Stay At 17 Inches

Don’t Widen the Plate

In Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA convention.

While I waited in line to register with the hotel staff, I heard other more veteran coaches rumbling about the lineup of speakers scheduled to present during the weekend. One name, in particular, kept resurfacing, always with the same sentiment — “John Scolinos is here? Oh man, worth every penny of my airfare.”

Who the hell is John Scolinos, I wondered. No matter, I was just happy to be there.
In 1996, Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching career that began in 1948. He shuffled to the stage to an impressive standing ovation, wearing dark polyester pants, a light blue shirt, and a string around his neck from which home plate hung — a full-sized, stark-white home plate. Seriously, I wondered, who in the hell is this guy?

After speaking for twenty-five minutes, not once mentioning the prop hanging around his neck, Coach Scolinos appeared to notice the snickering among some of the coaches. Even those who knew Coach Scolinos had to wonder exactly where he was going with this, or if he had simply forgotten about home plate since he’d gotten on stage.
Then, finally …

Thanks Jim

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Silvio, an 80-year-old Italian goes to the doctor for a check-up. The doctor is amazed at what good shape the guy is in and asks, ‘how do you stay in such great physical condition?’

I’m Italian and I am a golfer,’ says Silvio, ‘and that’s why I’m in such good shape. I’m up well before daylight and out golfing up and down the fairways. I have a glass of vino, and all is well.’

“‘Well’ says the doctor, ‘I’m sure that helps, but there’s got to be more to it. How old was your Father when he died?’

‘Who said my Father’s dead?’

The doctor is amazed. ‘You mean you’re 80 years old and your Father’s still alive. How old is he?’

‘He’s 100 years old,’ says Silvio. ‘In fact he golfed with me this morning, and then we went to the topless beach for a walk and had a little vino and that’s why he’s still alive. He’s Italian and he’s a golfer, too.’

‘Well,’ the doctor says, ‘that’s great, but I’m sure there’s more to it than that. How about your Father’s Father? How old was he when he died?’

‘Who said my Grandpa’s dead?’

Stunned, the doctor asks, ‘you mean you’re 80 years old and your
Grandfather’s’ still living! Incredible, how old is he?’

‘He’s 118 years old,’ says the Old Italian golfer.

The doctor is getting frustrated at this point,
‘So, I guess he went golfing with you this morning too?’

‘No, Nonno couldn’t go this morning because he’s getting married today.’

At this point the doctor is close to losing it. ‘Getting married? Why would a 118 year- old guy want to get married?’

‘Who said he wanted to get married?”


June-22,2010 - Ashley hits along the fairway on the 5th. The first day of the Toronto Star Amateur Women's Golf tournament was held today at the Weston Golf and Country Club in the Islington and 401 area. There was a slight rain delay in the morning but 8-month pregnant, Ashley Crain still managed to compete. Richard Lautens/Toronto Star




I know God is giggling!

A Florida Court Sets Atheist Holy Day!

Ya gotta love this Judge!

You must read this……
A proper decision by the courts…
for a change.

In Florida , an atheist created a case against Easter and Passover Holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.
The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, “Case dismissed!”

The lawyer immediately stood and objecting to the ruling saying,
“Your honor, How can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others.
The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays…”
The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, “But you do. Your client, counselor, is woefully ignorant.”
The lawyer said,” Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists.”
The judge said, “The calendar says April 1st is April Fool’s Day. Psalm 14:1 states, ‘The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’ Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that, if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day.

Court is adjourned…”

You gotta love a Judge that knows his scrip

A “Must See HBO movie” Only The Dead See The End Of War

If a picture is worth a thousand words, it takes an awful lot of

pictures – grisly, horrific ones – to drown out the banality of the

verbiage in “Only the Dead See the End of War”,” Michael Ware’s

video memoir of his seven years covering the conflict in Iraq. The

Australian journalist’s heavy-handed narration is frequently groan

inducing (“I no longer cared about dying”), but this otherwise-

gripping HBO documentary nevertheless provides a stark portrait

of the ruthlessness of jihadists and the brutality of war. Michael

left seven years later, having covered the fighting from both sides –

spending time with the insurgency as well as U.S. troops – capturing

an array of grim images that are presented in unflinching fashion,

including close-up footage of a hooded gunman executing a

handcuffed prisoner, and graphic evidence of a beheading.



Only the Dead is a war story unlike any EVER seen. A story of what
happens when one ordinary man, Time magazine war
correspondent Michael Ware, transplanted into the Middle East
by the reverberations of 9/11, butts into history. Ware
handpicked and given a shattering video tape by the most
feared, most hated terrorists on the planet to announce his
arrival of the world stage sets out on an epic journey into the
deepest recesses of the conflict as he seeks answers. Answers
that he thinks will lead him to the Truth.







Put me in charge of food
stamps, no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho’s, just
money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then GET A JOB!

Put me in charge of Medicaid.
Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine. If you
want to use drugs, alcohol, or smoke, then get a job.

Put me in charge of government.
housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will
maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your “home” will be
subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be
inventoried. If you want
a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own

In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a
“government” job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for
you. We will sell your 22-inch rims and low
profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good.”

Before you write that I’ve
violated someone’s rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary.
If you want our money, accept our rules. Before you
say that this would be “demeaning” and ruin their “self-esteem,” consider that
it wasn’t that long ago that taking someone else’s money for doing absolutely
nothing was demeaning and lowered self-esteem.

If we are expected to pay for
other people’s mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from
their bad choices. The current system rewards them for
continuing to make bad choices.

I love this one.

AND While you are on Gov’t
subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes, that is
correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will voluntarily remove
yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov’t welfare
check . If you want to vote, then get a
job .

This is A Keeper~~~


From A Very Dear Friend~ Thank You Shirley!

I grew up with practical parents. A mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen before they had a name for it. A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.

Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away.

I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dishtowel in the other. It was the time for fixing things. A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep.

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing, eating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there’d always be more.

But then my mother died, and on that clear summer’s night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn’t any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away … never to return. So … While we have it … it’s best we love it … And care for it … And fix it when it’s broken … And heal it when it’s sick.

This is true. For marriage … And old cars … And children with bad report cards … And dogs with bad hips … And aging parents … And grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.
Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special … And so, we keep them close!

I received this from someone who thinks I am a ‘keeper’, so I’ve sent it to the people I think of in the same way … Now it’s your turn to send this to those people that are “keepers” in your life. Good friends are like stars … You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there. Keep them close!

God won’t have to ask how many people you forwarded this to, He already knows your decision.

Muslim Shopkeeper Killed, Stomped On In Glasgow For Wishing Christians ‘Happy Easter’

And They Call Themselves “The Religion Of Peace”



Via Telegraph:

A popular shopkeeper was stabbed to death by another Muslim in a “religiously prejudiced” attack hours after posting an Easter message on Facebook to “my beloved Christian nation”.

Asad Shah, 40, a devout Muslim originally from the Pakistani city of Rabwah, had his head stomped on during a savage attack, according to one eyewitness.

Around four hours earlier the victim wrote online: “Good Friday and a very Happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation.

“Let’s follow the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus Christ and get the real success in both worlds.”

Keep reading… 


SOURCE: Weasel Zippers

“Conundrum”……( We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. )



Free people are not equal. Equal people are not free. (Think this one over and over…makes sense!)

“A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again.”

The definition of the word Conundrum is: something that is puzzling or confusing.
Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America :

1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.

2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.

3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.

4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.

5. The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

Think about it! And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st Century. Makes you wonder who is doing the math.

These three, short sentences tell you a lot about the direction of our current government and cultural environment:

1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.

Funny how that works. And here’s another one worth considering…

2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. But we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money ! What’s interesting is the first group “worked for” their money, but the second didn’t.

Think about it…..and last, but not least :

3. Why are we cutting benefits for our VETERANS, no pay raises for our military and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII, but we are not stopping the BILLIONS OF $$$$$ or benefits to Illegal Aliens, Foreign and Terrorist Countries who BOTH HATE the U.S. and have NEVER paid a PENNY of it back!!

“If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.” – Plato






Anti-Muslim Sentiment Spreads Across The Country…

Obama and Hillary you BOTH could learn a LOT from one of the greatest Presidents that ever occupied the White House……Ronald Reagan…..Papa Mike



Gee, wonder why.

Via USA Today:

Cities across the USA are preparing for the next phase that inevitably follows a terror attack: anti-Muslim backlash.

Across social media, in public forums on college campuses, and even in mainstream political rhetoric from presidential candidates, anger over the deadly terror attacks in Brussels has spawned discontent and suspicion directed at Muslim groups. After the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, leaders in California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and spoke out quickly to dissuade anti-Muslim sentiment.

The aftermath of an attack “is always a difficult time for Muslims in the United States,” said Nabil Shaikh, a leader of the Muslim Students Association at Princeton University.

“On Princeton’s campus, students took to anonymous forums like Yik Yak to comment that there are Muslims at Princeton who are radical and would therefore condone yesterday’s attacks,” Shaikh said. “These comments not only are appalling and inaccurate but also threaten the well-being of Muslim students.”

Keep reading…

Student Fights With Teacher, Gets His Ass Kicked …Who’s Wrong?

When the school board decides what to do I promise you the TEACHER will either be suspended, or FIRED, but in no way will they find fault with the kid who disrupted the teachers classroom. There’s NO WAY I would teach in any public school system because the kids run the classrooms, NOT the teachers. I wasn’t the perfect kid in school, but I was fortunate to be able to attend Private schools and the Sisters of Saint Joseph believed in “Corpral Punishment” and they had complete control of their classrooms at all times. If you continued to misbehave and disrupted the classroom you were GONE! It was that simple, the parents had no say in the decision of ANY child expelled for disciplinary reasons. A teacher was there to do ONE thing, TEACH, and they did not have time to play classroom cop……Papa Mike