Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Derek Jeter - New York Yankee

Derek Jeter, New York Yankee short stop wears number 2 on his jersy but he will always be number 1 in the hearts and mines of his baseball fans. Jeter recently played his last professional baseball game at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox ending a twenty year career with the New York Yankees.
In 1948, I sat in Yankee Stadium for a game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Soxs. For a 12 year old boy that played organized baseball every summer in Memphis, Tennessee it was a memorable and thrillinbg experience. The 1948 Yankees; Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto and Joe DiMaggio. The only player I remember playing for the red sox was Ted Williams. Ted Williams, center fielder and, in my opinion then, one of the greatest players to ever played professional baseball. I was beyond thrilled! I have never been a Yankee fan. I blame that in part on George Steinbrenner. But I have always been a fan of Derek Jeter even though he was a Yankee. The New York Yankees signed Derek Jeter in 1992 right out of high school. He was called up to the big show in 1995 at age 20. The next season he was named the starting short stop and he was named Rookie of the Year and the Yankees won the World Series.
The Yankees won five World Series during Derek Jeter's career, the last in 2009. Jeter was not only a role model for the youth of the world, he was the guy that even professional baseball players tried to immulate. He was a great baseball player and a real class act on and off the field as well. He played with grace and dignity the same way he conducted himself in life. He had a humble attitude that belied and downplayed his skills. The world needs more champions like derek Jeter.
An emotional evening as Jeter plays his last game in Yankee Stadiums!
The last farewell wave to his loving and loyal fans!
One word that describes Derek Jeter; RESPECT!


Click on the link below for photos of Derek Jeter in the early years.


Derek Jeter's career in pictures


And so it goes...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Battle of Antitam - September 17, 1862 (Civil War)

I can not believe that September 17th slipped by me unnoticed. September 17, 1862 is an important date in American history as it was on that date that the Battle of Antitam, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, was fought. It became known as the bloodiest day in the Civil War. Eleven hours of the most savage fighting that has ever occurred on U.S. soil resulted in more than 23,000 casualties, including more than 3,500 dead.

On October 6, 2006 I posted to the Union and West End Cemetery blog a brief summary of this battle. A few days later I followed the life of Pvt. James L. Clader, a member of the 46th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. Pvt. Clader's young life ended at Sharpsburg in the Battle of Antitam.

You can review both of this postings by clicking on the link shown below:

The Union and West End blog recapitulates many of the more well known events of the Civil War. If you have an interest in a particular battle of the Civil War, post the battles name in the 'search' window in the upper left hand corner of the blog. A brief history of the battle may have been previously posted to the blog.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I don't think 'pissed' really covers it!!!!

Alan Simpson, the Senator from Wyoming , calls senior citizens the 'Greediest Generation' as he compared "Social Security" to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats. Here's a response in a letter from PATTY MYERS in Montana ... I think she is a little ticked off! She also tells it like it is! ......................................................................................

"Hey, Alan, let's get a few things straight!!!!!

1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole (tit) for FIFTY YEARS.

2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63).

3. My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in 'an interest bearing account' for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff proud.

4. Recently, just like Lucy and Charlie Brown, you and "your ilk" pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age, 67. NOW, you and your "shill commission" are proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN .

5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from day one, and now "you" propose to change the rules of the game. Why? Because "you" mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal our money from Medicare to pay the bills.

6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why? Because you "incompetents" spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt.

7.To add insult to injury, you label us "greedy" for calling "bullshit" to your incompetence . Well, Captain Bullshit , I have a few questions for YOU:
   a. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?
   b. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers?
   c. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?
   d. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?

It is you, Captain Bullshit , and your political co-conspirators called Congress who are the "greedy" ones. It is you and your fellow thieves who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers. And for what? Votes, your job and retirement security at our expense, you leech.

That's right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it. And you can take that to the bank you miserable son of a bitch .

NO, I did not stutter.

P.S. And stop calling Social Security benefits "entitlements". WHAT AN INSULT!!!! I have been paying in to the SS system for 45 years. It's my money-give it back to me the way the system was designed and stop patting yourself on the back like you are being generous by doling out these monthly checks.


If you like the way things are in America delete this.

If you agree with what a Montana citizen, Patty Myers, says, share the link!

And so it goes...