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Limited Innings

There’s a lot of talk in D.C. about limiting Washington Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg to 160-180 innings after going through Tommy John surgery last year.  The team wants to limit him so he can have a long career.  The only problem with this plan is that it comes at a time when the Nationals are actually in a pennant race.  Who saw that coming?  I don’t know if I’m for pulling Strasburg or not.  I’d love to see the Nationals go deep into the playoffs and even win the World Series, but I’d hate if it hurt Strasburg’s career down the line.  I’m not a surgeon or a pitching expert so I can’t make an opinion on that without having much knowledge.

I do know politics and I agree with Republicans that what Joe Biden said this week was extremely stupid.  Biden told a mostly black crowd in Virginia that the GOP wants to unchain Wall Street and “put y’all back in chains.”  Yeah, that was stupid.

Biden could have said “they want to put you in chains” or “us in chains” or anything instead of “y’all” or using the word “back.”

Having said that, I don’t think African Americans are offended.  Republicans are upset and telling people to be offended.  Republicans can’t genuinely be offended by the comment.  Let’s face it.  There’s only about 17 black Republicans nationwide and they’re all nuts.  Wanna argue over that?  OK, two examples.  Allen West and Herman Cain.  I think Colin Powell is still a Republican technically but he’s endorsed Obama.  Of course all white Republicans are nuts too because they think West, Cain, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are perfectly rational human beings.

And the other reasons Republicans can’t be offended is because they weren’t upset when Rick Santorum said “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.”  They weren’t offended when a surrogate for Romney’s campaign said Obama doesn’t understand the Anglo/Saxon relationship.  They’re not offended by screaming about “taking our country back” which is code for “back from that black guy.”  None of them were offended by Rick Perry’s ranch named “n-word head.”  They weren’t offended when Newt Gingrich said poor kids (code word again) should work as janitors at schools.

Republicans might wanna get out of the business of telling minorites what they should be offended by.

The other talk, only from Republicans, is about pulling Joe Biden from the ticket and replacing him with Hillary Clinton.  That’s not gonna happen.  It’s even ridiculous to talk about which explains why Sarah Palin has been talking about it.  Let’s see, Sarah…the guy kicked  your ass in a debate and it’s very likely he’s going to do the same to Paul Ryan.  And seriously, someone’s going to seek an opinion about the Vice Presidential slot on a national ticket?  Yeah, Sarah…you did so well with it yourself.