Daily Archives: April 14, 2007

Saturday Big Lebowski Roundup

The big news this week is that tickets to Lebowski Fest go on sale this week, April 20, at noon EST, for the July 20 event in Louisville.

Personally, I have zero interest in the “re-enactment”/costume deal.

Bowling I can do here.  ditto on seeing the film.

So you won’t see me in Louisville. But I’m all for feeding the cult. So go to it, you slackers.

That’s my homework, Walter ! 

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Report: Rove says 5 million deleted emails were all Nigerian scams and Viagra spams.

Startling news on the missing emails:

Blushing bride White House spokesperson Dana Perino, at a press gaggle, revealed that she

“had spoken to Karl, and”

was told that the 5 million emails reportedly missing from the various White House and Republican National Committee email systems were all either Nigerian funds scam letters, or spam ads for Viagra.
The demure Ms. Perino was then asked if, by reporting what Rove said, she was vouching for the accuracy of the statement. She replied:

“Are you f*&%ing shitting me?!”

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The US and Iran: Elliot Abrams’ sandbox; what is his goal?

There has been a curious change in Abrams’ (or somebody’s) tactics, illustrated by this story, given to the AP (the military’s favorite) in an orchestrated interview:

the US military is capable of attacking Iran but has no plans to do so, a US general said.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Brigadier-General Robert Holmes, deputy director of operations for the US Central Command, said despite the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US military would be able to simultaneously attack Iran.

“I would offer that we are always ready, always prepared,” he said at the US embassy in London. “Does that mean we are then focused, loaded and cocked to do a certain thing? Then the answer is not necessarily yes. The answer is no.”

Now, what is this about? Why does Abrams spend half his time generating fake causes for war against Iran, and planting stories in the foreign press about war plans, and then spend the other half of his time having his generals deny that we have plans to attack Iran?

Maybe they are just conflicted; one of the generals who turned down the job of “War Czar” said,

“they don’t know where in the hell they’re going.”

More likely is that if and when, this summer, the US deposes the duly elected (Shiite) government of Iraq,  in order to grab the oil, there is going to be hell to pay, and the US is warning Shiite Iran to stay out of it.

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Filed under Bill Kristol: is he smarter than you?, Condoleezza Rice: tell me again, what is her job?, Countdown to attack on Iran, George W. Bush: is he really THAT bad?, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Politics

Cubs GM has some ‘splainin’ to do; Pinella warming up for meltdown

Which Cub is off to the most disappointing start?

4.4%
Michael Barrett (.192 BA) (218 responses)


9.5%
Scott Eyre (15.00 ERA) (468 responses)


18.9%
Bobby Howry (0-2, 7.36 ERA) (929 responses)


67.1%
Alfonso Soriano (.200 BA) (3292 responses)


4907 total responses

The heat is on in Chicago. The finger pointing has begun. Lou Pinella has started in on the weather and the pitching staff. The GM is pointing at the scouts. Referring to Alfonso Soriano and other free agent signings:

Our scouts did a really good job in August and September, seeing everybody play who we were going to pursue,” Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. “We executed a pretty good plan in the off-season, and I’m happy with all of them. You’re not going to have everybody hitting at the same time.”

The Cubs problem is simple: they don’t have very many good players. Basically, only three or four players on their team are above average. They thought Alfonso Soriano was a great player. He’s not even an average player.

In terms of winning baseball games, there is one and only one way that Soriano helps the team: he gets more extra base hits than most players, basically doubles and home runs. That is ALL he does to help the team. The rest of his game hurts the team: he fields like Manny Ramirez; he never walks, he strikes out a lot, he doesn’t hit good pitching, he has a low batting average, he doesn’t hit in the clutch, he gets thrown out too much when he tries to steal, he gets picked off base, and he thinks he is god’s gift to baseball.

Manny Ramirez is SUCH a GREAT HITTER that you can just forget about his fielding; put him in left field and just tell him to chase the ball. Or you can use him as a DH. Soriano is really not even a GOOD hitter. And there is no DH in the National League.

So when you bat him leadoff and put him in centerfield, two of the key assignments, you just watch him, every inning, at bat and in the field, fail to do the things that even average players do to win games, in the vain hope that the one (bases empty) home run he will hit every four games, will somehow make up for the fact that he has no game.

Hendry is gonna have to come to grips with the Soriano fiasco pretty soon. Certainly Lou Pinella knows too much baseball to continue for much longer with what they’re doing. Soriano has more “picked off base” (2) than RBIs (0). Better to make an adjustment than to just outright bench Alfonso: drop him down to fifth in the lineup, let him get some RBIs, and take the heat off. Then move him to left field. It may be ugly, but Pinella’s gonna get fired if he doesn’t do something to get the Cubs winning.

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