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    The NCAA baseball regionals ... (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 05:09:40 PM EST
    ... opened this weekend, which yours truly follows because he played college baseball back in the day, and there are already several surprises.

    One of them was highly touted Miami, which once again twice performed a one-and-a-half pike bellyflop in front of the home folks in Coral Gables. In a double-elimination regional that seemed tailor-made for a trip to the second round, the Hurricanes instead got clobbered twice, 10-2 by Stony Brook (NY) and 12-2 by Missouri State. Buh-bye.

    Other early and unexpected washouts include Texas A&M, SEC champion Mississippi State -- and CUSA champion Rice and Big West champ Cal State Fullerton, two perennial baseball powers with six national titles between them.

    (To put that in better perspective, Cal State Fullerton has been in every NCAA tournament since 1978. Further, the Titans have made a phenomenal 16 appearances at the eight-team College World Series in Omaha since 1992, the most of any Div. 1 program over the last 20 years, winning three of them. CSUF is college baseball's equivalent of the Duke Blue Devils in basketball. Suffice to say that falling meekly to Oregon and Austin Peay was not in their forecast this year.)

    A real surprise is the MAC champion Kent State Golden Flashes, who upset Kentucky and Purdue on successive days in the Gary Regional to move within one game of advancing to next weekend's Sweet 16 Super-Regionals. The Wildcats and Boilermakers must now face each other in an elimination game, and the winner must beat Kent State twice to advance.

    Another one who flew under the radar this year but is flying high now is Dallas Baptist, which is also unbeaten and faces Baylor in the final of the Waco Regional, needing only one win to advance. the 4th ranked Bears, already with one loss this weekend, will need to beat DBU twice.

    A third is St. John's in the Chapel Hill Regional, which upset host North Carolina 5-4 last night. They will play each other again this evening. Again, St. John's only needs to win one, while the Tar Heels need to win two.

    Others who are only one win away from advancing to the Sweet 16 next weekend are LSU, Florida, Stanford, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida State, Central Florida, Ole Miss and two-time defending NCAA champion South Carolina.

    The smoke is beginning to clear. (none / 0) (#30)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 02:51:38 PM EST
    As of today, here are the scheduled matchups in next weekend's NCAA Super-Regionals, which is a best-of-three format:
    • Florida v. North Carolina State-Vanderbilt winner
    • South Carolina v. Oklahoma-Appalachian State winner
    • Oregon v. Kent State
    • Arkansas v. Baylor-Dallas Baptist winner
    • UCLA v. TCU-Ole Miss winner
    • LSU v. Central Florida-Stony Brook winner
    • Arizona v. St. John's
    • Florida State v. Stanford

    All of today's remaining regional affairs are winner-take-all single games, except for the Oklahoma-Appalachian State matchup.

    The Sooners already have one loss (to App. St., 5-4, last Saturday), and will have to beat the Mountaineers twice today in order to advance. The Mountaineers only need one win to move on and play two-time defending NCAA champion South Carolina.

    Next weekend's winners will comprise the eight teams of this year's College World Series in Omaha.


    Obama fundraising way down (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by jbindc on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 07:11:11 AM EST
    Not even close to 2008 numbers

    In 2008, more than 550,000 gave more than $200 to Barack Obama, entering their names in the longest list of individual donors ever seen in American politics.

    That list was a snapshot of the hope Obama inspired in a cross sections of liberals, young professionals, African-Americans, and Democrats who saw in him a generational and historic moment. But now, as Obama struggles to keep pace with his 2008 fundraising clip, that list offers a cross-section of Democratic disappointment and alienation. According to a BuzzFeed analysis of campaign finance data, 88% of the people who gave $200 or more in 2008 -- 537,806 people -- have not yet given that sum this year. And this drop-off isn't simply an artifact of timing. A full 87% of the people who gave $200 -- the sum that triggers an itemized report to the Federal Elections Commission -- through April of 2008, 182,078 people, had not contributed by the end of last month.

    Interviews with dozens of those drop-off donors reveal the stories of Democrats who still plan to pull the lever for the president, but whose support has gone from fervent to lukewarm, or whose economic circumstances have left them without money to spare. The interviews and the data are the substance of an "enthusiasm gap" spurred by the distance between the promise of the campaign and the reality of governing, one that has begun to deepen Democratic gloom about this November's election.

    Of course, the campaign disputes those numbers. And, of course, it won't matter as long as those people still vote for him.

    Ha ha ha ha ha (5.00 / 2) (#24)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 12:16:37 PM EST
    Listening to Josh play Halo Reach online, some little boy is complaining to an adult on Josh's team that they need to burn a player who is playing with them.  The little boy voice tells the older male voice that he thinks that player is a girl too, the older voice says, "Who cares!" and starts the game.  Thank you older Halo Reach player :)

    Recently saw the 1933 movie (none / 0) (#1)
    by brodie on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 10:43:51 AM EST
    Gabriel Over the White House, a very weird fantasy of a president coming to power during the GD who after a motoring accident is transformed from a status quo establishment pol into a semi-benign populist dictator who rules by executive order alone.

    Not surprising is that W R Hearst had a hand in producing it and shaping the overall story.  Surprising though us that FDR approved of the script and final cut when the film was in production during his transition.

    The film takes us back to a time when many in this country, not all on the Right, were calling for dictatorial rule in the US to tackle the economic crisis.  Fortunately, much as he liked the movie, Roosevelt decided wisely not to go dictator, though many felt that opportunity was open to him.

    Hearst meanwhile, initially an FDR backer (thx to the lobbying of Joe Kennedy), would soon turn against him and the ND.  Later though, during WW2, he would partly redeem himself on another matter, to his credit.

    Last I checked, this wonderfully weird film was available in its entirety on YT.  Directed by Gregory La Cava, who would later direct the Depression classic screwball comedy My Man Godfrey.

    Diamond Jubilee River Pageant (none / 0) (#2)
    by Cylinder on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 10:50:11 AM EST
    Watching the tail end of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. Quite nice. I'm glad to see the Little Ships well-represented.

    With only five months to go (none / 0) (#3)
    by NYShooter on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 10:55:26 AM EST
    before election day, much of how the voters will choose is out of Obama's hands.

    The time for getting a healthy economy moving is long since passed. (Even ABG has been missing since the payroll numbers came out)

    No one has been more critical regarding the Obama/Geithner economic debacle than me, but we are in a Global economy and it is rapidly limiting O's options.

    In a few more weeks Europe could implode and then we'll be dealing with a worldwide catastrophe and not just a simple domestic "jobs bill."

    He better start acting like a (to borrow another term from the "Godfather")  "Wartime" President, because history tells us we don't like to switch Presidents during a time of war.

    He better start doing something.

    All very possible (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 07:42:47 AM EST
    And after watching the manipulation of the Facebook IPO and reading Taibbi on it, well....we've got some titans so capable of manipulating the markets singlehandedly I can only imagine what they are now able to do in order to get the Romney they think will serve them so much better than Obama.

    Wartime pres? (none / 0) (#5)
    by brodie on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 11:05:17 AM EST
    War against whom?  No one cares about the current WoT and Afghan and related.  Not in a Depression-like economy.

    And he can't do much to affect what happens in Europe.  Thus the Major Jobs Bill proposal.  

    He can call it his War on Unemployment though if you think that will be more politically effective.


    Historical opera: (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 10:57:54 AM EST

    Very glad I went to this last night.  

    Not an opera fan at all (none / 0) (#6)
    by Peter G on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 11:26:47 AM EST
    but at the behest of an old friend we have tickets to see this one next Saturday.

    Interesting. Please review (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 01:10:37 PM EST
    forreview for us.

    BTW, I decided against providing my CV in reply to your previous inquiry.  


    As you wish. No one asked for a CV, however (none / 0) (#10)
    by Peter G on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 04:18:28 PM EST
    It's just that when you repeatedly post your unsubstantiated opinions, on a subject that it is possible to know either more or less about depending on training and experience, in a forum where there are potentially thousands of people reading what you write, I suspect I am not the only person who thinks you may owe some obligation to the community to suggest why they should care what you think, and why anyone should give any weight to your opinion.  This is particularly so, when you are expressly opining in disagreement with others. You could explain that on any basis you think helpful; a CV is certainly not expected or required.

    Did you see the AP article to (none / 0) (#12)
    by oculus on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 12:53:43 AM EST
    which I linked Sat.?    At least one FL lawyer who practices state criminal law opines the bail testimony which is not about the criminal case is irrelevant. I have never practiced law in Fl.  I suggest we agree to disagree and wait for the trial.   I do respect your opinion.  

    Remember Megaupload? (none / 0) (#8)
    by EL seattle on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 03:14:28 PM EST
    (I know, I know. Cue the sound of crickets.)

    Although the story isn't about the ongoing Megaupload New Zealand extradition case, there's an interesting article in today's Seattle Times about efforts to find and extradite a former real-estate magnate who's been on the run for the past year after his highly leveraged empire fell apart.

    Apparently the missing developer/scoundrel and his wife possess a collection of diamond rings that's worth millions. It almost sounds like a plot setup from an old episode of It Takes a Thief. And I think that the story makes for a fun read, especially since at this stage no one has had an eye poked out or anything.

    The article goes into a lot of detail about the difficulties of extradition for various crimes or illegal activity from different countries around the world.  This passsage seems sort of appropriate to the whole Megaupload case:

    If Mastro has been -- or will be -- indicted, the government's success in extraditing him could hinge on exactly what the charges against him are.

    One likely possibility is bankruptcy fraud -- hiding assets from creditors. Rigby filed a civil suit accusing Mastro of that, and Barreca ruled in the trustee's favor last fall.

    Experts differ on how easy it would be to extradite Mastro to be tried for that offense.

    Some extradition treaties list specific crimes for which other countries will turn over a fugitive American to U.S. authorities. Other treaties are more general, authorizing extradition if the offense with which the American is charged also is a crime in that country.

    And it goes into further details from there.

    Here's a link to the whole Seattle Times story if anyone's interested.

    Trombone Shorty (none / 0) (#9)
    by easilydistracted on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 04:12:00 PM EST
    I had the good fortune to see Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue Friday evening. And what a treat! Energy, Energy and Energy. I'm still trying to decipher the style. Jazz, rock, a bit of hip hop, maybe James Brown on steroids... I don't know. If you get the opportunity, catch the show. Locations in New York and Vermont over the next week, as I recall.      

    Done! (none / 0) (#37)
    by kdog on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 10:44:31 AM EST
    Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave. were on the bill at Mountain Jam this weekend...that's f*ckin' entertainment!  First time I had the pleasre, they sure do have energy up the wazoo, and make a nice cajun stew of musical genres.  One of the highlights of the festival.

    Good for you kdog! Something told me you'd (none / 0) (#38)
    by easilydistracted on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 10:10:46 PM EST
    catch them. Non-stop wasn't it. How did that drummer keep up the intensity? I thought Shorty was equally versatile on that trumpet.

    Nancy Pelosi (none / 0) (#15)
    by CST on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 10:16:46 AM EST
    chimes in on 2016:

    "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi kept the "Hillary Clinton for president in 2016" refrain alive in an interview published Sunday.

    "Why wouldn't she run? She's a magnificent secretary of state," Pelosi told the San Francisco Chronicle when asked about Clinton's 2016 ambitions. "She's our shot."

    Also, how about those Celtics?!

    Saw that article (5.00 / 2) (#18)
    by jbindc on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 10:19:24 AM EST
    My response - "What cares what you think, Nancy?  You're 4 years too late."

    My thoughts exactly. (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by Angel on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 10:27:50 AM EST
    I'm playing BTD for a day (none / 0) (#19)
    by CST on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 10:23:48 AM EST
    Hillary 2016! :)

    That would be nice (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by jbindc on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 10:28:51 AM EST
    But I just don't see it.

    But my, how 4 years makes a difference....


    Not really (none / 0) (#22)
    by CST on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 10:35:44 AM EST
    If she was the nominee in 2008 I would've said the same thing back then.

    For all the vitrol in the primary wars, I was in the fortunate position of liking both of them.

    Unless you're talking about Nancy.

    Also, I kind of agree with the opinion that it will be hard for another Democrat to emerge in the next 4 years if Obama wins re-election.


    Yeah (none / 0) (#23)
    by jbindc on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 10:53:35 AM EST
    I was talking about Nancy.  Now that she isn't the Queen Bee anymore (and may or may not be again), it's interesting how her tune has changed.

    Of course, she also reads the polls.


    If (as you say) Pelosi (none / 0) (#26)
    by christinep on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 12:55:48 PM EST
    is the "Queen Bee," what does that make Boehner?

    This is a joke, right? (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by jbindc on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 01:03:00 PM EST
    Sorta (none / 0) (#32)
    by christinep on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 03:38:38 PM EST
    More of a jab about the term...since my recollection of the term Queen Bee is that it used to be used as a divide & conquer sneer at successful women.  Related a bit to the earlier practice of remarking editorially on the clothes or hairstyle of women in the professional sphere.  (Of course, the exception for everyone as to hairstyles seems to be the ever-present D. Trump.)

    It was a jab (none / 0) (#33)
    by jbindc on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 03:45:32 PM EST
    Nancy wanted to stay the Queen Bee - she supported Obama, if you remember.  

    I didn't know that (none / 0) (#34)
    by sj on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 04:20:14 PM EST
    my recollection of the term Queen Bee is that it used to be used as a divide & conquer sneer at successful women.  Related a bit to the earlier practice of remarking editorially on the clothes or hairstyle of women in the professional sphere
    Before my time, I guess.  You learn something new every day.  Although that "earlier practice" that you describe is still going on.

    Yeah, sj...one of those pet peeves things (none / 0) (#36)
    by christinep on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 07:42:53 PM EST
    When my ears first paid attention to the term was when a number of good ol' boys referred to our onetime great feminist Congresswoman Pat Scroeder in the kind of condescending"oh the queen bee didn't get her way" slur, etc. What I began to do in the political arena & in the workplace was to listen when that description was used...about whom was it used, in what context, and why.  What I discern is that it may well be related to something like " uppity woman.". In any event, what would be the male equivalent (as for Boehner) and is there an equal application, as it were?

    The orange drone? (5.00 / 2) (#28)
    by oculus on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 01:03:18 PM EST
    oops (none / 0) (#16)
    by CST on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 10:17:01 AM EST
    A disagreement with Armando (none / 0) (#17)
    by jbindc on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 10:18:46 AM EST
    Fun to watch bloggers quarrel. (none / 0) (#25)
    by oculus on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 12:43:43 PM EST
    Anyone watch "Mad Men" last night? (none / 0) (#29)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 02:02:04 PM EST
    That's two brutal, game-changing episodes in a row. What happened to Lane Pryce was very sad.

    No spoilers please!! (none / 0) (#31)
    by nycstray on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 02:52:47 PM EST
    watching it tonight :)

    All I can advise you is ... (none / 0) (#35)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 07:41:10 PM EST
    ... to watch this particular episode from the very beginning. If you come in after the first 15 minutes, you'll be left bewildered and wondering how they got there.