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Iranian Freed in Prisoner Trade Won’t Go Back to Iran

By on 1.20.16 | 12:32PM

We may have negotiated the release of 4 of our countrymen by promising the Iranians seven sanctions violators in return, but that doesn't mean Iran is getting those seven nationals back. 

Although all of the Iranians were given the green light to return to their country - flights were even booked for them out of Switzerland, where the US and Iran made the "prisoner swap" on neutral ground - but three of the Iranians being held by the US have chosen to stay here. The other four never made it to their flight in Geneva. 

None of the Iranians freed in the prisoner swap have returned home and could still be in the United States, it has been reported.

The seven former inmates, who were released as part of a deal with the Islamic republic, did not show up to get a flight to Geneva, Switzerland, where the exchange was set to take place on Sunday.

Trump’s Evolution From Liberal to Conservative is One of Convenience, Not Conviction

By on 1.20.16 | 11:59AM

In his latest salvo, Jeff is trying to sell us that Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan are two of a kind where it concerns their political evolution. He argues that if Reagan can go from supporting Hubert Humphrey bid's for the Senate to launching his own bid in the California gubernatorial race in the space of 17 years that Trump ought to be allowed to change his mind on abortion and a litany of other matters over the space of 17 years. Jeff writes, "From being a New York liberal he is now the frontrunner in the fight against the GOP Establishment that Reagan himself battled furiously and finally defeated."

This is rubbish and Jeff knows it.

Reagan's gradual evolution from liberal to conservative came about as a result of a) being in a high tax bracket north of 90%, b) his experiences with Communists who infiltrated the unions during his time as President of the Screen Actors Guild and c) his travels around the country as a spokesman for General Electric in which he interacted with small business people frustrated with over regulation and red tape.

A Year From Today (Or Why I’m Not Looking Forward to January 20, 2017)

By on 1.20.16 | 11:04AM

In exactly one year from today, the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama comes to a merciful end.

Yet I believe this mercy is to be quite short-lived for I believe that 9 chances out of 10 that his successor will be worse hard as they might be to believe.

I don't need to remind anyone of Hillary Clinton's follies. Another Clinton presidency would make the transformation of the White Housefrom a responsible branch of government to a criminal enterprise complete. Her every word must be suspected of containing a fountains of falsehoods including such words as "is" and "the".

By contrast, Bernie Sanders is sincere to a fault. Indeed, his very sincerity might cost him his party's nomination. Yet if he somehow overcame Hillary and Donald Trump (more on him I promise) we can look forward to more government spending with very little to show for it, more recession, a further decline of American leadership and more contempt from the rest of the world.

A Thought for Ben Carson & His Campaign Staff

By on 1.20.16 | 10:19AM

As you probably know by now, Ben Carson has temporarily suspended his campaign following a car accident in Iowa which claimed the life of a campaign volunteer named Braden Joplin, a 25-year old student at Texas Tech University who was spending this month volunteering for Carson. Two other Carson volunteers and a campaign staffer were also injured in the crash. Several children in the other vehicle involved in the crash also sustained injuries.

This tragedy serves as a reminder that in pursuing our dreams we spend our time going from point A to B and think little of that process until it is abruptly and immutably disrupted. It is all the more difficult when the victim of such circumstances seemingly has their whole life ahead of them. Life is arbitrary, capricious and seldom fair.

All the more reason for us to keep in mind that no matter how youthful and healthy we might be today might our last day on Earth. So let us make the most of the short time we have here.

Has Justin Upton Found a Home in Detroit?

By on 1.19.16 | 4:53PM

Outfielder Justin Upton signed a six-year, $132.75 million contract with the Detroit Tigers subject to passing a physical.

Upton wanted at least a five year contract. Who could blame him? This is Upton's fourth team since the end of the 2012 season. The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Upton as the first overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft. He would make the big club two years later when he was only 19. Upton would lead the D'Backs to the NL West title in 2011 and would finish fourth in NL MVP balloting. However, neither then D'Backs manager Kirk Gibson nor then D'Backs GM Kevin Towers liked Upton's approach to the game despite his MVP like numbers.

West Bank Settlements & Or Israeli Mothers Being Stabbed In Their Homes? Guess What Angers The Obama Admin More

By on 1.19.16 | 3:36PM

You would think the murder of a mother of six children in her own home in the presence of her children or the stabbing of a pregnant woman in her own home would move the Obama Administration to outrage.

But these two women are Jews. Worse they are Israelis living in the West Bank (the so-called settlers) and the Obama Administration doesn't give a damn about them. US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro declared yesterday in Tel Aviv, "Too much Israeli vigilantism in the West Bank goes on unchecked."

I would say that too many Palestinians with knives in Israel goes on unchecked.

Shapiro also claimed that Israel had one set of laws for Israelis and one for Palestinians.

Gary Loizzo, R.I.P.

By on 1.19.16 | 2:36PM

Gary Loizzo, the lead singer of The American Breed, has passed away following a 2 ½ year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 70.

The American Breed is best remembered for their Top 5 Billboard hit "Bend Me, Shape Me" which reached its peak early in 1968.

While The American Breed would eventually morph into Rufus (featuring Chaka Khan), Loizzo would enjoy a successful career as a recording engineer primarily with Styx. These include some of Styx's best selling albums like Cornerstone, Paradise Theatre and Kilroy Was Here.

An avid Chicago White Sox fan, Loizzo co-wrote "Rock With The Sox" which can be heard during Chisox home games.

Here is a video of in which you can hear the young ladies scream for Loizzo and The American Breed as they performed "Bend Me, Shape Me" on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Is Sarah Palin Set to Endorse Donald Trump? UPDATE: Yes, It’s Official

By on 1.19.16 | 1:48PM

UPDATE: It's official.

The New York Times seems to think this will "rally conservatives." I tend to think otherwise.

Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee who became a Tea Party sensation and a favorite of grass-roots conservatives, will endorse Donald J. Trump in Iowa on Tuesday, officials with his campaign confirmed. The endorsement provides Mr. Trump with a potentially significant boost just 13 days before the state’s caucuses.

“I’m proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president,” Ms. Palin said in a statement provided by his campaign.

Her support is the highest-profile backing for a Republican contender so far.

“I am greatly honored to receive Sarah’s endorsement,” Mr. Trump said in a statement trumpeting Mrs. Palin’s decision. “She is a friend, and a high-quality person whom I have great respect for. I am proud to have her support.”

Pete Rose To Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame, Well, The Cincinnati Reds’ Hall of Fame

By on 1.19.16 | 12:41PM

While Pete Rose will probably never get a plaque in Cooperstown, the Cincinnati Reds will enshrine Charlie Hustle into their Hall of Fame this June. Rose's number 14 will also be retired.

Rose played with the Reds from 1963-1978 and then rejoined the team as a player-manager in the middle of the 1984 season. He would set the MLB all-hit time record in 1985 and would finish his career the following year with 4,256 hits. Rose collected 3,358 of those hits while as a member of the Reds. Rose would remain the Reds' manager until he was banned from MLB in 1989.

Late last year, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred declined to remove Rose from baseball's ineligible list. Manfred did say that the Baseball Hall of Fame was free to induct him. However, Cooperstown rendered Rose ineligible for consideration in 1991 as a consequence of the lifetime ban imposed by the late Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.