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Rad note » this entry originated from another page. It was moved here because the subject drifted far enough to warrant its own, separate entry.

At the end of this entry (that you're reading now) I have included a link that will return you to the exact place from where this entry originated. Here ya go ...

I grew up with an Egan. He was best friends with Lance, an All-American with hands like glue who lived across the street. Egan took no shit from anybody.

He was not an asshole, but he had an older brother (Richie) who toughened him up.

» Lance & Egan & the Fabulously Ferocious Fastballs

Remind me to tell you my Egan story, about how I threw him the fattest fast-ball you've ever seen during the last game we ever played in Little League.

I pitched for 3 years during Little League and nobody ever hit a home run off me. Ever. But this was the last game of the year, of our Little League careers, and nothing would change no matter who won.

Egan batted second in their line-up. Lance batted third. I had struck out Egan before.

Lance was one home run away from being the home run king that year. Because he was tied with Wojo, who was twice his size.

» I'll Give You 50 Cents

And before the game he was working me to throw him a phatty so that he could claim the title of Home Run King that year (giving him 5 to Wojo's 4), his last year of Little League.

But after thinking about it for a while, I think that Lance was at 4 and one more would tie him with Wojo at 5. But I forget the exact details.

We were standing about halfway between pitcher's mound and home plate. I was facing the 3rd base dugout and they were facing the 1st base dugout.

A proposition to which I agreed, when Lance said, "Come on, I'll give you 50 cents."

Egan was standing there with Lance and wanted in on the same deal.

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Obama Goes to Jail

(That title is bound to make many a Republican feel vindicated.)

Obama in a Jail CellCheck this out. That gives me a total boner.

Obama is going to be the first sitting president to visit a federal prison?

You gotta be shittin' me. You run a country that sends more of its citizens to prison than any other nation on the planet ..

.. and you presidents never pay a visit?

Not even the Russians and the Chinese together send as many of their citizens to prison.

Are we really the land of the free? Doesnt look that way.

I guess this would be a good time to start. Bring your over-night bag, dawg. If you really wanna get a good feel for what it's like to live in the Land of the Free for millions of Americans.

And take Hillary with you. This way she'll be able to experience first-hand what effect the policies that she and her husband have wrought on millions of Americans. You know, those "super-predators" that she talks about.

(You look a lot like a super-predator yourself, dawg. Criminal justice .. Clinton style.)

Dude, John Oliver has a nice intro to prisons posted here. You should check it out. And also this one about Bail. And this one about Municipal Violations. And this one on Public Defenders. There are more that you need to see, but those will get you started in the right direction.

[ John Oliver is on fire. Wow. I am impressed. That is the biggest penis I have ever seen. And I have seen some big ones. Let me tell you. ]

Say hi to bubba for me.

» How Far Will Obama's Pebble of Zen Justice Ripple Out into the Pond of American History?

Obama addresses the press at El Reno Prison in Oklahoma on July 16, 2015Update July 19, 2015 » I am impressed. That Obama went to jail.

And I am not the only one.

I am actually wowwed.

I was impressed before, but I was wowwed when I read the following passage (near the end of this column by Peter Baker) »

Like Mrs. Clinton on Robben Island, Mr. Obama was shown a cramped cell and briefed by officials.

Then he came over to a group of us, kept in place by yellow police tape, to talk about overhauling the criminal justice system. It was basically a recitation of the same policy points he had made in a speech a couple of days earliers.

But when he started to walk away, my colleague Darlene Superville of the Associated Press, called after him, asking what struck him about the prison.

He paused, almost as if considering whether to actually say what he was thinking. Then he turned to come back. What struck him, he said, was that it could have been him in one of those cells.

Pope Francis shakes the hand of a heavily tattooed inmate on Sept 27, 2015 at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in PhiladelphiaHe, too, had made mistakes, he said.

And were it not for the advantages of life that he had - advantages the El Reno residents did not have -

he might have been a prisoner and not a president. "There but for the grace of God," he said.

It was a strikingly personal observation, one that would be hard to imagine any other president making, even if any of them had taken the time to go to a federal prison.

This is the kind of shit that makes me proud to be an American. Not torturing little, skinny, innocent taxi drivers to death, no. Not pouring a slurry of raisins and walnuts up people's asses.

That kind of shit does not make me proud to be an American, George.

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