Saturday, November 29, 2008

Quote of the Day:
"Without question we're talking about the best reliever, in my opinion, in the history of baseball. People are going to remember this man for so long for what he's done."
~ Brian Cashman

Song of the Day:
Metallica, "Enter Sandman"

Happy Birthday:
Louisa May Alcott
Peter Bergman
Madeline L’Engle
C.S. Lewis
Mariano Rivera

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Movie Quote of the Day:
"And I'm gonna need the identity of your undercovers."
"Blow me, all right? But not literally, though. Unfortunately, there's no promotion involved for you."
~ The Departed

Song of the Day:
The Beach Boys, "Sail On Sailor"

Happy Birthday:
Christina Applegate
Barbara and Jenna Bush
Amy Grant
Joe DiMaggio
John F. Kennedy, Jr.
Carry Nation

Monday, November 24, 2008

ROSS DOUTHAT responds to George Weigel's excoriation of Catholics who voted for Obama. Douthat:
[P]ro-lifers who see the GOP as the only plausible vehicle for their goals have an obligation to look the party's failures squarely in the face and work to fix them, instead of just doubling down on the case for single-issue pro-life voting. . . . And calling Catholics who voted for Obama "mindless" and "stupid" is a poor substitute for building the sort of Republican Party that can attract the votes of those millions of Americans, Catholic and otherwise, who voted for the Democrats because they thought, not without reason, that George W. Bush was a disastrous president whose party should not be rewarded with a third term in the White House.
In a similar vein, Brink Lindsey and David Frum did a Bloggingheads on what ails the GOP. Lindsey, a Cato libertarian, has given up on the party and endorsed Obama. Frum takes more of a "Stay and fight" attitude.
Movie Quote of the Day:
"You got a suit at home, or do you like coming to work every day dressed like you're gonna invade Poland?"
~ The Departed

Song of the Day:
The Rolling Stones, "Let It Loose"

Happy Birthday:
William F. Buckley
Dale Carnegie
Katherine Heigl
Scott Joplin
Zachary Taylor

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Movie Quote of the Day:
"All cell phone signals are under surveillance, courtesy of our Federal friends over there."
"Patriot Act, Patriot Act! I love it, I love it, I love it!"
~ The Departed

Song of the Day:
Badfinger, "Baby Blue"

Happy Birthday:

Miley Cyrus
Bruce Hornsby
Franklin Pierce

IVY LEAGUE PROMISE-KEEPING: "We're Saving Ourselves for Yale" (click on the arrow at the bottom).

Via Eve Tushnet.
LAST WEEK'S Legal Eagle Wedding Watch, plus my on-the-scene report from the drama of the Federalist Society's annual banquet.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Quote of the Day:
“Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.”
~ Blaise Pascal

Song of the Day:
RJD2, "A Beautiful Mine"

Happy Birthday:
Linda Evans
Elizabeth Perkins
Alan Shepard
Sinbad
Owen Wilson

Monday, November 17, 2008

TWENTY PERCENT off at The Container Store (online and in person), through Wednesday night.
RECENT Legal Eagle Wedding-Watching, by yours truly.
Quote of the Day:
"Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in it, but they labor in it because they excel."
~ William Hazlitt


Song of the Day:
Pink Martini, "Lilly"

Happy Birthday:
Danny DeVito
Rock Hudson
Gordon Lightfoot
Lorne Michaels
Martin Scorsese

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Quote of the Day:
Liberty
is liberty, not equality or fairness or justice or human happiness or a quiet conscience.
~ Isaiah Berlin

Song of the Day:

The Who, "A Quick One, While He's Away"

Happy Birthday:
Oksana Baiul
Lisa Bonet
Dwight Gooden

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Quote of the Day:
"Civilization and profits go hand in hand."
~ Calvin Coolidge

Song of the Day:
Iron & Wine, "Passing Afternoon"

Happy Birthday:
Ed Asner
Georgia O’Keeffe
Sam Waterston

Thursday, November 13, 2008

IT'S NOVEMBER: Time for the annual reports from the sports press about how a skinny Duke player spent the summer bulking up on his mama's home cooking.

This year it's Kyle Singler, and spaghetti.

Schedule is here.
HERE'S AN ENCOURAGING STORY: DC school chief Michelle Rhee (a Teach for America alumn) wants to get rid of tenure.

In an interview, Ms. Rhee said she considered tenure outmoded.

“Tenure is the holy grail of teacher unions,” she said, “but has no educational value for kids; it only benefits adults. If we can put veteran teachers who have tenure in a position where they don’t have it, that would help us to radically increase our teacher quality. And maybe other districts would try it, too.”
Cue the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the unions.

More on unions -- the UAW, in this case -- from Megan McArdle:
[A]fter the unions have put companies into an untenable position, they come to the rest of us looking for a handout to continue the unsustainable levels of pay and benefits. Almost everyone I know makes less than an autoworker, and has a whole lot less job security. Why should they pay autoworkers for the privilege of making cars no one wants?
McArdle has been fantastic on the proposed Detroit bailout -- highly recommended reading.
THE ELECTION: OY. On the bright side, I'm not stuck in [swing state where I spent October] embroiled in recount litigation.

It's good to be home.

And it's good to see this, from Tim Noah: "Heads up: Alger Hiss was guilty."

It's the little things.

I will try to post more. But these days I feel about the politics/policy scene the way one feels about food during a hangover: Contemplating it only heightens the queasiness.