Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 63

On Democratic Whining
House Democrats are upset because President Obama is distancing himself and the White House is accepting a possible GOP majority in November. Tough nuggies! House leadership and President Obama obviously misread or ignored the public. Yes Mr. President, I can honestly say, I told you so.

On Blaming the Previous Administration
President Obama and his White House operatives continually point to what they inherited. Mr. President, we already know that so stop the excuses and get the job done. Oh that’s right – you would rather be a good one-term president than a mediocre two termer. Sorry, this moderate independent isn’t buying that lame excuse, so continuing to point the finger at President Bush is both getting old and is also a risky tactic. Here’s an interesting column by David Broder (Washington Post).

On the Job Front
It does not take a Rhodes Scholar to determine that too many people are out of work. Let’s see – less income for the general population means less spending, fewer people seeking new homes, less income for governments from payroll taxes, more cuts by state and local governments, and on and on. There continues to be a huge gap between Wall Street and Main Street, and Washington does not seem to understand – regardless what Mr. Boehner and Mr. McConnell say. I enjoyed this David Brooks column about the economy.

On Judicial Activism
Senator Sessions (R-AL) speaks for many when he worries about nominee Kagan being an activist judge. On the other hand, these people are forgetting that appointing someone who favors their own personal and political view is also judicial activism. Justice Sotomayor’s appointment did not alter the court, nor will Justice-nominee Kagan. The last judicial activist appointment was Justice Alito. Hmmm .. and Senator Sessions and his cronies voted YES. Isn’t that right Senator Hatch (R-UT), Senator Kyl (R-AZ), Senator Coburn (R-OK), Senator Cornyn (R-TX), and Senator Grassley (R-IA) ?

On a Wrangling Rangel
I nominate Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) as the symbol of Washington – one who stands for what is wrong on both sides of the aisle. Then again, is having an Ethics Committee in each chamber an oxymoron?

On a Tea Party Thought
The Tea Party hailed the Scott Brown’s (R-MA) election, and now turned against him because of his vote on the financial reform bill. Here are a couple of questions to ponder. If the Tea Party leads the way in nominating a Republican, can the nominee capture the center necessary to win? If a Tea Party candidate makes it to Washington, can they successfully legislate? After all, Sharon Angle’s record in Nevada is filled with being the sole NO vote and, polls currently have her trailing a very beatable Harry Reid. Here’s an article.

On the Stupid Stick

Everyone has been hit by the stupid stick sometime during their life. Then again, others live their life by that assault label. Worse yet, they use genetics to pass it on to the next generation, This post is dedicated to some of the latest attacks by that uninviting weapon.

This past spring  my wife and I hit each other with the stupid stick. After all, nothing else would explain why two stable, common-sense people without a mortgage would decide to put their house for sale during a slow time for home sales.

How about the two immigration workers who stole the entry document from the Feds that Neil Armstrong signed, and then put it for sale online?

How about Phillies manager Charlie Manuel who admitted considering a pitcher for the All-Star game who had 6 career starts and a 2-2 record?

Speaking of the All-Star Game, how about Commissioner Selig continuing to support the fans deciding the players, and the fans not watching the game? This is easy to explain because at birth, instead of slapping baby Bud on the butt, the doctor whacked him with the stupid stick.

How about Illinois Governor Pat Quinn? While facing a huge budget deficit, he gives sizable raises to his staff while ordering unpaid leave to more than 2,000 state workers.

How about the Yale study that concluded cartoon characters attack kids to junk food? Who needed the study to know that? After all, that’s nothing new as  I remember Quick Draw McGraw pushing Sugar Smacks and Fred and Barney plugging Winstons.

How about members of Congress? Just take your pick. Heck, they probably sponsored the Yale study. I’m also having a hard time understanding why citizens have so many complaints about our elected civil servants. After all, they are the best money can buy. Maybe voting booths are equipped with stupid sticks.

On Truckin on the Highway

I don’t like passing trucks when it’s raining because they put off too much spray – but that’s not the trucker’s fault.

I know that more road damage is due to trucks (than cars), which increases road maintenance costs – but that’s not the trucker’s fault.

I know it’s more economical for shipping to occur by rail than by truck, but that’s not the trucker’s fault.

I don’t like driving behind trucks because they block my down-the-road vision – but that’s not the trucker’s fault.

I don’t like driving behind trucks whose driver decides to control the flow of traffic – and that IS the trucker’s fault! These pompous clowns must think just because they have a big vehicle, with a better view since they are high, and maybe even the advance reports received through CB communications – so must know what is best for everyone.

Traffic was slow last Friday on I-75 – slower than normal – and yes, I was behind a truck. Since my exit was about a mile ahead and the right lane was moving a little faster, I moved into the right lane – and lo and behold discovered part of the issue!

There was a significant gap between the truck and the next vehicle ahead, thus being behind it, I didn’t know. Then, slightly ahead was another trucker who was doing the same thing! Who and the heck appointed them governors of the highway?

This event reminded me of something that happened a few years ago. I was on my way to the airport, then traffic came to a crawl. Seems that two truckers (one in each lane) were controlling the pace and flow of traffic because a construction project a few miles ahead.

Once I noticed that, I got in the median and passed the truck … and then another truck same from the right lane moved left to block me! But I just kept moving, thus passed that one too! To top it all off, I had no problem at the bridge construction. So these clowns were controlling traffic the way they saw best for everyone – which simply wasn’t right.

What a bunch of nonsense! Concentrate on safely driving your rig and stop making decisions for the rest of us. These few are damaging the reputation of the rest of the truckers. Then again, that seems to be the way live happens anytime the clueless take their spot in the population.

Let’s end with something light – such as 18 Wheels on a Big Rig by the fabulous Heywood Banks.

On the All-Time Only Guys II

In the past, I have honoring teams of the same name. Being MLB All-Star Game week, I dedicate this post to the players who played and they were the only one with that name. Since there was enough to fill two teams, I decided to split the alphabet, but that is the easy part!

Wilver went by Willie, and Sanford is a Sandy. Then Lawrence went by Yogi instead of Larry. Several players have gone by Prince, but is there a true Prince?

As I stated in the previous post, since it’s my post, I have to make some decisions. Besides, given that certain letters of the alphabet decrease the selection pool.

Since there are so many names, I created two teams by alphabetical first names. The L-Z team will be competitive in the all-time league, but it would not be favored for the championship. After all, the A-K counterpart is loaded.

By the way, for the other all-time teams, see Categories in the Sidebar, and then Sports > All-Time Teams, or simply click here.

Since baseball history provides so many players being the only player with that name, I divided the team alphabetically. Ladies and gentlemen, now taking the field – the All-Time Only Guys L-Z.

1B – Wilbert Robinson (HOF)
2B – Quilvio Veras
SS – Zolio Versailes (AS)
3B – Nomar Garciaparra (AS)
C – Yogi Berra (HOF)
OF – Tris Speaker (HOF)
OF – Vada Pinson (AS)
OF – Trot Nixon
DH – Prince Fielder (AS)

P – Mordecai Brown (HOF)
P – Sanford Koufax (HOF)
P – Waite Hoyt (HOF)
P – Orel Hershiser (AS)
P – Vida Blue (AS)
P – Zane Smith
P – Mosato Yoshi
P – Yorkis Perez

Mgr – Miller Huggins

On the All-Time Only Guys I

In the past, I have honoring teams of the same name. Being All-Star Game week, I dedicate this post to the players who played and they were the only one with that name. Since there was enough to fill two teams, I decided to split the alphabet, but that is the easy part!

We could fill a roster with names as Pokey, Boog, Arky, Kaiser, Tuffy, Mookie, and many more that aren’t their given name or even a form of it. But hey, Kiki Cuyler is in Hall (HOF), but not the only Kiki to play; but he is the only Hazen. If you toss out Arky (HOF), do you also toss Bid (HOF)?  There’s only been one CC, and only one Carsten (the first C), but is there a spot on the roster for him?

Then again, there’s only one Wilver, but he went by Willie plus one Sanford called Sandy. There’s only one Dolph and only one Dolf – now what? There’s only one Healthcliff, but is he good enough to make the roster? Only one is named Honus (HOF), but he name was John Peter, yet was nicknamed the Flying Dutchman. Or there’s only been one Rocco known as Rocco, but other Roccos were Rocky.

In other words, Houston we have a problem. But there’s only one Houston (Jimenez), but a Huston (Street). There’s only one Dock, but numerous Docs. In the spirit of what I’m trying to do, the bottom line – It’s my decision since this is my post. Heck, at least I tried.

Since there are so many names, I created two teams by alphabetical first names. The A-L team is simply loaded with strong pitching and good-enough batters. By the way, for the other all-time teams, see Categories in the Sidebar, and then Sports > All-Time Teams, or simply click here.

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the all-time Only Guys A-K.

1B – Boog Powell (AS)
2B – Emilio Bonifacio

SS – Honus Wagner (HOF)

3B – Harmon Killibrew (HOF)
C – Biff Pocaroba
OF – Cristobal Torriente (HOF)
OF – Hazen Kiki Cuyler (HOF)
OF – Ichiro Suzuki (AS)
DH – Arky Vaughan (HOF)

P – Addie Joss (HOF)
P – Burleigh Grimes (HOF)
P – Clark Griffith (HOF)
P – Early Wynn (HOF)
P – Eppa Rixey (HOF)
P – Ferguson Jenkins (HOF)
P – Gaylord Perry (HOF)
P – Hilton Smith (HOF)
P – Camilio Pascual (AS)

Mgr. – Haywood Sullivan

Honorable Mention: Firpo Marberry (because he is one of my favorites)