Replay will Ruin Baseball – UPDATED

Humility & Grace turn a heavy moment to light. Sancya/APLast night, Umpire James Joyce made a horrifically bad call and robbed Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga of a perfect game:Yeah, a horrible call. Yes, Galarraga was robbed, and Joyce will live with his mistake. That's the nature of the game.Now comes the debate: What should Baseball do? Should MLB Commissioner Bud Selig reverse the call? and award the perfect game to Galarraga? That question is being debated, right … [Read more...]

Climategate Googlegate linkfest

I am seriously behind on real work and the dog has decided that whole-house vacuuming must now occur twice daily as she sheds like nothing I've ever seen.This is what life is like with a Border Collie. Smartest dogs in the world, but you have two choices: vacuum so much that the machine begins to feel like an extension of your arm, or don't vacuum, put on some Star Trek gear and call the mounting hair balls "Tribbles."So let me drop off all these links to climategate, beginning with the … [Read more...]

Hyperactive Television: USELESS

I'm trying to watch the celebration in NY - the Yankees going down the Canyon of Heroes amid a couple million fans and a lot of shredded paper - and this is the most unsatisfying experience. Why? Because television broadcasters -and apparently whoever is directing them- have gone completely hyperactive. I want to see the parade. That's all I want to see. I don't want to see silly female reporters screaming into their microphones about "the love and positive energy" or boorish male reporters … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Baseball & US

The New York Yankees’ Nick Swisher climbed a wall to try and catch a ball in Game 1 of the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies in New York. (Elise Amendola/Associated Press) SourceVanderleun writes of that wonderful picture, above:As long as we have the World Series every Autumn, I will continue to believe to the adamantine rock bottom of my soul that God blesses America and has an exceptional plan for this nation.Look at the moment . . .It could be hung in the Norman Rockwell M … [Read more...]

My World Series Prediction?

Several readers have asked me to predict the outcome of this world series.Now, I do dearly love the Yankees, and it is true that Hillary Clinton is no longer NY's senator, (having moved on to become a truly DREADFUL SecState), so her "I've always been a Yankees fan" curse may have finally been lifted (we have not won the WS since she was sworn into the Senate in 2001), and of course, I am rooting for them.But, the Phillies are a scrappy young team, and the defending champs. And the Yanks … [Read more...]

No, I did not watch Obama's speech

Derek Jeter started the game needing three hits to tie Lou Gehrig's record of hits-as-a-Yankee.He got the three hits during the game (and he was a class act as he did it), plus he got his 300th stolen base, and then Jorge Posada hit a splendid three-run homer to top it all off.I have my priorities. It mattered much more to see all that than to hear Obama say what I've heard him say before.Tepid political theater is no match for a good ballgame. And if I have a choice between looking at … [Read more...]

Back to work tomorrow…

Sorry for the silence. The afternoon was spent with doctors and radiologists, and tomorrow we find out whether Buster has a hernia. I got to do some reading as I sat around waiting or keeping Buster company, but it was very disheartening to learn that blaring televisions broadcasting insipid game shows and screeching talkfests are more the rule than the exception in medical offices, these days. What I noticed was that the patients and family members in the waiting room were reading, talking … [Read more...]

It's amazing what 3 years does!

Three years ago, I was the fun Auntie who got called up and invited to mass, and told to bring bagels.! They never call; they don't write. They don't need help with homework.Of course they don't need help with homework. They know everything!A look wistful look back, first published in 2006.FUTURE JOURNALIST GRILLS ANCHORESSThe child of a sibling, who calls me "Auntie," asked to interview me for a grade-school project on journalism. Between giggles and some eye-rolling I … [Read more...]

Hobbit Houses, Worship, Misogynists & more

I'm finding it very difficult to concentrate with a houseful today, so here are some quick-and-unrelated things you may have missed - stick with it, I know there are some things below which will inspire you:"Prime Minister, how much more clearly do we have to speak, before you understand us?"Wait for the reading of Dr. Seuss at the end.What we're seeing in England is that huge government spending, high taxation and socialist policies don't work. Why are we bringing them here?Could … [Read more...]

Did Obama check his bow to Abdullah? – UPDATES!

Let me say right off the bat, I have never thought, as apparently many still do, that Barack Obama was a Muslim. Obama said he was a Christian, and - although it is difficult to believe he sat in Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years and never heard him utter racist or anti-American sentiments - I tend to take people at their word, until their behavior informs me otherwise.Such is the case, here. President Obama's own behavior has me wondering.I don't like this video. Spin it any way you … [Read more...]