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No HOF Admission without an admission …

January 3, 2013
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No HOF Admission without an admission …

I cannot recall another year in my lifetime when the balloting for a specific Hall of Fame class posed the kind of Hobson’s choice (not Butch) that this one does in 2013. That’s not exactly news to anyone who tracks the annual voting for baseball’s ticket to immortality, but it does mean that the...

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Mantle’s Billy Martin cow-shooting story is urban legend …

February 29, 2012
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BillyM

I get a kick out of a wonderful story that circulates about Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin (and sometimes includes Whitey Ford) on a hunting trip in Texas (or sometimes in New York and elsewhere) that involves firearms, livestock and the legendary Billy Martin’s penchant for impetuosity tinged by various anger management issues. There...

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Clint Eastwood could kick Chuck Norris’ ass …

February 8, 2012
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Clint

Clint Eastwood could kick Chuck Norris’ ass … Odd as it may sound, I mentioned Chuck Norris quite prominently in the eulogy that I somehow managed at my mother’s funeral service this past December. I bring this up now because the erstwhile “actor” is in the news these days, rolling out his conservative credentials...

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No 50-game suspension for Braun …

January 24, 2012
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Braun60

What winds up in the first or second graph of Ryan Braun’s historical record – or maybe even on his Hall of Fame plaque, should he end up thusly enshrined – is yet to be determined by events in coming days or weeks. Still, it has already been quite extraordinary how the press has...

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Raising Cain to GOP first tier was just plain silly …

November 21, 2011
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Cain

I sat down and wrote that headline about Herman Cain on or around Oct. 15. Within a couple of minutes of starting the blog, I got a phone call about my mother’s declining health, and so the last seven weeks or so have been a blur as I did my best to help out...

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America’s corporate royalty, Part Deux …

October 7, 2011
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WallStreet

(This is the conclusion of the segment on America’s corporate royalty.) Like so many things these days, the sad truth is that there isn’t likely to be any widespread embrace of radical changes to tax policy or corporate remuneration until it’s way too late for the embrace to make much of a difference. Millions...

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Wall Street protests welcome, if overdue …

October 4, 2011
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MAdoff

      I am a little fuzzy on what the Wall Street protest demonstrations are all about, though I suspect it’s merely the quite understandable and justified rage of a populace feeling powerless, overwhelmed and screwed all at the same time. It certainly wouldn’t surprise me if what is really sticking in everyone’s...

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Religious Right’s asinine Culture War …

September 23, 2011
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Robertson

Though I am sure a vast group of zealots on the far right side of the political spectrum would disagree, the seemingly exponential growth of the Religious Right has ill served both that particular group and the nation as a whole over the last two decades or so. I would contend that the hideously...

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GOP’s antagonism to Social Security seems odd …

September 21, 2011
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BushW

I’ve wondered for several years now how the Republican Party could seemingly embrace a philosophy that was largely based on antagonism toward Social Security. This seemed so completely antithetical to conventional wisdom that suggests the Social Security crowd is such a political behemoth that it is not to be trifled with under any circumstances....

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Is free speech overrated? Part Deux …

September 16, 2011
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Matthews

(This is the second and concluding segment of “Is free speech really overrated.”) With the expansion of cable television and the attendant stultifying silliness of network fare has come the ungovernable opportunity for every nutcase to have his 15 minutes of fame, leaving a landscape of mind-numbing inanity for all to ponder. The fragmenting...

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