Archive for October, 2007

Scientists Unwittingly Kill the Oldest Known Living Animal

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Google Stock Is Now Worth Seven Hundred Dollars a Share

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The Red Sox Sweep the 2007 World Series

The Boston Red Sox are champions once again, having defeated the Colorado Rockies in four straight games. Already, the word dynasty is being tossed around in reference to the Red Sox in the early part twenty-first century.

It looks like the days of the supposed “curse” are over.

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Tancredo Wants to Bet His Candidacy on the World Series

This has got to be the dumbest thing I have seen a Presidential candidate do in quite a while. Representative Tom Tancredo of Colorado has challenged fellow Republican nomination-seeker Mitt Romney to a bet: since the Colorado Rockies (Tancredo’s team) are playing the Boston Red Sox (Romney’s team) in the World Series, Tancredo has proposed that whichever candidate’s team loses the Series, that person should drop out of the Presidential race.

I don’t think I need to point out how idiotic it is to wager one’s political future on the outcome of a sporting event. I also shouldn’t have to mention how much this could damage Congressman Tancredo’s credibility. I mean, if the man is willing to bet his entire Presidential campaign on whether or not the Rockies play well in the Fall Classic, how seriously should we as voters be considering him for the most powerful job in the world? My opinion: not very.

To make matters worse, the Red Sox have had a terrific year (96–66 during the season). It probably isn’t very wise to bet against them during the World Series. Tancredo must really be looking for a reason to get out of the race.

To his credit, Mitt Romney has exhibited the class and common sense to decline Tancredo’s ridiculous challenge. On behalf on the former Massachusetts governor, a campaign spokesman announced that Romney “is running to win.” That may seem like an obvious statement regarding someone who is campaigning to become the President of the United States, but in light of Tancredo’s actions, perhaps it needed to be said.

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Reasons Not to Blog Everyday

This is an old piece, but it is still quite relevant — especially for me, since I am cutting back on the time I devote to blogging.

The article lists several good reasons to blog less; I found points number 4, 6, 9, and 10 to be particularly noteworthy.

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Limbaugh’s Senate Letter Has Been Sold for Over Two Million Dollars

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Deborah Kerr Has Passed Away

I was saddened to hear that — in addition to Joey Bishop’s passing — veteran screen actress Deborah Kerr has also died. Kerr was a big movie star in the ’50s and ’60s and was nominated for six Academy Awards (although the only one she ever received was an honorary one in 1994).

Deborah Kerr starred in two films that are on my list of favorite movies: The King and I and From Here to Eternity. My wife also counts An Affair to Remember as one of her favorites.

Kerr, who had suffered from Parkinson’s disease, passed away on Tuesday in Suffolk, England. She was eighty-six years old.

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