Wisconsin conservative James Wigderson notes that Democrats, emboldened by Tuesday’s returns, have expanded their list of Republican targets to include the Speaker himself, Paul Ryan. James suggests it is a lost cause, in part because Ryan’s likely opponent was discovered to be two payments behind in child support. Interesting what conservatives consider disqualifying these days.
My conservative friend T. Paine, at Saving Common Sense, is outraged over the light sentence accorded to Bowe Bergdahl, the AWOL soldier who was captured by the Taliban. He does not mention that the probable reason for the sentence was the loud mouth of Donald Trump.
Yellow Dog at Blue in the Bluegrass goes to detailed studies of contemporaneous news reports and demonstrates that one of the most heinous acts of contempt, spitting on returning veterans, likely never happened.
The Moderate Voice carries a piece by David Robertson suggesting that Democrats are afraid to admit that the Trump idea of building a wall along the southern border is a benign idea to enforce a worthy law. Why challenge intent, after all? I dunno. Could be how it fits into a larger context of bigotry.
Will these made up counter-accusations never cease? Andy Borowitz reports as President Trump accuses Hillary Clinton of deliberately losing the election so he could be impeached. Oh wait. It’s satire? Well how could anyone tell?
Before he became President, Jack Kennedy was famous in part for his book Profiles in Courage, about political figures in American history who took brave stands at a political cost. During the Cuban missile crisis, he noted ruefully a sign he saw: “Less Profile, More Courage”. Jack Jodell at The Saturday Afternoon Post has a harsher judgment about today’s Republican officeholders who know the dangers represented by President Trump, but cringe in fear and go along.
North Carolina pastor John Pavlovitz was invited to host a series of discussions about faith and politics. Pastor Pavlovitz does defy the growing stereotype of devout Christians being hate-filled Trumpsters. His blog has attracted what he calls a disparate following. So did attendence at his discussions. He urged his audiences to consider trying church again.
As Trump scandals begin moving into actual criminal indictments, with looming prison time, one sports event symbolizes, at least for me, the tragedy of our 43rd President, the President whose love for baseball was unsurpassed.
Otsuka was pitching when Yuli came to bat. It was the bottom of the 9th and things were desperate.
Cinderella teams in baseball often fight to come from behind. That’s what Cinderella teams do. But this was harder than most: down 4-0 before even coming to bat in the first, way behind all the way through the game. And this was for baseball’s final world championship game of 2006.
But the 6th and the 8th innings were the miracle innings, fighting back to within a run. 6 to 5.
The top of the ninth looked like a repeat of the first, giving up 4 more. The score was 10 to 6, when second baseman Yuli Gurriel became a last hope.
That hope was crushed for Cuba, as Japan’s Akinori Otsuka stuck out Gurriel.