1) On January 16, I read on CBSSports.com that a California Little League coach was suing one of his 14-year old players for at least $500,000.
The story told is that the kid had come around third base and was heading towards home plate with what was going to be the game winning run when he tossed his helmet off of his head. Just like the MLB players he sees on TV and at games, that is, if he is lucky enough to have a dad who can take him to games and afford the associated cost.
The problem erupted when the helmet struck the coach and somehow the dude’s Achilles tendon was torn in the process. The coach decided to sue the player and the Little League organization for his “pain and suffering” which he, and his lawyer, place at $500,000 and then he wants another $100,000 to cover his medical bills.
The kids dad said, “At first I thought it was a joke… Now I think it’s absurd.”
The lawyer for the coach said, “He’s a good guy who was volunteering his time and now he’s in a wheelchair. Who’s the victim here? This wasn’t part of the game. To have someone throw a helmet in that manner, you just don’t do that.”
Ummm… yes, you do, lots of folks do that. It’s sort of part of the game. You get excited; you jump around; you toss things in the air… gloves, hats, helmets…
And, besides, it was a freaking helmet… not a freaking bat or something with some real weight. It was a freak accident.
What’s next… an errant ball ricochets off a base and hits some one? Boom! Lawsuit! That base was improperly placed on the field… no one does that!
A player throws a ball thinking that someone will catch it and, oops, they miss it and it hits someone in the nuts. Bang! Lawsuit… you should have yelled for everyone to be aware there was incoming and you didn’t! No one with any sense would ever do that!
Seems the guy who wrote the CBS piece agrees: “Look, it’s definitely unfortunate, but this is bizarre. Hear that, kids? Don’t have fun playing Little League baseball for fear of celebrating too hard and sending your coach to the hospital.”
Message to the judge: Toss this frivolous crap out of the court and quit wasting the courts time and the people’s taxes with this inane bullshit. I can see asking for the Little League organization to pay for his medical costs and time lost from his job but beyond that? Nada…
Message to greedy and stupid people who volunteer to do youth sports: If you don’t understand that some shit may happen doing a sporting event that cause injuries then don’t get involved by being on the field. You’re supposed to be doing this because you love the game and helping kids but somehow; some way, that all changed when you got hurt and heard KaChing!
And to the greedy lawyers out there… Get real and go and do some good for folks who need your expertise and can’t afford it… instead of wasting everyone’s time and money with stupid stuff.
Now today (1/22) it seems it is time for damage control… First, I read that the guy doing the suing said he told his lawyer he only wanted to recover his out of paocket expense of about $20,000 but got nowhere when he approacehd the parents involved so he obviously decided to sue…for 600,000+ large. Not for reasonable costs and legal expenses…
And then I heard he went on TV just the next day after his lawsuit news went viral and he said he would drop the case against the kid in exchange for an apology.
Now. why do I find any of this unbelievable???? And, which story is true? Sounds like he’s going with the second one here but then shouldn’t that have been his first move and not a move being made as an afterthought? Maybe when he started all this crap he should have tried that avenue first
2) Over the weekend, I saw a piece in the NYDN that said “In early October (2013) Ruth, a black and white cat, and Idgie, a 2-year-old dachshund, were found in a box outside a Central Florida home.”
So why is this news outside of the fact that ya’ll should know by now that I find how some peeps treat animals is pretty damn despicable?
Well, Ruth the Cat is a seven month old kitten who is a quadriplegic and Idgie the dog is her protector come hell or high water.
The small but wiry pup dawg would growl, snap and essentially bark to no end whenever anyone approached the duo. And, if by chance, someone should take Ruth from his protection, Idgie became apprehensive and afeared for his buddy.
A Seminole County Animal Service official said, “It was like she was constantly looking for her,”.
The shelter also said they tried everything they could to help Ruth from steroid shots to the nonprofit Together Every Animal Receives Support helping by chipping in to provide free experimental therapy for the cat, including acupuncture. All to no avail… they tried.
Then an angel, in the guise of the Hollywood Houndz Boutique & Spa, in Lake Mary, took the pair and gave them a spot in their store where they could be what they were meant to be… a couple of domesticated animals just being pets who like to play, eat and sleep, and, above all, to be loved.
But, now it seems the story don’t end here though… because the two four legged tykes began to gain a bit of notoriety and a video of the two together went viral and more and more peeps came to see the amazing reality of a pup dawg who cared and the kitten who dared to make it despite all odds.
Project Paw, has even took to posting updates about the two loving creatures on their Facebook page: “Ruth is a very happy girl. She crawls to her food bowl and uses her litter box. She is very playful and loves playing with Idgie or whatever toy is available. She doesn’t think there is anything wrong. We should all be this happy!!”
Project Paw, is already raising money for Ruth’s treatment and her special needs care but just last Tuesday (1/14) the organization said, “Stay posted as we are going to have Ruth diagnosed as soon as we have the $ donations to cover the exam. The neurologist said that there is the possibility that her condition is treatable.”
Damn fucking people… just when I keep reading and hearing about how cold, cruel and inhumane we can be someone goes and does something that makes me rethink the issue… And ya’ll know what? If these so-called dumb animals can buddy up and make something out of a bad situation then maybe we all can too.
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
3) Mike Seay got a letter… but that ain’t what his piece is all about. Well, it is, but, there is more to it than just somebody ya’ll probably never heard of getting a piece of mail. It was what was on that mail… how it was addressed.
See, Mike’s teenage daughter died in April. And, the letter he got from OfficeMax was addressed to “Mike Seay, Daughter Killed in Car Crash”.
Seay, said “Why would they have that type of information? Why would they need that? What purpose does it serve anybody to know that?”
OfficeMax blamed a “third-party mailing list provider” for the insensitive mix-up.
A company official said, “We are deeply sorry that Mr. Seay and his family received this mailing from us, and we are reaching out to Mr. Seay to convey our sincerest apologies on this unfortunate matter.”
Well guess what… reaching out don’t feed the bulldog. If ever there was a time when someone should get something for pain and suffering then this just may be one of them damn times. Now, I ain’t talking about anything like millions of dollars in punitive monies but something reasonable. Maybe a sizable donation in Mike’s daughter’s name to an organization that seeks to help other folks recover from a similar tragic loss…
Then Office Max should endeavor in a concerted effort to find out where that damn “unfortunate” error occurred. And, then, when it all comes down, it needs to fall on top of someone’s head.
Sorry, but what happened here is inexcusable, and unless there is a really extraordinary circumstance, someone needs to be held responsible for being totally and inexplicably insensitive.
Putin said, “We have no ban on nontraditional sexual relations. We have a ban on propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia; I want to underline that, on propaganda among minors… We aren’t banning anything, we aren’t rounding up anyone, we have no criminal punishment for such relations unlike many other countries,” he said. “One can feel relaxed and at ease, but please leave the children in peace.”
Okay, now let me wrap my brain around this, if you are gay you can’t talk about being gay if children are around, but, if you are straight then there are no holds barred whether children are around or not… So you can talk explicitly about sex with minors as long as you are straight… That just doesn’t make a hell of a lot of sense to me… But then when you try to explain prejudice and discrimination logically somehow it never does seem to work out for some reason. No?
5) On Monday (1/20), I read on the wire services that the 85 richest people on Earth have the same amount of wealth as the bottom half of the entire world’s folks. That was from a report that was issued that day by the British humanitarian group Oxfam International.
Again… The bottom half of the world’s population, or about 3.5 billion people, account for about $1.7 trillion, 0.7% of the world’s wealth, which is within a few million dollars, give or take, what the world’s 85 richest people have.
AND… those wealthy elite are just a small part of the richest 1% of the world’s population, which, when their wealth is totaled equals about 46% of the world’s wealth, or $110 trillion. To put that into perspective, the top 1% had 65 times the total wealth of the bottom half of the population.
Think about that… and then explain to me how that seems right to anybody… Let’s face it, this is what Martin Luthur King, Jr . was speaking to when he said… “We all too often have socialism for the rich and rugged free market capitalism for the poor.”
And, let’s face this: There is free enterpirse and men making money and then there is being so obscenely wealthy that making money is decadence itself… after the first 100 billion just how much more money do you really need?
Shakespeare once said something was rotten in Denmark, I suggest there is something rotten all right but it is with a sytem that allows that much wealth to be controlled by that few people.
Okay, now when the US government was shut down not that long ago it was said it cost the US about $24 billion dollars… or enough money to fund everybody in America having damn good health insurance coverage. Now 1 trillion equals 999,999,999,999 which means that .00000000002% of the wealth of the 85 wealthiest peeps could fund health care in America. And, I would suggest if that percentage was raised to about .000000002%, then that much of their wealth would also fund health coverage for the world… Now, what exactly would be wrong with that? Universal Health Care for the World. You get sick, need an operation, anything at all regarding your, or your family’s, health anywhere in the world and you are covered.
Neat and doable if you ask me. World health care for the everybody.
Now… Nope I ain’t done yet… grok this: The percentage of income held by the richest 1% in the U.S. has grown nearly 150% from 1980 through 2012. And… that elite of the elite has received 95% of all wealth created since 2009, or after the so-called financial crisis or recession, while the bottom 90% of Americans became poorer. And, according to the National Employment Law Project, the uneven gains of the economic recovery, where many people had to take lower-paying jobs just to stay employed and so you know who could make more profits, have worsened income inequality.
And, an official for Oxfam said that “Income inequality is also socially destabilizing (and)… it’s not just a question of fairness; it’s a question of how do we preserve a functioning democracy, and, it’s difficult to do that if we don’t have broadly shared prosperity.”
Or… the wider the gap between those that have wealth and those that don’t and the smaller the amount of folks who control that wealth, make democracy that much harder to attain…
Or, as MLK Jr. would say… “And one day we must ask the question, “Why are there forty million poor people in America?” And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy.”― Martin Luther King Jr.
And, he also said…
6) Today (1/22), internet sports sites, as well as many of the internet’s news sites, told about how the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) player representatives’ met and wanted to kick Alex Rodriguez out of the union. Problem is they can’t. You just can’t kick someone out of a union once they have membership just because you feel they are a dickhead. And, that’s just what the union leadership told the player reps, i.e., an expulsion is not legal.
Back on January 13, right after he got suspended for 162 games, ARod included the MLBPA in among those he was suing when he filed in federal court and charged the union with breach of duty, claiming it had “completely abdicated its responsibility to Mr. Rodriguez,” and also accused former MLBPA chief Michael Weiner of failing to properly represent Rodriguez. Weiner died of brain cancer in November.
That was the straw that broke the union reps back and pissed them off so royally… they wanted him out of the union and out of the game.
Simply put, the union membership said okay we understand fighting for your chance to over turn the suspension regardless if we think you used PEDs or not and our legal beagles repped you.. or at least helped to rep you during your arbitration hearing.. so you suing the union is tantamount to turning on your brothers.. end of the story.
One rep was rumored to have said that ARod had better watch his back if he ever comes back to play and comes up to bat sometime down the road… Ryan Dempster anyone?
I am gonna go out on a limb here and suggest… strongly suggest.. that at least 90% of the union membership are not about ready to forgive Rodriguez for this latest “insult” to the union membership and that if not that same percentage of the union members, then at least a formidably large percentage, believe he used PEDs and that the arbitration hearing result was correct in upholding his suspension. In short, he go what he deserved. And, these are his union brothers saying this stuff. Not any reporters, not any MLB executives, not any lawyers or so-called experts and not us… but his union brothers.. the rank and file…
“[Rodriguez] needs to be scared of coming back and facing people he sued. If he can’t fear the wrath of getting kicked out or not being included, he’s going to be forced out.”
The shit done hit the fan!
7) Tommy Lasorda gets right to the point when talking about Alex Rodriguez: “(A-Rod) ruined the game. I don’t like cheaters.”
Righht… Tommy… not for nuttin but how about McGwire, Clemens and Bonds… and, that’s just for starters… Lets blame every owner while we’re at it and manager, too. Because, if you think they didn’t know the players were juicing then I got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell ya. Then lets see now.,.. the commissioner? He knew nothing about players juicing… you really believe that?
Let’s face facts, a majority of all who were involved in the game from players to executives to the fans, back when MLB was in a financial pinch fell in love with McGwire and Sosa and effectively looked the other way as the game got juiced .. and that is a fact Jack. And before I let it go… don’t forget the Union leaderships’ role in allowing the players to drug with impunity for many, many years… if they had not taken such a hard line against drug testing under the guise of protecting a players right to not incriminate himself… I’m sorry that’s just one that they got wrong, in my opinion…. then this whole drug fiasco might have come to a crescendo a lot earlier than it has.
No segment of anyone involved with Major League Baseball is without guilt as far as PEDs being used in the game.
Sheesh… I never thought I would be defending a schmuck like ARod but sometimes Lasorda ought to STFU or least try to think before he opens his damn mouth.
Go eat a meatball, ya meatball.
8) According to an article in today’s (1/22) Chicago Tribune, people who want to qualify for medical marijuana in Illinois would have to be fingerprinted for a background check and pay $150 a year… and give up their right to own a gun.
But it would still be okay to drink a six pack of your favorite lager and a half pint of hard liquor and no one cares whether you own a gun or not.
I think I’ll take my chances with a pothead having a gun rather than a raging alky having a gun. Just saying…
10) The gratuitous pics of the week…
And a picture tells a thousand words…
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