Monday, February 22, 2021

What a Way to Win

November 19, 1999. The TV contest: Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Host: Regis Philbin. Contestant: John Carpenter. He won. 

John did not just win the game, he won it with style. He was the first-ever to reach the million-dollar question. There were several lifelines. He did not use any lifelines. But during the very last question, he called his father. 

During the last question, Regis Philbin asked the following question: 

Which of these U.S. presidents appeared on the television series Laugh-In? 

A. Lyndon Johnson 

B. Richard Nixon 

C. Jimmy Carter 

D. Gerald Ford 

He saw the question. Just smiled and called his father for help. When his dad answered the call, the host gave the question to John’s dad and passed the call to John. Here is the conversation between John and his dad. 

John: Hi dad. 

Dad: Hi. 

John: I don’t really need your help. I just want to let you know that I’m going to win the million dollars. Because the President that appeared in Laugh-In is Richard Nixon and that’s my final answer.

John got the right answer in the best possible way. He got to the million-dollar question without using any lifelines, only using it to tell his dad that he knew that answer all along. He’s the first-ever to win the game to top it all off. 

What a way to win.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Acquitted Again

Democrats in both the House and Senate got their chance.  Tried to impeach the ex-President Donald Trump.  But it failed.  House which has Democrats majority impeached Donald Trump.  But the Senate has to convict him.  

In the 100 member Senate, there are 50 democrats (including 2 independents who support them) and 50 republicans.  To convict him, they  need 67 votes.  Everyone knew they cannot get 67 votes to convict him.  Waste of time and money.

It was evident at the very beginning.  They had a vote whether the trial at the Senate is legal or not since Mr. Trump had already left office.  56 Senators (all democrats and 6 republicans) voted it is legal.  At this stage it was evident "this dog don't hunt".

After the arguments were over, the final vote was 57 senators (all democrats and 7 republicans) voted Mr. Trump is guilty.  43 republican  senators voted not guilty.  So Mr. Trump was acquitted again for the second time.

The whole drama begins now for the next 4 years.

I was watching the arguments from both sides.  I thought the prosecutors (House Managers) did a slightly better job.  After everything was over, Nancy Pelosi (Speaker and second in line to become President) came on tv.  I take umbrage what she said.  She said those republican senators who voted not guilty are cowards.  What if some republican senator says Nancy Pelosi and the democrats are "mentally retarded"?

This is uncalled for.  If there is a court case, and the judgement was 5 to 4, you don't call 4 dissenting judges "cowards".

This will come back to haunt Biden and the democrats.   Republicans are dangerous.  They don't forget easily.  They have a long memory.  They can give lot of trouble to President Biden.   In 2022 or 2024 if they become majority they may bring impeachment proceedings against Biden or Obama on some trumped up charges.