WTF, 4/1: Discrimination is… discrimination

 

 

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It’s been a tad crazy out there… again. Discrimination is rearing its ugly head… again. And the crazies are.. well… being crazy. WTF happened to respect in this damn old world of ours? Especially, respect for the life of others. Life is precious, so, why are there so many people out there trying to take it away in one way or another?

So, here goes nothing as I wrap up another week of my opinion on some of the week’s news that maybe you might of missed… or … not. Either way… here’s my WTF slant on the week in the news…

joe11) WTF is it with peeps who go to MacDonald’s??? I mean do all the hamburger eating crazies of the world go there rather than Wendy’s or Burger King or any of your other run of the mill fast food places or even your local hamburger roadside stands or joints?

Case in point…

On Wednesday (3/25) a jury took about an hour to find a woman guilty.MacDs

Ya ever been on a jury? I have… ya get in the jury room… ya kinda introduce yourselves… elect a head juror and all that other stuff to lead the votes and kinda sorta maintain some sembalance of order and ya’ll then discuss the case and then do a prelim vote…

Slam Bam Bang… thank you ma’am … this woman is guilty just like that.

Either some fools decided they had other shit they needed to be doing and being in a jury room wasn’t one of them, or, this woman was guiltier than sin itself and she done did it, so case closed.

So what the hell did she do?

Here’s the skinny… (Ever wonder why it’s “here’s the skinny”? I do… I’ll check in on that and get back to ya’ll)…

Anyhoo… lady… goes into a Grand Rapids Mickey Ds; orders a bacon cheeseburger… gets the food… unwraps it… and… No Damn Bacon.

So, she bitches… they say you’re right, we screwed up… tell ya what… next time ya’ll come in… order another one and it’s free.

So… she’s cool with that…

Couple hours go by… she decides she has a hankering for another Mickey D’s bacon cheese… goes back to that Mickey Ds… orders a bacon cheeseburger and is in a simply delightful mood… hell, she gonna eat for free… checks out the cashier and thinks “hmmm hmmph he good enough to eat, too”… slips him her number… goes off to eat her free bacon cheeseburger…

Ooops… no bacon.

What’s a poor girl to do?

This lady gets in a car, checks her purse… yep, it’s there… pulls up to the drive-thru window… she starts running her mouth and then says, “Bitch, you don’t know who you’re talking to,” and starts ta shooting up the drive-thru window…

The bullets shattered the drive-thru window, narrowly miss a worker who’d had just moved to get another order…

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Grand Rapids drive-thru window

Now… she facing at least 7 years in stir for felony gun charges all because she didn’t get some fried pig on her damn cheeseburger.

Is it something in the air that as soon as peeps walk past them glass doors… maybe something emanating from the golden arches?

Gotta be something; it just seems every other week or so some dumbass crazy ass twit goes and does something that is complete off the scale batshit looney at MacDonald’s.

2) Also, on last Wednesday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris asked a state court for permission to reject a proposed ballot initiative that says anyone who engages in gay sex should be terminated… as in killed… snuffed… executed… prevented from ever taking another breath on the 3rd rock from the sun.

Or, in the words of a measure filed by a Southern California lawyer last month, sex with a person of the same gender would be an offense punishable by “bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.”california intiative

And… the dissemination or distribution of any “propaganda” promoting anything “gay” at all would be punishable by a $1 million fine or banishment from the state.

AG Harris says, “This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society.”

Regardless what Harris says or thinks here’s the rub… (hah.. thought I was gonna say here’s the skinny, huh?)…

California is one of 21 states where citizens can petition to have laws put on the ballot through the gathering of voter signatures. And, under California’s process, state officials can’t refuse to administer initiatives they find objectionable… so sayeth the California Supreme Court.

A citizen in California just needs to pony up $200 to submit an initiative. Then the citizen needs to get 366,000 folks to sign a petition saying they want the initiative to be on the next California ballot… or in this situation 2016.

And… an Orange County lawyer paid $200 to submit the initiative, and, unless a judge rules against it… highly unlikely at this point in time… the lawyer will get the OK to go through the process to attempt to ballotize the initiative. (Yeah, yeah, yeah… I made up the word… ballotize… so?)

An expert on California’s initiative process, University of California/Davis law professor Floyd Feeney, said “The courts, rightly or wrongly, treat the initiative as sort of the citizen right and they are reluctant to get involved in trying to get rid of it, at least in advance, by using the law to keep something from being presented to the electorate.”gayballot

How so ever… also on Wednesday, another California citizen countered the so-called “Sodomite Suppression Act” with an initiative of her own. Her initiative was called the :Intolerant Jackass Act”… it would require anyone who proposes an initiative calling for the killing of gays and lesbians to attend sensitivity training and make a $5,000 donation to a pro-LGBT group.

I wish it were just a sad stupid April Fools joke… but… discrimination by any other name is simply and sadly just discrimination. And unfortunately that’s what some folks just don’t get…. especially folks who are in some so-called positions of authority. They think they can just up and call it a law that protects others rights when really all it does is discriminates against someone else. It’s like taking a big old ugly alligator and bobbing off its tail; painting it yellow and then calling it a dog… when it bites your ass you’ll know it’s still a gator.

3) Same thing with making a law that says certain folks don’t gotta serve other certain folks no matter what the reason for…. It’s discrimination.

WTF? What now you say?

In California it’s they just thinking nabout an anti-gay law.. albeit something so abhorent that I hope it never really sees the light of day…

indiana-welcome_thumbBut, in the good ole state of Indiana they may already have a law on the books that opens the door to  gay folks being discrimianted upon…

It’s all about Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act which will allow any individual or corporation to cite its religious beliefs as a defense when being sued by a private party who say that they have been the victims of discrimination.Religious-Freedom-Restoration-Act

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed the legislation Thursday (3/26) in a private ceremony closed to the public and the press.

A lot of peeps… including other state governments and prominent business leaders… oppose this law and say that it may open the door to widespread discrimination. Particulary… gay folk discrimanation. They say that a business owner who don’t want to serve same-sex couples could now use the law as the basis for their defense for taking that personal action.

Pence denies that the law authorizes discrimination and argued that “many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action.”

Here’s my tack…

If, they ain’t doing nothing illegal then ya can’t rightly not serve them in any way shape or form. Especially, not because of something like they are gay. Besides, how is someone making that determination? They gotta wear yellow stars like the Jews did in Nazi Germany?

Look it… I don’t give a rat’s ass…

If, you discriminate… if, you own a business and someone comes into it to spend their cash money, to buy whatever the hell you be selling, then, you have to sell them whatever the hell it is you be selling.buying and selling

Doesn’t matter if they black, white, green, polka dotted with purple spots, Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, straight or freaking gay, or, any othe variation of how and what we denizens of the 3rd rock from the sun can be!

You cannot just make a law up and say it protects someones religious rights and freedoms and then deny someone else’s rights and freedoms…. use the law to claim their religion now can tell certain somebodies… gay folks in this circumstance…that they can’t come into their place of business and purchase goods or services. That is discrimination.

What’s next?

Sig Heil mien, Herr? No gypsies, no Jews, people of different colors, nope, sorry wrong kind of Christian… It’s against my religion… I invoke my right to not serve him…

A rose is a rose is a rose and discrimination is discrimination is discrimination.indystar31n-4-web

No matter how it’s dressed up and what lie is told it’s wrong and not right or just. And, it’s supposed to be illegal in this country.

Even if, some shit for brains ass in California wants to try and make it a law to go around killing people for thinking and/or being different.

Or, some state wants to disguise a law that opens the door to discrimination by saying its all about religious freedom.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said in his “Letter From the Birmingham Jail”… We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.” It was “illegal” to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers.

He also said.. But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice eveywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

And… “… there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.”  

You judge what the Indiana law, and any other state with a similar law, is… and… what it does…

I know my opinion…

Just as MLK Jr. would have aided and comforted his Jewish brothers, I will aid and support my gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.

I tend to follow the thinking of Pope Frankie… “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?”

Same goes for gay folks going into a business to buy goods or services… on what basis is someone allowed to let their religion say I cannot sell them something? On what basis are they allowed to discriminate against any one person on their sexual orientation?

A right denied for one person is a right denied for us all.Pence_clarifies_RFRA_

FYI… breaking news!!!!!!!!!!! Dateline: Tuesday, 3/31…

Maybe it was the fact that the NCAA had hinted they were rethinking holding the NCAA basketball tournament in Indianapolis next year… and… maybe it was all the backlash combined that was coming down… but…

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration act is gay discrimination, pure and simple. You can frost a dog turd, but it’s still a dog turd.Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 31, 2015

The NYDN online reports… that “Facing national outrage, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence backtracked on his staunch defense on his controversial “religious freedom” law Tuesday, saying he wants the bill rewritten so it won’t permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.”

Pence released a statement that says, “After much reflection and consultation with the general assembly, I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be helpful to move legislation this week that makes it clear that businesses do not have the right to deny services to anyone. Nobody should be harassed or mistreated because of who they love or what they believe in.  I don’t believe for a minute that it was the intention of the general assembly to create a license to discriminate against gays, lesbians or anyone else in this state, and it certainly wasn’t my intent.”

Whatever..

I really don’t care. Just close the door that would allow discrimination. I don’t care about why or how it happens. It makes no never mind to me at this point. Just do it.

4) This woman out in Colorado lured this other pregnant woman to her home with a Craigslist ad for baby clothes on March 18, but, instead of offering baby clothes she attacked her. She also cut out the pregnant woman’s fetus during the attack.

The pregnant woman was choked, beaten and then cut with a kitchen knife and glass and left for dead. Unaware her unborn baby girl was taken from her womb, the woman made a desperate 911 call. She was released from the hospital Wednesday (3/25).

Dynel Lane, who police said likely suffers from a mental illness, was arrested at a hospital after bringing in the dead fetus, telling doctors she suffered a miscarriage. She was charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault and child abuse knowingly/recklessly resulting in death.

Now, a Boulder County DA spokesperson has told media sources that prosecutors won’t charge Lane with murder in the baby’s death when charges are ultimately filed in court.

The DA says, “The issue of whether or not murder charges are appropriate involving a case involving the death of a fetus or late-term pregnancy is always a difficult issue. Under Colorado law, there’s no way murder charges can be brought if it is not established that the fetus lived as a child outside the body of the mother for some period of time. I don’t know the answer yet as to whether that could be established… what our facts are here. One of the issues that we will need to evaluate in connection with that is the medical information from the autopsy.”

Hmmm… I’ll leave that one to be debated by peeps with more intelligence than me…

But… that ain’t why I’m here to talk to ya’ll… it ain’t what I wanna talk about… this is…

On Tuesday (3/24), a Colorado lawmaker, Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt (R-Colorado Springs), who hosts the televangelist show “Pray in Jesus Name” addressed the abhorrent and outrageous attack and said… “This is the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb. Part of that curse for our rebellion against God as a nation is that our pregnant women are ripped open.”390-womb-0326

Former Colorado minority leader Mark Waller said “It’s probably time for (Klingenschmitt) to step down. I can only imagine what’s going to happen when the mother of this unborn child sees a government official, an elected official’s response to why her baby was killed.”

Excuse me? Step down? How about placed… naw… I ain’t gone there. But, peeps like this dumbass are damn dangerous.

Hmmm… maybe a small drill into a certain part of his brain?

Okay… how’s about a kick or two in the balls? And, then banished to work in an area rape crisis center clinic for a year or two?

Let me run this by ya’ll…

God… the one I believe in… does not curse folks and does not condone killing for any reason whatsoever. Taking a life… or attacking and destroying a fetus, if you don’t think a killing went down here… and then leaving a woman to suffer and die is not an act that God would condone.

Or, as a favorite line in one of my a favorite songs goes… “Jesus don’t like killing no matter what the reasons for…”

Nuff said. Okay?

5) How’s about some good Mickey Ds news? At least, I think it qualifies as good news for peeps that happen to like eating Mickey D’s food… especially, their breakfast fare.

I personally don’t eat at MacDonald’s very often… I get a fish sammich every now and then, but, that’s about it. Maybe a burger and fries from the dollar menu.

But, there are peeps out there who like the place and they really like the breakfast stuff they serve. But, until now they could only get that breakfast stuff until about 10:30 am.

After that time… no breakfast for you.

Now, starting next month, McDonald’s plans to test an all-day breakfast at some locations in the San Diego area.

I think that’s a good thing. Especially for thems that likes their Egg McMuffins and would like them served up whenever their little ole hearts desired one. I mean, some peeps don’t roll out of bed before 10:30 and then can’t make it to a McDonalds until after the cutoff time for that delicious mouth watering steaming hot McMuffin egg thing. So, it’s good that the joint’s grand poobahs thinking all day breakfast. Right? No?

I mean, sometimes I get my sorry tired ass home and then think… now what’s for supper? Damn, now I gotta cook big meal?

Hell. Heat up a frying pan… nuke me up some bacon…. crack some eggs into a bowl and scrumble them up… slap some butter in hot pan… slop them eggs in… crumble the bacon on the eggs and then scrumble them up some more…add some grated cheddar… scrumble, scrumble, scrumble… and, viola, breakfast is served… oops, I mean, supper.

Eggs is good any time. And, they quick, easy, and, versatile… and… no, the dairy association isn’t paying me for the commercial or testimonial or whatever the hell I just did here.

I’m just glad to see that a fast food joint is paying attention to the real world and taking us back to the future.

Back in the day… most readers might not even remember that day… you could walk into a diner or roadside stand… once upon a time that’s the only place you could go to that passed as a fast food joint… and order whatever, whenever. Ya wanted eggs over easy and bacon? You got it. Home fries with that? Coming right up! A fried egg and cheese? Yes, sir.

So, although I still won’t frequent Mickey Ds all that much, even for their breakfasts, I still applaud their trying to give the peeps what they desire when they desire it.

At least in the San Diego area, anyway.

6) On Friday (3/27) Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander decided he needed a Starbucks something or other… so, he did the most logical thing possible… he went to a Starbucks.

He goes to get a coffee with shots and dots or some odd thing… maybe a Mocha Latte or… naw… I bet he drinks a damn black coffee hot and steaming…justin-verlander-kid-in-jersey

Any way, he goes to get his beverage and sees this little kid and he be wearing … a Justine Verlander Tee.

So, he takes a selfie with the kids back and the Tee with his name…

Then when the kid turned around… shock of his life and Verlander made the little dudes day… hell… he made his damn year.

Justin Verlander @JustinVerlander  ·  Mar 27   Love having my fans support!! This little guy was pretty surprised when he turned around. https://instagram.com/p/0u8ifmMZC4/ 

Shit like this makes me smile… a big old grinning smile.

Props to Justin… hope ya’ll win all your games this year… except, if, you be pitching against the Yankees.

7) Saw this last Thursday (3/26) in the NYDN… “A state appeals court denied a bid by a former NYPD cop who raped an elementary school teacher to get his 75 year prison sentence reduced.”

The SOB’s lawyer had argued that the length of his client’s term was “an injustice” and that the judge who sentenced him was “politically motivated” and influenced by “media-intensified vengeance.”

He argued in his appeal that his client “… was punished more harshly than Al Qaeda terrorists, vicious killers, kingpin narcotics offenders, violent gangsters and racketeers.”

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Michael Pena

Here’s the skinny (yep, I didn’t forget)… The off-duty cop was drunk and just up and decided to grab off the street his victim at gunpoint and into a secluded courtyard where he repeatedly sexually abused her.

He was convicted at trial in 2012 of forcing anal and oral sex on Lydia Cuomo (Cuomo revealed her identity in 2013, as she began publicly campaigning to get the state’s rape laws toughened), but, a jury couldn’t agree on whether rape was committed.

That fact led to a Daily News front page that screamed… “What does a woman have to do to prove she was raped?”

Pena, in an attempt to catch some slack in his time, later pleaded guilty to raping her vaginally.

It didn’t work and in manner of speaking he fucked himself.

In a unanimous ruling, a five-judge panel of the state Appellate Division found the judge who handed out Michael Pena’s punishment had “lawfully imposed consecutive sentences for defendant’s three predatory sexual assault convictions,” due to the fact that the three criminal sex acts “were separate and distinct.”

If, the crimes were ruled not “separate and distinct” the judge could have doled out the pukes’ sentences as concurrent… to be served all at the same time. Now… he serves one, then needs to serve the other, and, then the other.

The panel also ruled that there was no merit to the claim that Pena’s sentence was “unconstitutionally excessive.” They effectively said that what you see is what you get in terms of the time he was given to reside in custody of a NY prison

The lawyer said in response to the panel’s rulings, “What the decision doesn’t address is the median sentence for rape is 63 years less than what Michael Pena was sentenced to. That’s a huge disparity. I can understand a police officer being made an example of where there was a forceable rape and a threat with a pistol, but, there’s a tremendous field between 12 years and 75 years. There are murderers who get 25 to life, and he got 75 to life.”

Right off the bat… what the fuck about the injustice that his victim was handed when he raped her? How much terror did he wage upon her when he forced upon her unspeakable violations of her body? How he not only raped her physically, but, also, violently raped her mind and soul, too. Where is her justice? And, what relief does she ever get from her life sentence of the memories of his depravity forced upon her?

More harshly than Al Qaeda terrorists, vicious killers, kingpin narcotics offenders, violent gangsters and racketeers? What he did to this women is at least equal to anything that those criminals do and the terror that they perpetrate on their victims.

Lydia Cuomo
Lydia Cuomo

And, maybe the damn murderers, et. al., should be getting harder sentencing, too. Just because someone doesn’t get the correct punishment… maybe I should say a fit punishment… why should that mean another heinous crime be punished by less than what justice suggests is appropriate?

And, about this puke being a cop and getting a harsher treatment from the courts due to his past career.

Tough.

Cops are out there supposed to be our protectors… at least that’s what I hear every time them cop shop union heads open their pie holes. Or, some politician is on the stump… or… whenever a cop is hurt in the line of duty.

They are out there protecting us, so, they deserve respect.

Well, when one of them disrespects us then that disrespect needs to be shoved up his rectum in treble amounts.

Sorry, but what he did was disrespect of a citizen in one of its foulest forms and for that he deserves every damn second he got in the sentence that was handed down.

The woman who was assaulted said… “I do think the punishment fit the crime.”

So do I.

8) Saw this posted on Facebook by my friend Dan… thought it deserved some space here, too…

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9) Earlier in this column I referenced the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.  Specifcally, I qouted from his “Letter From the Birmingham Jail.”

If, you have never read the full text of this missive that he writes to those clergy… secifically, non-black clergy… who were questioning his methods and the tatics he and others were employing in their nonviolent confrontation against racism in Birmingham and the fact that he was leading a so-called contingent of “outside agitators” then you should… it is a most powerful, powerful, powerful piece of literature… note

I would like to quote Mr. King once more with a selection that I recently reread that… truthfully…  I do not have the words to describe what feelings and emotions overcome me when  I read the words I am about to reference… suffice it to say… they move me in an incomparable way and they remind me why I choose to have Martin Luther King Jr. as one of my heros…

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct-action campaign that was “well timed” in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”KING+IN+JAIL

We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God-given rights. The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jetlike speed toward gaining political independence, but we stiff creep at horse-and-buggy pace toward gaining a cup of coffee at a lunch counter. Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging dark of segregation to say, “Wait.” But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate-filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six-year-old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five-year-old son who is asking: “Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?”; when you take a cross-country drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you; when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading “white” and “colored”; when your first name becomes “nigger,” your middle name becomes “boy” (however old you are) and your last name becomes “John,” and your wife and mother are never given the respected title “Mrs.”; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you go forever fighting a degenerating sense of “nobodiness” then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair. I hope, sirs, you can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience.

With these words in mind… I submit we must learn to overcome our own inhibitons, our personal prejuidices, and, moments of resentment and disrepect toward others, and, work evermore harder… a redoubling or retrebling… of our efforts, in each in his or her own way, to contribute to ending discrimination of any and all types…

So be it… amen… go in peace…

10) Now, then about that “Here’s the skinny…. ”

“The skinny,” of course, is slang for “the straight story,” more specifically “the inside scoop, the real story that most people don’t know.”

It appears that the phrase, or the word itself, and its meaning became popular as US armed services slang during World War II… but… actually predates the war by at least a few years. When exactly is kinda hard to nail down…

However, through some checking around I found this… the bare fact is most likely this… “skinny” simply means “getting down to the bare skin” of the truth, unadorned by any sort of spin, fancy pants mumbo jumbo, slip sliding around jive talking, sideshow gimmicks…

So, if this is what it is…  then the simple reality is that “the skinny” is just the unadulterated truth.

And that’s the facts, Jack…

10A) And… now… I’m tired…

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  1. Joe: Nice work. Again.

    As you can see from my Rights in Conflict? Part 2 post, we are in agreement about the Indiana “freedom of religion” law. Some people are so scared that their sacred cows (no pun intended?) might get stomped that they feel they should have the right to stomp everything they see as threatening even if it means violating other rights.

    I also agree with your assessment of Justin Verlander. He, and many other athletes, have been a blessing to our greater Detroit metro area in a dime of trouble. (They are not the only ones. Thanks also go to such as Little Caesars, Compuware, GM, Ford, Chrysler, Red Wings, Tigers, Lions, Pistons, and many others). But I would have to disagree with you about Verlander’s future success on the mound. I hope he wins all his games — especially the ones against the Yankees.

  2. There is always something more about me, Joe. I would not describe myself as a “Yankee hater,” in part because one of my daughters lives in NY and follows the pinstripers.

    But I did get enjoyment in earlier times when the Yankees were winning almost as many championships as the Red Wings. Then pitcher Frank Lary for the Tigers (a so-so pitcher for the most part) took on and beat the Yankees consistently, earning the title “Yankee killer”!

    My attitude is similar to that of the Quaker who thought he heard someone trying to burgle his house. He grabbed his squirrel gun and sought out the noise. It was indeed a cat-thief. He apologized to the burgler with, “I mean thee no harm but thou standest where I am about to shoot.”

    I mean the Yankees no harm, but they standest where I want my team to be.

  3. I remember them Tigers’ teams… had some pretty good players… Kaline, Colavito, Bunning and of course Lary the SOB… Hated seeing his name in the papers when the Yanks played the Tigers.

  4. Yeah, Joe. It’s interesting how a blog on discrimination has elevated (or is it deteriorated?) into a baseball discussion. Hats off to Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, and all the others who helped to win a victory for humankind in baseball.

    I remember one of the eerier trades in baseball history when the Tigers sent RBI champ Harvey Keunn to Cleveland in a straight player exchange for home run champ “Rocky” Colivito. Neither team got the best of that trade since neither player could hit his age with teammates on base, but tore the cover off the ball when the bases were empty.. Keunn later went on to manage the “Harvey Wallbangers.” This was almost as strange a trade made later by the same two clubs when they exchanged field managers. 🙂

  5. But Rocco could pitch,too…. if you call a career record of 1-0, 0.00 ERA and 5.2 innings pitched actaully being a pitcher. And… ummmm. that 1 win? Came as a Yankee in his last year in the Bigs.
    😉
    Rocky was one of my favorite players from that era… another piece of Colavito trivia… in 1961 he had an MVP year… 129 runs scored, 140 RBIs and 45 HRs… unfortuantely, a guy by the name of Roger Maris was with the Yankees that year…
    Rocky during his heyday put up numbers that wouldhave made him about $25 million a year in today’s game.

  6. In those days, there were a series of Tiger managers who stressed flexibility. Kirk Gibson matched “the Rock” by pitching to a couple of batters to close out a game once. Mickey Stanley and after him John Wockenfuss in a later era were generally recognized as the best utility fielders in the game at the time. Once the Tigers had run out of roster catchers with the game going into extra innings and Eddie Brinkman put on the tools of ignorance. The Tigers won that game in the 10th.

    Why are the feats of Colavito, Keunn, Kaline, and others not so well known? This was the era of Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, and Willy Mays. It lasted into the 1980’s so that the best double-play combination of all baseball (Trammel and Whitaker) has been overshadowed.

    You do realize, I hope, that one of the Yankee’s best players was acquired after the Tigers “developed” him. I am talking about Granderson, of course. In exchange for him, the Tigers got from the Yankees the nucleus of the team which has won four straight AL Central titles.

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