Let’s Play Two

World Series Rays Phillies BaseballI write this after 5 innings, with the Phillies thrashing the Cubs 12-3.  Pedro Martinez, in his improbable comeback , has gone 4 strong innings and one weak one.  He’ll get a win — what’s that, #216 against 99 losses?

There’s a guy who has played for teams I’ve hated — Mets, Dodgers, RedSox (never minded the Expos) — and I hated him as well.  But tonight, for his return to the Majors in red pinstripes, I’m 100% behind him.

Somewhere, lifelong Cubbies fan Lu Senz is grinding her teeth.  I can’t hear it, but I like it.  Hey, classy move, Lu, that dickhole dumping his beer on Victorino as he set himself under the fly ball.  Another fine specimen of Wrigley bleacher rat.   Don’t tell me again about what animals we are in the City of Bodily Harm.

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That aside, let’s pick up where we left off yesterday with an amusing commentary on Wingnut Nation and their latest foray into intellectual debate over ObamaCare….

Not only are anti-reformists showing up, they’re terrorizing legislators with their tomfoolery when they do. Blinded by fear and passion, armed with misinformation and misplaced anger, they descend on these meetings and hoot and holler in an attempt to shut down the debate rather than add to it.

I must say that this says more about them than it does about any forthcoming legislation. Belligerence is the currency of the intellectually bankrupt.

Trapped in their vacuum of ideas, too many Republicans continue to display an astounding ability to believe utter nonsense, even when faced with facts that contradict it.

A Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll released last Friday found that 28 percent of Republicans don’t believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States and another 30 percent are still “not sure.” That’s nearly 6 out of 10 Republicans refusing to accept a basic truth. … According to a Gallup poll released last summer, 6 in 10 Republicans also said they thought that humans were created, in their present form, 10,000 years ago.

Let’s face it: This is no party of Einsteins. Really, it isn’t. A Pew poll last month found that only 6 percent of scientists said that they were Republicans.Charles Blow, NY Times

“Jesus Hates Health Care!”   “Guns Yes Socialized Medicine No!”  “Don’t Feed My Grandma to Illegal Immigrants!”  Yeah, we got ourselves the makings of a movement here, all right.  A bowel movement.

It’s what I was saying yesterday (Georgina) — let a thousand flowers bloom, even the blooming idiots.  Exercise your right of free expression.  It’s a good thing.  I like it, especially when it says more about the expressers than the expressed.

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9 Responses to Let’s Play Two

  1. Lu Senz says:

    Sure, Squattmeister, I saw the same game. Like you, I hated Pedro passionately throughout his admittedly stellar career, but unlike you, I still do. Besides, yesterday I saw a 5-inning performance, barely. Without a double-digit lead, he’d’ve been so gone before the third out in the 5th.

    The Cubs are definitely in a rough patch, injured, exhausted, and off their feed. But I’m a fan. I have faith. You know the drill.

  2. Old Timer says:

    I’m not a Republican operative or a screaming fool in a town meeting mob. I have real doubts about Obama’s health plans. The fact that there are loudmouth louts described here only disguises another fact: namely that lots of the ideas talked about in the health plan won’t fly. Don’t mix up the message with the messenger.

  3. Ruh Roh says:

    When did the Republican Party become a cult? These stats (assuming they’re legitimate) are what you find when you get into groups of people who fervently believe in something — anything — no matter how much evidence to the contrary is produced. Like flat-earthers, creationists, UFO spotters, and all. And Cub fans.

  4. Beardsley says:

    As for the scientists, it may not be what it looks like. If the poll was conducted among scientists (or their departments at universities and corporations) who compete for grants and contracts with the government (and most of them do), they’ll change their registration every time the administration changes parties. Last year at this time, they might have been all Republicans.

  5. Lois Terms says:

    That poll paints a rather disturbing picture not just of Republicans, but America.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Funny how you leftists did not seem to mind and actually encouraged those leftist raving lunatics that screamed at president Bush and called him a fascist tyrant and Hitler. Ah, wait, I forgot, those were YOUR lunatics so they were alright! What is good for the goose is good for the gander. The only difference between a Nazi and a Communist is the length of the moustache.

  7. Ted End says:

    Anonymous: I don’t agree with you that President Bush was a Nazi. Besides, he didn’t have a mustache. Are you confusing him with his mother?

  8. Ruh Roh says:

    This was an interesting read, 8 years later. If anything, Republicans have grown even worse. On the other hand, the Phillies are the worst team in baseball, and the Cubs are defending world champions.

    • Squathole says:

      Right on all counts, and kind of eerie. W/r/t the Cubs, I see them digging for another century-long drought. Like the Braves during their heyday (and exactly one World Series championship), the only reason they squeaked through is they played the Indians.

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