The Gray Pages

Thursday, November 29, 2007

87 long years

"Eighty-seven long years. We waited 87 long years. And true suffering Red Sox fans that my family and I are, we could not have been more happy than to see the Red Sox win the World Series." -- Mitt Romney

It was 86. But that's not my point.

I'm just curious when the son of the Michigan governor became a Red Sox fan. Or his wife, who was also born in Michigan. Here's other parts of his bio (edited without ellipses), if Wikipedia can be trusted:

Mitt Romney graduated from the Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. After attending Stanford University for two quarters, Romney served in France for 30 months as a missionary. After his mission service Romney began attending Brigham Young University, earning his B.A. summa cum laude in 1971. [He was 24.] In 1975, Romney graduated from a joint JD/MBA program coordinated between Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.

Okay, so sometime in his mid-20s, he moved to Massachusetts and became a Red Sox fan. I started being a Red Sox in 1975, too, so maybe I shouldn't be so doubtful.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

No way! An articulate candidate is black?

... from Congress Daily, reprinted without permission:

Georgia. A former aide to Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., is considering running for the seat held by Democratic Rep. John Barrow, the Savannah Morning News reported. "I'm more in it than out," said Karen Bogans, a government and community affairs consultant. She added that a final decision would come by year's end. Kingston praised Bogans. "I would lean toward endorsing her," he said. "She's a hard worker, very knowledgeable, very presentable and very articulate."

Bogans, who is black, said she was aware of the district's significant black population. "I believe that the African-American community is a lot more conservative than people give them credit for," she said. Barrow narrowly won re-election last year. The Republican field includes Chris Edenfield and mechanical engineer Ray McKinney. Iraq war veteran Wayne Mosley and former Augusta Mayor Bob Young have been mentioned as possible candidates.


I was just looking at my old predictions, preparing to gloat about how I've predicted great things for Huckabee. Turns out, I actually listed him as winning the GOP nomination. Well, I'm not about to go that far. Here's how I see things playing out:

1. Huckabee wins Iowa, Romney second.
Because the earth is only 10 thousand years old.

2. McCain wins New Hampshire, Guiliani second, McCain third, Ron Paul fourth.
I thought McCain was dead a few months ago. So I've flipped on that. But here's the thing: Huckabee doesn't have any money to keep his Iowa-mentum going. Though he should do pretty well in South Carolina.

3. Huckabee wins South Carolina. Fred Thompson finishes second, McCain third. Romney is in free-fall from the disappointing Iowa and New Hampshire finishes. The evangelicals in the South refuse to vote for a Mormon. He drops out after this one.

So, who's left? After the early primaries? Huckabee, McCain, Guiliani, and Thompson. Guiliani, despite winning nothing, is in good shape because of the delegate-rich contests in California and New York (along with the Republicans' pathetic winner-take-all rules). But if one candidate -- and only one -- can hang around after New York and Califoria and whatever other early states happen -- Michigan and Florida, I believe -- then the anti-Guiliani vote amasses around that candidate.

Your 2008 Republican Nominee? Fred Thompson. Seriously.

Monday, November 19, 2007

And so does a political party and movement shrink into oblivion

I've been watching a terrific NOVA episode, "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial." It's about the court case wherein the school board's policy in Dover, Penn., cast doubt on Darwinian evolutionary theory. I'm feeling much smarter and more informed on biology and genetics than I was a few days ago before I started watching. (Keep in mind, I watch this thing in 12-minute increments. Not that I'm complaining.) But it's had an impact on how I'm viewing the world these days.

Take this article from CQ, in which I learned that "last month, (a conservative blog) barred newly registered users from writing any pro-[Ron] Paul commentary on the site. 'Effective immediately, new users may not shill for Ron Paul in any way shape, form or fashion. Not in comments, not in diaries, nada,' wrote Leon Wolf, a senior editor for the Web site."

Evolve or die, Republicans. No one, in this space, will mourn your death.

Friday, November 16, 2007

I know whose side I'm on


Just spend.

How did Republicans get a reputation as the party of fiscal sanity? Thank G-d Diebold wasn't able to fix another election or we'd really be in trouble.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

"Misleading investors is a federal crime"

Good stuff from the good guys:

Our new website

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Just surfing around, and landed on the Sporting News's baseball page. Currently, under "Member quote showcase" is this gem:

"Like him, hate him, whatever, Alex Rodriguez is a fabulous ballplayer."

So decrees unbelieveable24. Emphasis in original.

Overheard at Forest Glen Metro, Monday 6:45 pm

Man listening to Ipod: I didn't see you there. I was engrossed in Terry Gross.*
Other man: Oh, you like Terry Gross?

It's been 15 hours, and I'm still trying to decided which sentence is dumber.

*Link provided for those who don't know who she is, reasonably enough

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


What would possess someone to do this?

38 pitches

Now the only thing that’s left is this…