What the Game is Really About

October 23rd, 2016

It’s not about winning. It is about childhood, and hope, and joy of expectation. It is waking up to a beautiful day before the dew burnt away and getting your ball and mitt and calling out your friends, and if there weren’t enough of them, to play derivative games like fast pitching, or running bases, or bounce or fly, or 500, or peggy-move up, or even, as my dad taught me, baseball with a jackknife in a clearing on the prairie, or if it rained, show each other our baseball cards, and maybe trade them. It is about one stry stries, or odds and evens, or flipping a coin, or rock paper scissors, or catching the tossed bat nearest the end, placing fingers next to fingers, and trying to kick the bat away from the last kid holding onto the thin knuckle of the bat to see who got to pick sides first. It is even about just playing catch, or rolling the ball back and forth with a squealing little toddler.

It has nothing to do with drunks, or car commercials, or overpriced tickets or sports bars or hip neighborhoods, or uniforms or authentic gear. It has to do with transcendent moments of perfection, when somehow the most difficult feat in all of athletics, to hit a ball squarely within a fraction of a second of decision, happens just when we want it to happen the most, and the ball goes just where we want it to go. Each component of the game — running, throwing, fielding, batting, coaching, umpiring, even groundskeeping — has its own beyond. Any group of children with a bat and a ball and some gloves can do it, any time the weather and conditions permit, as long as bullies aren’t there to steal your stuff, or someone doesn’t demand to see a permit.

This game, when played right, and yes, with respect, is open to be shared by any who work to skill up for it, and who are willing to learn from those wise in it. This game, and what it meant, is a wonderful memory, like my father’s spooky knuckleball. As the man said, it’s only about what happens between the two white lines, nothing else. Once the game starts, you stay to the end, unless Mom or Dad calls you home.

For thousands of hours of my life, I have played and anticipated and practiced this most difficult game, and tried to teach it to my kids and to other kids. I have permanent injuries because of it. Although I treasure the memories of friendship it brought, I have let it go, and probably will never spend more than two minutes watching it played professionally again, because the game is no longer innocent and free enough for children, and because my own time is running out, and other, better purposes demand my attention each moment.

But I celebrate your joy! Come a future spring, I may again stand in the cold air and watch the young play their hearts out in a neighborhood park as the bat stings their hands with every swat. I know the feeling.

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Aphorism CV

October 17th, 2016

The purpose of almost all political rhetoric is to demonstrate that excrement is not odiferous (odoriferous).

This rhetoric only works when people cannot smell, politically speaking.

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Black Lives Matter’s Anti-Family Rhetoric

October 12th, 2016

I fundamentally disagree with the anti-family Black Lives Matter rhetoric:

“We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, and especially ‘our’ children to the degree that mothers, parents and children are comfortable.”

Guiding Principles, Black Lives Matter website

We have witnessed the destruction of the African American family for generations. There apparently is not room for responsible fatherhood in the BLM radical rhetoric. After hundreds of years of the government and our culture disrupting the African American nuclear family, now BLM proposes to finish the job. Not an improvement.

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Aphorism CIV

September 25th, 2016

The dramatic increase in public awareness of police excessive force and killings is due to the proliferation of Internet-linked cameras following technological advance and to new forms of association due to social media, not due to an increase in police excessive force and killings.

There have been police excessive force and killings with impunity for thousands of years. But the new integration of phone and camera technology has made these killings visible, and has made it possible for citizens to respond in coordinated ways to police excessive force and killings.

Now police excessive force and killings cannot occur with impunity. This change has been the dream of reformers for millennia.

Technology has brought us to a new point with the age-old question, Quis custodiet ipsos custodies? Who will guard these guardians?

There have always been police excessive force and killings. Now we can see more of them, and react in appropriate ways that protect the rights of citizens.

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More Sad News from Illinois DCFS

September 25th, 2016

News reports state that 11 youths died within the care of Illinois DCFS during the two-year period ending 6/30/15.

I recall that the Chicago Sun-Times campaigned against the Catholic child-care institution Maryville in 2002-3 over one suicide, and, with the help of the ACLU, drove the dedicated Fr. John P. Smyth out of child care after four decades of service. Now the Sun-Times reporters and editors should be very proud of themselves, given the catastrophic failure of Illinois DCFS.

As I wrote during the Maryville controversy–

The enduring naive faith of Chicago child welfare reformers in, of all things, Illinois politics to provide stability for poor children is the core dumb idea to which crusading reformers return decade after decade, like the Biblical dog returning to its vomit. . . .

Here is a link with a summary of my correspondence from 2002-3 on this subject.

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African American Legislative Caucuses Commit Slow Suicide by Supporting Abortion

September 23rd, 2016

Despite the African American total fertility rate in the US shrinking to less than the replacement rate for the African American population, African American legislative caucuses continue to commit slow suicide by supporting abortion. With each redistricting to come, whether in civic, state, or congressional elections, the number of predominantly African American legislative districts will continue to shrink, despite activist politics at redistricting time and more and more ludicrous gerrymandering.

There is no fighting demography in the long run. As the African American population shrinks in the US due in no small part to abortion politics, so will shrink the hard-fought political gains of African Americans. African American legislative caucuses are beginning to die by their own hand. After 2030, if present abortion trends continue in the African American community, it is possible that African American legislative districts at all levels could shrink by 40% to even 50%.

This self-inflicted blow was first struck by now elderly legislators of the Civil Rights era who bought into supporting abortion in order to gain and retain power. These foolish elders have dealt their own legacy a death blow, but given the human life span, they will likely not survive long enough to witness the bitter fruits of their own stupidity.

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Aphorism CIII

August 30th, 2016

The smoke of Satan is also a shade of grey.

Now this is the message that we have heard from him and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” while we continue to walk in darkness, we lie and do not act in truth. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:5-7)

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Aphorism CII

August 25th, 2016

America’s most radical president became the man who saved capitalism.

Russia’s most corrupt leader is fighting political corruption in the US.

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Aphorism CI

August 14th, 2016

Many religious leaders will claim to be middle of the road, and deny being either liberal or conservative, but there is a quick way to discern the difference:

A religious leader shows a liberal tendency when he or she ignores or dismisses numerous complaint letters from conservatives, but jumps sky high over a single complaint letter from a liberal.

A religious leader shows a conservative tendency when he or she ignores or dismisses numerous complaint letters from liberals, but jumps sky high over a single complaint letter from a conservative.

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Lead Piping and the Chicago Plumbers Union in the 1980s

August 8th, 2016

Many have forgotten, but I didn’t. The removal of lead pipes and lead solder from water piping installations was fought bitterly by Local 130 of the plumbers union in Chicago in the 1980s, prior to federal legislation later in that decade that overruled local legislation and banned such use of lead. This is one clear case in US history in which organized labor defended a dangerous environmental hazard with which we are living today.

Here’s a quote from the Chicago Tribune on March 30, 1986 from an article by Casey Bukro: “More than a decade after other major American cities outlawed lead in drinking water pipes, Chicago officials hope to overcome resistance from the influential plumbers union and enact a similar ban here.” Read in the light of 2016, the rest of the article is damning.

Nowhere in the many lead-in-the-water stories today does one find the role of plumbers unions in fighting the removal of lead from the water piping installations, which was clearly and indisputably documented by the Chicago press in the 1980s.

Unions do many good things, but in some cases such as the above, when they put their own interest above the public interest, they can harm the common good.

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