I had not planned for this to be a series, but somehow this story, like the Pirates themselves, just won’t go away. First of all congratulations to the Pirates for a great series against the powerful Boston Red Sox as they won two out of three games, taking the series. They are now one game over 0.500 after playing 77 games which is by far their best showing in years. There are actually 15 teams with worse winning percentages than the Pirates. I cannot say that Pittsburgh has caught Pirate fever, but even some local broadcasters have begun speaking about them in more positive terms. After 18 losing seasons in a row we are getting excited, somewhat, to have a “winning” team this late in the season. Oh and the Pirates are only four games back from the division leading Milwaukee.
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A little over two weeks ago I wrote, excitedly, about a potential Republican candidate for president in 2012. Jon Huntsman had resigned as Ambassador to China and started an exploratory committee to seek the GOP nomination. Huntsman seems to have the right credentials for a Republican nod, but a few on the right are already criticizing both his cozy ties with Obama and China. I have pretty much given up on having another Ronald Reagan at the helm of the Republican Party and because I live in Pennsylvania with its late primary election date, the candidates are usually chosen. Huntsman or perhaps more for me his father seemed a likely middle ground.
A few months ago I wrote about how government likes to all up in your business. They just cannot help themselves. One of the examples was how the City of Pittsburgh through its Urban Redevelopment Authority used eminent domain to seize a local theatre in Pittsburgh. The Garden theatre had suffered from the decline of city theatres and the proliferation of suburban multi-screen venues. They somehow survived by catering to the XXX movie crowd. I obviously don’t know the details of their finances, but they stayed in business for decades screening those flicks. That is until the City of Pittsburgh decided that the area would be better suited to a retail development.
I know that it’s still spring training for the Pirates, but I nearly veered off of the road yesterday when I heard the stats for Pirates’ starting pitcher and $2 million dollar man, Ross Ohlendorf. In his last outing Ohlendorf started, pitched a little over four innings, gave up six runs on 9 hits (including three home runs) for an Earned Run Average of 10.05. No one can doubt his optimism,
“Still not as good as I’d like to be, but I still thought it was better than last time. I’ve been up in the zone too much. I know I’m overthrowing some. That’s a big part of it.”
If you are tired about bulbs don’t watch the video. If you are tired about busy body (nanny state) government/NGO (non-government organizations) telling you how to live, what you can buy, and what you can eat you probably feel like Rand Paul as he cordially unleashes on some Obama wonk. You have to watch her try to respond where you can see the snarkiness barely controlled in her demeanor (how dare some bumpkin from Kentucky question me?).
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It’s been a whole day since I updated the Union Liberal Alter, but the events in Wisconsin scream for comment. First off a little recent history. In 2008/2009 we were repeatedly told that “elections have consequences” and that Democrats won and they could rule as they pleased. It turns out that the electorate was not very pleased and in 2010 we had more of those election consequences only this time the Republicans swept. The Republican sweep in the U.S. House was the primary focus of most news reports, but perhaps more importantly was the Republican sweep in the states. The Republicans now have 29 governorships and have “more seats in the state legislatures than they have had since 1928” and they are itching for real change.
Unions and local Democrat politicians have devised wicked schemes to favor union companies from minimum wage rates, to prevailing wage requirement, to Project Labor Agreements (prevent non-union companies from bidding on publicly funded projects). Allegheny County (Pittsburgh area) has reached a new low with the latest tactic. Rather than their usual playbook favoring union shops, they now are going directly after local businesses that are not unionized.
My last post chronicled how the Pittsburgh Pirates, a team with EIGHTEEN STRAIGHT losing seasons, were forced through arbitration to give pitcher Ross Ohlendorf a nearly 400 percent raise even though he was often hurt and only compiled a 1 win versus 11 loss season. In Pittsburgh the Steelers’ season is over so football, the city’s favorite sport, until the NFL draft. The Penguins are limping so badly with injuries that their season is on the brink of collapse. They still enjoy strong fan support and are exciting to watch in anticipation of Sidney Crosby’s return (hopefully). Other than college basketball, hoops is not a big sport in the town.
Much has been written about Obama’s bevy of extra constitutional czars and their seeming unlimited power and lack of congressional oversight. Perhaps even the staunchest Obama-zombie can overlook this power grab because of the promise to fundamentally change the way things are done in Washington. It must be getting hard for the Obama-zombies (and I apologize to regular zombies) to ignore the ever-growing number of examples of the blob-like intrusion of the federal government into even their rose-colored Obama-glasses.
It seems like only two days ago that I stated that the White House had issued over 220 Obamacare waivers. That number was a massive understatement and the number of waivers actually top 770 as reported on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.
and this from the Washington Times…
“How can you get your own free pass from Obamacare? Maybe you can just donate $27 million to President Obama‘s campaign efforts. That’s what Andy Stern did as president of SEIU in 2008. He has been the most frequent guest at Mr. Obama‘s White House.”
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