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Sarah Palin

September 21, 2008 Leave a comment

I just read the current lead article at the New York Times website, on the change in status of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, and I realized yet again that for the last week we have been in the midst of an historic moment in US banking and finance.  But what has filled my mind during this last week isn’t the fate of Lehman, Merrill Lynch, AIG, WaMu, and the rest, but Sarah Palin.  Perhaps in 45 days Obama-Biden will win the election and she will go back to being nothing more than the governor of a small state, and in a few years people will wonder what all the fuss was about. (Or perhaps in a few years she will be president!)  But in the meantime, I can’t get her out of my mind.  I could say more, but Andrew Sullivan has been saying it all for weeks in his blog The Daily Dish, so I’ll just refer you to him. See in particular his series of posts with the title The Odd Lies of Sarah Palin.

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Categories: Politics

Ryder Cup

September 21, 2008 Leave a comment

I can’t believe we have to wait two years for another Ryder Cup. There’s nothing like the final day, with 12 simultaneous matches, in match play format, and the possibility of wide swings in the team scoring from minute to minute.  In medal play, you can usually have a pretty good idea of what’s happening all over the course on the final day, as the networks are good at switching around from hole to hole to cover all the contenders.  But that’s just the point — everyone’s a contender in the team match play format, because everyone has a chance to earn a point, or a half point.  It produces an entirely different kind of excitement than what one has on the final day of a major. I wouldn’t say better, though that’s what the commentators are always saying or implying, and what seem to want the players to say in the interviews.  Just a very different experience, and one worth savoring.

See you in Wales in two years.

Categories: Sports

My first post

September 21, 2008 Leave a comment

Welcome to my new blog.  I’m not sure what shape it will take yet.  I will be experimenting for a while.

Categories: Welcome