When should you start a family?

I have five living kids at home, and would have an additonal six year old girl with Down Syndrome had she not died after a failed heart surgery. I also have a pretty odd mix of friends, most of whom don’t have a family anywhere near my size, so I get asked a lot of questions about raising a large family. The most common questions come from younger couples asking about when the right, perfect time is to start a family.

And well…there isn’t one.

Someone might tell you to at least wait till after high school, which sounds like pretty good advice. After all, you probably aren’t married in high school, need to finish your diploma, and let’s be honest, most high schoolers don’t think through such life altering choices as having a baby.

Yet I know a few families that were high school sweethearts that married in or pretty near to high school graduation. My mom was one of them. She was married at 18 to my dad (who was graduating college and 4 years her senior) and somehow managed to successfully raise three kids while traveling the world with a Marine Corps officer. Compare that with too many of today’s graduates that can barely write English papers and brag about doing their laundry only a few days late with hashtag adulting on social media. Perhaps that says more about the current state of education than family planning though.

We could pick more times: after you finish your degree, after to start your first job, after you “settle down” (whatever that means), or after you are “ready” (seriously, what the heck does that mean??). But every time you try to nail down a right time, you’ll find lots of counter examples of people starting families that don’t follow that logic that come out just fine.

Which is why there isn’t a perfect time to start a family. Sadly, I see too many good, family-oriented couples searching for the perfect time to start a family. Many of them pray over it, but their prayers revolve around asking God to tell them when to start a family, like they expect some booming voice to emanate from the clouds declaring “Have intercourse at 6:35 pm on July 12th!” or some other nonsense like that. This delay and worry is part of the reason people are waiting later and later to start families, which makes it harder to have children as your biological clock only runs at full tilt for so long.

The recent SCOTUS decision is likely making many couples revisit this question. Abortion and contraception make it appear to give us control of when we have children. Neither does, or certainly doesn’t without consequences. Accepting the challenges, and the joys, of having a family will mean accepting it on the timeline that it comes to you.

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Renaming the Stennis is dumb

If you don’t follow the U.S. Naval Institute, you could be forgiven for not knowing that there are a lot of articles written by Naval Officers thinking about the future of seapower. Some are good, some are not, but the fact that we continue to have officers that at least think about the future is a good sign. Unfortunately, the USNI articles have morphed from thinking about integrating cyber in future maritime conflicts to increasingly focusing on cultural issues. The latest in this string of articles that includes delving into the LGBTQ culture of Newport, RI, and looking at the Confederate connections in the Naval Academy is a proposal to rename the USS JOHN C STENNIS (JCS).

The JCS is named after Senator John Stennis of Mississippi, the last Democrat Senator from that state and one of the longest serving Senators in US history. Senator Stennis has an interesting history, and LCDR (ret) Reuben Green focuses on racist comments that he made in 1956 along with his criminal behavior as trial prosecutor in Brown vs Mississippi. The fact that John Stennis was racist isn’t up for debate, and neither is the fact that racism is wrong. The notion that to correct this we need to rename the JCS when she pulls in for a refit though is stupid.

Anytime we name anything after a human being, its going to cause controversy. The Navy named a replenishment oiler after Harvey Milk, who took plenty of controversial actions, including outing the homosexuality of a Marine that acted to save President Ford’s life for his own political gain. We also have a USS Gabrielle Giffords, who voted in favor of limiting sales of assault weapons, which more than a few military members own and use without issue in their personal lives.

Any human being we’re going to name ships after is going to offend someone. Should we rename the USNS Maury, who despite contributing much to the study of weather and oceanography, fought in the Confederate Navy? Or the USNS Cesar Chavez, who advocated against immigration? Should we look deeper into the Kennedy family, which has plenty of skeletons in the closet and has two ships named after John and Robert Kennedy?

There are two ways to solve this. The first is to try and pick completely non-controversial names. We can name ships after battles, cities, states and even fish (which might include bumblebees if you’re a resident of California). The other option is to continue naming ships after people, with the understanding that sometimes these people will let you down. Especially with an increasing digital trail that follows everyone, its likely that anyone in the future will have said something controversial that was captured in a video, social media post or a published article.

This brings up a larger question: As a society, can we accept that people are multi-faceted and will have things we both like and dislike about them? I want to answer “Yes” to this question. While Martin Luther King Jr. had extra-marital affairs that I don’t agree with, he should be celebrated for his work in desegregating America. I can accept that Matthew Maury was a brilliant scientist that advanced our understanding of weather and oceanography while also disagreeing with his choice to serve in the Confederate Navy.

We become less human when we attempt to create binary heroes that are all good or all bad. Renaming the JCS would open the door to renaming other ships, creating a very political process that will sway depending on who is in power, and is a door best left shut.

This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other government agency.

St. John Fisher, St. Thomas Moore, Blueberries LightYear vs Minions, Another Taste of Lawrence’s CRT lesions for Youth and Pinball Under the Fedora

Today is the feast day of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas Moore who choose to die rather than betray the faith for gain in the world.

Given what we’re seen from the church lately with Bishops and priests (with some notable exceptions) unwilling to stand for the faith and Public servants either not enforcing the laws or enforcing them selectively based on political allegiance they seem to be saints critical for our time.

I’m shocked they haven’t been dropped from the calendar.

My wife is a blueberry person and would regularly buy muffins at Hannaford market. However a bit ago she cut open her muffin and there were no blueberries inside. This is despite the fact that the price for the Muffins has gone up considerably.

It led to some drama when we cut open the 2nd Muffin of the two pack:

All of this brings to mind Casino:

This is actually the “broken windows” theory of enforcement where if you take care of small things you cut down on large one.

Under the left this has become passé and we’re paying for it.

There have been a lot of excuses for the failure of Lightyear by the defenders of Disney, none on them involved the decision to push homosexuality in a film for kids.

Alas for the woke crowd unlike schools they can not compel attendance in theatres so if parents don’t want to push this junk on their kids they don’t have to.

The real fun is going to come with the new movie Minions: The Rise of Gru. You see if all the Disney apologists are right then this movie should do just as badly as Lightyear because all of the same issues they claim are holding back Lightyear’s take will still be in play when it comes out.

Of course if Minions The Rise of Gru is as big of a hit as it seems likely to be it will just be another proof of the media as the lying propagandists that they are.

Not that they care anymore, they’ve given up on worrying about the pretense of being objective.

Speaking of schools here is another bit from that stuff I hinted at earlier that they are teaching elementary school kids in the Lawrence school system.

More of that Critical Race Theory that doesn’t exist

Funny for something that the left/media claimed was just a right wing fantasy there sure seems to be a lot of prepared items ready to be disseminated to public school kids in lieu of teaching thing useless things like reading, writing and arithmetic, particularly in schools were the parents don’t have a lot of other options.

I had planned to write something more extensive today about but I had forgotten about Juneteenth being a national holiday so the school crowd I tried to contact for comment might not have been in so I figured it would be fair to give them another day just out of fairness.

Of course I suspect I’ll be a tad busy the next few days…

…as PintasticNE begins tomorrow night and I plan on enjoying myself to the fullest.

As a teaser I have an interview with the owner of Cape Cod and Beyond a company that rents out machines who came down the house to pick up the Batman 66 machine that my sons and wife rented me for my birthday.

I suspect that you’ll see a lot more of these rental companies and the price of Pinball machines and the potential for investment continues to grow, but I think the real driver is the problem of where do you store these things if you don’t have to room for it.

The nice thing about a rental is there is always a fresh machines in your hands.

For the next four days I’ll be knee deep in pinball and I’ll forget about Biden, the Gas prices, Bad Government, and the lot.

We all need a few days away from it.

Honey bees and communism

The author checking on one hive. These bees were removed from the attic in a house, hence the odd comb.

A honey bee colony is composed of thousands of individual bees. Almost all of these bees are female workers. The workers spend their whole life working on behalf of the colony. Newly hatched workers take care of the inside of the colony, cleaning out honey cells, taking care of the young, and tending to the queen bee. As these workers get older, they begin flying out to gather nectar (which they use to make honey) and pollen (which is used to raise young bees).

Like all good little communist workers, the worker bees continue to work until they literally burn out. During the year, a worker bee lifespan is about 42 days. Some workers will get eaten by a variety of animals or other insects, while others fall victim to pesticides or bad weather. If she manages to survive all of these dangers, an old worker bee that can no longer contribute to the hive faces a dilemma. If she tries to retire to work a less intensive job, her sisters will pull her out of the hive and throw her off the landing board. Most spent workers instead commit a sort of bee-suicide, simply flying away and dying alone.

Life for the male bees, called drones, is not much better. Drones are larger and have better eyesight, but gather no nectar or pollen. Instead, they simply eat off the stores that their sisters build up. Drones fly out during the day looking for a virgin queen to mate with. If they succeed in this endeavor they die, as certain…body parts…break off during copulation. If drones don’t mate by the end of the year, before the onset of winter, the other worker bees will throw them off the landing board and keep them out of the hive, since they aren’t needed for the winter and take up space. I imagine this is a sort of “This is SPARTA!” moment for the worker bees, freeing themselves of the loafers that sat around guzzling their gathered honey all year.

Even the queen, who can live up to five years, doesn’t live the glorious lifestyle we would associate with her title. She lays anywhere between 800 to 3,000 eggs a day in the hive, allowing the hive to grow and stay strong. But as a queen ages and struggles to maintain this level of activity, the hive will begin building a queen cell, where it will raise a new queen. Once that new queen returns after mating, the honey bees will ball up around the old queen and smother her to death.

Honey bee society almost perfectly mirrors communism. No bee owns anything. The honey cells are open to all bees. Everyone does their job for the good of the hive. This model can be amazingly productive. Some honeybee hives can produce over a hundred pounds of honey in a year. Considering that a gallon of honey takes around 55,000 “bee miles” of flight to produce, the bees certainly prove that a communist society can produce good results when everyone is dedicated to the cause.

But bees also show the dark side of communism. Once a bee is no longer useful to the hive, its cast out to die without thought or mercy. Whether it is workers that are used up, drones that never mated with a virgin queen, or a queen that can’t lay enough eggs, the hive is fast to discard any bee deemed no longer useful. There is no bee retirement. Heck, bees can’t even live alone, as experiments have shown they die if not in the hive despite having plenty of food and water.

Honey bees give us a glimpse into what communist perfection looks like, a world that can be both amazingly productive and savagely dehumanizing at the same time. While not everything translates from bee to man, the similarities do exist. I wonder if bees were placed on this earth by God to teach lessons about ourselves. Wisdom is often described as learning from the mistakes and successes of others. Perhaps we would be wise to learn from the honey bee before attempting to model our society after a hive.

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Opioids are no joke

The opioid addiction crisis in America has been in the news for quite a few years now. It tends to elicit the same politically-motivated responses from each side. The Left seems to ignore it mostly (since it hits a large portion of rural America that doesn’t vote for them), but occasionally someone uses it to argue for more lenient drug laws and better rehab options. The Right uses it to argue for more money for rural areas and occasionally rails about Big Pharma.

It’s hard to really understand what motivates someone addicted to opioids if you’re a regular person like me that doesn’t use illicit drugs. But I got a taste of it this past week. I had surgery last Friday on my shoulder to repair the over 18 years of damage the Navy has done to me, shoving me in submarines, airplanes and other small spaces that I was probably never meant to fit into. It all caught up, so I spent over two hours with a surgeon poking around my shoulder and repairing the various tears and installing a lot of anchors. When it was all finished, my brother-in-law drove me home with a large pack of medications, one of which was oxycodone.

Now, I’ve never had any narcotics, so I was careful to take the oxycodone on the prescribed schedule. By Sunday, I felt awesome. Sure, my arm was still in a sling and I was slowly working it back into a full range of motion, but I still felt great. I was walking around the house just fine, enjoyed being outside in my garden showing my kids what vegetable to pick, and I did plenty of “Netflix and chill.”

The chill dropped off on Tuesday. My prescription ran out, and that morning I had physical therapy. I would describe the crash of my mood like the drop as sudden, awful and gut wrenching. The last case was definitely true, since I threw up after the physical therapist had tortured me for 30 minutes. I spent most of Tuesday on the couch with some sort of ice pack on my shoulder, wondering what pain the next 10 minutes will bring.

Wednesday was better, and I learned to work through my pain, and by Thursday I was back to a much happier place. That brief glimpse of how effective oxycodone was, and how my whole world changed just after going off it from a weekend of use, gave me a far better understanding of just how powerful addiction is and the difficulty in breaking it. I have a lot more sympathy for someone that is in constant pain and just wants to feel normal, and if you can take a tiny pill (my oxycodone was the size of my thumbnail) to make it all go away, why wouldn’t you?

I can’t say I know what the answer to the opioid crisis is, but I can say some of our assumptions are flawed. I don’t think most people want to be addicted. I knew that while it was easy to take that tiny pill to feel better, long term it was a bad idea. Thankfully I have a family that can support me sitting on a couch for a while. What about senior citizens that don’t have family? What about the many single people who don’t have adult kids or even neighbors to check in on them? Thrusting these people into a bucket labeled “deplorable addicts” denies them humanity and makes it too easy and convenient to ignore their plight.

We need some actual solutions to opioid addiction that preserve our use of these drugs to manage pain while recognizing the power they have to destroy our lives if we aren’t careful.

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SABLE / GERBEL Draft Face to Face League 2021 Plus AA Draft

AA Draft first

Tampa Bay MikePaul BlackburnStarting PitcherOakland1
Cleveland MikeGilbert CeleseinoCenterfielderMinnesota1
NY Yankees SherwoodGavin SheetsRight FielderChicago (a)1
Oakland PatrickSeth BrownRight FielderOakland1
St. Louis AlvinRiley AdamsCatcher Washington1
NY Mets MarkMichael ChavisSecond BasemanPittsburgh1
Washington PeterNate PearsonPitcherToronto1
Colorado BrianChristian PacheCenterfielderAtlanta1

Round 2

Tampa Bay MikeJoe RyanStarting PitcherMinnesota2
Cleveland MikeA. J. PuckRelief PitcherOakland2
St. Louis AlvinJake RogersCatcherDetroit2
NY Mets MarkChris ArcherStarter/ReliversTampa Bay2
Washington PeterDustin May PitcherLos Angeles2
Colorado Brian Ryan BraiserRelief PitcherBoston2

Round 3

Tampa Bay MikeCody PoteetStarting PitcherMiami3
Cleveland MikeEvans PhilipsPitcherLos Angeles3
Washington PeterDakota Hudson Starting PitcherSt Louis3
Colorado Brian Jesus SanchezRight FielderMiami3

Round 4

Tampa Bay MikeJoe ConnorLeft FielderColorado4
Cleveland MikeBrian De La CruzCenterfielderMiami4
Colorado BrianAlex Woods Starting PitcherLos Angeles4

Round 5

Tampa Bay MikeJason BosierThird BasemanSan Francisco5
Cleveland MikeKyle IsabelRight Field Kansas City5

The Regular Draft

Round 1

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Tampa Bay MikeMiles StrawCenter FielderCleveland1
Tampa Bay Mike (Via Cleveland)Tyler O’NeilLeft Fielder St. Louis1
NY Yankees SherwoodMookie BettsRight FielderLos Angeles1
Oakland PatrickRichie RodriguesShort RelieverAtlanta1
St. Louis AlvinTyler AndersonStarting PitcherSeattle1
NY Mets MarkAnthony DeSclafaniStarting PitcherSan Francisco1
Tampa Bay (via Washington & San Diego)David FletcherSecond BasemanAnaheim1
Colorado BrianTim AndersonShortstopChicago (a)1

Round 2

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Tampa Bay MikeJose RamirezThird BasemanCleveland2
Cleveland MikeRyan McMannThird BasemanColorado2
NY Yankees SherwoodSean MurphyCatcher Oakland2
Tampa Bay Mike (via Oakland Patrick)Adolis GarciaCenterfielderTexas2
St. Louis AlvinTyler StevensonCatcherCincinnati2
Tampa Bay Mike (Via NY Mets Mark)Omar NavarezCatcherMilwaukee2
Washington PeterJose AltuveSecond BasemanHouston2
Tampa Bay Mike (via Colorado Brian)Thomas Nighto CatcherNY National2

Round 3

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Tampa Bay MikeCarlos RendonStarting PitcherChicago (a)3
Tampa Bay Mike (Via Cleveland)Dilan CeaseStarting PitcherChicago (a)3
Tampa Bay Mike (via NY Yankees Sherwood)Nolan ArenadoThird BasemanSt Louis3
Tampa Bay Mike (via Oakland Patrick)Whit MerrifieldSecond BasemanKansas City3
Tampa Bay Mike (via St. Louis Alvin)Tyler WardRight FielderAnaheim 3
NY Mets MarkTony KempSecond BasemanOakland3
Tampa Bay Mike (via Washington)Manny MagoutCenter FielderTampa Bay3
Tampa Bay Mike (via Colorado Brian)Yandy DiazFirst baseman Tampa Bay3

Round 4

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Oakland Patrick (via Tampa Bay Mike)Kenley JansonRelief PitcherLos Angeles4
Cleveland MikeLorenzo CainCenter FielderMilwaukee4
NY Yankees SherwoodAdam DuvalRight FielderAtlanta4
Oakland PatrickKevin NewmanShortstopPittsburgh4
St. Louis AlvinGregory SotoShort ReliefDetroit4
NY Mets MarkRanger SwarezStarting PitcherPhiladelphia4
Washington PeterLuis RobertCenter FielderChicago (a)4
Colorado BrianTrevor RichardsLong ReliefToronto4

Round 5

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Oakland Patrick (Via Tampa Bay Mike)Bailey OberStarting PitcherMinnesota5
Washington Peter (via Cleveland Mike)Chris TaylorEverywhere (but c)Los Angeles5
NY Yankees SherwoodJacob StallingsCatcherPittsburgh5
Oakland PatrickMark CanaLeft FielderOakland5
Oakland Patrick (via St. Louis Alvin)Paul SegalShort ReliverSeattle5
NY Mets MarkKiki HernandezCenter FielderBoston5
Washington PeterMark MelanconShort RelieverSan Diego5
Colorado BrianIan KennedyShort ReliefPhiladelphia5

Round 6

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Cleveland MikeCedric MullinsCenterfielderBaltimore6
NY Yankees SherwoodSonny GrayStarting PitcherCincinnati6
Oakland PatrickYu DarvishStarting PitcherSan Diego6
St. Louis AlvinJaylin GarciaRelief PitcherSan Francisco6
NY Mets MarkEmanuel ChasePitcherCleveland6
Washington PeterAlex ReyesRelief PitcherSt. Louis6
Colorado BrianCasey MizeStarting PitcherDetroit6

Round 7

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Cleveland MikeJosh HarrisonSecond BasemanOakland7
NY Yankees SherwoodNick Castellanos Right FielderCincinnati7
Oakland PatrickHanson AlbertoThird BasemanShortstop7
St. Louis Alvin Aledmys DiazThird BasemanHouston7
NY Mets MarkMichael Brantleyleft FielderHouston7
Washington PeterFrancisco LindorShortstopNew York (n)7
Colorado BrianJoey GalloLeft FielderYankees7

Round 8

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Cleveland MikeKyle FarmerShortstop Cincinnati8
NY Yankees SherwoodChristian YelichLeft FielderMilwaukee8
Oakland PatrickLuis ArraezThird BasemanMinnesota8
St. Louis AlvinAlex VerdugoLeft FielderBoston8
NY Mets MarkDrew RasmussenStarting PitcherTampa Bay8
Washington PeterChaz McCormickCenter FielderHouston8
Colorado BrianNick MadrigalSecond BasemanChicago (a)8

Round 9

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Cleveland MikeLury GarciaSecond BasemanChicago (a)9
NY Yankees SherwoodJames TallonStarting PitcherNew York (a)9
Oakland PatrickReese McGuireCatcherToronto9
St. Louis AlvinCorey SeagerShortstopLos Angeles9
NY Mets MarkPete AlonzoFirst BasemanNew York (N)9
Washington PeterRhys HoskinsFirst BasemanPhiladelphia9
Colorado BrianLuke WeaverStarting PitcherArizona9

Round 10

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Cleveland MikeGeorge AlfredoCatcherMiami10
NY Yankees SherwoodMarcus SeminanSecond BasemanTornoto10
Oakland PatrickElias DiazCatcherColorado10
St. Louis AlvinGerman MarquezStarting PitcherColorado10
NY Mets MarkTejay AntoneRelief PitcherCincinnati10
Washington PeterTucker BarnhartCatcherCincinnati10
Colorado BrianJose UquityStarting PitcherHouston10

Round 11

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Cleveland MikeClayton KershawStarting PitcherLos Angeles11
NY Yankees SherwoodRyan MontcastleFirst BasemanBaltimore11
Oakland PatrickJordan RomeroShort RelieverToronto11
St. Louis AlvinBret GardnerCenterfielderNew York (a)11
NY Mets MarkYonni HernandezThird BasemanTexas11
Washington PeterAnthony RizzoFirst BasemanNew York (a)11
Colorado BrianKyle SchwarberLeftfielderBoston11

Round 12

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Cleveland MikeGarrett WhitlockRelief PitcherBoston12
NY Yankees SherwoodBo BitchetteShortstop Toronto12
Oakland PatrickRaimel TaplaLeft FielderColorado12
St. Louis AlvinJosh BellFirst BasemanWashington12
NY Mets MarkCharlie MortonStarting PitcherAtlanta12
Washington PeterMatt ChapmanThird Baseman Oakland12
Colorado BrianTyler WellsRelief PitcherBaltimore12

Round 13

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Cleveland MikeMichael WaccaStarting PitcherTampa Bay13
NY Yankees SherwoodBrain DaubachFirst BasemanBoston13
Oakland PatrickDavid PeraltaLeft FielderArizona13
St. Louis AlvinJena SeguriaSecond BasemanPhiladelphia13
NY Mets MarkA. J. PollickLeft FielderLos Angeles13
Washington PeterTyler AlexanderStarting PitcherDetroit13
Colorado BrianKetel MarteCenterfielderArizona13

Round 14

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Cleveland MikeDalton VarshoCatcherArizona14
NY Yankees SherwoodNelson CruzFirst BasemanTampa Bay14
Oakland PatrickMax KaplerRight FielderMinnesota14
St. Louis AlvinCarlos HernandezStarting PitcherKansas City14
NY Mets MarkCasey SaddlerRelief PitcherSeattle14
Washington PeterNathan EovaldiStarting PitcherBoston14
Colorado BrianJack FlatteryStarting PitcherSt. Louis14

Round 15

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Cleveland MikeChris SaleStarting PitcherBoston15
NY Yankees SherwoodJustin TurnerThird BasemanLos Angeles15
Oakland PatrickMichael ConfortoRight FielderNew York (N)15
St. Louis AlvinAndrew KnizerCatcherSt. Louis15
NY Mets MarkRonald TorreyesThird BasemanPhiladelphia15
Washington PeterZack GreinkeStarting PitcherHouston15
Colorado BrianMike ZuninoCatcherTampa Bay15

Round 16

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Cleveland MikeKolton WongSecond BasemanMilwaukee16
Oakland PatrickDylan CarsonRight FielderSt Louis16
St. Louis AlvinCody BellingerCenter FielderLos Angeles16
NY Mets MarkJohnathan ShootFirst BasemanDetroit16
Washington PeterWilmar FloresThird BasemanSan Francisco16
Colorado BrianTyler GlasnowStarting PitcherTampa Bay16

Round 17

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Cleveland MikeDylan MooreSecond BaseSeattle17
Oakland PatrickTommy LaStellaSecond BaseSan Francisco17
St. Louis AlvinZach ThomphonStarting PitcherMiami17
NY Mets MarkJohan MoncadoThird BasemanChicago (a)17
Washington PeterJackie Bradley Jr.Center FielderMilwaukee17
Colorado BrianPablo LopezStarting PitcherMiami17

Round 18

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Cleveland MikeGiancarlo StantonOutfielderNew York (a)18
Oakland PatrickEric SwansonRelief PitcherSeattle18
St. Louis AlvinYordan AlvarezLeft FielderHouston18
NY Mets MarkRyan McKennaLeft FielderBaltimore18
Colorado BrianSpencer PattonRelief PitcherTexas18

Round 19

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Cleveland MikeJeff McNeilSecond BasemanNew York (N)19
Oakland PatrickLance Lynn Starting PitcherChicago (A)19
St. Louis AlvinKodi WhitleyRelief PitcherSt. Louis19
NY Mets MarkMike YazstremskiRight FielderSan Francisco19
Colorado BrianEdwardo EscobarThird BaseMilwaukee19

Round 20

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
Cleveland MikeTrevor StoryShortstopColorado20
Oakland PatrickJorge AlcalaRelief PitcherMinnesota20
St. Louis AlvinCorey KneblRelief PitcherLos Angeles20
NY Mets MarkAustin HayesLeft FielderBaltimore20
Colorado BrianDevin WilliamsRelief PitcherMilwaukee20

Round 21

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
St. Louis AlvinJesus AgularFirst BasemanMiami21
NY Mets MarkTony GonsonlinStarting PitcherLos Angeles21
Colorado BrianAndrelton SimmonsShortstopMinnesota21

Round 22

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
St. Louis AlvinWillie AdamesShortstopMilwaukee22

Round 23

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
St. Louis AlvinGeorge SpringerCenter FielderToronto23

Round 24

Franchise DraftingPlayerPositionTeamRound
St. Louis AlvinAlbert PujolsFirst BasemanAnaheim 24

Tragedy of the Commons: HOAs

Homeowner Associations, or HOAs, are a sneaky way that fascism crept into our daily lives. HOAs are ubiquitus in most residential neighborhoods, and unless you buy an older home or build from scratch, its hard to escape them, since around 80% of new homes are built into an HOA.

The original idea behind an HOA seems to be a way for cities to dump the responsibility for maintaining small residential parks. Rather than have the city maintain it, an HOA would collect fees and do the dirty work. Even better, HOAs could enforce codes on everything from mulch color to weeds in your lawn, which would keep home values up as well as property taxes. From the government’s perspective, its a win-win.

For homeowners, its a total loss. HOAs have taken on a mind of their own, going so far as to foreclose on people’s homes and sell them at auction. We’re not talking just one or two homes. In Colorado, one HOA had filed 2,400 foreclosure cases against homeowners. Many of these followed a similar pattern: a homeowner gets fined for some stupud nonsense like weeds, and if they don’t pay up, the HOA tacks on legal fees and late fees. Once you reach into the thousands of dollars, it becomes almost impossible for a homeowner to pay it, so the HOA files a foreclosure case and attempts to kick the homeowner out and sell their house at auction.

Kicking someone out of their house for weeds in the front lawn and selling the house at auction. Read that sentence out loud and ask yourself how any person could stoop that low.

HOAs try to rip out perfectly good trees, beat people up for free speech, and even punish someone for having the gall to put out a dog treat dispenser. By far the worst problem is that the HOA tries to regulate your life while you’re in your own home. It’s bad enough dealing with morons at work, but at home? HOAs were one of the main reasons I built a custom home not in a community (which you can read about here).

HOAs don’t often get national media attention, but your HOA probably controls your well being a lot more than most national politics do (except for Biden-flation). These monstrosities need to be dismantled and destroyed. Some people are doing just that through legal means, like the Colorado legislature that is limiting fees and foreclosure cases. Many people are pushing back. When one HOA tried to stop a thin-blue-line flag, multiple neighbors began flying the same flag. As Stu Scheller likes to say “We can’t all be wrong.”

If you’re in an HOA now, I recommend getting onto the board and dismantling it on the inside. That’s what one of my neighbors has done. He has approved and expedited nearly every neighbor request for their property, making sure people can do whatever they want to their property. If you can’t do that, you should bring up HOA reform with your state representative, so that instead of debating what person to name the next highway after, they might actually make your life better. It’s a fight worth fighting, and unlike national politics, your voice can really make a difference.

This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other government agency. If you enjoyed this article, please consider donating to Da Tech Guy and purchasing one of the author’s books.

The Current 1970 League Waivers list and a quick update on how it works UPDATE with current claims

Wanted to get out the list of players available on Waivers so people can decide who they want. Remember this is how waivers works

  1.  A team makes a waivers “Claim” on an unsigned player:
  • If no team with a worse record makes a “counter claim” The player goes on your 35 man roster Tuesday at 1 am
  • If a team with a worse record makes a “counter claim” on that player, the team with the worse record now becomes the claiming team and gets the player if no worse team makes a claim before the deadline.
  1.  Claims and counter claims can be made in either the chat room or the message center.  The timestamp on either message will determine which claim comes first.
  2.  Only one waivers claim can be made per week.

VERY IMPORTANT: While this won’t be a problem week one of wavers REMEMBER that if a player any at bats or innings used by a player released into waivers ARE STILL USED UP IF YOU PICK THEM UP.

Example Joe Lahoud is currently on Seattle’s Roster

As you can see Lahoud has had two at bats and one walk. for Seattle. If for whatever reason I released him those at bats would still be used up so if another player wanting a last chance A power off the bench picked him up in waivers he would only have 38 (or 37 depending on how dynasty counts appearances

Anyways here are the players available.

The Batters

  • Tommie Aaron Atl
  • Luis Alcaraz KC
  • Hank Allen Mil
  • Bob Allison Min
  • Luis Alvarado Bos
  • Max Alvis Mil
  • Bob Aspromonte Atl
  • Bob Barton SD
  • Del Bates Phi
  • Curt Blefray NYY
  • Buddy Bradford Cle
  • Ron Brand Mon
  • Angel Bravo Cin
  • Gates Brown Det Claim NYY 6/23 Claim Successful
  • Ike Brown Det Claim Sea 6/11 Claim Successful
  • Bob Burda Mil
  • Jim Campanis KC
  • Darrel Chaney Cin
  • Ty Cline Cin
  • Gene Clines Pit Claim Pit 6/12 Claim Successful
  • Wayne Comer Wash
  • Mike Compton Phi
  • JIm Davenport SF Claim Philadelphia 6/25 Claim Successful
  • Tommy Dean SD
  • Bob Didier Atl
  • Doc Edwards Phi
  • Jim FAirey Mon
  • Mike Fiore Bos
  • Bobby Floyd KC
  • Tito Francona Mil
  • Vern Fuller Cle
  • Len Gabrielson LAD
  • Phil Gagliano Chc
  • Russ Gibson SF
  • Gus Gil Mil Claim Washington 6/25 Claim Successful
  • Greg Goossen Wash
  • Cesar Gutierez Det
  • Jimmie Hall Atl
  • Jackie Hernandez KC
  • Mike Hershberger Mil
  • Jim Hutto Phi
  • Johnny Jeter Pit Claim NYY 6/11 Claim Successful
  • Frank Johnson SF Claim SF 6/11 Claim Successful
  • Mike Jorgensen NYM
  • Rick Joseph Phi
  • Van Kelly SD
  • Lou Klimchock Cle
  • Andy Kosco LAD
  • Ed Kranepool NYM
  • Coco Laboy Mon
  • Keith Lampard Hou
  • Leron Lee StL
  • Charlie Manuel Min
  • Dave Marshall NYM
  • Don Mason SF
  • John Matias Chw
  • Rich McKinney
  • Jerry McNertney Mil Claim Minnesota 6/25 Claim Successful
  • Jerry Morales SD
  • Rich Morales ChW Chw Claim Seattle 6/27 Claim Successful
  • Russ Nagelson Det
  • Syd O’Brien Chw Claim Pittsburgh 6/25 Claim Successful
  • Don Pavletich Bos
  • Jim Price Det
  • Frank Quilici Min
  • Tommie Reynolds Cal
  • Rich Rollins Cle
  • John Roseboro Wash
  • Chico Ruiz Cal Claim Cincinnati 6/20 Claim Successful
  • Mike Ryan Phi
  • Chico Salmon Bal
  • Dick Schofield Bos
  • Rich Severson KC
  • Mike Shannon StL
  • Ron Slocum SD Claim Minnesota 6/20 Claim Successful
  • Willie Smith ChC
  • Russ Snyder Mil
  • Bill Sorrell KC Claim SF 6/18 Claim Successful
  • Bob Spence ChW Claim Sea 6/18) claim Successful
  • George Spriggs KC
  • Marv Staehle Mon
  • Larry Stahl SD
  • John Stephenson SF
  • Ron Stone Phi Claim Pit 6/18 Claim Successful
  • Gary Sutherland Mon
  • Ken Szolkiewicz Det
  • Javis Tatum Cal Claim Phil 6/18) Claim Failed! Successful COUNTERCLAIM MONTREAL 6/20
  • Bob Taylor SF
  • Hector Torres Hou
  • Pete Ward NYY Claim SF (6/24) Claim Successful
  • Ray Webster SD
  • Al Weis NYM
  • Don Wert Det
  • Floyd Wicker Mil
  • Walt William Chw
  • Ron Woods NYY Claim Minn (6/11) Claim Successful


  • Steve Barber Atl Claim CIN 6/12 Claim Successful
  • Dave Boswell Min
  • Don Cardwell Atl
  • Mike Savison SF
  • Rich Folkers NYM
  • Tom Griffin Hou Claim LA Dodgers 6/13 Claim Successful
  • Chuck Hartenstein Bos
  • Rick Kester Atl
  • George Lauzenique Mil
  • Dave Leonhard Bal
  • Denny McLain Det Claim Philadelphia (6/11) Claim Successful
  • Mike McQueen Atl Claim NY Yankees 6/18 Claim Successful
  • Barry Moore Chw Claim Washington (6/11) Claim Successful
  • Danny Murphy Chw
  • Lowel Palmer Phi
  • Skip Pitock SF
  • Bob Reed Det
  • Roberto Rodriguez ChC
  • Al Santorini SD Claim Montreal 6/11 Claim Successful
  • Tommie Sisk ChW
  • Lee Stange ChW
  • Dick Such Wash
  • Ray Washburn Cin
  • Mike Wegener Mon Claim LA 6/27 Claim Successful
  • Billy Wynne ChW

Stop pretending Star Wars hates Black People

I watched the first episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi last night, and I’d say it was pretty good. I’ve been warned by a few people its a “bait and switch” and we’ll get less Obi-Wan and more Sith Inquisitor Reva, but that remains to be seen. Her character so far is decent: dark, conniving, and ruthless, if a bit hot-headed, but certainly not dumb.

What is dumb is this article about LucasFilm prepping Moses Ingram (who plays Reva) for the coming racist backlash about her character. Two quotes stand out:

In her interview with the Independent, the “Obi-Wan” actress tackles diversity issues in the franchise. “To me, it’s long overdue. If you’ve got talking droids and aliens, but no people of colour, it doesn’t make any sense. It’s 2022, you know. So we’re just at the beginning of that change. But I think to start that change is better than never having started it.”

The Post Millenial.com

No people of colour?

So this guy is white?

Lando Calrissian, from Wikipedia

And this guy?

Finn from StarWars.com

And this guy?

Ahmed Best, from IMDb

(No, seriously, Jar Jar was played by Ahmed Best)

And who can forget this guy, the MOST iconic voice in Star Wars?

James Earl Jones, from IMDb

Star Wars has always had people of all races. It’s Science Fiction, which gives you the license to bring in darn near anyone with any background. Almost all of the portrayals have been good, and when they aren’t, its normally the studios fault. Lando Calrissian plays an awesome character in The Empire Strikes Back, and fans love him. James Earl Jones will never be forgotten for voicing Darth Vader.

Finn would have been a cool character had Rian Johnson not gutted his backstory to prop up Rey. I and many fans thought it was cool to see the man behind the stormtrooper helmet, but then Rian Johnson sacrificed him to become the butt of jokes in The Last Jedi. Remember when he uncovered that the Resistance was buying weapons on the black market illegally while on Canto Bight? That cool side story lasted for all of 30 seconds, so you could be forgiven for missing it. Wouldn’t it have been cool if Finn spent the films coming to grips with the Resistance using similar methods to the First Order? What if he had come from a crappy backwater planet that the First Order had rescued? The fact that Finn was a mediocre character had nothing to do with fans and everything to do with crappy directing, crappy plots and a box-ticking thinking when it comes to putting diversity on screen.

But the article doesn’t stop, because it has this gem:

John Boyega of the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy has said that their experience with the franchise has included a racial component to it. In order to comply with Chinese authorities, Disney shrunk Boyega’s character on the “The Force Awakens” poster in December 2015.

The Post Millenial

So where’s the outrage over this? Please actors and actresses, jump all over this one like you do with every single social issue here in the United States. But we know you won’t, because that sweet, sweet cash will keep your mouth shut.

To recap: there have always been people of color in Star Wars. Always. Some get great characters, some don’t. When the character is well acted and well developed, people love it. When that doesn’t happen, fans don’t like it. That goes for every character in Star Wars. Americans love good Star Wars characters, but the Chinese Communist Party doesn’t like black people.

Now, I’m sure some dumbass on Reddit will claim to be a Star Wars fan and make a bunch of racists remarks on black characters. To which I say…so what? I’m sure some racist loser wishes Lando Calrissian was white. Nobody takes that guy or gal seriously. Heck, one could say that when fans fall in love with good, well developed characters that are portrayed by black people, it helps breakdown any racist tendencies they might have had.

I hope Disney gives us some good characters in the Obi-Wan series, and I hope they make Reva an intriguing, cool antagonist. Because perhaps what we need is a new hope.

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Walmart vs. The Navy

One of the great things about being in the Navy is the chance to interact with people from all over the United States, and even the world. It’s diversity in its truest form. I’ve met someone from every single state, almost every territory and plenty of immigrants from countries in every continent and heck, I’ve even met people that traveled to Antarctica.

I’m quite proud that I never wasted these opportunities to learn about the background of the Sailors around me. It’s how I learned about the real difficulties my African-American Sailors faced growing up, or the difficulties for Sailors from the backwoods portions of America. I particularly remember one Sailor’s response to my question “Why did you join the Navy?”

“Well Sir, it was either that or working at a gas station my whole life.”

For many people, the Navy is there chance to get out of a bad circumstance. Compared to most companies, the Navy is happy to pay big money to train someone with nothing but a high school degree and give them a decent paying job with good benefits. In fact, I’d say it was one of the only places that did this.

But that has changed.

Walmart is now paying truck drivers over $100K a year.

Lowes and Home Depot are paying for employees to be upskilled, without debt.

These companies and others have always had a path for people to excel. A friend of mine works in McDonalds Corporate Headquarters, but he got started as a teenager flipping burgers. The problem was not that there isn’t much opportunity, but that it wasn’t advertised all that well. Now that it is, that’s a good thing, because the more skilled our labor force, the better it is for everyone.

Except the Armed Services.

The military depends on a constant flow of young, somewhat educated young people (mostly men) to fill its ranks every year and replace the older, burned out service members that leave. The choice between the service or a life of gas station work is a real choice many Americans face every day. But if you can drive trucks for Walmart at $95K your first year, you’re making more then any non-nuclear Petty Officers in the Navy. Combined with not getting shot at in a war zone or deploying on a ship in such conditions it might make you turn to suicide, and it looks like a pretty good deal.

Even Business Insider is reporting on it now.

In the quest for manpower, my money is on Walmart, not the military.

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