Archive for January 12, 2009

It’s Henderson and Rice

Posted: January 12, 2009 by datechguy in baseball
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Rickey Henderson in his first eligible year and Jim Rice in his last have both been elected to the Hall of Fame.

Henderson snagged 94.8% showing that Corky Simpson was not alone and should have taken my advice.

Rice made it in with 76.4 eeking in by 7 votes. This mean that other the war years Boston Red Sox had a Hall of Famer starting in left field in Fenway from 1939-1987. (Williams and Yaz being the others) a period of 43 years.

If you include Manny (who will certainly make the hall) that for the last 70 years 1939-2008 the Red Sox primary starting left fielder was a Hall of Famer 73% of the time(51 years). It would be interesting to see if any other team had a Hall of Famer for such a sustained period at one position.

Tommy John will have to wait for the Vets committee.

Update: Baseball musings mentions something about Rice that drove me nuts too:

but he would also drive me nuts in the following situation. The pitcher would be wild, walking Boggs and Barrett on eight straight pitches. Rice would come up, and he had to be thinking, “This pitcher has to throw me a strike.” He’d swing at the first pitch and ground into a double play. I really wanted him to let the pitcher fall behind in the count first, but Jim liked swinging early in that situation.

Yup that’s why I think it took the 15th ballot.

Baseball crank has thoughts and hopes it doesn’t help Dawson. I think the gold gloves speak volumes for him.

It’s not MS it’s Money!

Posted: January 12, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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I was looking at the Reclusive Leftist’s site and saw her shock at the cover of MS Magazine.

She was practically speechless, but other of her readers had more to say:

I have to say that if President-Elect is Ms. Magazine’s idea of what a feminist looks like, I would hate to see their vision of what an anti-feminist looks like.

Peacock and Lilies has the best and correct line:

UPDATE: Wholly shit, Batman! They are selling the poster separately, for, get this, $19.95! They’re calling it a feminist collector’s item.

Apparently this is what prostitution looks like.

She also examines the relevance of the image in comics and the fact that the image itself is an American icon. It is interesting reading.

She is exactly right. It is prostitution, you can’t go anywhere without seeing Obama Messiah stuff for sale. Ms. Magazine is just trying to cash in by jumping on the bandwagon.

As a practicing Roman Catholic Man who maintains Abortion an intrinsic evil (particularly when used selectively to prevent the birth of girls in the 3rd world and in India and China. ) I would not likely be considered anything remotely feminist by the blogs above.

However with them I thought the treatment of Hillary Clinton at best bordered on misogyny. The treatment of Palin was even worse. I was shocked to hear a 15 year old girl scream at me because Palin’s daughter was pregnant at a NH rally. Not feminism’s greatest moment. Media of all types have prostituted themselves to near cult status when it comes to the president elect. This is likely not going to change.

These blogs have every reason to be suspicious of the incoming administration and it wouldn’t surprise me to see those suspicions confirmed. I suspect they will not be the only ones on the left in that spot. We of the right aren’t expecting much so we will be less disappointed.

Update: I’ll wager that National Review and them are not on the same page too often either.

Another Gene Robinson vs Rick Warren thought

Posted: January 12, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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It just hit me.

Until 2008 a pastor like Rick Warren would never have been considered a controversial choice to be at any inaugural event. His inclusion wouldn’t have caused an eye to bat once.

Until 2008 a Bishop like Gene Robinson would have been impossible to include in any inaugural event without a massive uproar that would have been politically untenable.

This says how much the country in general and the media & Democratic party in particular has changed.

What you believe will determine if you think this is a good or bad change.

No pander here

Posted: January 12, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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You might recall the fuss and a half over Rick Warren at the inaugural.

Well looks like its payback time as Gene Robinson has been chosen for another event:

The selection of New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson for Sunday’s event follows weeks of criticism from gay-rights groups over Obama’s decision to have the Rev. Rick Warren give the invocation at his Jan. 20 inauguration.

Warren backed the ban on same-sex marriage that passed in his home state of California on the November ballot.

Robinson said last month the choice of Warren was like a slap in the face. In an interview with the Concord Monitor, he said he doesn’t believe Obama invited him in response to the Warren criticism but said his inclusion won’t go unnoticed by the gay and lesbian community.

Of course he wasn’t invited for that reason. I don’t think the Christian Right should be upset about this, after all he is a Christian Bishop and the difference is only orientation isn’t it? Isn’t it?

Robinson said he doesn’t yet know what he’ll say, but he knows he won’t use a Bible.

“While that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans,” Robinson said. “I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer.

Well that’s reassuring the Episcopal church sure choose a winner. We can’t be using those nasty biblical quotes. Of course that doesn’t apply to me: Matthew 10:32-33

Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.

Or maybe Luke 9:26

Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

Or maybe 2 Timothy 2:12

if we persevere we shall also reign with him. But if we deny him he will deny us.

Yup that’s one first rate secular Christian Bishop the Episcopal church has.

In the end though it’s Obama’s party and he can invite who he wants. That’s the spoils of victory. I don’t think its worth a fuss.