Friday, October 28, 2011

"We meant that OTHER people should share, not us!"

"The Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched a 'counter' revolution yesterday -- because they’re angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for 'professional homeless' people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters. For three days beginning tomorrow, the cooks will serve only brown rice and other spartan grub instead of the usual menu of organic chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, and roasted beet and sheep’s-milk-cheese salad . . . Many of those being fed 'are professional homeless people. They know what they’re doing,' said the guard at the food-storage area."

Well, at least the professional homeless know what they're doing. Apparently the professional protesters don't.    When you are camped out in a park proclaiming the injustice of the gap between the haves and the have-nots and passionately insisting that the rich have a moral obligation to share their wealth with those who have less (meaning you) -- it should not take a whole lot of reasoning ability and self-awareness, not to mention media savvy, to realize that it might not be a great idea to refuse to share the organic chicken and sheep cheese that YOU have with people who don't even have homes.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cows and Heifers Tested

57 "USA" tattoos. 57 metal eartags. 57 Shipping fever vaccinations. 57 TB tests. 57 blood draws, from the jugular, for brucellosis and anaplasmosis. 57 treatments for ticks.

The cows are really looking forward to the move. They've heard that the farmers in Canada are nicer than the farmers here.

Monday, October 24, 2011

The World Serious

Seen any? It's one of the best in a while. Ron Washington and Tony LaRussa are worth watching. If you missed the 9th inning last night when Ron Washington came out to take his young starter out of the game after he threw 116 pitches and walked a batter while not allowing a run, you missed a lovely piece of theater. There were two hand-held cameras. One behind Washington and one catching Holland in profile. Close up! The shots would alternate between Washington (From behind) shaking his head as he said, "You've done well, son, but Neftali is gonna close it out," and Holland (from the side) saying, "But, coach, I can get a ground ball for a double play and finish this thing." The exchange went back and forth several times before Washington raised his right arm and called for Feliz.
Washington is smart. He sent Holland off to the cheers of the Texas crowd.

Is there a dumber bastard than Joe Biden?

I doubt it.

Mark Steyn:

In one of those inspired innovations designed to keep American classrooms on the cutting edge of educational excellence, the administration has been sending Joe Biden out to talk to schoolchildren. Last week, it was the fourth grade at Alexander B. Goode Elementary School in York, Pa., that found itself on the receiving end of the vice president’s wisdom:

"Here in this school, your school, you’ve had a lot of teachers who used to work here, but because there’s no money for them in the city, they’re not working. And so what happens is, when that occurs, each of the teachers that stays have more kids to teach. And they don’t get to spend as much time with you as they did when your classes were smaller. We think the federal government in Washington, D.C., should say to the cities and states, look, we’re going to give you some money so that you can hire back all those people. And the way we’re going to do it, we’re going to ask people who have a lot of money to pay just a little bit more in taxes."

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Maybe we should move to Estonia?

Remember this? Now comes this, a fascinating snapshot of an earnest little country trying to grow along a path the rest of Europe seems incapable of imagining.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

O Canada

It looks like the rest of the herd is sold. Many a slip twixt cup and lip, but by Thanksgiving there may not be any Jersey cows at Stornaway Farm. Life's sure gonna be different.

More Red Sox

Well, maybe I got a little carried away with criticism of the players and manager. This is a very sensible piece by Pete Abrahamson. And the various points made about the hysteria of the media are well taken.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Red Sox

Well, things look pretty grim. Our boys of summer almost universally covered themselves with crap. Perhaps excepting Pedroia, who may be the only one who understands what playing baseball for millions of dollars means. I never liked Beckett or Lackey. I can't stand the owners. I hate NESN. Why would I continue to be a fan? Baseball is a glorious game, but it seems to have been totally corrupted by the 2011 Red Sox, from the top on down, Francona included. Losing is but a small part of it. Whatever happened to dignity and class?

What think the rest of you? Got any plans for your baseball future?