Archive for April, 2007

Quote of the day

Monday, April 30th, 2007

“I feel like I’ve been hit over the head with a brick. … [pause] … It’s a wonderful paper.”

–Becky, after proofreading/revising/tearing apart my term paper on “human shields” and just-war theory.

An unassisted triple play, A-Rod humor, and Wally

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, a rookie out of Long Beach State, completed an unassisted triple play Sunday, just the thirteenth in Major League Baseball history. (Complete list here.) Here’s the video:

[UPDATE: The video has been removed from YouTube. You can still view it on this page, however. Just click on “400K” next to “Tulowitzki turns three.”]


In other baseball news Sunday, the Red Sox beat the Yankees 7-4 to win the series at Yankee Stadium 2-1 and finish 5-1 in the season’s first six games between the archrivals. The Yanks have lost 8 of 9 overall, and there is some talk that Joe Torre’s job may be in jeopardy (which is ridiculous, but whatever, that’s George Steinbrenner for ya). New York is 9-14 and in last place in the AL East, 6 1/2 games behind first-place Boston.

The one bright spot this month for the Yankees has been Alex Rodriguez, who has been playing like he might actually be worth the eighty gajillion dollars they pay him. Even so, as a Red Sox fan, I was amused by this satirical take on all the media hype surrounding A-Rod:

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Heh. I dunno what the origin of that clip is, but I heard it on Buffalo’s WGR 550 while listening to the Sabres postgame show.

Speaking of the Red Sox and Yankees, even funnier is the new SportsCenter ad featuring David Oritz, Jorge Posada, and Wally, the Red Sox mascot. If you haven’t seen it, here it is:


UPDATE: For the moment, it least, it appears that Joe Torre still has a job. Here’s what the back page of the New York Post looks like:

CNN Breaking News

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

“Multiple shootings” at Ward Parkway Shopping Center in Kansas City, Missouri, police department spokeswoman says.

Visit CNN for the latest.

Troy Smith falls to 5th round

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Brady Quinn’s drop to the 22nd spot in the first round may have been slightly difficult for the former Irish QB, but Heisman winner Troy Smith made that look like nothing, dropping all the way to the last pick of the 5th round of the NFL draft (making him the 174th pick overall). Smith was the 9th quarterback selected, falling even behind former Huskies QB Isaiah Stanback, who was injured mid-way through the 2006 season. Stanback was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 4th round.

Smith is the lowest drafted Heisman winner since former Miami QB Gino Toretta dropped to the 7th round in 1992. Doug Flutie, chosen in the 11th round in 1985 is the lowest drafted Heisman winner since the combined draft began in 1966.

FYI: As GR points out in comments, Jason White, the 2003 Heisman Trophy winner, went undrafted after returning for the 2004 season, despite leading the Oklahoma Sooners back to the National Championship game that same year.

Go Sabres!

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Game 3 is underway on NBC. Let’s go, Buff-a-lo! Jagr sucks!

Bfloblog has an open thread.

UPDATE: Overtime! The Rangers scored first, then thought they had a 2-0 lead, but had an apparent goal was called back on a borderline “kicking” call in the second period… then Buffalo tied it at 1-1 in the third period… and the Rangers’ star Jaromir Jagr whiffed on a clean shot at a wide-open net in the final minutes. So, OT at MSG.

UPDATE 2: Double overtime! And the game has pre-empted NBC’s much-hyped special, “Barbaro: A Nation’s Horse.” Oh, the humanity equinity!

UPDATE 3: F***.

Rangers win, 2-1 in 2 OTs, cutting Buffalo’s series lead to 2-1. Game 4 is also at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Oh, and the Barbaro show will air at 9:00 PM Friday on CNBC.

Why do women hate Hillary?

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Susan Douglas, in a Drudge-linked article titled “Why Women Hate Hillary,” writes that Senator Clinton’s problem is that she “seems to want to be more like a man in her demeanor and politics, makes few concessions to the social demands of femininity, and yet seems to be only a partial feminist. She seems above us, exempting herself from compromises women have to make every day, while, at the same time, leaving some of the basic tenets of feminism in the dust. We are sold out on both counts. In other words, she seems like patriarchy in sheep’s clothing.”

Speaking as a man who, while I don’t necessarily like Hillary, certainly doesn’t share the overwhelming visceral dislike that both my wife and my mother-in-law have for her, I agree that the question “Why Women Hate Hillary” is worth pondering (to the extent that any massive overgeneralization is worth pondering). I’m not sure Douglas’s answer is entirely right, though. I suppose “patriarchy in sheep’s clothing” is probably part of the problem, but personally, I think the bigger truth lies in the thinly elaborated statement, “Perhaps women like me are being extra hard on Hillary because she’s a woman.” Douglas means this mostly in an ideological sense — that women don’t want the first female president to be “Joe Lieberman in drag” — but I think it’s broader than that. I think women are generally harder on other women in life generally, not just in politics, and not just with regard to substantive matters: they tend to judge each other’s appearance, mannerisms, social behavior, etc. much more harshly than men do. I find this phenomenon utterly mysterious, but I’ve witnessed it too many times not to see it as a pattern.


President Obama, the guilt-eraser?

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

If Barack Obama is elected president, will his ascendancy be “seen as official certification that White Americans Are No Longer Racist”? And if so, can Obama use this eventuality to his electoral advantage, particularly among the “white guilt” crowd? (Hat tip: InstaPundit.)


Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Middle East Conflict Intensifies As Blah Blah Blah, Etc. Etc.

Scotty beamed up

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Nearly two years after his death, James Doohan, best known as the actor who played Scotty on Star Trek, boldly went where only a few hundred have gone before, as his ashes were launched into space from New Mexico yesterday morning by Celestis, Inc., the same company that launched Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s ashes on its inaugural “memorial spaceflight” in 1997:

Doohan will not get quite the ride Roddenberry got, at least not yet. Saturday’s launch is a suborbital mission, meaning the spacecraft — and the remains onboard — reach the outer reaches of the atmosphere and fall back to Earth.

“We launch his remains into space and return them so there’s a keepsake of a little bit of Scotty who has flown to space,” Chafer said.

But Chafer said another portion of Doohan’s ashes will fly on a future mission, when they will be released into orbit.

Newington to host forum on community safety

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

My hometown of Newington, Connecticut has seen a number of high-profile tragedies and violent incidents recently, from the murder of Officer Peter Lavery on New Year’s Eve 2004 to the recent disruption for a Columbine-style plot at the high school. Now, the Town Council will host an “open meeting on community safety” tomorrow at 7:00 PM “to address everything from recent incidents at the high school to general safety in local neighborhoods,” according to Friday’s Town Crier:

Suburban communities across America have seen a significant shift in population, crime and general community makeup over the past few years and things have been no different in the south Hartford area.

For Newington, a town that had previously held the reputation of being a quiet community before a span of several incidents over the past few years put a spotlight on it, these changes have presented some difficult but resolvable challenges and town officials are encouraging everyone to become involved in the solution. …

Crime statistics have not spiked in town, and, in fact, the police department has been able to solve or prevent almost every major case, but the magnitude of some cases have drawn attention to the small community and have concerned some residents. …

With many of the incidents in recent months involving youthful offenders, one area where town officials have noticed a problem is community involvement. Whether by relatives, neighbors or even friends, [Mayor Rodney] Mortensen said it will take a concentrated effort from everyone to ensure the town will remain safe and prosperous.

“We need residents to participate in our efforts,” Mortensen said. “There is the saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and that is no less true today. Our community needs to realize this goes beyond the schools and we need parents and neighbors to take greater participation in the process.”

Prehistoric camel bones unearthed in Mesa

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Always low prices… and occasionally, 10,000-year-old camels:

PHOENIX, Arizona (AP) — Workers digging at the site of a future Wal-Mart store in suburban Mesa have unearthed the bones of a prehistoric camel that’s estimated to be about 10,000 years old. …

Arizona State University geology museum curator Brad Archer hurried out to the site Friday when he got the news that the owner of a nursery was carefully excavating bones found at the bottom of a hole being dug for a new ornamental citrus tree.

Just think, perhaps 10,000 years from now, some future human civilization will be discovering the fossilized remains of “ornamental citrus trees” in the Arizona desert, and trying to come up with some theory to explain why such things existed. Little do they know, the answer is… Wal-Mart.

Anyway, continuing with the article:

“There’s no question that this is a camel; these creatures walked the land here until about 8,000 years ago, when the same event that wiped out a great deal of mammal life took place,” Archer told The Arizona Republic. …

“In my 15 years at ASU doing this work I can think of six or seven times when finds this important have been made,” Archer said. “This is the first camel. Others have been horses, once a mammoth on Happy Valley Road. This sort of thing is extremely rare.”

Archer declined to comment on whether any of the previous five or six “finds this important” involved finding inebriated ASU coeds willing to flash a museum curator.

(Hat tip: Scott Fort.)

UPDATE: Here’s the original article from the Arizona Republic. It contains this important nugget of information:

[T]he find [will] not change the construction schedule at the Wal-Mart site.

I’m sure we can all rest easier knowing that even 10,000-year-old camels can’t stand in the way of Wal-Mart’s plans. Nor do the camels get health insurance. :)

Cowabunga, dude: Bart goes full frontal

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Apparently this is the year of child icons going nude: first Harry Potter (or at least the actor who plays him), and now Bart Simpson.

Oh, and let me just say, to assist the Googling masses in finding this post: Bart Simpson’s penis. Thank you, that is all.

Condoms cause bomb scare at Iowa school

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Several classrooms at Des Moines Area Community College were evacuated Friday due to a “suspicious package” that turned out to be a box of 500 condoms sent to the teacher of a human sexuality class. Heh.

Russell’s number 1, Quinn not in top 10

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

With the first pick in the 2007 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders chose LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell. Meanwhile Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn, predicted by most draft experts to go in the top 10, is still waiting, as the Houston Texans picked Louisville DT Amobi Okoye with the 10th pick. Okoye, at 19, becomes the youngest player ever drafted by the NFL. The big question of the day, and the one the analysts on ESPN are still talking about, is how far Quinn will drop.

The top 10 picks:

1	Oakland		JaMarcus Russell - QB
2	Detroit		Calvin Johnson - WR
3	Cleveland		Joe Thomas - OT
4	Tampa Bay	Gaines Adams - DE
5	Arizona		Levi Brown - OT
6	Washington	Laron Landry - S
7	Minnesota	Adrian Peterson - RB
8	Atlanta		Jamaal Anderson - DE
9	Miami		Ted Ginn Jr. - WR
10	Houston		Amobi 

Full coverage here.

UPDATE BY BRENDAN: Quinn’s Aaron Rodgers-esque drop finally ended at the #22 spot, when the Cleveland Browns — who many thought would take Quinn with the #3 overall pick — drafted him after all when given a second chance.

P.S. Quinn’s Cleveland Browns will face Matt Leinart’s Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 2. He’ll also get a rematch with JaMarcus Russell when Cleveland visits Oakland on September 23 — assuming Quinn and Russell are starting by then, that is. Long-term, Quinn also has the opportunity to start a nice interstate, interdivisional rivalry with Carson Palmer and the Cincinnati Bengals. Those teams play this year on September 16 and December 23.

A brief list of things that make me happy

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

• Red Sox 11, Yankees 4.
• The Yanks’ 7-game losing streak.
• Mariano Rivera’s 12.15 ERA.
• The American League East standings. Look who’s in first… and who’s in last.
• Imagining how the back pages of the New York papers will look in the morning.

P.S. The above things do not make Texasyank happy.