It was one hundred years ago today…

that the third most popular song in America was officially published:

Katie Casey was base ball mad.

Had the fever and had it bad;
Just to root for the home town crew,
Ev’ry sou Katie blew.
On a Saturday, her young beau
Called to see if she’d like to go
To see a show but Miss Kate said,
“No, I’ll tell you what you can do.”

“Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,
I don’t care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don’t win it’s a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out,
At the old ball game.”

Katie Casey saw all the games,
Knew the players by their first names;
Told the umpire he was wrong,
All along good and strong.
When the score was just two to two,
Katie Casey knew what to do,
Just to cheer up the boys she knew,
She made the gang sing this song:

“Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,
I don’t care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don’t win it’s a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out,
At the old ball game.”

Thoughts on last night’s Lost

Once again, Jin shows why he’s probably my favorite character (him or Sayid): he will do anything to protect his wife and child. He and Sayid are in many ways the only true Men on the show. Bernard’s a bit wussy and Sawyer’s getting there, being less selfish and more likely to defend the weak around him. Charlie got there more than anyone, as shown by his self-sacrifice. It’s interesting that the only males who get off the island are those who don’t seen to mature: Hurley lapses back into insanity and Jack is still as selfish and self-destructive as ever. I don’t know that this theory means anything, given Locke’s just as selfish and apparently stays on the island, Boone died as a result of trying to make radio contact with others, Charlie died as noted above, and Eko died as a result of believing all is justifiable if done in the name of survival.

So, my nascent theory about the island wanting the unselfish to go away is likely crap. Never mind.

What is it about women wearing a men’s shirt? Yum.

At first I thought Juiet was being a bitca again to Kate telling her than she and Jack kissed, but it turned out to be a selfless act, letting Kate know that Jack loves her and not Juliet.

So Jack and Claire’s dad… Dead? Not dead? Undead? Should be interesting to see where that’s going.

What’s Kate doing for Sawyer? My guess: something related to his daughter.

“We’re dead, Jack.” The producers have ruled out them all being dead, but they threw this line in for a reason….

As I’ve said before, I don’t have a theory as to what the heck is going on on the island. I’ve just decided to enjoy the ride and can’t wait to find out what’s going on.

UPDATE: How could I forget what might be the most important point of all? As Rose asked, why did Jack get sick on an island that makes people get better?

Why do conservatives cheer increased government revenues?

An article at NewsBuster about government revenues setting an all-time record sparked the title question. I’ve actually been pondering this question for a while. What this means is that the government is now taking more money from the people than ever before. Why is that something to celebrate?

My hunch is that conservatives have spent so long arguing that the people are overtaxed, they rejoice at being proven right: tax cuts can spark economic development which will increase government revenues. But in focusing so narrowly on that one issue, they lose sight of the larger: we’re working to reduce the size of government, and giving it more revenues is not the way to do that. They might win this battle, but the rhetoric undercuts our ultimate objective: smaller government. This increased revenue is not a cause for celebration in and of itself, but rather a call for further tax cuts.

Keep your eyes on the ball, guys.