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Republican ElephantThere has been a lot of speculation as to whether Hilary Clinton, wife of former President Bill Clinton, former U.S. senator and secretary of state would run for president on the Democrat ticket in 2016.  I sincerely hope not.

It seems as those of us who have had the good fortune to have lived in two centuries, the end of the twentieth and the start of the twenty-first, have to acknowledge the short memories of some of our dual-century colleagues and peers.  Nobody liked Hilary during Bill’s first campaign in 1992 and while she was first lady.  She was very arrogant and thought of by her peers as a B!@#% on wheels.  When the Clinton’s checked out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue January 20, 2001 at 11:59 AM, they took things from that executive homestead that didn’t belong to them; most of the items like jewelry and dishware, which mostly benefited Hilary.

After the Clinton years, the Arkansans decided Arkansas was not good enough and took residence in New York State where Hilary got elected senator representing a state she had not lived in for more than a year.  She was at best a ho-hum senator and ran a nasty campaign against current president Barrack Obama in 2008; one of her own who shared many of the liberal ideals that plague us today.  As a peace offering and to ensure her support, Obama agreed to make her secretary of state and kept his promise.  Hilary only served the first term and made him find someone else in 2012; not exactly a loyal colleague.  The horrific ordeal in Benghazi was her legacy as secretary of state.  And now she wants to be president?  I have no problem with a woman as president, but this is the wrong woman.  Since there is no presidential election before 2016, if elected, she would enter the White House at sixty-nine years of age, one year older than Ronald Reagan who entered the Oval Office at age sixty-eight on January 20, 1981.  While Ronald Reagan was exceptional, one of the greatest presidents in the history of the United States, it is reasonable to speculate that Alzheimer’s disease that got the best of him in the final years of his life began to set in during the later years of his presidency.  Though he survived Iran Contra virtually unscaved, his inability to answer questions claiming he just didn’t know was a tell tale sign this illness was in its infancy.  Worse than that, Reagan lived into his nineties and may have been a centurion pre-empted by the disease.  Centurions are rare.  I have a cousin who was my late father’s cousin who will celebrate her one-hundredth birthday before the end of the year; God bless her.  I am a Republican and in 2008, I had reservations about John McCain at seventy-three as to whether he would live to complete two terms in office.  I don’t understand how the Democrats cannot be concerned about that.

Though I disagree with him politically, I give Obama credit for breaking the color line and getting elected as America’s first African American president.  I have my differences with him politically, but I have to admit he is a relatively clean politician and a good family man.  For you women who want the first woman president, please wait a while.  Don’t be sold on Hilary Clinton—she is not an example for women or anyone else to follow.  Wait for a better woman.

FlagBaseballI was looking at a copy of the USA Today where they were discussing the past all star games played in New York.  From 1934 at the Polo Grounds to 1949 at Ebbetts Field, Yankee Stadium in the mid 1940s, second of two in 1960, then 1977 and 2008, Shea Stadium in 1964.  This year at Citi Field, the fewest New Yorkers will participate.  Only Robinson Canoe and hall of fame closer Mariano Rivera for the Bronx Bombers and only David Wright and Matt Harvey for the Amazins (Harvey will start).  In the past, there were several on all three New York ball clubs, Yankees, Giants, and of course, the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Ruth, Gehrig, Terry, Hubbell, Dimaggio, Mantle, Mays, Snider, Reese, and of course Jackie Roosevelt Robinson. The co-authors of the USAT article are disappointed.

Well, as a Met fan, I would have liked to see more albeit beyond David Wright, you are either looking at those who are failing to perform like Ike Davis or guys like Newenhuis, Daniel Murphy, and some outfield prospects just not ready yet.  Keep in mind (1) all stars are voted in by the fans; the way it should be because the game is played for the fans.  (2) when the reserves are picked by the managers, every team must have at least one representative, and (3) you had only 16 teams prior to 1961—today, you have 30—almost double, and a much more diluted talent pool.

First question to ask is: How would those old timers fair against the modern stars?  You may have to wait a few years to answer that as if you believe the players of today are superior, you have to wait until the final remnants of the steroid era have retired.  Then you must factor in the more diluted talent pool, the expanded leagues with stars scattered about many different franchises, and with revenue sharing, smaller markets can hang on to their stars and re-sign them when their option year comes up.

After the Dodgers and Giants left Gotham in 1958, sportswriters started congregating in NFL football training camps such as the NY football Giants.  The NFL has become more popular than MLB in every major market except New York but even New York as the baseball Mecca is a shadow of its former self.  The Yankees are aging.  Rivera is retiring, Jeter is having a hard time staying off the DL, A-Rod may have to serve a 100-game suspension for steroid use.  Met fans are angry with the ownership group for their involvement with Bernie Madoff.  New York can be that great baseball Mecca once again, but it will take some time.

Anyway, on Tuesday night, let’s play ball!

 

I did not make it a project to follow the George Zimmerman case and I only want to make a short statement.  My heart cries out to the family of the late Treyvon Martin.  Whether he was a troubled youth or not, it is not a reason to shoot to kill. Treyvon had no gun and was not armed.  Back in the days of the Wild, Wild West, there was virtually no gun control but the one rule everyone lived by, never shoot an unarmed man; the penalty was not jail–you were hanged.

If you cut to the chase to the bottom line, this is how it concluded.  George Zimmerman was found Not Guilty by a jury of his peers.  The worst case scenario is a guilty man went free.
When our Founding Fathers were debating whether an accused person should be innocent until proven guilty like Great Britain, the nation we fought to obtain our independence, or guilty until proven innocent, like France, Ben Franklin convinced those making the decision that is is better if ten guilty men go free than one innocent man hang.
Therefore, the system did not fail.