Talking Points Tuesdays – 9 hour filibuster by Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders

Bravo Senator Bernie Sanders for your efforts Friday (12/10/2010), as I stated in a previous post (F-A-Natic Fridays – Democrats Still Willing to Fight….) Bernie Sanders told MSNBC’s Ed Schulze that he would do what he could do to block President Obama’s Tax Deal with Republicans.  Not sure how many people took Bernie serious but on 12/10/2010 took the floor of the Senate to plead his case to Senate and Americans watching that particular why the extending the tax cuts for the rich were wrong.

For the record this was technically not a true filibuster…

A true filibuster, would be blocking Republicans from conducting business or speaking.

“take as long as I can to explain to the American people the fact that we have got to do a lot better than this agreement provides.” – Senator Bernie Sanders

At 10:25 am Sanders started his explanation with the following statement,

“How can I get by on one house?”

“I need five houses, ten houses! I need three jet planes to take me all over the world! Sorry, American people. We’ve got the money, we’ve got the power, we’ve got the lobbyists here and on Wall Street. Tough luck. That’s the world, get used to it. Rich get richer. Middle class shrinks.”

His opening statement lasted 2 hours, then with the help of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) the trio were able to stretch the discussion for the next 9 hours!  I can’t say enough about the efforts of the 3 Democrat senators; for the most part they knew that this tax deal would more than likely be passed by the Senate (it would eventually pass a test vote, opening the door for final passage).  All I can offer is my gratitude as I fully support their opposition to this tax deal.

Someone had to take a stand and ask the question WHEN IS ENOUGH ACTUALLY ENOUGH???

Thank You Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown, and Mary Landrieu for standing up for the people and asking that question…

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!


Arrogance of Yankee fans…

So if you heard that loud annoying noise last night around midnight (eastern), it was Yankee fans crying about the news that Cliff Lee was going to sign with Philadelphia Phillies.  Don’t confuse the Yankee fans crying with the sobbing of Houston Texans as once again they lost a game in heartbreaking fashion, but that story is for another day; LOL!

Back to Yankee fans, the typical NY Yankee fan is so arrogant that they feel EVERY free agent should sign with them and that going anywhere else is like turning down the advances of Selita Ebanks.  After the disbelief of the idea that the #1 free agent on the market Cliff Lee would tell the Yankees no, fans of the Bronx Bombers began to go after the mental makeup Lee and his wife.  Seriously, was it not enough that classless Yankee fans rudely heckled Lee’s wife during the ALCS last year at Yankee Stadium?

In my opinion any attack on Lee’s mental makeup is just silly, and any comparison to LeBron not wanting to come to the Knicks is off as well.  In the case of LeBron you can say LeBron was wanting to avoid being the man as basketball is more of an individual sport than baseball.  Bron would have had the focus of the NY media on him every day as he would be playing every game.  Unlike LeBron, Lee would only pitch every 5 days while sharing the marquee with other Yankee players like Jeter, Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera.  Keep in mind that for the past 2 seasons Lee has been a hired gun that has been thrown into the fire of stretch runs for teams making a push for the playoffs.  He also has been the #1 pitcher leading teams in the playoffs…

Postseason Pitching Statistics
SEASON G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L SV HLD BLSV WHIP ERA
2009 5 5 2 0 40.1 27 10 7 0 6 33 4 0 0 0 0.82 1.56
2010 5 5 1 0 35.2 27 12 11 2 2 47 3 2 0 0 0.81 2.78
Total 10 10 3 0 76.0 54 22 18 2 8 80 7 2 0 0 0.82 2.13

Sorry Yankee fans but these are not the numbers of some one scared to pitch on the big stage, LOL!  As a matter of fact Lee has done it in Yankee Stadium as an opposing pitcher, which is worse than playing for the home team.  Yankee fans will just have to get over it and realize Lee just likes Philly better; yes there are people out there not obsessed with NYC and being part of that scene.  It’s even coming out that Lee never wanted to leave Philly last season when he was traded.  If you want to question Lee’s intelligence, well that is a different story… LOL, who wants to live in PHILLY!  At the end of the day Yankee fans should applaud Lee for not just being about the money and coming to NY to cash checks.  It will truly be OK Yankee fans, you still have C.C. Sabathia…

Now as a Mets fan, I am the one that should be mad!!!!

WTF, now my squad which has no money to spend not only has to deal with Roy “Doc” Halladay but now in a 3 game series we could be facing Halladay, Lee, and Hamels/Oswalt!! Screw a Yankees fan, I am the one who should be crying, HAHA!!!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!