Did you turn off the Royals game and go to bed early? Yeah, I did. I was too upset with Manager Ned Yost’s pitching-change decisions and the situation appeared lost.
So, I certainly was surprised when I was scanning stories on the Huffington Post and came across this:
“At long last, there will be October baseball in Kansas City.
“With one swing of his bat, Salvador Perez gave the long-suffering Royals fans at Kauffman Stadium something they hadn’t been able to celebrate since 1985: A win in the MLB playoffs. Having waited 29 years since the team’s last postseason appearance, those fans had to wait into the 12th inning on Tuesday night before Perez sealed a thrilling 9-8 win over the Oakland Athletics in the American League Wild Card Game with an RBI single down the left-field line to score teammate Christian Colon from second base.”
The Royals trailed 8-7 in the 12th but tied it with a one-out triple by Eric Hosmer and an RBI single by Christian Colon, who then stole second base — the Royals’ record-tying seventh steal of the game.
The Post story continued: The rally let Yost off the hook for his decision to pull starting pitcher James Shields from the game in the sixth inning. With the Royals leading 3-2, rookie Yordano Ventura relieved Shield after the first two A’s hitters reached base. Brandon Moss drove Ventura’s third pitch over the center-field fence for a three-run home run — he hit a 2-run shot in the first inning.
Yost just can’t handle game pitching situations, making poor decisions all season long. But the Royals won in spite of his mistakes.
The Republicans have done a masterful job in their war against President Obama. From the very first of his presidency, he has taken the slings and arrows of the GOP propaganda machine.
No one can stand the onslaught of what the Republicans have thrown at him. No one. A well-financed propaganda machine can obfuscate and manipulate the focus of campaign policies and send poll numbers down.
Have I liked everything Obama has done? Of course not. The worst? He has tried to be all things to all people. He too often abandoned his progressive ideals. He didn’t fight with a progressive agenda as his most trusted ally.
Just look at his wonderful family and you can see that this man wants goodness in life.
Yet many Republicans want to impeach him.
I got this in a recent email: If Obama came out for oxygen, the Republicans would suffocate themselves.
Most folks can recall the extreme fins of many cars back in the ’50s, either by memory or seeing old photos. But do they recall fender skirts and curb feelers? Oh yeah, the curb feelers — the little antennae extending from the right fenders that “telegraphed” when you were close to the curbs when parking. Ugly.
Oh, and what happened to emergency brakes? Put it in “park” and you’re done with it.
While talking “about when” you gotta chuckle with all the euphemisms concerning sex.
Have you heard recently the term “in a family way.” Yeah, it’s okay to say pregnant now. Oh, crudely, there was “she’s got one in the hangar.”
Bad gender double standards were many “back when.” Pregnant girls didn’t walk the halls of the high schools. They “mysteriously disappeared” from class. The guys? Oh, they still put on their penny loafers, argyle socks, beltless Levis and t-shirt and smugly strolled from class to class.
Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos represents what is wrong with journalism today. The bean counters have taken over.
Without strong family-owned newspapers, journalism suffers. Corporate mentality squeezes the life out of a news room that wants to follow the tenets of the five “Ws” and the “H.”
Bezos’ plans call for making significant cuts to the newspaper’s retirement funds for both union and nonunion employees. The changes will hit hardest at employees hired before 2009 who could plan on receiving pension payments based on their income and years of service. Each of those employees could see scores — or hundreds — of thousands of dollars less over the course of a retirement. More recent hires do not have traditional pension plans.
The Post will create a new cash balance plan to replace the pensions for nonunion employees and a separate but similar plan for those covered by the union. Those plans provide employees with a lump sum or annuity when they retire. But they do not guarantee a particular level of retirement payments, thus reducing the risk that Bezos would have to add money to the pension if financial markets plunged.
Bezos, who bought the Post in August 2013 for $250 million, instituted similar plans at Amazon. In 2013, the New York Times reported that Bezos had cut company costs at Amazon in 1999 by taking away employees’ aspirin. “Just about the only thing that workers received free was aspirin,” the Times wrote. “So the aspirin went.”
As has become quite evident, the wealthiest Americans are playing a larger role in politics these days, thanks to campaign finance laws loosened by the Supreme Court’s conservative majority. Billionaires can now make unlimited contributions to super PACs, or, if they prefer discretion, to nonprofit groups that don’t disclose their donors.
Look at these conservatives and what they have already given this year:
- Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas casino magnate: $814,300 (100 percent to Republicans) with a fortune estimated at $28.5 billion.
- Richard DeVos, Holland, Michigan, Amway co-founder: $692,450 (100 percent to Republicans), worth a reported $6.8 billion.
- Brothers Charles Koch, Wichita, Kansas, and David Koch, New York, heirs and operators of the nation’s largest private company, Koch Industries: $682,100 (100 percent to Republicans) worth $36 billion each.
- Charles Schwab, San Francisco, discount brokerage service: $487,100 (100 percent to Republicans), worth $6.6 billion.
- Steve Wynn, Las Vegas casino magnate: $481,200 (100 percent to Republicans) with an estimated fortune of $3.5 billion.
Wynn went into tirades against Obama during earnings calls with investors. Wynn said that Obama held a “weird political philosophy,” and made “speeches about redistribution” using language not heard, “except from pure socialists.”
Jon Stewart has a message for Fox News on the Latte Salute:: “Shut up!”
Fox’s pundits have been attacking Obama for saluting two U.S Marines with a coffee cup in his hand. But on a recent “The Daily Show,” Stewart wasted no time pointing out the hypocrisy. “You don’t really care about this,” he said. “You have no principle about this. You’re just trying to score points in a game no one else is playing — and here’s how we know.” And with that, he played a series of clips showing commentators on the one hand demanding respect for those in uniform putting their lives on the line while on the other hand insulting a female fighter pilot leading the attack on ISIS militants.
“F… you, and all your false patriotism,” Stewart said.