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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Daniel Okrent: Tool Hall of Fame

I'll start frothing at the mouth again if I do a post on this, so just go read the ridiculous "debate", DeLong on the economics, Chait on the journalism, and Yglesias on why public editorships are stupid in general.

That last post if from the newly-launched TPM Cafe, which is kind of like the Huffington Post, only good, or maybe a Daily Kos for the more wonkish/intellectual types, whichever you prefer.

Vocabulary Lessons with George W.

From today's press conference:

It seemed like to me they based some of their decisions on the word of — and the allegations — by people who were held in detention, people who hate America, people that had been trained in some instances to disassemble — that means not tell the truth.

I think he was going for "dissemble" there. Or maybe it was actually Will Ferrell giving the press conference, I didn't watch. (This matches the White House transcript too.)

UPDATE: I noticed this one in the transcript myself, but I see Hei Lun of BTD beat me to posting on it. And probably a million other of my fellow Bush haters. Damn vast blogosphere, I can't even make an original crack any more.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Inside the Clinton White House!

Drudge is excited, but isn't this book around four years late? Unless the Post is trying to mess with Hillary's chances in 2008, of course. (indirectly via Eschaton, where Atrios reminds all why Sally Quinn deserves to be called names).

Shore Leave, Indeed

I heard a few weeks back that the Iwo Jima Memorial is one of the main sites in the DC area for prostitution arrests. Happy Memorial Day!

For a more appropriate Memorial Day post, check out Oxblog, where David Adesnik reads the "Class of 9/11" coverage from Time and WaPo so you don't have to. I wish some of the people making decisions at the high levels could take the classes these new service academy grads have been through, which emphasize the complexities of the war on terra; at least there may be some hope for the future.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Blind the Sex Offenders Who Want to Go to Six Flags

There might be a blindness side-effect of Pfizer's popular boner pill, which some sex offenders were getting through Medicaid until recently, it turns out. At least this might keep them from finding the ferris wheel.

The Movies Are All Around Us

Mary Kate Olsen as E.T.

The power outages in Russia are reminding me of one of my favorite campy '90s films, The Saint, because of this:

President Vladimir Putin reacted with a swipe at Chubais, who is despised by many Russians for his role as architect of the country's much-maligned privatization program of the early 1990s and who went on to be co-founder of a liberal party, where he has frequently criticized Putin.

And finally, Cinderella Man is one of the worst film titles I've ever heard of.

Krugman's Response, Finally

Paul Krugman's response to Dan Okrent's criticism is in the Week in Review letters today--basically Okrent has no examples of Krugman doing things wrong and that should be the end of it. But it's not, since Krugman "and Daniel Okrent will be addressing this matter further on the Public Editor's Web Journal (nytimes.com/byroncalame) early in the week." Via Attaturk at Eschaton, where Atrios notes the Luskin connection.

The Okrent letters are all praiseworthy until the last two which deal with the Krugman thing. No mention of this bit from last week's column or this infamous incident.

Wes Clark Buzz

The Carpetbagger Report notes that Wesley Clark has continued to make connections on Capitol Hill, positioning himself well for a 2008 presidential run (see the excerpts from a subscriber-only Roll Call article, via Mark Kleiman). As you doubtless recall, I voted for Clark in the March 2004 Massachusetts primary, even though his campaign was over by then.

But of course, he's just a stalking horse for Hillary, who is lookin' frisky in the latest polling herself.

MORE: Clark gave the Democrats' radio address on this Memorial Day weekend.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

That Crane Standoof

My favorite dumb news item of late has to be the murder suspect who was sitting on top of a crane at a construction site threatening to jump. He gets points for creativity. It's all over now, as the AP reports:

A 56-hour standoff with a homicide suspect perched on a construction crane ended peacefully early Saturday when police shocked him with a stun gun as he reached for a cup of water, authorities said.

On what planet is shocking someone with a stun gun peaceful?

Another nice detail:

The standoff unfolded above Atlanta's busy Buckhead neighborhood, an area filled with clubs and restaurants. Lunch and dinner crowds, taking advantage of summer-like weather, have packed restaurant patios with clear views of the standoff.

I presume that means people would arrive at the restaurant and say, "Hi, party of four, non-smoking, and we'd like a view of the crazy guy on the crane if you've got a table outside." Because seeing if the guy plummets to his death would make for a delightful meal.

"The Affable Joseph Goebbels of Daytime Talk"

A Goebbels comparison, how original! Whenever you can take an Ann Coulter quote about Katie Couric and apply it to Oprah Winfrey, you've got a real winner of a column. The writer forgot to note how Michael Moore argued in "Dude, Where's My Country?" that Oprah should run for president--personally I think Hillary is just the stalking horse. (Via Jeff Jarvis.)

Bray v. Foley

Via InstaPundit I see that Hiawatha Bray, a Boston Globe tech writer, is taking on Linda Foley (this is the newspaper guild head who said the mililtary targeted journalists in Iraq, for those who don't keep up with the blow-by-blow of every tempest in a blogspot).

Bray, you may recall, engaged in some pro-Bush/anti-Kerry blog commenting last year, which caused a bit of a stir. Dan Kennedy's post on this criticized the above-linked item from Media Matters and also included a statement from someone at the Globe saying Bray had agreed to stop participating in the political blogs ("Mr. Bray was instructed to discontinue any such postings, and to our knowledge he complied," is the quote from someone named Al Larkin).

Does this latest foray into the blogosphere violate such an agreement, and will Media Matters et al jump on Bray again? I don't know, I just provide the background.

Driving Miss Patrick II

Still no answer to my question a little while back about whether there's any reason a woman can't succeed at NASCAR like she can't succeed in, say, pro football or basketball against men. Perhaps this will be clarified with the Indy 500 actually occurring this weekend.

There's also quite a media circus gathered 'round Danica Patrick as of now, and garyclark breaks it down rather bluntly:

The main reason Danica Patrick is getting all of this attention isn't because she's the first woman to race in the Indy 500 (she isn't), nor even that she qualified to race 4th (though that's part of it). The main reason she's getting all of this attention is that Danica Patrick is hot and embraces her hotness. And males, especially male sporting fans, couldn't be happier. If you replaced rednecks with hotties in auto racing, the ratings would exponentially increase.

I have to admit I've heard a few references to Danica Patrick nearly "grabbing the pole position" and... well you can finish that one for yourselves, this is a family web site.

No Joy in Mudville (Except that World Series Seven Months Ago, We Liked That)

The Red Sox, coming off a thrashing up in Toronto this week, dropped a frustrating game Friday night at Yankee Stadium. Up 3-1 and looking to press the advantage, the Red Sox somehow had two guys thrown out at home in one inning (how is it that Dale Sveum is still the third base coach?!?). Then the Yankees quickly go up 6-3 in the next half inning, with the bullpen getting rocked for the millionth time this season.

You know, winning the World Series one season doesn't really change things a whole hell of a lot the next. It still sucks to lose.

What Is Larry Brown Doing?

Larry Brown is dealing with rumors that he's going to Cleveland to join the Cavs front office. Meanwhile, his team is in the middle of the Eastern Conference Finals, something he might want to focus on instead. Can't they just wait until the playoffs are over to discuss this sort of thing? I think people will wait for Larry Brown, really.

DeLay Post Title of the Week

I grant this nonexistent award to AlterNet, where yesterday there appeared a post titled, "DeLay, already troubled by law and order, now has trouble with Law & Order."

Rhetorical France Question

Do righty bloggers really care at all about the French people rejecting the EU Constitution, going against the wishes of Jacques Chirac and his party? Or is this just a nerdier version of calling potato wedges "freedom fries" or pouring your wine down the kitchen sink?

RELATED: The idiot rep from North Carolina who demanded the "freedom" moniker in the House cafeterias now regrets that he was such a fool two years ago.

Amnesty is "shrill", Friedman is still clueless

So says the general in charge of running the Guantanamo prison that Amnesty International deemed a "gulag" in a report issued the other day. When exactly did "shrill" become the favorite put-down word for this administration and its minions to use against critics?

Meanwhile, it seems it's finally dawned on Tommy Friedman that holding lots of people in a prison camp for years with no charges and abusing them isn't such a grand idea. Friedman still seems more concerned with US strategic interests in pissing off others than the basic wrongness of the whole setup, though. "This is not just deeply immoral, it is strategically dangerous," the columnist writes, before warning of Gitmo's use as a terrorist recruitment tool. But isn't being merely "deeply immoral" enough, Tom?

UPDATE: A much better Friedman takedown.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Who Do Democrats Hate More Than Satan?

This Daily Kos diary has the answer!

Bring Your Own Bombs

System of a Down's new album is #1 on this week's billboard chart. To put it mildly, they disagree a little bit with the man at #2, Toby Keith.

Their first single BYOB, which you can listen to here, expresses, shall we say, some displeasure with the war in Iraq.

No, I don't agree with the views embodied by the song, but unfortunately there aren't so many high-energy rock songs out there with moderate political messages.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

The New "Gulag"

I expect our annual round of Amnesty International-bashing should be in full swing by about now with the release of the organization's annual report that sharply criticizes Gitmo and calls for it to be closed. This is the sort of thing I was referring to here the other day.

Since we're on the topic, why does the New York Times hate Canada?

John Bolton Made Him Cry

No, not those intelligence analysts he berated, I mean Senator Voinovich.

Commenters at Crooks and Liars wonder why Voinovich, if he finds this so important, let Bolton out of committee at all.

You Might Be a Computer Nerd if...

...you alter a beach volleyball video game so the women appear nude. The interesting legal question is whether it's OK to share content of altered video games sold by a company, and that was put off by this lawsuit being dismissed.

What's Dirtier?

Personally, I find the news pieces on a new men's health drug far more explicit than a commercial with Paris Hilton. To those people who crashed the Carl's Jr. site, I hear Miss Hilton has another video that's even more revealing out on the internets.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Party Like It's 2004 II

Humble Elias of The Little Blog that Cried (and that meanwhile had no functioning permalinks) notes today that the Boston Globe op-ed page Tuesday featured both a column by John Kerry on the filibuster and a column by Joan Vennochi bashing John Kerry. That's not a very nice way to treat your guests!

Does anyone seriously care about John Kerry's military records at this point?

I must disagree with Elias to the extent that I still enjoy the semi-unstable Derrick Z. Jackson's work for the Globe.

Dan Okrent: Still a Tool

Go read the Daily Howler's second item today on Dan Okrent's disgraceful Sunday farewell column as NYT public editor. It concerns the following bit:

Reader Steven L. Carter of Bala Cynwyd, Pa., asks, If "Tucker Carlson is identified as a conservative" in The Times, then why is "Bill Moyers just, well, plain old Bill Moyers"? Good question.

It turns out, when you check Lexis Nexis, this isn't such a good question.

Meanwhile, Krugman is not only being attacked by Okrent but also Greg Mankiw these days, now that N. Gregory is done whoring himself to the Bush administration. (DeLong gets into more substance in posts like this one).

Less Cowbell

Bill Simmons says he doesn't like blogging since he "keep[s] getting carried away" and is "in the habit of throwing opinions out there without really thinking about them." Silly, that's what blogging is all about!

How he's incapable of writing something every day baffles me, given that his columns consist of things like calling Lindsay Lohan's transformation "an American tragedy."

Tom Cruise, Loose Screws

Go look at the Defamer photoblogging of Tom Cruise's appearance on Oprah. Looks like he's taking the Mike Tyson approach to promoting War of the Worlds. (Via Unrequited Narcissism.)

Monday, May 23, 2005

Newsweek Hates America!

Your right-wing blogosphere concocted controversy of the week: a cover of Newsweek's Japanese edition from three and a half months ago with an American flag in a trash can. Funny how no one noticed this until the magazine became the focus of so much criticism last week over the Koran-toilet story.

International editions often have different editorial staff and content, so it's wrong to attribute the Japan edition to Newsweek's team in the US. It's also a plain fact that a lot of the rest of the world isn't so keen on what the US has been up to for a while now--sorry to break it to you guys! Many of us who are not blind adherents of the president also aren't very fond of what this country's leadership has done, and we want the ol' US of A to get back to representing what we believe to be true American values.

In other words, the symbolism of that cover makes sense. It's not a violent, hateful image, but a sad one.

Tom Friedman on TimesSelect

Tim Noah today shares a passage from Tom Friedman's "The World is Flat":

I work for a newspaper[;] that is where my paycheck comes from. But I believe that all online newspapers should be free, and on principle I refuse to pay for an online subscription to the Wall Street Journal. I have not read the paper copy of the New York Times regularly for two years. I read it only online.

Yes, Tom, and that is also why I will no longer be bothering with your column in a few months, which I look forward to, since it means fewer bumps on my head from banging it into my desk when I read your tripe twice a week.

Sorry, I was inspired to be petty by Dan "don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out" Okrent, who went out in a blaze of disgrace yesterday to close out his 18 months as the NYT public editor. I look forward to hearing some sort of a response from Paul Krugman, and I hope this guy can do better.

Not Nuked!

This compromise makes no sense but at least crisis has been averted for now:

The agreement said future judicial nominees should "only be filibustered under extraordinary circumstances," with each senator — presumably the Democrats — holding the discretion to decide when those conditions had been met.

And what happens when the senators differ over whether such "extraordinary circumstances" exist? Stupid, stupid.

Blogging of stupidity, what was up with the cots being rolled into the senate this afternoon? As if it were anything new for a major legislative matter to be voted on in the middle of the night. The GOP Congress has only passed every major bill it's had in the wee hours (recall the Medicare vote-buying on the House floor at 4 in the morning, which I think is where that sausage factory analogy comes in).

Of course, the TV morons lap up the pictures of the cots coming in like the obedient zombies they are.

Part of me feels coming closer to meltdown would've been better. The political fallout would've been much greater then, giving Dems more of a campaign issue and possibly avoiding these judges who will now get through. Instead this looks like it will die with a whimper.

I am a Genius

How do you like that Spurs-Pistons NBA Finals pick now? I even correctly predicted the West would be high scoring and the East not so high scoring!

Forgive me, I must celebrate on rare occurrences when I am so right about things.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Commencement Controversy...zzzzzz

It's a Sunday in May, which means there must have been some stink over a graduation speaker--congrats to this week's winner, Rudy Giuliani, who spoke at Middlebury in Vermont. I wonder why such figures bother with these speeches since the inevitable pissing and moaning will obviously overshadow whatever pearls of wisdom they offer the graduates.

Fist Fights in the Senate

I have no serious thoughts on the nuclear option meltdown that is looming on Tuesday. Should make some interesting viewing, at least. If this happens, I expect the senators to be getting rather snippy with the speechifying. If everything is going to hell, we may as well have some fun with it, right?

Also, how desperate is the administration if we're sending freaking Laura Bush on a goodwill mission to the Middle East? Can I get odds on her making a "surprise" visit to the troops in Iraq tomorrow?

Revenge of the Frist II

Go watch the video for a laugh.

Dean on MTP

But the thing that really bothered me the most, which the 9-11 Commission said also wasn't true, is the insinuation that the president continues to make to this day that Osama bin Laden had something to do with supporting terrorists that attacked the United States. That is false.

Yeah, he meant Saddam Hussein and Russert didn't bother correcting him. Another poor moment:

We get lectured by people all day long about moral values by people who have their own moral shortcomings. I don't think we ought to give a whole lot of lectures to people--I think the Bible says something to the effect that be careful when you talk about the shortcomings of somebody else when you haven't removed the moat from your own eye. And I don't think we ought to be lectured to by Republicans who have got all these problems themselves.

First, to the transcript person, that's "mote", not "moat"; as a dictionary site explains, "This word (meaning 'speck') should not be confused with moat, meaning 'a ditch round a castle'." Second, to Dean, the accurate quotation is to say that we shouldn't criticize the mote in someone else's eye with disregard to the log or beam in our own (depending on your translation).

Dean then later told Russert, "I'm a committed Christian. ... I pray every night. That's my business." Obviously it's not his business if he feels compelled to bring up how religious he is on the show, and it doesn't do much good to go around misquoting such famous Bible passages that even a heathen like me knows he misquoted it when watching the interview.

Overall, a decent performance by Ho-Ho. I liked the whole riff on reframing the abortion debate as one about personal freedom--he got into this discussing Schiavo too. Some of Russert's questions were pretty absurd too ("When did the president ever suggest that Saddam Hussein was responsible for September 11?").

Quite a Koo

During yesterday's Mets-Yankees interleague game some Korean lefty relief pitcher named Koo doubled off Randy Johnson.

It was a notable event because just a moment before he hit the shot to deep center field, Fox broadcasters Joe Buck and Tim McCarver were talking about how much of a mismatch the lefty batting Koo, who as a reliever rarely bats, was going against the dominant lefty pitcher Johnson. "This has to be the biggest give-up at-bat of the season," said McCarver, right before Koo socked a drive to the Shea Stadium crowd's astonished delight.

Then Buck and McCarver went on to talk about how iffy the situation was with the Mets trying to bunt an inexperienced base runner over to third. As it turned out, Koo not only made it to third but came all the way home when no Yankee covered the plate (it looked like he was tagged out, but the run counted). Again, good call by the booth.

And on top of that, Koo struck out the three batters he faced, not a bad inning of work. Today in the subway series, Pedro Martinez will have to bat against the Yankees, and it will be interesting if his years of coming inside on New York batters with the Red Sox leads to some retaliation by Carl Pavano, who will be taking the hill in pinstripes.

The other interesting story coming out of interleague rivalry weekend is the LA vs. "LA" dynamic coming out the Angels-Dodgers series. As seen on SportsCenter, Dodgers fans are wearing "Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles" t-shirts to the games. Hey, whatever motivates you to beat the other guys. The Angels say the name change is woring out well, despite the ridicule they've received (See linked article).

Koo's unlikely performance was my favorite sporting moment of the Saturday, beating out the horse in the Preakness nearly falling down. After the race the broadcasters discussed how embarrassed Afleet Alex must have been after finishing so poorly at the Kentucky Derbyb. Do horses feel shame about such things, really?

Another fun moment last night came when Lamon Brewster knocked out Andrew Golota in 53 seconds in a Golota-friendly arena in Chicago. All those guys decked out with the Polish flags must have felt like idiots.

Today we get the start of the NBA's Western Conference Finals in what should be an outstanding series, San Antonio versus Phoenix. No one has much of an idea how this will turn out since the teams are so different. I will say that if the season series is any indication, the games will be high scoring, aka the Suns' pace, but that San Antonio has proven it can win at such a pace. The only game of the three I saw was a thrilling Spurs victory in the Valley of the Sun January 21. For that reason, I believe the key to the series is whether the Spurs players can knock down the open shots and muster the offensive firepower necessary to outscore the Suns. I think they can and will win in six games.

I will similarly take Detroit in six in the East since I think those games will be lower-scoring, which favors the Pistons, and because of the Shaq health questions. Spurs-Pistons will then be a dreadfully dull Finals.

The End of the Love Affair with Hamid Karzai?

From the NYT front page, two stories:

"U.S. Memo Faults Afghan Leader on Heroin Fight"

"Karzai Demands Custody of All Afghan Prisoners"

Hamid's been smoking some of the poppy himself if he thinks he's the one who really calls the shots in Afghanistan.

''The governor was so upset his hair was shaking."

From Saturday's Globe, a great line from Fred Berry about Mitt Romney. A possible compromise with the state senate on the stem cell bill fell through, making the normally cool Romney lose it, apparently. Don't those pesky senators know this hurt Mitt's chances in 2008?

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Saddam's Undies

Just when I think the news can't get any stupider, it does.

Some moron decided to give photos of Saddam Hussein in various states of undress to Rupert Murdoch's right-wing tabloids on the idea that this would somehow weaken the insurgency. Bombing the hell out of their headquarters hasn't stopped the insurgency, but maybe showing them pictures of Saddam in his underpants will--great logic there.

The fact that Saddam was captured and a video was shown of the ex-dictator getting checked for lice by the school nurse should have de-mystified him to whatever extent possible. And the attacks in Iraq kept on coming anyway.

Do the Sun and Post think that these attacks were based on the idea that even in custody, Saddam retained some magical powers like not needing to wear any sort of undergarments whatsoever? So that now, having destroyed that image, these fighters will lay down arms?

Here's what I'm referring to:

The Sun said that it had obtained the photographs from an unnamed member of the U.S. military who was quoted as saying that the photographs were intended to show insurgents that Hussein is no longer a legendary dictator and is instead "just an aging and humble old man."

In fact, the consequences could be the opposite:

Masmoudi said that because much of the insurgency in Iraq is made up of Baathists and former members of Hussein's government, the photos of their leader in a humiliating scene could encourage their attacks against Americans and the Iraqis working with them.

Isn't it heartening to know we have such brilliant military tacticians with access to Saddam Hussein? Top that, Newsweek!

Friday, May 20, 2005

Steroids in the NBA?

Why is Congress having a hearing on this? There are no steroids that translate to basketball success, unless they have come out with one that makes you seven feet tall that I'm unaware of. Nice move by the league having the waifish Juan Dixon testify today--I guess beanpoles Tayshaun Prince and Reggie Miller were both busy with the playoffs.


So maybe Guantanamo interrogators didn't flush a Koran down the toilet, but the US has tortured and killed prisoners, as a Defense Department report now admits. Hard to pin that on Newsweek.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Revenge of the Frist

Oh, Jesus:

The liberal advocacy group Moveon.org was preparing to spend $150,000 to run advertisements on CNN over the next few days - and to spread leaflets among audiences in line at multiplexes - comparing Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, the majority leader, to the movie's power-grabbing, evil Chancellor Palpatine, for Dr. Frist's role in the Senate's showdown over the confirmation of federal judges.

Is this really the best way to get the message across about the judicial nominations?

A Tale of Two Pictures

From today's Globe article on one year of gay marriage:

There was the usual chaos that comes with a group photo, as several hundred same-sex couples and their kids squeezed onto a Boston Common staircase yesterday. Then someone at the top of the steps started singing the Beatles' ''All You Need is Love." And soon, the whole group was singing along, voices carrying out in unison over the Common. ...

A few blocks away on City Hall Plaza, opponents of same-sex marriage also marked the date. A woman wearing a judge's robe and blond wig -- to resemble Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, who wrote the November 2003 decision allowing same-sex marriage -- frowned and tore up a fake constitution. She and about 15 others gathered at City Hall for a press conference, holding signs and wearing black armbands that read, ''RIP marriage."

To review, that's several hundred versus 15 or so. Looks like most of the crazies who were claiming this heralded the end of the world a year ago have now figured out they were wrong.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

George Allen's Race Problem

Brendan Nyhan did some digging on alleged GOP 2008 front-runner George Allen and found some interesting stuff. The summary: Allen had a noose hanging from a tree limb in his law office, he had a confederate flag in his house, he approved a confederate heritage month, he labeled the NAACP an extremist group, he called the Civil War "a four-year struggle for independence and sovereign rights", he opposed creating Martin Luther King Day, and he defended Trent Lott's pro-segregation comments.

Perhaps he can still get a few black votes by riling up the black churches against gay marriage, a la George Bush. (Via Oliver Willis.)

"I'm Rick James, Ma'am!"

I don't swear on the blog, but I'm not as much of a sissy as the Boston Globe at least. Today's Life in the Pop Lane notes parenthetically, with regard to Dave Chappelle's situation:

As profane as he is funny, two of Chappelle's best bits involving the late singer Rick James and entertainer Wayne Brady can't be repeated in this newspaper.

Is bitch now an unprintable word? I didn't get the memo on that one.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Starr Turn

I saw Ken Starr discussing his victory in the wine shipping case earlier tonight on the Abrams Report and I found it so odd that here is Ken Starr, who tried so hard to bring down the president, on TV talking about something else as if the 1990s unpleasantness never occurred (interesting sidelight: Starr refused to endorse the nuclear option, saying he hoped the Senate found some other compromise). Of course, this is America, where people can do bad things in past lives and return a few years later as respected media figures. For example, Oliver North is presently in Iraq doing reports for Fox News.

I also find it rather silly that the wine decision is being hailed as some sort of victory for the small wineries that are struggling to get by with the nonsensical shipping rules. I agree the shipping restrictions are dumb, but let's call this a victory for the people who are pushing the agenda: rich wine snobs like the ecstatic Dan Abrams. I have a feeling most hourly wage workers aren't going to start special ordering their Cabernets from California now. This is probably not the prime example of how litigation concerning economic regulation can benefit the little guy.

Deval Patrick

It's never too early to start discussing the Mass 2006 Governor's Race! Frederick Clarkson's DKos diary includes reactions and full text of the speech by Deval Patrick at this past weekend's Democratic state convention. Patrick, best known as the Clinton admin's civil rights point man, has already announced his designs on the corner office, and he's now traveling the state campaigning.

The speech is worth a read. I especially like the attacks on Mitt Romney:

I see Fleet and Gillette and Hancock pull out and take jobs out of state with them, while our Governor travels the country making us the butt of his jokes. ...

I see so many people suffering from Alzheimer's, diabetes and other diseases, while our Governor plays politics with their one chance for hope, stem cell research. ...

I see a Governor who calls for the death penalty and in the same instant cuts local aid so that we can't pay for cops we need on the street.

I see time and energy devoted to debating whether to discriminate against gays who want to marry, while the pressing business of building our economy, building our public schools, and rebuilding our shattered public health system goes unaddressed.

Then there's a nice optimistic bit toward the end:

When I was growing up, my grandmother grew roses- on the South Side of Chicago, no less, a place not generally known as a garden spot. Early in a spring morning, she would go out into the little back yard behind our tenement. She would pick up trash, clear away broken glass and work that soil- and I want to tell you that that soil had things in it that God would never put in dirt.

But she grew her roses. From one cutting I remember she grew a climber that reached nearly two stories up the side of our tenement. It was magnificent. And it was improbable. Especially in that soil. In that place. But she tended her garden.

Well, a soil like our ancient Massachusetts soil, sown with the seeds of division and mistrust, cultivated too often by cynics, and choking in places with the weeds of old politics, may not seem like fertile ground to some of you. But it is ours. We must tend our garden.

From what I read, Patrick is a good speaker, which probably makes his strong rhetoric even stronger as delivered (the enthusiastic blog reviews from those who witnessed the address attest to this).

The knock on him thus far seems to be that he was a well-paid corporate lawyer the last few years, which somehow corrupted him. I seriously doubt he can be any worse in that regard than Mitt Romney, though; it's probably more of an automatic suspicion of corporate bigwigs from some in the liberal crowd, not something that would prove a hindrance in a general election.

My uninformed guess is that a far greater impediment to Mr. Patrick's success will be his outsider status since Tom Reilly and Bill Galvin presumably have more favors to call in, having operated in Mass politics for longer. Even so, the charisma factor is a wild card, and Deval Patrick bears watching.

Also see: Elias Nugator's report from seeing Patrick in the flesh. He made the similar point that, "Heard some grumblings on the way out about Patrick's stint as a corporation lawyer, but that's to be expected with this crowd."

New York Time$

Via eRobin, I see the New York Times web site will start charging non-subscribers who want access to some of their top stuff:

The New York Times Co. (NYT) on Monday said that, starting in September, access to Op-Ed and certain of its top news columnists on the paper's NYTimes.com Web site will only be available through a fee of $49.95 a year. The service, known as TimesSelect, will also allow access to The Times's online archives, early access to select articles on the site, and other features. Home-delivery subscribers will automatically receive the service, the NYT said.

And just last week the Times seemed to want to try to build a better relationship with readers! I won't be paying, personally; there are plenty of other good sites to read out there that use up more than enough of my time.

Useless Poll Results

The Boston Globe went all out covering the one-year anniversary of the Mass gay marriage court decision, but the polling leaves a lot to be desired.

For the question "What is the most important reason you approve of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry?" the answer choices include "It's their choice", "Equal rights", "Not my business", and "Same as straight marriage." How those four differ from one another isn't entirely clear. Saying something is someone else's choice and not your business is basically the same thing. Saying there should be equality and that heterosexual and homosexual couples are the "same thing" are roughly equivalent statements too.

For the opposite question, "What is the most important reason you disapprove of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry?", the answer choices include "Religious/moral reasons", "Marriage is between men and women", and "hurts family", which are similarly categories with blurry distinctions at best.

Unfortunately, these semantic issue mean the polling data are of limited utility. I can't exactly say how the polling could be done much better either, which means we're likely flying blind as we try to assess and respond to public attitudes on this issue (not that polls should determine political positions, but it is important in trying to package a communications strategy and at least to explain outcomes).

OK, done posting for now, I swear--could you tell I missed blogging these last five days?

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Party Like It's 2004

The Cleveland Park Men's Club claims John Kerry was posing for pictures outside the Capitol last week while everyone else was scrambling in hysteria from the little plane that sent the world into such a tizzy. Supposedly this proves once again that Kerry is a conceited tool, but as we learned from Kerry's Vietnam service, he doesn't shrink from enemy fire. At least he wasn't AWOL on a bike ride at the time.

Driving Miss Patrick

To make up for my inappropriate WNBA reference in the post below this, I'll make a more serious post on Danica Patrick getting the fourth starting position at the Indy 500, the best such positioning ever for a female driver. Since I know next to nothing about NASCAR, I have to ask: is there any reason why women shouldn't be able to compete with men in this sport? In other sports, obviously men can use their superior size and strength, but does that apply to competitive auto racing? While I have heard that NASCAR drivers do train hard, I'm unclear the extent to which exclusively male physical traits translate to victory at the track.

I think this might be the first time I have ever posted on NASCAR.


Matt Bernhardt of Bulls Blog hosts the latest Carnival of the NBA, complete with lotsa links to NBA blogs discussing the playoffs. While I watch Dallas-Phoenix, a few thoughts on the postseason...

West is best (viewing): Why is Mavs-Suns on now? Does ABC really think that Indiana-Detroit is more compelling television, worthy of the network TV audience earlier today? Anyone outside the midwest would rather see the series where the teams actually score baskets, I think. And is Shaq really that much of a TV draw that until today, every ABC game involved the Miami Heat?

Nobody Beats the Wiz (except Miami): Last night's game was just bizarre since the comeback happened with Juan Dixon and Steve Blake on the floor after Gilbert Arenas fouled out. Arenas showed a little Pierce/Walker-type behavior by getting a technical upon being called for his fifth foul, nearly getting another when he slammed the ball to the floor in frustration at another point, and dejectedly throwing his jersey into the crowd when he was DQed with his sixth foul. Since I've been subjected to lots of Wizards basketball living in DC this season (and the dreadful broadcast team of Buckhantz and Chenier), I know Arenas does this to give a fan a souvenir at the end of every game, but it sure as hell seemed out of place when Arenas fouled out with six minutes to go and his team fighting for its playoff life. Al Michaels and Hubie Brown were confused, with Michaels asking, "What do you do with that, take it to the laundromat?" Even if Arenas sees this as some good gesture on his part, I think it's a stupid thing to do, especially in this context. I know he's a pro athlete with a physique he might want to show off on TV, but the vast majority of male fans don't really need to be seeing you shirtless either, Gilbert. (The WNBA, by contrast, might increase its following if its players did stuff like this.)

Game Breaks Hurt: Time to bitch about the TNT coverage. Was it really necessary to have such a long break between the Indiana-Detroit and Phoenix-Dallas games on Wednesday night? They did two whole segments back in the studio, even showing some of a Rick Carlisle press conference, well after the announced 10:30 start time of the late game. As a result, Dirk Nowitzki ended up hitting his game winning shot at around 1:25am eastern, and I was very tired on Thursday.

The Ghost of Ron Artest: I just thought I'd add that Bill Rhoden wrote a silly column in yesterday's NYT suggesting the Pacers are better off without Ron Artest--never mind that they had the best record in the league last year. On seeing the Artest interview by Jim Gray of ESPN this week, the part that struck me was when Artest explained what he tells his kids about the brawl: "Daddy made a mistake." It must be quite something to be the child of Ron Artest, don't you think?

Commercials I Know and Love: "Samantha wanted hors d'ouevres!" "They're plastic, and they're spectacular!" "Refresh, rethink, reeee-mixxx!"

Commercials I Have Grown to Hate: All of those Dr. J ads--I don't think a Hollywood career beckons. Who made Erving the authority on winning championships, since he only won a title once on that 1983 team that was led by Moses Malone?

Better than Star Wars

That's what A.O. Scott says about Revenge of the Sith, despite this observation: "Mr. Lucas's indifference to two fairly important aspects of moviemaking - acting and writing - is remarkable." I guess the effects must be that good.

I agree with Jeff Jacoby!

We both oppose the Massachusetts death penalty bill, but for opposite reasons. I oppose it because I'm opposed to the death penalty, period. Jacoby opposes it because he thinks it won't allow enough executions: "Romney's goal is a death penalty that can never go wrong, but his bill would guarantee a system so fraught with hurdles that no murderer would ever be put to death."

I would submit that that is precisely the point. People generally like the idea of the death penalty, but they just don't like it so much when lots of people are getting executed. This bill, if it passed, would let Romney tout the accomplishment of bringing the death penalty to Massachusetts--a nice credential to have in the Republican presidential primaries. At the same time, he wouldn't have to deal with criminals actually being put to death and all the controversy and unpleasantness that comes with that. Sounds like a win-win situation.

Why would Jacoby prefer to defeat this bill and maintain the status quo of no death penalty at all? I would've thought he might prefer a gradualist approach, allowing the state to get used to having a death penalty on the books for a while before expanding it in the years ahead.

Odd Headline of the Day

"38 Bodies Found in Iraq As Rice Visits" (AP)--is this implying that Secretary of State Rice did more than just boost morale on her super-secret-special visit to see the troops? The whole "secret visit to Iraq" trick has grown kind of tiresome.

Newsweek: "Our Bad"

Newsweek has apologized for inaccurately reporting that army interrogators at Guantanamo had desecrated Korans to try to get prisoners (I refuse to call them "detainees") to talk. Still, plenty of damage was done:

Fifteen people died and scores were injured in violence between protesters and security forces, prompting U.S. promises to investigate the allegations.

Two quick points. First, it must suck to be the Newsweek reporters responsible for this thing given what happened (the story details the fact-checking they did, and it sounds like it was all above-board). Second, what is up with the hard-core protesting? Perhaps we could train the Afghan security forces not to kill the people who take to the streets to protest something over there.

Chappelle's No Show

Andrew Sullivan (a Time columnist, btw) praises Dave Chappelle for his candor in a Time interview this week about the comedian's recent flight to Africa to escape the horrors of fame and fortune here in the United States.

No word yet on whether he'll be suing Entertainment Weekly or others for libel based on reports that he was in a mental institution or on drugs. I guess it must feel strange for be the $50 million man just a few years removed from Undercover Brother. But why does a delay like this lead to such nasty rumors so quickly? Don't shows or films get delayed from time to time for various other reasons?

Also, the sudden concern for doing work with "integrity" seems odd from the man who brought us masterpieces like Half Baked.

That Finger in the Chili Bowl

I was wondering how hard up someone would have to be to cut off a finger in order to hatch a plot to defraud a fast food restaurant. As it turns out, the finger tip was severed in a work accident months before it ended up in a serving of Wendy's chili. While still dishonest, this at least is somewhat enterprising (what would you do with your severed finger?), rather than merely sick.

Stupid Things People Say: Not-So-Sly Fox Edition

Vicente Fox, in protesting proposed new US restrictions on immigration from Mexico, sure put his foot in it:

President Vicente Fox came under criticism Saturday after saying Mexicans were willing to take jobs "that not even blacks want to do in the United States."

Silly Vicente, everyone knows all blacks in the US are lazy and unemployed!

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

In with the new

New tag line for the blog: "The sport of politics, the politics of sports." (See up top.) I figured the old "Politics, the economy and sports" was dull and outdated, since I haven't discussed the poor economy in a while. This signals a bit of an effort on my part to do some more more focused writing on the intersection of sports and politics, but don't expect this page to become an organized read any time soon.

Others seem to be undergoing more momentous life changes these days. Eric of The Hamster, a blog I enjoyed quite a bit, is shutting down his site because he's graduating college. He will, however, be blogging for Air America's The Al Franken Show, which I might start listening to since it now has a DC affiliate up and running.

Meanwhile, Bill Simmons had a baby recently (more accurately, his wife did, I think...). This explains why we've not been treated to a rant from Simmons about the Celtics' untimely demise as of yet.

That's all for the week from me, since I'll be traveling the next few days. Back Saturday with something from the sports-politics nexus as now indicated above. I leave you with a moment of Zen.

UPDATE: Not wanting to bump this from the top, I have a few more (4:40pm) notes:

John Ruiz has un-retired from boxing a week after retiring. It's not unheard of for a boxer to come back multiple times so long as the money's right, but this has to be some sort of a record.

I would've linked the Globe story but I see the Globe, whose registration I complained about here, has now gotten to the point where you can't read an article without registering. Henceforth I resolve to heavily excerpt Globe articles in my blog posts so that readers can avoid registering as I now have (as a self-employed member of the tourism industry with the wrong birth year!).

Anyway, the Jeff Van Gundy stink continues to stink on with NBA officialdom, so I thought I'd note an anecdote from Peter May's Sunday Globe column:

In the fall of 1976, when Tom Heinsohn was taking his defending NBA champion Boston Celtics on an exhibition trip, he happened to run into veteran referee Earl Strom at an airport. The two started talking and, according to Heinsohn, the conversation went something like this:

Strom: "You know, Tommy, there was a reason I didn't work after the first couple games of the NBA Finals last spring."

Heinsohn: "I noticed. What happened?"

Strom: "I was suspended."

Heinsohn: "You were what?"

Strom: "After the first two games [both won by Boston, and one of them refereed by Strom], the Suns put up a big fuss about all the calls that went Boston's way. So I was suspended for the rest of the series."

In the first two games of those Finals, the Celtics attempted 58 free throws to the Suns' 44. In Game 3, won by Phoenix, the Suns took 37 free throws while Boston put up 42.

Heinsohn relayed that story to both colleague Bob Ryan and myself this past week in the wake of the $100,000 fine levied by commissioner David Stern against Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy. As Heinsohn told me, "I thought it was all paranoia. When he told me, I just said, 'You're kidding me.' He was absolutely one of the best referees in the game at the time. So anyone who doesn't believe that this can happen . . . "

May then goes on to discuss the two most questionably officiated playoff games in recent memory:

June 5, 1993: Suns-Sonics Game 7 of the Western Conference finals in Phoenix. Everyone wanted a Phoenix-Chicago Final for obvious reasons: A Charles Barkley-Michael Jordan matchup. In the series' first six games, Phoenix shot 15 more free throws than Seattle, a testament to the Suns' scrambling, clawing style of play. Game 7 was a lot different: According to a wire report, it was "a record free throw bonanza" for the Suns. The Suns attempted 64 free throws in the game, making 57 (still an NBA playoff record). Seattle shot 36 free throws -- only 10 more than Phoenix had in the third quarter alone. The big complaint afterward: The game was not refereed the same way the first six games were refereed, which penalized the Sonics. The headline on columnist Art Thiel's piece the next day in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer raised the issue: "Was the Fix In?" The Suns won, 123-110, but lost to the Bulls in six games.

May 31, 2002: Kings-Lakers Game 6 of the Western Conference finals in Los Angeles: I was there for this one and I agree wholeheartedly with Michael Wilbon's assessment of the game. "If you care about basketball," Wilbon wrote in the Washington Post, "Game 6 was a rip-off. The Kings and Lakers didn't decide this series would be extended. Three referees did." The Lakers averaged 22 free throws over the first five games and trailed in the series, 3-2. Another Kings win meant a Sacramento-New Jersey match in the Finals. Need I say more? So, in Game 6, the Lakers attempted 40 free throws, nearly double the average. They had 27 in the fourth quarter alone to nine for the Kings. Two Kings centers, Vlade Divac and Scot Pollard, fouled out on very debatable calls while Kobe Bryant drew blood from Mike Bibby on an elbow and no call was made. Said Divac after the 106-102 loss, "Why don't they just tell us in advance so we'll know to stay in Sacramento?" The Lakers went on to win Game 7 in Arco Arena and then swept the Nets in the NBA Finals.

For what it's worth, there you go. Good luck to the NBA officials--probably among the least popular groups of people in pro sports--who are pushing to get Van Gundy canned. Granted, NBA refs have a hard job, but they could do it a lot better too.

The Huffington Post

Arianna Huffington's new site seems to be the link of the day round the sphere, after its launch yesterday. It's trying to be a combination news wire and opinion blog site from what I can tell, and so far it doesn't look so great to me, though I'll give it some time to find its footing. Starting up such a venture is not so easy to do, I would imagine.

For news, it will take some work to overtake people's habits of checking CNN, Yahoo, Fox, Drudge, the papers and Google News. For opinion, I like sites where you have some idea the kind of commentary you'll be getting, like a Slate, Gadflyer or Opinion Journal. I prefer blogs with an individual voice, generally. A lot of group blogs succeed to the extent that the different bloggers chat and comment amongst themselves, either through tons of posting (see The Corner) or discussion forums (Sports Frog, Begging to Differ). I also have no feel for what kind of topics Arianna's new venture intends to discuss.

Thus far The Huffington Blog just looks like they got a bunch of famous people to write on whatever they wanted and threw it all together, which probably isn't the best way to build a coherent site that has a following. There is a form for tips on the page, so maybe they'll try to get into breaking some stories on there. In any case, I'll be monitoring them via the RSS feeds.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Tilting at Windmills

Bush faces tough questioning from Dutch teens (via TP).

Based on the questions asked in the first half-hour, before reporters were ushered from the room, this group of students might not have passed muster at a typical White House event.

Gotta get the reporters out of the room, lest they start asking such difficult questions themselves.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Joey Ratz, Media Critic

The Pope today:

"These important tools of communication can favor reciprocal knowledge and dialogue, or on the contrary, they can fuel prejudice and disdain between individuals and peoples; they can contribute to spreading peace or fomenting violence."

As a result, Benedict called for members of the media to exercise "personal responsibility" to ensure objective reports that respect human dignity and pay attention to the common good.

Note to Benedict: an independent press is important in reaching such goals of objectivity.

With trust in media so low, the NYT is taking steps to try to boost credibility:

In order to build readers' confidence, an internal committee at The New York Times has recommended taking a variety of steps, including having senior editors write more regularly about the workings of the paper, tracking errors in a systematic way and responding more assertively to the paper's critics.

The committee also recommended that the paper "increase our coverage of religion in America" and "cover the country in a fuller way," with more reporting from rural areas and of a broader array of cultural and lifestyle issues. The 16-page report is to be made available today on the Times company's Web site, www.nytco.com.

This added "coverage of religion in America" seems like an overreaction to the "moral values" storyline emerging from the November election. Several news outlets seem to be doing extra-clumsy, fawning portrayals of the hyper-religious segment of the population these days--see ABC's odd series this week on how some say the Bible compels them to spank their kids, do a different kind of cheerleading, and do better in NASCAR competitions. Is this an anthropology class or a news program?

I wonder if the New York Times quite understands that it makes a convenient scapegoat for those wielding power these days, an iconic representation of the "reality-based community" that must be disdained to keep the illusion of hostility toward "real Americans" alive. Good luck with the new PR campaign, though, guys, I'm sure the right-wing bloggers will have nothing but kind responses.

Stupid Internet Polls

CNN asks, "Do you think gas prices will continue a month-long slide?" I wonder, does the opinion of the general public on the future path of gas prices matter worth a damn? What, are we all energy market analysts now?

"He redeemed his father's name"

That's what the jockey said after Giacomo won the Kentucky Derby yesterday. I always find the post-Derby interviews to be one of the most ridiculous annual items on the sports calendar, especially the one conducted of the winning jockey right after the race by that NBC woman on horseback. Could you maybe wait for the guy to dismount?

The silly part is how they attribute such human goals and emotions to these horses. Do you think Giacomo really knew what the hell was going on yesterday? Do the horses understand they are supposed to be trying to run faster than the others? Or do they just run because the little men on their backs are whipping them? (Yeah, I made similar remarks a year ago, sue me.)

I hear one of the perks for winning this year is getting "milked" by the president.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Free Thinking

That's something I value highly, and that's why I'm not so into organized religion. See the "Bush voters only" church in NC and the firing of a Jesuit magazine editor by the new boss man, Joey Ratz. Can't say I'm surprised by any of this.

MVP, eh?

Canada may be suffering from the lack of an NHL playoff this year, but they do have the NBA MVP in the person of Phoenix Sun Steve Nash. (It seems strange to me that ESPN has been reporting this in advance of the official announcement Sunday on ABC's telecast--why would they bigfoot their parent network's big news like that?)

Good as Nash's season has been, I don't think he's the MVP of the league by a long shot. I agree with Bill Simmons:

If Steve Nash was really the 2005 MVP, then why did his old team win six more games this year than they did last year? Seems a little curious, no?

By comparison, Shaquille O'Neal turned a barely .500 Miami team into the East's #1 seed while his Lakers, finalists a year ago, will be in the lottery. Hmmm.

I also firmly believe that Jason Kidd and several other NBA point guards could feed Amare Stoudemire for all those dunks without much trouble. The Suns' lineup is stacked and they play a run-and-gun style that inflates offensive stats. It's not like Nash plays much defense either. I think the best point in the league this year was Allen Iverson, without whom his team would be atrocious.

In any case, the likeable Nash has enough media friends to get himself the hardware, so there it is. It's interesting now to look back at Mark Cuban's reasons for not re-signing Nash last offseason.

Jorge Bush

The president earlier this week:

"I always look forward to Cinco de Mayo especially because it gives me a chance to practice my Spanish," he said. "My only problem this year is I scheduled the dinner on cuatro de Mayo. Next year, I'm going to have to work on my math."

Looks like Bush is back to writing his own jokes after last week's correspondents' dinner.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Feeling Green

Good God Almighty, Paul Pierce just threw a playoff series by getting himself ejected in the final seconds in Indiana. I am stunned.

UPDATE: Celtics win anyway! Oh, my intestines!

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Kwame Clown

What is up with a guy quitting on his team during the playoffs? And what is up with it getting on page A1 of the Post today?

Let's fire up the discussion: was Kwame Brown the worst #1 pick in NBA history? He makes Michael Olowokandi look like a reasonable selection.

Amazingly, Brown isn't the only one to do this after Bonzi Wells skipped shootaround and got himself suspended for the Grizzlies' final playoff game Sunday.

This is part of the larger trend of NBA players doing whatever the hell they want, perfectly demonstrated by Latrell Sprewell turning down an eight-figure salary because has "[has] to feed [his] family."

I'm referring to these bizarre trade situations we've seen all year where guys don't go to the teams they get traded to and end up free agents. Jim Jackson did this, refusing to report to New Orleans, and now he's with Phoenix. Gary Payton declined to go to Atlanta when he was traded to the Hawks; he ended up back with the Celtics. And of course there's Alonzo Mourning, who refused to go to Toronto and is now in Miami, leaping and pumping his fist every time he gets a rebound. In a nice bit of symmetry, Mourning was part of the trade that sent confessed underachiever Vince Carter to the Nets.

Please, guys, just go play hard and be happy you get to do this and make a ton of money.

I know the world may be going to hell around us, but I'm chiefly concerned with the NBA playoffs these days, personally. I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment expressed by the WonkDad in this email.

I'm 22% Republican

I am:
"You're probably one of those people who still thinks that getting a blowjob is not an impeachable offense."

Are You A Republican?

In other news, the Boston Herald doesn't seem to like John Kerry very much, making a big to-do about his using campaign funds on Red Sox tickets. Greg Beato notes that, "you're only supposed to use campaign funds for serious things like bumperstickers, yard signs, family member salaries, and fake grassroots blogging efforts."

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Senator Tom Bray

Yet another signal that the QB for the Super Bowl champs is headed for public office down the line came in an interview for This Week:

Whatever I've chosen to do in my athletic career, and hopefully in my post-athletic career, I'm going to want to inspire people to do more and to encourage them to be better people, to be better Americans, to be better representatives of this great country that we live in.

I think I enjoy the leadership aspects. I enjoy the greater good, I think, of what this country has to offer. And really, the things that I feel are fulfilling for me are beyond throwing a football. It's making influence in people's lives. And if that's politics, that's politics.

Why is Brady such a fixture at the White House Correspondents' Dinner? Last time I checked he didn't write for a newspaper. This all is nothing new, of course.

Brady is such a Republican too. He's going to end up ruining my fond memories of his playing days if he becomes a wingnut senator 15 years from now.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Farewell to the Quiet Man

I'm saddened by John Ruiz's announcement that he is retiring from boxing, and Ron Borges has an excellent account of the decision in today's Globe. The piece is slightly marred by this, though:

When it was over, two judges had Toney winning, 116-111. The third had it 115-112. It was reported the Globe card had Ruiz winning, 115-114, but upon a recheck yesterday morning, even it came down on the side of the new champion, 115-114.

How does a newspaper mess up reporting the result from its own scorecard?

The Ruiz story is sad since he's a nice guy who was repeatedly screwed over. But it all goes to prove that in an entertainment business, it helps to be entertaining. And besides, this was boxing, that did he expect?