Rotation upgrade, closer head extensive Meetings list
The Orioles made their first big move of the winter Monday, trading All-Star closer Jim Johnson to the A's, which, in addition to giving them salary relief, netted them Jemile Weeks and a player to be named. The two biggest questions now, heading into next week's Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., are who closes and where does the organization go from here?
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OBAMACARE AND HOME INSPECTIONS
By Brujo Blanco
I read an article in Freedoms Outpost regarding Obamacare and home inspections. Now these home inspections are allegedly done for the children in the home. This Obamacare is going to be a financial and imposing problem unless it is stopped. Check out the standards that will be used for which homes are to be inspected:
“Families where mom is not yet 21. “
“Families where someone is a tobacco user.”
“Families where children have low student achievement, developmental delays, or disabilities. “
“Families with individuals who are serving or formerly served in the armed forces, including such families that have members of the armed forces who have had multiple deployments outside the United States. “
Regarding the standard with the mom that is under 21. Is this age discrimination? Sounds like it to me.
Regarding the crap about the tobacco user. I am not a smoker but smoking is not an illegal activity.
The one that I really take issue with is the standard regarding current or former military members. There have been Obama type comments about the dangers of military and former military. We are not living in a society in which the military is a group to be watched with suspicion. I guess the concept is that these people can strike at any time.
I really believe that Obamacare is not about healthcare but about control. Obamacare will make firearms a medical issue. Also, in the subject matter of this article Obamacare will also be used to access the home. I believe it is an excuse to get into the home and snoop. Perhaps they will make note of religious items, publications, patriotic decorations, and the presence and/or absence of guns. This will be an intrusion. There is a tendency for government to want to have regulatory authority to do an end run around the Bill of Rights. I believe that there is a place for safety inspections but not inspections used as a subterfuge to search a house. I am also a fiscal conservative and I am interested in what this program will cost. There will be a requirement for many government inspectors to be hired, trained, and deployed. I take the Bill of Rights seriously and I take them as restrictions placed on government and not on the people.
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Wednesday's Sports In Brief (The Associated Press)
The game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed because of smoky conditions inside the Mexico City arena. Mexico City Police said in a statement there was a fire in the generator room on the fourth floor of the modern glass-clad arena that opened in 2012. COLLEGE FOOTBALL TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The prosecutor overseeing the investigation of sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston said that it is completed. State Attorney Willie Meggs has scheduled a news conference at 2 p.m. Thursday in his office to announce his findings.
Dolphins-Steelers Preview (The Associated Press)
The Pittsburgh Steelers feel Mike Wallace and the Miami Dolphins are in the way. Coach Mike Tomlin will certainly try to avoid doing that again. Tomlin hopes the Steelers can put his bizarre antics behind them as they welcome Wallace back to Pittsburgh on Sunday in a meeting against the Dolphins with major playoff implications. Pittsburgh (5-7) and Miami (6-6) are trying to improve their respective playoff chances, but a defeat Sunday could be the final blow to the Steelers' hopes after falling 22-20 at Baltimore on Thanksgiving.
Vikings pencil in Cassel as starting QB (The SportsXchange)
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Leslie Frazier announced a change in starting quarterbacks Wednesday for the fourth time in 13 games. And that doesn't count the number of weeks the Minnesota Vikings coach weighed his starting options and stuck with the inconsistent Christian Ponder. Matt Cassel, who just weeks ago was excluded by Frazier from competing with Ponder and Josh Freeman for the starting job, is back in for at least one start when the Vikings (3-8-1) travel to play the Baltimore Ravens (6-6) on Sunday. Ponder is out for at least one week after suffering more symptoms Wednesday from the concussion that knocked him out of the Vikings' 23-20 overtime win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
NFL fines Steelers coach Mike Tomlin $100,000 (The Associated Press)
Here's another adjective Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin can call his ill-timed two-step onto the field last Thursday night against Baltimore. The NFL fined Tomlin $100,000 on Wednesday for interfering with Baltimore's Jacoby Jones on a kickoff return in the third quarter of a 22-20 loss to the Ravens on Thanksgiving night. The fine is the second-highest ever levied by the league on a head coach, behind only the $500,000 the NFL docked New England's Bill Belichick in 2007 for spying on an opponent's defensive signals. There is also the chance the Steelers have a draft pick taken away ''because the conduct affected a play on the field.'' Though he was not penalized, the league said the Steelers should have been flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.
NFL-National Football League roundup (Reuters)
Dec 4 (The Sports Xchange) - The NFL on Wednesday fined Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin $100,000 for interfering with a play in progress during last Thursday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens. Additionally, because the conduct affected a play on the field, the Steelers may also lose a 2014 draft choice. After Pittsburgh scored to close to 13-7, Baltimore returner Jacoby Jones broke free down the sideline on the ensuing kickoff but slowed up with Tomlin on the white stripe near the field of play -- with his foot on the field at one point as Jones neared his location. - - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers practiced on a limited basis will need to practice fully by Friday to get cleared to play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
NFL Roundup: Steelers coach Tomlin fined $100,000 (The SportsXchange)
The NFL on Wednesday fined Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin $100,000 for interfering with a play in progress during last Thursday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens. Additionally, because the conduct affected a play on the field, the Steelers may also lose a 2014 draft choice. After Pittsburgh scored to close to 13-7, Baltimore returner Jacoby Jones broke free down the sideline on the ensuing kickoff but slowed up with Tomlin on the white stripe near the field of play -- with his foot on the field at one point as Jones neared his location. ---Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers practiced on a limited basis will need to practice fully by Friday to get cleared to play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
Vikings QB Cassel on track to start for Ponder (The Associated Press)
Matt Cassel stepped on the platform, grasped the podium with both hands, looked around and grinned. It's a pretty nice setup,'' Cassel said as he surveyed the makeshift interview area the Minnesota Vikings have set up next to their indoor practice field. ''Anytime you can get more reps it will prepare you for the game plan.'' With Christian Ponder not yet cleared to participate after suffering a concussion, coach Leslie Frazier said Cassel ''more than likely'' will start Sunday at Baltimore. But we're not planning on it.'' Cassel passed for 243 yards in half a game to help the Vikings beat the Bears in overtime.