Friday, October 28, 2011

Yogi Berra Quotes

Yogi Berra's second claim to fame is for being one of the most quoted figures in the sports world. He is credited with coining the deceptively simplistic observation, "It ain't over till it's over." But he's also known for his flubs. Here is a collection of the most notorious of these.

"This is like deja vu all over again."

"You can observe a lot just by watching."

"He must have made that before he died." -- Referring to a Steve McQueen movie.

"I want to thank you for making this day necessary." -- On Yogi Berra Appreciation Day in St. Louis in 1947.

"I'd find the fellow who lost it, and, if he was poor, I'd return it." -- When asked what he would do if he found a million dollars.

"Think! How the hell are you gonna think and hit at the same time?"

"You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there."

"I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early."

"If you don't know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else."

"If you can't imitate him, don't copy him."

"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."

"Baseball is 90% mental -- the other half is physical."

"It was impossible to get a conversation going; everybody was talking too much."

"Slump? I ain't in no slump. I just ain't hitting."

"A nickel isn't worth a dime today."

"Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded."

"It gets late early out there." -- Referring to the bad sun conditions in left field at the stadium.

"Glen Cove." -- Referring to Glenn Close on a movie review television show.

Once, Yogi's wife Carmen asked, "Yogi, you are from St. Louis, we live in New Jersey, and you played ball in New York. If you go before I do, where would you like me to have you buried?" Yogi replied, "Surprise me."

"Do you mean now?" -- When asked for the time.

"I take a two hour nap, from one o'clock to four."

"If you come to a fork in the road, take it."

"You give 100 percent in the first half of the game, and if that isn't enough in the second half you give what's left."

"90% of the putts that are short don't go in."

"I made a wrong mistake."

"Texas has a lot of electrical votes." -- During an election campaign, after George Bush stated that Texas was important to the election.

"Thanks, you don't look so hot yourself." -- After being told he looked cool.

"I always thought that record would stand until it was broken."

"Yeah, but we're making great time!" -- In reply to "Hey Yogi, I think we're lost."

"If the fans don't come out to the ball park, you can't stop them."

"Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel."

"It's never happened in the World Series competition, and it still hasn't."

"How long have you known me, Jack? And you still don't know how to spell my name." -- Upon receiving a check from Jack Buck made out to "bearer."

"I'd say he's done more than that." -- When asked if first baseman Don Mattingly had exceeded expectations for the current season.

"The other teams could make trouble for us if they win."

"He can run anytime he wants. I'm giving him the red light." -- On the acquisition of fleet Ricky Henderson.

"I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat, and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn't my fault that I'm not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?"

"It ain't the heat; it's the humility."

"The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase."

"You should always go to other people's funerals; otherwise, they won't come to yours."

"I didn't really say everything I said."

Friday, October 21, 2011

Blame Game with the Federal Reserve

Full disclosure, I am a Ron Paul fan. I loved his book End The Fed. When I read his 10/20/11 WSJ article "Blame the Fed for the Financial Crisis," it made me wonder what the other Republican candidates' opinions are on the worth and value of the Federal Reserve Bank.

This goes to the very core of what we think the roll of government should be. In a capitalistic society, government has no role in picking winners and loser. The markets decide. Unfortunately, politicians and key appointed leaders have a different view in most governments. They all believe in manipulation, that they know better. The fed is not exempt, in fact manipulation is what it is all about.

Arrogance is its Achilles' heel. They believe they know what is best for all. They are smart, we are not. Interesting, central banks are core to Marxist and socialist doctrine. Price manipulation is wrong, whether it be for commodities, interest rates or money supply. Why? Because they get it wrong more often than they get it right. Free markets get it right every time.

The Fed governors are like politicians: they must do something. They want people to know that they are smart and did x, y and z, even though x, y and z either causes the problems or dig us a deeper hole.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Democrats Win By Spin & Funding Local Unions

Elections are won in the so-called center, through voters who really don't know what they believe, rarely study the issues and just want everyone to get along. These are the targets of both parties, however the Democrats tend to do a better job attracting them.

Democrats can never win with the truth. They will never say that government is good, the bigger the better. They will never tell people that if they become more dependent on the government, they will always be mediocre at best.

Take Harry Reid's latest "jobs math." He had the audacity (that word again) to say the following:
It's very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it's the public-sector jobs where we've lost huge numbers, and that's what this legislation is all about.
Unfortunately, the numbers do not back this up. Since 2008 when the recession began, federal government added over 250,000 new jobs, a 13.5% increase in two years. Despite the stimulus funds designed to help state and local governments, government employment deceased since 2008.

On the private side, there are still over 2.5 million fewer jobs in America than in 2008. Hence the 9.1 percent unemployment rate. Harry has his facts reversed.

So what are Reid's goals with his (and Obama's) jobs agenda?

1) Put money into state and local governments, namely schools, made up of dues-paying union members who only fund Democrat candidates at the local level -- Senate and House candidates.

2) Claim that only the Democrats care about jobs because Republicans will not pass a bogus jobs bill.

Lies coupled with spin equals Democrat tactics. If it works, why should they care they win? All they want is the power. The mean of achieving it is a footnote at best, than know one really cares about.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Federal Government Continues to Spend Unabated

The U.S. federal government continues to spend as if it has unlimited revenue.
CBO says that overall outlays rose 4.2% from 2010 (1.8% adjusted for timing shifts), when spending fell slightly from 2009. Defense spending rose only 1.2% on a calendar-adjusted basis, and Medicaid only 0.9%, but Medicare spending rose 3.9% and interest payments by 16.7%.

Government austerity is a myth.
The Obama Administration continues to perpetuate the lie that many groups, including the Occupy Whatever, are buying into: that taxing the rich will go a long way to solving our fiscal problems.

When half of the nation benefits from some form of governmental dole, changes to our national budget is difficult at best. The masses increasingly prefer mediocre to barely sustainable lives. They will certainly vote for the grow-government Democrats. The Republicans are do-nothing fat cats that are unwilling to do the right thing for the nation. They appear oblivious to the slow, self-administered poisons that will relegate America to another fallen republic.

Democrats have no interest is doing what is right for the nation because doing right will remove them from power. Democrats must grow government. Democrats must spend. Democrats must make populous promises it can only dream of realizing.

Republicans have never been able to do what it right because they run on a suite of populous postures of their own. Their debates are unwatchable. The presidential nominee for 2012 will be another Bush 1, Dole, Bush 2 or McCain -- boring, uninspiring and non-conservative.

There is really no hope that America's course to suicide will change. It might be prolonged but it will occur. The system is set-up and perpetuated to grow government. Spending will continue to grow annually. Austerity will never exist by choice.

America as a great nation is history. We are nothing more than a depraved, mediocre nation with limited freedoms. Obama's legacy is firmly written.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Occupy ""Whatever" vs Tea Party

Only a dolt like our inept Vice President Biden could compare the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators to the Tea Party members.

Tea Party members are employed or otherwise contributing members of society. The Occupy "Whatever" participants are not.

Both groups are disgusted with the status quo of the federal government. This could be the Zeitgeist of this present era. Greed rules Wall Street and major corporate hierarchies. Re-election and self-aggrandizement are the norm for politicians.

Obama's Job Bill is a piece of accomplish-nothing rubbish. He is the no-one-is listening-to-you President. When he appears on the radio or TV, I quickly turn the dial or channel. He's nothing more than a lying spin-machine as is his administration.

What is core to Obama administration and the Occupy Whatever groups is their class warfare diatribe. Take all of the unemployed, under-employed, welfare-receiving, union-loving and hate-the-rich jealous voters and you have a critical mass of dolts. It is this class that Obama is counting on.

Protesting symbolizes freedom in society. The irony of what many of these individuals want is the exact opposite of what a free capitalist society provides. The everyone-is-equal-society is pure communist doctrine. Obama and those rich Wall Street types that fund him prefer mass equality -- at a third-world level -- so long as they are in power and living a first-class lifestyle.

Tea Partiers prefer capitalism and freedom it provides. Occupy Whatever prefer communism and its non-freedom.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Is Ignorance At Its Finest

The undergrad student who does not need to work to support his/her room/board/tuition, the too-much-time-on-his/her-hand grad student, the unemployed MS or PhD apparently have jobs across the nation in a city near you: protest capitalism. I support civil protests, but come on... The latest Occupy Wall Street, etc. protests are Hypocrisy defined.

Few think it good policy to see huge bonuses paid out to investment and banking executives after helping cause the recession and afterward being bailed out by tax payers. There is no doubt there is corruption between big corporations and the government. It has been so from our founding. But to assume that this is the domain of Republicans is idiotic.

The Occupy Wall Street crowd, while claiming on paper "to welcome people from all colors, genders and beliefs to participate in [its] daily assemblies," is a 100% liberal entity. Its members want four more years of Obamaism. Nevermind that Obama's 2008 campaign was bankrolled by Wall Street and whose 2012 re-election campaign is reliant on Wall Street to an even greater extent, and whose cabinet is filled with Wall Street operatives.

The men and entities behind the protesters are the same cast of characters we have some to despise: George Soros, The Ruckus Society, the Tides Foundation and the Ford Foundation (never bought a Ford, never will).

The protesters are being lead and funded by rich socialists and communists for their personal gain, not to rectify social inequalities. Capitalism is not the issue here, rather the greed and collusion between large corporate leaders and government power brokers -- elected and appointed.