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Standing Rock = Bunkerville

CubsRegardless of whether or not my team – or your team – is in it, this has been one of the best World Series’ ever. In fact, and I say this as a pretty hardcore Dodgers fan – this Series is better because my team – and frankly most of ya’ll’s team – isn’t in it. The compelling story of two teams long regarded as losers and/or cursed, managed by the two best managers in the entire game, with the shadow of Buck Showater’s tragic mistake hanging over them has made for interesting moves, strategies and discussion. Far beyond what we would normally get.

Many insiders have now admitted that from a pure baseball pleasure and from a financial position of all of MLB considered, it would be better for the Indians to win tonight. There was a reason that the movie, Major League, was set in Cleveland, and it wasn’t because of the long and rich tradition of winning Cleveland baseball. The Indians are every bit the snake bit franchise the Cubs are, but without the soft blue unis, the little cub logo and the lush green ivy of Wrigley Field. For much of the last Century they played in the old Cleveland Stadium – a well known cemetery of a ball park – so bad that it wasn’t even used in the film.

I know this much as a baseball fan – there is no way the Dodgers (or the Giants) could have provided this much interest or entertainment over the course of a seven game series. This might very well go down – depending on how tonight goes – as the “perfect” World Series. And I hope that it does. Read the rest of this entry

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It’s going to be a long week. Heck,. it’s only Monday and already Dave is both ticked off and nervous as all get out.

Once again, either our values are that we support and uphold the Constitution, or we don’t. There is NO middle ground. You cannot support and uphold the parts you like and ignore the ones that your “feelings” or your “polls show people want something else” parts. It’s all or nothing folks, and when Conservatives, particularly leaders, continue to post memes and articles that undermine the Constitution – regardless of how they feel about the subject at hand or how “right” it may be – then they are no different than those with whom they disagree. And worse, instead of teaching and instilling Constitutional values in the rest of us, they are creating a leaning environment in which we are taught to ignore and really, not even look at the Constitution to “see if these things are true.”

Some examples:

Can the States refuse to take Immigrants or Refugees?

Did Valarie JARRET say she loved Islam and hates America in her 1977 Stanford yearbook?

Did DiFi say that women cannot protect themselves with “death machines?

How come we are not all dead from the Ebola?

These are just examples of a deeper problem that really isn’t unlike the same problem that Christianity has with televangelists: Which is more important, the Man or the Ideas?

If you chose the man, you choose…. poorly.


A Shot to the ‘Nads

13-jordany-valdespin.w529.h352.2xDave’s Friday gets off to a weird and painful start when a co-worker makes an observation about his wife, and his son starts playing “Ninja” with his school friends.

Frank Carson is told that he cannot continue to represent a murderer in court while he is still in jail. It’s just more of the circus atmosphere that Carson is both cultivating and wants to create around his own murder case.

There has been a great deal of discussion about the Anchor Baby rules, which is good. The bad part is that some people, among them, leading Talk Radio hosts, are being either intentionally misleading or they are flat out ignorant.  If it’s the latter, then they need to be set straight. If it’s the former – and it is – don’t you have to ask yourself why they are being intentionally misleading? At least one national Chat Show Host keeps claiming that the Supreme Court “has never considered” birthright citizenship. This is untrue, as anybody with research staff and computer can see for themselves.

Modesto has a Homeless problem, so does your city. Modesto also had a Blue Ribbon Commission to find solutions to the problem. So does your city. Of course, that was five years ago, and nothing has changed. Why not? Because the solutions to the problem won’t work. Modesto wants more money to provide “Safer Neighborhoods,” presumably to include less homeless at the parks, and a Judge says that Measure G can go ahead because even if it is bogus it’s too late to get changes to the printer.


 

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