Some Random Thoughts On A Friday

Just some thoughts for a Friday:

Is the media biased? Well try this one on for size. How many of you reading this know that President Obama vetoed the Pipeline? If you didn’t know think about this. Over 77% of the American People are in favor of the pipeline. When else in your lifetime did a President veto something that 77% were in favor of and it got no coverage? If a conservative President had vetoed something like this how much noise would there be? The President and his team caved in to the environmental crowd and  no one called him on it.

A second example. Eric Holder’s office announced they are not bringing any charges in the Trayvon Martin case (George Zimmerman). Did you hear about that on the media? We heard all about the “White Hispanic” and how his racism led to the death of the young man. A jury said not guilty and Holder’s office took over to bring federal charges. The end result is after their review and attempt they announce no charges can be brought. Wait, you mean Zimmerman might have been telling the truth? Where does he and his family go to get their lives back? Why didn’t the media cover this?

Stock up and Stock down analysis on politics and basketball:

On the Republican candiates for president:

Stock Up: Governor Scott Walker, separating himself in the early gatherings. He may be too early. Senator Marco Rubio, has been strong, clear and a leader. Trying to recover his immigration flub from two years ago.  Carly Florina is making a name for herself as a strong woman with clear conservative views. May end being a VP candidate. Dr. Ben Carson, the only minority candidate who is clearly running and out front on the issues. Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisana. Very smart and articulate.

Stock Down: Governor Chris Christie. Fading fast as people no longer trust him. He could have been the leader now. Almost a non entity now.

The others are holding position. Bush has name, money and connections. That also is his problem. Huckabee is strong in Iowa and could use a win in that first gathering to propel himself.  Keep an eye on Rick Perry too. He has a great story from Texas to run and is much more prepared this time.

On basketball:

I see the top four seeds as of today as – Kentucky, Virginia, Villanova and Duke in that order. The closing rivalry games and tournaments can change things, but Kentucky and Virginia look like locks. Nova is very close as long as they advance in the Big East Tourney.

Two seeds are Gonzaga, Wisconsin, Arizona and Norte Dame right now.  Best bets to break in here are Kansas and Maryland pending tournaments.

Enjoy the weekend.

The ISIS Crisis

We have them on the run. They are advancing. They are no threat to the homeland. We arrested three ISIS members in Brooklyn last night. They are the JV. This is a real army and a real threat. So what is the truth? Why does the administration say one thing and others another? How do we confront this?

It all comes down to this. The Obama Administration is so anti conflict and they so badly want to be known as the ones who ended wars, that they took and continue to take a view of ISIS that is not good for us. On the other hand for those who want to rush our troops in I have a question. After you defeat them then what? I hoped you learned from Iraq, and realize you need a plan for after you win. Who governs? How? Will the people accept them? The military?

So my assessment on the ISIS Crisis is this. We are facing a group of people that want to kill you. They want your spouse dead, your kids heads cut off, your parents burned, and America in total destroyed. That is not going to change or go away. These people are committed to this cause and will be until they die. Our mission is to arrange their death. At some point in the future we have to face this. Like Hitler killing innocents you cannot appease them. They are not interested, They want you dead.

What should we be doing? It’s a little thing called leadership. That’s our role in the world today. Lead. Stand for what is right and just.  The problem is Obama is so anti military he is failing in his role as the world leader. He should be leading the world to fight ISIS. He should be organizing a united worldwide front. From France and Britain to the middle eastern countries to Africa and the Pacific. ISIS is the enemy of all and wants them dead. They all know it. Obama needs to be the leader in getting the world to stand as one and go together to help ISIS meet it’s maker.

Think Gulf War 1 and how Bush Sr. organized the world to get Iraq out of Kuwait. We went as the world against Saddam Hussein and his invasion. We defined the mission as getting Iraq out of Kuwait. We pushed them back to the border in days and restored the Kuwait government and the mission was done. Obama needs to organize a ready and willing world to get ISIS. There is no enemy in this mission outside ISIS. The world is threatented and we the world must go as one to solve this. Not the U.S. alone and not us telling ourselves we are winning while it is easy to see we aren’t and people are dying. We need to lead in bringing the world together as one to accomplish this mission. The longer we fail to lead the bigger the danger and the more people are slaughtered. We will have to do it, so sooner is better.

The world is ready. The American people are ready. All we need is a leader, Mr President are you up to this or do we have to see more innocent heads cut off, people burned in cages and slaughtered for their religion? Do we have to wait until we are attacked too? Mr President, America at its best leads the world in just causes. It’s time, we’re ready for our best.

Hey Governor Malloy

Governor I just had lunch with some others and a thought hit me.

The luncheon bill was $75.00

I used my Cash Back Mastercard (you know the one that pays 1% at purchase and another 1% at payment)

So I earned a .15 cents rebate.

That’s the same rebate you are offering on $100.00 by “lowering” the sales tax (that you raised from 6%) to 6.2% from 6.35%.

Imagine that. (And Mastercard didn’t raise my rate to lower it)

It got me to thinking again. Maybe if you gave everyone in government a Mastercard Cash Rebate Card for free and cancelled the American Express that you pay a fee for — well we could raise money easily.

Then if we could change our people support programs to pay with the Mastercard instead of vouchers or checks — well who knows how much we could raise. After all .15 cents is a big cut — Right?

Just trying to help Governor. I know this deficit came out of no where after the November election and creative thought is needed.

For The Met Fan

This one is for the Mets fans out there. They begin spring training with much hope, optimism and dreams of a playoff year. Is it realistic? Let me lay out some sobering thoughts and what might have beens.

First, this is not the year. There is promise with a young pitching staff but they are a year away. Matt Harvey needs time to get back to where he was. He will get there, but it will take half a season. With Jacob DeGrom you caught lightening in a bottle last year. Sophomore seasons have a way of bringing people to reality. Now the guy I expect to shine and star is Matt Wheeler. He has paid his dues, seen greatness and wants it. He has matured and this is his breakout year. Starter four, Johnaton Niese is a pitch away from the disabled list. They couldn’t trade him this off season because teams know he went down the past three years with the shoulder. He won’t make a full season. Bartolo Colon is what he is. At some point age and weight will bring him down. They are hoping he makes it half way and someone wants him n July. Big bet ($11M to be exact). Dillon Gee is a good one to have around and should be there until the summer too. At that point they go to the minors and bring up the next generation and someone will want him. The bullpen is young with hard throwers. They need to fit into the right roles and it will take Terry two months to figure it out. Just watch.

The pitching is good, trending toward great, but they are a year away.

Now where did Sandy go wrong. Here it is.

He knew from day one this was a rebuild and there were no funds. He made two great moves in trading Beltran and getting Wheeler. Then he traded Dickey for Travis D. and Noah. Excellent moves trading veterans to get youth and promise. That’s how you rebuild. Very impressive.

So why did he let Reyes walk and not trade him? He knew it was a rebuild. A very bad decision that cost him a shot at a young hitter that might be MLB ready today. This is unforgivable. You are either rebuilding or not. If you are you don’t lose a star to free agency. You get value for him.

Bad move two has been his free agent signings. Why would you sign a 32 year old Curtis Granderson to a four year contract?  In the non steroid era you don’t sign older players on the downside. Wasted dollars. Why would you sign Michael Cuddyer at age 36? Why do you think he is going to star at an age careers end today? Why would you give a declining David Wright a 7 year contract at 31 if you are cash strapped? Why would you spend on a 40 year old pitcher like Bartolo Colon? If it’s about winning and you have limited money with some top notch young pitchers what kind of strategy is this?

What should he have done? Adjust to the game as it is today. Great moves on the pitching, but you should have spent the dollars you did on three older players in another way. Let’s remove Wright because they wanted him as the face of the Mets, but on Granderson, Cuddyer and Colon they spent $100M. Really? Is that how you you do it? No it isn’t. How? In the free agent international market especially on three Cuban players who were there for the taking. Think Abreu on the White Sox now and last year was a home run machine. Think Tomas who we begged you to pursue last year and is going to be the majors this year. Imagine some young hitters to join the young pitchers all with upside. Imagine spending the limited money you had not on washed up players but stars to be. How good would next year look? By the way these two would have cost far less and you could pursued the Korean SS, or Moncada who signed with the Red Sox today for $31.5.

Sandy your free agent moves have been horrendous from relief pitchers to position players. Your trades of veterans for youth have been great. Stop with the older player signings and seek youth. It’s a young man’s game again with the roids gone. Get with it.

So Met fans you’re a year away from contending. Don’t be fooled. How good next year is depends on what they get for Gee and Colon. How quickly Conotro (#1 draft choice last year) and Nimmo develop. If you can move Murphy for a young player, and let Flores play second and develop while you get a shortstop. You see you have pitching and pitching wins. But you need defense and Sandy right now you have the worst defensive infield in baseball.

Work to do.

Blogging A

After a lull I feel I need to get my frustrations out again, so back to my blog. Three issues just bugging me. A federal, a state and a sports one. So let’s go.

Guilani makes a statement and the liberal press goes crazy. Now I don’t know if Obama loves America or not. I do know he came into office wanting to change America as we knew it. I knew his wife said when he was elected it was the first time she was proud of America. I know I have been proud of my country far more often than that. So maybe our values are just different and what we are proud of differs. Maybe he is not proud of the America I love and maybe I am not proud of the America he wants. You know what I wonder? If he were not a Democrat would he be President? The way people vote is my frustration. They don’t know the issues and pull a lever for party and increasingly the fringe elements are controlling the process. Very dangerous.

My frustration with the state government is now beyond healthy. The people in my state reelected their Democrat governor simply because he was a Democrat and ran a dirty anti opponent campaign. In the first term he raised taxes to record levels and in his second campaign talked about how he saved the state. Two months after election he has budget issues. He craftly proposes a budget that he calls a “sales tax cut” and the liberal press goes along. They fool people into thinking it is a cut. Here are the facts:

– The rate today is 6.35%

– It was 6.00% was he was elected. So he raised the rate.

– He proposes cutting it to 6.2% this year.

Can you first believe after raising it he now tells the citizens he is cutting their rate and people think he is?

Now think about this. You buy $100 worth of something today and you pay $106.35. Under the cut you will pay $106.20. You save .15 cents. Let’s forget for  a second it would have been  $105.95 when he took office. As part of this cut he is eliminating the no tax on any clothing for $50.00 or less. Eliminating it. Now does any reasonable thinking sane person think that this will save them money? This is a tax increase he told the press and people was a tax cut and the they ran with it. Are people really that dense? On that $50.00 purchase you just added $3.25.

His argument was that it will save you a lot on the big items. Really? To offset the $50.00 tax free loss? Let’s see I buy something for $4,000 and I save $6. Since most people spend at that level infrequently are you telling me I won’t be buying clothes in that time that I save $3.25 each purchase on? Two items and I am still ahead. How dumb are people and how liberal is the press to go along with this as a tax cut? Oh yea don’t forget Democrats and liberals are for the poor people.

One more aspect. He proposes in the future (2017 maybe) to reduce the sales tax to 5.95%. Like Obamacare where we pay after he leaves office, he is going to lower the rate again as he leaves. Except it will never happen. You see Governor people and businesses are not moving into our state as they did in 80’s and early 90’s when we were a low tax haven. Check the stats Governor, we are leading the people exccesses from the state because personal taxes, estate taxes and business taxes are now so high they need to leave. You are not going to grow revenue to cut a tax, you need to stop spending.

Now my sports peeve. Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees are pressuring him on where to speak, when too, and turned their back on him at every turn. You know what bugs me? They are as guilty as him. When they signed him the first they knew he was on the roids. When they signed him the second time for 10 years (until age 43) they knew he was on the drugs. That’s why they signed him. Now they want to act high and mighty. How are they allowed to get away with this? Why didn’t they sign Cano last year? He wanted ten years and in the non steroid era they know a career is over my the mid 30″s, just the way it used to be. Now they are holier than thou. You knew what Rodriguez was doing, as you knew what Gambi was doing when you signed him, and Clemens, and CC and …….. You know it all, cut the junk now.

More to come.