Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Thoughts for the Day!

Independent of specific policy positions, some of which I agreed with and others not so much, when I watched Charlie Rose interview Hillary Clinton not long ago I was struck by the quality of her presentation.  Informed, articulate, clear, intelligent.  Order of magnitude more presidential than any of the Republicans clamoring for attention.

On the Republican side my preference is Trump.  Why?  Because he’ll be easier to beat than Cruz, Rubio or maybe even Bush if he resurrects himself.  If I’m living in a dream world and it really is possible that a majority of Americans would want Trump for president, then so be it.  We’ll deserve what we get.

Am I bringing my preconceived opinions into any political conversation, seeing what I want to see?  Of course.  That’s the way our minds work.

December is the month for season finales on TV.  I thought “The Affair” was very well done.  Even when the people and the story drove me crazy, I had to admire the skill with which they pulled it off.  Great acting.  “Homeland” was up and down this season.  Inconsistent, but overall enjoyable.  The best show now finished for a while was “Fargo.”  Preverse, surprising, shocking at times.  Great characters.  The total production was better than any of the others.

On to sports: So far during this off-season I’m satisfied with the new players acquired by the Giants.  We need starting pitchers; we got two.  Their recent records are less than great, so it may turn out that they won’t do well.  On the other hand, they both have the possibility of being very good, in which case they will be important positive additions.  We shall see.  Still need a left fielder that can hit.  The best news is that the season isn’t that far away.

I’m still mad at the 49ers for moving to Santa Clara, for having inept owners, and for making many bad player and coach decisions.  So that they are having a terrible year, are deep in the toilet, is just fine with me.

The Warriors, of course, are magical.

Good news from FIFA: More indictments.  Blatter and Platini banned for 8 years.  What we’ve learned so far, which is a lot, is just the tip of the iceberg of what is a snake pit of corruption.  The game is still beautiful.  I love watching every week.  It deserves better.  Will there be a real turnaround?  Don’t hold your breath.

So that’s it on politics, TV and sports.  I could go on to religion, but I’d better hold that for another day.


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