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Soxblog Hands in His Glove

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I read that Dean Barnett, the inestimable Soxblog, died today. He will be missed.

Dean was one of the early bloggers I found, and I always enjoyed his wit, his wisdom, and his ability to keep his cool. He quickly earned a place on my blogroll, and I was privileged to have had a place on his. While his blog lasted, he was a daily stop, and we also e-mailed from time to time. Though we both lived in Boston, we never managed to meet. I regret that very much.

I was happy for him that he had found a place as a columnist in recent years, and all I had to see was his byline to know that I was in for a treat. Alas, that voice is now gone, and we are all the poorer for it. 

Goodbye Dean.

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October 27, 2008 at 10:43 pm

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Half-Way Mark

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Roughly half-way there.

Interesting, Google allegedly caches web-pages for some period (said to be eternity), but apparently that isn’t so. Many of the original MartiniPundit posts, while appearing in searches, do not appear in caches. This has slowed me down in terms of reposting since I now have to parse a text archive in two and sometimes three separate files.

Still, at this writing, just over half of the 1200+ posts are back up.

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October 21, 2008 at 1:09 am

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Perfect Cribbage Hand

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Some onetime readers might find this surprising, but I’m a fairly serious cribbage player. I first learned the game in the early 90s, and I play on average about a dozen games a week. I once got a 28 point hand, which those of you who play know consists of four 5s and a court card. But today, quite unexpectedly on the first hand of the second game, I was dealt the jack of clubs, and the fives of spades, hearts, and diamonds. I tossed the other two cards in my opponent’s crib without a thought (and can’t for the life of me recall what they were), and waited for a lame cut like a two or three.

My surprise was complete when the five of clubs was cut. That equals 28 points but adds one for having a jack of the same suit as the cut card. 29 points! The odds of this hand are said to be 216,580 to 1.

Here’s my perfect hand:

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October 14, 2008 at 8:16 pm

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A Sobering Thought

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As I’ve been going through the old posts of this blog and uploading them to this new venue, I’ve had an opportunity to revisit the things I wrote about John Kerry four years ago.

I was pretty hard on the guy.

He deserved it though. Nothing I’ve seen has changed my mind that he was the wrong man for the presidency and George W. Bush was the better candidate. To be sure, there are things that I would have preferred Bush had done differently, but that’s a far cry from my belief that I would have preferred a putative President Kerry had done everything differently.

But that brings me to today. Leaving Obama aside, I think if I were writing this blog with the energy I put into it then, I would have no choice but to savage McCain in the same way I went after Kerry. Flip-flops, lack of focus, desperate tactics, and generally bad campaigning – McCain is guilty of them all. Maybe it’s a senate thing. Bringing Obama back, he’s given me much grist for the mill too. The difference is that in 2004 it was very much a one-sided thing. Not so today.

I’m going to vote for McCain. The notion of the socialist Obama, who consorts with terrorists, racists, communists, and thugs; a man whose past is not merely opaque, but has clearly been constructed to bring him to this point. A man who’s honesty is not just questionable, but demonstrably lacking. A man who’s very citizenship is plausibly in question not to mention his patriotism. A man who has the audacity to compare himself to God. I haven’t even touched on the money. This man does not deserve to be president of the United States. More than that, and here again McCain is flat-out wrong, we should be afraid of the notion of a President Obama. Crikey, one Jimmy Carter was one too many.

Nevertheless, McCain has run a terrible campaign. He may yet win – I pray he does. The next several years will be devastating for the nation under the three amigos: Obama, Reid, and Pelosi. The idea that they represent change for the better is laughable, except for the very real harm it will do. The nation is going collectively mad. Still …

McCain is the Kerry of this election.

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October 13, 2008 at 11:33 pm

Palin Won

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And by more than enough.

My initial impression of the debate was too many numbers. He said, she said, who knew, who cared? But over the ninety minutes, the impression grew that Biden was trying too hard to avoid being condescending to the little lady. As a result, he came across as milquetoast. 

Palin, on the other hand, was not a pit bull. Instead, she hit just the right not of aggressiveness while exuding homey charm with every answer. Her best moment came when she said that the Obama-Biden plan for Iraq was the “white flag of surrender.”

However, it remains to be seen how it will affect the race. To be sure, Palin shored up her credentials, put paid to the notion that she was somehow less ready that Obama or Biden (a laughable notion from the start), and established that a governor can actually know something about foreign policy.

Biden made no major gaffes, to his credit, but failed to ‘overawe’ the hockey mom with his accumulated acumen – such as it is. Let’s face it – Joe Biden is hardly an intellectual heavyweight. Palin proved she had a clue about pretty much everything. In the end, we’re left with the democrats arguing that we should believe they’re born-again tax-cutters, and that McCain and Palin will govern from the center. The first is believable only by the truly brainwashed, and the second is a leap of faith – but only for Palin. For this evening, Palin seized the Reagan mantle, and it’s clear will be a conservative in the Reagan tradition. It’s been twenty years, and not a moment too soon.

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October 3, 2008 at 1:08 am

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