June 3, 2010
Robbed! Blown call costs Armando Galarraga a perfect game
It was a bang-bang play that left two victims dead. The first was the masterful perfect game bid of Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga(notes). The second was the reputation of major league umpire Jim Joyce.
Galarraga will likely move on with his major league career with the stinging Harvey Haddix-type knowledge that only one of the worst blown calls in baseball history prevented him from becoming the 21st pitcher to throw a perfect game — and, even more incredibly — the third perfecto this season and second in four nights.
You can’t say the same for Joyce, a 23-year veteran who coupled his name with Don Denkinger when he inexplicably called Cleveland’s Jason Donald(notes) safe at first with an infield hit. Replays clearly showed that Galarraga’s foot beat Donald to the bag by a full step and Tigers manager Jim Leyland chewed Joyce out — deservedly so — both directly after the play and right after Galarraga retired the next Indians batter for what basically amounted to a 28-out perfect game.
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June 24, 2009
Who are we to judge? How much do we know about this … nothing? The issue we want to bring is the one of hypocrisy among the “good moral” Republicans. These guys sell themselves as the good guys. At the end of the day, they should be looking for different selling points, because they are as good or as bad as everybody else in the world.
By JIM DAVENPORT
Associated Press Writer
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After going AWOL for seven days, Gov. Mark Sanford admitted Wednesday that he’d secretly flown to Argentina to visit a woman with whom he’d been having an affair. He apologized to his wife and four sons and said he will resign as head of the Republican Governors Association.
“I’ve let down a lot of people, that’s the bottom line,” the 49-year-old governor said at a news conference where he choked up as he ruminated with remarkable frankness on God’s law, moral absolutes and following one’s heart. His family did not attend.
The woman, who lives in Argentina, has been a “dear, dear friend” for about eight years but, Sanford said, the relationship didn’t become romantic until a little over a year ago. He’s seen her three times since then, and his wife found out about it five months ago.
He told reporters he spent “the last five days of my life crying in Argentina” and the affair is now over. Sanford, a rumored 2012 presidential candidate, refused to say whether he’ll leave office.
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May 17, 2009
“no matter how much we want to fudge it … the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable.” But he still implored the University of Notre Dame’s graduating class and all in the U.S. to stop “reducing those with differing views to caricature. Open hearts. Open minds. Fair-minded words. It’s a way of life that always has been the Notre Dame tradition.”
January 21, 2008
By IAN JAMES
The Associated Press
CARACAS, Venezuela | Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called Colombia’s president a “pawn” of the U.S. government and compared him to a mafia boss on Sunday, raising tensions in a dispute that erupted during mediation efforts to free rebel-held hostages.
Chavez reiterated accusations that President Alvaro Uribe’s U.S.-allied government tried to sabotage the release of two hostages last month, saying the captives’ accounts of a bombing by the military in the area showed Colombia aimed to “dynamite” the handover.
The two Colombian captives — Clara Rojas and Consuelo Gonzalez — were eventually released by guerrillas to Venezuelan officials in a Jan. 10 mission overseen by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Colombia halted military operations for the successful handover and has denied trying to sabotage an earlier attempt.
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January 21, 2008
The food security (alimentary security) of a country should has (definitively) “National Interest” level. So, the fact hugo is worried about it sounds no only logical but plausible. What he failed to mention is, this is their method of preference to take out private investors and businesses. In this case – like many other in the past years – he imposes a price control over a product that will force the producers to sell with loses. They can do that right? So, the state emerge as the benefactor and bring the products to the control price. Of course they (government) loose money in the operation, but let ask the question again, can they do that? Yes, they can loss money because they have the mentality of a rich grandchild (money grows on trees) and they have a purpose (people will be happy with the milk at the control price). After a while, the private company have to disappear, and the government stop importing the product and this just disappear from the market. Welcome to the 21st century socialism.
- During weekly national address, Hugo Chavez orders farmers to sell domestically
- He says he will take over their farms or milk plants if they sell to buyers abroad
- The Venezuelan president says he will ‘bring in the Army’ if necessary
- In the face of a milk shortage, Chavez likened selling dairy abroad to “treason”
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez threatened on Sunday to take over farms or milk plants if owners refuse to sell their milk for domestic consumption and instead seek higher profits abroad or from cheese-makers.
With the country recently facing milk shortages, Chavez said “it’s treason” if farmers deny milk to Venezuelans while selling it across the border in Colombia or for gourmet cheeses.
“In that case the farm must be expropriated,” Chavez said, adding that the government could also take over milk plants and properties of beef producers.
“I’m putting you on alert,” Chavez said. “If there’s a producer that refuses to sell the product … and sells it at a higher price abroad … ministers, find me the proof so it can be expropriated.”
Addressing his Cabinet, he said: “If the army must be brought in, you bring in the army.”
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