Last At Bat #1

September 7, 2010

June 2, 1955

With one out and the bases loaded in the seventh inning, Red Sox first baseman Harry Agganis came to bat with his team trailing by one run. He hit a fly ball to right field.  Jim Rivera caught the ball and doubled off Ted Williams at first base to end the inning. The Red Sox would go on to lose the game 4-2. After the game, Agganis would be hospitalized with pneumonia. 25 days later he died of a pulmonary embolism.

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Hello

August 30, 2010

I guess I started this blog as a way to record my thoughts. One might think that I haven’t posted in two years because I simply lost interest in the idea. I’m reasonably certain, however, that I haven’t actually had a thought in that time.

I found it curious at the time how Russ Feingold publicly expressed his dislike of John Edwards. Maybe he had gained some insight into his character.

Dwight Eisenhower

June 5, 2008

Dwight Eisenhower’s mother belonged to two different pacifist religions. She was part of the River Bretheren before becoming a Jehovah’s Witness when Eisenhower was a child. Eisenhower rejected her faith, took up arms and became a Presbyterian. In his farewell address he warned against the “Military Industrial Complex”. I like to think it of it as a guilty shout out to his mother.

(Come to think of it, Eisenhower’s Vice President also had a mother who belonged to a pacifist sect.)

Orval Eugene Faubus

June 5, 2008

I’m interested in people’s ancestors. And I’m particularly interested in Politicians descended from polygamists, pacifists, socialists, radicals, oddballs, members of strange sects, and malcontents of any type. (I use these terms with greatest affection. I’m sure in many cases I would prefer these people to their offspring.)   I learned in Rick Perlstein’s Before The Storm that the father of Orval Faubus, the segregationist governor of Arkansas, was a socialist. According to wikipedia:

Sam Faubus provided his son with an early political education that would serve him for decades to come. During the early part of the century, socialist causes were popular in the ruralmountains of Arkansas, and as a poor hill farmer, Sam Faubus became active locally in a number of movements. He formed a Socialist Party of America local among his neighbors and wrote lengthy essays for the Madison County newspaper. He publicly advocated women’s suffrage and the abolition of the poll tax. Sam Faubus was considered a leader of the movement in Madison County but the United States entry into World War I brought suspicion down on opposition political sentiments. Sam Faubus and a friend were arrested in 1918 for having violated the Sedition Act: “distributing seditious material” and “uttering numerous disloyal remarks.”

Orval Faubus would go on to attend Commonwealth College in northwest Arkansas, which was founded by leftists.  And he was attacked in his first run for governor for attending a “communist school”.

The 1954 election made Faubus sensitive to attacks from the political right. It has been suggested that this sensitivity contributed to his later stance against integration when he was challenged by segregationist elements within his own party.

Furthermore, during a Senate vote Wednesday, Obama dragged Lieberman by the hand to a far corner of the Senate chamber and engaged in what appeared to reporters in the gallery as an intense, three-minute conversation.


While it was unclear what the two were discussing, the body language suggested that Obama was trying to convince Lieberman of something and his stance appeared slightly intimidating.

Old Fuss and Feathers

June 4, 2008

Mccain’s speech last night was bad. Very bad. Here’s James Howard Kunstler:

McCain’s event in New Orleans was a wan scene, with scanty-looking audience of narcoleptic shills who could barely bother to cheer. The old war hero sounded extremely pugnacious, denouncing his opponent by name in every other line, it seemed. His behavior gave off the odor of fear and defeat. He came off looking like a 21st century edition of General Winfield Scott.

One of General Winfield Scott’s nicknames: Old Fuss and Feathers.

About David King Udall, the grandfather of Mo and Stewart Udall, and the great grandfather of three of this year’s senate candidates:

In 1882, Udall took a second wife, Ida Hunt, a granddaughter of Jefferson Hunt. That same year the U.S. Congress passed the Edmunds Act to aid in the prosecution of polygamists. Udall was indicted on charges of unlawful cohabitation in 1884. He was never convicted, because his second wife lived in another town, and prosecutors could not locate Ida to compel her testimony against him.

Prosecutors remained determined to make an example of Udall, and in 1885, he was indicted and convicted on perjury charges, related to a sworn statement he made about the land claim of a fellow Mormon. He spent three months in a Federal Prison in Detroit, Michigan before receiving a full and unconditional pardon by President Grover Cleveland on December 12, 1885. The perjury conviction stemmed from an affidavit he swore on the land claim of Miles Romney (grandfather of George Romney).[citation needed] Udall’s bail was posted by Baron Goldwater (uncle of Barry).[citation needed]

on becoming the nominee of the Democratic Party. Some will point to the Iowa caucus or the Philadelphia race speech  as the defining moment of the campaign. But I think the importance of the following endorsement has been overlooked:

First Post

June 4, 2008

No one will read this blog. It is written by someone no one has heard of and who has very little to say that’s of any interest to anyone. It will consist primarily of links to things that people have already read. There is no reason for it to exist. ENJOY!