ecbgeier asked: What are your thoughts on Robinson Cano leaving the Yanks?
As a Yankees fan I’m sad, because he was a product of our farm system and he was always someone who put up great numbers at the plate and who played an excellent infield. His short-arm, sometimes acrobatic throws and his deft fielding were always great to watch — youngn’s, if you want to learn the fundamentals of baseball, watch Robinson Cano in action — and his smile whenever he hit a homerun or cleared the bases or stole a base was simply infectious and a delight to see. People say that he got swept up into Jay-Z’s celebrity and one columnist wrote that some in baseball questioned if he wanted to be a “baseball star or a rap star,” but come on, there aren’t that many great ballplayers out there like Cano, and I think he just wanted to be where he thought he could play baseball AND make a shitload of money. Does that make him greedy? Jesus H. Christ, he played for the YANKEES for God’s sake. On the flip side, does that mean he’s less of a baseball player for following, in part, the cash? No, it doesn’t. I believe he’ll flourish in Seattle because they aren’t signing him up to hit homeruns. The Mariners signed him because he’s a complete, all-around player, offensively and defensively. And true Yankees fans will miss #24. As they should.
Front page, New York Daily News, 6 December 2013.
(via The Newseum)
Front page, the Mercury (Durban, South Africa), 6 December 2013.
(via The Newseum)
(Photo: Sam Costanza / New York Daily News)
Was a little surprised to see a commercial for the DVD release of Fast & Furious 6 until the announcer said a portion of the proceeds would go towards the late Paul Walker’s charity, Reach Out Worldwide.
You’re going up against the Pope? You’re going up against the Pope on how to help the poor? Helping the poor is in this man’s wheelhouse! This Pope… helps the poor!!! But you’re telling him how to do his job? Pope doesn’t come over to your house and slap Jamie Dimon’s dick out of your mouth! — JON STEWART, on Fox Business News anchor Stuart Varney saying “I disagree with the Pope, who doesn’t like free-market capitalism. I think free-market capitalism is a great liberator,” on The Daily Show
(via the Mail & Guardian / Johannesburg, South Africa)
"Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world."
NELSON MANDELA, after being sworn in as President of South Africa on May 10, 1994.
(Photo: Greg Bartley / Caemra Press via Redux / The New York Times)
Nelson Mandela, who led the emancipation of South Africa from white minority rule and served as his country’s first black president, becoming an international emblem of dignity and forbearance, died Thursday. He was 95.
The South African president, Jacob Zuma, announced Mr. Mandela’s death.
Mr. Mandela had long declared he wanted a quiet exit, but the time he spent in a Pretoria hospital in recent months was a clamor of quarreling family, hungry news media, spotlight-seeking politicians and a national outpouring of affection and loss. The vigil even eclipsed a recent visit by President Obama, who paid homage to Mr. Mandela but decided not to intrude on the privacy of a dying man he considered his hero.
Mr. Mandela will be buried, according to his wishes, in the village of Qunu, where he grew up. The exhumed remains of three of his children were reinterred there in early July under a court order, resolving a family squabble that had played out in the news media.
Mr. Mandela’s quest for freedom took him from the court of tribal royalty to the liberation underground to a prison rock quarry to the presidential suite of Africa’s richest country. And then, when his first term of office was up, unlike so many of the successful revolutionaries he regarded as kindred spirits, he declined a second term and cheerfully handed over power to an elected successor, the country still gnawed by crime, poverty, corruption and disease but a democracy, respected in the world and remarkably at peace.
The question most often asked about Mr. Mandela was how, after whites had systematically humiliated his people, tortured and murdered many of his friends, and cast him into prison for 27 years, he could be so evidently free of spite.
The government he formed when he finally won the chance was an improbable fusion of races and beliefs, including many of his former oppressors. When he became president, he invited one of his white wardens to the inauguration. Mr. Mandela overcame a personal mistrust bordering on loathing to share both power and a Nobel Peace Prize with the white president who preceded him, F. W. de Klerk.
And as president, from 1994 to 1999, he devoted much energy to moderating the bitterness of his black electorate and to reassuring whites against their fears of vengeance.
The explanation for his absence of rancor, at least in part, is that Mr. Mandela was that rarity among revolutionaries and moral dissidents: a capable statesman, comfortable with compromise and impatient with the doctrinaire.
When the question was put to Mr. Mandela in an interview for this obituary in 2007 — after such barbarous torment, how do you keep hatred in check? — his answer was almost dismissive: Hating clouds the mind. It gets in the way of strategy. Leaders cannot afford to hate. — The New York Times, "Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Liberator as Prisoner and President, Dies at 95"
Nelson Mandela, dead at 95. Rest in peace, sir. (Photo: Adrian Steirn via The Epoch Times)
I cannot say I’m surprised. New York City, here’s your new police commissioner come January 1, 2014. The whole stopping and frisking thing ain’t going away.
The 113th (Congress) hasn’t passed the bills every Congress does like a highway bill, or a defense bill, or a farm bill, or a budget. But what do we need a budget for? Clearly not for highways, defense or food! Besides, Congress did pass a bill insuring that people can fish near dams on the Cumberland River, AND (House Republicans) also passed deep cuts in food stamps for the poor. Which is good solid governing, because the poor don’t need food stamps anymore now that they can fish near dams on the Cumberland River. — STEPHEN COLBERT, on what is now officially the least productive Congress — only 55 bills passed this year, with only a week left in their session — in American history, on The Colbert Report
(Scientific rendering of the Sima de los Huesos people, who lived 400,000 years ago in what is now Spain, by Javier Trueba / Madrid Scientific Films via NBC News)