With The Dodgers finally seeing the light at the end of the McCourt tunnel and receiving some much needed Magic, are The Mets that far behind? Granted when you think of baseball you think of The Yankees and then you think of the Dodgers. Finally, baseball fans all over the world have a chance to see both teams be GREAT at the same time since the early 80′s. Dodgers have some work to do but when you spend 2 billion dollars you have to imagine playoffs in the very near future. They brought in Stan Kasten who was the architect behind the Braves of the 90′s and helped bring baseball back to DC. Then you have Magic Johnson who will be the goodwill ambassador to help bring back fans to the ballpark after McCourt’s scumbag security cuts gave the Dodgers the lowlight of that fan beating on site. Even Joe Torre, who is a Yankee God for the teams of the 90′s, couldn’t overshadow the mess Frank McCourt put that franchise in. They made the playoffs a couple of years and actually won a series for the first time since 1988 but soon came the McCourt divorce which led to payroll cuts and trades/free agent signings bringing back the likes of Juan Rivera and Juan Uribe. ZOINKS! Donnie Baseball is in the dugout, Matt Kemp is signed long term, Kershaw is a beast. And now is the time for The Dodgers to reclaim their title, The Yanks of the West and bring these two storied franchises back to the Fall Classic…
And Now…The Mets! or in most circles…THE MESS! I’m a diehard Yankee fan but I know the importance of The Mets being relevant in the Big Apple. I can’t really blame the fans, the front office, or even the AAAA team taking the field to open Citi Field next Thursday. All fingers are pointed at one person…Fred Wilpon! Known for many years as Fred Coupon for his lack of spending. Madoff scheme, Ponzi scheme. I’m not going to dig into all that because you know the story. If he wasn’t best friends with the Commish, he would have been forced out a long time ago and Mets fans would have a lineup worth paying Citi Field prices for. Shea Stadium was the biggest dump in baseball this side of Olympic Stadium so I give credit to Citi Field being built. The park, and IT IS a park, is gorgeous! Great place to watch baseball or whatever The Mess are calling it these days. Mets fans TEBOW all day and all night for a Wilpon-Less team and they shed a very slow tear down their cheeks when they see The Dodgers get back on the path to greatness like the cross town Yanks have been doing since the early 90′s. I will be the first one to tell you it wasn’t because of Steinbrenner. It was because of the Commissioner banning him from baseball and letting Gene Michael and Buck Showalter fix that franchise followed by the Great Joe Torre. When Big George came back, he still caused a lot of stress to all involved and signed some big huge steroid thugs to dumb contracts but he let the baseball minds do their thing for the mos part and The Yanks have been in the Playoffs every year since, minus 2008.
Quoth The Sizzle…Nevermore!
Quoth The Sizzle…Nevermore!
Serbian gangsters allegedly beat a traitorous associate to death with a hammer before cooking and eating his remains in Spain. No word on whether a side of fava beans or Chianti were enjoyed…
An elderly Chinese woman who discovered a snake with a clawed hand protruding from its body was so scared she beat it to death, according to reports.
Xiu Qiong Duan, 68, told the SINA Beijing news agency she woke up in the middle of the night to find the snake clinging to the wall of her bedroom.
“I woke up and heard a strange scratching sound … at first I thought it was thieves” she said.
“I turned on the light and saw this monster working its way along the wall using his claw.”
Ms Duan, from Suining in southwest China, said she then grabbed a shoe and beat the snake to death.
She reportedly preserved its body in a bottle of alcohol which she gave to the Life Sciences Department at China’s West Normal University in Nanchang.
Snake expert Long Shuai said the discovery of the creature, which is 40cm long and the thickness of a little finger, was “truly shocking”.
“We won’t know the cause until we’ve conducted an autopsy,” she said.
After the Arena Football League players union declared a strike Friday, the Pittsburgh Power struck back, releasing its entire 24-man roster just hours before the season-opener
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A racehorse is outfitted in a full compression suit to ‘maximize bloodflow, etc. Right? Wrong!!!
Mississippi voters interviewed by Alexandra Pelosi as to why they vote Republican.
Really digging this site:
Santorum benefits from mistaken religious identity
Rachel Zoll, AP Religion Writer
Rick Santorum’s political good fortune in the Republican presidential primaries has come about in large part because of his appeal to evangelicals. A Roman Catholic, he is a beneficiary of more than two decades of cooperation between conservative Protestants and Catholics who set aside theological differences for the common cause of the culture war.
Doctrine — and anti-Catholic bias — once split Protestants and Catholics so bitterly that many evangelical leaders worked to defeat John F. Kennedy because of his religion. When Kennedy sought to confront suspicion about his Catholicism, he made his now-famous faith speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, a group of evangelical Protestants in Texas. Five decades later, when some prominent evangelical leaders gathered at a Texas ranch to discuss backing a 2012 GOP candidate, Santorum was their choice.
Now running about even with Mitt Romney, Santorum has nearly doubled his support from white evangelical Republicans, from 22 percent last month to 41 percent two weeks ago, according to surveys by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life. An Associated Press-GfK survey conducted more recently, Feb.16-20, found Santorum leading Romney among white evangelicals, 44 percent to 21 percent. White Catholics also preferred Santorum, 38 percent to 29 percent, in the AP-GfK poll.
The high regard extends to Santorum’s personal life. His seven children have been home-schooled, a practice much more common among conservative American Protestants than Catholics, who have a network of parochial schools built over centuries. His concerns — opposing gay marriage and abortion, promoting traditional roles for women — contribute to that appeal. The Christian Post, an evangelical media outlet, published an article this week called “Catholic Politicians You Thought Were Evangelical,” with a short list of the most-often misidentified, led by Santorum.
The former Pennsylvania senator’s pointed rhetoric questioning the authenticity of other Christians can make him sound more like a preacher than a politician, but it draws support among many conservative Christians. He said recently that President Barack Obama, also a Christian, holds a “phony theology,” then insisted he wasn’t attacking the president’s faith but his environmental views. The Obama campaign condemned his remark.
Also drawing attention is a 2008 speech to Ave Maria University in Florida, a private Catholic school established by the Domino’s Pizza founder. In it, Santorum warned that Satan has been waging a spiritual war against the United States and has infiltrated academia, liberal Protestant churches and politics.
“Satan has done so by attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity and sensuality as the root to attack all of these strong plants that have so deeply rooted in the American tradition,” Santorum said, in a video posted by Right Wing Watch, a project of the liberal advocacy group People for the American Way. “We look at the shape of mainline Protestantism in this country and it is in shambles. It is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it.”
Romney, Santorum’s main rival for the nomination, struggles with conservatives not only because he once supported legalized abortion, which he now condemns, but also from distrust of Mormon teaching among some Christians. He rarely speaks directly about his faith or any other.
Bill Portier, a Catholic theologian and historian at the University of Dayton in Ohio, said many in the United States have come to identify conservative religion only with evangelicalism. A growing number are describing themselves as “spiritual, not religious” and aren’t affiliating as closely with a particular denomination.
Portier said his students at the Catholic university are often shocked to learn about a Catholic teaching on a social or moral issue that differs from a conservative Protestant view.
“It’s their default, what evangelicals say,” he said. “It kind of comes to them from osmosis through our culture.”
One of the best-known efforts to bring the two Christian traditions together came in the 1994 statement “Evangelicals and Catholics Together.” The authors were Chuck Colson, the Watergate felon turned born-again Christian, and the Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, a Lutheran who converted to Catholicism and was also often mistaken for an evangelical. In 2009, Catholics, evangelicals and Orthodox Christians again pledged their unity on moral issues in a document called the “Manhattan Declaration,” in which they promised civil disobedience if any laws are enacted that violate their conscience.
Some political veterans warn Santorum that what fires up the base can be a losing strategy in the general election.
Peter Wehner, a Republican who served three presidential administrations, most recently under George W. Bush, said in an article about Santorum that social conservatism must be discussed in positive terms, as promoting human dignity, “rather than declaring a series of forbidden acts that are leading us to Gomorrah.” Wehner is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a conservative think tank where Santorum was a fellow after he lost his U.S. Senate seat.
“A wise observer told me years ago,” Wehner wrote on Commentary magazine’s website, “that for a politician to be seen as the aggressor in the culture wars is the quickest way to lose them.”