Baseball

At the turn of the century, horse racing was the number one sport in America. By the time Babe Ruth overtook Seabiscuit amidst the Great Depression, baseball had become America’s pastime. There are various iterations of what symbols mean the most to America, but the one I am most familiar...

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  • July 8, 2022

I share an important date with former basketball coach the late Don Haskins, March 14, our birthday. Haskins led the then Texas Western Basketball team to the 1966 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball championship against the vaunted and famed Kentucky Wildcats, led by legendary coach Adolph Rupp. Coach Rupp...

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  • October 13, 2021

Not since, Tuco, Blondie, and Angel Eyes formed a triangle, within a circle, has greed, corruption, and self-interest intersected so destructively. Politics in America, for nearly 250 years has boiled down to money, policy, and humanitarianism in that order. Now it is strictly a good, bad, or ugly proposition. In...

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  • August 30, 2021

“…wearing a mask while playing was no different from wearing a parachute while skydiving.” The above quote is purportedly from the late Jacques Plante, former goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens Hockey club when his bravery was questioned for wearing a mask. As absurd as it seems now, there was a...

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  • August 16, 2021

In a 5-4 Supreme Court decision supported by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice William Brennan wrote in part:  [Gregory Lee] “Johnson was convicted for engaging in expressive conduct. The State’s interest in preventing breaches of the peace does not support his conviction because Johnson’s conduct did not threaten to disturb...

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  • June 30, 2021

A 12-year-old boy with an AK-47 and a 14-year-old girl were arrested after allegedly shooting at cops while boasting “it’s like Grand Theft Auto.” Florida authorities said two armed children engaged in a violent shootout with law enforcement in the town of Enterprise on Wednesday. Travis O’Brien and Nicole Jackson...

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  • June 5, 2021

Most things in America are solved by either common sense, solemnity, or time. The one exception is race. Historically both the Democratic and Republican party has used race as a means of power and control. Although the Federalist Party is long dead, the current Republicans are fighting, legislating, and restoring...

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  • May 17, 2021

On Wednesday, Rep. Liz Cheney was bounced from her leadership position in the House GOP for refusing to acknowledge the eternal, immutable, omnipotent godhead recently incarnated in the form of a mealy, incontinent panic yam in order to drain the D.C. swamp and save the world from blood-hoovering pedophiles like Tom...

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  • May 13, 2021

Yesterday was a very busy day for me so I’m playing catch up today. Received this e-mail yesterday from former Air Force Pilot and U.S. Senate candidate, Amy McGrath (D. KY) on behalf of her new organization, Democratic Majority Action PAC: RoJo The Traitor Since I told you about my...

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  • May 7, 2021

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Ted Cruz admits he’s a corporate shill but like Matt Gaetz’s procurer, Joel Greenberg, prior crimes don’t count if you can get a pardon, even from the press. But hey Ted, confession is good for the soul because you don’t have to rely on the...

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  • April 30, 2021

We’re now at that strange nexus where Brian Kilmeade’s attempt to pin Prince Phil’s death on the granddaughter-in-law fits other anti-semitic and racist tropes fronted by Fox News. This because of counting artifacts in threes. “The New York Time’s (NYT) Upshot examined the statistical prevalence of celebrity deaths in threesomes. How did they do...

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  • April 9, 2021

By way of a baffling and contradictory threat in explaining his position, Senator Mitch McConnell, in his best southern drawl, warned “Co-cola” to not be “stupid.” Addressing a gaggle of reporters in Kentucky,  McConnell said, “It’s quite stupid to jump in the middle of a highly controversial issue,” he went...

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  • April 7, 2021

Previous guy and the GQP continue to be weird and entirely predictable. Weird and even entirely predictable — Kim Mangone (@KimMangone) April 4, 2021 Mike Huckabee doubled down on the usual RW hate, timing it for his evangelical Easter program shown on some shopping channels, because there’s no such thing...

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  • April 4, 2021

Hank Aaron was a giant of a man, not just a legendary baseball player. Not only did he break Babe Ruth’s “unbreakable” home run record, he was also a civil rights hero who never missed a chance to fight for equality. Eventually his efforts led to a Presidential Medal of Freedom...

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  • April 3, 2021

Acknowledging Trumpian failures. Recall when Trump bragged that because of his “natural ability”, he could make medical pronouncements. This occurred as he ignored epidemiological advice, as well as beginning the fiasco of not attending to cases that came into East Coast airports. Note that New Zealand has had one COVID death in...

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  • March 8, 2021

Plenty of dimwittedness to share as Trump demands via a cease and desist order that the GOP not use his likeness or name unless they pay for it. Also, Trump threatens to negative campaign against Lisa Murkowski in yet another empty threat. And finally Trump returns to NYC, the reasons for...

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  • March 7, 2021

At 10:28 am on September 11, 2001, the first of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center tumbled to the ground. Collectively, Americans stood in unison and cried, oh freedom. Weeks later George W. Bush stood on the pitcher's mound at Yankee Stadium and threw a ceremonial strike to...

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  • November 30, 2020
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Since today is a heavy Lindsey Graham (R. SC) news day on Daily Kos, I figured it was important to highlight this from The Huffington Post: Democrat Matt Lieberman hosted a fundraiser for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in 2013, a tough look as he tries to win over Democratic voters...

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  • October 4, 2020

Saturday as I watched 10 white coats appear in front of a mic looking professional  I began thinking about equal justice as  I thought this.   How can anyone vote for a 10 to 0 medical care in America and feel any moral pride or anything but selfish and ashamed?  As those doctors...

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  • October 4, 2020

Much jackboot-quaking as a much-touted demo in Portland had a weak showing north of the anarchist jurisdiction.  x tickled by this because I watched 5 seconds of the KATU coverage and the proud boy on the mic said something like 2,000 people were there— voltaverse (@voltaverse) September 26, 2020 x...

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  • September 26, 2020

Men’s basketball has been in the Bubble and fittingly (I guess) the women are in the Wubble. Baseball is playing before packed houses of canned noise and football began in earnest yesterday, before empty seats of orange, blue, and green. Boxing and professional wrestling (if you consider that a sport)...

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  • September 14, 2020

When bandoleers of soup are outlawed only outlaws will become soup antifa. x Trump in July: And you have people coming over with bags of soup and the anarchists… start throwing it at our cops… And if it hits you, that’s worse than a brick because that’s got force… And...

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  • September 2, 2020

I can’t imagine anything that would actually be more valuable if Donald Trump signed it. Not a photo, not a baseball, not Stormy Daniels’ boob. Well, his resignation. That I’d buy for $10,000.  x “Sell this tonight on eBay. You’ll get $10,000” I just went on eBay and found one...

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  • August 30, 2020

The White House version of the Sturgis Smash Mouth concert is ready for its hydroxychloroquine treatments as one big Hatch Act violation. And for the umpteenth time he lies about Veterans Choice, even as he was called on it directly in a presser several weeks ago. JASS, Just Another Stump Speech....

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  • August 28, 2020

Street protests do not resemble those of the 1960s and Portland is not like Berlin after WWI, even as Trump has constructed from DHS tactical units and DoD contractors, an actual Freikorps. The Spartacist League and the Catholic League will not be meeting in the next World Baseball Classic. Trump probably cannot name a...

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  • August 9, 2020

or at least, why I think many of the analysts are getting it completely wrong. Some analysts are saying that Trump supporters are more motivated than are Biden supporters.  But that misses the point. The comparison should be with Trump opponents, who are incredibly motivated to vote him — and...

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  • July 31, 2020

Trinidad native Shemika Charles holds a world record. Who is Shemika Charles—you ask? Ms. Charles is a 23-year-old performer whose claim to fame is holding the Guinness World Record for the lowest Limbo back-bend, (or whatever the verbiage) of 8.5 inches low and the longest distance walked in that contorted position—just...

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  • July 29, 2020

Oh, hi, Donald Trump! What’s on your mind today? Good God, what fresh hell is this? x So disgusting to watch Twitter’s so-called “Trending”, where sooo many trends are about me, and never a good one. They look for anything they can find, make it as bad as possible, and...

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  • July 27, 2020

Peter Navarro, the Trump administration trade adviser whom Jared Kushner found on Amazon.com (the same place I’ve been vainly searching for a one-bedroom tauntaun carcass to hide in for the next four years in case Trump somehow wins again) wants y’all to stop politicizing the, erm, China virus, folks! This morning,...

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  • July 27, 2020

Live Blog below … looks like Trump will be late, sliding into the old habit, so much for that “new tone”. x Trump says he made this decision even though lots of people “desperately” wanted to be there, given that the pageantry and such were really top of the line.— Daniel...

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  • July 23, 2020

Room Rater is now being used as a throwaway line for happy-talk television, so this Twitter site that rates the backgrounds we use for our Skype/Zoom conversations now draws our attention. The reality is that most backgrounds are just that, even as their detail is a measure of the quality of...

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  • July 13, 2020

How good are the cameras at Rose M. Singer Center (Rikers for Women)? The goods: laundry, baggage, etc. and the tapes, oh so many tapes. Is the GOP “so far gone that even if Ghislane Maxwell implicates the President in child sex trafficking, they will find a way to excuse...

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  • July 2, 2020

There was unrest in Madison Wisconsin and while we’ve gotten used to the idiocy often associated with the activity, pulling down statues seems like the kind of testosterone-fueled adventurism that won’t really advance causes. This seems especially ignorant when anti-racist monuments get torn down since there are still fewer of...

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  • June 24, 2020

Trump’s doing the best he can to try to make his election about whiteness, and ax handles do have a meaning in the 1960s. Dixiecrat Lester Maddox was Georgia governor in 1968, and Trump is still crudely trying to use Nixon’s Southern Strategy with all its referents. Future Gov. Maddox (right) brandishing a...

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  • June 12, 2020

So much iconoclasty, so little time to election day. Darn all those racist targets and their problematic cultural frames, constructed from their siting and historical context, all with social and political mediation. Darn all those genocidal reckonings, darn that 400 years. “Chicago has two Columbus statues and a pillar donated...

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  • June 11, 2020

In case you missed this, Fox News has a new poll out: Former Vice President Joe Biden bests President Donald Trump by nine points in a 2020 ballot test, in the first Fox News Poll since Biden became the de facto Democratic nominee. In a head-to-head presidential matchup, Biden is...

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  • March 28, 2020

For years I have heard academia and the “culture class” say that sports are a waste of time and resources in America. Instead of building schools, we build billion-dollar stadiums, so the argument goes. The pointed question that usually follows is, why is it that a guy who dribbles a basketball...

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  • March 25, 2020

Don’t worry, folks. He’s got this: x Trump is at the CDC talking to reporters about the coronavirus outbreak & just asked the Fox News reporter whether his townhall show on Fox last night got good ratings.— Jackie Calmes (@jackiekcalmes) March 6, 2020 x pic.twitter.com/3ouhulGbSd — Baseball (@baseballminutia) March 6,...

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  • March 6, 2020

For you baseball fans out there, the managerial strategy is, get ‘em on, get ‘em over, and get ‘em home.  Last evening, despite a billionaire throwing spitballs, Joe Biden hit a triple. With a short supply of money, zero campaigning in Minnesota and counted out in California and Texas, Joe...

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  • March 4, 2020

I don’t always read The Guardian, but man oh man have they gotten a hold of the usual suspects who dump on failing political campaigns.  They have Larry Sabato, Michael Steele, and drum roll please — Bob Shrum.  They and others listed in the article tell us who questioned the foundations...

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  • February 16, 2020

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell did a segment on Donald Trump that was piercing as it was able to explain the president's pathology. Ultimately, this is a man that has never loved anyone or was ever loved. Lawrence O'Donnell dissects Trump's pathology x x YouTube Video Lawrence O'Donnell first knocked Trump's prayer...

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  • February 9, 2020

I’m not a big Donny Deutsch fan or anything. For one thing, in his latest rant, he makes the mistake of suggesting that Trump is actually good for the economy, when he’s anything but. (Do any of these fools understand that job growth has actually slowed considerably under Trump?) But...

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  • December 17, 2019

Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Drop by to talk about music, your weather, your garden, or what you cooked for supper…. Newcomers may notice that...

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  • December 7, 2019

We’re about two months out from the first contest in the Democratic primary, so I think it’s a good time to look at the current state of the race and compare how they compare with peoples’ expectations. . Now, I myself shared some thoughts on that back in march. Essentially my argument...

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  • December 3, 2019

We’re about two months out from the first contest in the Democratic primary, so I think it’s a good time to look at the current state of the race and compare how they compare with peoples’ expectations. . Now, I myself shared some thoughts on that back in march. Essentially my argument...

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  • December 3, 2019

I was born in the 1950s in Washington, DC and the first team of my baseball youth is now located in Minnesota. The original Washington Senators packed up uniforms, gloves, balls, and bats, loaded them on trucks and moved to the upper Midwest. In 1961 they became the Minnesota Twins....

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  • November 1, 2019

Unlike the President, I am big enough to say congratulations.  Mr. Trump, thank you for being in office when one of the most hideous men in history was taken out by American forces. Thank you to the Kurds, who provided the intelligence, the fortitude and the blood that kept people...

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  • October 28, 2019

https://twitter.com/TomArnold/status/1188672009275760640? #WorldSeries Listen to the crowd chant #LockHimUp pic.twitter.com/k3J7C0LnEq — Luna Luvgood 🌻🌻🌻 (@LunaLuvgood2020) October 28, 2019 "Lock him up!" chants break out at Nationals Park, as President Trump attends the World Series on Sunday night – @albamonica pic.twitter.com/ymhzRSzhey — NBC News (@NBCNews) October 28, 2019 Ticket to game V...

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  • October 28, 2019

It could be his jury pool. Booed, mocked and given the “lock him up” treatment at the World Series, President Donald Trump might decide that his first MLB game as president just became his last. My ⁦@usatodaysports⁩ column from Nats Park: https://t.co/8b3hUyhHVl — Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) October 28, 2019 When...

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  • October 28, 2019

There is a secret to leadership and importance and I know because I have failed many times and it is not what happens to you in life but how you react to the things life throws.   I believe, we all are important and have a measure of leadership about us.   Sometimes...

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  • October 25, 2019
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