Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saturday stuff...

BASEBALL DIARY: last night was a much better night for the Tigers, as they pounded Oakland 14-1. They hit two grand slams--one came from Brandon Inge, the other from Ryan Raburn. And they got a very good start from Edwin Jackson. Let's hope the weird stuff that always happens to them in Minnesota is behind them...
In other games, the Cubs were rained out. The Rangers beat the Angels, 10-8, in a slugfest. It was a big win for the Rangers; they need to prove they can beat perennial Western division champ LA...and it was nice to see the power from Kinsler and Hamilton. It was a little worrying though to see the Angels put up 5 runs after two were out in the 9th. The Rangers still won...but that could build momentum for the Angels going into today. We'll see if the Rangers are good enough to prevent that.

In other news...hundreds of pro-life activists are flocking to the University of Notre Dame campus.
There they will picket President Obama's commencement speech tomorrow.
One good thing for conservatives about the coming of President Obama: he has, perhaps, awakened the pro-life, anti-abortion movement, in a way perhaps it needed.

Wow--even the NY Times has to admit that, when it comes to national security issues, "hope and change" hasn't meant that much change, after all:
"President Obama’s decisions this week to retain important elements of the Bush-era system for trying terrorism suspects and to block the release of pictures showing abuse of American-held prisoners abroad are the most graphic examples yet of how he has backtracked, in substantial if often nuanced ways, from the approach to national security that he preached as a candidate, and even from his first days in the Oval Office. Mr. Obama’s opening gambits as president were bold declarations of new directions, from announcing the closing of the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to sweeping restrictions on interrogation techniques. He advertised both as a return to traditional American values, after the diversions taken by George W. Bush to the detriment of America’s image abroad and of itself. But as he showed this week in the way he dealt with those two hard cases, Mr. Obama has begun to scale back. Faced with the choice of signaling an unambiguous break with the policies of the Bush era, or maintaining some continuity with its practices, the president has begun to come down on the side of taking fewer risks with security, even though he is clearly angering the liberal elements of his political base."