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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Under the Fedora: Orioles, The IRS and the game's not over

Ok NOW I understand why so many business’ that seemed to sympathize with what my blog and Radio Show were hesitant to advertise in 2011 & 2012.
This week reminds me of the 1966 World Series between the Baltimore Orioles &the LA Dodgers.
The Dodgers had made the trip to the post season in those pre-playoff days regularly 1947 &featured one of the greatest 1-2 punches in Baseball history with Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale. 
The Orioles on the other hand had never played in a world series.  Their one trip as the St. Louis Browns was at the height of World War 2 when the best players were absent.
Conventional wisdom was the Dodgers would take the Orioles apart and when journeyman  Moe Draboskey came in to relieve Dave McNallywith the bases loaded and nobody out in the 3rd things looked grim.
Six innings later Draboskey& the O’s won Game 1 on their way to a sweep of the vaunted Dodgers but were about to start their period as one of the dominant teams of the American League.
Last week at this time President Obama was riding high, Kelly Ayotte was under constant attack for her vote on Manchin/Toomey,  Mark Sanford had just won election on sc-1 ensuring a flock of stories hurting the GOP and talk of the immigration bill was not IF one would pass, but what type of bill would finally make it through congress and how much it would hurt the GOP when it did.
Meanwhile the press was uninterested in Benghazi, the IRS scandal was considered the paranoid ravings of tea party fanatics, and the press knew that their love for Obama was returned.
A lot of things can happen in a week, and there is every chance the media will pivot to something else if they can find an excuse to do so.

One of the things people forget about the IRS scandal is the multiplier effect.  How many people didn’t join the tea party, or give , or talk to other people about the tea party because of  fear of audits?  This is the real scandal, the intimidation of those opposed to this administration.
I wonder if the press that is upset about the chilling effect of the AP being tapped understands this, or are they thinking:  Serves you right.
The outrage of the press and congress  on the targeting of the right is rather amusing to me.  For the last three years they have called the tea party every name in the book, implied they were violent astroturf (unlike occupy everwhere that was supposedly a wholly organic peaceful movement  that never did a violent thing in their lives).  Let’s not forget the moment the Bombs went off in Boston the media was speculating that it was the fault of right wing extremists.
If the press wants to blame someone over this they should look in the mirror.
BTW do you think for one minute the IRS scandal happens if the people involved thought for one moment the press would report on it before the election?
Speaking of the Boston Bomber also known as the young heartthrob of thousands of women.Jahar apparently left a note behind in the Boat where he was taken detailing his grievances against the United States for its crimes against islam and calling the innocents killed “collateral damage”
I’d be angrier about those girls in denial over Jahar, if the MSM wasn’t so much in denial about Islam.
Oh and speaking of another odd coincidence:
Massachusetts state police say they and the FBI are investigating a trespassing incident at the Quabbin Reservoir but have no evidence of terrorism.
The central Massachusetts reservoir supplies drinking water to Boston.
Why would Terrorism even be suspected?
Procopio said they are from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Singapore with addresses in Amherst, Cambridge, Sunderland and Northampton, and New York City.
And the explanation for being there at 12:30 AM?
The men told police they are recently graduated chemical engineers curious about the reservoir.
Oh I’m sure there is absolutely nothing going on that has anything to do with any religion that doesn’t have anything to do with terrorism, or even Cigarette Smuggling.
Bob Woodward was on Morning Joe this week.  We haven’t seen much of him lately since his last clash with the administration.  When asked about Benghazi Woodward went off the reservation again:
"You were talking earlier about kind of dismissing the Benghazi issue as one that's just political and the president recently said it's a sideshow," said Woodward. "But if you read through all these e-mails, you see that everyone in the government is saying, 'Oh, let's not tell the public that terrorists were involved, people connected to al Qaeda. Let's not tell the public that there were warnings.' I hate to show, this is one of the documents with the editing that one of the people in the state department said, 'Oh, let's not let these things out.' And I have to go back 40 years to Watergate when Nixon put out his edited transcripts to the conversations, and he personally went through them and said, 'Oh, let's not tell this, let's not show this.' I would not dismiss Benghazi. It's a very serious issue. As people keep saying, four people were killed. You look at the hydraulic pressure that was in the system to not tell the truth, and, you know, we use this term and the government uses this term, talking points. Talking points, as we know, are like legal briefs. They're an argument on one side. What we need to get rid of talking point and they need to put out statements or papers that are truth documents. Okay, this is all we know."
Woodward got a lot of grief over hitting this administration earlier this year.  I wonder how much payback was involved there.
Last week we had Dr. Paul Byrne on DaTechGuy on DaRadio talking about Brain Death & Organ donation.  If you only listen to one of my shows.Listen to this one.

A little more sports, How bad are the Houston Astros?  As of May 16th just 41 games into the season they are 4 ½ games behind the LA Angels.
That doesn’t sound so bad, until you realize the Angels are 11 ½ games out of first.  Teams all over the American League are just dying for the Astros to come to town, they’re a winning streak just waiting to happen.
The same thing must be going on in the NL when Miami comes to town.

The Boston Bruins made an almost impossible comeback against the Toronto Maple Leafs to finish the first round of the NHL Stanly cup playoffs.  Down 4-1 in the 3rd period they managed three goals to tie, two of them while playing with an empty net , then eventually win in overtime.
Paying with an empty net when you are down is usually an act of desperation.  It’s rare that it works to score once, it’s almost unheard of to have it work twice in one game.
That photo spread of Emma Watson made me feel VERY old.
Some Doctor Who news.  According to reports the season finale was accidently leaked to fans in America when Blu Ray sets of  7th season  were shipped early accidently.
I tend to disbelieve it as during the week not a single spoiler managed to make it on the net.   In this internet age that’s practically unheard of.
Me If I was a hacker wanting to take control of computers I’d have had an infected torrent with the preview spliced into it as soon as the news came out.  I’d have control of half of England’s internet by now.

See you next week.


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