Thursday, August 31, 2006
And Also: Are the Rockies outfielders really as bad as they have looked when playing the Mets? I received a new phone book today -- comes with free gifts. An ad magnet and a miniature subway map booklet (folds up to business card size), which in fact also has ads. Finally, Bush just recess appointed a Wal-mart corporate hack to protect workers, a few days before Labor Day to boot. Isn't it Princess Jenna's time yet?
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
And Also: There was a nice story in the paper today about how a dog was saved and might just be destined to be a police dog. Also, a few interesting thoughts -- including a neat baseball metaphor tossed in -- that joined together two rather different musicians. And, Mike Malloy guest hosted this week ... appears he doesn't like eating "sea spiders" aka crawfish etc. Guy is a nut. Definitely of the "Bush is evil" (aka the Bush Crime Family) crowd. Secular edition. Has a reasonable side, but Bush clearly drives him crazy. Not that this is necessarily wrong, but when he does things like delving into 9/11 conspiracy theories, enough. Still, I wish they would have not let him go.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
And Also: The Mets had a bit of lag after a great road trip, one that probably hung over past the All Star Break. Now, though David Wright is slumping, the team surely looks to be in a groove. Taking two out of three, even with fill-ins (though John Maine seems to be firmly set as the No. 5), from the on the rise Phillies underlined the point. The latest winning solution: great pitching mixed with the big inning, helped by some breaks. Aside from a un-Yankee like ability to replace starters on a consistent basis, the team is comparable to the team across the way ... including a "give them a break, they will bust thru it" mentality. Oh, the Yanks don't have a triple machine though.
Monday, August 28, 2006
And Also: I saw a nice tidbit in the paper that there will be an automat again in Manhattan, those "eateries" with food in little coin operated compartments. Until I guess sometime in the 1980s, there was one of those left in mid-town Manhattan. There was also one in the Cary Grant/Doris Day movie That Touch of Mink. Also, some funny comics today, including Pearls to Swine (root cause of poverty: "lack of moneys") and Elizabeth got some good news. Hopefully, it is a sign that another teacher I know will be able to get a better position. Liz is such a charming character. Doonesbury too was on the money -- though I thought of the joke before today.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
And Also: Someone came here looking for info on Chloe Breyer's protest arrest in response to a NYC police matter. Here is a sadly dismissive look at her path to the ministry. Those new age lib types ... they can't have true religious experiences like people like these. I find this as sad as it is elitist claptrap.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
And Also: Even though they gave up Abreu and Lidle, the Phillies are playing very good of late, giving the Mets problems too. [Lost 3 of 4, but then won seven straight, a streak ending yesterday with the Phillies in town.] Such problems are aided by the nature of the Mets starting rotation these days (with El Duque taking a game off, it has the flavor of the Reds rotation -- last year's), but still ... OTOH, I really don't trust the Phillies. They are bound to slip up once again. Don't buy those wild card tickets just yet.
And Also: The NYT article provides a money quote: "The agency has regulatory authority over a quarter of the United States economy. Despite this huge portfolio, three commissioners devoted countless hours to considering whether to switch Plan B. a small-selling, decades-old medicine, to over-the-counter status." I wonder: should this politicizing of women's health really be deemed legit? As the article notes studies suggest, it will be no panacea, just one useful way to further women's health, and yes, stop some unwanted pregnancies and abortions. See below for a lot of chatter on the matter.
Friday, August 25, 2006
And Also: The muckraking NY AG is running for governor, and should win given his lackluster competition, so his job needs to be filled. The choices leave something to be desired, though it helped when Andrew Cuomo decided one early debate was enough, not showing up for the one Thursday or others upcoming. I complained when Clinton refused to debate Tasini, and this is more serious -- Cuomo is no clear-cut front runner, nor an incumbent. If he cannot deign to show up so voters can get a better judge of his mettle close to the primary, why should we vote for him? Because he is sooo much better than Mark Green. Don't think so.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
And Also: And, then there were eight. Planets. Recently, I saw the usual suspect use the term "islamofascists" to justify sneering at the "judge going wild" (tossing in various references to "dudes" in the process for some reason) ruling as well as even Congress stepping in. The word basically means "bad Muslims" (followers of a President who doesn't know the meaning of the word "strategy" are not necessary known for exactitude), but has a certain inexact nature that poisons the discourse overall as noted here. And, finally Plan B ... 3/4 a good thing.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
And Also: Mets had a good day -- Glavine okay, Valentin back (pinch hitting), Mota pitched a good inning, OF Shawn Green (for the Jewish presence) picked up, and they came back from 7-1 down (two home runs from Pujols) to win it via a HR in the bottom of the ninth. Possible playoff preview? Oh, and Bill Clinton was at the stadium. Castro had a setback, but overall, not a bad day. Props to Chicago as well for their foie gras ban.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
And Also: A fill-in will pitch for the Yanks tonight, since Mussina is ailing. The Yanks have had a hard time finding credible replacements starters, except for last year when they found lightening in a bottle (it diffused this year) in Chacon and Small. Meanwhile, the Mets repeatedly -- mostly fairly well (at least in the short term) -- had to do it. If Glavine will have to be temporarily replaced, they will have had thirteen starters. It is impressive that they managed to get so much out of such people.
Monday, August 21, 2006
And Also: Life is not always fair. The death of Cliff Floyd's sister, a mom about twenty one with two kids, of cancer suggests the point. Meanwhile, the team just picked up Piazza's former nemesis, Guillermo Mota and cash for a player to be named. So he's cheap, but one wonders how much he has to offer. The Red Sox closer had a high stakes bases loaded with no one out moment and came out with the lead. And, with no one out and a man on third ... not quite.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
And Also: Sigh. Now, there are concerns about Glavine's shoulder or whatever. Unclear what exactly is wrong or how bad -- could be short term, or not. BTW, what is with those Nike icons on catcher's chest protectors? I'm tired of various commercials -- "enhancements," debt relief, love connections, and a few less annoying products but still irritating ads. Well, ads on catchers -- as if they are members of NASCAR or something -- is not any better. Meanwhile, I wonder if this will effect me ...
Saturday, August 19, 2006
And Also: One more thing on the NSA case. Put things in perspective. District court judges have tons of cases, many requiring fairly extensive opinions. Let's not even put the criticized district judge opinion next to other district court opinions -- the only way to truly fairly judge it. Put it next to many Supreme Court rulings. One would probably find it compares favorably. Since the Supremes have to write about six majority/plurality opinions each a year, are generally not too liberal, or nominated by Jimmy Carter (and generally not black or a woman), what is their problem?