Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Though I don't have all the hate some have for the guy, even after his Jets performance last year, his routine and all the praise received has gotten tired. So, I was pleased with last night's result. Still, how can the summary leave out the missed extra point, a key aspect to the need for OT? Go Green Bay! (Saints are so beatable.)
Monday, December 28, 2009
She will have to be re-nominated. The delay of a pick that has a few Republican supporters and of special symbolic value to liberals and those against torture / for good picks overall rightly bothers many people, including me. This is not some mundane pick. It matters.
Ms. Clinton's lumping of economic and social "rights" with political and personal freedom was a standard doctrine of the Soviet Bloc
I [Joe] and others deal with the b.s. of the "liberal" WP, but also where was all the "tireless" respect for rights when our allies violated them? And, why the respect for such "European" rights anyway, given how so many disdain "European" (Canadian etc.) health care?
Sunday, December 27, 2009
To gain control of their playoff destiny for the final week, all the Jets need this weekend is a Jaguars loss, a Dolphins loss and a loss by the Ravens or Broncos. And, oh yeah, they have to beat the undefeated Colts on the road.
Piece of cake indeed. Giants are [done].
And Also: Fans of The Nanny might want to check Living with Fran on Youtube. It comes off a bit like its sequel, if her marriage didn't go well and she actually married a somewhat caddish version of him years earlier. Familiar faces pop up including an actor from Drop Dead Diva. As with Fran, the voice will give him away.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
And Also: Let's remember that FDR, with more Democrats and a more blatant need for change (and no war to handle on the side) put forth a compromised version of change on the insurance front too. The naysaying might not be as overblown as some say, but the critics of the critics have a pretty good point too.
Did You Hear About the Morgans? has received mixed reviews, but I found in pleasant fare, well put together and filled with pleasing parts. And, even though you realize it is basically a trifle (good time for that), you also care about the characters.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
And Also: Top economists, including health care experts, praise Senate bill as "reform legislation" that should be passed. Will the conference actually add something more? What of Sen. Nelson's threat? To be continued, I guess.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
And Also: Some good people are trying to convince us that the Senate bill is a poison pill, sometimes appearing to be loathe to actually mention the good stuff in it in the process. This does not justify ignoring their honest belief that it is a bad bill. Still, the problem still would be broader than just one matter as bill supporter Paul Krugman noted today.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Brittany Murphy, the voice of Luanne my favorite King of the Hill character, has just died at 32. Fans with some sense of irony might want to find a copy of The Dead Girl. Others might want to check out The Ramen Girl, a pleasant little known lead performance.
The Jets fail to take advantage of various shots at scoring and give up the game with less than two minutes left, 10-7. Meanwhile, the 0-6 Titans now have the same record, and more of a shot (however slim) of playoffs. Multiple 7-7 teams now. First major snowfall in NYC too.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
The Colts' defense hung on as a back/forth game went their way, helping the Jets, who also need to beat them next week to hang on to slim playoff hopes. OTOH, the Saints' offense took too long to come. The Redskins gave them a gift OT win; Dallas was not so kind. The Giants' margin of error went down some more.
And Also: I referenced two things that got Sen. Nelson's support on the health care bill. One was a usual monetary thing to get support that actually helps people if perhaps selectively, the other was a somewhat less burdensome abortion funding measure. Given current realities and Hyde, not a deal breaker; still bad for women.
Sen. McCain (Maddow noted the gap in the video) and Snowe again suggest that being a Republican means being a b.s. artist, emphatically. Bottom line, I lean toward Yglesias regarding health care, even with Nelson/NE getting his/theirs. Also, for me (some disagree): focus on expansion of benefits, then worry about costs.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
And Also: At first, I was no fan but lately it seems that Craig Ferguson grew into the role nicely. He is in effect the new Conan and does so basically alone. CF's style of winging it probably is a mix of planning and actual ad libbing. Overall, it is pretty fun and shows real talent as a performer. His somewhat ad hoc interview style also can be rough, but also shines if the moment is right.
"I know there's been a lot of game theory from people about how that would never work, etc. But the fact is that you can show leadership for big ideas and there's always still room to compromise at the end. At least then it would be clear that there was no other way, that you put up the good fight, better luck next time."
Dean is right; it's not all about Lieberman. But, Collins has a point:
You can move on, and try to make yourself useful (Kerry, Al Gore). Or you can work out barely suppressed rage by attacking things that you used to be for, like trying to control Medicare costs (McCain) or expanding Medicare eligibility (Lieberman).
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War by Fred Anderson is the companion piece to the PBS series of a few years back. It is an interesting and timely read that looks at things from different perspectives -- British, French, colonials, and Native Americans. Unexpected consequences is a repeated theme.
Monday, December 14, 2009
And Also: I needed a tricolor connector to hook up a VCR/DVD. Went to Rite Aid and the item was $8.99. The local .99 store had it for eight dollars cheaper. Going different places for different things can get tedious, but sometimes it is worth the trouble.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
And Also: Stuff on the climate flap in the news, which in effect blows out of proportion / misconstrues emails of one climate research center. Perepolis was on yesterday -- great adaption of the great graphic novels. The author's other works are fine too.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
And Also: Last week, the Ravens nearly blew a national game; this time they did, including a choke at the goal line. Good op-ed: "How gay unions lost -- but won: Same sex marriage supporters dominated the debate in the Senate."
Monday, December 07, 2009
Some more good/bad football (yes, that means you SF!), including another Oakland upset (!) and Redskins failure to complete the deal (chip shot field goal missed, New Orleans wins). Meanwhile, the Giants stay alive and the Jets imagine what could have been as the Pats lose. Oh, and Brett and the Viks look mortal against Arizona.