Tuesday, October 31, 2006
And Also: Coming back today, it was like some zombie movie, but with kids demanding candy. Something like bugs and such that only come out when it is dark -- it was twilight -- though sure, that sounds a bit too icky. Well, it is Halloween, so maybe it is appropriate.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
And Also: I am sick of the House promos talking about its "new time," which is really just it's old time before it shifted an hour earlier for about an month before the baseball playoffs. On that note, sigh, but fine ... Suppan is a stud who some team very well might seize given he is a free agent. Talk is in the air that A-Rod is staying. Okay. If so, forget about 2007 in the Bronx ... same old shit for another year.
I went to urban favorite Trader's Joes (earlier, I had checked out the separate wine store next door) after seeing the Dixie Chicks; it has some good things/deals, but the nearby Whole Foods had more options as well as their own cheap store brand. Since both don't have the exact same things, I guess the best way is to go both places, though sometimes the lines would make that a bit tedious. Oh, TJ has less space, so is more crowded. I'm not a fan of the stuff, but maybe the (cheap) wine was a major draw?
Saturday, October 28, 2006
And Also: An author of an upcoming book on the myth of tort suits run riot has a tasty blog (h/t Washington Monthly). See here for an "accord" to an argument in support of the Afghan War as compared to the one in Iraq. I see much merit in the points made by the original article though think more thought had to be put in the authorization. Can we please make this mandatory from now on? Remember to set back your clocks.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Feministing also is very dubious as to single sex education in public schools below the college level. After watching Democracy Now! discuss fears the U.S. government is getting too involved in the upcoming election there, I read that Nicaragua passed a complete ban on abortions. Not that the "life" exception meant much in practice. It is suggested that over 32K illegal abortions are performed there annually, often in dangerous conditions. Too many disgusting Republican campaign things to list ... the NJ ruling should provide some more fodder for their little minds.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
And Also: See here (10/26) for a discussion of the Green Party's role in elections. One participant would not accept Nader's (a fake Green in '00; his was an ego campaign) spoiler role -- hey, there were other third party candidates in Florida. Oh give me a break -- none had 90K votes that clearly would have been mostly given to the Democrats. In fact, PB (at first) even agreed many of his "votes" probably were wrongly counted, being more supportive of electoral fairness than Ralph (btw "ralph" is slang for vomit). Third party candidates will not get respect if they aren't honest with voters.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
It is interesting how -- when I switch to various debates that are shown on C-SPAN -- the Republicans often are talking about the economy. Isn't this avoidance of foreign policy issues a usual Democrat technique? Meanwhile, Sen. Clinton's opponent (yes, she has one) suggested she paid loads of money in plastic surgery to change her appearance. HC insists she was always cute. Come on -- clearly she is much more the hottie now ... the fair lady from Louisiana sorta has it going on, but everyone knows HC is the babe of the Senate. Anyway, this sort of thing depresses me. 300M people ... this is the best we can do?
Monday, October 23, 2006
And Also: There is a continual belief that there is some sort of "reasonable" Republican that we can look toward for sound public policy, a necessary balance and/or possible partner for uh "reasonable" Democrats. As with all myths, there is some kernel of truth. Such beings sorta exist, but are like followers of bullies. They might be useful with the right leadership (so to speak), but given their leaders, they are counterproductive. This is another reason why change of political control would be useful. Meanwhile, recently the NYT had an article on Lieberman's high poll numbers. If he wins, it would really depress me. For him in a former life, see here.*
Sunday, October 22, 2006
And Also: Here is an interview with Melanie Martinez, who lost her job as a children's host because she allegedly did not disclose her role in two satirical chastity videos she did a few years before. Cf. The past antics of the likes of The Santa Clause actor Tim Allen.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
John J. DiIulio Jr. might be a liberal darling for his "Mayberry Machiavellis" comment, but he still is not quite our friend. See his criticism of the recent NYT piece on religious accomodations run amuck here. Some balance is useful, but his use of "antireligion state constitutional provisions" as a stand-in for barriers to state funding of religious groups annoys. Don't want your tax dollars to fund teaching Islam? Anti-religious! How dare you only go to mass ... if you don't support all religions equally, it is anti-religious! What tripe.
Friday, October 20, 2006
And Also: Sweet Land is a charming indie that provides two things I wish were around more often -- quality adult romances with some recognition of how much plot material is out there. This one involves a young German mail order bride (early on we see the bad side of this route) that experiences some discrimination (and support) in the post-WWI Midwest. It is even a little socialist friendly, shades of gentle John Sayles. Nice to see Alex Kingston in a supporting role as well -- charming actress. Her "I'm an American" reply is classic JP mom. A little gem with great acting and sense of place/time.
No. Sorry. No moral victories. That's for losers. No "good year" for this fan. A guy that went 3-13 this season went on three days rest and showed up. Again. Damn he did. An outfielder who suddenly decided not to hit made a wonderful catch to save two runs that is now -- sorry -- meaningless. Why? Because the team couldn't get one f-ing clutch hit, even a sacrifice fly [shut the game off then -- with reason] when momentum was there and an error handed them a f-ing run. If they took it. Failed in game 172. Fans deserve better than that. Football ...
Thursday, October 19, 2006
And Also: Glenn Greenwald expands on my "terrorism isn't our biggest concern" thought by noting that just because something is threatening doesn't mean we can do anything to stop it. Billmon discusses Riverbend's remarks on the Lancet study. As to Thoreau, ultimately what did he do to stop the Mexican War? Spend a night in jail? Yippee. So, no need to fear meeting him in the great beyond, I say.