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Hellfire & Brimstone

Posted by AB on December 21, 2009

The battle over health care reform has brought some pretty fiery rhetoric to the good people of the United States.  In my opinion, save for the outbursts of Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), Congressional Republicans have been spreading the most abhorrent language to his or her constituents.  When we look back to this debate 20 years from now, we will all remember the big lie that was “death panels,” used by Republicans to scare senior citizens.  Unfortunately, the closer we get to a health care reform bill, the more incendiary the rhetoric has become.  Over the weekend it became biblical.

This weekend in Nebraska, former Republican Presidential nominee Mike Huckabee visited to criticize Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE).  Why would the former Arkansas Governor travel to Nebraska on short notice?  Because he saw an opportunity to once again act as demagogue when Nelson finally agreed to join the rest of the Democrats to vote for a health care reform bill.  Huckabee, forever the political opportunist, dropped this little line to drive home his point (via CNN):

 “I don’t want [senators] to go up there…and then somehow go back and boast ‘Here’s some money I got from you.’  The last time we saw that kind of historic moment it was 30 pieces of silver, and that didn’t work out to well for us either.”

He, of course, was referring to Judas’ betrayal of Christ.  Of course it is the same as expanding health care coverage to 30 million Americans, right?  What a stupid think to say, Mr. Huckabee, even for you.

And last night, stung by the realization that Senate Democrats had assembled the needed 60 votes to stop a filibuster, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) went to the floor of the “greatest deliberative body in the world” to release one of the most heinous comments that one could ever imagine.

That’s right; Sen. Coburn is calling for the American people to pray that a Democratic member  is unable to show up.  To the great disappointment of Sen. Coburn, God did not intervene, and even the 92-year-old, wheelchair-bound Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) made the 1 a.m. vote.  Democrats reached cloture by a vote of 60-40, along party lines.

I don’t know what is going on with our politicians these days–they seem to have all lost their minds.  The Senate bill should pass on Christmas Eve, and then there will be a whole new series of vitriol, as the Senate bill will go to conference to merge with the bill that was previously passed by the House of Representatives.  After the eventual passage of the health care reform bill, maybe we can all begin thinking more clearly.  Until then, get accustomed to “crazy talk.”


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Tar Heels or Pirates?

Posted by AB on June 3, 2009

UPDATE:  North Carolina wins game two, 9-3.  The Tar Heels advance to its fourth consecutive College World Series.  They open against the Arizona State Sun Devils. 

A great season for the Pirates shouldn’t be overlooked.


UPDATE:  North Carolina wins game one, 10-1.  They lead the best of three series, 1-0.  Game two is on Sunday.


Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha by Lisas Lounge.

The name of the blog says it all.  I was born, raised, and still live in the great state of North Carolina.  I grew up as a rabid University Noth Carolina fan–the Tar Heels.  I am also an alumnus and fan of East Carolina University–the Pirates.  Hence, the Tar Heel Pirate.  And therein lies the problem.  Beginning Saturday, the Tar Heel and Pirate baseball teams will play a best-of-three series for the right to go to Omaha, Nebraska and the College World Series.

This issue occasionally comes up during the football season.  The Pirates beat the Tar Heels on the gridiron last year, and they will play again this year.  I usually find myself pulling for a well-played battle in which both teams impress, but I do lean, slightly, to my alma mater.  I’ll cross that bridge again when it comes, but what is a guy to do right here, right now? 

Without question, I am very proud of both teams for being one of only 16 baseball teams left, and I will be rooting hard for the winner in the College World Series.  A baseball national championship will be meaningful for both teams, the universities, and the fans.  However, a baseball national championship will be even more meaningful for East Carolina University.  The University of North Carolina is a high-profile school for athletics and academics, and it receives attention and praise, frequently.  On the other hand, ECU rarely attains the credit, nationally, for its athletic program and academic success.  For those reasons and more, I will be pulling for my Pirates.  We need some of that–what do you call it?  Respect. 

A shot at a baseball national championship will await the winner of the Super Regional, in Chapel Hill.  The Tar Heels can match a baseball title with the men’s basketball and women’s soccer titles won in April and December, repectfully.  The Pirates can match a baseball title with the title of Miss USA, won by current ECU student Kristen Dalton.  Good luck to both, and may the best team win.

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