I haven’t posted on the Notre Dame scandal because frankly if you read this blog at all you know what I’d be thinking and why. There is plenty of loud Catholic outrage on that subject (all likely better Catholics than me) so other than signing the petition I haven’t posted on it, but today the American Papist states that Bishop D’Arcy will be putting out a statement on the subject.

Now that I would like to comment on when it happens.

There are great games that stand the test of time, there are rivalries that define the game’s greatness. This game highlighted both.

If you are either a RedSox or a Yankee Fan you could not help but be riveted by this game. You would recognize the intensity of the players, the packed loud stadium, and the fans. This game went back and forth, a dramatic tie to force extra innings and a 2 out single in an 8 pitch at bat in the top of the 10th.

You can’t get baseball much better than this. The whole tourney was something to see. For me the highlight was Jimmy Rollins who in my opinion could have credibly been named MVP over Dice-K (who has now won a world series, 2 WBC and 2 WBC MVPS in three years.)

I think it might be interesting to see an annual tournament post world series where the US World Series winner plays a short 5 game series against either team Japan/Korea or the winner of the Japan World Series. Or on a smaller scale an “Asian world series” where the Japanese and Korean champion teams play a 7 game series after their respective seasons.

I’d watch it.

The bad news is it will be 4 years before we see this again, the good news is in 4 years it will only get better!

This article states that Vatican insiders think the pope is a disaster. Damion Thompson doesn’t proclaim it a false it just defines “insider“:

We learned this morning that “Vatican insiders” consider Benedict XVI “a disaster”. It’s true. They do think that. He’s a disaster for them, and their determination to turn the Catholic Church into a touchy-feely forum in which uncomfortable teachings and traditions are “modernised” to impress non-Catholics.

He elaborates for those who might be unclear on the concept:

Actually, Professor, if you’re a Catholic you should know that Benedict can be God’s spokesman and hold views unaccaptable to the religion page of the Washington Post… but there’s no point in arguing.

The point is that Benedict’s most relentless critics, the ones who are determined to extract every last ounce of rhetorical advantage from his predicament, are liberal Catholics. These days, for example, I can hardly bear to visit Andrew Sullivan’s brilliant website because he has constructed a caricature of a gay-bashing fundamentalist Pope that collapses as soon as you read what Joseph Ratzinger has actually written.

That’s the think about arguing against truth, it’s very hard. Much easier to argue against a pseudo truth than the real thing. It’s the favorite tactic to combat the church.

I Can’t see how you can pick a winner to the game tonight between Japan & Korea.

They have already played each other in the tourney 4 games and split them. Japan seems the superior team but Korea keeps rising to the occasion.

If I have to pick one I’ll say Japan but if Korea wins it will be no surprise to anyone.

Oh and I think it was rather disgraceful for the announcers last night to be going on about how the US manager priority isn’t winning. It’s an insult to Japan and sounds like sour grapes. What however is a bigger disgrace is they were likely right.

…it doesn’t absolve the voter’s responsibility:

Hello, children, you elected this guy. Take some responsibility!

No, don’t go complaining the people did that. You did it. Obama is your man, your hero. You never vetted, never examined him in any depth at all, even though the candidate had hardly any experience other than running for office. (Oh, yes, he was a “community organizer.” So was I, in a sense. You want to elect me?)

He notes the rats jumping ship after only two months

But what we have instead is an orgy of finger-pointing. The four New York Times columnists referenced in the Politico article above are simultaneously ganging up on the man they thought, only eight weeks ago, was a combination of the cat’s meow and the bee’s knees. Nary a word of self criticism in their attacks. No surprise there – and don’t expect it in the future, any more than you will get an honest apologia from Messrs Frank and Dodd over Fannie and Freddie. Just like the politicians, these columnists are men and women (Dowd) who are concerned first and foremost about their jobs and power. They won’t do anything to jeopardize that. They’ve had that power for a long time, thinking it was permanent; but now that they see it might not be, they are holding on to it for dear life. Their jumping off the Obama bandwagon so early is a sign of what deep trouble he is in. And they desperately don’t want to be blamed for it.

But they will be blamed – by us and by other people. They deserve to be. Their day is over.

I have to disagree at this point. If it was even 10 years ago you might be able to make this argument but today we have the internet, and blogs, and fox news and people online who will not only fact check you but will have loud debates over who is saying what. If somebody barfs in bolivia you can’t hide it from the net.

Yet we the people with a vast amount of information at our fingertips. More info than the most powerful kings of yore or of FDR or even Reagan just 30 years ago, choose to watch youtube videos, play pogo or look for hot chicks online, play fantasy baseball or World of Warcraft. Plenty of vetting information not filtered by the press was out there for the people, they either choose to ignore it, discount it or most likely not bother to view it.

The press didn’t do their job in the last election that much is clear but did regular Americans. I can respect a person who knew this stuff but decided either his positions or their agenda was better served by candidate Obama vs candidate McCain, but I have little respect for those who didn’t even bother to check. They had access to all the stuff Roger is talking about but it just wasn’t important enough to check.

Like I always said we get the government we deserve.

…but he had some interesting opinions on the WBC.

The organizers of the Classic decided that the three countries in the first three spots of world baseball shall play it out in San Diego, including Cuba arbitrarily in the Asian group despite the fact that we are definitely in the Caribbean.

He being a communist dictator begins with a lie. Blaming the pool for making them face the Asian teams in the 2nd round. They are out to get Cuba. This is a bit disingenuous as on paper their pool was the 2nd easiest to advance from. (Only pool 1 with China & Taiwan was easier). South Africa was a pushover but Australia rose above expectations. If it wasn’t for a pinch home run in the 8th Cuba might have played an elimination game with Mexico in round one…

I doubt that any team from the West can defeat Japan and Korea in the group of competitors who will be playing in Los Angeles in the next three days.

In this case events have proven him right they have played excellent ball and have also been almost injury free. The only teams that were able to cope with them have been each other.

Go ahead and read the rest if your stomach can take it, bottom line. World is out to get Cuba and our young team need to look at the innovations of Japan.

…because of the asthma combined with pneumonia my oldest is sleeping on the den couch. MSNBC is channel 53 in these parts. Under the Comcast plan it is a free channel if you have a cable box, as I have only one I can’t put on the show without waking him. Since he’s sick I’m letting him sleep so until he is up Morning Joe blogging is either delayed or on hold.

Yes I could rent an extra cable box for only a few dollars a month, and I could get a dvr box for only a few dollars a month, and I could get a cell plan for a few dollars a months etc etc etc. When you add up all those few dollars a month they add up to more than a few dollars when I’m not working and even when I am.

I’d just as soon have the money to pay the bills in thin times and to use for things I really want in thick ones.

I fell asleep in the 3rd inning but was up long enough to see Korea’s first two innings and the pummeling that Hugo’s boys took to start the game. It was 7-1 when I hit the sack and Korea ended up winning 10-2.

Korea now goes to face the winner of tonight’s Japan/USA semi final.

From everything I’ve seen in this tournament Japan should win this game, they have had timely hitting and great pitching and the only team that has given them any trouble has been their arch rival Korea. The US on the other hand has lost to Venezuela twice and Puerto Rico by mercy. There is one ace in the hole for the US team.

Japan is starting Daisuke Matsuzaka for the game against the US. He has now pitched two seasons in the majors for the Red Sox helping us to our second World series title in 4 years. The US team has seen this guy and that might be the edge necessary to win the day. Much better to start a pitcher that hasn’t been seen to slow the team down.

Anyway If I have to make a prediction I’d say it will be an all Asian final.