Saturday, October 24, 2009

Smorgasbord Saturday

Happy United Nations Day! Today is the anniversary of the 1945 ratification of the United Nations Charter and therefore United Nations Day (celebrated since 1948).

While I was looking up the game time for tonight's American League Championship Series Game 6, I noticed that TV Guide has information running on The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. From the story:
"The play is a sequel to The Laramie Project, which was based on the reactions of people in Laramie, Wyo., after Shepard, a 21-year-old gay college student, was murdered there in 1998. The new production revisits the townspeople a decade later and also portrays an interview with one of Shepard's killers."
Looks like the performance has an allstar cast and all proceeds are going to the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

The war being waged between the White House and FOX News is pretty ridiculous. Yes, FOX has long since departed from anything resembling journalism, but it seems the White House is taking what happened in August in town hall forums across the country personally and punishing FOX for their obvious role in the misinformation campaign. I understand this is politics, I understand that FOX is responsible for running their network in ways that reflect poorly on the news business. However, those who choose to take sides in this battle, a battle that is more about principle and ego than anything else, should not suggest that the White House is doing this to stifle dissent. Charles Krauthammer, writing in the Washington Post, said the "[White House] wants to delegitimize any significant dissent." I suspect that Krauthammer isn't the only one claiming this. It is false. The problem progressives, Obama, and anyone with logic has with FOX News is that they're running programming that is propagandizing, misinformed, politicized lies. It isn't about dissent, I'm sure if the White House was taking flack from a news outlet that had any basis in truth, they would gladly argue the political points. FOX News has no basis in truth and until they do, the war on FOX isn't going to let up. We've come a long way from the days of the Bush administration distributing their talking points to O'Reilly and Co.

The Nez Perce County Democrats have announced former Governor Cecil D. Andrus will be honored Saturday, November 14, at the first Cecil D. Andrus Banquet in Lewiston.The banquet honoring the former governor and secretary of the Interior will be held at the Red Lion Hotel in Lewiston, Idaho at 6pm the evening of the 14th. For further information or for tickets contact Justin Coleman.

Baseball predictions are, well, not all that reliable. In a game with so many variables dependent on so many iffy influences (the weather, the crowd, rest, etc.), predictions aren't usually reliable. However, I found this piece by Thomas Boswell pretty good--if I were going to rely on predictions, his would probably be just as good as any. We'll know tonight if the Angels have a chance of surviving the ALCS and we already know the Phillies are the National League champions again. What we don't know is if Joe Girardi's reliance on A.J. Burnett Thursday night will end the Yankees impressive run. You have to admit, a World Series with the unpredictable Phillies closer Brad Lidge with the sudden rollercoaster-type pitching of the Angels closer Brian Fuentes would be pretty damn entertaining. And, like the odds of knowing who will get to the World Series before the division series is complete, unpredictable.

Ever read a legislative amendment and been completely blown away by the gall of some legislators? Check out this gem from Senator Tom "I won't talk about C-Street" Coburn:
42. S.AMDT.2631 to H.R.2847 To redirect funding of the National Science Foundation toward practical scientific research
Sponsor: Sen Coburn, Tom [OK] (introduced 10/7/2009) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 10/13/2009 Senate amendment proposed (on the floor)
Yes, that is the actual title of the amendment. What is "practical scientific research"? Nope, he wasn't trying to keep scientists from studying AIDS or evolution or any other "liberal creation," he was trying to keep scientists funded by the NSF from studying POLITICAL SCIENCE. That evil study of things like, oh, I don't know, the U.S. Senate!

What a crazy world we live in...

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