Monthly Archives: September 2009

Most Unlikely Silver Profession Ever

Regarding this horrifying murder in Kentucky of a census worker, the Chicago Sun Times goes to an expert who’s not related to me:

Appalachia scholar Roy Silver, a New York City native now living in Harlan County, Ky., said he doesn’t sense an outpouring of anti-government sentiment in the region as has been exhibited in town hall meetings in other parts of the country.
“I don’t think distrust of government is any more or less here than anywhere else in the country,” said Silver, a sociology professor at Southeast Community College.

There aren’t that many people in America with the last name “Silver,” nor are there many with the profession “Appalachia scholar.” I’m going to guess Roy (no relation) is the only American who’s both.

NBC Thursday Thoughts

Was I wrong in interpreting last night’s episode of “The Office”- in which Jim threatens to leave Dunder Mifflin unless he gets a promotion to Michael’s job, in which the compromise is that they end up co=managers- as an extended allegory of NBC’s Leno/Conan dilemma?
Also, I like “Community,” I’ve decided. Ken Jeong’s rant about being an Asian guy teaching a Spanish class was something to behold, as was the interpretive dance performance by McHale and Chevy. Chevy Chase is relevant again! Why isn’t anyone talking about this?
It also took me until now to notice that the brunette girl in the class is Pete’s wife from “Mad Men.” Always great to see people from that show in modern clothes. Why isn’t Christina Hendricks being cast in bit parts in movies? If you saw her in a trailer, you’d see the movie, would you not?
The only part of the SNL preview I liked was Jason Sudeikis’ exquisite, 30-second Glenn Beck impression.

Quote of the Day

Jeremy B. Mayer, in Politico:

Imagine that Joe Lieberman had been inaugurated this past January, as an independent with a neocon foreign policy that infuriated Democrats and a domestic health care plan that enraged Republicans.
Wed surely see some posters at anti-Lieberman rallies showing hook-nosed bankers meeting in cabals planning the invasion of Iran or the destruction of the American health care system.
The fringes of both the left and the right of American politics have elements of anti-Semitism in them. In that sense, the first Jewish president would have to deal with what our first black president deals with today: ugly stereotypes utilized by angry demonstrators.
But the mainstream leadership of both parties would immediately react to even subtle appeals to anti-Jewish sentiment. One reason Pat Buchanan ended his long career in Republican politics as an obscure third-party candidate was his consistent tendency to cozy up to neo-Nazis, former Nazis and other anti-Semites. When former Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) and those closest to her spouted anti-Semitic rhetoric, mainstream Democrats largely abandoned her.
The same ostracism just doesnt happen with a lot of anti-black rhetoric. Mark Williams, the organizer of the national tea party movement, called Obama, on national television, a welfare thug,while marchers at a recent rally carried pictures of Obama as an African witch doctor. I think thats pretty close to calling a Jewish president a cheating landlord or kike banker while carrying signs depicting Lieberman in a yarmulke running the worlds media. But there has been no outcry among Republicans, no pledges to avoid Williams and his movement.

That’s actually the first worthwhile thing I’ve read on Politico in months.

At Least He Didn’t Mention Santa

iSportacus, on the “national media vs. Philly” B.S.:

Entertaining the national medias against Philly argument is like listening to Republicans whine about activist judges. Its an artificial, entirely speculative construct that relies for its sensibility on the willingness of people to look for only one side of the presentation… the real reason people think this way is because theyre used to their home town media 95% of the time they tune in to sports. So when they hear some guy whos not Merrill Reese or Chris Wheeler or Tim Saunders who (because of their audience) naturally gravitate towards a one-sided broadcast, they think the network got a couple of guys from the Soviet Red Army to call the game. Looking for a national broadcast to be as home-town-friendly as a local one is like hoping youll derive as much joy out of having a catch with someone elses dad.

I think every fan thinks Joe Buck hates their team.

Champagne on Ice

Shysterball, on the logistics of the champagne the St. Louis Cardinals got for their NL Central clinching celebration:

According to the game story, St. Louis “had 25 cases of champagne waiting in the clubhouse, but the bottles will remain corked for at least another day.” Twenty-five cases? They got, what, 38 guys on the roster right now? Add in eight or ten coaches and trainers and such. This is a road game, so figure that front office staff is light: the GM, an assistant or two, random traveling secretary types. Being generous, we’ll call it a complement of 60 people with the team, and then some random media guys who don’t care if partying up with the team hurts their credibility. Tops — absolute tops — you have 75 people that could even hope to be shooting champagne over one another, though many of these people would never touch a bottle in such a situation because, really, it’s the players’ thing. Twenty-five cases of champagne makes for 300 bottles. I love drinkin’ as much as the next guy, but ain’t that overdoing it a bit? And that’s before the beer cans you always see guys throwing into the celebratory shower. Oh, one more thing: The Cubs play tomorrow and the Cardinals don’t, which means that they can clinch on their day off if Chicago loses to San Francisco. What the hell happens to those 300 bottles if they clinch while on a day off? Do soup kitchens take booze?

I always wondered what happened to all the champagne when a team, say, loses Game 7 of the World Series. They probably bury it along with all the “World Champions” T-shirts.