Archive for March 5, 2009

Watchmen YAWN!

Posted: March 5, 2009 by datechguy in hobbies
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James Hudnall writes a tribute to the Comic Books series The Watchmen at Big Hollywood:

“Watchmen” opens Friday and we’ll see how well it performs in the theaters, but the graphic novel has been a best seller for DC Comics since its inception in 1985. And not without surprise. It’s been voted the best graphic novel of all time by many people. It even showed up in Time Magazine as one of the best literary novels of the 20th century. The only comic to make that list. Personally, I don’t care much for lists or other popularity contests. They seem too high school to me. A lot of stuff on “best ever” lists tends to be crap. It’s all someone’s opinion, after all. But “Watchmen” is definitely a work of art. One that will stand the test of time and already has.

Count me in the minority here. I’ve been reading comics for 34 years. I didn’t care for the Watchmen when it came out and I don’t care for it now.

I have absolutely no interest in the movie. As for Alan Moore’s work I’d check out his Swamp Thing Issues instead.

Give me Stan Sakai , Steve Englehart and Gardner Fox or Denny O’Neil anyday.

And the Greatest Comic Series ever Written? Lone Wolf and Cub hands down!

Some Nasty Rosters

Posted: March 5, 2009 by datechguy in baseball

Let’s talk World Baseball Classic.

Looking at the WBC Rosters particularly the South American Teams i’m seeing some of the nastiest rosters I’ve seen in a while.

There are going to be some intense games going on particularly in Group D when we get to see Panama vs the Dominican Republic likely Monday unless Puerto Rico manages to upset Panama or unless a real miracle happens and the Dutch manage to upset the Dominican.

Bernie Williams fans will be able to watch him on Team Puerto Rico. I hope he does well, he is a class act.

Japan’s defeat of China was not a big surprise today, China able to hold Japan to 5 hits is.

It will take a real miracle for Cuba or Mexico to fail to get to the 2nd round sharing a bracket with South Africa and Australia. Australia would like to think otherwise but sorry that’s the way it is.

I would love to see the US and Italy advance in group B. I can’t however see how Italy avoids going 0-3 in the toughest bracket in the group. I’d really like to see the US step all over Hugo’s boys.

I’d be even happier if some of Raul/Fidel’s boys manage to jump the fence during the tourney.

Play Ball!

Via the corner and the Catholic key Archbishop Naumann bottom lines it:

I am also concerned personally for Governor Sebelius. Her appointment as Secretary for HHS places her in a position where she will have to make many decisions that will in all probability continue her personal involvement in promoting legalized abortion and her cooperation in this intrinsic evil.

I am also concerned that the appointment of Governor Sebelius places another Catholic supporting legalized abortion in a prominent national position. She joins Vice-President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and unfortunately a host of Catholic Senators and members of the House of Representatives who support legalized abortion contrary to the clear and consistent teaching of their Church. It saddens me that so many Catholics, to gain political advancement, have chosen to compromise their Catholic faith by their failure to defend the most fundamental of all human rights – the right to life.

I am reminded of the powerful scene in A Man for All Seasons, the play about the heroic Catholic English Martyr, St. Thomas More. After Richard Rich has perjured himself in order to make it possible to convict Thomas More of treason, the Judge asks Thomas More if he has any questions for the witness. Thomas More notes that Richard Rich is wearing a chain of office and asks what it signifies. He is told that Richard Rich has been appointed Attorney General for Wales. Thomas More then paraphrases the Gospel saying to Richard Rich: “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul, but for Wales?”

This is where the rubber meets the road. The soul. If you are a Catholic Pol you have to decide if you actually believe in Catholicism or not. And if you do is your soul worth it? Ted Kennedy is near death. A knighthood won’t do him much good for much longer.

I may tweak these people with the ” …rest of your life after that it’s up to you” line. The Archbishop’s is actually trying to save their souls, to give the warning. May he succeed.

Update: The Curt Jester got there ahead of me.

Nordlinger on Rush

Posted: March 5, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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Jay Nordlinger does what he almost always does. Has the best commentary on the issue of the day. That issue being Rush. He starts with Colin Powell:

After November’s election, Colin Powell said that Republicans have to stop listening to Rush Limbaugh. Since when have they ever listened to Rush? For president, the Republicans nominated probably Rush’s least favorite politician (in the GOP, that is). And I’m sure most Rush fans voted for him, because they thought he was a lot better than the alternative, which he was.

Whom did Powell support, by the way? Barack Obama, the Democrat, and the most left-wing president we have ever elected, possibly. I’m not sure that Powell Republicanism is the Republicanism the GOP should want.

And let me say a further word about John McCain — whom I admire, and whom I voted for enthusiastically. He was almost perfect for the GOP moderate types, you would have thought. He was anti-Christian Right. He was Mr. Campaign Finance Reform. He was Mr. Amnesty. He was Mr. Global Warming. He was Mr. Reach Across the Aisle.

Except for being against abortion and for free trade, he was well-nigh perfect.

And if McCain isn’t good enough for the Powell brigades — who ever would be?

He gets to the bottom line in a hurry:

For eight years, we heard nothing but “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.” Those who did the most to block or undermine President Bush were exalted as the Great Americans, and People. But dare oppose The One (i.e., our 44th president) — and you’re one of the lowest life forms.

Well, nuts to that.

There are many things wrong with the Republican party today, and Rush Limbaugh, in my opinion, is not one of them. Donald Rumsfeld (another pet bogey) used to say, “America is not what’s wrong with the world.” That is true. And Rush Limbaugh is not what is wrong with the Republican party.

Frankly, Secretary Powell is more like what’s wrong: If he can’t discern the superiority of John McCain to Barack Obama, where the presidency is concerned, who needs him?

The whole column should be required reading for Republicans. If republicans aren’t willing to figure this out then we deserve all that we get.