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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 Posted: July 01, 2015 at 07:30 AM | 1219 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 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

Monday, April 06, 2015

OTP - April 2015: Church, baseball, politics: Rahm and Chuy work to close the deal

When the last weekend of a race for mayor coincides in Chicago with Easter and Opening Day at Wrigley Field, the candidates know where to go to close the deal.

Edit: Stop the personal insults in the political threads. I’ve gotten many complaints about numerous posters, especially about Rickey! is just here so he don’t get fined. If the insults don’t stop, the OTP will go on hiatus and accounts will be suspended. FYI, Jim.

Bitter Mouse Posted: April 06, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 4920 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago, off topic, politics, religion

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt urges Christians to be more accepting of gays

Affeldt penned a blog post this week in which he urged Christians to be more tolerant toward gays. He writes:

Why do people who aren’t Christians hate us? They look at us and say, “You’re just a bunch of Bible thumpers who are homophobic and you don’t love anybody.”
We’ve brought that on ourselves. I don’t think we’re showing the love of Jesus. Gay people are asking for equal rights under the law, and we’ve got Christians saying “God hates you.” I get so angry because that’s not true! Godloves you! Jesus walks with the gay community! I think Jesus says, “I love you just as I love someone who is not gay. I love you as a human being. I just love you.”

Affeldt doesn’t directly connect this to current events, but it’s easy to read his words and make connections to the religious freedom law under scrutiny in Indiana because it would allow businesses to discriminate against homosexuals. A similar law in Arkansas is also under fire this week. This even matters in baseball, where the Oakland Athletics’ Pride Night has rattled some fans in the very liberal Bay Area.


Sunday, March 01, 2015

OTP - March 2015: You’re out, tobacco: Bill would ban products at all California baseball venues

The rifle report of balls popping into gloves, the finessed footwork of a double play, the sludgy streams of tobacco exiting mouths.

One of those mainstays of the national pastime could soon vanish from California’s major-league baseball fields.

Already banned in minor-league parks, tobacco would be prohibited at every baseball venue in California under legislation announced Tuesday by Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond. Thurmond and public health advocates justified the legislation as a way to discourage tobacco use by youths, and hoped it could send a message to other states, organized baseball and the players.

Bitter Mouse Posted: March 01, 2015 at 11:37 AM | 4757 comment(s)
  Beats: california, politics, tobacco

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Curt Schilling says he lost Hall of Fame votes because he’s a Republican

THANKS OBAMA

Schilling appeared Wednesday on Boston radio station WEEI, telling the Dennis and Callahan show that he thinks his political leanings certainly didn’t help. Asked why Smoltz did so much better than him on the ballot, Schilling said:

  “The fact that [the Braves] won 14 straight pennants. I think his ‘Swiss Army knife versatility,’ which is what somebody said yesterday. I think he got a lot of accolades for that. I think he got a lot of recognition for that. He’s a Hall of Famer. The other big thing is, I think he’s a Democrat. I know that as a Republican that there’s some people that really don’t like that.”

Lest you think Schilling was just joking or being goofy, he was asked in a follow-up whether he thought he would have gotten at least 100 more votes if weren’t an “outspoken Republican.” His response:

  “Absolutely. When human beings do something, anything, there’s bias and prejudice,” Schilling said. “Listen, nine percent of the voters did not vote for Pedro. There’s something wrong with the process and some of the people in the process when that happens. I don’t think that it kept me out or anything like that but I do know there are guys who probably will never vote for me because of the things I said or did. That’s the way it works.”


 

 

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