Thursday, September 29, 2011

Quick Hits: Volume XXXVIII

-To be perfectly honest, I'm not really all that interested in recounting actor Morgan Freeman's labeling the Tea Party as racists. It's become rather tedious pointing out how Hollywood leftists and mainstream media types regularly slander those who are right of center for merely exercising their first amendment rights.

But political activist Ali A. Akbar was not willing to let Freeman off the hook. Going under the logical assumption that the Oscar winning actor had never attended a Tea Party rally, Akbar looked to remedy that.

An excerpt:

I’ve attended dozens of tea party events. I’ve helped organize them, and I’ve even spoken at a few. The tea party is not what is often depicted in the news. It is people of all colors who are terribly concerned about the direction that America is heading. We don’t trust big government to make decisions for us. And we fear that the present administration’s spending is going to lead our country down a path to insolvency, much like what Greece is currently facing.

Your comments about the tea party have caused me physical pain. You’ve rekindled the old painful paradigm of Uncle Tom – that any black man who votes Republican is some kind of sellout. It’s not true. I work hard, pay my taxes, love Jesus, and I’m good to my family and community. In effect, your comments have stereotyped an entire group of people. And I know in my soul that you must regret that on some level.

By all means, read the whole thing.

-By now, everyone has heard of the disaster that was Solyndra, the solar energy company which pestered the US Government for $535 million in tax payer money, only to go belly up in a couple of years.

Recently it was revealed that, in addition to a new building which looked like the Taj Mahal, Solyndra also had robots that whistled Disney tunes!

All I want to know is when does the liquidation sale take place?!?!

-On September 3, the Boston Red Sox had a 9-1/2 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays for the American League wild-card spot. On September 6, the Atlanta Braves were 8-1/2 games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals for the National League wild-card spot.

Inexplicably, both wild-card races were tied going into Wednesday evening. In an epic final day of the Major League Baseball regular season, both the Red Sox and Braves blew ninth inning leads, with the Sox falling to the Orioles (who scored two runs in the ninth to win 4-3) and the Braves eventually succumbing to the Phillies 4-3 in 13 innings. Meanwhile, the Rays were down 7-0 to the New York Yankees but scored six runs in the 8th inning and one run in the 9th to tie the game and eventually win it in 12 with an Evan Longoria walk-off home run. Over in the NL, the Cardinals routed the Houston Astros.

To summarize: Rays in. Cards in. Red Sox and Braves, unable to administer the Heimlich maneuver, have the dubious of honor of sharing the most stunning collapse in the wild-card era, which began in 1994.

As one Sox fan noted on Twitter Wednesday evening, "get ready for another 86 years." Ouch.


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