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Major league Baseball want’s to speed things up…

With Baseball players starting Spring training.?…

The League is workimng to bring down the time it takes for a game….

That’s Good Thing for players and fans….

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…..the league announced rule changes for the 2018 season intended to increase the speed of play and shorten games.

The most drastic revision will be a limit on the number of visits to the pitcher’s mound per game. Until this season, coaches, managers and other players could confer with their pitcher as much as they wanted. They’ll now be limited to just six visits per nine-inning game. Teams will be allotted one additional mound visit for each extra inning.

There are some exceptions to what qualifies as a mound visit, according to MLB’s new rules, including:

A. Discussions between pitchers and position player(s) that (i) occur between batters in the normal course of play and do not require either the position player(s) or the pitcher to relocate;
B. Visits by position players to the mound to clean spikes in rainy conditions;
C. Visits to the mound due to an injury or potential injury of the pitcher; and
D. Visits to the mound after the announcement of an offensive substitution.

The MLB also said it plans to set two-minute limits on breaks between innings and at pitching changes….

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In the end?…The NRA gets it’s way….

Politico is out witha piece which explains why the National Roiflle Association has been able to keep American l;awmakers from limiting the sale and purchase of handguns, rifles and assault rifles even as people with those guns have been killing people , adults and children  regularly….

It all comes down to something that is known to lawmakers across the nation….

Gun owners tend to be single issue voters….

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Why does the NRA always win, despite the repeated national traumas, and despite poll after poll showing a majority in favor of stronger gun control measures? It’s not the money. It’s because the NRA has built a movement that has convinced its followers that gun ownership is a way of life, central to one’s freedom and safety, that must be defended on a daily basis.

The gun control majority gets worked up only in the days after public mass shootings, even though such events accounted for only 71 of the 38,658annual gun fatalities in 2016. Then the news coverage shifts, political prospects for action diminish, and the majority gravitates to other political matters while guns continue to take lives in suicides, domestic violence incidents, other crimes and accidents every day.

Since the progressive political prism views campaign cash as the scourge of democracy, gun control proponents are quick to blame NRA donations for why Congress seems immune to public opinion. In a powerful speech last week in Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Emma Gonzalez excoriated “politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have been done to prevent this” and added, “To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA, shame on you.”

But it’s a mistake to attribute the NRA’s success entirely to its campaign spending. The dollar amount was considerable in 2016: $54.4 million. But that money was not spent on the entire Congress. Thirty million went to Donald Trump, the rest mainly to six Republican Senate candidates in competitive races, five of whom won. For most members of Congress, the amount of money they get from the NRA is a tiny percentage of their overall hauls. If money were the only reason for their gun rights stances, Michael Bloomberg could offer to double whatever the NRA gives them and flip their votes.

To beat the NRA at its own game, the gun control movement needs to better understand how the NRA has built an army of single-issue voters…..

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Joe Biden 2020?…Democrats for 12 years?

Maybe?

We’re less than 3 years out from election day 2020….

There are a LOT of Democrats thinking about running for their parties Presidential nomination….

Only one guy has signed up already….

He isn’t gonna get the spot….

Another guy , who isn’t even a Democrats runs a close second to the leader in polls of Democrats….

Former Vice President Joe Biden….

If your are a regular here you’ve seen several posts about the 78 year old guy who just lost his job less than 2 years ago….(there will be more)

Yea…

He’s started runs for the nomination TWICE before only to drop out…

Yes, he is well liked across the Democratic political spectrum….

Yes, he IS at ease with blue collar white males…..

And YES he’s the leader in polling of Democarts who would beat Donald Trump if the election was held right now….

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But it’s not…..

We don’t know who the Republicans will be running in 2020….

Donald Trump maybe, if he hasn’t been forced to quit….

Mike Pence if Trump does have to quit….

But if Biden does run?

The ole’ timer WILL be the guy to knock of from the Democratic pack that he is current leading….And he will have to make up his mind by early next year , if not sooner of lose the money people’s backing and the organization initiative ….

…..Biden began a planning meeting for his new diplomacy center by addressing the elephant in the room. He said he was keeping his 2020 options open, considering it a real possibility. He insisted he had made no decision, and didn’t need to yet, according to five people who either attended the meeting or were briefed on it by those who did.

Biden also expressed interest in bringing those in the room onto his team if he decides to launch a campaign. At the same time, he gave them an out: There would be no hard feelings if they decided they were content in their current roles outside of government, said the people, who demanded anonymity to discuss a private meeting.

The political world has long tried to game out Biden’s plans for 2020. After all, he came close to running last time only to see President Donald Trump pull off a victory that many Democrats openly suggest wouldn’t have happened had he, not Hillary Clinton, been their nominee. Several people came away from the meeting with the impression that if no strong Democratic candidate emerges in the next year or so, Biden would feel strongly compelled to run.

A presidential candidate twice before, Biden would be 78 on Inauguration Day if elected in 2020, a concerning prospect for some Democrats even though he’s only a few years older than Trump. One possibility that Biden’s longtime advisers have discussed privately is that he could announce his intention to serve only one term, clearing the path for his running mate to take over in 2024 and potentially setting up Democrats for a 12-year White House stretch…..

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‘Black Panther’ movie could break Marvel opening records….

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“Black Panther” can’t stop exceeding expectations.

Ryan Coogler’s movie, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Bassett, is currently tracking to bring in $165 million during its opening weekend, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

That would put “Black Panther” among the top five or six openings for a superhero movie, including “The Avengers” ($207.4 million), “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ($191.3 million), “Captain America: Civil War” ($179.1 million), “Iron Man 3” ($174.1 million), “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” ($166 million) and “The Dark Knight Rises” ($160.9 million).

The movie has also sold more advance IMAX tickets than any other Marvel movie, IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster told Variety.

‘Black Panther’ review: A new icon and pure comic-book action

“Black Panther,” which currently boasts a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, premieres in theaters Friday….

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Note….

I’m sure Donald Trump isn’t gonna want to sit down to see this movie, eh?

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Justin Timberlake’s Air Jordan 3 “JTH” sneakers Sold Out….

…from Nice Kicks….

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Following overwhelming demand for the shoe at his Man of the Woods pop-up shop in Soho NYC this weekend, the widely anticipated restock of Timberlake’s Air Jordan 3 “JTH” had to be cancelled. But don’t stress if you’re still hoping to secure of a pair of the Swoosh centric Air Jordan 3 — they’re set to release online soon.

Dropping via Timberlake’s personal website — similar to the KAWS x Air Jordan 4 release – you must provide your email address and will be updated with relevant product news. Pairs are, of course, expected to be very limited…..

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Update….

They have sold out already….

The two Korea’s march together in opening 2018 Winter Olympics ceremony

Maybe the US should step back and let both countries try figure out some kind of accommodation?

And Donald Trump can make himself happy by saying I bullied them into a better place?

The Winter Olympic ‘s  is being held in South Korea and features 92 countries athlets  including some from places that never have snow….

The opening ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics unfurled in frigid temperatures and high spirits on Friday, as athletes from the two Koreas marched into the stadium together less than 50 miles from the heavily-fortified border between their nations, offering hope of a breakthrough in a tense, geopolitical standoff that has stirred fears of nuclear conflict.

The festivities started what organizers say is the largest Winter Olympics yet, with 92 countries participating. The North and South Korean delegations, marching under one flag, embodied the hopes of a peninsula divided by history and ideology.

Whereas recent Olympic Games have sought to set politics to one side, the strategic subtext of the event in Pyeongchang this year has been unavoidable.

Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, was sitting at the opening ceremony closely behind Vice President Mike Pence, who led the American delegation. Also present was the father of Otto Warmbier, the American student who was jailed in North Korea last year, returned home in a coma and died shortly afterward.

Earlier in the week, the United States warned against a North Korean charm offensive and announced plans to impose its toughest sanctions yet against Pyongyang, which staged a military parade featuring ICBMs just a day before the Games opened….

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NBA Cavaliers send Isaiah Thomas to Lakers and Dwyane Wade to Heat….

Lebron James’s team, The Clevelad Cavilers shipped out six players today …..

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The team is in a midseason slump and everybody is worried about if their frnchise player will stay in Cleveland , or will move out again…

This time to the LA Lakers?

The Cleveland Cavaliers drastically reshaped their roster in the final hours before the N.B.A.’s annual trade deadline, agreeing to two separate deals to acquire Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. from the Los Angeles Lakers, George Hill from the Sacramento Kings and Rodney Hood from the Utah Jazz.

To make those moves happen and infuse its team with much-needed youth and athleticism, Cleveland shipped out six veteran players — including the former All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas — and swung a third trade to allow another former All-Star, Dwyane Wade, to return to the Miami Heat, according to two people who requested anonymity because they were not allowed to discuss the trades publicly.

In the first trade, Cleveland dealt the expiring contracts of Thomas and Channing Frye — along with its first-round pick in June, protected 1-3 — to the Lakers for Clarkson and Nance.

“Jordan and Larry add athleticism, energy and length to both ends of the court for us,” Koby Altman, the Cavaliers general manager, said in a statement. “This trade is also a reflection of our continuing commitment to invest in our roster in ways that help us evolve and compete at the highest level now and into the future.”…

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‘Law & Order: SVU’ star Diane Neal running for Congress…

Another actor steps into politics…….

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Actress Diane Neal has launched a House bid for New York’s 19th Congressional District.

The former “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” star announced her candidacy on Twitter on Tuesday, saying she plans to run as an independent in the November election. Neal is running for the seat held by Rep. John Faso (R), who was elected in 2016 to represent the Hudson Valley-area district.

Neal, 42, appeared in more than 100 episodes of “SVU” as prosecutor Casey Novak.

Neal described her political views to The Daily Freeman as “a little Libertarian,” “a lot liberal” and “mostly progressive.”…

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Trump’s parade idea lands with a thud….

Not too many people think his longing for a grandiose march of soldiers and military hardware saluting him makes sense….

President Trump is receiving quite a bit of pushback for his plan for a grand military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe and Philip Rucker reported:

Surrounded by the military’s highest-ranking officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Trump’s seemingly abstract desire for a parade was suddenly heard as a presidential directive, the officials said.

“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” said a military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the planning discussions are supposed to remain confidential. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”

Even the hosts of Trump’s beloved “Fox and Friends” expressed reservations about the spectacle that could cost millions.

“I don’t know,” co-host Brian Kilmeade said Wednesday. “It seems like a waste of money.”

Trump has frequently spoken of his longtime support for veterans — he praised them twice in the past week in his Black History Month proclamation and in his Super Bowl statement.

But the president’s critics have called his support for the military shallow, noting that Trump has never served in uniform (he was approved of multiple deferments for bone spurs during the Vietnam War), and he has attempted to fill his administration with generals for the purpose of optics.

Some critics even went so far as to say the parading of military strength makes Trump look more like an authoritarian dictator than the leader of a democracy….

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Donald?….Republican voters trust CNN, N.Y. Times over Breitbart, InfoWars

Surprise!.

Led by President Donald Trump, Republicans have railed repeatedly against The New York Times, Washington Post and CNN — but, as a group, they trust mainstream sites like those more than “fake news” sites or even highly partisan outlets like Breitbart and InfoWars, according to a Yale study that directly mirrored the methodology being used by Facebook to identify “trusted” sites.

By the same token, Democrats hold a definitively dim view of Fox News, but still rate it as more trustworthy than most fake and hyperpartisan sites….

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The 2018 NFL Super Bowl….How about them Dogs!

Update….

The Eagles WIN 41-33!…..

Go Eagles!

Do NOT let the New England Patriots get another sloppy last minute win!

They have ENOUGH of them….

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via twitter….

Happy !

New England: 58%

Philadelphia: 42%

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Apple’s Decision to Delay Some New Features and Focus on Software…

Amen!….

Apple Computer’s software has NOT kept up to the companies efforts to roll out new hardware at increased prices…

The company should devote MORE attention to how their products work…

THAT would be appreciated ….

Apple’s reported plans to delay some features planned for iOS 12 until next year will similarly extend to the Mac, although to a lesser degree, according to Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg News.


Gurman’s sources corroborate an earlier report from Ina Fried at Axios, which claimed that Apple’s software engineering chief Craig Federighi disclosed the revised plans during a meeting with employees earlier this month.

While the shift in strategy appears to extend to macOS, it reportedly will not affect the development cycles of watchOS or tvOS.

The company told its software engineering groups about the change this month, one of the people said. The shift will also affect this year’s update to Mac computer software, but to a lesser degree, the person said, adding that planned upgrades to Apple Watch and Apple TV software won’t be affected.

Apple’s plans to focus on the quality of its current software platforms will presumably result in a greater emphasis on bug fixes, performance improvements, and the general stability of its operating systems.

The shift in strategy follows a few embarrassing mishaps for Apple in recent months,…

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