Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thursday's throwdowns

She lost her battle with cancer today. She was 62.
For those who were in their teens in the 1970s, as I was, who remember her as this very sexy beauty icon whose posters sold in the millions, there's just this: isn't it hard to imagine her being 62 years old and battling cancer? You thought she'd always be young and sexy. "Yesterday, when I was young..." goes the famous old song. But sometimes we're reminded that yesterday is farther away than we think...

So the government is now cracking down, hard. And quieting things down, at least for now.
But remember--you can't kill an idea no matter how many arrests and beatings there are.
And by the way, what with troubles in Iran and North Korea--and the failure so far of Barack Obama's niceness offensive to change their behavior--Victor Davis Hanson has another good point concerning what Obama needs to learn from all this:
"Lesson One: Thugs only want America, the world’s most powerful democracy — not others — to apologize. Iran’s Ahmadinejad does not care whether his friends the Russians slaughtered Muslims recently in Afghanistan and Chechnya, or have meddled in Iranian affairs for over two centuries. Iranian mullahs only want Russian nuclear expertise, not Russian apologies. When President Obama says he is sorry to Iran about American involvement in a coup 66 years ago, it may make us feel better. But thugs like Ahmadinejad more likely interpret our apologies as signs of our own confusion — and so a green light for more troublemaking."

This worries me, and should worry everyone:
President Obama suggested at a town hall event Wednesday night that one way to shave medical costs is to stop expensive and ultimately futile procedures performed on people who are about to die and don't stand to gain from the extra care."
Yes, who will decide--and who decides what's "futile", and how will KNOW something is "futile" if it isn't tried? Do we really want government bureaucrats, who know nothing of a patient or his/her family, deciding?

BASEBALL DIARY: the Tigers beat the Cubs again last night, 5-3. Keys: decent pitching from Rick Porcello, and from the bullpen--Jim Leyland used no less than 6 different relievers to finish the game, and despite some hiccups here and there, they got the job done. And the Tigers were patient at the plate--they got two bases-loaded walks. Meanwhile the Cubs failed again and again to get key hits with runners in scoring position--they're batting less than .100 in that category on their road trip. 6 in a row for the Tigers...
And the Rangers got back to their winning ways, edging Arizona, 2-1. Key: Vincente Padilla, who almost got released a couple of weeks ago, was magnificent, allowing just 1 run in 7 innings. Ranger pitching is holding have to believe Ranger bats will come alive again.