I am going to miss baseball, again

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I am going to miss my baseball, again*

I was lucky enough to be born in the fifties when life was more about families, homemade pies and baseball. I remember listening to the local radio stations broadcasting the Phillies and Baltimore games. Then on Saturday and Sundays we watched the games on Television. Baseball was such a fabric of life as I grew up,you watched it , listen to it, played it and fantasized being part of it. I passed this tradition on to my girls as they grew up with the trips to the Veterans Stadium and Camden Yards.

Watching on TV, was not a closed sports package on cable ,not Major League Baseball, no we watched it on the main stream media you received by an antenna, yes sometimes the reception was poor but It was available to watch free. I didn’t have to pay for the privilege to witness the game on my TV. I was not denied the access of listening to the games from the local radio station, never in my life would I have imagine that a pre-recorded loop would instruct me to contact MLB if I want to listen to the game. The internet back in the 90s provided several sites that would broadcast and keep track of the game, even MLB was reasonable and I was a subscriber till they raised the fees. When it was possible the family would make pilgrimages to the stadiums to watch the game. We were knowledgable spectators, we knew who played first, and how good was the pitcher on the mound. It was fun because we were exposed to the National Pastime of Baseball.

Baseball is suffering from a neurotic greed. It’s really unreasonable to pay such a high cost to watch the games. MLB feels it needs to pay their players and owners such exuberant salaries. Really! Paying players so much to live a dream.  They did work hard for it and they work hard for the owners , but so does the hot dog guy who makes little more than enough to pay his modest bills work just as hard. Hot dog guys holds your life in their hands just by doing the job properly. You not going to lose your cookies by watching baseball unless you have a gambling problem, but that hot dog guy that don’t wash his hands after his constitutional will keep you on the toilet for hours , think about that.

Now MLB feels it is their right to charge what it does, and they are entitled to make a profit.  Blocked games, denying public viewing and listening unless a ransom is paid could be a bad business strategy. The future is being determined by their actions. Baseball may not be the national pastime in another decade or so. It is no longer readily available to a growing population to watch. The younger generation are gravitating to other sports like soccer, the little league parks are finding it hard to get kids interested in playing. Kids are not exposed to baseball.Seasoned baseball followers media starved from the teams they follow soon realize that the team roster and makeup are different thus a less desirable game, might as well go to a minor league game for a lot less expense. No, MLB is putting their industry out of business , slowly like a  cancer it will die. Greed erodes what is good.

I will miss baseball again, there is no reason to drive a couple of hours, spend a couple hundred including expense to watch a game with unidentifiable and unfamiliar players, a situation created because listening and watching games on the tv or radio must  be paid for. Goodbye Phillies.. Goodbye Orioles ., Hello Manchester United..

to be fair one of my friends is capable of listening to Orioles on his radio station which signal isn’t capable for my radio to pick up. my local stations play the loop that the regular scheduled event isn’t available LOL

Raising the Minimum Wage , shouldn’t we think about this

 

 

Reading the newspaper the other day ,I came across this article. I often wonder if our elected officials are considering all the results of their actions. I know many will see this as a positive. I  can see the opposite happen when these wage increased are introduced and enforced . I going to start with presenting you the web site with the article if you wish to read it first :http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120113/NEWS02/201130343/Senator-proposes-raising-minimum-wage. Listed below you will find some of my reasoning based on what I have witnessed as well a few concerns .

 

When the minimum wage is enforced there is no mandate for everyone else to receive an increase , I have seen where an employee was granted a raise before the enforcement only to find that they were right back to minimum wage ,so the reward for good performance was removed ,consider how many folks are in this wage bracket

 

When the minimum wage is enforced many business,especially small business will have to cut hours to cover the increase of wages to be paid, as well as increase of taxes they must escrow and keep current , the employee ends up with less hours and the same if not less income in the end

 

When the minimum wage is enforced, business, especially small business will terminate some employees, they have to be able to make a profit so downsizing is a viable option , so now we have a few more in the unemployment line.

 

When the minimum wage is enforced, prices for services or merchandise especially in small business will rise, thus making the wage increase null, or of little advantage, as well as increasing the burden on those that live on a marginal budget, including those that are on a fixed income , social security and other social services.

 

When the minimum wage is enforced because the prices increases, those that are making more than minimum but still struggle because of debt , or other increased cost that seem to show up with the minimum wage, find themselves not having the buying power and must alter their buying habits, causing severe stress on Small business whom depend on those discretionary purchases .Causing many Small Business to fail, and more unemployment.

 

When the Minimum wages is enforced , will there be legislation to increase the government workers wages , will that not increase the debt that is already a major issue on the table. Will that cause friction between government workers and the private sector ?

 

When the minimum wage is enforce, will this drive more jobs oversees, In a global market,as we are in there are other counties with workers already in line to take the jobs that Americans are already considered over-paid by those parts of the world .

 

There are so many Americans , Delawareans that work in the minimum wage level, it is no longer just an entree level wage, as suggested but an acceptable wage ,not if you are surviving on it , but a legal wage. Most of those workers are hard working, honest even well educated citizens, that are in a situation that is less favorable. I am concern that raising the wage could be a disservice to many, and not accomplishing what it is designed to do. Would it be better to find ways to bring more jobs into the States, finding ways for the citizens to be able to afford  the necessaries of life, using the infra-structure that won’t put the burden on those that are already over -taxed. Would it not be better to regulate the larger corporations, those that have become a necessity to function . Legislation introduced many times for the benefit of the state mandates , can impose burdens on citizens and small business that are already struggling ,are you going to  explore this. Can we put value back in the Dollar.

I witnessed the hardship, frustration, the need of these valiant workers , who struggle everyday to provide services ,to accommodate what is expected of them, They don’t deserve to be abused , or used as a pawn for others agendas. They need to be treated with dignity, seen that their needs are covered , that they are not punished, or penalized (which happens way to often) . It should never be a disgrace to work, or it should never be a burden to work

Raising the minimum wage if done , must be done so that it is beneficial for all , that all the “t”s are crossed and all the “I” are dotted . God Bless America and the people that dwell in Wonderful Country and State of Delaware .

Park

Occupy

Would Christ have camped outside within an occupy

I do not know, I will not lie

I know he would not approve of today’s inequalities

But would He question some desired  civil Liberties

 

He preached that we should render to Caesar’s what is Caesar’s

I know He would prefer us to practice Charity and care

Let us not dwell on the misguided wealthy

But pray for their souls to become healthy

 

Perhaps then we will find our peace

And leave the barriers to the police

For they too are caught in the middle

It’s God’s choice whom belongs in the griddle

 

I know pain and anguish is abound

And young people search for sound

Advice and direction which seems hidden

But with God’s Grace it will be given

 

I do not know if Christ would camp at an occupy

I pray to Him that no one will die

Those whom protest I do care

That they won’t loose one strand of hair

 

Like it or not they have a right

To scream, and demand true insight

To were this world is going ,and How

And will it cause us all to bow

 

Raise in truth ,Cry for our life

Demand our dignity free from strife

But do so with care, and with humility

And pray to God that we find unity

 

Park 2012 

Truth is always simple, short and to the point

I am sure some would argue with great conviction that this is an incorrect statement . I would also bet that those who object the most are in the business to wrap words . Those that make profit at evading or in some cases unravelling the truth that are hidden well ,deep in a matrix of clever statements  . I have found that most truthful and distinct statements are quick to show the brevity of what is presented. They are not usually surrounded by escapes, clauses and compromise. The reader may be confused ,but not deceived and easily remedied after investigation.The Declaration of  Independence of the United States is nothing more than a short letter, full of truth , conviction and to the unquestionable point . The United States original Constitution was rather short,to the point  ,amazing considering the scope of government , the rights of the citizens , and the responsibilities of both in maintaining this Great Country. The Greatest American speech ever to be heard by the people was the Gettysburg Address, a very disappointing oracle Lincoln was for those who look at what our leaders convey as entertainment .Unfortunately our political arena can be viewed as entrainment , where even professional comedian are reverend as wise and learned leaders. Years ago my father would write-up simple contracts for vending and food services with other business, some of good size.  Much to our surprise that one of our accounts wanted to bring another vendor  in, but because the  contract was short and to the point their lawyer informed them that He had nothing to work with and either had to continue our services or pay us what was projected in sales during the period we would be terminated , sweet and to the point Most of our contracts were not more than seven pages which included the Cover letter, and the ratification page. I seen many of our competitions contracts,which presented a mini book, they would break down what they would and not do, and how they would and could not do , wrapping words that would make a normal person accidently skip some key praises or hidden omissions intentional in the spirit of the contact. Now displayed on the news introduction of anything to congress or the executive branch ,the Bill looks like an Old fashion Telephone Book. There is no way our President can read from cover to cover what is in the Bill and do other duties that our nation requires.  No WAY, so how can we expect to get a truthful representation ,free from hidden agendas , free from unproven statement, lies, misguided ideas, How can we.  Today we stand at the crossroads , we face a future guarantee of economic strife . our children and their children face a bill they can not pay, it is wrapped up in worthless promises , some because it wrapped up in careful crafted hidden words. Is this what we want. Is this what we want to be remembered for. Maybe so. I got a feeling that when we die, it going to be really simple ,Yes or No , try wrapping that .

What says the news my friend

What says the news my friend

 

 

What says the news my friend

will it tell of glories,or sad ends

will it proclaim good fortune for us

or just tell us we missed the bus

 

How says the news do you care

is the market,bull or Bear

are the stocks worth much today

is the futures on cash, treasury Bonds Ok

 

How about the Political scene

are the Republicans able to wean

off the Tea party call for change

or is the Democrats in trouble again

 

What tragic moment in time

should we not expect an increase in crime

foreclosures abundant ,no solution in sight

nor does anyone care, it isn’t right

 

We bailed out the banks, who cashed in their bonus

and watch the flights roll out of Dallas

Gm and Chrysler did put out their hand

and their union sold out their plan

 

You money is safe says the Economic Scholar

Invest in me Wall Street Hollers

You not regret it , you really won’t

cause we can catch the next boat

 

Invest in our youth we did not do

Our schools will suffer with the economic gloom

It was with learning that made this country great

and we set it aside , to pay off debt and gain weight

 

Is our wars going well my dear friend

Our we still dying in the world far end

We send good people some to young or to old

and ask them to die , and be strong and bold

 

What plans do we have for all those broken dreams

dead men and women , and children screams

will they get cheated at what is due

because some politician needs to rule

 

What news my friends of the weather today

it sounds kind of strange on this summer day

to hot to handle ,especially in the fields

where our food is growing ,we need our yields

 

What news my friend is their today

is any of it positive, good people would say

Does it show any Love, and caring of You

or is it how someone ,may sue too

 

What celebrity who thinks they can say

what we should do and how we should play

and those who follow just have no sense

or they are lost , and forgetting the past tense

 

I don’t know what lies ahead of us tomorrow

I pray not sadness and of sorrow

I sure it will be much of the same

and everyone looking for someone to blame

 

 

Park 11

 

 

The Children in man’s rage

Originally written Feb 5, 2011


I been watching the riots going on in Egypt with a concerned heart. Of course most of the news has been centered around how the press was mistreated, and how this might effect us Americans. I wish it wasn’t because that is not what the story should be about.

What would drive sane,educated people to the streets, to risk all for change. A change I sure they are unsure of. What would drive men into the streets while their children, their spouse , their elderly are waiting for their needs to be met. How many are hungry and frighten right now.
Why does the United States find ourselves in the middle off it, and become a target because of it. Should our motive here be to feed the poor and needy, clothe the naked . Take care of the Children, it disheartens me to here of talk of financing the military, for any outcome.
I worry most about the kids, as a child I remember the race riots of the sixties. My parents would have to drive through the poor sections of Wilmington to get home from Philadelphia. These sections were primary Black and it was a time when they were fighting for their civil rights. My parents would talk nervously as they would drive through those sections. I could here them chatter about the gun fires downtown had, and how the national guard had to be used to insure their safety . As a little kid, I had no clue what civil rights were, or even realize we were a nation divided at that time. Our neighborhoods were primary segregated so interacting with little black kids was rare. And when visiting my Grandparents in Chester, going outside was not often, cause of all the violence there. The thing is it form my opinion of fear and doubt and bigotry at that age, it took most of my adult life to shake it off . I fear for the children of Egypt, although my experience was a far cry from theirs , they are forming their opinions now, they know that it not safe for them, they are unsure , they are caught up in a storm of Chaos.
I will not take sides on who is right or wrong, I am a American and I live here. Egypt must solve this themselves, I wish America intention is to embrace the outcome.
Let us Pray
Almighty Father, Creator of All
Let us not forget that You have Created every human
Let us not forget to respect others, no matter what differences
Let greed, politics, bigotry and religion not be used to over run the good
Those caught in the middle, protect them from harm
Lord we ask that You watch the little children
Don’t let them suffer
Feed them, protect them
Don’t let their hearts harden
If we must have Chaos, let the outcome be for Your benefit
Evil is Evil, it wears no arm band.
expose the evil , and let the good of man shine through this experience
Forgive those who forgotten what they are here for.
I ask these things in Jesus Name
Amen

 

Are we building the tower of Babel again?

Are we building the Tower of Babel again?


Reading an article in Time magazine, February 21 issue ,I found myself pondering the future of my Children. The Article was called Singularity ,2045 ; predictions from the top scientist, computer engineers . They defined Singularity as a noun: the moment when technological change becomes so rapid and profound , It represents a rupture in the fabric of human history. Or as the cover of the Magazine proclaims 2045 the year man becomes immortal. I find this a bit disturbing ,certainly threatening to my religious convictions. It was in Genesis Chapter 11, when man started to think he should compete with God, find God as unnecessary . God decided to correct this act of brazing disrespect by casting them around the earth and disrupting man ability to communicate by scrambling Language. Is our technological breakthroughs heading us to the modern day Tower of Babel. I have some random thoughts about this article I like to share. 

  • I not sure our technology has not really dumb us down. I remember when people could add and subtract with a pencil and paper. Now days they will shut down a store when the cash registers become unusable . I know it effects the ability to use the data bases in the computer to keep accountability, but how many tellers now days can add and subtract, let alone count change back without a screen to tell them
  • Many of today’s kids do not have the ability of writing, even printing by the time they graduate,everything is done on a keyboard
  • Decisions by business are no longer made by faith,common sense and speculation and more based on black and white facts. the ability to fail more than once in a entrepreneur spirit is very difficult now days, unless one is very dishonest
  • It seems that government and business has become stupidly clever by tying up decision makers with unreasonable amount of information and hidden agenda in their communications. Have you seen the size of those books based on Bills to be passed by the legislation,so the letter of the law is really a telephone book.
  • Why would we want to be immortal here ,in these bodies. One biologist sees that Aging will be something that can be repaired. In the wake of all the calamities that has happen in Australia and New Zealand are they going to be able to prevent accidental death as well.
  • If Accidental death is not fixable why in the hell would one want to live when all those they loved has died,no thanks
  • To be immortal here on earth, what are we going to do about the babies that are made, when there is not enough room for them, sounds pretty selfish and self centered to not make room for new blood
  • Are we going to eliminate personal relations or abort everything that would come of such acts
  • What happens when we let technology take control, I not sure we are not already slaves to our technology
  • If the technology fails along the way, will we become cave men all over again,because we lost our survivor skills
  • Progress has already been hampered by greed and self serving agenda,case point the time it takes to get anything rebuilt today It takes years to repair a little bridge over a creek around here.
  • I am sure You can add to this list,but if you get a chance read that article

I pray God will be merciful , our cleverness and lack of respect , our willingness to distance ourselves from Him sooner or later will be brought to task, May the innocent be protected

Let us Pray
O, Merciful and Immortal One
You created us, knowing that we would Stray
Yet You Love us, You permit us to grow
Forgive us God for our arrogance
Let us use technology for Your Glory
not our quest to be immortal as living compromised humans
Thank You for all the Graces and Blessing You have given to us
Thank You for our knowledge and free will
let us not fail and dishonor You with these gifts
In Jesus Name I pray
Amen