Archive for March 28, 2021

By John Ruberry

One of Joe Biden’s first acts as president was to end construction of the wall at the southern border, a project heartily championed by Donald Trump.

Instead a different kind of wall has replaced it.

The Trump of the late 18th-century, in regards to what we now call fake news, was Catherine the Great of Russia. Historical gossip has it that Catherine was killed as a horse was lowered on to her for carnal purposes. Not true, as is the milder version of her demise that claims she died of her wounds after her bulk–she indeed was quite heavy– forced the collapse of the outhouse she was using. 

A stroke is what killed the empress of Russia.

Besides the urban legend about the horse, Catherine is best-known for the term “Potemkin Village.” Her governor in southern Russia–and her onetime lover–Grigory Potemkin, supposedly built facades of prosperous villages that hid the reality behind the proto-Hollywood sets. One of abject poverty that Catherine otherwise would see as she toured Potemkin’s region.

Most modern historians believe that these Potemkin Villages were either a myth or a gross exaggeration.

What is not a myth is that the Biden-Harris administration is attempting to hide a crisis at the southern border. Not with wooden facades, yet there is a metaphorical Potemkin Village there. Those figurative walls were knocked down Friday when a group of Republican senators, led by Texans Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, visited a detention facility in Donna, Texas, one that Cruz said was built for 250 people but is now holding 4,000

Cruz brought his smartphone as you can see.

Joe Biden promised transparency as president. That’s not happening at the migrant facilities at the border, where the media is banned. “What is occurring here at the border is heartbreaking and it’s a tragedy,” Cruz said shortly after his visit. “It is striking that not a single one of these cameras is allowed in the Donna facility. We requested media to come inside and the Biden administration denied us.” 

A day earlier during his only press conference as president Biden was pressured, gently of course, about when the media would be allowed at the migrant facilities. He unsteadily answered, “This is being set up and you’ll have full access to everything once we get this thing moving.” Translation: The situation at these camps will embarrass the Biden-Harris administration and as soon as we clean it up–or we are able to hide the worst scenes at these facilities–we’ll let reporters in.

For now, as Kevin Bacon laughingly said during the riot at the end of the movie Animal House, “All is well.”

Expect four more years–whether Joe Biden or Kamala Harris is in charge–of such opaqueness. The lapdog media–which only bares its teeth when a Republican is president–will guarantee it. They are the contributing architects to the Biden-Harris Potemkin Village at the southern border–and others that are likely to come.

All will be well.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Dynasty Online Leagues Update (as of 3/25/21)

Posted: March 28, 2021 by datechguy in Uncategorized

Here is the current state of the table top baseball leagues I run. All leagues are 162 game seasons with one 3 game series scheduled per week If you click on a team link you can see their stats, injuries, leaders etc.

As of this week I am adding the wild cards standings for the play-in game

League one All Futility League (all teams lost 96 + games) 2nd Season. Scheduled series time Thursday Mornings.

Teams AL Division AWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1970 Milwaukee Brewers4737.560—–NoN/A
1970 Chicago White Sox4344.4945 1/2No2
2002 Tampa Bay Devil Rays3948.4489 1/2Yes6
2003 Detroit Tigers3450.40513No10

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Teams AL Division BWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1970 Kansas City Royals4836.571—–NoN/A
2012 Minnesota Twins4740.5402 1/2No +2
2008 Seattle Mariners4542.5174 1/2Yes—–
1973 Texas Rangers3252.38116Yes11 1/2
Teams AL Division CWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1967 Kansas City A’s4440.524—–Non/a
1957 Washington Senators4341.5121 No1/2
2009 Cleveland Indians4344.4942 1/2No2
2019 Baltimore Orioles3737.5001/2No1 1/2

*Division Winner automatically makes playoffs

Teams NL Division AWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1998 Montreal Expos5529.655—–YesN/A
2009 Washington Nationals4836.5717Yes+ 2
2001 Pittsburgh Pirates 4143.48814Yes5
1998 Florida Marlins3549.41720Yes11
Teams NL Division BWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
2015 Atlanta Braves4341.512—– Non/a
2012 Houston Astros4146.4713 1/2Yes6 1/2
2017 San Francisco Giants3648.4297No10
2000 Philadelphia Phillies3549.4178Yes11
Teams NL Division CWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1982 Cincinnati Reds5235.598—-Non/a
1993 New York Mets4638.5484 1/2No—–
1974 Chicago Cubs4242.5008 1/2No4
1993 San Diego Padres3846.45212 1/2Yes8

The SD Jones memorial .500 teams league is a league (all teams were no better than 2 games over .500 or no worse than 2 games under) Initial season . Games are scheduled for Tuesdays. AM

Teams AL EastWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1993 Boston3525.585—–Non/a
1973 New York (A)2931.4836Yes—-
1957 Baltimore2634.4339Yes3
1967 Washington2535.41710Yes4

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Teams AL CentralWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
2010 Detroit3921.650—–Yesn/a
1975 Cleveland2832.46711No1
1973 Minnesota2436.40015No5
1998 Chicago (A)2238.36717No7

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Teams AL WestWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
2010 Oakland3723.617—-Yesn/a
2017 Kansas City3624.6001Yes+7
2005 Toronto2931.4838Yes—–
2018 Los Angeles (A)2832.4679Yes1
Teams NL EastWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
2018 Washington3825.603—-No+5*
1967 Pittsburgh3825.603—-No+5*
1975 New York (N)3027.5265Yes——
1957 Philadelphia3030.5006 1/2Yes1 1/2
Division winner skips wild card
Teams NL CentralWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1975 St. Louis3129.517—–Yesn/a
1996 Cincinnati2829.4911 1/2No2
2000 Colorado2832.4673Yes3 1/2
1973 Houston2637.4136 1/2Yes7
Teams NL WestWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1975 San Francisco4020.667—–Yesn/a
2012 Arizona2733.45013Yes3
2007 Los Angeles (N)2736.41714 1/2Yes4 1/2
1982 San Diego2238.36818Yes8

3rd League All time any time Great Teams League (3rd season) Games scheduled Friday evenings

Teams AL EastWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1970 Baltimore189.667—–Yesn/a
1993 Toronto1812.6001 1/2No+3 1/2
1961 Yankees1314.4815No——
1999 Boston711.3896 1/2No2
Teams AL CentralWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
2010 Texas189.667—–Yesn/a
1954 Cleveland1215.4446Yes1
2006 Detroit1116.4077Yes2
1974 Oakland69.4004 1/2Yes1 1/2
Teams AL OtherWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1924 Washington1614.533—–Non/a
1977 Kansas City1314.4811 1/2Yes—-
2009 New York (A)1215.4442 1/2No1
1967 Minnesota1317.4333Yes1 1/2
Teams NL EastWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1998 Atlanta1614.533—-Non/a
2019 Washington Nats1314.4811 1/2Yes2
1955 Brooklyn1215.4442 1/2Yes3
1975 Cincinnati1215.4442 1/2Yes3
Teams NL CentralWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1957 Milwaukee1710.611—–Yesn/a
1971 Pittsburgh1611.5931Yes+1
1985 St. Louis1314.4814No2
2003 Cubs1116.4076Yes4
Teams NL OtherWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
2016 Chicago (N)198.704—-Non/a
2001 Arizona1512.5564Yes—–
1977 Philadelphia1215.4447Yes3
2007 Colorado1119.3679 1/2Yes5 1/2

If you are interested in taking over the management of any of these teams contact me in comments.