Good Morning, And Play Ball!
1. To Tony C. This is always a happy day for me, but I want to mute my joy a bit by dedicating this baseball season to the late Tony Conigliaro. Since my teens, he has been my constant inspiration to live every day to its fullest, because no matter how bright and promising the future seems at any moment, everything can change in the blink of an eye, or an errant pitch from Fate right into your face.
That’s what happened to Tony C. on a cruel August night in 1967. He was playing right field and batting clean-up for his home town baseball team, in a season that would see them win a miracle pennant. He was young, handsome and incredibly talented. He had become the youngest player ever to hit a hundred home runs, and was in his fourth big league season at the tender age of 22.Then everything changed. Tony’s existence was swept up and placed on a new and dark road that ended with a fluke heart attack and stroke at the age of 37, and a lingering twilight half-death in brain damage until he mercifully passed away eight long years later.
All we can do now is remember a beautiful young man and a brilliant athlete who gave his home town many thrilling moments to savor in the brief time allotted to him, who had everything, and then lost it without reason, warning or justice…and also remember that every day should be lived right, and well, with the determination to be the best we can be, because we may never have a chance to be any better.
Yes, this baseball season is dedicated to you, Tony.
For me, I guess they all are.
2. No, this isn’t The Onion. This is a real tweet from the Democratic Party, authored by Congresswoman Grace Meng:
“Women deserve equal access to our economy, not punishment for their gender. That’s why I’ve been working with my fellow women to fight for more access to tampons, pads, and the full range of menstrual products since 2015. …I’ve introduced legislation to make these products more affordable — because leveling the playing field and stopping period-shaming give women, especially low-income women, a better chance to succeed in our economy…What else would give women a better chance to succeed? Electing more women to fight these fights with me — because we need leaders who understand the experiences of those they represent. ..Head to http://IWillVote.com and commit to vote in 2018 and beyond, because women can’t wait for economic fairness any longer.”
I hope I don’t have to explain what is wrong with this, and I eagerly anticipate being able to parry any brain-melted partisan who reads something like this and says, “Hey, what a good idea!” Yet obviously millions of people are in thrall to this kind of slippery slope progressivism: if a gender, or a race, or a nationality or any other tribe has a unique need or problem, then all of society must help pay for it, or life is unjust. Was a virus released into the water system of certain major cities.? What else can account for such abdications of personal responsibility being accepted as fair and reasonable?
Hey! Why doesn’t the government pay for my electric razor?
3. Coming soon on the BLM website...Alton Sterling’s death is prominently cited by anti-cop activists and Black Lives Matter racists who insist that the police are hunting black men. I’m sure yesterday’s developments will find a way into activating that “base” for Democrats. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced that he was declining to prosecute two Baton Rouge police officers in the July 2016 shooting death sterling. The decision is consistent with the U.S. Justice Department’s decision last May against bringing federal charges.
The evidence is that the two officers had been told Sterling had a gun, and could not control Sterling after he refused to follow their commands, including, “Don’t fuchking move or I’ll shoot you in your fucking head.” That seems remarkably clear to me, but not to Sterling, perhaps because he had several drugs in his system, including meth. The officers weren’t able to take Sterling into custody. They tried a Taser, twice. One officer was able to wrestle Sterling onto the ground, then drew his gun, saying “If you move, I swear to God.” The same officer later exclaimed, “He’s got a gun!” and “He’s going for the gun!” and fired three times. Even then Sterling tried to get up, and the officer fired three more times. Sterling did, in fact, have a gun.
The state report is here.
For this, expect Sterling’s family, which has sued, to collect millions of dollars in a settlement, just to keep the peace. Also expect Sterling’s name to joint Mike Brown and the rest as examples of innocent black men gunned down because of their race.
4. Thank you. Shut up. CNN has an article up about “six unusual signs that may indicate heart disease.” It reminded me of an incident a decade ago, when a passenger behind me on as I exited an airplane announced to me and the world that I had telltale creases in my earlobes that meant I was going to die of a heart attack, and that I should get me to a doctor pronto. I told him to mind his own earlobes, and he was indignant. I was well aware of the alleged earlobe-crease link, which, CNN tells us, is still not understood. In my case, I knew my ears had exactly the same creases as those of my father, who was in his late 80’s at the time, and died at the ripe old age of 89, in his sleep. Pop medicine and amateur diagnosis should be self-focused, if at all. Pointing out creased ears to raise mortal fears among strangers is in the same category as telling random people to eat less meat and start jogging.
5. Made for each other. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) commented on Facebook on a photo of Emma Gonzalez, the second most obnoxious of the Parkland students demanding that we “do something” about guns. In the photo, Gonzalez is wearing a green jacket emblazoned with a Cuban flag patch. King wrote, “This is how you look when you claim Cuban heritage yet don’t speak Spanish and ignore the fact that your ancestors fled the island when the dictatorship turned Cuba into a prison camp after removing all weapons from its citizens.”
I wonder why they believe that. King is a documented bomb-thrower and intemperate fool, but this is so far from his most offensive statement, or the most offensive statement being routinely issued by members of the House on both sides of the aisle, that the claim that he should be singled out for discipline is ridiculous. As with President Trump, King and other members of Congress should be above getting into social media spats with citizens, even when those citizens have insulted members of Congress, like Gonzalez and her cohorts have. Yes, it’s undignified and irresponsible, but being undignified and irresponsible just isn’t punished in the House or the Senate. That’s not why the group thinks King is “immoral” anyway. These child warriors are human shields for the anti-gun mob. It’s supposed to be bad form to treat them like any other public policy activists: that’s why they are being bankrolled and trotted out to call the NRA and legislators names.
In this case, moreover, King is right, for once. Wearing a Cuban flag while calling for gun confiscation—which is essentially where Gonzalez’s ignorant nostrums take us–makes her look like what she is, an ignorant, arrogant, misguided young woman who lacks historical perspective and the intellectual rigor to be as vocal as she is while grandstanding on the national stage.
Source (#2): Instapundit