A locus for eccentrics (hopefully)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


I don't know if I'm spelling that correctly, but it's worth noting that Corey Patterson, who's had 254 major league AB this year, is batting one-sixty-seven (.197). His OBP is .231! AB for AB, doesn't this have to be one of the worst offensive performances in the history of the game?

It really makes me pine for those halcyon days of 2002, when you couldn't swing a cat without hitting some racially-charged bewilderment that the Giants decided not to retain Dusty Baker's services.


Bridges and Squares

There was an interesting article on trolling the other day in the NYT magazine, found here. I recommend it, but if you want the punchline without the effort, it turns out that if you sexually abuse a child who grows up liking computers and technology, they may end up being the type of unrepentant jackass who desecrates memorial MySpace pages of dead teenagers. They will also start whining and bloviating immediately if you, as a professional journalist, come anywhere near calling them out on their complete and utterbullshit.

Those of you who use XBox Live with any regularity are probably imagining the same voice that I am -- it's not just high pitched; it's tangibly desperate, with those quick little breaths at the end of every few syllables that gradually become more and more pronounced as the little bastard feels their finally-tuned sense of control slipping away. In the case of the uber-trolls described above, that would be the sexual abuse talking, since the Intartubez is a stand-in for the control that was stripped away from them as a child at the hands of a family member.

Anyway, the point is only that there a lot of jerkoffs out there, and it does sort of seem like the typical M.O. has drifted away from just being an asshole in regular conversation to a planned surgical strike that actively harms the quality of signal from other people, rather than just drowning out other contributions by volume alone.

Which brings us to this gem, posted on ESPN.com's 47-chromosome new community feature, "SportsNation." The story is about the latest development in the Todd Bertuzzi case in Canada. Bertuzzi, you may recall, punched another player, Steve Moore, in the back of the head after a play as retribution for an earlier (though legal) hit by Moore on the captain of Bertuzzi's Vancouver Canucks, one Markus Nasland. Moore was knocked out by the punch itself, but then collapsed head-first on the ice. Needless to say, he (Moore) hasn't played hockey since.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Another Open Letter to the Media

The "N" in Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-N stands for Nawaz, you fucking morons. Calibrate your expectations for Pakistani democracy accordingly.

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Bears name Kyle Orton as opening day starting QB




Friday, August 08, 2008

A Baby Daddy For Both Americas

I stole that title from Ann Coulter. I admit, I thought she was funny in this one narrow instance.

Well played, John Edwards. Well played.

I leave the last word to Bob Shrum, political consultant for John Kerry's 2004 Presidential Bid:

"Kerry talked with several potential [VP] picks, including Gephardt and Edwards. He was comfortable after his conversations with Gephardt, but even queasier about Edwards after they met. Edwards had told Kerry he was going to share a story with him that he'd never told anyone else—that after his son Wade had been killed, he climbed onto the slab at the funeral home, laid there and hugged his body, and promised that he'd do all he could to make life better for people, to live up to Wade's ideals of service. "

"Kerry was stunned, not moved, because, as he told me later, Edwards had recounted the same exact story to him, almost in the exact same words, a year or two before—and with the same preface, that he'd never shared the memory with anyone else. Kerry said he found it chilling..."