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The Polack MSgt

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My friend Alan Howe is running for PA 11. (Wlkes-Barre area), he posted this last night

I spent last night in Lehighton with friends who live just barely outside the 11th District. My former Air Force colleague and I went fly fishing last evening. It has been months since I chased trout with a fly, and I only caught one fourteen-inch brown trout, but it was the only one the two of us caught. (Note: Fishing is not a competition...unless you are leading!) This morning we shot several rounds through his Uberti open-top 45 Colt revolver, as much a piece of art as it is a handgun. Then I drove up through the beautiful Lehigh Valley to have lunch with supporters in Hazleton.

On the drive, I was struck again by the magnificent natural beauty of Pennsylvania. Whether you hunt or fish or hike or backpack or just enjoy driving past deep woods and tall mountains, we are fortunate to have this legacy left to us.

This is not merely a natural condition. We long ago reached a population large enough to eradicate the natural world around us. Indeed, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, mountains like those I drove through had been denuded of all trees, local streams were devoid of fish, and game species were hunted to the brink of extinction. When I was a boy, rivers in our land were so polluted they caught fire. What we have today is the outcome of many, many people putting in countless hours to protect, preserve, and restore our natural world.

We enjoy the fruits of our predecessors' labor. And, we owe the same legacy to our children and our grandchildren. Only we can pass along to them a natural world that they can enjoy, a natural world that protects them from harm. We are smart enough to combine economic growth with a protected natural environment. We can grow and still provide to everyone the clean water and clean air they need. We can preserve opportunities to hunt and fish and hike and backpack. We can leave behind beautiful drives like the one I enjoyed this morning.

We can do this. We must do this.
Posted by The Polack MSgt | Tue Sep 26, 2017, 07:09 PM (1 replies)

My friend Alan Howe is running for PA 11. (Wlkes-Barre area)

He posted this last night:

I spent last night in Lehighton with friends who live just barely outside the 11th District. My former Air Force colleague and I went fly fishing last evening. It has been months since I chased trout with a fly, and I only caught one fourteen-inch brown trout, but it was the only one the two of us caught. (Note: Fishing is not a competition...unless you are leading!) This morning we shot several rounds through his Uberti open-top 45 Colt revolver, as much a piece of art as it is a handgun. Then I drove up through the beautiful Lehigh Valley to have lunch with supporters in Hazleton.

On the drive, I was struck again by the magnificent natural beauty of Pennsylvania. Whether you hunt or fish or hike or backpack or just enjoy driving past deep woods and tall mountains, we are fortunate to have this legacy left to us.

This is not merely a natural condition. We long ago reached a population large enough to eradicate the natural world around us. Indeed, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, mountains like those I drove through had been denuded of all trees, local streams were devoid of fish, and game species were hunted to the brink of extinction. When I was a boy, rivers in our land were so polluted they caught fire. What we have today is the outcome of many, many people putting in countless hours to protect, preserve, and restore our natural world.

We enjoy the fruits of our predecessors' labor. And, we owe the same legacy to our children and our grandchildren. Only we can pass along to them a natural world that they can enjoy, a natural world that protects them from harm. We are smart enough to combine economic growth with a protected natural environment. We can grow and still provide to everyone the clean water and clean air they need. We can preserve opportunities to hunt and fish and hike and backpack. We can leave behind beautiful drives like the one I enjoyed this morning.

We can do this. We must do this.
Posted by The Polack MSgt | Tue Sep 26, 2017, 07:08 PM (3 replies)

Look I know that I've been annoyingly strident on several threads since Monday

And re-reading some of those posts, I realize that anger and whisky are not the most eloquent co-speakers.

Alright, I have posted a few inarticulate snarls of rage and I should explain myself.

For the last several months, this space has been sour and accusatory in nature.

Although any Sanders supporter could point to several counter examples, the weight of flaming blame, spite and recrimination keeps coming at me and others like me. So I gather that the prevailing wisdom is that Hillary supporting middle age Democrats are the problem.

More than that though, every damn thing that happens is Secretary Clinton's fault. Every issue from crappy grits at Denny's to your cousins leaking roof has happened because Hillary exists.

Hillary is required to wear the hair shirt and accept every accusation as divine truth. She can never abase herself enough to satisfy many of DU's true believers.

And since she never abases herself at all, her "arrogance" is held up as proof that SHE IS THE EVIL WE MUST PURGE.

There are many reasons this debacle happened - Comey, Russia, Gerrymandering, poor strategy/campaign planning, rat fucking fake "liberals", and the almost one in eight Sanders fans who voted for Trump.

Zip it, tuck it back into your pocket, and listen up:

Bernie or Busters were undeniably part of the Trump coalition. If you're here on DU that does not include you, unless you are intentionally breaking the TOS.

Here's the deal tho. I keep hearing about the "Obama-Trump voter" as if that was a major factor. Sanders backers love this demographic - because if Hill couldn't keep Obama fans in the fold it means she alone is at fault - right?

So, there are no other issues, she just sucks too hard to even keep Obama's fans.

Except these people's numbers are insignificant. Not. A. Factor.

But bring up the BoBers who wrote in Sanders, or voted third party or voted FOR TRUMP and the long knives are out.

No dammit no. Not everything is because of Bernie, not everything is Hillary's doing either. We all see that...

But there is a blatant double standard here that sickens me.

Posted by The Polack MSgt | Wed Sep 6, 2017, 07:26 PM (83 replies)

Carlos Martinez put it all together last night

Complete game 3 hitter, with 10 strike outs.

His 4 seam was hitting 99 mph and his 2 seam sinker lived at 93 - That's usually enough to get by, but his change and slider were working as well.

Which makes for a long night for hitters as shown by the fact that nobody made it to second all game.

He's 25 and this year it looks like he's figuring out how to pitch and with his stuff, that is scary...
Posted by The Polack MSgt | Tue Sep 5, 2017, 09:30 AM (2 replies)
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