Friday, October 31, 2008
And Also: Sen. Dole put out an ad that tarred her opponent, in a tasteless and deceitful way, for going to a fundraiser (the horror!) sponsored by "Godless Americans Political Action Committee." The candidate is clearly a Christian, but any respect for such citizens is clearly "anti-religious." Wendy Kaminer was involved -- generally find her worth reading.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Baseball: Tampa, after leading the toughest division in baseball for most of the season and whacking around rather good pitching in the playoffs (cf: the Rockies second half streak or the Tigers slip-up late in the season), decides to choke and provide us yet ANOTHER lame World Series. What a f-ing waste.
Monday, October 27, 2008
It is not all good, but the fact that Obama is getting support all over the place (e.g., former McCain adviser Charles Fried) is telling. Consider the respect given by a conservative scholar to his constitutional wisdom -- the substance is notable too -- as compared to the knee-jerk b.s. (see also last link) from the McCain side. One side is at the end of the day credible, the other is not.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
We repeatedly heard about "90% chance of rain" and the clear understanding of many was that the game would be rained out and it might help the Phillies by letting their ace pitch three times. The game was played, if a couple hours late. Moyer (aka Grandpa) got his first WS game and did a pretty good job unlike his last two playoff games. The Rays came back from 4-1 down, but (as in the first) blew it via a wild pitch in the 9th. Oh well.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
And Also: Rita Rocks was on Monday to Friday this week in a special sneak preview. The show is ultimately something of a pleasant trifle, one that -- as far as it is enjoyable viewing -- is probably harmed by such repeated viewing. It followed a regularly scheduled repeat of Reba, so it is also not likely there was many "oh let's see what's on" viewers either.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
"Tampa Bay never really got a huge hit, but neither did the Phillies as Jimmy Rollins & crew fell to 1-for-28 with runners in scoring position." That's a bit much, huh? This went pretty much as one expected though a heavy used Rays bullpen might get hurt eventually. Okay, let's go for 2 of three at Philly!
And Also: An article's subheading notes "Republicans and Democrats both launching robocalls." You have to read further, which many do not, to realize that Obama has "at least" four (at least one criticizing negative calls) while McCain has twelve. The first sentence of the article notes "more than a dozen daily robocalls" are at issue. Telling how that splits up. Meanwhile, my city council disgraced itself today to enable Daddy Bloomberg (and themselves) to run again since we need him as a savior or something.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Prisoners can vote in Maine and Vermont, the latter (since the 1790s) making an exception for election fraud. Meanwhile, the NYT has a powerful article on how needy people are targeted for credit debt. When they go too far, of course, said companies blame them and push for changes in bankruptcy rules etc. Some years back, this is how many farmers were overextended, albeit slightly differently. Go Rays! [One fateful mistake, one missed opportunity (lots of futility), plenty of great pitching going to waste. Felt like a Mets game.]
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
And Also: Recently saw a dance performance. Good to get a flavor of such things, but cannot say I understood it that well. My next experience of live culture is likely to be Mamma Mia! Good to stay loyal to the blog title sometimes!
And Also: I enjoyed the film version of Starting Out In The Evening, a book about an elderly writer, his soon to be forty daughter who wants a child and the twenty-something who wants to do a thesis on him. The well acted and written film turns out to have good source material. I enjoyed its multiple points of view and short chapters that still provided an eloquent and touching window into a quartet (the daughter's boyfriend has a role later on) of adult characters. The book writer was fatter though.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The idea at the beginning was 9=8, TB's manager's idea that nine players translate into one of eight playoff slots. Well, it looked like the Rays would choke at the cusp of the promised land, but they only showed their toughness by winning it in 7. Meanwhile, the Giants beat the lesser team after a slow start, the Jets went to OT (Brett style), but lost it on a longggg field goal against even less credible opponent. Not that the Giants should be too comfortable -- got some tougher games coming up, and they need to play better.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
And Also: A pretty good definition of "religion" via a Justice Frankfurter opinion: "man's belief or disbelief in the verity of some transcendental idea, and man's expression in action of that belief or disbelief."
And Also: Apropos to my comments earlier as to substantive content found in surprising cases, sounds like David Letterman did a better than some might suspect job of questioning McCain. David does have a serious side that adds to his charm. Keith Olbermann also pointed out McCain apologized there for exposing "Joe" the plumber to media scrutiny, earlier in the day blaming Obama for doing so.
Friday, October 17, 2008
The Red Sox, after the Rays made it 7-0 in the top of the seventh off their closer, decided this rather lame post-season (unless you are a Rays or Phillies fan) needed some excitement. And, won the damn game. This is getting old. Get drunk from the champagne on ice, and win one of the two games at your home park Tampa!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
And Also: Sarah Lyall is an expatriate American journalist who went to England via marriage. This eventually led to an amusing account of her new home, The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British. FWIW, Christopher Hitchens likes it too.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Dodgers choked late on their chance to tie the series at 2, Giants add to the NL East teams that lost to lesser opponents, and the Rays knocked around Lester. Meanwhile, the Supremes handed down their first opinion, a per curiam reminding a lower court to listen to what they said. They also refused cert. on someone due to be executed, even with a quite reasonable claim of actual innocence. Meanwhile, Dems also sometimes take reckless arrogance to a new level.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
The Red Sox moved up a notch but the Rays nicely filled in (pick your slot) for those who like AL East contests -- this includes the 9-8 eleventh inning marathon (over five hours) game um this morning. Still pissed the Mets got rid of Kazmir (even after his lackluster perf lately), but how about Wheeler, who came back from a game tying wild pitch to pitch three innings, helping the Rays to outlast the Sox? My kingdom for such a reliable reliever. Promises to be a series.
Friday, October 10, 2008
And Also: An error did the trick in Game One, bad pitching in Game 2. Dodgers are down 0-2. It took to the seventh inning for the Rays to get a hit in Game 1, the score 1-0 Sox at that point ... lets not have Phillies/Red Sox series, okay? Blah.