Just Like Santa

 

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

— Proverbs 15:3

My Boyhood Sports Icons Are Dying: Jake Scott

 
Jake Scott

Jake Scott was a free safety best known for his work with the Miami Dolphins. Scott was a key member of the 1972 Dolphins’ undefeated season, and the championship teams of Super Bowl VII and VIII.

He was a legendary closer and finisher, a punishing tackler and a superb pass defender. He had 35 interceptions in six seasons with Miami, most in team history, and also holds the career interceptions record at the University of Georgia.

Scott was a five-time Pro Bowl selection, twice a first team All-Pro and was voted MVP of Super Bowl VII, a 14-7 win over the Washington Redskins in which he had two interceptions.

RIP Jake Scott

No More Lockdown

 

No more lockdown
No more threats
No more Imperial College Scientists
Making up crooked facts
No more lockdown
No more pulling the wool over our eyes
No more celebrities telling us
Telling us what we’re supposed to feel

— Van Morrison, “No More Lockdown”

Enlightenment

 

Tzu-li and Tzu-ssu were boasting about the size of their latest programs. ‘Two-hundred thousand lines,’ said Tzu-li, ‘not counting comments!’ Tzu-ssu responded, ‘Pssh, mine is almost a million lines already.’ Master Yuan-Ma said, ‘My best program has five hundred lines.’ Hearing this, Tzu-li and Tzu-ssu were enlightened.

— Master Yuan-Ma, The Book of Programming

Thomas Jefferson: It’s Not Over Till It’s Over

 
Thomas Jefferson

My fellow Americans –

Call me crazy — Old Crazy Tom — but I still believe Donald Trump has a strong chance to overturn this election based on voter fraud.

There are three prerequisites for a crime to take place:

  1. Motive, e.g., getting Hitler out of the White House.
  2. Opportunity, e.g., to lose ballots, to “find” ballots, to deliberately miscount ballots, to tamper with voting or vote-counting software, etc.
  3. A feeling that one can get away with it, or at least that it’s worth the risk.

Numbers 1 and 2 are a slam dunk in this case. A lot of people would balk at number 3, but not everyone.

Let’s dive a little deeper . . .

Pennsylvania: I believe the Supreme Court has already instructed Pennsylvania to segregate ballots that came in late but were counted anyway. The obvious reason for that instruction is to retain the possibility of invalidating the late ballots. Invalidating the late ballots would give Trump a victory in Pennsylvania.

Nevada: Some people have a second home in a state other than the one in which they live and are registered to vote. For example, there are people in California who have a second home in Nevada. Given the scattershot approach to sending out ballots, I wouldn’t be surprised if people with more than one home received more than one ballot. There aren’t enough fake ballots in the world for a Democrat to lose California, but a Democrat could lose Nevada. So why not vote the Nevada ballot even if you don’t really live there? It’s illegal, but nobody’s going to go to jail. I mean, they sent you the ballot and you voted it. How were you supposed to know better?

Wisconsin and Michigan: Trump was leading comfortably in both of these states Tuesday night. By Wednesday morning, the lead had moved to Biden. What happened there in the middle of the night? Did truckloads of ballots show up, all for Biden? Data scientists are looking at the votes and the voting patterns and finding a lot of anomalies, all in favor of Biden. Since A-Team data scientists are smarter than postal workers, other civil servants, and CNN mountebanks, I’m expecting to see solid evidence of fraud coming out of one or both of these states within the next couple of weeks.

Thomas Jefferson

Wanna Get It Right This Time

 

Well, sorrow is an angel that
Comes to you in blue light
Then shows you what is wrong with you
To see if you’ll set it right

And I’ve fucked up so many times in my life

Wanna get it right this time

— Poi Dog Pondering, “Complicated”

Unity For Biden

 

I recently heard Joe Biden giving a speech about “unity” . . . that’s what we need is somebody giving a speech about unity.

Here’s the deal (as Joe would say): After spending the last year calling your opponent and his supporters Nazis, good luck with the fucking unity, pal . . .

Mail-In Ballots == Chaos

 

Whoever said that mail-in ballots would be a colossal fuck-up (I think it was Trump) was certainly right . . .

When I went to bed Tuesday night, Trump was leading comfortably in virtually all undecided states. By the time I got up Wednesday morning, several of the counts had shifted to Biden.

Voting by mail
Photo by Tiffany Tertipes on Unsplash

What happened in-between? Does that reflect mail-in counts?

I live in California, so there’s never any doubt about which presidential candidate will carry the state, but I’m sure this is happening all over the country . . . I see stories on the local news where they send out a reporter to talk to people . . . “My dad got a ballot and he’s been dead for 10 years.” “I got two ballots sent to me with just a minor variation in my name.” “We got a ballot for someone who hasn’t lived in the house for 30 years and in fact is no longer alive.”

The reporter then interviews the registrar of voters who says something like “We’re doing our best but the right to vote is so important that we err on the side of sending out the ballot when we’re not sure.”

Some people will say that we’ve always had the option of voting by mail so what’s the big deal? But what they’re talking about is absentee ballots, which means I specifically request an absentee ballot, it’s sent to me, I fill it out and send it back, and they check me off the list.

The big deal is that states are sending out ballots to an unverified databases of names without knowing who they are, where they currently live, whether they in fact live in the state, or even whether they’re dead or alive. So irregularities are an absolute certainty.

That’s a big problem when the overall race is close and the battleground state races are very, very close. It’s unprecedented to my knowledge and I would expect weeks of chaos to ensue.

Thomas Jefferson: Why the Polls Are Wrong (Again)

 
Thomas Jefferson

My fellow Americans –

  1. The 2016 presidential election polls showing Hillary Clinton, the greatest candidate for any office in the history of candidates, with a 99 percent chance of winning were wrong, and the 2020 polls are wrong too, for the same reason which is . . .
  2. Ninety-plus percent of the news media is in the tank for the Democratic party. They don’t give you news, they give you the opinions they want you to have, and they hide anything they don’t want you to know. Hunter Biden? Never heard of him.
  3. A Cato Institute study found that 62 percent of Americans have political views they are afraid to share, including 77 percent of conservatives. There are a lot of “progressives” out there who’d like to see you dead if you’re not as loving as they are. Better to just keep your non-liberal opinions to yourself, including to pollsters.

Which reminds me, the Girl Scouts tweeted a congratulatory message to Amy Coney Barrett on her confirmation to the Supreme Court. It was obviously not a partisan post, it was just a post in support of girls and women, which is what the Girl Scouts do. That and sell Thin Mints.

But the post triggered such a torrent of bile from the left that not only was the post taken off Twitter, it was followed by not one, but two groveling apologies.

I used to say that I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. (A musical group called The Animals turned this sentiment into a popular song — “It’s my mind and I’ll think what I want.”)

However one phrases it, there is a deep resentment in our country of these self-appointed thought police telling us what we can and cannot talk about, what we can say, what we can’t say, what words we can use, what we can and cannot think . . . a deep, deep resentment.

And only one presidential candidate willing to push back on it.

Yes, it’s going to be fun when Trump wins and people are screaming at the sky, just like 2016, but please be careful out there. I’m not kidding.

And if you really feel like you must cast your vote for a corpse, vote for me, Tom Jefferson, not Joe Biden.

Thomas Jefferson

It’s Only Bad When Americans Die?

 
How the coronavirus is affecting the US

“More than 230,000 people have died from COVID! I hope everyone remembers that on Election Day!”

“Are you suggesting Trump is responsible for the 230,000 deaths? He’s kept you alive. A dubious achievement, I grant you. But there’s about 330 million people in the US, so why not look at it that way? He’s kept almost 330 million people alive.”

“I’ve kept myself alive. I wear a mask, wash my hands, social distancing . . .”

“Sure, sure . . . are you saying we can choose whether or not to be infected? Everyone knows what’s safe and unsafe. Did the 230,000 people choose to get sick and die? Or did everyone who’s still here take care of themselves but all the deaths are on Trump?

“And by the way, your death count is too low by about a million people. You’re citing the death count for one country. It’s a global pandemic. I understand you haven’t figured out how to blame the rest of the deaths on Trump, but what is your position here? It’s bad when Americans die and everyone else can go to hell? What a humanitarian you are.”

Read My Lips: No New Frackses

 
Thomas Jefferson

My fellow Americans –

This Biden fellow is the biggest liar on two feet. I heard him on last night’s debate saying “I never said I oppose fracking.”

“You said it on tape,” President Trump replied.

“Show the tape!” Biden said angrily. “Put it on your website!”

OK, first of all, here’s the tape:

Second, Biden knows he said it, he knows he said it on tape . . . I’d seen the tapes many times myself.

Why on God’s green earth would he stand there and not only lie about it but insist that his opponent produce a tape of him lying about it?

It’s the most shameless thing I’ve ever seen! Given the audacity of it, do I believe he’s taken millions of dollars from foreign entities?

Well, he denied that as well. “I have never taken a penny from any foreign source,” he said.

I don’t believe that was even the allegation. The allegation was that his son took money from foreign sources and gave him a cut of it.

Or maybe he was taking about a penny as a particular denomination of coin?

I do believe the man’s name is Joe Biden. Everything else he said, I think he was lying.

Thomas Jefferson

A Child Rapist, A Human Trafficker and a Church Leader Walk Into a Bar

 

California judge tosses extortion charges against megachurch leader; child rape and human trafficking counts left in placeOC Register

Who would you trust: a child rapist, a human trafficker or a church leader? The good news is you don’t have to choose because they’re all the same person.

Car Enthusiasts Considered Harmful?

 

1 dead, 2 injured and 2 arrested after dozens of car enthusiasts congregate in Anaheim, Costa MesaOC Register

How does one die from congregating with car enthusiasts?

California Proposition 23, Dialysis Clinic Requirements Initiative

 

The ballot summary sounds pretty reasonable:

  • Requires at least one licensed physician on site during treatment at outpatient kidney dialysis clinics; authorizes California Department of Public Health to exempt clinics from this requirement if there is a shortage of qualified licensed physicians and the clinic has at least one nurse practitioner or physician assistant on site.
  • Requires clinics to report dialysis-related infection data to state and federal governments.
  • Prohibits clinics from closing or reducing services without state approval.
  • Prohibits clinics from refusing to treat patients based on the source of payment for care

I can see in the ballot summary that the proposition is supported by the California Democratic Party, but I haven’t personally heard a single endorsement or seen a single ad supporting it.

Almost all the “No on 23” ads feature dialysis patients saying that Prop 23 will force the closure of dialysis clinics and that without dialysis, they will die.

I’ve never felt so powerful. The state of California is giving me the opportunity to cast a vote in favor of killing kidney patients.

Steve Scully: Ex-Debate Moderator or Lying Bastard?

 

Steve Scully was going to be the moderator of tonight’s now-cancelled presidential debate.

I know a lot of people who think President Trump’s “fake news” feud with the media is based largely on his own paranoid imagination.

But do you really think that a guy who has publicly stated that Donald Trump should never be president is a good choice to moderate a presidential debate in which one of the participants is Donald Trump? There wasn’t anyone a bit more impartial available?

Wait, it gets better. While in college, Scully served as an intern for — wait for it — Sen. Joe Biden.

OK, now for the coup de grâce! Today, C-SPAN suspended Scully indefinitely after he admitted to lying about his Twitter feed being hacked when he was confronted about a questionable exchange with former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci.

A week ago, after Trump (and others) had been blasting him for weeks as a “never Trumper,” (demonstrably true, see above tweet) and therefore a lousy choice as a debate moderator, Scully tweeted “@Scaramucci should I respond to Trump.” Scaramucci, a former Trump communications director and now a critic of the president, advised Scully to ignore him.

When Scully saw that his tweet had created a controversy, he claimed that his Twitter account had been hacked.

Of course that’s what everyone says, but no hacker is ever found. Probably the same guy who “hacked” Joy Reid’s account.

Absolutely insane. Man, I hate the media.

Good riddance, you lying bastard . . .

I’ve been trying to get down to the heart of the matter but my will gets weak and my thoughts seem to scatter, but I think it’s about . . . forgiveness . . . forgiveness . . .

My Boyhood Sports Icons are Dying: Bob Gibson and Joe Morgan

 

Bob GibsonJoe Morgan

Between games, [Willie] Mays came over to me and said, ‘Now, in the second game, you’re going up against Bob Gibson.’ I only half-listened to what he was saying, figuring it didn’t make much difference. So I walked up to the plate the first time and started digging a little hole with my back foot…No sooner did I start digging that hole than I hear Willie screaming from the dugout: ‘Noooooo!’ Well, the first pitch came inside. No harm done, though. So I dug in again. The next thing I knew, there was a loud crack and my left shoulder was broken. I should have listened to Willie.

— Jim Ray Hart

RIP Bob and Joe

U-C-L-A Sucks

 

Forty years ago, @mickfleetwoodofficial, @stevienicks, and @lindseybuckingham presented the USC Trojan Marching Band with a platinum record for “Tusk.”

 

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EppsNet Album Reviews: Rough and Rowdy Ways and Red Dirt Girl

 

One new, one old:

Highlights: “False Prophet,” “Goodbye Jimmy Reed,” “I’ve Made Up My Mind to Give Myself to You.”

Rating: 5 stars

Highlights: “The Pearl,” “Michelangelo,” “My Baby Needs a Shepherd.”

Rating: 5 stars