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Sunday, 22 April 2012

USA Today: Sports: Boston AP: Yankees Club Five HRs To Spoil Red Sox's Celebration of Fenway Park

USA Today: Sports: Boston AP: Yankees Club Five HR's To Spoil Red Sox's Celebration of Fenway Park

This post was originally posted at FRS Daily Journal on WordPress

What I’m about to blog, is no way to sound like a damn Yankees fan. Because I’m not trying to bash the Red Sox, I’m a lifelong Orioles fan. And not a fan of either team, the Yankees and Red Sox. And they are the Orioles top two rivals. But you would think when celebrating the 100th Birthday of what I believe is the greatest of the classic ballparks in Major League Baseball, you would bring your A Game, bring your best. Especially when facing your arch-rival in the New York Damn Yankees.

Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholtz did that. Only giving up one run over six innings. The Red Sox batters gave Buchholtz a 9-0 lead and Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine pulls Clay Buchholtz, to bring in the Red Sox bullpen. The bullpen thinking it must be their off day, or they were throwing batting practice to the Yankees or were still drunk from celebrating the Fenway 100th Birthday. This is Boston, that is possible and no that wasn’t an Irish joke, but a Boston joke.

The Red Sox bullpen giving up, count them fifteen runs over three innings. Represents the ultimate of chokes and again we are talking about the Red Sox. So that’s saying something, for a regular season game and the Red Sox fans and Fenway Park deserved a hell of a lot better.


Wednesday, 18 April 2012

AlterNet: Opinion: Joshua Holland: "Freedom From a Dead-End Life": What America Needs is More Freedom Over Our Own Lives

AlterNet: Opinion: Joshua Holland: Freedom From a Dead-End Life: True Liberty Means Defeating the Right Wing's Nightmare Vision For America  

This post was originally posted at FRS FreeStates on WordPress

When Religious and Neoconservatives complain about big government, and the dangers of big government, take that with at least one grain of salt, actually you may need a jar.  If you don’t end up laughing after hearing from that, because they believe in big government, just in a different form. And are either not willing to admit that or are unaware of it. Sort of like an alcoholic unaware that they are an alcoholic. Same thing with people addicted to cocaine. Addicted to big government is more accurate, than being against it.

Neoconservatives are the people that gave us indefinite detention, the Patriot Act, the Defense of Marriage Act, constitutional amendments to ban pornography and same-sex marriage, No Child Left Behind, the expansion of Medicare in 2003. The most vocal opponents against marijuana legalization , even for medical marijuana. Would ban adultery and pre-marital sex and perhaps even women being allowed to work out of the house if they could. If Neoconservatives are against big government, than the New York Yankees represent South Carolina and play all of their home games there.

When you hear Progressives complain about big government or as they would call it big brother, again at least one grain of salt, if you're not laughing. Actually you may need a months supply of salt and salty potato chips, because who the hell are they fooling. These are the people who believe New Deal and Great Society didn't go far enough because they are social insurance systems and not social welfare systems. 

Services that people in need used and not universal services that would be available to everyone to manage all of their economic affairs for them. . And would like to create a welfare state in America to expand on what we have already. And be able to regulate things like hate speech, outlaw gambling, throw out the 2nd Amendment, outlaw private contributions to political campaigns. Even regulate the media with the “Fairness Doctrine”. Eliminate choice in how we pay for our healthcare by eliminating the private health insurance industry. 

Perhaps eliminate private schools including universities and put the Federal Government i charge of education. Because they say "this is how other countries do it, so this is how we should do it as well". Today's so-called Progressives which is really just a nice way of saying Socialists or even Statists, are champions of big government in America. But not just as it relates to economic policy, but key personal freedom issues relating to what we can eat and drink and even how we can communicate with each other. Where we should get our media. 

What America needs is not less freedom with new things being outlawed. Whether they come from the Far-Right or Far Left. What we need is more freedom across the board, not freedom to abuse innocent people. But the freedom to live our own lives and then regulate how we interact with each other. Better education so people have even more freedom over their own lives, because now they would have the education they need to make the right decisions with their own lives. 

Not some superstate that will do our cooking for us, or buy or groceries, or decide where we should work or live, or what we should say to each other. Or what we should do with our own money. But not try to protect us from ourselves, but laws that are there to regulate how we treat each other. Smart educated people are the true free people in America. Because they have the knowledge to manage their own lives and make their own decisions. That is what America needs more of. Not a super babysitter trying to manage our lives for us.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Salon: Opinion: Troy Williams: When Mormons Were Socialists: Mitt Romney The Socialist Mormon?

Salon: Opinion: Troy Williams: When Mormons Were Socialists 

This post was originally posted at FRS FreeStates on WordPress

Hopefully this is not a news flash for anyone, but I’m not an expert on religion. I’m also not ten-feet tall, if anyone is wondering that as well. I’m especially not an expert Mormonism, which is probably one reason why I’m Agnostic. A devout Agnostic, if there’s such a thing, but what little I do know about Mormonism, is extremely little, as small as Danny DeVito. Which is probably only enough to fill up a bottle cap. That there is a communitarian aspect to Mormonism. That they live together in compounds, that sort of thing.

To suggest that Mormons are Socialists and they believe all people should live this way, have multiple spouses, at least for men, that sort of thing, is a big stretch. The only socialist religion out there, if you want to call it a religion, would be Atheism, or really militant or fundamentalist Atheism that you see on the far-left. The belief that there is no God and today’s so-called Progressives tend to be Atheist. The closest thing we have to a socialist religion in America would be what is supposed to pass as progressivism today. Which is another way of saying democratic socialism.

Today’s socialism really, is a very collectivist, communitarian, share and share alike philosophy. “That we are only as strong as our weakest link. That we need a strong, large centralized, bloated, I mean big government to mandate, I mean ensure economic equality in America. That we don’t have rich, middle or poor people. That we are all the same and equal”. That’s what progressivism looks like from today’s so-called Progressives is. And if this was a religion, it would be a socialist religion.

And as much as today’s, well Socialists in America, may complain or hate religion, they have as much faith and belief in the state, especially the federal state to take care of and look after and manage the people’s well-being, as the Religious-Right believes Jesus will do those things for the people. The Religious-Left in America (and yes, there is such a thing) to call Mormonism a socialist religion or to link Mitt Romney to socialism at any point, is a stretch and pretty humorous.

Sort of like calling people who have salad with their steaks, a vegetarian. A blind person wouldn’t believe that because they could smell the beef. “Where’s the beef, right in front of my nose”. But people are welcome to say and believe anything they want, in a liberal democracy, including Socialists who wished we weren’t a liberal democracy. And if anything Socialists have more freedom to express themselves in our liberal democracy, than in a social democracy. Because of our liberal First Amendment.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Baltimore Sun: Sports: Eduardo A. Encina: Seven-Run Sixth Inning Dooms Orioles in 9-2 Los to Toronto

Baltimore Sun: Sports: Eduardo A. Encina: Seven-Run Sixth Inning in 9-2 Loss to Toronto 

This post was originally posted at FRS Daily Journal on WordPress

Even with the six-run sixth inning that the Orioles gave up thanks to starting pitcher Brian Matusze and reliever Kevin Gregg, well I guess the Toronto Blue Jays batters deserve some credit as well, the Orioles had a very productive weekend. Beating Toronto 2-3 games at Skydome (as I still call it). Beat a team that’s been dominating them the last five years or so, especially in Toronto, the Orioles look like they clearly have enough hitting. 1B Chris Davis is hitting 330 and just hit his first home run in 2012.

Mark Reynolds is struggling at 3B both at the plate and in the field. But Wilson Betemit his current backup and who may emerge as the starter, especially if Reynolds continues to struggle, is off to a good start. Nick Markakis is clearly back and off to a good start. The Orioles are 5-4 to start 2012, because their offense is off to a good start. And other than Brian Matusze, their starting pitching is off to a good start as well.

The Orioles as usual the last ten years or so, are expected to finish last in the AL East. It’s still the best division in MLB and they’ve had fourteen straight losing seasons. But for them to not finish in last place again and to have a winning record, they are going to have to get past the Blue Jays. A team that’s been dominating them the last five years or so. And taking 2-3 games to start their season series in Toronto, is a good start and something to build on, even though it’s still very early.


Sunday, 15 April 2012

AlterNet: Bill Maher on Rosengate-"I Think What She Meant is That Mitt Romney's Never Gotten Her Ass Out of the House to Work": Hillary Rosen's Fat Mouth Strikes Out

AlterNet: Blog: Bill Maher on Rosengate: "I Think What She Meant is That Mitt Romney's Never Gotten Her Fat Ass Out of the House to Work"

This post was originally posted at FRS Daily Journal on WordPress

I’ve gone out of my way to avoid blogging about “Hillary Rosengate”. As Talking Points Memo coined it this week. A progressive Magazine by the way, because it was one of the dumbest things I’ve heard said in American politics. Which is saying something, I mean we had eight years of George W. Bush as President. 

Dumb thing to say especially coming from one of the best political strategists and analysts in the business today in Hillary Rosen. Both Democrats and Republicans would acknowledge that. So dumb to the point that after Hillary Rosen made her statement saying that “Anne Romney has never worked a day in her life” on CNN’s AC360 on Wednesday night, she ends up apologizing for it on the CNN Morning Show on Thursday. 
And the Democratic Leadership goes out of their way to make it clear that they disagree with what Rosen said. The White House makes it clear that Hillary Rosen doesn’t work for them, or for the Obama reelection campaign. Thanks to Rick Santorum who’s turned out to be a year around Christmas Gift for the Democratic Party, as well as for comedians, bloggers and political satirists, Democrats have been kicking butt when it comes to female voters in 2012. 
The Democratic Party has been kicking Republican Butt, especially Mitt Romney’s, when it comes to female voters, as CNN political analyst Gloria Borger said. "Mitt Romney doesn’t have a gender gap with women, but a gender gulf", or gender canyon. Something to that effect, in others words a huge deficit amongst Female Voters. 
President Obama was already having a bad week to begin with. From last Friday’s jobs report that showed job growth slowing. And Hillary Rosen gives the Romney campaign a gift from God. Something positive to talk about, their support for motherhood. I mean seriously who’s against Motherhood, I mean that would be like hating freedom, or sex or sleep, anything else where most Americans absolutely love. 
To suggest that you're in favor of motherhood, which was what the Democratic Leadership was saying post Hillary Rosen’s comments, is like saying you support having a strong country where everyone can get a job that needs one. That you're against crime, especially murder and you hate racism. These things are so obvious, that you shouldn’t have to try to convince people of your positions. 
Hillary Rosen is the big foot in the mouth that the Republican Party has been waiting for ever since they decided that Mitt Romney should be their presidential nominee and Rick Santorum should be his main challenger. They figuring that if "we are going to have to foot in the mouth's running for president, Democrats should have at least one. And I mean a really big one since we have two of them for both legs.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

AlterNet: Opinion: Robert Reich: "How We're Turning America Into a Giant Casino": The Progressive War on Freedom of Choice

AlterNet: Opinion: Robert Reich: How We're Turning America Into a Giant Casino

This post was originally posted at FRS FreeStates on WordPress

Last night I wrote a blog based on a blog I saw from Progressive Professor Robert Reich, where he was criticizing organize gambling in America. And making the case that America was becoming a “Giant Casino” because of organize gambling. And I’m sure other activities Progressives seem to feel the need to protect people, even if they don’t want their protection. That grown American adults are too stupid to make their own decisions in life. Like how to spend their own money that they earned themselves.

But of course with the so-called Progressive of today, it is not our money, meaning the money that we have and earned for ourselves is ours t begin with. That it's government's money that they would call the public's money and we only get to keep what Uncle Sam allows us to keep for ourselves. And even to protect people from themselves, that we are not capable with our money because we are not capable of deciding for ourselves whether or not we should be able to gamble our own money or not. 

That we need our Uncle Sam to babysit us and teach how we should live our own individual lives, because we are simply too stupid as individual Americans to make these basic decisions for ourselves. Gambling like any other activity that comes with risk like riding a motorcycle, horseback riding, going to nightclubs and even concerts, comes with a certain amount of risk. That people who again choose to make that decision for themselves., will only make the best decision that they can with the best available information that is available.  

We don't need government to babysit us and make our decisions for ourselves. What we need government to do is to regulate these activities to stop and punish predators so innocent people who've again made the choice to participate in these activities themselves. And to set basic rules to make them as safe as possible. Much different than government putting their big fat foot on the ground, that generally gets stuck in their mouth to begin with, "saying no! You can't do these things and if you do anyway, we'll punish you for your own good". 

Generally I go off on Religious and Neoconservatives, when it comes to freedom of choice. And their lack of support for it and criticize them for being in favor of big government. And go off on Progressives for supporting big government as it relates to the economy. But Progressives also have some big government tendencies on these some of these social issues as well. I’m not saying that Progressives are big government supporters across the board. 

Because Progressives are not, if they were, then they would basically be Communists. Or how communism has been practiced, take Cuba. And I’m not saying this to be partisan as a Liberal. Because on most social issues, Progressives tend to be very good when it comes to personal liberty. Like abortion, gay marriage, homosexuality and to a certain extent marijuana when it comes to the non-paternalistic wing of the progressive movement. 

But when it comes to what people can do with their money, except for marijuana to a certain extent, if there’s any risk or the chance that people can get hurt as a result, or where people can make a lot of money from these activities, they seem to feel the need to try to outlaw these activities.  It's not just Bob Reich’s blog against organize gambling last night. But Progressives seem to feel the need to outlaw hate speech. 

Because today's Progressives  seem to feel people can get hurt from having to listen to it. They want to protect people they care about from having to listen to things that may offend. While they make every First Amendment argument they can think of to attack people they are against. Take the Supreme Court decision last year, in March having to do with the Westboro Church. 

Or the need to bring back the Fairness Doctrine to use against Fox News. Because apparently they don’t believe Americans can tell the difference from real news and what’s bogus reporting, which is what you get a lot from Fox News. The so-called Progressive feel the need to not only protect people, but protect them from themselves. Which is exactly what big government is, whether its applied to economic or social policy. And Progressives are guilty at times on both fronts when it comes to big government. 

Organized gambling is not a question of whether it is going to be around or not. It has been around with us at least as long as we've been a Federal Republic. The question is how should it be around and should people feel worried about going to jail or not, if they chooses to gamble their own money. Do we need Uncle Sam to protect people from ourselves, or have an educated public that is more than capable of making these decisions for themselves.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Huffington Post: Opinion: Robert Reich: "Turning America Into a Giant Casino": Progressives Against Freedom of Choice

Huffington Post: Opinion: Robert Reich: Turning America Into a Giant Casino

This post was originally posted at FRS FreeStates on WordPress

If you believe in things like individual liberty, freedom of choice and even property rights, that people not only own their material property, but themselves as well their lives and how they live their lives, then you shouldn’t have a problem with organized gambling at least as far allowing individuals to make the decision whether or not to gamble their money on their own or not.

Now if you don't believe in things like personal liberty and freedom of choice, that people are generally stupid and can't be trusted to make their own decision especially with their own money, then you sure as hell will have a huge problem with legalized organized gambling. And perhaps are in favor of setting up some federal agency of babysitters that will decide what we can and can't do with our own earned money that we get paid working for a living. 
But again if you believe in personal liberty and believe that individuals should be able to make the personal decision of whether or not to gamble or not, you believe it should be legal. Whether you personally believe in gambling or not. But that you don’t believe people should be arrested or prosecuted, because of what they did with their money. As long as they are not hurting others with what they are spending their money on.
Big winners when it comes to organized gambling, are of course the casinos. They wouldn’t be in business otherwise, I mean seriously who goes in business to lose money. I'll tell you who, the people who go bankrupt and out of business as fast as an fat person cleans their plate at an all you can eat buffet. And perhaps are so stupid that they weren't even aware that they went into business to lose money. 
Just like the big winner in the War on Drugs are drug dealers. Just because people make a lot of money running a business, doesn’t mean that's bad. Something that today's so-called Progressives perhaps including Robert Reich doesn't seem to understand and believe anyone who profits off of services that they provide for the public are somehow immoral or something.  And just because you make things illegal, doesn’t mean it goes away. 
Again take the War on Drugs and I would add prostitution, the oldest profession in the world legal or otherwise to use as examples. Organize gambling should be treated like any other business. Subjected to regulation and taxation, to make it as safe as possible. Instead of Uncle Sam putting his big fat foot on the ground, assuming he can get it out of his mouth and saying, "no! You can't do that and if you do it, we'll arrest you for your own good". Again similar to the War on Drugs. 
Big Government Progressives and Neoconservatives have this notion that government has to be strong, in order to protect the people from themselves. And that certain things that they don’t like have to be illegal. To protect us, so we don’t make bad decisions with our own money and lives. 
A couple problems with that, both of them are practical. One they don’t seem to realize that these activities are going to go on regardless of whether they are legal or not. The other being that they don’t tend to be very good at spending other people's money. As Libertarian Professor Milton Friedman argued and make mistakes on their own. The Progressive War on Gambling, is similar to the Progressive War on Corporate America. That if these activities are legal, then certain people will make a lot of money.
Again if you're going to live in a liberal democracy, then you need to be able to admit some facts. That you're going to live with a lot of people who are different from you. And who look at life and live life different from you. And for us to survive as a liberal democracy, with individual liberty, we need to accept these facts, to be able to live with each other as best as we can. Not try to force our values onto others and try to play Uncle Sam for the whole country and Uncle Sam knows best. Because a lot of times he simply doesn't.