Friday, March 26, 2010

The "Backlash"

I'm fully willing to admit that there was nothing in my previous post that could be regarded as the "smoking gun" against Matt Gaetz and his detestable personality and politics.  But I didn't lie. I had an opinion, and I chose to express it.  The simple fact is that the thought of Matt Gaetz having any sort of political power makes my stomach turn.  I regrettably never chose to record my conversations with him, but I do have a pretty good memory.  So when I write of my experiences with the man, I'm being as honest as that memory will allow.

More than a few people have expressed their support with what I wrote. There's no question that a lot of people Matt Gaetz went to high school with could see the sort of man he would become, perhaps in part because of the kind of man his father already was.  And that's fine.  I suppose the world needs those sorts of people, to remind us now and then what a good person looks like. There are people out there, on both sides of the aisle, who choose to get into politics for all the right reasons.  It just so happens that Matt Gaetz is not one of those people.  There will obviously be some who disagree with me.  42.5% of the people who voted in the Republican primary in District 4, for instance. But I have no problem with what I wrote, and I certainly don't regret it for a second.  Someone needed to say it.

Now, we all know that Gaetz himself can't get into a feud with me over this, because he's got to be the consummate politician. Apparently, though, he can get his sister to fight his battles.  So, what follows is the email exchange I had just moments ago with Gaetz's younger sister, who coincidentally is also named Erin.


I hope that using your blog to personally and falsely attack my brother helped you deal with whatever issues you've been harboring for the past 10 years.

Good luck,
Erin Gaetz

And my response to her:

For the record, I haven't been harboring issues against your brother at all.  If this were simply a matter of disagreeing with him politically, I wouldn't have written anything.  But this is more about the kind of person I believe your brother to be, and how I'm not interested in letting him get his political start without at least putting it out there that I don't think he has the best interests of his potential constituents in mind.

I'd love you to tell me one thing I wrote that could somehow be defined as "false."  It's a personal opinion, based on over a decade of knowing him.  I believe I'm still entitled to a personal opinion in this country.  And my opinion is that your brother is smarmy, disrespectful to women, and not interesting in anything but advancing his own career.  That's not the kind of person I want representing my friends and my hometown.

Glad you're reading the blog, though!  

And her (presumably final) response to me:

You are definitely entitled to your opinion. It just so happens, in this case, that your opinion is not rooted in fact. It's alright. These things happen.

We as a family learned long ago that people are going to say what they want to say. All we can do is keep our side of the street clean. That is what Matt has done, and that is why he has such a bright future ahead of him.

That's the last you'll hear from me. I'm not interested in discussing this further with you.

Well, sure.  People who don't have a leg to stand on never want to discuss things further.  It's the easiest way to claim the win in a debate.  I, for one, am still interested in knowing exactly what in my original post could be described as "false," but oh well.  If you know anyone from the Northwest Florida area, go ahead and ask them about the Gaetz Family's attempts to "keep [their] side of the street clean."  I'm more than certain you'll receive a few chuckles, mixed in with a few rants.

Really, I'm just laughing at this point.  This is a staunchly Republican area, and I definitely knew that a post on a robot blog wasn't exactly going to rock the vote.  But it is nice to see that a few people have read it, and that some even felt the need to respond.  Thanks for giving me legitimacy, Ms. Gaetz!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Strange Bedfellows

If you happen to be voting in the Florida District 4 State Representative special election primary tomorrow, this might be something worth reading.  I realize that very few of my readers are a part of that demographic, but I need this to be on the internet.  So it goes on my blog.

I have known Matt Gaetz for over ten years, and I'm here to paint a very different portrait than Gaetz and his supporters would like you to see.  I no longer live in Florida, so I am not afraid of the supposed mighty power of the Gaetz family name.  I also have nothing to gain by making this information known.  I really just want to make sure that people know what they're getting into when they mark "Matt Gaetz" on their ballot in this election.

A lot of the qualities Gaetz currently possesses were a lot of fun when we were teenagers, and even when we were in our early 20s. Drinking, gambling, talking about women; all of this is a good time when you're young and don't really have too many cares in the world.  But Gaetz never got past that mindset.  While the rest of us grew up, Gaetz stayed the same.  He may have gotten his law degree and put on a suit and tie, but behind all that he's still the same guy who takes out his cell phone to show friends naked pictures of the women he's recently bedded.

From a political standpoint, voters could not make a worse choice in voting for Gaetz.  I may no longer live in Florida, but I still care about what happens to my home state, and particularly my hometown of Niceville, and I would fear for District 4 if Gaetz is elected.  Five months after Proposition 2, which banned gay marriage in Florida, Gaetz told me personally that he had voted against the proposition because he thought it was absurd.  But that tune changed when he announced his intention to run for office.  The district had overwhelmingly voted for the proposition, and Gaetz apparently saw the writing on the wall.  So when he first created his political website, he told voters that he knew "marriage is between one man and one woman."  That part on his website has since been removed, for reasons unknown.  Regardless of your stance on that particular issue, it should at least give you pause that a candidate is so willing to lie about his position.

Voters in America these days claim to be looking for change.  Republican voters, in particular, have voiced the idea that the country is moving in the wrong direction, and that those in government need to be held accountable for their actions.  I can promise you that if you vote for Matt Gaetz, all you will get is more of the same.  He is not interested in change.  He does not have your best interests in mind.  His only impetus for getting into politics is to get more money and power.  He is a consummate politician, having been groomed as such from an early age.  When he tells you he wants to be a state representative so he can be "on your side" in fighting against special interests, he is lying.  And you can bet he'll take money from those special interests the first chance he gets, if he hasn't done so already.

Matt Gaetz, to put it simply, is not a good person.  He can come and knock on your doors, smile for your photo ops, and hold all the babies he wants, but the fact of the matter is that Gaetz is a smarmy womanizer with no intention of doing anything for the district that doesn't first and foremost advance his political career.  A vote for Matt Gaetz is a vote for more of the same.  Please don't let his money and fame sway you.  Any other candidate is a vast improvement over Gaetz, and you'll be doing District 4 a big favor by making sure Gaetz doesn't get his political start because of your vote.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Remember way back when I switched from Beantown West to Robots Took My Medicine, and all the controversy that caused the change?  Well, it's been about a year and a half, but I finally succeeded in getting all my old posts (except the ones that created the controversy in the first place) archived on this site. It was a tedious process, since I had to do it one post at a time, but I finally got around to completing the last few months of the 2007 season.  So if you feel like reading a recap of a Dodger or Red Sox game from August 2007, say, now you can.

Also, a reminder: you can become my friend on Facebook, or "follow" me with Google.  Just look for the appropriate links in the sidebar, and help to make me look popular.

Have you done your March Madness brackets yet?  Three years ago, when I first turned my blog into one that would cover sports, I had a pretty good run in the ESPN game.  At one point I was in 37th place.  While I wouldn't expect that kind of success again this year, a girl can dream.  So far I've filled out eight brackets in the ESPN game.  Two more to go.  I'm also a part of my family's pool over at CBS Sports.  Between the two sites, I'll have eleven brackets, so we'll see if any of them come anywhere close to predicting the outcome of the tournament.

Tomorrow I leave for Idaho for the weekend.  My sister and I are taking the baby to go meet his great-grandparents and the rest of the extended family.  It will be a quick trip, but definitely worth it.  I've never flown with a baby before, so that should be something of an adventure.

Oh, and today is my sixth anniversary with Christine.  At times it feels like it's only been five minutes, and other times it feels like it's been forever (in a good way).  She's in Venice and I'm spending the day with my nephew.  Not all bad on my end, but obviously not the ideal way to celebrate an anniversary.  But only 24 more days until I get on a plane bound for Venice, so the countdown is on!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

That Old Funny Feeling

I was convinced that this year I just wasn't going to care about baseball. I wasn't going to get all worked up before the season began, counting the days to spring training and planning my entire life around the start times of two teams on opposite coasts.

Lindsay's death hit me hard.  And after writing my post about her, I couldn't see a way of getting back into writing about baseball. And then not long after that, my nephew, Wilson Sawyer, came into the world.  He was born January 10, 2010.  That's 01-10-10, which makes him a binary baby, something I know the guys over at Sons of Steve Garvey will appreciate. And despite the fact that Wilson's mother (my sister) is a Cardinals fan (she went to high school in St. Louis; I, thankfully, did not), he already has several Dodger outfits.  Some of you may remember last season when I made some Dodgers buttons with various sayings, player numbers, etc., mostly as a tribute to the SoSG boys.  Well, Wilson doesn't know anything about anything yet, but luckily his aunts know good t-shirt material when they see it.  So, I present to you Wilson Sawyer Peterson, Dodger fan:

Also, Wilson Sawyer Peterson, fan of his two aunts:

I've been in Denver since Wilson was three weeks old, hanging out.  And despite what the Rockies want you to believe, Denver is not exactly a baseball town.  Oh sure, there are billboards counting down to the Rockies home opener, but snow and freezing temperatures doesn't really conjure up images of green grass, Dodger Dogs, and sweating your ass off at a day game in July.  I suppose I could drive over to Coors Field and just look at it, get a feel for the game again, but that's not exactly the same thing as taking a jaunt over to Dodger Stadium and sitting at the Top of the Park, watching players warm up in the outfield.

The point is, I've been having trouble getting into the season so far this year.  But as they do every year (and as Jon Weisman so eloquently pointed out in his own post on the matter), things changed.  Don't ask me what did it.  Maybe I just needed a little more time this year.  But whatever the reason, I'm ready for baseball.  I like the break, because it makes me appreciate the beauty of seeing a hitter make contact with the ball and even just shoot a single between shortstop and third.  I like the break because I will appreciate Kershaw's twelve-to-six curveball all the more as a result.  And this year, unlike in years past, I like the break because I actually needed it.  Not just because I was burned out on the season and the disappointing way in which it ended, but because I needed to be able to wind down and focus on more important matters.  I needed baseball to go away so that I could miss it.

There's good news and bad news to go with this need for the game, though. The good news is, I'm going to Europe for two months.  Christine is doing a movie in Venice right now, and on April 10 I'm flying over there to join her. After Venice, we'll head to Berlin for a few days, then to Paris.  We'll fly back to the states from Paris on, tentatively, June 5 (which coincidentally is the same date I flew back from Puerto Rico last year).  So, the bad news is that for the second year in a row I'll miss the first two months of the season. Luckily I've discovered that I can access my account in Europe, so I can watch Red Sox and Dodger games as long as I'm willing to wake up at 1 am and 4 am, respectively, to catch them live.  And I gotta say, I think most of the time I will, in fact, be willing to do just that.

So, I'm back into this.  I've been lurking at Sons of Steve Garvey and Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness and Surviving Grady, but I'm ready to be a more active member of this blogging community once again.  I've had my offseason, I'm getting back in shape right now (not just a metaphor, thanks to Biggest Loser for the Wii and my grandmother's old treadmill), and come April 4, I'll be completely ready to get in the game.