Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The Twins lost a one game play-off (after not beating KC enough over the weekend) 1-0, coming much closer than many thought. My question really is why its season series win (10-8, nearly all at home) vs. the Sox was basically meaningless -- it wasn't (as I think it should be) the real tie breaker; it didn't even given them home field advantage. The only time it counts is if the WC and division leader is tied. Football has a better idea about such things.
As the Mets were almost done with their latest collapse, it was leaked that the GM was going to get a four year extension. First, the post-season, aka now, not his future, should have been the focus. Second, the GM was part of the problem, in effect doing one good thing last post-season ... even there, JS was largely just a matter of waiting out the competition. The GM clearly was partially to blame for the overreliance on older players etc. For this, he does not just get re-upped, but re-upped for FOUR years? The more I think about it, the more disgusting it seems.
Monday, September 29, 2008
And Also: The NY Daily News had a cover shot of some girl crying because the Mets lost. Yes, now they are making little girls cry too. And, big boys, surely. Some good quotes in honor Newman; Redford used a form of my sentiment. Ditto Letterman: "Paul was a very fine actor and a really good race driver. But mostly, he personified humanity - always taking care of those who were less fortunate. For me, this will be his legacy."
Sunday, September 28, 2008
The pitching was good enough to win two; the hitters again failed the Mets. Nice way to close Shea Stadium guys. Meanwhile, the Jets went up 34-0, but looked to be on the way to blowing it, but ultimately won 56-35 (actually going for two after the last score with under two minutes to play; a Cards player perhaps seriously hurt for nothing much with under thirty seconds left).
Saturday, September 27, 2008
And Also: TPM has good debate analysis and/or (see today) one that I support. Obama is definitely playing it safe, which helps when you are in the lead, though at times (sometimes, on some issues, justly) it drives some crazy.
Rain helped Tampa Bay by eliminating the Red Sox from First Place contention via a glorified Spring Training game. The AL slots are set except for Central. The optimist says the NL slots are not set, even though deja vu is starting again as the Marlins beat the Mets, putting them a game behind in the WC. Fans are left to relying on the Cubs, who are playing to keep loose and nothing much more. BTW, the new t.v. season doesn't excite me.
Friday, September 26, 2008
The Lucky Ones is good film with three very good performances (including favs of mine, Rachel McAdams and Tim Robbins) about three Iraq War vets (two on leave, one older guard officer whose term is up) taking a road trip. The story is a mixed bag but the three leads make this movie, including McAdams (great in The Notebook) as one review noted doing an Amy Adams ala Junebug (a very good movie). This is a reason you go to the movies. BTW, McCain is coming off as a bit of an asshole in the debate.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Add David Letterman to the disgruntled with McCain brigade after he canceled, especially when Dave saw he didn't rush back to D.C., but stopped to talk to Katie. He didn't let up and you get the idea he wasn't just kidding around. And, why not toss in Palin? She is his back-up, right? It's not exactly a tough substantive forum. Meanwhile, the Mets this time did win in the bottom of the ninth in a 6-6 game. TB not in yet and the Twins are playing the White Sox tough.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
And Also: Autumn started mid-morning EST on Monday. A few slots still to be determined for the Fall Classic (baseball). And, Mets blow it again, in special fashion, get off the ground, and play again tomorrow. A few more games until "didn't we watch this before?" Rays one game away from controlling the East. Must be that killer payroll.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The soon to be AL Cy Young winner is now 22-3, leading to the Yanks being eliminated, but the Rays got at least a split, so has a magic number of 3 to win the East. I discuss some Supremes death penalty news here. As to the book just referenced, as to the "law," e.g., Kennedy's concurrence was ignored and as to the MCA, sorry, it did effect the Geneva Convention.
Monday, September 22, 2008
The author of the source book for the ESPN mini-series The Bronx Is Burning is not exactly the first person I'd have in mind to write a book on the Hamdan case. It was pretty good, focused (maybe too much) on the two lead lawyers for Hamdan, Katyal (immigrant success story) and Swift (navy brat). Not enough law. And, with Hamdan's actual trial in the future, a flawed Military Commission Act, and "to be continued" unclear future for Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift, the ending leaves one hanging. Mixed bag, but worth a look.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The Rays are guaranteed a playoff berth for the first time in their existence. Cubs, first place. The Mets (via hitting and bullpen) blew vs. the Braves again, even though the Braves overall stink. The Mets still are hanging on to the WC. The Yanks are eliminated from the division, and have a 'tragic number' of one at this moment to be totally eliminated for the first time since 1993 (off in 1994). I missed an OT win by the Giants; unlike the Jets, the Miami (big) beat NE. Golf is not my thing.
And Also: TPM, Glenn Greenwald et. al. have it right -- even those who do not fully (or largely) understand the nuances of the Bush Administration's plan to save their pals from themselves (via a 700 Billion or whatever bill to the taxpayers) have reason to be concerned, especially the "just trust us" aspects of the whole thing. This selective big government approach is very neoconservative, but that doesn't make it that ideal.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Judge Posner Quote: "[T]he simple old rules can be glimpsed through modernity's fog, though spectrally thinned to presumptions--in the latest lingo, 'default rules.' " The case in question also cites another entitled In re Air Crash Disaster Near Chicago; why not just In re Accident or In re RE? Anyway, passed the former case by chance, and it's an interesting one on diversity issues etc.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The Audacity of Hope is fairly predictable -- Obama comes off as reasonable, liberal but willing to go a bipartisan route, not totally knee-jerk, intelligent, a bit preachy (the book easily could have been shorter) etc. It honors his mom various places, in answer to a certain critic I know, while (not totally ideally) isn't very negative to the other side, Bushies in particular. And, he comes off as too safe (and wrong sometimes) on issues like the death penalty, same sex marriage (how exactly does your religion factor in to it? why should it matter as a policy issue?), and being a world policeman. Overall, he comes off as a safe choice for '08. A good election season read.
The Mets dropped out of first (.5 ahead in Wild Card Race) via a run scored by a pitcher, whose hit also knocked Tatis out for the season. Rays continue to hold on to sole possession of First Place. And, interesting article on the Supremes' diminishing prestige on the world stage, including answering myths like "there is something new or unusual about citing foreign courts" or "to cite such a decision is to be bound by it." Then again, a conservative sort said the problem is that we are so damn special. Really, we influenced others to have bills of rights and judicial review, and now we seem a bit too conservative. Special indeed. [Part of an interesting NYT series.]
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I passed by the media circus that is Lehman Brothers. Did they expect people jumping out of windows, or something? Did any go see Mamma Mia! or the Olive Garden, both nearby? Yeah, business is not my thing. But, what I do know suggests the choice in November is fairly easy on this subject too. Gym Teacher: The Movie was cute. Fey/Poehler were too funny (and a bit too uncomfortably accurate) on SNL. Does Tina Fey have executive experience?
Monday, September 15, 2008
The Mets blew two versus the sad but still Mets killing Braves, the bright spot a gem by a rookie. The Yanks beat the Rays (my AL East team) twice and did so by still not helping Mussina get to twenty wins. The Phillies swept the Brewers, helping to cost Yost's job. And, the Red Sox split the Blue Jays, even though the latter team was on great run and had their ace on the mound Sunday. Oh, and the Jets' offense lost them a game. Only bright spots: the Giants won a game against a loser team (even then, the first half was close) and the Rays' back-up plan (WC), the Twins, lost yesterday. Today is mostly the same.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
And Also: Along with the hurricane related postponements in Houston, which might affect their longshot hopes for the playoffs, yesterday was a multi-rain out day in MLB, including a double one in NYC. The Mets have to rely on some rookie pitchers in the final stretch. Nail biting time! Meanwhile, Doug Glanville provides a guest column on late season call-ups in the NYT.
Friday, September 12, 2008
And Also: The fact that a military law that allowed the death penalty for rape of children was so obscure that neither side (including the majority/dissent in Kennedy v. Louisiana) brought it up is telling as to "national consensus," but the majority looks bad for not knowing about it. For whatever reason, the Court put forth a rare call for briefs on a possible re-hearing. Some sort of positive action is quite possible, though at worst it probably will say the military crime issue is still open. A reversal is really doubtful (and simply wrong).
Thursday, September 11, 2008
And Also: The wine (via Trader Joe's) might have not helped, but the fourteen inning win by the Devil Rays (up by 2.5 now) at Fenway was a tad too stressful, especially when the Red Sox loaded the bases against the closer with no one out after the Rays went up 4-1. The Rays won 4-2. After losing six of seven, the Rays won a vital two. Amazing. As clinched hours before.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tampa finally won one, Wagner (getting emotional) is out for the year (and maybe a year) and Houston is trying to make another late run. Meanwhile, today was primary day in NYC, and other than a disputed judicial election (where an upstart against the local power broker got some press), I had no real idea who to vote for. Delegate to judicial convention? Local party delegates? Well, she has my sis' name ...
Monday, September 08, 2008
And Also: Maybe, see Freddy Mac et. al., better regulation beforehand would be nice too? OTOH, maybe that would be deemed voluntary as compared to involuntary sinning or something. Of course, you "sin" either way, but apparently lying to yourself about it helps the soul or something.
Giants won, but the offense died after early life. The Jets barely won, the winning Miami TD within sight at the end of the game. Tom Brady will have a lot more time with his latest cutie. The Mets won the one game they had to win to stay up two. Yanks lost two. Tampa is slipping, but the WC (ala Detroit in '06) still seems a safe fallback, especially since the Twins and Yanks also are playing badly. And, Joe Torre's Dodgers again are in first.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
And Also: To focus on the core of things, St. McCain (who should just speak in the third person like Bob Dole if he keep this up) and company truly pissed off hilzoy, who apparently is famous for her equanimity. The lying didn't help. The "I still respect the man but" thing is getting to be a hard sell.
Friday, September 05, 2008
We need less government. We need to trust local communities to handle things. Those who work to make them better, aka community activists, are amusing losers. Uh. One person said that faith based ones are better. Obama found religion by recognizing the value of local community activist churches. Uh. These people are pathetic losers. Oh btw remember Dubya Senior's bit on public service?
Thursday, September 04, 2008
We should not "misunderestimate" or whatever Gov. Palin, who brings some real life to the McCain ticket in a nation who re-elected Bush twice. Likewise, as someone told me today, you can't focus too much on her. McCain is the head, and unlike Bush, is truly the decider. But, then why is the base soooo happy Palin was chosen? Like their nastiness (+ lying and hypocrisy, Palin showing both), it is largely about feelings. Always the victims. And, darn did they shove that baby in our face. Ditto the hero worship. But, it is "they" who get personal, "they" who have St. Obama. Oh vey.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
We shouldn't make Palin's daughter an issue. The hypocrites are doing it instead. Makes lying assholes almost appealing. Favorite quote: "It is entirely fitting that the headliner for this masquerade is a feeble looking 72-year-old white guy who doesn't know how many homes he owns." The fact that this thing probably will be close enough to worry is the most disgusting, really.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Monday, September 01, 2008
And Also: It is nice, really, that the Republicans are trying to be more "Americans" than "Republican" given the possible disaster in the making down in New Orleans, but it seems a bit too late to be truly impressed. I still think labor et. al. will be a lot better off with the other guy.