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April 28, 2007

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Jeff Dobbs

Cross-posting this, although it is now out of date, but it is on-topic...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- On a night that Alex Rodriguez lost his 23-game hitting streak and New York tumbled into last place, the Yankees searched for positives to take away from their longest losing streak in nearly two years..


UPDATE: The Yankees (8-11) went 0-5 on a trip that began with three losses at Boston, their longest losing streak since a six-game slide from May 28 to June 3, 2005.

MORE: The Yankees slipped into the AL East cellar...

UNRELENTING: ...one-half game behind the Devil Rays, who swept New York for just second time in 52 series.

Other Tom

Anyone who thinks the Yanks are a well-run organization should ponder what they'd be like with a $75 million payroll. How Brian Cashman could have allowed them to end up with this pitching staff is a genuinely engrossing mystery.

Jeff Dobbs

TradeSports has the Yankees at 39 to win the AL East.

Look at that chart - April has been cruel...

...Or is April going to have proven very very kind, if one were to pick up a few contracts at these prices?

Hmmmm......

Other Tom

"SENATE Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are demonstrating they are not ready for prime time. This could cloud what now looks like rosy Democratic electoral prospects next year.

"Democrats in Congress have sent to the President a supplemental appropriations bill calling for withdrawal of troops from Iraq beginning in October, which they've known he will veto, raising substantially the already high profile of the issue.

"It's remarkable that Democrats, as a matter of policy, are siding with America's enemies in time of war. It didn't work so well for them when they did that during the Civil War. And it is questionable political strategy to make a swift retreat from Iraq the centerpiece of their legislative agenda. But more remarkable is how clumsily Democrats are executing the strategy they've chosen.

"Most Americans are sorry we went to war in Iraq, and want to bring our troops home as soon as reasonably possible. Many also (with good reason) question the competence of the Bush Administration. This should give Democrats a substantial advantage in the debate on Iraq policy. But Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reid are shifting the focus of that debate from Mr. Bush's shortcomings to the integrity, competence, even the loyalty of the Democrats."

I, for one, question their patriotism.

Other Tom

Congressman Gerry Studds was a central figure in the 1983 Congressional page sex scandal, when he was censured by the House of Representatives for his sexual relationship with a minor – a 17-year-old male congressional page. The relationship presented ethical concerns relating to working relationships with subordinates.
In another blockbuster scandal, Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank admitted a lengthy relationship with a male hooker who ran a bisexual prostitution service out of Frank's apartment.

Studds declined to resign from the House and now, by assuming room temperature, he has forever forfeited the opportunity to do the honorable thing. Frank still has the chance to do so, after which he could become a folk hero in Sausalito.

Other Tom

In a poll of commanders-in-chief, 100% were of the opinion that The Surge in Iraq should continue. We sampled one commander-in-chief, who said it was going to go on regardless of who whined and complained. Our sample was restricted because there was no one else to ask.

Cecil Turner

Tom, I realize it's time consuming, but I think it's reached the point where weeding Demo's posts is warranted.

[I agree, although DEMO has already boasted of having multiple TypeKey accounts.

Well, some folks with no interest in running their own blog seem to be perfectly happy to try and trash others.

However, it takes me less time to delete his comments then it takes him to write them, unless/until he opts for pure spam (presumably a possibility.) So fair warning - Folks who respond to DEMO (or his successors) are likely to be left with some fairly cryptic comments after a sweep.]

Other Tom

I think I concur with Cecil, inasmuch as Demo appears to lack what it takes to engage in the exchange of ideas and arguments. It's been a long time since he did anything but post excerpts of stuff all of us have already seen. Not much of a contribution...

hoosierhoops

Well Tom..You being a Rutgers guy i bet your blood pressure was off the scale when your uber-talented Sisters were called Ho's and mocked & Scorned.
My youngest girl just graduated from UC Davis..I think that was defining moment in Imus's NY culture..So maybe the Yankees are catching some of Karma there...:)
Unfortunately for myself..I've ALWAYS been a Giant fan..my curse is Bonds..The Steriod jerk. Hope everything works out for you TM..Regards..

Foo Bar

Just wanted to say that now so I can have dibs on it in October

Well, others have already dubbed A-Rod "Mr. April". He is following proudly in the footsteps of Dave Winfield.

Tom Maguire

How Brian Cashman could have allowed them to end up with this pitching staff is a genuinely engrossing mystery.

The Yankees have become the team they used to beat - the late 90's version would brush aside Texas and Cleveland, who always brought the best offense and suspect pitching.

Now the Yankees have a crushing attack and no pitching and all. And the formula for beating Boston - wear out the starters and feast on the bullpen - has become the formula for hammering the Yanks. Groan.

Still, we battled back from ghastly deficits in 2005 and 2006, and each year it was fun watching "Perils of Pauline" games in May - normally we don't expect meaningful games until September.

However, there will be a year when Mo's magic is gone, and when that year comes, good-bye. An erratic April is not new for him, but still, he isn't getting any younger.

Rick Ballard

Thank you, Mr. Maguire. If you would like to raise a small militia to help with property maintenance (and only with property maintenance), I'd be happy to volunteer.

PeterUK.

Why didn't Imus blame Ambien?

PeterUK.

Neither is trespass - take your Ambien.

danking

Yankee fans deserve this after the way they treated ARod last year.

This year he'll bat mid 300s, hit 70-80 homers, and drive in 180-200 RBIs all while the Yankees sit in the cellar.

Daddy

Bring back George Costanza.

Tom Maguire

At this moment the Natural Order hangs in the balance:

D Jet with three hits in a big game - normal;
A Rod 0-4 in a big game - normal;
Mariano on the mound in a big spot against the Red Sox - time will tell...

Rocco

On the first day of school a first grade teacher explains to her class that she is a Yankees fan. She asks her students to raise their hands if they, too, are Yankees fans.

Wanting to impress their teacher, everyone in the class raises their hand except one little girl.

The teacher looks at the girl with surprise and says, "Janie, why didn't you raise your hand?"

"Because I'm not a Yankees fan," she replied.

The teacher, still shocked, asked, "Well, if you are not a Yankees fan, then who are you a fan of?"

"I am a Red Sox fan, and proud of it," Janie replied.

The teacher could not believe her ears. "Janie, why pray tell are you a Red Sox fan?"

"Because my mom is a Red Sox fan, and my dad is Red Sox fan, so I'm a Red Sox fan too!"

"Well," said the teacher in a obviously annoyed tone, "that is no reason for you to be a Red Sox fan. You don't have to be just like your parents all of the time. What if your mom were an idiot and your dad were a moron, what would you be then?"

"Then," Janie smiled, "I'd be a Yankees fan."

Other Tom

Well, I see Mo shut 'em down today when it counted. Funny how things change. At age nine I became a Yankee fan, and was absolutely intoxicated with them. Saw DiMaggion play in Griffith Stadium at age eleven. Then came Mantle, and I was swept off my feet--actually kept a scrapbook, and all the rest. Never been anyone like him, at least in my febrile imagination. But after he left I started to become disillusioned, and I think when I turned on them was when Steinbrenner acquired them. It's such fun to watch that graceless fool lose. When I was a kid, though, they were the one, true, original America's Team.

Meantime, check this out: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21636036-401,00.html

Key excerpt:

"THE United States' leading hurricane forecaster says global ocean currents, not human-produced carbon dioxide, are responsible for global warming.

"William Gray, a Colorado State University researcher, also said the Earth may begin to cool on its own in five to 10 years.

"Speaking to a group of Republican MPs [sic], Dr Gray had harsh words for researchers and politicians who said man-made greenhouse gases were responsible for global warming.

"'They are blaming it all on humans, which is crazy,' he said.

"'We're not the cause of it.'"

Jane

"I am a Red Sox fan, and proud of it," Janie replied.

Smart, smart kid!

Tom Maguire

But after he left I started to become disillusioned, and I think when I turned on them was when Steinbrenner acquired them.

When Steinbrenner apologized for losing the '81 World Series I took a hiatus, but they have many admirable personalities on the team now.

Other Tom

They do, indeed. And I specifically include A-Rod, for whom I wish nothing but the best. As horrified as I am with what has happened to MLB in the past twenty years, all it takes is a play like Jeter's backing up the throw and nailing the guy at home plate to melt my heart yet again.

And I like their policy on hair, and particularly facial hair, even though I have a beard. Every baseball player on the planet, whether he admits it or not, hopes one day to put on the pinstripes. And that includes me (good hit, field not so much).

You think when Johnny Damon takes the field he doesn't think that he's standing where DiMaggio and Mantle once stood? You kidding me?

Other Tom

God, do I enjoy reading this (from the UK Telegraph):

"Caught in the middle of the Helmand river, the fleeing Taliban were paddling their boat back to shore for dear life.

"Smoke from the ambush they had just sprung on American special forces still hung in the air, but their attention was fixed on the two helicopter gunships that had appeared above them as their leader, the tallest man in the group, struggled to pull what appeared to be a burqa over his head.

"As the boat reached the shore, Captain Larry Staley tilted the nose of the lead Apache gunship downwards into a dive. One of the men turned to face the helicopter and sank to his knees. Capt Staley's gunner pressed the trigger and the man disappeared in a cloud of smoke and dust.

"By the time the gunships had finished, 21 minutes later, military officials say 14 Taliban were confirmed dead, including one of their key commanders in Helmand.

"The mission is typical of a new, aggressive, approach adopted by American forces in southern Afghanistan and particularly in Helmand, where British troops last year bore the brunt of some of the heaviest fighting since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

"American commanders believe that the uncompromising use of airpower in recent weeks has been a key factor in preventing the Taliban from launching their expected full-scale spring offensive against coalition forces and forcing them to rethink their tactics."

We used to say "get some."

hoosierhoops

You think when Johnny Damon takes the field he doesn't think that he's standing where DiMaggio and Mantle once stood? You kidding me?

Posted by: Other Tom | April 28, 2007 at 09:34 PM

You can almost smell the green grass...

Cecil Turner

Re: weeding

Seems to me a noticeable--and rapid--improvement in the tone 'round here. Now if we can only entice some intelligent lefties to substantive disagreement . . .

The motivation behind the disruptive commenter is a bit of a mystery to me, but the phenomenon is fairly widespread and their tactics are fairly obvious. The time and effort needed to preserve rational debate on comment boards (as well as the flexibility to respond to new ideas on the part of the trolls) is more than I'd expect most hosts to put up with. I certainly wouldn't have the patience for it, and I suspect Glenn's site would suffer if he tried it.

This appears a lot more complex a problem than I would've thought, and the iterative process to manage it here represents several good lessons learned. You could probably write a book (heh!).

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