Friday, November 30, 2007
The Green Bay back-up QB became the latest "good job, not quite" example of lesser teams (and players) not quite beating their superior opponents. Miami, for instance, has several close defeats. Unclear if Brett, out early by injury, would have done better -- the defense hurt them early, and did not quite hold late. Meanwhile, as I thought, the glee from the right on the stem cell issue (Bush was right!) is exaggerated at best.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
And Also: In yesterday's debate, see TPM etc., Sen. McCain was shocked that Romney was iffy about waterboarding being torture. How about our new AG? Oh wait ... when enabling Bush, McCain -- his books on courage etc. aside -- suddenly gets a bit wishy-washy. And, is thus not a credible candidate.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
How annoying. The Eagles had a good shot at beating unbeaten New England, but suddenly stopped scoring. Lost by a field goal. OTOH, it took the Steelers to the last minute to score a field goal vs. Miami, who didn't score at all. Good thing, since losing against the Jets (creamed on Thanksgiving) and Miami would be really sad. Meanwhile, the Giants lost bad (bound to happen at least once though some fans were horrified) to the also ran Vikings. And, Starting Out in the Evening was a good movie.
Friday, November 23, 2007
"New York City is on track to have fewer than 500 homicides this year ... this gives more credence to a suspicion I've had ... that the current low murder rates in this country ... probably make the whole concept of the TV police procedural unrealistic." Good news (but the image usually tended to be worse than the reality, which leads to some unfortunate social policy implications) and right as to cop shows. Those addresses on Law & Order tend to be fake too. And, the reasons are complex ... though Mayor Rudy will want you to think it's all him. (Hint: Crime dropped nation-wide).
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
My stance on a NYT article on new evidence the death penalty might deter is akin to this one. [The article notes that proof here can be a dubious thing, but there probably is some net deterrence.] I get off the bus as to allowing it in "a very small number of crimes of such moral atrocity" even if that is "a suitable moral response." How are we supposed to do that equitably, especially with additional risk of arbitrary application? They also tend to be done by people where free will is particularly unclear, making societal execution dubious. If anything, deterrence -- murder in prison or in an escape -- might be a more just reason. Dubious still, but perhaps a bit less so.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
And Also: A priest gets in trouble (legally) in a sex scandal ... involving adult females. BTW, I'm reading an interesting collection of vignettes entitled She Captains: Heroines and Hellions of the Sea by Joan Druett. Who knew there were interesting books in the 380s?
Thursday, November 15, 2007
And Also: Marci Hamilton (a conservative), in an essay discussing an opt-out lawsuit involving the morning after pill notes that the controversy "is not a case of religion versus secularism, but rather, as usual in the United States, believer versus believer." Very true. The law in question requires a pharmacy to have at least one person without a problem supplying the stuff on call, even though some think they should allow referrals to a different pharmacy. The latter technique is my ideal plan, but it probably would run into supply problems in many areas. We are talking about time sensitive drugs here as well.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
TMQ, see blogroll, repeatedly is annoyed when loser teams play it safe, going for meaningless field goals instead of risking it for seven. Well, SF risked it at least twice last night, leading to a 24-0 score, instead of something like 24-6. Don't see the praise ... do see his usual off-topic blather. This time, in part, it's anti-Gore, including Gore getting a Nobel for "hectoring." Potshot at his 2000 election fight as well. Curious why I haven't been reading him this lately.
I like Glenn Greenwald, but as noted here, he seems to have drunk too much of the kool aid on Ron Paul. It is telling, btw, that the guy caucuses with the Republicans. But, whenever someone calls like Thom Hartmann or whatever, and says "hey, Ron Paul sounds like a good choice," there is a lot of ammo. His "states rights" stance in particular -- flag burning? Well, the feds shouldn't ban it ... states? Sure, if they want. [He's also "pro-life." And, other conservative stuff ... check the link.] No, that isn't how "libertarian" works.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
And Also: In football, St. Louis is no longer a total loser, but Miami is, though they had leads of 3-0, 3-2 (really) and 10-2. In honor of Veteran's Day, I give you Doonesbury's The Long Way Home. Its value is suggested by the person who supplied the intro ... Sen. McCain.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
And Also: GG underlines that it is a lie that "60 votes" needs to be present to do anything in Congress, except when it is Republicans who block things. And, the reason the AG confirmation (heck it's only torture and executive overreaching) was rushed (this sends a lousy signal btw ... do they even care?) through is lame (a major political sin in itself) too ... even a short delay would suggest the block is not just a handy minority tool. And, AGAIN, Dems are cowards ... afraid people with under 30% support will call them weak on defense. Pathetic. Sorry, been thru too much to settle. When that is the result, including in 2008, I feel cheated.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
And Also: Corner Gas (WGN) continues to provide a nice midnight snack (a side of wry), but what is with that new Burger King commercial idea in which a trio of moms hire a hitman to off the (admittedly creepy looking) "king" because the new sandwich is "better than mom could make." The follow-up has them trying to hit him with a car! This is largely a family business (hmm ...), right? No mention of the NY ballot measure on the election round-up in the news per my usual morning radio news source.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Some argue MM is the best we can hope for. But, even if we take this as a given (dangerous), the way Chucky and Diane has done it is rather lame. In fact, no fight at all might be better than a lame concerned nod (aka "the Specter"). As that last link notes, it also furthers the "all are bad" claim, which is both wrong and annoying. The "lose the battle, win the war" principle only works when it is done with more finesse than shown by too many Dems these days. BTW, Congrats to Navy for ending a 40+ year stream of futility vs. Notre Dame, though it took to the third OT (after a failure to stop a 4th and 14) to do it. Talking about lame, ND has reach that point.
And Also: I am about to read Plame's biography ... she's cute ... which looks a bit long, but then again has plenty of redactions. Rails & Ties is too hackneyed, though having some good performances, to warrant a link. Marcia Gay Harden probably is due for another film soon enough anyway.
Friday, November 02, 2007
And Also: More on that driving license issue with a critical nod to Sen. Dodd. Henry Hyde gets a presidential medal of freedom for his efforts to selectively honor health care for poor women depending on their moral beliefs. Relatedly, some news on the global gag rule.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
A column today noted that everyone plays the role of the goat in baseball ... on good teams, others pick up the slack. So, why are we still hearing about those midges ... as if one run was the life and death of the Yanks? Or, the assumption Joba would never choke (see MR in October '97 vs Indians, his first year as a closer) without that distraction? And, yeah, the point that sometimes you need a change even when the person replaced still is pretty good. A few key local radio hosts don't quite get it either. Oh, I don't wish 24+1 A-Rod on anyone, but the Giants seems like they need the "1."
And Also: HB Tom! Joe to the Dodgers? GL if all goes well! [Yup] Meanwhile, the Red Sox closer was on Dave last night. Guy is some character. Knows he has a dream job, and is loving it. Ditto, David Wright (a quieter sort), who was on Jon Stewart.