Thursday, November 30, 2006
And Also: The Webb incident underlines the guy is an asshole, even when dealing with family members of people current "in country." It simply amazes me sometimes (then I remember how we can lie to ourselves or compartmentalize rather well) how various sorts continue to in effect wonder why people simply dislike the man. In fact, they get attitudes like such people really can't be trusted since they infantilely "hate" Bush. Such self-delusion, or even the ability to fake it, is almost an admirable skill. But, yeah, it also pisses me off.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
And Also: Nice lede -- "A computer in antiquity would seem to be an anachronism, like Athena ordering takeout on her cellphone. But a century ago, pieces of a strange mechanism with bronze gears and dials were recovered from an ancient shipwreck off the coast of Greece." Interesting article too.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
And Also: A creative, if somewhat troubling, little parable (fable?) caused the author (a judge) a bit of difficulty. A good piece on the anti-birth control national birth control representative, including the dangers of such people moving the goalposts of the conversation (given a fancy name). My latest, per a Dahlia Lithwick piece, on releasing audio of Supreme Court arguments.
And Also: One of the many plays that led to the Giants' ridiculous loss last Sunday was a result of a rookie player being too conscious of a possible roughing the passer penalty (a questionable call [I hate game deciding bad calls] on 4th Down helping the other team earlier). He started to tackle with his head down, and since it was a clear passing situation, he thought the QB had already threw the ball. A bad rookie mistake, but more forgivable than some of those made by others, including the head coach. Not rookies, either. BTW, there was a sprinkling of snow in the field during yesterday's Packers/Seattle game. It was in the 60s here. Ah, typical late November weather.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
And Also: One NY team did their job today; another did not. They underlined the worst of overpriced players of a little boy's game -- playing lazy and messy. The team they played, especially the QB, stepped up. A half effort at stopping a game deciding 4th and 10 play technically only led to life and an eventual tie score. But, many fans probably were like me -- we knew then the game was lost. One of those "donate your money to charity, you didn't earn it" days.
And Also: I'm not exactly sure why retired Justice O'Connor is a member of the Iraq Study Group. Also, per the weekend marathon, Betty Rubble's maiden name is Betty Jean McBricker, though the second live action movie gives it as something else. Don't know why the marathon wasn't on the History Channel.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
And Also: Stuffing (cooked outside the bird for my benefit) and honey glazed carrots make good leftovers. Also, a passing reference near the end of The Slaveholding Republic led me to an interesting article on how many -- in both parties -- in the late 19th Century saw the importance of federal involvement in education to ensure an intelligent citizenry. This might warrant a separate entry. Henry Blair alone sounds interesting.
Friday, November 24, 2006
And Also: A nod to my older sister, who knows a thing or two about cooking a good meal -- yes, even for us vegetarians at Thanksgiving time. BTW, this is when the "vegetarian" thing really kicks in, since we aren't talking vegan foods here. I never promised you a rose garden ... or perfection. Just trying to get closer to the good life, my own way. Meanwhile, already received some gifts that I ordered ... yes, Xmas is already upon us.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
And Also: A Good Year is cynically seen in some quarters as Russell Crowe's way of showing he isn't an asshole. As a movie, it is pretty thin -- faux sentiment, but nice to look at -- in a fashion, arguably for both sexes. Better for scenery than for wine lessons, though maybe the book was better in that department.
And Also: Today is the 43th anniversary of the JFK assassination though a new movie and Air America host (this week) focuses on RFK. This seems a bit off. Meanwhile, the leads on House are getting more and more depressing, especially the situation with Dr. House's one real friend. You know, since all was so cheery before now.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Self-satisfied clueless victimhood annoys me. See comments here and here (toss in here) for what bothered me, including B's failure to respect the legitimacy of a quite reasonable argument and R's failure (repeatedly) to face up to the particular context and realities that suggest Democrats (with their alleged media allies and other "liberal apologists" like myself) are not somehow given particularly special treatment. Better to in effect shoot the messenger. QED indeed.
And Also: Still have tonight, but quite an eventful football weekend, including various injuries and a Colts loss. The Jets again showed themselves as a work in progress. Vinny Testaverde was around again ... eating up garbage time in the Pats game. And, Arizona finally found someone else to beat.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
And Also: Rutgers upset a team that sweated it out the week before; this week, in their first loss, the tables were turned. Not really into college football, but hey, there are a lot of very good one loss teams. Suck it up, win the next two, and be happy you were not a bunch of losers this year. Heck, they are probably already "Whatchamacallit" Bowl eligible. Beware the good enough to bite teams, especially late in the year.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
And Also: A few weeks ago, I complimented customer service reps. Well ... I never did receive what was promised and when I called to check for an update, I got cut off. Still, the group from the company who could not help me did so well enough, while the person who claimed I would be helped was nice about it. You take what you can get, right?