Gilbert Arenas, Plagiarist

August 3, 2007

What is the world coming to when Gilbert Arenas, writing a blog for NBA.com, 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.


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.”


Rudy: Don’t bother me with this abortion crap

May 9, 2007

The Wednesday Washington Post bluntly calls Rudy Giuliani’s recent statements on abortion “rambling and sometimes contradictory” and recounts his appearance yesterday on Laura Ingraham’s radio show to try to make amends.

When Ingraham ended the segment with a standard line about his returning again, a clearly agitated Giuliani responded: “I would love to come back, but you’re going to have to ask me about the war on terror and what we do about the economy, which is after all what most citizens ask me about.”

“Well, conservatives are citizens, too, Mayor Giuliani!” Ingraham responded. “We’re citizens, too.”

It would be nice to have the audio of this to judge just how “agitated” Rudy really was for ourselves.

In any event, it sounds really arrogant for Giuliani to be brushing aside an issue that a lot of people care about so passionately. The campaign must have done some advance planning on how to handle the inevitable questions about Rudy’s abortion stance, right? If they did, it’s not showing these days.


Sally Jenkins Should Follow Baseball

May 5, 2007

I shouldn’t waste my time with this, but it irks me when columnists for major media organizations fail to do basic research. Here’s Sally Jenkins in the Washington Post writing in a column about how pro sports teams take losing the wrong way, or something like that.

For evidence of this, look no further than the New York Yankees, who just fired a lowly trainer as a scapegoat for their April losing streak and rash of injuries. It’s a fair guess that 90 percent of the players in the Yankee clubhouse have their own trainers. But someone had to pay for the team’s terrible spring and seven-game slump. Losing, George Steinbrenner announced, was “unacceptable.” Marty Miller’s firing was the penalty, and oddly, the Yankees had won three straight before losing last night. Steinbrenner is a genius! Bat boys and laundry room attendants beware — you could be next.

Not quite. You see, the trainer’s program was actively injuring the Yankee players.

Interviews with players over the past couple weeks yielded many complaints, starting with a contention that not enough running was done during spring training. And when running was done, there was a question of the timing. Chien-Ming Wang‘s hamstring pull occurred while running start-and-stop sprints after a long day of practice.

Andy Pettitte hasn’t missed a start since suffering a worse-then-advertised back injury late in spring, which occurred after he was instructed by one of Miller’s underlings not to wear his customary belt while lifting, a decision even Roger Clemens ripped from afar during a spring interview. But the story gets worse. Clubhouse sources indicate Pettitte informed Miller’s underling that he felt something while working out, and rather than shut Pettitte down for the day, the pitcher was requested to do two more exercises.

It’s more than a coincidence that all those Yankee pitchers were getting hurt, and the team fired the guy responsible. It could be a scapegoat situation, too, but the firing wasn’t exactly undeserved.

Beyond that, the main point Jenkins makes — pro atheletes hate losing — is pretty unremarkable.


Lou Dobbs Should Read the Newspaper

May 2, 2007

For some reason I was feeling masochistic and decided to read a Lou Dobbs screed about (what else?) the May Day immigration rallies. He says the following.

I’ll bet you know about the illegal alien amnesty marches, but I don’t know of a single news organization, electronic or print that pointed out that May 1 is America’s Law Day.

A little indie rag known as the Washington Post ran this column yesterday on its op-ed page. Those of us who are proficient at finding stuff on the interwebs¬† can easily find plenty of what Dobbs calls “electronic news organizations” that gave Law Day some attention. But don’t let that get in the way of your predetermined views!

Here’s a dog-bites-man story about LAPD brutality against minorities yesterday.


A Continued Embarrassment Thanks to His Amateurish Performance

April 25, 2007

That would be David Broder, who fatuously compares Alberto Gonzales and Harry Reid in his Thursday column. Gonzales, you might recall, is embroiled in a scandal over politicizing the Justice Department, gave an awful performance testifying before Congress last week, and has faced widespread calls for his resignation. Reid, on the other hand, has said some things about Iraq that Broder disagrees with. As you can see, they are so similar — not.

Broder has stiff competition for the title of worst op-ed in the Thursday Washington Post from Joe Lieberman, who submits his quarterly “do what I say about Iraq” column (here is the previous one). I especially enjoyed Lieberman’s statement that Al Qaeda’s “aim in Iraq isn’t to get a seat at the political table; it wants to blow up the table.” Blow up the table!

Lieberman’s response to recent violence in Iraq is like a Rorschach test result:

The current wave of suicide bombings in Iraq is also aimed at us here in the United States — to obscure the recent gains we have made and to convince the American public that our efforts in Iraq are futile and that we should retreat.

Rather than seeing the bombings as obscuring recent gains, I see them as evidence that we have made no gains in Iraq. I define gains as an absence of the horrific violence that Iraq continues to experience every day. Lieberman’s willful exercise of reverse psychology is astounding.

The illogical senator continues:

When politicians here declare that Iraq is “lost” in reaction to al-Qaeda’s terrorist attacks and demand timetables for withdrawal, they are doing exactly what al-Qaeda hopes they will do, although I know that is not their intent.

How, pray tell, does Lieberman know this? Isn’t it plausible that Al Qaeda hopes that the US military remains stretched thin with the commitment in Iraq and unable to pursue terrorists elsewhere? Where does Lieberman get this omniscent knowledge of the enemy mindset?


Friday the Thirteenth

April 13, 2007

Not so bloggy today because of real world obligations that are keeping me busy. Hey, it’s better than being chased by a maniac in a hockey mask. I’ll throw out a few links and some quick thoughts and call it a day.

  • It’s not about you: Torii Hunter and C.C. Sabathia are missing the point of having players wear number 42 to honor Jackie Robinson on Sunday. Why would it be watered down to have more teams and players join in the tribute? They seem upset that they will get less attention for being good guys and wearing the number now that so many others will be too. But this isn’t about them. It’s about honoring Robinson, and the more people involved the better.
  • He shouldn’t have messed with those hard-core hos: Don Imus was fired by CBS after the national media firestorm over his uncouth comments on female basketball players. As I’ve said before, Imus is a fool who said dumb things, but I think firing him is going too far (I agree with the Letterman take on this). He said something on par with what he and plenty of other radio hosts have said for years. The suspension would’ve been sufficient to put him on notice that he needed to be respectful from here on out. I guess once advertisers pulled out the writing was on the wall.
  • Ewww: Paul Wolfowitz in a sex scandal. Bad images coming to mind.
  • That explains the rush: Atrios posits that Bush wanted Congress to rush back so that he could veto the Iraq spending bill before extending troops’ tours. That way he could blame the soldiers’ harships on the Democrats.
  • (Not) turning the corner: The latest idiocy from Charles Krauthammer looks especially stupid in the wake of yesterday’s news.
  • Mike Nifong’s non-apology: Memphis Bengal has a good take on Durham DA Mike Nifong’s so-called “apology” to the former Duke lacrosse players yesterday. They basically responded by telling him where he could stick that apology and now they are considering suing. Corrupt DAs like Nifong should take notice that it’s only a good idea to press made-up charges against poor people who can’t fight back; wealthy people can, and they will make you pay.
  • So it goes: I am a big fan of Kurt Vonnegut’s writing and saddened by his passing. His official web site is currently adorned with a lone image of a birdcage with the door open. There’s also an excellent tribute over at In These Times, the web site that published a lot of Vonnegut’s essays in recent years.