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Ted Cruz on How to Turn Around America


Ted Cruz Values Voters Summit

 

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R.I.P. Jim Traficant– Beam Me Up?


Former Representative Jim Traficant (D-OH 17th) was critically injured in a tractor mishap on his daughter’s farm in northeastern Ohio.  The 73 year old Traficant was believe to be pulling a vintage tractor which tipped over him inside the barn and trapped Traficant underneath the machinery. Paramedics found Traficant unconscious and eventually medivaced him to a hospital in Youngstown, Ohio where he was kept in a medically induced coma to try to stabilize him before he expired.



In a case of sad irony, the accident occurred on the farm which became the focal point of  the two month trial in which Traficant represented himself and was convicted on ten counts which included bribery, racketeering, and tax evasion.  Thus, the House of Representatives expelled  the eight term Congressman on a vote of 420-1 in 2002.



Traficant served seven years in federal prison before being paroled in 2009. While in prison, Traficant turned to art as therapy, which he would sell online to pay for more art supplies.  But being in “Club Fed” did not deter Traficant from running for office.  In fact, Traficant ran for his old Congressional seat while behind bars and won 15% of the vote vying against his former aide Rep. Jim Ryan (D OH-17th now 13th)



Traficant was a flamboyant figure on Capitol Hill.  Traficant insisted on styling a pompadour which Traficant himself called “the weed whacker” but a hairdo which others likened to muskrats mating.  In prison, it was became evident that Traficant just sported a bad toupe.  Traficant also insisted on wearing out of style clothing in the well of the House, like denim suits and wide lapel sports jackets.



What drew great notoriety for Cong. Traficant was his eccentric, amusing and “earthy” One Minute Speeches.










Traficant would often punctuate his political rant by saying “Beam me up!”, thereby repopularizing the Star Trek catch phrase.  Assuredly, Traficant’s quip of “Beam me up” sounds much better than supporters trying to sing it in a polka honoring the paroled Congressman.



These attention grabbing speeches would generate publicity as light hearted news for the low information voter, but these epic rants reflected the blue collar, common sense sentiments of his Mahoning Valley constituents. 

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James Traficant was a flawed but faithful fellow.  May the heavens beam him up and he yields back whatever is left.

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Samuel Ryder on the Ryder Cup


Samuel Ryder Ryder Cup

Curley Howard on Thinking


Curley Howard

A Bit on How the Clintons’ Treat Presstitutes


The First Amendment of the US Constitution is in part intended to ensure Americans of a the Freedom of the Press.  But that fundamental freedom does not ensure access when progressive politicians want to manage the message by rounding up reporters and controlling access.
New York Times reporter Amy Chozick revealed how the Clinton Global Initiative separates reporters from an event which they are supposed to cover.  Of course, the special treatment is attributed to “security”.
This monitoring went to the extend of a 20 something year old aide following Ms. Chozick into the bathroom.  Kind of sounds like North Korea, but with electricity.
Perhaps the New York Times reporter earned some extra special treatment considering the critical pieces which the “Old Grey Lady” published in 2013 about the disarray with the Clinton Foundation:

“For all of its successes, the Clinton Foundation had become a sprawling
concern, supervised by a rotating board of old Clinton hands,
vulnerable to distraction and threatened by conflicts of interest. It
ran multimillion-dollar deficits for several years, despite vast amounts
of money flowing in.”

Control access and effectively manage the message.  So much for “All the news that’s fit to print”.

 

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A Bit of Brooding Over the Brooklyn Bandbox Abandonment


On September 24, 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field against the Milwaukee Braves.  Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley had been angling for years to build a replacement facility for the National League team.  O’Malley proposed a domed stadium in Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards (ironically now where the Barclay’s Center stands) but  New York Building Commissioner Robert Moses “would not play ball.”  Moses wanted a stadium erected in Flushing Gardens, Queens (where Shea Stadium and Citi Field were built), but  O’Malley insisted: “We are the Brooklyn Dodgers, not the Queens Dodgers!”.  To put pressure on New York City officials, O’Malley had “Da Bums” play a few homestands in Jersey City, New Jersey for two years, but to no avail.  O’Malley packed up the Dodgers and left for sunny Los Angeles in 1958.  And Brooklyn was never the same.
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Brooklyn Dodgers fans have an unusual nostalgic affection for Ebbets Field, which was the Dodgers home for 45 years.  Ebbets Field was built in “Pig Town” in 1912 between Bedford Avenue, Sullivan Place, McKeever Place, and Montgomery Streets from a collection of parcels which included a garbage dump.  When Ebbets Field opened in 1913, the intimate bandbox (a.k.a. cigar box) stadium sported neither a flag pole nor a press box (the latter was not added until 1929).   Ebbets Field had character because of its topography– the parcel of sloping ground required that the right field corner be above street level.  Ebbets Field could only seat 35,000 fans and had no hopes of expansion.  Fans of “Dem Bums” thought that it had a homey feel.
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After O’Malley moved the Dodgers to the Chavez Ravine in “Dodger-town” California, Brooklyn fans were thoroughly bummed about the abandonment of the Brooklyn Bandbox.  Ebbets Field was demolished with great ceremony in February 1960.

The site was turned into the Ebbets Field Apartments.  However that did not destroy the nostalgia for the Ebbets Field and Brooklyn Dodgers among their die-hards.

Mary Landrieu on Tailgating


Mary Landrieu LSU Keg Stand Tailgate

Perhaps to overshadow this onslaught of bad news on the campaign trail, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) resorted to some colorful grassroots campaigning.    As Senator Landrieu toured her old stomping grounds at  Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (class of ’77), she encountered a football tailgate in which young collegiates for the 58 year old senior Senator of Louisiana  to partake in a keg stand as part of the Fighting Tiger’s home-stand against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

While Landrieu declined to do a keg stand herself (even though it might earn her votes), she tried having it both ways by pouring a 20 something guy who she termed “a purple shirted bro”. Alas, Landrieu’s tailgate irrational enthusiasm did not help the Tigers beat the Bulldogs as LSU lost  by a score of 34-29.
Landrieu allegedly expressed concern about how doing a keg stand herself would be covered by the national press.  Landrieu had nothing to fear.  The national press is covering for the Democrats losing big at the midterm elections.  As CNN’s Chris Cuomo’s commentary shows,  Landrieu’s keg stand was a depicted as a  comedic sidelight, rather than a political act of desperation or stooping to conquer.

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Some Reflections on “The Battle of the Sexes”


Bobby Riggs was a pro tennis star who was at the of his game in the late 1930s and the 1940s.  But Riggs is most remembered for his battle of the sexes.  In 1973, the 55 year old Riggs came out of retirement to play a couple of matches against much younger female tennis stars.

Originally, Riggs wanted to play Billie Jean King but King initially refused.. But the so called Mothers Day Massacre of top female player Margaret Cox caused the 29 year old King to change her mind and agree to play Riggs.  The Battle of the Sexes was played on September 20th, 1973 at the Houston Astrodome before a record setting crowd of 30,472 spectators and a television audience estimated at 90 million.  King won the $100,000 winner take all prize on 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.  This Battle of the Sexes elevated Women’s Tennis in America , fueled the politically correct womens’ liberation movement and highlighted the Title IX law.

But there was more to the story than athletic prowess on the court.

 

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Scotland Decides– No. Thanks


On September 18th, 2014  Scotland voted on a referendum on independence.   The question was simply stated.  The turnout was quite high, achieving around 87% participation throughout Scotland. Both of those facts are quite commendable.  
 
The First Minister of Scotland, Scottish National Party Leader Alex Sammon (SNP-Aberdeenshire East) spearheaded this referendum.  Sammon instituted one act of electoral legerdemain by allowing 16 and 17 year olds to participate in the vote.  Perhaps it was thought that these young voters would be open to “Vote Yes”.  However polling late in the Scotland Decides campaign that over half of this key demographic planned on voting no.
 
It looks like Groundskeeper Willie from the Simpsons won’t be contending for an  Scottish government leader.  Moreover, British Prime Minister David Cameron won’t have to sing “If We Break Up We Will Never Ever Get Back Together” again either. 
 
 

 






Personally, this writer was chary about Scottish independence for sentimental, economic and geopolitical reasons.  However, presuming that Scottish voters kept calm and voted no, it will be interesting to see how the Westminster Parliament implements “devolution max” in Scotland as well as how England asserts its interests in Parliament.

 

“Shut Up Legs”: Jens Voigt’s Final Trek


Jens Voigt has been on the professional Cycling circuit for the past twenty years, racking up over thirty championships. As the 43 year old German Cycling star prepared to retire, he took on the Hour Record at the Velodrome Suisse in Gretchen, Switzerland. 
 
Using a specially designed bike, Voigt sought to break Ondrej Sosenka’s mark of 49.700 kilometeters in an hour from 2005.  On the even of his cycling swan song, Voigt voiced: “I’m planning on riding 50-something kilometers.
 
After a grueling 60 minute ride, Voigt achieved 51.115 kilometers or 31.761 mph. To make that mark, Voigt needed experience, training, determination and enduring quite a bit of pain.  This is why Voigt became renowned for the self chiding “Shut up legs!”.
Voigt’s drive, determination and character gives an excellent example outside of the velodrome or the peloton.
 
 

 

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