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Monday, October 31, 2005  

There's a man of mystery that's roaming through the land

"Mysterious Mose" leads off Dr. Mysterian's picks on the Essential Ghoul's Record Shelf.

Also cued: Raymond Scott's "New Year's Eve in a Haunted House" * Patsy Montana's "Yodeling Ghost" * Harry Belafonte's "Zombie Jamboree."

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The picture above isn't subtitled "Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Ypres," but is a still from Rosebud's remarkable gallery of WWI aviation images.

See also: Mr Punch's History of the Great War

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Death's heads and then some: Old Burial Hill, Marblehead.



Self-Carve Pumpkin

One in a rotating gallery of prints at the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation.

In 1952, Charles Addams was among seven prominent representatives of the entertainment and museum worlds invited to choose favorite artifacts from the collections at the University of Pennsylvania's museum. He chose these.

Another Penn alum given to celebrating Halloween in style is Amy of Seacoast N.H., whose pumpkin is lit and whose guests may be, too.


Saturday, October 29, 2005  

Need we say more?

Around the blogs: Patum Peperium * Princeton Progressive Nation * Globalized Pilgrims * Prof. Bainbridge * The Welcome Matt * Ekklesia * Confirm Them * Sharks with Lasers * Holy Whapping * Andrew Cusack

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[W]hen people advance their moral viewpoints in the public square, they are not imposing anything on anyone. They are proposing. That’s what citizens do in a democracy—we propose, we give reasons, we vote. It’s a very strange doctrine that would silence only religiously grounded moral viewpoints. And it’s very unhealthy for democracy when the courts—without clear constitutional warrant—deprive citizens of the opportunity to have a say in setting the conditions under which we live, work, and raise our children. Mary Ann Glendon

(Hat tip: Steve M)


Thursday, October 27, 2005  

Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye

Shoeless Joe's Ghost rests happy this Halloween, as joy reigns on Chicago's South Side.

Somewhere this morning, Chico Carrasquel and Zeke Bonura are smiling, and Jimmy Dykes holds a celestial hot-water bottle to his head.

And Cub Reporter is being a good sport about it.


Tuesday, October 25, 2005  

Crispin's Crispian was a conservative.

He liked everything at the right time-
Dinner at dinnertime,
Lunch at lunchtime,
Breakfast in time for breakfast,
And sunrise at sunrise,
And sunset at sunset,
And at bedtime-
At bedtime, he liked everything in its own place-
The cup in the saucer
The chair under the table
The stars in the heavens,
The moon in the sky,
And himself in his own little bed.

The Dog Who Belonged to Himself

By Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Garth Williams

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Happy St. Crispin's Day!

(Hard to top last year's, though.)



Around the Horn

On Jean Shepherd and the White Sox:

Shepherd celebrated the uncelebrated, he championed the loser. He was surely bred for it. Born in Chicago, raised 20 miles south in grimy Hammond, Ind., young Shep was loyal to the hapless White Sox. They were the only team so forlorn that their fans actually envied the Cubs' fans; who, as Shepherd said, somewhat hyperbolically, "haven't won a pennant in the recorded history of mankind"; whose all-time best player (Shoeless Joe Jackson) was banned from the sport on charges of fixing the 1919 World Series.

So a White Sox kid quickly learned to identify with those who failed most artfully, like Zeke "Banana Nose" Bonura, a lumbering first baseman with the highest fielding percentage in the league - because, Shep explained, the guy couldn't get to a ground ball, so he never dropped it. "Zeke had a fielding radius of seven-and-a-half inches.... Zeke Bonura has not flagged down a ground ball since 1934, when he was eight." When there was little else to honor, he cheered the gristly sound of a player's name. "Mike Kreevich - that's a name! This is a name that's made out of old red bricks. Used bricks - the kind of bricks you buy at the lumberyard. Got chunks of tar hanging on it, and old concrete; pieces of straw and other things, can't even discuss it. I remember Mike Kreevich standing out in center field, with tobacco juice squirting out of both ears. He's just standing there; he looks like a fireplug with feet."

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"Let's Go Go Go White Sox" by Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers and "Chicago" played by Nancy Faust on the old Comiskey organ are among the Pale Hose fight songs at FlyingSock.com. Be sure to scroll down for more Nancy Faust favorites.

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Shoeless Joe Jackson is still a hero in his South Carolina hometown, according to a report, with photos, by Stan Grossfeld.

Destiny has changed socks from red to white, writes Dan Shaughnessy.

No other team has as grimy a ghost in the attic as the Chisox, writes the NYT's Dave Anderson.

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World Series coverage: Sun-Times * Tribune * Houston Chronicle


Friday, October 21, 2005  

What's your hockey name?

I'm Pierre La Sullivaneau, alias Labatt McSullivanson.

Get your own hockey name. (Via Hair of the Blog)

Then: draw a pig and see what it says about you.

Here's mine:

(Via TSO)


Monday, October 17, 2005  

Beyond the Pale

Congrats, White Sox.

Four complete games in a row! Blues, ribs and Old Style, stat!


Friday, October 14, 2005  

Oh, Mamie, Mamie, Mamie Reilly

Holy Cross hosts Dartmouth in football this weekend.

It is worth noting this blog ranks third in a Google search for Dartmouth Indian merchandise.

No doubt Bloody Marys are in order, if for no other reason than to toast Mr & Mrs P.

Scroll down here for audio of Holy Cross fight songs. With the lyrics you can sing along.

From HC Magazine: A cover piece on the Lost Season of '69, canceled when the football team caught hepatitis * A mystery solved in the disappearance of a WWII flier * And the past glories of HC athletics revisited.


Thursday, October 13, 2005  

Somewhere apoplexy has seized Joe D'H.

Maybe John Cahill, too. Will the pennant be decided by a phantom bounced-third-strike?


Tuesday, October 11, 2005  

South Asia Quake Relief

California Yankee roundup * Red Cross * Catholic Relief


Tuesday, October 04, 2005  

Carl Everett haikus &c

FiveSevenFive offers an archive of verse inspired by the volatile ballplayer who doesn't believe in the moon landing or dinosaurs.

Here's today's:

God speaks through head-butts
"Cast cell phones into the stands"
Spare pretty demons

Another good one:

Ain't no dinosaurs!
Don't lie 'bout evolution!
I come from Pluto.

Just the thing to set the stage for today's Hose vs. Hose opener.

Elsewhere: FlyingSock.com * BlackBetsy.com * Jeff Kallman * Royal Rooters * Sons of Sam Horn * Dirt Dogs * Globe Red Sox * Trib White Sox


Monday, October 03, 2005  

W could have picked Mary Ann Glendon, no?

The Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard would have been an inspired choice for the high court. Take it from Alan Dershowitz:

Professor Dershowitz, who would be your choice and why?

Alan Dershowitz: Well, I would appoint a woman named Mary Ann Glendon, who is quite conservative, Republican, but very sensitive to human rights. She is a true conservative, rather than an authoritarian or a statist…

And quoted elsewhere:

"If a woman could be made pope, she'd be my candidate," Dershowitz said. "She brings to bear all the best of religion and secular thinking. Whenever I get upset about religion, which happens from time to time, I think about Mary Ann Glendon and I remember the virtues of a religious perspective."

A fine profile done on her in the Globe some years back had her as a political independent, formerly a Democrat. Her "compassionate iconoclasm" won her kudos in the alternative Phoenix. Her book on Eleanor Roosevelt drew good reviews.

You read her pieces in Opinion Journal and First Things and wonder: Could she have been approved?

Well we won't find out now, will we?


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