Friday, 15 February 2008

“An Astonishingly Empty Paper Trail”

I leave you this fine evening with a column by Charles Krauthammer.


My mission is to expose you to good music. Here are tonight’s five songs:

1. “When Smokey Sings.”
2. “Ebony Eyes.”
3. “Rhythm of Love.”
4. “Parade.”
5. “Don’t Let Go.”

I’ll civilize you yet.


Here is Peggy Noonan’s latest column. Here is Peg Kaplan’s latest post.

Addendum: How many of you think Hillary Clinton is finished?


How many of you sleep on a Tempur-Pedic bed? What do you think of it?


There was a terrible crash during the finishing sprint in today’s stage of the Tour de Langkawi.


Richard John Neuhaus finds it ironic that progressives, who now decry the moralization of politics, were the ones calling for it in the 1960s and 1970s. Be careful what you ask for.


All I can say after reading this is that it’s not my fault. For a quarter of a century (I began teaching in August 1983), I have done everything I can to develop my students’ analytical, argumentative, and critical skills. Even this blog is an attempt to stimulate thought. How many of you read it for that reason?


How much house can you get for $12.5 million? See here. I like the house in slides five through eight.

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What do those of you who consider yourself conservative think about this column by David Brooks?


Here is how things will end up in the American League in 2008 (previous year’s finish in parentheses):

West: Los Angeles Angels (1); Texas Rangers (4); Seattle Mariners (2); Oakland Athletics (3).

Central: Detroit Tigers (2); Chicago White Sox (4); Cleveland Indians (1); Kansas City Royals (5); Minnesota Twins (3).

East: Boston Red Sox (1); Toronto Blue Jays (3); New York Yankees (2); Tampa Bay Rays (5); Baltimore Orioles (4).

Read it and weep, Yankee fans.

Addendum: I will predict the National League standings in a couple of days, after I read the blurbs from the Spring Training Preview published this past Sunday in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Addendum 2: Here are the American League blurbs.

Jonathan Wolff on Middlemen

It is interesting that defenders of the market see middlemen as heroes of enterprise, essential to the efficient running of an economy by moving goods from where they are over-supplied to areas where they are over-demanded. For Marx and Engels they are bloodsucking parasites.

(Jonathan Wolff, An Introduction to Political Philosophy, rev. ed. [New York: Oxford University Press, 2006], 149)

A Year Ago


From the Mailbag

I thought of you when I read this story in my local paper yesterday.

A devoted fan.

Greenwich, CT

From Today’s New York Times

To the Editor:

Re “For Clemens, No Joy Found in Testimony” (front page, Feb. 14):

We are a country facing so many challenges at this time, and what is the most important news item coming from our nation’s capital? Whether or not baseball players are using steroids. This is the most disgusting waste of time and money, our money, on a subject that should be handled by local attorneys or baseball itself.

We can’t pass health care reform, figure out how to finance Social Security and improve our schools—but worrying about whether or not Roger Clemens takes steroids, Congress has plenty of time for that.

Shame on all of you. Your constant waste of time on irrelevant subjects is what is harming this country.

Leslie Linsky
Chardon, Ohio, Feb. 14, 2008

Note from KBJ: What could be more important than cleaning up the sport of the gods?