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A long year of Dem disasters: Devine

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A long year of Dem disasters: Devine

This year is ending in much the same way as it began, with furious readers flaming my e-mail inbox. 

“I have only one question. Are you on crack?” wrote Robert in in response to a column about Gen. “White Rage” Mark Milley. 

Jen asked: “Is there a way for me to remove your column from my digital New York Post?” 

There were more hot topics than ever to get readers riled, especially after the election of Joe Biden turbo-charged divisions in the country. 

“Your godfather, Herr Donald Scumpf, was beaten by over 5 million votes!” chortled Elliott. 

“You are beyond being biased,” snarled JSZ. “I guess that’s the only way you can keep your job, you certainly have no writing ability.” 

Stephen also was hung up on Trump: “Your “Drumpfism Is Triumphant” missive has set a new journalistic standard for stupidity, falsehoods and overwhelming insipidness . . . Have a wonderful day, you shrieking cretin.” 

Stuart was equally unimpressed: “You sound like a blabbering idiot in your column.” 

Keeping heat on Hunter 

The Post’s reporting from Hunter Biden’s laptop the past 14 months, revealing exclusive details of Papa Biden’s influence peddling overseas, prompted both brickbats and bouquets. Our reporting has been vindicated as accurate, despite the censorship of Big Tech. 

But diehard Dems like Frank can’t handle the truth: “You are a joke and DANGEROUS to our democracy. You and the NY Post are actively spreading Russian disinformation . . . I felt compelled to reach out because of your whining on Fox News about Twitter and Facebook being unfair to your paper.” 

Beau Biden, right, son of Hunter Biden, second from right, holds a branch from the official 2021 White House Christmas Tree.
Beau Biden, son of Hunter Biden, holds a branch from the official 2021 White House Christmas Tree.
AP / Patrick Semansky

But Howard was ropeable over a column about then-crackhead Hunter buying a gun after signing a declaration that he didn’t take drugs. “If Joe Biden is serious about firearms background checks he can prove it by prosecuting Hunter for lying on one,” he wrote. 

“I just want to commend you for your spot-on article on H. Biden,” wrote Dave of Point Pleasant, NJ. “He is the poster child for white privilege!” 

Biden on the brain 

Any mention of the president’s cognitive health sent some readers into a frenzy. 

Jeff from New Jersey was outraged by a tongue-in-cheek column asking for a brain function test when Biden had a colonoscopy. 

“Today’s masterful work of literary tripe is perfect for my kitty litter box,” he wrote. 

Tom was more appreciative, writing, “Re: ‘President Biden went for a colonoscopy Friday and his doctor pronounced his brain is fine.’ Greatest. Line. Ever.” 

President Joe Biden walks by shops in Nantucket, Massachusetts in November.
President Joe Biden walks by shops in Nantucket, Massachusetts in November.
AP / Carolyn Kaster

Steve wrote: “Obviously the doctor who performed that colonoscopy on Biden knew where to look to find out whether his brain was working.” 

George wrote: “Nice work. My brother the doctor observed that the finding of the polyp means ‘that he’s not a perfect a**hole after all.’ ” 

With the 79-year-old president’s polls nose-diving, John saw a silver lining in his claim to be as healthy as a man in his 50s. “Biden running for re-election is probably the best thing that the Republicans could hope for.” 

The fall of A’stan 

A lot of readers grew more concerned as the year wore on. 

“I thought when Biden won, he would just be an incompetent fool,” wrote Bob. “I was too optimistic.” 

The Afghanistan debacle was the turning point for Leslye from Manhattan. 

“It is totally baffling though that he pulled out of Afghanistan the way he did. Infuriating! . . . I am so sick of Biden and Blinken blaming Trump. But people who don’t watch Fox or read the Post will believe the lie.” 

Bob, of Westbury, NY, wrote: “I hope Biden was Winkin’ when he gave Blinken the Nod to oversee the evacuation of Americans. “In any competency test Blinken and Biden would tie for last place.” 

Tony wrote: “Your page [prompted] a combination of anger, despondency, humiliation, tragedy, collapse and sadness… This is where he’s brought us in just 7 months. OMG!!! How do we navigate 4 more years?” 

Jan. 6 hysteria 

Sympathy was the main response to a column about Upper West Sider Joseph Bolanos, raided by the FBI for merely standing outside the Capitol on January 6 after the rioting was over. 

“Greatly appreciated your column ‘FBI tears NYer’s life into shreds,’ ” wrote Robert from Sloatsburg, NY. 

“I don’t know [what] is more shameful . . . those FBI agents who swarmed this senior citizen’s home and tore it apart or those neighbors who turned their back on this guy. Shame on all of them.” 

Joseph Bolanos outside his upper westside home which was recently raided by the FBI over his “alleged” involvement in the Jan 6 riots at our nations Capital.
Matthew McDermott

Retired NYPD officer Patrick from The Bronx wrote: “I wish I could say I’m surprised at the actions of the FBI . . . They are determined to find White Supremacists where none exist”. 

Doris from South Davie, Fla., wrote: “All of those summer riots were planned for the election of Joe Biden… The leadership in the FBI is totally corrupt. This was an organization that was revered as the ultimate law and order enforcement group. How very sad!” 

Trouble at the border 

Illegal migration was another hot topic in a year which will see more than 2 million foreigners stroll across the southern border. The e-mails came thick and fast after we revealed that the Biden administration was secretly flying migrants into White Plains airport in the middle of the night. 

“Thank you for keeping us aware of all this monkey business,” wrote Ron from Westchester, NY. 

Immigrants from the southern border getting off a World Atlantic Airlines airplane and boarding charter buses at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY on October 15, 2021.
Immigrants from the southern border getting off a World Atlantic Airlines airplane and boarding charter buses at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY on October 15, 2021.
Christopher Sadowski

“They know that the American voter doesn’t like this one iota,” wrote Steven. “Biden and his administration . . . could care less about average decent Americans.” 

And from an ex-cop, Louie: “There is an old saying in law enforcement. ‘Nothing good happens after midnight’.” 

Mayor Putz . . . 

Any column on Mayor Putz, Bill de Blasio, prompted frothing at the mouth. 

“I have never written to any newspaper before,” wrote Pete from Staten Island. “But the lunacy of the DeBlasio administration has stirred me to action, caused by utter disbelief. I am compelled to write to you, after seeing the mayor ride the trains to ‘prove’ that they are safe . . . If I have my own police detail, I’d ride the train also at all hours too.… We are not the dumb ones. Just saying”. 

. . . and Governor Creep 

Kevin had a few thoughts about fallen luv-gov Andrew Cuomo. “He is a bully, a sex predator, who governed incompetently, and politicized Covid to the point it produced 10,000 unnecessary deaths among the elderly. [But after he was] used to bash Trump last year . . . his positive publicity made him a threat to the ‘powers that be’ in Washington. Hence, they are throwing him to the wolves”. 

Fauci follies 

Another public figure who raised reader hackles was Dr. Anthony Fauci. In response to a column titled, “Enough of Fauci’s lies!”

Steve wrote: “If it was up to him we would [be] wearing masks, social distancing and taking booster shots for the next 50 years. Wonder what he is getting paid because whatever it is he isn’t worth it!” 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington.
AP / Susan Walsh

In case you think it was all brickbats this year, along came Andrea, a teacher: “Dear Ms. Devine, Please consider running for office; you would make a wonderful president!” 

That won’t be happening. But thank you, dear readers, for all the e-mails, comments, letters and tweets, most of them warm, generous, witty and wise. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Legendary NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden died Tuesday morning at 85, the NFL announced. News of the football icon’s passing hit Twitter on Tuesday evening, and athletes, coaches and broadcasters from across the sports world reacted.

Fellow broadcasting legend Dick Vitale, who is currently battling cancer, called Madden “the greatest analyst of all time of any sport” in his Twitter tribute.

Former Yankees pitcher and notable Raiders fan CC Sabathia said “your legacy will live forever.” Madden coached the then-Oakland Raiders from 1969-78, a couple of years before Sabathia, a Vallejo, California native, was born. Lakers star LeBron James had similar words about Madden’s lasting legacy, adding an infinity emoji.

Former tennis star and social justice activist Billie Jean King recalled meeting Madden as a “privilege.”

Radio voice of the Rangers Kenny Albert, a five-sport broadcaster who’s been with FOX Sports since its inception in 1994, shared a photo circa 26 years ago to remember Madden.

ESPN’s Bomani Jones took a bit of a shot at current color commentators, noting that Madden “set an unreachable standard.”

Frank Caliendo, who’s made a career out of impersonations, including one for Madden, said he was surprised how emotional he felt.

Several football players, and others, including Saints running back Mark Ingram II and former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, credited Madden with being part of the reason why they love football.

Rams wide receiver and NFL MVP contender Cooper Kupp quote the late coach in his tribute: “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”

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Miles McBride’s Knicks role will lessen with Kemba Walker’s resurgence

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Miles McBride’s Knicks role will lessen with Kemba Walker’s resurgence

MINNEAPOLIS — The Knicks got back another body in rookie point guard Miles McBride, who was cleared from protocols Tuesday and rejoined the team in Minnesota.

But there is no longer any hype for the rookie’s return. Kemba Walker is back as the starting point guard and coming off winning Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors with four standout games, including his Christmas Day spectacular. The Knicks have gone 2-2 since Walker regained the starting job.

“It’s great,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He had a great week. He’s playing great basketball. The team winning helps him get recognized and he was a big part of driving that winning. It’s great for the team.’’

McBride was also spectacular in his last outing before getting COVID-19, when he played the entire second half Dec. 16 in Houston and seemingly earned a spot in the rotation. In fact, McBride had strung together two decent outings before he was ruled out. But things have changed since his emergence and McBride is likely back to being a bit player.

Without a practice, McBride wasn’t even expected to see time when the Knicks faced the Timberwolves to kick off a four-game road trip.

Miles McBride
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Of course, with Walker’s arthritic knee, anything is possible. The Knicks play Detroit on Wednesday in a back-to-back, so it’s uncertain whether Walker will complete both contests. In addition, Immanuel Quickley is out of COVID-19 protocols but Thibodeau wasn’t sure he was ready for meaningful minutes.

That left Walker against the depleted Timberwolves, who were missing their three top players (Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell), all because of COVID-19 .

Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker
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When McBride got sidelined by the virus and Derrick Rose needed ankle surgery, Walker was resurrected by Thibodeau and it’s been a stunning comeback story.

Though Thibodeau has clear reservations about Walker based on his nine-game banishment due to his defensive malaise as an undersized point guard, he admitted after the Christmas Day triple-double against Atlanta that Walker is playing “much more aggressive.”

Walker’s triple-double that featured 10 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds was a lot different than his prior outing, when he scored 44 points against Washington.

“I thought his passing was terrific,’’ Thibodeau said before the Knicks resumed their schedule.

“Kemba had control of the game. The game tells you what to do. That’s what I loved about the way he played. I don’t think he forced anything. They puts size on him and were aggressive in their pick-and-roll coverage. He didn’t fight it. He attacked pressure the way you like to attack pressure. You don’t fight pressure with pressure. Don’t try to split it. Get rid of it, go to the backside. Let the game tell you what to do.’’

The Knicks coach is finally seeing all the elements of what Walker can do. Before his demotion, Walker was nothing more than a no-defense, 3-point shooter whose plus-minus was an abysmal minus-122.

Thibodeau was also concerned about his durability in sitting out two of the three back-to-back sets. The last load management game in Atlanta in late November triggered Thibodeau’s decision.

But now it’s only superlatives from Thibodeau in judging the last four games.

“Sometimes it’s going to be his shooting, sometimes it’s his penetration and getting in the paint to force a collapse and sometimes they’re being aggressive with their traps get rid of the ball quickly,’’ Thibodeau said. “The overall play, his rebounding. When your guards rebound, those are key to fast breaks. The more guard rebounding we get the better we can be. ‘’

The Knicks still have three players in protocols — centers Nerlens Noel and Jericho Sims and the newly infected Wayne Selden. Quickley and Kevin Knox were cleared on Christmas but were held out for conditioning.

No matter. The Knicks go as Kemba goes.

“He’s much more aggressive,’’ Thibodeau said. “That was the challenge. At the beginning of the year he and Evan were two new starters. Sometimes guys are trying to fit in. he’s being very aggressive which is the way we want him to play. Not deferring at all. When he and Julius [Randle] are aggressive like that our team is different.’’

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Zach Wilson and Tom Brady

When Zach Wilson stares across the MetLife Stadium field at the opposite sideline this Sunday, it won’t be Trevor Lawrence he’ll be looking at as his game-day counterpart.

Lawrence, drafted by Jacksonville one spot before the Jets selected Wilson at No. 2 overall last April, is a contemporary.

This Sunday at MetLife, the Jets rookie quarterback won’t be staring at a contemporary on the other sideline. He’ll be staring at the GOAT.

Tom Brady.

The bar raises dramatically for Wilson and the Jets, who are coming off of their feel-good, get-well win over the woeful Jaguars and Lawrence this past Sunday.

Brady and Buccaneers, who are 11-4, NFC South division champions and seeking to repeat as Super Bowl champions, play the Jets, who are 4-11 and seeking more signs of development from their rookie quarterback.

To say this is a step up in competition for Wilson and the Jets going from Lawrence and the Jags to Brady and the Bucs is as obvious as pointing out that Tampa Bay receiver Antonio Brown has had a few off-the-field incidents during his otherwise stellar NFL career.

There hasn’t been a lot to keep the interest of the Jets fan this season — other than watching Wilson’s development. That took an unfortunate pause for the four games Wilson missed with a knee injury, but he’s been back for five games and has looked like a better quarterback, throwing only two interceptions in those games (none in the last three) since returning from his injury.

The problem, though, is that Wilson hasn’t been producing enough touchdowns, throwing for three of them and rushing for four others in the past five games.

Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
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Baby steps, though.

Wilson was the better quarterback this past Sunday when matched up with Lawrence, who threw for more yards than Wilson did, but Wilson ran for 91 yards, including his electric 52-yard scoring jaunt, and made key throws when he needed them.

Wilson will not win Sunday’s game against Brady and the Bucs throwing for the 102 yards he had against the Jaguars. He and the Jets will need more.

Consider this: Brady enters the game having thrown 37 TD passes and for 4,580 yards this season and averages a league-high 305.2 passing yards per game.

Then this: The Buccaneers average 29.5 points per game this season, second most in the NFL.

And this: Wilson doesn’t have a single 300-yard passing game, averages 183 passing yards per game and has thrown seven TD passes in 11 games.

Seven TD passes is a pedestrian two-game total for Brady.

Wilson and the Jets are playing with house money anyway in what always has been a developmental season, so Sunday against Brady should, at its very least, be a great measuring-stick learning experience for Wilson, who’s studied Brady on tape.

Wilson revealed this month that he watched film of Brady before the Jets played the Eagles on Dec. 5 in an effort to pick up tips on how Brady worked against the Eagles defense when he played them earlier in the season.

“I thought it was really cool to see kind of how he went through his whole process, how he navigated the pocket, different things like that,” Wilson said at the time.

On Sunday, Wilson gets to see that process up close as Brady tries to dissect a Jets defense that has yielded 29.9 points per game this season, the most in the NFL.

That puts an added onus on Wilson to produce on the other side of the ball, because he knows Brady is going to get his. Wilson will likely need to produce four TDs — any way he can — for the Jets to simply remain competitive with the Super Bowl champs.

That’s a lot to ask of a 22-year-old kid who’s produced just 11 TDs in his 11 starts, up against Brady, who’s thrown 618 TD passes and for 83,784 yards in his remarkable career.

It, too, is a lot to ask playing against an aggressive Tampa Bay defense that’s ranked No. 9 in the NFL in points allowed (20.8 per game) and is led by former Jets head coach Todd Bowles, who’d surely like to send a holiday message to his former employer.

If you don’t think Bowles will be blitzing the bejesus out of Wilson, then you probably think Antonio Brown is a living saint.

The good news for the Jets is that Wilson has shown incremental improvements, particularly when it comes to his decision-making and quicker releases on his throws.

“He’s coming along, he’s getting more comfortable, he’s calmer back there,’’ Jets coach Robert Saleh said Monday. “He’s in a great headspace and it’s going to be fun to watch him grow, continue to grow.’’

A big part of that growth will take place this Sunday as he watches the GOAT operate from the opposite sideline at MetLife.

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