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Can We Just STOP? Please!

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This story is, or was, pretty much dead and buried already.  But only because one party was unjustly suspended, and forced to apologize, for engaging in a little friendly trash talk during a baseball game!

I think that most of you know me by now, as a very liberal individual, who supports voting rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights, and most of all civil rights.  I’m a firm believer in the Black Lives Matter movement, and I truly believe that our police systems should be reformed.  And, some of you may know – but for those of you who don’t, I’ll tell you – I hate the New York Yankees.  I can’t even get behind those who say you have to root for the home team!  Nonsense!  When you’re a New York baseball fan you have to make a choice.  Mine was, and is, the New York Mets.  The cross town rivals are my nemesis, and I always take great pleasure when they lose.  But when it comes to their individual players I’m generally pretty ambivalent.  The only one that I would ever really say I actually “hated” would be Roger Clemons, because he was a psycho-bitch.  But he has long retired – thankfully – and I have actually mellowed in my old age.

With that being said, I’ve always been ambivalent about Josh Donaldson.  He never played for my Mets.  This is his first year as a Yankee, but he has had an admirable career.  He’s been in the big leagues since 2010.  He’s a three time All Star, a two time Silver Slugger Award winner, and he won the AL MVP in 2015.  He’s now on his sixth team, and everywhere he’s gone he’s been considered a “team player”, and the antithesis of a trouble maker.

A couple of weeks ago the Yankees were playing the Chicago White Sox, and Josh Donaldson teasingly called White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson “Jackie”, because in a 2019 interview with Sports Illustrated Mr. Anderson made the statement:  “I kinda feel like today’s Jackie Robinson.”  He has been in the bigs about half the time Donaldson has.  He’s been in one All Star game, and won one Silver Slugger Award, and he was the AL Batting Champ in 2019 – the year he made the statement – so I guess you could say he’s an up and coming star.  Truth is I’d never heard of him before this happened, as I don’t pay too much attention to the American League, being a Mets fan.  So, I didn’t have ANY opinion of him . . . until now.  The Yankees had recently taken 3 – 4 games in Chicago, and then the White Sox were losing the game on Saturday, in New York, so I think Anderson was mainly frustrated with their efforts.  He went back to his bench and started complaining that Donaldson was “disrespecting” him.  Donaldson considered the calling him “Jackie” an “inside joke”, as he had also done so back in 2019, after Anderson had made his statement to SI.

In my mind, if you make a statement comparing yourself with one of the game’s greatest players you have to expect a good amount of blow-back.  I think that is why most rational people do not make these kind of statements, because it just opens you up to criticism . . . especially when you don’t live up to that comparison.  Jackie Robinson was in the MLB for only 9 seasons, and during that time he was the MLB Rookie of the Year – 1947, the NL MVP – 1949, a 2X NL stolen base leader – ’47 & ’49, and he was SIX time All-Star, with a batting average of .313!   You definitely have a ways to go, young man!

Josh Donaldson did not call Tim Anderson:  Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Willie Stargell, Ozzie Smith, or any of the other African American baseball players of renown.  Why?  Because Tim Anderson never made any statement comparing himself to any of them.  Only to Jackie Robinson.  And, Josh Donaldson has never called Josh Bell, Mookie Betts, Dee Gordon, Dom Smith, Michael Brantley, or any other current African American baseball player “Jackie”, because they never compared themselves to Jackie Robinson.  He very likely has called Jackie Bradley Jr. “Jackie” . . . but of course that IS his name.

Taking offense to someone calling you a name – that isn’t yours – is the furthest thing from being racist.  In this case it was just a well-deserved dig.  It’s playful trash talk, that he has set yourself up for with his own words.  To whine to your manager (Tony La Russa) about it, and then agree with him – publicly – that it’s disrespectful AND “racist” is just deplorable.  There is more than enough actual racism and hatred in this world, and besmirching a fellow ballplayer’s reputation with this kind of allegation helps no one whatsoever.

And, the fact that everyone seems to have fallen in line with the all too eager to condemn PC police is just as disgusting.  All the players that Josh Donaldson has played with, and against, over the years know that he is not a racist.  The fact that none of his current teammates have come to his support is just plain sad, and that MLB had the temerity to suspend him for a game is just a cowardly act of weakness and injustice.  And, to think that Tim Anderson got a pass for calling Brad Keller a “weak-ass f—— n—–“, after getting hit by a pitch, is the irony that takes the cake.  He can call a fellow player the “N-word”, but someone teasingly calling him “Jackie” is racist?

I have no affection for either of these players, as they’ve never really affected my Mets.  But this is a gross injustice!  Josh Donaldson does not deserve this kind of treatment/character assassination.  And, Tim Anderson has made a mockery of a very serious subject.  Maybe worst of all?  MLB, our media, and all who remain silent – or agree with this utter nonsense – have allowed this to happen!  Shame on us all.

   YUR

Today’s Sarah Palin Comment???

Surprisingly, this arrived in my Spam folder!  I had no idea Ms. Palin followed my blog.

I’ve be mindful your stuff previous to and you are just too excellent. I really like what you have acquired here, really like what you’re stating and the best way during which you assert it. You make it enjoyable and you continue to take care of to stay it wise. I can not wait to read far more from you.

Wow!  I can hardly wait for what she has to say next!   —   YUR  😉

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 06/09/13

ObushmaVisual Description:  Weekend warrior, enjoying the coolness of his creation.

FARDIA  =  AFRAID,  LEEHAX  =  EXHALE,  CEDAFE  =  DEFACE,  HOTMOS  =  SMOOTH,  CNETSH  =  STENCH,  LEXDUE  =  DELUXE   —   Giving us:  AIHDEAMHSTNDEE

Clue/Question:  After building a new deck underneath the large oak tree, he had it . . .

Answer:  MADE IN THE SHADE

(Of course his government is still spying on him . . . and lying to him, in just about everything imaginable.  And, his basic Constitutional Rights are now being featured on the Endangered Species List.  And, let’s not forget that the median male is now worse off on a gross, inflation adjusted basis, than he was in … 1968.  The top 1 percent control 43 percent of the wealth, and the next four percent control an additional 29 percent.  That’s 5 percent of the people in this country controlling 72 percent of the wealth!  The 95 percent of us are left fighting it out for the remaining 28 percent.  The worst disparity in this country since right before the Great Depression.  But other than that, this guy is on easy street.  At least until he realizes what is going on, and then dares to complain about it vociferously.  Then all he has to worry about is the federal alphabet soup kicking in his door, and possibly exercising extraordinary rendition on his ass.  I hear the weather in Jordan is lovely this time of year!  A lot of us voted for Hope and Change, in both 2008 and 2012.  Some of us are still hoping, but almost nothing is changing.  This corporate good cop/bad cop routine has been going on since 1980.  We’re currently experiencing the one who says all the right things, but does virtually nothing to back up the cheery rhetoric.  Blaming an uncooperative Congress only buys you so much time.  If Obama is truly interested in leaving some kind of positive legacy, and not just being another corporate puppet/hack, then the time is now to make deals with those in Congress who can be reasoned with, and to take some of the more recalcitrant behind the proverbial woodshed and just kick a little ass.  What’s it gonna be, Sir?  Trips to Dubai with the Bushs and the Clintons, or the people of the United States – and the world – remembering you as a great leader of American freedom and democracy?  It’s not too late.

And, how about that Jumble?  No new clue words, but some really spiffy jumbling.  I really enjoyed all of them, but especially “deface”, “smooth” and “stench”!  The answer letter layout was a thing of beauty.  Very cryptic.  Nothing given away.  And, the cartoon?  Brilliant!  Great attention to detail, especially the way the tree is casting its shade.  I think the phrase goes back to the ’50s.  I seem to remember it being a popular phrase on “Happy Days”.  Be well and do good, friends.  And, do yourselves a big favor and smell that coffee I’ve been trying to tell you about.)   —   YUR

A 9/11 – 11 Year and 1 Week Anniversary Bonus!

Library sign designed by Jessamyn West

Library sign designed by Jessamyn West (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the Thought for Today:

We want the facts to fit the preconceptions.  When they don’t fit it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.”   —   Jessamyn West

(A little ironic that she died in 1984.  Not ironic that she was an American Quaker.  I wonder what she would make of the world today???  Be well, do good, and keep asking questions, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Perhaps this quote has been mis-attributed.  There is also a living Jessamyn West, who designed the above sign!  Hmm!      YUR

Lifting the veil

English: A map of Arab Spring countries update...

English: A map of Arab Spring countries updated and reframed to reflect the independence of South Sudan on 9 July 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From an excellent article:

How the Corporate Media is Snookering You on Syria

“For those versed in the black arts of propaganda, the hijacking of Arab Spring must be a beauteous thing to behold.”  . . .

“As with Libya, Western countries were covertly overthrowing a Middle East regime, just as they have done over the decades. And, as before, the media said not a word about what was really going on. So the public did not really understand, and there was practically no debate at all.”  . . .

“When almost no media anymore question these barely disguised coups against uncooperative standing governments, we are in very deep trouble. Because if we can’t count on the media to tell us what is going on in far-off places, what may we expect of them closer to home?  We are witnessing a crisis for journalism that is nothing less than a crisis for democracy itself.”

For the complete article go to: 

http://www.alternet.org/story/156089/how_the_corporate_media_is_snookering_you_on_syria_?akid=9007.308895.GSko6z&rd=1&t=21

Excerpts of The Fundamentalist Threat to U.S. Liberty

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afghanistan (Photo credit: The U.S. Army)

By: Henry A. Giroux

“Those governing the United States no longer have a moral compass or a democratic vision, nor do they have a hold on the social values that would engage modes of governance beneficial to the broader public. Governance is now in the hands of corporate power and the United States increasingly exhibits all the characteristics of a failed state. As many notable and courageous critics ranging from Sheldon Wolin to Chris Hedges have pointed out, American politics is being shaped by extremists who have shredded civil liberties, lied to the public to legitimate sending young American troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, alienated most of the international community with a blatant exercise of arrogant power and investment in a permanent warfare state, tarnished the highest offices of government with unsavory corporate alliances, used political power to unabashedly pursue legislative policies that favor the rich and punish the poor and perhaps irreparably damaged any remaining public spheres not governed by the logic of the market. They have waged a covert war against poor young people and people of color who are being either warehoused in substandard schools or incarcerated at alarming rates. Academic freedom is increasingly under attack by extremists such as Rick Santorum; homophobia and racism have become the poster ideologies of the Republican Party; war and warriors have become the most endearing models of national greatness; and a full-fledged assault on women’s reproductive rights is being championed by the current crop of Republican presidential hopefuls and a not insignificant number of Republican governors. While people of color, the poor, youth, the middle class, the elderly, LGBT communities and women are being attacked, the Republican Party is supporting a campaign to collapse the boundaries between the church and state, and even liberal critics such as Frank Rich believe that the United States is on the verge of becoming a fundamentalist theocracy.”

For the complete article go to:

http://www.alternet.org/story/154456/is_america_on_the_verge_of_theocracy_4_fundamentalist_ideologies_threatening_u.s._liberty?akid=8390.308895.UJ3BG2&rd=1&t=2

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/15/12

English: Lever of a lever voting machine.

Image via Wikipedia

It’s not the voting that’s democracy, it’s the counting.”   —   Tom Stoppard

(I wonder how he views the computerized voting machines, that have a very high potential for manipulating the actual count?  Hmm!  I know a lot of people don’t have a very high comfort level with this method.  And, they’ve come to doubt the democratic process because of this.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  BRING BACK THE LEVER MACHINES!!!   —   YUR

A Letter from JoAnn

President-elect Barack Obama walks with the Su...

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This Letter to the Editor appeared in my local newspaper and was written by a friend of mine.  She is a very talented writer, and we share a number of political viewpoints.  I think that many of you will enjoy it.  Please feel free to post comments.   —   YUR

Although pleased regarding the decision to withdraw our troops from Iraq, we’ll still be there in large measure in a so-called diplomatic presence requiring independent contractors.  

Corporate influences will still be paramount and coddled by this burgeoning community called “The Green Zone.” Meanwhile, the people of Iraq live in the unimaginably dangerous rubble of war.

President Obama boasts of fulfilling his Promise. But he fails to recognize the spirit and implications of that promise.  Lying by omission is at the heart of the cancer that continues to plague our ability to shape our future. The Obama Administration has thrown us a bone. I’ll be happy to have the troops back among us, but don’t expect me to celebrate while I’m still choking on the lie.

Corporations that seek ultimate influence over governmental power have disqualified themselves from leadership in our Democracy. We must: Reinstate Glass- Steagall regulations; junk hackable computer-scanner voting machines; reverse the damaging Citizens United Supreme court ruling ; deny more bailouts for corporations or banks; kick out Supreme Court Justices who betray the job description; and put our arms manufacturers to work making America green.

We’re internationally applauded for our past struggles for human rights, not the proliferation of corporate greed at the expense of the people who have made this country great.

JoAnn Wendl

The S & P Downgrade “Game”

The corner of Wall Street and Broadway, showin...

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AKA:  JUST MORE WALL STREET SHENANIGANS!

Hopefully, you haven’t been running around with your hair on fire, screaming THE SKY IS FALLING, THE SKY IS FALLING!!!  Because, guess what?  It ain’t!  Standard and Poors is just another Wall Street “institution” that says, and does, what it wants to, in order to suit their own – and certain benefactors’ – needs. 

A great article on AlterNet explains:

“Most people believe that the ratings agencies base their analyses on some set of cold, objective criteria, but that’s not the case.  A group of Wall Street analysts . . . get together and discuss various factors, including, in this case, the political scene, and come to a consensus.”

And, that:  “According to a Senate investigation concluded earlier this year — a probe that was greeted with a collective “ho-hum” by the corporate media — S&P and Moody’s, another leading agency, “issued the AAA ratings that made … mortgage backed securities … seem like safe investments, helped build an active market for those securities, and then, beginning in July 2007, downgraded the vast majority of those AAA ratings to junk status.” And when they did, it “precipitated the collapse of the [mortgage-backed securities] markets and, perhaps more than any other single event, triggered the financial crisis.”

So, some of the same guys who told all of us that everything was A-Okay with those (questionably) mortgage backed “securities” – because it benefited their golf buddies – are now telling us that The U.S. might not be able to meet it’s future obligations???  They have already proven to be un-objective, untrustworthy charlatans, but most of us were unaware of the Senate investigation’s findings.  And, our collective memories are so short these days, that even those of us who were in the know have either forgiven or forgotten.

This is all politically motivated by the big HAVES, at the expense of the rest of us, the have NOTS.  But, I think that all of you are better off getting the full benefit of the article by . . . reading the article. 

So, here it is: 

http://www.alternet.org/story/151935/standard_and_poor%27s%3A_just_more_corrupt_wall_street_insiders_waging_class_war_on_america?page=1

Don’t knee jerk.  You’ll only regret it, while someone – who was already much better off than you – laughs all the way to the bank!

   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/21/11

Listen to your father

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations.  Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”   — George Washington

(Boy, has this country strayed since its “Father” wrote/spoke these words, at his Farewell Address!  The U.S. is still a great nation.  We’re just not what we profess to be, nor are we what our founding fathers envisioned.  The frustrating thing is . . . we still could be.  We’d have to overthrow the Corporatocracy that has hijacked our government and kidnapped our national spirit, but the possibility does exist.  Far too many of us suffer from a kind of “Stockholm Syndrome“, where we relate and even revere our corporate captors.  It’s a kind of co-dependency.  Those of us who do see what has happened, and what continues to go on, need to approach this situation as a relative, or other loved one, would of an alcoholic or other addict.  Because we do care we cannot just ignore it, and pretend that it will go away on its own.  We need to orchestrate a national intervention.  If we don’t, then these unfortunate addicts are just going to drag us all down with them.  Oh, yeah.  Happy President’s Day.) —   YUR


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