Saturday, July 11, 2009

Saturday stuff

I give him credit for having the guts to state some truths:
"An American president who has "the blood of Africa within me" praised and scolded the continent of his ancestors Saturday, asserting forces of tyranny and corruption must yield if Africa is to achieve its promise. "Yes you can," Barack Obama declared, dusting off his campaign slogan and adapting it for his foreign audience. Speaking to the Ghanaian Parliament, he called upon African societies to seize opportunities for peace, democracy and prosperity. "This is a new moment of great promise," he said. "To realize that promise, we must first recognize a fundamental truth that you have given life to in Ghana: Development depends upon good governance. That is the ingredient which has been missing in far too many places, for far too long. That is the change that can unlock Africa's potential."

Too many on the left have blindly blamed Western "imperialism" or various other leftist bogeymen for Africa's troubles. Good for Obama for getting beyond such shibboleths.

BASEBALL DIARY: the Tigers got another good start from Edwin Jackson last night, and beat Cleveland 5-1. With Armando Galarraga pitching better now, that gives the Tigers (hopefully!) 4 solid starters. And they now have 3 straight wins.
The Cubs, meanwhile, hit, fielded, and pitched poorly and lost to first-place St. Louis, 8-3. The Cubs are indeed in very dangerous territory here, as Derek Lee said after the game. They could completely get knocked out of the race.
But the Rangers did what they do--they got adequate pitching from the dependable Scott Feldman, who allowed only 2 runs through 6 plus innings, and then pounded out 3 home runs in beating Seattle 6-4. Michael Young's 3-run homer in the third was the key blow.

Though he's also rather oblivious, as Mark Steyn notes today:
"Capitalism and consumerism have brought the world to the brink of economic and environmental collapse, the Prince of Wales has warned. . . . And in a searing indictment on capitalist society, Charles said we can no longer afford consumerism and that the ‘age of convenience’ was over....He then got in his limo and was driven to his other palace."

Read the whole thing--it's hilarious, and spot-on.