Fast break

With the NCAA March Madness tipping off, let me use fast break as a way to quickly comment on news items. For non-basketball fans, a fast break is an attempt to score before the defense sets up after a possession change.

– Congressman Devin Nunes is suing two Twitter accounts for making fun of his questionable and unethical actions as a Committee chair. Unfortunately, he has brought more followers to the two sites.

– There are a number of experienced and quality candidates running for the Democrat Presidential nomination. Dems need to avoid the “circular firing squad syndrome” which attack candidates’ imperfections. My suggestion is to listen to what each has to offer.

– The US President is headed to Ohio to save face by asking in person for GM not to close two plants hastened by his tariffs and not helping when asked last year. The union leader and two Ohio Senators asked  the President to help GM retool the plants to build SUVs rather than the sedans last year. Senator Sherrod Brown noted now the President is paying attention as it makes him look bad.

– The Brexit “troubles” continue, but hopefully the EU will agree to the delay. And, Parliament needs to use the time to clearly define what Brexit means versus staying with the EU, something they have not done. This needs to be thoughtful and data-driven. I would hate to see a state leave the US based on politics only to wake up to a terrible hangover.

That is all for now. I hope your bracket for the tournament is successful. Fast breaks are fun to watch and usually the team doing more of them wins.

16 thoughts on “Fast break

      • It doesn’t look like it! If they get the chance to postpone their exit they should really take advantage of it because that is the last chance to prevent a hard Brexit OR they can call the Britains for another election. We will see. But their excit won’t be postponed again. That is for sure.

    • Janis, I am not aware of his frivolous lawsuit words, but have only become faniliar with him when he politicized a House Intelligence Committee. Setting aside his unethical behavior and GOP memo which the Senate chair said he could not agree with, he is the first chair to forego an annual intelligence briefing from the agencies. The lawsuit has to prove that the Twitter feeds are lying and doing so with malintent. Keith

  1. On reading the first line or two of this post, I thought, “uh-oh … I’m going to have to find something moderately intelligible to say about basketball … hmmm … I know there’s a hoop and a ball … and really tall people …”. Fortunately, you have saved me from that fate!

    That said, I’ll be brief …

    The UK is suffering much the same disease as we are, only in a different format. The EU is almost certain to give them an extension, but the question is, can May rally the troops and get some cohesion? I have my doubts as long as Corbyn is in the picture.

    Nunes is a fool … I have a piece about him in the works … he reminds me of the little boy who can never quite get anything right, so he tries the most outrageous stunts to at least get a bit of attention.

    I fully agree with your take on the democratic candidates. We are 20 months out from the elections … far too early to judge. Listen, learn, and wait. The sad thing is that we are forced into a position where we will need to support the most electable candidate, who may not necessarily be the one best suited to the job. But, 20 months is a long time and a lot can happen in that time.

    I proposed that Trump be banned from entering my state today, but I was largely ignored. I proposed that every man, woman and child line up along the route the circus train would take and throw rotten tomatoes. I was threatened with a jail cell. So, I simply ignored the fact that he was only 100 or so miles away and got on with my life.

    On that note, I have a few more blogs to read (Hugh is going to have my head on a platter, for I am way behind on his and Gronda’s), and then I shall take myself to bed for another sleepless night!

    • Jill, sorry for the fright. Brexit and the US white house are examples of that military term that begins with cluster.

      Trump is blaming everyone as per normal, but the man in the mirror. He was told tariffs do not work and no one wins a trade war. Yet, he knows best. Keith

  2. Note to Readers: A read today that UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has not ruled out calling for a vote to revoke Article 50 to avoid a no-deal Brexit. It has the support of Nicola Sturgeon, the Leader of Scotland. I would love to see the vote called to avoid the trainwreck.

  3. Dear Keith, I keep hearing talk about these brackets but I’m clueless as to what they mean.

    How President Trump acted in Ohio was disgusting. Instead of taking positive steps to save the jobs in Lordstown, Ohio, he blamed the president of UAW Local 1112 in Lordstown, David Green.

    As per a 3/18/2019 Washington Post report by Heather Long, “Trump blamed the small-town union leader Sunday for not doing enough to save a General Motors factory in Lordstown, Ohio, that shuttered on March 6, causing about 5,400 job losses in a struggling part of the country.

    “Democrat UAW Local 1112 President David Green ought to get his act together and produce. G.M. let our Country down, but other much better car companies are coming into the U.S. in droves,” Trump tweeted Sunday. “I want action on Lordstown fast. Stop complaining and get the job done! 3.8 percent Unemployment!”

    )Mr. Green is a democrat who is advising others not to believe the president when he tells them not to sell their homes, not to leave because the jobs will be coming back)

    The Washington Post report continues, “Trump has used this tactic of lashing out at a local union leader before when blue-collar jobs that he promised to save ended up going away. Trump went after a steel union president in Indianapolis when the Carrier plant there went forward with job cuts after Trump tried to intervene unsuccessfully.”

    In some ways, the Brexit issues are more problematic than what we’re dealing with here, on the US side of the pond. Our immediate US problem has an expiration date.We have a doable plan to end President Trump’s reign at the ballot box in Nov 2020, at the latest.

    As for Rep Nunes, he still has egg on his face from him being on the receiving end of the dressing down, he so richly deserved, from the very recent well worded rebuke delivered by the new US House Intel Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Gronda, the man in the White House is mercurial, but the overarching rationale is to save face. And, that term means perception, not reality. His large ego impels to take credit for all good things, discredit things that preceded him, and blame others when things go amiss – as the economy stalls, his headwinds (tariffs, retrenching, leavng trade agreements) will be ignored and he will place blame on the Federal Reserve.

      I agree that Brexit risk is high. Part of the issue is people who see the train wreck coming, won’t clear the track. If they do have a referendum, it needs to be side by side with the plan for leaving versus remaining.

      Nunes is reaping what he sowed. Others will, too. The GOP House member I respect most is Will Hurd, a former CIA employee from Texas. He tends to call it like it is and respects the very people Trump, Nunes and Graham are trashing. Keith

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