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The inmates are running the Washington asylum

God I hate politics. I hate everything about it. I hate how it has divided Americans into “good” and “evil”. That’s why for the most part I don’t want to comment about elections.

I can’t stay silent today.

What’s going on in Washington is not acceptable in the United States of America.
Psychotic Trump supporters have stormed the Captiol and forced the building, the symbol of the Federal Republic (NOT a democracy), to be placed on lockdown. These irrational animals with human characteristics tore down FOUR layers of security and stormed up the steps, overwhelming the Capitol Police.
I never dreamed the United States of America would devolve into this. What is going on in Washington is something you see in a third-world dictatorship where elections are really rigged.
It has happened in Venezuela regularly since 1998, when the late Hugo Chavez seized power in a coup, then was routinely “re-elected” despite votes showing otherwise. The same continues to happen under his successor, Nicolas Maduro, an avowed enemy of the United States and its allies.
It happened in Zimbabwe, where Robert Mugabe, the black nationalist who led the country to independence from the United Kingdom then stole land from whites, had loyalists in parliament disavow the results of his last election, when the votes clearly showed him losing.

Donald John Trump LOST the 2020 presidential election. He lost it fair and square. Yet he is deluding himself into believing he “won”. challenging the votes of four states (Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin), claiming “electoral fraud”.
You didn’t win those states, Donny. You know why you didn’t win those states, Donny? LOOK IN THE MIRROR YOU TURD.
The Democrats have themselves to blame for Trump becoming president in the first place. ANYONE but Hillary Rodham Clinton would have beaten Trump in 2016. Yet the Democrats felt they “owed” it to Hillary for her years of service as a Senator from New York and Secretary of State, as well as her husband for his eight years in the White House.
If Trump had moved to the center, been willing to compromise, spent more time governing than tweeting, he could have won a second term. His three predecessors were average candidates at best (George W. Bush was so far below average he’s buried under the Mariannas Trench), yet modified their positions to save their political hides.
Instead, Trump doubled and tripled down and did all he could to embarrass the United States of America.
Had Trump not been the most arrogant and narcissistic person to serve as president, he would have stepped aside for the good of his party,
Of course, Trump and humility might as well be Mercury and Pluto.
If the Republicans had run ANYONE with a sliver of ethics against Joe Biden, Biden would be back in Delaware negotiating a deal to write his memoirs. Kamala Harris would be stuck in the Senate.
By rights, Joe Biden should never have been allowed to run for president after his plagiarism admission forced him out of the 1988 race. Same as Trump should never have been allowed to run for his unethical conduct throughout his business career.

I knew Trump was a raging fraud early.

In the fall of 1983, Trump purchased the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League, the spring football league which began earlier that year. Trump immediately tried to hire Don Shula to coach the team, but he stayed with Miami after Trump refused Shula a penthouse in Trump Tower.

Shula, who passed away last May, saved himself a world of trouble.

It turns out Trump bought the Generals for one reason: to worm his way into the NFL.
First, Trump wanted the USFL to move from the spring to the fall to directly challenge the NFL. Then if the USFL were successful, he would force a merger, the same way the American Football League did in the 1960s.
Trump shamed most USFL owners into agreeing to move to the fall in 1986. ABC, which held the network television contract to the USFL, said it would not televise any fall games, citing its commitment to the NFL’s Monday Night Football. Of course, CBS and NBC weren’t going to bite; if neither would touch the league in the spring, there was no chance in hell they would do so in the fall.
Outraged by the networks shunning the USFL, Trump filed a $1.6 billion lawsuit against the NFL in October 1984.
Trump felt if he won his case, the USFL would be absorbed into the NFL, and he would become an NFL owner for far less than Jerry Jones would pay for the Cowboys in 1989.
On the field, the Generals already had Herschel Walker when Trump purchased the team, but Donny wanted more He broke the bank to sign Browns quarterback Brian Sipe, the 1980 NFL MVP, but after the Generals failed to even reach the USFL championship game, Trump was angry.
He spited Sipe and signed Doug Flutie, who won the 1984 Heisman Trophy playing for. Boston College. Walker rushed for 2,148 yards in 1985, but the Generals failed again to reach the title game.
The USFL spent the spring of 1986 in the courtroom, hoping a six-person jury would see the NFL as a monopoly and richly reward them.
On 29 July 1986, the jury returned its verdict.
Yes, the NFL was a monopoly.
However, the USFL’s financial woes were all their own fault. Its award: $1, trebled to $3 under antitrust law.
Goodbye, Donny, Don’t let the door hit your butt cheeks on the way out.

The United States of America is supposedly a country of laws, not of men. What is going on in Washington is not lawful and should be punished to the fullest extent of that law. These lunatics are embarrassing hundreds of millions rational Americans with their antics and are doing irreparable harm to our Republic.

The election is over. It’s time to get on with the business of fighting COVID-19 and other issues big and small.

The end of spring football

Twenty nine years ago last night, the United States Football League played what turned out to be its final game.

The Baltimore Stars, led by future NFL coach Jim Mora, defeated the Oakland Invaders 28-24 in the championship game at Giants Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands. It was the Stars’ second championship in the league’s three seasons, and the Stars also lost the first championship game by two points.

Even though the Stars were offically located in Baltimore, they played their home games at the University of Maryland in College Park, which is much closer to Washington DC. The Orioles were not about to share Memorial Stadium with the Stars, and even if the O’s did, they couldn’t, because the Colts still held the lease to the stadium even after moving to Indianapolis on that snowy night in March 1984.

The Stars began life in Philadelphia, playing in Veterans Stadium. The Phillies became tired of sharing their stadium with ANOTHER football team, and in 1984, forced the Stars to play their playoff games at Franklin Field, the ancient relic at the University of Pennsylvania which hosted the Eagles until the Vet opened in 1971.

The Invaders’ starting quarterback in the champoinship game was Bobby Hebert, who would hook up with Mora the next year in New Orleans, when Hebert won the starting quarterback job for the Saints under first-year coach Mora, who was hired to succeed the retired Bum Phillips. Hebert had a USFL championship ring of his own when he guided the Michigan Panthers over the Stars in the first title game in 1983. Hebert moved to Oakland when the Panthers were absorbed by the Invaders for the 1985 season, since there was no chance the Panthers would be able to share the Pontiac Silverdome with the Lions if the USFL’s plan to move to a fall season in 1986 was successful.

Following the 1985 season, the owners who had committed to  a fall season, led by the one and only Donald Trump, who owned the New Jersey Generals, filed a $1 billion antirust suit against the NFL. The case went to trial in July 1986, and the USFL won. That was the good news.

The bad news: the USFL was awarded the amazing sum of one dollar, which under antiturst law, was tripled to a whopping three dollars. The jury found the USFL inflicted most of its damage upon itself by signing players to outlandish contracts, thus entering a bidding war with the NFL before its franchises had the financial means to do so. Also, the USFL rapidly overexpanded from 12 teams to 18 between the 1983 and 1984 seasons, and many of those new teams were insolvent before their opening kickoff.

I watched the USFL religiously in 1984 and 1985. In 1984, the USFL came to New Orleans when the Boston Breakers moved after hemorrhaging money in Beantown because they played in tiny Nickerson Staadium, which was the former home of the Boston Braves. The new owner of the breakers, Joe Cannizaro, signed Marcus Dupree, who had a sensational freshman season at Oklahoma in 1982, but had a terrible sophomore season before being kicked off the team by Barry Switzer for numerous rules violations. If you can’t stay on a team coached by Barry Switzer, who ran one of the loosest ships in football history, you had some serious issues.

Enough of the USFL for now. I’ve got to get a move on it.