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

AA Draft first

FranchisePlayerPositionTeamRound
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

FranchisePlayerPositionTeamRound
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

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

Round 4

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

Round 5

FranchisePlayerPositionTeamRound
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.

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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 Claim Washington 7/10 Claim Successful
  • Doc Edwards Phi Claim Pittsburgh 7/8 Claim Successful
  • 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 CLIAM Pit 7/15 Claim Successful
  • Ed Kranepool NYM Claim NYY 7/3 Claim Successful
  • 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

Pitchers

  • 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 Claim NYY 7/9 Claim Successful
  • Skip Pitock SF
  • Bob Reed Det Claim Philadelphia 7/19 (counts as 7/22) Claim Successful
  • 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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Firewood and Breast Milk

If it was a real person, you’d accuse me of clickbait!

I sell firewood at my house. I cut down trees on my property (or cut up trees blown over by a storm), saw them into 16 inch pieces, split them with a hydraulic log splitter, and then dry them on a rack in the sun for almost a year. After that, I put them out in a nice, lighted stand at the end of my driveway. Most people pay me with cash, although quite a few are now paying me with Zelle. I give them more firewood then the 7-11 does for the same price, and everyone walks away happy.

Recently on the NextDoor App, some lady made the mistake of complaining that she couldn’t find any nice, split firewood for free. I and many others reminded her that properly split and dried firewood takes time and effort, and as such people like to be compensated for that time and effort. She scoffed at that notion.

I was going to ask if she stayed warm at night under a blanket in the form of the flag of the People’s Republic of China…but I decided against that.

Plenty of people want something for free. Americans are generous people, and while the pandemic drove down charitable donations, a majority of Americans still donate in some way. But donations are gifts, and you shouldn’t fault people for wanting compensation for their time and talent.

That brings us to breast milk. The expectation from quite a few people is that breast milk should be donated to a breast milk bank. That’s all well and good, but as I noted in my book (which you should absolutely read!), when my wife attempted to donate to our local bank, the number of rules and restrictions were outrageous. For example, if you take any supplement outside of prenatal vitamins, it precludes you from donating. I find it absurd that taking glucosamine sulfate means that you should dump perfectly good breast milk down the drain because the milk bank won’t take it.

Then there is the fact that breast milk donations get sold. At non-profit milk banks, this is touted as a way to cover freezers, employee pay and other expenses. Most milk banks sell breast milk at around five dollars an ounce.

To help defray the costs of screening donors and managing donated breast milk, nonprofit milk banks typically charge recipients a fee of about $5 per ounce of milk. “Although the milk is donated, there are expenses, such as milk processing, milk distribution, and buying of pasteurizers, freezers, and bottles,” Noble said

Healthline.com

Insurance coverage is hit or miss, and you’re stuck with the bill if your insurance says no.

Now, you can always buy formula…oh wait, not right now. Hence the increased interest in breast milk banks. And, hence the increased interest in purchasing breast milk through websites like Only The Breast (yup, that’s a real, non-pornographic website). Which has sparked lots of debate on whether people are justified to sell their breast milk.

To which I say, if you want to sell it, you’re 100% justified in doing so.

It is a pain to hook up to a breast pump, put everthing in a nice bag, freeze the milk and then store it. To make substantial milk, you’re eating more calories then normal, which costs more money. All this work, and yet some people think its unethical to pay people for their time and effort. The fake science studies people have even “questioned” the safety of purchasing breast milk, but can’t point to any significant cases where someone sold dangerous breast milk. While, on the contrary, there are plenty of cases of bad formula, but that hasn’t stopped hospitals from pushing it on mothers.

If I was a conspiracy theorist, linking this push of formula on mothers, and then a shortage of formula spiking the price which brings more money to formula companies, would be pretty easy. Did we create this crisis to further some other agenda? It doesn’t look good.

Selling breast milk undercuts milk banks and makes it easier to get milk locally. It compensates women for their time, effort and calories, and it encourages money to stay locally instead of fueling some big corporations that have every incentive to profit from formula shortages and breast milk donations that they can markup on their own.

Which is exactly why many interested people want you to believe its unethical. People that, just like my firewood example, don’t place any value on your time or effort.

Moms, if you’ve got extra milk, check out OnlyTheBreast, or talk in your mom groups about selling or donating your milk on your own terms. Don’t feel bad asking for some compensation, if nothing else for the time it took you to bag everything and stay hooked up to an uncomfortable machine. You could help solve the formula crisis, since its not like the US government is going to anytime soon.

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Some New Rules for The 1970 Season: Waivers Week 3, Emergency Waivers, Draft Picks up to Round 7 Tradable, Conditional Draft Picks

I’d like to announce four changes to league rules that will that effect this season. Two are changes to existing rules. One is to handle a problem that wasn’t addressed last season and one is a brand new rule that I’m implementing due to odd circumstances for this season.

Wavers Begin After Week 3

Last season to speed up the draft we allowed people to drop out after they hit 30 players and go into waivers early. Because of the limited amount of players by comparison with 18 teams this was changed to drafting to a max of 30 players. However the nature of the Dynasty game clearly shows that 30 players might not be enough due to injuries and suspensions.

So instead Waivers will begin for everyone starting week three under the following rules:

  1. After week three (series 6) teams will be able to make waivers claims
  2. Waivers Claims may be made at Saturday Mornings beginning at 12:01 AM EST and ending on the following Monday 2:00 PM EST
  3. To make a waivers claim a team announces either via the chat room or via a blast in the System that they are claiming a player who is not currently on a roster off of waivers.
  4. If no valid counterclaim is made by a team with a worse record that waivers claim will be upheld and the player shall be placed on the roster at 1 AM EST on the Tuesday after that week.
  5. If the added player brings any roster above 35 active players (that is players on the major or minor league roster not counting the DL) the claiming team shall release a player who will be available in waivers the following week if he has a card or available in the draft the following season if he does not.
    1. Example Boston makes a waivers pick which brings their roster to 36. They choose to release John Mayberry to make room. The following week Mayberry can be claimed off waiver by any team that wishes (including Boston) that either has room or can make room for him
    2. Example Rico Carty missed the entire 1971 season due to injury. Boston chooses to protect him and retain the rights to him during the 1971 season. If at any time that season they make a waivers pick that brings them over 35 they can release their rights to Rico Carty. Because he doesn’t have a card in the 1971 season he can not be picked up in waivers but CAN be drafted the following year.
    3. Example: Atlanta has Tom Burgmeier on the DL which reduces his total of available players (majors and minors) to 34. They pick up a player in waivers. No player has to be released as long as the active roster remains at 35. As soon as Burgmeier is eligible if Boston wishes to activate him they must either add an already injured player to the DL or release a player to get the roster back to 35.
  6. A team may only make one waivers claim per week with TWO exceptions
    1. If two teams both make a claim for the same player the claim that came with the earliest timestamp either in waivers or the message system of dynasty shall be considered to have made the waivers claim. In that case the player with the later time may either make a different waivers claim or , if eligible put in a COUNTERCLAIM for said player
    2. A team may make a 2nd waivers pick if they are making a claim under the EMERGENCY WAIVERS rule (see below)
  7. COUNTERCLAIMS: When a team makes a waivers claim on a player. Said claim is subject to a Counterclaim.
  8. A counterclaim may be made by any team with a worse record than the team making the claim provided that said team does not already have an active waiver claim in progress.
  9. If an eligible team makes a counter claim the initial waivers claim the initial waivers claim is forfeited and the team making the counterclaim shall be considered the player making a waivers claim on said player subject to the rules above and subject to a counter claim by a team with an even worse record.
  10. If two teams with identical records make a counterclaim for the same player the team that had the worse record in the draft shall have precedence.

Emergency Wavers

While rare there are cases when due to injury, rest rules or suspensions, a team does not have a legal available pitcher to start a game either on the major league roster or in the minors to call up. An even rarer situation is that a team may not have a person available to play a legal player to start at a non-pitching position. In such a case a team my request EMERGENCY WAIVERS from the commissioner.

If it is granted in such a situation the player may before the game is played make a pick from the waivers pool. The pick MUST be a player who fills the emergency role either a starting pitcher if there is nobody who can start a game or a batter who plays the vacant position at any skill level.

Standard roster rules apply to EMERGENCY WAIVERS picks meaning a team making an emergency pick must make room for said player if the emergency pick brings his roster above 35. The player released will be placed in the waivers pool.

EMERGENCY WAIVERS picks are not subject to counterclaims.

Draft Picks Up to Round Seven Now Tradable

When trading begins after week five (series 10) instead of picks up to round 5 being tradable picks up to round 7 may be traded.

Previous trade rules apply.

Reminder no franchise that has announced either publicly to the league or privately to me that they will not be playing next season may trade draft picks. Players who are considering giving next season a miss are encouraged not to trade draft picks so as not to hamper whoever takes over the franchise.

Conditional Draft Picks In Trades

A situation came up last season where shortly after a trade was made for Dick Allen Dynasty announced they were not only going to release the 1968 season online but would be releasing 1971 & 1972 not to long afterwards, The team trading away Allen object as they said they would not have traded him if they had known those season might be available as won the MVP in 1972 and had a pretty good year in 71 as well. So the option to reverse the trade was given to Cincinnati and they accepted that option.

Since we don’t know for sure if next season will be 1973 (the current situation) or either 1971 or 72 (if released by the time of the draft) we shall allow the use of a Conditional Draft Pick Clause in trades this season.

When making a trade this season involving draft picks a clause may be placed in the deal to allow additional or different draft picks to change hands dependent on us playing the 1971 or 1972 season next time around.

  1. Example: Boston falls out of the race early due to injuries and Minnesota wanting to shore up it’s offensive attack wants to make a deal for Rico Carty. Boston wants a 1st & 2nd round pick for Carty but because Carty does not have a card for 1971 due to injury the Twins balk. The two teams may agree to include a Conditional draft clause saying that if we end up playing the 1971 season next Boston will get a 3rd and 7th round pick rather than the 1st and 2nd round pick.
  2. Example Cincinnati again having a bad year offers to trade Dick Allen to the Pirates who are making a run. The Pirates offer 1st & 3rd round pick but because Allen’s MVP season might suddenly come into play the Reds insist that if we play 71 or 72 next season the he also get a 5th round pick. Pittsburgh agrees. so If at any time before next season’s draft 71 or 72 are released the Reds get that extra pick

No draft pick that is included as a conditional pick in one deal may be traded to another team.

  1. Example: Boston & Minnesota has made the deal above for Rico Carty. After the trade Boston has a big turnaround and approaches California about Tommy John. Boston may NOT offer the picks they acquired from Minnesota to the Angels in any trade because there is a chance that he may not possess said picks. However if before the trade deadline Dynasty releases the 1971 season the picks may be traded.
  2. Example: Minnesota having made the above trade with the conditional pick clause still looking to trade approaches California for Tommy John. He may NOT include his 3rd and 7th round pick in any offer to the Angels because those pick may not be available to him. However if the 1971 or 72 season is released before the trade deadline he can
  3. Example: The reds want C Dwayne Josephson Pagan from the Phillies. Mike Kennedy being Mike Kennedy wants draft picks. The reds may NOT offer Pittsburgh’s 5th round pick unless Dynasty announces the release of the 1972 season before the trade deadline but the CAN offer Pittsburgh’s 3rd round pick because that part of their trade with Pittsburgh is not conditional.

If at any time during the season Dynasty releases the 1971 season then all conditional picks from trades are considered made and no more conditional picks may be included in trades.

If at any time during the season Dynasty releases the 1972 season but NOT the 1971 season any picks conditional on the 1972 season area considered made and can be traded.

If after the season BUT before the draft Dynasty releases either the 1971 or 72 season any conditional trade clauses from the current season become active

REMINDER! You may only trade draft picks for the following year.

Starry perks and suicide

Easy to miss in the midst of the Ukraine Conflict and Supreme Court leaks is the fact that the Navy is dealing, poorly, with a suicide epidemic (at the time of this article we’re up to 7 Sailors) onboard the USS George Washington (CVN-73). Now, you might think “Is the George Washington underway on another long, stressful deployment?” That would be an intelligent question to ask, and sadly the answer is “no.” George Washington is in the shipyard in Newport News, VA.

Now, why would Navy Sailors be so stressed out that they would end their lives if they are home and not deployed underway? Well, because shipyard life is pretty tough, according to the dad of one of the Sailors:

“He loved his job. He did his 12-hour shifts. And how do you sleep on an aircraft carrier with jackhammering and smoke and smells during the day? So, he would sleep in his car,” John Sandor said about his son, who was 19. “It is just awful. No sailor should even have been living on that ship in those conditions.”

-John Sandor

You might be wondering if these poor conditions are something new, to which I will sadly tell you…nope. I had the same issues at the same shipyard 16 years ago. The 45 minute walks to get to work…that’s a thing, because the Navy never built enough parking or bus options. The article didn’t mention many other stressors, such as the rampant car break-ins, since most of the parking lots are located off the secure facility and aren’t patrolled. For female Sailors, I’ve had more than a few tell me shipyard workers regularly get away with overt catcalling during the day.

Shipyard life, with its long days and crappy working conditions, sucks.

Instead of trying to fix the housing situation, or the driving situation, or the working conditions, Big Navy’s response is…suck it up!

“What you’re not doing is sleeping in a foxhole like a Marine might be doing,” he said, adding that much of the crew goes home each night, something that can’t be said for a deployed carrier.

-Master Chief Russell Smith

I can’t make that up, go listen to the audio at the link. I give Master Chief credit, he’s not yelling at the crew, but as a senior leader, you have to know that trying to minimize the issue isn’t ever going to look good.

The Commanding Officer seems to have taken matters into his own hands, and moved 200 Sailors off the ship. Keep in mind, there are still 2,700 Sailors onboard, and if you move off, you still have the long walk and long drive to get to work. So its a catch-22: move off the ship and you add a long drive and walk to work, stay on and your sleep and off-time is horrible.

It’s also not the Commanding Officer’s job to build sufficient rooms at the shipyard. A better advocate for that would be the admiral in charge of Naval Aviation, in this case Vice Admiral Kenneth Whitesell. So where has he been?

Watching Top Gun.

VADM Whitesell with Tom Cruise

Yup, can’t make that up either. While the George Washington is suffering, VADM Whitesell spent this weekend watching the premiere of the new Top Gun movie with Tom Cruise. Now, I’m not knocking on Tom Cruise, because he spent part of the time talking with Sailors onboard the carrier Carl Vinson. But for VADM Whitesell, its not the best look.

Tom Cruise onboard the USS Carl Vinson

OK, so the immediate response doesn’t look very good, but maybe Big Navy put together a more comprehensive response?

The Navy plans to host a day of team-building activities and has asked each department to submit ideas for how crew members could interact off the ship, according to Lt. Cmdr. Robert Myers, a Navy spokesman. “It could be anything,” Myers said. A Super Smash Bros. video game competition and a soccer tournament are some of the suggestions that have been floated, according to one George Washington sailor, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation.

NBC News

Super Smash Brothers! That’ll cheer them up! They’ll stop killing themselves if they just get to play video games!

However, that sailor doubted whether such events would fix what appears to be a mental health crisis on the ship. The sailors spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press and feared retaliation.

– NBC News

Ya think?

This whole thing makes me cry. We have Sailors in the United States that should be working in decent conditions and building themselves into warriors, and instead the conditions are so bad that they are taking their own lives. Then we have leaders that care more about the perks they get with the stars on their shoulders than about the young men and women entrusted in their care. But to top it all off, we have a Navy bureaucracy that is focused on running some morale events to patch the problem.

Nobody in this entire situation is giving us answers on how to build more housing, build a better transit service or fix the onboard sleeping conditions.

Since you’ve made it this far, do me a favor and email your Congressman. Tell him or her that if Congress can make millions of dollars go to Ukraine, it could spend a bit of money to fix glaring errors at our nations shipyards.

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, because those agencies would have you believe video games and soccer tournaments will suddenly fix years of neglect to our Sailors and the infrastructure they work on. If you enjoyed this article, please consider purchasing a book by the author or donating to this blog.

The Air Force’s double standard on sexual assault

Recently I wrote a few articles about how reforms to how the military would prosecute sexual assault would likely not make any difference, and how the military abuses the non-judicial punishment system, especially on young enlisted servicemembers, while not doing much to hold members of higher ranks accountable. Those are great articles and you should go back and read them, as this article is going to build off of that information.

My email was inundated recently with articles about Air Force General William Cooley, who was recently found guilty of sexual assault abusive sexual contact (editor note: he was found not guilty of sexual assault, which is the Article 120 reference in the linked article. My apologies for that mistake, and thank you to the commenter that caught it!). This is a big deal because its the first time in the entire history of the Air Force that a general (someone that is wearing a stars on their shoulders and was specifically approved for promotion by Congress) was taken to court martial and found guilty. Now, this isn’t the first time a general was punished. That normally happens under the radar through administrative means, and can happen even as the person is retiring.

As an intelligent reader of this blog, you might ask yourself “How did the Air Force make it 75 years without taking a single general to court martial? Are they just that good at picking people?” When you consider the size of the Air Force and the large number of generals that have served over its 75 year history, and if you know anything about statistics, you realize that this is nonsense. People committ crimes. It happens. You can’t judge an organization by the fact a member committed a crime.

You CAN judge that organization by how it responds to the crimes, and in the case of the military services, that judgement should be pretty harsh. General Cooley was given a fine of $10,910 a month for five months (total of $54,550) and a reprimand. Now, $54K is a lot of money for little people. But at the low end, a major general makes $191K a year in just base pay, so you can be excused for thinking he got off pretty easy.

Normally, sexual assault abusive sexual contact carries jail time and having to register as a sex offender, which General Cooley apparently won’t have to do. Is this a double standard? The easiest way to confirm is look at the results of other court martials of lower ranking people. Scanning the Air Force’s trial results show an awful lot of jail time for Article 120 (sexual assault) convictions, as well as abusive sexual contact.

Probably more infuriating for the average airman is that Air Force leadership told everyone that sexual assault and sexual crimes in general would not be tolerated and would be punished, despite the fact that sexual crimes in general are notoriously hard to prosecute due to lack of evidence. Inevitably this attitude lead to more than a few innocent people getting NJP, which doesn’t give members a fair trial, and seems to disproportionately affect young enlisted members, and particularly minority members. But when the Air Force has the chance to prosecute a senior member and show it can hold its own accountable…it doesn’t. A fair jury finds General Cooley guilty, and yet the judge goes soft on him.

By the way, not the first time the Air Force hasn’t punished one of its own.

To which I have to ask, why? Why denigrate yourself this way? How can you sleep at night knowing that you botched the chance to prove you really do care about your core values and the service members that serve your organization? The Army lost a lot of credibility in how it handled the Jeffrey Sinclair case. This directly mirrors it, and somehow the Air Force learned nothing from it.

I can’t imagine how this makes parents of kids wanting to join the military feel. The fact that General Cooley did something criminal says nothing about the Air Force, but the fact that he faces no jail time says volumes about the Air Force. It’s just one more reason the military is losing credibility and will have a long road to win it back.

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The conservatives at Disney

I just came back from a family visit to Disney. Yes, yes, I’ve been watching the news about Disney’s stupid comments about Florida’s anti-grooming laws. Yes, I know some people totally went on a Disney boycott and canceled their vacations. But that’s not me. I’d been planning a Disney trip since March 2020, and now two years later I wasn’t going to tell my kids we couldn’t go.

So we drove the nearly 12 hours to Disney, stayed at a nearby Marriott and went to Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot.

Did I see any crazy wokeism.

Nope.

I was looking for it to. Sure, the guy handing us our parking pass to Epcot had a really, really nice manicure (although black just isn’t his color!), but otherwise I didn’t see anything overt. All of my kids interactions with characters were…normal. Elsa didn’t try to persuade my son he was really a girl, nor did Alice in Wonderland try to talk my daughters into kissing other girls. Heck, we even heard “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls!” when we were at Magic Kingdom.

Even stranger was the interaction I had with a security guard. Since I was pushing the stroller with two little kids, I went in a separate line to get screened. The guard noticed the Navy command on my hat (which is not obvious, so he was paying particular attention to me) and asked if I was in the service. After I told him I was, he asked me a strange question:

“Are you a fan of the former President?”

To which I replied “In fact, I am.”

Then he knocked me to the ground with a chop across my back, handcuffed me and yelled “F%^&ing J6 insurrectionist!” right in my face!

Just kidding, that didn’t happen. Instead, he reached into his pocket, pulled out a coin and handed it to me.

Yup, I was not expecting that. That coin is now proudly displayed in my coin rack at home.

Now, I’m not making excuses for Disney’s actions. They’ve had a woke problem for years. It’s sad because Walt Disney was a pretty great American. At the parks there was a museum devoted to Walt Disney’s artistic talent, and I was surprised by the large number of war related propaganda and cartoons he drew. The man was truly American, and to have to watch lesser men take his company and its legacy and flush it down the toilet is just sad.

But perhaps there is some hope for Disney. Removing their special governance was a solid shot across the bow. Perhaps we’ll see more conservative shareholders and more conservative employees voice their displeasure, and maybe Disney will get back on track. If nothing else, there are far more fellow conservatives at Disney than I would have given it credit for.

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