Mourning In America
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.
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
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.