Sunday, August 31, 2008

Gustav and the point of a convention

In light of Hurricane Gustav, the GOP is curtailing some of the activities in the convention.

What is the point of a political convention? To call roll and nominate a ticket (President and Vice President). However, the whole thing should NOT be canceled. Why? Isn't that heartless of you Josh.

Well, the Minneapolis-St. Paul region allocated hotel space and an arena for four days, plus vendors. Additionally, the Minnesota Twins baseball team went on the road for two weeks to accommodate the RNC. Should we send the Twins team down to the Gulf Coast to help with the relief effort?

Let's use a more practical example. Suppose one wants to get married, B'Ezrat Hashem in a nice hall. However, there is a natural disaster in one of the cities of one of the guests. Do you cancel the whole wedding? Not unless there's a death in the family or Lo Alenu a terrorist attack.

All that has to happen at a political convention , whether the Constitution Party, DNC, RNC or the Greens, is to call roll, approve the platform and nominate a ticket. Anything above and beyond that is gravy. If the RNC wants to meet in the Halliburton headquarters, be my guest.

By the way, how come the Democrats didn't get flack for this greek temple set-up at Invesco Field at Mile High? Isn't that elaborate.

There are Rabbis who have proposed a set of guidelines for a simcha, limiting the size of the event, how many guests can be invited and so on and so forth.

All comments are appreciated.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Quick thing

Check out this citizenship test that I saw on AOL. It cracked me up.

various things

1) The weather is quite nice.

2) I wish that Bristol (ESPN) wasn't so East Coast Centric in their selection of teams to appear on Sunday Night Baseball (SNB). Why should the Phillies be on 4 times in 6 weeks, 8/3, 8/17, 8/24/ & 9/7? I don't get it.

3) I have no idea where the 2012 Conventions will be held. But the Dems should hold it in a "red state" like Cincy or Cleveland or St. Louis and the Republicans should hold it in a place like Milwaukee, Detroit or Pittsburgh.

4) For Baalei Teshuva who are "rightish" oriented: Please explain to me why the way you have chosen means that those of us Modern Orthodox/Religious Zionist are somehow "not as good" as you are.

Monday, August 18, 2008

sorry to see him leave

Last week, someone who I used to listen to on the radio in NYC left the station. His name is Chris Russo (AKA Mad Dog). He was paired with Mike Francesa, formerly of CBS Sports, for close to 20 years.

There will NEVER be another Mike and the Mad Dog. Mac Jurko and Harry couldn't carry their bags. Same with Boers and Bernstein of that loser station 670 the Score.

Good luck to you Doggie. I will miss you when Bob Heussler convenes the Crack Committee in September.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mariner highlight

On Thursday night, one of the few highlights of this year, besides Ichiro breaking the career steals record for a Mariner and Niehaus being inducted into the Hall of Fame, happened. Raul Ibanez, a person who I have roundly criticized, hit a walk-off home run against the Tampa Bay Rays. Normally, I say who cares? This year, the Rays are for real.

See above picture. That's Ibanez.

Monday, August 04, 2008

sports tidbits and clarification

1) Although I would love to head down to Crown Point, an hour and a half in a car to hang with conservatives is a bit much.

2) Now that Niehaus is in the Hall of Fame, I think it's time to put Skip Caray or Tom Cheek in the Hall of Fame. Skip Caray passed away last night, he was the Braves' announcer for at least 20 years. He should be in next summer in Cooperstown. Tom Cheek, who also recently passed away, was the Blue Jays announcer for many years. He called two world champion teams, 1992 and 1993 Blue Jays and called Joe Carter's famous home run in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series against Mitch Williams.

3) Enough with Favre. Mad Dog, you and I are in agreement on this. He isn't the second coming of Paul Bunyan, let alone Paul Revere.