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Tuesday, March 29, 2005
There's Something About Mary The Pataki's administration continues to defy parody. How are we supposed to believe that the "governor" can find terrorists when he can't even find his deputy? The NY Post's Fred Dicker reports:
LT. GOV. Mary Donohue, Gov. Pataki's most loyal subordinate, has gone AWOL from her job and wants to get out, The Post has learned.

The little-known Donohue, next in line should Pataki leave office early, has been increasingly absent, against direct orders from Pataki and his senior staffers, a source close to the administration said.


She was AWOL during at least part of Pataki's December vacation in Europe, alarming the governor's advisers.

"She promised to stay in the state, and then the governor's staff . . . found out she had left," the source said.


Insiders said Donohue — who was selected as Pataki's second lieutenant governor in 1998, but was never welcomed into the governor's inner political circle — had expected Pataki to step down before the end of his term, leaving her in charge.

But she has now concluded he's likely to stay through the end of his term next year, and has seemed to lose interest in her state responsibilities, the source said.

Perhaps the "Governor" would seek to bring back his original second-in-command, Betsy McCaughey? Or maybe not. That whole "converting-to-a-Democrat-just-so-she-could-run-against-her-former-boss" thing might still sting.

Smells Like Team Spirit Back in the day -- I'm talking ancient history, the pre-Catheneic era (OK, the Summer of 2000) -- my economic priorities included a pair of seven-game ticket packages for my wife and I to see the World Series-bound Mets.

From our vantage point in the Mezzanine, we frequently joined in the chants of "M-V-P" that rang out each time the catcher and cleanup hitter, one Michael Joseph Piazza, stepped to the plate.

But like the demand for tech stocks, the market for M-V-P chants at Shea has been ruthlessly bearish in the three years hence.

But have we seen the bottom? Witness Mr. Piazza's Spring statistics:

.405, 15H, 6 2B, 3 HR, 13 RBI

Could it be that in the walk year of his contract, he realizes he has something to prove? Could it be that, finally protected by a healthy Cliff Floyd and a dangerous Carlos Beltran, Mr. Piazza will be seeing pitches to hit, and smacking them?

Could it be that Shea will be rocking again?

As the Mets' clever new ad campaign pledges: Next Year is Now.

A Tale of Two Papers Via Rough & Tumble, the best daily index of stories in the California press, we get this fun juxtaposition as two newsrooms read the same report and come up with very different conclusions:
Power supplies seem adequate -- Californians should squeak through even the hottest summer this year without power outages, but conservation could be key to keeping the lights on, a forecast has concluded. Electricity supplies in Southern California should be adequate but tight for typical summer conditions, according to a report published yesterday by the California Independent System Operator, which oversees grid reliability for much of state. The ISO does not oversee municipal utilities. Craig D. Rose in the San Diego Union-Trib

Summer Electricity Shortage Possible -- Demand for power may outstrip supplies in Southern California if the temperature this summer is higher than usual, the state's electric grid operator said in its latest summer power forecast. The Southland will have inadequate power resources if the heat reaches a level that occurs about 10% of the time, the California Independent System Operator said in a report posted Monday on its website. The story is in the Los Angeles Times

Monday, March 28, 2005
Peeps in Academia Thanks to Peep Research, I think my life has a new organizing principle:
Given enough time, the proper resources, and access to some really toxic stuff, one can probably dissolve just about anything except Peep eyes.

Happy Easter!