If Cuba was a free country watching this Cepeda might be as well known as his HOF namesake. As it is he will have to settle for picking up the Cuban team and putting it on his back.

Cuba used his key hitting to knock out Mexico 7-4. I frankly don’t see it being enough to take them past either Korea or Japan but in a single game anything can happen.

It remained a good day for dictator’s teams as Venezuela edged Puerto Rico 2-0 on outstanding pitching. Hugo’s team will be cheering for Korea today big time today.

Due to the injuries to the US team I have to give the PR team the edge against the US in the elimination game.

Korea and Japan is a wash today. I have to think Japan is the better team but a Korean win wouldn’t surprise me.

Grover Cleveland is one of my favorite presidents and in my opinion one of the most underrated presidents these days. He was one of the most honest men to ever occupy the White House.

One of my favorite quotes by him is “A Democratic thief is as bad as a Republican one.” Apparently at least one diarist at Daily Kos agrees:

House Democrats have been blocking an ethics investigation into this matter. That has to stop now. It was shit like this that helped Democrats lose control of the House in 1994, and Republicans in 2006. I’ve got no interest in giving Republicans easy ammunition.

We have to show we are different than Republicans by refusing to tolerate any corruption in our ranks.

The two paragraphs illustrate one of the things I strongly believe. The right thing is also the smart thing.

…comparing Bush to Bad Nazis.

You know that you’ve fallen far as a columnist when you can be safely put in the same category as Dennis Kucinich.

Oh and the information from Sullivan’s link comes from interviews with Al Qaeda terrorists who would cut his throat for being Gay as soon as look at him. Sullivan’s link doesn’t make that clear but NPR does.

There is a point where someone has gone so far over the edge that you just have to ignore them. I’m very sorry to say that Andrew has reached that place.

The outrage comes but that is the bill we HAD to pass.

6:08 a.m. The argument to justify the Bonus’ is being made. It reminds me of a 50 year old family fight over a piece of property.

6:14 a.m. Might as well have fun when you are the white house press secretary. Just remember we boys never truly grow up.

6:18 a.m. The Seattle PI decided to insult half of their potential customers, so I’m not going to cry a tear. This is not being mentioned by anyone on this show.

6:21 a.m. A contract is a contract is a contract of course if we let them going into bankruptcy then the contract could have been broken

6:34 a.m. The LA times makes my point.

6:37 a.m. The NYT reveals the shocking idea that a business is using the law for their advantage. They favored the bailouts as i recall.

6:41 a.m. “Previous Administration”, “Previous Administration”, “Previous Administration”; sounds like a parrot.

7:05 a.m. When you can’t answer a man like Cheney you attack Limbaugh.

7:09 a.m. Yeah he is fun but who cares if he is being an ass.

7:14 a.m. Grassley is talking like a nut.

7:26 a.m. “I’m all in favor of dissidents I’m not in favor of criminals!” That is the best statement I’ve ever heard a secretary of state make. Kudos for Mrs. Clinton for saying it out loud!

7:49 a.m. Maria of the beautiful Italian eyes (sigh) regretfully admits that the bonus have to be paid due to contract. No Italian American like myself can look at eyes like that and not melt.

8:16 a.m. Cummings is correct that White collar workers are treated differently than blue collar workers, this is due to $$$ donated.

8:35 a.m Tone matters

8:51 a.m. Sinise story here is awesome. He has the oomph to get this on a show like this.

At the start of the Bush administration to keep a political promise the president imposed tarriff on foreign steel. This created retaliation and trouble until they were removed.

The Obama administration has made the same mistake in terms of Truck safety and Mexico is hitting back:

A long-simmering trade dispute boiled over into sanctions on Monday after Mexico said it would raise tariffs on $2.4bn of US exports in retaliation for ending a pilot programme to allow Mexican trucks on American roads.

This has been stewing for a while:

Mexico said it would increase tariffs on 90 industrial and agricultural goods, likely to include politically sensitive farm products, after Congress last week killed a pilot programme allowing a limited number of Mexican trucks on American highways. Mexico obtained a judicial ruling in 2001 under the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) allowing it to impose such sanctions, but has held off since the US introduced the pilot scheme.

Trade wars are never pretty and anything that costs jobs and the Mexican tariff’s will should be avoided at a time like this.

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…it would not be considered offensive.

Oh and note this from the story:

“I talked to the parents who are coordinating the talent show, and they feel it’s inappropriate and potentially offensive,” Llewellyn Principal Steve Powell said.

When asked what was offensive about Dru’s skit, Powell refused to discuss it.

“I won’t say why it’s inappropriate,” he said. “I’m not saying anything to The Oregonian. Why? Because I don’t want to.”

This is the principal talking not the kid. No wonder the comics won’t make Obama jokes.

US 9 Dutch 3.

You don’t normally see a brushback thrown at a team when it is down 8-2 in the top of the 8th. I think it was strictly bush league on the part of the US, but a win is a win. Once again the Dutch shows some offense but couldn’t get the hits with runners in scoring position.

The US however did the one thing that no other team was able to do with the dutch and that is getting hits with runners in scoring position.

So tomorrow they will face either Puerto Rico or Venezuela, both are going to be tough.

Japan 6 Cuba 0

Japan showed why they are the champs and Dice-K brought smiles to the face of any Red Sox fan with 6 incredible innings as Cuba was spanked by Japan. It seemed to me that the entire game the Cubans were trying too hard, lot of young players trying to push things rather that take what was offered.

Ichrio was 0-4 despite being talked about every 3rd word. I’ve never seen a game with back to back pickoffs at first. If it hadn’t been for that then they might have mercyed them.

So it’s Mexico or Cuba out. If the Cuban team gets bounced by Mexico they could consider defecting en-masse. Oh and I loved when they said the “cultural differences” line that was used. I suspect they were contractually obligated not to hit them but it was done well.

I fell asleep with Mexico up last night and woke up to find that the Koreans’ came back to crush them. This sets up yet another Japan Korea meeting. They are the Yankees/Red Sox of this tourney. I don’t know how they do the final seeding but there is every possibility that they could meet in the finals.

…concerning language and action at this post at Patterico’s pontifications.

Of course you have to ignore the tone of voice since “Come here boy” to a dog is said in a different tone that any person would recognize. Base scenario:

A boy has a dog named Rover. At night, he typically calls the dog into the house from the field by either calling out: “Come here, boy!” or “Come here, Rover!” The dog responds to either; either is equally effective.

The boy learns at school that there is a racial history associated with the word “boy” such that black men are offended to be called “boy.” That night, he starts to call out: “Come here, boy!” when he sees Rover out in the field. But then, the boy sees a black man near Rover. The boy thinks to himself: if I yell out “Come here, boy!” that black man will be offended. But then the boy thinks: I don’t care. That’s his problem. And he yells, “Come here, boy!”

My answers to the questions are as follows:

1. The Boy has done nothing wrong and the Black man is not being unreasonable in being offended. There is clearly no racist intent but the Black Man has no way of knowing that.

2. The Father has not only done nothing wrong but has acted wisely. It is over little misunderstandings that many problems come from. He is teaching his son how to interact in society.

3. The boy has done nothing wrong because we clearly know intent. He should be prepared to defend his stance.

4. The boy is wrong. He is trying to make his friends laugh by appealing to their racism.

5. If he had not seen the friends laugh then it would be unreasonable to be offended, once he saw the friends laugh then it became reasonable.

6. The boy has done something wrong. The moment he said to his friends “Watch this” he had intent. The black man is correct in being offended. If the “watch this” was removed then they boy would be fine. Unless he sees the dog the black man is correct in being offended.

This would be an excellent classroom exercise.

The New York Times has a story today concerning the man made famine in Ukraine in the 30’s:

A quarter century ago, a Ukrainian historian named Stanislav Kulchytsky was told by his Soviet overlords to concoct an insidious cover-up. His orders: to depict the famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in the early 1930s as unavoidable, like a natural disaster. Absolve the Communist Party of blame. Uphold the legacy of Stalin.

Professor Kulchytsky, though, would not go along.

The other day, as he stood before a new memorial to the victims of the famine, he recalled his decision as one turning point in a movement lasting decades to unearth the truth about that period. And the memorial itself, shaped like a towering candle with a golden eternal flame, seemed to him in some sense a culmination of this effort.

This story is notable not for what it says but for what it leaves out.

How the times can do a story about the famine and not mention Walter Duranty is beyond me. Actually it’s not. It is just once more reason why the mainstream media is not to be taken at their word.

It is ignorance as much as fear that keeps people down. The Times should be ashamed of itself but I think it has lost the capacity for it.

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