Monday, October 29, 2007
And Also: Don Mattingly might be the sympathetic favorite of some, including apparently the boss himself (who clearly does not have as deciding of a role these days), Joe Girardi probably is the better option -- he has the managerial experience, was a catcher in both leagues (needs to call games etc.) and seems (to the degree I can tell) a bit more with it. Don is miffed and leaving the team. Meanwhile, A-Rod thinks 25+ million isn't enough, and the Yanks said "don't let the door hit you on the way out." Kewl, I say. Say goodbye to a couple other overpriced boobs, make the young guys and some role players more of a face of the team, and I just might be interested again. After all, they are the underdogs now, right?
Sunday, October 28, 2007
After writing my comment about the Rockies, they came back from a 6-0 deficit ... made it 6-5 in the bottom of the 7th. Shades of the Yanks in '96? No. They did not get that final run and blew it the very next half inning, falling to 9-5 (last I checked). Sigh. Meanwhile, my VCR clock must think we are following old Daylight Saving Time rules ... it is an hour slow. Next week, boy/girl! (never quite see animated VCRs, do you?)
Saturday, October 27, 2007
And Also: The Indians were up 3-1 and had a chance to tie in the 7th in the seventh game as well. They couldn't close the deal, so the Red Sox again had a chance to steamroll. Thanks a lot! [Sarcasm alert, even if Rudy might be happy.] The NL have been pretty even with the AL in the WS since 2001, winning three and having a shot to close out another before falling apart. But, after a fantasy run, the Rockies surely doing a pretty sad job in the WS so far.
Friday, October 26, 2007
And Also: House is on shakier ground now ... why are they keeping the old team for cameos PLUS choosing a new one? Too busy. The regulars also seem a bit tired ... the set-up needs some juice. Not sure if any of the potential new team members really would add it. Also, lots of dark movies out there this season ... including the new one with Marisa Tomei. A bit, forgive me, of an overkill. Some, including Eastern Promises, still are quite good.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
And Also: Sen. Dodd's opposition to the telecommunication immunity provision suggests a value of longshot candidates are akin to third parties -- they might have no shot at winning, but they can bring to the fore important facts as well as pushing major candidates along the way.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
After a failed (mostly, but sadly not totally, by a party line vote) attempt to censure the guy, Rep. Stark apologized. As one reply noted, flight suit and all, "amusement" hit home. But, we cannot be honest because ... well Dems are wimps is just too pessimistic, right? Interesting bit of redaction in the opinion concerning a case of mistaken identity in a case arising from 9/11, raising a few issues including psychological coercion. Meanwhile, important news in Poland (sadly, Polish news in Iraq recently too).
Miami and St. Louis are still winless, the former in part thanks to the Jets sole win, which wasn't easy. This week, Jets blew a 23-10 lead, but hey, Chad led the team to eight at the buzzer. Unfortunately, this was after the other team intercepted a desperation toss to put them up by 15 ... the game ending two made it 38-31. Giants did well against another scrub. And, the Red Sox came back from 3-1 to get to the WS. The Yanks also were down 3-1 ... unfortunately in a five game series. When the Red Sox get to the WS more times than the Yanks ... well, it's time to go. Oh, Bears win via a late score and Saints now have two wins! Who will be embarrassed and be beaten by the Falcons?
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Gone Baby Gone is Ben Affleck's directorial debut with his brother in the lead role as an advisor hired by two members of the family of a missing little girl. An already messy situation turns messier and just a bit too melodramatic to my tastes. There is a sense of individual moral choice that adds complexity, and the hard edge is pretty good, but I did feel used. And, things were a bit too neat ... in a fashion ... at the end. Mixed bag. Didn't quite like it.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Sen. Dodd deserves respect, especially given my past complaints, for announcing his plan to hold up the telecommunications immunity bill (thanks Senate Dems!) ... see Glenn Greenwald for some more background, also to see why the new attorney general leaves something to be desired. Too bad my senator (Charles) went out of the way to praise the guy. Atrios has more.
And Also: Joe Torre turned down a new contract that had a pay cut and "incentives" coming with playoff advancements, apparently signaling the end of an era. That is, the manager (1996-2007), not the giant payroll and superstars, which lacks some of the role players that meant success in the playoffs ... what, though some local announcer sorts refuse to accept it, simply is expected by many fans, and surely the management. Well, when Joe talks, we will find out more.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
After all, they only lost once in the last three weeks or so, and did that only to have an exciting one game playoff ... and then swept the team that beat them. Namely, the Diamondbacks, who had a decent chance to tie in the ninth after being down 6-1 in the 4th ... but with one on and one out, the guy swung on 3-0 [one of a few questionable moves]. The networks are just praying the Indians beat Boston in seven ... at least someone will play a whole series. And, maybe, it would be the better series, but who can count the Rockies out either way? Oh, the Giants won again too.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
The NYT basically called it a good Lifetime movie, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Canvas concerns a family, a preteen boy in particular, dealing with a mother with mental illness. Good performances throughout, but it is in particular a good account of the life of a ten-year-old boy. Some predictable moments, but one good rule of thumb -- Marcia Gay Harden usually is in pretty good films (TV too), more so recently it seems.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
And Also: The NY Daily News opinion pages often are garbage (one guy in particular really pisses me off), but the one headlined with "why I won't vote for Hillary" by Charles Krauthammer made me laugh. Shocker really. Barack, Charles? Nah, not enough of an a-hole for his tastes. Maybe, Biden. His comments on her lack of principle hit home, but the critical vessel leaves a lot to be desired all the same. I doubt such denunciations actually hurt her either, given the enemy of your enemy deal. And, who exactly do you like? Republican frontrunners leave a lot to be desired, and principled sorts like Ron Paul are too anti-Iraq war for his tastes. Still, the headline was funny.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
And Also: The Medellin case is back. Note that Bush doesn't think notifying consulates when foreign nationals are arrested is a requirement. He just wants to defend his power here. This is not the best way to honor international law (and the Supremacy Clause), but you knew that. Some background on the original crime here. More on the case.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
The responses to this defense of Hillary Clinton's "experience," particularly by Dilan, hit home. Though some wish not to admit it, it is time for Joe Torre to go -- the Yanks are an "all the way" team. Repeated failures in the first round and the higher standard for this team send up red flags. The House FISA bill seems credible (this means it is only partially problematic) ... did pressure actually work? Will it survive? The end of that Dallas/Bills game btw was unbelievable.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
The Yanks are out quickly again. The Bills made one mistake late (and one earlier ... punt the ball before the half, don't let them get a field goal shot), erasing all the good ... onside kick, winning field goal (twice -- first was called back because of a time out call) from 53 YD out. So, they hurt the Jets, but did not follow-up by helping the Giants. The Jane Austen Book Club might be a chick flick, but it was an enjoyable one. The nice chicks didn't hurt.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
You think the weather we are having is hot? Nothing next to those guys. The Cubs reminded me of the first time they came to the playoffs in recent years, as a wild card, and the Braves quickly done them in. Anyway, 100 years (1908-2008) ... well, that is a nice round number. And, Lou is right ... let's make sure this is but the first time. The Mets, however, showed nothing is assured even when it should be. Let's see how the AL leaders do.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Baseball:All four match-ups in the first round, in part thanks to a midge attack that led Joba Chamberlain to go wild and give up the tying run (giving Carmona a nine inning no decision), are 2-0 affairs. One assumes at least one or two will go on after today and tomorrow, but this is a bit upsetting (except for the Rockies/Phillies match-up) and I reckon rather notable. As my comment suggests, "upsetting" to the degree you are a baseball fan or a fan of one of the teams in trouble.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Baseball: Rockies up 2-0, Yanks start off badly, Cubs in (more) trouble and Ron Darling (Mets announcer) is doing the analysis, so you do have that Mets connection. Oh, and Red Sox had a good first game. Watch out for those Diamondbacks ... lethal.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
And Also: John Dean's latest on the broken government of the Republicans in the recent years is good so far ... I'm through one branch and some interesting appendixes (and notes). He notes the importance of process -- like a credible legislative process when drawing up FISA amendments, even if you pass the damn bill. Meanwhile, Anita Hill has an op-ed in the NYT today defending herself vs. Justice Thomas. I'm inclined to trust her more ... this would mean T. is a hypocrite. Ah well, Jesus knew a thing or two about hypocrites a bit sanctimonious about morals ... and the law.