Friday, April 10, 2009

Friday's fish fry...

(That title, by the way, is one I borrow from the late, great Detroit sports columnist Joe Falls, who unfortunately is no longer with us, but who is certainly not forgotten. He used to title his Friday sports columns in, first, the Detroit Free Press and later the Detroit News thusly when he was throwing out various and sundry, loosely-connected ideas...I trust he realizes, wherever he is, that I don't try to rip off his idea but, rather, pay homage to it...)

Anyway, what goes on today? Well, Karl Rove today is gettin' after it--after the gaffe-prone and not-too-honest Joe Biden, that is:
"Karl Rove called Joe Biden a “blowhard” and a “liar” in response to some of the vice president’s comments about the Bush administration. "He’s a serial exaggerator. If I was being unkind I would say he’s a liar, but it’s a habit he ought to drop,” Rove said on FOX News. "You should not exaggerate and lie like this when you are the vice president of the United States.” Rove's comments are the harshest and most pointed yet in an ongoing feud between Biden and Bush administration officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney. The former Bush adviser was referring to Biden’s comments earlier this week on CNN that he and President George W. Bush once had an exchange in the Oval Office, where Bush said, "Well, Joe ... I'm a leader,” and Biden responded: “Mr. President, turn around and look behind you. No one is following.” "It didn't happen," Rove said. "It's his imagination. It's a made-up, fictional world. He ought to get out of it and get back to reality.”
I say, good for Karl Rove. This isn't the first time Vice-President Biden has made misstatements and, er, stretched the truth. So far he's gotten away with it because the news media has largely ignored it. But they won't be able to ignore this. Biden has a chance to be a real liability for this administration; let's help him along.

Meanwhile...could this become a Bill-Clintonesque-$200-haircut moment for Obama?
A chef is flown over 800 miles to the White House just to make special pizza pies for Obama and staff.

BASEBALL DIARY: the Tigers start the season 1-3, losing to Toronto yesterday 6-2. Rick Porcello, the rookie starter on whom the Tigers are counting, didn't pitch badly. But he gave up a couple of home-run balls, and then the bullpen didn't close the door. Meanwhile Tiger bats were silenced by a highly-touted Jays rookie. However, the Tigers have already won their opener today at home--more on that tomorrow.
And the Texas Rangers began the season 3-0, beating Cleveland 12-8. As always, they hit the ball; Ian Kinsler could become a superstar this season, the way he's playing...he had 3 hits yesterday. Brandon McCarthy gave the Rangers 5 decent innings as a starter. But the bullpen remains a concern, giving up 5 runs in 4 innings yesterday.