Daniel Okrent: Tool Hall of Fame
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.
The Sport of Politics, the Politics of Sports
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fifteen people died and scores were injured in violence between protesters and security forces, prompting U.S. promises to investigate the allegations.
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."
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 . . . "
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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?
"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."
"You're probably one of those people who still thinks that getting a blowjob is not an impeachable offense."
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.
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.