Things I love about early in the baseball season

You see all sorts of things you don’t expect to see:

The major-league best Baltimore Orioles

ESPN – MLB Baseball Statistics and League Leaders – Major League Baseball

Jason Kendall leading the majors with a .526 batting average
Former Phillie farmhand, and throw-in in two trades this offseason Luke Scott leading the AL with a .500 batting average
Aubrey Huff leading the AL in RBIs
Mark Reynolds (who?) leading the NL with 12 RBIs , 5 home runs, and 9 runs scored

All of these guys should enjoy it while they can; they won’t be on the leader boards for long


“[Hillary Clinton’s] view of America and its circumstances is remarkably dreary, considering that she and her husband have risen from the middle class to enjoy stratospheric influence and prominence, along with an income that puts them in the ranks of the super-rich- $109 million just over the last eight years.” – Carol Platt Liebau

“Gun Control: Barack Obama says he won’t take folks’ guns away as long as they’re hunters. But when the hunted are his constituents, well, that’s different: He opposes concealed carry and the right to self-defense. There’s something about an election that brings out the sportsman in a Democratic presidential candidate. Recall John Kerry’s sudden fondness for hunting four years ago. And speaking in Idaho earlier this year, Barack Obama told the crowd, ‘We got a lot of hunters in the state of Illinois, and I have no intention of taking away folks’ guns.’ Except he does. In a 1996 questionnaire, Obama wrote that he ‘supported banning the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns.’ He says now that the survey was filled out by an aide who misrepresented his views. Yet his record since then is consistent with that view. Never mind that Illinois and the other 49 states have a lot of two-legged predators… On the subject of the total ban on gun ownership in the District of Columbia, a Second Amendment case before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Nov. 23 Chicago Tribune said Obama believes in the right of local communities to enact common sense laws to combat violence and save lives. Obama believes the D.C. handgun law is constitutional… Obama’s Web site says: ‘He will protect the rights of hunters and other law-abiding Americans to purchase, own, transport and use guns for the purposes of hunting and target shooting’… Not, apparently, for you to protect your wife and children.” – Investor’s Business Daily

“I say that the Second Amendment is, in order of importance, the first amendment. It is America’s First Freedom, the one right that protects all the others.” – Charlton Heston

“If you talk about race, it does not make you a racist. If you see distinctions between the genders, it does not make you a sexist. If you think critically about a denomination, it does not make you anti-religion. If you accept but don’t celebrate homosexuality, it does not make you a homophobe.” – Charlton Heston

“As I have stood in the crosshairs of those who target Second Amendment freedoms, I’ve realized that firearms are not the only issue. No, it’s much, much bigger than that. I’ve come to understand that a cultural war is raging across our land, in which, with Orwellian fervor, certain acceptable thoughts and speech are mandated.” – Charlton Heston

“I’d rather play a senator than be one.” – Charlton Heston

“Clinton’s obsession with 3 a.m. phone calls seems bottomless- perhaps because of all those nights she got hang-up calls from Monica? Clinton just released a new ad in which she says John McCain won’t be ready to handle a 3 a.m. call on housing foreclosures. My guess is he’ll be plenty ready to scream at the idiot who thinks he should wake the president of United States in the middle of the night about something like that.” – Jonah Goldberg

“In the latest ad, when she picks up the phone at 3 A.M. to take the emergency foreclosure breaking-news update, she’s got perfect hair and make-up, and she’s immaculately dressed. Is having to get up at 2 A.M. to put her face on for the 3 A.M. campaign ad causing her to retreat into Bosnian war fantasies?” – Mark Steyn

“The Clintons just released their tax returns to the public… It turns out that over the past eight years, they’ve donated over $10 million to charity. When they asked Bill Clinton why he gave so much money to charity, he said, ‘She’s a really good dancer’.” – Conan O’Brien

Jay Leno: This week is Explore Your Career Options week. Especially if you work for the Hillary Clinton campaign. … Hillary’s senior campaign adviser, Mark Penn, has left the campaign. Apparently he was coming under some heavy sniper fire. … Penn was credited for catapulting her from a veritable shoo-in to second place. … Good news for Hillary Clinton. You know Hillary’s ad where she says she’s ready to answer the phone at 3 AM? This is interesting. Today, she got a call from India and they said if this presidential thing doesn’t work out, they have a job for her in tech support. … It looks like Barack Obama has taken a ten-point lead over Hillary Clinton. You know they say, behind every successful man there’s a woman. Unfortunately for Hillary, it’s her. … Today, Barack Obama said that as president, when it comes to solving the problem of global warming, he wants to have Al Gore at the table… Al Gore at the table. Have you seen Al Gore lately? I think he needs to push a little away from the table. … Former presidential candidate John Edwards announced he will not- will not- accept the nomination for vice president. Which is really important, considering no one has asked him.

Jay Nordlinger on Libya

Jay Nordlinger’s latest Impromptu is an excellent analysis over Libya under Qaddafi and their relationship with the United States and its relation to the War on Terror. The money quote:

In March 2003, Qaddafi started some serious talking with the Brits and the Americans about Libya’s WMD programs. Anything special about March 2003? Oh, yes: We were about to go into Iraq. Qaddafi’s mind was concentrated.

You may recall what Qaddafi said to Silvio Berlusconi: Tell the Americans I’ll do anything they want. Just spare me the fate of the Taliban and of Saddam and his family.

Qaddafi’s mind was further concentrated in October 2003. Then, under President Bush’s Proliferation Security Initiative, we seized a Qaddafi-bound ship: the BBC China. (I just love that name.) It was carrying nuclear goodies for the dictator. Qaddafi was a customer of both Mr. Khan and the Norks. By all accounts, our operation was daring and brilliant, as were subsequent moves in and around Libya.

(By the way, Libya’s WMD programs are in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Tennessee.)

And then we get to December 2003: That’s when the U.S. dragged Saddam out of his hole. And Qaddafi’s mind was really, really concentrated. Credible reports say he watched the tape of Saddam’s capture for hours — mesmerized. And he threw in the towel. He “turned state’s evidence,” in the words of one U.S. official.

Liberals discount this because they refuse to acknowledge that any good can come of Bush’s Presidency, but the timing is pretty conclusive. Many Christians are fond of saying the God draws straight with crooked lines, and the liberals could view this as one of those times, but their monomaniacal hatred of Bush is too overwhelming for them to see the indisputable good that has come as a result of his presidency. There are none so blind as those who will not see.

The Physics of Baseball

The physics of baseball | Geek Gestalt – A blog by Daniel Terdiman – CNET

But why does the ball even curve in the first place? That’s what my colleagues and I were there to find out, and Doherty did indeed learn us.

The answer boils down to the fact that the seams on a baseball “interact” with the air around the ball as it spins.

“It acts like a little rocket motor,” said Doherty. “The spinning ball throws air down and behind” it.

One thing that’s clear is that the ball must be spinning really fast, Doherty said. That explains why not everyone can throw a good curveball: It takes a lot of strength in a pitcher’s arm and wrist to make the ball spin so quickly.

Combining science and baseball… (insert Homer Simpson drooling sound)

Quote of the Day

“That, as a republic is the best of governments, so that particular arrangements of the powers of society, or, in other words, that form of government which is best contrived to secure an impartial and exact execution of the laws, is the best of republics.”

— John Adams (Thoughts on Government, 1776)

Reference: The Works of John Adams, Charles Adams, ed., 194.

Quote of the Day

“That, as a republic is the best of governments, so that particular arrangements of the powers of society, or, in other words, that form of government which is best contrived to secure an impartial and exact execution of the laws, is the best of republics.”

— John Adams (Thoughts on Government, 1776)

Reference: The Works of John Adams, Charles Adams, ed., 194.