In today's column by George Will. A very tough quiz (answers are provided), but #31 was easy.
Despite Jeter's dip in production, Girardi is expected to bat him in one of the top two spots in the lineup throughout the season, the same place he's been for the majority of the past 15 years.
"If he hit .300 last year (last season) and every other number was the same, nobody would have said a word," hitting coach Kevin Long says. "I think we're making a lot out of this because of his average. That's really all we're talking about."
A closer look at Jeter's stat line gives Long's argument some credence. Jeter scored 111 runs last season, more than any of the three preceding years in which he hit .334, .300 and .322, respectively.
"He scored over 110 runs last year," Alex Rodriguez says. "If that's a down year, I want a down year every year like that."
Jeter averaged 14 home runs, 69 RBI and 99 runs scored between 2007-09, so although his on-base and slugging were down significantly (he averaged .386 and .442 in those three seasons), his 10 homers and 67 RBI fell in line. He also averaged 30 doubles and three triples during that three-year stretch - the exact numbers he posted in those categories last season.
As an IT guy. Predictable but still amusing.
I do actually understand cricket -come from living four years in the Caribbean - and find it an interesting game. And I have been following the Cricket World Cup through SKY Sports. Note that if you don't like baseball because it's too slow for your taste, cricket will be of no interest to you ...
This semi-final match has international percussions due to tensions between the two countries. And that's the angle of this article.
The build-up to the semifinal was filled intense excitement and hope -- not only for victory but also that the spirit of the game would positively impact bilateral relations between the two neighbors.
The final between New Zealand and England starts at the minute and a half mark.
Note that Tom and Brigid were at the 1990 Hong Kong Seven's and had midfield seats for the famous final (and I love to remind everyone at any opportunity) between New Zealand and Fiji. Unfortunately, no longer available on youtube (copyright issues). Fiji rallied to win, with spectacular tries, including the backbreaker when a Fijian gave a long tap pass and the receiver flicked it between his legs to give the wing a 70 yard run-in. Will have to find that one online.
Anyway, here's this year's match
Here are the sad facts, in a simple chart which you can see if you hit the link.
On a year-over-year basis, house prices fell 3.1% vs. the 2.4% decline in January.
His colleagues must be fuming!
Jim Maceda was reporting form Libya.
Here's the full transcript. NBC's Maceda: After Obama Speech, Gaddafi Likely 'Feeling A Lot Better'
JIM MACEDA: Well, there hasn’t been any official comment, Willie, from Gaddafi or from the regime or from the compound, yet. I can tell you that the whole, the atmospherics here of the government officials and minders is very different. They had gone to ground for a number of days: very quiet, very tense. They’re looking much more themselves: much more bellicose, much more defiant in the past 24 hours. I would think, it’s an educated guess but I would say that Gaddafi, after hearing that speech, of course it wasn’t on Libyan TV but anyone with satellite television could have watched it, that the regime now is feeling a lot better. That they’re feeling that they dodged a bullet. If NATO’s taking over, they like that. They’ve got much better relations with NATO than with the United States in general. And they love the idea that the US position as stated by Obama is that they’re not looking for regime change.
Seven and ten years old.
Police and paramedics arrived and found Maldonado suffering respiratory distress. They intubated her and took her to the hospital. She is expected to fully recover. Doctors told Christina Stoop, the children's mother, that Maldonado likely would have died were it not for her children's quick actions.
As always some tough choices, with Ramiro Pena sent to the minors, amongst others. Eric Chavez was once a star with Oakland, but has had injury problems for five years.
What a mess. The census shows Detroit's population has fallen 25%.
I put up two postings about Detroit back in December, here - City of Detroit planning on literally abandoning services in two of the nine city wards and here - One of the reasons the City of Detroit is collapsing - the now-jailed former mayor
So here's a short column in yesterday's WSJ by William McGurn.
Most Americans did not need to be told that Detroit is in a bad way, and has been for some time. Americans know all about white flight, greedy unions and arrogant auto executives. The recent census numbers, however, put an exclamation mark on a cold fact: A once-great American city today repels people of talent and ambition.
I'm no fan of Trump but this is a bit amusing. He gave it to newsmax.com.
"I went to the best college and I was a great student, and it is inconceivable to my brain that no doctor, no nurse, nobody has stepped forward to verify the birth, other than the governor. He remembers? The governor? A birth 50 years ago? Come on. He’s taking a bullet for his party."
Well this sounds ominous, but i remember when I was growing up in the 60's, the Italian government coalition would collapse every few months, and the place continued to function.
An interview with Benedict XVI, conversing with the German journalist Peter Seewald. The first book length face to face interview ever given by a Pope. John Paul II published a similar book, Crossing the Threshhold of Hope, but in that book he wrote out answers to questions from another journalist, Vittorio Messori. It was not done in a face to face format.
Seewald had previously done two book length interviews with the same person, Joseph Ratzinger, before he bacame Pope.
I love writing book reviews, but this is the first I've done since this one Latest Read: Tears in the Darkness (a great book; hit he link) in October, 2009. Unlike most of my weblog postings, a book review takes time, and I haven't had any for a while. But now, since it's Lent, I decided I would try to get back to reviews.
Seewald met with the Pope for one hour, on six consecutive days. The book is a little over 200 pages, and a very fast read. A total of 18 short chapters, and four appendixes.
Some chapter titles include - The Abuse Scandal - Causes of the Crisis and a New Opportunity - Dictatorship of Relativism - Ecumenism and the Dialogue with Islam - Proclaiming the Gospel - Overdue Reforms? - the Return of Jesus Christ.
Benedict XVI gives cogent answers to all the tough questions - at times you can imagine him shaking his head in sadness. This book got some major media publicity about one statement, when the Pope said that you can imagine a situation where the use of a condom to prevent AIDS - he gives the example of a male prostitute - "where this can be the first step in a direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility, on the way toward recovering an awareness that not everything is allowed and that one cannot do whatever one wants." (Page 119.) Of course the question asked, and the larger, more detailed answer was ignored by most media.
There was only one question that the Pope gave a one word answer to, and here it is:
Q. Are you afraid about an assassination attempt?
A very fine book, giving insights into one of the premier theologians of the past century - and he's not done yet.
I'm not a big mixed drink guy, but I used to have an occasional Bloody Mary. In recent years I've moved to the vodka martini (three olives please), partly to remember my friend Mike Kenefick.
This is only a couple of paragraphs with three Bloody Mary variations.
Sent to me by Linda, a friend of mine ... It took Brigid a minute to get this one.
CASE OF IRISH ALZHEIMER'S
Murphy showed up at Mass one Sunday and the priest almost fell down when he saw him. He'd never been to church in his life. After Mass, the priest caught up with him and said, "Murphy, I am so glad ya decided to come to Mass. What made ya come?"
Murphy said, "I got to be honest with you Father, a while back, I misplaced me hat and I really, really love that hat. I know that McGlynn had a hat just like mine and I knew he came to church every Sunday. I also knew that he had to take off his hat during Mass and figured he would leave it in the back of church. So, I was going to leave after Communion and steal McGlynn's hat."
The priest said, "Well, Murphy, I notice that ya didn't steal McGlynn's hat. What changed your mind?"
Murphy replied, "Well, after I heard your sermon on the Ten Commandments, I decided that I didn't need to steal McGlynn's hat after all."
With a tear in his eye the priest gave Murphy a big smile and said; "After I talked about 'Thou Shalt Not Steal' ya decided you would rather do without your hat than burn in Hell?"
The discussion is related to Elizabeth Edwards.
Sorry, CBS doesn't allow their videos to be embedded, but just hit the link and you'll see the 2 minute 20 second video (after the commercial, of course!).
He's having a good spring training, after the worst year of his career
If I may translate, that was his way of saying: "In case you weren't paying attention, I hit .321 the last three weeks of the season after I got together with Kevin Long and figured out why I was jamming myself with my stride and going two months without getting the ball out of the infield."
OK, the last part is an exaggeration, but the point is that Jeter finally did come out of his long funk last season - yet he still hit only .270. ...
UPDATE: Sarah Palin, the only other woman to run for national office, comments on Ferraro in the video below. Geraldine Ferraro was well-known at FOX news, since she was a contributor.
For me, the most interesting thing about Ms. Ferraro is that she managed to survive for 12 years with multiple myeloma.
My nephew Luke as he sweeps the field in the Scout Troop 49 pinewood derby. Winning six races (or more - not sure) on his way to winning with the fastest car.
That's my brother Phil "you did it again" in this 14 second video.
Wow, what a great science fair put on by the seventh and eighth graders. Really some brilliant stuff. Here'sthe eighth grade awards ceremony, with Sr. Mary Elizabeth announcing the results and the science teacher Mr. Cascapera handing out the medals. That's the assistant principal Mrs. Fessman passing the medals to Mr. C.
And here's a quick video of the public exhibit.
The Senator writes about his daughter. Should be required reading.
Carey's story sounds like a miracle, but America has always been a place where medical miracles happen. Since 1970, American doctors have won more Nobel Prizes for Medicine than all other countries combined. According to McKinsey and Co., thousands of foreigners come to the United States every year for medical care they cannot get at home—due to rationing or because it is simply not provided. And cutting-edge drugs to treat serious illnesses are more widely available in the U.S. than abroad.
Take cancer as one example. Compared to the U.S., breast cancer mortality is 9% higher in Canada (according to the government statistics of each country), 52% higher in Germany and 88% higher in the United Kingdom (according to studies published in Lancet Oncology). Prostate cancer mortality is 604% higher in Britain.
This is even better then that Spanish soccer announcer!
After I posted this Elizabeth Taylor yesterday, my neighbor Sue Konig, who is an author and columnist who I've posted about a few times almost 40 times (and here's a review of one of her books Latest Read: I Wear the Maternity Pants in My Family), sent me this very fascinating story which is posted on the AOL Patch news service.
The publisher and millionaire Malcolm Forbes used to throw some pretty good parties, and there was one shindig in particular that became an annual celebration: hot air ballooning at his chateau in Normandy.
One year I was lucky enough to get an invite. My dad, also an editor and publisher (granted of a more humble ilk) invited me but I wanted to go on my own merits as a journalist. I got an assignment from Jann Wenner to write about the star studded event for his Us Weekly magazine.
It wasn’t hard to find stars. Jay Leno and his wife were staying at the chateau as was the designer Hubert de Givenchy (I even helped him find his room, practicing my French along the way). There was various European royalty and, of course, the fabulous Forbes family.
Elizabeth Taylor was an extremely close friend of Malcolm’s and she flew in for the weekend. ...
Hit the link above and read the whole article; very interesting.
For more on my interesting friend and neighbor Sue, just type in "Sue Konig" in the search box up on the right.
I posted about this yesterday. BBC: Religion to become extinct
The guy speaking (Cenk) is currently a major evening host on MSNBC (no kidding). A cable news channel that directly descends from the channel that once had Huntley and Brinkley now has this guy in a major news slot.
Moammar Gadhafi - one strange dude.
From retired Lt. Cannon!
نور اگر رفت سايه پيدا نيست نقش ديوار و چشم خيره ما نقش سايه دگر نمي دان نور اگر رفت سايه. ر رفت سايه پيدا نيست نقش ديوار و چشم خيره ما نقش سايه دگر نمي دان نور اگر رفت سايه پيدا نيست نقش ديوار و چشم خيره ما
If I hear anything else, I'll let you know...
Woodward's leadership illustrates how the Libya campaign is throwing gender stereotypes about war out the window. In a NYT column Tuesday, Maureen Dowd notes that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, national security aides Samantha Power and Gayle Smith, and - eventually - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were some of the more vocal supporters of the no-fly zone.
"We didn't think it was an American plane. We thought it was a Gadhafi plane. We started calling out to the pilot, but we only speak Arabic. We looked for him and found the parachute. A villager came who spoke English and he called out 'we are here, we are with the rebels' and then the man came out," Hamid Moussa el-Amruni said.
The pilot left in a car with the Benghazi national councill, taking with him the water and juice the family provided. They kept his helmet and the parachute.
A continuing landslide ... Monday March 21 numbers -
FOXNEWS O'REILLY 3,271,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,432.000
FOXNEWS BECK 2,334,000
FOXNEWS BAIER 2,301,000
FOXNEWS SHEP 2,039,000
FOXNEWS GRETA 1,691,000
CNN COOPER 1,170,000
CNN BLITZER 1,028,000
CNN PIERS 958,000
MSNBC MADDOW 933,000
CNN KING 927,000
MSNBC O'DONNELL 817,000
MSNBC SHULTS 810,000
MSNBC HARDBALL 784,000
Eliot Spitzer's CNN show isn't even in the top 14? Even though I don't agree with Spitzer's politics, the show is better than quite a few of the ones above.
I think John King's show on CNN is pretty decent - based on my channel surfing when in the gym. The fact that Rachel Maddow has the best show (my opinion) on MSNBC indicates how awful the others are.
UPDATE: It's so difficult to get a straight story on what's going on from U.S. newspapers, without pro or anti-Obama spin. Here is a good article from a British paper - the Daily Mail - which has more info. The sidebar shows a surprising number of European countries contributing to the effort, including Belgium (!?). Go here: Who's in charge?
Unsurprisingly, the Times supports the use of force (of course they are hypocrites) since Obama is their guy.
The Wall Street Journal had a better editorial, ageeing with the concept while pointing to Obama's dithering and confusion.
I agreed with people like Kerry, McCain, and Lieberman that there should be no-fly zone to prevent widespread destruction of civilians, but do feel the Administration has ineptly handled it. And is getting Gadhafi (or however you spell his name) part of the plan? Should it be? I dunno.
Here's the NYT Tuesday - At War in Libya
And the WSJ on Monday -
America's founders gave the powers of Commander in Chief to the President because they knew that war had to be prosecuted with determination, discipline and the national interest foremost in mind. By marked contrast, the use of force against Libya looks like the first war by global committee, with all the limitations and greater risk that entails.
Yeah, pretty dumb.
Go here -
At Murrayfield, Scotland -
Both teams playing to avoid last place
Right. A one in 10,000 chance of a serious problem from an earthquake.
I don't lose any sleep over it. Of course, people have been trying to close the plant since the day it opened.
And here, from the Daily News, including Governor Cuomo (who has always wanted to close the plant) opining.
In Dublin, & a marvelous day for Ireland!
England may have been crowned the champions of the 2011 Six Nations, but the defeat, and the one-sided nature of it, will have left a bitter taste for England fans.
It was undeniably Ireland’s performance of the tournament, with David Wallace, Sean O’Brien, Brian O’Driscoll and Jonathan Sexton immense in every aspect of the game. England had no answer to the pace and power of Ireland, and no response to tries from Tommy Bowe and O’ Driscoll – who set a new all-time record for the tournament with 25.
England were harassed and bullied around the breakdown and the contact area, losing possession and even getting shoved off their own ball. The fierce environment had clearly rattled a few of the more inexperienced English players; most notably Toby Flood, Chris Ashton and Ben Youngs - who was shown a yellow card for throwing the ball into the crowd.
"Why don't we say what's on the minds of many legal experts; that the Obama administration is committing war crimes and if Bush should have been impeached, Obama should be impeached," Nader said in an interview with the anti-war Democracy Now! organization.
Nader's comments came before the U.S. launched military strikes into Libya on Saturday but are among the toughest criticisms Obama has endured from the left.
Before! So what's he think now?
Ann Althouse has a good short comment here - her one line below makes her point:
This was one of the reasons I voted for Obama: "When [the Democrats] can't whine and finger-point, what will they actually step up and do?"
Karen, is one of my hiking buddies AND a new grandmother of the several-times-posted-about Emma.
Here she is with her daughter Lauren, horsing around at her son Matt's wedding, last May.
A multi-talented lady - here's the oil painting -
Ann Althouse had this article posted on her website, and I found it absolutely fascinating.
When you hit the link, be prepared for a rather vivid picture of the remains of Komarov in his open casket.
The problem was Gagarin. Already a Soviet hero, the first man ever in space, he and some senior technicians had inspected the Soyuz 1 and had found 203 structural problems — serious problems that would make this machine dangerous to navigate in space. The mission, Gagarin suggested, should be postponed.
The question was: Who would tell Brezhnev? Gagarin wrote a 10-page memo and gave it to his best friend in the KGB, Venyamin Russayev, but nobody dared send it up the chain of command. Everyone who saw that memo, including Russayev, was demoted, fired or sent to diplomatic Siberia. With less than a month to go before the launch, Komarov realized postponement was not an option. He met with Russayev, the now-demoted KGB agent, and said, "I'm not going to make it back from this flight."
Russayev asked, Why not refuse? According to the authors, Komarov answered: "If I don't make this flight, they'll send the backup pilot instead." That was Yuri Gagarin. Vladimir Komarov couldn't do that to his friend. "That's Yura," the book quotes him saying, "and he'll die instead of me. We've got to take care of him." Komarov then burst into tears.
A year after this disaster, Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, died in a plane crash.
At least according to these short vids on the Althouse blog.
A vivid public square is a fine thing. I love it. I celebrate diversity. But the cause of the teachers and the public employees unions brought out the crowds and made the Capitol square the cool place to hang out, and the opportunistic politicos have descended.
112 Tomahawk missiles fired into Libya. Amazing.
Of course he should have taken Sarah's advice three weeks ago -
The call by the Arab League for Western military intervention in an Arab state — in this case asking that a UN “no-fly zone” be imposed over Libya – is not only without precedent but it puts in formal terms what Governor Palin stated three weeks ago should have been America’s response to the political and humanitarian crisis now unfolding there.
The former GOP vice presidential candidate was being interviewed on February 23rd on national television by Sean Hannity on a range of issues. On the Libya crisis, she proposed a no-fly-zone to protect the armed and un-armed opposition to the Qaddafi regime. Mrs. Palin’s formulation had been blogged about for nearly a week when it was echoed by the man who, before the Iraq war, had led the Iraq democratic movement in exile, Ahmed Chalabi.
And she didn't even attend an Ivy League School
Meanwhile, the Bush Doctrine, resurrected by President Obama -
President Obama called it "just one more chapter in the change that is unfolding across the Middle East and North Africa." But some of the president's announcement seemed to take a page from a similarly historic announcement by his predecessor
Obama closed Friday's remarks by saying, "I've taken this decision with the confidence that action is necessary, and that we will not be acting alone. Our goal is focused. Our cause is just. And our coalition is strong."
Nearly a decade earlier, when President George W. Bush announced that U.S. forces were launching military strikes in Afghanistan, Bush said: "To all the men and women in our military ... I say this: Your mission is defined. Your objectives are clear. Your goal is just." Bush used similar wording in other remarks at the time.
Also on Friday, Obama said, "The United States did not seek this outcome. Our decisions have been driven by Qaddafi's refusal to respect the rights of his people and the potential for mass murder of innocent civilians."
On Oct. 7, 2001, Bush said of operations in Afghanistan, "We did not ask for this mission, but we will fulfill it. ... We defend not only our precious freedoms, but also the freedom of people everywhere to live and raise their children free from fear."
The senior White House official said "any similarity is coincidence,"
The guy who took over Oberman's time slot in the evening on MSNBC.
O'Donnell brings in the Book of Revelation (which he clearly has never read and knows nothing about) while criticizing rivals at FOX News.
It's actually boring and tendentious and almost embarrassing to watch the embedded video, but staying with it for all 5 plus minutes will get you plenty of time off purgatory. Or just read the brief article.