Great “Home Run” Comments About Baseball

1. It ain’t nothin’ till I call it. — Bill Klem, umpire

2. There have been only two authentic geniuses in the world, Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare. — Tallulah Bankhead

3. I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I toss one that ain’t never been seen by this generation. — Satchel Paige

4. Ninety percent of this game is half mental. — Yogi Berra

5. If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there is a man on base. — Dave Barry
6. Who is this Baby Ruth? And what does she do? — George Bernard Shaw

7. The way to make coaches think you’re in shape in the spring is to get a tan. — Whitey Ford

8. Running a ball club is like raising kids who fall out of trees. — Tom Trebelhorn

9. I watch a lot of baseball on radio. — Gerald Ford

10. I didn’t mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands. — Babe Ruth

11. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can’t get you off. — Bill Veeck

12. Bob Gibson is the luckiest pitcher I ever saw. He always pitches when the other team doesn’t score any runs. — Tim McCarver

13. Trying to sneak a pitch past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster. — Joe Adcock

14. The other teams could make trouble for us if they win. — Yogi Berra

15. Beethoven can’t really be great because his picture isn’t on a bubble gum card. — Charles Schulz

16. I think I throw the ball as hard as anyone. The ball just doesn’t get there as fast. — Eddie Bane

17. Third ain’t so bad if nothin’ is hit to you. — Yogi Berra

18. There’s no crying in baseball! — Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own

19. I never took the game home with me. I always left it in some bar. — Bob Lemon

20. Well, it took me 17 years to get 3,000 hits in baseball, and I did it in one afternoon on the golf course. — Hank Aaron
21. After Jackie Robinson, the most important black in baseball history is Reggie Jackson. — Reggie Jackson

22. We know we’re better than this, but we can’t prove it. — Tony Gwynn

23. It ain’t like football. You can’t make up no trick plays. — Yogi Berra

24. If a horse won’t eat it, I don’t want to play on it. — Dick Allen on artificial turf

25. You don’t realize how easy this game is until you get up in that broadcasting booth. — Mickey Mantle

Three-Time Indy 500 Champions

Dateline: Sunday, May 27, 2012 |

Indianapolis Motor Speedway|

Ashley Judd and Scotsman Dario Franchitti have reason to celebrate this Memorial Day Weekend. His #50 hot red racer, which started back in the 6th row,  pulled him across the brick start-finish line first for the third time.

Dario Franchetti Takes Turn 1

Also running in this race was another three-time winner, Brazilian Helio Castroneves. The Penske Team strategy succumbed to Chip Ganassi’s Team along a blistering 95 degree, 2.5 mile oval track.

Helio Castroneves

Helio had hoped to dance and win his record-tying 4th victory today. Next year, both he and Dario will compete for the speedway record.

“Dancing With The Stars”

Romney’s Lies and Misinformation Likely to Confuse Voters

This article from Rachael Maddow’s website deserves greater distribution… pass it along.

Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity

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Fri May 18, 2012 2:52 PM EDT

Back in February, Paul Krugman argued that Mitt Romney is “running a campaign of almost pathological dishonesty.” Was this an intemperate analysis? Perhaps. Three months later, does it seem fair? Put it this way: take a look at the 18th installment of my weekly series, chronicling Mitt’s mendacity.

1. Romney promised in a speech this week, “I will lead us out of this debt and spending inferno.”

Given that his stated agenda would add trillions to the debt, and Romney refuses to say how he’d pay for his tax cuts and increased Defense spending, the claim seems pretty misleading.

2. Romney claimed in the same speech that Obama has “bailed out the public-sector.”

I really wish that were true. It’s not.

3. Romney also argued that Obama has “added almost as much debt as all the prior presidents combined.”

That’s not even close to being true.

4. Romney insisted that the national debt is responsible for “the most tepid recovery in modern history.”

That’s ridiculously false. If the debt were holding back the economy, we’d high interest rates and high inflation. We have the opposite.

5. Romney also said the national debt is the reason “half of the kids graduating from college can’t find a job that uses their skills.”

There is no universe in which this is true (or really, even coherent).

6. On the Recovery Act, Romney said, “President Obama started out with a near trillion-dollar stimulus package — the biggest, most careless one-time expenditure by the federal government in history. And remember this: the stimulus wasn’t just wasted — it was borrowed and wasted.”

The Recovery Act rescued the economy. Romney doesn’t have to like it, but he shouldn’t lie about it.


7. Romney added, equating the debt with a prairie fire, Obama “fed the fire. He has spent more and borrowed more.”

That’s false, too.

8. Referencing the Affordable Care Act, Romney argued, “Then there was Obamacare. Even now nobody knows what it will actually cost.”

“Nobody” except the Congressional Budget Office, the Office of Management and Budget, and every budget expert with access to a calculator.

9. Romney argued that the Affordable Care Act is a “massive, European-style entitlement.”

No, it’s not. Most of Europe has socialized or government-run health care systems. Obamacare doesn’t resemble France; it resembles Massachusetts’ Romneycare.

10. Romney also insisted Americans “can’t afford” the health-care reform law.

Actually, the ACA lowers the deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars.

11. Romney argued, “When you add up his policies, this president has increased the national debt by five trillion dollars.”

That’s an obvious lie. It’s not Obama’s policies that are driving the debt.

12. Romney claimed that more of the economy is being “absorbed … into government.”

That’s the opposite of the truth.

13. Romney argued, “Medicare and Social Security are also easy to demagogue, and I expect the president to continue doing that in this campaign.”

Romney has said several hundred times that Obama cut $500 billion from Medicare and is the only president to ever cut Medicare benefits. Neither is true, but both are excellent examples of demagoguery.

14. On gay adoption, Romney said “all states but one allow gay adoption.”

That’s not even close to being true.

15. The Romney campaign said of Obama, “He promised he would cut the debt, and he has not done that.”

Obama made no such promise. He promised to cut the deficit, not the debt — presidential campaigns really should know the difference if it’s going to talk about these issues — and Obama has cut the deficit.

16. Romney said of his controversial private-sector background, “We were able to help create over 100,000 jobs.”

This is one of the more important lies Romney will tell this year.

17. On the president’s watch, about 100,000 jobs were lost in the auto industry and auto dealers and auto manufacturers, so he’s hardly one to point a finger.”

First, the comparison is absurd. Second, the claim about the auto industry is demonstrably ridiculous.

18. On GST Steel, Romney said of his critics, “They said, ‘Oh, gosh, Governor Romney at Bain Capital closed down a steel factory.’ But their problem, of course, is that the steel factory closed down two years after I left Bain Capital. I was no longer there, so that’s hardly something which is on my watch.”

Actually, Romney retained full, sole ownership of the firm at the time GST collapsed.

19. Romney’s campaign said yesterday that it’s “clear” that the Obama campaign “is running a campaign of character assassination.”

Asked for an example of Obama engaging in character assassination, the Romney campaign so far hasn’t come up with anything.

I continue to think about something Fox News’ Brit Hume said a few months ago. Reflecting on Romney’s flip-flops, said, “You’re only allowed a certain number of flips before people begin to doubt your character.”

I’m curious — is Romney also allowed a certain number of falsehoods before people begin to doubt his character? And if so, what is that number??????

Think About These 10 ! – Election Day is This Tuesday

Key Values: Social justice, sustainability, global responsibility, democracy, community economics, respect, civil rights, non-violence, and wisdom…

 

Ecological Wisdom

How can we operate human societies with the understanding that we are part of nature, not on top of it?

How can we live within the ecological and resource limits of the planet, applying our technological knowledge to the challenge of an energy efficient economy?

How can we build a better relationship between cities and countryside?

How can we guarantee the rights of non-human species?

How can we promote sustainable agriculture and respect for self-regulating natural systems?

How can we further biocentric wisdom in all spheres of life?

Nonviolence

How can we develop effective alternatives to our current patterns of violence at all levels, from the family and the street to nations and the world?

How can we eliminate nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth without being naive about the intentions of other governments?

How can we most constructively use nonviolent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and in the process reduce the atmosphere of polarization and selfishness that is itself a source of violence?

Social Justice

How can we respond to human suffering in ways that promote dignity?

How can we encourage people to commit themselves to lifestyles that promote their own health?

How can we have a community controlled education system that effectively teaches our children academic skills, ecological wisdom, social responsibility and personal growth?

How can we resolve personal and intergroup conflicts without just turning them over to lawyers and judges?

How can we take responsibility for reducing the crime rate in our neighborhoods?

How can we encourage such values as simplicity and moderation?

Grassroots Democracy

How can we develop systems that allow and encourage us to control the decisions that affect our lives?

How can we ensure that representatives will be fully accountable to the people who elected them?

How can we develop planning mechanisms that would allow citizens to develop and implement their own preferences for policies and spending priorities?

How can we encourage and assist the “mediating institutions”–family, neighborhood organization, church group, voluntary association, ethnic club–to recover some of the functions now performed by the government?

How can we relearn the best insights from American traditions of civic vitality, voluntary action and community responsibility?

Decentralization

How can we reduce power and responsibility to individuals, institutions, communities and regions?

How can we encourage the flourishing of regionally-based culture, rather than a dominant mono-culture?

How can we have a decentralized, democratic society with our political, economic and social institutions locating power on the smallest scale (closest to home) that is efficient and practical?

How can we redesign our institutions so that fewer decisions and less regulation over money are granted as one moves from the community to the national level?

How can we reconcile the need for community and regional self-determination with the need for appropriate centralized regulation in certain matters?

Community-Based Economics

How can we redesign our work structures to encourage employee ownership and workplace democracy?

How can we develop new economic activities and institutions that will allow us to use our new technologies in ways that are humane, freeing, ecological and accountable, and responsive to communities?

How can we establish some form of basic economic security, open to all?

How can we move beyond the narrow “job ethic” to new definitions of “work,” jobs” and “income” that reflect the changing economy?

How can we restructure our patterns of income distribution to reflect the wealth created by those outside the formal monetary economy: those who take responsibility for parenting, housekeeping, home gardens, community volunteer work, etc.?

How can we restrict the size and concentrated power of corporations without discouraging superior efficiency or technological innovation?

Feminism

How can we replace the cultural ethics of dominance and control with more cooperative ways of interacting?

How can we encourage people to care about persons outside their own group?

How can we promote the building of respectful, positive and responsible relationships across the lines of gender and other divisions?

How can we encourage a rich, diverse political culture that respects feelings as well as rationalist approaches?

How can we proceed with as much respect for the means as the end (the process as much as the product of our efforts)?

How can we learn to respect the contemplative, inner part of life as much as the outer activities?

Respect for Diversity

How can we honor cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity within the context of individual responsibility toward all beings?

How can we reclaim our country’s finest shared ideals: the dignity of the individual, democratic participation, and liberty and justice for all?

Personal & Global Responsibility

How can we be of genuine assistance to the grassroots groups in the Third World? What can we learn from such groups?

How can we help other countries make the transition to self-sufficiency in food and other basic necessities?

How can we cut our defense budget while maintaining an adequate defense?

How can we promote these ten Green values in the reshaping of our global order?

How can we reshape the world order without creating just another enormous nation-state?

Sustainability

How can we induce people and institutions to think in terms of the long range future, and not just in terms of their short range selfish interest?

How can we encourage people to develop their own visions of the future and move more effectively toward them?

How can we judge whether new technologies are socially useful, and use these judgements to shape our society?

How can we induce our government and other institutions to practice fiscal responsibility?

How can we make the quality of life, rather than open-ended economic growth, the focus of future thinking?

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Key Values of The Green Party