Unfortunately, this is where we are. The President has made his choice, and he will undoubtedly stick with it. Given the constant negativity of the MSM over the last 5 years, I don't think he will back down because a bunch of electronic critics don't like his decision. And how many people get offered a lifetime gig with the Feds at the absolute pinnacle of your profession, especially when the most powerful man in the world offered it?
This is truly becoming a make the best of it, swallow your medicine scenario. Conservatives can only hope they don't get burned, with the emphasis on hope. This may be a tempest in a teapot, or it may be a colossal blunder. Here it is, and likely here it is to stay.Comment Posted By Chris On 10.10.2005 @ 19:29
Any one who thinks correctly knows that baseball rules at this time of year. Especially in the league where all the fielders actually hit.
Having said that, go Pale Hose!Comment Posted By Chris On 7.10.2005 @ 18:33
I agree with Ken. Edgar turned down the IL Republicans' begging him to fill Peter Fitzgerald's seat. He did so because he didn't want to re-enter the political arena, having gotten comfortable in his post-governer life.
Even vulnerable incumbents have tremendous advantages over opponents. I think it may be a bit premature to cede 2006 to the party without ideas.Comment Posted By Chris On 4.10.2005 @ 17:51
Here's hoping. As a career Cubs fan, I am sufficiently removed (175 miles south) not to succumb to the partisan rivalry that afflicts the Windy City.
I agree with you about closers' mentalities being more important than stuff. Look at Joe Borowski in 2003. He had a good slider and control, and that was it. Yet he was very successful as a closer. Having him get hurt ruined the 2004 season.
Having been a marginal Sox fan at times (South Side Hit Men) I will be pulling for them this year. Hey, if the Red Sox can do it, why not the Pale Hose?Comment Posted By Chris On 2.10.2005 @ 08:33
My uncle loves minor league ball. For the last couple of years he has been doing regional tours which are heavy on minor league teams (with some major league parks thrown in). He too has become tired of the prima donnas and the attitude of today's players.Comment Posted By Chris On 28.09.2005 @ 15:36
Having been a Chicago sports fan since the days of Bob Avellini and Larry Bittner, I appreciate any opportunity for the local teams to succeed. Been a Cubs fan since we got cable and I could come home from school and watch baseball as it was meant to be played, in the sunshine, on real grass, in a stadium where the fans sat on top of the field.
One thing I learned when I had a brief coaching stint is how complicated baseball is. The pace of the game is deceiving when you aren't on the field. The game is exceedingly subtle and changes from pitch to pitch. It truly is a beautiful game, highlighted by what you rightfully place at the center, the one-on-one matchup between pitcher and hitter.Comment Posted By Chris On 26.09.2005 @ 19:14
Definitely looking forward to your thoughts on Antietam. You post as often as you want, and I'll read what you post. Deal?Comment Posted By Chris On 18.09.2005 @ 19:43
Unfortunately, the good that could come from a true post-mortem will most likely be lost in the blizzard of partisan finger-pointing. Blame needs to be established, not so much to punish those who failed in some area, but to allow contingency plans to incorporate these failures so as to avoid them next time.
We seem to have lost the ability to do any rational analysis of catastrophic events in order to learn how better to cope with the next one. In this case, we should be examining the gaps between governmental levels and responsibilities with an eye to improving the response. God forbid we should learn how to deal with evacuating and then supplying thousands of refugees. And God forbid that we should need that knowledge.Comment Posted By Chris On 12.09.2005 @ 13:04
Damn, you are cranky. I don't think we could have expected anything better from the Bears, and frankly, I don't think we could have expected anything better from those on the other side of the divide. And that is what is truly depressing.
Leave it to the Bears and the left to take three false start penalties in a row, and then to allow a sack. Now there's a metaphor we can all latch onto.Comment Posted By Chris On 12.09.2005 @ 12:58
Regardless of whether the President apologizes or not, do you really think that the Left's glee will last only that long? If they hate him so much, I can only imagine their crazed baying when he admits he did something wrong, especially something that is wrong in their eyes.Comment Posted By Chris On 9.09.2005 @ 10:28