1. Unwritten and incoherent rules…During last night’s ALDS Game #3 between the Yankees and Red Sox, won by Boston by the historic score of 16-1, color man Ron Darling, former pitcher and Yale grad, repeatedly alluded to “unwritten rules” that the Red Sox either were or were not observing. Bad, said Ron: a Sox player stealing second when the score was 10-1. Bad: A Sox player swinging away when the count was three balls, no strikes. (Darling: “I’d find that offensive.”) Good: a Sox base-runner at third not scoring when his team was ahead 15-1 and the ball bounced away from the Yankee first baseman. (“A veteran move,” said Darling.) Acceptable: when the same runner eventually did run home when the pitcher threw the ball past the catcher to the backstop. Darling’s concern was the observance of the professional courtesy not to try to embarrass an adversary once the game was clearly out of reach.
My view: it’s nonsense. The obligations of both teams is to play their hardest at all times, regardless of the score. That means doing nothing different whether one’s team is winning 5-4 or 10-1. On baseball, no game is certain until the final out. Not only have I seen a team lose a game after leading 10-0, I’ve seen the Red Sox do it. What would completely humiliate any team is losing after having such a huge lead, but no “unwritten rule” says that it’s offensive for a team in the Yankee’s position last night to keep trying to pull off a miracle until the fat lady sings.
This is what’s wrong with unwritten rules; people make them up as they go along.
In Darling’s defense, he went to Yale…
2. Confession: I don’t get it. I understand why Democratic officials and operatives are claiming that the conduct of the Republicans was reprehensible during the Kavanaugh hearings: they were embarrassed, defeated, and exposed, and now are spinning and lying to save face. I do NOT comprehend how any citizen of either party can honestly make similar claims, often in the most intemperate and unhinged manner. (Dave Hogue, a design lead at Google, tweeted, “You are finished, @GOP. You polished the final nail for your own coffins. F–K. YOU. ALL. TO. HELL. I hope the last images burned into your slimy, evil, treasonous retinas are millions of women laughing and clapping and celebrating as your souls descend into the flames.” I have previously sane Facebook friends who are only slightly less furious.)
Democrats and their allied protesters tried to disrupt the hearings from the opening gavel. The questioning of the judge by Senator Booker and others was intemperate, unfair, and disrespectful. Senator Feinstein’s handling of the Blasey-Ford letter was indefensible by any logic, and her later demonstration of contrived outrage was transparent in its dishonesty. The desperate anointment of Dr. Ford indicated that the Democratic Party has officially rejected basic standards of fairness and decency, as well as the core democratic concepts of due process, equal justice, presumed innocence, while embracing the loony idea that “all victims should be believed” as long as they are women and they are accusing men, who, if they deny the accusations, should be disbelieved based on their gender. (This is bigotry, in case you have been confused by #MeToo demagogues.)
In related news, independent voters overwhelmingly disapprove of the Democrats’ handling of the Kavanaugh nomination by a 28-point margin according to a new CNN/SSRS poll (I know, I know: polls), or put another way, “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
3. When ethics alarms don’t ring. How could CNN’s progressive shill Joan Walsh not see how unfair she sounds? In response to the news that the newly confirmed Justice hired an all-female law clerk staff, Walsh said, “I don’t know that it’s going to work to make women who are still upset about the treatment of Dr. Blasey Ford feel any better…It felt a lot like pandering to me.”
Got it. Heads we win, tails you lose: If Kavanaugh didn’t hire female law clerks, it would prove he was a serial rapist and misogynist. Hiring all women just proves he’s pandering, and is insincere. And again: WHAT treatment of Ford? Was Kavanaugh supposed to confess to something he didn’t do to make her feel “heard”? The woman turned a confirmation hearing into a circus using a three decade-old episode from high school that she only recalled six years ago, and couldn’t find anyone to support it, but still set out to scar a public servant with an unblemished record anyway. Walsh is another feminist bigot who wants to bestow on women the power to destroy men with nothing more than a pointed finger, and an astounding number of men are perfectly willing to help her do it.
4. Here is why so many people loved President Trump’s speech at the U.N. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) last week ordered the US to ease sanctions it re-imposed on Iran after abrogating the Obama nuclear deal in May. Judges ruled that the US had to remove “any impediments” to the export of humanitarian goods, including food, medicine and aviation safety equipment. The U.S. says it had already done so, and condemned the Court as “politicized and ineffective.”
It would be a breach of duty for any President of the United States to allow an international body to dictate U.S. policy contrary to the best interests of this nation. Efforts to push the U.S. onto a slippery slope of world government have always embodied utopian naiveté, the misty-eyed fantasies of pacifists and the pragmatic instincts of people who think “Imagine” is profound.