My Sons Recommend This
Confounding the calumniators and apostates
Two men stand apart from the rest of the League at the quarterback position. One is a gutsy, resourceful quarterback who made his reputation in Green Bay. And the other is Brett Favre. As of tonight, the IAYPA standings are:
1. Rodgers, GB - 7.6In his second full year in the League, Aaron Rodgers has played the quarterback position better than a number of men with bigger reputations. Now, you might have heard that Favre is this year's MVP, or close to it, how he cures lepers, casts out demons, and works miracles (like giving the Vikings a winning record).
2. Favre, MIN - 7.5
3. Rivers, SD - 7.2
4. Brees, NO - 7.2
5. Manning, IND - 7.0
6. Brady, NE - 7.0
Year IntFull marks for his fine performance this year - but it is utterly out of character for him. Favre has had six seasons with more than 20 interceptions. John Elway, in fifteen years, had just one. Ken Anderson, likewise. Peyton Manning has had two so far - 1998 (his rookie year) and 2001. But there are even a few players whose worst seasons were better than Favre's average season:
2009 (ytd) 3
92-'08 Avg. 17
The story here is not that climate scientists were sometimes angry and resentful at not simply the ideological stupidity but the massive corporate malfeasance directed against them, particularly considering the stakes. What they were dealing with was way beyond healthy skepticism. I'm frankly surprised at the restraint in their emails. The story is that someone illegally hacked private emails in a successful attempt to distract and possibly derail the summit in Copenhagen- and my gut feeling is that this was professional, and rises to the level of a serious crime.
The Counselor forwards this from a mountain highway bend somewhere between Heartache and Opportunity.
One thing about this dumb game the Laird makes us play - it is teaching me a lot about football. For example, I had not known until a few hours after I drafted Michael "Burner" Turner, that there was such a thing as the Curse of 370. It turns out that running backs who have more than 370 carries in a season tend to have bad follow-up years.
Dr. X posts this from his studio in a barn in Northern Marin, after refusing to reimburse my travel expenses to deliver some Stephen Stills master tapes to him:
From the Front Row Washington Blog, a turnaround characterization to quote for the ages:
But Palin’s claims of victory for the plaintiffs and of playing a role in achieving that victory are highly distorted, said the chief attorney for the approximately 32,000 plaintiffs that sued Exxon over damages from the worst oil-tanker spill in U.S. waters.
“That is the most cockamamie bullshit,” said Dave Oesting of Anchorage, lead plaintiff attorney in the private litigants’ civil case against Exxon and its successor, Exxon Mobil Corp. “She didn’t have a damn thing to do with it, and she didn’t know what it was about.”
David Rees on what's going to happen if we try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York City:
Then he will turn his wild eyes to the judge and hypnotize him: “Judge, look into my eyes … you are growing sleepy … sleepy … give me your little wooden mallet … yes, yes … now I hold the mallet … NOW I’M BASHING YOUR HEAD IN WITH YOUR WOODEN MALLET!!!”
With the news that the Duke of Kent is selling off family heirlooms to make rent and Prince Charles preoccupied with matters Islamic (if not a secret convert), is it so wrong to wonder if we could do better? Could England have a royal family that is a little more dignified, a little better-suited to the needs of its constituents? It's not like this just started - there's something about the House of Windsor that makes people act like fools.
Even more than the software industry, the motor vehicle industry lives on hype. From the advertising, to the journalism, to the customers themselves, even the most prosaic vehicles are bathed in superlatives. A routine test drive of yet another ordinary sedan elicits descriptive terms better-suited to a helicopter crash.
The lightest throttle feathering produces a molten, bubbling overrun note that sounds like a hot caldron of Venusian sex.Note, in particular, his ability to acknowledge impressive capability without actually becoming emotionally involved. This is L.A., after all, and the car is basically the automotive equivalent of Pamela Anderson. All the boxes have been checked, but it's still not love.
The supernumerary techno-speak isn't all that important. Mercedes-Benz has dared to build a car and call it Gullwing. The question is, is this one worthy of the name?The object of Dan's musings:
No, but how could it be? The 300SL was a minor miracle. This car is a widget, a commodity, a product.
Now, if it's helicopter crashes you want, Blue Thunder has at least three (0:26 - very satisfying, 2:12 - crashus interruptus, 2:45 - fireball). My favorite moment comes when the cops pull over his girlfriend in her car - only to discover they must answer to a higher power (2:53).
Flying a helicopter is dangerous business, even for hot-dog pilots like this guy:
Can somebody please edit together a highlight reel of helicopter crash emergencies, sped up and set to Yakety Sax? (With helicopter repeatedly crashing and un-crashing to slide-whistle accompaniment.)
When I returned to my Club last night, I found this book (some reviews here) waiting at the desk, with a note:
This is the best account of how we got here. Too bad, but knowing how we got lost might not be enough for us to find our way back.
As for your friend's question, some would say it is wrong to put a price on the life of a cat, or a person. But of course we do it every day. It's just considered bad form to admit it.
- Dr. Capital
An economist from the University of Alaska- I mean Iowa- says that given the financial returns- or rather losses- the United States probably should have just rented Alaska instead of moved in.
"Cash flow from Alaska to the federal government since 1867 has certainly exceeded the initial purchase price, but this fact is not sufficient to demonstrate the purchase was a sound financial investment," said David Barker, an economist and adjunct professor of finance in the Tippie College of Business. "The economic benefits that have been received from Alaska over the years could have been obtained without purchasing the territory. In financial terms, Alaska has clearly been a negative net present value project for the United States."
A correspondent suggests I ought to no longer to worry about my teenage indiscretions, presumably because my teenage years have receded so far into the distance as to be virtually unrecoverable. At least, I hope so. Which got me wondering, what is the statute of limitations on youthful indiscretions?
World of Warcraft causes a major bureaucratic battle in China, leading to a shutdown of servers to 50 million Chinese players.
...but the word is out.
Well, finally, after many years of fruitful correspondence, I met face-to-face yesterday with Dr. Capital, at his secret lair, the marvelous Palm Court (slides 7-10) at the Langham in London.
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