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Ok Carolyn, You and the Yankees Win

October 27, 2010

I saw this and while I was tempted to ignore it because I am a Red Sox fan, I was reminded of Carolyn gleefully tossing out the names of Yankees Hall of Famers and soon-to-be Hall of Famers in the comments the other day- I can’t even remember how we got on the topic. I think Yankees fans just bring up the Yankees out of the blue irrespective of the topic of the conversation, don’t you?🙂

I bet you are wondering what the heck this has to do with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton!

Well, here it is- so it turns out Derek Jeter gives his bats to the State Department:

WASHINGTON – He’s not in the World Series this fall, but Yankee captain Derek Jeter still keeps finding new ways to impress – and help his country while he’s at it.

The Pride of the Yankees has “graciously donated a few bats” for use by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton on their foreign trips to cozy up to assorted potentates and government leaders, a State Department spokesman confirmed.

[snip]

The State Department has a stash of several more 32 oz., black-barreled Louisville Slugger Jeter bats tucked away in the Office of Protocol’s rarely seen “gift vault” for future diplomatic overtures.

Jeter’s bats were revealed earlier this week at a screening of the upcoming National Geographic Channel TV special “Inside the State Department,” set to air Nov. 8.

[snip]

Amid the gold-plated, jewel-encrusted this-and-thats, and the pair of autographed sneakers from NBA great Shaquille O’Neal (size 23), were the precious bats of the future cinch Hall of Famer.

“We try to display our culture” in the gifts given to foreign dignitaries, protocol gift officer David Solomon told the TV crew, “and American sports memorabilia is really popular. We find a gift for each leader.”

State Department officials were mum on who might get the next Jeter bat as a gift, but a jealous Red Sox fan over at Foggy Bottom was whining, as usual.

“Next we need to stock the vault with some Big Papi (Sox slugger David Ortiz) bats,” said assistant secretary of state P.J. Crowley, who has yet to overcome his attachment to Beantown.

[emphasis added]

*Sigh*. Those damn Yankees.

I’m with Crowley, give me a Red Sox/Big Papi bat any day of the week. But then again, in politics and sports, I always root for the underdog😉

ps. this is the first and last time you will see a picture of a NY Yankee on this blog.

25 Comments leave one →
  1. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    October 28, 2010 12:05 am

    Stacy, I love you! Pictures of Hillary still rank #1 in my book but Derek Jeter’s Hall-of-Fame buns rank a very close second. And even though Papi may not make it to the Hall, you can take some solace in the fact that Schilling’s bloody sock is already enshrined there. Heh heh.

    • October 28, 2010 5:34 am

      Well take a good look at his buns and his bats and whatever else Carolyn because it’s the last time you will see them on this blog! And Papi has had a rough two years but don’t write him off yet.

  2. filipino-american4hrc permalink
    October 28, 2010 1:15 am

    Hi! Sorry, off-topic — but I thought this might interest you: http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/10/26/why_is_obama_easing_restrictions_on_child_soldiers

    Here’s the link to Obama’s memorandum to Hillary:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/10/25/presidential-memorandum-child-soldiers-prevention-act

    • October 28, 2010 5:40 am

      F-A4hrc- that disgusts me. I really have had it up to here with this administration’s terrorism policies- he loves to complain that liberals just aren’t giving him enough time to “change” things but the fact is, his terrorism policies are a neoconservative wet dream. I would like to believe that Hillary opposes this because as a fierce advocate for the rights of women and children, she must understand that these brutal dictatorships thrive, in part, because of their brutal treatment and recruitment of child soldiers and their use of rape as a weapon of war. Not to mention they benefit from having the US pour millions of dollars into their corrupt military systems thinking it will somehow liberalize them when all it does is aid and abet their corruption. This administration has received criticism from both the left and the right on it’s questionable human rights policies- well justified criticism. The media largely ignores how Obama has ignored all his campaign pledges in this regard but you can be damn sure the rest of the world is looking at us and going “what a bunch of f*cking hypocrites!”

      • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
        October 28, 2010 9:01 am

        The “Democratic” Republic of Congo??! Really, Obama?! We’re supporting the atrocities committed there regularly? Really??!
        I am totally mystified by this move.

  3. Thain permalink
    October 28, 2010 7:26 am

    The Yankees? Pfft! The best team money can buy!

    I’ll take a Dustin Pedroia bat over one from the drama queens in the NY Yankees dugout any day of the week!

    No more photos of Jeter’s bum and batt! Just Hillary!
    🙂

  4. NYNY permalink
    October 28, 2010 7:33 am

    The Red Sox suck! Jeter’s the man

  5. October 28, 2010 10:09 am

    @Carolyn- it’s a disgrace re: the DRC. It’s frustrating that the world’s superpower spends trillions in Afghanistan, Iraq, we’re really putting pressure on Iran and apparently we are fighting shadow wars in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia and yet we can’t do anything about the situation in the DRC? Apparently the UN knew about the rather recent mass rapes (again) and did little.

    God bless people like Eve Ensler for focusing on the DRC like she does and thank God she’s now cancer-free so she can continue her work. I know Hillary truly cares about what is going on in the DRC but it’s almost like she’s got her hands tied behind her back because everything is so tied up in our short and long-term military interests. This is why I hope she NEVER becomes Secy of Defense. It’s a mess.

    • HillaryFan permalink
      October 28, 2010 10:23 am

      Eve Ensler has cancer? I didn’t know that! I think that woman deserves a nobel prize for her work on behalf of women around the world, particularly in DRC, Afghanistan and Gaza. She’s a real inspiration. I’m glad to hear she’s cancer free now.

  6. filipino-american4hrc permalink
    October 28, 2010 10:26 am

    It’s actually interesting to find out exactly who in the administration drives the policy in the broader East Africa (incl. Sudan, DRC etc.), considering two staunch Obama supporters — Samantha Powers and Susan Rice — are supposed to wield much more influence than Hillary does. But Rice has been outmaneuvered by Scott Gration in Sudan, and now this.

    I wonder how much longer Hillary can this. I wish all the human rights groups — whether against genocide or child soldiers — raise their voices loud and clear on this. Obama has dropped all pretenses at being even a teeny-weeny bit progressive.

    • filipino-american4hrc permalink
      October 28, 2010 11:18 am

      Oh, speaking of DRC, the irony of this memo is that for Hillary’s birthday, two Vermont students’ launched a “Happy Birthday, Hillary” campaign to end the violence in DRC, urging her “to enforce a law she cosponsored in the Senate in 2006 — along with the then-junior senator from Illinois, Barack Obama. Signed by President George W. Bush, the law authorizes the secretary of state to withhold U.S. funds from countries judged to be destabilizing Congo.”

      “From Colchester to Congo: St. Mike’s Launches a National Dear Hillary Campaign” http://7dvt.com/2010dear-hillary-campaign

      Related stories are here:

      “Vermont college students send Hillary Clinton a message” http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=13393775

      “Students launch postcard campaign” http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20101024/NEWS02/101023014/Students-launch-postcard-campaign

    • HillaryFan permalink
      October 28, 2010 11:26 am

      I hate to say it but I read somewhere that Hillary sided with Gration against Rice in the whole Sudan debate within the admin. Of course, who knows what’s actually true.

      I know Obama is ultimately responsible for these policies but I wonder how much Hillary is fighting this- I hope very hard. At the same time it reminds me of something stacy says every once in a while- the whole war/military industrial complex agenda just doesn’t meld with any rational pro-women’s rights agenda. More and more I agree that being pro-war totally conflicts with women’s rights since women so often bear the brunt of war. So it’s weird that so often Hillary seems to side with the military and of course Gration was top military brass. But who knows, maybe she is fighting this tooth and nail. It must be very depressing to human rights activists actually working to help women in the Congo.

      I’d like to hear Hillary speak to this DRC issue because I think it’s important. We need some clarification.

  7. Thain permalink
    October 28, 2010 1:20 pm

    Speaking of which, Here’s a depressing headline for an article:

    http://www.postchronicle.com/news/breakingnews/article_212329974.shtml?rssfeed

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      October 28, 2010 1:33 pm

      “Might” address human rights violations? *sigh*
      This is why I watch baseball and not the news.

      My wishful fantasy? That Hillary told Obama, “Barack, if you expect me to be associated in any way with this policy, you better damn well send me a Presidential memorandum making it clear who is setting the policy.” In her shoes, I’d consider resigning — but what a tough choice because *poof* there goes her political career, up in smoke.

  8. October 28, 2010 1:58 pm

    I’ve always been a Hillary supporter, but, to be honest, we don’t know where she falls on this sad change in policy regarding child soldiers or regarding the DRC. While Obama is definitely responsible because the buck stops with him, I have no idea of Hillary’s views on these issues.

    Earlier in the administration’s term, she told Tavis Smiley she would definitely not want a 2nd term as SOS. I wonder if that is still her opinion? Of course, the voters may not give Obama and crew a choice…

    • October 28, 2010 2:08 pm

      True, it’s difficult and perhaps pointless to speculate. That’s why I wish she’d say more about it. Or I wish someone would leak to the press a nice little nugget like “Secretary Clinton opposed the policy change but…”

      My disappointment stems not just from this but from the administration’s overall human rights policy- it seems like they’ve abandoned key principles- remember, it takes a lot to get the left and the right to unite on anything, but both the left and the right have been utterly baffled by this administration’s carrots and carrots approach to Sudan, China, Vietnam, Honduras, Colombia and on and on. It’s rather perplexing. Hasn’t Obama learned yet that going easy on human rights (like with China) yields few rewards- is it really worth totally undermining our credibility on these issues? Of course, given what’s in the latest batch of wikileaks and the fact that we hold terrorism suspects (or not) in prison indefinitely without bringing charges, use torture and still rendition, maybe our credibility went out the window a long time ago.

  9. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    October 28, 2010 2:13 pm

    I just submitted a qiestion about this to the SOS website. I’m sure she’ll reply promptly and personally. :p

  10. filipino-american4hrc permalink
    October 28, 2010 2:32 pm

    It seems the memo simply formalized what had been going on at least back in June:

    “U.S. Senator Dick Durban reacts to media reports of US military aid to Child” http://www.aljazeerah.info/News/2010/June/22%20n/US%20Aid%20to%20Somali%20Government%20Recruiting%20Child%20Soldiers%20Violation%20of%20US%20Laws.htm

    Ironically, it was the Clinton administration who signed the protocol banning the use of child soldiers in 2000:

    http://www.essex.ac.uk/armedcon/Issues/Texts/Soldiers009.htm

  11. Tovah permalink
    October 28, 2010 2:40 pm

    OT: What in the world is wrong with the GOP women candidates? They are an embarrassment!

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/10/gop-candidate-gay-marriage-marrying-table/

    • October 28, 2010 6:23 pm

      Some of the GOP/Tea Party women are unbelievable- O’Donnell, Angle, Palin- I am in awe at how we have lowered the bar. Apparently all you have to do in the Tea Party is throw out sarcastic bumper sticker slogans, blame the media for everything, refuse to give interviews to anyone but wingnut radio and Faux News and lie like a rug and you are qualified to run the government. The idea that you don’t need to know one damn thing about policy- foreign or domestic, is really incredible. Honestly, if it weren’t for Fox News the Tea Party wouldn’t be making as big of a splash. You can call me elitist, but I expect policy makers to know the issues inside and out- you know, like Hillary does. None of these women have any right to compare themselves to Hillary.

      Palin just gave an interview to Entertainment Tonight- I saw a preview- and she talks about not having decided if she’s going to run for POTUS and you know what scares me about her? She seems to have zero self awareness about how unprepared and unknowledgeable she is. She seems to think it’s enough to talk about “lovin’ the Constitution’ and “fiscal responsibility” without really knowing any details. How can you fix our economy if you don’t know what the Fed does? And like GW Bush, she has no interest in learning. Honestly, if she was a liberal that said all the right things but didn’t know anything about anything policy-wise I’d feel the same way. I can’t believe how some of these women have dumbed down politics (and some of the men too).

      • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
        October 28, 2010 7:04 pm

        You know what scares me about Palin? Some people think she’d be the Republican frontrunner for 2012 and that she could win the GE if a third-party candidate (Bloomberg) throws his hat in the ring.

  12. October 28, 2010 7:23 pm

    @Carolyn- stop it, you’re bumming me out. Go back to bragging about the Yankees I actually like that better.

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