Never Give Up Hope

3+ I was re-reading Ben Hunt’s superb series Things Fall Apart in the midst of rese
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ET82
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ET82

I am rather uncertain about responding to a message that advocates for hope. David’s one here is sincere enough. Even though I think it draws tenuous comparisons between the highly defined/refereed realm of sporting events and the life or death stakes of political strife. I would never disregard that sports amounts to matters of life for death for many fans unless I was also prepared to do some brawling thereafter. Yet it seems that private interests have learned how to win every season of modern US politics in spite of how any electoral game gets called. Mitch McConnell’s amazing streak of overturning and nullifying his opponents’ fairly won victories comes to mind most prominently. But sports aside, and regardless if it’s an honest or self-serving plug for hope, my thinking around politics rarely strays far from the consequences for individual lives and larger societies. But it is an avowed bias that becomes most evident to me whenever reminded of our potential to overcome disunity. So with that stated up front… Shortly after the Kavanaugh confirmation I found a message on twitter stating, “We have a collective responsibility to hope.” (https://twitter.com/trainsbutspooky/status/1049125256420581381) And yesterday there was a plea from a father wanting his 8 year old to be able to grow up with some sense of normalcy. (https://twitter.com/RedTRaccoon/status/1055930441654550529) Part of me believes in the nobility of the first message and the sincerity of the second. But another part of me—the part that has participated in armed conflict, that has encountered the immutability… Read more »

Giggles the Clown
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Giggles the Clown

Wow, I’ll be sure to tell my dad about that Rush Limbaugh nugget; he was a huge Brett fan. Welcome aboard David!

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Redcat
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Redcat

David, I really like this new angle – ancient literature, movie quotes, and philosophic remnants are wonderful but good ol’ Americana fills a need – especially when it’s real and back in my day. Good on ya, mate, keep ’em comin’.

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Victor K
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Victor K

“As became clear…final half-inning.” 80+ words!! Time for relief ;()

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James Stewart
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James Stewart

David, setting aside silly things such as “rules” and whatnot, and focusing on the “spirit” of the game, in the case of Altuve/Betts, why should the benefit of the doubt be given to the fielder versus the batter? The former needed to make an exceptional play on a ball that the latter objectionably hit out of the park. The call, very clearly, should have been given to the batter and upon review a “lack of evidence” should have justified the call on the field. When, in fact, the reverse happened. It was plain as day that the call on the field couldn’t be overturned, it just seems like the benefit of the doubt should have been given to the batter and not the fielder. I suspect our widening gyre will prevent us seeing eye to eye on this but I know you know in your heart that I’m right.

Cc: Ben and Rusty

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James Hunter
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Point of order – There was only ONE camera angle that gave the answer to the question of “Interference?” or “No Interference?”; and the photo above is not it, but the photo is useful. In the photo above, the guy in the WHITE shirt is the key, for his hand hits the hand/arm of the guy in the orange shirt (and what looks to be a “Reagan/Bush” ball cap) – and “Orange shirt” is responsible for closing Betts’ glove which otherwise certainly makes the catch. TBS looked at the play from as many angles as they could, but the one that would have given the answer was blocked (if memory serves) by a Security Guard. However, the smoking gun was the one angle which showed the SHADOW of the arm of the guy in the white shirt fully formed on the yellow paint defining the top of the wall. If he was NOT in the field of play, his shadow could not possibly have shown and extended over the yellow paint. And if white shirt’s arm and hand are in play, by definition Orange Shirt’s are as well. Unfortunately, Ron Darling and Brian Anderson didn’t notice the shadow, and TBS only went to that angle a couple of times. The call was correct for those with Clear Eyes and Full Hearts (even if that heart belongs to a Yankees fan!). And its STILL true even if I fully disclose that my Grandfather worked at the Deaconess Hospital and we could… Read more »

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