A Penny Saved, A Dollar Burned

I’m often accused (mostly during alcohol-fueled discussions) of being a Republican.  Seems I say a lot of things that sound like I should be, but I’m not.  I can’t afford it.  Here’s an interesting diagram why:

The larger story is here, in the NY Times, which as Sarah Palin recently noted is “hardly ever wrong.”  I won’t claim I completely understand it, but what it seems to demonstrate is that the S&P does better under Dems than ‘Pubs.  Over the last 80 years, about evenly divided between the two parties, they’ve proven themselves better stewards of the economy.

But today, this matters little.  The Phillies won the pennant last night — only the 6th time in over 125 years.  Well, shit.  Anybody can have a bad century.

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9 Responses to A Penny Saved, A Dollar Burned

  1. Ms Calabaza says:


    it’s 2pm and I just found out your Phillies won!!! Woo-hoo! We’ll be rootin’ for them. Actually, the old man will but I only watch the last couple of games of the World Series … We’re only about 45 minutes from PA, so after the Marlins and the Nats now we have the Pirates (sorry, I love their uniforms) and the Phillies !! Congratulations, I know you needed a lift this week…

  2. Billy Penn says:

    When do I get my Phillie’s baseball cap?

  3. squathole says:

    It’s on its way, Billy. Meanwhile, remember this?

  4. Agustin Farinas says:

    I used to collect baseball cards in Cuba a long time ago during my childhood and one of my favorite cards was the one of Robin Roberts an old pitcher for the Phillies. I hope they win the Series, I’m a fan of the National League. Congratulations on winning the pennant.

  5. Squathole says:

    Auggie: Welcome to the world of long-suffering Phillies fans! growing up, Robin Roberts and Riche Ashburn were the 2 popular faces on the teams. Ashburn went on to become the single most beloved sports figure in the city, serving as color commentator on both radio and teevee for over 30 years.

    Should be a great WS no matter who wins the AL.

    BTW — if you still have the Robin Roberts card, it’s probably worth some money.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Agustin Farinas says:

    all those cards remain in my grandma’s old house in Havana inside an old shoe box. I had almost all the Cuban players that were in the Majors at the time and then some. By my count it is probably over 500 baseball cards that had the chewing gum inside with thin square wafers. They had a picture of the player framed within a TV set screen and of course all their batting and fielding statistics on the reverse side. Since I was a St. Louis Cardinals rabid fan back then, I made sure I traded in order to have as many as possible St. Louis players. The Cuban team I cheered for in the 1950’s was the Havana Lions a farm team for the Cardinals. Funny, but I saw in Cuba many baseball players that later on I saw again as regulars in the Majors such as Ken Boyer, John Roseboro, Jackie Brandt, Wilmer Mizell, Jim Bunning and once who was a TV hero of mine later, Chuck Connors, who played first base for our nemesis team in Havana.
    One of the best moment of my childhood was a visit in 1958 during one of our tourist trips to the US, to Yankee Stadium during a game between the Kansas City Athletics and the Yankees where both Mantle and Maris hit homers. I was sitting between home and third base and I was in seventh heaven. Man, I talked about that game for 6 months back in high school to my school mates.

  7. Squathole says:

    ‘Way cool, Auggie. I remember all those guys (except Mizell) — but I never saw The Rifleman with a baseball bat like you did.

    Sure hope you get to recover those cards some day.

  8. Agustin Farinas says:

    there is a baseball card with Chuck Connors picture on it when he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers as a first baseman. He was there at the time of Duke Snyder, Roy Campanella, and Pee Wee Reese as the second baseman. It was during one of these World Series that a Cuban player named Sandy Amoros, playing left field caught a long drive by Yogi Berra that should have been a double ending the Yankees chances of winning the series if my memory serves me right.
    Connors was the first baseman for the Dodger’s Cuban farm team during the early 1950’s and he played only a season there. I saw him play but of course, never cheered for them because my team was the nemesis of his team. Sort of like the rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees.
    BTW,If I can recover those baseball cards someday I could have enough dough for a good trip around the world. LOL.
    Truth be told, Cuban baseball was very good before Castro (it istill is) and many Cuban players graduated to the Majors after being discovered by the US scouts. In fact one of my heroes was the pitcher Camilo Pascual, who won more than 20 games in one season with the Washington Senators, which was is a feat in itself because the Senators lived permanently in the last place of the league.

  9. Borkon says:

    Wow was this ever a long long time ago. Dammit.

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