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Archive for January 7th, 2017

Saturday night show: VP Biden and a few other thoughts

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January 7, 2017 at 10:00 pm

Hall of Fame vote: Ivan Rodriguez for sure this time!

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The Hall of Fame vote will happen next week and here are my 5 selections this year:    

1) Ivan Rodriguez, one of the very best catchers ever…..he could change a game picking off runners at first or second base………..also a .296 career hitter, 1999 AL MVP plus lots of Gold Gloves;

2) Tim Raines, the best leadoff hitter of his generation…..a .294 career hitter, 2,605 hits and 808 stolen bases…….unfortunately, we did not see much of him in the AL but he was awesome on the bases;

3) Mike Mussina, one of the best pitchers of the last 25 years…………270 wins, 3.68 ERA and lots of innings; and,

4) Curt Schilling, the definition of a clutch pitcher…………216 wins, a 3.46 ERA………he was 11-2 in the post-season with a 2.23 ERA.     Where do you find a better pitcher?

5) Billy Wagner, with 422 saves and a 2.31 ERA.

This is a very substantial ballot and there are some, like Vlad Guerrero and Jeff Kent who may have to wait a bit longer.

Not surprising, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro will have to wait a bit longer.  

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January 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm

27,000 bombs falling on the Obama legacy

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(My new American Thinker post)

In 2009, the Nobel Peace Prize committee let “Bush derangement syndrome” get the best of them. They hated President Bush so much that they awarded the Peace Prize to our new President Obama:

Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. 

Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. 

Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. 

The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. 

 

Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.

It was a silly statement in 2009 because Mr. Obama had been president for a few months when they made the decision. It’s like saying that a rookie has redefined the game because he told a reporter in spring training that he’d take his team to a World Series title.   

It is hilarious now, specially with the benefit of eight years of governing.

Over time, some Committee members have expressed some second thoughts. After all, President Obama has not really ended wars, unless you believe that the Iraq pullout gave us peace in the Middle East.

The Committee may have some real second thoughts when they read this:

The U.S. dropped 26,171 bombs last year, 3,027 more than 2015.

According to an analysis of Defense Department data from the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-partisan think tank, the majority of the bombs were dropped in Iraq and Syria. 

The U.S. leads an international coalition fighting the Islamic State group in both countries and has carried out air operations in attempt to reduce the area controlled by the terrorist organization.

Nearly the same amount of bombs were dropped in Syria (12,192) and Iraq (12,095) last year.

To be fair, I supported a firm position against ISIS or the creation of no-fly zone in Syria to protect civilians from Assad’s savage regime. Unfortunately, President Obama never understood that dropping bombs is a component of a policy and not the sole activity. In the end, President Obama’s weak foreign policy dropped bombs but did not contribute to making anything better in the region.

In the meantime, the Committee now has 27,000 reasons to understand just how silly their 2009 decision was.

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January 7, 2017 at 6:54 am