Within our area, mention great high school football coaches and one name will usually come to mind, Bishop Mac’s Hall of Fame Coach, Rich Zinanni, the coach with the third most wins in Illinois history.
But if one were to travel just twelve miles south, through all that corn, to Central High School, they would find an unassuming former science teacher, virtually unknown to anyone outside of the Central area or High School coaches circle, who is becoming one of the best football coaches within the area’s history.
If he stays coaching 3-4 more years, he will be in the top 50 all-time in Illinois wins himself.
Sporting a goatee and his trademark khaki shorts throughout the football season, regardless of the weather, former Idaho boy, Brian Spooner is quietly amassing an incredible record with Central football, where the sport is king. (Central is my Alma mater but I somehow managed to graduate, long before Spooner's arrival.)
Central just completed another extraordinary year, going undefeated for the season before losing to Fieldcrest in the 2A quarter-final playoffs by a score of 37-19. It didn't help that three of Central's players were out with injuries, but Coach Spooner would never complain. They wound up with a sparkling 11-1 record this year.
Spooner, also Dean of Students, has been coaching football for 25 seasons, 22 of them at Central. He has guided the Comets to 158 wins, more than double any former Central coach. Additionally, he has been at the helm for ten conference titles, 2 state semifinals and 5 quarterfinals appearances. He too is a member of the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
Having grown up in Chebanse, I know the football teams at Central are predominately made up of the sons of hard-working farmers and blue-collar workers from the small Otto, Chebanse, Clifton, and Ashkum areas. Life is simpler in those areas where everybody knows everyone else. There are no special "recruits" coming to Central, nor anyone going on to play football in major college programs. The last one to do so, Bill Burrell, was over 60 years ago. They are young men destined for the workforce after school and/or college.
Yet, year-after-year, Spooner takes kids “from the corn” under his wing and molds them into near championship caliber. He hasn't quite gotten to the big game yet in Champaign, but often gets close. He will have another opportunity next year as many on this year's team will return. Spooner does this by the force of his own nature - those kids will run through a wall for him. He can be tough, but they love him because he always has their back.
I witnessed that force of nature, first-hand, back in 2008 when my son, Zach played football for him...begrudgingly, in his senior year. Zach had been playing football with the same boys since they were in Pee-Wee football, and quite frankly, they were never very good. In the previous eleven years of playing football for dads posing as coaches, winning seasons were rare. There was no reason to think anything would be different in 2008.
The season started out with Central surprisingly winning its first two games. They went to Chester next, south of St. Louis, and lost a game they probably should have won. Next on the schedule was St. Joe, a team with a long history of beating this Central class like a “red-headed-step-child.” Somehow, Spooner willed those boys to win that game in a squeaker; and the fire was lit. They realized then if they could beat St. Joe, they, as a team, could beat anybody. You saw it in their eyes.
That marginally talented team stomped their way to a 10-3 record, coming within one game of going to the big dance in Champaign, losing to the eventual State Champion, Immaculate Conception. That season will always be one of the highlights of their lives, directly attributed to Spooner. After that last loss to IC, Zach came to me, tears in his eyes, thanking me for encouraging him to keep playing football.
To this day, he and his friends speak often, both fondly and reverentially about the “Coach.” Spooner’s credo of “fifteen minutes early is fifteen minutes late,” has stayed with them, teaching them to always be prepared.
Central doesn’t always get as much press as the more “local” teams. You probably would be hard-pressed to find many people outside the area who could name the football coach at Central. That’s a shame as Central is fortunate to have a real jewel in Coach Brian Spooner.
It’s getting tedious writing about political theater. It takes quite a bit of time to keep up with the political shenanigans, and quite frankly, affects a fella’s mood. Some of the distractions being allowed now, such as Adam Schifts kangaroo court, to use as just one example, are criminal, as well as embarrassing to our country. Question – what if the Republicans just stopped paying attention to the Schift circus?
Politics seems to be a never-ending festival of elected officials reaching into our pockets or usurp the powers the Founding Fathers bestowed upon us. Then there are those just biding time, enjoying the generous benefits they have bestowed upon themselves.
There was a meme on Face Book that, much like the race car circuit, called for politicians to wear advertisements on their suits for all the companies buying their favor. It’s the rare politician on either side of the aisle who is not beholden to some lobbyist, business, or country. This is why they leave DC and state capitols as millionaires. They siphon off our money. We know this and allow it to happen because they are masters at keeping us at odds between ourselves! Don’t believe that – look at the three year crusade of trying to impeach Trump.
As I burrow deeper into the bowels of politics, I’ve also become more cynical of the national media’s efforts to prop up distractions. Read the original and blasphemous obituary by the Washington Post on Baghdadi, calling him an “austere religious scholar,” rather than the animal he really was. This was nothing but pot-stirring by a major national media outlet.
It truly is a Swamp, folks. I can’t fathom how President Trump takes this beating every day. If I were him I’d give up and go chase Melania around the mansion.
Our problem is apathy folks; a fancy word for not caring. We seem to be hurtling towards Socialism, perhaps within the next 10-15 years. More than 50% of our youth are willing to give Socialism a shot, primarily because they have not been educated in the misery of Socialism. Our schools and universities have failed us shamefully in this regard. Evidently, we should have given those individuals a few more pensions.
It’s disheartening to think of the amount of American blood spilled to keep our country the free beacon to the world, only have it spiral down the drain without a shot being fired. We were warned of this by Nikita Khruschev decades ago. Once Socialism has been instilled, democracy will be gone forever.
With the advent of Socialism in America, next will be a member of a New World Order, promoted by liberals like Obama and Hillary. While that may seem utopian on paper, the fact is, to truly become part of a global society will require America to pay the bills.
Winston Churchill said of Socialism, “… Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” For a true globalist society to flourish, they will have to bring the American citizens standard of living to the level of the rest of the world - predominately broke. The reason most of them are broke is that their governments have all the money.
There is an inordinate amount of people unaware of any of this, paying no attention to actual journalism, receiving information only from television, the internet, tweets, or Face Book. It’s too time-consuming to read. All these different platforms try to “one-up” each other for advertisement dollars - who can make the most sensation so as to grab attention? Every mainstream media news story is “BREAKING!” MSNBC's are all “exclusive!” Every FOX news story is a “bulletin.” Don’t know about CNN as nobody watches anymore.
On a smaller scale, look how few “letters to the editor” the Journal gets. They plead for letters. They want people to read and become engaged. Think about what is being reported or opined in the Journal, then rub a couple brain cells together and react! Don’t just sit there like a bump on a log – it’s your country too. If you think the author is wrong, rather than hurl invective's on social media, state your rebuttal intelligently. Save your expertise at profanity - nobody is impressed.
There’s an old axiom, “Just because you aren’t paying attention to your government doesn’t mean your government isn’t paying attention to you.” Do we want to be known in history as the generation that allowed socialism into the greatest country the world has ever known?
Our politicians and mainstream media have proven they aren’t going to stop Socialism from coming either. Sadly, we can’t depend on them.
Did you see where Michelle Obama took time out of buying another mansion to complain about white folks? If you recall, stoking racial strife was common in nearly everything she said and did while residing in the White House. In a country where 78% of the population is white, yet overwhelmingly voted her black husband as president twice, three years after leaving office, she can’t let the racial scabs heal so we might all get along.
Recently speaking at the Obama Foundation Summit, she again let her biased opinions rip when stating that during her Chicago childhood, “white families were running from us.” She claims she witnessed “white flight” and further admonished, “As we moved in, white folks moved because they were afraid of what our families represented. Ya’ll were running from us. And you’re still running.”
If you recall, this was the woman who stated at a Wisconsin rally for her husband’s presidency, “For the first time in my adult life, I’m really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.” She was forty-four years old at the time.
It’s also the same woman who wrote her thesis in 1985 at Princeton University on the subject of “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community.” She penned in her thesis that “my experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my ‘blackness’ than ever before.” “…at Princeton no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my white professors and classmates try to be towards me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong. Regardless of the circumstances under which I interact with whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be black first and a student second.” Funny, as a white guy from Chebanse, my application to attend Princeton must have gotten lost in the mail.
Later in the thesis she whined that even if she assimilates into white society after Princeton, she will “remain on the periphery of society: never becoming a full participant.”
Since her dreadful time “participating” at Princeton, Michelle went on to become First Lady of the United States for eight years. During that time, she was entitled to lavish vacations around the world, taking her daughters and mother, as well as many on her personal staff, all on taxpayer largess. She darn near wore a jet out with her frequent trips to Hawaii. It is estimated the vacation bills cost in excess of one hundred million dollars. As First Lady she traveled lavishly for State dinners and excursions to meet foreign dignitaries, hobnobbing with the world’s elite. She was treated to many personal concerts of her favorite entertainers, of which she and her family had front row seats at the White House.
After leaving the White House, the Obama’s did not move back to their 6,500-sq.-ft. mansion in Chicago, a home bought suspiciously reduced from a man now doing time in prison.
Instead they bought an 8,200-square-foot home in the posh Kalorama district of Washington DC. Having been paid approximately $3.2 million in eight years as president (and about $250K per year pension), the Obama’s shelled out $8.1 million for their new DC home. Ironically, Obama promptly installed a fence around it.
The new mansion on Martha’s Vineyard puts the other two homes to shame. Previously owned by former venture capitalist and current Boston Celtics owner, Wyc Grousbeck, the Obama’s paid $14.85 million for the 7,000-sq.-ft. mansion that had been listed at $22.5 million. The estate sits on 29 acres of beachfront property on the southern tip of the island, forming their own peninsula. I’ve recently been near that area – it’s spectacular.
If you think I’m writing to besmirch the Obama’s success, you’d be wrong. I don’t begrudge anybody’s success – there is reward in a capitalist society. If you think I’m somewhat envious, you’d be moderately correct. I wish I could afford houses like they own. I fancy a Princeton sheepskin on my resume. I would have given my eye-teeth to have an Allman Brothers concert at my home; attended by me, my family and a few hundred of my closest peeps. And I’m so jealous of the money her and Barack both got in advance for book deals, as I assure you I didn’t do as well on mine.
So, excuse me if I don’t care for Michelle’s incessant belly-aching about her life as a black woman.
“Like that Old Testament prophet, he stood against the corrupt leadership of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel.”
This was part of the sermon from Hillary Clinton during the recent eulogy for Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings. In my mind, that metaphor speaks more about the orator that delivered it than the man being eulogized.
Mr. Cummings was a lawyer and politician for thirty-six years. During his tenure, he was highly revered for his civil rights advocacy. It’s not my intent in this commentary to speak ill of the deceased. I did mention some of his short-comings in a previous commentary.
Hillary Clinton, known nationally as Crooked Hillary, was comparing Elijah Cummings to the biblical prophet, King Ahab of Israel. Found in the Book of Kings from the Hebrew Bible, Elijah allegedly challenged the King. Ahab’s defiance concerned the King’s supposed worship to the deity Baal in the 9th century BC. In the fable, King Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, was a priestess of Baal and governed ruthlessly toward Christians.
There are many inconsistencies and unknowns to this part of Israel’s ancient history, but Crooked Hillary used the story anyway because, well it fit her narrative. In Hillary-speak, biblical Elijah standing up to Ahab was the equivalent to the late-Elijah’s relentless grumbling towards President Trump. It was Mr. Cummings who was charged with the responsibility by the Democratic Party to obtain Trump’s tax records.
Crooked Hillary also took the opportunity to take a shot at our first lady, Melania, comparing her to Ahab’s wife, Jezebel. Predictably, the creatures of the Swamp assembled to honor one of their own, cheered and applauded her words. A couple morons even stood during what is supposed to be a solemn event, evidently to please the Queen of the Swamp. Standing ovations for speakers at a memorial service seem somewhat uncouth even to a kid from Chebanse.
Sadly, it’s now considered common for one politician to brutally attack another politician, including family members, regardless of the solemnity of the event. I do understand Donald Trump is probably not above doing something similar, much to my chagrin, so no letters please. But to assail Melania Trump by comparing her to a fabled monster believing in false Gods and killing Christians might be a new low, even for Crooked Hillary.
Melania Trump is the wife of a president, a former model, a naturalized citizen from Slovenia, a mother, and above all, a class act. I think so highly of her that I too wonder why she married someone like the irascible Donald Trump, rather than up-and-comer’s closer to her age, as Trump is 23 years older. Many will say, crassly, it was the money, but someone with her beauty and intellect (she speaks five languages) could have selected just about anyone she wanted, including me…but I’m already taken.
Ms. Trump, born Melanija Knavs, is the second first-lady born outside the US; Louis Adams being the other. She met Donald Trump in 1998, they married in 2005, and she became a US citizen in 2006. For the record, Bill and Hillary Clinton attended the wedding and reception held at the posh Mara-Logo in Palm Beach FL. Hillary probably has some dinnerware to prove it.
Unlike former first ladies, such as the meddlesome Michele Obama or the reprehensible Hillary herself, Ms. Trump doesn’t insert herself into matters she has no business or knowledge. She understands she wasn’t elected co-president. No national healthcare schemes or disastrous school lunch programs have been rolled out from Ms. Trump. Distinct from former first-ladies, she keeps a small staff, does not involve herself in political matters, shuns the spotlight and prefers to raise her teen-age son, Baron. She’s involved in causes for women and children, as well as against cyber-bullying. She doesn’t use tax payer money to fly to exotic vacation destinations, packing aboard family and friends, nor does she use a separate plane to fly family pets. She represents her adopted country with class and poise.
And yet, like a troll in a pantsuit, there was Crooked Hillary, belching forth nastiness, vilely contaminating everything of which she comes in contact. What possible reason is there for her to attend a memorial service for a deceased individual, just to spew political barbs? Did the Cummings family, grieving the death of Mr. Cummings, really need to hear more partisan political rhetoric at his services?
With her lust for money and power, combined with barbaric ruthlessness to those who would dare to deny it, a strong case could be made that Hillary is the real-life Jezebel.
Deep within the subterranean bowels of the capitol building, behind tightly closed doors, there is a coup taking place. Right there at ground zero of our so-called political process, there are actually people plotting to overthrow our duly elected president. We all know it’s happening and unbelievably, seem powerless, or in the case of some, unwilling, to do anything about it…until at least November of 2020.
In case you’re not aware, this is where one old California dinosaur, Nancy Pelosi, is delegating political shenanigans to various minions, most notably another Californian, Representative Adam Schiff. If ever there was an example of an oxymoron, Adam Schiff has been bestowed the title of House Intelligence Committee chairman, another title for supreme leader of the coup. And both Pelosi and Schiff represent California, where just about the entire state has been bawling about Trumps election ever since it happened. You can’t make this stuff up, folks.
A few things should be pointed out about the supreme leader of the coup that people might not know or have forgotten which might shed light on the man’s objectives.
Following the 2012 Benghazi attack, a committee was formed to investigate the violence by an Islamic militant group on our Libyan embassy, where four Americans were slaughtered. As you may recall, there was some question as to who carried out the attack and what the reaction was by top government officials at the time. Recall the Susan Rice-lying-tour on the Sunday morning news programs? At the time, Schiff, who would be appointed a member of the committee, called it a “colossal waste of time;” “a red herring;” and a “waste of taxpayer resources.” To date, there is still speculation as to how this could have happened under President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton’s nose, as well as the subsequent “covering of posteriors.” In Chebanse, we call those posteriors the south bound end of a north bound donkey.
In 2017, Schiff told Chuck Todd on MSNBC there was “more than circumstantial evidence now” that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia. He also claimed “the evidence…was very much worthy of investigation.” It has since been proven that he was spectacularly wrong in both his opinion and statements.
Regarding any credit to Trump for North Korean talks in 2018, Schiff sniveled, “I think it’s more the combination of the president’s unpredictability and indeed, his bellicosity had something to do with the North Koreans deciding to come to the negotiating table.” This response seems like sour grapes and further adds to his long track-record of misstatements.
How fair and balanced do you suppose the supreme leader of the coup is going to be in trying to establish whether Trump did anything wrong during a phone conversation with the Ukrainian president, a phone call that included twelve other Americans listening in on? A good case could be made that not only does Schiff not belong overseeing this investigation, but that he ought to be tossed out of Congress on his ear.
In an act of nothing more than political gamesmanship, Pelosi determined the impeachment inquiry to be held in a secluded basement corner, rather than the open public, and that the entire House would not vote on its initiation at this time. This is all in stark contrast to past impeachment hearings on Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton.
There are actually three different committees (Oversight and Reform, House Intelligence, and Foreign Affairs) interviewing various witnesses. Incredibly, the initial whistle-blower is not among the witnesses. Furthermore, Schiff has now said that it is possible these witnesses might not be recalled for public testimony. If one were to read between the shifty lines of Schiff, this probably means only those witnesses detrimental to Trump might be called.
Although there are Republicans on the impeachment coup, including Vice President Mike Pence’s brother, Greg, they aren’t talking. It is rumored that the inclusion of Greg Pence, a Representative from Indiana, was an oversight, laughably ironic on so many levels.
Attempts by Republicans who are not on any of the three committees to attend were denied access. This includes members of the House Judiciary Committee, which historically has handled impeachments of federal officials, going back as far as Andrew Johnson.
Folks, we’re witnessing a real-time coup to overthrow our president. It’s imperative for certain Democrats to remove Trump from the Oval Office before he gets re-elected. They have no other way to stop him in his quest to drain the swamp. The question is what are the American people going to do about this?
I happened across the above meme on Face Book the other day that, quite frankly, rocked me.
The picture behind the words was of a painting "The Declaration of Independence" by John Trumbull, painted in 1817. It depicted our Founding Fathers congregating in Independence Hall in Philadelphia while five men, including Thomas Jefferson, present the draft of the Declaration of Independence to Congress. (Remember when those men were revered, instead of labeled white supremacists and xenophobes’ today's "alternate-history" would have you believe?)
The meme could probably have used any background, but this painting is poignant if you consider the irony of the entire meme. It was the words that shocked me and I have no idea who penned them.
The top line of the meme stated:
"It is amazing that our society has come to the point where one party can run on a platform of raising your taxes, confiscating your guns, embracing illegal immigration, and murdering your unborn children. "
Then the bottom line completed the thought:
"And nearly half the people (in this country) support this."
The stark reality of the meme is incredible. I might have substituted the word “amazing” with “disturbing.” There's no part of that statement untrue. Democrats, with assistance from a complicit media, have half this country believing in principles detrimental to most Americans. Excessive taxation, gun confiscation, illegal immigration, and abortion at will are all staunch socialistic tenets of the Left.
Speaking of a complicit media, I wonder how the media is going to fare when/if they officially become state-controlled, similar to Pravda is in Russia? Right now, most of our media reports, spins, and cheerleads to the left on their own accord, but once they have helped tip the scales toward government control, surely, they must understand the government will control them too.
Anyway, why would anyone but the gullible want to give more of their hard-earned money to the government through taxation? The amount of money working Americans pay in various different taxes is absurd, regardless of tax bracket. If you're making $50,000 per year now, the government isn't going to take away $50,000 from your wealthy neighbor to hand to you, so how do you benefit if your “rich” neighbor is paying more taxes? Socialism just spreads misery equally.
Americans were bestowed the right to bear arms by our Bill of Rights, and yet there are politicians who would eradicate that right. With implausible hubris, Beto states it emphatically, despite the consequences of the Civil War it might cause. People aren't going to give up their guns willingly. To quote Ben Franklin, "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
New York City has now made it a crime to use the term "illegal immigrant," punishable up to a $250,000 fine. So, according to the inmates running the asylum called the Big Apple, not only is it permissible for someone to be there illegally from another country, actual citizens living there and footing the bill through their taxes, are muzzled from stating their objections. This is nothing more than a reprehensible Liberal violation of first amendment rights of free speech. What's next, they can't say Bill de'Blasio is a buffoon? How long until this insanity spreads across the country?
Speaking of insanity, this country has aborted 730,000 babies this year, on schedule with the total killed in our four-year Civil War. There are people, and our tax dollars, supporting this behavior. This statistic is beyond ghastly to many. Surely this conduct must be reconciled some day.
Perhaps the greatest American president, Abraham Lincoln, touched on this subject in 1838 with the Lyceum Speech in Springfield IL. The following is an abridged excerpt:
"At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? ...Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the Ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined...could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio...in a trial of a thousand years."
"At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? ...If it ever reaches us, it must spring up amongst us. ...If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide."
Seems like we might be half-way there. Once the balance shifts to 51%, the ballgame's over, folks.
Readers of this column probably never thought they'd see me utter those words. Alas, it’s time folks. We need to impeach President Trump.
Since the day Trump took the Oval Office in January of 2017, Democrats, Washington bureaucrats, Never-Trumper’s like John McCain, Republicans in Name Only (RINO's) like our own Adam Kinzinger, or the pathetic Mitt Romney, have been calling, hinting or wishing for Trump to be impeached.
Did anyone foresee Rep. Kinzinger, would develop a taste for Swamp water? Thought he might have found it…beyond repugnant.
For 34 months now, all we've heard from the murky Swamp is they must impeach somebody, preferably the president. They're not exactly sure what for but they just know he has to be removed from office.
Thirty-four-months we’ve been listening to this blather. Trump is second-guessed just for breathing.
Today, 225 Democrats and 1 Independent (what’s the difference?) are now on record they will vote to impeach the president. That’s enough votes to start official proceedings upon a thump of Nancy Pelosi’s gavel, although they will need to conduct the hearings out in the open, rather than hide behind the public.
The Swamp keeps throwing impeachment reasons on the wall to see if something sticks. A few examples of the reasons brought by various members of the House and their media cohorts include claims that Trump:
Colluded with Russia…although found not true, it cost 40 million taxpayer dollars;
Undermined Hillary Clinton…while she was colluding with Russia and destroying computers and emails;
Fired Jim Comey and Andrew McCabe…who are now under Federal investigation themselves;
Sided against kneeling, overpaid NFL players disrespecting our country…too bad;
Promotes xenophobia, ethnocentrism, bigotry, Islamophobia and hatred – common accusations of anyone not conforming to the ideals of the Left; These were separate charges, but I lumped them together under the standard "Race Card" claim.
Undermined the federal judiciary… by appointing Conservative judges.
Violated the emoluments clause…a nice word for a bribe but nothing is substantiated. What is substantiated is he has given his salary away to various causes;
Is trying to establish a monarchy…a ludicrous charge, but if it keeps Bernie out of the White House, I’m all for it.
Withheld tax returns – Trump claimed to have emailed them to Hillary. The Democrats have the courts chasing them now;
Created inhumane conditions at the border…but just those Obama left;
Had a phone conversation with a Ukrainian president…as is a president’s right;
Investigated Hunter Biden…as someone should be doing, regardless of his old man's candidacy.
Consider the irony that the irrational Maxine Waters wants Trump impeached because "he’s crazy."
Texas Rep. Al Green, among a host of other excuses, says they must impeach because the polls support it. These would be the same polls that said Trump would never win, all the way through election night.
Impeachment is gonna happen, folks. House Democrats have had an interminable itch for 34 months that has to be scratched. If they don’t get him impeached, he will expose them for what they are.
So, in the immortal words of Todd Beamer, “let’s roll!”
Nancy, put up or shut up. Let’s get impeachment procedures started and behind us so that maybe that Circus we call the House of Representatives can finally get on with something productive for the country -before most of the Impeachers get thrown out of office in the next election. The quicker the better. Is tomorrow good on your calendar?
Once the House gets through this public lynching, and all the Swamp creatures living lavishly off our tax dollars have gotten their chance to cast an impeachment vote, the matter will get handed over to the Senate. In the minds of the House Swamp, the coup will have been accomplished. Drinks are on Pelosi; AOC can serve them.
Then once the matter reaches the Senate, it will die…quietly. The furor will have all been for nothing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he won’t bring it up for vote. McConnell understands this matter has been a fool’s errand from the start, unpopular with mentally-balanced sections of the country. He says he will not subject us to any more impeachment theatrics or temper tantrums.
President Trump will get an embarrassing asterisk by his name in history books for being impeached, along with Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. (The embarrassing part will be that he will be among the same trivia answer as Clinton.)
And then, Trump can get on with conducting the affairs of the country, continue his re-election campaign, and resume his presidency…for four more years.
As the 2019 baseball postseason starts, sadly without my beloved Cubs, I’ve got an opinion concerning baseball to get off my chest.
Any baseball fan has heard of Jackie Robinson, who played 9 years for the Dodgers. He had quite a career, winning the Rookie of the Year Award, 6 All-Star appearances, 6 World Series appearances, and the 1949 Most Valuable Player Award (MVP). He’s credited by Major League Baseball (MLB) for being the first black man to play in the majors. He was also the first black player to be inducted, rightly, into the Hall of Fame.
Robinson’s uniform number, 42, has been retired permanently by MLB. On April 15th, Jackie Robinson Day, every player wears a uniform with the number 42 in honor of the man who broke the color barrier in baseball.
But, did you know Luis Castro was the first Latin player to appear in the major leagues, having played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1902? He played 42 games, but was released, evidently for mediocre statistics.
The first Latin player, and arguably the best, to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, was Roberto Clemente. He played right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates for 18 years before dying in a plane crash. An All-Star for 12 seasons, MVP in 1966, batting leader 4 times, and Gold Glove winner for 12 years, he’s a member of the exclusive 3,000-hit club. I still have nightmares of his “clothesline” heaves from right field to catch a hapless Cubs player at home plate.
But, perhaps the biggest name in baseball is “Babe” Ruth. Anyone who’s watched baseball knows about the “Babe,” even though he’s been dead for over 70 years. Not only was he larger than the game, he was larger than life.
His athletic prowess in baseball in the early part of the twentieth century was unparalleled, both from the pitcher’s mound and with the bat. Incredibly, he hit more home runs personally in a season than any other TEAM in the American League…and he did it twice!
To his credit, Babe was voted the Athlete of the Century by the Associated Press; Greatest Baseball Player of all Time by Sporting News; the Greatest Player of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated; and placed second in the ESPN Athlete of the 20th Century. Nobody dominated a sport like the “Babe.”
So, here’s the rub - Jackie Robinson wasn’t the first black man to play professional baseball. At best, he was fourth, and possibly fifth if one believes the rumor Babe Ruth was half-black, an issue that dogged him early in his career.
In fact, black men played professional baseball games before Robinson was born in 1919.
The first was William White, a college student, who played first base for just one game for the Providence Grays on June 21, 1879.
OK, perhaps that was just a one-day fluke? Two more black men played before Robinson. The first to play regularly in the major leagues was Moses “Fleet” Walker, who capably played 42 games for the Toledo Blue Stockings during the 1884 season. Later in the season his brother Weldy briefly joined him.
The Walker brothers also suffered and fought extreme prejudices over their season, in which some games were cancelled just by their appearance. Fleet was released in September of 1884 due to hand injuries sustained playing catcher…without a glove!
Given the immense accomplishments of players like Ruth and Clemente, as examples, and the fact that Robinson wasn’t the first professional black player, I’ve an issue with the way the MLB memorializes Robinson. From what I’ve read about Robinson, he’d have a problem with it too.
Why is the number 42 retired throughout baseball, yet Ruth’s number 3 is only retired at Yankee Stadium and Clemente’s 21 only in Pittsburgh?
Why isn’t Walker officially recognized as the first black player? The snub of Walker diminishes the accomplishments of Robinson. Not to insult Robinson but there were many greater players - of all colors - who had much better statistics in their careers. (Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb)
This feels like just another hollow political correctness program altering history to fit a narrative, and, of course to sell jerseys. There’s too much of history altering going on these days, folks.
My opinion, the April 15th commemoration itself should be retired and the number 42 unretired, except for the Dodgers.
We as a society need to start pushing back at those who will saddle others with ridiculous observances, policies and ceremonies that are, in reality, wrong and/or meaningless.
As nobody would identify me as a golfer, I identify as a Polemicist. It bears repeating, a “polemicist,” not a polygamist. I have only one wife and am quite content with her.
A polemicist engages in controversial writing intended to support a position with aggressive claims to undermine opposing positions. In my case there’s usually a taint of sarcasm.
The trouble with being a conservative polemicist is the lack of thought or civility of most rebuttals. Folks not agreeing with my op-eds do so mostly with trivial derision. One insolent fella hopes I get run over by a truck. Another told me to move to Russia. These type responses are like playing Pigeon Chess. The pigeon knocks over the pieces, defecates on the board and struts around like it won.
With that in mind, concerning the Ukraine-Phone-Gate matter.
Phone-Gate is the new “Impeachment Flavor of the Month” against President Trump. It concerns his conversation with new Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky.
During a phone conversation last July, Trump asked for details about Biden’s son, Hunter, who benefited to the tune of $50K per month to be an advisor on the board of a Ukrainian energy company, a position for which he was unqualified. This was while his old-man was vice president. Turns out, an unnamed CIA whistle-blower didn’t care for the content of the discussion.
The blower believed Trump was trying to gain advantage on Biden in the presidential race, as Hillary did in the 2016 campaign, rather than surmising Trump might be inquiring of an illegal act committed by a then vice president. In the blower’s mind, it was OK for Hillary to do it, but not the evil Trump.
So, the blower went to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to report the call. Turns out, said blower wasn’t listening in on the original call but using second-hand information, and that he works among the Democrat party. Think he might have had an agenda?
The Dems hyperventilated over this news. Trump did “it” again.
Kicking the pandemonium into overdrive, presidential hopeful Bill Weld, suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome himself, shot his mouth off while on a segment of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He maintained Trump talking to the Ukraine was treasonous, and the punishment…execution. He was serious! Hosts, Joe and Mika, along with the other two improbable Republican candidates looked on nodding in agreement, as if this were common knowledge.
Evidently, Weld presumes if Trump were to be executed, it will increase his chances for gaining the Republican nomination, and hopefully the presidency in 2020. I think my chances are about equal if I were to run.
The following day, Nancy Pelosi harrumphed she was moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. Excuse me while I yawn here.
Democrats smelled blood and demanded the transcript of the phone call…” or else.” You might think Ms. Pelosi would have waited until after she had seen the transcript in order to ascertain the validity. (And by the way, if one has already been threatened with impeachment and execution… “or else” what?)
So, rather than tell Democrats where they could shove their demand, a remark most of us Chebanse folks would have blurted, Trump released the transcript. Absurdly, this is the third time a transcript of a Trump conversation with a head of another country has been leaked or given to the media. (Mexico and Australia being the others.)
What was in that transcript depends on your ideology.
If one believes our president was looking out for the best interests of the country to investigate if an ex-vice president unduly used his influence to grease his kids’ palm, then you might find the conversation to have been good governance by Trump. It was within his quest to drain the Swamp.
If you are a Left-leaner with TDS, then you will naturally come to the conclusion your president was digging dirt internationally on a political opponent, as Hillary did in 2016, and should be thrown out of office immediately.
Now prove it either way!
This three-year disruption, Swamp Wars, pursuit by House Democrats, and their media brethren, of looking under every rock to see how they can “impeach” Trump out of office, before he wins it again next year, has gotten tedious, ripped our country apart, and achieved absolutely no return in our tax investment of employing that circus called Congress.
In my opinion, the actions of the House Democrats are the individuals perpetrating high crimes and misdemeanors, and are perhaps guilty of treason.
Consider again the punishment for treason.
Did you hear about the newest specimen of yellow journalism published in the Sunday (15th) edition of the New York Times? A smear essay, artfully edited, was leveled against Supreme Court Judge Kavanaugh. As Yogi said, “Déjà vu all over again.”
In typical sheep-like behavior, other news outlets, and nearly all the Democrat presidential hopefuls ran with the story – hook, line, and sinker.
The opinion piece is part of a forthcoming book, the work of reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, apparently in an attempt to peddle sensationalism. Evidently their appetites were not slaked by previous public lynching’s of Kavanaugh, so they claimed the FBI had further evidence of another drunken sexual misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh. Said misconduct was alleged to have been perpetrated on a hapless “victim” while Kavanaugh was at Yale.
There was one glaring problem with this article. The alleged “victim” doesn’t recall the incident! She has no beef with Kavanaugh.
Additionally, the article cast more doubt on the original claim concocted by Christine Blasey Ford, in conjunction with Senator Diane Feinstein. If you recall, Feinstein unwittingly employed a Chinese spy on her staff for twenty-plus years. Perhaps she should have gotten her own affairs in order before attempting the political gamesmanship required to tear a man’s reputation apart for unsubstantiated college pranks.
Nevertheless, the horse bolted from the barn. The Associated Press, that paragon of journalistic mediocrity, filled print space on the matter. The actual author of the AP hogwash went unnamed. Regrettably, the Journal ran the AP story as well. Perhaps they should request their money back.
According to the AP, Democrat presidential hopefuls instantly weighed in about Kavanaugh. Sure enough, the “impeachment” word, always on the mind of any self-loathing Democrat, spewed forth.
Kamala Harris: “…Kavanaugh lied to the US Senate and most importantly to the American people.” She then indignantly tweeted, “he must be impeached.”
Not sure what Kavanaugh lied about, or why he should be impeached but that doesn’t seem to matter to the former AG of California. Recall she was accused of sexual misconduct and cronyism while dating then-San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, 30 years her elder. Isn’t there a term for that sort of upward mobility?
Beto, no stranger to criminal activity himself, stood on a chair and chirped: “We know he lied under oath. He should be impeached.”
Like Harris, Beto didn’t elaborate on what Kavanaugh lied about. Hey Beto, while you’re out attempting to take our guns, why don’t you first explain to us what Kavanaugh lied about. We’ll be on our porches waiting.
Julian Castro weighed in with a tweet: “…(he) lied under oath. He should be impeached and Congress should review the failure of the DOJ to properly investigate the matter.” Yeah Julio, that’s what we need, more Congressional reviews by Congressmen clamoring to get their mugs on television.
Not to be outdone, Cory “Spartacus” Booker yammered a tweet: “…I stand with the survivors and countless other Americans in calling for impeachment proceedings to begin.” Survivors?
As if she were demanding heads, Elizabeth Warren shouted; “…like the man who appointed him (Trump), Kavanaugh should be impeached.”
Biden and the Bern didn’t have much to say, or at least nothing salacious enough for the AP to regurgitate.
The following Tuesday, Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley filed a resolution for an impeachment inquiry for Kavanaugh. Perhaps, for the sake of saving us tax dollars, they could organize a “two-fer” by impeaching Trump and Kavanaugh at the same time?
Think about this, folks, a false op-ed promoting a book by the supposed leader in print journalism, the New York Times, and everyone ideologically left of center immediately springs into action to run their mouths.
Having drug Kavanaugh through perdition during his confirmation, while embarrassing the nation, the wound was about healed when the scab is ripped off again…for a false narrative. To sell books regurgitating drunken college pranks. The Times has since apologized, but being from Chebanse and all, I don’t believe they meant it. A seed was planted.
Is there anybody that doesn’t realize this misinformation dissemination is nothing more than the Left lobbing cannonballs over Kavanaugh’s head about the Roe v Wade decision? They’re forewarning him to never consider overturning their right to kill babies.
Consider the carnage planned by the Left when the aging Judge Bader needs replacing. Pity the poor soul who aspires to her seat in the Court.
Unless…Trump inserts himself on the Court. Imagine that - Supreme Court Judge Donald Trump. Suppose Judge Ginsburg can hang on another year?