Monthly Archives: June 2009

Firefox 3.5

It is here!

Once you download, I recommend the following add-ons:

Adblock Plus
Better Gmail2
Better GReader
Better GCal
Any Color

Firefox has plenty of other cool and useful add-ons, which can all be found on the Mozilla download site.


Baseball Geek’s Dream

It can be found here. Enjoy.

Sarah Palin

Vanity Fair has an article on Palin worth reading if politics is your thing. An excerpt:

Whatever her political future, the emergence of Sarah Palin raises questions that will not soon go away. What does it say about the nature of modern American politics that a public official who often seems proud of what she does not know is not only accepted but applauded? What does her prominence say about the importance of having (or lacking) a record of achievement in public life? Why did so many skilled veterans of the Republican Party—long regarded as the more adroit team in presidential politics—keep loyally working for her election even after they privately realized she was casual about the truth and totally unfit for the vice-presidency? Perhaps most painful, how could John McCain, one of the cagiest survivors in contemporary politics—with a fine appreciation of life’s injustices and absurdities, a love for the sweep of history, and an overdeveloped sense of his own integrity and honor—ever have picked a person whose utter shortage of qualification for her proposed job all but disqualified him for his?

If ever there was a reason to do your part to make sure we turn things around so Obama does not suffer the political consequences of the mess he inherited (and will help create), it is avoiding this scenario in 2012: A President Palin.

Guillen: Cubs Fans are Stupid

The Cubs and White Sox renewed their intercity rivalry this past weekend on the Southside. Lou Piniella commented on the lack of fan attendance at U.S. Cellular Field, except for when the Cubs are in-house, which prompted this response from White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen:

Because our fans are not stupid like Cubs fans,” Guillen said. “They know we’re [expletive].”

Guillen said Cubs fans will watch any game at Wrigley Field because “Wrigley Field is just a bar.”

This Cubs fan knows his team is “[expletive]”, but I, like most Cubs fans, am loyal, supportive, and apparently a glutton for punishment. Do not hate because Sox fans are only fair-weather fans, Ozzie. And yeah, I agree, your team is “[expletive]”, too.

Economic Crises

An article in Newsweek asserts that Obama’s reforms will not prevent future economic crises. A snippet:

Every financial crisis originates in a failure of imagination. It’s not that, before the crisis, no one foresees problems, “excesses” and losses. There are usually warnings. But what’s routinely overlooked are the fatal interconnections that transform problems into panic. People panic because the future goes dark. They don’t know what to expect, so they expect the worst. Markets cascade uncontrollably downward.

During our layover at DFW yesterday, on the way back home from El Paso, I read an article in Harper’s predicting Obama’s pending failure due to his lack of boldness and propensity to play it safe. It was both interesting and depressing, and addressed a concern I am sure many of Obama’s supporters share. The article is worth a read, as well (sadly, I cannot post a link as you must be a subscriber to read the full article online).

NFL: A Single Entity?

The SCOTUS will decide the question in their next term in a case with considerable antitrust concerns for the NFL and perhaps the other major sports leagues (NHL and NBA) that do not have an antitrust exemption. MLB has such an exemption and both the NHL and NBA presume that if the SCOTUS rules in favor of the NFL, they will also be able to argue that they are a single entity and avoid frivolous antitrust lawsuits.

SCOTUS Rules on Firefighter Case

The SCOTUS has ruled for the white firefighters in the New Haven case. The decision reverses SCOTUS nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s decision to uphold the city’s refusal to grant promotions to said firefighters based on the claim the promotion exam was racially biased. The decision is no surprise (to me at least) and I wonder how the right will attempt to exploit the decision as we approach the nomination hearings.