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The Holy Grail of Car Seats!!

Kids can be expensive. The first shock might be the hospital bill when you leave. I have friends that went into medical debt for their kid’s birth. If you escape medical bills, the next shock comes when you purchase a child seat. Really, its a throne, a really large, hard to use, plastic throne that your child will soil quickly. Because I have a large family, I noticed that these thrones couldn’t fit three across a seat. Even a booster seat seemed to magically bow outwards so that I couldn’t fit three kids in a backseat. I commented to my wife that it was a real disincentive for big families to not be able to fit three seats in the back seat.

Apparently, that was worthy of a study. A recent paper looked at just that, and noted that the new standards only saved 57 more people, but caused 145,000 fewer births since 1980. That’s a pretty significant difference.

That cost gets worse because it is near impossible to get a used car seat. When I worked at Goodwill, we wouldn’t take them because of liability concerns. To buy a new car seat for every kid gets expensive. Worse, the car seat standards change nearly every year. When it happened one year and I was told to throw out my old seats, I looked up the new standard (as in, I read the really boring, multi-page engineering standard) and noticed it barely changed anything. Going through the history of changes, most of the changes are minor. These changes serve to automatically deprecate car seats, to the point they’ve become like cell phones in that you can’t use old models, even though they may have plenty of life left in them.

This is just one thing in long list of items that makes it hard to have a large family. Unless you want to get the massive “Catholic Van,” you’re stuck with less kids. Now the government wants kids to sit in a car seat until they are 12 or 13. That’s kind of insane. Yet the same government is OK with a school bus full of kids that has no boosters, no seat belts and crappy bench seats. At least a passenger vehicle is designed with seat belts, air bags and crumple zones to keep people alive in a wreck.

Car seats is just one example of the quiet way we make it hard for responsible parents to follow the rules while also having a big family. As birth rates fall worldwide, governments are trying to find ways to promote larger families, with plenty of discussion on government child care and mandatory maternity leave. That might help, but if we’re not addressing the common day to day issues that face large families, people will continue to opt out of large families. Ironically, the most effective practices for governments might be to listen to today’s large families to understand their struggles, rather than viewing them as a burden.

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Face to Face Dynasty League Update and Openings Plus two upcoming and one in progress online league

Our Dynasty Face to face league finished our SF Giants team won the world series in six and we are preparing the groundwork for a new season.

There will be a meeting at Zeda’s Pizza in Fitchburg MA today at noon any interested players are more than welcome.

Our draft will be November 14th again at Zedas. Depending on how many players we have there may be an expansion draft before the basic one. We will be playing with the 2019 season cards.

NOTE IF YOU WISH TO JOIN AS AN EXPANSION TEAM YOU NEED TO JOIN AND LET ME KNOW BY OCT 31st.

Additionally there are three online leagues that are either now or will be looking for players that I’m running.

Our 2nd season of the all pathetic league (all teams that lost at least 96 games) is now 12 games into a 162 game season, we play once a week (scheduled time Thursday 10 AM EST but you can reschedule at will) and there are currently 12 of 24 teams open. If you think you can take a bad team and make it the best of the bad we’d love to have you.

Our all time great league 2nd season is currently in playoffs in the league divisional round. By the rules of the league all playoff teams are retained for the next season and players who wish to keep their current teams may do so. But there are always openings and new teams that will be included. If you would like to manage a great team, either a playoff team that has been abandoned or a great team that is added in you are welcome to jump in. We will be reducing this league to once a week to make room for our third online league…

This will be the all mediocre league. This will consist of teams that finished with a record between two games under .500 & two games over .500 (in a 162 game season 80-82 – 82-80 in a 154 game season 73-75 – 75-73. Unlike the all pathetic league you will find a few starts on such teams and maybe more than an handful of HOF players in said league. Unlike the great teams league these are teams that were usually on the rise that hadn’t made it yet or good teams on the decline (or the teams like Connie Mack’s favorite the 4th place moneymakers)

It is more profitable for me to have a team that is in contention for most of the season but finishes about fourth. A team like that will draw well enough during the first part of the season to show a profit for the year, and you don’t have to give the players raises when they don’t win.

Connie Mack

This type of team would win about 60 games vs the all time greats (last season I demonstrated this when I accidentally put such a team the 2013 Diamondbacks in the ATG league instead of the 2001 team that I intended) and would dominate the all pathetic league. It will be interesting to see what they teams that are good enough to dominate bad teams and just good enough to put up a fight against great ones will do against each other.

These are the available teams by franchise

  • Orioles 57, 95, 15
  • Senators 67 Rangers 06
  • twins 73, 74
  • Yankees 71, 73
  • whitesox 74, 97, 98 .02
  • indians 75, 04, 08, 11, 15
  • Redsox 93
  • mariners 93
  • Brewers 96, 05, 09, 14
  • Angels 2000, 10, 17, 18
  • bluejays 2001, 05, 11, 15
  • tigers 2010
  • a’s 2010
  • Royals 2016, 17
  • Devil Rays 2017
  • Phillies 57, 74, 02, 12, 18, 19
  • Pirates 67, 73
  • braves 71
  • astros 73, 74, 96, 06
  • mets 75, 01,
  • Cardinals 75
  • giants 75
  • Padres 82, 05
  • dodgers 93, 94, 07, 10
  • cubs 95
  • Marlins 96, 10
  • reds 96, 06
  • Rockies 2000
  • diamondbacks 2008, 12, 13, 18
  • Nationals 2011, 18

If one of these teams is to your liking contact me online. this will be a 162 game season 3 game a series played once a week.

So if you want to play some sports where there is still no political grandstanding going on I’d love to have you, either in person or online. Either stop by at Zedas or leave a comment here and we’ll go from there.

Define Your Terms

During the presidential debate on Tuesday, moderator Chris Wallace asked President Trump to “condemn white supremacy.” Trump wasn’t precise enough in his answer for the Democrats and media, and so story after story went on about Trump’s supposed refusal to “condemn white supremacy.”

Wallace’s question exemplifies the Left’s trick of changing the meaning of language to suit their preferred outcomes and ideology.

If you look at a typical dictionary definition of the phrase, “white supremacy, you get:

“The belief that white people constitute a superior race and should therefore dominate society, typically to the exclusion or detriment of other racial and ethnic groups, in particular black or Jewish people.”

I suspect if you ask the average American, this is their concept of “white suprem

Poor fools.

For the Left, such a definition is just the beginning. Sure, you include such a concept, but then you expand and broaden the definition until it lets you justify whatever action you wish.

So, the Anti-Defamation League adds that white supremacy includes the “belief that white people have their own ‘culture’ that is superior to other cultures.”

Do white people not have their own culture?  To the extent any subgroup of people with something in common have a culture, it seems odd to exclude white people. There is no doubt Europe, at least, was predominantly made up of white people until rather recently. Were white societies so inclusive, they could not be called “white?” Or are they so inclusive now, they aren’t “white?”

But the real twists come with what the academic Left considers “white supremacy.”

The academic Left is beholden to Critical Race Theory, which, as UCLA law professor Cheryl Harris explained in the Nation, focuses “on the way that race is baked into the current political, economic, and social system so that racial subordination is reproduced through normal operations.” So, according to Critical Race Theory, the normal operations of society – presumably here, American society – is racist, because it results in racial subordination. There is no human agency here, simply the “system.”

University of Tennessee College of Law Professor Emeritus Frances Ansley, as quoted by Critical Race Theorist David Gillborn, states that white supremacy is, “a political, economic and cultural system in which whites overwhelmingly control power and material resources, conscious and unconscious ideas of white superiority and entitlement are widespread, and relations of white dominance and non-white subordination are daily reenacted across a broad array of institutions and social settings.”

So now, white supremacy can mean the KKK stringing up “strange fruit” on “Southern trees,” but it also can mean, you know, the entire American society. All the same thing.

And then, after twisting the meaning of the term, the Left then goes ahead and changes the dictionary definition, just to cover its tracks.

So what exactly do you mean, Mr. Wallace? Are you asking Trump to condemn all of American society?

If so, I can understand Trump’s seeming hesitance to do so.