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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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Trump’s Hmong

Donald Trumps plan to “ban all Muslims” is not just badly flawed, it also could lead to another national embarrassment like the one we had in 1975 when we abandoned the Hmong People in Vietnam. Like it or not, our military relies on Muslim folks to HELP us in our fight against ISIL. And Trumps plan would make getting that assistance virtually impossible.

Meanwhile, Trump also promised the New England Police Union, people who are sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution, that he (Trump) would use the power of the pen to issue an Executive Order to bypass said Constitution that the Police Union promised to uphold and defend, to overrule state Laws and Constitution and execute Cop Killers. Instead of reacting as people who have sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution would have reacted, the  New England Police Union cheered, applauded and endorsed Donald Trump.

The day is almost here at last for the ONLY College football game that actually matters, Army-Navy 2015. All of the pageantry and on field performance is secondary to the idea that the men and women you see on Saturday, will, in just a few months or years, be leading our nations Military as we battle the evil in this world. And remember this – to the “experts” at ESPN, one particular player you will see on Saturday, “wasn’t good enough” to be invited to the presentation of the most meaningless trophy in sports, the Heisman Trophy, which is supposed to represent excellence AND integrity, but in fact, represents excellence in marketing.

Go Navy! Beat Army! (But it will not bother me if Army wins, because the truth is, we all win!)

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It Should Be Crystal Clear Now

140528_thad_cochran1_605aIt should be obvious now, after the Mississippi GOP Primary runoff, that the Establishment “Van Pelt” GOP will do anything – and by that I mean literally anything, to stay in power. The simple and undeniable fact is that Thad Cochran needed, courted and SOUGHT OUT DEMOCRAT VOTES to defeat the evil “Tea Party” challenger. Just let that rattle around for a second… the Party that demands that Conservatives supports its candidates no matter what because “otherwise you’re just voting for the Democrat,” went and bought 35,000 Democrat votes for itself instead of letting registered Republicans decide on who their nominee would be. For those of you who continue to support the Van Pelts’ can you honestly look at yourself in the mirror and accept that this is what the GOP that you personally believe in has become? Don’t tell me about the other side and its evils and foibles. You are the ones who talk about character and morals and ethics and principles. This Mississippi election says to me that those are nothing more than words. That the GOP, run by the Van Pelts, is not about any of those things. It’s about power. Period.

The new State Budget, which spends more than ever, is noticeably deficient in a major area – the Courts. One has to assume that the oversight is intentional, since the Democrat Party wrote this turd of a budget and pushed it through without the need of even a single GOP vote. Now we learn that the BUDGET FOR THE COURTS IS LESS THAN HALF of what is needed just to maintain the status quo of cases being handled. Think about what that means to those of you who are in the process or who are looking for justice. The Democrats would rather fund social programs that than the Courts.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a big University of Oklahoma Football fan. My Grandmother Bowman – of blessed memory – wanted me to attend OU and play there, and I would have dearly loved to have gone to play there. So I have some emotion involved here. I am not the biggest Bob Stoops fan, I feel like he has a reputation for under-preparing for the biggest games. But he just got a big raise and will now BE PAID OVER $5 MILLION A YEAR to coach the Sooners. He might be worth every cent in football terms. But what does it say that tuition to State Universities keep going up, and the HIGHEST PAID FACULTY MEMBERS are, with a few exceptions, athletic coaches?

We mentioned the tip we had yesterday about seventeen search warrants being executed for home marijuana grows. HERE IS THE REPORT detailing the searches and the arrests.

Here’s a great way to not build a tax base. Stanislaus County has seen a decrease in children, but a 12% increase in Senior Citizens living in the area, according to new data RELEASED BY THE CENSUS.

Turns out that investors looking for States to put their money into, find that our fellow State far to the East, Texas, OUTPACES CALIFORNIA BY SOME $33 BILLION.

One of the reasons that I so love this area and this community is that when there is a need, we step up and meet it. When we read the story on the are the other day about the woman who had died and had nobody to make any arrangements, we had several texts of offers to help, up to and including a fully paid for burial plot, which we passed on to the Coroners Office. Turns out there was a slight mix up and they weren’t really looking for donations, BUT THIS COMMUNITY WAS THERE anyway. You can talk to me about lists and TV Crime dramas and whatever real problems we have all you want. But this is what makes this area so wonderful. 

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