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7/27/2014 5:47 AM
Here is crazyamos' pick for round 26 - I will post the board in a few moments: 

Round 26: MY TEXARKANA PICK (in Haiku, just for you)
Texas's Mike Adams
Firing fastballs for our squad
Since two-thousand-four.

7/27/2014 6:05 AM
shysters3, thanks for the balanced and thoughtful lesson on the constitutional history. Yes, I understood you meant my hyperbole, not that of Jefferson or Hamilton etc. 


You are right to point out an element of "bad faith" (as Sartre might call it) in my argument, that of course I would want to defend the Brown decision and a number of other Warren Court decisions. When we were young, the Supreme Court justices were heroes to us: William O. Douglass, Thurgood Marshall, and my friends and I took a course on the Supreme Court in high school (I went to a very cool public high school in northern New Jersey - ALL elective courses, this was the 1970s). 

So you are right, if I am ready to say, "The Supreme Court was created as part of an 18th century project to create a more limited elite-governed republic with some representation for the people but generally hostile to democracy. This point of of view has been outdated for a long time - since the Populists of the late 19th Century won direct election of Senators for example, and so we should think about major constitutional reforms like doing without the SCOTUS or the Electoral College, which other democratic countries like England or France or Canada do just fine without." - then I am doing away with Brown, the original Miranda decision, many decisions advancing women's rights etc. 


But I would also say that while at times we have needed courts to intervene because our democratic politics did not work as it should have, that in the end democracy is a better way to get this stuff done, and the risk of so much power in the hands of 9 people, (or 5), is not worth it. The Warren Court seemed the norm to us but I see now that it was an anomaly, a brief period in 200 plus years. The 1964 Civil Rights Act is a much more secure basis for equality than was the Brown decision, which did not really succeed in desegregating most schools in America anyway. The 1965 Voting Rights Act is also a more secure basis, except that the threat to that act, which was weakened substantially a couple of years ago, comes from the Supreme Court itself. Otherwise its opponents would have to convince the public and repeal it by vote in Congress, as should be the case if one wants to change things, be it for worse or better. 
7/27/2014 8:05 AM
Round 26, the Caribbean-Roberto Hernandez, P(1992).
7/27/2014 8:10 AM
1885  Jim O'Rourke  - OF/C  from NE
7/27/2014 8:48 AM
No way O'Rourke lasts until this round if his pre-1885 seasons were in WIS. In 1884 in fact he led the league with a .347 batting average. He played 22 years but only his last 8, and only two of his .300 plus seasons are in WIS. In OOTP you can draft him from 1872, though the forums for that game make clear that you can't assume that the pre-1901 seasons are statistically accurate simulations. 

But he was a living link from the time of Candy Cummings, inventor of the curveball - who also entered baseball in 1872 and that of Cy Young and Ty Cobb.

 Jim O'Rourke played from 1872-1893 and in one game in 1904 !
7/27/2014 10:32 AM
from Midwest - P Fred Glade 1904

from new Cal - P Mike Scott 1979
7/27/2014 11:33 AM
I traded my round 26 Down the Mississippi pick to italyprof for his round 26 Stagecoach pick.
7/27/2014 11:34 AM
Round 26-Ohio--1887 Ed Mckean--IF/OF, but really just at bats for first two years
7/27/2014 11:56 AM
I confirm the trade of Down the Mississippi for Stagecoach.
7/27/2014 12:06 PM
And Denver takes with that pick:

Andy Pettitte P 1995
7/27/2014 12:12 PM
I probably need a few more PA in the OF for the first season, maybe a backup 1B and one more relief pitcher and I will get us a league number. I don't think I will need to go through to round 30 or 31. So we are near league creation. Maybe as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday. 
7/27/2014 12:24 PM
There is no hurry to get a league number - we cant enter our teams untl we finish round 31.
7/27/2014 12:33 PM
Stagecoach - 3B Bob Horner 1978
7/27/2014 5:02 PM
I will takeBobby Mathews 1885 P
7/27/2014 5:49 PM
If anyone needs innings pitched I am at almost 3,000
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