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, Sept. 14, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Gary Johnson

The other thread closed, but I can't leave it like that. Simply go to the actual New Mexico budget figures rather than a political blog filled with lies and you will see he did well. He did increase spending that much in 8 years. But the population of the state rose by around 15% during that time, he increased education spending by almost $1B a year, spent another $500M on the roads, which we all appreciate, because most of our major (20,000-50,000 people) cities were connected by long, 2 lane roads and most are now 4 lane roads, and also replaced a lot of the general fund, which the Democrats deplete every time they get in office. And he did balance the budget from year to year-that debt you talk about is a contrived figure. We are way too dependent on oil and gas here and it is a tough state to run. I really wish people didn't just believe everything the media and political pundits (all well paid on both sides to lie to people in a believable way) feeds them.
Thanks.
, Sept. 11, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wayne37

Hey, mad dog-what's up? I know Gary Johnson personally-he played softball in Albuquerque. He did do a lot of good in New Mexico.He had a huge veto pen and kept the very liberal legislature in check spending wise. We have a mess here from 60 years of Democratic control of the legislature, and even now, after losing the house for the first time in those 60 years, the senate has blocked so many needed reforms. They blocked changes on our licenses that gave drivers licenses to illegals, until they finally had to pass it so we didn't have to use passports to fly in the USA here. They have something called 'social promotion' which passes third graders to fourth grade, even if they cannot read. And then they cannot ever catch up and we have about the worst dropout rate in the country. And then Bill Richardson came in-we had an oil boom and a $650M budget surplus and he spent $1B on a train that runs only from Belen (35 miles south of Albuquerque-to Santa Fe)and services very few passengers and will never come close to covering it's own costs, and the Spaceport-($200+M). We are poor again. We could have banked that-or spent it on building a better business base here. There is almost nothing outside of oil & Gas, Government, and Agriculture here because of very high taxes. And they want to raise them again.
Hey Wayne-on the vote for Gore in 2008-there was one way that Gore did win that was verified by an independent report from 2004. He actually requested-and got- a recount of 4 counties only instead of the whole state of Florida. That was a 'calculated maneuver' by Gore because he thought would win it for him. If he had just recounted the whole state, he would have won. He tripped himself up trying to be cute.
To me, I was very curious here what might happen if I put out some truths-with verification- and observations. It has proved conclusively to me that people will read what they want to, believe what they want to, hold on to their anger if they want to, and ignore evidence to the contrary when they want to. Emotions are running them-and this is the plan of the 2 parties to preserve the 2 party system and their power. Wayne will not change, Mad Dog will not change, Stick will not change. Even in the face of hard evidence to the contrary, they will not change. I have made up my mind, and I bet the rest of the board is tired of this. But it has been pretty quiet and tame lately! LOL I learned in psychology class that some people actually thrive off their anger. They cannot live without it. If Gary Johnson has a better chance of beating Hillary, I will vote for him, Mad Dog-I did in 2012. But my vote will undoubtedly be against Hillary. And I will continue to vote against 'Establishment' candidates that will continue to line their own pockets at our expense-like the Clintons, and the rest of them. They should all be sitting next to Hillary in jail.
Less than 2 weeks to Worlds! Let's play ball.

, Sept. 9, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wayne37

Wayne, I don't do facebook-or much social media at all-this is the only place I blog.I don't hide here either, people know who I am. I get a kick out of pointing out 'political inaccuracies' by both parties. I think all politicians are liars. Having said that.....
Wayne, do you know what the participation rate is with regard to the unemployment rate? It is a much more important figure than the 'unemployment rate'.Very simply, it is the percentage of Americans in the work force. You have to understand this to really understand where unemployment really is. I would guess most Americans do not know this or how to read the Bureau of Labor Statistics statistics. And that is why EVERY administration has lied about the unemployment rate. They can, easily. Once a person has exhausted his or her unemployment benefits, they can be removed from the 'participation rate' figure as not looking for work. This is arbitrary-they can choose not to do this, but most administrations do because removal means the unemployment rate figure goes DOWN. Sir, I became part of this when I was laid off in 2013. I was dropped from the list as not looking, although I was frantically trying to find a job. This is one of the big lies all administrations have used for a long time. But this administration has used this like no other has, and even used it to influence the last election in 2012. When the papers came out and said Obama needed the rate to be under 8 to get reelected, it was sitting at 8.1%. All of a sudden, magically, with very little job creation-well under 200,000 jobs which mathematically could not drop the rate that far by itself, the rate dropped to 7.8%. They took well over 1 million people off the rolls to accomplish it. And the liberal media went with it-touting the drop with only minimal reference to the fact that the participation rate had dropped to level not seen in many, many years. The media knew if they just referenced it, they could always say they covered it, but they knew the parties would not say much-they both do it. Wayne, it is all in the BLS website put out by the government, but very few know how to interpret it and Obama knows he will get away with it. Somebody with more time than I have could figure it exactly, but it is really between 8 and 9%. THIS, AND OTHER C**P THAT THEY PUT OUT TO MAKE THEMSELVES LOOK GOOD IS THE REASON I BELIEVE ANYONE WITH AN I FOR INCUMBENT BESIDE THEIR NAME NEEDS TO GO!!! The Establishment on both sides is a mess. And people are realizing it, hence the rise in Trump and even Bernie. Everything is not as it seems as presented by this administration.........
AND WAYNE, YOU HAVE TOTALLY DUCKED ANSWERING TO THE ISSUE THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE TREATED BUSH, AND OTHER REPUBLICANS JUST AS BADLY AS YOU FEEL OBAMA HAS BEEN TREATED. And Trump is not really a Republican, but scares the media and the establishment to death. Infinitely better choice that the same old Hillary-we know nothing will ever change with her.

, Sept. 8, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wayne37

Wayne, I was also outraged that he actually said that in public. I looked long and hard to find which Republicans actually came out and agreed with the Philippine president publicly. I went to Huffington, CNN, MSNBC and a few others. I am unable to find any references to it anything Republicans said. Could you please provide me with names of the Republicans that did this so I can write them and express my displeasure? You are right that Obama should not be subjected to the same type of criticism that Bush received from the Democrats. I remember being very glad when the Democrats apologized for that.
, Sept. 7, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Colin Kaepernick

Your right, it's not. Just had to try once. Nobody else is trying. Sorry I clogged the board. I'm out.
, Sept. 7, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Colin Kaepernick

Az Iz-how disappointing that your reaction is boredom and disgust. If we do not work on these issues-it will fester like an open wound and destroy our country. Maybe you are right and I am shouting in the desert at night trying to get someone to really work on this. My pathetic effort to get a real dialog open. Just this morning I got sent this link below. It is the first time I have heard someone actually say on TV some of the stuff I said above. Lou Dobbs cuts down Republicans and Democrat alike for the corruption on BOTH SIDES.

http://video.foxbusiness.com/v /5085818847001/dobbs-the-clint on-cartel-emits-the-foulest- stench-of-all-/?#sp=show-clips

Still praying for a miracle.......
, Sept. 6, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Colin Kaepernick

Dear Wayne37:
I don’t believe I know you. I have no idea what your ethnicity is, what kind of a person you are, or anything else beyond what I have read here. I know there is intense anger and hate. The accounts of your police experiences are exactly what we need to address in this country so they do not happen again. That is the reason for my comment of reading the second report on Ferguson. If we do not realize that problem exists, we have a bigger problem. In all groups of people, white, black, brown, yellow and red there exists racism. There are many reasons it exists-upbringing probably being the worst. Passing that down to kids falls squarely on the parents. In most cases you are what your upbringing makes you. Some people that are brought up that way realize it is wrong. Others let it intensify their whole life, making no effort to change it. I don’t know the answer to fixing it or overcoming it. I know things are much better than they were before the 1960’s. I also know we have a long way to go. As of now I do not see any real action on the issues, and that bothers me. Neither the Democrats nor Republicans have any real solutions. The urban areas continue to seethe. Throwing money at the problem without a workable plan is not the answer. But, also, both sides have to want it to work. If someone can tell me how to accomplish that, I am all ears.
Wayne, you have your horror stories about police. Will you listen to what Obamacare did to my family and many thousands of hard working Americans that worked all of their lives to get where they were? My wife worked in healthcare for 25 years and worked her way up from secretary to pharmaceutical contract manager by working hard and studying. She was paid pretty well-she would have made what Kaepernick is paid for one year in about 129 years, but it was enough for us to retire on somewhere between 66 and 70, not taking anything from the Government except Social Security, which we PAID FOR all of our lives-fica came out of every check. That is money we have been promised Back AT RETIREMENT. It is NOT an entitlement. But, Obamacare took that job away-and our premiums-that we were FORCED to buy on the exchange- were $654 a month with a $5000 deductible the first year. The second year, with both of us out of work (I was laid off as the Electrical Supply Company I worked for closed its doors), the rate went to $881 a month with the $5000 deductible. After working all of our lives-neither of us could find work at 61 years old. That meant we were into our savings already-that is a rate of $15,000 per year for healthcare alone, plus our living expenses. And that Obamacare premium is increasing every year. By 70 or so we would have been penniless, our retirement gone. I began a business and have worked 80 hour weeks and driven 105,000 miles in 27 months to build it since then, and I think it will be successful, but much more work remains. Is this in any way fair? I would take considerable offense to anybody who said I am not a hard working person. That is the flip side the liberal media will NEVER cover and refuse to admit exists. I am sure there are thousands like us. I have talked to some, so I know we are not alone.
The fact that the Republicans hold Congress now is just another flip-flop from just 4 years ago when the Democrats held both house, and senate, and made things worse, too. Neither side, as I said, has ever really done anything to make things better. All they do is fight each other and blame each other. We need a big time change in politics, but as long as ALL POLITICIANS-DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO GET RICH AT OUR EXPENSE, IT WILL NEVER CHANGE. Everybody thinks their side is never wrong and the other side has caused all the problems, but the one overriding thing is ALL POLITICIANS-DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN-HAVE MADE SURE THEY ARE SET FOR LIFE PERSONALLY. None of them really give a c**p about us, but they make a life for themselves by making you think they do. Do you really think Hillary will fight for you?? I have some real estate on Alpha Centauri for you if you do.
Big business also has many fallacies. Pharmaceutical companies are constantly jacking prices of medication to unbelievable heights. Why? They have to develop new drugs for diseases, better treatments, and that research costs millions and is not cheap. And after they have done the legwork, they are protected for 20 years by copyright laws, and then anyone can copy the formula. It takes about 5 of those years to get them to market. They have to make the millions that each drug costs to develop back in that time. But they save lives, or make life better for the sick and old. You, Wayne, are a senior and you know your medical needs are growing quickly, as are all of ours. It is a catch 22 and we pay the price. Almost the same thing happens to oil companies. It is a boom-bust cycle that drives the industry. It is very popular to say they make too much money. Maybe it seems like they do when the price of oil is high, but in time like during this last year, they are losing unbelievable amounts of money. Many have already gone under or have merged to survive. They cannot just shut down and wait for prices to go back up. We need the energy. They have to operate at a loss. This again is a media choice not to cover that-because it would ruin their carefully built anger in the people about the big oil companies. New Mexico is a disaster economically right now because we are way too dependent on oil and gas. Where would we be without oil and energy? Have you had a temporary blackout recently? You realize quickly how much we ALL depend on that. Alternative energies are not ready yet. Hopefully someday they will be.
As far as disrespecting Obama, do you remember the Democrats disrespecting Bush? It was just as bad for him as it is for Obama. We are back to the politicians again, but the media was into bashing Bush too, much more than they have been into bashing Obama. They need to ALL be replaced with a new lot. I said before this election –‘No Bush, No Clinton’. We have been there and done that and it didn’t work. Here is another example of media bias-very subtle. Trump’s speech on immigration was reported everywhere I saw as ‘divisive, controversial, and contentious’. It would have been more correct to report it as “Trump promises to uphold immigration laws as written in major speech, and fix the situation that we have because the previous 7 presidents did not uphold the law as written.” The media chose to be negative to him in this and every other thing he says. They hate him and have made many others hate him by their reporting. They have made their news, and that is the media bias. It has taken the media way too long to realize how bad Hillary’s transgressions as SOS were. They have successfully covered up what was in those emails by focusing everyone’s attention on who might have hacked her. I can guarantee that if she had been a Republican she would have been in jail right now. That is the media bias I talk about. And I can go on, and on, and on…..
One final point on Michael Brown, but this is the biggest point of the liberal media stoking the fires of hate. I have attached 2 more links. One is the autopsy report. All an autopsy does is determine cause of death. Yes, it does say at the end it was a homicide. The other link is the legal definition of homicide. Homicide is basically the killing of one person by another. However, there is a big distinction between homicide, and CRIMINAL HOMICIDE. There is no doubt the act was homicide, BUT NOWHERE IS IT EVER CALLED CRIMINAL HOMICIDE. The media could have made that distinction clear, but to fan the flames and make news, they never did. This is the tragedy right now-people were led to believe that even the official reports condemned the officer, when that is not the truth. People either don’t know the truth, OR DON’T WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH. There are police shootings that are unjustified, but they must be taken on an individual basis without lumping ALL Policemen together. We have no chance as a country if we cannot come together on this and other issues.
Until we, as Americans, can handle the whole truth, look honestly at both sides of issues, and not just believe what we are spoon-fed by the media on either side, we will not move forward in matters like this. And the hate on both sides needs to be tempered and channeled into constructive work. Sadly, I feel that this is not going to happen.
http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/homicide
https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/opa/press-releases/attachments/2015/03/04/doj_report_on_shooting_of_michael_brown_1.pdf

, Sept. 5, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Colin Kaepernick

Wow.
Wayne-I am an independent that has been attacking political polarization and the liberal media bias for years. I also served in the Marine Corps. First, I don't quite understand your reason for not enlisting. It was a positive and solid experience in my life. But, that was your choice and I respect that. I voted for Johnson in 2012, Perot, Anderson, and Nader in hopes that someday we would get smart and bust the stranglehold of the 2 self-serving political parties that will inflame the population for their own gain, at the expense of the welfare of the United States. The ‘spin’ can be subtle, but powerful. They polarize their beliefs-seemingly always opposite no matter what it is- and it effectively preserves the 2 party system, and it leaves us with only 2 choices, and the 'other side is evil and the world will end' if we dare vote against their party.
I was born in 1952 near Detroit, and was still living near Detroit in 1968 when the race riots happened there-too close for comfort. The racial situation was very bad then, and much good ultimately came from the riots, the hard way. I grew up in an area that was at least half black. I got knocked out in high school by a black guy just because I was white. I was walking down the hall to class and never saw it coming, and woke up in the infirmary. But I did not blame ALL black people for that. It never crossed my mind. People are people to me and I accept them for who they are. But we must never forget that there is, of course, much more work to be done.

https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/opa/press-releases/attachments/2015/03/04/doj_report_on_shooting_of_michael_brown_1.pdf
https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/opa/press-releases/attachments/2015/03/04/ferguson_police_department_report.pdf

Wayne, I get to Southern California and it is amazing what I read there in the papers. You are pounded daily with nothing but liberal media bias and never see the other side of the issue. They have inflamed you and many others about Ferguson, and when you are relentlessly exposed to that extent, you begin believing it-to your core being. I have attached the link to the 2 reports about Ferguson. You have connected them as if they were one problem. That is what the media did. To me, unquestionably, they should be addressed SEPARATELY. BOTH reports are from the same Department of Justice that you cite as a creditable source. You cannot discount one just because it goes against what you WANT to believe. If you can read the account of Michael Brown and tell me that if you had been the officer you would have reacted differently, Houston we have a problem. If you read it and dismiss it because you don’t want to believe it or think it was slanted to absolve the officer, we have a bigger problem. If everyone reads the second link and doesn't realize we still do have major problems that need to be addressed, then we have an even bigger problem. Both sides (and there shouldn’t even BE 2 sides) need to get politicians and media out of the way and address this issue. I pray that as a nation we can do that. But the media has blown this thing up to a point that it is so huge it is amazing. They are out to sell print, attract viewers, and build ratings. They have now gotten to the point where they will do anything to do that. Yes, there are things that happen and big problems to fix, but there are also almost 18,000 police forces in the US and relatively few instances of problems. Why do you insist on indicting ALL Police for the actions of a small minority of them? Why do we not hear often enough about the good things cops do EVERY day for people? They handle PCP freaks, meth addicts, strung out people that are so messed up they don’t know what they are doing. They handle a myriad of domestic abuse cases on a daily basis and those can erupt into EXTREME VIOLENCE at any time. Every day they make stops or calls and do not know what they are walking in to. You can train a person forever, and there will be unique things you just can’t train for. And 99+% of the time they do a heck of a great job. They are not allowed to have a ‘bad day’. They are the first to respond to disasters-running towards trouble instead of away. And now they have the added fear that individuals or mobs may be out to randomly kill them the first chance they get. They are afraid they won’t get to go home to THEIR families and loved ones. As I said in my first sentence---WOW.
We, as a people, need to get past the self-serving political parties and the media. Both parties have alternated power for the last 70 years and despite all the rhetoric, neither has accomplished anything, except create increasing divisiveness. The media feels they need to write sensational stuff. What would happen if we were actually working together in a constructive way to solve our problems? They would have nothing to write about. How sad that we are so controlled and inflamed by a media, driven by ratings, that has LEARNED IT CAN CREATE MORE NEWS BY THE WAY IT REPORTS THE NEWS.

Who said in 1961: “Do you know that Negroes are 10 percent of the population of St. Louis and are responsible for 58% of its crimes? We’ve got to face that.” Answer at the end of the post.

Colin has the right, which many fought for, to protest. At least we used to be a free country. But, I hope instead of being part of inflaming things even worse, he uses his platform to WORK toward a solution. I hope he shows everyone this was more than just a ‘look at me’ moment. He will probably deny it but he IS a 1%’er. He makes more this year than 99% of us will make in our lifetime. How will he use his power and influence…and his money? It is time for some real solutions, and some frank talk on the problems. Colin, do this constructively-you have the podium now. What are your SOLUTIONS, what do you want to ACCOMPLISH, and HOW ARE YOU PERSONALLY GOING TO WORK TOWARD THAT GOAL?

It was Dr. Martin Luther King in 1961. Dr. King saw the entire problem and worked for a solution-NON-VIOLENTLY-across both sides of the issue. Where is the next Dr. King that sees the problem and works to improve it in a peaceful manner? Who, in a position of leadership, will be the one to really step forward and get this dialog going, setting aside the hate and the rhetoric? And if someone does, will the media even allow it or will they destroy him or her?
I pray daily for our country.


, Aug. 2, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A Crazy Rumination!!

Mustard? Pass the ketchup please! Wow, this really conjures up visions of bats stuck to hands,legs,butts, balls and gloves. It would make several bats easier to carry-just stick them to various parts of your body! Sorry, guys, still haven't stopped laughing!
, July 20, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONALS

You can be your sweet bippy that if Aurora were designated Western Nationals that a lot of the California teams would show up. Just sayin'.....
, June 17, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Awards

I have never seen this before. Do I read right that you get a point just for playing either Major or major Plus in Nationals or World's?
, June 15, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: My son Tim

Alan, my wife and I send our heartfelt prayers for your family.
, May 29, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Reno

Hey, Dave, where are the results for Reno?????
Oh, yeah, it's only Sunday, tourney is not over yet-Senior Moment.
, May 19, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: looking for two or three major-plus players to play in Reno

Hmmmmmm-last time I looked Arizona does border California-I may have to recheck that.......lol
, May 4, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Re-Learning Hip Rotation, Cures Early Season Slump. Swing Makeover #39

Agrred, big time. Steve Imlay actually used some of this to help me turn my swing around some from an early season slump. Thanks to both of you!It is amazing how a person can get off a little bit sometimes and all of a sudden you can't break out of a paper bag.
, May 4, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need A Pitcher

stoooopid bats, I guess!
, May 2, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shadow Rock Complex

Dave, thanks for your responses. The problem is not with SSUSA. I will not advocate 'hitting them in the wallet'. That is shortsighted. They work hard to provide all of these tourneys all year long and in Las Vegas we have a problem with the fact Vegas gets so much money coming in they just don't care about a few senior softball players. But nickname36 says it all-IT'S VEGAS, BABY. Although I can care less if I ever go there again because I don't gamble at all and overall my wife and I have been there so many times we don't care much for the city, players all over LOVE to go there for the weekend. The vast majority of players will put up with a couple bad fields. And the competition is great. I am confident SSUSA will continue to talk to them about the fields.
One other comment since it was there a couple times already, that umpire that was more concerned with the cap being the right way rather than if he could even keep it on was one of the worst umps I have ever seen. The whole game was about her power on the field. She had controversy EVERY game. She wasted a lot of time herself many times and then hollered at players if they weren't ready to go. Sorry, Dave, but that one needs to go.
, April 30, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CONGRATS TO AZ LEGENDS, WEST COAST ALL STARS, AND AZ EXTREME!!!!

Hi dolfan-same to you-really too bad the light debacle interrupted the game when it did for an hour. It was a heck of an offensive game with the wind blowing in so hard the first 6 innings. Always competitive!
, April 30, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shadow Rock Complex

I also don't understand the attack on Dbax-he is absolutely right that NOBODY should play there. One of these days someone is going to blow a knee out on the grassy knoll on one of the upper fields, or someone is going to take a ball in the nose from a hop and be seriously injured. But we also have to realize that a big part of the problem is that the City of Las Vegas could care less whether we are there, and does not make any effort to make the best fields available for these events. Dave works with what he has to work with.
It was so bad up there that my WIFE says she WILL NOT GO WITH ME EVER AGAIN if we have to play there. I don't like to be at a tourney without her, so I will have a decision to make.
The wind coming off the top fields swirling onto the bottom fields also made it impossible to throw strikes with any consistency. That made a travesty of both of our games on Friday with about 30 walks in each game. That is just not how a major tourney like this should be played. And don't give me that 'Live with it' line. It could be avoided.
, April 28, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CONGRATS TO AZ LEGENDS, WEST COAST ALL STARS, AND AZ EXTREME!!!!

I watched a few innings of the Nighthawks win over Minnesota-the D shut them down, including a GREAT backhand running catch by the aforementioned Kenny Vaught. Hawks looked tough.
Congrats to the AZ Legends for a great tourney, too.
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