Remember Andrew?

Irma dwarfs Andrew by a considerable margin. The devastation has been horrific and complete for those who have been ravaged by the winds, and Jose is bearing down on those obliterated communities even as Irma turns towards Florida.

It’s going to be a long weekend for many…

Talkin’ Sports: MLB All-Star Game…2017! * UPDATED *

It is the mid-season break for Major League Baseball! The Home Run Derby was yesterday, with New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge taking home the coveted trophy. This dynamite young athlete slammed nearly four miles worth of home runs, according to this article from MLB.com:

All rise. Again, again and again. Aaron Judge lived up to the hype of his remarkable rookie campaign by slamming nearly four miles of home runs on Monday evening at Marlins Park, including four drives of more than 500 feet, crowning the Yankees’ slugger as the newest champion of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby.

Judge overcame 22 first-round blasts from Justin Bour of the Marlins and a dozen long balls from the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger in the second. Judge slammed 11 homers in the finals to defeat Miguel Sano of the Twins, finishing with 1:53 still on the clock. “I had no pressure going into it. I’m a rookie,” Judge said. “This is my first time doing it. For me, I’ve got no expectations. I’m just going to go in there and have some fun and see what we can do tonight. It was a blast. I enjoyed every minute of it — watching the other guys swing, coming here early and talking to the media. Everything about today was fantastic.”

An anticipated matchup between Judge and hometown hero Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins never materialized, as last year’s champion was knocked out in the first round by Gary Sanchez, 17-16.

Some years I’m able to catch the home-run-hitting action; this year I wasn’t able to, and it appears that I missed one hell of a slugfest! Still, I won’t miss out on the All-Star Game, where players in the American League face off against players from the National League. Only two of my Seattle Mariners made the cut this year – Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz – and they are more than deserving of the honour! Injuries to most of the starting pitchers and at least three crucial players on the Mariners lineup hit them hard this season. I can only imagine where they’d be in the standings right now if those injuries hadn’t crippled them. As it is right now, they need to fight just to get back in the wild-card race and be spoilers for other teams, at the very least!

I’ll update this post after the game, with the final score and any highlights of note. I’m rooting for the American League, of course!

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*** UPDATED 2105 PDT ***

What a game! I’m thrilled to report that the American League won the Midsummer Classic by a score of 2 – 1 in 10 innings, with most of the game being an epic pitching battle. That’s what happens when the best of the best face off!

I’m even more thrilled to report that the game-winning home run was hit by none other than Robinson Cano, proudly representing my Seattle Mariners and the rest of the American League! Because of that epic blast of the bat, he took home the Most Valuable Player Award, opting for the 2017 Corvette when presented with the choice between a sports car or a pickup truck.

One other noteworthy play, out of many in the game, was a fantastic catch by outfielder Justin Upton of the Detroit Tigers, helping the AL hold onto the lead given by Cano.

Another excellent, well-played game is in the books – on to the second half of the season!

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Ah, Orlando…

Speechless, yet again…I’m so tired of hate, and those who spread it like disease.

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A Young Man Is Dead.

Trayvon Martin: 5 February 1995 –¬† 26 February 2012
 
Rekia Boyd: (can’t find month/day) 1989 – 21 March 2012

I’m speechless and nauseated right now.¬† A young man is dead.¬† This was going to be a long post, but there is so much to say…I try to write and just get overwhelmed with pain.¬† I’m really sickened over this issue, and am so tired of hearing people justify the cold-blooded, semi-premeditated¬†murder of an unarmed, 17-year old young man.¬† A modern-day lynching, carried out by a paranoid, racist, wanna-be cop who designated himself judge, jury, end executioner.¬† A ‘vigilante-type’ who took the law into his own hands.¬† What’s even sadder is that, as I write this, there have been at least three other, similar murders carried out across the country.¬† There’s a pathological infection going around, and it seems to getting worse by the day.¬† People are getting murdered; the main thing that connects them is the color of their skin – and in this country, that can’t be written off as some odd coincidence.¬† Worse are the race-baiting comments that are landing on news sites and blog pages – pathetic attempts by psychopathic individuals to justify the unjustifiable.¬† Painting murder victims as criminals: Trayvon Martin.¬† Rekia Boyd.¬† Kenneth Chamberlain.¬† Aaron Campbell.¬† The list goes on.

http://hiphopandpolitics.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman-this-countrys-culture-of-suspicion/#comment-30538

http://abagond.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/rekia-boyd/

From CNN:
Editor’s note: Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson is the author of “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” One of the migrants documented in the book, George Swanson Starling, fled Florida for New York in 1945 after a standoff in the citrus groves, where he sought fairer wages for black pickers from the grove owners for whom they worked. The standoff — in Sanford, Florida — set in motion a plan to lynch him.

(CNN) — Isolated in the moment, the shooting death of Trayvon Martin may seem a singular tragedy: a teenager mistaken for a criminal by an overzealous neighborhood watchman armed with a gun and backed by a state law that gives greater latitude to people to defend themselves when they feel threatened.

But that moment in February in the central Florida town of Sanford was steeped in a history that has haunted the state, the South and the country for generations.”

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/26/opinion/wilkerson-trayvon/index.html?hpt=hp_bn7

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/28/opinion/burton-florida-gates/index.html?hpt=hp_bn7

The race-baiters, who are fond of believing in skewed, biased, little-researched, ‘race-based’¬†statistics, are also using this following¬†incident as some sort of ‘proof’ that Trayvon Martin deserved to be gunned down like a rabid animal:¬† http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-17540508

Here’s a recently updated¬†local news story, which began last year:
http://www.kgw.com/news/Officer-fired-after-Aaron-Campbell-shooting-could-be-reinstated-145236755.html

Also from the BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17441277

And how about this shite?!?!?¬† Fuck me…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-17509969

Here’s an excellent song that sums it all up: “Killing In the Name” by Rage Against the Machine.¬† Here’s a little info about the band and the song; the lyrics will be posted after the link to the song.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_in_the_Name

Rage Against The Machine: “Killing In The Name

Killing in the name of!
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Huh!
Killing in the name of! Killing in the name of…
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya But now you do what they told ya
Well now you do what they told ya
Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Uggh!
Killing in the name of! Killing in the name of…
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control (7 times)
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control
And now you do what they told ya!
Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
Come on!
Yeah! Come on!
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me! Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me!
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me! Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me!
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me! Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me!
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me! Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me!
MOTHEFUCKER!!!!
Uggh!!!

Red Rider: “Lunatic Fringe

Lunatic fringe
I know you’re out there
You’re in hiding
And you hold your meetings
We can hear you coming
We know what you’re after
We’re wise to you this time
We won’t let you kill the laughter.

Lunatic fringe
In the twilight’s last gleaming
This is open season
But you won’t get too far
‘coz you’ve got to blame someone
For your own confusion
But we’re on guard this time
Against your FINAL SOLUTION

We can hear you coming
(We can hear you coming)
No you’re not going to win this time
We can hear the footsteps
(We can hear the footsteps)
Hey, out along the walkway
(Out along the walkway)
Lunatic fringe
We know you’re out there
Can you feel the resistance?
Can you feel the thunder?

Updated Saturday, 2012/4/7:

Chaka Khan has always been a singer and entertainer that I admire.¬† She just released a tribute song to Trayvon Martin…what a class act.

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/uponsun/2012/04/chaka_khan_releases_trayvon_ma.php

chakakhan.jpg

Now, if someone can only catch the person or persons who are murdering innocent people in the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma, solely for the color of their skin.¬† The madness is escalating…it’s sickening.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17648620

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