Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dumb Ideas!

I hear San Francisco is preparing a bid to host the 2024 Olympics.  Really dumb idea!  A promise that it can be done without public funding is a pipe dream.  A short-term economic gain will be dwarfed by the cost of building long-term structures that serve no useful purpose.  This city doesn’t need a two-week moment in the spotlight.  It’s the best city in the world without it.

For the Giants to break their budget and offer a long contract to keep Pablo Sandoval in San Francisco is a dumb idea!  The Panda fans will get over it if he leaves.  Granted, he has an outstanding postseason record.  But during the season is only a slightly better than average hitter and fielder.  And he can’t be counted on to stay in shape.  It’s fine to offer him a decent deal.  But if that’s not good enough, let the Red Sox (or whoever) have him.

To assume that Comedy Central’s new “Nightly Show,” will succeed is wishful thinking!  While it may not be fair to compare Larry Wilmore, who will be the host, and Stephen Colbert, who he is replacing, comparisons will be made.  Wilmore is a low-key personality and doesn’t have the power or charisma to carry a show.  Also, I read that “The Nightly Show” will focus on underdogs.  I don’t know for sure what they have in mind, but it will be a challenge to keep an audience interested in underdogs.  This misguided, dumb idea debuts on Jan. 19!

The Democrats may not have a monopoly on dumb ideas, but they can’t be faulted for not trying.  Keeping the same tired Congressional leadership in power is a dumb idea!  Failing to articulate a clear pathway to the future is a dumb idea!  Running away from Obama is a dumb idea!  Blaming the Republicans for everything is a dumb idea!  Not being a party that appeals to young people is a dumb idea!

Of course, Republican dumb ideas abound!  But that’s for another day.


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