Comment on Trump’s Speech

Donald Trump has just concluded his acceptance speech at the 2016 Republican Convention. I thought that one of the best acceptance speeches of all time. The conservative commentators I listened to agreed with me that it was at least very good.

None of the other Republican candidates could have come close. Also, as many Senior Republicans stayed away from the Convention out of spite, I think it befitted the convention not to have them there. I didn’t miss Jeb whoever at all.

The best testimony to the speech’s greatness came from MSNBC where Rachel Maddow had to mention David Duke and Chris Mathews was even more angry and deranged. That behavior clearly indicates that Trump hit it out of the park and the  Dems are in panic mode.

The panic mode is because their candidate can’t possibly deliver such a speech. She is weak, shrill, and frail, and, frankly, she has nothing to say.

I think Trump has changed the Republican party and will change the country, all for the good.

 

Climate Change Concern Ends in Britain

Britain closes down global warming bureaucracy

The almost unthinkable has happened. In a clear sign that the global warming fraud has peaked and is on the decline, an actual government agency has been abolished, because it was dedicated to global warming.  Andrew Follett of theDaily Caller writes:

Britain’s new government abolished its Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Thursday morning, ridding the country of its global warming bureaucracy.

Officials stated that the DECC has been abolished and U.K.’s environmental policy is will be transferred to a new ministry called the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Some former DECC’s functions will be outright abolished, while others will be handed back to the new ministry.

Follett provides good background on the failures of green energy policy in Britain that has led to this rejection of the mission of the agency.

The backlash against British wind power occurred when the country’s  government was already forced to take emergency measures to keep the lights on and official government analysis suggests the country could have insufficient electricity on a windless or cloudy days to meet demand. Brownouts and blackouts caused by wind and solar power have already impacted the U.K. (snip)

Government green energy taxes currently account for seven percent of the average household’s energy bill, according to the UK’s Office of Gas and Electricity Markets. (snip)

Polling indicates that energy prices were so high that 38 percent of British households have cut back essential purchases, like food, to pay their energy bills. Another 59 percent of homes were worried about how they are going to pay energy bills.

Governmnts needing to cut expenditures can find ample pickings in green energy subsidies and global warming bureaucracies.

103 RBIs at the Break and Didn’t Make Starting All Star  Lineup. 

​You know how much I love baseball, but sometimes it drives me nuts. Here’s one:  Imagine belting 25 homeruns and 103 RBI at the break, and NOT making the all-star team.  That’s what happened to Detroit’s Hank Greenberg in 1935.  Instead, Lou Gehrig (11 HR 51 RBI) and Jimmie Foxx (13 HR 50 RBI) were selected.   Greenberg considered it a snub, and when he was selected in 1938 as a starter, he declined the invitation.   He went on to hit 58 HR that season.  And the 103 RBI at the all-star break is STILL  a record.   Way to go Hank.

Greatest Pitching Duel of all Time. Spahn v. Marichal

July 2, 1963: The day Marichal and Spahn took work ethic to a higher level

They say that the July 4th weekend is a good time to take a break from the news and check out the Major League Baseball standings.  Based on today’s records, it looks like the Rangers and the Cubs will play each other in the World Series.

It is also a weekend to remember the greatest pitching duel of the last 60 years.  In fact, they even wrote a book about it: The Greatest Game Ever Pitched: Juan Marichal, Warren Spahn and the Pitching Duel of the Century!

Let’s take a quick look at the two pitchers.

Warren Spahn was an established veteran by the time this game started in San Francisco.  He came to Milwaukee with the Boston Braves in 1953.  He won 363 games, a 3.09 ERA and completed 382, or more than he won!

Juan Marichal was 25 and establishing himself.  He would go on to win 244 games with 2.89 career ERA, and he also completed more games (244) than he won.

I should add that future Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey, Hank Aaron, and Eddie Matthews took the field that night.  Add Marichal and Spahn, and the game featured seven of the greatest players of recent history.

My guess is that most fans expected another low-scoring night game at Candlestick Park.  However, they got the greatest pitching duel in modern baseball history:

At slightly past eight o’clock, Marichal took the Candlestick Park mound.

Four hours and 15 innings later, he was still toiling there.

And so was Warren Spahn–in a scoreless pitching duel.

The Braves had mounted a serious scoring threat in the top of the fourth inning. Marichal disposed of the first two batters before trouble arose.

The right-hander walked Norm Larker, and Mack “The Knife” Jones followed with a single to left, moving Larker to second.

Del Crandall hit a soft single to center that Willie Mays caught, then lasered to the plate to nail Larker trying to score. It had been a charmed half-inning for the Dominican pitcher.

Henry Aaron led off the frame with a drive to deep left field that Marichal said, the next day, he thought was gone.  Willie McCovey hauled the ball in a few feet from the fence, as Candlestick Point’s strong westerly winds knocked it down.

McCovey nearly ended the game in the bottom of the ninth. The Giants’ left fielder smoked a pitch deep to right field, just missing a home run–or so said the first base umpire. Local beat writer Curly Grieve expanded: “McCovey was so enraged when Chris Pelekoudas called the blast a foul that momentarily it appeared he would push the arbiter around the outfield and wind up ejected in the clubhouse. McCovey, [manager] Alvin Dark and [first base coach] Larry Jansen surrounded Pelekoudas, claiming the ball left Candlestick fair. Pelekoudas stuck to his call, which took courage.”

“I followed the ball all the way out but evidently the umpire didn’t. It was at least three feet fair when it left the park. I think the umpire was watching where it landed and made his call on that. As hard as I hit the ball it didn’t have a chance to curve before leaving the ball park,” McCovey said after the game.3 When he stepped back into the batter’s box, a miffed McCovey grounded out to first base, with Spahn covering. After a two-out single by Felipe Alou, Orlando Cepeda popped up to third base, and the scoreless game moved into extra innings.

With two outs in the top of the 13th, Braves’ second baseman Frank Bolling singled off Marichal, ending a string of 16 batters in a row retired by the Giants’ workhorse since a walk to Aaron in the eighth. Bolling was left stranded by the next hitter, Aaron, who popped up to first baseman Cepeda in foul ground.

Marichal was scheduled to bat third that inning. Cepeda later recalled the moment in a 1998 memoir. Manager Alvin Dark asked Marichal if he had had enough. Cepeda remembered Marichal barking at Dark, “A 42-year-old man is still pitching. I can’t come out!”  Dark accepted — or was startled into acceptance by Marichal’s ardor — and let him bat. Marichal flied out to complete the inning, and the game pushed forward.

The Giants made a strong bid to get Marichal a win in the lower half of the 14th. With two outs, they loaded the bases on a double, walk and error by Denis Menke, in at third base for Eddie Mathews. But Spahn then coolly retired Giants’ catcher Ed Bailey on a fly to center, ending the inning and extending the deadlock.

Marichal went back out for the 15th time and retired the side in order. Likewise, Spahn put the Giants down cleanly in the bottom of the frame. The pitchers had recorded 90 outs through 15 innings of gritty pitching, neither yielding a run.

In the 16th, Marichal allowed a two-out single to Menke, and then registered his 48th out of the night on Larker’s comebacker to the mound. It was Marichal’s 227th pitch.

When the Giants hit, Spahn retired Harvey Kuenn on a fly out. That brought up future Hall of Famer Mays, still hitless on the long night. Now, Mays drove Spahn’s first pitch through the teeth of the wind in left. The ball cleared the fence, and with that, a masterfully-pitched game dramatically ended. Marichal was the exhausted victor; Spahn, the valiantly defeated.

“I’ve been around a long time and that’s the finest exhibition of throwing I’ve ever seen,” Henry Aaron assessed. “It may be 10 years or even 20 before you see another its equal.”

Only once, in the more than half-century since, has one pitcher thrown as many innings in one major league baseball game as Marichal did that night against Spahn.

After the game, Spahn’s teammates greeted their aged warrior–the last player to enter their clubhouse because of an interview session–with their own tribute.

Quoting Spahn’s fellow starting pitcher Bob Sadowski, writer Jim Kaplan described it: “When Spahn arrived, everyone stood, applauded, and lined up to shake his hand. ‘If you didn’t have tears in your eyes, you weren’t nothing,'”

Over the 16 innings, Marichal allowed eight hits and four walks and struck out 10. Spahn, who threw 201 pitches of his own, yielded nine hits, walked only one (intentionally), and fanned a pair. Both men made their next scheduled starts five days later, the Sunday before the All-Star Game. Spahn complained of a sore elbow, which apparently flared up enough to cause him to miss two starts later in the month, but he pitched through it to lead the 1963 National League with 22 complete games.

Today, we call it a quality start when a guy goes six innings.  We count pitches and start talking about it around 100.

Years ago, Marichal and Spahn battled each other until Mays ended the game with a homer.  They didn’t quit; they just kept going and going.

It was more than a pitching duel.  It was a demonstration of character and work ethic.  We could use a bit of that these days.

A Short Primer on Brexit and How To Exit

The UK voted to leave the European Union for what appear to be very good reasons.

However, to actually get out of the EU, the British PM has to give notice to the other members that the UK intends to end its membership under Article 50 of the EU Charter. Now the current PM, David Cameron, as stated that he won’t do that and that he’ll leave office, not now, in October! He’ll leave the heavy lifting to his successor, whoever she or he may be.

Once the appropriate notices are given, a two-year negotiation starts that will result in an agreement defining the relationship between the UK and EU countries going forward. It is obvious that the negotiation will be very complex as the relationship between the parties involves financial, immigrations, travel, passport control, agricultural regulations, import-export rules and etc. Complicated stuff.

What I find most intriguing is that the vote did nothing with regard to this relationship other than give David Cameron some guidance. He has quickly announced his departure in October, but there is no requirement that his successor will give the notice required by Article 50 that starts the two-year clock.

So the UK has voted, but really we don’t know what will happen now.

 

Why Does The IRS Need Guns?

From American Thinker

Why Does the IRS Need Guns?

After grabbing legal power, bureaucrats are amassing firepower. It’s time to scale back the federal arsenal.

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Special agents at the IRS equipped with AR-15 military-style rifles? Health and Human Services “Special Office of Inspector General Agents” being trained by the Army’s Special Forces contractors? The Department of Veterans Affairs arming 3,700 employees?

The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In its escalating arms and ammo stockpiling, this federal arms race is unlike anything in history. Over the last 20 years, the number of these federal officers with arrest-and-firearm authority has nearly tripled to over 200,000 today, from 74,500 in 1996.

What exactly is the Obama administration up to?

On Friday, June 17, our organization, American Transparency, is releasing its OpenTheBooks.com oversight report on the militarization of America. The report catalogs federal purchases of guns, ammunition and military-style equipment by seemingly bureaucratic federal agencies. During a nine-year period through 2014, we found, 67 agencies unaffiliated with the Department of Defense spent $1.48 billion on guns and ammo. Of that total, $335.1 million was spent by agencies traditionally viewed as regulatory or administrative, such as the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Mint.

Some examples of spending from 2005 through 2014 raise the question: Who are they preparing to battle?

• The Internal Revenue Service, which has 2,316 special agents, spent nearly $11 million on guns, ammunition and military-style equipment. That’s nearly $5,000 in gear for each agent.

• The Department of Veterans Affairs, which has 3,700 law-enforcement officers guarding and securing VA medical centers, spent $11.66 million. It spent more than $200,000 on night-vision equipment, $2.3 million for body armor, more than $2 million on guns, and $3.6 million for ammunition. The VA employed no officers with firearm authorization as recently as 1995.

• The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service spent $4.77 million purchasing shotguns, .308 caliber rifles, night-vision goggles, propane cannons, liquid explosives, pyro supplies, buckshot, LP gas cannons, drones, remote-control helicopters, thermal cameras, military waterproof thermal infrared scopes and more.

• The Environmental Protection Agency spent $3.1 million on guns, ammunition and military-style equipment. The EPA has put nearly $800 million since 2005 into its “Criminal Enforcement Division.”

• The Food and Drug Administration employs 183 heavily armed “special agents.”

• The University of California, Berkeley acquired 14 5.56mm assault rifles and Yale University police accepted 20 5.56mm assault rifles from the Defense Department. Texas Southern University and Saddleback College police even acquired Mine Resistant Vehicles (MRVs).

Other paper-pushing federal agencies with firearm-and-arrest authority that have expanded their arsenals since 2006 include the Small Business Administration, Social Security Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Education Department, Energy Department, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, National Institute of Standards and Technology and many others.

People from both ends of the political spectrum have expressed alarm at this trend. Conservatives argue that it is hypocritical, unconstitutional and costly for political leaders to undermine the Second Amendment while simultaneously equipping nonmilitary agencies with heavy weapons, hollow-point bullets and military-style equipment. Progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders have raised civil liberties concerns about the militarization of local police with vehicles built for war and other heavy weaponry.

Meanwhile, federal authorities are silent on the growing arsenal at federal agencies. In fact, we asked the IRS for an asset accounting of their gun locker—their guns and ammunition asset inventory by location. Their response? “We don’t have one [an inventory], but could create one for you, if important.”

Our data shows that the federal government has become a gun show that never adjourns. Taxpayers need to tell Washington that police powers belong primarily to cities and states, not the feds.

Dr. Coburn is a physician and former U.S. senator from Oklahoma. He is the honorary chairman, and Mr. Andrzejewski is the founder and CEO, of OpenTheBooks.com, a repository of public-spending records.