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>Yankees Come Back In 10th, Defeat Dodgers


Sun, Jun 27, 2010 – 8:05 PM ET
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Cano a hero for the Yankees in 10th

 Dodgers manager Joe Torre argues with umpire Chris Guccione after Garret Anderson was ejected.
Dodgers manager Joe Torre argues with umpire Chris Guccione after Garret Anderson was ejected…
Updated Jun 28, 2010 8:01 AM ET


Just when the Los Angeles Dodgers thought their lead was safe in the hands of one of the game’s best closers, the mighty Yankees snatched away a win.
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Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning after the Yankees rallied with four runs in the ninth offJonathan Broxton and New York beat Los Angeles 8-6 in 10 innings Sunday night in a stunning ending to manager Joe Torre’s first series against his old team.
“What a game!” Alex Rodriguez said. “That’s as good a win as we’ve had in a long, long time.”
Mark Teixeira led off the 10th with a single offRamon Troncoso (1-2) and Alex Rodriguez grounded into a force play. Torre brought in left-hander George Sherrill, whose second pitch was driven into the left-field pavilion by Cano for his 15th homer.
“I was just looking for a pitch to hit,” said Cano, a lefty who didn’t know he was 0 for 11 against Sherrill. “I came through at the right time.”
Rodriguez added, “It looked like a right-handed power hitter hit that.”


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Mariano Rivera (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings to get the victory.
“He’s the greatest,” A-Rod said. “He never seems to disappoint.”
The AL East-leading Yankees took two of three from the Dodgers, the opposite result of when the teams last met in the 2004 regular season at Dodger Stadium. The Yankees won Friday’s opener 2-1, then lost 9-4 Saturday, giving Torre his first victory against the team he managed to four World Series titles before leaving in 2007.
“A great comeback,” Yankees starter Andy Pettitte said. “It was fun to watch and guys were fired up. It was almost like a playoff atmosphere the way they were locked in.”
The Dodgers have lost eight of their last 10 games.
“They’re dangerous and they keep coming at you,” Torre said about his old team. “There’s no soft spot in that lineup, so you don’t count your chickens until you can get ’em all in the barn. Unfortunately, we came up a little short.”
Broxton entered the game in a non-save situation with a 6-2 lead, but faced nine batters and threw 48 pitches. He began the inning by striking out Teixeira, but the next five Yankees reached base.
“It feels like it’s our first come-from-behind win we’ve had all year,” Yankees manager JoeGirardi said. “It’s a big win for us.”

Cano is greeted by teammates after his two-run homer in the 10th. Jae C. Hong
Cano hit an RBI double and Chad Huffman had a two-run single with the bases loaded to bring New York within a run. Colin Curtis followed with a grounder to first and James Loneystepped on the bag before firing home too late to get Curtis Granderson with the tying run.
“It’s upsetting. I didn’t get the job done. I let the team down,” Broxton said. “They hit some balls that found holes. We had a four-run lead and I just couldn’t hold on.”
Torre said Loney could have done two things with the grounder that scored the tying run.
“He could have gone straight to the plate or he could have gone for the double play,” he said. “Unfortunately, once he stepped back, he lost his momentum to the plate. It was just one of those things.”
Ronnie Belliard hit a solo homer in the fourth for Los Angeles.
The Dodgers capitalized on two botched bunt plays by Pettitte in the third, when they batted around. They bunted three consecutive times and Pettitte made errant throws on two of them.
“I feel like I gave the game to them with the bad throws I made,” he said.
Johnson doubled to lead off before Pettitte misplayed Clayton Kershaw‘s sacrifice bunt. The veteran pitcher’s throw to third got past Rodriguez, allowing Johnson to score the Dodgers’ first run.
Rafael Furcal reached on a bunt single and Belliard laid down another bunt that Pettitte fielded with a quick glance at third, and then made a throw to first that went into the runner and got past second baseman Cano, who was covering at first.
Kershaw scored on the play and Andre Ethier‘s sacrifice fly made it 3-0.
Kershaw allowed a two-run homer to A-Rod and four hits in seven innings, struck out five and didn’t walk anyone for the first time in his career.


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Pettitte gave up five runs and six hits in five innings, equaling his shortest outing of the season. The 38-year-old left-hander struck out five and walked three.
“I want to go seven, eight innings, so I’m kicking myself for sure,” he said. “I’m kicking myself on the throws and a few pitch selections.”
Rodriguez hit a two-out, two-run homer in the sixth — his 11th of the season and 594th of his career — that left the Yankees trailing 5-2.
Manny Ramirez had to duck out of the way of a pitch thrown over his head by Damaso Marte in the seventh, then Derek Jeter got buzzed byRonald Belisario as he was squaring to bunt in the eighth.
NOTES: The Dodgers optioned RHP Jon Link to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for RHPChad Billingsley, who is slated to start Monday at San Francisco. … Dodgers pinch-hitterGarret Anderson got ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the ninth by plate umpire Chris Guccione. Russell Martin took a called third strike in the 10th, slammed his bat and got ejected, the third L.A. player booted in the series. … Yankees LF Brett Gardner left the game with a bruised right forearm in the fourth. No X-rays were necessary and he’s day-to-day. … Torre and Rodriguez finally met up, greeting each other with a hug behind the batting cage. “I wanted to be a gentleman and do the right thing,” A-Rod said. “It was important to not let things linger.” … Yankees manager Joe Girardi said pitching coach Dave Eiland will return to the club on Tuesday after a personal leave of absence that began June 4.
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>Civility Customs Be Damned!

>Today on the Dennis Miller radio show, hosted by Tucker Carlson, the question came up about the recently deceased Senator Robert Bird (92). Should we be able to criticize his past, or is that covered in the unwritten civility rules?

Tucker decided to criticize him on grounds that 1. he had criticized him heavily during his life for being a deep racist, a member of the Klu Klux Clan, KKK. Indeed he was, and he was one of the biggest racists this country has ever known.Throughout his long political career the liberal press has always given him a pass because he’s a progressive. There is an unwritten rule about criticizing liberals in the liberal press. Baloney – it shouldn’t be that way!

I believe it is right and proper to discuss both sides of a person’s past, living or dead, if they are public officials. There is no law against it, but in the past some liver-lillied Republicans refused to say anything about such people as Ted Kennedy who as you recall was responsible for the drowning death of Mary Jo Kapecnick, a girl he was driving home from Nantucket Sound and a party at his Kennedy Family compound.
If you recall, Kennedy was married at this time to his first wife.

That was a case of Kennedy being drunk, or partially so. He caused his car to go into the water and refused to try to rescue the girl. He didn’t even call 911 for emergency help because he didn’t want to get thrown into the slammer for drunk driving. Hey, what about murder charges? He was, in essence, responsible for the murder of that girl. He could have gotten 20 years for aggravated manslaughter. I think Massachusetts has a law that if you kill someone while intoxicated, you go down for a murder charge – maybe not murder one or even murder two, but manslaughter. Wouldn’t that have changed everything had he been charged as he should have been and been made to pay for that life he took like normal folks have to pay for their crimes. But being a Kennedy, the County Sheriff let him off, didn’t charge him.

I think people like Orin Hatch, (R-Utah) who was very friendly to Kennedy are partly responsibile for this kind of thing. Why would a non-drinker countenance Kennedy’s behavior by being buddy-buddy with him, co-sponsor liberal laws with him, and generally make himself look like a liberal ass for the rest of his political career, hanging onto him in a personal relationship that didn’t warrant it in my view.

I believe that Orin Hatch is a very good and humble man. Not too smart, but apparently so far the Utah voters don’t seem to care about that. They all look at him as a conservative. In a way he is. However, he countenanced, did not criticize until late in the game, the TARP money and Obama’s stimulus to banks. I believe that kind of stimulus was over the top and shouldn’t have been allowed. Being as experienced as he was, Hatch should have seen it coming and at the get-go been on top of this issue and criticized it.

In summary, I side with Tucker Carlson. Go ahead and criticize public figures after death. We need more decency in public office and less looking the other way, even after death. Bird’s and Kennedy’s behavior during their lives have been largely overlooked and forgiven. But should it be forgiven?

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O’Reilly: Obama Could Face Impeachment If He Pardons Illegals

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly is warning that if President Barack Obama ever bypasses Congress and uses his pardon power to make millions of illegal aliens citizens, he could face serious calls for his impeachment.

“If President Obama were to sign an executive order giving illegal aliens amnesty, his career would be over and an impeachment movement would explode,” O’Reilly said Friday night on his “Talking Points” segment during his top-rated Fox show.

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>Are Jewish Bankers Behind New World Order and Deaths of Lincoln, Kennedy, and Other Patriots


 Henry Makow Ph.D.  | February 12, 2005

Let’s begin by defining the “New World Order.”

The mainspring of the New World Order is the desire on the part of the world’s central bankers to translate their vast economic power into permanent global institutions of political and social control.

Their power is based on their monopoly over credit. They use the government’s credit to print money, and require the taxpayer to fork over billions in interest to them.

Central banks like the Federal Reserve pretend to be government institutions. They are not. They are privately owned by perhaps 300 families. It is significant that the majority of these families are Jewish, how significant I am not yet sure. If they were Lutherans or Zulus, certainly our objections would be the same.

I am a non-observant Jew who believes this situation is lethal for humanity and Jews alike. We have already seen the tragic consequences of it in World War II.

The American inventor Thomas Edison described this colossal scam, which the New World Order is designed to perpetuate, as follows:

“It is absurd to say our country can issue bonds and cannot issue currency. Both are promises to pay, but one fattens the usurer and the other helps the people.”

Central banks also control the supply of credit to businesses and individuals. Robert Hemphill, Credit Manager of the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta describes this untenable situation.

“This is a staggering thought. We are completely dependent on the commercial banks. Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation, cash or credit. If the banks create ample synthetic money, we are prosperous; if not, we starve. We are absolutely without a permanent money system. When one gets a complete grasp of the picture, the tragic absurdity of our hopeless position is almost incredible, but there it is… It is so important that our present civilization may collapse unless it becomes widely understood and the defects remedied very soon.” “

When the Federal Reserve was inaugurated in 1913, a London banker acknowledged that it is a scam.

“The few who understand the system will either be so interested in its profits, or so dependent on its favours, that there will be no opposition from that class… The great body of the people, mentally incapable of comprehending, will bear its burden without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical (contrary) to their interests.”


Obviously printing money should be in the public sphere as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution. This anomalous situation is thesource of humanity’s woes. It pits the people who control the economy against society as a whole. It is in their interest to destabilize society, foster immorality, internal division (like gay marriage) and war in order to increase debt and distract and control the masses.

The bankers are responsible for social engineering programs such as the (homo) sexual revolution, feminism and multiculturalism, which undermine family and social cohesion. This fundamental antagonism also supports a vast criminal underworld actually run by the elites.

The bankers are responsible for the assassinations of presidents like Lincoln and JFK, and for the attack on the World Trade Center. They own or control the mass media, which legitimizes George W. Bush, the war in Iraq and the impending attack on Iran. War provides an excuse to introduce the draft and a repressive police state.

Success today is based on a person’s willingness to become an accomplice, witting or unwitting, to the banker fraud. Even rich entrepreneurs are dependent on credit and are unwilling to support genuine change.

As a result of the bankers’ scam, Western society and culture are based on a fraud. We do not have genuine democracy or equal access to the mass media or open and truthful education. Western society is a fraud, run by cowards who know they’re frauds.


The New World Order is a hydra-headed monster. The bankers work through many fronts such as Communism, socialism, liberalism, feminism, Zionism, neo conservatism and Freemasonry. Unknown to most members, these “progressive” movements are all secretly devoted to “world revolution” which is a euphemism for banker hegemony. (See my “Rothschild Conducts Red Symphony”)

The bankers control the world’s major corporations, media, intelligence agencies, think tanks, foundations and universities. They are responsible for suppressing the truth. Jews figure prominently in all of this, a cause of anti Semitism. Of course many other people are pursuing “success” as well.

The bankers also work through countries. They are largely responsible for British and American imperialism, whose aim is to monopolize the world’s wealth. In his book “The Jews” (1922) British social critic Hilaire Belloc writes that the British Empire represented a partnership between Jewish finance and the British aristocracy.

“After Waterloo [1815] London became the money market and the clearing house of the world. The interests of the Jew as a financial dealer and the interests of this great commercial polity approximated more and more. One may say that by the last third of the nineteenth century, they had become virtually identical.”

The confluence of Jewish and British interest extended to marriage.

“Marriages began to take place, wholesale, between what had once been the aristocratic territorial families of this country and the Jewish commercial fortunes. After two generations of this, with the opening of the twentieth century, those of the great territorial English families in which there was no Jewish blood was the exception.

In nearly all of them was the strain more or less marked, in some of them so strong that though the name was still an English name and the traditions those of a purely English lineage of the long past, the physique and character had become wholly Jewish…”

If the marriage of Al Gore’s daughter with Jacob Schiff’s grandson is any indication, this mingling of Jewish and Gentile elites extends to America as well. John Forbes Kerry is another example.

Belloc continues to say that the British and Jewish goal of world domination was synonymous and used Freemasonry as an instrument.

“Specifically Jewish institutions, such as Freemasonry (which the Jews had inaugurated as a sort of bridge between themselves and their hosts in the seventeenth century) were particularly strong in Britain, and there arose a political tradition, active, and ultimately to prove of great importance, whereby the British state was tacitly accepted by foreign governments as the official protector of the Jews in other countries.

It was Britain which was expected to intervene [wherever Jewish persecution took place and] to support the Jewish financial energies throughout the world, and to receive in return the benefit of that connection.”

If Belloc is right, you could say the New World Order is an extension of the British Empire, in which elite British, American and Jewish interests are indistinguishable. See also my “The Jewish Conspiracy is British Imperialism.”


The majority of Jews would want no part of the New World Order a.k.a. “globalization” if they understood its undemocratic character and how they are being used.

The true Jewish spirit holds that truth and morality are absolute and cannot be trimmed to fit one’s perceived self interest. G.J. Nueberger expresses this spirit in his essay “The Great Gulf Between Zionism and Judaism.”

“The Jewish people are chosen not for domination over others, not for conquest or warfare, but to serve G-d and thus to serve mankind…Thus physical violence is not a tradition or a value of the Jews. The task for which the Jewish people were chosen is not to set an example of military superiority or technical achievements, but to seek perfection in moral behaviour and spiritual purity.

Of all the crimes of political Zionism, the worst and most basic, and which explains all its other misdeeds, is that from its beginning Zionism has sought to separate the Jewish people from their G-d, to render the divine covenant null and void, and to substitute a “modern” statehood and fraudulent sovereignty for the lofty ideals of the Jewish people.”

The bankers obviously aren’t concerned about true Judaism or racial purity and were quite willing to sacrifice millions of Jews to achieve their design by backing Hitler. They are sacrificing thousands more Jewish, American and Muslim lives in the Middle East in their Orwellian “perpetual war for perpetual peace.”

Does the New World Order serve a “Jewish” agenda or a banker elite agenda?

I would venture that it serves the latter, and the Jewish people are an instrument of this agenda like so many other people.By giving private individuals the ability to create money out of nothing, we have created a monster which threatens to devour the planet and with it the human race.

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>G-20 Rules The World And Obama Bows

>You can read about the pressure each nation is putting on the other. America’s Barak Obama’s desire to keep on spending were overridden by Canada’s Stephen Harper who got backing from Germany and Britain, and the rest of the world, thank goodness, to have every nation stop spending and start reducing their deficits.

The target date that Obama blatantly announced was cutting the deficit in half by 2013.

Nothing like putting the pressure on taxpayers of a beleagured nation still feeling the effects of an 18-month recession that Obama made worse by his spending. But he wants popularity more than anything. Especially approval of the member states and their leaders, those in G-20. So he will come back and put a massive tax on Americans – possibly the Value Added Tax (VAT) and will suffocate business and increase joblessness in America so we’ll really need a bailout from China, a country with plenty of cash.

Here is the NY Times story. G-20 is suggesting an international bank tax. So now we have  G-20 ruling the world, just what Obama wanted, folks. What happened to the U.S. Constitution in all of this? Taxation without representation is illegal. It’s what caused the war between the Colonies and Great Britain. The people will revolt when the above tax is levied – at least Americans will. This is too much at a time when we should be repealing authorization for the progressive’s income tax and the Federal Reserve System which was the motivation for the income tax. After all, how can you give the Fed money to stabalize banks if you don’t have a method of collecting money from citizens? Both of these should go. We should cut our deficit in half as soon as possible, but with a new administration. The progressives – Democrats and Republicans – must GO back home and do something else with their time. They’ve miserably failed, let’s face it.

World Leaders Agree on Timetable for Cutting Deficits

TORONTO — Leaders of the world’s biggest economies agreed Sunday on a timetable for cutting deficits and halting the growth of their debt, but also acknowledged the need to move carefully so that reductions in spending did not set back the fragile global recovery.
Luke Sharrett/The New York Times
President Obama cautioned that “our fiscal health tomorrow will rest in no small measure on our ability to create jobs today.”
Luke Sharrett/The New York Times
President Obama and other world leaders at the Group of 20 summit meeting in Toronto on Sunday.
The action at the Group of 20 summit meeting here signaled the determination of many of the wealthiest countries, after enacting spending programs to counter the worldwide financial crisis, to now emphasize debt reduction. And it underscored the conviction of European nations in particular that deficits represented the biggest threat to their economic stability.
President Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner had consistently advocated a measured approach to debt reduction that would not stymie growth and lead to a double-dip recession.
The United States, however, joined other countries at the summit meeting, which was met by protests and several hundred arrests, by endorsing a goal of cutting government deficits in half by 2013 and stabilizing the ratio of public debt to gross domestic product by 2016. Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, had proposed the targets, backed by Germany and Britain.
To assuage objections from the United States, Japan, India and some other countries, the timetable was couched as an expectation, rather than a firm deadline. The G-20 joint statement explicitly stated that Japan, which is heavily dependent on domestic borrowing, was not expected to meet the targets.
The divisions were in contrast to the unity that characterized the previous three G-20 leaders’ summits, when the urgency of a potential global collapse produced solidarity and a unified economic approach. Although Mr. Obama insisted emphatically that there was “violent agreement” on the need to reduce debt over time, the final communiqué included a delicately worded call for deficit reduction “tailored to national circumstances.” In essence, the leaders were blessing their decision to go their own ways.
The joint statement acknowledged both sides of the debate. “There is a risk that synchronized fiscal adjustment across several major economies could adversely impact the recovery,” the statement said. “There is also a risk that the failure to implement consolidation where necessary would undermine confidence and hamper growth.”
In a news conference at the conclusion of the summit meeting, Mr. Obama referred only indirectly to the disagreement with Europe, saying, “We must recognize that our fiscal health tomorrow will rest in no small measure on our ability to create jobs today.”
His concern about stimulus was echoed by some economists who viewed the pledge on deficits as imperiling the prospects for growth.
“China’s growth, specifically, is not seen as sustainable at current rates,” Ronald A. Kurtz, professor of global economics and management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said in an e-mail message. “The G-20 declaration therefore amounts to saying ‘assume a miracle’ for global growth.” He said Europe’s fiscal austerity plans would also slow growth.
But Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund, said he thought the risks of a new downturn were minimal.
“We don’t forecast any double dip,” he said. “Double dip was not discussed at the meeting.”
It is the first time the G-20 has set dates for deficit reduction, but the timetable, which is not binding, will probably not require new policy actions. Most of the governments, including the United States, have already put forward budget proposals in line with the targets.
The leaders also discussed banking regulations, but could not agree on a proposal for a global bank tax, supported by the United States, Britain and the European Union, but opposed by Canada and Australia.
And while the G-20 reaffirmed a deadline — their next meeting, in November in Seoul, South Korea — for agreeing on new capital standards for banks, they signaled that several countries might not implement the standards by 2012, as initially planned.
“While the illusion of progress is good, I don’t see real action to alter the imbalances that brought us to this crisis,” said Raghuram G. Rajan, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund who is now a professor in the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.
The United States, he said, continues to run large trade deficits financed by Germany, China and Japan. “The U.S. has been the world’s consumer of first resort,” he added, “and because it has been unable to persuade other countries to spend more or to reform quickly, it is likely to take up that position once again.”
Though Mr. Obama did not prevail in his emphasis on stimulus, he did arrive in Canada with three victories under his belt.
European leaders had agreed to conduct stress tests on their big banks, an exercise successfully undertaken in the United States last year, in an effort to restore market confidence. China had announced that it would allow a gradual appreciation of its currency. And Congressional negotiators had agreed on a far-reaching overhaul offinancial regulations.
But those accomplishments did not alter the mix of lagging growth, heavy debts and anxious voters that pushed European leaders to press for austerity.
“The U.S. may be concentrated on premature fiscal tightening, but most other countries are looking with a nervous eye to the sovereign debt mess in Europe,” said Kenneth S. Rogoff, a Harvard economist and former I.M.F. chief economist. “Aiming for a gradually improving debt-to-G.D.P. ratio by 2016 is hardly wild-eyed fiscal conservatism.”
In that light, the G-20 outcome was a victory for Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, who argued that without actions to rein in spending, investors would drive up governments’ borrowing costs, as they did in Greece.
Mr. Obama said, “We helped to draft this communiqué, which reflects our policies,” and added, “Keep in mind that we had already proposed a long time ago that we were going to cut our deficits in half by 2013.”
He continued, “We can’t all rush to the exits at the same time.” But he also said that for all the talk of German austerity, it was actually reducing its spending gradually, and not any more quickly than the United States.
While aides to Mr. Obama said that the G-20 statement was in line with budget plans he had already announced, others said it was a move toward austerity.
“The best thing that countries with fiscal challenges can do is to show that they can live within their means,” George Osborne, Britain’s chancellor of the Exchequer, said. “Barack Obama has recognized that.”
The mood here was far less anxious than in November 2008, when the G-20 leaders converged for the first time, in Washington, to battle a still-raging financial crisis. But it was hardly cheery.
While China did not make any new commitments, the G-20 statement appealed to China to increase spending on infrastructure, let its currency fluctuate and strengthen social protections.
Those actions are part of what economists call rebalancing — a reorientation of the world economy to be less reliant on debt-financed spending by North American and Western European consumers. China is the largest growth engine but its workers save too much and spend too little, some economists say.
At China’s urging, the G-20 leaders removed from their joint statement a proposed clause that would have praised China for agreeing to greater exchange-rate flexibility. Mr. Harper said he understood China’s wish not to be singled out, for either criticism or praise, but added, “When you make commitments on the world stage, you will be held accountable for them.”