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A Joint Statement From Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Major League Baseball, and Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the National Football League


July 19, 2021 --

We, as the commissioners of professional baseball and football in the United States, are committed to rooting out any and all vestiges of racism, white nationalism, suggestions of irregularities concerning the 2020 presidential election, and any opposition to the vital threat to the planet caused by climate change.

We hereby seek to assure our fans, and, indeed, the population of the entire planet, of the importance of combating those who would undermine the Woke Revolution.   Accordingly, the starting point of our support for Woke-ism must begin by removing any indicia that we might tolerate the anti-Woke cause within our  purview.

Such indicia must include the colors of the professional franchises that constitute Major League Baseball and the National Football League.   And what is a better indication of opposition to the Woke Revolution than the color that is associated with the national political party -- the Republican party -- that allies itself with racists, Holocaust deniers and far-right extremism, that is to say, the color red?

Effective immediately, the color red is to be washed out of the names and/or the uniforms of the teams constituting professional baseball and football.   

Commissioner Manfred has ordered the Boston Red Sox to change the name to the Boston Blue Sox, and the Cincinnati Reds will now be known as the Cincinnati Blues.  And, among other things, Boston's major league baseball franchise will paint the seats in Fenway Park blue, with the color blue to replace the red (so offensive) on the team's uniforms.

Commissioner Goodell, taking note of the prominence of the offensive color red on the jerseys of the Kansas City Chiefs, likewise directs the team to change the color of their jerseys to a moderate blue -- not as deep as the color of the Chicago Bears nor as light as the blue of the Columbia University eleven.

Commissioner Goodell also directs the Kansas City NFL franchise to change its name, presently "Chiefs," which finds disfavor in the Woke community.  The commissioner will not object if the Kansas City team adopts "Elite" for its new name.

The two commissioners believe, further, that the fight against the color associated with the Republican party is no limited to the teams of the professional baseball and football leagues.  The commissioners agree that their fans, too, must accept responsibility to join the fight against racism, Holocaust deniers and far-right extremist.   Therefore, as of the date of this joint statement, fans wearing the color red on any part of their person will not be permitted entry into the sports venues of Major League Baseball and the National Football League.

We also take this opportunity to ask  President Joseph R. Biden, Jr, to issue an executive order removing the color red from Old Glory as we should not wish to be forced to  remove the American flag from our baseball and football stadia because it continues to include the color red, the color of systemic racism, among other evils.  Let the color red in Old Glory be replaced with "the color purple."    Long may the purple, white and blue wave over America's baseball and football stadia.

Commissioner Goodell wishes to add this advisory to the joint statement on banning the color red from the teams constituting the profession baseball and football leagues: "I have no difficulty should the Washington football team decide to change its name to the 'Blueskins.'"


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Camp Wabigoon -- Plus Sixty Years

July 19, 2021 --

This is the time of year when LPR's thoughts evoke the memory of Camp Wabigoon (for boys) and Camp Wahanda (for girls) in Winsted, Connecticut. This summer of 2021 marks 60 years since my last summer -- the summer of 1961 -- at Camp Wabigoon.

That summer was my fourth as a counselor and 15th at Camp Wabigoon -- as camper, camper waiter, regular waiter and, finally, counselor.  Those 15 summers encompassed 121 weeks at Wabigoon, in Winsted  (15 times the 8-week season, plus an addition 10 days in 1949 because of the polio epidemic),   

That makes for well over two years a Wabigoon. How could the period from July 1 to August 26 not bring Wabigoon and Wahanda and Winsted to mind, every summer.

The sixty years since the summer of 1961 are a rapid blur.  To think of the sixty years between 1901 and 1961 is, however, to think of nearly ancient history. In 1901, the United States did not have jet planes, radios, television. Interstate travel was by railroad.

Fashions, men and women's, was unlike the fashions of 2021 -- although the fashions of 1961 and 2021 are remarkably similar, hardly are current fashions in the futuristic style contemplated by artists in 1961: the fashions of, say, the Star Trek TV series. 

Automobiles were very much in their infancy in 1901 -- but today's cars are not that different than the vehicles of 1961 (except for today electric and robot-driven vehicles. LPR believes there were electric cars in the early days, even the Stanley Steamer).

In brief, it is not inaccurate, LPR believes, to consider the world of 1961 much closer to 2021 that it was to the world of 1901.

This time of July would have marked the heart of the summer season at Wabigoon and Wahanda. By the third week of July a routine would have set in: freveille at 7.20 a.m., line-uo with the flag-raising at about 7.40 a.m., breakfast at 8 a.m. Breakfast consisted of two servings: cereal (hot or day), followed by eggs: scrambled one day, fried another day, with hard-boiled eggs, every morning. Orange juice or orange slice, first, and milk or hot chocolate. (Coffee might have been available for the counselors). LPR has never had more delicious morning rolls than the morning rolls at Wabigoon

Inspection was at 9.30 a.m., followed by the morning activity at 10 a.m. The morning "general swim" must have been about 11.30 a.m., (the campers buddying up for the deep water), in Rowley's pond, about a quarter mile down from the Wabigoon campus, line-up for lunch about 12.30 p.m. with a 'rest hour' following lunch. After "milk and cookies," the afternoon activity, followed by the afternoon "general swim."  Then another line-up for dinner at 6 p.m.  Next the evening activity and Taps at 9 p.m.  

Counselors had free time following Taps, until midnight.  Two counselors served O.D. while the counselors either went to the guest house or into Winsted. The Connecticut drinking age then, as now, was 21. In 1961, therefore, I could go to Pete's on Elm Street in Winsted and legally get a beer or an alcoholic drink (probably vodka).

I was impressed by the girls' waterfront counselor who would order a "Singapore Sling." (My first year as counselor, at 18, I was legal in New York state, and purchased my first beer, a Budweiser six-pack, in Millerton, about 40 minutes west of Winsted where U.S. 44 meets N.Y. 22.)

The day activities includes softball, basketball, volleyball.  Other activities included arts and crafts, tennis and handball, and archery.  (In the late 50's horseback riding was offered; not many campers signed up for it, however, and horseback riding lasted only two seasons.).  

The boys' groups were comprised of  freshmen, sophomores, juniors, inters and seniors (including camper waiters --paying half price for the season. ) The next level was that of the regular waiters, who did not pay for the season, and, at summer's end, divided tips from working the Wabigoon and Wahanda campers' tables. The regular waiters also "bussed" in the guest dining room, on weekends, another source of summer income.  Regular waiters were eligible in Color War. 

 The level after being a regular waiter was counselor status.  The waterfront counselor was always assigned to a senior bunk. Traditionally, the regular waiters lived in a tent, next to bunk 14, the highest senior bunk and behind bunk 11 -- until 1957.  My three colleagues and I lived in the tent until midseason, because I became too friendly with a skunk, feeding it form time to time. Although the skunk never bothered us, my tentmates prevailed on co-owner Gladys Brandstein to let us spend the rest of the summer in a bunk -- and so for the first time regular waiters were assigned different bunks for the rest of the summer. (I was assigned to a freshman bunk.)
The Wahanda groups were the wrens, buds, debs and seniors.  The next level was junior counselor -- and then counselor

Each of the boys' groups put on a play, successive Saturday nights, in the Wabigoon rec hall. Sunday nights we walked to the Wahanda rec hall for Sunday night movies. The one film I can recall, from my 15 seasons, was 14 Rue Madeleine, starring James Cagney. Every once in a while the 16mm projector would break down, but always the movie was resumed.  Wednesays, "Choose Day" the groups (the older, more often than the younger) would go to town to see a movie at the Strand. 

Each summer Wahanda seniors went to the Jacob's Pillow dance festival. Wabigoon and Wahanda seniors went together to  Lenox, Mass. for the annual Boston Pops "Tanglewood on Parade" concert. Two summers ,the Wabigoon and Wahanda seniors went to Stratford, CT, for "Measure for Measure" one summer, and "The Merchant of Venice" the second summer.  Kent Smith starred in "Measure for Measure,"  Katherine Hepburn  (Portia) and Morris Carnovsky (Shylock) starred in "Merchant."

(To be continued, August 5.)

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A Review of Three Writings in
The New York Times in Advance
of the January 6, 2021 Occurrence
at the Capitol to Illustrate
How the Times Never Lets a Contrived Crisis Go to Waste

July 19, 2021 --

The Republican House leadership:   Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, and Elise Stefanik would be well advised to call attention to three anti-Trump, anti-Republican writings that appeared in The New York Times on January 5 and January 6, 2021, prior to the Capitol disturbance the afternoon of January 6, 2021.   

The three writings at issue are linked to  this  American Thinker article. They are important to understanding how The New York Times contrived a crisis out of the  Capitol disturbance, January 6, 2021. 

This writer believes that  a careful reading of these writings will show, in the 24 hours or so prior to the Trump rally in Washington, on January 6, 2021, that The New York Times artfully and maliciously prepared readers to agree that the Republican party was planning a coup to keep in office the "most lawless"  president in U.S. history.

That assertion is the height of false journalism, of Pravda-type journalism, but, alas, this is the sort of journalism practiced by most of America's media, these days, led by The (egregious) New York Times  and The (execrable) Washington Post.

The invidious nature of Paul Krugman's January 5, 2021 editorial essay, " How the Republican Party Went Feral";  Thomas L. Friedman's January 6, 2021 column "Never Forget Republicans Plotted a Coup,"  and the January 6, 2021 editorial "The President vs. American Democracy," point, arguably, to a Times propaganda effort in advance of the January 6 electoral vote-counting in Congress, and also of the Trump Washington rally, the same afternoon -- a propaganda effort reaching out for an excuse to further promote the left's Big Lie that President Trump was leading a coup against the federal government and, thus, was an immediate threat to American democracy.   

The writings of Krugman, Friedman and the Times editorial board, January 5 and 6, 2021 are so vicious that nothing said after the January 6 disturbance at the Capitol can go beyond the hyperventilated falsehoods spewed by Krugman,  Friedman, and the Times editorial board ahead of that disturbance.

Here, to start with, is a taste of Krugman's anti-Trump and anti-Republican venom:

There have always been people like Donald Trump: self-centered, self-aggrandizing, believing that the rules only apply to the little people and that what happens to the little people doesn't matter. 

[Note: A fine example of a leftist projecting his mindset onto others.]

The modern G.O.P., however, isn't like anything we've seen before, at least in American history. 

If there's anyone who wasn't already persuaded that one of our two major political parties has become an enemy, not just of democracy, but of truth, events since the election should have ended their doubts.


Bear in mind, the foregoing was written prior to the disturbance at the Capitol on January 6.

Krugman ended his guest editorial in these words: "[U]nless something happens to break the grip of anti-democratic, anti-truth forces on the G.O.P, one day they will succeed in killing the American experiment."   

And, voila, within 24 hours after Krugman's propaganda spiel hit newsstands, leftists were piously proclaiming that a disturbance at the Capitol was an insurrection, sedition, an act to kill democracy as we know it.

Now for a bit of anti-Trump/anti-Republican propaganda from Thomas L. Friedman in his column that hit the newsstands the day of the occurrence at the Capitol, January 6, 2021:

Senators Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson...are ready to sacrifice their souls, the soul of their party and the soul of America... so that Donald Trump can remain president and one of these sleazebags can eventually replace him.

Friedman next contended that the "'philosophy' of these unprincipled Trump-cult Republicans is unmistakably clear: 'Democracy is fine for us as long as it is a mechanism for us to be in control. If we can't hold power, then to hell with rules and to hell with the system. Power doesn't flow from the will of the people--it flows from our will and our leader's will.'"

Behold a further example of a leftist projecting his mindset onto others. Two more paragraphs from this phony-baloney column are worth noting; they appeared one after another near the end of Friedman's wailing:

Shareholders of every major U.S. corporation should make sure that these companies' political action committees are barred from making campaign contributions to anyone who participates in Wednesday's coup attempt. [Italics added.]

At the same time, "'we the people' need fight the Trump cult's Big Lie with the Big Truth. I hope every news organization, and every citizen, refers to Hawley, Cruz, Johnson and their friends now and forever more as 'coup plotters.'"  

Again, this Pravda-type columnist raised the invidious notion of a coup by Republicans in advance of that occurrence at the Capitol on "Jan.6" as the leftist propagandists call it.

And now just one example of the hortatory tone of the editorial board on January 6, 2021, prior to the occurrence that afternoon at the Capitol:

Even though he has only two weeks left in office and the country's focus should be on stopping the Covid-19 pandemic,  there is a strong argument that Mr. Trump -- perhaps the most lawless and least qualified chief executive in the nation's history -- should be not only impeached for a second time but also convicted and disqualified from ever again holding office.


Lo and behold, a banner headline in the Times, January 7,  2021, proclaimed ''TRUMP INCITES MOB."  The propaganda piece accompanying the headline asserted in the lead paragraph that Congress affirmed Joe Biden's election "after a mob of loyalists urged on by President Trump stormed and occupied the Capitol, disrupting the final electoral count in a shocking display of violence that shook the core of American democracy."

And surprise, surprise, the Times editorial on the "storn[ing] and occup[ation] of the Capitol, January 6,  included this suggestion: "The president needs to be held accountable -- through impeachment proceedings or criminal prosecution -- and the same goes for his supporters who carried out the violence."  Don't say The New York Times ever let a contrived crisis go to waste.

And impeachments proceedings went ahead, for the second time against Mr. Trump, as special counsel proceedings took place the first two year of the Trump presidency.  Proceedings were aimed at Mr. Trump at the opening of his term -- and at the close of his term. Isn't it time to investigate the enemies of democracy who sought to undermine President Trump at the start and finish of his presidency?

And the left dares say that President Trump wanted to kill democracy in America?

This is to hope that Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise and Elise Stefanik do their duty to our constitutional system and oppose the Pelosi-driven "Jan. 6" hearings for the travesty to the truth they are.

And this trio of American patriots must explain to America that the attempt to unseat President Trump, even in the waning days of his administration, clearly followed a script, a script made clear in the January 5 and 6, 2021 writings in The New York Times by Krugman, Friedman and the Times editorial board -- all beholden to the totalitarian mindset of the Democrats, in league with their deep state paymasters.


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Canine Corner

July 19, 2021 --

Lulu with another chocolate lab (male) Riverside Park, NYC

City Vet where Lulu goes on West 72nd Street, NYC

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Why Is the Media Not Trustworthy?   Check These Links

July 19, 2021 --

Here are links to two Washington Post articles claiming that Donald Trump stole the 2016 election and, according to Hillary Clinton, was an "illegitimate" president.



LPR does not believe media outlets including The New York Times  criticized these assertions as  "baseless claims."  LPR does not believe anyone accused Tom Toles or Hillary Clinton for trying to subvert our democratic institutions. In short, leftist accusations against Donald Trump or Republicans are not to be believed,  It is when such accusations are turned against the leftists that they become believable.

In addition to the foregoing indicia of media bias, see this third link, to an American Greatness article, for evidence that there was election hanky-panky in Fulton County, Georgia in the 2020 presidential election.


It appears that those shouting "false claims" when they hear Republican charges of election irregularities are guilty of, well, false claims.



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July Blooms

July 19, 2021 --

The lilacs still bloom

Apartment building flora

Blossoms reaching to a terrace

July flowers (1)

July flowers (2)

That lilac tree, still flowering


A Tale of Two Headlines

July 19, 2021 --

The lead New York Times headline February 16, 2021


The third paragraph said:

"After years of dire inflation predictions that failed to pan out, the people who run fiscal and monetary policy in Washington have decided the risk of 'overheating' the economy is much lower that the risk of failing to heat it up enough."

(Five months later)

The lead New York Times headline July 14, 2021


Both articles were written by Jim Tankersley and  Jeanna Smialek. -- with Tankersley getting top billing for February 16 and Smialek the top billing for July 14.

You think maybe the experts might forgo predicting and just report actuality?


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LPR Photo Gallery

July 19, 2021 --

Subway car with flag and heart

231st Street station for the No. 1 train to Manhattan

The Whitehall - 50 years old

A new building to go up here

Skyscraper in the distance.

July clouds

"A vote that represents free will is never wasted"
-- David Zukerman

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LPR's Recommended Links

July 19, 2021 --

Please check out this column from someone unfit to be a journallist with this in mind:  we can stop pretending there is truth in whatever a leftist says about politics.


This link is to a story in the Boston Herald on the stabbing, July 1, of Rabbi Shlomo Noginski in Brighton. The alleged assailant is not a white supremacist, but he is said to be anti-Jewish.


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Old Glory, long may she wave

o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave


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People, at long last.


July 19, 2021 --

From an AP story on Biden, January 8, 2021 …

Biden Calls Trump 'Unfit' but Doesn't Endorse Impeachment

President-elect Joe Biden says President Donald Trump isn’t “fit for the job,” but he repeatedly refused to endorse growing Democratic calls that he be impeached for a second time.

Simply apply LPR's Rule on Leftist Accusations Against Donald Trump and Republicans:  Take the charge and  apply it to the accuser. (Note, too, that the AP report also makes Biden out to be a dissembler. He did nothing to stop Impeachment II.)


The accurate counting of honest ballots cast by bona residents is not "voter suppression" …

Why can't Republicans in Congress and in state capitols -- and the conservative media -- place the words  "false claims" in front of the false claims from leftists of "voter suppression." After all, the false claims from the left apply to any attempt by the states to ensure accurate counting of honest balloting cast by bona fide residents.  

Indeed, why can't Republicans respond quickly and effectively to all the phony propaganda that leftists spew out? 


A False Report …

... was being bandied about how once the correct balloting would show that President Trump actually defeated Biden, Mr. Trump would become president again. How could that be achieved? Another concocted tale from the deep state, perhaps.


A general goes off the rails …

... Please click this link for a Briebart report how Milley fell for deep state lies about President Trump, unless Milley has been, all along, a deep state operative.   



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