“About Yesterday”

Yesterday was Veterans Day, a day of honor!

Since November 11th 1918 — the end of World War I — Americans have honored veterans who served our country to preserve and protect our freedoms. It was an honor to serve in uniform and the people of a thankful nation proudly acknowledged their service.

Veterans had a revered place in our society after World War I and again after World War II. They were celebrated for their heroics and sacrifices to keep America safe. Gestures of thanks were honest and heartfelt.

On this day in the past Veterans were respected.

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“Mike Trout’s Amazing Ascension”

This article was published by The Huffington Post on June 26th and is the 4th article I’ve written on Mike Trout and the Angels. It was also featured on Halos Heaven on the 27th.

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Season three for the Angel phenom began slowly!

After two incredible seasons in which the Angel Center Fielder was the runner up for Most Valuable Player, Trout was off to a slow start — for him! What is amazing is his slower start was good by league standards but slow considering our greater expectations of the spectacular third year player from New Jersey.

Less than a month ago Trout’s numbers were down — yet still respectable — he was in or near the top 20 in the major league’s for most of April and May. His season low batting average on April 9th at .257, was higher than many players would aspire to achieve as their high for the season. Nine days later he would hit his season high of .338.

So he was well on his way to new heights?

Not quite. His average would not stay at that level. It began to decline slowly the very next day. In fact, he would struggle a little in all offensive categories managing only 8 home runs, 28 RBI’s, and scoring only 27 times during the first 46 games of the season. But it was the first half of May that was untypically Mike Trout. During that period, through the 17th, Mike hit only .148 going just 8 for 54 with not a single multi-hit game during the 15 game span.

Not typical for the player that was Rookie of the Year in 2012 and near the top in every offensive category in 2013, his second year.

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“A Sinkhole In Virginia!”

GOP leadership takes a huge hit!

Political history was made in Virginia on Tuesday night during Virginia’s Primary. But it wasn’t the historical event Republicans could get excited about.

When incumbent Eric Cantor lost his seat in the House of Representatives last night, there was no celebration, there were no streamers, and no fireworks. There was no exultation and no cheerful acceptance speech.

Only remorse and somberness!

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“The Hidden Costs of War”

The cost of war does not end with the conflict!

In October of 2007 I submitted this article to the New York Times Opinion Section in hopes they would reprint it to let all Americans know that there is a cost to every war that those that wage war do want exposed to the American people. It is a cost that should enrage everyone and is passed down to our children and grandchildren. The burden I wrote about then has more than doubled since it was written. Here is that article:

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A dead U.S. soldier costs less than a disabled one.

It is an unfortunate truth—a callous statement—but a reality of the hidden costs of the occupation of Iraq; an occupation that has destroyed lives and families and cost over $450 billion in American treasure thus far.

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“Snorting Koch”

Is Plutocracy imminent for America?

As we approach the 2014 elections there are right-wing politicians running for offices throughout the country that have been bought and sold by the perfidious Koch Brothers, who have no desire to be part of this great country, only to use it to amass enough wealth to manipulate it and create a Plutocracy.

There’s no shortage of politicians willing to sell their integrity to people like the Koch’s to remain in office; willing to lie to retain a false sense of power and authority.

How do we fight this insidious malignancy?

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“The Fairer Sex in the Senate”

Women in the Senate are becoming more powerful.

The August body, though still in the grips of mostly older white men, is now the provence of 19 women, from 16 states, and the number grows every election.

That trend is likely to continue as newly elected Senators like Elizabeth Warren make a significant difference in the political discourse — especially within the Senate — countering the divisiveness, intransigence and the fatalistic policies of McConnell, Grassley, McCain, Alexander, Hatch, Cornyn, Graham, Sessions and so many others.

Are strong women the answer to our political nightmare?

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“Cereally Intolerant”

MSNBC apologizes to Right-Wing Nuts! Why?

They apologized for a tweet about the right-wings’ intolerance over a commercial; the interracial Cheerios Commercial which General Mills will once again air, this time during the Super Bowl.

But, the Conservative outrage is intolerable — again. This is not the first time the right-wing has gone nuts over this interesting and creative commercial that should offend no one. But, here we go again. The right wing nuts attacked Cheerios with intolerable racial epitaphs causing General Mills to pull the comments!

So, why did MSNBC apologize?

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“The World According To Huelskamp!”

Maddow takes on Representative Huelskamp after SOTU.

After the President gave his State of the Union address on Tuesday night MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow interviewed Representative Tim Huelskamp who had sent out some rather accusative tweets about the speech and Obama’s Presidency.

Though the tweets were strange, some almost incomprehensible, Maddow’s questions seemed to confuse the Representative from Kansas and things slid downhill from the very first question.

What’s wrong with Kansas?

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“Subversive Radio In L.A.”

Clear Channel silences progressive voices!

On January 2nd KTLK 1150 radio in Los Angeles changed its format and call letters and dumped the progressive voices of Stephanie Miller, Randi Rhodes, and David Cruz.

Instead of Progressive Talk Radio in Los Angeles they’ve moved to the seditious and repressive Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and someone named Doc Thompson.

Another step toward Fascism?

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“Growing Social Insecurity”

Seniors on Social Security receive a 1.5% boost!

Seniors are being left out in the cold as temperatures drop and heating costs rise along with rent, food, co-pay’s, and other vital necessities squeeze them for their precious and limited dollars.

Next week retired citizens receive their Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Social Security, a paltry one and a half percent, for the average recipient a whopping $17 per month. Seniors will be forced to stretch their retirement income just a little further — sacrifice just a bit more.

It’s an embarrassment; a slap in their venerable faces! An affront to a life well lived.

Are we killing our seniors?

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