I usually don’t tell new acquaintances that I worked in the media for more than 25 years. That way, I avoid trying to defend the indefensible.
For example, the Russia dossier finally fell apart last week when one of its principal sources was arrested.
But much of the media haven’t admitted their errors. As Axios puts it: “It’s one of the most egregious journalistic errors in modern history, and the media’s response to its own mistakes has so far been tepid.”
BuzzFeed News, which made waves in 2017 by publishing the entire dossier, says it has no plans to take the document down. It’s still online, accompanied by a note that says, “The allegations are unverified, and the report contains errors.”
Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn began reporting about the dossier before the 2016 election. Asked whether he planned to correct the record, Corn said,” My priority has been to deal with the much larger topic of Russia’s undisputed attack and Trump’s undisputed collaboration with Moscow’s cover-up.”
To its credit, The Washington Post corrected and removed large portions of two articles. Its media critic, Erik Wemple, has written at length about the mistakes made by The Post and other media outlets in their coverage of the dossier.
But that’s not the only scandal hanging around.
It is unthinkable that Chris Cuomo has lasted this long after breaking almost every ethical guideline in the book by shoring up his brother.
In his discussions with his brother’s support group, Chris “encouraged his brother to take a defiant position and not to resign from the governor’s office, people familiar with the conversations said. At one point, he used the phrase ‘cancel culture’ as a reason to hold firm in the face of the allegations, two people present on one call said.”
It was an embarrassment to have Andrew Cuomo around for so long. It is just as bad that CNN continues to have Chris Cuomo around.
But there’s more. The media look ridiculous in supporting President Brandon’s ban on travel to the United States from African countries when news organizations called President Trump a racist for similar acts.
In 2017, President Trump imposed travel restrictions on six predominantly Muslim countries over concerns of improper vetting. Much of the media called his actions a “Muslim ban.” When the pandemic began, Trump blocked travel from China and six other countries, including Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. Biden, a presidential candidate at the time, called Trump’s actions “xenophobic.”
It’s disheartening to see how far the media have fallen, particularly when I used to play a role in trying to prop up many of the organizations I now criticize.
Captain Disko:I guess there’s nothing left for it [rears back and hits Harvey who’s been threatening them]
Harvey:You HIT me
Captain Disko: Now you just lie there and think about it
The mass looting of stores in broad daylight has spread from San Francisco.
At least two Minneapolis-area Best Buy stores are the latest victims in a flash mob that ransacked the premises, providing a possible alternative meaning to the supply chain crisis and the associated empty shelves.
Similar dystopian looting unfortunately occurred in San Francisco, Los Angles, and other lawless areas controlled by pandering, soft-on-crime Democrats on the traditional big shopping day known as Black Friday and before.
The effect of this is going to be far beyond the actual insurance loss, it’s going to mean that normal shoppers are not going to feel safe in such places.
As the Bay Area grapples with a wave of seemingly organized smash and grab robberies this weekend, policing and journalism analysts are cautioning against the use of the term looting…To some, the distinction may be small, but Lorenzo Boyd, PhD, Professor of Criminal Justice & Community Policing at the University of New Haven, and a retired veteran police officer, emphasized that words matter.
Because not calling it looting will make it all better.
How does this stop? Well being Sicilian the first thing that came to mind was this scene from Godfather three (which is not as bad as everyone said it was, it just wasn’t an all time great picture like the first two but I digress) where two assassins come to kill Vincent (Andy Garcia) and take Grace(Bridget Fonda) hostage:
Now the lesson here isn’t to start shooting these guys which while it would be effective in stopping it in it’s tracks and appeal to the Sicilian in me also would offend my Catholic sensibilities so I can’t advocate that, but the lesson is there has to be consequences for these actions.
Put simply until the cost for looting is prohibitive there is no incentive for people to stop doing it. Sort of like stealing elections, as long as people think they can get away with it they will do it.
When Democrats treat looters as harshly as they are treating those still being held in the Jan 6th protests it will stop.
And it’s in the best interest of people for this to stop because if the authorities decide to let this go eventually the people will turn to Vincent’s solution and it won’t turn pretty.
A while back I wrote about the relative measures of success for Brady and Belichick in their new positions. As Brady has already won a superbowl we can safely state that he has met the goals without re-iterating them.
As for the Patriots and Belichick I graded the Pats on the following scale based on the pre-Brady years:
Any year that the New England Patriots post Brady:
Have a winning record: should be considered OK
Win 11 games: should be considered a success
Win their division: should be considered a big success
Make the playoffs: should considered a huge success.
Win a playoff game: should be considered an spectacular success
Go to the Superbowl: should be considered an extraordinary success
Win a Superbowl: should be considered a Miracle
Now there are those who consider that a fair amount of Tom Brady’s success in general and the Patriots success in particular should be given to Coach Bill Belichick who some consider the greatest coach in Football history. For those of you who consider this the case let’s make a slight adjustment.
Any year the New England Patriots Under Belichick post Brady
Win a Superbowl, it’s an extraordinary success
Go to the Superbowl it’s a spectacular success
Win a playoff game it’s a Huge success
Make the playoffs, it’s a big success
Win their division, it’s a success
Win at least 11 games, it’s an OK season
Win less than 11 games…fire the bum!
These are reasonable expectations. I suspect that Patriots fans after two decades of winning will not be as generous as me with their expectations.
This makes the Bill Belichick Era going into today’s game a 24-34 as the coach of the New England Patriots in games not started by Tom Brady and in the three seasons that he coached the team sans Brady he made the playoffs….nearly once.
My expectations scale was “fire the bum” if he failed to win at least 11 but given the Covid situation that while effecting all teams hit his team hard I’d give him another season’s leeway, particularly if he can manage to make .500. If not I think we can safely say that the question of Bill vs Tom in terms of credit has been answered conclusively.
Well the Patriots are now 8-4 , in first place in their division and while not a lock for the playoffs yet looking pretty good with Rookie Mac Jones at the helm. Under standard Patriots scale it’s already an OK season and the Pats only have to go 3-2 the rest of the way to qualify for OK status under my Belichick scale.
Belichick has done this with a Rookie QB who had four other QB’s picked ahead of him.
It may be early to say this but I think we must conclude that Brady + Belichick were the perfect storm of the best in their professions coming together and that neither one negates the greatness of the other.
But there are still a few games to play so let’s see…
Last Sunday a career criminal, Darrell Brooks Jr, allegedly drove his SUV into a parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, killing six people and injuring dozens of others. He was out on $1,000 bail, an amount deemed “inappropriately low” the next day by the Milwaukee County district attorney, John T. Chisholm. Earlier this month Brooks allegedly ran over the mother of one his children in that same SUV.
Chisholm is one of many woke prosecutors elected in major metropolitan areas who believe in “affordable” or even no bail for individuals accused of violent crimes. Others include Chesa Boudin in San Francisco, who faces a recall election next year, George Gascón in Los Angeles County, Larry Krasner in Philadelphia, and Kim Foxx in Cook County, Illinois, where Chicago is the county seat. Many of their campaigns accepted contribution from sources tied to radical leftist George Soros.
Foxx, whose title is Cook County state’s attorney, made a national name for herself after dropping charges involving the hate crime hoax engineered by former Empire star Jussie Smollett. He was charged again after a special prosecutor was appointed after the uproar in response to Foxx dropped those charges. Smollett’s trial begins tomorrow.
But what is far worse than that is Foxx’s weak bail policy involving accused felons.
As I’ve mentioned before at Da Tech Guy, if you want to get the true story of how violent crime is devastating Chicago and its inner suburbs, you need to regularly visit CWB Chicago. Yeah, yeah, yeah, the Chicago Tribune–more on them in a bit–the Chicago Sun-Times, and the broadcast TV station websites document many violent crimes, particularly the murders. But CWB provides the indispensable back story.
Since New Year’s Day CWB Chicago has been documenting individuals “accused of killing, trying to kill, or shooting someone in Chicago this year while awaiting trial for a felony.” With a little more than a month left in 2021 CWB Chicago has discovered 55 such people. Of those, 26 of them are accused of murder–and two others are charged with reckless homicide involving a vehicle. That brings us to a total of 28 fatalities.
The complete CWB Chicago list, as of November 28, is here.
What else is there to be found in that back story?
Last summer John Kass, then a Chicago Tribune columnist, wrote a column about the rise in crime in big cities that have woke prosecutors whose campaigns were funded by Soros. Kass was attacked and essentially demoted when co-workers of his, by way of their union, the Chicago Tribune Guild, claimed that the Soros column was anti-Semitic. Soros, a Holocaust survivor, is by most accounts a secular Jew. Kass never mentioned the religion or ethnicity of Soros in that column. So why was Kass attacked? Because he was on to something, the truth that is, about Soros and those catch-and-release prosecutors.
By the way when I first heard of Soros I figured he was a Greek-American As for Kass, who is a Greek-American, well he’s also a big fan of CWB Chicago. A few months ago he accepted a buyout from the new owners of the Trib. He has his own site that I regularly visit. A site, as he mentioned in one of his Chicago Way podcasts, where he is allowed to use the word “riot,” which he wasn’t able to do when he was with the Tribune.
Clearly Chicago and Cook County–I live in suburban Cook–has an ongoing Waukesha problem. So far my family and friends have not been affected by the increase in violent crime here. Although on Thanksgiving I had to explain to my daughter and her cousins what to do if they hear gunfire.
And as bad as Kim Foxx is–she doesn’t deserve all of the blame. Although a hardened leftist as well, Chicago’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, has chilly relations with Foxx, a member of a rival political camp. But Lightfoot endorsed Foxx when she faced a tough Democratic primary last year. Lightfoot’s feckless police commissioner, David Brown, does Lightfoot’s bidding. The mayor pledged to reduce crime as a candidate–but crime has instead soared. Chicago already has endured more murders in 2021 than in any year since 1996.
Oh, what about Cook County judges? Circuit court judges are elected here–and once on the bench they face a retention vote every six years. Typically nearly all judges are retained. It’s time that voters take a close look at the role that judges play in the catch-and-release atmosphere in Cook County.
There have been some issues with games missed against opponents so I thought I should republish the rules on playing (particularly since the old blog is having issues)
Playing games and rescheduling
Real life always takes precedence over games and on occasion players will miss games or might be in a situation where they have to leave the league either temporarily or permanently
If the scheduled game time comes and your opponent is not there you are encouraged to give him 5 or 10 minutes to show up. If he does not show up or contact you by the 2nd 5 min wait period it is acceptable for you to being play
If a player is unable to play a series at the allotted date and time he is encouraged to contact his opponent & reschedule before the scheduled game time. If it is not possible to reschedule said player should put his team on auto for that series so his opponent can get the games in so as not to force an autoplay with the system taking both teams.
If due to illness or some other cause a player has to leave the league for a few weeks he is encouraged to find a replacement player to take over on a temp basis, if that is not possible he should put the team on autoplay until such time as he recovers.
If a player has to permanently leave the league and does not provide a replacement his team will go on autoplay and I will attempt to find a replacement manager.
REMEMBER IF YOUR TEAM IS ON AUTOPLAY AND YOUR OPPONENT REQUESTS A RESCHEDULE THE RESCHEDULE WILL AUTOMATICALLY TAKE PLACE AND IF SAID RESCHEDULE REQUEST IS FOR “NOW” THE GAME WILL BE PLAYED.
Also be aware that unlike the pervious version of the game if you are playing against the computer it does not say “computer manager” it has the name of the owner of the team so your opponent might not know you aren’t there. (some folks just don’t like to use the chat).
If your team is on Auto Pilot that means that if a game is played the computer will take over as manager.
Be aware that you can set auto pilot for a single series so if you have to be away, or if work is particularly busy or even if you just don’t like the guy you are supposed to play that week you can check off the box and once the series is complete auto pilot will shut off.
On your team’s screen there is a Manager settings page that allows you to set how the pc manages when you are on Autoplay. You can set a default lineup vs lefties and righties, set up a rotation (and decide if a pitcher can go on short rest, when relievers come in. who your closers and setup people are, how aggressive to steal or run or take a base, pinch hitting and the lot.
You can set as little or as much as you want to set.
Even if like me you don’t plan on playing any auto games, things happen so if you want your team run the way you want it, make sure you check these settings.
Here is the current waivers list:
Aaron Tommie Taken Montreal Early Waivers Round 2 Pick 2
Adair Jerry Taken Chicago White Sox Early Waivers Round 2 pick 1
Blefray Curt Taken NY Mets Early waivers round 1
Cannizzaro Chris Taken by Washington Early waivers round 1
Fairey Jim (Claimed by White Sox pending till 12/1/21 at 1 AM)
Gabrielson Len (Taken Pittsburgh early waivers round 2)
Hutton Tom (Claimed by Pittsburgh acquired by Chicago by counter claim)
Jeter Johnny (Claimed by New York Yankees / Highlanders)
Oyler Ray (PIcked Round 3 Cincinnati early waivers)
Shannon Mike (picked round 4 early waivers SF Giants)
Barber Steve (Taken Chicago W Sox early waivers wk 1 1st pick)
George Brunet LHP SEA (Released by NYY to make room for Johnny Jeter)
Ross Gary (Taken Pittsburgh early waivers round 3)
Sembera Carroll (Taken White Sox Early Waives Round 4)
Severinsen Al (Picked White Sox Early Wavers round 3 pick 1)
Talbot Fred (Taken NY Mets early waivers round 3)
Wynne Billy (Taken NY Mets early waivers round 2)
Update: Was asked about the keeper rules so here is an update on that which I sent out by email to the person who asked:
Here is the system fyi number of keepers is in addition to any rookies who are having their 1st dynasty card in 1970 with your franchise:
World series winner 4 players
World series runner up 5 players
non-world series Division winners 6 players
Non division winning teams with the best & 2nd best record 7 players
Non division winning teams with the 3rd and 4th best records 8 players
Non division winning teams with the 5th and 6th best records 9 players
Non division winning teams with the 7th and 8th best record 10 players
Teams with the 3rd and 4th worst records 11 players
Teams with the worst and 2nd worst record 12 players
Note 1: this is the max not counting rookies that a team can keep a team may voluntarily keep less.
Note 2: This is after any expansion draft. If there is an expansion draft said draft takes place before rosters are reduced by these figures
Note 3: Rookies who have new cards in 1970 are automatically protected from an expansion draft.
Today is day two of seven straight days where I’m working during our busy season which begins Black Friday.
In the morning I figured I’d take a look at Amazon for things to pick up and asked the wife about a few things and it suddenly hit me.
I’ve reached the age where I need nothing.
I’ve got my home, I’ve got may family. I keep up with my bills as best I can, but there really isn’t anything that I’ve got to have.
Yeah occasionally I pick up a movie on Amazon when it drops to $5 (the latest being the Ghost and Mrs. Muir) and yeah I like my Dynasty baseball but when it comes down to it, there is no thing I really am dying to have and if I need something I just pick it up.
Do I have as much as a lot of others? No. Am I likely going to be a lot more than what I am? Unlikely. But I’ve got my wife, my sons and God willing there will be grandchildren before I die.
All those things I don’t have don’t matter, I’m content, where I am.
It strikes me that this is a state that people have wished to reach for all of the time they have existed.
You have to feel a bit bad for the Detroit Lions. They always play on Thanksgiving and they always lose on Thanksgiving and this year they lead for the entire 4th quarter until the final second of the game.
How does a team stay that bad for that long?
The Baseball hall of fame didn’t vote anyone in. Bonds and Clements lost out because of steroids’ and Curt Schilling the top vote getter lost out for being conservative.
The irony of course is that both Bonds and Clemens had HOF careers before the allegedly started juicing. As for Curt is is the type of pitcher that wins you championships but sports writers are notoriously on the left so they’ll leave him out without a question.
I have two simple Hall of Fame tests either one in my opinion qualifies or disqualifies a person, when they conflict I can go either way.
If you have to think if a person belongs in the Hall of Fame, then they don’t belong.
The single best test if a person belongs in the HOF is if you were afraid of (vs your team) or wanted him there(when on your team)at bat, pitching or fielding with the game on the line.
By rule two all of them belong in, by rule on Bonds and Clemens certainly do
Was talking to a friend who hates the Lebron stuff. He no longer follows basketball and blames it’s fall not on LeBron but on Jordan.
He says that Jordan changed the game to the degree that everyone wants to be him but they don’t seem to have his nature. It’s all about themselves.
Basketball has become a most selfish sport.
Here in New England there is a serious case of Big Mac fever. The Patriots’ five game winning streak has gone to people’s heads. It’s easy to forget that all five games where against weaker teams, in fact on one station five weeks ago one of the hosts specifically noted that these last five weeks were a chance for the team to climb back into the mix.
Now people are seriously talking superbowl again.
The NFL would love it but I wouldn’t put a whole lot of money on that myself.
Finally I’ve very proud of the international Tennis organization who is not standing still when it comes to Peng Shuai and China.
Many other organizations, such as the NBA and the IOC would have folded, they did not.
Cowardice is contagious but so is courage. That’s what they’re so afraid of.
This year is the 400th anniversary of the 1st Thanksgiving whereby the pilgrims gave thanks for their situation.
Our friends on the left consider this a disaster, because they don’t realize that the only reason they are not peasants under a feudal lord are because of these folks.
Perhaps if they were aware of the actual history of Thanksgiving they might think differently but I doubt it however because I’m an eternal optimist here is Rush Limbaugh explaining it.
I am very thankful those folks came here.
During this first year of the Biden Administration I find that I miss Rush a lot. While Tucker Carlson has done yeoman work and Dan Bongino, Clay Travis and others have done well they are not Rush.
What Rush Limbaugh did for this country can’t be overstated. He did more to stop the left and inspire the right for a generation than any other person in America.
I thank God that we had Rush for as long as we did.
When I heard about Lebron James getting fans ejected from Indiana for taunting him all I could think of is Bill Russell and Hank Aaron.
It is impossible to imagine Russell or Aaron doing such a thing.
Perhaps LeBron should give thanks that he’s playing in an era where he’s paid enough to be so rich he can buy a part of a franchise (Boston Red Sox) rather than whining about the fans who make the wealth of all these folks possible.
The best line belongs to Steven Miller
There have been some really foolish takes from people but very few are as foolish as this one.
While I’m embarrassed to have someone as unserious as Elizabeth Warren representing me in the senate I’m thankful that she puts her ignorance out on display in full view of the people so that they can’t pretend to be unaware.
Finally this is the busy season at my work. While I will be relaxing today I will be on the next seven or eight days. Some people are still working today (a voluntary five hour shift) and those folks will have worked 13 straight days.