Bizarro Cabinet

November 13, 2008

The NYT has a fun page that lets you pick the Obama cabinet and compare your choices with those of others. I had a good laugh over some of the names that were within the top 20 for various positions, including the following, which would make for some freakishly awesome cabinet meetings:

  • Defense: Arnold Schwarzenegger (18th)
  • State: Noam Chomsky (16th)
  • Homeland Security: Ron Paul (8th)
  • Attorney General: John Edwards (8th) or Eliot Spitzer (14th)
  • Treasury: Ralph Nader (17th)

I think I can say with confidence that none of these individuals are actually in consideration for these positions. The #1 choices are Robert Gates, Bill Richardson, Richard Clarke, Janet Napolitano and Paul Volcker, as of this writing.


What I’ll Miss About President Bush

November 3, 2008

I’ll make my entry to this brief: I’ll miss the fodder for jokes.

Daniel Craig on keeping fit

November 3, 2008

“I am not an athlete, although I have always enjoyed keeping fit between bouts of minor alcoholism.”

(Full article on the run-up to Quantum of Solace.)

Chertoff as Lenin

August 14, 2007


Chertoff and Lenin

Via Mickey Kaus.

Gilbert Arenas, Plagiarist

August 3, 2007

What is the world coming to when Gilbert Arenas, writing a blog for, steals material from a comedian? It seems like Arenas is trying a little too hard to maintain his reputation as the funny, kooky basketball guy.

I’ve written before that I find Arenas classless, and this is more evidence of that. You know all those people on the internet who think, “Oh, that zany Gilbert Arenas, I love him!”? I’m not one of them.

Arenas hands up

While I’m posting on the Wizards, at least Arenas didn’t get himself arrested for soliciting sex from an undercover cop like Andray Blatche did the other night. This all happened while a 5-year contract offer from the team was on the table, and his status with the Wiz is now up in the air — whoops!

Finally, in other NBA news, the Clippers are still cursed.

Tastefully Done

August 2, 2007

Kevin Garnett’s arrival in Boston brings to mind his classic ESPN the Magazine commercial with Stephon Marbury.

Meanwhile, Bob Ryan offers an important reality check.

Did I miss the memo in which David Stern proclaimed that in the 2007-08 season the NBA will be a three-on-three competition?

It is a little disconcerting that the Celtics gave up half the roster in the trade for Garnett and that they now have to sign a bunch of D-league players to fill out the roster. But at least there’s finally some buzz around the team, so I guess that’s for the good. Whether they can really contend, who knows — relying on three 30-plus guys to play big minutes is risky, and injuries could easily sink them.

Bush at the Wheel

July 30, 2007

Bush and Brown in golf cart

It sounds like Gordon Brown is not such a change of pace from Tony Blair after all, as he largely took his speaking cues from Bush in their public remarks Monday. Dan Froomkin asks whether Brown will be “Bush’s new poodle.”