As if the senseless shooting spree in Tucson by a deranged lunatic wasn’t heart wrenching enough, we learn now that the 9 year old girl that was killed, Christina Taylor-Green was the grand daughter of former Mets manager, Dallas Green.

Christina was born on September 11, 2001 and was one of the subjects of a book about the faces of hope of that day and from reading about her, she was very smart and athletic and had a great future ahead of her until this deranged lunatic took her young life.

If the political leaders of our country want to make a real statement, they should immediately stop the divisive rhetoric that comes from both sides of the aisles on Congress and from both sides of our political views.

I’ve tried to make a pact with myself to not get political here at Kranepool Society because this is a baseball site but things happen that make me so god damn mad that I need to use this form to get them off my chest.

We are becoming a nation where the ignorant are becoming a force in how this country is viewed and how the nation is run. It’s one thing to have debate over National Health Care, it’s another to stoop to name calling and out and out nastiness to get your point across. This is not a left/right issue. I was not a fan of the Bush/Chaney administration but if someone other than an American criticizes them, I defended them because they were the president and vice president of my country.

The left is just as clueless and vitriolic as the right and what that does is leave us folks in the middle shaking our heads.

When did we get to this us vs. them? Do we want to fight the Civil War again? I don’t think so.

It comes down to education. I marvel at some of the parents of the kids in my children’s schools. They blame the teachers and the education system for the failure of their child education. Meanwhile none of the parents have ever read a book or a newspaper or can hold a rudimentary conversation on current events. If you’re that kind of parent, then it’s you who is failing your child.  This is why math scores are down, reading scores are down and this segment of parents screem about the teacher not doing their job. These are the same folks who when the child comes home from school and the child wants to tell them about their school day and told to hush up, as Maury is getting to announce which loser on his panel is the baby’s daddy.

We have lost our way, I don’t know if this tragedy in Tucson will be a wake up call or not. I thought the attack of the Towers on September 11, 2001 that united us as Americans would last but as we creep up on the 10th Anniversary of that awful day, we as a nation have grown further apart. Who knows where we’ll be in another 10 years?

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  1. Jay Baumann says:

    Well said . Thanks

  2. To late about the Civil War, the bad side won it, and here are some of the clues that
    came about because of it.

    And where is education part of our government? So not only does education “not belong”
    inside of our government, because it belongs to the states and the people themselves,
    but nor does Affirmative Action belong. Before that happened America was one of best in
    the world and now it is just ugly.

    Yet whose slant on a book or a newspaper or can hold a rudimentary conversation on
    current events are you talking about. Yet why not first understand the founders dream
    that gave us our freedom before all of that! Because that should be our number one for
    all times. But it should never have gone astray, as it did. For we was the only nation
    in the world that gave the people the law to be free, and the rights to vote and keep it
    there. Yet we let it slip away. Then read those books, and that current events to talk

    There are many reasons why we as a nation have grown further apart. Who knows where
    we’ll be in another 10 years? One of them is that we do not even control our borders.
    Nor our security once the bad guys do enter into our nation.

    Do you know the story of destroying a nation. First you socialise it, then you go from
    the top down, and the bottom up, and crush the middle (thats us). And then the game is
    over. And we are now deep into their end game. Read about that and do something about it.

  3. kranepool says:


    this serves as a lesson to me to stick to baseball posts

  4. Krane the two sides arguin started when we went to cable news and now have 50 news outlets in each town. Cable stations ahd to start being rediculously outlandish ( ala Madonna) to get anyone to pay attention. Now that they have succesfully divided the country 50/50 they just choose which side to entertain…but the hate started oh Id say around 2000 when Gore & Co. decided to divide the country.

  5. Krane, as an individual who works in the NYC DOE you have no idea, just how bad it is. The education administrations of this city have everyone snowed because they refuse to base anything they do on the truth. Especially if they can’t use it to vilify teachers.

  6. Jay Baumann says:

    oktoday , you have no idea what you are talking about. The U.S. is suffering because the oil companies own our country .The money we have spent and borrowed to buy foreign oil IS our national debt.
    All other problems could be dealt with , with the resources we wasted on oil.

  7. Jay, take off your mule colored glasses. WE have plenty of oil, the problem is that we are in bed with more than just the oil companies. Cities could do a lot to change that but they don’t want to. What would prevent cities from putting solar panels on municipal buildings? Pope Bloomberg and a couple of his friends could write a couple of checks and get things going here. How much money would that save the city and set a great example? Problem is not lack of regulation but lack of enforcement. Wall Street has set it up so you have them betting (and that is what it is) on companies to fail. How is that American?

  8. Krane,

    Well said and amen. Don’t be afraid to open up about other subjects now and then. (just don’t do it in the middle of a pennant race, I mean there are priorities!).

    ok – You are the new official poster child for our educational system.

  9. Krane- change the channel back to ESPN.

  10. Here’s a softball (educationally speaking) Everyone knows that we learn languages better as toddlers, so when do almost all systems teach kids second languages (assuming they even teach English)? High School, does that make any sense to anyone?

  11. kranepool says:


    What frustrates me is not just the lack of book smarts but how people especially New Yorkers who don’t take advatange of the educational and cultural venues afforded to them.

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