Thursday, July 24, 2008

Baseball Icon, Friend
of Madonna for Veep

'Isn't it time to put a little grabass back in the White House?'
--David Letterman last night on his show, outlining the reasoning behind why Yankees' star Alex Rodriguez would be a good choice for vice president. You can review earlier Letterman mentions here. Madonna and A Rod, on the other hand, are virginal subject for us, if not for each other. We apologize for this exceedingly rare descent into the idiot culture, but hell, it's summertime, and we couldn't help ourselves. We now return you to our usual highbrow (or at least middlebrow) material.


At 12:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not exactly the sports comment I was looking for John, but half the fun of your blog is that I never know what I will find.

I came across something today and thought of your commenter's recent complaints. "I have spoken as I thought. I may be wrong in regard to any or all of them, but holding it a sound maxim, that it is better to be only sometimes right, than at all times wrong, so soon as I discover my opinions to be erroneous, I shall be ready to renounce them." -Abraham Lincoln

The reason I bring this up is that I enjoy listening to someone who has their ear to the ground, getting information from myriads of sources. I appreciate someone who has the courage of their convictions and encourages intelligent discussion. I hope that the next time a disgruntled blogger visits they bring their opinions with them and lay out a good case for us to consider their words carefully. We are WORKING with words here, not just flinging them around.

INTELLIGENT discussion is a cornerstone of our democracy, and is in many circles a rare delicacy.

At 9:20 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

You said it. What could I possibly add to that?

At 9:25 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

And by the way, that person venting their spleen in the comments section in the last few days is no disgruntled blogger. Actually, it happens to be one of my oldest and best friends. We just quite disagree on politics.

At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Mr. Bluster said...

Dave Letterman deserves respect for asking the tough question, unlike Brokaw or Schieffer:

"Can a case be made that George Bush’s administration is clearly guilty of war crimes?" (Crooks and Liars blog)

Did anyone catch Brokaw's interview of Gore on "Meet The Press?" He came off as a humorless washerwoman, plodding through his laundry list of talking points and gotchas. To Gore's credit, he came off well.

At 2:42 PM, Anonymous Tulsan said...

Brokaw did the same act with Obama this Sunday morning.

Schieffer over on CBS seemed baffled and concerned at having on a Republican (Chuck Hagel) who was not on-message for the GOP.

After extracting all the horse-race drama possible, and after testing Obama's patience with ceaseless repetition of the GOP talking points, TV news will start licking Obama's boots to make sure they keep their prized access. They have no other mode.

At 5:52 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Brokaw has always seemed to me to be a laughable news mannequin with a fake voice, trying his hardest to feign gravitas. The resulting effect only gets worse with age.

At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You give words to to the thoughts I had only felt but had not fully realized.

At 11:57 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Glad to hear it, anon, because of course that's the business I'm supposed to be in--putting some definition around vague impressions.


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