Go Bridegrooms

We finally got to watch some of the World Series through a trial membership in YouTube TV.

I’ve really missed watching baseball the last few years. But the rest of TV is such a wasteland we couldn’t bring ourselves to drop other stuff to facilitate my craving.

I was eight years old when the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn. Dad and I went to see them at The Coliseum, a football stadium. They had a huge screen in left field because a homer would come at only 250 feet. We later saw Sandy Kofax pitch a no-hitter at Chavez Ravine, their brand new ballpark.

A big part of watching a baseball game has always been the commentary by veteran players and long-time announcers who make it their business to inform us of the parts of baseball we don’t have time to study. Vin Scully’s poetry spoiled me.

There was hardly anyone at the Series because Major League Baseball (MLB) wants to appear to care about our health. Knowing that the sound of the fans is a big part of the experience, they made fake crowd noise. Dawn and I couldn’t talk without turning down the sound or yelling if we had it turned up enough to hear the announcers. Engineers trying to manage the unmanageable.

If the MLB really cared about our health instead of simply appearing to, they wouldn’t have had a Series at all. Justin Turner, the Dodger third baseman, was pulled from the game because of a positive Covid-19 test in the 8th inning. He might eventually draw a suspension for his violation of CDC protocol. At the same game, Dodger bigwigs including Magic Johnson, were shown palling around close to each other with no masks and Magic has HIV. As we listen to the statistics each day Covid-19 deaths are called “Covid-related.” Those deaths are admittedly not solely Covid-19 deaths. They have what’s called co-morbidities, HIV being a prime example.

The fake crowd noise is only the tip of the iceberg in a world where there is hardly anything real anymore. It was reported the other day in the Wall Street Journal that the tariffs against China did enough harm to small businesses to negate any expansion of U.S. businesses favored by the tariffs. The fake economy didn’t achieve any of its stated goals, only propped up the ones with the best lobbyists. Fake relationships are unmanageable.

This makes me think of the overall condition of our society. The rioting in L.A. after the Dodger win is indicative of a decline that began with the institution of the fake family. A traditional family would be fathers and mothers caring for their kids who later care for their parents. Forced public schooling and Social Security replaced that. The values that produced a self-regulating, peaceful relationship between individuals were replaced by the state, whose sole method of regulation is force.

As I watched those two ballgames, I saw love. There was no taunting, no flamboyant celebrations. I could feel the respect. The players and managers gave me hope that baseball could once again reflect our world. The original Brooklyn team, The Bridgrooms, in 1888 were so named because six of the players wed that season. I like the term Bridegroom more than the present Dodgers. A bridgroom commits to be responsible. A dodger sounds like he’s dodging responsibility.

Van Morrison

One person who has revealed American music to Americans is Van Morrison. Before the Brits came along we were stuck in Monkey hell.

I think it is because they have been socialists longer than us. Grey, drizzly weather, little chance for economic advancement without crony connections makes Britain a dead end. As David Bromberg said, “You gotta suffer if you want to sing the blues.”

Van does protest songs in this article where we are being converted into an increasingly childish dependency police state. Checks come to pacify as the economy is transferred to giant retailers with no face. Soon, face to face contact with other people will be extinct. Men and women, needed to create workers will meet through internet to mate. Lipstick stains no more (an up-side).

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And this classic:

A Huge Difference, We’re Told

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So exciting. Another election so we can make a difference.

Well, I checked out the Libertarian (Large “L”) candidate just in case. She proposes universal basic income. The Libertarians are still going after the ignorant vote, apparently.

Lots of Trump signs around and just look at who hates him. I’m risking losing friends but I ask, “Why don’t you like Trump?” They say, “He’s not presidential. He’s a racist, homophobic, misogynist, transphobic, rude, crude, and overly confident appearing.”

I looked up “Trump homophobic.” What I found was appointment of conservative judges and that he took gay references off of the White House website. So what? What does the White House have to do with something so personal?

“Misogynist.” So what? His wife likes him.

“Transphobic.” So what? If you don’t like each other, don’t hang out.

All these complaints are rooted in a perception that Trump won’t steal for you. Where is your self esteem? As long as you think you deserve favors because of your status in the world, then favors granted to some one else at your expense are on the table as well.

“Rude, crude, and overly confident appearing.” There are words I try not to use around ladies and in public. They describe Trump pretty well.

“Not presidential.” Well at least he has one thing going for him. Look back at the most popular presidents, all warmongers and welfare statists (which are the same thing). The greatest loss of American lives, liberties, and wealth occurred under their rule.

Look at yourself; what you consider to be the greatest joys of your life. None of those so-called greatest presidents contributed to those things. They probably were diminished by them.

Oh yeah. It’s about Trump. The best part, he’s an outsider. The worst part, he’s controlled by insiders. How else to explain his failure to reveal the redacted parts of the Kennedy assassination and 9/11 Commission reports as he promised? How else to explain his reluctance to let foreign nations defend themselves? How else to explain his caving to the coronavirus mania.

He is now disavowing support for a universal shut-down and crippling of the economy. The “models” were wild and ridiculous over-exaggerations (now forgotten). While the rest of the Western World sees the second wave, Sweden’s death rate with no lock-down has plummeted. In the United States, total deaths from all causes is lower this year than last (according to the CDC). Does that sound like emergency lock-downs and economic disaster were warranted?

Gross Domestic Product is down 31%. The money supply has increased nearly 26% since March, which would equate to a 26% loss of purchasing power. A strong stock market, while being touted as a sign of a strong economy, is actually built on the fact that it takes more dollars to buy stocks. Was shifting vast quantities of wealth from individuals and small businesses to Amazon and Walmart done under the watch of a conservative? No, a puppet.

He has fired John Bolton and other maniacal military types as his handlers directed and appointed patriots, intent on bringing the troops home and putting America first. But that is after we’ve lost 7,000 troops and destroyed massive amounts of infrastructure and lives in other peoples’ squabbles.

That leaves little room in this column for the only other side that we are allowed to hear. On a scale of possible governments, the choice between big government Republicans and big government Democrats is about 2 percentage points apart. One wants to redistribute your hard-earned money and brags about it. The other wants to redistribute your hard-earned money and denies it.