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Trout, Kershaw Win AL/NL MVP Honors

By on 11.13.14 | 10:12PM

After finishing runner up to Miguel Cabrera for the AL MVP in 2012 and 2013, Mike Trout finally grabbed the brass ring by unanimously winning the 2014 AL MVP. Trout hit .287, belted 36 HR and drove in 111 runs for a resurgent Los Angeles Angels team. Detroit Tigers DH Victor Martinez and Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley were the runners up in the balloting. I suspect this will not be the 23-year old Trout's last MVP trophy.

As widely expected, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw earned NL MVP honors beating out Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who won the award in 2013. This honor comes the day after winning his third NL Cy Young in four seasons. Kershaw is the first NL pitcher to win both the Cy Young and MVP in the same season since Bob Gibson did so in 1968. This has happened several times in the AL since Denny McLain won both awards in 1968. Vida Blue (1971), Rollie Fingers (1981), Roger Clemens (1986), Dennis Eckersley (1992) and Justin Verlander (2011). No one has ever done it twice. If anyone could pull that off it would be Kershaw. 



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Are You Ready for “Ted Cruz Saves America”?

By on 11.13.14 | 4:39PM

Last year, Really Big Coloring Books, a pre-eminent coloring book publisher, debuted it's Cruz to the Future coloring book for all of those hardcore Republican pre-schoolers on your list (or, of course, for any liberal family members who needed a more easily-understandable explanation of Cruz's popularity). It was so susccessful, apparently, that Really Big Coloring Books is about to issue a sequel, an eight-page supplement entitled Ted Cruz Saves America.

The children’s coloring book on Ted Cruz was so popular that the publisher is out with an addition.

Ted Cruz Saves America is an eight-page supplement to the original that came out last year by Really Big Coloring Books. Publisher Wayne Bell said the addendum was inspired by the reception to Cruz to the Future, which was the No. 1 best-selling children’s coloring book on Amazon for about 20 weeks.

“This book was so wildly crazy popular,” Bell told USA TODAY. “Some parents consider this man a real superhero.”

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Alvin Dark, R.I.P.

By on 11.13.14 | 4:18PM

Former MLB player and manager Alvin Dark has passed away after a lengthy illness. He was 92.

A native of Louisiana, Dark was a standout athlete at LSU excelling in baseball, football and basketball. However, Dark enlisted in the Marines and would serve in Peking in a non-combat role in the final year of WWII.

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Nancy Pelosi Has Never Heard of this Gruber Guy, Either

By on 11.13.14 | 1:15PM

Nancy Pelosi has absolutely no idea who this Jonathan Gruber guy is. Never heard of him. Did you mean that short-lived but intensely funny SNL skit, "MacGruber'? She's heard of that. But Jooonaaaathaaaan Gruuuuuberrrr? Isn't ringing any bells. 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday tried to downplay comments by an architect of Obamacare, who was caught talking about the “stupidity of the American voter,” by saying she doesn’t even know who he is.

“I don’t know who he is,” she told reporters. “He didn’t help write our bill.”

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Chuck Hagel Lost Epic Battle With Kitchen Cabinet

By on 11.13.14 | 12:45PM

That's right, America. Our illustrious Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, was seriously injured in a fight with a piece of wood.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel might want to stay out of the kitchen for a while.

Hagel showed up Tuesday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. sporting a huge bandage on his face after a "minor kitchen mishap."

That "mishap" involved a kitchen cabinet, and the cabinet clearly won.

Lucky for the cabinet, it caused no permanent damage. Otherwise, we might have written it a secret letter, asking for it's cooperation in the Middle East.

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White House: Jonathan Gruber Had Nothing to do With Obamacare, We Swear

By on 11.13.14 | 12:19PM

Jonathan Gruber broke his silence yesterday with an interview on MSNBC, but the "stupidity of the American voter" is still dogging the White House, because while nearly everyone might believe that our representative democracy is run largely by idiots, most people - namely the Democratic voters that helped to pass Obamacare - don't like to hear it said outright. Because, when you think about it, it wasn't really Republican voters he was talking about. None of them were gung-ho about government-administered healthcare, regardless of Gruber's slick comic-book presentation.

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Why Obama Will Never Approve The Keystone Pipeline

By on 11.13.14 | 9:20AM

Concerning the impending vote on the Keystone Pipeline in the Senate to save Mary Landrieu's job in Louisiana, Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post writes, "A large showing of Democratic support for the pipeline could complicate the administration’s decision-making process, given the party’s dismal showing at the polls last week."

Does anyone honestly think President Obama gives a damn about Mary Landrieu? Her seat is of no consequence to him now. And since when has Obama cared about what Congress has to say? Every Democrat in the Senate could vote for the Keystone Pipeline and he would still veto it without a second's thought.

Let's consider what our Founder and Editor-in-Chief Bob Tyrrell wrote this morning in his new piece, "The President of No!":

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Americans Aren’t Stupid, But We Can Be Fooled

By on 11.12.14 | 10:52PM

We all know the story by now but it bears worth repeating.

An unearthed video showed MIT economist and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber speaking of the "stupidity of the American voter" and the "lack of political transparency is a huge political advantage" when it came to passage of Obamacare.

Gruber then did damage control with MSNBC's Ronan Farrow telling him he was "speaking off the cuff" and that he spoke "inappropriately" and expressed "regret" for his remarks.

Of course, it became clear that Gruber didn't regret his remarks, but rather being caught making them.

Indeed, additional videos have shown Gruber saying the "American people are too stupid to understand the difference" and the "lack of economic understanding of the American voter".

If Gruber has called Americans stupid on video twice then there's a good chance he did it third time. 

It isn't surprising to hear Gruber's sentiments. It's the kind of language I hear from Cambridge liberals all the time who have contempt for anyone who doesn't think like them.

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Kluber Wins AL Cy Young; Kershaw Wins 3rd NL Cy Young in 4 Years

By on 11.12.14 | 8:41PM

Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber won his first AL Cy Young Award narrowly beating 2010 AL Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners while Chicago White Sox lefty Chris Sale finished third in the balloting. (I predicted Sale would win the award prior to the season). Kluber led the AL in wins with 18 and struck out 269 batters in only 235 2/3 innings. 

Meanwhile, to the surprise of no one, Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw won his third NL Cy Young Award in four seasons. Kershaw previously won the award in 2010, 2011 and in 2013. He led the NL in wins (21) and ERA (1.77). Kershaw has won four consecutive ERA titles. In only 198 1/3 innings pitched, Kershaw fanned 239 batters. What is remarkable is that Kershaw missed a month of the season with a bad back which he injured after the season opener in Australia. 

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Dems May Try to Save Mary Landrieu With Hail Mary Keystone Pass

By on 11.12.14 | 6:36PM

Mary Landrieu needs to get some friends, and fast, or Louisiana will solidify the Republican majority in the Senate.

When the DSCC pulls out of a race because someone can "go it alone," usually independent organizations step in to fill the void, if there's a reason. And according to the Capitol City Project, independent donors are stepping up - just not for Mary Landrieu. In the last week, over $1 million dollars has flowed into Louisiana to impact this race, exclusively from conservative leaning PACs. Her only major pre-election PAC supporter, Americans for Responsible Solutions, has been oddly stingy following the announcement that the race will go to a runoff. And it's about to get even worse: Republicans have $7 million in broadcast reservations. In Landrieu's corner: the Humane Society, which has about $101,000 in reserved ad space. And they'll probably repurpose that ad buy to sell those adorable address stickers you get in the mail every Christmas.

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