Saturday, November 26, 2005

Sharia in Oakland?

When I saw the video clip of the attack on the Oakland liquor store, the newscaster said they were well dressed vandals. My first thought was "That is the Nation of Islam!" I have yet to see any report in the mainstream media making any connection to the NOI. In fact, I have yet to see any mention of the race of the perpetrators. Bloggers have been all over this story, pointing out the NOI connection. Chalk up another one for the blogosphere.

The video clip is horrifying. The attackers don't care that they are being filmed. They are organized and disciplined. The attack is well coordinated and designed to maximise property damage without harming the shop owner. It seems like they just wanted to keep him out of the way while they did their damage. Apparently they accuse him of "selling poison in their neighborhood" before the rampage begins. How long before they begin killing these shop owners? Sharia has come to Oakland, and soon to a neighborhood near you. I think it is time to start pushing back.

George Best

I am not much of a soccer fan. I went to a few games when I lived in the UK, but it never captured my imagination. Therefore, when I heard that George Best passed away, I did not put on a black armband. I was vaguely aware that he played soccer, but did not know that he played for Manchester United. I know George Best mainly because The Wedding Present named an album after him. He was apparently one of the best footballers ever, and his off the field antics, mainly involving booze and women, were a match for his on the field prowess. The best analogy seems to be Mickey Mantle: great baseball player, greater carouser. He appears to have captured the imagination of an entire generation of fans, who have passed on the story of his legendary antics to their children. The Guardian has a fine obituary.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Thanksgiving Dinner

My wife was on call at the hospital for Thanksgiving so it was just the two of us for dinner. She does not like turkey, so I made a goose instead, with oyster cornbread stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, and a port wine reduction gravy with dried cranberries and bing cherries. The goose was slightly overcooked but goose meat is so rich that you would need to leave it in the oven for hours to dry it out, and the gravy was so damn good that any deficiency in the poultry department was easily covered up.

The stuffing and the gravy were the definite hits of the evening. I am going to use the leftover mashed potatoes for salmon cakes, probably for breakfast tomorrow. The leftover goose will go into a goose, duck and rabbit gumbo on Sunday.

Throw a Baseball 90 MPH, Get the Girl

Bosox pitcher Bronson Arroyo is a mediocre to good pitcher. He starts occaionally, relieves occasionally, and may even close now and then. He is no All Star, and most casual baseball outside of Boston probably have no idea who he is. All this, and he still gets to hang with her. Just think, he probably has one like her in every American League city.

Thanks to Deadspin for the story and link.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Corzine wins in landslide

In the end, it wasn't even close. Corzine won handily over Dougie Forrester. I am sure that in the coming weeks stories will surface about Corzine bussing in the homeless from Philly and NYC, like he did to win his senate race a few years back, but it appears that he did not need it this time. He won big time.

Having lost two statewide races, I pray that the NJ GOP experiment with Forrester is over. I know he was a successful businessman, but the guy struck me as a dolt. I don't know of any NJ Republican superstars on the horizon. The Republican Party in New Jersey is almost non-existent at this point, when as recently as ten years ago they controlled both houses of the legislature and the governor's mansion. There are several reasons for this, but I think the main reason is that when Christie Whitman swept into the governor's mansion after the Florio debacle, there were expectations that things would be different. The Republicans, however, just acted like it was their turn at the trough and made pigs of themselves. With Republicans like that, you might as well elect Democrats.

I wish Jon Corzine luck. I hope he turns out to be a great governor, but somehow, I'm just not getting that vibe.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Soccer Fatwa

Ace of Spades has a post on a soccer fatwa that reads like but is apprently real. The "Sean" he thanks for finding the MEMRI translation is yours truly.

Corzine vs. Forrester

Well it looks like the New Jersey Governor's race is going down to the wire as the latest polls show Corzine's lead dwindling. Corzine still has a small lead, and you can expect Corzine to finance a massive get out the vote effort in New Jersey's urban areas. Did I say "you can expect Corzine to finance a massive get out the vote effort in New Jersey's urban areas?" I meant you can expect Corzine to buy as many votes as possible and bus in the homeless from Philly and NYC like he did in his senate race a few years back.

Forrester could win if he wasn't handicapped by his complete lack of personality. The guy looks and sounds like someone who got the crap beaten out of him in grammar school. Imagine a less annoying Mike Dukakis and you get the idea. Of course, Forrester got his revenge by making zillions of dollars. Too bad Corzine has gazillions. The real shame is that the republicans did not nominate Bret Schundler. He would have cleaned Corzine's clock.