What an odd Major League Baseball All-Star Game last week. Weird bounces, which created the only inside-the-park homer in All-Star history by Ichiro Suzuki. It really aggravates me he has his first name on his jersey. He and Yao Ming in Houston in the NBA. Why do these guys get different rules? Ichiro is a fan favorite, and has great stats, but who cares? Punch-and-Judy hitter who is more pesky than hurtful. The American League won again, proving again between the All-Star Game and interleague play that they are the best league. The National League is boring with no hitters in the 7-8-9 spots, unless Carlos Zambrano is pitching that day.
July is the month of my buddy Tom Etiers birthday. I say the month of because he celebrates for a month. Anybody who knows Tom understands what I am saying. I actually believe he has been continuously celebrating his 40th birthday for almost 10 years. Hes a great guy, with a lot of energy, to say the least. My best sales day in the bar is when he guest-bartended. To a great friend and a good man, happy birthday!
Is anybody in the state of Illinois still convinced Blago should be our leader? What an idiot. He cant even have a clear discussion with the media anymore. A taxpayer group has come out and published figures showing the state is awash with cash. Blago has the picture so distorted and is holding on to such unrealistic programs that almost nobody is behind him. The legislature needs to set him aside, pass a budget, and agree to an override.
On the federal level, the budget deficit is down to $205 billionpretty good since it was up to $450 billion. Unemployment is low historically, and the stock market is high. The Bush-bashing continues, just like the Clinton-bashing of the 1990s, despite a strong economy. During the elections, all we hear from the pundits is the catch phrase, Its the economy, stupid. Well, why do we continue to treat our presidents like we do? If it is really the economy, why keep vilifying when its been in good shape for 14 years?
I was/am no fan of Bill Clintons based on his lying under oath and the fact his lie cost people very close to him reputation and considerable financial pain. There is always the great debate about whether any budget deficit is good. Myself, I dont mind one. If the feds did accounting by the acceptable standards, we would look at this country a lot differently. Our only financial problem is the fed keeps printing moneythat needs to stop.
As for Bush, hes not running. I am disappointed in some of his decisions, but not the fact we are occupying Iraq. I am surprised Americans are blind to the fact that a lot of people just plain and simple want to kill us. They have no respect for their their own people, let alone Americans. Its time to open our eyes and study societies around the world and understand what we are up against. U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and others are already warning us of the gathering storm in Iran. These are very bad leaders, who have some very bad plans for us. Deal with the truth.
George W. Bush will go down as a good president who couldnt articulate his plan properly, but our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan are important.
Remember, GO TO CHURCH and Mulberry, and enjoy some good food and libations at Swilligans The Puband do a little pub crawling while downtown. The bridges all work, and were here for you.
Reggie Roberson is owner of Swilligans The Pub, 200 N. Church St.
from the July 18-24, 2007, issue