Come Heller high water …
- Trump says he’ll testify under oath with Robert Mueller. Show of hands: If he does, will he tell the truth?
- Anybody? Hello?
- Well, when you lie for a living (2,000 documented whoppers since he took office), I guess it’d be surprising if anyone thought he’d start telling the truth all of sudden.
- Even if he testifies and even if he tells the truth, will anyone know it? Read a transcript of some of his comments sometime – they’re gibberish. His comments start in the desert of his intelligence, wander through the swamp of his frontal cortex then meander wherever the hell the rest of his brain sends them. You never quite know what the guy is saying. It’s brilliant in its own weird way. He can always claim to be telling the truth as he sees it and you just misconstrued it.
- Hmm, looking at that last paragraph, I think I may have been guilty of Trump-speak. But it was fun!
- It feels like Mueller is getting close to a conclusion. From what I’ve seen, there’s no doubt Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia – or tried to – and no doubt that he tried to obstruct justice. Zero doubt there. But I don’t think Republicans will remove him. At most, they’ll wag their fingers at him and life will go on. We’ve reached a zero-shame stage in Washington. In the nation, too, I fear.
- Even if they do dump him, I’d fear Pence more than I do Trump. Trump’s a zealot, but he’s an incompetent zealot. Little gets done. But Pence isn’t incompetent. It’s scary what he might do with an all-Tea Party Congress.
- MSU’s Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing all of those young gymnasts. And yet even 175 years doesn’t seem like enough.
- Nassar read an apology in court but it was one of those back-handed ones: “There are no words that can describe the depth and breadth of how sorry I am for what has occurred.” Notice the use of “for what has occurred” instead of “what I did to you.” That’s someone who doesn’t think he did anything wrong. Enjoy prison, dude.
- MSU president Lou Anna Simon resigning. Good. My god, the university botched this. She’s no scapegoat. This was handled badly. MSU is in for a world of hurt on lawsuits. Could we see criminals charges as well?
- I’m a Tom Izzo fan, but he didn’t walk back nearly hard enough his ridiculous and insulting comment that he hopes “the right person was convicted.” That’s about as tone deaf as you can get. Maybe Tom has some insight the court system doesn’t.
- Gov. Snyder’s take on the state of the state: “We’re accelerating this comeback into the future.” My take on the state of the state: Snyder doesn’t know what he’s talking about. The comeback he takes credit for is because of the nationwide economic recovery, and Michigan still lags far behind most states. Flint is still drinking bottled water three years later. Our roads are still a wreck. Our schools are underfunded, as he himself has said. Michigan used to be a leading progressive state. Now we’re closer to being Michissippee. He gets a D- grade from me. This is not me being Democrat Andy. This is me being “I have eyes” Andy. We used to be a lot, lot better.
- I’m looking forward to the Winter Olympics, which is unprecedented. I’m written at least one insulting column about them every year since time began. Figure skating is silly. Hockey is dull. Curling is absurd. And bobsledding is just gravity in action. And yet I want to watch this year. Maybe that says something about the general state of TV these days. Or maybe … good god, could it be me? Has my life gotten this dull? I’ll let you know after I watch.
- Maybe “The Bachelor” should be an Olympic sport. That’d liven things up.
- I saw “The Post.” It made me homesick for newspapers. Print, I figure, is due for a revival. Society needs papers more than ever. Paper papers, I mean. The problem with today is there are so many news dropouts – people who don’t consume news, consume only partisan news, or get their news from Russian-generated memes.
- I’m going to recommend to you a cartoon that my college daughter recommended to me. It’s called “The Awkward Yeti,” but it’s really about your internal organs having conversations. Look it up online. Even better: It’s by a guy named Nick Seluk, who went to Northville High and Central Michigan University, my alma mater. Funny stuff.
- “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” – Michael John Bobak.
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