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A few thoughts
Posted:Mar 14, 2019 10:23 am
Last Updated:Mar 17, 2019 8:23 pm

Another reason why Socialism don't work is grammatically incorrect. Why Socialism DOESN'T work is proper. It was interesting to note the site's grammar police failed to make the correction giving credence to the fact he's more interested in embarrassing the left than educating the right. Nonetheless, the right wingers prattle on about hate and in doing so express their hate for Barak Obama. Then they wonder why some of us on the left of center struggle to give them even an iota of credibility. In reality they speak from the heart and disregard any available brain power. I will, sure, be castigated for this statement, but every time the right posts on this blog they demonstrate and prove my point. I keep hope alive, but reality tells me they need more than hope.

There's a blog telling the story today's Democratic Party would be unrecognizable to my forefathers. First, both my parents were Republicans serving faithfully both as workers and elected officials. This merely to inform you I am familiar with the GOP of old and had some respect for it even through the Bush '43 years. What is referred to as the Republican Party no longer exists. The 30% have run roughshod over the old GOP and created the Party of Trump for no readily apparent reason. This is not an unusual phenomenon. The right wingers here constantly demean and degrade the left and while their thoughtless insults resonate through the halls of SFF, they, themselves, suffer the very afflictions for which they try to demean the left. I see this as just more evidence of the lack of the ability to critically think. They think it's an intelligent position, however, and post their ignorance for all to see. These are the very same people who follow President Trump down the slippery slope destroying the United States. Apparently they haven't noticed even some of the right wing former Republicans are abandoning the Trump ship which is mired in the doldrums of mediocrity, at its best.

The myopic views of the right wing lack the requisite capability to consider the future and the long term effects of their misguided and Trump enhancing policies. The Democrats are blamed for practically everything despite the fact there was a all-GOP government for the first two years of this administration. Now that the Democrats have taken control of the House, Nancy Pelosi is eating President Trump's lunch and he's baffled as to how to overcome that situation. This leaves the right wingers no choice but to bad mouth the Democrats in a losing effort to enhance their own agenda. It ain't workin'.
Some thoughts on right wing confusion
Posted:Mar 8, 2019 9:30 am
Last Updated:Mar 22, 2019 9:24 am

Very few people know what Robert Mueller knows regarding the current ongoing investigation into the criminality of President Trump. Regardless of this nearly total lack of knowledge, the right wing never ceases to tell us exactly what we're thinking or what will happen in the investigation. They tell us this speculation as if it were cast in stone. It isn't.

The 30% have thrived on this hopeful speculation since the minority of Americans elected Donald Trump as our President. This erroneous interpretation of the events ongoing extend to misinterpretation of Democratic policies deliberately designed to make them sound untenable and unworkable, statements on Democratic thinking, an act incapable for most of the right wing to either understand or explain, personal attacks on Democratic Congress members in a spurious attempt at somehow improving the Republican agenda, non-existent fairy tale we continually hear about but never see, by demeaning the Democratic agenda. None of this is based in fact, rather it's based on the results of right wing inability to critically think. The right wing has, somehow, been brought to believe President Trump is the panacea for all 's wrong with America. Mind you this belief is predicated on nothing more than the fallacious words of President Trump who has proven time and time again his inability to lead, think, read or run a government. Nonetheless, believe it they do to the detriment of all else.

It will take for the United States to recover from the disaster known as the Trump Administration. The maladies incurred by this failing attempt at governing will, of course, be the fault of the Democrats. The cowardice of the right wing prevents them from being accountable for their actions and forces them to seek other avenues or paradigms upon which to place the blame. A prime example of this is the fact we are over two into this administration and we have yet to have a fully functional government, despite a Republican House, Republican Senate and Republican White House for the first two of the administration. Incompetence at its best.

So continue cutting, pasting and writing blogs praising the ignorance and incompetence of the current administration if, for no other reason, than to demonstrate ignorance and inability to learn exhibited b the right wing daily.
For the 30%
Posted:Feb 25, 2019 11:00 pm
Last Updated:Feb 27, 2019 11:38 am

Just think about it;

Our President has you convinced the judgment of how to run our nation is more reliable coming from Vladimir Putin than our own intelligence agencies.

The Trump Administration passed what they called a tax reduction bill which lowered the taxes on the wealthiest Americans and raised the taxes on the middle class.

Our President has stated openly he is in love with the leader of North Korea, a nation quickly developing nuclear weapons for the very purpose of attacking the United States.

Our President is hell bent on constructing a barrier between Mexico and the United States for the expressed purpose of keeping out drugs and criminals when statistic plainly show the vast majority of drugs enter the United States through controlled entryways and most crimes are committed by Americans not immigrants. The barrier, meant to be built with money from the government of Mexico, is proposed to be built with tax money from your pocket.

Our President ran his campaign on making America great again, but the United States infrastructure remains in a need of immediate and voluminous repair.

When confronted with these anomalies the 30% turn immediately to the unproven wrongdoing of Hillary Clinton and the unsupported misfeasance and malfeasance of President Obama. The 30% continue to refer to things other than the real perpetrator of the foregoing irresponsibility.

Add to this, and other unmentioned failure, the fact our President has a disapproval rate of 54%. That means more people disapprove of his administration than approve of it, and it begs the question, what are you thinking about?
Cracker Jack
Posted:Feb 23, 2019 3:32 pm
Last Updated:Mar 22, 2019 9:22 am

"Home" by Ken Burns

It's a beautifully designed game. Timeless, but always changing. It's a game in which the defense always has the ball; and a game in which every player is measured by the ghosts of all who have gone before.

For more than 150 years, baseball has been a mirror of the complicated country that gave it birth

From California to the New York islands, through good times and bad, through wars, depressions, and civil strife, it has entertained us, it has inspired us, and sometimes, it has even transformed us.

We pass it down from mothers to sons, fathers to daughters, as every generation invests itself in the sweet hope of springtime and endures the painful realities of fall.

Its essential dimensions never change, yet nothing ever happens the same way twice. It is a game in which the person scores, not the ball; where the objective, always, is to come home.

Home, where no asks where you come from or who you voted for.

Home, where all season long, we congregate to cheer and plead, laugh and cry in the magnificent cathedrals of our game – the places, the poet Donald Hall says, "where memory gathers."

Home, where every October, baseball’s greatest stars do battle.

Nothing in our daily life offers more of the comfort of continuity, the powerful sense of belonging, and the freedom from time's constraints than does our National Pastime.

It is the place we always come back to – home.

Posted:Feb 19, 2019 10:17 am
Last Updated:Mar 19, 2019 7:45 am

After all the searching for voter fraud, the GOP finally found some. Unfortunately, they're the ones who did it. Welcome to North Carolina.
Home Plate
Posted:Feb 15, 2019 1:10 pm
Last Updated:Mar 18, 2019 1:50 pm

In 1996, Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching career that began in 1948. He shuffled to the stage to an impressive standing ovation, wearing dark polyester pants, a light blue shirt, and a string around his neck from which home plate hung — a full-sized, stark-white home plate.

Seriously, I wondered, who is this guy?

After speaking for twenty-five minutes, not once mentioning the prop hanging around his neck, Coach Scolinos appeared to notice the snickering among some of the coaches. Even those who knew Coach Scolinos had to wonder exactly where he was going with this, or if he had simply forgotten about home plate since he’d gotten on stage.

Then, finally …“You’re probably all wondering why I’m wearing home plate around my neck,” he said, his voice growing irascible. I laughed along with the others, acknowledging the possibility. “I may be old, but I’m not crazy. The reason I stand before you today is to share with you baseball people what I’ve learned in my life, what I’ve learned about home plate in my 78 years.”

Several hands went up when Scolinos asked how many Little League coaches were in the room. “Do you know how wide home plate is in Little League?”

After a pause, someone offered, “ inches?” more of a question than answer.

“That’s right,” he said. “How about in Babe Ruth’s day? Any Babe Ruth coaches in the house?” Another long pause.

“ inches?” a guess from another reluctant coach.

“That’s right,” said Scolinos. “Now, how many school coaches do we have in the room?” Hundreds of hands shot up, as the pattern began to appear. “How wide is home plate in school baseball?”

“ inches,” they said, sounding more confident.

“You’re right!” Scolinos barked. “And you college coaches, how wide is home plate in college?”

“ inches!” we said, in unison.

“Any League coaches here? How wide is home plate in pro ball?”

“ inches!”

“RIGHT! And in the Major Leagues, how wide is home plate in the Major Leagues?

“ inches!”

“SEV-EN- INCHES!” he confirmed, his voice bellowing off the walls. “And what do they do with a Big League pitcher who can’t throw the ball over inches?” Pause. “They send him to Pocatello!” he hollered, drawing raucous laughter. “What they don’t do is this: they don’t say, ‘Ah, that’s okay, Jimmy. You can’t hit a -inch target? We’ll make it eighteen inches or nineteen inches. We’ll make it twenty inches so you have a better chance of hitting it. If you can’t hit that, let us know so we can make it wider still, say twenty-five inches.’” Pause. “Coaches…” pause, "… what do we do when our best player shows up late to practice? When our team rules forbid facial hair and a guy shows up unshaven? What if he gets caught drinking? Do we hold him accountable? Or do we change the rules to fit him? Do we widen home plate? The chuckles gradually faded as four thousand coaches grew quiet, the fog lifting as the old coach’s message began to unfold. He turned the plate toward himself and, using a Sharpie, began to draw something. When he turned it toward the crowd, point up, a house was revealed, complete with a freshly drawn door and two windows. “This is the problem in our homes today. With our marriages, with the way we parent our . With our discipline. We don’t teach accountability to our , and there is no consequence for failing to meet standards. We widen the plate!”

Pause. Then, to the point at the top of the house he added a small American flag. “This is the problem in our schools today. The quality of our education is going downhill fast and teachers have been stripped of the tools they need to be successful, and to educate and discipline our people. We are allowing others to widen home plate! Where is that getting us?”

Silence. He replaced the flag with a Cross. “And this is the problem in the Church, where powerful people in positions of authority have taken advantage of children, only to have such an atrocity swept the rug for years. Our church leaders are widening home plate for themselves! And we allow it.”

“And the same is true with our government. Our so called representatives make rules for us that don’t apply to themselves. They take bribes from lobbyists and foreign countries. They no longer serve us. And we allow them to widen home plate and we see our country falling into a dark abyss while we watch.”

I was amazed. At a baseball convention where I expected to learn something about curve balls and bunting and how to run better practices, I had learned something far more valuable. From an old man with home plate strung around his neck, I had learned something about life, about myself, about my own weaknesses and about my responsibilities as a leader. I had to hold myself and others accountable to that which I knew to be right, lest our families, our faith, and our society continue down an undesirable path.

“If I am lucky,” Coach Scolinos concluded, “you will remember one thing from this old coach today. It is this: if we fail to hold ourselves to a higher standard, a standard of what we know to be right; if we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard; and if our schools & churches & our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to forward to …”

With that, he held home plate in front of his chest, turned it around, and revealed its dark black backside, “… dark days ahead.”

Coach Scolinos died in 2009 at the of 91, but not before touching the lives of hundreds of players and coaches, including mine. Meeting him my first ABCA convention kept me returning year after year, for similar wisdom and inspiration from other coaches. He is the best clinic speaker the ABCA has ever known because he was so much more than a baseball coach. His message was clear: “Coaches, keep your players—no matter how good they are—your own children, your churches, your government, and most of all, keep yourself at inches."

And this my friends is what our country has become and what is wrong with it today, and how to fix it.

"Don't widen the plate."
The Wall
Posted:Feb 11, 2019 8:38 pm
Last Updated:Feb 17, 2019 6:35 am

Since Donald Trump took office not a single inch of new wall has been built. Some of the old wall has been repaired, but no new wall has been constructed. Congress has just agreed upon $1.7 billion for border security, none of which entails a concrete wall promised during the election. Previously, President Trump turned down sufficient funds to build 123 miles of new wall but Congress has just agreed to fund 65 miles of new wall specifically not concrete. More demonstration of the inferior bargaining ability of the president. None of the right wingers here will believe this. They will, instead, listen intently to the bullshit flowing unheeded from the lips of the President. It's an addiction.
Not yet, but getting closer
Posted:Jan 26, 2019 1:12 am
Last Updated:Mar 20, 2019 1:28 pm

I still remain ignorant of the details known to Mueller and not to the general public, but the last month has not been a good one for the President. Yesterday, January 25, 2019 has been particularly devastating for him. Every right winger who has and continues to support this miscreant shares in the damage done to our nation is as responsible as President Trump. It is inescapable. I have been warning about this undying loyalty for some time now and it is finally coming home to roost. The words I see here and the childish, nonsensical memes I see on face bk condemn forever those right wingers who refuse to admit the error of their ways to anti-American activity. President Trump has never been able, either intellectually or educationally, to grasp the concept of national leadership and the responsibilities inherent therein.

Until now the President has not experienced the concept of checks and balances and that, too, has come home to roost. Suddenly he is caving in rather than bragging about non-existent accomplishments. The ultracrepidarians who have struggled for two years justifying Trump leadership are even more angry now and their hatred is becoming more and more prominent. It just might be time to reconsider their position, but hubris and hatred prevent that much common sense. The right wing senators and congressmen have fallen noticeably silent, but the right wing blogs here seem to continue on in futility.
Posted:Jan 24, 2019 11:51 am
Last Updated:Feb 1, 2019 12:34 pm

Since his inauguration, President Trump has lied to the American People over 9,000 times. Those who continue to support him either don't understand the implications of such prevarication or don't care. Either way the only entity which suffers is the nation.

This liar has his supporters believing the Democrats are responsible for the shut down of the government when he admitted himself, on tape, he would take full responsibility for the shut down. Now that is seems to be a bit of a burden, he tries to shift the blame.

The sole positive portion of the Trump Administration has been the economy. This quarter the increase will be at or near zero. So much for all the good this president has been doing, or at least what his loyal followers believe he's doing. It has been estimated it will take to recover from this administration's malfeasance and misfeasance, nonetheless his loyal followers cling to him like the last straw.

Recently, we've seen blogs and FB posts trying desperately to convince the 70% of President Trump's prowess and accomplishments, not the least of which is the now infamous wall. Folks, it ain't gonna happen. We finally have a House of Representatives which refuses to cow tow to the demands of the Executive Branch and our erstwhile president is completely baffled as to his course of action. This has not dissuaded the great unwashed from their undying loyalty, however, I suspect, there is nothing which will. Logic and expertise will never overcome fear and hatred, two characteristics to which the right wingers are addicted.

I suggest those of us who actually think about these things begin a program of disregarding the nonsense spewed by the right wingers or, at least, try to find some logic in their position so as to save them from looking like fools. It's an arduous and daunting task but I think the nation is worth the effort.
Now as Then
Posted:Jan 18, 2019 4:36 pm
Last Updated:Mar 14, 2019 7:05 am

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,--
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo forevermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need ,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.

H. W. Longfellow

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