This is Why President’s Make News Announcements During the Holidays

This is Why President’s Make News Announcements During the Holidays

 

Have you looked at the news today for any reaction to the resignation of the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagle? There is not much there and that was by design.

No press releases, no statements on Facebook or twitter from anyone in Iowa’s current Congressional delegation or newly-elected delegation.

Does that strike anyone else as odd? I would have thought the defense secretary resigning after less than two years on the job, probably under pressure from the president, possibly over disagreement with the administration’s approach to Iraq and Syria, would be big news. Just look around Hagle’s home state of Iowa and there is virtually nothing in the news. Representative Dave Loebsack sits on the House Armed Services Committee. Senator-elect Joni Ernst has claimed to have a strong interest in our country’s Middle East policy, since her “boots were on that ground” now controlled by ISIS. Senator Chuck Grassley served with Hagel for years and will have a vote on confirming his successor at the Pentagon. Newly-elected Republicans Rod Blum (IA-01) and David Young (IA-03) both criticized the Obama administration’s policy in Iraq during this year’s campaign.

This is why presidents bury big news during holiday weeks, when elected representatives and their staffers are out of the office.

Civil Disobedience is the Key, not Civil Unrest

Civil Disobedience is the Key, not Civil Unrest

 

 

With the things that are currently going on across America we have discovered an ugly side to our society. People are not willing to wait for peaceful talk, elections to initiate change or other avenues that lead to non-violence. They turn to the streets and face the police head on with rocks, bottles and guns. They march their home turf with baseball bats and clubs to smash the windows of the businesses of their neighbors in the attempt to solidify their point.

It doesn’t appear civil disobedience is the trendy thing

 

The United States has a long history of civil disobedience as a means to protest injustice. Sometimes civil disobedience takes the form of a peaceful protest. Other times, it takes the form of disobeying an unjust law. The right to civil disobedience has been acknowledged by prominent thinkers in every generation:

 

  • “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
    • Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

  • “It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.”
    • Aristotle

 

  • “Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.”
    • Albert Einstein

 

  • “It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.”
    • Voltaire

 

One of the earliest and most iconic acts of civil disobedience in America was the Boston Tea Party. On 16 Dec. 1773, “a group of Massachusetts Patriots, protesting the monopoly on American tea importation recently granted by Parliament to the East India Company, seized 342 chests of tea in a midnight raid on three tea ships and threw them into the harbor.”  The action was illegal, but essentially peaceful. It was a protest of unjust taxes and of restrictions on commerce imposed on the colonies by the British government.

Change isn’t change if they have to get it done through force and violence. It is breaking the law.

The Political Middle is Gone -Which Means No Deals

The Political Middle is Gone -Which Means No Deals

Right of Liberalism and left of Conservatism is the place where the majority of American electorate resides. It is the place where calm reasoned logic supersedes screaming, reactionary tomfoolery. It is where the typical politicians go running to after they have “secured” their base; and where they go running from when there are no more campaigns to wage. However, it is where the future of American politics resides.

 

Looking for the political middle in Congress? It’s gone.

In 1982, there were 344 Members whose voting records fell somewhere between the most conservative voting Democrat and the most liberal voting Republican in the House. Thirty years later, there were 11. That means that in 1982 the centrists — or at least those who by voting record were somewhere near the middle of their respective parties — comprised 79 percent of the House. In 2012 they made up 2.5 percent of the House. So, yeah.

There are any number of reasons for this disappearance — partisan gerrymandering and closed primaries being the two most obvious — but the numbers are unbelievably stark, particularly when you consider that roughly 30 percent of the electorate consider themselves political independents. (According to exit polling, 29 percent of people named themselves independents in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.)

This explains why there will be no grand or even big bargain on debt and spending — or much of anything else — anytime soon. The political incentive to make deals simply does not exist in the House and, in fact, there is almost always a disincentive for members to work across the aisle.The deal-makers — as we have seen from the last month in the House — are largely gone. The two people who do seem capable of crafting deals — Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — come from a different time in politics. (Biden was elected to the Senate in 1972, McConnell in 1984.) The middle’s voice in the House is so soft as to be almost non-existent. And it’s hard to see that changing — at least in the near term.

All of which means one thing: No deal(s)

Why Can’t Appointments Start on Time?

Why Can’t Appointments Start on Time?

 

 

William Shakespeare wrote:  “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”

I am an early person. I have said repeatedly that I would rather arrive an hour early than five minutes late. However, it is really not an advantage, most of the time, to show up for an appointment early. If they take you in to another room, it usually is just a place to get you out of the waiting area and now you sit. Sometimes it is for a very lengthy time. I get irritated!

I get aggravated with late of any sort. However, It get really ticked when an appointment time flies by and I sit and sit and sit. It doesn’t matter if the time set was 2:15pm and you wait until almost 3 before you see the person. Doctors and dentists are the worst. I know the line you hear is they are busy and things back up. Maybe, just maybe, they scheduled too many appoints too close together?

The point is, I feel bad when I keep people waiting. I feel like we’re all busy and our time is important so being consistently late is a sign that you don’t respect someone’s time.  I respect you enough to make the appointment and show up on time, at least try to respect that I have other things to do beside sit around reading your old magazines all day.

On a personal level it’s just rude and signals to the person that you leave waiting that you don’t care enough to respect their time. Because while I’ve now had to wait for you it means that I have to push back other things I have to do.

This topic really gets my juices flowing!

St. Louis Cardinal Spring Training Schedule Released

St. Louis Cardinal Spring Training Schedule Released

I am soooo ready for Spring Training and a new season. Here is a press release from the Cardinals:

 

The St. Louis Cardinals announced their 2015 Spring Training schedule today.  The team’s 28-game Grapefruit League slate begins on Thursday, March 5, at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., as the road team against their complex co-tenants, the Miami Marlins, and concludes Thursday, April 2, before heading to Memphis for an exhibition on Friday, April 3, against their Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate, the Redbirds, at Autozone Park.

The Cardinals’ Grapefruit League schedule features 15 home dates and 13 road games including three games as the “visiting” team against the Marlins (March 5, 13 & 17), giving them 18 total games at Roger Dean Stadium.  The Cardinals and Marlins will play a total of six games this spring.

This coming spring marks the 18th year that the Cardinals will train at Roger Dean Stadium.  Cardinals’ pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Jupiter on February 19 and conduct their first workout onFebruary 20.  The remainder of the Cardinals’ players will be scheduled to report February 24 with their first workout on February 25.

The Cardinals host nine different Grapefruit League opponents including four games against 2014 postseason teams.  The Washington Nationals visit twice on March 25 and 30, while the Baltimore Orioles (March 12) and Detroit Tigers (March 16) each visit once.

Other American League teams appearing on the schedule at Jupiter include the Houston Astros (March 6), Boston Red Sox (March 9) and Minnesota Twins (March 14), with the Atlanta Braves arriving for one game on March 21 and the New York Mets (March 27, 29 & April 2) making three visits to round out National League opponents.   The first 14 Cardinals home games at Roger Dean Stadium are scheduled to start at 1:05 p.m. ET, with the final game versus the Mets starting at 12:05 p.m.

Individual spring training tickets for games in Jupiter will go on sale Friday, January 9, at 5 p.m. ET.  Fans may purchase Cardinals spring training tickets in person at Roger Dean Stadium’s Box Office beginning at 5 p.m. ET that Friday or via the internet at www.cardinals.com or www.rogerdeanstadium.com beginning at 6 p.m. ET.  Spring Training full season ticket plans, 6+ mini-plans and group tickets are on sale now by calling 561-775-1818.

Cardinals Spring Training tickets are priced at $29 for Field Box seats, $27 for Loge Box, $15 for bleachers and $15 for berm seating (sold day of game only).  Weekend Games and Premium Games (Boston,March 9 & Detroit, March 16) will include an additional fee per ticket on those select days.

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