Walker goes from day off to belting first homer
Christian Walker was expecting to have his first Major League day off on Saturday. The Orioles were returning to a more normal lineup and Steve Pearce would play first base. Walker would get a chance to observe from the bench.
Gonzalez aims to tame Red Sox's power tandem
By signing Nelson Cruz, the Orioles provided a pretty strong demonstration of how one hitter can change the dynamic of a lineup. The Red Sox hope that Yoenis Cespedes can do the same over a full season in 2015.
Slump buster: Jones belts two homers in rout
Adam Jones tied the game with a two-run home run in the third, only his second since Aug. 20. Two innings later, he turned a narrow lead into a comfortable four-run cushion with another two-run shot. Four days after clinching the American League East, the Orioles cruised to a 7-2 win against the Red Sox in front of 43,015 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
The latest in a series of traffic-jamming construction projects on Light Street in the heart of downtown Baltimore will begin Sunday, as crews for Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. close two of the road's five southbound lanes.
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In his first wide-ranging interview since video clips of his inflammatory sermons were aired, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. defended himself over the controversy, saying that his words were twisted.
Mr. Wright, Senator Barack Obamaâ€™s former pastor, gave an interview to Bill Moyers on Wednesday, to air on PBS tomorrow.
â€œI felt it was unfair,â€ Mr. Wright said, according to excerpts of the interview released Thursday. â€œI felt it was unjust. I felt it was untrue. I felt for those who were doing that, were doing it for some very devious reasons.â€
In Mr. Wrightâ€™s sermons, he suggested that Americans bore some responsibility for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, saying â€œAmericaâ€™s chickens are coming home to roost.â€ He also blamed the government for the spread of AIDS among African-Americans, characterized the United States government as corrupt and referred to the â€œU.S. of K.K.K. A.â€
He did not apologize or back away from his remarks in the interview, instead saying that people wanted to paint him as â€œsome sort of fanatic.â€
â€œItâ€™s to paint me as something â€” â€˜Somethingâ€™s wrong with me. Thereâ€™s nothing wrong with this country â€¦ for its policies. Weâ€™re perfect. Our hands are free. Our hands have no blood on them,â€™â€ he said. â€œThatâ€™s not a failure to communicate. The message that is being communicated by the sound bites is exactly what those pushing those sound bites want to communicate.â€
When asked what the people who aired the clips â€œwanted to communicate,â€ Mr. Wright said, â€œI think they wanted to communicate that I am unpatriotic, that I am un-American, that I am filled with hate speech, that I have a cult at Trinity United Church of Christ. And by the way, guess who goes to his church, hint, hint, hint? Thatâ€™s what they wanted to communicate.â€
This doesn’t shock me in the least. I never thought the man would back away from his statements because he IS a racist fanatic. What is surprising, and very welcome is this statement from him:
Mr. Wright, who has acted as Mr. Obamaâ€™s spiritual mentor and retired in February as pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, said that he has never heard Mr. Obama repeat any of his controversial statements.
â€œAbsolutely not,â€ Mr. Wright said. â€œI donâ€™t talk to him about politics. And so he had a political event, he goes out as a politician and says what he has to say as a politician. I continue to be a pastor who speaks to the people of God about the things of God.â€
Mr. Obama publicly denounced Mr. Wrightâ€™s remarks, a reaction Mr. Wright said â€œwent down very simply.â€
â€œHeâ€™s a politician, Iâ€™m a pastor,â€ he said. â€œWe speak to two different audiences. And he says what he has to say as a politician. I say what I have to say as a pastor. But theyâ€™re two different worlds.â€
He added, â€œI do what I do. He does what politicians do. So that what happened in Philadelphia where he had to respond to the sound bytes, he responded as a politician.â€
I’m sure Obama appreciated THAT soundbite from his mentor huh?
I love this one also:
I continue to be a pastor who speaks to the people of God about the things of God.
The things of God include the fact that the whites created the AIDS virus to exterminate blacks, to accuse this country of being the United States of KKK, and that 9/11 was deserved?
The man is a loon
The Violence of “Peace” Protesters
Last month, skye was assaulted while counterprotesting the Chester County “Peace” Movement.
Now, CJ brings attention to an ugly incident that happened to a family in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Not only were Jason and Carrie Swartout assaulted, but so was their 14 year old son. And what is perhaps just as outrageous, perhaps more so, is the behavior of one of the officers involved:
On April 22nd several members of the Northwest Pa. Gathering of Eagles gathered in Edinboro, Pa to counter-protest an anti-war demonstration staged by some students from Edinboro University, their professors and a few unidentified and hygienically challenged others. Initially the operation was quite innocuous with a few spirited verbal exchanges between the two sides. We were positioned across the street receiving many honks and thumbs up from passersby.
Andrew, our 14-year-old son, crossed the street to videotape the â€œtoy-soldierâ€ displays setup by the peace crowd. These displays consisted of many small plastic soldiers glued to a childâ€™s sled, canâ€™t explain that one, and a footlocker with toy soldiers, middle finger pictures and a map of Iraq. Two females began harassing Andrew as they shoved signs in his face and threatened to sue him for videotaping. Carrie and I (Jason) crossed the street to ensure Andrew wasnâ€™t hurt and to explain to the â€œstudentsâ€ that his videotaping was well within the law. The professors standing with the students goaded the entire thing on failing to explain to the students that they were wrong and out of line. It wasnâ€™t long before one of the peace protesters grabbed the sign out of my hand and threw it into the street. As I attempted to retrieve it she got up into my face. Carrie stepped between us so that I would not have to defend myself to a female. The girl and her sister then stepped into Carrieâ€™s face and swung at her. I subdued one of the girls as the other girl beat Carrie down in the middle of the street, pulled her to the ground by her hair and kicked her in the headâ€¦it should be noted the aggressor was wearing boots. Carrie is still wearing her inflatable cast which makes it easy for her to lose her balance. Andrew pulled the girl off of Carrie and she was able to get up. I was on the ground holding onto the other girl until several men attacked me, holding me while one of them hit me in the head from behind. I was telling them I was only holding her so that she wouldnâ€™t attack my wife again. I let go of her due to the punches and was eventually able to get up. During this exchange, my glasses were knocked to the ground and smashed in the street. At this time, Andrew was just videotaping when one of the two girls attacked him unprovoked landing a hard right on the side of his face. I was able to pull her back preventing any further attacks. I had to keep the two girls from attacking Carrie again as they we trying to.
We are so very proud of Andrew. He maintained a very mature and level-head throughout the entire event. He told us he had wanted to â€œdoâ€ more but due to his Tae Kwon Do training, he knows to do the least amount possible to defuse the situation and thus chose only to pull the girl off of his mom. Andrew is learning a lot from these people and understands what is at stake.
The Edinboro Police were called, two officers responded. One of the officers spoke with Carrie and me first, noting our side of things. The other officer was quite agitated and was very aggressive toward us. He said nothing to the members of the peace crowd as they shouted at me but when I said something back the officer bowed up on me, got in my face and threatened to arrest me. I sat down on the curb with Carrie until the questioning process was through. As I was there the one girl came back across the street as she had been directed by the police and spit directly at me, some hitting my leg. The officer ignored it and actually was angry with us for letting it bother us. He made the girl go back across the street with no threat of arrest!!! Andrew played the videotape for the officer and he made the decision that no one should be arrested. We pointed out that it was clearly visible we had not thrown the first blows and that we were clearly antagonized to do so. Also, we asked why, when it was clear a minor was blatantly assaulted, the girl who punched Andrew was not arrested. He really did not explain that one.
Jeff Kays, a fellow member of GOE who was present, went to the police station with me so that I could inquire about the assault on Andrew. The aggressive officer who had threatened to arrest me was the only one there. He was very agitated that I came there and told me that I should be arrested for hitting a girl, which I clearly did not do. After asking why the girl wasnâ€™t arrested he busted out of the door, got into my face and said that I was pushing it and that I had better stop or he was cuffing me. I asked the officer if I could leave, so as not to disrespect him, and he said yes. I left the station. Jeff stayed behind and spoke with the officer. Jeff said that he sat down in a chair so as to demonstrate compliance and asked the officer a few questions. The officer then relaxed a little and told Jeff that the video will have to be reviewed and the DA consulted before a decision would be made how to proceed. Now, wasnâ€™t that easy?
While we are all a little sore, we are in pretty good spirits. We are seeking legal representation and will report back soon as to the progress of the case. Carrie has retrieved the video from the police station and is working on getting it posted. The police told her today that this is â€œsimple assaultâ€ which does not warrant anyone being arrested. He explained a weapon would have had to been present to warrant aggravated assault or the intent to seriously harm or killâ€¦even on a minor. He explained that they could have crossed the street, punched my 7-year-old and not have been arrested! Carrie then asked, â€œisnâ€™t a kick to the head an attempt to seriously harmâ€, he replied that he did not see that so it doesnâ€™t matter. Carrie told him that our daughter Anna saw the kick but he said that was not admissible evidence. Our video clearly depicts the kick. You can see the girls boot fly up into the screen over where Carrie was lying. It should be noted there was an individual on their side that was videotaping. The police did not confiscate her video, which is somewhat curious. She did tell the police that she had videotaped the entire event. I wonder if she will come forward with her video due to the fact that it clearly will not make things any better for them.
Thanks to all for the emails and phone calls of support. We love you guys and hope no one has to ever again endure the ABUSE of the â€œpeaceâ€ protesters! Please keep in mind the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall will be in this same city, Edinboro Pa, from May 1st-5th! The opening ceremony for this event is May 1st on the Edinboro University Campus at 12 P.M.
May be a good time for a â€œgatheringâ€!
CJ’s original blogpost about the incident is here.
Pierce, Rice's replacement, out for Ravens (The Associated Press)
Baltimore Ravens starting running back Bernard Pierce will miss today's game against the Browns with a thigh injury. Pierce had started Baltimore's past two games, filling in for Ray Rice, who was released by the team and suspended indefinitely by the NFL this month for domestic violence. Pierce will be replaced by Justin Forsett, who has averaged 6.6 yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown through two games.
Week 3 injury report: RBs Foster, Pierce out; WRs Jackson, Allen active (Shutdown Corner)
Two starting running backs are out, but two big-name banged-up receivers will give it a go in Week 3. Houston Texans running back Arian Foster and Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce both have been ruled out for Week 3. [ Join FanDuel's $1.25 million, 1-week fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 11,490 teams get paid ] Rookie Alfred Blue is expected to start in Foster's place for the Texans against the New York Giants. Justin Forsett figures to start for the Ravens against the Cleveland Browns. Foster is dealing with a balky hamstring, and Pierce has a thigh injury. On the good-news side of the ledger for injuries, Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson is going to get his chance to go against his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, despite a shoulder injury he suffered last week. Jackson was released by the Eagles without much notice this offseason, with his former head coach, Chip Kelly, saying the move was for football reasons . [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: It's still not too late to join a league today! ] The Redskins, of course, have deactivated quarterback Robert Griffin III, who suffered a dislocated ankle. It will be Kirk Cousins who gets the start for the Redskins on Sunday. San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, who was limited in practice this week with a groin injury, is active Sunday against the 2-0 Buffalo Bills. In other Week 3 NFL injury news: • For the Browns, a surprise: Tight end Jordan Cameron, who was not expected back until after the team's Week 4 bye, is active Sunday against the Ravens. He is playing through pain with a shoulder injury. • The St. Louis Rams will start Austin Davis again at quarterback, with Shaun Hill still working back from a thigh/quad injury. Interestingly, both quarterbacks are active and they are the only two quarterbacks on the active roster against the Dallas Cowboys. Rams receiver Tavon Austin (knee) is inactive. • The Cowboys will be without linebackers Rolando McClain and Justin Durant against the Rams. Bruce Carter might have to be shifted into McClain's middle linebacker spot, and the Cowboys could be forced to play a lot of nickel Sunday. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Man charged with killing NFL player Peterson's son released on bond: report (Reuters)
(Reuters) - A South Dakota man charged last year with killing NFL star Adrian Peterson's 2-year-old son has been released on $2 million bond, U.S. media reported on Saturday. Joseph Patterson was released from a South Dakota jail on Friday after the bond was posted for him, Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead said, according to the Argus Leader newspaper. His murder trial in the death of Tyrese Robert Ruffin, Peterson's son, is set to begin next month. Officials from the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office and jail declined to comment. ...
Estimated 7,000 fans trade in Ray Rice jerseys (The Associated Press)
More than 7,000 fans showed up to exchange their Ray Rice jerseys for those of other Ravens players during a two-day event at Baltimore's home team officials said Saturday. The Ravens handed out 5,595 new jerseys before running out before midday Saturday, then issued more than 2,400 vouchers for fans to pick up their jerseys once new shipments arrive in October. Team spokesman Kevin Byrne said the Ravens spent ''six figures'' on the trade-in. ''The NFL licensed jerseys are not recyclable because of certain materials in parts of the jersey, so what we're going to do is offer them to companies who deal in scrap,'' Byrne said.
Browns' Gordon has suspension reduced to 10 games (The Associated Press)
Josh Gordon's tangled ordeal, full of legal twists and turns, has finally been straightened out. He can run a route back to the Browns this season. Cleveland's star wide receiver was reinstated into the NFL and had his one-year suspension reduced to 10 games Friday after the league announced changes to its drug policy. Gordon will be eligible to play in Cleveland's final six games after the league and NFL Players Association agreed on revisions to the substance abuse program two days after announcing changes on performance enhancing drugs.
Off-field violence injects unwanted reality into fantasy football (Reuters)
(Repeats story with no changes to headline or text) By Ben Klayman DETROIT, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Joe Gallo is not just a fan of National Football League running back Adrian Peterson, he "owns" him, as do thousands of other participants in the world of fantasy football. That explains why Gallo, a 31-year-old New Yorker who works in public relations, is so chagrined now that it appears Peterson could be out for the rest of the season after being benched by the Minnesota Vikings while he faces allegations of child abuse. "I still have Peterson on my bench," Gallo said. ...
Goodell: 'Same mistakes can never be repeated' (The Associated Press)
More defiant than contrite, Roger Goodell announced no sweeping changes in his first public statements in more than a week of turmoil surrounding the NFL's handling of players accused of crimes. The commissioner was definitive about one thing: He has not considered resigning. Goodell was short on specifics Friday as he discussed how he would address the rash of domestic violence incidents in the league. He said the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl.
Goodell tackles NFL domestic abuse crisis with vow to reform (Reuters)
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - A chastened NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday that the league's poor response to its domestic violence crisis will prompt an overhaul of how it deals with player behavior and punishment in America's most popular sports league. Goodell has been under fire since the NFL's slow and fumbled response to the domestic violence incident involving Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, whose knock-out punch to his then-fiancee was captured in a video that went viral last week. ...