January 30, 2006

The Only Thing Worth Reading About James Frey

Posted in Random at 5:00 pm by antonello

Pollack.

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January 26, 2006

From Colbert

Posted in Television at 11:40 am by antonello

ha!

January 25, 2006

WBC – en fin, ¡no sé nada!

Posted in Baseball at 2:11 pm by antonello

“Ultimately, I don’t know anything” David Ortiz regarding the WBC.
Via deadspin, here’s a link from El Nacional, a Dominican newspaper, where David Ortiz talks about his issues with the upcoming World Cup:

Sobre el clásico mundial béisbol

David Ortíz expresó ayer ante preguntas de los cronistas presentes en el acto que “con relación al clásico mundial béisbol “estoy en el aire”, ya que nadie se me ha acercado después de que confirmé mi participación”.

“Sólo dije sí que voy y firmé la carta de intención, pero después de ahí no he tenido contacto absolutamente con ninguno de los organizadores del equipo dominicano”, sostuvo Ortiz.

Ortiz exclamó que “estamos a finales de enero y no tengo detalles sobre en que consiste el certamen, cuando practicamos y vamos jugar, deberes y derechos, en fín, ¡no sé nada!.

I’m not great at the Spanish, but here, Ortiz is complaining that after his initial invitation to participate, he has not heard squat regarding what’s going on for the WBC including such small details as when they are going to play, when they are going to practice, etc.

Man, I want this mofo to work, but the baseball powers that be seem to be doing everything in their power to make it not.

WWOR

Posted in Technology, Television at 12:11 pm by antonello

Here’s to hoping NY’s Channel 9 uses its liberation from UPN to bring kung fu movies back on the weekends. It used to be Channel 5 (WNYW) bread and butter before Fox was a network, and I’ve been hungry for Bruce’s return ever since.

Bruce Lee

Google in China

Posted in Politics, Technology at 10:15 am by antonello

Google does this in order to appease China. For the profit? I find it strange that they make a stand against the DOJ but not China.

Well, some of these issues are answered here.

January 23, 2006

Unscreened Questions

Posted in Politics at 11:30 am by antonello

This doesn’t add up.  From the story,

WASHINGTON – Move over, Oprah. SEARCH

January 19, 2006

The Twain Shall Meet: Economics, Values and Culture in Today’s American Political Landscape

Posted in Politics at 11:07 am by antonello

In American Prospect, Garance Franke-Ruta talks about how traditional progressive tropes are not increasingly incompatible with many people, who are putting more emphasis on values and less on economics. Read it.

Citing a work by Michael Adams, founder of American Environics, Franke-Rura writes:

“While American politics becomes increasingly committed to a brand of conservatism that favors traditionalism, religiosity, and authority,? Adams writes, “the culture at large [is] becoming ever more attached to hedonism, thrill-seeking, and a ruthless, Darwinist understanding of human competition.? This behavior is particularly prevalent among the vast segment of American society that is not politically or civically engaged, and which usually fails to even vote.

The tension between the political culture and the popular culture currently is palpable. It is refreshing when ideas are crystallized as well Franke-Ruta does in this article.

The discussion of culture and political involvement reminds me of Hunter Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail. The book is a proto-blog of sorts, a collection of articles Thompson wrote on covering 1972 Democratic presidential race for Rolling Stone. Thompson describes a similar disjuncture between the cultural change of the time, symbolized by the Baby Boom generation coming of age. Thompson constantly remarks on how the youth could be such a powerful force of change, if they would actually express themselves at the polls or beyond. He contrasts this with some some kids he runs into, who are clearly not interested in expressing themselves or changing anything much at all.

What I am mulling over is how Franke-Ruta’s suggestion could play out practically.  Certainly outdated traditional Democratic motifs that plaun aren’t working should be jettisoned. The Tim Kaine example at the end of the article is the most instructive.  Demonstrate that policies are derved commonalities in cultural values.  Are Hillary Clinton’s recent attempts to defang the virtual corridors of San Andreas fall into this?  But how do you convert resentment “toward those who do have outside aid, whether from government or from unions, and an escalating ethos of every man for himself” into support for a more equitable scheme for health care?

State Lobbyists

Posted in Politics at 10:21 am by antonello

via Josh Marshall the Houston Chronicle illuminates some chicanery involving lobbyists hired by the state of Texas who convientely deposited taxpayer dollars into the state Republican party coffers.

I ain’t the most learned about these things, but states need private lobbyists? Isn’t that what congressmen and senators supposed to do?

January 17, 2006

Verducci on Run Prevention

Posted in Baseball at 9:11 pm by antonello

I hear Big Poppa T-Ducc on the model for the white sox, and I appreciate he notes how many damn home runs they hit.  He talks about 4 points which led to improved records last year for the White Sox, Nationals, Angels, Blue Jays, and Indians:

1. They didn’t sink big money into a closer.

2. They resisted the urge to overpay for mediocre starting pitching .

3. They reaped the benefits of sticking with young starting pitchers (Garland, Lackey, Patterson, Lee), who are to baseball what young quarterbacks are to the NFL: except for the rare gifted ones, they must be allowed a long learning curve.

4. They hit the lottery on inexpensive relievers (Politte, Vizcaino, Howry, Majewski, Carrasco, Walker, Speier, etc.)…

I agree wholeheartedly with his assessment that the Diamondbacks may be one of those teams to surprise this year. Much how the A’s found an inefficiency in the market and courted big OBP guys at a discount, the D-Backs have been searching high and low for some excellent defenders on the cheap as another way of preventing runs. Ups to Caleb Peiffer for pointing this out a couple weeks back in BP.

Applications to Al Qaeda

Posted in Politics at 2:16 pm by antonello

via Slate:

It was required to fill out an application form to join Al Qaeda. Simply too disturbing. And according to this, only 10-15% of “applicants” were accepted! Rejected from being terrorist? The mind reels.

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