It’s Not Enough.

There’s a lot going on in the world today that others far more capable than we are covering. For example, London (and all of England for that matter) is dealing with yet another attack on citizens who were just minding their own business. The Brits know the names of the attackers and information on them but have not released that information because of “operational concerns.” Fair enough. We suspect that when the information is released, the people won’t be Amish from Pennsylvania or Methodists from Dry Ridge, Indiana. Draw your own conclusions.

President Trump used his pen and his phone to withdraw the US from the Paris Accords on climate change. We have two thoughts on this. First, the Accords acted like a treaty, enjoined countries as if the agreement was a treaty and other countries approved the agreement as if it was a treaty. One country that did not approve the Accords as a treaty was the United States. President Obama decided at the time to sign his name to a Special Executive Order committing the US to the Accords and bypassing Senate approval of treaties as required by the Constitution. Trump is well within his rights as President to subvert and stop the end run around the Constitution that Obama started.

One of the staff here said that those on the left screaming about the withdrawal are saying that Trump and people who are against the Accords are against clean air and clean water. How they get to that conclusion is a mystery because no right thinking person is for polluted water and air. It is hyperbole in order to change the debate on whether the massive amount of money redistribution required by the Paris Accords would 1) make the world a better, less polluted place and 2) is more show than go.

This blog is premised on the notion that “all politics is local.” (Thanks Tip O’Neill!)

Think for a moment about your own life. Every day you make decisions on whether to recycle, how much water to use, energy efficiency in your life, etc. While some of those decisions are based on economics, most are based on your moral belief that recycling is a good thing for the planet. The same is true for water use and energy consumption. You decide to do what is right for the planet because it is the right thing to do.

What we are being told and people are trying to sell us is that taking money from out pockets and economy will help / drive / force other people and countries to be better stewards of the environment. We don’t see how robbing people to send money to others accomplishes that goal. We don’t see, for example, how a country with a dictator or interests that are contrary to the United States is suddenly going to say “we’ll take your money and become good stewards of the land and the earth!”

If they aren’t doing it now within whatever capacity they can, money won’t change their minds.

On Saturday, while surfing the television, we watched a play in the Women’s College World Series that resulted in the ejection of a coach.

All of this began innocently enough. UCLA already was leading Texas A&M 3-1 in the sixth inning in the first of the day’s four elimination games when Bruins outfielder Gabrielle Maurice doubled and subsequently advanced to third on an ill-advised attempted force by the Aggies. She was still there when, with an additional runner on first base, UCLA attempted a delayed double steal in which the runner going to second attempted to draw a throw and spend enough time in a rundown to allow a run to score. Maurice broke for home and arrived at the same time as a throw that pulled Texas A&M catcher Ashley Walters into her path.

Maurice was unable to avoid the tag as she dove to one side to avoid Walters and hit her head on the ground as she landed. Both players remained on the ground for some time as the Aggies completed an inning-ending double play.

There’s a couple of things going on in this play and the subsequent ejection.

First, UCLA wanted an obstruction call on the play at the plate. This is a classic example of two players doing what they are supposed to be doing and ending up in the same space. Texas A&M catcher Ashley Walters was trying to catch a bad throw. UCLA runner Gabrielle Maurice was trying to score.

NCAA Softball Secretary and Rules Editor Vickie Van Kleeck disagreed with the way [UCLA Head Coach] Inouye-Perez and [Assistant Coach Lisa] Fernandez saw the play.

“The fielder has the right to field the errant throw, and the base runner has the right to run to home plate, and then we have a collision,” Van Kleeck said. “It’s not an obstruction issue. They both had a right to be where they were, and unfortunately, they came together and made contact. Obstruction doesn’t enter into that particular play.”

As you can see in the video above, Inouye-Perez and Fernandez come out to argue the play and demand an obstruction call which would negate the out and score the run.

There are several problems.

First, we have no idea why Fernandez is out on the field. She’s an assistant coach. She should have been told to get back in her dugout. While the umpire tries to block her off of the home plate umpire, that’s really not good enough. The base umpires should have been telling her to go away. An assistant coach doesn’t have a voice in discussions like that.

Secondly, the obviously Fernandez says something that causes the umpire to eject her. Fernandez ran around the base umpire and while the home plate umpire is backing up, contacts her.

In the real world we call that contact an “assault.”

Incredibly, after the ejection, UCLA tried to say that what Fernandez had done was right and acceptable.

I’m proud … we have each other’s backs and we will fight for each and every one of you. You fight for each other. #GoBruins #WCWS

— UCLA Softball (@UCLASoftball) June 3, 2017

You’re proud that an assistant coach was so out of control that she committed an act of violence against another person much less an authority figure?

Hold your hand up if you think the coach would be “proud” of a player that disagreed with a decision the coach made and then decided to attack her.

Inouye-Perez had this interview for the PAC12 Network:

We realize that Inouye-Perez is trying to put a spin on what happened, but the bottom line is Fernandez attacked an umpire. An assistant coach on Inouye-Perez’s staff lost her mind so much that she assaulted an umpire. It almost seems that Inouye-Perez is justifying the assault because of the passion and emotions of the game.

Does that mean that Inouye-Perez and UCLA condones cases of violence after heated words are exchanged between people? Would Inouye-Perez condone a man or a woman pushing someone in a domestic dispute?

Of course not. Not only that, but the whole thing of “looking for clarity” in the obstruction call is more justification. There are case books, rules and approved rulings on this exact play. There is plenty of “clarity” on the play. What is missing is not “clarity” but UCLA’s lack of understanding of the rules and that is not on the umpires.

For her actions, Fernandez was suspended 2 games.

It’s not enough.

You cannot have coaches from educational institutions assaulting people like that. Obviously Inouye-Perez won’t do anything more, but the UCLA administration should. If not UCLA, then the PAC12 should.

There was a bit of karma to this whole thing. UCLA was eliminated from the Women’s College World Series that night. Fernandez was not at the game and her suspension carries over to next year. The same night, the UCLA men’s team was eliminated from the NCAA Baseball Championship Tournament.

Karma can be a female dog, if you know what we mean.

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