Posted by Brad @ 8:29 pm on March 31st 2012

Final Four

Louisville played well, never really threatened.

Now on to KU-Ohio State.

Posted by Brad @ 4:35 pm on March 27th 2012

The Marlins Home Run Monstrosity/Awesomisity

One of the most compelling storylines to watch in the upcoming baseball season has to do with the Miami Marlins’ new ballpark – or more specifically, the massive 73 foot high homerun display they put out in center field. Here it is, fully operational:

For some reason, that thing, that team, and that manager, coalesce together into something spectacular.

However, the guys at Baseball Prospectus decided that there was one component missing to that beast, which is already chock full of components – music! Some potential options below the jump:

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Posted by Brad @ 1:02 pm on March 27th 2012

The Tacocopter

How am I just now hearing of this?

Posted by Rojas @ 12:14 am on March 27th 2012

The blank slate

Been digging the latest meme on the left? I refer, of course, to the question of whether President Obama ought to immediately renounce his last decade of perfectly consistent opposition to gay marriage and publically endorse it. Representative of the overall thrust of the discussion is Michael Tomansky:

I think we all believe, everyone on every side of the issue, that Obama is really deep down for gay marriage but just hasn’t yet felt like he could say it. When he says “evolving,” we all understand that he really means he’s evolving toward the point when he feels he can say it publicly.

So let’s make sure we’re all on the same page here.

*If you believe that Barack Obama has spent the last decade hiding his secret beliefs on the subject of religion, and that his public stance on the matter is a veneer intended to make him electable, you are a neanderthal racist.

*If you believe that Barack Obama has spent the last decade hiding his secret beliefs on the subject of gay marriage, and that his public stance on the matter is a veneer intended to make him electable, you are a serious progressive thinker.

The reasonable position, it seems to me, is to evaluate the President’s probable stance on the basis of his public pronouncements and the available evidence. Which would make him: 1. a Christian, and 2. an opponent of gay marriage.

Posted by Brad @ 12:30 pm on March 20th 2012

Music Video of the Primary Campaign that I Can’t Even Be Bothered to Pay Attention to Anymore Much Less Post About

Posted by Jack @ 10:54 pm on March 15th 2012

Marc Randazza: Floridian, But Not Weird. First Amendment Defender. Vietnam Hero

A lot of people might be surprised to know that Marc Randazza’s father and mine went to different schools together, which probably explains our incredibly close relationship and the bizaare events that have linked our lives. When Marc Randazza risked enemy fire to charge across three hundred meters of VC killing ground at Da Nang to pull my bullet riddled body out of the L-shaped ambush, he didn’t think of himself, he thought of those in greater need. When I asked him later why, why Marc would you take such an incredible risk, he gave the answer Marc Randazza always gives: Because of the First Amendment. Had I died, I could not exercise my right to freedom of speech, religion, assembly or free press. That might sound absurd to you, but it is classic Marc Randazza. His life and career are conducted on what military people call the Tip of Spear, only for First Amendment and free speech battles rather than imaginary, arbitrary and deeply questionable Wars on Nouns. He is a passionate, tireless, imaginative, take no prisoners, humorous, cranky, unswerving advocate for one of our most precious rights. If you are so unfortunate as to face a thuggish attempt to silence your criticism of a thin skinned individual, organization, or company, BUT are fortunate enough to be located in Florida, California, Nevada, Arizona or Massachusetts, then you would be well served to seek the counsel of Marc Randazza and his firm. If you are so fortunate as to face no such challenge, then you would still be well served by staying abreast of his writings and opinions at Legal Satyricon. So thanks Marc Randazza. Thanks for Da Nang. Thanks for the Tip of the First Amendment Spear. Thanks for winning cases. For stopping Righthaven. For teaching Glenn Beck (and car salesmen) the difference between criticism or satire and censorship. For defending free speech Read more here.

Note: Italics parts are true. And most of the title.

Posted by Brad @ 6:56 pm on March 15th 2012

March Madness, Round One

Some good games, but I’ve never seen anything quite as tragic as the UNC-Asheville/Syracuse game. Jesus. What a historic performance that will count for nothing.

Posted by Brad @ 1:19 pm on March 14th 2012

We WILL, However, Have Roy Moore to Kick Around

Lost in the news yesterday of a fundamentalist theocrat winning his election in Alabama yesterday, comes news that a fundamentalist theocrat won his election in Alabama yesterday, as Judge Roy Moore is sent back to the Alabama Supreme Court by the voters.

Posted by Brad @ 3:49 pm on March 12th 2012

Rick Santorum – Still Not Quite Getting that Whole Small Government Thing

A comment made in Mississippi today that does not appear to have been in jest:

“See, I always believed that when you run for president of the United States, it should be illegal to read off a teleprompter. Because all you’re doing is reading someone else’s words to people.”

Posted by Brad @ 3:45 pm on March 12th 2012

A Fair Point, Sir!

Mitt Romney gets in an uncharacteristic zinger:

Mitt Romney on Monday brushed off criticism from Republican rivals such as Newt Gingrich that he is a “weak” frontrunner.

“If I’m a weak frontrunner, what does that make Newt Gingrich?” Romney said in an interview on Fox News.

Well played.

Posted by Brad @ 7:08 pm on March 11th 2012

Selection Sunday

As always, one of the best days in sports.

RIP Pitt and Butler.

As a split Temple/KU household, I gotta say that I love both their chances. One of them will be a Final Four team–I’ll pick Temple over North Carolina right now–and I’ll have a helluva time keeping peace in the household when they meet in the Elite Eight. Although, it should be said, KU’s got a helluva first round draw: Detroit is a team practically designed for an early NCAA upset against low seeds that don’t like getting rattled.

I also have no beef, for once, with the one and two seed choices, including their relative rankings. Although Kansas as the overall #2 (#5) and Missouri as the low #2 (#8) is interesting.

The South and Wests are going to wind up being clusterf*cks.

Also: Boo the committee for not picking Drexel. Inexcusable. Don’t progression and eye-tests count for anything? I’d pick Drexel and either Seton Hall, Northwestern, or Washington (maybe even Nevada) over California and South Florida.

Posted by Brad @ 10:17 am on March 7th 2012

We Won’t Have Dennis Kucinich to Kick Around Anymore

Perhaps lost in last night’s Super Tuesday returns, Dennis Kucinich had to run in a special election between he and another sitting congressperson, due to redistricting. He lost.

Too bad. I liked Kucinich. For some people, “crank” is a pejorative, and guys as wildly out-of-step as Kucinich, Ron Paul, Bernie Sanders, etc., are viewed as outside the realm of “serious” politics. Me? I like to think of them as glitches in the Matrix.

Jean Schmidt also lost. So Ohio is ironing out its extremists, I guess.

Posted by Brad @ 5:25 pm on March 6th 2012

Great Moments in Local Governance

An Ohio state Senator introduces a bill that would require men to be informed of the risks involved in taking Viagra and of alternatives, such as natural remedies or celibacy.

This mimics efforts by legislators in Georgia and Missouri who have introduced bills to give the state greater overview of who gets vasectomies, because “thousands of children are deprived of birth in this state every year because of the lack of state regulation over vasectomies.”

Posted by Brad @ 5:17 pm on March 6th 2012

Eric Holder on Due Process

Glenn Greenwald sums up Eric Holder’s speech yesterday defending the practice of killing American citizens on the President’s say-so:

The President and his underlings are your accuser, your judge, your jury and your executioner all wrapped up in one, acting in total secrecy and without your even knowing that he’s accused you and sentenced you to death, and you have no opportunity even to know about, let alone confront and address, his accusations; is that not enough due process for you?

Or, as Charles Pierce said at Esquire, this “should embarrass every Democrat who ever said an unkind word about John Yoo.”

As with all things Greenwald, you should really read the whole thing for the full nut-punch.

Posted by Brad @ 5:11 pm on March 6th 2012

Pat Robertson…on Weed

Pat Robertson goes on another anti-marijuana criminalization rant on the 700 Club.

We here in America make up 5% of the world’s population, but we make up 25% of jailed prisoners.[…]

I became sort of a hero of the hippie culture, I guess, when I said I think we ought to decriminalize the possession of marijuana.

I just think it’s shocking how many of these young people wind up in prison and they get turned into hardcore criminals because they had a possession of a very small amount of controlled substance. The whole thing is crazy.

We’ve said, “we’re ‘conservative, we’re tough on crime.” That’s baloney. It’s costing us billions and billions of dollars.

Think of California. California is spending more money on prisons than it spends on schools. There’s something wrong about that equation.[…]

Folks, we’ve gotta do something about this. We’ve just got to change the laws. We cannot allow this to continue. It is sapping our vitality. Think of this great land of freedom. We have the highest rate of incarceration of any nation on the face of the Earth. That’s a shocking statistic.[…]

More and more prisons, more and more crime. It’s just shocking, especially this business about drug offenses. It’s time we stop locking up people for possession of marijuana. We just can’t do it anymore…You don’t lock ’em up for booze unless they kill somebody on the highway.

Of course, all those […]s were cutting out the rest of his commentary, in which he blames this state on liberals, but still, it constantly amazes me that such a huge swath of the country, representing such a wide array of backgrounds and even ideologies, sincerely believe this – and yet it’s still cordoned off as not belonging to “serious” political discussion, much less potential legislative action.

Posted by Brad @ 10:26 am on March 6th 2012

The Best Ad of the Year

I find this incredibly inspiring, and I’m not even sure why, or what it’s about.

Posted by Brad @ 11:34 am on March 1st 2012

Andrew Breitbart, Dead at 43

That’s quite a shock. He’s survived by his wife and four children.