Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Slide Shows

The NYT World Series Slide
Show for Game 3
is literally that. The fourth and fifth photos show
two key put outs.

Walker, out at the plate:  How to slide.

Suppan, out at third:  How not to slide.

The Guardian posts  a slide show of American families during the run-up to the

It's interesting to see what catches the British photographers' attention.  They
are fascinated by our driveways, and a bit spooked by Halloween. ("Pumpkins
are everywhere.")

So is Bush. The same creepy poster of smirking W. and vacant Laura hovers over the lives of the Republican families. Orwell, anyone?

Check out The Williams Family's sound clip, and the photo of Mr. Rodriguez
in his den (with Beatles albums and FOX World Series telecast).

Monday, October 18, 2004

Aye, very like a whale

Illuminating baseball commentary from the ALCS.

Explaining el Duque’s “dead arm”:

“It’s when your arm feels really heavy, lifeless.”



On a pitching change:

“What this pitching change does, it gets rid of the sinkerballer and
brings in someone like Timlin.”

[In fact it is Timlin himself, who proceeds to throw nothing but sinkerballs.]

Ex-Cub watch:

Nice to see Mueller again, and Bellhorn.  Bellhorn shows that he
can get to the ball, now if he could only throw it and hit it, he’d be
a triple threat.

Friday, October 15, 2004

Doonesbury Links

As a service to my imaginary readers, here are
links to the Doonesbury Honest Voices Reading List®

Monday 10.11.04 John
Eisenhower: Why I will vote for John Kerry for President

I celebrate, along with other Americans, the diversity of opinion
in this country. But let it be based on careful thought.

Tuesday 10.12.04 Wall
Street Journal reporter Farnaz Fassihi writes about Baghdad

Being a foreign correspondent in Baghdad these days is like being
undervirtual house arrest

Wednesday 10.13.04 A
Reaganite argues that Bush is a dangerous, profligate, moralizing radical
-- and that his reelection would be catastrophic both for the right and
for America.

A few high-octane speeches cannot disguise the catastrophic failure
of the Bush administration in both its domestic and its foreign policies.

Thursday 10.14.04 REP.
DOUG BEREUTER: Going to war in Iraq was a mistake

It should be noted, too, that the administration received many warnings
not to make those very errors.

Friday 10.15.04 The
Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas endorses Kerry

In those dark hours after the World Trade Center attacks, Americans
rallied together with a new sense of patriotism. We were ready to follow
Bush’s lead through any travail.

He let us down.

When he finally emerged from his hide-outs on remote military bases
well after the first crucial hours following the attack, he gave sound-bytes
instead of solutions.

Saturday 10.16.04 George Will on W's Questionable Kind of Conservatism

Warning: this article contains language like "hubris" and "constitutionalizing".

Monday, October 11, 2004

Another Dead White Male

Poor Derrida, "Abstruse Theorist Dies", NYT
front page

Other critics found it disturbing that obscure academics could presume
to denigrate a Sophocles, Voltaire or Tolstoy by seeking out cultural
biases and inexact language in their masterpieces. "Literature, the deconstructionists frequently proved, had been written by entirely the wrong people
for entirely the wrong reasons," wrote Malcolm Bradbury, a British novelist and
professor, in a 1991 article for The New York Times Book Review.

So W. would bellow,  "How can you profess, when you say 'Wrong
people, wrong reasons'?  You just can't!  That's not what a professor

Then he might add, "Want some wood?"