Fantasy Baseball

The offense I like.

Starters
C Yan Gomes C | CLE
C Mike Zunino C | SEA
1B Edwin Encarnacion 1B | TOR
2B Kolten Wong 2B | STL
3B Manny Machado 3B | BAL
SS Xander Bogaerts 3B,SS | BOS
MI Devon Travis 2B | TOR
CI Brandon Moss 1B,OF | CLE
OF Mookie Betts OF | BOS
OF Carlos Gonzalez OF | COL
OF Yasiel Puig OF | LAD 585
OF Travis Snider OF | BAL 525
OF Mike Trout OF | LAA 600
U Corey Dickerson OF | COL
Reserves
3B Kris Bryant 3B | CHC
SS Jose Ramirez SS | CLE
OF Ryan Braun OF | MIL
U Brandon Belt 1B | SF

But what happens to that offense if Mookie Betts get 2B eligibility,and Manny Machado gets SS eligibility as rumored?

Starters
C Yan Gomes C | CLE
C Mike Zunino C | SEA
1B Edwin Encarnacion 1B | TOR
2B Kolten Wong 2B | STL
SS Manny Machado 3B | BAL
3B Kris Bryant 3B | CHC
MI Mookie Betts OF | BOS
CI Brandon Moss 1B,OF | CLE
OF Carlos Gonzalez OF | COL
OF Yasiel Puig OF | LAD 585
OF Travis Snider OF | BAL 525
OF Mike Trout OF | LAA 600
OF Ryan Braun OF | MIL
U Corey Dickerson OF | COL

Kris Bryant should be up soon enough.  Manny and Mookie would make middle infield a strength.  OF thins out some – I probably should have traded a closer for Matt Holliday.  Cargo can’t stay healthy all year.  Of course, that does let me switch Dickerson or Moss into OF if needed.  And it removes my two weakest hitters.  A set of starters like the one above could win R, HR, RBI, AVG, and has replacements for 1B, 2B, SS, 3B and 2 built-in  OFers.   And the ability to drop jose ramirez for any other needed player.

MI Devon Travis 2B | TOR
SS Jose Ramirez SS | CLE
U Brandon Belt 1B | SF
SS Xander Bogaerts 3B,SS | BOS

The pitchers aren’t so impressive.  Though there’s potential for a good score in saves and WHIP.  ERA and WHIP may be held back by shoemaker, odorizzi, quintana – to so degree.  And W’s may be a low score.

Pitchers

P Brad Boxberger P | TB
P Aroldis Chapman P | CIN
P Steve Cishek P | MIA
P Craig Kimbrel P | SD
P Jason Hammel P | CHC
P Brandon McCarthy P | LAD
P Collin McHugh P | HOU
P Jake Odorizzi P | TB
P Jose Quintana P | CHW

Reserves
P Carlos Rodon P | CHW
P Matt Shoemaker P | LAA

The theory was that starting pitching should be more common / easier to acquire by trade than hitting.

Without trades, I’ll estimate generously…

1st Runs
1st HR
1st RBI
1st AVG
9th SB
9th W
3rd Saves
8th ERA
4th WHIP
9th K’s

That’s somewhere over 80 points and there is some growth possibilities, too.  McCarthy’s numbers could match his peripherals.   The rest are young enough to improve, and its possible for any of them to have a sub-3 era.

The pollution industry spent 721 million influencing US elections this year

As seen at thinkprogress.org

The 2014 midterm elections saw a wave of Republican candidates elected and re-elected to federal office, many of whom are now rearing to make the environment their first casualty of the 114th Congress. As it turns out, the fossil fuel industry may have had something to do with that.

Taking into account direct contributions to individuals and groups, spending on television ads and lobbying, the energy industry spent more than $721 million during the 2014 election cycle, according to an analysis released Monday by the Center for American Progress.

Walmart and McDonalds Subsidies

Likely behind only the fossil fuel industry in terms of being welfare qeens are McDonalds and Walmart.

Each are subsidized billions of dollars per year – a rough estimate being 8-10 billion dollars for each company.

How much does that mean to the average american taxpayer?
122 million americans pay federal income tax.

10 billion / 122 million = nearly $82 / year.

Did you know you give McDonalds and Walmart $82 per year, each?
What do you get in return?  Good food?  hahaha.

You get the knowledge that your taxpayer subsidies for these welfare queens goes directly to the walton family (a few people with more wealth than 40% of the country combined) and mcdonalds investors.

About Gun Nuts

gun nuts:
– think 30,000 gun deaths per year is not a problem worth trying to solve, no matter what the solution is.
– think they are in a militia by virtue of having a gun, regardless of what militia meant at the time of the bill of rights
– use NRA propaganda to justify their idiocy, without thought.
– think any attempts to solve the problem of gun deaths is an attempt to take away their guns
– equate guns with freedom, while ignoring the freedom taken from the victims of gun violence
– pretend all gun suicides would happen with or without easy access to guns (@19,000 gun suicides per year)
– think that any method to reduce gun thefts harms their “freedom”
– think smart guns are bad, hurts their “freedom”
– parrot a discredited study by lott.  yay stupidity
– think that more guns = less gun violence, ignoring all statistics showing the exact opposite.
– think that one of the 3 commas in the 2nd amendment is a magic comma, so they can ignore the first half of the 2nd amendment.
– many gun nuts consider themselves “pro-life”, while ignoring the thousands of gun victims every year, who have life taken from them.
– many are so dumb, they think the fascist koch brothers are on their “team”.

In short, gun nuts are extremely mentally challenged – dumber than your standard conservative idiot that votes against himself based on right wing lies; which is already dumb as fuck.

The right wing fiction blaming poor people for the bush housing crisis

No, Marco Rubio, government did not cause the housing crisis

Private sector loans, not Fannie or Freddie, triggered crisis

Debunking Conservative Myths About Mortgage Crisis

The right blames the credit crisis on poor minority homeowners. This is not merely offensive, but entirely wrong.

It Wasn’t Fannie, Freddie, or the CRA

The Big Lie of the Crisis, Called Out By the Press

Still Wrong: Crowley Revives Myth That Community Reinvestment Act Caused Financial Crisis

Elizabeth Warren Destroys Financial Crisis Myth

Kimberly Amadeo, “US economy expert” (HAHAHAHA) at about.com

This crazy lady is a right wing extremist, helping to push lies about the economy.

In a recent article she wrote for about.com, she discusses the causes of the current deficit, and first on her list is obama’s stimulus which has been over for 3 years, lol.

In an article comparing bush’s debt to obama’s debt, she blames obama for debt from bush policies, lol

In another article, she randomly starts adding costs to the deficits, doubling the cost of the stimulus.  for no reason, lol.

She tries to say “both obama and bush ran up record deficits”, when in reality bush was given a surplus and turned that into a 1.2 trillion deficit.
Obama took GWB’s 1.2 trillion deficit and CUT IT IN HALF.
In other words, NO, obama didn’t run up record deficits.

She tries to claim FY2010  was the biggest deficit in history.
In reality, FY2009 was bigger.
She also gets the amount wrong.

This same batshit nutty chick helped to push the lie that Fannie and Freddie were behind the housing crisis.

 

Youtube’s Libertarian Nutjob Spammers

Ladylordess is a nutjob spam account that posts the same generic asinine garbage on every white house video.  account marto follows it around a lot.  These comments are all since June 26, but are not all of the spammer’s comments – just the ones that were easy to dig up.  bolded items could be facts, if they were true.

– How is this person still in office?  Our campaigner-in-chief has lost all respect by Americans who care about America and her people.  Who are these canned lines of rhetoric working on?  The people who support him aren’t capable of higher education and the obama economy isn’t going to create jobs in this hostile environment.  Just go golfing full time and get out of our way.

– What kind of people would let their children near these corrupt people who are perpetrating the largest ponsey scheme on America, while putting unsustainable debt on the backs of these children??!!

– National Suicide.  Who can believe his goal is anything other than to break down America so he can build it up into his utopian dream….. which has historically never worked anywhere?  Fact is we are printing money at an unsustainable rate, so much so that we are actually in the greatest depression the US has ever experienced, if it weren’t for the all time high food stamps issued under Obama, we would have people starving to death in this obama economy.  He is just putting off the inevitable.  Be prepared for what is coming.

– Obama is an example of why you should never do drugs.

– It’s past time for a leader who can lead, instead of blame and subterfuge.

– HOW can he speak on the economy? He is clueless!!!!

– Lame Duck.  He has caused the US to implode and intelligent Americans won’t let him get away with it until he serves time.

– You don’t see the wheels coming off of this admin?  Both his foreign and domestic policies are coming undone, and even the supreme court ruled against him in a 9 – 0 decision.  Enjoy what you think is Healthcare…….lol  while it lasts.  You are receiving third world care.

– Great Trashy earrings for a first lady.

– Outstanding?  LOL.  I prefer when he is standing out….. of the white house. America will be safer once his damage has been undone and our strength returned.

– Yes, make small talk about how “hot” it is outside, as you know nothing about the economy.

– If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.  If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.  Can I keep my doctor now? Republican governors are leading their way our of debt, unlike the Dem states.  It shouldn’t be surprise, a the R’s plans work,and the D’s only put us in debt.

– You actually believe what he says here, rather than do the research yourself?  Hitler thought he was a good guy too.
America didn’t want this type of government; else we would have had a King George III; instead we have Barack Obama the one and only.

Out of these 13 comments, there are only a few possible “facts”.

…are perpetrating the largest ponsey scheme on America, while putting unsustainable debt on the backs of these children
Ladylordess blames President Obama for debt from republican policies that Obama didn’t sign into law or support in any way.  Obama’s total contribution to the debt is roughly 2% of the total.
0/1, ladylordess. 

Republican governors are leading their way our of debt, unlike the Dem states.
Ladylordess offers no support for this crackpottery.  But there are multiple examples of the opposite.  Kansas, Wisconsin, New Jersy, California, for a few examples that come to mind.
0/2. 

we are printing money at an unsustainable rateso much so that we are actually in the greatest depression the US has ever experienced, if it weren’t for the all time high food stamps issued under Obama, we would have people starving to death in this obama economy
Ladylordess apparently isn’t aware that inflation is incredibly low, enough that economists were more worried about deflation than inflation.   Nor is she aware that the Fed’s QE is about 1/3 of what it was under Bernanke.  The food stamp whine is as ridiculous as everything else the spammer rights.  Without the bush crisis and recession, there’d be no need for additional food stamps – or the stimulus, for that matter.
0/3.

In two months of comments, ladylordess has spewed zero facts. 

Is there anything more anti-American than…

Is there anything more anti-American than meeting on inauguration night to decide how best to oppose the newly elected president, in an attempt to “see him fail”?

Wouldn’t the appropriate thing to do, be to decide how best to WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT THAT THE MAJORITY OF VOTERS ELECTED?

 

Fuck Republicans.

Fuck Conservatives.

And you idiot libertarians (a subset of moronic conservatives) aren’t any better.