Saturday, July 10, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
6:45 a.m.: Cliff Lee for Wilson Ramos and Kevin Slowey "all but done"
7:43 a.m.: Cliff Lee for Justin Smoak "just waiting for the ink"
8:53 a.m.: Cliff Lee for Jesus Montero, David Adams "just waiting for parties to agree on third prospect"
10:40 a.m.: Cliff Lee for Jesus Montero, David Adams, Zach McAllister "a done deal"
11:33 a.m.: Cliff Lee and Jose Lopez for Jason Heyward, Julio Teheran, Mike Minor, Christian Bethancourt, Adam Milligan "would be done already except the parties misunderstood which Peachtree was the street where they were meeting to sign"
12:00 p.m.: Pujols and Hafner, Kearns, Peralta, LaPorta, Santana, Redmond, Wood to Seattle; left arm and torso of Cliff Lee to St. Louis; remainder of Cliff Lee returns to Cleveland, trade "only needs union approval"
12:58 p.m.: Cliff Lee for Stephen Strasburg, John Wall, Alex Ovechkin, 13% royalty on all McNabb jerseys retroactive to February 2010, Naval Observatory "a complete irreversible lock"
1:12 p.m.: Cliff Lee for eternal souls of baseball fans under age of 60 plus permanent drilling rights in all US coastal waters and ANWR rights through 2510 "just waiting for formality of agency, devil approval; already greenlit by heaven"
Anyone want to participate in the casting or rewriting? Or should we just sit back, assume that they'll let Matthew Morrison reprise the role of Lt. Cable, and hope that "tougher, more realistic" doesn't quite mean we're getting the graphic realism of HBO's The South Pacific.
- The failure of LeBron James to choose the Chicago Bulls, which would have placed him in a better position to win championships.
- The failure of LeBron James to control his narrative here, leading him to be seen (so far as I can tell) as a heel in all this rather than an eager athlete hoping to win, as this Bill Simmons tweet notes with the appropriate sports entertainment reference. (Though would any selection other than Cleveland lead to this outcome?)
- The failure of ESPN in delivering the news in the first ten minutes of the show as promised, leading instead to the basketball equivalent of an Idol results show.
- Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert's open letter to the fans as Comic Sans FAIL.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
It is clearly stated in Article 5 of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights that "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." This was taken from an article by Erik Luna.. "November 1 marked the 15th anniversary of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. But there were no celebrations, parades, or other festivities in honor of this punishment scheme created by Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission.... Instead, the day passed like most others during the last 15 years: Scores of federal defendants sentenced under a constitutionally perverted system that saps moral judgment through its mechanical rules."May I respond?
- Lohan was in state court, and the Sentencing Guidelines are federal.
- Lohan was not harmed by any mandatory minimum imposed by any law or guideline, since the law permitted the judge to impose no additional sentence (beyond that already served) but decided on her own to impose more than the minimum.
- Actually, Lohan did originally receive a statutory minimum sentence of 96 hours of jail time, 48 of which was erased by election into two weeks of community service, and the remaining 48 hours of which was served by a "look-and-leave" -- surrendering to jail shortly before midnight and leaving shortly after midnight, which gives the prisoner credit for two calendar days. That would have been it if she had been willing to comply with the terms of her probation.
- It is impossible to argue cogently that the judge followed "mechanical rules" in this case or failed to exercise "moral judgment," whether or not you agreed with that judgment.
- So 90.05 (or probably 23.05) days of special-circumstances confinement and 90 days of rehab constitutes "cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment" for a person who crashed a car, lied about it, carjacked another car, tried to use it as a weapon, and falsely accused two other people of driving it, all while either drinking or doing coke? Take it away, other Isaac:
No rich young white guy has ever gotten anywhere with me comparing himself to Rosa Parks.
A few more thoughts: As TPE noted as well, I don’t understand how you can nominate three supporting actors from Modern Family and not have Rico Rodriguez as one of them. That kid is aces.
The Office had nine Emmy nominations last year; it has four this year. That strikes me as at least one too many still (Best Comedy Series?), but at least one of the four was the writing for the wedding episode. Non-Carrell actors: shut out. Alongside the wedding episode, comedy writing noms went to the Glee and Modern Family pilots (but not Fizbo?) and two mediocre 30 Rocks. [P.S. The Daily Show episode that received the writing nomination was the Glenn Beck parody.]
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I'm pretty damn sure [Toy Story 3 is] the best 3rd movie of a series ever.Here's a decent top ten threequels list, though I don't see any films listed there which involve Richard Pryor as a zany computer geek. Yeah, I think Lou's right.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
[Speaking of summer movies: finally saw TS3 this weekend. Yes, I was a bawling mess in that final scene. Damn you, Pixar.]
Monday, July 5, 2010
- human Events
- dissolve the Political Bands
- endowed by their Creator
- pursuit of Happiness
- laying its Foundation
- such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their ... Happiness
- long Train of Abuses and Usurpations
- pressing Importance
- called together ... Bodies at Places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant
- fatiguing them into Compliance with his Measures
- opposing with manly Firmness his Invasions
- returned to the People at large for their exercise
- Convulsions within
- encourage their Migrations hither
- raising the Conditions
- erected a Multitude of new Offices
- eat out their Substance
- quartering large Bodies
- enlarging its Boundaries, so as to render it at once an Example and fit Instrument
- plundered our Seas, ravaged our Coasts
- fall themselves by their Hands
- excited domestic Insurrections
- Petitioned for Redress
- Attentions to our British Bretheren
- disavow these Usurpations
- interrupt our Connections and Correspondence
- in General Congress
- appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions
- do all other Acts and Things
- acquiesce in the Necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of Mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace, friends [if you know what I mean]
Sunday, July 4, 2010
But other people did make the team, and we can discuss what a lousy job the selectors did again. Below the fold, from July 4, 1939, when one of the greatest stars of all said farewell.
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness—-That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the Present King of Great-Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.