“If I had to choose between the two of them, I’d take Musial in left field, Musial on the base paths, Musial in the clubhouse, and Williams only with the wood in his hand. And Stan Musial could hit a little, too.”

Bill James 1985

When you follow media as much as I do you realize learn how much conventional is shaped by the media being East & West Coast centered.  For example a long time it was Axiomatic that Ted Williams was the greatest left fielder there was and to suggest otherwise, particularly if you were a Boston fan was blasphemy.  Bill James statement in 1985 in his Historical Baseball abstract that while Williams was the greatest hitter of all time that Stan Musial was the greatest left fielder of all time directly contradicted that conventional wisdom.  I wrote about this while he was alive  and touched on it when he died but I didn’t adequately illustrate the point.

It seems to me that while Williams star hasn’t faded in death (although David Oritz has proved conclusively that he rather than Williams is the Red Sox batter you want up with a playoff or a World Series game on the line)  Musial’s has, so to illustrate my point and describe just how good and how respected Stan Musial let me tell you about a man named George Crowe

George Crowe came up with the Boston Braves in 1952 backing up Earl Torgeson and then Joe Adcock until 1955 when Adcock’s broken arm game him the starting job for half a year.

In 1956 he was dealt to the Cincinnati Redlegs where he would back up Ted Kluszewski, but in 1957 injury would again give him a starting job and he would make the most of it having his finest season ever leading the Reds in homers with 32 home runs and RBI with 92 despite being 6th in games & plate appearances and at 36 the oldest starter on the team by more than 7 years but the 2nd oldest player on the roster.

All this meant his prospect for making the All Star team for the first time were excellent, particularly when the Cincinnati Enquirer pre-printed All Star ballots in their Sunday paper resulting in more than half the fan ballots coming from the city effectively stuffing the ballot.

The result 7 of the  Cincinnati Redlegs were voted in as Starters for the All Star game,

George Crowe was not among them.  Stan Musial was voted the Starting First Baseman for the National League.

That’s how good Stan Musial was and that how respected he was by the fans around the league & in Cincinnati, even with a stuffed ballot facing a guy having the best year of his entire Major league career you still couldn’t vote him off the All Star Team.

As for George Crowe, he would play one more year in Cincy before being traded to St. Louis and backing up Musial at first until then end of his career in 1961.  He would never approach the production he had in 1957 but ironically thanks to the Ballot shenanigans he would finally make the All Star Team thanks to commissioner Ford Frick swift action concerning the ballot stuffing.  Hank Aaron & Willie Mays were added to the team 1957 team and until the fans got the ballot back in 1970 managers, coaches and players and managers picked the All Star teams and in 1958 those players picked Crowe as the only position player from the Cincinnati backing up starting first baseman Stan Musial.

He did not play.

 

By A.P. Dillon

It is primary time in NC and  early voting is currently going on in North Carolina. Over the past few months, I have had a chance to meet Frank Roche at multiple events in the Raleigh area. Roche is a candidate for North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional district and  primary challenger to incumbent Renee Ellmers. I pitched five questions to Roche, which we’ll get to after a little but of background on the 2nd Congressional race and a quick look at Roche himself.

The 2nd Congressional District

The 2nd District has a bit of an interesting history. The state legislature created the 2nd district just after the Civil war. The population was majority Black and you might find older references to “The Black Second“.  All four of NC’s Black Congressman  in the post-civil war era came from that district. By the way, they were all Republican and the district itself was heavily Republican. The Democrats attempted to break that up and gerrymandered the district to include ten counties.

Gerrymandering was just one of the tactics the Democrats used to push Blacks out of the district. When Democrats took control of the legislature, they sought to keep Blacks from holding office at any level in North Carolina and passed a disfranchisement Constitutional amendment that severely restricted Black voting rights.  Democrats and Liberals have a foul history in NC that they have done a good job revising and hoping people forget.

Today, the 2nd district is made up of  nine counties that include: Alamance, ChathamCumberlandHarnettHokeLeeMoore, Randolph and Wake counties.

In 2010, Tea Party favorite Renee Ellmers pushed out Democrat Bob Etheridge in 2nd Congressional district. Etheridge had been in there for seven terms, so this was no easy feat. Ellmers won the backing of Sarah Palin for her stance on Obamacare. Ellmers had a bit of help from Etheridge himself though,  in the form of being caught on video assaulting a student journalist. The video went viral and “Who Are You?” became synonymous with the name Etheridge.

It would seem that caught on camera type history is repeating itself a little bit.  Ellmers went on the Laura Ingraham show and basically got into a fight with the host over illegal immigration. Things got heated when Ingraham pointed out Ellmers was using Liberal Democrat talking points on the issue. Breitbart has the audio and chronicle of the incident. Unsurprisingly, Ingraham has thrown her support behind Roche, as has Ann Coulter.

Things went from bad to worse after the Ingraham show.  Not long after that incident, PJ Media published an article that included audio from a meeting between Ellmers and North Carolina citizens on illegal immigration. In it, members of the Randolph Tea party can be heard pressing Ellmers on illegal immigration. The conversation was combative and full of interruptions with a reply to one of them being,  “You don’t have any damn facts.”   Ouch.

Ellmers won reelection in 2012 after beating three Republicans in the primary. This year she faces another primary challenge from Frank Roche. Depending on whoever wins the primary between Ellmers and Roche, they will go on to meet either former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco – who arguably just wants to run for something, or Clay Aiken. Yes, that Clay Aiken. Aiken’s campaign has had problems lately. The Democrats are really struggling to put up good candidates lately.

Ellmers has her hands full with Frank Roche, however. Roche has four out of the last five straw polls held and seems to be gaining momentum.

About Frank Roche

Roche is the 6th of seven kids and was born in Massachusetts. Reading his bio, one sees the obstacles he had to overcome as a child after being diagnosed with Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease when he was young and not being able to walk for several years. Roche attended the University of Rhode Island where he earned a degree in Economics. Roche would return to University of Rhode Island to obtain a Masters of Arts in Economics. He worked in New York City for a time and was present in the city during both WTC terrorist attacks.  In 2007, he headed South to NC and worked with Fox News Business channel talking about politics and economics.

In 2009, he ran for Congress in District 4. The bid was unsuccessful but opened doors at Elon University to teach Economics. It was there that RUSH Radio (WRDU FM) recruited Roche for a radio show.  That show kicked off in July of 2011 and ran on Sundays from noon to three pm. The show was suspended last Fall when Roche decided to run.

The full bio is worth a read and is interesting and detailed. His campaign website has a lot of content, including a handy guide to see how Renee Ellmers voted on key issues and where he differs from her on them.

Five with Frank Roche

Here are the five questions I posed to Mr. Roche.

1. Common Core. 

APD: We’ve spoken on this issue and you know I stand firmly opposed to Common Core. With regards to the Core and government intervention, you’ve stated on your website, “It is time to realize that the federal government’s current policy of regulating and micromanaging the public school system has failed.”  What is your reaction to the proposed draft bill from the NC General Assembly’s Common Core committee?

FR: I believe public education curriculum, standards, content should be left to the states, counties, and parents.  I support the bill to replace Common Core with state standards.

2. Illegal Immigration.

APD: The general consensus is that your opponent is weak on illegal immigration and generally supports Amnesty. What is your vision of how the U.S. should tackle the illegal immigration problem?

FR:  My plan is simple:

Illegal immigration: enforce our current immigration laws, fully fund border security measures already passed into law since 2001, properly manage our short-term visa program to end overstaying, deport those who come into contact with legal authorities, use attrition to cause illegal immigrants to self-deport.
Legal immigration; end family reunification as the basis for our policy.  Move to an economic needs based model. Cap yearly legal immigration to 375k per year.
Social counterparts: end official government regulation of multiculturalism, identity politics, and political correctness and bring back assimilation programs to help immigrants become Americans.

3. Federal Reserve.

APD: Your site’s issues page also covers the topic of the Federal Reserve. In that summary statement, you propose the following:

“As your Congressman, Frank will work to remove the dual mandate imposed on the Federal Reserve and replace it with a single mandate to maintain low and stable prices.  Frank will also join the effort to exercise congressional oversight authority to ensure the actions taken by the Fed since 2008 do not pose an unusual degree of systemic risk to the U.S. economy and America’s future strength and prosperity.”

Please expand on your definition of “single mandate” in as much detail as possible. Also, do you believe the Fed should be dismantled?

FR: End Fed’s dual mandate of stable prices (inflation rates below 1.5%) and full employment (unemployment at or near 5%).  Fed should not be responsible for the labor market.  It was imposed on them by Congress in the late 70’s.  With the end of the dual mandate the Fed could end the massive printing operation called Quantitative Easing.  A focus on only stable prices will bring about low and stable rates of inflation.  I do not think Fed should be dismantled.

4. Spying and the NSA.

APD: In the last year, we’ve heard from whistleblowers like Edward Snowden detailing the degree and detail to which the NSA has been spying on citizens and members of Congress. This administration has arguably led the charge in trying to silence whistleblowers of this nature and in other areas, such as the DOJ’s AP phone tapping and the spying on reporter James Rosen. In what way and to what degree would you promote transparency in this area? Do you believe agencies like the NSA, DOJ, CIA, DHS, etc have enough oversight?

FR: Bring back profiling, remove political correctness, and repeal the Patriot Act. We promote transparency through common sense national security policies.  Yes, Congress has sufficient oversight authorities, they refuse to exercises them in a competent way.  Oversight is critical to controlling the exec branch, and here Congress has failed as it is more focused on re-election and fundraising.
5. Term Limits. 

APD: I noted at the bottom of your issues page, that you believe in voluntary term limits and have pledged not to serve more than 12 years. Why 12 years? Are there circumstances where you would break that pledge and if so, what are they? Would you ever support a bill that requires mandatory term limits? If so, what would they be for the House and Senate?

FR: 2 years because that should be enough for an effective leader to make a difference, or have been proven ineffective.  If over 50% of my constituents wanted to me to remain I would break my pledge or if their was a significant national security threat in the period around the primary period.  No, I would not support legal mandatory term limits; empowers the bureaucracy.

I’d like to thank Frank Roche for his time. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Those wishing to know more about him or donate to his campaign only have to visit his website, FrankRocheForCongress.com

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AP DillonA.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs

Attributed to Johann Tetzel

A few days ago we talked about the NAACP’s willingness to take Donald Sterling money as long as they could keep it quiet.

Or to put it another way these guys didn’t mind taking money from a racist as long as that wasn’t general knowledge.  If you doubt this for a moment ask yourself honestly if that award would have been cancelled if that audio never came out?

Well via the People’s Cube we discover the NAACP of LA is nothing if not resourceful.  If they can’t secretly take the money of a racist as it’s a vice, they’ll openly take the money and call it virtue:

The LA chapter of the NAACP is refunding Donald Sterling’s contributions, for now at least. In a public statement Monday afternoon Chapter President Leon Jenkins said he was open to the idea of talking with Mr. Sterling, to negotiate a price for Racist Offsets no doubt.

“God teaches us to forgive, and the way I look at it, after a sustained period of proof to the African American community that those words don’t reflect his heart, I think there’s room for forgiveness. I wouldn’t be a Christian if I said there wasn’t.”

Most glorious compassion indeed. Mr. Jenkins continued…

“We are negotiating with him about giving more moneys to African American students at UCLA, and so we are in preliminary discussions.”

You read it right, comrades… “negotiations”. Mr. Sterling, with an undoubtedly generous “Racist Offsets” donation will be forgiven for his misdeeds. Let no racist rant go unfunded, comrades.

So the crisis is solved, the NAACP revenue stream from Donald Sterling can be restored and all is right in the world.  Twitchy has more

The religion of liberalism is now complete even unto the sale of indulgences maybe they need a slogan:

As soon as your check in the account clears, your racist words we’ll no longer hear?

The NAACP, same scam, different day.

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Rev Al Sharpton we’re going after advertisers, saying, “How can you advertise with a team owned by a man with this kind of attitude.

Meet the Press April 27th 2014

For the last two days we’ve hit the NAACP concerning the Sterling situation. His known racism wasn’t enough to deny him a spot on their dias.

But Sterling wasn’t scheduled to be on that stage alone.

There were a long list of people scheduled to be honored that night, Patricia Westbrook, Dr. Genevieve Shepherd, Mordena Moore, Angela Gipson, Nester Watkins, Leland Spencer, Javier Angulo, Shannon Brown, Charles Patton, Mayor Eric Garcetti ….

…and the Rev Al Sharpton.

Now I’m sure it’s conceivable that some of those people on that list of award winners might not have been aware of Mr. Sterling’s past, but the same Reverend Al who was sitting on the set on Meet the Press deploring the actions of the NBA the day the story broke can’t credibly make that claim.

Contrast him with Mary Ann Glendon who when confronted with a situation at Notre Dame that clashed with her sense of morality choose her faith and ethics

Finally, with recent news reports that other Catholic schools are similarly choosing to disregard the bishops’ guidelines, I am concerned that Notre Dame’s example could have an unfortunate ripple effect.

It is with great sadness, therefore, that I have concluded that I cannot accept the Laetare Medal or participate in the May 17 graduation ceremony.

And she did this where abandoning her principles would have won her points with the media.

Imagine, just for a moment if Al Sharpton had gone the Mary Ann Glendon route.

Picture, Al Sharpton, at any time before the TMZ tape was public writing a letter to the LA chapter of the NAACP mimicking Ms. Glendon’s letter to Notre Dame:

When you informed me that the LA Chapter of the NAACP had selected me to be their man of the year, I was profoundly moved. I treasure the knowledge of what the NAACP has meant the country so I immediately began working on an acceptance speech that I hoped would be worthy of the occasion, and of an organization that has done so much to fight for racial equality for over a century.

But I also note that Mr. Donald Sterling is scheduled to receive a lifetime achievement award. I know of Donald Sterling and his opinions on race and I’m concerned that if I share the dais with him to accept this award that it would serve to suggest groups like the NAACP should disregard his actions and have an unfortunate ripple effect.

It is with great sadness, therefore, that I have concluded that I cannot accept the Man of the Year Award or participate in the May 16th NAACP LA event.

If Al Sharpton had done this he,  unlike Glendon, would have been recognized and praised as a man of integrity who placed the value of the reputation of both the NAACP & himself over any passing honor.

That would have required character and courage after all the left is not forgiving of those who expose their dirty laundry.  These are qualities Sharpton doesn’t have.

Much easier for him to go along to get along,  after all until the release of the TMZ recording there was no reason to believe the general public knew there was anything wrong with him and the NAACP sharing a stage with Donald Sterling or accepting an award together May 15th with no one the wiser except perhaps a passing mention the next day on MSNBC that Rev Al was named man of the year by the LA chapter of the NAACP.

But in the end it’s worked out well for Sharpton after all.  He is getting plenty of air time, he’s energizing his followers and nobody is noting the cowardice or the hypocrisy

At least nobody on the left.

Update:  It seems rather than Sharpton learning from Glendon the NAACP has learned from Sharpton.

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