RichTAkes! on Yogi Berra

RichTAkes! on Yogi Berra

Rest in peace Yogi, you were a true class-act!

Yogi Berra, Yankee Who Built His Stardom 90 Percent on Skill and Half on Wit, Dies at 90

Yogi-Berra-ObitI was five and turned six during the 1962 season, I was a huge Yankees fan, they were on the Sunday “Game of the Week” nearly every Sunday afternoon. It must have been on CBS. Former Yankee Dizzy Dean was the announcer, and Falstaff beer sponsored the game. (this was before the “Papa Joe Greasydick” campaign in the early 70s which doomed that brand of beer. What were they thinking?)

Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra, what more could anyone at my then tender age ask for? Clete Boyer? Yes! I think his twin brother was named Clint, who played for the Cardinals with Stan “the Man” Musial.

By this time, Yogi was far along in his career and shared catching duties with Elston Howard. Jim Bouton was a pretty good pitcher too.

For me, this was the golden era of the Yankees, they won 14 of 17 World Series during this time.

I was surprised to learn that Yogi has played in more World Series games than any other player, he came up to the majors in 1947 if I recall correctly (it’s in the NY Times piece above). This would put Yogi in the same rookie class as Jackie Robinson with the cross-town Brooklyn Dodgers.

He later managed both the Yankees and the Mets and probably knew more about baseball than anyone, excepting possibly Leo “the Lip” Durocher.

I also learned yesterday that he was a machine-gunner’s mate in the Navy serving at the invasion at Omaha Beach.

Yogi was an American icon, I wish him Godspeed to his next destination. He was truly a class-act.

Here is the 1962 Yankees roster:

1962 New York Yankees Roster by Baseball Almanac

35 of Yogi Berra’s most memorable quotes

1. “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

2. “It’s deja vu all over again.”

3. “I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.”

4. “Never answer an anonymous letter.”

5. “We made too many wrong mistakes.”

6. “You can observe a lot by watching.”

7. “The future ain’t what it used to be.”

8. “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”

9. “It gets late early out here.”

10. “If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.”

11. “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”

12. “Pair up in threes.”

(hit the link for more)

The Yogi Book (9780761154433): Yogi Berra

The Yogi book on Amazon

The BLM email-gate TAkes!

Now we have yet another email-gate.

Hillary is most likely toast, yet the Democrat bench only seems to have Joe sitting on it.

Enjoy the BLM email Takes! (and turn your flash-blocker on)

Planet Obama

Hillary Clinton Hacked Emails For Sale

Will Hillary Clinton’s Emails Burn the White House?

The incalculable damage done

“We know now that HC had classified information on her email server because of what she turned over. What we don’t know is what she didn’t turn over. This creates a massive Counter-Intelligence (CI) problem… This action has done irreparable damage to US national security”

Clinton Admits She Destroyed Government Property

Tech company: No indication that Clinton’s e-mail server was ‘wiped’

someone is really incompetent

Peggy Hubbard’s classic rant about black lives matter after a nine year old was killed while studying in Ferguson MO.

MN Black Lives Matter Protesters Chant: “Pigs in a Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon” – YouTube

The assassin who killed two cops in NYC tweeted that he was going to put pigs in a blanket.

NFL Star Richard Sherman GOES OFF On Man Who Called For “Open Season On Crackers and Cops”

Sherman is a star in more ways than one.

Farrakhan: We Must Rise Up and Kill Those Who Kill Us; Stalk Them and Kill Them

where are the voices to condemn and/or arrest Farrakhan? The O seemingly loves it.

Message to the Black Lives Matter Movement

complete Whaley video above

…if you have a Boehner lasting longer than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention!

Articles: Donald Trump and the Revenge of the ‘Low-Information’ Voters

Biden: ‘Totally Legitimate Argument’ That Iran Can Use Sanctions Relief to Fund Terror

Yet he has no problem moving ahead with this disaster anyway

Three illegal immigrants charged with murder of Va. student

Captured: Convicted Burglar Deported 5 Times, Back in Texas

Obama claims that the border is more secure now than ever. I guess that is not saying much.

USA Today reporter covering Scott Walker’s campaign signed petition to recall him

I’d like to know what “journalists” contributed to political campaigns too.

John Kerry Appoints Clinton Donor to Oversee Email Production

nothing says transparency like hiring a Clinton partisan to oversee the release of Hillary Clinton’s email

~ remember when State conducted an investigation into Benghazi without interviewing Hillary, or producing a single document with her name on it? That was also conducted by another Clinton partisan, surprise, surprise!

FEC Must Investigate Democratic National Committee for Employing Illegal Alien to Craft 2016 Political Message

I’d be shocked if that ever happened

Obama EPA rule blocked, criticized as fed power grab over state waters

“Judge Ralph R. Erickson called the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt “inexplicable, arbitrary and devoid of a reasoned process,” and issued an injunction preventing the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from claiming oversight of millions of acres of land that contain small bodies of water.”

Clintons Facilitated Donor’s Haiti Project That Defrauded U.S. Out of Millions

The Clintons should be prosecuted under RICO laws as a continuing criminal enterprise

What Is Obama’s Top Population-Control Freak Hiding?

Science czar John Holdren is withholding his private email too. He is the top strategist in Obama’s war on carbon, war on coal, war on the West and war on the economy.

Conservative Review – McConnell Plans to Fund Planned Parenthood

He’s funded everything else that Obama wanted

Satanists are Pro-Choice, If You Didn’t Know

duh!

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Rich’s Select Committee Double-TAkes!

Special Double Edition Rich TAkes!

Lots has been going on, and very little has been going on. Trey Goudy is named Chairman of the Select Committee to investigate Benghazi, The EPA has been asking human subjects to stick their head up a tail-pipe, and the IRS targeting seems to track directly to the White House (to the surprise of virtually no one).  Trey

The EPA has also proposed regulating (read: taxing) cow farts. And the FCC has raised the ugly head of Net Neutrality once again. Oh yes, the TEA Party is not dead yet.

Judicial Watch: New Documents Show IRS HQ Control of Tea Party Targeting

Linking straight to the White House

The Terrifying Implications of the IRS Abuse-DOJ Connection

Gun-running in Libya and Syria led to 9/11/2012 at Benghazi?

House approves select committee to investigate Benghazi attack

I’m not sure if better late than never applies here, John Boehner should have done this a year ago

CIA Whistleblower faces the ire of an angry Justice Department over Benghazi questions

Hillary Language On Benghazi Identical To Rhodes Email — 1 1/2 Days Before!

Clinton advisor Dick Morris traces video talking points directly to Hillary.

Fast & Furious: Benghazi Edition

Speaking of Fast & Furious, I remember raising my eyebrows when I heard reports of an early Secretary of State speech in Mexico City inn early 2009. She said, “Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade,” Mrs. Clinton said, using unusually blunt language. “Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians.”

Besides the obvious, which is, if we controlled our borders this wouldn’t be happening, my second thought was that legal semi-automatic firearms sold in the US would not be at the top of any drug cartel’s wish list. Much better would be Mac10s, Uzzis, and AK47s from black market sources, which would also be cheaper than US AR-15s when purchased in bulk.

The timing here is important, this story appeared in the NY Times on March 25, 2009.

Clinton Says U.S. Feeds Mexico Drug Trade – NYTimes.com

Judging by her statements in Mexico City, Hillary must have been in the loop on fast & Furious as well. No other logical conclusion can be reached. 

The Obama administration announces on March 24 that Project Gunrunner will be expanding: “March 24, 2009: David Ogden, deputy attorney general at the time, stated, “The president has directed us to take action to fight these cartels and Attorney General Eric Holder and I are taking several new and aggressive steps as part of the administration’s comprehensive plan.””

Fast & Furious timeline:

Fast and Furious: The Events Leading to Eric Holder’s Contempt Vote

And this from MRC:

“DOJ’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is increasing it’s efforts by adding 37 new employees in 3 new offices using $10 million dollars in Recovery Act funds and redeploying 100 personnel to the southwest border in the next 45 days to fortify it’s Project Gunrunner- which is aimed at disrupted arms trafficking between the United States and Mexico. ATF is doubling it’s presence in Mexico itself, from 5 to 9 personnel working with the Mexicans specifically to facilitate gun tracing activity which targets the illegal weapons and their sources in the United States.”

Flashback: David Ogden Announces New Efforts With Project Gunrunner “As Directed By the President”

Vid at the link.

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Rich TAkes! on Bunkerville, NV

The Cliven Bundy TAkes!

Open range cattle grazing in the west has been an American tradition since before the west was won.

The recent Bundy Ranch debacle is just the latest in a long history of federal over-reach over state’s rights and the rule of law. He has a solid claim to continue to run his cattle since his family has done so continuously since 1877. 

At some point you gotta wonder why Washington claims ownership of 86% of Nevada.  For some background, 52 ranchers have been driven out of business in Clark County, NV, they sold their water and grazing rights to the Feds. Bundy is the last rancher standing. Clark County is nearly as large as New Jersey, and larger than Delaware, Rhode Island, and Hawaii combined. And it’s not even the largest county in Nevada. 

Supposedly this whole thing started over a tortoise which was placed on the endangered species list in ’89? And then taken off the list the very next year. This was just spin in the early days of the story, it was never about a turtle. It happens that the turtle and cows coexist just fine. 

Then the story was that Cliven Bundy owed one million in unpaid fines and fees since 1993. Further research reveals that the BLM spent 3 million to remove Bundy’s 900 plus head of cattle from federal public lands. Bundy says that they are state-owned public lands. I have no idea who is correct, but 137 years of continuous use by the Bundy Ranch is good enough for me. As the saying goes, possession is nine tenths of the law. Bundy is not even claiming possession, he only wants his cattle to walk around the same public ground that they have done for hundreds of years.

What disturbs me most is the excessive show of force by the BLM in this case to forcibly remove the cattle, which have certainly done no wrong. Reports vary, but at least fifty, and as many as two hundred heavily armed agents showed up to enforce the removal with rustlers using helicopters to round up the easy pickings cattle. There is evidence that they even shot two prize bulls, to say nothing of destroying fencing and water retention improvements which the ranch had made. 

In case you haven’t noticed, this administration has identified Christians, returning vets and other traditional American conservatives as terrorists. Apparently 67 year old Cliven Bundy falls into this group of American citizens considered to be terrorists to the Obama progressive movement.

What disturbs me even more is the tendency for progressive Democrats to use the full force of arms against American citizens on American soil. Clinton did it repeatedly, at Ruby Ridge, the Branch Davidians Waco TX debacle and the following Elian Gonzales affair. All were examples of extreme use of force, especially Waco. Thankfully, Obama showed more restraint at Bunkerville. I can’t help but think that dozens of camera phones taping video may have had something to do with it, along with militia showing up with their own sharp-shooters to the party.

Harry Reid says it isn’t done yet, and I suspect he is correct in that assessment. 

Links after the jump:

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RichTAkes! On the SOTU

The State of the Union TAkes!

Okay, not really. I couldn’t bear to listen, for fear of becoming sick. Instead, I offer a month’s worth of real news links which should make us all sick. Hopefully, you won’t become physically sick, being informed is much, much better. We all deserve better.

Here is the round-up:

Progressive Kristallnacht Coming?

(The Night of Broken Glass) Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendant “progressive” radicalism unthinkable now?

It might be helpful to note that the author of this letter to the editor is a liberal, and a supporter of Al Gore and  voted for Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown.

EPA Decree Shrinks Size of Wyoming by a Million Acres

Since when does the EPA have the jurisdiction to re-interpret treaties?

 From our Imperial POTUS using the levers of government to Imperial-King-Obama-punish his opponents department:  

One of the Few Conservative Groups in Hollywood Has Been Under Investigation by the IRS

Conservative author and pundit Dinesh D’Souza charged in campaign finance case

I’m pretty sure that Dinesh is on an enemies list somewhere

Tearing away Obama’s veil of secrecy surrounding the IRS scandal

the truth is becoming known about President Obama’s blatant use of the Internal Revenue Service to suppress the First Amendment political free speech rights of Tea Party, conservative and evangelical non-profits during the 2010, 2012 — and now — the 2014 campaigns.

Kimberley Strassel: IRS Targeting and 2014

It’s IRS targeting all over again, only this time by administration design and with the raw political goal…of putting “tea party groups out of business.”

Obama was outraged when he read about this in the newspaper, (right!) now he claims it’s a phony scandal.

Media Matters Facts <> Media Matters’ targets revealed: business, wealth, Christianity

Media Matters is a 501(c)3 non-profit, and contributions are deductible. Compare that to the IRS targets for 501(c)4 applicants, whose contributions are not tax-deductible

No Place For Conservatives in New York says Andrew Cuomo

I can’t believe that this guy fancies himself a viable presidential candidate. It must be hereditary, his daddy Mario wanted to be President too. When I first heard this, I thought he must be “differently-abled”.

Benghazi and Syria Update: 

Obama called for war based on bogus intel

Syria update: A report from the MIT confirms earlier reports that the Syrian government could not have launched the sarin poison-gas-laden rocket last August. Confirming my earlier suspicions that this was a false-flag attack.

Senate Benghazi Report Damns President Obama And Hillary Clinton

The surprising thing here is that Senator Feinstein was committee Chair

Top Secret Benghazi Docs Prove that After Stevens et al Died, Obama and Clinton Lied

Hillary’s biggest “regret”? She doesn’t regret a thing, Obama got re-elected, didn’t he?

An Excerpt From Robert Gates’ ‘Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War’

The Quiet Fury of Robert Gates

EPA still silent on the legality of coal plant ban

Of course they are silent, it isn’t legal.

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Mark Levin Explains Why I’m Backing Mitt

Mark Levin

schools a caller who says that Mitt is too moderate to support, after he locked in the nomination. Maybe he’ll vote Libertarian or other third party. 

This is one of the best rants that I’ve heard lately, although Levin comes up with them once or twice daily. He echoes my beliefs, and says it better than I can. We need to really get behind Mitt, since our country will not be recognizable if Obama wins a second term, we will all be slaves to Obama’s fundamentally transformed former greatest nation in the history of the world. Why transform greatness?

I was surprised that he also supported the same candidates that I liked over Bush, McCain, and Romney.

Here’s the listen: