THOMAS SOWELL: ON CONSTITUTIONAL LITERALISM "But if law is not a body of rules, what is it? A set of arbitrary fiats by judges imposing their own vision of "the needs of the times"? Or a set of arbitrary regulations stealthily emerging from within the bowels of a bureaucracy?" Or what is so important that it needs to be preserved, protected and defended if it is subject to revision by judicial fiat rather than legitimate legislative amendment.no comments
DON CHERRY UNDER FIRE FOR WAVING THE FLAG TOO MUCH It's fine when flag waving is done for kids at the World Junior Hockey Championships, but Canadians in the line of fire, not so much. "[A] group called "Hockey Fans For Peace" feels this is pro-war propaganda on CBC, and they've planned a formal protest of the practice for this weekend." Ahhh, Canada. That love/hate relationship with free expression. Remember, Mark Steyn was brought before a British Columbia Human Rights tribunal for writing about demography in 2008. Steyn was cleared, of course, because speech is after all theoretically free, even in the great white north. Don't be surprised if Grapes ends up on a tighter leash.no comments
EFF YEAH NEYER! Not quite brimming with delicious subtlety as Posnanski's, but just as thoughtful, to the point and laced with enough optimism to belie this claim: "I consider myself neither an optimist nor a pessimist, but rather a cynic informed by a fair touch of realism. It's certainly true that the vocal self-righteous moralists aren't going to undergo conversion overnight, and perhaps not ever. But they're actually in the minority. We know that many, many voters lack real convictions about much of anything, and are perfectly malleable -- Bert Blyleven received just 14 percent support in one Hall of Fame election; Luis Aparicio just 12 percent -- which means it's just a matter of turning them in the right direction."no comments
DECLARATION DAY IN BEANTOWN Tango notes that this could have been tweeted, and hopes that we have reached the stage. Interesting back and forth in the comments at Tango's place. For what it's worth, I'm glad that Steve Buckley feels comfortable enough to open up about himself with us, but not for nothing, it really doesn't matter much at the end of the day.no comments
EFF YEAH POSNANSKI! "Bob [Costas] thinks that the Baseball Hall of Fame is too big. He did not go into detail, but he made it very clear — and I believe the reference point was Bert Blyleven– that the Hall of Fame was supposed to be for the “great” and, over the years, it became for the “very good.” He did not elaborate out of respect for the very good players who are already in the Hall of Fame. But I suspect that if it could be done clandestinely — that is to say if it could be done without anyone noticing and without hurting anybody — Bob and a lot of other people would throw a lot of players out of their Baseball Hall of Fame."
Pound for pound - in the old fight parlance - the best writer on sports we have. Savor each word.
H/T - His Lord of Minionsota, Craig Calcaterrano comments