Keith Olbermann, aging smear merchant, attacks class act Yankee because he’s the anti-Jeter

Keith Olbermann JeterOn Thursday night future Hall of Fame Yankee Derek Jeter played his last game in Yankee Stadium, and he delivered the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. He went out a hero, and then handled himself with class — something he has always done — which is why aging smear merchant Keith Olbermann recently directed a seven-minute ESPN-flavored version of his “Worst Person in the World” routine at the shortstop.

Here is an excerpt:

“For all we know, Jeter will sprout wings and be taken up to Mount Olympus to play shortstop  in the Big League in the sky. […]  How many times did Derek Jeter lead the American league in any offensive production category? The answer is three. Twice in hits, once in runs scored. No batting championships. No stolen base titles. No leading the league in doubles. Well, how many times did Jeter lead the Yankees in any offensive production categories? We’ll give you the big eight: doubles, homers, RBIs, stolen bases, batting average, on base, slugging, OPS — 17 times.

Over 19 season, 152 guys led the Yankees … it was Jeter only 17 times. […] How many MVP awards did he win? None.

Congratulations to Keith Olbermann — he was able to go through a guy’s 19-year career on one of the most successful franchises in baseball history and find a slew of statistics to slime him with as he exits the league. In telling fashion, Mr. Olbermann went out of his way to ignore Jeter’s character, his leadership on and off the field, and his statistics as seen through the prism of an era forever tarnished with steroid use.

Sports Illustrated clears a few things up for Mr. Olbermann:

From 1996 to 2009, Jeter hit .318 with a .388 on-base percentage and .459 slugging percentage and averaged 152 games a year at shortstop, one of the most physically demanding positions on the field. Other players could play at that level for a month or two, or even a year or two. Very few could do it for that long.

And if you view Jeter in the context of his era, you can appreciate that he was a special player. For a long stretch of his career, baseball did not test for performance-enhancing drugs. It’s pretty obvious that some of the players who out-performed Jeter were juicing. We don’t know for sure that Jeter refrained from using steroids, but there has never been a hint that he used them. It’s fair to imagine that, if baseball had tested for PEDs for Jeter’s entire career, his numbers would look even better than they do, relative to his peers. …

Ripken is the best comparison for Jeter — not just because they played the same position (though Ripken moved to third base late in his career), but also because they are admired for reasons that go beyond their stats. Ripken’s numbers (.276/.340/.447) were not the best of his generation. You could reasonably argue they are not as impressive as Jeter’s (.310/.377/.440). But Ripken was a Baltimore icon, had his amazing Iron Man streak and won a championship with the Orioles. If he were asked to throw out a first pitch in Baltimore in the upcoming playoffs, you would expect a thunderous standing ovation. Baltimoreans are willing to overlook his flaws and his down years, because he is theirs.

Jeter was a consistently terrific player, he was extremely durable, he almost always represented his franchise well and he played for five championship teams. He also apparently didn’t use PEDs at a time when so many players did. That helps explain why he is beloved, and why so many people have found ways to make money off his retirement tour. But don’t let the business distract you from the game. Derek Jeter was a great player.

That is what one calls fair journalism — something Mr. Olbermann has never taken much stock in.

The truth of the matter is that once again a man who spent years perfecting the craft of personal destruction is only running from himself. Keith Olbermann attacks Derek Jeter’s sterling professional career with one team by using Photoshopped angel wings and insults for a very specific reason: everywhere he goes there are burned bridges smoldering in the distance years after his departure. There will be no extended celebrations of Keith Olbermann’s career because, quite frankly, so many people do not like him. He is weirdly-obsessed with statistics because his character and integrity are lacking. Derek Jeter’s leadership skills are ignored because Keith Olbermann is not a leader. Only a man with deep-seated psychological issues would allocate that much air time to bashing Derek Jeter as he closes a marvelous chapter of his life.

Keith Olbermann is the anti-Jeter, and deep down he knows it.

Janeane Garofalo: Karl Rove’s Disembodied Head Haunts Me At Night.

It's starting to sound as if Janeane Garofalo is haunted by Karl Rove, which is sad because it's bad form to criticize someone who is mentally disturbed.

Where does one go with Janeane Garofalo that hasn’t already been covered? It’s long been established that she’ll defend the indefensible (i.e., weirdly waxed Congressional weiner-pics taken on company time). It’s also known that she likes to play armchair psychiatrist without realizing that she’s the textbook example of “projection.” At this point, taking on Janeane is almost kind of mean.

Allahpundit over at hotair salvages the one interesting thing he can from this story, which is that Janeane Garofalo is so lost that she’s resorting to weird conspiracy theories. There’s a homeless guy who’s well known (locally) right off DC’s Union Station who is also into conspiracy theories. Maybe I’ll be seeing the two of them together soon? The comedian-turned-bitter-conspiracy theorist states:

“But, Herman Cain, I feel like, is being paid by somebody to be involved and to run for president so that you go like ‘I love that, that can’t be racist…And I feel like wouldn’t that suit the purposes of whomever astroturfs these things. Whether that be the Koch brothers or Grover Norquist or any anything. It could even be Karl Rove. ‘Let’s get Herman Cain involved so it deflects the obvious racism of our Republican party…'”

How sad is it that Janeane can’t get Karl Rove off her mind, years after he’s been out of the limelight? You almost get the feeling that she’s haunted by visions of his disembodied head, whispering his secret plans into her ears before she goes to sleep. I suppose it’s a bit of a faux pas to quote myself, but in this case I’ll do it anyway (Janeane would call me a narcissist, but if that were the case I probably wouldn’t admit to the faux pas to begin with):

Smart conservatives know that to dismiss liberalism as “a mental disorder” is to set the conservative movement up for failure. The left has incredibly sharp minds at work promoting an ideology that should not be taken lightly.

Just as I give my ideological opponents credit for having a worldview that should be taken seriously, smart liberals know that there is plenty of intellectual heft behind conservatism. That Garofalo doesn’t admit as much indicates she’s either incredibly myopic, stupid, or sick (or perhaps all three?). Lately, I’m beginning to think the answer lies behind door number three, which is why I haven’t been writing on her as much. The material is there, but there are only so many ways you can cover the same car crash.

Get well, Janeane. One way you can start the process would be to stop hanging out with Keith Olbermann…

Rhetoric Referees Really Censorship Cop Bullies. Speak Up Instead!

The Rep. Giffords tragedy was an eye-opener for a lot of people over the past week.  However, oddly enough, the primary epiphany had really nothing to do with the shooter because crazy people do crazy things. We know that.

Instead, the average citizen found out just how blindly, bizarrely and desperately partisan the Mainstream Media and their liberal acolytes are.  Sure, Dan Rather’s forged memos were a wake-up call in 2004, but then again Dan’s fabrications were only meant to bring Bush down.  The Giffords shooting was different.  Not only were Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews and a bevy of liberal twitter feeds and blogs linking Sarah Palin to the grisly affair—they linked the entire Tea Party movement to the horrors (with no evidence whatsoever)!

Anyone whose read this blog knows that I see My Chemical Romance’s new album as worthy of conservatives’ embrace, so I’ll give some advice on “toning down the rhetoric” in the terms of lyrics to the song Sing It!

Sing it for the boys, sing it for the girls
Every time that you lose it sing it for the world
Sing it from the heart
Sing it till you’re nuts
Sing it out for the ones that’ll hate your guts
Sing it for the deaf
Sing it for the blind
Sing about everyone that you left behind
Sing it for the world, sing it for the world

Sing it out
Boy they’re gonna sell what tomorrow means
Sing it out
Girl they’re gonna kill what tomorrow brings
You’ve got to, make a choice if the music drowns you out
Raise your voice every single time they try and shut your mouth

Since I’m sure critics will point to the “sing it till your nuts” line to hit below the belt, I’ll preempt your Olbermannesque urge to do so: I’m operating under the premise that it’s better to sing the truth and go nuts (non-violently, of course) than to shut up and say nothing when bullied by lies.

There was a concerted effort made to delegitimize the Tea Party in one fell swoop last weekend.  While the haze and the confusion and the sadness of a national tragedy sat like a heavy fog over the nation, sick liberal pundits sought to implant an idea into your head—Inception style—that the “rhetoric” of the Tea Party was behind it all.  And like amateur Leonardo DiCaprios botching the job, the American people soon knew that something was not right with the reality presented.  Communist Manifesto reading, pot smoking, 9/11 Truther-loners who make jokes about abortions and suicide bombers before burning the American flag are not ready-made Sarah Palin Tea Party members…

Let's look at a small sample of my WordPress stats, shall we? I wonder who the guy who googled "Death to Conservatives" to get to my blog was. Sorry buddy, conservatism is alive and well around here. So is Pee Wee Herman, Rick Moranis, Scott Pilgrim, and Oliva Munn eating hotdogs! And it all happens to a My Chemical Romance soundtrack.

Liberalism presumes you’re an idiot, and the cable news coverage in the wake of the Giffords shooting is a textbook example of that.  It’s insulting enough that Nanny State bureaucrats already think you’re too dumb to decide what food you eat, what health care plan is best for  you and your family, or how and when you should defend them from thugs and lowlifes. Now the media goons think you’re so morally bankrupt that you’d hold millions of your fellow Americans culpable for the murder of a nine year old girl, a federal judge, and other innocent civilians with zero—ZERO—evidence indicating that was the case.

The call for “toned down rhetoric” is really a call for self-censorship.  14 trillion dollar deficits are losing.  Unconstitutional healthcare mandates are losing.  Conservatism is winning, and the only way to slow it down is if you allow yourself to be bullied into silence.  Don’t. If anything, speak louder—or, like I said earlier, “sing it out for the ones who hate your guts.”  Your kids and grandkids will thank you.

Be a Fabulous Killjoy. Be a rugged individual, as compared to part of a collective bunch of vampires who all dress and think alike (usually about sucking the lifeblood and fortunes from society's producers and success stories).

Rush Limbaugh has God Inside Him.

Rush Limbaugh has God inside him (and so do you).

If that’s too much for you to swallow (without actually thinking about it), then I suggest reading my post on Iron Man for a watered down version of the ideas I’m about to write about, as well as what makes America great. However, if you’re willing to entertain the idea, then read on.

Years ago, straight out of the military and with no political affiliation, I went to college. Before encountering liberal professors who claimed, “Only redneck Republican hicks who are happy to get a free pair of boots join the military,” prompted me to start looking into conservatism, there was this guy on the radio who made me laugh by turning Elvis’ “In the Ghetto” into an Al Gore Global Warming parody titled “In A Yugo.” His name was Rush Limbaugh. He hooked me with humor, but it wasn’t long before he introduced me to his more substantive side with appeals to intellectual giants like Thomas Sowell, Walter E. Williams, and Friedrich Hayek. Through his radio show I was encouraged to pick up Paine’s Common Sense, J.S. Mill’s On Liberty, Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, as well as books by Natan Sharansky and Dinesh D’Souza.

What does all of this have to do with God? Or Rush Limbaugh? Simple. It’s impossible for anyone to read the catalog of thought mentioned above without coming to the conclusion that each and every one of us is in possession of God-given talents we can harness to contribute to the creation of a better world. It’s also near-impossible for someone to read the works of those authors without doing a little soul-searching of their own.

There are people out there who decry Rush Limbaugh and any number of out-of-context quotes taken from his radio show on a daily basis, but the fact remains that he inspires millions of people to take control of their lives.  When someone realizes that they’re here for a purpose and that they control their own destiny—as opposed to unprincipled politicians in Washington, DC—an awesome transformation happens.

Rush Limbaugh is one of the most positive personalities alive today, contrary to what the talking heads at MSNBC say. Sure, he’s pessimistic about public figures who want to “plan” every aspect of your life, but he’s inspirational when it comes to empowering the individual.  And Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann and the New York Times can’t stand that.

God didn’t put you on this earth to sit back and abdicate the most important decisions in your life to some third party whose only real worry is how they’re going to get reelected. You’re here because you’re worthwhile.  You’re here because work is a virtue, and nothing is more satisfying than finding out what you love to do and then doing it for your family, the community, and the world at large.  No matter what Rush Limbaugh’s faults (and we all have faults), his consistent efforts to educate Americans in self-determination, liberty, and individual freedoms will pay dividends for decades to come.

What would the trajectory of my life have been if I had never turned on the radio and listened to Rush all those years ago?  I’m not sure. I think my family, my faith, as well as my time in the military instilled values in me that would have served me well regardless of my midday radio preferences.  But, I think it’s safe to say that the liberal mind-forged manacles my professors encouraged me to willingly slip into would have been around for a lot longer. And that would have been a shame because life is precious, but life is short. It seems as though the older I get the more I realize how little time we really have to leave our mark upon the world. And while we can have a positive impact on humanity at any age, it’s sad to think of all those wasted moments and missed opportunities we can never get back.

We all have saints inside us, and we’re all sinners. The challenge is to bring the former to the forefront much more often than not. Rush has done that, and he’s inspired millions to follow in his footsteps. And for that I’m thankful. Worst Person in the World, Keith Olbermann? I beg to differ.

No go out there, and make a difference.

Rush Limbaugh: Introducing us to the best and brightest intellectual minds for decades. Challenging you to find the best inside yourself for decades.

Billie Tucker Inspires. Charlie Crist Just Gristle.

Last weekend I was in Miami, and I got to hear from one of the Tea Party

Billie Tucker: Inspiration, Reagan style (with a "mad mamma" twist).

movement’s early organizers. And, contrary to what Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress might think, she is not a party shill Big Whig who specializes in “Astroturfing.” Likewise, she is not the racist caricature Chris Matthews and liberal mouth pieces at the New York Times would have you believe.

In her own words—she’s a “mad mamma.” She’s a regular person who was busy raising a family, holding down a job, and dealing with all the other ups and downs life throws at us on a daily basis when the size, scope, and “audacity” of the federal government’s fiscal kamikazi missions and power-grab bombings on the American way of life became too much to take.

I listened to Billie Tucker speak and tears welled up in my eyes. With no teleprompter or formal speech training, a concerned mother’s passion and concern for her country touched a chord in ways that would make most professional orators speechless. The principles this country was founded upon are powerful indeed, and to see them bubble up and burst forth from an admitted “soccer mom” is inspirational in ways Arianna Huffington and Keith Olbermann and Joy Behar will never understand.

Are Tea Party members angry? Sure. But their anger is tied to a love for country, its Constitution, and a desire to return to the roadmap wonderfully written up for us by the Founding Fathers. During the Bush years, liberal anti-war protesters’ passions were fueled by a distain for a President who believed American Exceptionalism was real, and that our role on the world stage was to forcefully confront fear societies when the United Nations (composed largely of dictators, despots, police states, and the occasional country led by your friendly neighborhood mullah-nuts,) failed to live up to its obligations. Sort of like…what’s been going on in Iran for the better part of a decade!

Years ago I was in the military. I often thank God for that chapter in my life, because traveling around the world gave me an appreciation for each moment I’m alive, our liberties, and the happiness afforded to me by virtue of being born in the freest country in the history of world. Until I saw how other countries lived I had no real frame of reference to adequately compare and appreciate America’s contribution not just to its own people—but the world.

The United States has the unique status of being both a beacon and a barometer. It’s a beacon of light for anyone who believes a country guided by God-given liberties and an acceptance of knowable, objective truths can tap the human potential inside all of us and unleash innovation and prosperity unto the world.

It’s also a barometer used by the world’s worst, its rogues gallery of tyranny and terror and intimidation factories. An America that is unsure of herself or her unique contribution to the world encourages the worst in those who use oppression and fear to control citizens while enriching themselves. The Tea Party movement sees the toxic concoction of moral relativism, fiscal insanity, and a complete erasure of the long-established parameters set for the federal government.
Watch Billie speak. Then watch Charlie Crist’s attempt at inspiration. It won’t take you long to determine with whom you’re a kindred spirit. Then, make a pledge to yourself to become educated and engaged from now until November—and beyond.

Tea Party Cowboy Bebop. Bounty: Unprincipled Politicians.

I was going to incorporate Golgo 13 into a post today, but then I thought that Janeane Garafolo would freak out if I used one of the world’s coolest assassins to to point out that conservatives need to have his focus (on the intellectual issues) in the months ahead.

If I innocuously write about a manga assassin and the Tea Party movement in the same post, will Ms. Huffington go apoplectic? If so: score.

That last thing I want is for Keith all white people are racists Olbermann making the leap in logic that I want to kill the president because I have an occasional thing for manga and classic Nintendo theme songs.

Since that’s the case, I guess I’ll turn it down a notch and ask the Tea Party to adopt a Cowboy Bebop mentality for the next few months—bounty hunters in an era where cash is tight and misery reigns. This year’s bounty: unprincipled politicians and weak-kneed sad sacks who roll over and give the dependence peddlers a “victory.” (And yes Ms. Huffington, that’s metaphorically speaking.) Haven’t these guys ever been told that there aren’t any permanent victories in Washington? It’s an ongoing philosophical battle…

“…some Republicans are losing their nerve on repeal. Rep. Mark Kirk, who is running for the Senate in Illinois, signed the repeal pledge and even vowed to “lead the effort” for repeal, but has since backed off, declaring “I voted against it, but we lost.

Wrong. Wrong. And…wrong. Conservatives didn’t lose anything because it’s not over. It’s never over. Nothing.Is. Ever. Over. Not enough Stallone for you, lilly-livered Republican Congressmen out there? Okay. Try this one:

The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very rough, mean place. And I no matter how tough you are, it will always bring you to your knees and keep you there—permanently—if you let it.
You or nobody ain’t never gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. If you know what you’re worth, go out and get what you’re worth—but you gotta be willing to take the hit.

We already know what most politicians are “worth” (i.e., Cornhusker Kickback). However, for those who actually have a shred of core principles left inside, I’d like to know what their job is worth. What are they willing to lose an election over? If they’re not willing to fight for the repeal of blatantly unconstitutional health care measures (or at least a massive rollback) and “take the hits” that come their way from it, then in my opinion they’re hopeless and need to go. Although, I’m not sure why anyone would be afraid of running on a repeal of Obamacare with poll numbers the way they are.

Personally, I think the Republican Party has a whole slew of problems, the least of which is demonstrated daily by a guy who tries too hard to be “cool.” And it shows, as Jon Stewart’s “lesbian bondage fiasco” muppet skit painfully (but accurately) points out. The Tea Party movement needs to continue to not show an allegiance to any particular party, since both of them are filled with people who need remedial courses in First Principles. So please, this November, send the liberals home; send the liberals who call themselves “progressives” home; send the fake conservatives home; and let’s get rid of everyone else who’s willing to sell out their country for a couple of surreptitiously earmarked bridges, hospitals, and a highway with their name on it.

In short: let’s Bebop (just not in the way Michael Steel would mean it).

This November, the "bounty" is unprincipled politicians of all stripes.

Jon Stewart uses Rangel as Baseball Bat, Knocks it Out of The Park.

I know that Jon Stewart isn’t going to like this, but in this sketch he picks up Charlie Rangel by the ankles and uses him as a baseball bat to knock one out of the park. Just as he did when he used Keith Olbermann’s ginormous head as a bowling ball to throw a perfect strike (yes, I know I’m mixing sports metaphors), Stewart proves once again that he’s a savvy guy. Yes, his intelligence has its limits – as has been displayed often – but surgical dissections like this (Cheney-eque, if you will) demonstrate why he’s successful.

My big problem with Jon Stewart has always been the little game he plays where, when he says something dumb, his retort is essentially, “Why would you take me seriously? I’m just a court jester…” But he’s a court jester who very much wants to be taken seriously. True, he was in Robert Rodriguez’s movie The Faculty playing Professor Edward Furlong, but trust me on this one…

While the rest of the media seems to serve as Robert Gibbs’ belly button lint licker (did I go too far?), Jon Stewart seems to know it’s hard to be taken seriously if you refuse to point out the losers on your own team. Can a skit on this be far behind?

Can you ever imagine Keith Olbermann sitting down and having a fairly normal conversation with Bill O’Reilly? I may think that Jon Stewart is flirting with the “bitter liberal funny guy who lost it because he’s always angry like Dave Letterman” designation, but he’s not there yet. And I respect him, at least for now, for eying that line and making a conscious decision not to cross it.

The real Edward Furlong? Let’s not talk about the lines he’s crossed.

Keith Olbermann Runs from Himself.

Eric Hoffer once said that we run fastest and farthest when we run from ourselves. And so I think it’s fitting that Keith Olbermann essentially admitted he’s a racist on national television when he said:

“…having now been [a white man] for 51 years, I am permitted to say I believe prejudice and discrimination still sit defeated, dormant, or virulent somewhere in the soul of each white man in this country….Discrimination, I’ve always thought, is a perversion of one of the most necessary instincts of survival. As a child, put your hand on a red hot stove, and you’ll quickly learn to discriminate against red hot stoves. But at that age, you’re also told you need to beware of, say, black people, and you will forever have to spend your life having to fight against wiring created in your brain for no reason other than to reflect someone else’s prejudice.

So the question is: Who told you to fear black people, Keith? Was it your mom? Your dad? Please, tell us. Because until we know we can’t accurately dissect why he seems to think disagreeing with a gay man is synonymous with racism. Perhaps I’m weird, but I don’t think changing the definition of a word I’m not happy with is a “right.”  And perhaps I’m weird, but when Keith asserts that latent white racism manifests itself in the modern world via hatred towards gay people I can’t help but wonder if all those black and hispanic folks voting down gay marriage in California were white people in disguise. Or Dana Carvey clones. Because we all know that The Master of Disguise was an evil, evil movie…

Sadly, in Keith Olbermann’s mind we’re not disagreeing with the President over the principles that made this country great. How long will it be before The Mount Vernon manifesto prompts Keith to start using it as proof the Tea Party movement is filled with racists because the Founding Fathers (gasp!) owned slaves? Never mind that slavery was around in all cultures throughout all periods of time — and yet it was Western Civilization and the men and women who sought to live up to its highest ideals that ended slavery.   Did I mention Christianity’s role in ending slavery in the United States? Perhaps a blog post for another time.

The truth is, Keith Olbermann knows he’s now a Jon Stewart punch line. He’s like the blackjack player on a serious losing streak that freaks out and bets all his chips at once. Keith would not be a member of my wolf pack. Although I can think of another aspect of this movie that fits Olbermann nicely. Was that too Rahm Emanuel-ish? It’s shock value time for Keith, only these days it’s not shocking. It’s just sad.

I would welcome anyone, of any color, at a Tea Party rally who believes in Free Enterprise, Limited Government, Individual Freedoms, Strong National Defense, and Traditional American values. I don’t concern myself with the color of skin of the person standing next to me. But then again, I never had people telling me to “beware of black people.” Again I wonder: Who said that to Keith?