And Now for Something Completely Different by Michael Hendricks http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/ en-us Good to See You Again http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69290 My absence So you may have noticed that I have been off the website since January. Truth be told I have been writing my political stories on a different website. While that will continue I am making a return to the McCook Gazette website but will no longer be blogging about politics. Again I am doing that on another site and doing politics on two separate websites would be a little much. So what will I be writing about? Big Brother As you saw last year I am a big fan of the reality... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:41:11 -0500 Big Brother 19 Preview http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69275 I have been gone for some time and when I come back I see that the blog has seen some changes and I have to admit I like them. It will certainly make it more user friendly. Big Brother is back On Wednesday, June 28, Big Brother 19 will premier on CBS at 8/7c. It will follow the same format as previous years with shows on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday nights. Unless otherwise noted Thursday nights will be elimination nights where the houseguests will vote between two people on... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:52:32 -0500 Collective Amnesia http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/68074 You are an amazing bunch. Your collective amnesia now not only covers the entire eight years of Bush but now extends to your attitudes for the last eight years of Obama. That is 16 years you want the rest of America to simply forget. After these four years, if we get that far, you will want us to forget these four years as well. I will say it one more time for those in the back who have not heard yet. Trump is president because he won the most electoral votes. Those 538 votes are so... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:38:19 -0600 Of Safe Spaces http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/68039 I hate to tell you this but for almost a month I have trolled you and you have taken it hook, line, and sinker. You have been so overly sensitive about Trump's win loss that the mere mention of anything critical sent you in a froth. You got so upset you screamed that I did not respect your rights to voice your opinions. I am not entirely sure how you came to that conclusion as I have always believed and stated right here on this blog that you are absolutely believe the way you want and to... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:04:28 -0600 You Have a Problem http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/68016 It has been very interesting, funny, unsettling, and disturbing to watch the comments over the last few blogs. Not just because of the blind allegiance to President-elect Trump, but more so in the efforts in who has been actively defended and trashed at the same time. You have lived up in masse to sing the praised of not only the Russian government (who up until the last year had been the enemy) because Trump trusted them) but also Julian Assange. Here is the thing about Assange, until... Fri, 06 Jan 2017 12:57:05 -0600 Draining The Swamp Indeed! http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/67988 Apparently, Republicans do not have the slightest clue what the phrase "drain the swamp" actually means. Of course, it could be that they were completely lying and/or fooled. I will give you credit and believe it is the former because the latter makes you look so absolutely horrible at best and absolutely gullible at worst. For the final month of the election one of Donald Trump's favorite catch phrases was "drain the swamp". Those of us that live in reality knew that it was exactly that,... Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:13:00 -0600 The Resistance Movement http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/67882 A lot has been made of Donald Trump's stunning upset in the electoral college over Hillary Clinton. Sure, he lost the general election by nearly 3 million votes (as of this writing) more than an presidential candidate who has won the White House without winning the popular vote, and sure every state pick up that he made (Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin) all had exit polling showing the results being much different than they actually ended up being. Sure, both the CIA and FBI have... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 21:41:41 -0600 Genral Election Prediction http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/67575 Well after nearly two years we have made to Election Day and I am ready to make my prediction for how the race will turn out. I will also offer up best case scenarios for each candidate. Just as a reminder I picked the 2012 race with 100% accuracy, though I was mocked and derided for, but I digress. I do not expect lightening to hit twice but here's to hoping: Click the map to create your own at 270toWin.com http://www.270towin.com/maps/QJ48K I am predicting that Clinton will win... Mon, 07 Nov 2016 23:13:42 -0600 Final General Election Projection http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/67498 This will be my final projection before the election. On Tuesday we will be one week away, so my next posting on the election will be my predictions. I will go more in depth on that blog but essentially I will make three predictions: the most likely outcome, Trump's best scenario, and Clinton's best scenario. This week saw a bit of a shake up for the pollsters. In particular, CVOTER, had their polls removed. This did not come as a huge shock to me as early on I noticed oddities with... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 10:39:48 -0500 Week 21 General Election Projection http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/67419 This projection comes in a iffy spot for projections. The final debate was this week and there have been no polls released that were done after the debate. So the projections stays the same. At this point the map has settled down considerably from late September-early October. Things could still change but we are now less than three weeks from election day and several states have already started early voting. Nebraska started early voting on October 10 and Arkansas starts on... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:23:42 -0500 The End? http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/67390 In 2008, after then Senator Barack Obama had won the election in what is considered a landslide, I had posted here that National Republican Party was essentially dead. I went on and said that the Republican Party would become a regional party, specifically in the southeastern portion of the United Stated and the Plains. I felt the same after the 2012 election, though Obama won by less. Fast forward to 2016. We could be witnessing the actual end of the National Republican Party. With... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:07:26 -0500 Week 20 General Election Projection http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/67363 Pennslyvania drops back down to the Toss-Up status. Though Clinton's lead has maintained between 4 and 5 in most polls her lead is still under the threshold to stay out of the toss-ups. Click the map to create your own at 270toWin.com http://www.270towin.com/maps/BWlwA __Toss-Up States__ __Missouri__ Five new polls this week and Trump's lead has not changed. His lead is 4.81 in 37 polls 43.16-38.35. Trump had leads in 4 of the 5 polls with his largest being 12, one 6 point... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 14:33:59 -0500 Week 19 General Election Profection http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/67314 Georgia is now out of the toss up states as Trump's lead has blossomed above 5 points. Click the map to create your own at 270toWin.com http://www.270towin.com/maps/1AAnN __Toss-Up States__ __Missouri__ Four new polls this week saw Trump's decrease slightly. His lead is 4.81 in 32 polls 42.94-38.13. Just as last week, Trump lead in three of the four polls this week with comfortable enough margins that his lead only dipped a little. __Florida__ Seven new polls this week. ... Sat, 08 Oct 2016 23:02:56 -0500 Week 4 NFL Rankings http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/67282 Figures, I talk up the Patriots and they lay an egg against the Bills and drop from the undefeateds. In related news, Tom Brady returns from his "no way this is real" suspension. __RANKINGS__ __1. Denver Broncos (up 1) 4-0__ It looks like the Broncos are for real. The amazing thing is that Gary Kubiak is actually running the offense he wants to run instead of the offense he ran under Peyton Manning. Trevor Siemian was injured but it was not a major injury and is expected to play... Tue, 04 Oct 2016 11:38:00 -0500 College Football Ranking Week 1 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/67258 There is a reason that I believe that rankings should not begin until October. You truly do not know how teams will look until they have played for a couple of weeks. Even from my pre-season rankings we have learned that Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, and Oregon were overrated while teams like Houston were underrated. We also know that in regular polls voters only voted week to week and because Notre Dame was expected to be a top ten 10 this year, when Texas beat them (in overtime),... Sun, 02 Oct 2016 12:32:10 -0500 Week 18 General Election Projection http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/67251 This week's projection occurs primarily before most polls are out post-debate. Every scientific poll that came out after the debate showed Clinton winning and the first few national and state polls performed after the debate also show a boost to Clinton. This time next week we will see exactly how the debate has affected the race. Click the map to create your own at 270toWin.com http://www.270towin.com/maps/BBpoo A few notes worth mentioning. Polls have finally been performed in... Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:22:25 -0500 Week 3 NFL Rankings http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/67220 Somehow, last week, I completely neglected posting a Week 2 Ranking. I am not entirely sure why it skipped my mind but I do apologize. With that being said there is my Week 3 NFL Rankings. Next Sunday will be my first college football Top 25. __Rankings__ __1. New England Patriots (no change)3-0__ What can be said about the Patriots? Tom Brady is suspended for four games because he "may have known" about footballs being deflated. Second string QB comes in and wins two games but... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:00:41 -0500 Week 17 General Election Projection http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/67196 Another week with really no change. It does appear at this time that Trump's surge has stalled as only one delegate moved and that was Main's District 2 that went from lean to likely. With the first debate taking place on Monday depending on who is seen as the window (by the voters not the media) we should not really see any kind of movement (if any) until Friday, possibly not until the following Monday. Click the map to create your own at... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:15:30 -0500 Week 16 General Election Projection http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/67143 Another week has passed us by and Donald Trump continues to gain ground on Clinton. Just as I stated after Clinton took a huge lead after the conventions it is way too early to be reading to much into the polls. The latter part of the month was good to Trump, despite his many gaffes, because the Clinton team felt it better just to stay out of his way instead of pressing on him. For about a week and a half it worked, but the Clinton campaign took too much of a risk and did not really answer... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 15:38:41 -0500 Week 1 NFL Rankings http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/67104 Well the first week saw some exciting games but also saw more questions than answers. Will the Cowboys truly survive without Romo and a rookie starting? How bad is Washington? And many more. __Rankings__ __1. New England Patriots/1-0__ For now, it appears that the Patriots truly are a team where if someone is injured or suspended, it's next person up. Jimmy Garrafalo seemed at home in the Patriots offense and they beat one of the teams considered a front runner for the Super Bowl,... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:30:36 -0500