Posted August 6, 2011 I’m working as hard as I can to get my life and my cash to run out at the same time. If I can just die after lunch Tuesday, everything will be perfect. Doug Sanders, professional golfer All the fat guys watch me and say to their wives, “See, there’s a […]
July 19, 2011 Read this. At the time it was published, this article was a revelation. Most people didn’t know that Lenny Dykstra was so brazen about making his 1993 season one for the ages, or that there was so much good information about his own timeline doing PEDS. We didn’t have documentation for Reggie’s […]
Garret Anderson (0.1). Anderson is unlikely to make the Hall of Fame, but his counting numbers mean he’ll be jumping out of encyclopedias as long as baseball retains its basic statistical shape. He finished 2nd in range factor at his position six times, and finished 3-2-2 in 1997-1999, respectively, in left field, right field, and […]
The problem with statistical normalization is that it doesn’t catch decentralization, or adjust for an uneven ability to take advantage of decentralization. In my mind, Sosa was a terrific power hitter without the PEDs, but he was approaching 30 and established at a lower level when he exploded in 1998. Like McGwire, to me anyway, […]
Some analysis for my first annual MIHC (Most improved Hall Candidate) award. I left Andrew Miller off, but he might be worth at least mentioning. So … “mention.” Ok, on with it. Robbie Cano – Dan’s pick. He returned to past levels both offensively and defensively, putting up a 7.3 WAR and finishing 8th in […]
Perfection isn’t always perfect. Artistically speaking, perfection is just about the worst thing that can happen. There is no resolution without dissonance, and no warmth without the specter of cold. As all good versus evil arguments go, there can’t be one without the other. It is my opinion that the lack of perfection – the […]
Before we try to answer the value question, we have to agree on what the question is. Are we ranking, or honoring? Are we looking for the best player, or the best statue? You can’t answer the Hall of Fame question based only on statistics. The Hall of Fame isn’t a competition; nobody is choosing […]
Stop hitting yourself! Stop hitting yourself!
The White House can deny access to journalists; they have that privilege. But it was hypocritical of them to accuse the journalist of assault, use that as an excuse for revoking his access, and later verify the veracity of a fake tape.
Trump, of all people, has no room to make that characterization. He had just had a personal confrontation with the journalist that was caught on tape, As we all know, he confessed — on tape — to grabbing women he did not know by the genitals. He defended a far more violent action — also caught on tape — by his own campaign manager at an event during the presidential campaign.
I don’t see a problem with the action itself. Presidents have feuded with journalists in the past, lots of times. The President can claim personal privilege and deny access to his press conferences. He can’t tell the guy to stop writing, but he can tell the guy to stop asking him questions.
That’s what this really was. President Trump, invoking personal privilege, revoked Acosta’s White House access. That’s perfectly legal, perfectly normal. It’s not even that interesting a story.
But an after-the-fact claim that Acosta committed an assault, followed by a doctored tape from one of Trump’s craziest supporters, is ridiculous on its face. And Huckabee-Sanders should know better than to subborn such an obvious act of public perjury.
She won’t, of course. And the last time Trump willingly admitted to anything other than “oh my GOD I’m so amazing and great and everybody just LOVES me and my penis is GIGANTIC” will be the first time. So let’s just move on.
Let’s take the truth with us, though, ok?
The truth is that Acosta got in Trump’s grill about his invasion claims and Trump doesn’t like being grilled. Acosta, who was already in Trump’s doghouse, lost his job because, well … Trump was in a firing mood.
I don’t blame Trump for kicking him out. We would all love to have the privilege to remove people who get in our faces. Trump simply exercised his privilege. But that’s all it was.
There was no assault. Acosta is a good, honest, responsible journalist, Trump did, in fact, make up a story about an invasion force, and those women did not grab their own genitals.
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About the Slack Chats
The slack chats are the brainchild of yammering subversives Johnny “Cake” Hunter and Terry “Insert Nickname Here” Vent. It was inevitable that they would combine their two favorite things — yammering and slacking — into an art form. Plus they stole the idea from Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.
These guys have been off the grid for decades. I assumed they were still traveling the Pacific Rim, trading inflatable Strom Thurmond dolls to the natives for Polynesian weed, but a cursory google search found them hiding in the witness protection program, where they had been since they testified in the infamous “we can’t believe it’s not butter” truth in advertising scandal that took down Orville Redenbacher.
I think one’s in a cult and the other one sells insurance, but I can never remember which one of these jokers sold his soul to an evil demagogue and which one sells flowers at the airport. They call themselves radical centrists, which (I think) means they hate everybody.
Their voting record is all over the map. Both have, at times, cast ballots for chronic losers in the major parties, third parties and once (allegedly) for a Care Bear. Neither one of them voted for Trump, but they think Ivanka is super hot.
It’s a pretty silly thing, nationality. If you flew to the center of every geographic area, you’d think there were dozens of unique races in the world. But if you walked, you wouldn’t understand the concept. The changes in color, face shape, hair, lips, eyes, etc. are so gradual — in every direction — that […]
When I read Kathy Gannon’s series about women in Pakistan, I accidentally began at the finish and worked my way back to the start. The backwards view gave me a strange perspective on the culture I was reading about. Rather than reaching the end with hope, understanding that the wheel of change grinds slowly and […]
Sep. 21, 2015 I like Bernie Sanders. Bread and circuses candidates are always popular; I mean, who doesn’t like free bread and circuses? Sep. 28 The latest wisdom … Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz will face off in the end or – if a two-man race doesn’t happen – there will be a brokered convention. […]
based on footage from Vintage Baseball’s YouTube page June 13, 2016 Dizzy Dean leaned forward to take the sign, his hands jostling for position in the crude, tiny leather mitt on his left hand while his elbows performed a lazy, distracted chicken dance in the folds of his wool jersey shirt. Once the catcher gave […]
December 4, 2016 (excerped from a previous article) Do we visualize Willie, Mickey and the Duke, Joe DiMaggio and Ken Griffey Jr. when we think about centerfielders? I do, and it muddies my judgment. I wind up comparing every new centerfielder to the very best who ever played, and I lose perspective. I forget what […]