Saturday, September 19, 2009

Meanderings Before Heading To KC

I seem to like the Republicans a lot more when they are out of office. Maybe it’s just seeing absolutely the two most divisive political hacks I can remember - Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid - both are examples of two members who would never be able to get elected in 90% of the districts in this country. How bad is it? I long for the good old days of Newt Gingrich!

They are coming out of the woodwork with hard times upon us. Exactly who? The scam artist. Notice that many radio and TV stations ad revenues seem to consist of buying your gold, getting out of debt in a few years, buying a renovated foreclosed home, how to make money in a down market and a variety of other schemes that just leave me cold. I’d say millions are getting plundered and the government does little to protect us.

I’m out to Kansas City for the Red Sox series and as I write this things are looking good for getting into the playoffs. I will also finally have a chance to visit the Negro League Baseball Museum which for anyone who follows and loves baseball is a must. I have always felt that the Pittsburgh Crawford’s of 1935 were one of the five best baseball teams of all time and maybe the best.

Where has Jessie been with her energy posts? Some may agree and some may not but they were interesting and at times informative. JP still has the links out there and I have no idea if she has again applied for that Energy Committee that was formed.

Obama put the old kibosh on Wilson controversy via no racial intent. Good for WOW to put - I hope - an end to linkage of criticism of his regime to subtle racism being the root cause. That racism exists towards him is a given but IMO it is solidly in the domain of a handful of “crackers” and “peckerwoods.”

Hal and I have had an interesting email exchange on the above and have diametrically opposite views but the interesting thing is we can understand how each of us can view it thus giving a level of legitimacy to the exchange. Thanks, Hal.

MCAS requirements have been raised from 220 to 240 for a passing grade. This will be very difficult for some students to obtain and IMO it should have been taken to the 230 level.

Someone had a letter in one of the advice columns and made the statement “I don’t do well in a classroom setting. I catch on quickly, get bored and lose interest in the task in front of me.” How true that is for me to this very day. When I taught I always tried to think of myself sitting in that seat listening to me with that itty bitty attention span.

Senator Dukakis. Now that is really funny! Never met a tax he didn’t like.

Resort Casinos are on the way in Massachusetts. Next session has it front and center and IMHO they will be a done deal but probably (thankfully) not for Middleboro.

BB and I have started a running or in our case a waddling blog. Link is on the sidebar and we will add places of interest for walking, running and biking.

Kill all the lawyers? Was that Shakespeare? I get at least ten times a year litigation on companies I own or have owned stock in. Most are frivolous but some such as World Com have a real legitimacy to them. Here is the problem. I just received a settlement that entitles me to $500 and change. After lawyer fees I get a grand total of $14.34! As they say the first day in law school: “It’s not if you win or lose the case but how many hours you can bill.”

Post away on any of the above or anything else that may "educate" the rest of us.


North Slope Rigger said...

Finally won. You miss the post game party?

bogofree said...

I was with enough drunks during the game to be with them after the game. Did you have fun on I-70? LMCAO!

MSM Party Bus said...

Here it comes boys and girls.

MSM Party Bus said...

From Sen. Dorgan’s statement:

Mr. President, I rise today to introduce a technical amendment to the Act of June 18, 1934.

On February 24, 2009, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the Carcieri v. Salazar case. In that decision the Supreme Court held that the Secretary of the Interior exceeded his authority in taking land into trust for a tribe that was not under federal jurisdiction, or recognized, at the time the Indian Reorganization Act was enacted in 1934.

The legislation I’m introducing today is necessary to reaffirm the Secretary’s authority to take lands into trust for Indian tribes, regardless of when they were recognized by the federal government. The amendment ratifies the prior trust acquisitions of the Secretary, who for the past 75 years has been exercising his authority to take lands into trust, as intended by the Indian Reorganization Act.

On May 21, 2009, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing to examine the executive branch’s authority to take land into trust for Indian tribes. At that hearing, it became clear that Congress needs to act to resolve the uncertainty created by the Supreme Court’s decision. Therefore, this legislation was developed in consultation with interested parties to clarify the Secretary’s authority.

Inaction by Congress could significantly impact planned development projects on Indian trust lands, including the building of homes and community centers; result in a loss of jobs in an already challenging economic environment; and create costly and unnecessary litigation.

Further, if the decision stands, it would have the effect of creating two classes of Indian tribes – those who were recognized as of 1934, for whom land may be taken into trust, and those recognized after 1934 that would be unable to have land taken into trust status. Creating two classes of tribes is unacceptable and is contrary to prior Acts of this Congress. In 1994, Congress passed the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act to ensure that all tribes are treated equally, regardless of their date of recognition.

I want to thank Senators Tester, Inouye, Akaka, Baucus, Udall, Bingaman and Franken for their support on this legislation. My co-sponsors are well aware of the resulting impact this decision could have on our Native American communities. Affected tribes deserve our timely consideration of this bill. I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting the passage of this legislation.

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the text of the bill be printed in the RECORD.

bogofree said...

It is "enevitable."

anonymous said...

It is "enevitable."

LMCAO! You'll have Jessie and one of her 3453 ID's pouncing on you. You back yet?

Suo. Why do you even argue with those MPD fools?

bogofree said...

I'm back, anon. Suo is wasting his time since what is going on is you know who is busy dredging up all the past sins of various BOS members. I'm backing blanks in the next election.

KC has a great ballpark and even better promotions. One night we had Diamond Club seats that were 12 rows behind home plate. Free parking pass that has a lot where we were 100' from the entrance. Table service at your seats and access to the enclosed Diamond Club where you can watch the game from the bar or dining area. All for $85! That section was loaded with loaded Sox fans since we were use to paying more for a bleacher seat. Tailgated in the parking lot before the game.

The stadium has been remolded and they added a concourse around the outfield that has many interactive activities for both kids and adults. In addition shops have been added to that section along with some batting cages. They also have built a party deck in RF and have added some bleacher box seats. This is about four rows of seats in left and right center. Great views.

The Red Sox are a premium attraction so the seats are priced higher but for the regular schedule you can get many seats for half price Monday through Thursday and parking is only $9. We had tee shirts on one give away and a special promotion on another that gave us a $43 seat, a hat and a $10 food coupon for $28. Another night they had $1 hot dogs, peanuts and Pepsi.

Between innings they will have various activities to encourage fan involvement. The scoreboard is a thing of beauty .