FREE SPEECH for the week of Sept. 24 – Sept. 30

Free Speechers, here’s your “have at it” page again.

Post on topic or off topic or make up your own topic.

Here are some anonymous contributions that showed up in my email last week to get your pumps primed.

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I have some advice on how to fix our messed up schools and budget deficit. Don’t cut the teacher pay, but cut their extra supplement by 5%, start charging for school busses, collect all the money we are owed from the out of county kids who have been caught in our schools illegally and do NOT let them back in, quit letting kids go to different schools in the county with “special permission” as that is what messed up our schools to begin with, get rid of the senior tax exemption if they have grandkids living with them that are in our schools, and start charging the out of county teachers kids that go to our schools. Maybe even stop serving hot meals. Not popular decisions, but necessary to save our school system. There you have it, and the advice was free.

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WOW,WOW,WOW. I just got put in the group that doesn’t pay federal income tax. The group that Romney says he doesn”t worry about because we expect the gov’t to take care us. My wife and I paid income tax until our retirement. Our retirement is not enough that we have to pay income tax. Mr. Romney, you really are out of touch with the lower middle class. I get nothing, natta, from the government; never have. Mr. Romney, you need to go into the cities and go to the poorer areas in the morning. You would see thousands of people going to work every morning on the subways and buses. Most of these folks go to jobs that do not pay a living wage. Mr. Romney, many of the folks clean homes, cars, offices, and have more than one generation living in a small apartment and they need government’s help. These folks furnish the young to fight our wars. How much is it worth to you, Mr. Romney, to have the poor kids to die in war so that you and the higher class won’t have to? You just lost our vote. — Senoia, Ga.

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E-gad. Yet another, too lengthy, dissertation from that Mr Parker in Peachtee City. ENOUGH! Even the AJC limits letter, faxes and e-mails to so many words or less. His using The Citizen to hear himself talk (and voicing his political views among other things) is getting to be too much. Who made him king? I'm just about ready to just throw your paper in the trash when it shows up, because it is the same thing over and over (about the same stuff, from the same people). We are just WEARY of it. Must say, though, I love the editorial cartoons!

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Thank you for the excellent article by Derek Wolter. It was superb. Kudos to you for giving us a good dose of thinking print.

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Free Speech is free for another week — have at it!

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Go Cards!

:)

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Obama In Boston for Game 6

Can there be any more incentive for the Sox AND Cards to finish this series in 5 games?

Go SOX!!! In FIVE!!!

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/10/obama_visit_...

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I think it goes at least 6

But I see your point about the POTUS.

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I'm sure glad The C...

is back on-line!!!!

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Mr. Beverly, thank you for the speed with which you brought the

site back into commission. Thanks, too, for the forum to speak our mind. It is appreciated.

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Mytimite

Your sharing about the importance of a degree was 'right on'!

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Online!

Me too! :-)

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John Mrosek-1967 in Boston

Here's a little nostalgia. My aunt was a nursing student at Mass. General Hospital in 1967. She was 18 years younger than my mother (her sister). One of her roommates wanted to fix her up on a blind date with a guy who was a friend of her boyfriend.

My aunt, who had been skiing with her dad (my grandfather) in northern NH not too long before that, had met another guy who had come down the same slope and plowed into my grandfather and knocked him over. This young hotshot was very apologetic and embarrassed and helped get my grandfather up and made sure he was okay. My aunt, after finding her dad was okay, thought it was hilarious. So, later this hotshot, thinking how pretty she was and what a great sense of humor she had, found her in the lodge and they talked and they eventually started dating. He lived just north of Boston, she lived in the city.

Well, to make a long story short, (ahem), when her roomie tried to fix her up, she said no thanks, I think I have a keeper already. So, she never met the blind date or went out with him.

Who was the date? Bobby Orr. So, my uncle (yup, they married) spent the rest of his life bragging that he married a girl who refused Bobby Orr just to be with him. Did she know who Bobby Orr was at the time and that was who her roomie wanted to fix her up with? Yes, but he was just starting out in the NHL and she was already smitten. Ain't love grand?

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moelarrycurly :sweet Story

Love this story, wish we had more positive postings like this

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rmoc

I do, too. Thank you.

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Game 1

Game 1....Check!

Game 2....

Game 3....

Game 4....

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World Series at Fenway

tonight. Game start 50 degrees, 60% chance of rain, moving on to 35 degrees at 11PM and 60% chance of rain.

Parkas and hooded rain ponchos and lotsa chowdah (lobstah and clam), a Fenway frank and a couple two three Samuel Adams Boston Lagers to wash it down.

Oh, and don't forget to keep your beard dry.

In the video below, the guy behind home plate in the stands in the front row just behind the umpire (blond hair, Robert Redford look alike) has been at every game, in that same seat, since at least the 2004 World Series. Every game. Superfan.

http://youtu.be/jkS8Z3D9Ebg

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Cards Rule

Over the Sox.

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Spy

Game on, bro!

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Cards second most titles

Ever...

Sox have won what 2 in the last 100 years?

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So don't you

See why they are so special for us? Like winning Powerball! You guys? Scratch ticket win!:)

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Should be a great Series

:)

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World Series at Fenway----

World Series at Fenway---- its a beautiful thing, MLC ! Victorino's granny was a Green Monster moment right up there with Fisk in 1975 or Bucky "Bleeping" Dent in 1978.

Sox win in 5 and go to 2-2 against the Cardinals. In 1967, the Cards broke my heart when the amazing Bob Gibson won 3 games, a feat that I never fully appreciated the enormity of that.

What do you call 25 guys watching the World Series in their living room? THE NEW YORK YANKEES !

GO SAWX !!!

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Yaz--- yeah, MLC, it's kind

Yaz--- yeah, MLC, it's kind of comforting that my boyhood idol is still alive. I have his card in hard plastic in my office along with 2004 Fenway infield dirt, a photo of the 1918 Sox rotation, etc, etc.

Let me say this about the Cardinals--- a truly class organization.

If a foreigner asked me about where he should go see this game of baseball I would say go to Wrigley Field in Chicago and watch the visiting rival St. Louis Cardinals. They have a much more polite rivalry than the Sox and the Yankees, which is frankly quite nasty at times. Go to Yankee Stadium or Fenway when they are not playing each other and you will still see tee-shirts that you don't want your daughter to see. Really.

Besides....the only dream I ever had of playing in a Major League game was playing second base for the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. A counselor (or my wife) would probably have a field day with that one.

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John-let me add

One to the 25....Don Mattingly!!!
If I heard it right, Yaz is throwing out the first pitch.

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The Boston Beards

Just a little background on this:

http://youtu.be/vouYWGvAqzo

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Beards

Is it hockey playoff time?, lol

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Dodgers

suck. Now let the Red Sox whip their butts.

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moe - Dodgers

When the Dodgers cage those birds from St. Louis they'll take on your beantown swingers. So here's the deal, if your beantown crew can beat those boys from Chavez Ravine, I'll buy you a cup of coffee at the next coffee get together. Deal?

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Go Cardinals!

St Louis rocks for baseball...the Dodgers and their bloated payroll need to go home. :)

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St Louis rocks for baseball???

Good gawd, I've heard it all now!!!

Well tomorrow - actually today for you - those boys in blue will tie the series and then finish them birds on Saturday. The fat Cyclist guy has spoken!!!

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Need an update on the Cardinals score? 9 at this point

Overpaid Dodgers naught.

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Boston Strong

I almost threw up, too, Koji Uehara.

What a great series. Detroit was one tough team and now let's bring red on red (birds and Sox) and play some more excellent ball!

Two teams with the best records this year...as it should be.

Coffee's on me, Cy. Hopefully, by the end of the month. I don't know if Spy will agree with me, though.:)

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moe,

What the heck, it's 12:47A for you!!! You should be in bed dreaming about the WS.

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Cy-It just got over at

12:25...never less than 4 hour games in Boston.

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Have you ever been to a game there?

Much like a Southern College Football atmosphere.

All that aside, I wish baseball had some type of salary caps.....I think it would be better for the game.

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Sox rock

We welcome any and all to Fenway to finish the season:)

Seems Barry Obama has a box reserved Wed. Nite at Fenway. His Auntie Zeituni and Uncle Omar are bringing the booze and chips. Barry is bringing his laptop and will stand out on Yawkey Way to sign up anyone who wants Obamacare, after the Sox win. Deval Patrick will be his right hand expert assistant. Big Papi will be,,,,,BIG PAPI.

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Cy-Boston Strong

My boyz have a mission this year. They took those bombers in April very personally. They will take that trophy and rise it high and use it to honor the memories of:

1) Martin Richard, age 8

2) Krystie Campbell, age 29

3) Lingzi Lu, a grad student at BU from China

and for over 264 more who were injured on April 15th.

Sox would welcome a chance to get those leftover fried chicken eating, beer (edit: did I say bear..oops) drinking in the clubhouse overpaid castoffs back to Boston to remind them again how a real baseball team plays the game. However, game on, oh 2 wheel world traveler. I would be honored to share my joy. Gotta finish off those pesky tiggers and redbirds first. Game 7, Halloween night, Fenway...with long underwear, LL Bean jackets and clam chowdah!

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Beantown Wx forecast

Form NWS:

.LONG TERM /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY/...
BIG PICTURE... THE PATTERN FOR NEXT WEEK IS DOMINATED BY
MIDCONTINENT UPPER TROUGH WHICH SHIFTS EASTWARD MIDWEEK. ONE
SHORTWAVE EJECTS FROM THE TROUGH AND MOVES ACROSS NEW ENGLAND
SATURDAY NIGHT/SUNDAY MORNING. A SECOND SHORTWAVE MOVES SOUTH FROM
THE CANADIAN ARCTIC AND THEN DIGS INTO THE BASE OF THE TROUGH MONDAY
NIGHT...THEN EJECTS THROUGH NEW ENGLAND TUESDAY/TUESDAY NIGHT. THIS
PATTERN FAVORS COLDER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES ESPECIALLY WEDNESDAY-
THURSDAY.

I hope those folks going to Fenway in their "cahs" bring plenty of beans and Snow's Clam chowdad to stay warm.

The boys in blue will proudly have the 2013 WS pendant flying in Chavez Ravine.

We will all honor those struck down by that horrific act.

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Cy-ahhh, the words

Canadian arctic front bring goosebumps to my bod and dried skin flakes to my face.

How 'bout a few snowflakes fallin' in the confines of green monsterland?

I don't see how your thin-blooded Puweeeg and others with the LALA lifestyle would ever be able to hold a bat up there on the banks of the Charles River (Chaahles River, that is), much less catch a round piece o' leather.

Memorize this lullaby, puleeze (volume up high):

http://youtu.be/ttVpqJTeVMU

BTW, you go to Fenway on the T, not in your cah.

Snow's? Oh no. See below:

http://www.neddevinesboston.com/lunch-dinner

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The Chaahles River

That reminds me of the song "Dirty Water" by the Standels. How fitting the victory song of the Red Sahx was written by a rock band from.....well from Los Angeles.

Anyways, you're on for the bet.

Oh about the video, all I can say is at least the man playing the goat bag was wearning a kilt.

Spyglass, I'll buy you a cup of coffee regardless of the outcome.

Good gawd it's 4:44 AM in Taipei. I got to go back to bed.

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Dodgers

Cardinals ahead by 9 and Dodger fans are leaving Busch Stadium. The Taiwan TV Station I'm watching just showed old Tommy Lasorda with a very dejected look.

moe, Spyglass at the next coffee get together I'll buy a cup of coffee.

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Ohkay Cy

It's raining hard in the top of the 9th in St. Louis.

Come on back to the west of us...:)

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Sounds good

Stay safe

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Pining for a Boston fix

You guys need to stop, you have me wanting a bowl of chowder from the
No-Name restaurant.

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Time to head south, if you ask me...

Oh wait, you already did! :)

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south

Yes, I already did. For reasons beyond my control, cannot go back. I have no regrets, but do miss certain things, just as you would if you moved away.:)

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WSB

Welcome South Brother!

Just messing around, born and raised in the area, thinking of going further South in my later years....more beaches and bikinis sounds good to me...

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Ahhhh, Smoketober

Ahhh, it's that lovely time of year again in PTC. The sun is shining, the air is crisp and dry. The leaves are turning colors and..

your most excellent neighbors enjoy the most enjoyable pasttime of all after waking up on a glorious Saturday morning such as this and...setting their pile of dead debris ablaze so the smoke can choke and gag everyone around them. The welcome sound of asthmatics wheezing as they jog by and the music to our ears of the coughing of little children as they ride their bicycles up the street.

Ahhh, life in PTC in the fall.

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Agreed

Nice morning and some folks must foul it up.

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David Ross and Gerald Laird

the 2 best backup catchers in baseball.

Red Sox/Braves World Series 2013...be there...

Avilan: "That was the coolest moment of my life."

McCann: "Now Luis, that's just not how we play the game..."

Anyone catch these salaries? Almost one third of the Braves bucks go to Uggly and Oopston...

http://graphics.latimes.com/mlb-salaries/#dodgers:braves

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Mcintosh Wins again 5-0.

McIntosh 28, Mundy's Mill 27

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Skippy, Here's a Must Have!

Ol Skippy just might embarrass his self over this one.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/nation/2013/09/27/mraps-iraq-afghanistan-i...

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Who is Skippy?

Just curious.

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Skippy is the

PTC Chief of Police, H.C. "Skip" Clark, II. Not well liked by both the Citizens and the Officers.

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Kind of a broad statement on who likes who. Where did your information come from on his being not well liked?

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MLC

Ever spend any time with our officers and listen, if you do you'll hear and learn lots.

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LongTimer-that's

a pretty broad statement you make and I never knew that our officers' approval was a condition of employment for any chief. What have you heard and learned from them?

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Crickets

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Count me as one of those citizens

Not been impressed at all with Skippy. This job was WAY above anything else he had done to begin with and I don't think he's risen to the challenge either.

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nuk 1

Sounds to me more like you disapprove of his hiring by Council. What is the challenge?

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MLC

1) Don't upsize the department immediately in order to have to downsize it later.

2) Don't get sued because of your ineptitude and have a highly disgruntled staff of police officers who don't respect you at all

3) Don't sit cops in the median of 54 when traffic is going 25mph at the most.

4) Deploy your limited resources where they can be the most effective. Roadblocks are notoriously very INEFFECTIVE as about every law enforcement study has shown in reducing crime, something that Skippy instituted immediately despite that never being done in PTC before, but he's in love with.

5) Taking "To Protect and To Serve" off the vehicles. Maybe you need a reminder Skippy that you aren't at war against US, you actually work for "us."

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Nuk no crickets

Gee, I thought maybe he gave you a dirty look one day as you walked by.

That's quite a list. I hope you don't lose sleep at night over this stuff. Were you ever a police chief?

What happened to that sweet lovable Larry? He go away to have a personality transplant?

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Larry

I think he used a lot of profanity late one night in a response and got the ban hammer. Friends don't let friends Post Under the Influence.

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Military tanks on a train

going across Dividend Drive today as it crossed at Aviation Way. Not a sight I normally see, but there they were, about 8 of them, one desert sand painted and the rest green. I know zilch about tanks, but these looked like M1 something or other.

Strange how when we do not see this equipment in our daily lives we do not think of this military we have all around us doing their jobs, day in, day out. No parade, no military show, no public demonstration.

Just a handful of the thousands out there that I happened to come upon by chance as I was driving down the road and stopping for the train whistle as it went by. If each one could tell a story.

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AHG-agreed

Before the game Justin Upton mentioned how this team needs to get that fire back in their bellies if they want to continue on. I give these young players all the credit...they accomplished what few others have done and I hope we will be watching them for the next 5 weeks!

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MLC & Justin Upton

HE was the primary cause of the only run Chicago scored today! With the wind blowing IN, he broke BACK on a routine fly ball and wound up booting it after he shifted gears! He is often out of position in the field. Too bad he doesn't have the field & situation vision of Simmons, who is always thinking ahead. And he (Simmons) hits pretty good too!

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UU brothers

You are right. B. J. ia a better fielder than J. Combine the 2 with their skills and you get one good player. The fact that I didn't have to watch Uggly ugly this special day up out on the field and at the plate and BJ just whiffing at every pitch reminded me how good this team can be without either one. First place for every day of the season but one is really special. Maybe the rest of the country will now find out how special they have been.

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Fredi in tears

In the dugout thanks to Miami's win. Or maybe because he is so relieved that The U (uggly & upton) twins can play every day for the next week without him having to explain why.

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MLC & Fredi's tears......

He'd best be thinking about that "best record" issue---to secure home field advantage in the play-offs! If he dares to think that far ahead, that is.

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No senior tax exemption for grandparents with students

"get rid of the senior tax exemption if they have grandkids living with them that are in our schools" This is a really good idea. The exemption should include an exclusion if you have school age kids attending our schools.

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Fredi Gonzalez what are you THINKING???

9th inning, 3-1 (losing) game with Brian McCann and Elliott Johnson sitting on the bench and Fredi sends Laird (0-3) and UGGLY UGGLY UGGLA (0 for 369) back up to the plate to hit.

Not to mention that moron B J Upton strikes out to end the game.

McCann had a freekin' bat in his hands on the bench, body language SCREAMING to let him go hit.

Way to play to lose, Fredi, way to play to lose. Argggghhhh.......

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Who bats after BJ Upton?

The opponent.

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nuk-lol

Man, you hit that nail on the head. And that's way more than Big Joke Uption.

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MLC & Managing

Gonzalez gets the big bucks--I don't think I would have taken Medlin out unless he told me he was out of gas. And I agree on the batting scenario.

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Gym

They (Fredi and Wren) are setting up to clinch at home this week. And you know what? No one comes out to see them get the division after looking at this absolutely lousy management. They will be lucky to get 20 thousand in the park to see them clinch, just due to the lousy decisions like those that were made tonight.

I will never, ever pay $30. or more to go watch a 13 million dollar Uggly play in person. Or Upton. You are right about Medlen. He could have won it if left in, or at least finished the 8th inning.

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MLC & Clinching

Nats & Marlins have to play a double-header today--Nats lose one and it's all over!

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I got that

Gym. They are going to the postseason. With the best players available is the question. Hands off coaching will only get you so far. Certainly not to the WS.

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Fredi's plan

We'll see how it works comes post-season. The resting of pitchers and some starters could come back to bite him in the backside, but I can't criticize the guy too much when he takes a starting-8 like this to a division crown and maybe the best record in the National League. With guys like Dan Struggla and BJ Upton? Pretty stellar job here, IMO. Yeah, he has a fantastic bullpen and the starters are solid, but this isn't really a team of extraordinary talent.

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Fredi

Manage to win the game Fredi, don't manage not to lose. You trot out three right-handed hitters against a right-handed pitcher? And those hitters are Laird, Struggla and Bossman Junior? Go for the win Fredi. Pinch hit McCann, E Johnson and then Schafer. Even if Sveum brings in a lefty, E Johnson is a switch-hitter and Reid Johnson is on the bench.

His answer would be we've got to get Struggla and BJ going. News flash Fredi. If they aren't "going" after 154 games, they ain't "going" this year.

Good thing the season doesn't last three more weeks, instead of just one. The way the Nats are playing and the way we are playing down the stretch, I'm afraid it might be 2011 all over again. Stat that should scare you the most? We were 1 for 6 with RISP, again. That won't cut it in the postseason.

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Read this below

and I see the difference big time, in managers. Especially note the 4th paragraph and 2nd to last paragraph. Fredi doesn't get that part of his job. Never has.

http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/boston_red_sox/2013/09/john_f...

I will be rooting for both after next week. These 2 in the WS is my baseball fantasy this year. I still have hope.....always hope!!

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Thinking ahead to next year - yes they are

I doubt the micro-managing of the two Uglies is about a home game clinch, although that would be nice. Instead, I think they are trying to showcase these guys shortcomings (especially Uggla) and set up or justify an expensive dumping or trading to rid themeselves of these under performers.

That being said, I think Uggla is a heck of a ballplayer, just not getting it done last few years.

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Thinking ahead to next year - yes they are

I doubt the micro-managing of the two Uglies is about a home game clinch, although that would be nice. Instead, I think they are trying to showcase these guys shortcomings (especially Uggla) and set up or justify an expensive dumping or trading to rid themeselves of these under performers.

That being said, I think Uggla is a heck of a ballplayer, just not getting it done last few years.

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rwm

I have to disagree. Uggly USED to be a heck of a player. While his peds were kicking in. No more.

If there is a worse starting 2nd baseman in MLB, show me! That, and the 6 month long .180 batting average? He can't hit, he can't catch the ball.

Freddie Freeman probably has enlarged joints from the crappy throws he's been forced to take from him. And he's a big suck up phony. He started with the Chipper suck up and then the fake hug he took credit for from Freeman. He has been a huge suck up to Fredi forever. No one will take either of them, the Braves are stuck with them. And their obscene salaries.

At least Upton doesn't fake that he gives a hoot. His every move says he's there for the paycheck and that's it. Oh wait, his other good move is to question ever strike call from the ump and then smile, nod and say "yes, you're right" when the ump tells him it was a strike. I mean, who does that??

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McIntosh Chief's win again!

McIntosh 48, Drew 40

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$990,000 list price for a home in Planterra

for 101 Terrane Ridge. Just goes to show what a waterview property will do for your wallet.

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Ask in one hand and well you know in the other....

...I have found in the last three years.. I have lost over $30k in value in my home.
Even though I have done over $30k in improvements.. NET LOSS $60k... and I am not alone.

So good deal... IF... they can get it..

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McIntosh Chiefs

Where is the coverage in this newspaper on the McIntosh Chiefs being the Fox 5 Team of the week?????

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Harvest Moon tonight

a little retro moment. Turn up your volume a tad and look up in the sky. Enjoy a little Neil Young.

http://youtu.be/n2MtEsrcTTs

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Nice Video

Thanks Mr. Stooge - a very nice video!

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One of man's dumbest achievements

has now become one of man's greatest achievements.

The grounding of and now the righting of the Costa Concordia.

Man, to see those photos and realize the enormity of this maneuver really is breathtaking.

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Braves game postponed

till double header tomorrow due to shootings next door to stadium in DC by a single black gunman with a grudge. Imagine that, a single black gunman with a grudge.

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I would avoid 74 northbound at I-85 if at all possible today

GDOT has it totally FUBAR'd. Hopefully thet get it fixed ASAP. It was backed up past Milam northbound at 12:30 pm today..

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