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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

OTP October 2015 II: Religion, Politics, Baseball - America’s Favorite Pastimes Come Under the Microscope in Shaking the Tree’s Gorgeous PASSION PLAY PART III

PASSION PLAY PART III centers on a group of actors who have been performing the Passion together in small-town North Dakota for years. This isn’t just a group of actors, it’s a family. The actor who plays Pontius Pilate is both the husband of the actress who plays Mary and the brother of the actor who plays Jesus. And he’s about to leave for the Vietnam War. The play holds up a microscope to the things we as a society hold most dear—religion, politics, even baseball—and asks us to consider the idea that they’re all just theatre after all. It’s profound, moving, and, in classic Sarah Ruhl style, often very funny.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 07, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 510 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, religion

Thursday, October 01, 2015

OTP - October 2015: Political and baseball desperation

In politics, the survivors will learn their fate in New Hampshire, Iowa and other early 2016 primaries. In the dead of winter, survival is the name of the game. For Hillary Clinton, there is no next time. Simply desperation. She must win in 2016 or likely fade from the scene. It is hard to see a path to the nomination for any other Democrat, Bernie Sanders included.

For Republicans, the current chaos must lead to a viable challenger, but it remains a bit of a wild card. As September fades to cool October days, most of us simply are desperate for a great World Series and a slice of pumpkin pie as thick as Joe Maddon’s glasses.

NOTICE: Due to the number of comments and the impact on site performance, the OTP-Politics threads will need to change from monthly to weekly threads. FYI, Jim.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 01, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 1201 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

OTP - September 2015: Making Sense Of The Republican Presidential Race: It’s Like Major League Baseball In August

For starters, you have to know what you are trying to “make happen” at this stage of the season.  No team is trying to win the World Series in August; instead the goal is to get in position to be one of the 10 (of 30) teams to make the playoffs where, as they say, anything can happen.  Likewise, 17 Republicans are not trying to be the final party nominee this early, they’re just trying to be one of the 3-5 candidates left standing next summer.  As in baseball, that’s really about developing momentum and finding the money to remain in the race as long as possible.

Monday, August 03, 2015

OTP - August 2015: Meet the … Baseball Owner Funding the 2016 Campaign ...

Scott Walker’s Super PAC “Unintimidated” raked in the biggest donation from a sports-associated contributor. The Ricketts family — the owners of the Chicago Cubs baseball team — tossed $5 million dollars to the Super PAC backing the Wisconsin governor. Joe gave $100,000, his wife Marlene gave $4.9 million in contributions and their son Todd gave almost $2,500. According to Forbes, the family is worth nearly $4.5 billion.

Just when I was beginning to like the Cubs again :)

BDC Posted: August 03, 2015 at 01:20 PM | 4822 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, politics

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

OTP - July 2015:  Winning the Political Game: Politics is More Like Baseball Than Football

Some smart person, I believe it was political columnist and baseball guru George Will, said that politics is a lot more like baseball than football.

What he meant is that if you lose a few football games the season quickly becomes unsuccessful. But if you lose even a lot of baseball games, you can still win the World Series. NFL teams play 16 regular season games. Major League Baseball teams play 162.

In politics you can lose a lot of legislative battles and public policy fights, and still be very successful. Of course, you can’t lose many of the big games – elections – or you don’t last long in politics. But many politicians bounce back even from election losses.

Some politicians are timid because they can’t stand to lose any fights. But that’s not the route to a successful political career. Here’s another insightful George Will quote: “Conflict avoidance becomes habitual. Risk averse politicians are constantly at risk. The rule regarding power is use it or lose it.”

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: July 01, 2015 at 07:30 AM | 6539 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Monday, June 01, 2015

OT: Politics - June 2015. Settlement clears way for Kokomo baseball home opener

KOKOMO, IND. — A dispute involving the federal and state governments over how Kokomo built part of a baseball stadium in a flood-prone area meant to remain green space has been resolved on the eve of the opening game.

Gov. Mike Pence said in a news release Friday that a dispute involving the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security had been settled, commending the two agencies for “working together in good faith.”

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: June 01, 2015 at 12:10 PM | 5834 comment(s)
  Beats: aruba, jamaica, politics

Thursday, April 30, 2015

OTP - May 2015: Jeb Bush would like to watch baseball with Teddy Roosevelt and Pitbull

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he’d like to watch a baseball game with Teddy Roosevelt — and possibly rapper Pitbull.

Asked who he would take if he could bring “any historian or inventor” to a baseball game, the potential 2016 GOP presidential contender said that he’d probably bring the United States’ 26th president - but that he might want to have Pitbull there as well.

“The reason you like baseball is that you can actually have a conversation with people,” Mr. Bush said.

OK, Jeb, Teddy, and Pitbull.  Who would you bring to a game?

BDC Posted: April 30, 2015 at 05:27 PM | 4884 comment(s)
  Beats: politics



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