"Let no freedom be allowed to novelty, because it is not fitting that any addition should be made to antiquity. Let not the clear faith and belief of our forefathers be fouled by any muddy admixture." -- Pope Sixtus III
Monday, July 28, 2014
See? No hitting...and making up makes the whole thing worthwhile.
Because my ancestors were Italian, I really can't relate to this pansies-beating-on-ladies shit. When my women misbehave, I simply withhold sex and within minutes they come crawling back to me, contrite and chastened.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has not yet spoken publicly on the controversial two-game suspension given to Ravens running back Ray Rice for assaulting his wife. But one of Goodell’s top deputies, NFL V.P. of labor policy and government affairs Adolpho Birch, went on the radio this morning in an attempt to explain. It did not go well.
Birch’s appearance on this morning’s Mike & Mike was so bad — so totally incapable of justifying the relatively light punishment handed to Rice — that host Mike Greenberg felt the need after the interview to address the listeners who had contacted the show to express their frustration with Birch’s evasions. Greenberg said he was frustrated by Birch’s evasions, too.“I’m a little taken aback by the conversation, to be honest with you. The reaction is overwhelming and no one seems to think that he did a particularly good job of answering the questions,” Greenberg said minutes after the interview with Birch ended. “I do not feel that most people listening to that discussion feel they got an adequate explanation of how they arrived at two games.”
So how did the NFL arrive at two games for Rice? Well, Birch didn’t really have much of an answer. At one point he said the NFL was “bound in large part by precedent in prior cases.” But Birch said that just moments after insisting that prior cases — particularly the suspension of Ben Roethlisberger after he was accused of (but not criminally charged with) sexual assault — couldn’t be compared to the Rice case.
Birch also refused to answer whether the NFL is aware of information that isn’t available to the general public, such as surveillance camera footage beyond what has been widely distributed showing Rice dragging his unconscious then-fiancee out of an elevator. But Birch insisted that a two-game suspension without pay isn’t a minor punishment.
“It is multiple games and hundreds of thousands of dollars. I think it’s fair to say that doesn’t reflect that you condone the behavior,” Birch said.
But the question isn’t whether the NFL condones a player beating up his wife.
The question is whether the NFL is willing to take severe disciplinary actions against a player who beats up his wife. And the answer to that question is a resounding, “No.” The NFL hands out longer suspensions for everything from getting caught smoking pot repeatedly, to taking Adderall without filling out the necessary paperwork to — in the case of Roethlisberger — being accused of crimes without any arrests or charges. For the NFL to come down harder on pot smokers, Adderall users and players who weren’t evan arrested than it came down on Rice is baffling and requires an explanation.
Birch may have been trying to explain, but he failed. Greenberg said that in the minutes after the interview, the show got thousands of reactions via Twitter and email and that, “I can’t find a single one of them that said, ‘Well, that explained it for me.’ Literally not a single one.”
After Birch’s unsuccessful attempt to to explain the suspension, it’s time for Goodell to step up. NFL fans want to know why Ray Rice got off easy, and they want to hear it from Goodell.
Of course, Screamin' A. Race of ESPN thinks women should shut up and sit down lest they provoke manly men like Ray to punch them in the head...
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith found himself in hot water on Friday after what he said on "First Take" offended viewers -- including his own colleague, Michelle Beadle.
In the video above, you'll see Smith's rant after Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended for two games. Here's what got Beadle and others angry after he said "we know you have no business putting your hands on a woman:" (Here's the full transcript)
"What I've tried to employ the female members of my family, some of who you all met and talked to and what have you, is that again, and this what...I've done this all my life, let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions. [Emphasis mine. F.G.] Because if I come, or somebody else come, whether it’s law enforcement officials, your brother or the fellas that you know, if we come after somebody has put their hands on you, it doesn't negate the fact that they already put their hands on you. So let’s try to make sure that we can do our part in making sure that that doesn't happen.”
Monday, July 21, 2014
Well, I never! Can you believe the nerve of those mass-murderers? They're actually interfering with the "investigation" of their latest crime!
Thank goodness Benito Husayn Okhrana wasn't in charge when Auschwitz was overrun. Hitler's grandkids would be ruling Europe.
From Yahoo News:
Obama: Pro-Russian separatists are stealing evidence
President Obama on Monday bluntly accused pro-Moscow separatist fighters in Ukraine of stealing evidence and improperly removing bodies from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and pressed Russia to compel the rebels to stop blocking an international investigation.
Golly! If only the servile left-fascist press had shot down the plane! They'd obey their master's will.
No, the least they can do is laugh at your manly pretensions, you limp-dicked moron...Hey, wait a minute...that's exactly what everybody's doing.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
I only know two things about Mr. Harrison - he grew a beard because his wife and kids like the look and he plays ball like a man who knows he is one of the few blessed by God to be able to play a boy's game and earn a good living.
Check this out:
What? You think that was a fluke? Watch him do it again, this time against the Rockies:
The Pittsburgh Pirates are in the peculiar position of having a hot bat in utility man Josh Harrison but nowhere to put him in the lineup.
Anyone who regularly watches the Pirates is familiar with the grit, athleticism and heart that Harrison brings to the field for every game. He’s finally found himself regular playing time this year after riding the bench since 2011, mostly as a defensive replacement.
Harrison is hitting .306 this year, good for second on the team only behind star Andrew McCutchen. He’s already had 206 at-bats this season, only 43 fewer than his career high set in 2012.
His play can’t be measured in just stat lines, however, as evidenced by his baserunning and superb play in the field.
Even general manager Neal Huntington said in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this weekend that Harrison has surprised everyone this year and has earned the right to play every day.
The only problem is the team has nowhere to put him.
First, it was right field before the organization called up top prospect Gregory Polanco. Then it was left field to help ailing Starling Marte get healthy and second base before Neil Walker came back from an appendectomy.
Now the entire lineup is back and healthy, leaving Harrison as the odd man out despite his productivity.
As mentioned previously in a Bleacher Report article, some fans have been clamoring for weeks for Harrison to take over at third base for Pedro Alvarez.
However, a June 30 column by Ron Cook in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette debunked that idea as Alvarez himself said the issue has never even been breached. That’s not to mention that Alvarez is finally showing signs of heating up after a productive weekend series against the New York Mets.
However, Huntington did admit that the team isn’t getting what it needs from first base. Cook said:
Huntington acknowledged the Pirates aren't getting the power production they would like out of platoon first basemen Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez. Going into the games Sunday, the Pirates first basemen ranked 13th in the National League in batting average, tied for 12th in home runs, tied for 13th in RBIs and 13th in OPS.Regardless of where the team decides to stick him, it’s very apparent that Harrison has earned the right to be in manager Clint Hurdle’s lineup every night.
The team is 7-3 in their last 10 games and has one of the best records in baseball since the beginning of May—right around the time Harrison entered the lineup.
According to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Bob Smizik, Harrison has transformed himself from a fringe roster player to one of the best in the lineup.
"There’s no getting around the fact Harrison, previously slotted as a bottom-of-the-roster guy, has been one of the Pirates‘ best players since being given the chance at regular play in early May," Smizik said.
Despite the productivity, Huntington confirmed that the team has no plans currently on giving Harrison a starting job at third base or anywhere else for that matter.
Huntington and Hurdle put more value in Harrison "bouncing around giving everybody rest" than they do in putting Harrison at third and moving Alvarez to first, Cook said.
It’s great to have a player like Harrison around to give the regular starters a breather or to have a solid backup plan if a serious injury arises.
But in that same vein, it’s tough to write a lineup card that doesn’t contain the name of one of the hottest hitters on the team, even if Harrison hasn’t shown sustained success over an entire season.
It doesn’t matter where Hurdle puts him. Josh Harrison has earned the right to start every game.
From Pittsburgh's other newspaper:
Harrison doubled to the warning track in right-center to drive in Clint Barmes with the winning run in the 11th inning Friday night to lead the Pirates to a 3-2 win against the New York Mets.
Harrison -- who originally had the night off -- managed to be all over the basepaths after entering the game in the seventh. He nearly single-handedly won it in the 10th, too.
"I asked him how he enjoyed his day off?" said manager Clint Hurdle. "He's soaking wet. Couple hits, rundown, a walk-off. He's been on some kind of roll.
"He's a backyard ballplayer and he just keeps showing up."
Harrison hammered a first-pitch fastball off Mets reliever Vic Black, a former Pirate farmhand, to score Barmes from first after he had drawn a one-out walk.
Harrison's night also featured an incredible play an inning earlier.
He led off the 10th with a sharp grounder to third that he hustled into a leadoff single. Then, he stole second, barely beating the with a head-first slide. The Mets challenged the call and lost.
But then came the highlight-reel play of the night.
Gregory Polanco hit a ball back to Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia, who seemingly trapped Harrison in a rundown.
But Harrison kept eluding the tag, falling and crawling when necessary to reach third.
After all that, Harrison was eventually stranded as Travis Snider struck out looking, Andrew McCutchen was intentionally walked, Neil Walker struck out swinging, and Russell Martin popped up to right to end the threat.
"Pitcher stabbed it, and I knew I was too far off," said Harrison. "I was just trying to let Polanco get to second. I realized he did, and it was just a move I kind of did.
"When I saw them getting close I just dropped. It worked the first time, so I did it a couple more times and eventually got out of it."
And he didn't think he was out of the basepath, either.
"To be honest, I didn't think so, I was just in the moment dodging tags," said Harrison. "I'm sure they'll look at the video, but I didn't feel like I went too far out of my way."
The victory gave the Pirates a 41-39 record, putting them two games over .500 for the first time since April 11.
It also ended the night on a sweet note for Brandon Cumpton, who turned in another solid start that did not go to waste.
Cumpton left with game tied, 2-2, after seven. He gave up two earned runs, six hits, struck out four and walked one.
"It's like it's been in the past, just getting ahead, forcing the issue, trying to get them to put the ball in play early and keep the game close so we can win it in the end," said Cumpton.
"Just trying to do my part, trying to do my part, and do as best I can to not mess up."
The Mets did not go quietly in the late innings.
In the eighth, McCutchen had to go back to deep center, where he a barely snagged flyball at the top of the wall that Curtis Granderson hit off reliever Justin Wilson.
That defensive gem elicited chants of "M-V-P" throughout PNC Park.
The Mets wound up with runners on the corners in the ninth when Travis d'Arnaud singled with two outs on a ball that caromed off pitcher Mark Melancon, past second base and into the outfield.
Bobby Abreu, however, grounded out to end the inning.
Daniel Murphy singled with two outs in the 10th, but was caught stealing by Martin to end the inning.
The Mets had taken the first lead in the fourth when Lucas Duda delivered a two-run single to right.
The Pirates tied it at 2-2 in their half of the fourth on Jordy Mercer's two-out, bases-loaded single up the middle. That scored McCutchen, who led off the inning with a single, and Ike Davis who reached base on a fielder's choice.
Cumpton gave up two more singles in the fifth, but got out of the jam and allowed just one runner on base in both the sixth and seventh.
Jacob deGrom went 6 2/3 innings for the Mets, giving up five hits, two earned runs. He walked three and struck out four.
Posted by TheChurchMilitant at 4:34 PM
Friday, June 27, 2014
The Senate's masters of process are finding a variety of ways to shut down debate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., now is requiring an elusive 60-vote supermajority to deal with amendments to spending bills, instead of the usual simple majority, a step that makes it much more difficult to put politically sensitive matters into contention. This was a flip from his approach to Obama administration nominees, when he decided most could be moved ahead with a straight majority instead of the 60 votes needed before.
Reid's principal aim in setting the supermajority rule for spending amendments was to deny archrival Sen. Mitch McConnell a win on protecting his home state coal industry from new regulations limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants. McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, faces a tough re-election in Kentucky.
This hunkering down by Democrats is at odds with the once-vibrant tradition of advancing the 12 annual agency budget bills through open debate. In the Appropriations Committee, long accustomed to a freewheeling process, chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., has held up action on three spending bills, apparently to head off politically difficult votes on changes to the divisive health care law as well as potential losses to Republicans on amendments such as McConnell's on the coal industry.
"I just don't think they want their members to have to take any hard votes between now and November," said Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb. And there's "just no question that they're worried we're going to win some votes so they just shut us down."
Vote-a-phobia worsens in election years, especially when the majority party is in jeopardy. Republicans need to gain six seats to win control and Democrats must defend 21 seats to the Republicans' 15.
So Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, probably shouldn't have been surprised when his cherished bill to fund the Labor, Education and Health and Human Services departments got yanked from the Appropriations Committee's agenda this month. Word quickly spread that committee Democrats in Republican-leaning states feared a flurry of votes related to "Obamacare."
"It's not as if they haven't voted on them before," Harkin griped. "My way of thinking is, 'Hell, you've already voted on it. Your record's there.'" Harkin blamed Senate Democratic leaders. Two other appropriations bills have run aground after preliminary votes. The normally non-controversial energy and water bill was pulled from the committee agenda after it became known that McConnell would have an amendment to defend his state's coal mining industry. McConnell is making that defense a centerpiece of his re-election campaign and his amendment appeared on track to prevail with the help of pro-energy Democrats on the committee.
Again, after consulting with Reid, Mikulski struck the bill from the agenda. McConnell pressed the matter the next day, this time aiming to amend a spending bill paying for five Cabinet departments. Democrats again headed him off.
Democrats privately acknowledge that they're protecting vulnerable senators and don't want McConnell to win on the carbon emissions issue. They also see hypocrisy in McConnell's insistence on a simple majority vote for his top — and controversial — priority while he wants Democrats to produce 60 votes to advance almost everything else.
Another measure, financing the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service, failed to get a committee vote last week after speeding through a subcommittee hearing. Mikulski blamed problems with timing. But it was known that Republicans had amendments on hot-button issues coming.
Fear of voting is hardly new. In the last two years of the Clinton administration, Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., blocked Democrats from offering a popular Patients' Bill of Rights, and more. At the time, Charles Schumer of New York and Dick Durbin of Illinois were among the Democrats who cried foul.
These days, Durbin and Schumer hold the No. 2 and No. 3 Democratic Senate leadership posts and now that their party is running the place, they're backing Reid's moves to clamp down on GOP amendments. "You've always got senators on both sides of the aisle of all political persuasions and all regions whining and complaining how they don't want to vote on this amendment or that amendment," Lott says now. "It always frankly agitated me because I felt like these are big boys and girls." He said "it has gotten worse and worse and worse."
Republicans say Democratic leaders are trying especially to protect Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. Landrieu says she hasn't asked for such help. "I've taken so many hard votes up here," Landrieu said. "I could take more."
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
From the Sydney Morning Herald:
Sudan re-arrests Christian woman Meriam Ibrahim after freeing her from death row - where she was sent after being convicted of daring to convert from mohammedism to a real religion
Khartoum: A Christian woman in Sudan freed from death row on Monday has been detained a day later after trying to leave the country with her family.
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, sentenced to hang last month for apostasy, was released after her conviction was overturned by Khartoum’s appeals court. But Ms Ibrahim, her husband and two children were detained by security at the Khartoum airport where they sought to board a plane, Reuters reported, citing a security official.
Conflicting accounts of the incident have emerged, with the United States saying it received assurances Ms Ibrahim woman was not re-arrested.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Washington has been informed by Sudan that "the family was temporarily detained at the airport for several hours by the government for questioning about issues related to their travel and, I think, travel documents".
"They have not been arrested," she added.
"The government has assured us of their safety. The embassy has and will remain highly involved in working with the family and the government. We are engaging directly with Sudanese officials to secure their safe and swift departure from Sudan."
The reasons for Ms Ibrahim's delay at the airport were not immediately clear. Ms Ibrahim’s legal team had expressed fears for her safety after her release from prison, concerned that someone might try to harm her.
Ms Ibrahim had been sentenced for adultery after her marriage to Daniel Wani, an American Christian from South Sudan, was declared invalid. She recently gave birth to her second child in Omdurman’s women’s prison after she was jailed in February with her first child, Martin.
Ms Ibrahim was charged after a family member reported her to authorities for having married a non-Muslim. Ms Ibrahim insisted she had been raised a Christian by her Ethiopian Christian mother and had never been a Muslim.
Her father, a Muslim, abandoned the family when Ibrahim was six years old and played no role in her upbringing, she said.
The conviction and sentence were condemned by human rights groups including Amnesty International, and by the United States, Britain and other Western governments, with calls for Sudan to guarantee freedom of religion.
In Sudan, abandoning Islam to convert to Christianity or another faith is an offence punishable by death under the country’s 1991 penal code. The court gave Ibrahim a chance to renounce her Christianity in order to avoid the death sentence, but she refused to do so.
Conditions in the women's prison were harsh, with reports that Ibrahim was in chains in her cell.
Ms Ibrahim's second child, a daughter, was born in the jail's hospital wing shortly after the death penalty was handed down. The court ruled that she would be allowed to care for the baby for two years, then the death penalty would be carried out.
There's a particularly nasty corner of Hell waiting for these sons-of-whores who abuse women and children.
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