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The Next Time the Obama WH Tells Reporters They Can’t Interview People

By on 10.1.14 | 11:41AM

Earlier this week, First Lady Michelle Obama went to Milwaukee to make a speech on behalf of Mary Pratt, the Democrat gubernatorial candidate challenging Scott Walker.

Prior to the event, aides for both the White House and the Pratt campaign told reporters they could not interview anyone in the crowd. This angered veteran Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Meg Kissinger who said she was "creeped out" by this behavior on her Facebook page.

The next time the Obama White House does this to reporters, they should tell them to fold it five ways and stick it where the moon don't shine. They should then proceed to interview people. This puts the ball in the White House's court. If an Obama aide tells reporters to cease interviewing people then the reporters should ask, "And what if we don't? What are you going to do? Arrest us?"

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Hannity and Levin Dance: A JibJab Must-See

By on 10.1.14 | 4:00AM

Ya gotta admit. Sean Hannity and Mark Levin got rhythm. Just look-see right here at Jib Jab, the site working with the two for months — OK years — to get them honed to Dancing With the Stars quality. 

Come on. Give it up for the JibJab Boys! What’s a conservative revolution if you can’t dance????

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Royals Triumph Over A’s in 12 to Win AL Wild Card

By on 10.1.14 | 1:34AM

Wow!!! What an AL Wild Card game. The Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland A's 9-8 in 12 innings and now travel west to play the Los Angeles Angels in the ALDS.

This was the best game I've seen since Game 6 of the 2011 World Series between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Sure there were some great games during the Red Sox run last year, but in terms of a pure game this was the best I've seen in awhile. 

The seven stolen bases by the Royals reminded me of when I used to watch Ron LeFlore, Tim Raines and Rodney Scott steal bases for the Montreal Expos in the early 1980's. I felt like a kid again.

But it didn't begin well for the Royals. Oakland got off to a 2-0 lead in the first on a home run by Brandon Moss.

K.C. scored a run in the bottom of the first on a single by Billy Butler. But Butler somehow got stranded between first and second while Alex Gordon was up. Eric Hosmer tried to score but was thrown out at the plate. 

The Royals would take a 3-2  on a double by Lorenzo Cain and a single by Hosmer. 

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FBI Minimizing Oklahoma Beheading

By on 9.30.14 | 4:49PM

Not surprisingly the FBI is doing its best to minimize last week's beheading in Oklahoma. Consider the commentary on Alton Nolen's Facebook page.

From The Washington Post:

The Moore police said that Nolen had tried to convert several co-workers to Islam. Two federal law enforcement officials told The Washington Post that Nolen was a recent convert to Islam with a “provocative” Facebook page that included a photo of Osama bin Laden.

Yet these officials also said that the FBI had found no link to terrorism. They also said there was no indication that Nolen was copying the beheadings of journalists in Syria carried out by the Islamic State. Instead, the officials said, they are treating this as an incident of workplace violence.

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Perry: Obama Administration Must Address Oklahoma Beheading

By on 9.30.14 | 12:14AM

During an appearance on Fox & Friends, Texas Governor Rick Perry called upon the White House to address the beheading in Oklahoma last week. 

At this point, the FBI is characterizing the attack as an act of "workplace violence." Quel surprise.

For his part, Perry characterized the incident as "an act of violence that is associated with terrorism".

Let's hope that more public officials bring pressure to bear on the Obama Administration to address this act of evil.

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Astros Name Hinch New Manager

By on 9.29.14 | 9:27PM

The Houston Astros named A.J. Hinch as their new manager. 

Although the Astros were much improved in 2014, GM Jeff Ludnow saw fit to fire Bo Porter earlier this month. Tom Lawless managed the team until yesterday.
Hinch previously managed the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was hired during the 2009 season to replace Bob Melvin (who currently manages the Oakland A's) despite never having any managerial or coaching experience. By the middle of the 2010 season, the D'backs dismissed Hinch in favor of Kirk Gibson (who himself was fired a few days ago). The D'backs were 89-123 under Hinch.
Shortly after the D'Backs dismissed him, Hinch was hired by the San Diego Padres to head up their scouting department, a position he held until resigning in August. 
Hinch seems like a guy with a lot of ideas, but I'm not sure they translate well in the dugout.
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Netanyahu at UN: ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda One and the Same

By on 9.29.14 | 8:21PM

Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN General Assembly with his usual moral clarity. The sort of moral clarity for which President Obama hates him.

His key line was, “So when it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas.”

He also included Boko Haram in Nigeria, Ash-Shabab in Somalia, Hezbollah, An-Nusrah in Syria, the Mahdi Army in Iraq, and al Qaeda in his condemnation of “militant Islam.”

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Oklahoma Beheading Suspect Released Early From Prison

By on 9.29.14 | 3:46PM

It has been revealed that Oklahoma beheading suspect Alton Alexander Nolen (a.k.a. Jah'Keem Yisrael) had been serving time in state prison serving a six year concurrent sentence for cocaine and marijuana possession as well as assault of a state trooper. Nolen went to prison in March 2011, but was released in March 2013.

Oklahoma has a law which states that inmates must serve a minimum of 85% of their sentence if it is for a violent offense. However, under Oklahoma law, the drug offenses are considered non-violent.

Anyway you look at it, had Nolen not been released from prison early then Colleen Hufford would still be alive.

On the other hand, it appears that Nolen converted to Islam while in prison and may have been radicalized there. In which case, it is entirely possible that Nolen could have been even more dangerous had he served his full sentence.

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Twins Fire Ron Gardenhire

By on 9.29.14 | 2:50PM

The Minnesota Twins have fired manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons. Only Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels has had a longer active managerial tenure in MLB.

Gardenhire succeeded Tom Kelly as the Twins' skipper in 2002 and guided the team to the AL Central title. The Twins would win five more AL Central titles under Gardenhire, the most recent being in 2010. That season Gardenhire won AL Manager of the Year.

However, the Twins had trouble in the post-season. They advanced to the ALCS in '02, but were eliminated in the ALDS in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2010. On four of those occasions, they were bounced by the New York Yankees.

But at least they were winning back then. The Twins have had four consecutive losing seasons and have finished in last place in the AL Central in three of those seasons including 2014. The Twins finished 20 games back of the Tigers this season.

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My 2014 MLB Post-Season Predictions

By on 9.29.14 | 12:29PM

The 2014 MLB post-season gets underway tomorrow with the AL Wild Card matchup between the Oakland A's and Kansas City Royals. Without further adieu, here are my post-season predictions for 2014:


AL Wild Card - Oakland A's vs. Kansas City Royals

Winner: Royals

ALDS #1 (Best 3 out of 5) - Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels

Winner: Angels in four

ALDS #2 (Best 3 out of 5) - Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles

Winner: Orioles in four

ALCS (Best 4 out 7) - Baltimore Orioles vs. Los Angeles Angels

Winner: Orioles in five

ALCS MVP: Steve Pearce, Baltimore Orioles


NL Wild Card - San Francisco Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

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