Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Big Game

Next Saturday, November 17, 2018, the Big Game will be played in Berkeley, California. It is an American football game between Stanford University (Stanford Cardinals) and University of California, Berkeley (Cal Golden Bears). They meet once a year. This will be their 121st meeting.
 
Side Bar: In USA, it is a rule that if anyone wants to turn professional in any sports, they should have attended 4 years of college. (Some athletes have successfully challenged that rule.) Because of this and enthusiasm of alumni, college sports, especially American football and basketball are very famous. More famous than the professional teams.
 
Usually each college football game is attended by 40,000 to 60,000 people. Each spectator pays an average price of $50. In addition, the colleges are getting revenue by selling television rights. These colleges play 12 regular games a year. So it is a big revenue maker for the colleges and universities.
 
Who do I support in this week’s Big Game? Stanford vs Cal. I am torn. In our family, we have alumnus from both Stanford and Cal.
 
According to Las Vegas odds, Stanford is a slight favorite.
 
Here is Wikipedia link on the Big Game.
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Game_(American_football)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Just A Question

In New York, last week a limousine was involved in a crash and 20 people died including the driver. Terrible tragedy. The police arrested the owner of the limousine company charging him with criminal negligent homicide.
 
I just have a question.
 
If there is a plane accident, do they arrest the owner of the plane or the CEO of the plane company or the civil aviation minister? If there is a train accident do they arrest the owner of the train company or the CEO of the train company or the general manager or the railway minister? Same way for ship accident too.
 
But why they arrest a limousine company owner if one of his/her limo got involved in an accident?

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Failed Coup

Last week the desperate democrats in the U.S. Senate staged a coup and failed miserably.

It all started with President Trump nominating Brett Kavanaugh, a United States Circuit Judge, to the U.S. Supreme Court. We all know the democrats still cannot digest the fact that Trump won the Presidency in 2016. The moment Kavanaugh was nominated, democratic leaders vowed to stop Kavanaugh at any cost.

A lady by the name of Dr. Christine Ford wrote a letter to U.S.Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member, Dianne Feinstein, on July 29, 2018, that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her when they both were in high school in 1982. (Both were 15/16 years of age at that time.)  Feinstein interviewed Kavanaugh 20 days later (in August 2018) and never brought up this subject.

Last week, when Kavanaugh’s hearing was completed and was about to go to the full Senate for a vote, Feinstein mentioned about this allegation and asked for an FBI investigation. The FBI had already investigated Kavanaugh’s background 6 times in the past.

Then Dr. Ford testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee. She did not know in whose home this alleged attempted rape happened. She did not know how she went to the party, i.e. who drove her since she was only 15 and cannot drive. She did not know how she went back home. She also did not tell anyone about this incident for 30 years. She remembers only one thing. Kavanaugh tried to rape her. His friend Mark was in the room. In a sworn affidavit, under penalty of perjury, Mark has said this incident never happened.

Democrats and Dr. Ford put so many conditions for her testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Kavanaugh should not be in the room when she is testifying (Agreed)

All Republican committee members are old white male. They will be very hard on her during questioning. (Agreed. It was decided a lady lawyer will question her instead of these 11 old white male republicans.)

Kavanaugh should testify first. (Not Agreed because the accuser should first tell what happened. Then only the accused can defend himself.)

In replying, Kavanaugh came out swinging. Not as a calm and collected judge. But, as an angry son, an angry husband, and as an angry father.

Democrats wanted to delay the nomination process in the hope they will gain majority in the November election and thus stop Kavanaugh from being a Supreme Court judge.

The democrats demanded an FBI investigation regarding Dr. Ford’s allegations. Reluctantly, the republicans agreed for this.

FBI interviewed several people including Mark (Dr. Ford testified Mark was in the room when this incident happened.) Finally, FBI gave its report to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The FBI report did not find any corroborative evidence. Republicans are happy. Democrats complain that the FBI report is incomplete.

Democrats don’t want any investigation. They want to stall Kavanaugh’s nomination till January 2019 in the hope they will have a majority in the new Congress and stop Kavanaugh from becoming the US Supreme Court Judge.

After all this, Kavanaugh has been voted to become a Justice of the Supreme Count of the United States.

In my personal opinion, both Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford are victims at the hands of the Democrats. They used both of them for their personal dirty politics.

My final thoughts. Kavanaugh is not God. He got angry at the Democrats during his hearing. He will probably at the Supreme Court for another 35 years. He is just a human being. What would be his ruling if any case sponsored/supported by the democrats comes before him? My sympathies to the democrats.