Photo of the day

My goodness, could professional baseball players be any more immature?  These are supposedly grown men:

In this tradition-bound sport, in which managers wear the same uniforms as the players and Cracker Jack can still be bought at concession stands, a hazing ritual that has gone on for years seems to have reached a new level of absurdity at major league ballparks: rookie relievers are being forced to wear schoolgirl backpacks — gaudy in color, utterly unmanly — to transport gear…

It’s just one more way to get at your rookie,” said Mets pitcher Tim Byrdak, 37. “You have to walk all the way across the field to get to the bullpen, so you make the rookie carry this pink bag, and you can kind of humiliate him.”

I guess that’s what happens when you miss out on the opportunity to join a fraternity.

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Florida creates job-killing regulations

If you listen to Fox News or any GOP politicians, you well know that all government regulations out there are simply job-killing intrusions of big government.  Now, those damnable Republicans in Florida have bucked party orthodoxy to kill the jobs of those dealing in illegal oxycodone.  The details:

Florida has long been the nation’s center of the illegal sale of prescription drugs: Doctors here bought 89 percent of all the Oxycodone sold in the country last year. [emphasis mine] At its peak, so many out-of-staters flocked to Florida to buy drugs at more than 1,000 pain clinics that the state earned the nickname “Oxy Express.”

But with the help of tougher laws, officials have moved aggressively this year to shut down so-called pill mills and disrupt the pipeline that moves the drugs north. In the past year, more than 400 clinics were either shut down or closed their doors.

Yowza!  89% of all Oxy in the whole damn country.  There’s your “government getting out of the way” by eliminating regulation.  In fact,

The illegal sale of prescription drugs, and Oxycodone in particular, boomed in Florida because of the absence of a widely used prescription drug monitoring system and lax state regulations [emphasis mine]   . Until last year, even convicted felons could open pain clinics in Florida, Captain Coleman said.

Now that there’s these new regulations, I expect the Florida economy to collapse.

Obama’s post-partisanship

I think one of the thing that so frustrates liberals about Obama is his insistence at seemingly all costs of appearing above the partisan fray.  This ultimately leads him to the exact same false equivalencies that are so frustrating when they come from journalists.  You’d think that the de facto head of the Democratic party, though, could be a little more honest with what’s actually going on.  The latest EJ Dionne:

But the trend on the president’s numbers has been downward, and the Republicans seem willing to pay a high price to keep them moving that way. Remember: The core GOP argument is that government can’t do much good and generally makes everyone’s life worse. Democrats are the ones who insist that government can solve problems and improve people’s lives. If government isn’t doing that — if it is discredited and made to look foolish — guess whose side of the debate is weakened?…

“My attitude is that my job is to present the best plans possible,” Obama said in an interview Tuesday with talk-show host Tom Joyner. “Congress needs to act. If Congress does not act [emphasis mine], then I’m going to be going on the road and talking to folks, and this next election very well may end up being a referendum on whose vision of America is better.”

Obama hates to bring up the nasty fact that we have political parties, but very soon, he will have to point out that it is Republicans in Congress who are blocking his agenda. They will either have to start worrying about their low ratings or begin to pay a real price for obstruction.

Seriously, even now, he’s pretending that this is a “Congress” problem?  Uggh!  Not long after reading EJ’s column, I saw this status update from a FB friend who is also a PS prof:

Just got an email from President Obama – in it he referenced his frustration with Congress. Not the House. Not the Republicans. But Congress. I thought this was interesting. The email framed his need for my support as an us versus them situation. He highlighted frustration with Congress and their need to do something on behalf of the American people. What do you think about this approach? Will it work?

Well, you know what I think.  Pretend as he might, the “them” is not Congress, it’s the Republicans.  Damnit.  I certainly appreciate that he’s trying to appeal to Independent voters, but I’m not sure there’s any evidence they fall for this crap.  Be strong!

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