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My Home Town

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On October 7, 2004
My home town, where I lived from birth through my 18th birthday, is Port Angeles, Washington. It’s certainly in a beautiful part of the country, and all in all it was a decent place to grow up. Still, my feelings about the place are decidedly mixed: it’s a grim industrial town that’s been mired in […]

Political Quiz

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On October 5, 2004

The estimation quiz was fun. Despite managing to guess Tony Benn’s age, I couldn’t best Rob: 36%. I’m really, really bad at estimating weights and distances (and when did they add se

Adieu

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On October 3, 2004

Well, that was a tough day. But it was poignant to be at Shea for such a sad, momentous day: the retirement of Todd Zeile. Every time between innings, when they showed highlights of his long career ac

Banned!

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On October 2, 2004
A list of superb choices from the Poor Man. (Although I must admit to liking pretentious Latin phrases.) However, I would like to reiterate that any such list absolutely demands the inclusion of “‘x’ is like ‘y’ on steroids.” This phrase should be banned, and I would gladly make an exception to my opposition to […]

MoD’oh!

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On October 2, 2004

Make sure to catch a special Saturday Howler, as Somerby catches Maureen Dowd dead to rights making up the “Who among us doesn’t like NASCAR?” Kerry “quote”, which needl

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On October 1, 2004

Ichiro! Very classy all the way. Did it in his first 2 ABs, Randy Newman’s soundtrack from The Natural playing, George Sisler’s daughter in attendance. Cool.

President Fredo

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On October 1, 2004
One of Yglesias’s commenters nails it: Bush was at times defensive, insecure and peevish. Sometimes he almost seemed to be defending his intelligence, as when he kept insisting “I know how the world works.” It reminded me of the scene in Godfather II when Michael confronts his halfwit older brother, played by John Casale[sic]. Casale[sic] is […]

Debate

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On September 30, 2004

I watched it on the first floor of the college, where NBC set up cameras to interview students, before and after. I felt as nervous as before a game 7 I was invested in. For those who missed the debat

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