Saturday, December 08, 2007

December 8, 2007
Tony Blankley, on KCRW’s “Left Right and Center”, argues that it is a positive thing that the CIA destroyed evidence of terrorist interrogations, because the tapes will not be available to terrorists to propagandize against us.
Gee, Tony, wouldn’t it be better if we didn’t have things to be ashamed of in the first place?
There was a time, at one point, when people actually asked for things, instead of demanding them. I miss those days.
Mitt Romney got a lot of press about his recent speech on religion, with plenty of comparisons being made to John Kennedy’s 1960 address about his Catholicism. Key differences include Kennedy being 10 times the man Romney could ever be, and Kennedy clearly delineating the fact that religion is personal-between you and your church and the Lord. Romney not only didn’t say that, he started throwing around the “secularism” word that keeps evangelicals up at night. Once again, keeping religion out of public life doesn’t hurt ANYONE. As Jefferson put it, it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket whether my neighbor has one god or many, or even none.
I am looking forward to the holidays being over, if only because people will have to stop saying, “just in time for the holiday season”.
The “Studio 360” show can be really, really uneven-but these last two have been great. Interesting people, engaging stories. Things that make me wish I had meaning to my life.
So this is Christmas…and what have you done?

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


The Sixers fired Billy King today.

What the Sam Hill took them so long? Talk about the barn door and the horse being stolen.

Oye Como Va

BP is saying it's done, while ESPN, for once, doesn't seem to be going that far.

Getting Santana and keeping Ellsbury is a huge win for us, at least partially because it keeps him out of New York. It may just be me, but it seems like New York is becoming a little like Philadelphia, or like Boston used to be-perhaps the atmosphere is so toxic that you can't pay some people enough to go there?

I'm surprised the Tigers paid so little to get Willis AND Cabrera. There are questions with both players-heck, there are questions with every player, aren't there?-but I think it's a great deal for Detroit.

I don't think we have to defend ourselves against charges of overspending. I don't think we get people just to get people, the way the Yankees did back in the day, a la "Bronx is Burning". (I loved the series, although many others seemed not to.) The famous scene in the beginning comes when Martin brings up that he wants Grich, and Steinbrenner immediately overrules him and sets his sights on Jackson, seemingly only because he's "REGGIE!". Of course, the move worked, in a way-Jackson, in a way, was so good that he justified the hype.

And, as we always said about George at his Georgest, doesn't every fan want an owner who is completely obsessed with winning?


Trouble with the boy ignites domestic discord.

As the great Kurt Cobain once put it, "I Hate Myself and Want To Die".

Monday, December 03, 2007


Joyce Carol Oates makes me feel inadequate.

From her "Journals 1973-1982":

' "Keeping busy" is the remedy for all ills in America. It's also the means by which the creative impulse is destroyed. '

' The childless couple...can remain romance and love indefinitely, because the sense of being young lovers, still, is never damaged. The couple with children, however, is irreparably altered; one of the issues that contributes to their estrangement is the children-arguing over the children. '

'Do we ever "read" the same book twice? Do we "read" the same book others read?'

She's brilliant, even in journal form. So good I cannot finish it, I fear.