This mockery of the snuggie is good too.
I can now name all 232 Baseball Hall of Famers on sporcle. It helps that I’m a baseball nut, so was able to name about 150 off the top of my head. The process is made difficult by the inclusion of Negro League players and 19th-century players — most of whom are not well-represented in baseball folklore. It’s more difficult to remember Luis Santop or John Clarkson than Babe Ruth. I’d just re-read the Negro League section of Bill James Historical Abstract, which helped. It also doesn’t help that the Veteran’s Committee got really stupid in the 1950’s and 1970’s and admitted a lot of guys who frankly don’t belong in the HOF.
Still, I got ’em all. Eventually.
I don’t know why these quizzes fascinate me, but they do.
Reason argues that state governors are right to turn down some federal stimulus funds. Accepting those funds will put them on a course of greater spending and even bigger future debts. I must say that I am very bothered by the extreme anti-federalism of the stimulus law. The provision that allow state legislatures to over-ride the governor is flat unconstitutional.
Not that that useless old document ever stopped anyone…
I’m determined to link to every sane commentary on the AIG business. Here’s Michael Lewis.
Even Paul Krugman doesn’t like the AIG clawback, albeit for different reasons. This must be horrid policy.
Pud Galvin — a 19th century pitcher — used steroids. When was this pure era of baseball again? It’s only a matter of time until we find out that some big name was juicing back in the 1930’s.
So much going on now. So little time to blog.
I have little to add to my march madness post of last year. Go Louisville.
While NYC continues to dick around with what do with the 9/11 site, New Jersey has already dedicated a beautiful monument.
The head of the FDA is unpromising.
The Feds criticize a bank for sound lending. Egad.
Anne Applebaum on the Bush legacy of torture:
The United States is not and never was a fascist state, and the CIA prisons were not and never were the Gulag. These 14 men were not tortured as part of an ordinary and accepted routine, in other words, but according to special rules and procedures, set up at the highest level of government, by people who surely knew that they were illegal; otherwise, they would not have limited them so carefully. What we need now, therefore, is not an endless, politicized circus of a congressional investigation into every aspect of George W. Bush’s White House but a carefully targeted legal investigation of the CIA’s invisible prisons: who gave the orders to use torture, who carried out the orders, what exactly was done, who objected. The guilty, however senior, should be named, forced to testify and called to account — because the rule of law, and nothing else, is what makes us exceptional.
Read the whole thing.