How Could a Jet Win or Loss this week become a Win-Win-Win?

I’ve been very very quiet about this 2016-2017 JET season. It’s been a fairly dismal disappointing season for sure. Now the team has arrived at a place that in my opinion, can be a win-win-win rega…

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How Could a Jet Win or Loss this week become a Win-Win-Win?

I’ve been very very quiet about this 2016-2017 JET season. It’s been a fairly dismal disappointing season for sure. Now the team has arrived at a place that in my opinion, can be a win-win-win regardless of whether or not they beat The Dolphins this Sunday or lose the game.

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Now you’re thinking , “Yo’ Joe…have you lost what little mind you had to begin with? Have the unfortunate years of Jet calamities finally added up to the mental breakdown that was often predicted?”

Nope. I’m not crazy. I’m not delusional. I’m not a victim of years of accumulated Jet pain(also referred to frequently as “THE CURSE”). Nope. I am a reasonable and pragamatic fellow and after having studied the situation I see this weekend’s Jet-Dolphins game as a win-win-win no matter what happens. Allow me to explain.

 

First off let us assume the Jets lose the game in Miami. Yes it would count as a loss and probably end the team’s chances of making the post season and all but guarantee them a losing season. Well that’s a negative but in reality that’s the first WIN. Why? How? Depending on just how miserable the season gets we are all but guaranteed a great player in next year’s draft. I think Mikey Mac has done an awesome job as GM and I have every faith he’ll get his man.

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Now let’s assume the Jets win in Miami. Both in the obvious sense and the“keep the season alive”sense. If The Jets can indeed squish the Fish, their record improves to 4-5 and plops them into the wild card race with lots of games left in the season. That is a WIN. The following week they play a schizoid Rams team that is certainly another possible win. They would then be sitting at their bye week with a record of 5-5 with 6 games to go. They could end up 10-6 or 9-7 and squeak into the playoffs. Certainly a win no matter how you look at it.

Now for a moment let’s assume once again that The Jets lose to the Dolphins this Sunday. Once again…WIN!  Why?!??! They would be a dismal 3-6 and management would be forced to look at Bryce Petty and maybe even Christian Hackenberg. This is a major win going forward. We will finally get to see what they have in the potential starting QB sweepstakes once and for all.

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It’s pretty obvious after the events of the last couple of weeks that Geno Smith won’t be back and neither will Fitzpatrick.  Finding out what’s on the roster can only be looked upon as a WIN.  A huge win going forward considering the QB problems this team has had over the years.

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Nature Boy Strikes Again (Happy Frogging!)

Recently I was in Nags Head on the Outer Banks of North Carolina visiting friends and family. This area is awash in various species of Tree Frogs. It was fairly easy to catch a few by hand so I decided these cute little guys would make cool pets. So we caught a few and brought them home to Long Island.

They went from being snake, bird and lizard food to being my own little terrarium zoo on my desk. I figure it’s a lot safer for them in my office than their previous haunts.

I had an old 10 gallon aquarium up in the attic. I cleaned it up and bought a screen cover. I also got a day and night light combo (you can anything you need for reptiles/amphibians from Jungle Bob Smith’s REPTILE WORLD in Centereach NY)

I also collected and brought back a couple of prickly pear cactus from The Outer Banks along with some sandy soil, some twigs and a few small pine cones. I wanted the little dudes to feel comfortable and at home in their new environment.

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Then I did a little research. What do these guys eat? Well probably bugs I thought but which ones and how would I make them available to my little buddies?   After a little reading online and my conversation with the aforementioned Jungle Bob, I learned that two very nutritious meals that are very popular with these frogs.

First and foremost they love crickets. I found out that three different sizes of crickets are easily available at most pet shops. That was simple. Not only are they available but the small ones that the frogs prefer are very inexpensive. 15 for a dollar. That lasts them for a couple of days. I bought a cricket cage to maintain a small community of the insects so I always have food on hand for the frogs. I add a little water and a couple of slices of fresh carrots. That all the care and feeding the crickets require. The cage has long black tubes in which the crickets spend most of their time hiding. I slowly remove the tube, open the top of the terrarium, and tap the tube into the tank dislodging the crickets into the environment where the frogs can eat them.

 

The other food they really like is flightless fruit flies. I visited John at BTJ’s Jungle in West Islip NY. He sold me a cup, About the size of a one pound deli salad with some flies and food on the bottom. The flies lay eggs. The eggs become larvae and eventually they become flies. They continue the cycle over and over providing a steady supply of live food for the frogs.

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Every few nights I sprinkle a batch of flies into the aquarium and the frogs do the rest. Pretty amazing to watch them hunt!

What about the actual environment? I was told to keep it moist and humid which is easily achieved by spraying once a day with an easily obtainable spray bottle.

I really like air plants. They are delicate and beautiful and pretty eay to maintain so I added a few to the terrarium with the frogs. The plants also like a humid environment so that goes together well with what the frogs like.

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Frogs can get pretty frisky when they are hunting and can disturb and disrupt the plants and the setup within the tank so I came up with a good solution. I found a small log out in the yard. Cut it to fit within the confines of the tank. Then I drilled some holes in it to accommodate the air plants. The plants are protected and the frogs can go about their business.

Tree frogs are great starter pets if you’re interested in a cool terrarium or you want to get into more sophisticated reptiles/amphibians at a later time. I’d suggest you contact Jungle Bob Smith’s REPTILE WORLD in Centereach or John at BTJ’s JUNGLE in West Islip. Happy frogging!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Season of Discontent

From the moment the 2015 World Series ended the fan base of the NEW YORK METS wanted nothing more than a victory in the 2016 WORLD SERIES.

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Unfortunately there have been a three unforseen problems that have sabotaged the METS 2016 season.

 

Met fans don’t want to hear it because there have been so many disappointing seasons over the years. But this season was wrecked by circumstances that are just an annoying part of the game that can’t be planned or controlled. Pointing fingers at management, coaching etc etc makes no sense. As the saying goes, “Shit happens”.

Problem number one. Their vaunted pitching staff was pretty average for most of the year. The hype said the Mets were looking at 4 – 20 game winners. NOT. But going forward they still have the making of a great, strong, young rotation that will be together for at least the next few years…still time for them to make a big impact, and I still believe there will be great success ahead.

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Problem number two. Can anybody get a hit with men on base? The METS failure to drive in runs, given numerous opportunities have been nothing short of epic. If it weren’t for the early success of Neal Walker, and the continuing brilliance of Wilmer Flores and Yoenis Cespedes, the numbers would be completely ridiculous. At one point Granderson was hitting less than .150 with RISP!  YIKES !

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Problem number three. INJURIES.

Plain and simple one injury after another completely derailed the METS this season. When you take a moment to really think about it, it is truly amazing that the METS have managed to endure, and as of this writing they are still on the fringe of the playoffs having lost just about every major player on the team. It’s incredible.

Has ANY team ever had to deal with the rash of physical ailments like the 2016 METS have had to deal with?

Matt Harvey….out for the season.

Zach Wheeler…out for the season.

David Wright…out for the season.

Lucas Duda…out for the season.

Juan Lagares…out for the season.

Travis D’Arnaud…out for many games.

Wilmer Flores…out for many games.

Yoenis Cespedes….out for a bunch of games

Neal Walker out for a bunch of games.

Jose Reyes…out for a bunch of games

Asdrubal Cabrerra….out for a bunch of games.

How is it possible that the METS are even close this year? Can they find a hot streak in themselves ? If they can somehow win 14 of 18 they can creep back into a race they have no right even being in. And if not…well we’ll see you next year.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nature Boy Strikes Again!

Anyone who knows me well knows that I have always had a deep appreciation for the natural world. WhenI was a little kid I was up in the Catskill Mountains catching bluegills with dough balls and big ole bullfrogs by hand…much to the chagrin of my mother and her friends. I collected salamanders and newts…kept toads in terrariums…took care of an ant colony I dug up and even caught some awesome spiders and kept them as pets in gallon jugs. Let’s not foget the snakes we caught…the hamsters we raised and the ever popular chameleons (Anoles)

My father was big on tropical fish and I remember him setting up a big aquarium in the family family of our house in Brooklyn. From that moment on I had the bug! I soon found myself on a lifelong mission to create as natural an environment as possible for just about any sort of watery friends I could try.  Freshwater fish, saltwater fish, in the house or in the yard.

The “disease” started with silver angelfish, a fairly common freshwater variety that my father was partial to. Then I was off to the beach with my buddy Stevie catching some crabs, spearing and killifish and maintaining them in my mother’s basement. The equipment was primitive in those days so it was a real challenge. Then as a teenager Stevie I dug a pond in my father’s yard and went out fishing to stock it. We managed to catch a bunch of sunfish and a large bullhead catfish which we released into the 10 x 12 foot area.   It lasted for a season or too and when the cement cracked, and the winter was upon us this little pond was history.

In the ensuing years I became one of the largest importer-exporters of marine tropicals in the USA. We wholesaled all types of exotic coral reef fish and invertebrates to pet shops in both North America and Europe. It was a stimulating business. A young man’s business…challenging both physically and mentally. I made a lot of money in a short time and decided that the crazy hours would be best left to someone else. I sold out but I never lost the love and fascination the amazing creatures I had come into contact with.

Fast forward many years. I’m living in a new home and I’m thinking I’d love to build a pond in my yard. A nice freshwater environment to relax and enjoy nature up close and personal. So around 2001 I started building a pond with a waterfall right in the backyard of my home within 10 feet of the back door. I could never understand why anyone would build something like this far far away from the house. I wanted to interact with these critters.  One morning while feeding the adult fish I noticed quite a few smaller fish with the distinct and unmistakable markings of baby koi. They were resembling the markings of some of the adult fish and I was pretty excited and amazed. There are SO MANY OF THEM !

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This is the largest koi in the pond.  Distinctive black flecks on a bright orange body.  A few of the small fish are exhibiting similar markings so I’ll assume they are the children of this one. Not sure what sex the fish is but I suspect female.

Here are the kids…sorry the photos are tough to take in moving water with moving fish

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The pond has been running with a filtration system I devised for about 15 years now and for the first time the koi which inhabit this spot are breeding with great success. Up until this point I had only one koi survive to adulthood and I’d never really seen too many juvenile fish in the pond. The goldfish on the other had breed regularly and I’ve given away quite a few to other pond enthusiasts but the koi are a lot tougher to propagate…that is until this season.

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These adults have a more typical color pattern and here are the baby fish on the left in this shot  that resemble them.

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This large yellow koi called a Sunshine Koi for obvious reasons also has some progeny swimming about.

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I decided to try and give them a better chance at growing into adults, I’d take some of the responsibility out of the hands of Mother nature, and I started feeding them

Some really nutritious flake foods that I ordinarily feed my satwater fish in the house. It seems to be doing the trick. The young koi have gone from 1-2 inches to 3-4 inches in a very short time. They seems healthy and active and their color patterns are more pronounced. I have a couple of large bullfrogs and a red eared slider (turtle) also living in the pond at the moment, and they don’t seem to be causing any problems with these young fish. I also have a large channel catfish that generally eats anything that fits in it’s rather large mouth. So far they seems to have avoided him as well.

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As the summer rolls on I’ll try and collect btter photos and report on how the baby koi are doing.

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NY METS-JUNE 2016

From the moment the World Series ended the fan base of the NEW YORK METS have only thought of one thing. Get back to the Series and WIN IT.

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Management did everything within reason to make that wish a reality.

Cespedes is amongst us.

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The pitching staff is solid…(despite Matt Harvey’s recent hiccups)

In addition to the signing of the big slugger, they upgraded both short and second by bringing in Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker. These guys are professionals and have shown it since they’ve been here. . Reliable steady bats and gloves to support the pitching staff with solid middle infield defense. The METS have made more double plays than ever…a boon to the young flame throwing arms. They re-signed Bartolo Colon…a great move. He’s been great and will keep eating innings until Wheeler gets back.

So where are we on June 13, 2016? The injury bug has taken a nice big bite out of the METS lineup. Once again Wright is out indefinitely, and his career could possible be over depending on what he looks like when he gets back. Duda out indefinitely with the foot fracture. Flores hurting but trying to tough it out. Lagares hurting and trying to touch it out. Conforto hurting and trying to tough it out. Actually today’s NEWSDAY says his bad left wrist will be examined doctors today.

D’Arnaud out indefinitely but maybe it looks like he may be back sooner rather than later. Wow. The Mets are fielding a minor league team similar to th eone they put on the field last year at this time. Great move bringing back Kelly Johnson from the Braves and I like the Loney deal too.

The METS are 34 and 28 after a 5-5 road trip that could have easily been 7-3. Though they are scuffling along, they are keeping their heads in the race with Tha=e Nats and I there’s something to be said about that.

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The latest bug bite came yesterday when Terry Collins went to the hospital before the Brewer game in Milwaukee with what has been described as “undisclosed symptoms”. That sounds fairly ominous for a 67 year manager in the middle of the season. I guess we are going to find out just how resilient, just how tough these METS are. They sit 4 and a half games behind rival Nationals. It’s quite early to be drawing any definitive conclusions, but if they pitch as expected, and if they can get some of their front line palyers back off the DL, they should be battling the NATS all season long.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gearing Up For Summer 2016

I’ve decided that time goes by way too fast. I was talking to a friend of mine that other day and it is truly amazing how we were young men of 24 and then bang…40 years went by! It’s another growing season here on Long island and once again I’m out in the sun with my hands in the dirt.

The small plants we started in the house are now transferred into the garden plot. This was a very late spring. The weather was pretty cold and miserable which made hardening the plants a big pain in the butt…but…they finally got rolling and during the past couple of weeks we got everything into the ground. Usually we have the tomatoes and peppers in the ground around Mother’s Day.  It’s been a late year indeed.

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The garlic we planted last September is now about 30 inches high and looking good and strong. We will be picking them in about three and a half weeks.

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The asparagus patch has been giving us a nice crop, the last of which we ate this evening. Hopefully we’ll get some more shoots before the plants go to seed in a few weeks.

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We’ve been eating red and white romaine lettuce and arugula for a few weeks now. We can never eat as much as we grow! Been giving it away to appreciative folks.

 

Our blueberry bushes are full of green fruit and it looks like it’s going to be another good year of around 20 pounds. I use BLUEBERRIES ALIVE, a great organic fertilizer that we get online from GARDENS ALIVE. Give them plenty of water and sunshine and the fruit will be great. Our patch is enclosed in a 10 x 10 structure covered with ¼ inch metal screen to keep out both the 4 legged and 2 legged animals.😉

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We planted two types of kale this year…red ragged leaf and dinosaur Italian heirloom. Both are a little slow getting started but my experience is once they get rolling there’s no stopping them!

We also have brussels sprouts and cabbage in the ground. These vegetables are very slow growing and won’t be ready till September.

So far 2016 looks like a great year for vegetables on Long Island.  Enjoy the summer!

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The Vegetable Garden 1 – Spring 2016

Another year…another growing season upon us here on Long Island. This will be our year 13 growing vegetables at the Greenlawn Organic Gardens in Huntington Town, in Suffolk County New York.

As we do each year in late February, we started the tomatoes and peppers in the small greenhouse that we sit in our dining room near the double glass doors. The sunshine warms the small enclosure and heats up the seeds. Within a week or so we have plenty of seedlings popping up. Tomatoes and peppers won’t be transferred to the garden. plot till around Mother’s Day so they’ll be spending a bit of time here at home to start the season.seeds indoorsIMG_5399IMG_5398

Last week they made their first foray outdoors to begin the “hardening process”.

This week we went over to the plot to get started cleaning up the winter mess. The garlic we planted last September is now 12-15 inches high and looking good and strong. The very mild winter was kind to the plants. Unfortunately the mild weather was also kind to the weeds that were covering the garlic bed. Removing them became job one as we started to get the garden into shape .  We mixed up our organic weed killer solution of epsom salt, Dawn dish soap and white vinegar.  Works like a charm every time.  It won’t hurt people, birds or beneficial insects but man it absolutely destroys the weeds. Spray that on unwanted growth and overnight it’s dead.  Then you can easily rake it away.

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Next I checked the blueberry enclosure for weeds poking through the newspaper and pine needle ground covering we use around the bushes. I also check that the screen is in good shape to keep out the animals, both the 4 legged and 2 legged varieties! The blueberry bushes are covered with sprouting leaves right about now.

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We just put in a dozen heads of romaine lettuce both red and green, some brussels sprouts, mesclun greens, beets and snow peas.

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Lastly we got our first pound of fresh asparagus shoots.

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Next week we’ll be mulching the garlic to keep the weeds from coming back and we’ll be expecting more asparagus.

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A WILD AND CRAZY POLITICAL SEASON

Republicans taking each other off at the knees.   Democrat Sanders has the balls to call himself a Socialist and nearly upsets Hillary in Iowa then goes on to crush her in New Hampshire. Usually it’s the Democrats beating each other over the head to prove who is the most progressive forward thinking leader. This year the Republicans have been smacking each other around at some of the nastiest debates on record trying to prove who is the most religious, who is the most anti-immigrant and who can undo anything Obama did. The National Review trashes Republican front runner Trump and 7.4% of American Muslims say they would support him despite his Islamophobic comments. It’s been a truly amazing political season so far. The polls have fluctuated wildly and the candidates are out swinging in full force.

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True to his crude bullying modus Trump says Cruz is a liar and questions whether or not he is even eligible to be POTUS due to his Canadian birth. Hmmm. Where have we heard that before? I am amazed that in an era where there are so many pressing issues that need immediate attention, that leaders of a political party would be trying to emasculate each other based on where they were born? Nonsense in it’s truest form. And let’s not forget the ever entertaining Sarah Palin. She decided to endorse Trump through a rambling and barely intelligible speech. At one point in her diatribe she blamed the actions of her wife beater son in law on President Obama’s lack of support for the troops..? Whaaaaaaat? Most people agree the colorful Ms. Palin was a huge contributing factor in John McCain’s loss 8 years ago.   The woman may be one of the most polarizing figures in the country. How will this affect Trump’s run? So far there has been no obvious fallout. But then is anything she said all that much more incendiary than statements Trump has made himself?
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Bernie Sanders says that due to the fact that Hillary’s campaign has received huge donations from PAC’s and rich donors. that she will be beholden to powerful interests. Maybe. I don’t think that is a given. She has made the point that just about every person running for high office in this country has received similar donations. It’s the way of the world and that is Bernie’s point. He has not accepted any money from any PAC or large contributor putting his faith in the small donations that Obama made legendary during the last elections. Many young people agree. How can we get big money out of our election campaigns if the candidates continue to accept large sums and the influence peddling they presume? It is noteworthy to mention that Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted that he has not accepted any large donations and that his campaign is being entirely financed by himself. There have been some questions as to the validity of his statements but all in all his claims do seem sensible and legitimate.nI believe it is quite unavoidable that until ALL BIG MONEY DONATIONS ARE BANNED FROM POLITICS, NO PROGRESSIVE CHANGES OF ANY MAGNITUDE WILL BE POSSIBLE, regardless of how altruistic the intent, regardless of how fervent the ambition. Money can corrupt even the purest of endeavours. It seems fairly obvious that the absurdly titled CITIZENS UNITED legislation is one of the worst decisions ever made by any branch of the US government in our history and hopefully will be reversed in the near future.

So Trump decided to skip the FOX NEWS Debate because he didn’t like the moderator, or the questions she was asking him? Wow. So I guess candidates for public office now get to decide which questions they will accept in a debate? And this is a free and open debate? It is no wonder his rivals trashed his absence though I’m sure they were relieved to not have Trump jumping in all over their answers to questions.

And so this unusual political season rolls on. After Trump trashed Cruz as a liar Cruz questioned Trump’s “New York Values”, a tactical mistake that will surely cost him any shot to win the nomination. Trump says Cruz is a “guy nobody likes”

If all of this craziness wasn’t enough enter The Pope.  Trump’s controversial plan to build a giant wall to keep out Mexicans and basically anyone else has come under fire from Pope Francis. Conservatives have been bashing the Pope over his climate change comments for several months.

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His latest salvo against Trump, calling his plan something very “un-Christian” has once again sent the freewheeling Trump off on a tirade. His statement yesterday that, “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President.”  Really? Christianity is being attacked and weakened? By whom? ISIS?  I’ve heard this statement echoed on several occasions.  Attacked and weakened?  The vast majority of the people inthe USA are Christian.  Many of them are quite loud about it.  How are they being attacked and weakened. I’m not sure wher e this concept came from other than to say it is an obvious attempt by Trump and others to mobilize a voting block.  The United States is a country that has flourished for well over 200 years as a melting pot of many cultures and religions. The first people to arrive here were indeed Christians, and of many denominations, but this idea that the government would favor any one religion over another is completely contrary to what this country stands for. The Founding Fathers had very strong feelings about the separation of Church and State and any candidate that is attempting to cash in on religious fervor to gain votes simply can’t be trusted in my estimation. And was the Pope questioning Trump’s faith? Another slippery maneuver to move the emphasis off his plan and place it back on the Pope. Francis wasn’t questioning his faith. He was questioning his modus which in the final analysis does reflect on his acceptance of Christian values. I find it interesting that many of these politicians have extremely convenient Christian values and faith when it suits there ends, and they seemingly lose their religious zeal when it doesn’t.

Hillary 2016

The other day someone asked me what I think of Hillary. Tough question that requires a lot of thought. Qualified to be POTUS. I think so. She has great experience. Community Organizer, Lawyer, First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State. But along with Sarah Palin and a handful of others, she is a hugely polarizing figure at a time when maybe we need a unifying force in this country. Does such a politician exist anymore? Her involvement with lawsuits and various scandals is well known. Is she guilty of crimes? Maybe yes, maybe no.  Has she been targeted by Republicans as a way of derailing her political ambitions? Well yes. They admitted as much themselves. So what do I think of Hillary Clinton?  I think she has a politician’s tongue and bends things to suit her own needs.   Of course they all do but in her case it’s a feeling I have and I think it is shared by many others in the electorate.  She REALLY wants to be the First WOMAN PRESIDENT.  I’ll have to wait and see what develops over the course of the next few months before I decide on her.

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I was also asked what I think of the Republicans running for office. I think Jeb Bush may be the most interesting candidate. He has a good track record in Florida and he has some common sense no-nonsense approached to problems. Of course he is polling at about 3% so it obvious his party doesn’t think he is a good choice.

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I think John Kasich is also a reasonable fellow who understands that maybe science does after all make a lot of sense and he also has some good ideas but again he is polling at around 2% so his party has little use for him.  Marco Rubio is a young guy with energy and enthusiasm but his policy ideas are pretty weak.  Rand Paul interests me in many ways but his party won’t nominate him.  He may be too cerebral for the average bear. He is sort of the Bernie Sanders of the right.  Has some really good radical ideas but will they fly?  The rest of the Republican field are non-factors for me.

Our elections seem to be a battle between socially progressive and fiscally conservative ideals. It’s interesting that not ONE…not a single candidate can stand before us and say he or she embraces these two divergent viewpoints. There are many many people out in the world who have described themselves to me as just that.  Progressive thinkers, based in science and intellectual thought,  who adhere to a fiscally conservative game plan. Hmmm…does that sound like anyone running for POTUS?  How about someone who MIGHT be running for POTUS? Maybe someone who is a sort of responsible, educated billionaire with a strong successful background and great experience governing a huge diverse populous? Did someone say Bloomberg?  Rumours say it could be but that he is too right to be a Democrat and too left to be a Republican.  Hey maybe that could work?

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Regardless of who gets the nod in this crazy election season it is pretty obvious that we are all in for some high drama, some higher comedy, some double and triple talk and more than a goodly amount of entertainment.  God help the Republic!

 

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The Winter of Great Expectations

 

From the moment the 2015 World Series ended until just a few days ago, a controversy was raging in the media and amongst the fan base of the NEW YORK METS.

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To Cespedes or Not To Cespedes…that was the question.

 

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Whether t’was nobler to stand pat and try to get back to the Series on the strength ofyoung arms, suffering the slings and arrows of a lack of offense (see last season before the trade deadline) or to take arms against a sea of troubles by signing a bat and ending the slumps before they even began! Ending the heartache of a thousand foul balls…to hit…perchance to dream…that the slugger would return.

Spaeketh wise Jerry Seinfeld…Cespedes…for the rest of us !

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And then something miraculous happened. A thunderbolt of such fury and power that all of the great City was consumed in delight and much celebration…Cepedes was truly for the rest of us! The NY METS…those same METS who have given us little to be thankful for in recent years gave us a gift of such magnitude that burnt offerings to the BASEBALL GODS are in order.

All kidding aside,  the signing of Yoenis Cespedes puts the METS back into contention for serious serious October baseball. Can they duplicate the feat the Royals accomplished by beating the METS in the 2015 World Series? Can this team get back to the Fall Classic and win it?

Why not?

In addition to the signing of the big slugger they desperately needed, they upgraded both short and second by bringing in Asdrubal Cabreara and Neil Walker. These guys are professionals. Reliable steady bats and gloves to support the pitching staff with solid middle infield defense. They re-signed Bartolo Colon…a great move. He’ll give them innings until Wheeler gets back, and then long relief as seen by his outstanding performance in the post season.

Is it obvious that the MET pitching staff is off the charts. They needed a bit of help at the reliever spot and they signed Antonio Bastardo from the Pirates giving them another reliable professional. With the anticipated return of Blevins and Edgin, the MET bullpen is looking fairly solid and deep. Let us not forget Familia and his awesome 2015 season.

And so looking towards the 2016 season I think of the immortal words of Casey Shakespeare who said, “And enterprises of great pitch and moment, with this regard their currents turn awry…but that ain’t gonna’ happen this year…’cuz the METS be flyin’ high!

 

 

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