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Yes, emotions have been running high in the controversy over a North Ridgeville humane officer putting down 5 feral kittens when called to remove them from a resident's property....BUT....to the woman speaking to city council at 58 seconds into this video......
Kris Kobach is the Secretary of State in Kansas...and a tireless advocate of American sovereignty...who is opposed to giving amnesty to illegal immigrants, and who wants true border security in this country. He has now apparently been targeted by illegals...who did not protest at his office or in a public place...but who took their verbal assault and intimidation to his private residence!
Read more here: http://nation.foxnews.com/2013/06/18/angry-illegal-immigrant-mob-storms-kris-kobachs-home
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"It's not about the nail!"
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
By Bob Frantz
He's the most gifted physical specimen of his time, and arguably of all time. He has the vision of an elite point guard, and the touch of an all-star shooting guard. The athleticism of the best small forward, and the strength of the most dominant power forward. With a 6-foot-8 spring-loaded body, he can leap over the tallest centers.
He's a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, a nine-time all-star, an NBA champion, and a two-time Olympic champion.
No one who watches NBA basketball with any degree of regularity would disagree that LeBron James has the ability, and has assembled the resume, to be considered one of the greatest players in league history. And I'm not talking about one of those anniversary all-time top 50 teams, either. I'm talking about being one of the elite. One of a select handful who can be called the best of the very best.
Michael Jordan. Magic Johnson. Kobe Bryant. Larry Bird. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Oscar Robertson. Wilt Chamberlain.
You know their last names. And you know where they rank.
You also know, if you're being honest, whose name does not belong with theirs. And if you've been watching the NBA Finals, you know why.
Because he shrinks, more often than not, when the situation demands that he rise.
It's true. We've seen it before, when it was up close and personal.
Tuesday night's 15-point performance by James — nine of which came when the game had already been decided — on 33 percent shooting was the latest example of an elite athlete who simply does not possess the killer instinct necessary to choke out an inferior opponent. It was another example of a superstar who let the game decide its own pace instead of dictating that pace, as the truly great ones do.
Of course, Tuesday's 36-point blowout loss, which left his team in a 2-games-to-1 hole, doesn't tell the whole story. James has indeed busted out and put up monster games in the NBA Finals from time to time. It's entirely possible that he will go out tonight in Game 4 and put on a show for the ages. We all know he has the ability to do it, at just about any time he wants.
It's just not that he doesn't want to very often. Certainly not often enough to warrant discussion among those names previously mentioned.
Watching James' dismal performance in Game 3 brought the same recurring thought into my head: Michael never played like that in the Finals.
And it's true. For a man whose regular season MVP total is now just one shy of Jordan's, the two men couldn't look more different when titles are on the line.
Jordan's legendary career featured six trips to the NBA Finals. The Bulls' superstar was 6-for-6 in those championship series, and he walked away with six Finals MVP awards in the process.
James' series against the Spurs is his fourth crack at championship glory. He cashed in one of those chances, was swept in one, and taken down in six games in the other. Even if his Miami team manages to come from behind to win this series, he will be batting .500 in Finals appearances.
Jordan played a total of 35 Finals games, dominating the floor on both ends while averaging 33.6 points per game on 48 percent shooting, with six rebounds and six assists per game, and 81 percent foul shooting on more than nine attempts per game. Each of those numbers were better than his career averages in the regular season.
The last number is more significant than some realize, which can be illustrated by James' statistics.
James has played 18 games in the Finals, spread out in the summers of 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2013 against the Spurs, Mavericks, Thunder and Spurs again. In those Finals games, he is averaging 21 points, six full points fewer than his regular-season average, on 42 percent shooting. His rebound total has actually improved over his regular-season number, averaging nine boards per game, to go along with seven assists.
James, however, is shooting just 73 percent at the free-throw line in his Finals career to date, on just 5.2 attempts per game.
How can a man of his size and athleticism play so passively with championships on the line that he is getting to the line so infrequently? In the first three games of this series with the Spurs, James has settled for hesitant perimeter shots so often, instead of attacking the basket, that he's been to the line a grand total of six times.
Last year against the Thunder, the year he won his only title, James scored 28.2 points per game and got to the line nine times per game. In his three other appearances, including the current Spurs series, he has averaged 18 points per game and attempted just four free throws per contest.
So what does it all mean? Maybe nothing. Maybe the four-time MVP will go out Thursday night and exert his will, attacking the rim and putting the Spurs on their heels, turning in a championship-caliber effort that will guarantee the series returns to Miami. Or maybe the passiveness will continue and he'll lose his third Finals in four tries.
Either way, it's time to stop the silly comparisons of a uniquely-gifted but underachieving individual talent to the greatest champions of all time. He just doesn't deserve it.
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Bob Frantz hosts "The Bob Frantz Show" on WTAM-AM 1100 from 7 p.m. to midnight weeknights, and following Cavaliers, Indians and Browns games.