PoliticalSports: The Ultimate Game 2012-05-03T02:07:38Z The game of politics; strategies, coaches, players, teams, leagues, winners, losers and spectators tag:politicalsports.com,2012://1 Movable Type Copyright (c) 2012, Chip Spear I am a relatively creative person, however... 2012-05-03T02:07:38Z 2012-05-03T02:05:36Z tag:politicalsports.com,2012://1.701 2012-05-03T02:05:36Z I could not make this up.....for your amusement... Chip Spear chip@politicalsports.com I could not make this up.....for your amusement

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This is not about Political Sports 2012-03-13T01:08:50Z 2012-03-13T01:02:28Z tag:politicalsports.com,2012://1.700 2012-03-13T01:02:28Z This is really about idiots, the amazing number of Americans who are deciding the Republican nominee for PRESIDENT of the United States. One can certainly make excuses I suppose. The 4 remaining candidates are very "wanting" in characteristics that would... Chip Spear chip@politicalsports.com This is really about idiots, the amazing number of Americans who are deciding the Republican nominee for PRESIDENT of the United States. One can certainly make excuses I suppose. The 4 remaining candidates are very "wanting" in characteristics that would make them effective Presidents. But really you have got to be kidding...we get what we deserve I guess.

"Sandra Fluke is the model Welfare Queen for the 21st Century. Upper middle class to start, going to a very expensive (and very liberal law) school on scholarship, and now (as we know from news reports) a tool of the White House media shop. She won't have kids like the old-style welfare queens. Instead, she will first absorb all the government benefits she can while in school, and then work for a liberal law firm or political organization as a political activist. Or she may become another trusted lieutenant of Eric Holder at Justice. She is a product of the American version of the cradle-through-career indoctrination and career of the old Soviet Komsomol," - Jed Babbin, American Spectator.

And this:
Likely Republican voters from Mississippi:

Fifty-two percent said that Obama practiced Islam, while just 12 percent said he was a Christian. Thirty-six percent said they were not sure.

How can one have respect for what this party is offering to solve the amazingly difficult problems and challenges confronting our country.

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It Makes You Scratch Your Head 2012-02-10T21:42:48Z 2012-02-10T20:49:50Z tag:politicalsports.com,2012://1.699 2012-02-10T20:49:50Z Thanks to Bad Attitudes, one of my favorite blogs for this post, which came from Lauren Unger-Geoffroy: After the long weekend of revolution participation here, I had to pay 13 Egyptian pounds--the equivalent of three U.S. dollars--to have an X-ray... Chip Spear chip@politicalsports.com Major Leagues - National Thanks to Bad Attitudes, one of my favorite blogs for this post, which came from Lauren Unger-Geoffroy:

After the long weekend of revolution participation here, I had to pay 13 Egyptian pounds--the equivalent of three U.S. dollars--to have an X-ray of my stress-fractured ankle. The hospital was part of a labyrinthine and crowded complex, and I had to ask directions repeatedly. But eventually a cast and a containment brace were put on my ankle, all for the cost of the equivalent of an additional 45 U.S. dollars. I tsk-tsked and said to the young doctor, "That is expensive! Much more than last year." He replied apologetically, "Yes, I know, I am sorry, but now we are using some American products."

I did not mention that these American products would cost at least 300 times more in the U.S. than they cost here, or that in America I would have to pay $600 to health insurance extortion every single month for life in order to afford medical treatment. As I limped back to the taxi, accompanied by the typical sympathy, offers of help and well-wishing of strangers, I reflected on the strange chasm of values, self-interest, the evils of capitalism, human decency, pragmatism, social unity, and the vacuum of understanding into which can rush ... anything.

Anything, like Rick Santorum, from HuffPost:


He said that the health care law passed under Romney in Massachusetts in 2006 was "the stepchild of ObamCare" and said that Romney "built the largest government run health care system in the United States."

Health care should be a defining issue for the election, a key contrast between the Republican nominee and the incumbent president, Santorum said. But Romney, Santorum said, "would simply give that issue away in the fall, give the issue away of government control of your health."

It doesn't register that our health care system is broken, and that 50 million people are without health care. Costs are rising much faster than inflation. Something needed to be done....but roll out the old "government is evil" card, even if it flies in the face of reality. What does it matter, really?

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Let's Play a Game - You are Mitt Romney 2012-02-08T15:51:32Z 2012-02-08T15:12:12Z tag:politicalsports.com,2012://1.697 2012-02-08T15:12:12Z You are Mitt and want to run for President. You were the Republican governor of what many Americans consider to be the most liberal state in the country. Your history strongly suggests you are a moderate Republican who was fairly... Chip Spear chip@politicalsports.com Major Leagues - National You are Mitt and want to run for President. You were the Republican governor of what many Americans consider to be the most liberal state in the country. Your history strongly suggests you are a moderate Republican who was fairly well received during his term in Massachusetts. You are a Morman. You obviously want to run in the Republican party. Just as obvious is the fact that it is controlled to a large degree by what can graciously be described as a bunch of Looney Tunes who think that the earth is flat and the moon is made of green cheese.

So, how do you get the nomination? You are smart, accomplished, a successful businessman who has made something like $250 Million. You implemented a health plan that is surprisingly similar to Obama's. If you want some specifics of his term you can find it here:

You will find that you probably agree with some actions and not others. He seems like a moderate, reasonable Republican. I doubt that you get the nomination by saying you are going to do the same things for the country. The wacky doodles wouldn't stand for it. You don't talk much about your Massachusetts accomplishments, do you? And your religion? I think you don't bring that up either. Isn't the only way to get the nomination to move right, way right? What would you do differently? How would you be playing this game?

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I Don't Get It 2012-02-07T18:45:24Z 2012-02-04T22:24:03Z tag:politicalsports.com,2012://1.696 2012-02-04T22:24:03Z Do you? I really have no comprehension of how anyone can take any Republican candidate seriously, seriously. Given the state of the economy, their economic plans are a joke. All they want to do is cut everything that will assist... Chip Spear chip@politicalsports.com Do you? I really have no comprehension of how anyone can take any Republican candidate seriously, seriously. Given the state of the economy, their economic plans are a joke. All they want to do is cut everything that will assist the poor, the unemployed and the middle class. All proposed cuts significantly help the wealthy get wealthier while doing nothing to build the infrastructure necessary to get our country moving into the middle of the 21st century. The environment is to be exploited for economic gain, consequences be damned. Global warming....the earth is flat. Energy policy....they are so beholden to Big Oil that they will deny the most blatant facts. By doing nothing to move away from fossil fuels, we are cementing our dependency on Middle East Islamic dictatorships. And that is smart policy? What are people thinking? Wait, I should correct that, they aren't.

These are obviously complex issues, but from a high level, people's distrust of government seems to blind them to what is in front of their noses. The government is like not so different from a large corporation, overly infected with bureaucracy. Its intent is to help and to solve problems. Can it be harmful? Yes, of course, just like actions by any individual or group. We face some daunting problems that demand clear, level-headed thinking. I feel these people are drunk on fear, suspicion and greed that distorts their ability to see. It is a horrible way to live, isn't it?

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American Spearit 2010-02-17T22:33:29Z 2010-02-17T22:16:19Z tag:politicalsports.com,2010://1.695 2010-02-17T22:16:19Z Are you mad enough yet? Health care, financial meltdown and big bonuses, energy policy, never ending wars, crumbling infrastructure, education, religious fundamentalists, taxes and the rich, discrepancy between rich and poor, lack of inspiring direction, Tea partiers, Sarah Palin as... Chip Spear chip@politicalsports.com
Are you mad enough yet? Health care, financial meltdown and big bonuses, energy policy, never ending wars, crumbling infrastructure, education, religious fundamentalists, taxes and the rich, discrepancy between rich and poor, lack of inspiring direction, Tea partiers, Sarah Palin as possible President, a Congress that is totally dysfunctional, Republicans who are against everything except helping big business and making people think they are for the forgotten white folks, the environment, the list is pretty long isn't it? And I could easily make it longer.

I have been playing around with politics for a very long time, and this site, off and on, for a couple of years. I know local politics, I know how to organize and get people motivated to accomplish goals. I understand many national and international issues, not as well as some, but far, far better than most. I am not part of the paranoid and greed contingent. I think it is about time to do something more. It is time to use my skills and knowledge and talents to deliver solutions. Perhaps it is a bit Quixotic, but better try than do nothing.

So I am challenging myself to begin something that will bring people together that will solve problems and move our country forward, to celebrate innovation and accomplishment, to deliver solutions to the problems that confront us, to be more than a politician and more than a businessman, but somehow meld the two to drive the real Americans who embody the American Spearit to take back America from Idiot Garbage. I must begin.

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The Passport Breach 2008-03-22T02:53:34Z 2008-03-22T02:52:32Z tag:politicalsports.com,2008://1.694 2008-03-22T02:52:32Z First we find out that a couple of state department contractors looked at Obama's passport records three times, all politically significant dates this year. Then we read today that someone looked at Hillary's passport records sometime last year. And now,... Chip Spear chip@politicalsports.com Major Leagues - National First we find out that a couple of state department contractors looked at Obama's passport records three times, all politically significant dates this year. Then we read today that someone looked at Hillary's passport records sometime last year. And now, there are indications that someone looked at John McCain's passport records. Are they related? Are they the same couple of people, or are they all from the same contracting firm? Who did they report to? What other work do they do? What are their histories? Why hasn't the State Department released their names yet?

Given the record of this administration, it is not surprising that this only came out because a reporter had some inside information and not from the State Department itself. It is also not surprising that the State Department has not released any names yet. There might be a good reason, but the record leads me to be suspicious of their motives. I expect the State Department will stonewall any investigation

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Fabulous Fumble of the Week - Eliot Spitzer - 3/16 2008-03-17T01:41:29Z 2008-03-16T19:06:47Z tag:politicalsports.com,2008://1.693 2008-03-16T19:06:47Z Tough call this week. We have Eliot Spitzer with his sexcapade, then Geraline Ferraro and her untimely comment about Obama only being where he is because of the color of his skin, and then there is O.I.L. whose concern... Chip Spear chip@politicalsports.com Fabulous Fumbles
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Tough call this week. We have Eliot Spitzer with his sexcapade, then Geraline Ferraro and her untimely comment about Obama only being where he is because of the color of his skin, and then there is O.I.L. whose concern for the economy in his speech in NY this week was laughable (NYT).

So who wins? I would say that we can eliminate O.I.L. This is nothing new. It is not like we should be surprised by his idiotic comments, or his lack of responsibility. It is second nature to the guy. Geraldine is a big story, but I don't think it is as seismic as Eliot's. Yes, what she said was stupid, and sure it got a lot of play, but she is a small figure in the campaign without significant impact.

Eliot, on the other hand, is rather special. Describe by many as arrogant, self-righteous and smart, it is quite something to see the Governor of the second largest state fumble so blatantly. Of course, I should would love to know what is going on in the head of his wife.

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Scholarships and Varsity College Sports 2008-03-14T11:06:14Z 2008-03-13T13:04:05Z tag:politicalsports.com,2008://1.692 2008-03-13T13:04:05Z Bill Pennington, of the NY Times, has written a great series about the downside of College Varsity athletic scholarships. I would recommend it for anyone vaguely interested in the craziness of high school and college athletics. You can find one... Chip Spear chip@politicalsports.com General Bill Pennington, of the NY Times, has written a great series about the downside of College Varsity athletic scholarships. I would recommend it for anyone vaguely interested in the craziness of high school and college athletics. You can find one article here, and another here.

I have some connection to college sports. I played football at a Div. I school when I was a freshman, then quit and moved to a swimming pool, where I played varsity water polo for three years. I left the sport for many years, but returned about 7 years ago as a volunteer coach for the now club water polo team of my alma mater. To some degree I see what the impact is on many of the students and the strain it places on their lives. I have become a huge advocate of the club college sports scene. I will write more of that at another time. Please read the articles. Mr. Pennington does a great job of describing many of the conflicts with our current athletic system.

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Workouts 2008-03-13T00:56:25Z 2008-03-13T00:52:24Z tag:politicalsports.com,2008://1.691 2008-03-13T00:52:24Z Yesterday I ran 4 miles. Today, after work, I worked out with a Bullworker, an amazing little machine that provides a great strength workout. I have been using one of these things regularly for the past four years and find... Chip Spear chip@politicalsports.com Get Off The Couch Yesterday I ran 4 miles. Today, after work, I worked out with a Bullworker, an amazing little machine that provides a great strength workout. I have been using one of these things regularly for the past four years and find it terrific. They are inexpensive, lightweight, very portable and easy to store. How can you beat that? You can find one through Amazon here.

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America's Racist Society 2008-03-13T00:49:27Z 2008-03-13T00:46:55Z tag:politicalsports.com,2008://1.690 2008-03-13T00:46:55Z There is no question that we still live in a very prejudiced society. Whether it is racial, sexual, religious, physical or whatever, we seemed consumed with labeling people in categories, analyzing reactions by categories then try to deny that we... Chip Spear chip@politicalsports.com Culture There is no question that we still live in a very prejudiced society. Whether it is racial, sexual, religious, physical or whatever, we seemed consumed with labeling people in categories, analyzing reactions by categories then try to deny that we are acting in a way which confirms those categories. Yesterday, comments by Geraldine Ferraro came to light which some construed as racist. She said that Barack Obama got to his position partly because of his race. (CNN)

"In her first interview with Daily Breeze, published late last week, Ferraro said "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept," Ferraro told the newspaper. She also said Hillary Clinton had been the victim of a "sexist media."

Is this racist? Is it true? It could very well be. People are certainly voting for these candidates because they are black or a woman or white, depending whether you are Barack, Hillary or John. Pollsters and media folks continually break down voting patterns by race, sex and religion almost daily. Does anyone really think that these candidates have achieved their respective positions without taking advantage of some cultural "wave"? Granted this is not the only reason, but I am sure it is a factor. People are excited about the fact that a "black" (he is half white and half black) and a woman are the two leading Democratic candidates. I would contend that many people are supporting their respective campaigns for that very reason. Now a high profile person points that out, and she is blasted by the media. What is their goal in doing so? Perhaps they are helping to stir the pot to generate more viewers. They certainly do what they can to keep race and sex a big part of the political scene. Whatever the real motives, and I am sure they are multifaceted, it sure is interesting.

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Sex and Prostitution 2008-03-13T00:45:55Z 2008-03-13T00:45:02Z tag:politicalsports.com,2008://1.689 2008-03-13T00:45:02Z So what is it about the MSM that thinks politicians have some unusual sex drive that sends many of them to prostitutes? Are politicians really that much different than all the rest of us? I would think the huge flurry... Chip Spear chip@politicalsports.com General So what is it about the MSM that thinks politicians have some unusual sex drive that sends many of them to prostitutes? Are politicians really that much different than all the rest of us? I would think the huge flurry of interest is because these are public figures who will help either sell airtime or magazines. One should remember that prostitutes live off the needs of the larger society, not just celebrities and politicians. We are only aware of the media magnets, not the general population. All these articles are factually ridiculous.

However, the issue of why the question appears is much more interesting. Again we need to explore the motivation behind the headlines, like why bring up the issue? How does it play out in the media? Does it help sell papers or attract more viewers? The issue of truth is completely different. I would even say that all those "expert" opinions are rather suspect. I have not heard one of them try to differentiate between politicians and the rest of us.

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O.I.L. (Our Illustrious Leader) Keeps Pounding for Yards 2008-03-12T15:14:37Z 2008-03-11T17:32:08Z tag:politicalsports.com,2008://1.688 2008-03-11T17:32:08Z GW keeps pounding away at anyone who stands in his way as he continues his march to unrestricted Presidential power. He never backs down, he never doubts. His methods are consistent and have generally been very successful, haven't they? The... Chip Spear chip@politicalsports.com General GW keeps pounding away at anyone who stands in his way as he continues his march to unrestricted Presidential power. He never backs down, he never doubts. His methods are consistent and have generally been very successful, haven't they? The Dems have been exceedingly ineffective to stop him from his torture requests or his recent moves to protect the telecom companies from prosecution for helping the Administration wiretap Americans without a warrant. (NYT)

"The flash point in the debate has been the question of whether to protect AT&T and other major phone companies from some 40 lawsuits pending in federal courts, which charge that the companies' participation in the eavesdropping program violated federal privacy laws and their responsibilities to their customers.

Mr. Bush says the companies acted out of patriotism in responding to what they believed was a lawful presidential order. He has said that the lawsuits are being pursued by money-driven class-action lawyers and that they should not be allowed to threaten the financial solvency of the phone companies."

Why change your strategy when it works?

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That Uncontrollable Urge 2008-03-11T14:30:37Z 2008-03-11T12:57:05Z tag:politicalsports.com,2008://1.687 2008-03-11T12:57:05Z Sex, sex, sex. Ah, old Mother Nature sure likes to throw a curve or two into our lives, now doesn't she? Or at least it does for Eliot Spitzer, Governor of New York. Of course, he is not the only... Chip Spear chip@politicalsports.com General Sex, sex, sex. Ah, old Mother Nature sure likes to throw a curve or two into our lives, now doesn't she? Or at least it does for Eliot Spitzer, Governor of New York. Of course, he is not the only one who has succumbed to urges that he or she rationally knows will derail their chosen path. Certainly Eliot knew that his actions were illegal and would lead to his downfall if caught. He knew that he was potentially destroying his marriage and family. He knew that he was putting his career in jeopardy. He knew he was being hypocritical, given his prosecutorial history as Attorney General of NY and Governor. And yet, he still hired a prostitute and had her cross state lines.

So, why would someone in his position destroy so much of his life? What is driving him? That is a silly question really, in the sense that it is so complex that one almost shouldn't even bother asking. But of course, we do. Why does anyone go to a prostitute when they are in a supposedly happy marriage? Obviously they are not getting what they sexually want from their spouse. And therein is the problem.

Is it the culture, or is it something that is inherent in the differences between men and women? Why is it that men have had a desire to continually seek sexual satisfaction outside of their marriages? Do men want to cheat? Or perhaps they are inclined to have sex, more often, in many different forms than are acceptable to their mates? I am sure this also has something to do with the quality of their relationship, but not entirely. This condition is so pervasive, and historical that I feel it extends well beyond the quality of a relationship. One can't individually blame all men or women for this. Maybe it is the Venus/Mars thing.

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Bad Attitudes 2008-03-09T23:11:06Z 2008-03-09T23:08:23Z tag:politicalsports.com,2008://1.686 2008-03-09T23:08:23Z Jerry Doolittle's blog, Bad Attitudes, has posted some terrific entries over the last couple of days. I urge you to check it out.... Chip Spear chip@politicalsports.com General Jerry Doolittle's blog, Bad Attitudes, has posted some terrific entries over the last couple of days. I urge you to check it out.

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