Author Page for Dave Brockington
Born in San Jose, grew up in Seattle, received a Ph.D. in poli sci from University of Washington, worked for three years at Universiteit Twente in Enschede, Netherlands, and have worked at the University of Plymouth for eight academic years now in Plymouth, United Kingdom.
I’ve wanted to say something about this since yesterday. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a lot of time to give it a proper analysis (nor do I now, really), and a cursory perusal of other blogs had not, as of last night (PDT), anything. If it holds, it is not good for the burnt-out shell of the Republican Party.
The gap of 10 days between the second and third tests of the 2009 Ashes series represents the longest such fallow period of the series. This is a good opportunity to take a look at where the series stands.
“The selectors should travel down to Taunton, go down on bended knee and beg Marcus T to come back. His form clearly makes him the best replacement for KP.”
Some random numbers, some obscure terms, more random numbers, more obscure terms . . . and England lose.
This describes my comprehension of cricket, at least until the 2005 Ashes. I learned to appreciate the game, I know the rules, but I’ll admit that tactics and strategy still, for the most part, pass me by.
While I happily voted for Safeco Field back in the day (1995 I think), I have always believed that public subsidies for sports stadia is a dodgy pursuit at best. The common argument forwarded by proponents, that the stadium itself serves as an economic motor for the neighborhood, city, region, and even state, has rarely found support in the literature.
“Jones says Cowboys Stadium will be its own stimulus package that will help “the country and this world” dig out of the recession.”
While crossing the Atlantic, I had time to pore over the most recent Economist, time that has been precious in other, more dynamic settings. I came across Norm Stamper’s letter to the editor regarding the benefits of legalization. Stamper was the Seattle police chief from 94 until he was either forced out or resigned on his own volition (my money is on some interpretation of the former) following the WTO circus of 1999. I like to see statements like his, though my cynical side would prefer, yet never expect, a serving person of some authority to make such a reasonable argument.
I’m in the early stages of a PLH-BRS-EWR-PDX itinerary. Stop two, enjoying what is perhaps the worst bloody mary of my life. And that’s saying something.
As I said when I introduced myself here on LGM, I have been a fan of the Seattle Mariners since 1977. Which means I’ve happily watched a lot of truly dreadful baseball, in a setting that perhaps only compared to the Stade Olympique for grimness. I believe Scott has been to both, so at least he has a comparative framework from which to make such claims.
This is a quote by one Michael F Watts, on the BBC web page, in response to the first innings of the first test match of the 2009 Ashes series. I was going to blog a bit about cricket, English cricket, and the Ashes, but why bother? I’ll leave you with my facebook status from Wednesday, when this test began:
David Brockington notes that England won the toss in the first Test, which means it’s now all downhill.
Which was prescient when one considers that Australia responded to England’s pathetic 435 all out with a massive 674 for 6 declared. England’s best hope is a lot of rain, and soon. A draw is possible, however unlikely.