Just wonderful. The United States has a presidential candidate who seems to have major psychological and developmental problems. (Plus, he’s obnoxious.)
I couldn’t watch Thursday night. Turned on classical music on WQXR.
However, I am vastly reassured by the latest reckoning by the Ouija Board people at the Times who have come up with odds on the presidential election.
Hillary Clinton – we are told – has a three-quarters chance of winning the election.
That sounds great.
Then I read that this is the equivalent of the foul-shooting percentage in the National Basketball Association.
I did not know that numbers people had a sense of humor and could drop a sly line like that in the middle of a story.
We do use a lot of sports metaphors in this country, our brains perhaps terminally addled by reality shows and sports broadcasting.
Now there is the NY Times observation comparing Hillary Clinton’s chances with the NBA’s overall foul-shooting percentage -- .757 on this recently-concluded season.
I was of course reassured by the prospect of Hillary Clinton, steely-eyed survivor of spurious charges, strong-minded debater who dribbled rings around Congressional pinheads like Trey Gowdy, fierce rebounder who held off Bernie (Mr. Elbows) Sanders in the primaries, now saving the day for humanity.
In my fevered brain, in the championship final, Clinton gets fouled by Mad Dog Trump, the designated hacker from the Dark Side, who mysteriously never fouls out of games despite the dirty fouls he constantly commits.
The ref signals: one shot.
To let her think a bit, the Dark Side calls time out. Both teams repair to their benches. The joint is going nuts.
Her supporters keep telling us that in the clutch Hillary never misses. (“You should have seen the time she threw the vase at me,” her husband often brags.)
Coach looks at her and says, “Nothing to it, Big Lady. Over and in. Then we pop the Champagne.” In the stands, my knees start knocking like castanets.
When do we wake up?
7/22/2016 11:36:20 am
7/22/2016 01:36:14 pm
Bruce, we here in the US of A don't have to take advice from little nations like Canada.
7/22/2016 03:14:57 pm
7/22/2016 06:46:25 pm
Bruce, are you saying somebody might key my car next time I park in front of TrumpHaus? It would be hard to tell on my junker. GV
7/22/2016 06:51:41 pm
7/22/2016 12:35:53 pm
George, I do love the image of HRC at the line shooting once with the game in the balance. She does seem to have ice water in her veins when grilled by GOP congressional committees,so a good choice to take the last shot. the overall scouting report: Deep knowledge of the game, prone to unforced turnovers, does not have good move to her left, likes to take the big shot.
7/22/2016 01:41:35 pm
7/22/2016 02:04:22 pm
My apologies to The Worm.
7/22/2016 02:55:59 pm
Well, George, my take comes from my version of Trump's speech from last night:
7/22/2016 06:48:41 pm
Hansen, nice work, you capture the voice quite well.
7/22/2016 07:16:47 pm
At this stage of the presidential campaign, when polls are not normally as meaningful as those during the head to head phases, particularly in the final weeks---I am not comforted by Clinton currently poling at about 75%.
7/23/2016 06:45:12 am
"Where have you done, Joe DiMaggio?" -- eh? I'm still pushing for the Sandy Alderson, Terry Collins ticket of GENUINE change on the Party like We Won voting line.
7/23/2016 10:12:34 am
Brian, how many more years does Jackson get to expose Anthony?
7/23/2016 11:20:49 am
There's so much I could say about Trump and what fraud and a danger he is. But you've probably heard that over and over by now. So I'll we just make one very personal observation about him. He never would have survived in the Philadelphia neighborhood where I grew up(mostly because he was a spoiled rich punk). He would have had his lunch money and his fancy shoes regularly taken away from him.
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“I don’t think people understand how Covid affects older Americans,” Mr. Caretti said with frustration. “In 2020, there was this all-in-this-together vibe, and it’s been annihilated. People just need to care about other people, man. That’s my soapbox.”
---Vic Caretti, 47, whose father recently died of Covid at 85.
---From an article by Paula Span, who covers old age for the NYT, which currently has 2646 comments, the majority criticizing the American public – and public officials – for acting as if the pandemic is “over.”
Classic wishful thinking, at a lethal level.