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A Trumpence For Your Thoughts?

November 7, 2016




Tomorrow’s the big day we have waited most of an eternity for: election day!!

Yes, we can finally put the excruciating anguish behind us int time to compose ourselves and have something, hopefully, to be thankful for as that holiday approaches. Most people seem to just want this painful extraction to be over with.

As an historian, I looked back through the years and – though there have been a few rather nasty campaigns in the past – this one is by far the most bizarre and bewildering event I have ever seen.

We have the outsider who acts as though he is in some reality popularity contest and then the ultimate insider who assumes to have the victory nailed down already… and judging from the treatment Bernie Sanders got, I think Hillary may be right about that. The fix may already be in.

One pundit I heard claimed that Hillary should not be elected for another term as she already ran the Presidency for two terms at the end of the last century – “who do you think ran the country while Bill was busy chasing skirts?” But that is just a minor technicality.

A friend in England – the “old” one across the pond, not the “new” one still nursing the grudge from Deflategate – asked me quite seriously, “Are you telling me that you have three-hundred-million people there and these two clowns are the best you can field?”

My reply, with a straight face, was, “Apparently so.”

The outcome would not be the travesty it certainly appears or the generalized CF it also appears to be were it not for one small, teensy little problem:

The candidate who will be elected will not be voted for.

Yes, you heard that right: the candidate who wins this election will not do so because the majority of the voters want him/her. They will only win because the vast majority of the electorate is voting against the other candidate.

A friend of mine said he was voting for Johnson, the Libertarian. Someone piped up immediately with “A vote for Johnson is a vote for Trump.” I overheard someone else claim “A vote for Johnson is a vote for Hillary.”

No one seems to get it: a vote for Johnson is a vote FOR Johnson. The same for those voting for Stein. The people with the “voting against” mentality cannot conceive of someone actually voting for a candidate because they are better. No, they would rather let evil win, even if it be the lesser of the two.

Yes, there are people who really, really support Hillary, and many who really, really support Trump, but the vast majority this year are voting against someone. When did the system get so broken?

And on Wednesday, two days from now, we can hear the people asking their friends: “So, who did you vote against?”

And that seems to be the only thing of importance this year: being against what you don’t want it the White House.

Imagine what might happen if everyone who really did not want either Hillary or Trump actually voted FOR someone?

Or would that make a little too much sense?



a Tale of Two… uh, Tales

January 23, 2013

http://espn.go.com/… Tim Tebow forced on New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, GM Candidate Interviewee says

I saw this recent story posted under some video with “sports commentator” (and I use the term lightly) Skip Bayless pontificating on the state of … well, whatever it was he thought was important in that moment… I do not find him important enough to bother listening to anything he has to say…

But, this post is not about the Skipless, nor will I allow the Baylness to hijack this post, either. For this is a blog about Two Cities: New York and – you guessed it! – New York.

The city so huge they had to name it twice. So huge that it actually has two pro football teams! And so huge that they cannot fit either of those teams actually in New York, so they outsource both to New Jersey.

Anyway, making a short story longer, the owner of the Jets was supposed to have been the one that was so hot to get Tebow, so adamant that he went after the fellow doggedly… and now it seems it was “forced” on him by an employee. Now what sort of inverted organization is that where an underling forces the boss to do anything?

And, apparently, Woody Johnson only recently made this discovery and fired the man who forced this travesty on the poor unsuspecting owner!! Shame on you GM Mike Tannenbaum!

And this shameless Tannenbaum even “forced” it on the President of the team as well. Either the owner and President were asleep for an awful long time or they bided their time to see if the former GM needed to be scapegoated. (Which, I believe, is one step less in severity than waterboarding… uh, whatever that is, huh?)

Let’s face it, if Tannenbaum’s little idea had taken the team to the Super Bowl, they would have announced that it had been the owner’s idea and he was a freakin’ genius!

But we can leave that parallel universe/alternate history for the fiction accounts sure to be released at the next ComicCon or IguanaCon, or what-have-you. We will deal with the facts here.

Tebow, a veritable force to be reckoned with, was forced on the unsuspecting Big Apple, after becoming the much hailed “last Denver QB to win a playoff game” – and the record still stands these many months later – to become the back-up to future hall-of-famer [maybe, you never know] Mark Sanchez, well known for his famous “playing dead” posturing on the field so he doesn’t have to actually tackle anyone, or pass, or run, or – you know – win games.

May-the-forced-Tebow-be-with-you did not sit well with the omnipresent Coach Ryan and he could not figure out how to use the clutch Heisman trophy player since he assumed they already had what he unhesitatingly called “a quarterback”. The man needs more than just his eyesight examined.

So they stood Tebow on the sidelines most of the season waiting for someone to cast the first stone… making sure none of the aforementioned objects flew in the direction of Coach Ryan who was… as you can guess… blameless! Because… as you can probably guess… Tebow had been forced on him!!!

Stoic Tebow did all the menial chores he was assigned, waiting patiently for the powers that be to notice Sanchez was a complete loser and sit the boy down and send in a real QB. You know, one who had taken his team to the playoffs and won a post-season game. But Ryan – again without the use of anything resembling good eyesight – misread his depth charts and sent in the wrong backup, forgetting the listed backup QB, Tebow, even existed… And I have heard rumors that the coach is actually on medication so he can do just that: forget Tebow exists.

Now the truth will out and it seems no one in the Big Apple actually wanted Tebow in the first place… Who knows who forced the idea on Tannenbaum!! So he was forced onto a team that nobody wanted, except for the fourteen million fans who finally anticipated a playoff berth under the guidance of said same Tebow.

And that’s the tale of two cities: New York (Jekyll) and New York (Hyde). The first has a Manning – not the one who isn’t the last QB to win a playoff game in Denver [if that phrase even makes sense!] – and the second has no QB, no management, no coaching, no responsibility, and no hope of any future. For the moment, at least.

The End.


I hope you enjoyed my little tale.

Personally, I am tired of the Tebow bashers and Tebow haters. I say give the guy a freakin’ chance before you bust his chops.

He surprised even his toughest critics in Denver by stepping in and turning their 2011 season around, getting into the playoffs and beating a team who was supposed to roll over them easily enough. Sure, Tebow didn’t make it all the way to the Super Bowl but there were 30 other teams who didn’t make it either. Cut him a little slack, fer chrissakes!

And people say he was a loser in NY. But when did the guy ever get the chance to show us what he has. Punt blocking? You’d think Tom Brady was a lousy player too if he only came in to punt block and run the wildcat on tough third down situations when everyone (yes, even the opposing teams) knew that Brady was going to get the ball.

They would not do that to Brady, or Manning (either of them), Flacco, Roethlisberger, Kaepernick, or any other QB in the NFL who has already proven his ability to win games. No, not even Sanchez, whose production is still more than a little iffy in that department. Even Romo doesn’t have to punt block or that other stuff.

Blame Ryan, Tannenbaum, Johnson, his Woody, or even Skip Bayless, but stop blaming Tebow for having a lousy year in New York. They never gave him a shot.

Of course, loyal Jets fans will be back next season, regardless of the outcome of this fiasco.

And I am certain Rex Ryan can give them an even bigger and better fiasco next season.