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Published 5:45 pm Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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There’s a lot to cover this week as we enter the short rows before next week’s General Election; are in the midst of an entertaining college football season; and on the doorstep of a major holiday with COVID-19 as part of the main menu.

So, without further ado, let’s get down to brass tacks.

I’m typically not a boastful person, but I must brag on the fact that I called it on Thursday night of last week during the presidential debate.

As my wife and I sat at home as viewers, Mr. Biden – seizing the moment when President Trump was making reference to Bernie Sanders – said “he (Trump) must be confused….he’s running against me, Joe Biden. I’m Joe Biden.”

I immediately looked at Deborah and told her that line would be the lead-in for Friday’s morning’s “Today” show on NBC. Sure enough, it was!

Ironically, that same morning (Friday, Oct. 23) I had an email news release from the Biden Campaign saying Bernie Sanders was headed to Pennsylvania that day to remind voters to support old Joe. Why didn’t Joe go himself? Maybe he was too embarrassed to come face-to-face with a crowd of employees in the fossil fuels industry after saying in Thursday’s debate that he would “transition away from the oil industry.”


George who?

While on the subject of Mr. Biden, I hope we’ve all learned by now that his mental status is questionable…even on a good day. I readily admit that I’m forgetful at times, but then again I’m not seeking the highest elected office in the land.

On Sunday, during the virtual, left-leaning “I Will Vote Concert”, he was interviewed – with his wife at his side – where he twice referenced the President as George and then babbled some nonsense about if Trump gets reelected, “we’re going to be in a different world.”

It’s no wonder that the generals at the top of the Democratic Party – aka Nancy Pelosi – are pushing to create a permanent Congressional committee that would determine if the 25th Amendment, which outlines the constitutional rules for presidential succession, should be invoked when a president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.

Pelosi and the rest of her swamp creatures are already envisioning a Biden victory next week and hatching a plan to get him out of office…..perhaps before he even takes the oath.


Thought of the Week: Any man who can’t take care of his own house has no business in the White House.


Changing the subject to football, did anyone listen to the post-game press conference following this past Saturday’s Nebraska at Ohio State game?

For those of you who missed the contest (and I’m sure there were many that did), the Buckeyes rolled the Cornhuskers, 52-17. What you may have missed is the fact that Ohio State, leading 45-17 with less than a minute to play, scored a late touchdown.

OSU coach Ryan Day apologized to Nebraska for that unnecessary score.

“I feel bad about that,” Day said. “I had a younger quarterback in the game, and I didn’t feel like we had the personnel to take the knee, and I probably should have done that.”

Let me get this straight, coach Day, you didn’t have the “personnel” in to “take a knee?” It’s a fairly simple formation, one that all football players learn as far back as the Midget League. It’s called the Victory Formation. Line-up everyone tight to protect the quarterback and have him take the snap and then quickly drop to one knee.

It appears that coach Day needs to brush up on the simple mechanics of that play, or practice on delivering better excuses during post-game press conferences.


Thought of the Week (Part 2): Dallas flew all the way to our nation’s capital this past Sunday just to kick one field goal?


Thought of the Week (Part 3): Has anybody seen Cal Cunningham in public over the last few weeks? Seems like he has the plague….even his once sturdy cast of Democratic candidates seeking other offices have kicked him to the curb; and it’s widely speculated that his wife has kicked him out of their Raleigh home. But yet he’s still sending me emails begging for more campaign cash.


And, finally, it appears that an old friend has seized the opportunity to cash in on Pay-For-TV.

Since the mid 1960’s, it’s been a tradition – at least at my house – to gather ‘round the TV and enjoy the timeless classics such as “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”, and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

That tradition has crashed and burned.

Beginning this year, those three shows will only be offered on Apple TV+ (a streaming service, which of course comes with you shelling out cash for a subscription).

It’s like everything else in life…..just follow the money and you’ll find it.

Cal Bryant is the Editor of Roanoke-Chowan Publications. Contact him at cal.bryant@r-cnews.com or 252-332-7207.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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