Saturday, September 30, 2006
And Also: Took over a year, but I finally obtained a California Quarter (2005) for my state quarter map. Also, took all year, but the Yanks clinched it all, best record (in all of baseball too, though that only goes to bragging rights) coming last (with the AL win in July, this means home field advantage into the World Series) yesterday. Elsewhere, tomorrow's games will mean something, though not too much. Also, Pedro will be out for much longer than six weeks.
Friday, September 29, 2006
Thursday, September 28, 2006
And Also: So Pedro is officially done. Well, he only got nine of the over ninety wins, so it is not the end of the world. And, after yesterday, not surprising. He gave the Mets immediate respectability last year and was a big part of attracting key players this year too. Two years left, but so far, he is worth the money. It's a shame though.
And Also: New books should be on the side panel ... I have discussed each one and found each a good read. To close the loop on Chayes, the rest of the book covered Afghan history (as she said, quite important to understand), the tragic ending of her friend ("Mr. Commander"), and a generally open-ended conclusion -- things are going badly (warlordism etc.) but she continues to love the place and trying to help it (in country) the best she can. And, a check on her latest activities suggests such is the case now. Oh, and she reaffirmed the truism that Iraq hurt our efforts in the country. RIP "Toyko Rose."
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
And Also: A lot of outrage is currently being expressed as how "conservatives" are for torture and so forth. Let's stop kidding ourselves. There are many more people who think "war, it is hell" (Sherman) or view "them" (as if this would be done to our own -- well, to this degree/as openly at least) as different (but are horrified if it is suggested they are racist). Republicans do not just win elections because of election fraud and gerrymandering people. They target a dark side of us and it is (to quote ED) "naive" to think otherwise. We need to understand this to adequately promote the other side.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
Is this "due process," Senator Cornyn? Selective ignorance (oh, I hate this): hypocrisy edition. Sin Tetas no hay Paraiso (potent satire). Pregnancy ad fetish? Sorry, source of last three, I found this amusing (at least clever/not disgusting). And, my answer to this is "no."
And Also: The latest path to getting benefits from morons was suggested by some mail (not the first) I received today: an official looking deal that implies that I won money, if only a "documentation release fee" is supplied. The basic fee was $15.49, $20.49 for priority ... cash, check, or money order. One gets the idea that doing so will lead to the sort of money I obtained for filling out an AOL survey ($3.50). It also is more than usual -- $5 or so seems normal. The legality, even with a Nevada address, of such a path also appears questionable. A lawyer acquaintance agreed. A bit less offensive than phishing for info via fake emails (a lethal business, really), but still rather distasteful.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
No surprise, but now we find out that our own intel sources agree that the invasion of Iraq "has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism." Yes, this alone, should mean change of control in November. Maybe, if the candidates are half as good as this guy. And, how about some substantive discussion of why Chavez is so popular, not just "don't dis my homeboy" b.s? Oh, and a nod to a local boy. Not a great NY sports day, but great column.
And Also: Brits do naughty with a twist: they often do it in a low key way, showing how sorts that look ordinary really are rather perverse. This might be why their version of Coupling did better than ours: more repressed characters. Keeping Mum, about an older lady who helps out a family in a tiny British parish in um naughty ways, also succeeds in this fashion. Quite outrageous, but in a low key sort of way. Very amusing. Kristin Scott Thomas also suggests the charm of an actress who is not a sexpot, but quite sexy. She also apparently can do comedy well.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
And Also: I have not really looked into the pope's remarks that recently led to so much controversy. Clearly, violence is inappropriate, though we should not generalize from the actions of a small amount of the billion or so Muslims in the world. [Other religions aren't saints either.*] The pope's attempts to underline the importance of reason (consider John 1) and how violence is unreasonable is nice but his choice of an example does seem dumb. Also, this column on the matter seems rather patronizing, including concerning those clueless secularists and how the pope is such a great guy for trying to save Muslims from themselves. An example of actually be liable for your mistakes. Unlike in Bushland.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
And Also: Shark premieres today -- a winning is the only thing that matters defense attorney (the slimeball!) finds out his client has killed again, is horrified, and eventually becomes a House-like prosecutor. Meanwhile, new DNA evidence leads to the release of an inmate in prison since his teens (early thirties now) for murder. The DA who refused to re-open the case is the Republican candidate for NY Attorney General. Fact/fiction.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
And Also: Something for the ladies ... don't let terrorism interrupt you make-up travel regime. Also, checking out a book -- didn't look too promising -- I was reading the jacket panel remarks. It must take a certain skill to write how "utterly original" all these books are and the "breathtaking contemplation" involved in their creation. The writer of this effusive prose surely must be from the same company who writes the blurbs on the straight to video quality DVDs at Blockbuster. Sometimes, I wonder why they don't just go all the way and print it in purple print.
Monday, September 18, 2006
And Also: On local PBS stations, there is a nifty educational show entitled Standard Deviants TV, which provides discussions of educational topics (English, languages, history, etc.) with verve. The young performers (seem to be twentysomethings generally) provide the basics, sometimes arguably a bit too detailed, with light comments / jokes tossed in with some creative visuals. It seems to be geared to junior high and high school (and continuing education ... since quite a few adults have only a light feel for many of the topics) audiences. Sort of extended "Schoolhouse Rock" episodes (without the music theme) for the current age.
And Also: I was out, so missed all but the end of the last NY game today. Overall, apparently, no great loss (but lots of losses) except for a great come from behind victory by the Giants. You know, the one they failed to obtain vs. the Colts. Meanwhile, apparently, the Mets decided not to clinch until they are at home. How else to explain being swept by the Pirates? They swept them when they had to in '99 -- to get to the one game playoff for the Wild Card. Except for the Red Sox, back when they were good, who else swept the Mets in a three game series all year? It annoyed me at first, but I see their game.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
And Also: I caught Judge "I'm smarter than you" Posner testifying in front of Congress along with John "King George" Yoo and a retired British MI-5 (domestic intelligence office which Posner supports). Is this really a good idea? I think judges should stick with judging, not get into policy debates in this fashion. Some Pledge BS. Finally, just to remind, the Senate Republican detainee treatment alternative is not really a good bill either. Oh, win already. You know who.
Friday, September 15, 2006
And Also: I'm a sometime fan of King of The Hill though the son annoys me. Luanne (Peggy Hill's niece) is a charming character -- shades of trailer trash, but with a tough and intelligent side as well. The episode where she fights George Foreman's daughter and thus gains respect from those who just saw her as eye candy was on recently. Another good one is where she moves out and gains Hank's respect by showing her level-headed side. Brittany Murphy does the voice -- love that too. One should never get too old for cartoons (Tom and Jerry still makes me smile), but the characters here have an adult seriousness that works on a dramatic level alone.