Saturday, August 22, 2009
Read about that and more in my PostBourgie blogmate universeexpanding's thoughtful post about Hillary Clinton, Congo and the hard conversations that men and women usually don't have but should.
Also, make sure to check out the comments.
As I've always said, I don't even know all that I don't know. But that doesn't mean I shouldn't try to know it all. Continue Reading »
Friday, August 21, 2009
But this is a time to rejoice. Soon, the streets and stores and my gym in particular will be free of annoying children and teenagers. The start of school is upon us, people!
Thus, this week's theme for the list was songs that reminded us of first-day clothes, JanSport backpacks and Five-Star notebooks. My submissions for the week: Back to Life (However Do You Want Me) by Soul II Soul; Git Up Git Out by Outkast; I Missed the Bus by Kris Kross.
And as a completely unrelated bonus, let me suggest House of Flying Daggers by Raekwon featuring Inspectah Deck, Method Man and Ghostface Killah.
In retrospect, the one thing I don't miss about school is going to school. Everything else was cool, though.Continue Reading »
Thursday, August 20, 2009
That would have been perfectly legal. And Second Amendment enthusiasts would have applauded him for his commitment to freedom, democracy and terrifying libruls.
But unfortunately, Plaxico works and plays in New York - home to some of the nation's toughest gun laws - and made what is probably a career-ending gaffe. He shot himself in the thigh AND foot, so to speak.
Today, the former Giants star accepted a plea bargain that will send him to jail for two years. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of criminal possession of a weapon, avoiding a potential 15-year sentence on weapons possession and reckless endangerment charges.
And he was much closer to spending 15 years behind bars than he ever was to going free. From the very beginning Mayor Mike Bloombergand Manhattan D.A. Robert Morgenthau said they would seek the maximum sentence for Burress.
Some, including a Fordham law professor, wondered if Burress was getting a harder time than your average gun possession suspect. Given the zeal with which Morgenthau prosecuted the case, I don't think there's any question about that.
“When you have the mayor and the district attorney both publicly demanding a maximum prison sentence, it was perhaps too much to hope for the grand jury to conduct a sympathetic review of the unique facts of this sad case,” Burress’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said after Burress's indictment a few weeks ago.
But justice is blind, right?
Anyway, even though he will spend the next couple years in prison, I want to use this space briefly to remember Burress for the uncommon talent that he was. At 6-foot-5 and about 225 pounds, Burress had the size, strength, jumping ability, hands and smarts to someday merit consideration for the Hall of Fame. For whatever reason, it never quite worked out that way.
And sadly enough, it never will. But we'll always have this:
Post-script: As I recently mentioned to G.D., I've been mulling over a top 5 or top 10 list of the biggest wastes of athletic talent in my lifetime. Plax is definitely near the top. Continue Reading »
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Have I ever told you all how much I love Miami? Or more specifically, Miami Beach?
Sometimes, you just come across a picture that sort of explains it all.
Living within a four-hour drive of there might be my favorite thing about being a Florida resident. Someday I'm going to dedicate an entire, rambling post (like many of my others) to all the reasons I love that place. But not today. Continue Reading »
The following video clip might be slightly NSFW. Depending, of course, on where you work:
For the record, I live by the same three rules.Continue Reading »
Monday, August 17, 2009
Unfortunately, we’ll probably find out the answers to all of these soon enough:
Late as usual, we've (my fault, really) finally posted Your Monday Random-Ass Roundup over at PostBourgie.
This week, we've got a veritable gumbo of items: more about health care; California's failing prison system; some talk about reverse discrimination; a Bollywood star who gets racially profiled; Daddy's Girls; and the amazing Usain Bolt, among other things.
Enjoy.Continue Reading »