Category Archives: Social Issues

Burn It Down Baseball



Spring Training is upon us! Huzzah! The problem is that unless your team has been burnt to the ground already (Tigers, Reds, Phillies, Giants), or has more cash than common sense (Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox), this is unlikely to be a season to remember. Why?

Because the combination of a three factors have collided to make this year one of the potentially worst ever in Baseball, not just the Major Leagues. The players made fools of themselves in the last CBA. Combine that with the luxury tax issues and the reset at the end of this season, and lastly the timing of the Free agents for next season, it has made this off season frustrating to players and fans. And it’s put a pall over the regular season.

Now we head in to the 2018 Season with players feeling betrayed by Owners who gave the Players what they wanted in the CBA. Fans are left to wonder, how bad will my team be, and will it really be that bad or will they just be tanking? And since tanking seems to bring success, isn’t that a positive thing?


The State of California, along with New York and Illinois, has introduced legislation to ban tackle football for kids under High School age. Now… the bill hasn’t become law yet, but it raises questions. First, it is appropriate for the State to ban a sport? Second, is there a role for the State government in oversight of an athletic endeavor? Given the numbers and types of injuries, shouldn’t other sports be banned as well? 


At the Olympics, the main topic du jour seems to be sex, rather than actual competitions. Specifically gay sex, which will NOT be happening in Indonesia, but WILL be happening in Indiana…


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Sinking Ships



Welcome to 2018!

(00:00) It seems like a tradition, every New Years we end up going over all the “new” laws that go into effect with the new year. It’s almost as if we never ask the question, “Why?” Seriously, what is so screwed up that we need as may as 900 new laws every single year?

Looking at some of the newest laws makes me wonder what it is that is really trying to be accomplished. Even some of the laws that didn’t pass seem oriented at the same goal, which is the same idea I’ve had – and many of you have had – for a long time. Even the legalization of Marijuana accomplishes the same end goal.


(31:27) Last year, a jury in Oregon acquitted seven of the Bundy defenders in assault on the Malheur Wildlife Sanctuary in Oregon. I said at the time that this was a good thing, not because the Bundy attackers were right, but because it would demonstrate the power of the Jury to nullify the Government.

I also said at the time that those who were celebrating weren’t really paying attention. It was never “all” of the Bundy defendants acquitted, it was seven. Others took deals, and others still awaited trial.

Now, while the next jury has deadlocked and a mistrial has been declared (which should cause the Prosecution to reconsider, but won’t), you should take the time to consider one of the defendants story.

I have said from the beginning that the Bundy’s are frauds and manipulative of people. They play on passions and errors in understanding. The worst part of what the Bundy’s did was that some of the people they led down the path of evil once were – and are trying to be again – good people.


(43:16) I love being a dad. I guess you know that. It’s the primary reason that I left terrestrial radio and moved to the PACNORWEST. I love playing air hockey and Sorry! with Ben (couple of his Christmas gifts). But there was a time when I didn’t think that I would ever become a dad.

In November of 2009, Cami and I headed down to Santa Monica for what I assumed would be a final visit with my baby sister. She wasn’t supposed to make it, but of course, by the time we got there it was obvious that she would. So the trip became a mini-vacation for the two of us, kind of a short, second honeymoon.

One evening we walked the Promenade, and playing on the sidewalk was an absolutely fascinating band. They had an accordion, trombone, tuba, clarinet and a tapan (a manual drum system) that each of them would take turns playing with their feet. One of the songs they played caught my attention, as it was about the singers wish for his son to live a good life and overcome obstacles life might put in his way. I was enthralled by the song, and I ended up paying $5 for a self-produced and burned CD that they were selling which had the song on it. The song appealed to me, and even though I had no expectation to be a dad, it sort of made me hopeful that I might have the same advice for my step-daughters.

What I didn’t know, and what Cami did already know, was that Ben was already on the way…


Teavana



SEGMENT – THE STEINLE VERDICT (00:00)

The Steinle verdict has the entirety of the political right abuzz. Anger, frustration, screeching and fingers being pointed are the typical responses.

Which means that General Patton was right – When Everybody is thinking the same thing, nobody is thinking.

At. All.

So what happened? Did the Jury nullify? Did the Prosecution over-charge and/or under prosecute? Were the Jury members an OJ Simpson Jury level of stupid?

WHAT THE HECK WENT WRONG??? BECAUSE “WE ALL KNOW” THAT WE DIDN’T GET “JUSTICE!!!!!”


SEGMENT – TEAVANA (36:41)

But for all of that, was this THE most important thing to come out of a Court this past week that will effect liberty and freedom in The United States?

Of course not… That might have come from a local Judge in Indiana, who decided that Teavana, a company owned by Starbucks, should have to follow her order and not do something in its own best interest. Remember, a Government that can tell Starbucks how to run its business, can tell you how to run yours… 


SEGMENT – FRANCE 1945: A THEORY (45:24)

In post World War II, the incidents of sexual attacks and misconduct exploded in France. Now you might think that things would have been worse under the occupation, but it was after the Germans were driven out that things got really bad for women.

When you take a look at why it happened, your eyes might open up a bit as to why this conduct seems to have taken a hold here in America…


Notes:

Reports of Accidental Discharge Acknowledged by Sig Sauer
Lawsuit filed by injured Police Officer over accidental discharge
Comments and observations from an Alternate Juror on the Steinle Case

Sir Paul McCartney – English Tea
La Chant Des Partisans


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