Rush thought of the day: He's just said that critics of the Miers nomination have been more intellectually honest than have its defenders.
The Spectacle Blog
Jerry Kilgore, the Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, just held a conference call to discuss Tim Kaine's record of opposition to the death penalty, particularly his defense of Mark Sheppard, who was eventually executed for a double murder. Joining Kilgore on the line was Stanley Rosenbluth, president of Virginians United Against Crime, whose son and daughter in law were murdered by Sheppard. Needless to say, this is a personal issue to Rosenbluth.
Kilgore argued that Kaine's defense of Sheppard was part of his "lifetime of activism" against the death penalty. "If Tim Kaine had been successful, Mark Sheppard wouldn't have been put to death. Everyone is entitled to representation, but not every activist defense attorney is entitled to be the governor of
Breitbart is reporting the astounding news -- astounding to the Hollywoodenheads, at least -- that guys are responsible for the enormous decline of movie ticket sales. Studio heads are worried, and for answers they are turning to people such as the OnLine Testing Exchange's Shelly Zalis. Breitbart's report quotes her: "Consumers are saying that when they get to the theatre what they see there is as good as it's ever been...But the rising cost of tickets, gas and babysitters, combined with the improving nature of the in-home media experience are major factors keeping consumers from leaving the living room."
Spare me. The problem -- the uninterrupted stream of liberal nonsense and syrupy chick flicks -- is obvious to any male past puberty. Please, Ms. Zalis. Tell them the awful truth. I recall a line spoken by Q to 007 some years ago (I think in "Never Say Never Again") that went something like, "Oh, it's good you're back. Maybe now we'll have some more gratuitous sex and violence."
My day-to-day life keeps me too busy to follow baseball very closely during the regular season, but come playoff time I become a raving fanatic. This weekend I completely lost myself in the Yankees-Angels series, paying no attention whatsoever to Sunday shows, etc, and I feel so much the better for it.
Anyway, per Wlady's earlier post, I think the Yankees have a lot to be proud of. They had unusually difficult moments this season and to wind it up by going five in the playoffs against a team as fine-tuned as the current Angels lineup is solid. You simply don't find better baseball than that which was played by those two teams during this series -- particularly the last three games. As a fan of both the Angels (I grew up there) and the Yankees (I ended up there), I remained neutral over the last week and just enjoyed the games. Since the California Angels have now prevailed (I simply refuse to call them the ridiculous "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim" and so should you), I'm up for some wagering. There's still a lot to be excited about...
So typical of the Prowler to throw at someone's head when his back is turned. Now I know how aides and congressmen alike must feel after sampling his/her sucker punches. But, please, to suggest that the excellent Scioscia somehow insulted the mediocre Frank Robinson earlier this year is beyond comprehension. Frank has been a baseball hood for as long as I can remember. The Cincinnati Reds gave him away to Baltimore forty some years ago, perhaps because they couldn't trust a guy who'd been arrested for carrying a concealed .25 caliber pistol into a restaurant. What was he doing, auditioning for a role in The Godfather? His teams remain class acts. "Mike Scioscia, to me, is a piece of garbage," his star player Jose Guillen spewed after Scioscia stood up to Robinson's bullying. Last month Guillen was saying pretty much the same thing about Robinson after getting benched. The Prowler can keep Frank and Jose Guillen. I'll even throw in Cristian Guzman. Meanwhile, I'll stick with Mike and Adam Kennedy, Garret Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero, plus the Molina brothers.
The Boston Herald reports this morning that Harriet Miers' law firm political action committee donated to Hillary Clinton's political action committee in 2000, just two days after Miers contributed to her law firm's PAC. White House surrogates were telling conservatives last week that Miers had seen the light after her Al Gore/DNC/Lloyd Bentsen donations. How will they explain this one?
Wlady likes Mike Scioscia. Big surprise there. Who could forget Scioscia's embarrassing treatment of Nats manager Frank Robinson earlier this year? The frothing at the mouth, the screaming and insults and then using his Angels players to further needle Robinson was unbecoming. Then after all that Scioscia wouldn't even publicly apologize (Robinson stated that he wouldn't accept such an apology, but Scioscia could have been the bigger man regardless). A classless guy leading a fairly classy team. Scioscia may never manage the Dodgers -- though there are rumors that the Blue are interested -- given his hysterical behavior. Cleary he picked up a thing or two from Tommy Lasorda. Give me Joe Torre any day.
Louis J. Freeh's book, My FBI, came in last night (released today). A few notes while flipping through it...
It's chock full of compelling stuff: the first-person account of the Unabomber investigation, tracking down Robert Hanssen, and others. This isn't just a front row narrative though: it comes with political significance attached, as Matt Drudge already let on in his previews. After the FBI nabbed Hanssen, Bush called Freeh to thank him and pass gratitude to the FBI. "It was the first time since I became director that a president -- and Bush had been in office less than thirty days -- had ever thanked the FBI for protecting the country."
Ok, Mr. Pilger. I went back and forth on this all day yesterday with Reid Collins. It was Woody Hayes who said "There are three things that can happen when you pass, and two of them ain't good." Darryl Royal also said it. But the question of who said it first is unresolved. I'm betting on Woody, as the number of sources to support his claim is huge.