And Now for Something Completely Different by Michael Hendricks http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/ en-us Big Brother 19 Week 7 Recap and Updates http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69643 Jessica was evicted by a 7-1-0 vote (Raven received a vote from Cody, Elena had no votes). In both of her post-game interviews she still could not get her head around the idea that she threw her own game away for Cody and that was the reason she was evicted. It had nothing to do with the house guests being "afraid". Though she did get what she went into the game for, a showmance. The HOH comp was another true/false comp which Alex won making her HOH. The Temptation Comp was a... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:28:41 -0500 Big Brother 19 Week 6 Recap and Updates http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69590 As expected, Jessica used the halting hex last week and stopped the eviction completely voiding all of last week. Of course this made her Paul's top target even over Cody. This week's HOH Comp was a golf comp where house guests had to hit an oversized golf ball down a ramp with a leg (horror week) and get it into a numbered slot. There was some discussion about whether Paul would be able to compete since his HOH week was void. He was not able to compete so it was up to the house to... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:41:24 -0500 Big Brother 19 Week 5 Recap and Updates http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69541 This week is appearing to be a complete wash with the threat of the halting hex out there. First, let us see how we got to this point. Ramses was voted out 7-3 by a house that for the second time was going against "power" couple Jody (Jessica and Cody). The first time was Week 1 when Cody tried unsuccessfully to put Paul o the block and then put Christmas on the block. The house went against his wishes and voted Jillian out of the house. One could count the first time Jessica was HOH... Thu, 03 Aug 2017 10:44:15 -0500 Big Brother 19 Week 4 Recap and Updates http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69477 So #narcissistCody is back in the game. Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. However, I am jumping the game a bit. I really did not know how this eviction would go as Paul (who was running the game despite Alex being HOH) could not seem to decide who he wanted out more. Had he known about the battle back that was coming he probably would have gone with Alex. However, the house did not know. Dominique was evicted to no shock but what was a shock was that she was evicted by a unanimous... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:49:06 -0500 Big Brother 19 Week 3 Recap and Updates http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69426 To no one's surprise Cody was evicted this week by a vote of 7-3. What did surprise is that one of the votes to keep him in the house was Christmas. At the time she was in a hospital bed recovering from surgery. She has not told anyone she voted to evict Ramses let alone explained why she did it. Everyone knows that Jessica voted to evict Ramses, but only Paul knows that Kevin was the second vote. He knows because he asked Kevin to vote that way. Considering how Cody threw Christmas under... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:39:23 -0500 Big Brother 19 Week 2 Recap and Updates http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69377 As expected Jillian was sent packing. I had predicted that she would be evicted by either a 7-5 or 8-4 vote (I honestly thought Jason may vote to save Christmas as it was mistake that caused her injury). It did end up being 8-4 as Kevin, not Jason, voted to evict Jillian. Cody's side of the house were convinced that it was going to be a 6-6 tie and he would break that tie, but that was actually never in question. Jillian was completely blindsided by the vote. Honestly she needed to go... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:18:13 -0500 Big Brother 19 Week 1 Recap and Updates http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69345 The first week of Big Brother 19 has been one of the wildest weeks I can remember in the Big Brother house. Part of it has to do with the introduction of temptations throughout the season that can completely change the course of a game in one week. There has already been a swap out, a self eviction, and an injury. First temptation The very first temptation for the house guests was a chance for $25,000. All the house guests needed to do was push a button. However, the temptation... Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:41:50 -0500 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