Monthly Archives: April 2016

Its Fiorina time

I said before, she’d be a compelling VP

And she is, but I don’t know that this pays off….  What I think does pay off typically is actually the common geographic fusion ticket, IE Reagan / Bush, Carter / Mondale …. Boy those are old examples though aren’t they…

Anyway, Cruz / Fiorina is not a geographic fusion ticket.  Fiorina made her bones in the primary by having a strident / assertive quality on some conservative hot buttons…. Muslims, abortion.  This was not all that tonal-ly dissimilar from Trump really, but it was a qualitatively superior articulation.

So this gambit is in some ways to do Trumpism, but better, IE in a credible way and make his unwashed hordes comfortable with a non-trump GOP ticket.

I dunno man…


Go about your business

Re Prince, I liked him as a dude.   I basically feel melancholy here of the type I did when Kirby Puckett died.

Ya music of my youth, that 84-87 period in high school.

Golly the man could impose his will on a guitar.  Ya know, to have tried guitar and failed, one thing is I never felt my hands were big enough or strong enough to travel the fretboard and compress strings with nimbleness.  And I don’t actually have small, weak hands.  So you look at these little, virtuoso guitarists….it has the appearance of being an odd phenomena to me (it ain’t really an odd phenomena…)

Anyway….get back to that Vox article yesterday on liberal smugness…  It exists, and everyone knows it exists, but it isn’t acknowledged often because smug liberals control the acknowledgement apparatus that is the broader, news and pop culture press.

I don’t bring that up to grind that particular axe.  It’s just useful to note this can be ratified as a real thing because instinctively we understand a certain comparable phenomenon on the right is a real thing, that being a kind of dickishness, that which we are forced to confront with more open eyes in the age of Trump.

Which brings me to Curt Schilling.  Guy bugs me now in maybe ten ways.  ESPN was within their rights to fire him and they were correct to do it.

A very big thing to me is…. Ya know, each spring in baseball fandom we get new faces to evaluate, usually younger guys trying to make a team.  Maybe good rookies, but also perhaps marginal 20 something pros who have already bounced around a bit.  Their stories will get told in the newspaper and almost invariably you’ll get a quote from the coaches saying how the potential for these guys on the club is good, because they know how to ‘go about their business’.

That’s not actually a fluff quote.  It’s something that trickles up from scout evaluations and gets tagged onto the identities of players as they exist in the brains of coaches and managers.  Its tribe speak, and it means ‘this guy attends to the necessities of his job as a pro baseball player like it’s an actual job, thus he exceeds a minimum qualification to be here’.

In the game, culturally I think marginal and elite talents alike with few exceptions learn to honor the primacy of this ‘go about your business’ rule.  Which is right and universal, because all it’s about is being a pro and practicing your craft with seriousness.

Schilling wasn’t practicing his craft with seriousness or professionalism.  Besides being a dick, he’s being distracted AND distracting.  Fire him.

And ya know, serious professional minds don’t pass around vulgar Facebook memes.  There’s that.

Besides what he was doing on TV, which paid fine, I’m not sure there’s much Schilling is qualified for besides giving $35/hr pitching lessons at the batting cage.  Dumbass.

Recession ‘82

It’s more or less forgotten, having been obscured by a larger narrative of 80’s vitality.

I remember the 81/82 period pretty well, it’s not all that obscured to me.

I would do well to nail down the ins and outs of my dad’s career, for memory’s sake.

Having come home from the service, he matriculated to office work.  I think he had a city job, and an insurance claims job, and then started working for TCF as a real estate appraiser (…for home mortgages), maybe by 72/73.  I don’t know that the TCF job paid more than $20k a year by the time he left it.  That mighta been 78, when he got a state job.  I think I’m right in describing it as at the DNR doing appraisals for ED condemnations.

And that was a better job, a good job… I dunno, maybe it paid over $30k… but maybe it didn’t… anyway my parents could thus make a leap from St. Paul to Lake Elmo, which was close to Oakdale and Maplewood where they had grown up… but nicer, ya know, very middle class prosperous in ways better than Oakdale and MW.

In 1979 their rambler in Lake Elmo cost $67k or $69k.  I don’t know how the whole mortgage process worked out with what we all remember as trope about Carter era interest rates.  But they did it, I think, with his new good job, despite some prevailing 1970’s type economic problems.

Well the article talks about that seismic Volker interest rate shock.  My dad got laid off from this state job in 81/82, I’d say 82.  And I’m sure it was a function of the Volker war on inflation.  State tax revenue went down dramatically with this DNR land activity ceasing entirely (for a time).

A lot of people were out of work, I recall unemployment rates breached 10%.   I’m trying to put my finger on what anxiousness we had.  I think we were all anxious, but that memory has dimmed.   Ya know, with the $ gas and the interest rates and the unemployment there was this notion that a new depression was on….   For an apocryphal anecdote, as my father approached age 40 I have memory of him being given placement guidance to move to Dade County FL where LEO jobs might be plentiful for ex-military fellas.

He didn’t do that…. And ya know, he must have been out of work for a time but I don’t remember him ever staying home during the day say waiting for the phone to ring.  Right away I think he took what must have been very inconsistent, low paid work (by comparison) for one of the old-heads in town who had an independent practice.

….Then he grouped up with some other fellas to rent office space…..then he partnered up with some guys to have a practice….  85/86/87 the S&L thing hits.  Independent appraisal shops got a lot of work, and banks were getting away from having appraisal staffs anyway.  Then, there was the first Greenspan refi boom, say 1991-92… appraisers got a lot of work.

And the economy was good generally, and certainly never got as bad as it was in 82.  In one of those intervening good economy 80’s years I think my parents had an income tax balance due of like $35k from say not having acclimated to the math of how the business was performing.  I do believe that situation also made them anxious.

Things I would have liked to have written about this week….

Mike Freeman’s baby splitting gambit re Jamal Clark….  Ya know one thing is, he’s kind of an old man by now.  I just looked up his Wikipedia, he’s 68.  An old white guy as well… an old, institutional white guy.  This being, it was kind of interesting and laudable that he saw the necessity to move the Clark inquiry from the grand jury to the CA’s office…IE it speaks to the appreciation for a certain contemporary insight… but then he declined to charge.  Which is somewhat obvious in being the correct decision as a matter of law, but [my subjective opinion is] he was a bit too commending of the police in doing so.  Some homage needed to be paid to how sketchy the Clark / police interaction was.  If you’re the CA and you don’t do that, don’t do what you can do, as a function of this review,  you’re still enabling police abuse.

Pres. Obama’s / Kerry’s impending Hiroshima apology – would be wrong.  If it’s to say arguable that the President is not guilty of the ‘anti-Americanism’ his haters charge him with…. a Hiroshima apology would go well toward tipping the argument.  Golly, what a remnant of campus radical chic the whole Hiroshima apology thing is.

His biggest FP mistake was not was not planning for the Libya aftermath, says Pres. Obama

I’m surprised he answered this question with this forthrightness, that’s not usually what ‘they’ do.… and it legitimizes a critique of Hillary.  Other thing is, as a mistake it’s a biggie, and thus discrediting of superior O Administration smartness.  Ya figure one of or the primary tenet of “don’t do stupid stuff’ foreign policy is don’t do regime change without post planning.  That was the observation they made of Iraq, and yet they made that mistake in Libya.

Obama on Hillary’s server, “there’s classified, and then there’s “classified”” amirite.  First, I’m a big boy, and I know she won’t get charged, this for something underlings get charged for.  So I don’t obsess.  But what ought to be acknowledgeable is this is Democrats exempting themselves from rules and using what they see as their superior moral mission to justify it.  Also, I have been at various points bemused at the faux obtuse refusal of people (Kevin Drum) to put their finger on what Hillary was up to here.  It was 1) The (absurd) accommodation made so she could use her Blackberry and 2) the bigger thing, she was subverting FOIA so that she could farm out research and insight jobs to her paid staff of permanent sycophants at the Clinton Foundation, ie, Sidney Blumenthal.  I am prepared to acknowledge this is not terribly malevolent stuff.  It’s not treason or ‘corruption’.  But it’s unethical and it makes for a criminal case as good as many, such that it violates the laws that govern these ‘things we do together’ eh.  Qualitatively ya figure it’s about on par with that thing with Petraeus and his girlfriend that he got charged for.  Quantitatively, there’s way more material here that they passed around unsecure. It ought to be acknowledgeable that she could be charged for this and it wouldn’t be an unreasonable case, that normally this would be something they’d charge for, etc.  That she’s not getting charged because Obama’s DOJ is protecting her.

Scandal free administration – New Balance was to be bought off from criticizing TPP with a DOD shoe contract

On Cruz generally – I could go on a riff… I have my doubts he’s as obnoxious as some people like to say.  As a young man, he was a college Republican and debater at Princeton… a combination with a robust trope already made, you’d say.  Well he’s what, 45 now… fair to assume he’s a nicer, better man these days.

Vinland – I really like the historical footnote of Viking settlement (or mere encampment) of North America in 1000 AD.  I was made aware this week there’s a pretty good chance ‘they’ spotted another settlement on the Gulf of St. Lawrence facing side of Newfoundland.  I pulled up the Nova show or whatever that this is revealed in on PBS….  You get about 5 minutes of contemporary scientists discussing this new discoveries for every 20 minutes of canned B roll that regales how violent the Vikings were.  Its crap.

I ‘d have more to say on Transgenders but nothing profound.  With Springsteen canceling a show as a political protest….  Ya know, fine and dandy, but I don’t think he would cancel if the business repercussions IE reservations, deposits, refunds were very great…. And thus I’m surprised I’d say that the business repercussions for canceling don’t seem to be very great.