Not Judging The Media / Social Elite Who Fear Henry Hill’s Fate

Apathy in the face of tyranny turns out not to be a German or Russian characteristic. I just never thought it could happen in America.

Denis Prager

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the memorials of the righteous, and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have joined them in shedding the prophets’ blood.’

Thus you bear witness against yourselves that you are the children of those who murdered the prophets;

Jesus Christ, Matthew 23:29-31

In the sermon on the Mount one of the hardest but most important charges Christ give is this:

Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.

Now this command refers to the state of one’s soul and in accompanied by the injunction in the Our Father (also known as the Lord’s Prayer) to forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Or to put it simply, if you want to be forgiven, forgive.

This came to mind as I finished my piece on courage and freedom being the exception and not the norm and it got me thinking about something.

There was a time I had thoughts of being able to earn a living as a blogger commentator perhaps even breaking into media. I had one local Fox appearance, a NY Post Op Ed. Had been credentialed press for several events, the tip jar was rocking and things were on the rise.

All of it seemed to crash and at once, it took years to get me back to where I am today and I recognized that I’d likely never be able to much more than I am today. That’s fine, I’ve done things and seen things that most people in their lifetime have not and it’s been a great thing to share my thoughts with you who have kept the bills paid around here with perhaps a little extra to spare each year.

But what if I had made it, broken into media with a good paying gig or as I considered back in my twenties, gotten into government and perhaps even as far as congress. What if I was in the place those in the state legislagtures, or the courts or the congress or the media are today when the axe is falling down and the choice is being made?

Robert Ingersoll once said of Abe Lincoln:

“If you want to find out what a man is to the bottom, give him power. Any man can stand adversity — only a great man can stand prosperity. It is the glory of Abraham Lincoln that he never abused power only on the side of mercy.”

There are a lot of folks in media who are making six figures or more, who have comfortable lives, who have children who have a chance to live in comfort because of their jobs.

There are a lot of folks in politics who are making good money, who have the potential to make a lot more when they leave, who have the chance to see that they and theirs are comfortable for the rest of their days.

There are a lot of folks in entertainment and academia who are in the same boat. They are comfortable, they are honored, they are given deference.

And for every one of those people who have made it there are hundreds perhaps thousands of those who are striving for that brass ring.

Now comes the day of testing. They are being told that unless they play ball, unless they tow the line giving exactly the message that is desired by the deep state all of those things are going to be taken from them, and any secrets they have will be exposed. They will go from having the potential for anything they want at any time to being at best a regular nobody or at worst a criminal to be punished.

Cue Henry Hill

It’s the last line in that speech that says it all.

I’d like to think that given the choice of doing the right thing or protecting my prerogatives and my family’s prerogatives I like to think that the way I was raised and the way I raised my children and that I could do this and my family would be willing to endure the loss of income, of position, prestige and the scorn of those around me, but thanks to a merciful God to whom I daily ask “Lead me not into temptation” I don’t have that choice, or to put it another way, all I’m risking by speaking the truth is to remain the average working still that I am while being online by people who don’t know me and will never meet me and perhaps treated in a condescending way by some folks I know.

I’m likely old enough and grounded enough to handle that.

But would I with money in the bank, a bigger mortgage than I have now, with kids going to expensive schools and a chance for them to be set for life, would I have the courage and character to risk all that for the truth to face the fate of Henry Hill who ended his speech saying:

Henry Hill: I’m an average nobody. I get to live the rest of my live like a snook.

Good Fellas 1993

Would my faith and trust in God be enough if I had that much to lose? Remember there’s a reason why Christ said how hard it was for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

That’s why I’m going to do my best not to judge those who did not come through on any level. I suspect many of them in their own minds and hearts are already judging themselves because cowardice is as C. S. Lewis said:

Cowardice, alone of all the vices, is purely painful – horrible to anticipate, horrible to feel, horrible to remember

So instead I will try to take to heart these words from Our Lord:

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy

Matthew 5:7

As a person who needs God’s mercy may I take that command to heart

Never Forget that Courage is the Exception Not the Rule In Human Nature.

Sam:Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.

The Lord of the Rings, the Two Towers 2002

McCoy: Spock, I’ve found that evil usually triumphs unless good is very, very careful.

Star Trek, the Omega Glory 1968

While I believe challenging the electoral college results was necessary and getting these folks on record was important I had no illusions that a sudden conversion of honor or courage would break out among our representative any more than it had among our judges or state representatives. As a Christian I believe all things are possible with God and it was certainly impossible if nothing was done so I figured go for it. It’s the same reason why I occasionally buy a lottery ticket. I would have accept a Little Christmas miracle if it happened but I wasn’t banking on it.

What really surprised me however over the last 48 hours was the number of people actually who expected the congress to show enough courage to stop the steal of the election when the various state legislatures, the various state and federal courts and the supreme court all punted. They didn’t think it was a million to one shot, they thought it might actually happen.

I’ve been thinking about why this might be the case and it hit me that the blame here isn’t so much with the various sites that have pushed the case or those who have used it as a fundraising ploy, but it’s instead because of a basic fact that has to some degree been hidden thanks to popular culture for quite a while.

You see in the Novels, Movies and TV we have seen all our lifetime people showing courage, striving for right and defying all odds to deliver for right and justice. Indiana Jones always picks the right grail. Wonder Woman always shows up to keep Batman from being fried. The Incredibles always stop the robot. NCIS gets their man or their terrorist. Rick manages to avoid arrest for shooting Major Strasser, Sgt. Rutledge saves his company and the true criminal is exposed in his trial, Peter Blood avoids execution and escapes to the Spanish Main.

In all these heroic tales the hero wins despite every bit of odds against him. but there’s a reason for that and it’s not as Mythbusters suggest due to technological oddities.

Why Imperial Stormtroopers Miss So Much. “Adam Savage of MythBusters fame decided to try and figure out just how fast the… whatever it is coming out of the blasters actually moves. Using the height Harrison Ford and the width of a door as visual references, Savage performs some arithmetic to come up with a shockingly slow speed: 130 miles per hour over 40 feet. For comparison, your average bullet comes out of the barrel moving at around 1,700 miles per hour. Stormtroopers may be better served by ditching the blasters for a good semi-auto.”

While this is fun the real reason why the storm troopers miss is because if they hit then the movie ends at the start. People want to pay money to see heroes in action. Nobody wants to pay money to see the bad guys win. The good guy wins because it’s written that way.

That’s one important consideration but there is another cultural phenomenon that is almost as old as recorded history, that we celebrate Heroes. There have been heroic epics as long as there have been heroes and those epic are so deep and so ingrained in our cultural standing that some of them have endured with us almost from the start of recorded time.

Why, it’s actually simple, because actual heroism is rare.

It takes a lot for people to risk the one life they have, or to risk the comfort they have and to lay it all on the line for a principle. We rightly revere our founding fathers not just because they came up with one of the most incredible forms of government ever in existence, but because they put everything on the line to do so and amazingly won.

This is in fact also why for 100 years after the Confederate leaders and Heroes where celebrated as American Heroes. They put everything on the line for their cause, a bad one and frankly a disgraceful one (if you don’t believe me read Confederate VP Alexander Stephens Crossroads Speech where he attacks the founding fathers for being in error by opposing slavery) but one they thought good.

When they lost they lost everything but still insisted that it had been a cause worth losing everything for. Even those who fought against them recognized this courage and respected it which is why they allowed those who shot at them and tried to kill them to be honored without objection because courage is a virtue so great that it is admired in any who hold it. In fact as late as the 1980’s a leftist like Ken Burns could make a documentary about the civil war without demonizing these folks without critique.

Of course

I doubt he would make that film today.

The truth is indifference and / or cowardice is the norm as is repression and censorship and slavery. The freedoms granted by our constitution and the freedom and prosperity that the United States has enjoyed since its founding are the exception rather than the rule in the history of man.

In fact they’re so expectational that for hundreds of years people have flocked here to make their lives. It’s, in my opinion, the greatest max movement of population in human history that was not driven by a war or famine or a natural disaster. It was driven by the chance for people to have to reach their maximum potential for themselves and their children and to do it without fear.

That very act is an act of courage, but the biggest enemy of courage is not cowardice, but comfort. It is very hard for a comfortable person to jump into the fight when by doing nothing they can live like a king. In fact Donald Trump showed that kind of courage by being serious about running for president. As long as he was considered a joke spoiler the elites were willing to laugh but once he became an actual threat to their power, then they endeavored to destroy him.

This is understood by those who are threatened by courage, in fact that’s why the press hailed Mitt Romney’s speech in the senate as if it was an act of courage when in fact it is the easiest thing in the word for a person to go along with the powers that be and support them, So when courage has to be suppressed it’s necessary to have something masquerade in its place.

People dream of being heroes, kids play at being heroes nobody dreams of being a coward.

Alas the lack of real courage that was shown at all stages of this farce comes with a price. All Americas will be paying it for a very long time.

21 Basic Truths Worth Noting Concerning the Events in DC this week

Lets run down some things that are pretty basic to me.

  1. Given the degree of fairness and accuracy of the media’s reporting I am not making any judgement on what actually happened in Washington until I get it from sources I trust.
  2. For almost a decade I’ve been warning our friends on the left that eventually Americans will reach their breaking point. Stealing this election has helped us reach it. I suspect it will get much worse before it gets better.
  3. There are a lot of people pounding their chests (yesterday the Mayor of Boston was one of them) about violence who either had nothing bad to say about the riots of the past two years or insisted they didn’t exist. Such people are to be ignored.
  4. You can count the number of people shot and killed by Capital Police during the Kavanaugh protests when you had people banging on the doors of the SCOTUS after getting access on fingers and toes of the black knight that remained after his famous battle with King Arthur.
  5. As a general rule I give police (or anyone else for that matter) the benefit of the doubt when facing a mob. A mob doesn’t have to be armed to be dangerous & if the officer who fired had either a legitimate fear for his life or for the lives of those he was protecting then this would be a case of justifiable homicide.
  6. One of the best ways to avoid being shot by police FYI is to obey the law and furthermore obey lawful commands given by police during the execution of their duties. Failing to do either is a bad idea no matter what your political, social or religious opinions are.
  7. An investigation of the situation that led to an officer firing the shot that killed Ashli Babbitt will no doubt take place. If it is determined that he had proper cause to fire that should be the end of it. If it is determined that he fired without proper cause then the appropriate actions from disciplinary sanctions to prosecution should take place and we should accept the judgement given whatever it is.
  8. I predict that there will not be media eulogizing Ashli Babbitt. There will be no activists on ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC & CNN insisting we say her name, nor will there be streets named after her nor marches and candlelight vigils on her behalf. Hey it’s not as if she was robbing a Korean convenience store, or overdosing on drugs, threatening a woman who has a restraining order or her or even shooting at cops. Honors are reserved for such people.
  9. There will be no calls from the left for the defunding of the Capital Police.
  10. The attempt to blame the President for all this is despicable and dishonorable. Anyone who drops support of President Trump over what happened yesterday is either a fool and/or a coward.
  11. The reason why, in my opinion, you are seeing such a backlash concerning what is happening now vs the shooting of Steve Scalise or the beating of Rand Paul is the realization by members of the media/left/tech/deepstate that they are now potential targets of violence, particularly now that there has been bloodshed and their support of such acts when done by their allies might come with a personal physical risk and cost. Perhaps that should have been considered before supporting such violence in the past.
  12. Riots are bad, violence is bad. If you want to convince people that riots and violence are bad you likely shouldn’t spend two years excusing and or supporting such stuff.
  13. Storming the Capital was a bad idea but as I’ve said before a worse idea is spending a decade provoking people who have been arming themselves to the teeth and then demonstrating via stealing an election that attempting to use the ballot to effect change is futile.
  14. President Trump made it a point to leave the various governors and mayor to handle things in their own cities (expect when federal property was involved) I suspect Joe Biden’s administration to come down with an iron hand on supporters of the President.
  15. I expect said Iron hand will not be restricted to those who are contemplating violence. I expect the practice of using Federal agencies to harass political opponents that took place during the Obama years will be back in full force.
  16. If you ask if there should be federal indictments of those who violated the law in DC this week my answer is: “Yes, certainly and they should be handed down as soon as the indictments of all those who broke federal law this summer in Seattle, Portland, DC, NY, and all over the nation where riots and looting took place and as soon as all those who got into federal building during the Kavanaugh hearings are handled. As soon as all those indictments are taken care of, then those who entered the Capital yesterday should face indictment and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.”
  17. We are in just a couple of weeks going to see the irony of police being proactively used by those who hate them against those who support them.
  18. Absolutely none of this takes place if Donald Trump had been treated from day one as a normal president.
  19. As I see what is happening I keep thinking of Sherman’s lines to John Bell Hood during an exchange of letters in the Atlanta campaign: “You who, in the midst of peace and prosperity, have plunged a nation into war – dark and cruel war – who dared and badgered us into battle” I think this is an accurate description as to what the left has done and what is coming.
  20. I know I said this yesterday but it’s worth repeating today: “Nothing a Biden administration does is worth the cost of my soul or yours and to act in contrary to the best results of your soul is exactly what the enemy hopes to achieve by enabling them. Oh and for the record, the enemy I’m referring to are not the democrats, they’re just, wittingly or unwittingly, working for him.”
  21. Finally a piece of advice, if you are allowing your day to be ruined by what corrupt pols do in Washington DC then you need a different life.

Fight Using All Methods Short of Sin

Prince John: Have you finished?

Robin Hood: I’m only just beginning! From this night on, I’ll use every means in my power to fight you!

The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938

Let’s be blunt.

Apparently none of the institutions, even those controlled by the GOP will stop the steal. All seem intent on playing procedural games. We’ve seen courts say suits filed before the election were not proper because no harm and been done while other claim that suits filed after the fraud were too late.

Apparently the window for getting relief on a stolen election is shorter than the Barnicle Brothers sixty second sale.

And it’s rather clear that no state legislature is willing to face the wrath of the media to use the power given them by the constitution to stop the steal. With God all things are possible but clearly the fear of God which is the beginning of wisdom nor the realization that the media will treat them no better if they act then if they don’t, is not possessed by enough of them to act.

That I should have seen this done in America on a nation scale in my lifetime and that so many seem willing to accept it is a source of deep disappointment to me, but given human nature and the willingness of people to cave to insane COVID restricts it is not all that surprising.

So what should be done?

  1. We should on every and all occasions continue to state that the 2020 election has been blatantly stolen
  2. We should on every and all occasions from today till January 20th 2024 state for the record that the Biden / Harris administration while legal, is illegitimate.
  3. We should take every action short of Sin to resist any attempt to force us to claim or act as if either of the two above statements are false.
  4. We should continue to take every action short of sin to continue to expose what has been done and produce evidence of same.
  5. We should take every action short of sin to bring down the media and the various tech companies that have aided and abetted these actions
  6. We should treat statements by those in media and tech who have protected aided and abetted these action will all the credibility and respect that they deserve, namely none

All of this said we also have to recognize that barring a sudden surge of courage or conscience by the those involved in these monstrous actions legally the Biden Harris administration will likely be in power and act accordingly in matter of law when necessary. while doing all we can, again short of sin, to hinder, stop and destroy their agenda.

One can recognize the reality on the ground without conceding the legitimacy of the situation. Like Chairman Xi of China in Tibet the The Biden Harris administration will have defacto power in the United States and we need to recognize this as needed to function in this society while at the same time proclaiming from the rooftops that the Biden and Harris authority over this country has the same legitimacy as Xi’s over Tibet.

That is none at all.

As of today this is my pinned tweet on Twitter

Why short of sin? Because nothing a Biden administration does is worth the cost of my soul or yours and to act in contrary to the best results of your soul is exactly what the enemy hopes to achieve by enabling them.

Oh and for the record, the enemy I’m referring to are not the democrats, they’re just, wittingly or unwittingly, working for him.

I’m Shocked SHOCKED

That when allowing people to steal an election that your voters tend to think it doesn’t matter if they vote.

That when your governor and legislature ignore the wishes of new voters who turned out on election day they decide to stay home.

That people content to steal one election blatantly have no trouble with stealing another.

Or to put it another way the Broken Windows Theory doesn’t just apply to street crime.

Shades of Lunenberg at Pelosi’s House

About seven years ago Lunenberg Massachusetts became a national story.

A mixed race family with a 8th grade black child on the high school school had graffiti spray-painted on their house with the words “knights don’t need niggers” (the “knights” being the name of the football team) and the town was rocked.

As this was the Obama Deval Patrick years the FBI and state got involved, it was a huge story covered all over the nation and even internationally. The town and school was pilloried, their annual thanksgiving game was forfeited and the season cancelled (and in pre-covid days this was a big deal) The School had all kinds of “diversity” events added. There was a candlelight vigil and “Lunenberg High” became a synonym for racism…

…that is until the investigation took place and some interesting inconsistencies came up particularly with the graffiti itself which oddly was despite supposedly done by a bunch of kids at night managed to be painted only on a surface that was easily painted over while missing spots that would have entailed expense to fix. In the end the investigation pointed to the mother of the boy.

As I said at the time:

Where does the town of Lunenburg go to get their reputation back, where does the football team go to get their Thanksgiving game back and who pays for all the police, local state and federal that were used in the attempt to sell this BS?

And will the sites in AtlantaMetro USThe UK Daily MailSports IllustratedFox Chicago and the Huffington Post be reporting on these new developments with the same gusto?

None of those media outlets were interested in the correction. Only folks like Stacy McCain,

This story immediately came back to mind when I saw this post about the Antifia “vandalism” at Nancy Pelosi’s house:

Andrea Widburg at the American thinker takes up the story.

Unless the spray can coincidentally stopped spraying paint just as it got to the “three o’clock” side of the circle, it looks very much as if the graffiti artist went out of his (or her) way to protect the bricks from getting paint splashed on it, perhaps by taping off the area before spraying. This care is important because it’s easy to repaint a garage door and “notoriously difficult” to get spray paint off of a porous surface such as brick.

Likewise, the encircled “A” on the left side also has a completely vertical stripe on its “nine o’clock” side, which again looks as if someone held up a barrier to ensure that no paint got on the bricks:

Because as you know Antifa is supercilious concerning how they do their vandalism to minimize the costs of those they hit. She closes thus:

It’s entirely possible that this was an Antifa effort and the person spraying paint had some residual compassion for Pelosi. But it’s also possible that this is a false flag effort. I am not offering any suggestions as to who might have raised this false flag. I note only what others have pointed out before: Something’s peculiar here. 

I have to disagree, it’s not at all possible. This was an attempt to gain sympathy and empathy and I suspect to put pressure on the far left in congress to provide the votes she needed for speaker from those on the left like the squad which fell into line.

Everything about these people is false, start from this premise and you will no go far wrong.

Why Aren’t The Dems, Media & GOP Establishment Delighted at a Chance To Nip “Claims” of Election Fraud in the Bud?

And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

Jesus Christ John 3:19-21

He sees as well as you do that courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty, or mercy, which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Pilate was merciful till it became risky.

C. S. Lewis The Screwtape letters #29

As soon as it became apparent that the great steal of 2020 was on and people began objecting to it the left pushed back. This pushback took many forms. The repeated lockouts of my account and false claims about my tweets on Benford’s law followed by repeated false apologies and false claims that they were in error) were one. The repeated line from Twitter when President Trump repeated the various claims was another so many times that’s it’s practically a meme

This Claim about the election is disputed

Twitter, every time President Trump details evidence of Fraud

Another were loud proclamations that all such claims were nonsense so much that media refused to cover hearing and ignored sworn statements that were given, even by the President who presented a summery of the fraud during a speech.

From there we had loud pronouncements that allegations from fraud undermine confidence in American elections and are a dangerous thing in our democracy, in fact it was for this reason that Richard Nixon in 1960 did not contest the stolen election in Illinois that defeated him (and in my opinion led to Watergate 12 years later as a paranoid campaign was taking no chances).

Now that the Senator from Missouri has turned the electoral college challenge by congress is a fact rather than the wet dream that it was for democrats in 2001 2005 & 2017 we are hearing loud cries that this is sedition from the media and left.

This leads to the obvious question:

WHY?

If this election was on the up and up and if the belief currently held by large chunks of Americans that this election was stolen is false then it’s in the interest of the Media, the Democrat, the left and the Tech folks who insist that this is the case that it is clearly demonstrated to be so.

If there were:

  • no republican observers hustled out of rooms or kept away from the counts.
  • no large amounts of ballots pulled from out of tables once observers left
  • No computer systems were hacked or programed to change counts
  • No large quantities of ballots marked only for Joe Biden suddenly turning up in the middle of the night in Democrat strongholds
  • No widespread use of fraudulent mail ballots in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Detroit and other cities
  • No validity to the claims listed here by state from machines spotting dems 35k votes in Arizona to Xerox copies of military ballots all for Biden in Michigan.

And if those who submitted sworn statements under penalty of perjury were lying in order to change the result of the election then exposing this as a conspiracy theory to the general public is not only in their interest but it would be very easy to prove.

Yet the left and their allies are violently opposed to taking their chance to expose this nonsense for what they claim it is.

I submit and suggest the reason is:

They know it’s not nonsense and also know that if the evidence is showed to the American people it can be easily understood.

“But DaTechGuy”, you ask, “Why then are republicans, particularly those in leadership fight so hard to keep this from happening and objecting to publicly like Senator Pat Toomey foolishly as Dinesh D’Sousa suggests.

Dinesh is wrong here. Senator Toomey and those in the GOP like him are not being foolish, he is being cowardly.

If the objection had not taken place, if evidence is never presented to the congress then members of the GOP establishment can function as normal, raise money as normal and retire as normal to comfortable lives for them and theirs in the sure and comfortable knowledge that nobody will cause them any grief as they cash in on their office.

But once it became clear that the objection would take place everything changed. (There’s a reason why the number of house and senate members objecting skyrocketed once it became plain it was going to happen)

If evidence is presented publicly to the senate and is in fact convincing and they are forced to acknowledge it as such then a choice must be made. Do you risk your their political future by acting on this evidence angering the deep state which might be unforgiving when it comes time to sit on boards, take cushy jobs at universities or even cash in as a public speaker?

Or do they like Pilate decide that it’s too risky, do they reject the evidence and the risk of the wrath of voters while earning the love of the deep state and the preservation of their prerogatives that they were so looking forward to?

One will never grow poor betting on cowardice from public servants but there is a chance but a chance that they will choose to do the right thing.

Cue the 11th Doctor:

Futility league and SD Jones League 1/3 and needs for alternates in Face to face league

Here is the state of the 2nd season of my Dynasty Baseball All Futility League (all teams lost 96 + games). Teams available for those interested are listed. If you click on the link for the various teams you get to their home page and can see their stats, leaders, injuries etc. Can you hold an existing lead or take a trailing team to the top?

Teams AL Division AWinsLossesPCTGBAvailable
1970 Milwaukee Brewers2724.529—–No
1970 Chicago White Sox2724.529—–No
2002 Tampa Bay DevilRays2130.4126Yes
2003 Detroit Tigers2031.3927No
Teams AL Division BWinsLossesPCTGBAvailable
1970 Kansas City Royals3021.588—–No
2012 Minnesota Twins2724.5293No
2008 Seattle Mariners2625.5104Yes
1973 Texas Rangers 2229.4318No
Teams AL Division C Wins Losses PCT GB Available
2009 Cleveland Indians 30 21 .588 —– No
1957 Washington Senators 26 25 .510 4 No
1967 Kansas City A’s 23 28 .451 7 No
2019 Baltimore Orioles 22 29 .431 8 No
Teams NL Division A Wins Losses PCT GB Available
1998 Montreal Expos 33 18 .647 —– No
2001 Pittsburgh Pirates 26 22 .542 5 1/2 Yes
2009 Washington Nats 25 26 .490 8 Yes
1998 Florida Marlins 25 26 .490 8 Yes
Teams NL Division B Wins Losses PCT GB Available
2015 Atlanta Braves 19 20 .487 —– No
2000 Philadelphia Phillies 23 28 .451 1 Yes
2012 Houston Astros 23 28 .451 1 Yes
2017 SF Giants 23 28 .451 1 No
Teams NL Division C Wins Losses PCT GB Available
1993 New York Mets 22 14 .611 —– No
1982 Cincinnati Reds 21 18 .538 2 1/2 No
1993 San Diego Padres 20 19 .513 3 1/2 Yes
1974 Chicago Cubs 15 21 .417 7 No

I am also running an all average team league called the SD Jones memorial .500 teams league. All teams were no better than 2 games over .500 or no worse than 2 games under. Here are the current standings. Teams still available are listed. This is our initial season.

Teams AL East Wins Losses PCT GB Available
1993 Boston 13 11 .543 —– No
1967 Washington 10 11 .476 1 1/2 Yes
1973 New York (A) 10 14 .417 3 Yes
1957 Baltimore 9 15 .375 4 Yes
Teams AL Central Wins Losses PCT GB Available
2010 Detroit 14 8 .583 —– Yes
1975 Cleveland 11 10 .524 1 1/2 No
1998 Chicago (A) 11 13 .458 3 No
1973 Minnesota 9 15 .375 5 No
Teams AL West Wins Losses PCT GB Available
2017 Kansas City 18 6 .750 —– Yes
 2010 Oakland 14 13 .519 5 1/2 No
2018 Los Angeles (A) 11 13 .458 7 Yes
2005 Toronto 11 16 .407 8 1/2 Yes
Teams NL East Wins Losses PCT GB Available
1967 Pittsburgh 20 7 .741 —– No
2018 Washington 16 8 .667 2 1/2 No
 1957 Philadelphia 10 14 .417 8 1/2 Yes
1975 New York (N) 10 14 .417 8 1/2 Yes
Teams NL Central Wins Losses PCT GB Available
2000 Colorado 13 11 .667 —– Yes
1975 St. Louis   12 12 .500 1 Yes
1996 Cincinnati 11 13 .458 2 Yes
1973 Houston 10 17 .370 4 1/2 Yes
Teams NL West Wins Losses PCT GB Available
1975 San Francisco 18 6 .750 —– Yes
2007 Los Angeles (N) 12 12 .500 6 Yes
2012 Arizona 10 14 .333 8 Yes
1982 San Diego 8 16 .333 10 Yes

The invite for the 3rd season of our great teams league. Last season the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers repeated as world champs defeating the 2010 Texas Rangers 4 games to two. Can they three peat? And what team would YOU like to manage to try and stop them? We will be starting this league within two weeks.

Finally in our face to face league one player will be having a medical issue and a 2nd might also needing him to take some time off. We have one alternate available but he has already taken a team. If you had an interest in joining our league that plays every other Saturday in Fitchburg MA (1 pm EST) leave a comment here and I’ll give you details.

Cause and Effect California Edition

The thing about republics is they tend to die from suicide.

The thing about a republic made up of smaller republics is that before the large one dies the smaller one die before it.

Case in point:

Consider the unfathomable irony of progressive Democrats forcing Elon Musk to give up on California. Musk came to this state as an immigrant and proceeded to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) and its subsidiary, solar panel manufacturer SolarCity Corp., than all the “progressive” politicians in the state combined. Musk didn’t talk about it. He simply brought products to market that benefited the consumer, the environment and his shareholders. He should have been the poster boy for the green agenda, but instead they turned on him because he committed the ultimate sins: He made money and he questioned their authority.

This year, Musk is likely paying billions in state tax. Next year, he will be a resident of another state.

One of the problem with living in liberal unreality is that you don’t understand that actions have consequences, and those consequences can get amplified if the actions you take piss off someone with with the power to get even.

The damage goes much deeper than the tax revenue of one person. Musk didn’t just leave the state. He turned on the state. It is now his mission to get other innovators to leave as well. According to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, he is on the phone with Musk once a week, strategizing about how to get other California companies to relocate to Texas. In the last few weeks, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (NYSE: HPE) and Oracle Corp. (NYSE: ORCL) have both announced they are moving their headquarters to Texas, with other potential moves in the pipeline.

The fun part is it was just virtue signaling going after Must but the real life consequences of him deciding to take all his friends out to play is going to be interesting.

The only question is this. Will these people having exited California hell decide they want to bring it with them to Texas by voting for the same clowns that destroyed the golden state?

Let’s hope not

via Insty.

The most useful New Years advice post you’ll read today…

…is at Ace’s site:

As best I can tell, AT&T has not communicated a single word to its affected customers. They could have texted or emailed me with updates, but they never did. So, I visited some online forums to try to figure out what was going on. A website that tracks outages had a lively forum going on, and one sad post exposed how destructive it can be to require internet access to operate most everything in your house.

“My whole house runs on Alexa, so no heat, lights or internet is what I am dealing with.”

It’s bad enough when people can’t live without their cell phones (I’ve been without one for 3 years and find I like life better without it) but it’s idiocy to make your so many things in your life dependent on the net. Forgetting the privacy concerns (anything connected to the net that can hear you when it want it to can hear you when you don’t) one net outage will literally leave you with no way to live your life.

One should always have redundancy to back up a possible net problem and/or even manual redundancy to back up a power outage. Having devices that function without the net and/or power and being prepared to live without them these days is called “disaster prep”

There was a time not long ago when it was called “life”