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This is the first time that the North has killed a S Korean civilian since 1953. Yet China can’t condemn the attack and can’t parse words enough to avoid ruffling feathers of a Kangaroo Country?  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/world/asia/29korea.html?_r=1&hp

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I’m a shameless Yankee fan, so take this from whom it comes.

Jeff Wilpon, son of Mets owner Fred Wilpon, wants to bring a hockey game to Citi Field.  Now, if I were a Met fan I’d be just about at the end of my rope. Think George Steinbrenner circa 1991. Jeff Wilpon should be focused on one thing, and that is making his team an improvement over the $140 million Bad News Bears that Met fans were forced to endure this past summer. The team won a paltry 70 games and finished next to last, 23 games behind the hated Phillies. That comes to about $6 million spent for every game they finished back in the standings.

2009 National League East Standings

It is not my intention to pile on the Mets. Quite the contrary. My loyalties will always be in the Bronx, but I have to admit the baseball seasons are more fun when the Mets are good. The 2000 season when the two teams met in the first Subway Series since 1956 was fantastic. The energy around here was spectacular. I’ll never forget it. I hope my children get to experience something like that someday as well. I think you get the picture.

Then, prior to the 2004 season, Fred Wilpon uttered that quote that he probably wishes he could take back but has never recanted: “Our intention is to play meaningful games in September…” In fairness, I suppose that the daily killing of that quote on the FAN and other outlets ignores the fact that Wilpon wanted his team to contend. And  they certainly did in 2007 and 2008, losing the division championship in legendary collapses at the end of both seasons. Meaningful games. In 2009 they played meaningful games in May. I remember in 1996, hearing rookie Derek Jeter tell the media that he was here to win a World Series. Gutsy stuff, considering the 17 year drought the team was in. So they won.

Which brings me back to Jeff Wilpon, who appears to have been passed the baton from his father. If I were Jeff, my nose would be the grindstone so hard that I’d look like Burl Ives. I’d be embarrassed to be seen in a grocery store, let alone be found channeling my efforts at anything other than making my team better. Hockey? Dude. The only talk this winter should be about making the team a winner. Build your fans a .500 team before you get a hobby, there, Jeff.  You need to take care of a fanbase that deserves better.

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Listening to radio broadcasts of Yankee baseball games has become intolerable because of John Sterling’s awful “trademark” calls for home runs and other common events on the field. 

Back in the 90’s, Sterling’s “It is high, it is far, it is gone!” was tolerable. The team was finally winning, so what the hell. But now every damn thing has an awkward catch phrase like some lame sponsor were paying him to plug them. The only problem is that it is just Sterling trying to be Sterling, and it is ridiculous. That “Yankees win” after victories schtick was bad; an “A-Bomb…from A-Rod!” is awful. 

Now, the man has sunk to a new low with a 2 sentence abomination every time Mark Texiera hits a dinger. I won’t even tell you what he says, suffice to say it is a grandpa pun on steroids. 2 sentences! Back when he was teamed with Michael Kay, broadcasts were like eavesdropping on two friends watching the game with random interruptions for Sterling to cut the mustard. Now it is no far past the boundary of good taste it is noise pollution. When you root for your own guy to whiff just to be spared another John Sterling whackadoo utterance, you know it is bad. 

Mr. Sterling, just announce the game and stop trying to be Red Barber and Harry Carey’s love child  about every random event.

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Think what you want about Fox News analyst Bill O’Reilly, but I think he deserves some credit in this.
A judge who was widely vilified for giving a child molester a 60-day jail term imposed a new sentence Thursday, increasing the man’s prison time to three to 10 years.

Judge Edward Cashman said he felt he could now impose the longer sentence because the state had agreed to provide treatment to the man while he is behind bars. The state had initially said such treatment would not come until after the man served his time.

I’m sure that public pressure is not at all directly related to Judge Cashman changing his mind, but it may have factored in to the state’s offering treatment while the molester was in prison. Personally, I think three years is still a slap on the wrist for what this man did, but 60 days was beyond absurd.

I believe that light has been shed on a corner of the system that does not serve the citizenry. I hope Vermont passes Jessica’s Law, and soon. I hope New York does as well.

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Thanks to NPR and C-Span yesterday, this morning’s headline on the Times’ website was, according to what I heard, predictable:
Judge Alito Proves a Powerful Match for Senate Questioners
If Senate Democrats had set out to portray Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. as extreme on issues ranging from abortion to government surveillance of citizens, they ran up against an elusive target on Tuesday: Samuel A. Alito Jr. For nearly eight hours, Judge Alito was placid, monochromatic and, it seemed, mostly untouchable.

Unlike the testimony of John G. Roberts Jr., who had often declined to answer questions on various grounds, among them that certain issues might come before him as chief justice or that his older writings did not necessarily reflect his current views, Judge Alito’s default impulse frequently seemed to be to try to give a direct response to the senators’ often rambling questions.

Failing that, he offered what he presented as clarifications of earlier statements or writing, sanded of any rough edges, or said he simply could not recall details about some past chapter of his life that had raised concern among senators. Only in one exchange did he appear rattled, refusing to give a direct answer when Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York asked him if he still held a view, expressed in 1985, that there was no constitutional right to abortion.

For the most part, his handling of questions from Democrats had the effect of leaving his questioner shuffling through papers in search of the next question.

Judge Alito was not Judge Roberts, to be sure – far less personable, rarely smiling and struggling to draw even the occasional burst of laughter. But he came across as far less ideological than Democrats have suggested, undercutting their efforts to stir public opposition by portraying his writing as outside the American mainstream.

This is quite accurate. Ted Kennedy prefaced his questions with long-winded preambles, resplendent with incredulous presuppositions that read like they were lifted from a moveon.org script, only to have the Judge deflate the whole thing in about three even keeled, civil sentences. It was obvious that for the past few months Democratic researchers have cherry picked his entire career for any case they could Bork him with, and they came up empty. It will become clear in the coming days that the Joe Bidens and Ted Kennedys of the world will not only fail to undermine Alito’s worthiness to replace Justice O’Connor, they will also be exposed as being comparative lightweights.

Alito’s only crime is that he is a Bush nominee.

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