Archive for May 7, 2009

That Theo Epstein is really smart

Posted: May 7, 2009 by datechguy in Uncategorized

I must confess I wasn’t a big fan of getting rid of Manny, a first ballot HOF and one of the best hitters in the game. Although a lot of credit goes to Curt Schilling the Sox won two more World Series rings with him than they did with Yaz, Ted, Rice and Lefty Grove combined.

But considering this news I’d say he makes a better choice than me.

David Pinto is all over this. One particular link really is funny as Jose “Whitaker Chambers” Canseco was asked about Manny and drugs last month:

Canseco laughs and offers his theory. A-Rod was exposed only when his name was leaked from a list of 104 major leaguers who in a 2003 test showed up positive for steroids. Because the test was anonymous, those names were not supposed to be made public. But in Canseco’s mind, baseball’s power brokers know who is on it: players he is sure will be seen as toxic if the truth comes out.

He says this, despite the fact that A-Rod isn’t being treated as toxic, nor are other players who were caught up in the steroid scandal but publicly apologized, including Miguel Tejada, starting shortstop for the Houston Astros, and Andy Pettitte, a starting pitcher with the New York Yankees.

Why didn’t Ramirez get a long-term deal? Canseco asks. Why were owners gun-shy about signing arguably the game’s best hitter?

Never mind that Ramirez was asking for a mega-deal at age 36. Or that he was negotiating in a sickly economy, while weighed down by the heavy baggage of a surly reputation. Canseco will have none of it. To Canseco, the drawn-out negotiation, the lack of a long-term deal, the lack of interest all raise red flags, and so he tells the Bovard crowd that Ramirez’s “name is most likely, 90%,” on the list.

Canseco admits later that he has no way of knowing. But it makes sense to him, so he threw it out there — kaboom! — swinging for the fences, still.

Late Saturday, I tracked down Ramirez to tell him what Canseco had said. The immediate response is pure Ramirez: He laughs. Sitting at his locker, he says, “I got no comment, nothing to say about that. What can I say? I don’t even know the guy.”

Now the question comes, Manny is going to lose 7.7 million because of this but without the ‘roids would he have made the millions he already has?

UPDATE: This post got a ton of hits from something called Alpha inventions. I found this post on the subject here. Unfortunately I hit the sack early yesterday so I didn’t catch the hits till this morning but there is a way to test this…

…if you are an actual human coming from Alpha Inventions you can confirm that you are real by picking any one other post, any post at all and clicking on it. If I might suggest pick on from December or January that way it would prove that Alpha inventions is the real thing…

…And of course welcome to the blog take a look around lots to see here.

escapefromhell1My review of the Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle’s novel
Escape from Hell
the sequel to his work from the 70’s Inferno is available at here.

One thing you will find in the book that I didn’t mention in the review is the amount of red meat there is for conservatives like myself. From professional victims to the sympathizers to radical feminists, radical environmentalists we see them all. If you are on the right you can’t help but like this book. For the left there is J. Edgar Hoover converted to a demon named Pink Talon. I have to admit that was really funny.

This is very much worth your money. I’d advise picking up Inferno first.

…otherwise stuff like this might happen:

Shane Fitzgerald, 22, a final-year student studying sociology and economics at University College Dublin, told the newspaper he placed the quote on the website as an experiment when doing research on globalisation.

He quoted Oscar-winning composer Jarre as saying, “One could say my life itself has been one long soundtrack. Music was my life, music brought me to life, and music is how I will be remembered long after I leave this life.

“When I die there will be a final waltz playing in my head, that only I can hear.”

The quote was posted on Wikipedia shortly after Jarre’s death and later appeared in obituaries in major British, Indian and Australian newspapers.

He was rather surprised:

“I didn’t expect it to go that far. I expected it to be in blogs and sites, but on mainstream quality papers? I was very surprised about,” he said.

He said the hoax remained undiscovered for weeks until he emailed the newspapers that had been deceived to tell them that they had published an inaccurate quote.

The Irish Times said that despite some newspapers removing the quote from their websites or carrying a correction and the fact that it had been dropped by Wikipedia, it remained intact on dozens of blogs, websites and newspapers. (emphasis mine)

Via Stop the ACLU. Joe “what would we do without mainstream newspapers” Scarborough must have been shocked but in addition to canard of the superior fact checking and diligence of reporters and newspapers vs bloggers it highlights two important internet points:

#1 Wikapedia is not and should not be a primary source on anything. I will link to it on occasion but remember the Glenn Reynolds rule concerning it.

I’ve had my own problems with them in the past, though short-lived and (to me at least) no very big deal. My sense is that the wiki format works pretty well when issues are uncontroversial, but that it doesn’t handle politics very well.

And if you don’t believe it check out this, this, this, this, this and this. (most via Glenn)

Second and rather important. Remember that web pages are often forgotten. If bad information gets out on net and is corrected at it’s primary source that doesn’t mean that it will ever be corrected in the sites that copyed it. Keep this in mind whenever you read any web site. Even mine.

Arlen Specter Liberal Pet

Posted: May 7, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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I’ve always liked dogs and was struck by this story:

Your dog does not love you and other cold-nosed truths

The article goes on to talk about how dogs have evolved and been domesticated and states:

Their attachment is, in fact, “extremely conditional,” Katz said. “They’ll respond to anyone who gives them food and attention. I have a wonderful Labrador retriever who’s very happy here. But if you had hamburger meat on you, she’d gladly go to Chicago with you and never look back.”

I couldn’t help but think of John McCain, Arlen Specter, and the various groups in the liberal coalition.

Lets start with McCain, as long as he fed the media quotes attacking or questioning George Bush he was a darling, Morning shows, evening shows newscasts all sang his praises, democrats cited his support as proof of being reasonable. During his campaign for president as long as he was far enough behind he was liked…

…then he picked Sarah Palin and the possibility that he might actually win happened. He stopped feeding the dog and the dog decided that there was someone else that they loved better.

Arlen Specter has gotten very good press over the years, his willingness to be “bipartisian” has been celebrated as his vote for the bailout was considered courageous by the press. Democrats favorably cited his support as putting country first. When he switched sides he was the media’s darling.

…then he started acting as he always does, suddenly the dog wasn’t being fed, he was the prop so that he could get the voters. The dog walked away and now Specter is being laughed at and ignored.

Black voters rained praise and votes upon Obama. Yet in the last two weeks black children in DC and black farmers were discarded when their food wasn’t needed.

As the reclusive leftist figured out before the election, as opponents of don’t ask don’t tell have discovered, as anti-war activists are discovering, as long as you are feeding the beast the party will love you but once the food isn’t there or needed then the dog will love someone else. To quote our dog story one final time:

“Dogs don’t ‘miss’ you when you go away,” said Katz, whose conclusions are supported by university studies of animal behavior. “They might get anxious and confused, but don’t mistake that for loneliness or mourning. As soon as they find someone else to take care of them, they forget you pretty quickly.”

This is president Obama in particular and the Democratic party. Not only do his promises come with expiration dates, so does his loyalty.

Update: Glenn and hotair find yet another example of the feed the dog bit for the gay lobby:

CHANGE! Obama To Fire His First Gay Arabic Linguist. Good thing we don’t have that homophobic Bush Administration anymore!

I guess the dog doesn’t need feeding from you.