"It being Halloween, the Rangers hitters have come dressed as the Mets offense."Oh, those witty NYT bloggers.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
The final book on the side panel is in honor of a play about a famous photograph and the woman behind it that I saw in previews. Very good overall, the hints of romance (with a ff of events via dramatic license) didn't quite work. But, good job and nice little theater.
Not good for NY -- Buffalo again lost in OT and the Jets slogged through a 9-0 (three after a stupid fake punt, three after a desperation 4th and long) loss after a bye. Out of first. Meanwhile, the Giants are two innings away from being up 3-1. Lee up next.
Friday, October 29, 2010
And Also: The NY Mets announced its new general manager, Sandy Alderson getting a four year deal while the old GM still is being paid. The opening announcement was bland, but one hopes for the best.
Krugman says to be very afraid on an economic front if Republicans win at least one house next week. True overall. Republicans have been horrible as a minority. I'm sickened at giving them more power. The "lesson" will be for Dems to be more conservative. Great!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
The Rangers' bullpen walked its team completely out of this game. Lowe walked in another run, making it 4-0. Then Renteria, tired of looking at bad pitches, knocked a single to left field on a 3-2 count, bringing in two more runs.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
RM aired this documentary tonight. It is powerful and provides various sides of the issues. Of note also is a husband of a woman having an abortion lashing back at protesters. Also, three women who had abortions by him told their stories. Essential stuff there.
Dallas QB out early, the NY come from behind and dominate, but then shut down and give Dallas a chance. Two back to back turnovers late probably wasn't appreciated by the head coach. Still, Dallas appears bye bye as Giants go to their bye. Next up: World Series baseball.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Gary Farber over at OW provides his usual in depth type coverage on Wikileaks. The assumption, often taken for granted without much excitement, is that Republicans will seize control of the House. This means benefiting the primary enablers of f-ups in war, economy, etc.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
I feared that it would be a bit too precious, and it had a shade of that, but Fantastic Mr. Fox was fun with a bit of pathos. Good Luck Charlie was cute tonight and another good game, though the Packers should have won much more easily. One more close finish.
Not quite, but it seems like one NY team is always playing a night game this season. It's the Giants' turn tomorrow. Today, there now one winless team, though it didn't look that way early. Oakland whipped Denver. The Browns, Saints. Yes, more surprises for fans.
A flare-up about unauthorized use of pink whistles suggests there is more than one "message" that can be sent, including "the perils of absolutism." Great pitching, energy (even after bad losses) and (often timely) hitting did it for the two WS teams. Good job.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Three starters (4.1 innings) and a nail-biter finish (oh look, more runners left on) and the Giants slay H20 & company. Nice match-up, like Rangers, pitching favors Giants probably. Okay to me if either wins, really. Should be fun for both teams. NYT blog fun again.
The path to redemption is a bit too simplistic and the second half is a bit weak, but this film is worthwhile to see Patrick Warburton's raw performance (who knew?) alone. Some additional good performances, including Eric Roberts and Jen Tilly (again not quite to type) helps.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Everyone was worried about facing Cliff Lee twice. Colby Lewis is about to beat them twice.As that NYT blog notes, even a bad call that lead to a run helped the Rangers in the long run. And, Lee starting Game 3? No problem.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Nifty animated music video thanks the Rachel Maddow's blog. I think Glenn Greenwald et. al. are right about William Saletan's piece today on Juan Williams' firing; yes, again WS is wrong. Shocker. See also, various "Joe_JP" posts connected to WS' article. Enough on that.
The Game 1 re-match was not that pretty on either side, but only the Texas side gave up all those walks and homers. So, the ace was good enough to force a Game 6. Oswalt failed to get a hold, making it 3-1 Giants. Lets nip this in six (five will do Giants!), okay guys?
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
And Also: Walking Naked is the U.S. debut by Australian young adult author Alyssa Brugman, a well written examination of peer pressure and more tragic matters (dark foreshadowing comes early). It has universal appeal, but some Australian terms add nice flavor.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Repeatedly, and torture enabling doesn't help, we get complaints that Dems didn't do anything worthwhile. So, tools will be elected come November. This article provides yet more evidence of the contrary, the intelligence of the tax break (oh vey!) hurting the Democrats.
Sotomayor's solo dissent is getting some attention and this provides me a chance to discuss things more in depth. Also added a link to her recent 12 Angry Men appearance. Busy gal! And, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand gets good press. A bit of a puff piece there Vogue!
Monday, October 18, 2010
It's not a high point, but I think the positives over at TPM are right overall about the Conway "Aqua Buddha" ad. I like Meghan McCain overall, but why is she on This Week AND Rachel Maddow back to back? Alito comes off bad saying this now. Tad partisan.
Justice Sotomayor wrote a solo dissent from denial of cert. concerning a prisoner allegedly punished in a way that threatens his well being for refusing to take his HIV medicine to protest his transfer to a prison facility. She flags the Eighth Amendment problem.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
The effective end of NYG game: "Drew Stanton pass intended for Brandon Pettigrew intercepted by Antrel Rolle RETURNED from NYG16 for 36 yards." This with twenty seconds left, no time outs for Detroit. Why not just take a knee? Same applies last week for the Jets.
Messy games, the Giants seemingly wanting to give Detroit the game (but they didn't want it), but both NY teams won. SF finally won but the Chargers lost again to subpar competition. East still division to beat overall. Other good games as well. Not a bad season so far.
The ace pitchers gave up seven runs combined, not two hits, the Giants coming out ahead. The Rangers managed the split they needed, if blowing a shot at 2-0. Even anyways, with Lee coming. Still, today I'll be more concerned with NY football. Go R/Gs!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Local paper had the Yanks winning in 5. A tad bit much. But, after blowing a gimmee, who knows? Nauseating. Giants might be best hope to avoid a "like who wants this" re-match. Not that I actually feel like watching either the Yanks or Phils even now.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Though it has sixty days, ignoring my senators among others, the DOJ asked for a stay on the injunction of DADT right away. This was not compelled. Ditto (see my comment here) on a pretty narrow DOMA lawsuit. This invites scorn, making other moves harder to accept.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
[Rabbi] Levin said today in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City that he can no longer support Paladino, "until such time as he straightens out."Said with a straight face? I know a filter didn't seem useful so far, but Paladino might want to use one now that he is allegedly a serious candidate. OTOH, open confused bigotry has some honesty to it.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
And Also: A Republican strategist/commentator was on Rachel yesterday to respond to the recent anti-gay comments by Republican candidates. He noted some Republicans don't go that way and that the party should recognize the future/true equality. But, it doesn't now, buddy. It aids and abets prejudice. It doesn't deserve our votes as long as it does that.
Monday, October 11, 2010
The pitching held up but injuries led to too many errors and lack of hitting, though SF pitching had something to do with the Braves being out after four. Meanwhile, helped by sludge worse there than over in my area, the Jets have a thin 9-0 lead though dominating the Half.
Rachel Maddow has discussed how various Democrats running this year are speaking out, defending their record and often focusing on local issues. She mentioned the underdog in the Senate race for Alaska and this local coverage (go girl!) underlines the point.
A comment here wonders why people finish bad books. Well, lately, I have stopped reading (or skimmed over) some books that I just couldn't get into. Sometimes, this is true with movies -- I could not get into the film version of FNL, so I shut it off about 1/3 through.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Twins total losers again, Texas has Lee to try to stop that, injuries cost the Braves a game, Reds commit yet another error (and get swept) and the NY Giants win as there continues to be some football upsets. But, not SF, who have but another killer loss.
Saturday, October 09, 2010
It looked like the Giants would go up 2-0 but two errors (one helping their ace closer to blow things) plus not taking advantage of a bases load situation did them in. Advantage Braves now though the closer had to leave. But, unlike the Mets, the Braves might handle that.
Friday, October 08, 2010
Six errors, four by the Reds. Losers. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court released some audio per their new policy. Listened to the Phelps case. Good stuff. The "private figure" question in emotional distress cases might be the reason for cert. since it has not really been covered.
After five mismatches (the Twins toying with us a bit), there was something of a good game last night when the Giants beat the Braves 1-0, though the one run was perhaps aided by (a now totally unsurprising) questionable call. Four or five game series?
Thursday, October 07, 2010
And Also: The Rays are playing as badly as they did against scrubs at the end of the year while the Yanks continue to play with the Twins in the playoffs like a cat plays with a mouse.
Twins had their ace on the mound and got three runs (home run/manufactured run) off the Yanks' ace. And, then gave up four in the sixth. Choke. Tied it in the bottom. Gave up two in the seventh. Choke. Lost 6-4. So f-ing annoying. Choking when it counts.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Two whippings, one slipping away as I type. The battle of the aces went the way of Cliff Lee, two errors by TB helping. The Reds avoided a perfect game via a walk, the game basically over before the third. The Twins went up 3-0 but gave up six in the sixth and seventh.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
But, first, the Mets fired their GM and didn't re-hire the manager. With Santana due to be out or subpar for months and overpriced dead weight blocking major signings, the best thing to do is to get rid of the weight and start fresh. Let's see what happens.
Scotusblog and Volokh Conspiracy referenced accounts that suggest Kagan did a good job yesterday. Who would think a law professor appointed in part for her collegiality would handle Q&A well in two cases she had weeks to prepare for? Some coverage of the cases too.
Monday, October 04, 2010
Back in the day, the Giants relied largely on defense. Last night's game had a throwback feel on that level, knocking out two quarterbacks, and basically leaving the Bears to give up with 2:30 left. There was some offense, but it still often wasn't pretty.
Sunday, October 03, 2010
After tying it late (shocker), Colts lose via a 59yd field goal. Padres can't get that last win. Few points in the Second Half, but Vick out earlier, Redskins hung on. Barely. Two football games left, lots of playoff baseball. Go Rangers/Twins and Reds/Giants. Perez? Really?
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Rumors that the GM and manager will be totally gone soon are okay, but why not ensure a few players will go too? Anyways, Valdes pitched in both games of a doubleheader and started a few days later: all pretty well. Mets have a shot at 80 and 3rd. And, 3 races still open.