Archive for November 24, 2022

The political left are a rather humorless and mean spirited lot. They are not satisfied making themselves miserable, they try very hard to ruin things for everyone else. 

Holidays particularly draw the ire of progressives and other cultural Marxists.  Thanks to the politically correct mob, Christmas is treated very much like a swear word.  Nativity scenes have been removed from town squares, Christmas tree lightings are now called tree lightings, and schools even ban candy canes and Christmas napkins.

There is a major move amongst progressives to replace Columbus Day with indigenous people’s day. They are now working very hard to replace Thanksgiving with A National Day of Mourning.  Articles such as this NPR article are popping up across this nation.

Members of Native American tribes from around New England are gathering in the seaside town where the Pilgrims settled — not to give thanks, but to mourn Indigenous people worldwide who’ve suffered centuries of racism and mistreatment.

Thursday’s solemn National Day of Mourning observance in downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts, will recall the disease and oppression that European settlers brought to North America.

Sadly, these Native American activists parrot the usual progressive revisionist history, which they no doubt learned from college.

“We Native people have no reason to celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims,” said Kisha James, a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag and Oglala Lakota tribes and the granddaughter of Wamsutta Frank James, the event’s founder.

“We want to educate people so that they understand the stories we all learned in school about the first Thanksgiving are nothing but lies. Wampanoag and other Indigenous people have certainly not lived happily ever after since the arrival of the Pilgrims,” James said.

“To us, Thanksgiving is a day of mourning, because we remember the millions of our ancestors who were murdered by uninvited European colonists such as the Pilgrims. Today, we and many Indigenous people around the country say, ‘No Thanks, No Giving.'”

The latest liberal anti Thanksgiving talking point is captured in this Breitbart article.

A recent Washington Post essay faced backlash online after listing common Thanksgiving foods and their “climate impact” in order to inform readers which of the festivity’s staples can be consumed “with a clear conscience.” 

The Thursday article by food columnist Tamar Haspel, titled “The climate impact of the Thanksgiving meal might surprise you,” begins with the author admitting that “tallying the environmental impact of a holiday feast” does not seem to be in the holiday spirit.

We must stand firm against this progressive assault on Thanksgiving.  We must stand firm now before this insanity gains steam.

The 2nd year of our draft league is winding down and a lot is going on Here is where things stand:

EastWinsLossesPctGBWild Card GB
NY Yankees8159.579—-+11 1/2
Seattle Pilots6773.479141 1/2
Baltimore Orioles638019 1/27
Pilots are defending AL Champ

Barring an epic collapse the Yankees have a pretty solid lock on the AL East and are a solid seven games ahead of Cleveland for the best record in the AL. Their trades last season when the playoff door closed have paid off and holding the 2nd-4th leading hitters in the AL and Jim Hickman’s MVP caliber season all help . Seattle trading for Frank Howard who is has made a huge difference leading the AL in HR & RBI and puts the defending AL champs in a position to challenge Minnesota for that final wild card spot to end the year. Particularly with the two AL leaders in walks batting ahead of him. Despite a good year by Billy Williams and Orioles pitchers striking out everything in sight the team has surprisingly underperformed but even with only 19 games to go to rule them out is dangerous

CentralWinsLossesPctGBWild Card GB
Cleveland Indians7466.529—-+4 1/2
Minnesota Twins6974.4836 1/2—-
California Angels5885.40617 1/211
Don’t count out those twins

Cleveland has surged lately building up a 6 1/2 game lead but even with Tony Perez & Jim Perry outperforming all expectations and Sam McDowell being Sam McDowell they are not far enough ahead to avoid worry. Minnesota is clinging to that last wild card spot by their fingernails with Duke Sims and Killebrew doing their best to hold off the charge but also has the toughest schedule with five of their last seven series against teams with better records than them BUT 5 games vs Cleveland meaning the division is still in play. California despite an excellent expansion draft have underperformed all around.

WestWinsLossesPctGBWild Card GB
Boston Red Sox7172.497—-+2
Oakland A’s7172.487—-+2
California Angels5090.35719 1/217 1/2
Talk about down to the wire!

The tightest division race in the majors remains deadlocked with only 19 to play. Add to that only a 2 game margin over the bottom wild card and this battle becomes do or die. Can Rico Carty’s bat, Gary Nolan’s arm and Pete Richert’s work in the pen overcome a disappointing year from knuckleballer Phil Niekro? Or will Sonny Siebert, Daryl Knowles be the difference to keep Reggie & company moving forward? Meanwhile the Washington Senators sitting with the #1 pick next year plus draft picks from trades are in a great position to rebuild and play spoiler.

EastWinsLossesPctGBWild Card GB
Atlanta Braves8654.614—-+9 1/2
Philadelphia Phillies8459.5873 1/2+6
Montreal Expos5588.38532 1/223 1/2
Another tough fight

Only the Yankees rivaled the Braves in trades for draft picks and like the Yanks Atlanta has cashed in. Tony Oliva and Caesar Cedeno have ruled at the bat while Fergie Jenkins leads the majors in ERA with pitching help from Chuck Dobson, Mike Cuellar and Eddie Fisher saving the day. Philly the other expansion team with Luke Walker, Bob Robinson and Dick Selma saving the day don’t intend to make it easy for the Braves. Montreal was expected to be a contender this year

CentralWinsLossesPctGBWild Card GB
Cincinnati Reds10241.713—-+27
NY Day Traders6377.45037 1/213 1/2
Montreal Expos6479.4483814
Big Red Machine no Huge Red Machine dominating the defending champion day traders

The Reds haven’t just deiminated this division they’ve dominated the league, Carbo, Rettenmund, Bench, Morgan Tolan own the leaderboards at bat with Fritz Peterson and Steve Hargan doing it on the pitching side. The defending champ day traders are still alive in the wild card hunt thanks to Tom Seaver with help from Larry Brown & Terry Harmon but only just. St. Louis’ is right behind them and only a bad luck year from Bob Gibson have kept them from doing more.

WestWinsLossesPctGBWild Card GB
San Francisco Giants8258.586—-+5 1/2
Pittsburgh Pirates7865.5455 1/2—-
Los Angeles Dodgers5783.4072519 1/2
Pitching Pitching Pitching

The Giants under new management have been a Pitching machine with Dave McNally reversing last years bad luck and Tom Hall and John Lamb leading the way. Pittsburgh led by Luis Aparicio and Gaylord Perry having huge years seem a wild card lock but are still in striking distance for the division. The rest of the league has discovered the way to beat the LA Dodgers. Walk Willie McCovey because if you don’t he will beat you badly.