Who Won the Week? 07/25/2021

FWWTWThe 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.

My pick for who won the week this week was a surprise, even to me. I’m going with Tom Brady. Let me first say that, as a long time New England Patriots fan, I was pissed at Brady for his decision to leave the Pats and go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year. I also was pissed at Brady for being a golfing buddy with Donald Trump.

I’m not ready to say that all is forgiven, but I have to give Brady credit for, at age 43, leading the Bucs to their Super Bowl win this year. But why I’m choosing him as my winner this week is because of a few swipes he made at Donald Trump when Brady and his Tampa Bay teammates were invited to celebrate their Super Bowl victory by Joe Biden at the White House.The Bucs were the first Super Bowl winning team since 2017 to accept a sitting president’s White House invitation. Brady, the seven-time Super Bowl champion (six times as the quarterback of the Patriots) joked about Trump and his baseless claims of election fraud. Brady stood nearby as Biden hailed the Bucs for beating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on February 7th.

When he took to the lectern, Brady joked about how he can sympathize with some of the criticism Biden has received for his age. Brady said, “We had a game in Chicago where I forgot what down it was. I lost track of one down in 21 years of playing, and they started calling me ‘Sleepy Tom.’ Why would they do that to me?”

Biden, who was often referred to as “Sleepy Joe” by Trump last year, responded with a smile, saying, “I don’t know!”

Brady then noted that his team’s performance took off after starting last year’s NFL season with a tepid 7-5 record. “We found our rhythm, we got on a roll,” Brady said. “Not a lot of people, you know, thought that we could have won. About 40% of the people still don’t think we won.”

Brady looked at Biden and said, “You understand that, Mr President?”

“I understand that,” said Biden to laughter.

So here’s to you, Tom Brady.

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

Who Won the Week? 05/02/2021

FWWTWThe 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 Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi. On Wednesday night, President Joe Biden delivered his first prime-time speech to a joint session of Congress. And behind him he was flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, two California Democrats.The two women made history that night as the first women — one of them Black and Indian American — to share the stage in Congress during a presidential address.

Biden noted the historic event at the very opening of his address. After taking the podium, Biden greeted the two women standing behind him with a “Madam Speaker” and “Madam Vice President.”

He then declared, “No president has ever said those words — and it’s about time.”

Maybe it won’t be too much longer before the individual giving a prime time presidential address to a joint session of Congress will be introduced as “Madam President.”

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

Who Won the Week? 04/11/2021

FWWTWThe 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.

Unlike last Sunday, where I was unable to choose a clear winner, this week was easy. The winner this week is Joe Biden, the President of the United States.With more mass shootings and a rise of gun violence in the country, and with Republicans in both Congress and state legislatures refusing to take any action to stem the tide of gun violence, other than with “thoughts and prayers,” Joe Biden acted. He issued a series of executive actions designed to address gun violence. And he pledged to push for sweeping changes to the country’s gun laws.

Biden said, “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it’s an international embarrassment. The idea that we have so many people dying every single day from gun violence in America is a blemish on our character as nation.”

As president, there is very little that Biden can unilaterally do in this case, but he did sign executive actions this past Thursday focusing on some relatively “low hanging fruit.”

The DOJ will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns.” Ghost guns are homemade weapons that are hard to trace and where gun kit buyers don’t have to submit to a background check.

The DOJ will also issue a proposed rule to make clear when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.

It will also publish model “red flag” legislation for states. Red flag laws allow family members or law enforcement to petition for a court order temporarily barring people in crisis from accessing firearms if they present a danger to themselves or others.

The DOJ will also issue a new annual report on firearms trafficking, which is one way firearms are diverted into the illegal market where they can easily end up in the hands of dangerous individuals.

Biden nominated David Chipman, a veteran of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), where he spent 25 years as a special agent, to serve as ATF director. ATF is the key agency charged with enforcing our gun laws, and it needs a confirmed director in order to do the job to the best of its ability. But ATF has not had a confirmed director since 2015.

These executive actions are just a start — small steps — in the fight to do something about gun violence in America, but they sure beat thoughts and prayers.

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


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Who Won the Week? 03/14/2021

FWWTWThe 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” of Who Won the Week is getting people vaccinated for COVID-19.

The United States is working to vaccinate a high percentage of its population against COVID-19 as soon as possible to stop the spread of the disease and end the outbreak in the country.

Since vaccine distribution began in the U.S. on December 14th, more than 101.1 million doses have been administered, reaching almost 20% of the total U.S. population, according to federal data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. is currently administering over 2.3 million shots a day.

President Biden has repeatedly promised to get 100 million shots into Americans’ arms by his 100th day in office. His pledge appeared ambitious when he first made it before Election Day, but now that more than two million people are being vaccinated a day, the country is on track to surpass Biden’s 100 million goal. And he said on Thursday he would direct the states to make all adults eligible for the coronavirus vaccine by May 1. His aim is that the country would be able to achieve some kind of “normality” by the Independence Day holiday on July 4.

Isn’t it great to have someone in the Oval Office who makes plans for combating COVID-19 and who delivers on them rather than someone who closes his eyes and hopes that a miracle will make it all go away?

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

Who Won the Week? 02/07/2021

FWWTWThe 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’m designated U.S. national security as the Who Won the Week winner. Why? Well, because President Joe Biden said that former president Donald Trump should not have access to classified information in the form of the briefings usually given to ex-presidents, citing Trump’s “erratic behavior” and the risk that he might recklessly reveal sensitive information.

Biden has the unilateral authority to deny intelligence access to anyone he chooses, and his remarks amounted to a statement that Trump — who, for four years, controlled the entire U.S. security apparatus — was himself a security risk.

Denying a former president from receiving national security briefings would be an unprecedented action, but Biden made it clear that he and other officials believe that Trump poses a risk to national security because of what he might disclose.

And I couldn’t agree more.

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