I grew up in Southern Michigan, where I rooted for all professional Detroit teams: The Tigers in baseball, the Lions in football, the Red Wings in hockey, and the Pistons in basketball. I moved to Vegas in 1981, and still followed my teams as much as I could. Anyway, in the early 90's after DECADES of mediocrity or just plain lousy teams, the Pistons started to win. As I recall, they played in three NBA finals, and won two of them -- coulda woulda been three championships, but their star was injured. The team's nickname was "The Bad Boys." Isiah Thomas, Rick Mahorn, Vinnie "The Microwave" Johnson (because when he came off the bench, he'd heat up immediately), Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman, John Salley, and Bill Laimbeer were all key components to a winning team. The Pistons were hated by everyone, except Detroit fans. They played hard and mean. Their defense, especially, was suffocating. It has been speculated that their mental toughness was what pushed Michael Jordan to the very top of his skill set.
So why bring this up? Just cuz. I guess my point is, if someone is a bit of a jerk, and he's on YOUR team, it's okay. But if that someone plays for your arch rival, he's a jerk. Getting back to the Pistons, it seems like the team was involved in some sort of fight almost every single game, and virtually every time, Detroit's 6'10" white -- for those who are interested in that sort of thing -- center/forward was in the middle of every fight. As a player, he was very good -- excellent rebounder, and could shoot a three pointer with the best of 'em -- but it was his affinity for mixing it up that made everyone outside the state of Michigan hate him. He literally was the most hated guy in pro basketball, and maybe even pro sports.
There's actually a correlation with what I've written, and politics. I try to be fair in my evaluations, but to be honest, I will cut my guy a break, where I won't do so with a Democrat. This is especially true when I see such blatant hypocrisy on the left. This crap about the Russians is so ridiculously self-serving. And am I the only one who remembers the accusations in 2008 AND 2012, that Obama was taking foreign donations? I don't remember the "mainstream" media jumping all over THAT!
As for Sessions' supposed association with Russia during the campaign, I don't remember the objective guys and gals of the media getting their fanny packs or panty hose in a knot when Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch had a private half-hour meeting, which was TOTALLY out of line, since Hillary was being investigated by the FBI at the time.
When Obama took office, there were no demands that his associations with radicals be investigated. When he did the wave in Cuba, with Castro, the media yawned. He traded five terrorists for one American deserter, and no one in the media made a big deal of it. When Obama sent NO help for those four Americans murdered in Benghazi, the media actually took offense that there were hearings about what happened.
The idiots on the left, especially the media idiots on the left, must excuse me if I don't take their accusations seriously. They were totally predictable. I forget who it was that I saw the other day, the said Trump was a horrible businessman. They keep calling him a Nazi or a fascist, which is insane. On the other hand, I can't help thinking about "The Big Lie" which Hitler came up with, and Goebbels made a big deal out of. Essentially it says that if you repeat a lie often enough, people start to believe it. And while many people think for themselves, others just parrot what they hear. If Trump is a "racist" how did he get more votes from African Americans than other Republican candidates in recent years? If Hispanics hate him so much, how did he get 35% of their votes? It's not racist to protect our borders. Most people get this, just as most get that there's nothing wrong with being VERY careful about who we let in.
But like with my Pistons, the left will go after the other side -- in this case, Trump -- and pile on, even if they have to make stuff up, which is usually the case. Ohhhh, but Vegas, conservatives do the same thing! To tell you the truth, I can't remember the last time they did anything like what the left is doing to Trump. Part of the reason is that the media will write and talk about all things that are anti-Trump. Conservatives don't have that kind of free publicity for fake news. They have to get their facts straight, because if they don't the jerks at the MSM will be all over them. Heck, they do that even when the facts are right.
Sports ain't politics, so if we give our team breaks we wouldn't give to other teams, so be it. Fans comes from "fanatics", right? I'll try to be as fair as I can in evaluating Republicans, and truth be known, I've griped quite a bit about them over the years. But as long as the left is going to make a big deal over everything Trump does, I'm not going to take them seriously. Even when he's wrong, I'm not going to make a big deal out of it, as long as the media is going to give anti-Americans like Obama and Hillary, a pass, and then stick it to Trump.
Final thought. Recently I've heard that Trump's war with the media is somehow a war against the First Amendment, and that the Trumpster is against freedom of the press. Why, because Trump has the audacity to fight back? Where in the First Amendment does it say that the press can operate without opposition? Not once has The Donald said anything remotely close to wanting to do away with the FA. Hey, he's the pres. If he doesn't want to talk to CNN, he doesn't have to. You might argue that he should, I don't know. But I LOVE the idea that he fights, and I've been writing about how conservative politicians should fight back off and on ever since I started these posts six or seven years ago. He's not the first president to say negative things about the press, but he's easily the most vocal in my lifetime.
Sorry, got a little off topic, and maybe went a little long. But that's okay. The Pistons aren't doing all that well this year. No big deal, because baseball is right around the corner.