Curtis Dahlgren
Can the lefty house top the Casey Stengel hearings??
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By Curtis Dahlgren
October 26, 2019

"Under the Progressives, laws had become meddlesome, oppressive, tyrannical and destructive of freedom . . . burdensome, subversive of the true mission of law, and productive of the wildest extravagance. We have departed from the faith of our fathers and followed after strange gods." - Gov. William D. Hoard, early 1900s

CAN THE DEEP SWAMP GET ANY WILDER?

According to the media, the only news worth reporting was the Soviet-style show trial being held in the basement of the Capitol building. The secret "hearings" bring to mind the time Casey Stengel was on Capitol Hill testifying. As seen in the Congressional Record, recorded in "The Baseball Reader," it started out like this:

SENATOR KEFAUVER: Mr. Stengel, you are the manager of the New York Yankees. Will you give us very briefly your background and your views on this legislation [re baseball's anti-trust exemption]?

STENGEL: Well . . [he gave a not very "brief" account of his 48 years in baseball, but he cleverly avoided talking about the topic at hand. He mentioned that when he started in baseball, he was paid $135 a month (and thought that was "amazing"). Later:

SENATOR CARROLL: The question Sen. Kefauver asked you was what in your honest opinion . . is the need for this legislation . . "

STENGEL: No.

SENATOR LANGER: My final question. This is the Antimonopoly Committee. I want to know whether you intend to keep on monopolizing the world's championship in New York City.

STENGEL: Well, I got a little concern yesterday in the first three innings when . . I had a couple of my players I thought so great of that did not do so good up to the sixth inning . . . [etc] but I had to go and call on a young man in Baltimore that we don't own and he is doing pretty good, and I would actually have to tell you that I think we are more the Greta Garbo type now form success. We are being hated, I mean, from the ownership and all, we are being hated. Every sport that gets too great or one individual – but if we made 27 cents and pays to have a winner at home, why would you not have a good winner in your own park if you were an owner? That is the result of baseball. An owner gets most of the money at home and it is up to him and his staff to do better or they ought to be discharged.

KEFAUVER: Thank you very much, Mr. Stengel. We appreciate your presence here. Mr. Mickey Mantle, will you come around? . . . Mr. Mantle, do you have any observations with reference to the applicability of the antitrust laws to baseball?

MR. MANTLE: My views are just about the same as Casey's. [My challenge to the Deep Swamp (Foggy Bottom) is, CAN YOU TOP THIS? CARRY ON IF YOU CAN!]

P.S.
In other news this week (barely reported by the "mainstream" media): an "unconventional" cease fire deal regarding the Turkey-Syria border, progress in the China negotiations, evidently, and the announcement of an investigation (finally!) into the origin of the fake "Russian collusion" story by the Deep Swamp. Just for the record.

PPS: You can follow me on Facebook if you want more funnies.

As I logged off the other day, the Prez was speaking about the deal with Turkey on the "war" in northern Syria. I had just posted this (after citing Thurber's tale about a midget-clown in a baseball game):

"The moral of the story? Maybe President Trump should send in a midget clown to negotiate with the Chinese or Turkey to see if he can get them to crack a smile. Might turn things around in this country and make even Barbra Streisand laugh" !!

[Turns out, the Donald himself is the "midget" (the Left calls him a mental midget, a buffoon, a clown). Yah Ole, one who just thinks outside the Establishment (State Dept.) boxes they try to put him in. Rush says diplomats don't want peace because war is job security for them. In "the games people play," SEND IN THE CLOWNS?

On the back cover of my "Massey-Harris 101" I said the long-range goal of the book is "to restore some balance to Big Education or, whichever comes first, to get the ruler of Red China to swim across the Bering Strait with the Olympic torch between his teeth."

[For the history illiterate, that was alluding to Mao's claim that he swam nine miles down a river.]

© Curtis Dahlgren

 

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Curtis Dahlgren

Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)

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