose holding a Bible in his hands.

On June 3rd, Mattis, who also served as Trump’s Secretary of Defense, released a statement saying:

“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society.”

Whoa! You go, Mad Dog!

At around the same time or shortly thereafter, a number of other current and former military leaders released similar statements critical of Trump’s actions, including:

  • Former Chief of Staff to Trump, Marine Corps. General John Kelly
  • Former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan under Obama, Marine Corps General John Allen
  • Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George W. Bush and Obama, Navy Admiral Mike Mullen
  • Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George W. Bush, Air Force General Richard Myers
  • Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Obama, Army General Martin Dempsey
  • Former Defense Secretary under Clinton, William Perry
  • Former commander of U.S. Special Operations Command under Obama, Navy Admiral, William McRaven
  • Former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, Navy Admiral James Stavridis
  • Former commander of U.S. Special Operations Command under Obama and Trump, Army General Raymond A. “Tony” Thomas
  • Former director of the CIA and NSA under Bush and Obama, Air Force General Mike Hayden
  • Former Defense Secretary under Obama, Ash Carter
  • Former Defense Secretaries under Obama, Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel

Even Former Secretary of State and Republican Colin Powell said that he cannot support Donald Trump for reelection this year because Trump has “drifted away” from the Constitution. Powell will instead vote for former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee.

All I can say is that it’s about fucking time!

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