Friday, June 30, 2006
And Also: After the Mets had a fantastic West Coast trip, they had a mediocre home stand, and good series vs. Toronto. Not quite the case against the juggernaut (over ten game winning streak) that is now the Red Sox, who beat them in basically all shades of the game, including luck. First three game losing streak/swept series, and they looked rather bad -- Pedro worse of all -- in so doing. Back-end of rotation vs. Yanks. They need to play better this time.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
And Also: Katherine Harris, who really should understand her limitations and ride her nice safe little House seat as long as she can, has sadly (for Republicans) decided to run against Sen. Nelson (D-FL), moderate Democrat whose votes disappoint progressives in various cases. In other words, a tough competitor even for a credible candidate. She is a favorite target for Air America types, but I have yet to see a reference to her book. Center of The Storm: Principled Leadership in Times of Crisis. Such a missed opportunity.
And Also: Digby suggests that Rush's latest embarrassment is an appropriate target because of the hypocrisy involved, namely a promoter of social conservatives bending the rules, so concerned with privacy, and being rather sexually laissez faire. You know sort of like blondie possibly violating election rules, which she would say only idiots would not understand. Fair enough, but it seems like some rather just laugh at him.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Supreme Court Watch: Justice Stevens' dissent respecting a prison regulation limiting 1A rights is another in a line of his respect prisoner dignity. Justice Breyer does a decent job summarizing the dissenting p.o.v. on the matter of why mid-decade districting, even if not always bad, is suspicious when used for clearly political reasons. See also, his support of clear respect of the treaty right for foreigners to consult their governments, even if state criminal rules might be affected. The majority left the door open somewhat, but in a weak-willed matter that again (with the no-knock ruling) looked down on the exclusionary rule in general. Also, the libs split in two cases.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
And Also: It's fun and all to make fun of the guy, but you know something is pretty trivial and even petty when Atrios thinks so. Now, Rush is under a plea agreement (though the spin is not to call it that, since that would imply he did something wrong), so bending rules involving prescribed drugs is actually worthy of note. But, immature joke possibilities aside, do we really want to go there? The authorities are not only going to go after people we don't like. As to the Bush Administration: anti-freedom hypocrites. What else is new? The latter really bothers me, if I actually take them seriously any more.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
And Also: The Braves ended (barely) their ten game losing streak by beating Tampa Bay (better record) in extras, though they lost two pitchers in the battle (including Smoltz). They lost the next day vs. a TB spot starter, continuing their remarkable descent to the cellar. It's almost a shame ... also, they have had a sort of movie horror monster quality that makes one wonder if they truly are dead. The Mets are not playing like a stupid horny teenager these days, though the other teams in the NL East (Marlins excepted, for now) basically are. Heck, almost the whole NL is. [The Braves won today, and thus the series. Watch out!]
Saturday, June 24, 2006
And Also: Al Gore was great on David Letterman, who himself was in good "serious mode," intelligently raising various issues he cares about. A recent NYT article suggested Dave phones it in too many times, a true criticism, but he has his moments ... Leno just resigned himself to successful mediocrity. Dave's first question was basically wondering if Iraq is just a mess, one of our own making. Gore simply said "yes." Overall, a bit depressing -- I remember him on the show as Vice President ... tempus fugit. Truly, a different age.
And Also: Many bloggers are excited about Sen. Clinton's proposed new privacy protections, and a story about U.S. Navy sailors' information being posted online just underlines the continual importance of the issue these days. ["A half-dozen federal agencies have been affected by computer data losses in recent months."]