Josh Brage

My Colorado Rockies
May 31, 2006, 4:14 pm
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This is an absolutely incredible article on MY Colorado Rockies in yesterday’s USAToday. Robbin, who I work for, kindly brought it to my attention.

Baseball’s Rockies Seek Revival on Two Levels

This is another fantastic example of why baseball is truly America’s sport.

The Rockies are 27-25 going into today’s game with the Padres. They will be back in town all weekend hosting the Florida Marlins. I will most likely be in attendance Saturday night.


May 22, 2006, 5:01 pm
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Last night was my first night with the Jubilee Warriors, one of my church’s men’s softball teams. I believe that I have found a new passion. Actually, not so much a new passion, rather a much-renewed passion for playing baseball under the lights!

It was a good game. The Warriors had never met each other before, so there was a period of adjustment and introduction and then we played and played hard! We jumped to an early lead and held it for a couple of innings. Then during the 3rd inning they filled the bases with no body out. They shortened our lead to only one with two outs. Then I dropped the third out. Dropped it. Flat dropped it. It was my first fly ball with a softball, ever, and there is some significant backspin on a softball. After the drop they put 6 more runs across the plate.

As we left the field anxious to get that lead back, the field official decided that the lightning that was approximately 300 miles away was endangering our lives and attempted to call our game. After further deliberation with myself and a coach from the other team, she decided to let us finish.

We gave it a valiant effort, I came up with two outs, we had shrunk the lead to 4 and there were two men on base. I tripled to the right center gap and then scored on a base hit. That run brought us within one and that is where the game ended. We finished down 17-16. However, none of us felt dejected. Rather we felt that we did a pretty good job for never having met each other, throwing together a line up based on nothing and basically just randomly placing people in the field.

I really enjoyed myself. My night brought 3 for 4, with two runs scored and a play at the plate that I lost. I hit a single, double and triple and flied out to center. This was a decent evening, I suppose. The one thing that I don’t like at all is the error. Out of 7 attempts, I committed one error, therefore brining my fielding percentage to an unacceptable 0.857. However, it was the first game.


Good Quote from Oswald Chambers
May 17, 2006, 4:18 am
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“No sin is worse than the sin of self-pity, because it removes God from the throne of our lives, replacing Him with our own self-interests.” Oswald Chambers May 16th My Utmost for His Highest

Harsh Conservative Reaction to the President’s Speech
May 16, 2006, 2:48 pm
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The reaction to the President’s speech last night on immigration reform by many of the conservative blogosphere has been swift, harsh and blunt.

Many, many conservatives are very angry with the President for his speech last night. They feel that not only did he hold back from saying what they wanted him to say; build a fence, deport many illegals, etc., but that he has no intention of backing any of what he said up with actual action.

His deployment of National Guard troops is being seen as mainly a political ruse. And many conservatives feel that the President is attempting to run some sort of con game. We shall see.

Here are some reactions:

National Review’s John Derbyshire

Got home, read speech. Total blather, and insincere and dishonest to boot. Tried to give impression the govt. has been struggling with the issue for years. In fact they have done next to nothing. Elaborate schemes for new kinds of immigration categories (there are a dozen or more already!) and employee-verification schemes, when we all know the federal govt. couldn’t find its rear end with both hands. Complete gas. Nothing will come of this.
Demand clear, unequivocal action. Demand a wall. Anything less is smoke and fudge. The elites — Dem, GOP, Prez — are determined to pull a con job on us. Don’t fall for it. Let’s have something we can see, plain, clear, and indisputable. A wall! A wall!

Michelle Malkin

“Bush has lost touch with reality, arguing that guest worker/amnesty will reduce the incentive to cross the border…Too little, too late.”

Hugh Hewitt

President Bush did exactly what he had to do tonight: Hit the middle, agreeing to the fence, to a large increase in Border Patrol personnel and funding, tamper-proof identification, National Guard back-up of ICE for at least a year, the end of catch-and-release, blunt talk on the impossibility of mass deportation, an insistence on English, and a commitment to a guest worker program that will take pressure off enforcement by funneling large numbers of immigrant workers into the legal line.

Now the Senate needs to add specifics (especially on the fence) and get to the conference committee asap. There is no excuse for delay.

UPDATE: My interview with Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security Julie Myers staggered me, undoing in a handful of minutes my confidence in the president’s commitment to border security first. Either the president’s team had not communicated effectively with sub-cabinet appointees about the fence, or the president doesn’t really believe in the fence, because Assistant Secretary Myers is clearly not a proponent of the fence.

Washington Post “One Nation”

However, as you can see in that last article by the Wash. Post, there are some conservatives who are thinking positive things about this speech. Overall, people are still optimistic about our country, however many of them do not think that the president is going to do what it takes to secure our border and protect our country.

Immigration Reform
May 16, 2006, 12:48 am
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Reaction to President Bush’s speech on Immigration

This was the speech that we needed to hear from the president. Absolutely. This presented a rational, clear problem definition as well as a well-outlined solution. This speech has the potential to unite not only the House on this issue, but also the Senate and actually produce some results. This speech was the necessary statement that clearly communicated the very things that most people want.

One thing we have seen from the president, if he says it, he will do it.

I thoroughly loved his clear statements that this is a problem. His statement that this country can be both a lawful country and a welcoming one.

Politically this was the statement that the president needed to give. It was also the one that this country needed to actually move productively on this issue. He hit this issue right on the head. He hit the issue right in the middle, right where most Americans are thinking already.

His negation of ‘mass deportation’ was an important moment.

Here is some of the blogosphere’s reaction: (more updates throughout the evening.)

Hugh Hewitt

Truth Laid Bear List of Blogs and Blog reactions

UPDATE: It was a very good thing for the president to stress the importance of English in this country. It is vital that these immigrants assimilate into our society, both for us and for them. It is crucial for them to succeed. America wants immigrants to succeed.

Al Gore Opening Saturday Night Live
May 15, 2006, 10:29 pm
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VIDEO: Al Gore Opens SNL

This is a great clip. Al Gore is quite funny, especially when you realize how little power he actually has. Thanks, Al.

Mexico – Friends?
May 15, 2006, 10:05 pm
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Hereis a good post by A Lady’s Ruminations expressing her view that Mexico is not necessarily our friend.

I agree that at times they do things that are not terribly friendly for our country. Such as encouraging extreme amounts of immigration, legal or otherwise, into our country. However, we must NOT think of Mexico as our enemy. We must do everything that we can to refrain from thinking about Mexicans as the enemy. They are not.

The United States is pro-immigration. Everyone would agree with this, however, we MUST keep our country’s people (immigrants are included in this, obviously) safe.

Tonight the President
May 15, 2006, 4:41 pm
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Tonight the President will address the nation.

The topic will be immigration and the conversation will include the President’s decision to dispatch National Guard troops to our southern border to stop an inflow of illegal immigrants.

This is a positive move by the President. He hasn’t show decisive leadership on the top issue on Americans’ minds. He definitely hasn’t made conservatives happy by staying inconcusive and moderate on this issue. Americans want border security.

Tonight the President will give us that. Then we will see what happens in Congress.

Tonight 6:00 PM Mountain Time.

Hugh has extra bonus coverage of the President’s speech this evening

UPDATE: I will be blogging about this speech as it happens. So stay tuned. Truth Laid Bear is tracking the blogosphere’s response.

Anti-American Gatorade Commercial
May 12, 2006, 5:42 pm
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Well, this is a commercial that has time and time again fired me up on many different levels. I spent some time trying to track it down.

Now after finding it and preparing a blog about it, I have two different thought patterns.

My first reaction to this video was that it had definite Anti-American overtones. How dare you take my American pastime’s theme song and abuse it to suit your political agenda of seeing America join the rest of the world in its unthinking, hearty embrace of the “world’s sport” soccer! How dare you. Soccer is not the ‘new ballgame.’ I find the inclusion of the ‘Yankees Go Home’ sign to be blatant and activist in nature.

However a lot of my reaction to this commercial was in ignorance. This is footage of the U.S. team playing in the World Cup. We did not do very well. The point of the commercial is to show what the team was up against on the world front. Another point of the commercial is to indicate to us that we should better support the U.S. team as we prepare to enter this years’ World Cup in Berlin. To this I agree.

I hate soccer. I love America. I will wholeheartedly support the United States’ team that goes to represent us on an international stage and play the ‘world’s sport’.


Change in Wallet Usage
May 11, 2006, 3:06 pm
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Today I changed my wallet.

For those who know me, you will know celebrate that the ‘George-esque’ black leather wallet is now history.

I have gone to a simple card holder. It holds nothing more than my driver’s license, bank card, insurance card, library card and King Sooper’s card.

Ladies and gentlemen, I will be not the first to announce this, however – CASH IS DEAD. There is very, very little point. Coins have been irrelevant for a few years now, however cash will soon be gone as well. And for this I say, thank you America.

No One is Bigger Than Baseball
May 10, 2006, 12:28 am
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Devil Rays Prospect Suspended

Today, the International League suspended Delmon Young for an incident in which he threw a bat at an umpire after being called out on strikes. They suspended him for 50 games.

This is a fine example of why baseball will never go the way of basketball or even football. No one in baseball is bigger than baseball. (Not even Bonds.)

Hockey values how tough and talented you are. Football values how tough, talented and talkative you are. Basketball values how much of a thug you are. Baseball values your talent, sure. Baseball values if you are tough, kind of. Baseball appreciates a good personality, of course.

But baseball values something that no other sport seems to value – character. Baseball places high value on character, work ethic, consistency, eloquence, ability, etc. Baseball wants to know if you take care of your wife and kids. Baseball wants to see if you handle kids’ never-ending-requests for autographs with class and style. Look at baseball’s greats – Derek Jeter, Mark Grace, Ozzie Smith, Andruw Jones, Greg Maddux, Curt Schilling, Kirby Puckett, on and on – you find men who were men. They showed up, enjoyed the game, played hard and handled themselves with class. All of them.

Baseball does not stand for corruption. Look at the Bonds situation. This man hasn’t been convicted of anything at this point, however, every ballpark he arrives in and everytime he steps to the plate, he receives a shower merciless boos. Baseball will not stand for a lack of character.

This is one of the reasons that baseball is and will continue to be America’s pastime. Baseball will not allow one person to stand up and wreck the image of the great game. Sure there will be struggles and even scandles, however baseball will always weather those storms. Baseball is America’s sport.

More DaVinci Code Debate . . .
May 9, 2006, 6:58 pm
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Here is an interesting article from Foxnews from Father Jonathan.

‘The Da Vinci Code: A Positive for Christianity

The Edge Cares About New Orleans
May 8, 2006, 8:50 pm
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Here is an interview that The Edge gave to CNN’s Sean Callebs.

The Edge talks about New Orleans and the musical dues that are owed to this great American city. He also talks about how Katrina affected him emotionally and other things. You can see how much The Edge genuinely cares about this country and its people.

The Edge on CNN – Video

The Edge on CNN – Article

Welcome to the CIA
May 8, 2006, 7:18 pm
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General Hayden Nomination – Fox News

This morning President Bush annouced his nomination for director of the CIA, General Michael Hayden. Many people like this decision, a few despise it.

Some people see it as an aggressive move by an overzealous administration attempting to allow the military to take over our country. However, I cannot think of a more appropriate time for a seasoned military leader to take leadership of one of the finest intelligence agencies in the world. We are at war. We are facing multiple enemies on multiple fronts. Intelligence is crucial right now. We must have an agency that operates at the highest level and that is able to provide the best intelligence in the world. The time is critical for us to get it right on everything that we do as a nation on the international front. This is a good appointee.

The other question has to do with the wire tap question. As you may know, General Hayden was on of the pointmen for the NSA wiretapping program utilized by President Bush. This nomination by the president and subsequent threats by people such as Senator Arlen Specter to use this nomination and the ensuing confirmation hearings to delve deeper into the wiretap program, indicates to me that the president knows exactly what he is doing. It doesn’t look like he is the least bit hesitant about bringing any of the wiretap business into the public eye. The president looks confident with this nomination. That is a good thing.


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