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BOLD PREDICTION About Tonight’s More Important Event

[ 65 ] October 16, 2012 |

Greg Luzinski of shortstops Eduardo Nunez will make at least one key error. Admittedly, hard to resist putting that empty .250 against RHP in the lineup.

If Girardi wanted to shake things up, why not Slappy at short? I can understand that he wants to get his best defensive outfield out there in Comerica, but Nunez I don’t get.


BOLD PREDICTION: Romney victorious!

[ 20 ] October 16, 2012 |

The line of the night will be “I know you are but so am I!” But I can’t predict who’ll say it. Ha ha!

But we’ll have us no bitter “hoc voluerunt” because they really did want this. Unless Obama took notes during Biden’s epic battle, Romney will win tonight by becoming more-Obama-than-Obama … which will appeal to conservatives because they want to defeat Obama more than they believe in anything but beans.

BOLDER PREDICTION: Biden swoops in Superman-style for the win!

You can’t see those speed-lines, but they’re there.

djw smackdown watch

[ 32 ] October 16, 2012 |

OK, not really, but I want to alert interested readers to Russell Arben Fox’s excellent post replying to a rather unsubtle, bombastic post of mine from a couple of weeks ago. This short post serves two purposes: to direct interested readers to Russell’s post, and make public my intention to post a reply when I’m not quite as busy as I am at the moment, hopefully later this week or this weekend.

Hillsboro Hops

[ 29 ] October 16, 2012 |

The new minor-league baseball team in Hillsboro, Oregon (Portland suburb) is challenging the Albuquerque Isotopes for greatest logo/name in the game:

One presumes good taps at the park. On the other hand, my friend lives in Hubbard, Oregon where he says the Hubbard Hop Festival includes no beers where hops are discernible. So who knows.

Republicans and Consent: The Former Will Never Grasp the Latter Concept

[ 28 ] October 16, 2012 |

You’ve probably heard about the Wisconsin Republican who opined that “some girls rape easy”? Well, here’s the case he was talking about:

The case Rivard was discussing was that of 17-year-old Chetek high schooler Dennis Veldman, who in November of last year was charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in his school band room. The girl says Veldman told her he wanted to have sex with her, and that she said no. He proceded to take her pants off, told her to lie still, and raped her. The girl told prosecutors that she was too scared to do anything, and that it hurt. In a deal, Veldman pled guilty to three counts of fourth degree sexual assault, for which he served 90 days in jail. Veldman returned to jail in September, when he punched a 13-year-old boy in the face, breaking his nose.

Rivard’s “some girls rape easy” comment came about a month after a child was raped in a band room.

So I guess we can expect Rivard to be the Republican candidate for the United States Senate in the next cycle?

Pol Pot: Peasant Hero. Also, Please Send Us Money!

[ 259 ] October 16, 2012 |

Pol Pot re-evaluation and Counterpunch fundraiser: Two great tastes that go great together!

Herbert Croly and Walter Lippmann Have Been Spinning in Their Graves So Long, They’ve Become Cyclotrons

[ 23 ] October 16, 2012 |

So I get my weekly e-mail update from The New Republic today. The top two featured articles are:

1. Laura Bennett watches an episode of Girls and reads a Tumblr, proceeds to make ridiculously broad generalizations about people in their 20s.

2. Chris Matthews on how John F. Kennedy saved the world from nuclear holocaust, something only JFK could have done through his unique combining of Albert Einstein’s brains with Chip Kelly’s balls in order to create the kind of hypermasculine politician Tweety loves so well.

Might as well have included a racist Marty Peretz editorial, just to raise the discourse a bit.

Republicans Kill Manufacturing Jobs

[ 37 ] October 16, 2012 |

This paper demonstrates that since 1948, manufacturing jobs have consistently risen during Democratic presidencies and have declined precipitously during Republican administrations. As the authors point out, some of this is luck, but most definitely not all of it. There are real policy differences over economic stimulus and job creation.

“Also, Make Sure To Extensively Praise Whatever Dictator Whose Check I Just Cashed.”

[ 21 ] October 16, 2012 |

Shorter Lanny Davis: “President Obama — no matter what anybody else says, tonight you need to do what you did in your highly successful first debate performance, only more so. If you show any signs of life, Rick Perry will be happy to mix you a double of his famous Ambien and Tito’s Vodka cocktail.”

Evidence-Free Assertions at The Economist

[ 131 ] October 15, 2012 |

The Economist decides to hide a tasty anti-union nugget inside an essay theoretically dedicated to some sort of radical centrism.

The priority should be a Rooseveltian attack on monopolies and vested interests, be they state-owned enterprises in China or big banks on Wall Street. The emerging world, in particular, needs to introduce greater transparency in government contracts and effective anti-trust law. It is no coincidence that the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim, made his money in Mexican telecoms, an industry where competitive pressures were low and prices were sky-high. In the rich world there is also plenty of opening up to do. Only a fraction of the European Union’s economy is a genuine single market. School reform and introducing choice is crucial: no Wall Street financier has done as much damage to American social mobility as the teachers’ unions have. Getting rid of distortions, such as labour laws in Europe or the remnants of China’s hukou system of household registration, would also make a huge difference.

I love it! Let’s talk about the need to avoid a new Gilded Age (which the article begins with) by crushing teacher unions! I mean, it’s not like we need actual evidence for the claim that teacher unions destroy American social mobility more than Enron or Lehman Brothers or the Koch brothers. The person who wrote this almost certainly has a British accent, clearly that’s enough for me.

Reading this pablum inside a purportedly serious article reminded me of the CATO Institute which provides cover for its ultimate goal of destroying the New Deal state by bringing up social libertarians to talk about ending the war on drugs. Everyone knows that CATO only marginally cares about that and doesn’t have the levers of power on that issue, but it gives it respectability for its real goals. Similarly, The Economist can talk a bipartisan game as a good cover for crushing organized labor.


[ 27 ] October 15, 2012 |

That’s cool that Criterion is releasing Wim Wenders’ dance movie from last year. Who knows, it could be good. Though when was the last time that Wenders really did an excellent movie? Wings of Desire? I mean, Buena Vista Social Club is good but that’s mostly because of the music, Ry Cooder’s unnecessary slide guitar interventions notwithstanding. But I simply cannot understand why, if Criterion is so enamored of Wenders, that it doesn’t put out Kings of the Road, The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, Alice in the Cities, or any of his other outstanding films from the 70s and early 80s that remain unavailable on DVD, not to mention blu-ray.

“This was probably scrubbed by a brown person. Let me help you clean that.”

[ 48 ] October 15, 2012 |

Paul Ryan’s committed to doing work that doesn’t need to be done because someone has to do it. Or something:

Is there anything more odious than conservatives pretending to do the work of a class for which they don’t care one whit in order to secure the votes of those who spit on the very people these conservatives are pretending to be?

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