Hey babies. Sorry for being away so long, I had things going on. Let’s kick off our reunion by talking a little baseball, shall we?
So I went to the Braves games the past two nights at Nats stadium and, at this very moment, am having lunch (the chicken sandwich with the jalapeno dressing at Front Page is pretty stellar, y’all) and watching last night’s game on TV. In the event you missed all the excitement, there was an almost fight between the two teams — both benches AND bullpens cleared as I recall — although no punches were thrown. It was the result of Bryce Harper taking a pitch (to the hip I think) thrown by Teheran. Harper — because he’s a bit of a diva — was being all sassy about it, causing Brian McCann to come out from behind the plate (he’s a pretty large dude) and an almost melee broke out. Now of course the Nats fans in my immediate vicinity were all kvetching over the fact that Teheran MEANT to hit Harper, which wasn’t immediately clear to me. Also, as an aside, it’s nice to see some Nats fans actually give a crap. They are so fickle they don’t even show for games they think they might lose, like to the Braves. There were more Braves fans in the stadium last night than Nats fans. That’s no way to be a fan Washington people. When your team sucks, you hang with them. That’s what being loyal to a team is all about. For your team’s sake, I hope you figure that out. Aaaaanyway, there was some debate about whether or not Teheran’s pitch to Harper’s body was intentional. Oddly, the most intriguing arguments I heard were from my parents, who saw it differently. (Mom always says that she and my father have canceled each other’s votes — literally — more than once). Mom says no way was it intentional — there was a runner on and it was a one-run game, so why would Teheran risk putting the winning run on base? Pops takes the dude approach — he said when Harper hit his home run he was “stylin'”, i.e. trotting and being sassy to show up the pitcher. So Teheran popped him. Pops said, “I think Teheran missed. I would’ve his him right between the eyes.” That’s my Pops, folks. I have no opinion except to say that, in a fight, the Braves take the Nats like Chuck Norris beating the snot out of Jean Claude Van Damme. The Nats as a team remind me of Roger Dorn in Major League:
They’re not bad, they’re just full of themselves. And you’ll never stay on top with that attitude. I actually worry about my softball team for the same reason…
Okay, here are some links I’ve been hoarding, so they may be a little old, but all worth your time.
Strongly worded and unapologetic. I don’t agree with all of this, but I do agree that they are largely incompatible philosophies. But I’m open to the debate. Change my mind.
And speaking of the Constitution, the former Big Boss breaks down the IRS assault on free speech, which in case you were unclear, is exactly what that whole situation was.
The standard used by the IRS to decide who qualifies for 501(c)(4) tax status is an arbitrary “facts and circumstances” test that few people understand. If more than 50% of an organization’s activities might support or oppose candidates under the vague “facts and circumstances” test, then the group is placed in the same tax status—Section 527—as candidate committees, political parties and political-action committees.
Social-welfare groups under Section 501(c)(4) must disclose the campaign activity they undertake, but they do not have to publicly disclose information about their donors and members to either the IRS or the Federal Election Commission. This is the result of 70 years of Supreme Court decisions protecting the privacy right of Americans to associate in groups without disclosing their affiliations to the government.
This should be common knowledge but, sadly, is not. Government simply does not have the incentive to create a better road. Private enterprise does, however. Competition is quite the motivator.
For a news junkie who has never really gotten the newsroom out of her blood, this was a fascinating read:
So the Post’s sale really does represent the victory of Nixon’s ghost. Think of it like this: an old, established, East Coast, liberal family has been forced to sell to an innovative capitalist from the West who self-describes as libertarian and has given money to both the Republicans and the Democrats. Jeff Bezos says the Post will retain editorial independence and I’m sure it will. But the takeover represents a generational, institutional shift away from the kind of people who brought down Nixon to the kind of people who Nixon championed. After all, Tricky was nothing if not a Right-wing class warrior.
This is some pretty flamboyant finger-pointing for having such flimsy circumstantial evidence Wired. Which is why you annoy. (H/T Popehat)
Oh my God. This dress is fantastic:
Apparently, according to my nephew Gabriel, Wolfy wants me to make strawberry cupcakes. They will be dutifully doled out this weekend at our softball tournament, and I think I’m going with a hybrid recipe, rather than from scratch because I’m intrigued by the Greek yogurt. I bet it makes them super moist…