Monday, July 12, 2010

Analyzing the weekend's stories

Joseph C. Phillips: Who is John Locke?  Locke's fundamental philosophy influenced the United States, but we're teaching the CCCP in our schools instead, and the ideals of Karl Marx. I remember my fifth-grade history book teaching the evils of the CCCP. But why no love for freedom in our books today? Where is the teaching of Mr. Locke in our schoos?

James Allen:  Mark Webber, the "#2 Driver" at Red Bull, dominates the Santander British Grand Prix.  While preparing lunch, I watched the rebroadcast of the Santander Grand Prix, and it was dominating as you could see it. The whining, backbreaking, and entire attitude of the driver showed from the lights through Copse as he took the final chequered flag past Woodcote in F1 after over 55 years of racing at Silverstone. (Next year, start-finish will be through Club.)

Greta van Susteren: Switzerland snubs the United States (on the Roman Polanski charges of unlawful sex).  In recent years, with the ideals that foreign laws usurp laws of the 50 states, we have legalised sodomy by judicial mandate. We have also declared sexual deviancy a protected class. Now a sexual predator is now rewarded by not having to be deported to face his time?

Jillian Bandes: Tax Increases on the Horizon.  Analysis: In 2001 and 2003, when tax cuts were written, the minority Democrats wrote an expiration so the Clinton-era tax rates could be restored quickly, and they wrote it so they can have the tax hikes in their favour. Now as they have control of both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue, the perfect storm of the "triple crown" (House, Senate, White House) means they can increase taxes to add all of the new spending of the Socialist Nation.

David Stokes: The Politics of LeBron James, Stephen Strasburg, and Warren Spahn.  Analysis: The James to Miami deal was, as I had thought, a tax issue. Over Six percent in Ohio, double (city and state) in New York, and zero in Florida was an easy tax break. Strasburg's pitching limits seem, in this writer's new, be a Nanny State with pitching limits. He compares it to Warren Spahn, in a MIL-SF game in 1963, where both pitchers (Marichal the other) pitched 16 innings. Relief pitching wasn't much of a thought in those days. I've seen in Gamecock baseball lore the history where pitchers (often middle relief or closers) throw over 120 pitches in near or sometimes full complete games in order to stay alive in the NCAA Tournament (Taylor, 2002, versus North Carolina, Roth 2010, versus Clemson). That's rare today in baseball. Even in Little League there are pitch count limits. 

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