From: "Int Swim Coaches Assoc" <email@example.com>
Date: May 30, 2014 10:59 AM
Subject: Dolfin & ISCA Present - 5th Annual Hall of Fame Coaches Clinic
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Posted: 17 May 2014 07:12 AM PDT
The girls softball team is a group of hard-working, dedicated and risk-taking young women. Thanks to the addition of a few new players, the team has had a better season than in previous years, but with a record of just 2-1 in a time when most suburban schools are entering the playoffs. The weather has been full of rain and cold, and games have been canceled, and of course, being one of only three remaining "city league" teams, there just weren't many games to begin with. But the new players, combined with better hitting and better, winning vibe have all helped make the season a success.
Kayla Hitchcock is Obama's superstar shortstop. A travel ball player who competes at the 18U Gold level for the Pittsburgh Power, she says the team has been much better this year but not as good as she knows it can be. She knows that City League softball is simply not as serious as WPIAL softball (which, for that matter, is nowhere near Gold level travel ball), but she enjoys playing for fun and certainly wants that letterman's jacket next year. She understands the challenges of playing for a school like Obama. "It takes an incredible amount of effort," she says.
In comparison with 18U Gold ball, Kayla knows the limitations. "The sport is more rigorous. You meet so many people. You have a number of exceptional coaches and you are constantly practicing." She understands that at Obama, like at so many city schools, girls don't have the background in fast pitch from a young age. Still, she has enjoyed her time with the Lady Eagles and wants to continue playing at the college level. She has already had scholarship offers but is not looking to commit anytime soon. Her goal is to be a coach after her playing days are done.
Hitchcock knows that the Obama program has grown over the past couple of years. "The new players have brought a lot more energy this year," she says. At the same time, "we have some experienced players who have tried to spread their knowledge and skills."
Coach Wagner acknowledges that this has been "one of our best teams so far." She says this "despite some of our players quitting towards the end."
Playing softball is a challenge at Obama. Bad weather and few games make it a practice-oriented sport and it takes that dedicated individual to succeed.
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President Obama has nominated David J. Barron, the author of two memos justifying the killing of American citizens abroad without trial, to the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
Recently, I wrote Harry Reid a letter declaring my intention to place a hold on his nomination until the drone memos I knew existed were made public.
Since that letter, it has been disclosed that at least 11 memos on targeted drone killings exist.
While we don't know if Barron wrote all of these memos, we do know that his classified memos provided the President a legal argument to target an American citizen for killing without them being convicted by a jury and without due process.
A vote could come at any time so I hope you'll sign your emergency "Defend the Bill of Rights" fax directive right away.
I'll circulate your directive to my colleagues to urge them to demand the Obama administration come clean and release all of these memos.
Our Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights to due process and a trial by jury do not vanish on the legal whim of any administration.
If an American abroad commits an act of treason then they should be tried and convicted.
If an American commits an act of treason on a foreign battlefield then they may be lawfully killed.
But this administration needs to answer why they believe in noncombat situations the executive branch can assume the role of the judicial branch and play executioner.
That's why I hope I can count on your immediate action.
A vote could come at any time so I hope you'll complete your emergency "Defend the Bill of Rights" fax directive right away.
Thank you for your action.
Senator Rand Paul
P.S. President Obama has nominated David J. Barron, the author of two memos justifying the killing of American citizens abroad without trial to the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
So please sign your emergency "Defend the Bill of Rights" fax directive immediately and help me urge my colleagues to demand the Obama administration release all of their memos outlining their legal arguments for targeting American citizens for assassination by drones.
After you complete your directive please chip in a contribution so I can continue to lead the fight in the Senate to defend the Bill of Rights.
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