Well July is ending and Chicago Cub General Manager Jim Hendry has officially ran up the Cubby Blue white-flag of surrender, with a trade of pitcher Ted Lilly. As with the overwhelming majority of Hendry’s trades I am underwhelmed – again!!! Lilly was traded along with second-baseman Ryan Theriot for Los Angeles Dodgers second-baseman, Blake DeWitt and two low level minor league pitchers. And Hendry being the nice guy that he is – -even tossed in 2.5 million dollars to help the Dodgers pay Lilly’s and Theriot’s salary! Holy Cow what a joke -the Cubs get short-sheeted in the trade- plus they basically pay Lilly and Theriot to play for the Dodgers. The trade is little more than trading even-up for similar quality second-basemen, while also trading one of the most consistent pitchers on the Cubs team for the last few years for a couple of maybe/maybe-not future prospects. Plus Hendry gave the Dodgers that 2.5 million dollars as part of the horse exchange!! And if the trade is successful for the Cubs, it will not be because of any great managerial insight but because Hendry tossed the dice and it didn’t come up snake-eyes! You know I can understand that Hendry is waving the White Flag and is probably not highly considering resigning Lilly to a new contract at the end of this season. So Hendry hopes that by trading Lilly he could get a bonus out of the original Lilly deal by adding players through a mid-season trade. I get it that is part of the Major League Baseball culture. But Hendry, as usual, got taken to the cleaners by another MLB General Manager! Basically Hendry gambled away the rest of Lilly’s contract of services for a couple of minor league prospects that may never be and to make it look like he was doing his job he also swapped position players. My dog could have made that trade and she probably could have made the trade players for players without including cash. Did I mention that Hendry included 2.5 million dollars in this latest game of craps!!! When the Ricketts family purchased the Chicago Cubs franchise, the fans were promised that the team finally had an owner that was as interested in seeing the Chicago Cubs win – as does the fandom. Yet this trade reeks of the same past Cubs management failures.
Monthly Archives: July 2010
Media sources have released a leaked Immigration Services document where it seems that members of Team Obama are seeking to circumvent Congress and the over-whelming political concerns of USAmericans. The document deals with a hypothetical method to grant amnesty and legal status to illegal aliens without going through normal immigration legislative policy. According to media sources the document reads as follows:
“the agency is considering ways in which it could enact “meaningful immigration reform absent legislative action” — that is, without the consent of the American people through a vote in Congress.
“This memorandum offers administrative relief options to . . . reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization,” it reads.
Also: “In the absence of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, USCIS can extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing new guidance and regulations, exercising discretion with regard to parole-in-place, deferred action and the issuance of Notices to Appear (NTA), and adopting significant process improvements.”
The National Review article claims that the USCIS is thinking about using “Deferred Action”. The Definition of Deferred Action according to the USCIS is:
“an exercise of prosecutorial discretion not to pursue removal from the U.S. of a particular individual for a specific period of time.”
Have we returned to the pre-1776 era, where the US citizens are subjected to legislation and taxation without representation??? It is “my way or the highway” actions like this that display just how Statist and narcissistic the Barack Obama administration is when it comes to pushing their European-style socialistic political agenda. Team Obama is not interested in the will of the people. Team Obama is not interested in accepted US legislation or policy. Team Obama is all about Chicago style thug politics. Team Obama is interested is in how they can manipulate the system to push Team Obama agenda. Barack Obama the lifetime Chicago politician – whom nurtured his career in the illegal alien Sanctuary City of Chicago, Illinois- seeks to use his Statist methodology in an effort to make the whole US nation one big Sanctuary City!
According to his Wikipedia biography –> “Charlie Rangel is known as an energetic, genial, and sociable politician, one who is able to gain friendship and influence by means of charm, humor, and candor.” I have seen him interviewed by the media and he seems all of that. Yet it also seems like Congressman Charlie Rangel has been under investigation for corruption charges almost forever. It was just last year Rangel avoided being ousted from his highly visible leadership post of the House Ways and Means committee, over questions of his ethics. Afterward Democrat Party insiders were quoted –>“Ousting the chairman — will remain wishful thinking until House Speaker Nancy Pelosi decides that it’s time for Rangel to lose his chairmanship.” Continued scandal eventually forced Rangel from his powerful position earlier this year. Now several months later Rangel is facing ethics charges again. After all the previous Nancy Pelosi foot shuffling the timing smells suspicious.
Considering the previous insider statement – that suggested Team Obama member Nancy Pelosi’s god-like omniscience/omnipotence abilities would make final determinations about Rangle’s future service in government –> Why now, after a lengthy amount of Pelosi playing “see no evil – hear no evil – know no evil” politics, has Pelosi dropped her all-powerful shield-of-protection from Rangel??? Could it be that Team Obama leader – following his recent Sherrod embarrassment- Barack Obama is needing a little distraction from the daily exposure of his administration’s governing failures? He was promoted as the Progressive Messiah of hope and change during the 2008 campaign. Instead he has been more of the same old tired Washington DC political hacks. Much to the horror of his leftwing base, his war policy has mirrored George Bush Jr. policy. Obama has expanded on invasion of public privacy with his progressive programs. His economic plans have been a failure. He was supposed to the light of truth and has instead become exposed in lie after lie. The Obama failures could use a little “wag the dog” moment and this sudden change of direction in pursuing Rangel, could be just the media frenzy Obama could use and needs for a distraction. One constant for Obama, since his announced 2008 campaign, has been his willingness to toss Team Obama underlings under the bus when necessary. That was still very evident, when it looked like Shirley Sherrod was going to cause his administration embarrassment. The rush to put Rangel front of the media stage in a soliloquy–> smells alot like Team Obama has decided it is time for Rangel to take one for the team while they regroup before fall elections.
To Shirley Sherrod’s credit (assuming there are no more tapes or information concerning her past admitted bigotry towards a white farmer) it sounds as if she attempted to correct her admitted transgression of past racism. Her claims of redemption are a job for the media to prove or disprove. However It seems that the Progressive Liberal popes, bishops and disciples of the False Prophet Obama –> have decided to blame evil Conservatives for their discipleship’s immediate and harsh reactions to the video released – concerning the past racist actions of Team Obama member Shirley Sherrod.
The whole scenario goes back to my past remarks on the current Sarah Palin/Bristol Palin/Levi Johnston controversy. Modern politics are often more determined by media frenzy than durable goods. Those Obama supporters that feel misled, have no one to blame but themselves. If they were misled then it was because they have proven they are as easily led by media frenzy as any other political action group. Most of these groups are the same individuals that have allowed media frenzy to condemn (in some instances physically attacked Tea party members) the Tea Party as a racist filled movement on even less evidence. At least with Sherrod she has admitted to her racist behavior – it was just over twenty years ago. There has yet to date been any proof released of Tea Party Group racist actions. All there ever was offered against the Tea Party–>was media frenzy created innuendo.
I very much agree -and feel you can use it as a blanket to cover nearly all those individuals now feeling misled by the Sherrod video/story- with the following assessment of the NAACP reaction from Jeff Dunetz:
Snookered??? How could they be snookered, Shirley Sherrod spoke at an NAACP event. Mr. Jealous had access to the entire tape but he never bothered to look at it before he blasted Ms Sherrod. Sorry Mr. Jealous, but you can’t be snookered when you hold all of the evidence. And you are still missing a major part of the video its not necessarily about Shirley Sherrod. Watch the video again, listen for the approval of the crowd as she talked disparagingly about the white farmer and how she sent him to one of his own for help. You see, Ms Sherrod’s story doesn’t change the fact that the NAACP audience seemed to have approved of her actions when she talked about not helping the white farmer.Shirley Sherrod’s story doesn’t change the fact Ben Jealous had access to the entire video and blasted Sherrod without watching it. That is not the fault of Andrew Breitbart, nor is it the fault of Fox News, it is the fault of only one person, Ben Jealous President of the NAACP.
As more of the story facts trickle out, in my estimation the original Sherrod video/story was never as much about Sherrod’s bigotry and racism as it was the hypocritical Progressive Liberals shielding Team Obama’s race baiting politics, while pointing fingers and falsely crying racist about the Tea Party Movement. As I said in my Palin post – when it comes to modern media frenzy driven politics–> Live by the Sword:Die by the Sword.
Whenever someone has criticized Barack Obama or a member of Team Obama, the almost immediate response has been for the individual or organization criticizing Obama, to be labeled RACIST by Team Obama or their discipleship. Even I have experienced the numerous need to dodge racist labeled knives on this small blog -isolated here amidst the 17th district of Illinois- that was gerrymandered for the Democratic Politburo and that was also instrumental in helping elect Barack Obama to the US Senate plus Rod Blagojevich as our Governor, twice. Most recently I noticed the Quad City Ghost face the wrath of an Obama disciple for posting about the Team Obama racist moment caught on tape by Andrew Breitbart.
From the early moments of the Obama 2008 campaign many Obama opponents were suspicious to the reasons that mainstream media never seemed to be interested in any story that criticized the anointed one – Barack Obama. The media jokes began to pile-up as every time a conservative individual or organization would question Obama or a member of Team Obama – mainstream media would instead run a story about the racist conservatives attacking a black man. Fox News Journalists, The Tea Party and any conservative organization criticizing Team Obama were consistently smeared as creating bigoted conspiracy. I personally began to dub Obama as the False Prophet of Hope and Change, while calling mainstream media the popes and bishops of the Team Obama discipleship. Even now after video has been released about a Team Obama member bragging about using her position of authority in a racist manner – members of the Obama discipleship circle the wagons claiming; “See No Evil – Hear No Evil- Know No Evil”! The head buried in the sand response should be of no surprise – how many of the media hid their heads in the cone of silence when an Obama supporter (who was also a teacher of small children) was previously exposed on camera bragging about how she bullied her students that supported John McCain in the 2008 POTUS election. Now it seems as if all those whom have complained about “intentional” media bias protecting Team Obama are starting to be proved as conspiracy fact not theory. It seems that documents have been uncovered, showing mainstream media plans to discredit any conservative organization criticizing the False Prophet, and being exposed on the Daily Caller. Of course that media bias should not surprise anyone; after all it has not been all that long since it was uncovered that there was a similar conspiracy to protect Al Goracle Global Warming Theology among the Global Warming discipleship.
Let the Media “Cover Your Ass” coverup games begin!
They are a little late coming to the party but over at the Hot Air Green Room they are making a comparison many of us have been making around the Internet and in open discussion for some time now. They have finally opened up their dictionary and let the written words of professional word smithies do their talking. They chose Wiktionary. Though not as extensive as the Green Room listings, below is a similar definition, as listed in my home version of MSN Encarta dictionary:
fas·cism [fá shìzzəm]or Fas·cism [fá shìzzəm] noun
dictatorial movement: any movement, ideology, or attitude that favors dictatorial government, centralized control of private enterprise, repression of all opposition, and extreme nationalism.
If the shoe fits wear it. In the case of Team Obama the only phrase that is not an actual fit is “extreme nationalism”. But when you change the phrase “extreme nationalism” to “extreme globalist” the glass slippers of fascism slides easily on Team Obama’s feet.
Potential political opponents for any future run for POTUS by Sarah Palin - must furiously calculating hypothetical suggestive associative smear-campaigns, as they drool at the thoughts of a Billy Carter reincarnation when they read about the current Bristol Palin/Levi Johnston Big Top Circus. Flashbacks of Billy Beer and Billygate sugar plums dart possibilities to skewer any Sarah Palin campaign – are probably dancing in their bipartisan heads. Such is the misfortune of having fifteen-minute-of-fame seeking relatives when you are a candidate competing in a political world directed more by media frenzy than durable goods. Live by the sword: Die by the Sword. Bristol Beer or Levi Levitra anyone?
Here is something fun to try. Towards the bottom of this post is a link to a site called “I Write Like”, where you can post your personal posts/creations and it will analyze your writing style as compared to famous authors. Since how or what I write depends upon the mood swing I am in I entered two different Internet postings, I have previously created. I was mostly amused by the results I got. One posting I submitted compared my style to Margaret Mitchell. I like that comparison very much, as she composed one of my favorite pieces of literature “Gone With the Wind”, which was also made into a slightly popular 1939 movie of the same name! The other comparison confused me as it compared the post to some old prehistoric fart from Britain named William Shakespeare. I do remember being required to read some of his stuff in high school. But that comparison didn’t excite as much – as much of his stuff was full of blood and tragedy. Though I am left fairly confused about what the two different comparisons say about my already well known quirky personality. I considered submitting another post but the site already makes me look like I have a split personality. And I have no desire to come away looking like the Internets version of Sybil!!!
Please, I will except no remarks about my pre-twenty-nine years old doom and gloom poetry or atrocious grammar from any of my past teachers! Hah! That especially means you -Ludwig!
Anyway I hope everybody enjoys the I Write Like Link!
I write like –> Margaret Mitchell
I write like –> William Shakespeare
After reading about the reemergence of the Hollywood/Palin nuptials announced via the US media extravaganza over on QCExaminer’s blog, I have but one piece of advice for Bristol Palin and Ricky Hollywood. Become adults instead of playing adult games. Immediately seek professional help from the following therapist. Ricky take Gunny’s advice seriously; then quit being a media whore by avoiding the soon to be offered invitations to the Jerry Springer Show and all the similar media sideshows/freakshows –> then grow a pair – instead of publicly showing a pair. Then “maybe” your testicles will not be served to you for breakfast -Hannibal Lecter Style- by your future inlaws.
I am an avid baseball fan. I don’t mind that it is thirty minutes of actual sporting activity – often jam-packed into a three hour time span. Like many-many baseball fans I am team-brand conscious. In my case that means if the Chicago Cubs aren’t on the field I probably ain’t watching. That team-brand loyalty, is a reason that MLB requires both the American League and the National League to select at least one player from every team each league represents. To look at it from a business sense –> The All Star Game is an exhibition game and in order to draw and that helps keep the largest amount of baseball fans tuned in to the game. That helps MLB sell the game to Television corporations, plus it helps the broadcasting station to maximize dollars from advertising revenue. The fan hopefully gets to see the hometown favorite play the hero, the television station attracts a wider selection of viewers to expose their station’s product to while making money on advertising and the advertisers feel happy because they have a chance to promote their products to the captive viewer waiting to see their hometown favorite play the hero. It is a win-win-win for all parties. But like most big top circus events there is always room for “stupid is as stupid does” moments! In Tuesday’s game there was at least two such moments. One belonged to MLB the other to myself. Both of those moments coincided with each other.
I am a baseball addict. Like many foolish baseball addicts, I programmed my Direct TV box to automatically switch to the game – which was 7:00 PM Central. That was my “Stupid is as Stupid does“ moment! I have been watching the All Star Game for most of my 29+ years on the planet. Any avid watcher knows MLB rolls out a Big Top Extravaganza of entertainment before the actual game. It always lasts too long. That is their “Stupid is as Stupid does” moment. It is now after 2:00 AM in the morning and I still cannot tell you whom I am more mad at – myself or MLB!
Most Baseball games are a lot like going fishing – a lot of lulls in between the action. Even for an avid baseball watcher -there are lots of slow time in between the offensive and defensive plays. That is why the cameramen often scan the audience for pictures of cute kids, sexy women and doofus guys; in order distract the television audience during those lulls in the field action. So as I walked in to my television room several minutes after the scheduled time for the game, the pregame pomp was just getting under way. ZZZ-ZZZ-ZZZ! I walked in just in time to see a very ragged looking Harrison Ford in the middle of a feel-good MLB promotion. Sorry but MLB games are way too long for them too drag out such pregame spectacle. After a few minutes I started channel surfing. I returned to the channel at 7:45 PM figuring the game must be started. Nope, I arrived to a Direct TV commercial. When the commercials were over the game was still not ready to start! Finally a couple of charming kids came on the screen and did in about two minutes what MLB had failed to do in the previous forty-eight minutes – read the player lineups in order to start the game. The first pitch of the game was not thrown until after the clock on my television registered 7:50 PM. Arghhhhhh! Fifty minutes of mostly pompous spectacle in order to watch a game that lasted almost another three hours. I don’t mind giving up three hours of my time to watch a professional baseball game – I am a baseball fan. But fifty minutes of filler before the game is ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!! It is distracting from the game and wasteful of the fans time. There is not a promotion or acknowledgement included before a baseball game that could not have been worked in as filler in between innings or during down minutes of the game. Baseball fans tune in the All Star game to watch baseball not fifty minutes of grandiose self-promoting back-slapping by MLB, owners/management, players, their affiliates and associations. Stupid is as Stupid does! If I were one of those MLB sponsors that paid mega-bucks for advertising in the time period between 7:00 and 7:50 PM – I would be demanding my money back!!!