Monday, October 26, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I'm disgusted. TJ Simers says it well:
The Dodgers had the best start, the best record for a long time, and finished with the top mark in the National League -- squandering it all, the home-field advantage and all that success, to finish exactly as they did a year ago.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I don't find this the least bit funny:
Rollins lined a two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning off All-Star closer Jonathan Broxton and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied past the Dodgers, 5-4, Monday night for a 3-1 lead in the series.
Rollins? Jimmy Rollins? That Jimmy Rollins!?
Good Lord...guy's not hitting his weight in the playoffs after a year of epic suckage and he all but knocks his team into the World Series.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Bad Management is Everywhere. That's something I tend to save for the world of business but it's also applicable to the world of politcs as Jim Gerahty notes:
Democratic California lieutenant governor John Garamendi is running for Congress, in that special election in the district near San Francisco, and the expectation is that despite his flaws as a candidate, the fact that it's a heavily Democratic district should save him.
But . . . maybe not. Besides the fact that he looks silly on the stump, insisting questioners not use "the T-word" — taxes — his campaign is looking pretty amateurish.
For starters, Garamendi's campaign sent out a mailer, accusing Republican rival David Harmer of supporting "off shoring jobs" and citing a story from Utah's Deseret News from April 23, 2004.
Except that story wasn't about the David Harmer running for Congress; it was about Utah's executive director of the State Department of Community and Economic Development David Harmer.
Same name, different guy. What's more, congressional candidate David Harmer wasn't even living in Utah at the time.
Who's in charge here?
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
That's good news...
Senate Democrats pushing healthcare legislation received a boost from the Congressional Budget Office today as the much-watched nonpartisan agency estimated that a bill being debated by the Senate Finance Committee would cost $829 billion over the next decade.
Shouts of — “Stop printing money,” “We don’t care what you think,” and “You’re a moron” — permeated the 90-minute session, which drew far more than the 450 people who filled Van Nostrand Theatre. Scores more were not allowed inside after a Suffolk fire marshal closed the doors.
People opposing the proposed health care reform outnumbered those in favor, though both sides strove to outshout each other during the question-and-answer period.
Definitely funny though, especially in light of this today: Americans' approval of the job Congress is doing is at 21% this month, down significantly from last month's 31% and from the recent high of 39% in March.
There's bringing it on yourself and then there's bringing it on yourself...
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined the administration in their annoyance over General McChrystal's recent comments on Afghanistan:
“Let me say this about General McChrystal, with all due respect,” said Pelosi. “His recommendation to the President should go up the line of command. They shouldn't be in press conferences.”
Um, he did...and has yet to get an answer.
Posted by Paul Hogue at 11:06 AM
Monday, October 05, 2009
It is rumored that Rush Limbaugh is interested in becoming a part-owner of the St. Louis Rams. I could think of worse things.
A Rams fan for 30-plus years I don't talk much about them these days as they've had about 5 good seasons in the last 20+ years (see here for a fine example of the chilling effect such suckage has on fans). Over the near 30 years of Georgia's ownership of the franchise the most infuriating thing about it was the lack of committment. Oh, there was "committment" mind you but not to winning, only to Georgia's bottom line. I'm more convinced now than ever that whatever success the franchise found under her leadership (NFC title game appearances in the late '80s, the SB 34 win in 2000) was accidental at best and/or in spite of her management.
Looking forward all a fan can ask for is ownership that wants to win and will do what they can to put their coaches and players in a position to win games. Rush is well-known as a fan of the game and no one can accuse him of not wanting to 'win' in any aspect of his professional life.
From that standpoint, if he has the money and the want-to I'm all for it.
Posted by Paul Hogue at 12:54 PM
Friday, October 02, 2009
A snippet from what the LA Times blogged about the First Lady's speech to the IOC on behalf of her hometown:
I would really like these games to come to Chicago. My beautiful daughters would like the Games to come to Chicago. My wonderful husband, who has brought hope and change to the world, would like the Games to come to Chicago. But more important than all of that, bringing the Games to Chicago would be a wonderful way to honor my father, now deceased, who had Multiple Scelrosis.
I understand of course that she loves her husband and as any good wife would, offers tangible and verbal support for her hubby. But really?
I find the whole thing laughable on the day that unemployment goes up again to a 26 year high...I suppose losing 3 million jobs since the passage of the un-stimulus does qualify as change. When does the hope kick in?
The President flies to Copenhagen to meet with IOC reps and close the deal for the 2016 Olympics in Chicago--granted taking 25 minutes to meet with the commanding General in Afghanistan--only to come up short (Pie, meet Face):
The Olympics were awarded to a South American city for the first time when the International Olympic Committee on Friday voted for Rio de Janeiro to be host of the 2016 Games.
Rio de Janeiro was the winner over Madrid in the final round of voting.