Archive: October, 2008
The Washington Post has a pretty interesting scoop that of course wasn't touched on any of the morning news shows that I saw today:
The Bush administration issued a pair of secret memos to the CIA in 2003 and 2004 that explicitly endorsed the agency's use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding against al-Qaeda suspects -- documents prompted by worries among intelligence officials about a possible backlash if details of the program became public.
I'm a tad under the weather (not from celebrating the Phillies, unfortunately), so light blogging, perhaps non-existent blogging the rest of the day. I was rather struck, though, by the story about Sarah Palin's future son-in-law in the paper today:
Johnston said he was a little shocked when he learned about the pregnancy but said he quickly embraced the prospects of fatherhood. The baby is due Dec. 18. Johnston has dropped out of high school to take a job on the North Slope oil fields as an apprentice electrician.
12:27: I've said this so many times in the last month, but...wow!
Now I know the secret for Phillies' success -- it's for me to get in my car. Both of Victorino's post-season home runs, as well as Matt Stairs; unlikely and remarkable game-winning bomb, have taken place with me behind the wheel. So now the price of gas is closing in on $3, I plan to drive aimlessly around the region for the remaining games.
What a crowning moment for Pat Gillick's Hall of Fame career to get a guy like Stairs on the last possible day, and see him deliver like this...amazing. Let's see Hamels clamp this thing down, so the next game at Citizens Bank Park is Game 3 of the 2008 World Series.
It's only taken 232 years, but the Queen Elizabeth II and her minions have finally figured out how to reassert control over those renegade colonies and especially Philly. You see, it's been Citizens Bank and its global parent Royal Bank of Scotland that have been doling out a healthy chunk of the cash to keep our fair city going in the last few years. But RBS made a lot of bad loans (and in what I'm sure is an unrelated matter, loaned millions upon millions to Philadelphia Media Holdings, the parent of the Daily News and Inquirer) and so today RBS was bought out -- by the British government.
So looks for the Phillies to be playing at the Chancellor of the Exchequer Field next April.
Now what happens if one of the two campaigns for president consistently ignores or simply runs over the fact checkers in the press, choosing culture war on the checkers as a better option, and making direct attempts to de-legitimate not unfair or crappy stories but whole river systems of quality news, like, say, the New York Times... while the other campaign... doesn't do any of those things, consistently, even though it is hardly innocent when it comes to distortion and selective memory. Such a scenario could happen: a wild imbalance in liberty-taking with verified fact, as an index of different paths to victory and different coalitions under assembly. How is that situation to be reported, especially if it becomes a pattern and reporting the pattern is likely to fuel it?
Liberals aren't used to winning -- which may explain the shock as the world woke up to learn that Princeton's Paul Krugman, the New York Times columnist and bete noire of the American right wing, is the 2008 winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics (and $1.4 million richer -- whoo hoo!)
He's well-known as a strong opponent of Bush administration policies that have led to higher deficits while widening the gap between the rich and the rest of American society.
10:59: We lose, 7-2, which means the Phillies have the Dodgers right where we want them -- we're mad as hell, as demonstrated by Shane Victorino above, and ready to strike back in Game 4 as Ryan Howard begins to get his bat untracked. Next project: A revitalized J-Roll, and hopefully JoBla carries them to victory against a pooped out Derek Lowe tomorrow night.
10:29: If you can't beat 'em, fight 'em - the highlight of this 7-2 blowout so far has been a bench-clearing brawl. The Phillies are at least using this game to air out their greivances and air out their bullpen, including J.A. Happ. The obligatory 7th inning comeback is afoot, but they're still a couple of batters short of bringing the tying run to the plate.
The last few Sundays, the Eagles have tried unsuccessfully to kill the era of good Phillies' feelings with devastating losses. Today, despite a spectacular effort to blow the game right before and right after halftime, the Birds defeated the (obviously) hapless San Francisco 49ers, 40-26.
Is that a horrible omen for the Phils? I'm worried it could be.