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Posted on May 21 at 10:27 a.m.

Starshine...great column, as usual. Baseball is an acquired taste, a simultaneously simple yet complex zero-sum game. The pitcher, and parents of same, are beaming following a strike-out, and the batter's shoulder-slumping return to the dugout. Conversely, the home-run trot of a euphoric batter saddens the defensive team, its coaches and fans. Kinda like life, results are viewed thru the prism of the observer. And by the way, your statistic regarding Hall of Fame strike-out affirms your "lack of love' for the game, or at least your lack of accuracy. Yes, a .300 batting average means a .700 "non-hit" plate appearance, not a .700 strike-out percentage. Next time you visit Dodger Stadium, avoid the concessions and dissect each move by every player, and coach, on each pitch. Perhaps your appreciation for the game will change when you embrace the physical, strategic and mental aspects of "America's Game."

On The Sting of the Strikeout

Posted on January 6 at 10:34 a.m.

Barney - You use the disparaging term "disgorge" with regards to cruise ship visitors, while disparaging the weather in Bakersfield, Scottsdale & Fargo. The increasing nautical tourist count, and visitor spending, is obviously linked to SB's weather; berating both visitors, and their weather, reflects you ubiquitous "progressive" hypocrisy.

On What? Another Year?

Posted on March 27 at 1:51 p.m.

Mr Gates fails to walk the talk:

On Bill Gates Fights Global Warming in Goleta

Posted on March 25 at 6:26 p.m.

So Bill walked to SB from his 66,000 sq ft house on Lake Washington?

On Bill Gates Fights Global Warming in Goleta

Posted on January 26 at 4:51 p.m.

Those that lack the ambition, or aptitude, to compete in our market economy are supported by tax-payer underwritten social services. To suggest that tax incentives for taking the risk of investing in securities is "wrong" is an indication of Ms Causey's limited financial acumen, and a common theme among those in the self-proclaimed "99%" whose plight is self-fulfilling. The beauty of our system is that it rewards performance; Frances' response is to criticize achievement, and bemoan one's place in life rather than embrace the limitless opportunities inherent in a capitalistic system.

On <em>Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?</em>

Posted on July 11 at 11:07 a.m.

Reminds me of the story my dad tells about his circumcision: When asked if the procedure hurt, he says it was done when he was 3-days old and he didn't recall specifics, just that he couldn't walk for a year!

On Circumcision: Cut It Out?

Posted on January 1 at 9:19 p.m.

topcat.....The computer you use to pontificate your coolness utilizes Korean memory chips and a petroleum-based chassis, components that consume significantly more resources than that nicely gift-wrapped paisley tie from grandma.

On Holiday Recycling Tips: Naughty vs. Nice

Posted on July 12 at 11:38 a.m.

All - My thoughts on having kids / not having kids is simple. Are you happy with the decision your parents made to have you? If so, you are parent material; if not, well, you've just answered your question.

On Why Have Kids?

Posted on October 21 at 12:22 p.m.

Rode my bike to a "welcome home" party Sunday for a grad student returning from Europe. I suspect I saved a couple of penguins somewhere given my choice of transport, though his trip abroad may have clouded our collective carbon math. Following a prescribed responsibility recipe is impossible, and ripe with inconsistency, pompousness and hypocrisy. Humans are a species too, and commerce underwrites our collective existence. Given our planet's population of nearly 7 billion, your kid's Big Mac is helping MCD employees, shareholders, suppliers, franchisees, and perhaps your local heart surgeon and Jenny Craig counselor. Oh, and my friend's PhD dissertation: Global Biomass Cogeneration.

On Doing the Right Thing

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