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Baseball, Football and War -- Extra-Innings or Overtime in Iraq, Afghanistan & War on Terror.


July 7, 2007--.

Baseball and Football Provide Decisive Extra-Innings and Overtime Strategic Support for War in Iraq, Afghanistan and World-Wide War on Terror.· .

            Differences between baseball and football provide strategic insights into the war currently being waged in Iraq, Afghanistan and worldwide by Islamic fanatics against the Western values of liberty and democracy disciplined by respect for human rights.  One of the fundamental differences between baseball and regular-season football is that baseball's endgame is entirely event-driven, but football's is time-limited-- i.e., baseball continues until one  side wins regardless of the number of innings required, but football ends with a "tie" when neither side has won at the end of regulation time.  Until the 1960's, baseball had been our "national pastime," but soon after the first Super Bowl, football eclipsed baseball and became, at least our "de facto" national pastime.

            Baseball became our "national pastime" in an era in which the American psyche expected and preferred decisive outcomes.  After Pearl Harbor reawakened this American psyche from its naive slumber following World War I, what would later become known as "The Greatest Generation"º¹ intuitively understood baseball's event-driven endgame strategy to be applicable to the historic conflict they entered.  They knew that preservation of liberty would require them to persist in the conflict for however long it might take  for liberty to emerge victorious.  They unapologetically proclaimed their faith in liberty over totalitarianism.  They didn't subscribe to such silly nonsense as "One man's totalitarian is another man's humanitarian."  They were "in it" for the duration of the conflict.  They understood the necessity of the goal being "victory" rather than another Munich "compromise" designed by people knowing less than they believed they knew about the nature of fanaticism.

            The free press (then) astutely knew it to be sophistry to try to feign "neutrality" in the struggle between liberty and totalitarian systems prohibiting a free press.  The free press didn't try to publish information useful to the enemy and hurtful to our side.  Today, the "free press" worships at the altar of the sophistry of trying to be "neutral" in the struggle between an alliance of mutual enemies (under the maxim "the enemy of my enemy is my friend") -- i.e., Islamic fanaticism and Paleo-Stalinism-- on the one hand and classical Western liberalism (including the very concept of a "free press") on the other.

            Then, with the coming-of-age of the The Greatest Narcissistic Generation, a.k.a., the "baby boomers," (excepting from such epithet, of course, those who served in the military), the patience necessary for appreciating the event-driven nature of baseball's endgame all but vanished from the American psyche to replaced -- at an ever accelerating rate-- with a craving for quick gratification and a sense of entitlement that "things" should work-out "favorably" within a reasonably short period of time.

            This virtually instant-gratification craving and sense of entitlement empowered a national psyche that wasted the sacrifices and almost unending string of victories by our military in Vietnam by capitulating to totalitarians and then turning a blind eye to the slaughter of millions in the wake of our departure.  At least then, neither the North Vietnamese nor the Viet Cong overtly desired the destruction of the West in general or the United States in particular.  Today, as was the case in the wake of the then-enemy's military-failure/propaganda-success known as the "Tet Offensive," the mentality of American Self-Defeatists is in the ascendancy, and the craving for an "end" to the conflict regardless of the consequences has become political bloodlust.

            Who are the American Self-Defeatists today?  Currently, most of the Democratic Party (with a few exceptions such as the dependably courageous and morally principled Joe Lieberman), virtually the entirety of the traditionally dominant media (the so-call "MainStream Media" or "MSM"), virtually the entirety of the entertainment industry, and a growing minority of white-flag Republicans.  Who's left?  At present, not enough of us.  That's what we need to change-- and sooner, not later.  We must cease merely "preaching to the choir."  We must convey the issues in a rational way to the countless "independents" and "middle-roaders" misled by the unrelenting, propagandistic, caricaturization* of the issues by the American Self-Defeatists.  We must enlighten the "independents" and "middle-roaders" in order to alter poll-results worshipped by weak-kneed politicians who are now looking for the tall grass.

            Is there enough time?  No much.  Let's get going.  Let's get America understanding and playing "baseball" again.

--Jim Wrenn, Editor, PoliSat.Com.

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º¹  Credit Tom Brokaw for this great insight among the few he had-- to be fair, maybe none of us can realistically expect more than one great insight as we stumble through life.)

* So-what if it's not in the dictionary.  It says what I mean.



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-- Ace of Spades.

-- American Daily.

-- American Indian Net.

-- American Partisan.

-- Bald Eagle.

-- BBC.

-- Bill Roggio . Com.

-- Black Five.

-- BreitBart-News.

-- C/Net.

-- Canada Free Press.

-- Capitalist Magazine.

-- Captain's Quarters.

-- CBS News.

-- Center for Sanity Blog.

-- Christian Science Monitor--See Newspapers.

-- Clinton Liebrary.

-- Clinton Liebrary Book.

-- CNBC.

-- CNN.

-- CNS News.

-- Congressional Quarterly.

-- Conservative Chronicle.

-- Counter-Terrorism Blog.

-- Cox & Forkum.

-- Cybercast News-- See "CNS News"

-- Daily Kos.

-- Day By Day Cartoon.

-- Debka (Mid-East-Jerusalem).

-- Drudge (and Drudge Archives).

-- Eagle Publishing.

-- Enter State Right.

-- European Internet News-Eu.

-- European Internet News-US.

-- Euphoric Reality.

-- Federal News.

-- Forbes Magazine.

-- Foreign Affairs.

-- Fortune Magazine.

-- Fox News.

-- Free Republic.

-- Front Page Daily News.

-- Front Page Magazine.

-- Gateway Pundit.

-- Gathering of Eagles.

-- Gathering of Code Pink.

-- Geo-Strategy Direct.

-- HotAir.

-- HuffPo.

-- Human Events.


-- Imprimis.

-- Insight Magazine.

-- InstaPundit.

-- Insults Unpunished.

-- Intellectual Conservative.

-- Internet News.

-- International Herald Tribune.

-- Ipse Dixit.

-- Iraq Slogger.

-- Israeli-Insider.

-- Jawa Report.

-- Jerusalem News Wire.

-- Jerusalem Post.

-- Jewish World Review.

-- Jihad Watch.

-- Junk Science.

-- Laura Ingraham.

-- Little Green Footballs.

-- Los Angeles Daily News--See Newspapers.

-- Los Angeles Times--See Newspapers.


-- Men's News Daily.

-- Michael Yon . Com.

-- Michelle Malkin.

-- Middle East News Line.

-- MilBlogs-- See lists at MudvilleGazette.

-- Military . Com.


-- Moscow Times.

-- Mudville Gazette.

-- Nation-- See "The Nation"

-- National Journal--See Newspapers.

-- National Public Radio-- See "NPR"

-- National Review.

-- NBC News.

-- New Republic-- See "The New Republic"

-- New York Daily News--See Newspapers.

-- New York Post--See Newspapers.

-- New York Times--See Newspapers.

-- New Yorker.

-- News . Com.

-- News And Opinion.

-- News Bull.

-- News Busters.

-- News Day.

-- News Hour--PBS.

-- News Hub.

-- News Max.

-- News Minute.

-- Newsweek.

-- NPR.

-- Opinion Journal-- see "Wall Street Journal."

-- Outside The Beltway.

-- Pat Dollard . Com.

-- Patriot Post.

-- PBS generally.
-- PBS News.

-- Peoples Cube, the-- See "The Peoples Cube"

-- PoliPundit.Com.

-- PoliSat.Com.

-- Political News Today.

-- Political Satire/Commentary.

-- PoliTickles.

-- Power Line Blog.

-- PR News Wire.

-- Pravda On Line.

-- Premiere Radio.

-- Pure Politics.Com.

-- Real Clear Politics.

-- Reason Magazine.

-- Roll Call.

-- Rolling Thunder.

-- Salem Radio Network.
-- Salon.

-- Satire, Political-- PoliSatCom.

-- ScrappleFace.Com.

-- Sky News.

-- Slate.

-- Space.

-- Speak Out.

-- Tech Central Station.

-- The Nation.

-- The New Republic.

-- The Peoples Cube.

-- Time.

-- Town Hall.

-- Troops Need You Now, America.

-- Truth Or Fiction.

-- US News.

-- US News Wire-- See "PR News Wire"

-- USA Today--See Newspapers.

-- Victory Caucus.

-- Villainous Company.

-- Wall Street Journal-- Opinion Journal.

-- Washington Post--See Newspapers.

-- Washington Examiner--See Newspapers.

-- Washington Times--See Newspapers.

-- Web Commentary. Com.

-- Weekly Standard.

-- Westwood One.

-- World Net Daily.

-- World Tribune.

-- WrennCom.Com.


Lunatic/Near-Lunatic Fringe:

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-- HuffPo-- Find it yourself.


Magazines--Print/Internet--News/Opinion: -- Congressional Quarterly.

-- Forbes Magazine.

-- Fortune Magazine.

-- Human Events.

-- Insight Magazine.

-- Nation-- See "The Nation"

-- National Review.

-- New Republic-- See "The New Republic"

-- New Yorker.

-- News Max.

-- Newsweek.

-- Opinion Journal-- see "Wall Street Journal."

-- Reason Magazine.

-- Roll Call.

-- The Nation.

-- The New Republic.
-- Time.
-- US News.

-- Wall Street Journal-- Opinion Journal.

-- Weekly Standard.



-- America Supports You.

-- Defend America.

-- Fallen Heroes Fund.

-- Fisher House.

-- Frequent-Flyer Miles for Troops/Families.

-- Hugs Project.

-- MilBlogs-- See lists at MudvilleGazette.

-- Rolling Thunder.

-- Salute America's Heroes.

-- Thanks to Troops.

News-Wires/Services/Bureaus:  .
-- AP--Generally.
-- Associated Press=AP.
-- Bloomberg.
-- CoxNews.

-- McClatchy.
-- Newhouse News.

-- PR News Wire.
-- Reuters.
-- Scripps/Howard.
-- United Press Int'l=UPI.
-- UPI.
-- US NewsWire.--See PR NewsWire.



  Categories below:  

  All; US--National; US--Regional; World.  
  All Newspapers:NewspaperLinks.Com. 
-- Christian Science Monitor.
-- Los Angeles Daily News.
-- Los Angeles Times.
-- National Journal.
-- New York Daily News.
-- New York Post.
-- New York Times.
-- USA Today.
-- Wall Street Journal.

-- Washington Examiner.
-- Washington Post.
-- Washington Times. 

-- Arkansas Democrat Gaz.
-- Arkansas Times.

-- Atlanta Journal & Constit.
-- Baltimore Sun.
-- Boston Globe.
-- Boston Herald.
-- Chicago Sun Times.
-- Chicago Tribune.
-- Dallas Morning News.
-- Detroit News.
-- Denver Post.
-- Detroit Free Press.
-- Houston Chronicle.
-- Manchester Union Leader.
-- Miami Herald.
-- Newhouse Newspapers.
-- Philadelphia Inquirer.
-- Raleigh News & Observer.
-- Richmond Times-Dispatch.
-- Sacramento Bee.
-- San Francisco Chronicle.
-- San Francisco Examiner.
-- Seattle Times.
-- Virginian Pilot. 

  World (outside U.S.): 
-- Financial Times of London.
-- Israeli Insider.
-- Jerusalem Post.
-- Middle East News.
-- National Post (Toronto).
-- Sofia Echo (Bulgaria).
-- Sydney Morning Herald.


Public Service:  .
  C-SPAN Media Guide.


Pundits by Name:

  (This section soon to be completed)

Radio--Broadcast/Internet/Satellite:  .
-- ABC Radio.
-- AP Radio.

-- BBC Radio.

-- Bill Bennett.

-- Bill O'Reilly.
-- CBS Radio.

-- Clear Channel.
-- Clear Channel Radio.

-- Dennis Miller.
-- Federal News.

-- Fox News Radio.

-- Glenn Beck.

-- Laura Ingraham.

-- Michael Medved.

-- Michael Reagan.

-- Michael Smerconish.

-- Morning in America.

-- National Public Radio-- See "NPR"

-- Neal Boortz.
-- NPR.
-- Premiere Radio.

-- Rush Limbaugh.

-- Salem Radio Network.

-- Sean Hannity.

-- Tammy Bruce.

-- WABC-- New York.
-- Westwood One.



-- Junk Science.



-- AltaVista News.

-- Excite News.

-- Google News.

-- Yahoo News.

-- WrennCom.Com.



-- Dictionary.Com.

-- Encyclopedia.Com.

-- Reference Desk.

-- Wikipedia (open-source authorship 
      and thus often erroneous, 
      prejudiced and/or biased)

Special-Interest  Publications:  

  National Geographic.


Television-- See "TV"



-- Activist Cash.Com.

-- Advocates, The-- See "The Advocates"
-- America's Promise.
-- American Cause.
-- American Civil Liberties Union.
-- American Enterprise Institute.
-- American Indian.Net.
-- American Land Rights Ass'n.
-- American Policy Center.
-- Americans for Tax Reform
-- Bob Dole Org.
-- Brookings Institution.
-- Bush Presidential Library (Bush 41).
-- Capital Research Center.
-- Carter Presidential Library.
-- Cato Institute.
-- Center for Consumer Freedom.

-- Center for National Security Interest.
-- Center for Public Integrity.
-- Center for the Study of Popular Culture.
-- Citizens for Sound Economy.
-- Claremont Institute.
-- Clinton Presidential Library.

-- CNSI.

-- Code Pink.
-- Concerned Women for America.
-- Consumer Freedom.
-- Council on Foreign Relations.
-- Defend Democracy.Org.
--  Dole, Bob-- See "Bob Dole Org".

-- Economics-- Education-- Izzit.
-- Eisenhower Presidential Library.
-- Empower.
-- Empower America.
-- Fair Tax Org.
-- Federalist Society.
-- Federalist, The.
-- Ford Presidential Library.

-- Foundation for Defense of Democracy.

-- Free Market Education-- Izzit.
-- Free Market Network.
-- Free Republic.
-- Friedman Foundation.
-- Goldwater Institute.
-- Heritage Foundation.
-- Hoover Institution.
-- Hoover Presidential Library.
-- Hudson Institute.
-- Independent Women's Forum.

-- Institute for Humane Studies.

-- Izzit. Org.
-- Johnson Presidential Library.
-- Keep And Bear Arms.
-- Kennedy Presidential Library.
-- LaissezFaireBooks.Com.
-- Landmark Legal Foundation.
-- Libertarian.Org.
-- Media Research Center.

-- MRC.
-- Near-Earth Objects (Asteroids/Comets/etc).
-- National Center for Policy Analysis.
-- National Geographic Society.
-- National Organization of Women-- See NOW..
-- National Press Club.
-- National Rifle Association.
-- National Right to Work Foundation.
-- National Security .Org.
-- Nixon Presidential Library.

-- NOW.

-- Patriot Post.
-- Presidential Libraries.
-- Property Rights Research. Org.
-- Reagan Presidential Library.
-- Reason Foundation.

-- Right to Work, National Foundation for.
-- Roosevelt Presidential Library.
-- Second Amendment Foundation.
-- Self-Government.Org-The Advocates.
-- Soldiers for the Truth.
-- Stossel in the Classroom--Now "Izzit".
-- Strategic Forecast (StratFor.Com).

-- The Advocates.
-- The American Cause.
-- Truman Presidential Library.
-- USO.
-- White House Correspondents Assn.
-- Young Americans Foundation.


TV--Broadcast/Cable/Internet/Satellite:   .
-- ABC News.
-- AP Television.
-- BBC Television News.

-- Broadcasting/Cable.

-- Clear Channel.

-- Clear Channel TV.
-- CBS News.

-- CNBC.

-- CNN.
-- Fox News.

-- Industry, Broadcasting/Cable/Multi-Channel.

-- Multi-Channel.
-- NBC News.
-- News Hour--PBS.

-- PBS generally.
-- PBS News.
-- Sky News.


Why list News/Opinion links alphabetically?

 Note:  Distinctions between "news" and "opinion" have become so blurred, both types of sources are lumped together alphabetically.  Likewise,   distinctions between "left" and "liberal" and among varying degrees of "right" (conservative, libertarian, neo-con, theo-con, paleo-con, etc.) have likewise become sufficiently blurred that these links are listed alphabetically rather than grouped according to political spectra.  What about classical liberalism favoring limited government  and individual liberty/responsibility but with a strong national defense aggressively resisting Islami-Fascism and Paleo-Stalinism?  Go here or here.