The Spectacle Blog
Dave, I'll miss Johnny Damon. It was fabulous watching him run like a deer in center field, and he was an exciting and productive hitter, capable of igniting team rallies again and again. To top it off, despite his simian appearance, he was magnetic, charming, and generous in his personal interviews.
But he came to the Sox from somewhere else, we got the peak of his career, and now he's off somewhere else. The Yankees got him not only for the money -- which an athlete has to average out over his entire life, not his much shorter working life -- but because, year after year, the Yankees are the best team in baseball, and any player with some pride wants to play with the best. Why do you think the Celtics used to land such good players as backups (think Bill Walton)?
Good luck, Johnny. May you have many more healthy playing years.
AP reported yesterday that Germany released convicted murderer and airline hijacker Mohammed Ali Hamadi. Hamadi had been serving a life sentence for the 1985 TWA hijacking and murder of Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem. Germany had insisted on trying Hamadi and wouldn't extradite him to America because we have the death penalty.
A German foreign ministry spokesman denied any connection between Hamadi's release and the earlier release by terrorist kidnappers of a German woman, Susanne Osthoff, who had been held for three weeks in Iraq. Right.
On his release, Hamadi left Germany, destination unknown. Let's hope that when Hamadi engages in future acts of terrorism, which he most certainly will, they occur in Germany.
Dave: The Washington Post's account suggests the McDonnell-Deeds attorney-general recount in Virginia lacked any of the Florida 2000 recount's acrimony. Sure, the stakes were smaller. What's more, what would it look like it two men vying to uphold the law in their states resorted to cheap politicking in order to prevail? The story even ends on an upbeat, if somber, note:
The recount attracted the attention of at least one soldier serving in Baghdad. McDonnell's daughter, Jeanine, 24, a second lieutenant in the Army, called him on his cell phone about 2 p.m. in Richmond, 10 p.m. in Baghdad, to ask whether he had the results yet. The day before the recount, McDonnell said, she had gone out with her unit in a convoy and been shot at.
Jed, You are correct. I'll also consider that a bright spot in this episode in the Senate's long line of failures.
Dave: Doesn't that also mean that the McCain amendment is now in limbo as well? Wasn't Defense Approps the bill it was riding? If so, I'll trade ANWR to kill the McCain amendment in a heartbeat.
Never mind that all the TV Newsers using the above headline last night and today wouldn't know a redundancy if it bit them you know where.
The fact is, a number of news outlets -- CBS News (big surprise there), ABC News, CNN and MSNBC (and by extension, perhaps NBC) -- were all presented with varied FISA court rulings as early as yesterday afternoon that confirmed what many folks have been saying: that even the FISA court acknowledged the Executive Branch's right and responsibility to order such wiretaps without a warrant in times of emergency.
One CBS News producer, who works on a different show than the nightly news, told us that nightly news producers both in DC and in New York were aware of the documents and the ruling and chose not to incorporate them into their reporting.
From our blog, to the judge's ear? New York Supreme Court Justice Theodore Jones reportedly has ordered the transit worker union chiefs to appear in court tomorrow to face criminal contempt charges. (The Supreme Court is the lower trial court in NY. Go figure).
Let's hope Jones throws 'em in the lockup for the duration. And why aren't Bloomberg and Pataki hitting harder? This strike has gone on long enough. The strikers should be fired today and begin to be replaced tomorrow. Doesn't anyone remember New York rules? With all due respect to our midwestern pals, Chicago rules are softball by comparison.