December 23, 2017

CNN Panel Mocks Video’s Thanks to Trump For Favoring ‘Merry Christmas’

Anyone who been out in the real world during current and previous Christmas shopping seasons knows that there has been an informal (and occasionally formal) proscription against stores wishing customers a “Merry Christmas” and promoting Christmas in their ads and promotions. On Friday, Wolf Blitzer’s CNN panel tried to pretend that the hostility towards “Merry Christmas” has never existed, as they mocked a video which exaggerated its thanks to President Donald Trump for “allowing us to say merry Christmas.”

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Press Draws Lame 2010 Parallel in Predicting Huge 2018 GOP Midterm Losses

During the past month, many establishment press pundits have pivoted from believing that Republicans will suffer major losses in the 2018 midterm elections because they haven’t accomplished anything to predicting that Republicans will suffer major losses now that they have. They’re now saying that the just-signed tax law, which they have declared is and will remain deeply unpopular (if so, that will be thanks mostly to their beat reporters’ dishonest coverage), likely causing the GOP to lose a large number of seats, just as Obamacare’s passage led to serious Democratic Party losses in 2010. Theses attempts to draw a parallel fail for one obvious reason: Obamacare’s implementation was deliberately delayed for almost four years, while the just-signed tax law has gone into effect immediately.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (122317)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: RIP, Dick Enberg

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

Dan Patrick’s tribute, during which he mentioned Enberg’s positivity, which is the thing I miss the most:

From Yahoo Sports:

Longtime sportscaster Dick Enberg has died of a suspected heart attack in La Jolla, Calif. at 82, his wife told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Thursday. His daughter confirmed the report with the Associated Press.

Enberg was a fixture in American households for years, calling NFL and MLB games and Wimbledon for NBC, CBS and ESPN. He was best known for his catch phrase, “Oh, my!”
He spent his later years in San Diego, calling games locally for the Padres.

The Padres released an official statement late Thursday night, saying, “We are immensely saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg. Dick was an institution in the industry for 60 years and we were lucky enough to have his iconic voice behind the microphone for Padres games for nearly a decade. On behalf of our entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to his wife, Barbara, and the entire Enberg family.”

Enberg retired with multiple broadcasting honors, including the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Rozelle Award and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Gowdy Award. He also took home 14 Emmy awards.

After starting his full-time career calling local games in Los Angeles in the 1960s, he spent 25 years at NBC, where his highlights included calling Michigan State’s 1979 NCAA championship victory over Indiana State in a game that featured Magic Johnson and Larry Bird and helped usher in the modern era of basketball.

He spent 11 years at CBS and covered Wimbledon and French Open championships for ESPN starting in 2004. In total, he called 10 Super Bowls, 28 Wimbledon championships and 8 NCAA Tournament championships, according to the Union-Tribune.

He spent his last seven working years calling the Padres before retiring in 2016. …

If anyone ever finds a tape of Enberg’s remarks after Hannah Storm’s first news update on NBC so many years ago, let me know, because I want it.