It’s a War, Stupid!

from TIME:

This vocabulary of cowardice emanating from Berlin and Washington is as disgraceful as the black-is-white propaganda produced by Putin’s regime, and even more dangerous

As Russian troops and armored columns advance in Eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian government begs for aid from the free world it hoped would receive it and protect it as one of its own. The leaders of the free world, meanwhile, are struggling to find the right terminology to free themselves from the moral responsibility to provide that protection. Putin’s bloody invasion of a sovereign European nation is an incursion, much like Crimea — remember Crimea? — was an “uncontested arrival” instead of Anschluss. A civilian airliner was blown out of the sky just six weeks ago –—remember MH17? — and with more than 100 victims still unidentified the outrage has already dissipated into polite discussions about whether it should be investigated as a crime, a war crime, or neither. read more

Just Give Me More Time

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Looking at an electoral map or a red/blue state map one will notice virtually all of New England is blue. New Hampshire is currently purple but, in November, will return to its natural red hue. We in New Hampshire tend to buck the blue state monopoly shared by the rest of the New England states.

I write today, not of electoral maps or red and blue states, but of the saga of the Boston Red Sox (even if you’re not a sports fan, just continue reading).

Anyone who follows baseball knows of the utter collapse of the Red Sox beginning at the end of the 2011 season.

I am not a Red Sox fan. Truth be told, I am not a baseball fan. The game is slow and arduous. If it were full-contact, I might watch.

But fans of New England sports teams are a spoiled bunch. Championships have been the norm for the last decade for every major league team. Winning is the only thing up here and we have grown accustomed to that. Anything less is a disappointment. The Celtics, the Red Sox, Bruins, and of course, the Patriots.

 New England sports talk radio is big business and there is plenty to speak of. For the past year, the discussions have centered around the Red Sox. The scandals regarding the pitchers being fat and out of shape, not practicing and drinking beer in the dugout.

Terry Francona, the very successful Sox manager, who led them to 2 World Series titles was summarily dismissed. What superstar did they choose to head up one of sports top franchises? A washed up old has been, Bobby Valentine. He was supposed to come in and inject some discipline into the team and right a rudderless ship. So it was said.

Fans had high hopes for the Sox. The manager said all the right things.

When things went bad, as they did in short order (or should I say, remained bad), the manager stated that it could still be turned around. That he just needed more time.

The fans had faith, that despite witnessing loss after painful loss, things could still magically turn around. Some were calling to replace the manager immediately, but plenty still held out hope that things would change and had a wait and see attitude.

Well, most Red Sox fans have come to the end of their respective ropes. Bobby Valentine is just not cutting it. He has to go. At the end of the fast approaching, bitter end to the season, the manager will be out. So will many of the players, who are as much to blame as he.

The ultra-left wing liberals of the New England states have neither the stomach or endless patience for such a loser. Bobby Valentine will not get a second chance. The fans demand a winner.

Such is the dichotomy of sports and politics in New England.

When one of our beloved sports franchises is suffering, the cause of that suffering must go, and sooner than later.

In the grand scheme of things, sports is rather trivial, yet it appears to trump all other trials we are experiencing.

New England liberals seem to care more about the Red Sox than they do about the country. They are quick to throw out a bum like Valentine and disregard him as he asked for more time, but somehow, when our beloved president does the same, they accept it.

I don’t recall Bobby Valentine ever stating he should be fired if he couldn’t fix the Sox problems, but I sure remember Obama stating just that.