Saturday, October 27, 2007

Boston Triumphant

And just like that, the Red Sox bat around in the 3rd. 6-0 and counting, including a 2 RBI single from Matsuzaka.

Love that dirty water....

Kaibatsu, motherfuckers!

Tony Blankley is a moron, too

On KCRW's Left, Right, and Center, Tony Blankley complained about Democrats
"politicizing" the SCHIP battle. He said this because they weren't serious about passing the bill-which they would show by passing a bill that Bush "can sign".

First of all, why? Why should they attempt to work with a president and a party who ran roughshod over them? And secondly, as the host said, governing is about choices. Bush and the Republicans have made it clear that the profits of Blackwater, KBR, and Halliburton are more important than sick children. They should have to answer for this choice.

World Series Game Three tonight. Ortiz just doubled in the first run of the game, and Manny is now being walked to load the bases for Lowell.

Kenny Lofton

Hilarious piece, with comments, about how Kenny Lofton is sure death for any hope of success in anything.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Mitt Romney is a Scumbag

On the Post Politics Podcast, there was a story about Romney visiting Philips Exeter Academy, and a kid asked him about the discrepancy between his statement, when he ran against Ted Kennedy, that he would be a greater advocate for gay rights than Kennedy, and his statement now that he opposes gay marriage.

Romney responded, "The New York Times said I supported gay marriage?" That's not what the kid said, and that's not what the article said, and that's not what Romney said back then.

So apparently Mitt Romney is opposed to discrimination, except when it comes to marriage.

And it was cruel to browbeat a 16 year old like that.


Just finished Nick Hornby's Slam, which was a terrific read. I don't know if he'll get any flak for it because it is not unreservedly negative about teen pregnancy, but it was a great, great book.

Everytime I read Nick Hornby I get depressed, because it seems so easy to write like that, yet I somehow can't. I want to be that good at anything at all, never mind writing itself.

I had my first and only child at 26, so I can't really empathize, but I felt (and feel) many of the same emotions Sam does in the book. You'd think I'd have gotten the hang of it by now.

You'd think.

Guilty of Thinking

Interesting that thinking about doing something is now a crime.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Game Two

Rockies score a first inning run, we get one in this inning and their kid superstar Jiminez is pitching well, 1-1 Colorado after four. I am strangely calm about this, partially because the kid is struggling with control, partially because my toe is starting to throb after my surgery earlier today.

Now reading Scott Adams' "Monkey Brain" book. Thought provoking and funny, as always. I especially like his notion of Pleasure Units. I am fat because the pleasure I get from food now outweighs the theoretical pleasure of thin later. 

Apparently the president visited the site of the wildfires and told them that life was going to be better for them tomorrow than it is today. Seems to me he said that in Jackson Square, too.

No, MY Boring A$% Life

I just finished Kevin Smith's blog book, and am about to start Scott Adams'. Looks like there is something to this blogging thing, if you're insanely talented and smart.

Better stick to the day job, thing.

Seriously, I loved Kevin's book.

More surgery today, and vacation time is draining away.


At least we kicked butt in Game One of the Series last night. Game Two tonight.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Lessons Learned

President Bush says the government has learned the lessons of Katrina. Funny, they haven't learned the lessons of anything else.

Stark Choices

Unfortunately, Rep. Pete Stark was strongarmed into apologizing for his comments during the SCHIP debate. He shouldn't have. Everything he said was true.

Seven Bridges Road

New Eagles CD drops next Tuesday, it turns out, not this Tuesday. I saw an ad for it while half watching the Daily Show, so I assumed it was out now.

I am lukewarm about it. It's 20 new songs, and as good as their old songs were, it is pretty hard to imagine anything else being better or even as good. But given their track record, I am tempted to give them a try. I am always lukewarm about new music in general, but, as I said, they have a lot if credit in my book. The song titles are pretty Eagley-vaguely cowboy ish.

The World Series starts tonight, the Rockies in Boston to play the Red Sox. Game 1 in 2004 was a sloppy, rainy, error filled mess, and there is an 80% chance of rain tonight, according to Billyball. (

I want the Red Sox to win, of course, but the Rocks can hit, so I don't think it is going to be that easy. My call is Sox in 6.

Just finished The Battle by Alessandro Barbero, an exacting account of the Battle of Waterloo. Moved on to Kevin Smith's blog posting collection, My Boring Ass Life, which is great, as long as you're a Smith fan. Basically either book will fail you if you're not a geek.

New Philosophy

"I have a new philosophy, I'm only going to dread one day at a time."

Charlie Brown

One day post-vasectomy. Uncomfortable, but functioning.

What bothers me most is, while trying to ignore what was going on and trying to name my All Time All Red Sox Team, I forgot Bobby Doerr. I can't even blame it on anesthesia.


Monday, October 22, 2007

Predicting The Future?

I was kidding about Larry Craig as a running mate. Seriously.

No Crying In Football

Lots of talk on ESPN's First Take this morning about Belichick "running up the score" on the Dolphins.

Uh, no.

They're both professional football teams. Badly matched high school or college teams, sure, you call off the dogs, run some draw plays.

Pros? No. You bury them, put your foot on their throat and don't let them up.

One of the panelists mentioned the Buffal0-Houston playoff game where Houston led 35-3 at the half and lost, and that's exactly the point. If you don't like trick plays being pulled on you, then defend them. Stop them from scoring.

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Well, it's over.

Dice K was not overwhelming, and it was incredibly tight until the Indians came apart late.

But we're in the Series-AL Champs for the 11th time. And I'm exhausted.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Republican Family Values

Georgia10 says it all.

My favorite paragraph: "And oh, what masters of deflection Republicans have become. A debate about whether to invade Iraq becomes a debate about whether Joe Wilson's undercover CIA wife hooked him up with a sweet junket overseas. A debate on stem cell research becomes a debate about whether Michael J. Fox exaggerates his symptoms. A debate about the right to privacy becomes a debate about whether Terri's blinks were voluntary. A debate on Iraq policy becomes a debate about how mean people are to General Petraeus. A debate about health care becomes a full-blown investigation into the lifestyles of 12 year old Graeme Frost and 2 year old Bethany Wilkerson. A debate about curbing global climate change becomes a debate about how many compact fluorescent light bulbs Al Gore has in his house. A debate about the shameful level of poverty in this country becomes a debate about how much money John Edwards spent on a haircut. A debate about who's qualified to be president becomes a debate about who does or does not wear a lapel pin. A debate about executive accountability becomes a debate about whether Representative Stark hurt Mr. Bush's feelings."

National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month

Amen, brother man.

To bring out the money shot, this is the quote from Congressman Pete Stark:

"You don't have money to fund the war or children, but you're gonna spend it blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their head blown off for the president's amusement."


Armageddon It

Well, it all comes down to this. Game Seven, for a trip to the World Series. All Hands On Deck. You've got all winter to rest.

I bought into the Dice K hype early on, and I still think he's not as bad as some people say. I have to tell you, I feel a lot better than the Spiders fans, who have to turn to Jake Westbrook to save your season. With Dice K, you have at least the chance of a great game. With Jake Westbrook....he just continues to be Jake Westbrook.

Kaibatsu, motherfuckers.