The President Who Cried Wolf

The SEVEN
by Mack Williams

27 February 2017

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During the last few weeks I have been led to think about the fable entitled “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” the story of a boy whose lies about an impending wolf attack on his flock of sheep led to a lack of response from the community when an actual wolf came on the scene. Shocked that no one responded to his cries for help, the boy questioned the elders, only to find that it took but two false claims of the presence of a wolf to damage his credibility…which brings us back to the present day and the President’s culture of #alternativefacts.

I. “An extremely credible source has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud.”

Donald Trump peddled this lie for years.

II. “I guess it was the biggest electoral college victory since Ronald Reagan.”

No, not nearly.

1. 1988 Bush(GH) 426 Dukakis 111

2. 1996 Clinton/Gore 379 Dole 179
3. 1992 Clinton/Gore 370 Bush 168

4. 2008 Obama/Biden 365 McCain/Palin 176

5. 2012 Obama/Biden 332 Romney/Ryan 206

6. 2016 Trump/Pence 306 Clinton/Kaine 232

III. “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide…”

Which he did not…

“I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

Which they did not.

IV. “But God looked down and He said, ‘We’re not going to let it rain on your speech.'”

Wrong god. It rained.

V. “They will reimburse us for the cost of the wall.”

Not according to the Mexican president.

VI. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden…”

Nothing happened that night.

VII. The Media is the enemy of the people.

Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…

-from the first Amendment to the Constitution.

Like the boy in the fable, President Trump runs the considerable risk of encountering a crisis and not being believed when he is actually telling the truth. That’s what is really sad.

Fact Check 1

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The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
17 February 2017

President Trump said he had the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan. This is why people question his credibility.

1984 Reagan 525 Mondale 12
1980 Reagan 489 Carter 49

1. 1988 Bush(GH) 426 Dukakis 111
2. 1996 Clinton/Gore 379 Dole 179
3. 1992 Clinton/Gore 370 Bush 168

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4. 2008 Obama/Biden 365 McCain/Palin 176
5. 2012 Obama/Biden 332 Romney/Ryan 206
6. 2016 Trump/Pence 306 Clinton/Kaine 232
7. 2004 Bush(GW) 286 Kerry 252
8. 2000 Bush(GW) 271 Gore 267

He had nowhere near the biggest win.
#alternativefacts

Send In The Clowns

The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
13 February 2017

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I. FYI…

Whenever you hear Donald Trump say “Believe me” you can be almost certain he has just said something that is absolutely not to be believed.

II. Super Bowl Shuffle

When the Chicago Cubs visited the White House days before President Obama left office, someone commented that as a result of the forthcoming change in administration, they might be the last team to visit for a while. But now that the New England Patriots are once again Super Bowl champs – with the owner, head coach and star QB being friends of President Trump – that will not be the case. However, a growing number of Patriots will be skipping the event because they do not want to share the stage with him. I understand their sentiments.

Still I’m reminded of a time when I had lost my college ID, but soon found an old ID of a friend that had just graduated. Not wanting to pay whatever the fee was for replacement, I decided that it was just as easy to use his ID to flash to get into the gym. Gordon and I really didn’t resemble each other, but he was an African-American and so was I, so I figured that would be close enough – and as it turns out, I was never denied entry.

So while I understand why those that choose to skip the White House trip are doing so, I almost want to borrow one of their IDs so I could find a way to ask the President why he discriminated against Blacks seeking to rent apartments, why he hasn’t apologized for slandering the Central Park 5, and of course the birther stuff.

III. Brady as GOAT

Is Tom Brady the greatest quarterback, or maybe even the greatest football player, of all time? That was definitely a great performance on Sunday, but it certainly shouldn’t be based solely on the five Super Bowl rings; if it is, does that mean that Robert Horry and Steve Kerr are among the top 10 or 15 basketball players of all time? Steve and “Big Shot Bob” hit tons of clutch shots for the various teams they won titles with, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone that would rate them top 15.

Additionally, players in other sports who are great offensive players must also play on the defensive side, unless they are the DH in baseball. As a result, analysis of their greatness includes more than just their offensive prowess. But in football, players play on one side of the ball, which means that their success is totally dependent upon an entire group of other people. Tom Brady would not be in a position to win five Super Bowls and be called the greatest if the Patriots’ defense and special team units are not on point. So for me, definitively calling someone the greatest football player ever becomes extremely hard to prove.

IV. Pass The Hat

Aside from the fact that it was ludicrous for Kellyanne Conway, White House advisor, to urge people to enrich the family of the billionaire occupant of the White House, wasn’t that against the basic principles of the free market economic system that Republicans champion? Didn’t basic supply and demand, and sales performance, lead to the removal of Ivanka Trump’s line?

V. Send In The Clowns

Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus is closing this year…and who would have believed it? That circus is among the things – like the Super Bowl, the World Series, and your class with the bad professor – that you figured would never end.

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I guess since Ringling Bros.’ longtime spring home, Madison Square Garden, will miss them dearly, the Knicks are trying to fill in the gap with the ejection and roughing up and “lifetime ban” of Knicks legend Charles Oakley, as well as the wind-swinging and subtle trashing of current star

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Carmelo Anthony. If you were a free agent, would you be rushing to sign with them?

VI. Court

The President tweeted SEE YOU IN COURT after the appeals court did not seek to reinstate the travel ban. Does he not realize that federal judges are from the court system? Maybe not…which might explain why he referred to the judge from Washington as a “so-called” judge.

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If he has no respect for the judiciary, he needs to find a new job…maybe in construction management, since I figure the President will cut the construction costs for his wall by using undocumented Mexicans to build it.

VII. And Tomorrow…

In the midst of so much bad news, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Help!

The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
3 February 2017

I. Hurry!

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Will someone please call Commissioner Gordon and tell him to turn on the Barack signal? It’s an emergency! Make sure he tells him we need his wife.

II. Again?

It certainly seems ironic that the African-American hosts of the Today show’s 9:00am hour – Al Roker and the now departed Tamron Hall – are being bumped in favor of Megyn Kelly, who insisted (while on FOX news) that Jesus

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and Santa Claus were white.

When I got married my morning news show of choice was Good Morning America, but I soon found that my bride was a Today show person. Being the “aim to please” husband that I am, I moved to Today. Now I think it’s time for me to take another little break from Today like the one I took when Ann Curry was jerked around.

III. I Hope Not

Is it too late for President Trump to borrow Dr. Khan’s copy of the constitution?

IV. Skeptical

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If you happen to be on the fence in terms of religion, a bunch of your friendly neighborhood conservative “evangelicals” might very well be pushing you away. They have spent decades urging believers to be involved in the political process, saying that God needed to be in the houses of government. Then when Donald Trump wants to ban Muslims, mocks the disabled, and speaks of “bad hombres” in Mexico and grabbing women’s private parts, they support him. What is it about President Trump – who solicits prayer for Celebrity Apprentice ratings at the National Prayer Breakfast – that reminds them of “love thy neighbor?”

And now this week Pastor Darrell Scott States on national TV that he was contacted by gang bangers to be a conduit to the Trump administration, only to walk that back hours later. What should make me believe you from your pulpit, Pastor Scott, when you didn’t speak truthfully on TV?

V. G.O.A.T.

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When people speak of the history of the New York Yankees and the 27 championships they have won, they often characterize the Yankees as the greatest franchise of all time, by virtue of their standard of excellence over such a long time.

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So now is Serena Williams the greatest female tennis player ever?

VI. Royal Rumble

It occurs to me that the political parties in Congress are like the participants in a professional wrestling match. The Democrats are like the wrestler that wants to shake hands before the match, and follow the rules. The Republicans are like the “heel” that kicks his opponent in his privates while the ref has his head turned, and then denies doing anything wrong once confronted. After a while one has to fight fire with fire.

VII. Irony

How will it feel to be Roger Goodell if you have to hand the Super Bowl MVP trophy to the same Tom Brady you suspended for the first four games of the season?

Five Days In

The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
25 January 2017

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I. 20,000

The DowJones Industrial Average closed at 20,068.51, cracking the 20,000 mark for the first time today. Republicans, please be sure to send your thanks to Barack Obama; it was at 7,949.09 on January 20th, 2009.

II. Pop

No offense to the still-blooming superstar Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills and the rest of the San Antonio Spurs, but I so wish Spurs’ general manager R.C. Buford could trade coach Gregg Popovich for Donald Trump. It certainly would hurt the Spurs’ quest for championship ring number six, but it would leave us all with a more rational and intelligent and truth-telling president. It’s too bad that a basketball coach has to point out that we can’t believe a word said by the President of the United States.

In the absence of such a transaction, we can be just about certain that should the Spurs meet LeBron James

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and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the championship, neither team will be invited for a photo-op in the White House.

III. Hands Off

As much of a bad dream as Donald Trump’s presidency may be, his young son Barron needs to be off limits from scrutiny and badgering. He should be afforded the opportunity to have as normal a childhood as can be, given the position held by his father. Unfortunately, given the “alternative facts” generally proffered by his father, young Mr. Trump will spend these years continually hearing his dad being lambasted for his lies – and that, too, is a shame.

IV. Long Walk

If I begin by saying Russell Westbrook is having a season like few players have ever had, averaging a triple-double halfway through, I won’t feel bad in adding that Jill Scott couldn’t even have imagined a Long Walk like Westbrook did against the Warriors.
If you didn’t see it, check this out:

While we’re talking traveling, let’s not leave out fellow MVP candidate James Harden, who seems to frequently “Euro-step” his way almost to Europe without being called.

V. Bartolo

MLB pitchers and catchers will be reporting to spring training in less than a month, which leads me to think about the homer-hitting, behind the back-tossing Bartolo Colon, who will spend his 44th birthday as a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves. Met fans may regret this over time; while much is always written about the great young arms on the Mets, the 40+ Colon was as key as any of them – and more durable than most of them – during the last couple of years.

VI. Super Bowl

If you have a million or two to invest in a Super Bowl commercial, make sure it runs before the fourth quarter, which may be like that of so many Golden State Warriors’ games, where Steph Curry and the starters never see the floor in the fourth quarter. My guess is that by then the only question may be which Patriot is going to Disney.

VII. Are You Kidding?

Senator Elizabeth Warren was right…Donald Trump can’t stand being beaten (even in just the popular vote) by a girl, nor can he stand his inaugural crowd beaten by women the next day. So he wants a massive voter fraud investigation into how 3-5 million illegals voted, presumably all against him, a widely debunked claim he makes with absolutely no evidence. Perhaps he will offer to fund this wild goose chase with the money he has withheld from taxes.

Of course, he can begin the investigation totally in-house with his racism-peddling aide Steve Bannon, who is registered to vote in two states.

An Open Letter

Dear GOP:

I don’t know how I happened to get on your mailing list any more than I know how we as a nation happened to get to the unimaginable place where we find ourselves, less than one full day out from the inauguration of a new president who blatantly rode the wings of racism, sexism and xenophobia to the White House. A man totally lacking class and qualifications that seeks to bring in a cabinet virtually devoid as well of basic qualifications for the positions for which they are nominated. A con man that had to take time away from transition business to deal with a $25,000,000 settlement of his fraudulent Trump university case. A man without the decorum expected of the leader of the free world – unless grabbing women by the p#%*y is now the norm for the job.

Of course, my GOP friends, you had quite a hand in this debacle over time. Like on January 20th, 2009, while President Obama and Michelle danced to the music of superstar entertainers (the likes of which are avoiding Trump’s inauguration like the plague), you guys met to plan how you would obstruct Obama at every turn. Like when Joe Wilson shouted “you lie” in the middle of a State of the Union address. And when you refused to consider President Obama’s  Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, leaving the highest court in the land down one justice for close to a year, and counting. And of course when too many of you rode the birther train fueled for years – up until only a few short months ago – by Donald Trump.

Although there will be but a pittance of entertainers there tomorrow, I thought a playlist for the occasion would be apropos. “Ball of Confusion” might be a good track to start with, possibly followed by “War” and “Ebony and Ivory,” followed by a special dedication for Mr. Trump, “Man In The Mirror.” The set could close with “I Will Survive,” which is what we will find a way to do during these four years.  And yes, I say four years – because you and I both know the demographics don’t favor Republicans going forward.

If only we could all inhabit a real-life version of the movie Groundhog Day, in which the character kept waking up to the same day. If only tomorrow – and each of the succeeding tomorrows – could and would continue to be January 19th.

The Countdown Continues

The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
15 January 2017

I. More In Store?

Clemson’s last second victory over Alabama in Monday’s NCAA national championship game was yet another in a string of thrilling sports endings in recent months, going back to Kris Jenkins’ buzzer-beating game-winning three in Villanova’s NCAA tournament win. Then in June LeBron James’ incredible block of Andre Iguodala’s layup led to Cleveland’s first NBA title after being down to Golden State three games to one.

In the World Series the Chicago Cubs flipped the script on the Cleveland Indians, coming from down 3-1 to win their first series in 1008 years. My bad…it was only 108. Anyway, if these games and championships are any indication, we may be in for a great Super Bowl between New England and their opponents.

II. Five Days

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In five days, Donald J. Trump will become President of the United States, and he prepared for that yesterday morning by attacking Rep. John Lewis on Twitter. This is, of course, the same American hero John Lewis who was fighting for justice for Black people while Trump was perpetuating injustice against Blacks in his real estate properties.

One can only hope January 20th will bring a changed man to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Not just because Steve Harvey says so, either. If not, the toughest job in America belongs neither to batters attempting to hit Aroldis Chapman’s 100+mph ninth inning fastball nor to the window washers at the World Trade Center. It belongs to Kellyanne Conway.

III. Oh Canada

On the afternoon of November 8th a political junkie friend and I laughed about the impossibility of a Trump win, which led me to share that I have family in Canada in the event I needed to relocate. More laughter ensued.

After the results came in the Toronto Raptors – or at least their social media team – had a solution for one individual:

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Lowry, DeRozan, LeBron…they’d be pretty tough if he would.

IV. Toddler Shootings

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And the reason you had the gun someplace the kid could get to it was what again?

V. My Kind Of Town

It’s good that Derrick Rose didn’t find an horrible family tragedy or become one upon his quick trip home to Chicago while his team was about to take the court a few nights ago. Too many guns out there as well.

Yeah, he probably should have reached out to coach or assistants or GM or owner prior to pulling a no-show for his floundering team’s game, but I wonder if being glued to the bench during the fourth quarter of the previous two games (in favor of rookie Ron Baker) had something to do with his lack of desire to give them a call.

VI. Buh Bye

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Well, at least the San Diego Chargers and most likely the Oakland Raiders as well aren’t going to be loading the U-Hauls and leaving their towns and fans in the middle of the night, like Robert Irsay and the Colts left Baltimore for Indianapolis. They’re going to leave in broad daylight. A plague on both of their houses.

VII. Kids Need Support 2

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