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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.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
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.
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
Just when I was beginning to like the Cubs again :)
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
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.”
Monday, June 01, 2015
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.”
Thursday, April 30, 2015
OK, Jeb, Teddy, and Pitbull. Who would you bring to a game?
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