Quote of the Day postsSaturday November 28, 2015
Tweet of the Year
If every Black male 18-35 applied for a conceal& carry permit, and then joined NRA in one day; there would be gun control laws in a second— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) November 23, 2015
From the man who said “Shit is fucked,” too. He was right then, he's right here.
Further reading: “The Secret History of Guns,” Sept. 2011, in The Atlantic.
Quote of the Day
“In the G.O.P., there is nothing to be lost by picking a fight with the Fourth Estate, or by putting out political wish lists masquerading as economic plans. Throughout the debate, the candidates did a resolute job of sticking to their fantastical scripts about cutting the tax rate to ten per cent (Cruz and Carson), abolishing the payroll tax (Cruz and Paul), doubling the economic-growth rate (Bush), and somehow balancing the budget (everyone). At one point, a frustrated Bartiromo said to Cruz, “But you haven’t told us how to pay for it”—a remark that could have been directed at virtually any of the candidates.”
-- John Cassidy, “Policy Substance Intrudes on the Fourth G.O.P. Debate,” on the New Yorker site.
Nathan Lane on the GOP Candidates
Times: If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?
Lane: It depends on who’s president. Based on the most recent group of candidates at the Republican debates I’d just be happy if I knew they could read.
-- Nathan Lane, “By the Book,” in Sunday's New York Times. Another GOP debate tonight. Rah.
Quote of the Day
“Baseball is meant to break our hearts, as Bart Giamatti kept telling us, but he never said what to do with the pieces.”
-- Roger Angell, Mets fan, in his piece, “Gonezo,” on the New Yorker site. He's mostly talking about this year's World Series but he realizes other teams have it worse (cf., Pirates). I would argue other teams have it worser (cf., Mariners). But I suppose what I felt with the M's this year was less heartbreak than ennui. Heartbreak was last year's World Series or this year's Super Bowl. The closer you get, the greater the heartbreak. Fans of the Mariners, who haven't been close since 2001, are lucky in this regard. Super lucky.
Elsewhere, the New York Times sports staff collects its World Series memories to forget.
A Royal flush of hearbreak for Mets fans.
Quote of the Day
“A lovely game, a sparkler, with plenty of fielding gems to light it up. ... A lovely thing that now drooped and yawned its way through four more scoreless innings while Eastern Daylight Time moms and dads went to bed or didn't, and their school-night kids fell asleep beside their under-the-cover smartphones, and pitchers came and went and grew elderly. The last two verticals were the Royals' thirty-six-year-old Chris Young and the Mets forty-two-year-old Bartolo Colón, with Colón the loser at last—or, rather, the Royals the winners—after a throwing error by David Wright, a single to right field, an intentional walk, and a cleansing, game-winning sac fly by Hosmer.”
-- Roger Angell, “Post Patsy,” on The New Yorker site, about Game 1 of the 2015 World Series, which the Kansas City Royals won, 5-4, in 14 innings. It's “pitchers came and went and grew elderly” that I love in particular. Joe Posnanski also has a nice report on the NBC Sports site.
I watched it all, or most of it (the Fox Sports feed cut out for a while), but that's an advantage of west coast living. The game ended after 1 AM for Angell, after midnight for Posnanski, and at a quite respectable 10 PM for me.