Ideas, Politicians, And Party

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When I worked in network radio in the 90’s, Stan Major would often to talk about the seven sisters of the media, and how those organizations are controlled by liberal ideology. They were, according to him, Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the New York Times, ABC, CBS, and NBC. I guess those sisters now have had children now with the advent of MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News over the past few decades.

I’m a believer that the world of politics has three plateaus. Regardless of whether or not you’re a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Socialist, or a believer in some other party or movement I didn’t mention, these plateaus exist.

First you have the most pure process of the three: the idea. Ideas are to politics what the ace is in most card games. They’re bulletproof. An idea can’t be killed no matter what legislation or humanity passes with time. Once an idea’s time has come, it happens. Think of healthcare in America, for example.  It took a long time to implement healthcare here, and when it got passed in 2009, many conservatives say it got rushed in. Now with a Republican president (though I think Trump is more of a De facto Independent), and Congress, the GOP can’t seem to find a single way to replace the healthcare system.

Politicians are the next step down. How do they implement these ideas? How do they maneuver and manipulate? The execution of ideas by politicians determines who the good politicians are, and who the bad ones are. Leaders lead by the vote of the people, and are sometimes repellents to those who vote. Only Hillary Clinton could have lost to Donald Trump a year ago. Put Bernie Sanders in there as the Democratic nominee, and that likely would not have happened.

Then we get to political parties. They are to society what an adult video store is to a city. It’s where ideas get degraded and prostituted. I see a “mob mentality” in both parties. Those who don’t “get with the program” get way too easily ostracized, and which party’s “mob” sticks together often decides who carries the day.

Ideas, politicians, and party. Somewhere in that link of chains, the system is broken. Where the break is, and who’s to blame – well, that’s something that isn’t very clear. Both the pro-Trump and anti-Trump elements of our society can’t really be sure in their heart of hearts if they are on what will be the right side of the history books. That’s why I try to stay impartial, follow my heart to determine what’s right, and even that isn’t easy at times with the various news outlets prostituting either the DNC or the GOP.

As things stand now, the political climate is bound to for more calamity before things improve.

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Flashback: “Ain’t That A Shame” by Fats Domino

Feels like I’m doing a “RIP” almost every week. Two weeks ago, it was Tom Petty. Wednesday past, word came down that Antoine “Fats” Domino had passed at age 89.

The song is among the 500 best in Rolling Stone’s list of all-time pop song, despite Fats’s version only reaching #10 in 1955. Pat Boone’s cover was his first pop chart topper, and could probably win you a bet or two at your local bar. The Four Seasons also covered the song in 1963 in their own menagerie of vocals, as have a few others.

In 1980, Cheap Trick covered the song once again, scoring a minor hit with a cover on the same live album from Budokan Hall in Japan where the more famous “I Want You To Want Me” was recorded.

To me, the Fats Domino of the song can’t be topped.  Rest in peace, bud.

Footnotes To Victory

I made it back to home base on Tuesday night just in time to watch the first World Series game, which the Dodgers won last night by a score of 3-1 to take a 1-0 series lead.

Here’s my little review of Victory Cruises, which I can now give you with the trip in my rear view mirror: it was the best gambling ship experience I’ve had, but not as good as casinos I’ve been to on terra firma, including the Hard Rock in Tampa. It was a nice getaway, yes, but they are in an area (East Central Florida) where no one is competing with them with what they offer.

The buffet really wasn’t a buffet where items are laid out and you can pick and choose what you could get. It was more like a lunch you’d get in school if you’re my age or a little older, and the whole setup was rushed and confusing. The servers are offering you food and I was trying to figure out what everything was, leaving me continuously asking, “What’s that?”

The slot machines looked on the old side. Didn’t see any of the newer games I’ve been seeing on Brian Christopher’s YouTube page, which prepared me a bit for this trip. It’s not like there’s some grandiose strategy you need to beat the slot machines. You hit the button, or you pull the lever, and you get a result.

They made a big deal out of everyone who won. “Congratulations, Mary. You won $600 playing (name of the slot game) on the second deck.” I’m glad I didn’t win – I don’t think I would have been okay with my win being publicized like that! It also gave the impression that people were winning small, but that no one was winning big. It would just seem to me as an outsider that if they did the reverse of what they were doing, they’d be fine.

Would I recommend going? If you were close by, yes.

Somewhere In The Atlantic

For only the second time in this blog’s history, I’m typing this from somewhere other than my home. Where I am specifically I don’t rightly know, other that I’m on the Victory Casino cruise somewhere in the Atlantic a few miles out to sea.

This was the trip I was going to take last month, but Hurricane Maria had other plans. Right now, I’m on the fourth deck, with an empty entertainment stage to my right. It’s dark in here, which kind of reminds me of the strip clubs I use to frequent when I was younger. The swaying of the boat is another experience entirely.

The main entertainment here is gambling, which like a strip club, serves the same purpose: to entertain you while ridding you of your money. Playing those slot machines did that after a brief see-saw session, which wasn’t too bad. It gave me time to write this entry. Almost like I had drawn it up, I suppose.

The bus ride over was smooth. You take 275 to 4 to a couple of toll roads, 417 and 528. It took about two and a half hours to get over here, despite a bottleneck near the Tampa Airport and another east of Tampa on I-4.

Despite the loss, I’m enjoying myself. After all, it was a gift from my mother who thought it’d be good for me to get in a getaway day. It’ll be after sunset when I get home in a few hours. Meanwhile, the sounds of nearby slot machines keep me company.

Ma And Pa Pinstripe

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It’s late on a Saturday night as I type this, and if I guess correctly what’s to come in the next few minutes, the Houston Astros will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2017 World Series beginning on Tuesday. The Astros are the first team, thanks to realignment, to go to the World Series representing each league, while the Dodgers made their first Series since their dramatic upset of Oakland in 1988.

With the help of the Tunein premium service, I listened to about half of the playoffs on the radio. Most of that time I spent listening to the Yankees games off of their radio network, with the branding of WFAN, the top sports station of the Big Apple. I found the broadcasts hosted by John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman strangely entertaining as the young squad made a run the stopped a game short of the American League championship.

Sterling I remembered from his days with the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. One night in particular stands out in my mind: the night Rick Camp, a relief pitcher, hit his only career home run to extend a marathon battle between the Braves and Mets on July 4, 1985.

Waldman is the only woman currently serving as a play-by-play or color commentator in the major leagues on a day-to-day basis. It’s somewhat interesting to hear their banter, and how they interact, and sometimes get in each others way.  With Sterling nearing 80, and Waldman in her 70’s, I do wonder how long they’ll stay a team. Reviewing some Yankee fan sites, a lot of Yankee fans don’t seem to like the pairing, but I didn’t mind them.

Congrats to the Dodgers and Astros, and may the best team take it all in a few short days.

The Art Of The Score

I’ve now gone through the last four weeks without watching an NFL game. On the whole issue of the kneeling before the national anthem before an NFL game, I just happen to believe the President is right. There are other ways for these great athletes to air their grievances than to show disrespect for the country they reside in. Every week they kneel is a week I won’t watch.

That being said, I still pay attention in other forms. One Twitter feed I recently discovered is called Scorigami. This will take a bit of explaining, so get comfy.

My fascination with the uniqueness of football scores goes back to August 29, 1980. On that night, my mom and dad took me to Tampa Stadium for a preseason game between the Bucs and Redskins. The Bucs won the game 11-6, an odd score in the era before the NFL instituted the two point conversion. Prior to that night, the Bucs never scored a safety in any game in their history. That night, they scored two safeties in ONE game. If it were a regular season game, it would have been a Scorigami, but they only count regular season and postseason games.

Some of you might remember the Bucs played a 11-6 game in 2000, but were on the losing end of the NFC Championship that year to the St. Louis Rams. That officially made that particular score a Scorigami – no such score has occurred since then.

Football games often have final scores that are frequently seen. For example, a 21-14 game is a pretty common score. In fact, there are just over 1,000 different final score combinations that have ever occurred in an NFL game dating back to 1920. Keep in mind with 32 teams playing 16 games, there are 256 games presently played each year.

Did you forget to divide by two?

A Scorigami occurs when a final score is rendered that has never taken place before. For instance, the Saints just beat the Lions last week 52-38. That was what the feed considers a Scorigami, since that was the first time that score had occurred when the game ended.

The most unique Scorigami out there would probably be some combination with a 4 in it. In American football, a team scoring two safeties, two defensive two point conversions or one of each – that’s very rare. It’s only happened once in NFL history back in 1923 when the league was still in its infancy, with the Chicago Cardinals beating the Racine Legion 10-4.

There’s a rarer bird out there, and it ever happens in my lifetime, I’ll be amazed: a team scoring 1 point in a game.

But enough of my geekery.