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, 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.
, April 24, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: las vegas TOURNEY

In the 60 M+, the Nighthawks beat Minnesota to win. Congratulations to all my former teammates, and all my friends on the Hawks.
, April 24, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas 50's Fields

Well, Shadow Rock again proved that it should not be used. The upper two fields are dangerously uneven-we even nicknamed the big hump behind second base 'the grassy knoll' on field 2. The grass, what there was of it, was deep enough to hide a softball in places. But then, when things went late, the lights would not come on in the 6th inning of a very competitive and entertaining game, and we had to stop for an hour until they got them on. Sorry, Dave-not a slam at you because I understand Las Vegas limits you tremendously. But some of the hops on those fields could have injured people. I am more disappointed that Las Vegas doesn't treat SSUSA better.
, April 23, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: I Believe in Softball

That's a great post. Can we add on?
I believe if you have a bad at bat-the next one will be better. I believe if you have a bad game the next one will be better. I believe that if you have a bad year, the next one will be better. I believe if we are down 15 in the open inning we can still win! I believe if you hustle every play, that sometimes it can even change a game that seems lost. I believe in saving that last home run for the open inning. I believe it takes the entire team to win or lose a game. I also believe there is no way I could do curls with a 40 pound weight. God bless this game and the people that play it and make it happen!
, April 23, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas 50's Fields

Congratulations to you and Fran! Family is still more important! Dave wasn't kidding-we alternated in right field on the bottom field and could hardly stand up at times. The wind by the plate was partially blocked and swirled, making it tough for even seasoned pitchers to throw strikes. I think we 'out walked' our 2 opponents.I know one of our guys never swung the bat until his SEVENTH at bat and another until his SIXTH at bat.
, April 22, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas 50's Fields

I figured you would give me a hard time about that post. Hope I get a chance to say hi out here sometime this weekend.
, April 22, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first bse

I have played first base a lot. There are times, especially when stretching for a throw and barely holding the base that I could not possibly tell that the runner missed the base. I wouldn't know to appeal that.
, April 22, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas 50's Fields

Well, here we are getting ready for Friday in Vegas and the weather report is for winds of 30 gusting to 40 or 50. And we get shadow rock where they will probably hit 120 or so. LOL. Dave, your timing for this tournament was amazing! But we understand 40 TO 50 MPH is no big deal---IF YOU ARE A HURRICANE.
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