Monday, December 31, 2007
And Also: Glenn Greenwald today talks about the hopes of "handful of retired, mediocre politicians" to get my mayor, Michael Bloomberg, to think about running an independent run for President. You know, as a rich big daddy savior (shades of Jean Harlow?). And, since he was once a Democrat until it was no longer politically useful, he has the above the party fray thing going for him, though of course as a Republican (see GG's piece) he did help them out the last few years. Anyway, comes to me that when GG yesterday cited candidates whose supporters are upset about the current political situation, he left out Dennis Kucinich. This is not a unique situation, especially since a Paul sympathizer like him should like DK's opposition to Bush et. al.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
And Also: The Giants played to win ... for three quarters. Then, they let the Pats walk all over them, and then took for-ev-er to score to make it a three point game. And, a miracle onside kick recovery rather unlikely even in a regular game, hand the game at the end too. I'm not satisfied. No "moral victory" for me. A bloody field goal would have meant something. But, they only scored (after going up 28-16) again way too late. 38-35 to me is rather worse than a less close game, especially since you tasted it late enough to matter. And, if you don't play it all the way, don't tease your fans.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
And Also: The Ravens' choke makes tonight's game more important than it could be (the Giant's win total, less so for them), but why must it be on both CBS and NBC? It already is on a local channel, which occurs when a pay station has the game (here the more obscure NFL Network), and probably some with a satellite could point their dish to get it in various cases too. So, the need for network simulcasting is somewhat questionable as is ... so why TWO stations? Anyway, one NY Daily News sports writer thinks an upset is possible ... everyone else, including the advice columnists, think not.
Friday, December 28, 2007
And Also: I realize that the Giants must look toward the playoffs, but past experience suggests they just might get very far. So, fans can still care about them beating the Pats. And, implications from more than one WFAN host aside, I actually still remember (and care about) when they ended the Broncos perfect season, even if it was a decade ago. Ok?
Monday, December 24, 2007
And Also: More Paul stuff [h/t TPM] ... as to Abe, not only does it take at least two to tango on the war, he actually raised the issue of compensated emancipation and even border state leaders didn't bite, plus slavery in British West Indies wasn't quite the same as the American South. [More.] Krugman again attacks (the tone suggests the word is suitable) Obama, noting in part that campaign finance reform cannot be viewed simplistically -- unions are not quite corporations.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
And Also: Some person -- who read it in the original German -- suggested I made a bad analogy to The Trial. So, I borrowed the book on tape ... well, the first twenty minutes is pretty good, including the narration work. Meanwhile, the Bears helped Dallas get the #1 seed and Buffalo collapsed, letting NY (via a truly messy game) get in, and perhaps help Pats go 16-0.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
And Also: The World's Fastest Indian (motorcycle, that is) was on TMC ... charming movie, Anthony Hopkins is great as usual, and the DVD is good too. The writer/director, who worked on the real deal a few decades ago, has a nice commentary. Meanwhile, I also watched Marie Antoinette -- the book looks good -- is a mixed bag. Nice to look at, well acted, but drops off about an hour in. BTW, is this right? Vinny isn't starting for Carolina tonight? Shoot ... would be nice to see him again.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
And Also: A U.S. District Court judge granted a preliminary injunction respecting a Florida law that prevents citizens from being registered if their names and Social Security or driver's license numbers on their registration applications do not match exactly the information in other government databases. This overinclusive "prove you are innocent" sort of thing gives one 2000 flashbacks.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
The conditions made it -- fwiw -- not pathetic, but Chad (Clemens out early) and company still lost, a late reversal (adding insult to injury) clinching the deal. [Giants lost too, by more vs. an inferior team.] Miami stopped the Ravens from winning at the goal line, watched them miss a shot at winning in OT and won themselves. Justice would have been the Ravens beating the Pats too, keeping a "16" on one side of the ledger from both teams. Oh, that guy from Green Bay broke the passing record.
And Also: "We seek your leadership. But if for some reason you are not willing to lead, leave it to the rest of us. Please get out of the way." Yes, our representatives help us look like losers to the rest of the world yet again, this time on the issue of the UN climate change deal. TPM has more on the children we have "leading" us. Reality leads the U.S. to have to make some choices that leave a bit to be desired, but there is something to be said for doing so with a bit more finesse.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
The latest in a bunch of moves that made Air America p- me off ... the "business decision" to fire Kent Jones from the Rachel Maddow (with the exception, up to a point, of Thom Hartman, the only full time host worth consistently listening to left on the station) Show. I was not at home, but let out a sigh when I heard the news earlier this week. Touching final goodbye last night -- the usual ending of the show with a Kent Jones report (and a "pet story") particularly fitting. What a lame move. The station, like the Democratic Party, yet again is seen as the enemy by the base. Charming.
And Also: A pet peeve is lax fact checking. I just opened up a book about efforts to help black laborers to read a reference to a favorite of mine, Edwards v. California. The law professor/author wrote how "the opinion" was written by Justice Jackson, Douglas writing a concurrence. In fact, Justice Jackson also wrote a (very quotable) concurrence. Justice Byrnes, who only wrote a few opinions anyway, wrote "the" opinion. Any ruling with a two word sentence ["There are."] is of some note.
Friday, December 14, 2007
And Also: Sen. Reid helping [see Glenn Greenwald et. al.] the telecommunications immunity crowd is offensive, but where are all the Democratic presidential candidates (other than Dodd)? The candidates do oppose immunity, but we deserve some special move ala Dodd's filibuster campaign to underline just how bad things are going. The alternative is summer patriots like Sen. Graham. Dodd is right: "Leadership is demonstrated through action."
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Two Republicans (Specter/Grassley) actually showed a bit of principle by voting to approve contempt resolutions against Karl Rove and White House chief of staff Josh Bolten for failing to comply with subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney firings probe. Time for the matter to go to the full Senate (and House as to Miers and Bolten). The fact this, which the betting person would suggest is likely to amount to not much, is notable is sad. OTOH, h/t Glenn Greenwald, the House did give Christians their props. Mitt Romney should be happy.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
And Also: A snapshot that suggests how things go matter. A dog dies [not mine], a death not too surprising given her health and age. But, the location and timing of the death led to problems. The death sad, but more easily accepted than the complications (purposely left unsaid here). You can accept, if with some unease, much, but sometimes how it goes down rankles. And, at times, this complicates the acceptance, which in another situation would have been much easier.