And it’s a beautiful day…
1. Probably the last Boston Red Sox baseball ethics note of the 2019 season…In yesterdays’ meaningless afternoon game with the Texas Rangers, the Sox, who will finish the season an incredible 24 wins or more worse than last season’s championship team despite essentially the same squad and no major injuries, faced starter Mike Minor, who was seeking to end his season with 200 strikeouts, a milestone that might earn the free-agent-to-be an extra million or so on the open market this winter.
Minor entered his last start of the season at 191 strikeouts, and began the top of the ninth inning with 199 and a solid lead. Sox catcher Sandy León flied out to left field for the first out, bringing up sub-.200 hitter Chris Owings.
[Notice of Correction: Apologies to Chris Owings fans, if there are any, for originally misstating that Owings was a minor league call-up. In fact, he had been a journeyman infielder with the NL Diamondbacks. for six seasons until landing in the AL this season.Thanks to Other Bill for setting me straight. ]
With a 1-1 count, Owings popped up a pitch halfway down the first base line in foul territory. Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzmán appeared to let it drop, trading out #2 for strike #2, and thus giving Minor a shot at his 200th strikeout. Minor got it when routinely incompetent home plate umpire CB Bucknor called strike three on a ball well out of the strike zone.
Manipulating the game’s results so a player can fatten his stats is unethical and hurts the integrity of the game. Guzmán and the Rangers should be fined by MLB.
2. Our unprofessional, biased and untrustworthy public schools. Watson B. Duncan Middle School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida is investigating a teacher who included this question on a test:
For some reason a parent was upset by this. The school’s principal sent this letter to parents:
“Hello Duncan Middle School Parents, this is Principal Philip D’Amico. A question on a quiz given by your child’s Computer Applications teacher yesterday was brought to my attention this morning. The question was inappropriate and demonstrated an unacceptable lack of good judgment on the part of the teacher. An investigation is now underway, and the teacher has been reassigned during this process. Because this is an open inquiry, I am not at liberty to share any additional details with you at this point. I apologize for this incident, and for the offensive verbiage used in the question. Thank you for your patience, and your continued support of Watson B. Duncan Middle School.
The issue isn’t “offensive verbiage,” it’s a teacher pushing her own political opinion on students as fact. What is there to investigate? The teacher should be fired, and parents, even those who think the President is an idiot, should accept no other result. They should also demand a training session for all teachers to ensure they understand that it is not their role to dictate ideological conformity.
3. What a surprise! A computer dating service is a scam! In a lawsuit, the FTC claims that the dating site Match.com duped hundreds of thousands of consumers into buying dating subscriptions. The complaint against Match Group Inc.alleges that it has employed “five deceptive or unfair practices” since 2013 to get consumers to subscribe to the site or to keep them subscribed, as well as making false promises, failing to provide recourse for consumers who were dissatisfied, and making it difficult for consumers to cancel subscriptions, according to the lawsuit. Match Group is a dating conglomerate, owning Tinder, OkCupid and other dating sites in addition toMatch.com.
Match gives consumers free profiles on Match.com, but its a trap: they can’t respond to messages from alleged soul mates without getting a paid subscription. Match.com sends emails to consumers with free accounts the suggesting that a special someone was interested in them. One such notice reads, “He just emailed you! You caught his eye and now he’s expressed interest in you … Could he be the one?” To see the identity of the “one,” a Miss Lonelyhearts has to pay up.
5. This kind of thing is already surfacing, and the desperate Democratic impeachment Hail Mary isn’t even in the air yet:
Last May, three Democratic senators — Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) — sent a letter to Ukranian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko expressing their “great concern about reports” that his office had taken steps to inhibit former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference. The group of senators wrote that Ukraine “has made significant progress” in their process of building up their “accountable democratic institutions” in spite of the geopolitical pressure from Russia.
“We have supported that capacity-building process and are disappointed that some in Kyiv appear to have cast aside these principles in order to avoid the ire of President Trump,” continued the senators. “If these reports are true, we strongly encourage you to reverse course and halt any efforts to impede cooperation with this important investigation.”
The senators concluded the letter by asking Lutsenko to answer three questions: Did his office “take steps” to impede “cooperation” with Mueller’s investigation, if anyone in the president’s administration or “acting on its behalf” push Ukranian officials not to work with Mueller, and if Mueller’s probe was brought up in conversations between U.S. officials, including when Trump met former Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko in 2017.
No American should be pleased to see a major political party disgrace itself like this…and there is so much more to come.