Archives for: 2010, week 26

07/04/10

July 4, 1776

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-Digger's Daily-

Happy Independence Day America!

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

— John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

(http://www.ushistory.org/Declaration/document/index.htm)

07/02/10

Underdogs Leading NL Division Races

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"All World All Sports"

-Digger's Daily-

Yes, baseball is a funny game. Has anyone taken notice of what's happening in National League divisional races? East favorite Philadelphia seems destined to surrender their hold as ranking NL pennant winners (2008 & 2009). They've fallen victim of a vicious injury bug continuing to sideline key players. SS Jimmy Rollins and RP Brad Lidge are back after missing most of the first half. Unfortunately, both 2B Chase Utley and 3B Polanco will miss considerable time after recent injuries. It's up to replacement players to keep Philadelphia in the hunt. Atlanta and New York are two hot teams who would love to dethrone their cocky arch rival Phillies .

Cincinnati leads the Central and appears more than ready to challenge '09 division champion Cardinals. As of this moment, the Reds have a 0.5 game lead after completing three consecutive winning months. Cincinnati's offense ranks #1 in NL. Most runs (389), hits (758), total bases (1218), batting average (.276), slugging (.444) and OPS (.785). It's a good thing their bats are producing runs because pitching remains a potential division race killer (4.44 ERA). Reds roster is a good mix of young stars on the rise and solid veterans. Don't take this crew lightly. We've all witnessed teams like Colorado and Florida come out of nowhere to shock rivals. Perhaps 2010 is Cincinnati's turn? Time will tell.

Los Angeles won the West last year but can't seem to find any sustainable rhythm this year. Pitching has been inconsistent and 58 combined home runs is well below NL team average (71). NL West gem thus far is San Diego led by the majors best pitching staff (3.10 ERA). It's safe to say nobody outside of San Diego imagined the Padres challenging for the West title. They're an NL best 46-32. If they could only hit (.247 is 14th) then these guys might have 60 wins. 1B slugger Adrian Gonzalez represents SD's only starter batting over .280 and slugging double digit home runs (.302, 16 HR). Their future beyond 2010 is bright. Lack of run production could haunt them in the 2nd half as only a few believe these pitchers can continue dominating. LA, Colorado and SF are within striking distance. Baseball fans will be treated to another wild west finish.

Hopefully all learned never take anything for granted after recent dramatic late season races each and every year during the new millennium. Don't be at all surprised to watch all three division races go right down to the finish line. Buckle up! National League baseball promises to keep fans on the edge of their seats.

06/29/10

Baseball's All Time Cinderella Teams

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-Digger's Daily-

What makes a cinderalla team? A team expected to lose more than they win ends up winning more than they lose. Baseball's history is filled with tales of teams expected to lose winning big games. Let's look at a few of the games most notable cinderella World Series championship teams.

1) 1969 New York Mets Nobody anticipated the Mets sudden success. They entered the NL as an expansion team in 1962 inventing new ways to lose during their inaugural record setting 120 loss season. New York lost over 100 games in 5 of their first 6 seasons and were the laughingstock of MLB. Then came the 1969 season. Led by Tom Seaver (25-7) and Jerry Koosman (17-9), the Mets came out of nowhere after trailing division leading Chicago by 10 games in mid August, they went 38-11 and won the NL East by 8 games. Nobody gave NY a chance in post-season play. The Mets stunned Hank Aaron's Atlanta Braves in NLCS. Then they shocked the world by beating Baltimore 4-1 in the World Series.

2) 1914 Boston Braves Boston was coming off a dry spell of 11 consecutive seasons winning less than 70 games. They were left for dead in July twelve games below .500 and 15 out of first place before getting red hot. They finished 94-59, 10.5 games ahead of 2nd place NY Giants. Heavily favored Philadelphia A's were baseball's best having won 3 of the previous 4 World Series. Boston stunned everyone, epecially the A's, winning 4 straight games.

3) 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh had just one winning season in 11 leading up to their 1960 championship year. By the end of May, the Pirates were in 1st place and never looked back. Their World Series opponent was the mighty New York Yankees. New York's powerful attack out scored Pittsburgh 38-3 in their 3 wins. Yet, it was the Pirates who won the Series by way of a dramatic Game 7, bottom of the 9th inning home run by Bill Mazeroski, 10-9. It was one of the most exciting Game 7's in league history as both teams came back from big deficits until Maz homer won it.

4) 1987 Minnesota Twins '87 was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Minnesota. A new manager (Tom Kelly) and a very young team didn't have many giving this squad any shot at doing much more than slightly improving from a dismal 6th place finish in '86. This cinderella team didn't come back from double digit deficits. As a matter of fact, they almost lost out thanks to finishing the year with 7 losses in their final 9 games. However, they regrouped in playoff action. Before it was all said and done, the Twins clawed their way to a 4 games to 3 World Series victory over favored St. Louis.

Baseball has it's share of cinderella almost champs worthy of recognition (all lost World Series)...
1967 Boston Red Sox, 2007 Colorado Rockies, 2008 Tampa Bay Rays, 1984 San Diego Padres, 1993 Philadephia Phillies,

06/28/10

Weekend of Flaring Tempers

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"All World All Sports"

-Digger's Daily-

Sports fans had plenty to cheer and jeer during the past week. World Cup, Wimbledon, inter-league baseball play, NHL & NBA drafts have been front and center. So have blown calls, temper tantrums and near fights between teammates.

World Cup officiating has been nothing short of pitiful. US was robbed of a goal in the opening round costing them a win and near elimination. Today, another really bad missed call nearly marred Germany vs England. Perhaps it did take the wind away from England's sails? We'll never know. What we all do know is the ref's failed to give England a goal on a ball that clearly passed the goal line. Had the goal been allowed, England would have tied up their match 2-2 (Germany eventually won 4-2). Moments later in Mexico's loss to Argentina, the refs missed an obvious off sides resulting in a score which never should have been allowed. There's plenty of faulty officiating in World Cup action having direct impact on game results. Politics, favoritism or just flat out ineptitude? It's been a sad state of affairs in 2010 World Cup play.

Earlier this week Chicago Cubs hot head starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano went postal after allowing 4 first inning runs to cross town rival Chicago White Sox. The Cubs starter doesn't have his best stuff this year. Their one time ace is struggling and was even demoted briefly to bullpen duties earlier in last month. After surrendering 4, he stormed off the field into Chicago's dugout and went berserk. He singled out fellow teammates before getting into Derrek Lee's face. Zambrano was immediately tossed from the dugout and suspended by Cubs management. It's uncertain when he'll be allowed back to pitch. Zambrano's $20 million price tag will make it nearly impossible for Chicago to trade their disgraced and disgruntled pitcher.

Feathers were also ruffled in struggling Tampa Bay's dugout. After CF Upton lackadaisically chased after a gapper to left center which eventually went for a triple instead of double, team leader Evan Longoria took exception when Rays players returned to the dugout. Upton put his finger in Longoria's face just before the two were separated by teammates.

Turning up the heat isn't just for weather temperatures in 2010.

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