Time to steal from Nordlinger again

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Time to steal from Nordlinger again

A lot of things on the mind again so we are just going to have to steal the style of Jay Nordlinger’s Impromp­tus col­umn and say a few things;

And since I’m steal­ing his style may I say that you should read his col­umn reg­u­larly and con­sider buy­ing his book right off the top.

The last time I did this I wrote the fol­low­ing:

The day the New York Times can call itself the Instapun­dit of News­pa­pers is the day its stock will not be tank­ing its build­ing will not need to be mort­gaged and will be worth read­ing again.

Gate­way pun­dit who I read reg­u­larly and you should too, hit the New York Times over this front page story that was frankly; a bunch of non­sense. He makes a very obvi­ous point:

Obvi­ously, if Democ­rats really believed that Repub­li­cans were respon­si­ble for the hous­ing cri­sis we would be see­ing mock show trial after mock show trial in front of the var­i­ous Con­gres­sional com­mit­tees. We are not see­ing that today.

You can tell what is real­ity by what peo­ple actu­ally do vs what they say every time.

A lit­tle more on the New York Times; you know there is noth­ing wrong with serv­ing a niche mar­ket as long as you can make a profit doing it. The New York Times and a good chunk of the media in gen­eral is writ­ing for a niche lib­eral east coast mar­ket and is tank­ing in value. If you can be happy being #2 or #3 and still make a buck all well and good (Read MSNBC) but if you are los­ing your shirt you can be doing this?

And is it just me or do lib­er­als seem to for­get the exis­tence of YouTube and video tape? From the same Gate­way pun­dit link above we see mem­bers of con­gress with a D by their side defend­ing Fan­nie Mae. Then we see the media and those same con­gress­men pre­tend­ing it didn’t hap­pen. Have they for­got­ten a com­puter is now an appli­ance? Peo­ple can see this stuff.

You know when I was work­ing I had the 1 to mid­night shift. Since my wife is a light sleeper and always had trou­ble get­ting back to sleep I would crash on the couch and moan when my early ris­ing fam­ily would wake me up. Now that I’m not work­ing I’m sleep­ing in my bed much more. My wife and kids have no school and I’m still wak­ing up before 6. The only good side of it is Morn­ing Joe.

Speak­ing of Morn­ing Joe, it is the best show on MSNBC and not just because Mika Brzezin­ski is one of the most hand­some women on tele­vi­sion but the chem­istry between her and Joe Scar­bor­ough is fan­tas­tic. It really seems that the peo­ple on this show gen­uinely like each other and are not afraid to dis­agree with­out being dis­agree­able. Watch­ing them talk is like watch­ing my friends talk with me, we come from all over the polit­i­cal and reli­gious spec­trum and we are friends and always will be.

Don’t for­get that it was Morn­ing Joe that grilled Axel­rod when nobody else would.

Plus Mike Bar­ni­cle is from my home town.

How­ever the hard­est thing about watch­ing the show is the ads for Rachel Mad­dow and Count­down, even the pro­mos are over the top in their wor­ship of lib­er­al­ism and demon­e­ti­za­tion of conservatives.

When­ever I see Harold Ford Jr. on Morn­ing Joe I think of Satchel Paige THE great­est pitcher of all time. Page resented that Jackie Robin­son made the majors before him with his long record of accom­plish­ment. I look at pres­i­dent elect Obama and Ford and think the same thing.

Then again we all know what Jackie Robin­son did, maybe the pres­i­dent elect will do the same. But remem­ber that Jackie won his world series ring in 1955. Satchel won his 7 years ahead of him.

Do you know who got the last hit against Paige? Carl Yaztrzem­ski in 1965. 1965! It was the only hit he gave up in three innings work, at the age of 59. And that’s assum­ing his listed birth date is correct.

Of course the Red Sox were one of the worst teams in base­ball that year too. They lost 100 games and fin­ished 9th in a 10 team league. Rico Petro­celli and Jim Lon­borg were rook­ies and Tony Conigliaro was only in his 2nd year. They were two years away from great­ness. They were also still the most lily white team in the league. Earl Wil­son the great slug­ging pitcher was about it.

These days the Sox are peren­nial con­tenders with two world series under their belt and look like the UN by comparison.

It’s quite a thing to be a Boston fan of any sport this year. The Sox just missed the series this year, the Pats are 105 WITH­OUT Tom Brady, the Celtics are the World Champs and have won 18 straight. and the Bru­ins are in First place. I don’ t know how long this can last but you’ve gotta love it if you are in Boston.

It almost makes up for the two feet of snow in my front yard, there is no place to put the snow and it isn’t even win­ter yet. And we have another storm due this week.

Did I just hear peo­ple com­par­ing Sarah Palin to Car­o­line Kennedy and say­ing the com­par­i­son is unfair on Morn­ing Joe and in print? Yes I did but they have it back­wards. Gov Palin has actu­ally run a city and a state. Car­o­line Kennedy hasn’t. Kennedy is so much less qual­i­fied that Palin that it isn’t funny.

Of course the newly pop­u­lar Kath­leen Parker makes that point in her col­umn today too, but can’t do it with­out kick­ing Palin:

Palin’s demon­strated lack of basic knowl­edge, her intel­lec­tual incu­rios­ity, her inabil­ity to artic­u­late ideas or even sim­ple thoughts all com­bined to cre­ate an impres­sion of not-​quite-​there.

Few doubt that Palin is here to stay. She is the GOP’s cho­sen closer, as demon­strated in Geor­gia when she roused the crowds to help re-​elect Sen. Saxby Cham­b­liss. What she pos­sesses by immea­sur­able orders of mag­ni­tude — per­sonal power, pres­ence, pizazz — one can’t pur­chase. The rest — the­o­ret­i­cally — she can learn.

Kennedy, a rel­a­tively eru­dite per­son who has authored sev­eral books, may have the polit­i­cal clout to get her­self a Sen­ate seat, but it isn’t clear that she has the peo­ple power needed to sus­tain her. The elec­torate even­tu­ally will sort out the dif­fer­ences that matter.

In the mean­time, a Sen. Car­o­line Kennedy would not be a nuclear-​enabled leader of the free world, whereas a Vice Pres­i­dent Sarah Palin might have been.

Gotta love the the­o­ret­i­cally it sounds like Admi­ral John Jervis Lord St. Vin­cent in 1804 describ­ing the threat of a French Invasion.

I do not say the French can’t come, I only say they can’t come by sea.’

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, God they must hate her!

Been read­ing about Jervis in The Line Upon the Wind the Great War at sea 18931815. Once I fin­ish it I’ll link to the Ama­zon review but there is one thing worth men­tion­ing up front.

I’ve read a lot of naval his­to­ries, this is the first one describ­ing the Chesa­peake Leop­ard inci­dent from the British side of the coin and it seems to give jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the act, although say­ing the cost was high in terms of inter­na­tional rela­tions. It also repeats the non­sense sug­ges­tion of the Admi­ralty at the time that US frigates such as the USS Con­sti­tu­tion was in fact more of a Ship of the Line than a frigate. 200+ year old biases die hard.

And if you’ve never vis­ited the USS Con­sti­tu­tion in Charleston Mass do so.

Some more recient biases include everyone’s favorite game “Name That Party!

How bad is the bias? It’s got­ten so bad that yes­ter­day when my totally non-​political wife was read­ing the paper I pointed to this AP story and asked what was wrong with it. She took one look and said they must not men­tion he was a democrat.

She wouldn’t know the AG of Ohio from a hole in the ground. If my wife is fig­ur­ing this out then the cat is out of the bag.

A lit­tle reli­gion, did you see this:

He may not be a Catholic but it is the best descrip­tion of Sin and the fight against it i’ve ever heard.

Played BANG, the wild west card game with my gam­ing crowd last Thurs­day I’m very sur­prised that the expan­sions are avail­able at Ama­zon but the game is not.

And the Tal­is­man game we played after it was the best I’ve ever seen, 4 peo­ple made it to the crown and the fate mark­ers really add to the game even if I was turned into a frog. It was the most excit­ing sin­gle game that I’ve played in 30 years.

And if you are inter­ested in all things Tal­is­man check here.

Well I’ve been typ­ing this for almost two hours and I haven’t even talked about bat­tery cars and the coal that will be needed to power them. I’ll fin­ish with this totally unre­lated stat and thought.

Just before the storm this blog was being found, my hits were up by a fac­tor of 35 and it looked like it was grow­ing. The loss of power slaugh­tered my stats and they haven’t recov­ered, it is quite annoy­ing but if that is the worst prob­lem that I have (par­tic­u­larly with peo­ple on my street STILL with­out power then I’m a real lucky guy.)

And only three days to the Doc­tor Who Christ­mas Spe­cial The next Doc­tor; Huz­zah!

A lot of things on the mind again so we are just going to have to steal the style of Jay Nordlinger’s Impromptus column and say a few things;

And since I’m stealing his style may I say that you should read his column regularly and consider buying his book right off the top.

The last time I did this I wrote the following:

The day the New York Times can call itself the Instapundit of Newspapers is the day its stock will not be tanking its building will not need to be mortgaged and will be worth reading again.

Gateway pundit who I read regularly and you should too, hit the New York Times over this front page story that was frankly; a bunch of nonsense. He makes a very obvious point:

Obviously, if Democrats really believed that Republicans were responsible for the housing crisis we would be seeing mock show trial after mock show trial in front of the various Congressional committees. We are not seeing that today.

You can tell what is reality by what people actually do vs what they say every time.

A little more on the New York Times; you know there is nothing wrong with serving a niche market as long as you can make a profit doing it. The New York Times and a good chunk of the media in general is writing for a niche liberal east coast market and is tanking in value. If you can be happy being #2 or #3 and still make a buck all well and good (Read MSNBC) but if you are losing your shirt you can be doing this?

And is it just me or do liberals seem to forget the existence of YouTube and video tape? From the same Gateway pundit link above we see members of congress with a D by their side defending Fannie Mae. Then we see the media and those same congressmen pretending it didn’t happen. Have they forgotten a computer is now an appliance? People can see this stuff.

You know when I was working I had the 1 to midnight shift. Since my wife is a light sleeper and always had trouble getting back to sleep I would crash on the couch and moan when my early rising family would wake me up. Now that I’m not working I’m sleeping in my bed much more. My wife and kids have no school and I’m still waking up before 6. The only good side of it is Morning Joe.

Speaking of Morning Joe, it is the best show on MSNBC and not just because Mika Brzezinski is one of the most handsome women on television but the chemistry between her and Joe Scarborough is fantastic. It really seems that the people on this show genuinely like each other and are not afraid to disagree without being disagreeable. Watching them talk is like watching my friends talk with me, we come from all over the political and religious spectrum and we are friends and always will be.

Don’t forget that it was Morning Joe that grilled Axelrod when nobody else would.

Plus Mike Barnicle is from my home town.

However the hardest thing about watching the show is the ads for Rachel Maddow and Countdown, even the promos are over the top in their worship of liberalism and demonetization of conservatives.

Whenever I see Harold Ford Jr. on Morning Joe I think of Satchel Paige THE greatest pitcher of all time. Page resented that Jackie Robinson made the majors before him with his long record of accomplishment. I look at president elect Obama and Ford and think the same thing.

Then again we all know what Jackie Robinson did, maybe the president elect will do the same. But remember that Jackie won his world series ring in 1955. Satchel won his 7 years ahead of him.

Do you know who got the last hit against Paige? Carl Yaztrzemski in 1965. 1965! It was the only hit he gave up in three innings work, at the age of 59. And that’s assuming his listed birth date is correct.

Of course the Red Sox were one of the worst teams in baseball that year too. They lost 100 games and finished 9th in a 10 team league. Rico Petrocelli and Jim Lonborg were rookies and Tony Conigliaro was only in his 2nd year. They were two years away from greatness. They were also still the most lily white team in the league. Earl Wilson the great slugging pitcher was about it.

These days the Sox are perennial contenders with two world series under their belt and look like the UN by comparison.

It’s quite a thing to be a Boston fan of any sport this year. The Sox just missed the series this year, the Pats are 10-5 WITHOUT Tom Brady, the Celtics are the World Champs and have won 18 straight. and the Bruins are in First place. I don’ t know how long this can last but you’ve gotta love it if you are in Boston.

It almost makes up for the two feet of snow in my front yard, there is no place to put the snow and it isn’t even winter yet. And we have another storm due this week.

Did I just hear people comparing Sarah Palin to Caroline Kennedy and saying the comparison is unfair on Morning Joe and in print? Yes I did but they have it backwards. Gov Palin has actually run a city and a state. Caroline Kennedy hasn’t. Kennedy is so much less qualified that Palin that it isn’t funny.

Of course the newly popular Kathleen Parker makes that point in her column today too, but can’t do it without kicking Palin:

Palin’s demonstrated lack of basic knowledge, her intellectual incuriosity, her inability to articulate ideas or even simple thoughts all combined to create an impression of not-quite-there.

Few doubt that Palin is here to stay. She is the GOP’s chosen closer, as demonstrated in Georgia when she roused the crowds to help re-elect Sen. Saxby Chambliss. What she possesses by immeasurable orders of magnitude – personal power, presence, pizazz – one can’t purchase. The rest – theoretically – she can learn.

Kennedy, a relatively erudite person who has authored several books, may have the political clout to get herself a Senate seat, but it isn’t clear that she has the people power needed to sustain her. The electorate eventually will sort out the differences that matter.

In the meantime, a Sen. Caroline Kennedy would not be a nuclear-enabled leader of the free world, whereas a Vice President Sarah Palin might have been.

Gotta love the theoretically it sounds like Admiral John Jervis Lord St. Vincent in 1804 describing the threat of a French Invasion.

‘I do not say the French can’t come, I only say they can’t come by sea.’

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, God they must hate her!

Been reading about Jervis in The Line Upon the Wind the Great War at sea 1893-1815. Once I finish it I’ll link to the Amazon review but there is one thing worth mentioning up front.

I’ve read a lot of naval histories, this is the first one describing the Chesapeake Leopard incident from the British side of the coin and it seems to give justification for the act, although saying the cost was high in terms of international relations. It also repeats the nonsense suggestion of the Admiralty at the time that US frigates such as the USS Constitution was in fact more of a Ship of the Line than a frigate. 200+ year old biases die hard.

And if you’ve never visited the USS Constitution in Charleston Mass do so.

Some more recient biases include everyone’s favorite game “Name That Party!

How bad is the bias? It’s gotten so bad that yesterday when my totally non-political wife was reading the paper I pointed to this AP story and asked what was wrong with it. She took one look and said they must not mention he was a democrat.

She wouldn’t know the AG of Ohio from a hole in the ground. If my wife is figuring this out then the cat is out of the bag.

A little religion, did you see this:

He may not be a Catholic but it is the best description of Sin and the fight against it i’ve ever heard.

Played BANG, the wild west card game with my gaming crowd last Thursday I’m very surprised that the expansions are available at Amazon but the game is not.

And the Talisman game we played after it was the best I’ve ever seen, 4 people made it to the crown and the fate markers really add to the game even if I was turned into a frog. It was the most exciting single game that I’ve played in 30 years.

And if you are interested in all things Talisman check here.

Well I’ve been typing this for almost two hours and I haven’t even talked about battery cars and the coal that will be needed to power them. I’ll finish with this totally unrelated stat and thought.

Just before the storm this blog was being found, my hits were up by a factor of 3-5 and it looked like it was growing. The loss of power slaughtered my stats and they haven’t recovered, it is quite annoying but if that is the worst problem that I have (particularly with people on my street STILL without power then I’m a real lucky guy.)

And only three days to the Doctor Who Christmas Special The next Doctor; Huzzah!