Ginni Thomas Proves No Limit To Absurdity

Never think things can not be worse. More absurd. More delusional.

They most certainly can be far direr than we can imagine.

Enter Ginni Thomas.

Famed journalist Bob Woodward–a reporter I have admired since my teenage years–along with powerhouse Robert Costa made for lots of late-night reading Thursday. It was after midnight when James started to read me some news coverage from The New Yorker, but I stopped him to ask if this was a parody from Andy Borowitz. He assured me it certainly was not.

Virginia Thomas, a conservative activist married to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, repeatedly pressed White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to pursue unrelenting efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in a series of urgent text exchanges in the critical weeks after the vote, according to copies of the messages obtained by The Washington Post and CBS News.

The messages — 29 in all — reveal an extraordinary pipeline between Virginia Thomas, who goes by Ginni, and President Donald Trump’s top aide during a period when Trump and his allies were vowing to go to the Supreme Court in an effort to negate the election results.

On Nov. 10, after news organizations had projected Joe Biden the winner based on state vote totals, Thomas wrote to Meadows: “Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!!…You are the leader, with him, who is standing for America’s constitutional governance at the precipice. The majority knows Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History.”

Part of me wants to snicker at the best schooled and ‘brightest’ conservative minds in the nation wallowing in the slimy pits of voter conspiracy theories. After all, Ginni and Clarence Thomas willingly walked down a very slanted floor and surely now think it is the rest of us who are naive for not using the hose to slide the rest of the way down the drain with them.

The collision of logic and preposterousness can not be played out in more stark terms than to read the emails of Ginni Thomas. Leave aside, for the moment her lack of regard for the Constitution or laws of the nation.

Consider the fact there is no darker or more sinister aspect to this seemingly Shakespearean tragedy that is the life of Donald Trump, than the news from the past 24 hours. It is irrational to read of Thomas, a person who entered Trump’s orbit and trashed herself for someone who would spit on her should she but deviate one iota against him. Thomas is as expendable as everyone one else in Trump’s infantile world. That she was not able to discern this truth paints her as being addle-minded.

When it comes to craven ambitions and low standards of behavior Ginni Thomas has recorded a new record. Considering I truly felt we had seen and heard just about everything possible when it came to the 2020 election this news story did make me aware there is always a new basement being dug.

We just need time to learn which conservative Republican is holding the shovel.

We should be angry and demand full accountability for this dangerous and unreasonable behavior from Ginni and Clarence Thomas. In the newsrooms, one thing is not in doubt. This story was legs.

Promoting sedition and undermining a presidential election is not probably what Ginni’s parents wished for her as a legacy. But they probably did not imagine she would cozy up to a man who would be accused of a violation of the Code of Conduct while sitting on the Supreme Court, either.

And so it goes.

Bob Costas Steps Aside From Olympic Coverage, Eye Problem Grows Worse

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It was only a matter of time.

Last night I posted that Bob Costas, the NBC sportscaster, looked dreadful as both eyes were swollen and red.  He discussed with honesty as the 2014 Winter Olympics opened last Thursday that his situation was uncomfortable but with medicine should soon clear up.  It did not, and instead took a turn for the worse.  The swollen red eye that forced the sportscaster to wear glasses spread to both eyes, and he looked dreadful.

Today it was announced the Costas will step down from Olympic coverage for NBC due to the eye situation.  The absence will end Costas’s streak of anchoring 157 consecutive Olympic prime-time broadcasts for NBC, dating to the Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain, in 1992.

The infection in Bob Costas’s left eye appeared Thursday and spread to his right eye Sunday. When he woke up Tuesday in Sochi, Russia, with both eyes swollen and crusted shut, he told NBC that he could not host that evening’s prime-time Olympics broadcast.

“Both eyes were red and angry on Sunday and Monday,” Costas said by telephone Tuesday morning. Matt Lauer, who is in Sochi as the co-host of “Today,” will fill in.

Costas has been wearing glasses, instead of contact lenses, since NBC’s Winter Olympic coverage began Thursday night.

“It was increasingly uncomfortable with each passing night, but I could cope with it,” he said. “But last night until today, it got to where I couldn’t look in the bathroom light without squinting and blinking and my eye watering.”

On Tuesday, after waking up, he gingerly washed the eyes “to open them to a slit.”

He added: “You hear it called pinkeye or conjunctivitis, but, as a practical matter, I haven’t had it before. You have swelling and stinging and burning and eventually tearing. And last night was the most difficult night of the five. But when I left I fully expected to be back tonight.”

Bob Costas’ Eyes Are Getting Worse, Both Are Now Infected And Horribly Red

UPDATE Bob Costas steps down from Olympic games broadcasts.

Bob Costas’ infected eye that was discussed with honesty as the 2014 Winter Olympics opened last Thursday, has now become a major story in Sochi as the condition has taken a turn for the worse.  The swollen red eye that forced the sportscaster to wear glasses has now spread to both eyes, and he looks dreadful.  Tonight, the fifth night of coverage and he is obviously not feeling well.

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Bob Costas Continues To Urge Gun Control

More sane voice like that of Bob Costas need to be raised concerning gun control.  Two thumbs up for the one sports personality I really admired and respected when a teenager, that being John McEnroe.

On “Costas Tonight,” his talk show on the NBC Sports Network, to be telecast Thursday night, Mr. Costas again thrashed out the issue of the prevalence of guns in American society, this time with two guests, the former basketball star Charles Barkley and the former tennis champion John McEnroe.

Mr. Costas has also scheduled an appearance Wednesday night on Bill O’Reilly’s top-rated cable program on Fox News.

On “Costas Tonight,” taped Tuesday night, Mr. Barkley said that owning and carrying guns were part of what he termed “black culture,” announcing on the show, “I carry a gun” — specifically, one in his car for last 20 years. Having that access to a gun, he said, makes him feel safer because “we jocks get robbed all the time.” He said, “I feel a sense of peace when I have it with me, but it would take extreme circumstances for me to even touch it.”

Mr. McEnroe, on the other hand, made much the same points that Mr. Costas had in his commentary Sunday and in an interview with The Times on Monday, saying that “there are too many scenarios that would make it that much easier to pick up a gun and do something.”

Mr. McEnroe endorsed the efforts of Mayor Bloomberg to get guns off streets in New York. “I feel safer without it,” he said in response to Mr. Barkley’s argument that a gun made him feel safer. “I’ve got to say I think that there are just so many bad things that could happen,” Mr. McEnroe said.

Bob Costas On Gun Control

Well done.

Thank You, Bob Costas, For Speaking Honestly About Need For Gun Control

America needed to hear what Bob Costas had to say last night.  And there was no better place to make his statement than during the half-time show during Sunday night football.

When I woke up this morning to the news of Costas’ remarks I was pleased that someone at least tried to impart some wisdom about gun control to the ones who needed to hear it the most.

The startling news of the murder, and then suicide which surrounded Jovan Belcher this weekend needed some attention to the facts about gun control.  But how best to make that point to a nation that is so caught up in the culture of guns?  How best to lob some common sense to a nation that hears continuous lies from the National Rifle Association?

That is where Bob Costas enters, and made many Americans proud this morning.

He began the 90-second speech by lamenting the “mindless … sports clichés” invoked in the wake of the murder-suicide, namely the idea that “something like this really puts it all in perspective.” “If so, that sort of perspective has a very short shelf life, since we will inevitably hear about the perspective we have supposedly again regained the next time ugly reality intrudes upon our games,” he said. “Please. Those who need tragedies to continually recalibrate their sense of proportion about sports would seem to have little hope of ever truly achieving perspective.”

From there, Costas turned to the issue of guns. He quoted extensively from a piece by Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock, who wrote that “our current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy” and concluded that “if Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”

I welcome the on-air expression of intelligence concerning the need for gun control.  Too many people know the pain and suffering from gun violence that can be curtailed with strict and meaningful gun control laws.  The red-neck crowd will rant at NBC Sports over the Costas remarks, and keep shooting each other.  But I am at least heartened that a very convincing voice was able to make clear the truth of this matter in a way that millions were able to hear.

And agree with.

 

 

Bob Costas Was Ethnocentric At Opening Ceremonies Of Winter Olympics

It was as if Bob Costas recycled the same remarks from the 2006 Winter Olympics.  Once again Bob Costas was not respectful to the Olympic spirit of sportsmanship and endless possible dreams for all the athletes who entered the stadium during the roll call of nations.  Almost from the beginning Costas mentioned that some countries had no chance of winning a medal.  In the case of  Jamaica, Costas remarked they “will not be much of a factor.’   Those comments are just demeaning to smaller nations with the same Olympic dreams as the larger ones.

In other words Bob Costas was saying ‘thanks for showing up.’  That the other athletes from nations with less national resources, or corporate sponsorship might not somehow show the world a medal winning performance is not just shoddy sports journalism, it also reeks of an ethnocentric mindset that Costas has shown before.  That it is wrong to make such statements is obvious.  The Olympic ideal trumps nationalism and world politics.  It is supposed to be the place where the human spirit is on display, and the individual abilities are tested.  To count athletes out before the games started is a shallow way to broadcast an event.  It is also a misguided way of looking at the world.

Not only did Bob Costas make remarks about national teams as they entered the stadium, but he also took a swipe at Brazil’s President Lula da Silva.  There is no need to politicize the games, especially in the broadcast of the opening ceremonies.  Whatever comments Lula had made concerning Brazil’s upcoming summer games did not warrant a reply from Costas.  It was another sign that Costas does not know when to shut the microphone off and just watch the events unfold.

Finally, in another case where nationalism trumped fairness was the lack of national exposure to the Republic of Uzbekistan when they entered the stadium.  With multiple cameras following the American team that preceded Uzbekistan into the stadium there was only a mention that the Central Asian nation had entered.  There was no visual evidence they were even there.  All America, all the time is not the Olympic spirit.  Instead it is an ethnocentric way of looking at the world. 

And it is wrong.

I am hoping that one of the nations Bob Costas belittled on the NBC broadcast will open a can of whoop-ass in the next 16 days and make someone eat crow.

After hearing multiple hours of Bob Costas I am yearning for a C-SPAN version of the Olympics without the insipid remarks of broadcasters.