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Monthly Archives: October 2007


Omar Minaya is the architect of the New York Mets, the team that had the worst collapse in sports history. He needs to be fired before he can screw things up any worse. Fire Omar Minaya.

Mets ’08: Not with Minaya

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Barack Obama got in hot water last week for discarding his American flag lapel pin.

There’s only one problem. This is not news. This is rhetorical fodder, dumbing down the level of discourse on American politics. But the internet has enough little cracks and crevices to foster the seeds of intelligible debate. Take this Bill Neikirk blog from the Baltimore Sun. The article is o.k. in itself, but the comments are gems. Aside from the occasional GFY (go f*ck yourself), some valid points are made by readers. One such point is the Flag Code.

The Flag Code is actually Title 4 of the U.S. Code, making it federal law. It states, “The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding or drapery.” Can’t be much clearer than that. If anything, the Flag Code is more newsworthy than Barack Obama’s personal statement on lapel pins. Jim Brossard clearly knows the code.

Although nativism is not truly news either. It is more a social current than news, but the fact remains that Mexican flags flying above Old Glory is worth talking about more than how unpatriotic Barack Obama is because he will not follow the herd. Mindless fodder for mindless people.

Pandering behind a facade of patriotism is being a fake soldier. Even worse is being a media pundit that tees off on someone for something that is not worth talking about. It obfuscates real debate. But maybe the plan all along has been to anesthetize the American public, to stifle critical thinking. At least some thought is brewing, occasionally bubbling up online.

Real freedom is questioning the motivation and intent of your government, not chattering about some crazy quote from Ann Coulter.

An easily mollified populace is one that does not think about the how or the why. Until people engage in real conversation, rather than gab about Dina and Michael Lohan’s divorce proceedings, America will continue to stagnate. So read a book, have a discussion with a co-worker that has differing political beliefs. Do anything you can to get past the gruel put out by journalists today.

Although, to be honest, I’d love to party with Ms. Lohan………


New York Yankee fans are still shell shocked. How could their beloved bombers miss the World Series yet again? I was not shocked. On August 2, 2007, I saw this coming.

It was a hot summer day in the Bronx. The Yankees were facing the Chicago White Sox in a day game. Roger Clemens was on the mound, and Yankee fans were feeling good about the prospects of a sweep. Hey, they had been so far behind, 14 games to the Red Sox.

Calamity struck. Clemens got shelled, allowing 8 runs in 1.2 innings. After two innings, the Yankees were behind 8-0. Then something amazing happened. New York came back in the bottom of the 2nd inning and mounted the most amazing comeback these eyes have ever seen. After two innings, the game was tied at 8.

If you look back at the box score, the Yankees lose that game, 13-9. I was struck. Sometimes I see things a little bigger than they are. But this was no mistake. August 2, 2007 was a microcosm of the New York Yankees 2007 season. They fell down big (to the Red Sox and White Sox), made a miraculous comeback (hey, they did make the playoffs), only to go on and lose in must unceremonious fashion.

From that day, I knew that was the Yankees season. It could end no other way than a gallant comeback, only for them to fall flat on their face.

Now Yankee fans are catching up to what I’ve been saying for two plus months now. Great comeback, amazing comeback. I’ve never seen a team overcome 8 runs. Then again, I’ve never seen a team overcome 8 runs, to go on and lose. Your 2007 New York Yankees. What a comeback!

Time for reflecting Yankee fans. It’s gonna be a long offseason