October 24, 2009

Rainy Day Sunday Fun Zine

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For starters, what's not to like about Mister Tough Guy by Mark Steyn on National Review Online?

The most recent whine — the anti-Fox campaign — is, apart from anything else, unbecoming to the office. President Obama is the chief of state of one of the oldest free societies in the world, but his official White House website runs teasers such as: "For even more Fox lies, check out the latest ‘Truth-O-Meter.’” It gives off the air of somebody only marginally less paranoid than this week’s president-for-life in some basket-case banana republic ranting on the palace balcony because his interior security chief isn’t doing a fast enough job of disappearing his enemies

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Now take a long cool sip of Sippican Cottage's superb Going Norm Galt, a meditation on the career of New Yankee Workshop's Norm Abram. It's the kind of surprising and illuminating essay that takes you to three different realities all at the same time: This excerpt --

There actually is one hint of unreality to Norm. The workshop isn't his; not many people know that. It belongs to the producer of the show. Norm, as successful as he is, has been dragging his ass to the factory every day as if he was just another schlub. But that's it. He's immensely more influential and successful than most anyone I can name on television. He could walk into any home center, tool shop, construction trade show, and any restaurant in New England, and get carried around on people's shoulders if he felt like it. It's not his fault you don't know that. He's not an idiot celebrity. He's important to a lot of people, and for good reason. He's as close to a real folk hero as you can find in contemporary American life. It was as if Johnny Appleseed was on TV for two decades, but everyone was too busy watching execrable people with no talent judge singers with even less talent to notice.
-- doesn't begin to do it justice.

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Then there is, as there always is, Richard Fernandez continuing his almost decade long output of some of the most thoughtful and engaging commentary to be found anywhere, online or off, with Belmont Club's Outlaw:

The problem of process haunts every "progressive" proposal, especially life and death matters because ultimately "death panel" and euthanasia orders have to be written out by bureaucrats just like the guys you have down at the DMV or the Post Office. And while you probably might prefer to trust the clerk at the DMV over some of your relatives, if you are parent of loving children you will be S.O.L. if the decisions over your welfare are taken from your son and daughter and handed over to the bureaucrat, who might decide your fate on a Monday while eating coffee and donuts, hung over from the weekend. Once upon a time people feared giving the government power over their lives. They insisted for example on extensive due process before you could condemn a Charles Manson to death -- and he wasn't. But today compassion can give the government power over granny that we would never give it over a suspected terrorist in Guantanamo Bay.

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Finally, wife, mother, and babe of mystery Daphne gives you the inside pitch on kid pitch with Batter Up @ Jaded Haven

This Fall was his first season of kid pitch. God, those are some long games. Three slow innings are the gold standard in an excruciating ninety minutes of boring play. If you're unfamiliar with the phases of little league, I'll give you a short primer: for the previous four to six seasons these players are pitched to by one of their coaches, a nice man who's throwing to make hitting as easy as possible. Prior to that, they're hitting off a stationary T stand. Kid pitch is a whole new world. Accuracy and base theft are cornerstones for this new level of the game, thankfully most excel at the latter so the scoreboard isn't a total heartbreak when the ump calls time.

And that's just four of many. I keep a clipping book of items of quality and interest I come across on the web. This week there are 87 clips in it. I wish I could take the space to share them all, but it would be overwhelming. If I wanted to I could fill this screen with so many excerpts and links it would defeat your strength in scrolling. But I will, for now, stand pat this Sunday with these four.

Posted by Vanderleun at October 24, 2009 11:35 PM
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Hey, I'm old enough to remember when "kid pitch" was all there was. And my "Little League" wasn't one that played by official LL rules--y'know, like the silly-ass one where the runner can't take off until the ball has crossed the plate. With us, it was leadoffs and running on the pitch all the way. Yeah, we had lots of steals, but those of us that pitched developed good pickoff moves early. I was a lefty pitcher who got 4 in one game once. The runners just couldn't believe I was coming to first while looking at the plate. All in all, I think "kid pitch" is a lot better than having adults pitch. You learn how to pitch, and you learn how to hit when the pitcher is trying to get you out.

BTW, Charlie Manson was sentenced to death. His sentence was automatically commuted to life when the Supreme Court put a moratorium on capital punishment in 1972.


Posted by: waltj at October 25, 2009 7:06 AM

"President Obama is the chief of state of one of the oldest free societies in the world, but his official White House website runs teasers such as: "For even more Fox lies, check out the latest ‘Truth-O-Meter.’” It gives off the air of somebody only marginally less paranoid than this week’s president-for-life in some basket-case banana republic ranting on the palace balcony because his interior security chief isn’t doing a fast enough job of disappearing his enemies"
Has Charles Johnson taken a job running the WH website?

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at October 26, 2009 9:06 AM