Here’s your chance to play Sadie

As you all know, Sadie has been helping out while Bookworm is away by sending links to all kinds of sites that interest her.  Here is your chance to play Sadie for a day.  Treat this as a special kind of open thread in which you post links to things you’ve found on the Internet that you think the rest of us might be interested in.  Check out each other’s links.  Then, if you want to comment on the other links, the price of admission is supplying a link yourself.  Let’s have some fun with this.


I’ll start with a different subject matter than we usually cover here — the National Football League.  The link is to a column in my local paper talking about how the NFL has dominated people’s attention, as much or more than the debt ceiling crisis.  Monte Poole, the columnist, is right, of course, as to Americans in general, who are consumed by the NFL.  But are the Bookwormroom readers fans?  Do you think spectator sports are a healthy release or an unhealthy distraction?

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  • David Foster

    Spectator sports….C S Lewis once observed that ordinary people know that the only thinga likely to be true in newspapers are found on the sports pages, whereas intellectuals actually tend to believe the other parts of the paper.

    On a different subject, here’s a very interesting analysis of political contributions by various industries and interest groups

  • Charles Martel

    DQ and SADIE, thanks for generating this topic. I’ve been wanting to ask others here about their daily online reading habits. First to see what we have in common in terms of our favorite places to go for information and opinion, and also to get some recommendations about blogs the rest of us may not know about.
    My daily habit is much like that of a dog who likes to check out his daily scents in a particular order. I start my morning with a quick check-in to Bookworm Room to see what awful puns SADIE has lobbed into the room, or catch up on Danny’s continuing dismantlement of one particularly tone-deaf visitor, or see what slyly provocative thread DQ has begun.
    If there’s something I’d like to comment on, I’ll stop and do it. Otherwise I’m off to Instapundit. I like Glenn Reynolds on many counts—he throws in a lot of science news, which is an attractive ingredient for a nerd like me. His knack for summarizing the items he links to in a pithy manner also appeals to me. Our sainted Book excepted, he’s the blogger I like the most in terms of his breadth of coverage and range of interests.
    Then on to Drudge. Gotta see links to the latest hallucinations from the New York Times, the AGW crazies, the Jew haters, our affirmative-action president, and all the other heirs to the Enlightenment. Drudge has never given into the temptation to make his site look like anything other than one of those plain daily menus you get at a good fresh-catch fish place. It’s easy to figure out his themes for the day, and even though he has a decidedly conservative worldview, he links without comment to many leftist sources, like the Times, AP, BBC, and Reuters. His is the quintessential portal site.
    From there it’s a quick foray to Hot Air to check for fleshed-out commentary about the left’s daily crimes against nature and culture I saw headlined in Drudge.
    Then on to Town Hall, the Breitbart sites, and American Thinker to see which essays look interesting. Finally, for dessert, I link to Pajamas Media. I think of Pajamas Media as the best collection of conservative writers on the Internet: Ed Driscoll, Victor Davis Hanson, Roger Simon, Roger Kimball, Richard Fernandez, and Zombie—they all put leftist hacks like Krugman, Dionne, Fallows, Alter, and Dowd to shame in terms of substance and style.
    Then  duty calls. A quick stop at HuffPo to see what the credulous are buying today and to catch up on the party line.
    Sometimes, a mouth-cleansing sorbet. The Anchoress, who is a friend of Bookworm, is always a worthwhile read. Her deep, knowledgeable, and compassionate Catholicism is attractive in an era of technocrats and what C.S. Lewis once called, “men without chests.”
    Offbeat stuff I like includes StumbleUpon, Strange Maps, SkyscraperPage—pre-Asperger stuff, which explains why I’ve been able to get into Zach’s mind and trounce him here so many times.
    What about you guys? What’s good out there that I and others here are missing?

  • jj

    I enjoy watching some sports, but mostly not professional ones.  I think it’s because the level of commitment in professional sports is somewhere between “slight” and “zero.”  Pete Carroll once told me the hardest thing in the world to do is motivate a professional athlete: win, lose, or draw – they get paid.  It is very rare that they get caught up in it and really, for a few minutes, care.  He said they don’t – except under rare and special circumstances – play for anything as nebulous as “pride,” they play to make a (very good) living, and it’s that check that’s at the center of it.  “Pride” is evanescent, and not meaningful to either team or player, except on a game-day basis, because the players all know they could be off the team and gone tomorrow; and the team owes that player nothing beyond the check.  The team is no more committed to the player than he is to it.  Even the very unusual people, like, say Derek Jeter, does indeed have a lot of pride – but it’s in himself.  He isn’t, except now and then, particularly proud to be a Yankee, despite their pride-inducing and unusual history.  He spent last winter in salary negotiations, and no one doubts that if the Yankees had not given him what he wanted, he’d have gotten his 3,000th hit somewhere else – the hell with “Yankee pride.”  It doesn’t pay the bills.  Being the way he is, he’d invest just as much in the Chicago White Sox or Texas Rangers as he does the Yankees, even though his life-long goal was to be the Yankee shortstop.  So if even he, when you shave off every single last layer of BS (and there are a lot of them) particularly care about where he plays but only about who will pay him the most, why should anyone else?  What’s the point of being a Yankee fan?  The team could be all different guys tomorrow – what are you a fan of – the snappy logo?
    I like college sports much more.  My undergrad and first trip through grad school hockey team has won more national championships than any other eastern team.  (I maintain DirecTV’s top tier only because it carries a thing called the New England Sports Network, and I can watch seven or eight games a year from 3,000 miles away.)  The kids, unlike the pros, do care.  They play for pride, they play for the tradition.  Of course, on that level several of them are also hoping for the paycheck down the road when a pro team drafts them – but the vast majority of them know that won’t happen.  (They were national champions again two years ago – two of the members of that team have pro careers, the other 23 don’t – and always knew they wouldn’t.  They broke their asses and gave whatever they had to give anyway.)  College football players are the same way, they care, they’re into it; and I’ll watch almost any college game before I’ll watch the pros.

  • Ymarsakar

    If anyone here has a problem with me personally, or what I write, or you just don’t like me for some reason, post your contact data on my blog (in my name link). Because I would appreciate it if you dealt with me rather than get unrelated people involved.

    I don’t know who it is, at the moment, other than my own suspicions, but again, I re-iterate, if you have a problem with me personally, what I write, or how I say things here at Bookworm Room, contact me personally about it.

    Don’t go dragging unrelated individuals into this.

     My email, I believe, is also available on my site About page.

    I don’t think the regulars here, Danny, Martel, Sadie, JJ, etc, have a problem of this nature. Because if they did, I believe they will or have already, spoken their piece. Because if they didn’t, I believe they would just hold their peace and maintain it.

    However, what I’m talking about are those who don’t like what I wrote, such as the 80% Leftist dying cure for crime in Britain or my recent reactions to the Oslo bombings, but who aren’t willing to say their piece here nor are they willing to HOLD THEIR PEACE by not dragging unrelated people into this issue that they solely have with me.

    I don’t know who you all are, exactly, but I don’t need to. If anyone dislikes what I write, they’re welcome to speak their piece. This isn’t California, where you have to worry about Leftists swooping down on you because you said something that disagrees with the public body. Nor is this Neo’s New England where the same thing usually happens.

    Btw, if you don’t want to speak your beef here or elsewhere, then you better hold your peace forever. Because if you don’t, there will be consequences.


  • JKB

    Not really new but perhaps a final acknowledgement, the Western Navies are unable to ensure the freedom of passage of the world’s oceans.  The International Sailing Federation has issued a warning letter intended for yacht skippers, the Gulf of Aden and the northern reaches of the Indian Ocean are “no go” areas.  The area is effectively controlled by Somali pirates, increasingly joined by international criminals, and the rules are changing with torture and murder now the norm.  

    WARNING LETTER: “Killing hostages is now part of the rules” 

    The West for hundreds of years solved these problems and ensured the free passage across the world’s oceans.   But no more, murders hold sway in the capitals of Europe and the US buoyed by support of Leftists.  Even those few captured for piracy are treated to a live of relative luxury at US taxpayer expense when all they deserve is a piece old anchor chain around their neck and a push over the side.  We may get the spectacle of Leftists protesting in support of the pirates now facing the death penalty for the summary execution of four Americans during negotiations after they took the S/V Quest.  

    One glimmer of hope for the world but a sign of US decline is that India and China are not so concerned with the welfare of murdering pirates who threaten their most direct route to Europe. 

  • Ymarsakar

    JJ is correct in noting that national leagues are mercenary with little community pride or love. You can find such things at college or high school, but not at the national level due to the way the money flows. To fight with and for a team, you must feel you belong and have a place in that team, to the extent that you can’t be kicked out simply because somebody thought you were being paid too much or they wanted to pay another player to come take your place. Pride and community loyalty, team loyalty, cannot be formed on the basis of money transactions.

  • Ymarsakar

    Even those few captured for piracy are treated to a live of relative luxury at US taxpayer expense when all they deserve is a piece old anchor chain around their neck and a push over the side. 

    Wouldn’t such an act be mass murder on a scale comparable with WACO or Oslo? 



    “…win, lose, or draw – they get paid”
    just like my local meteorologist ;

  • Old Buckeye

    Adding to Charles Martel’s list of sites for the daily dish: Gateway Pundit, Canada Free Press, and Conservative Commune,

  • Charles Martel


    jj, I agree with you about college sports vs. pro. I get a much bigger kick out of collegiate sports of every stripe for exactly the reasons you stated.

  • Ymarsakar

    I’ve been informed via back channel private channels of one particular person or reason in terms of those who have personal beefs/problems with me here.

    I’ll be dealing with it there, while leaving the public area, here, alone until.

    If you can’t find my about page, which seems to be gone in a template shift, it’s my user name at yahoo com

     I’m not an unreasonable person. I don’t require that other people agree with me or even that they like me. However, those that have problems and refuse to disclose them here or via an honest admission to me or others, I will have to take action. I can no longer ignore it given that this has been going on for more than a few years at least.

    So long as people had problems with me and they just didn’t want to deal with it, that was fine so long as they kept it to themselves. By not keeping it to themselves and bringing official sanction on me through a simple thing as rumor mongering (like at the office), I have to step my foot down on that one. As I am doing now.

     I demand at least the opportunity to present my defense against unjust and untrue accusations. I require nothing more. Those that would slander my name and character, while hiding behind ambiguity and anonymity, may believe that it’s not required of them, that they don’t need to extend the common courtesy to me of allowing me to face my accuser and present my case. Instead they seem to believe, going on for years now, that they can believe whatever bad things they like about me and that this is 100% absolutely true, simply because of their emotional and prejudicial bias against me. And then use this and spread rumors and insinuations in order to get me in trouble with my close acquaintances or friends here.

    I can tolerate much. That I cannot. I can solve a lot of personal problems, between me or anyone else. But not when people prevent me from even knowing of its existence. Thus, I’m going to investigate. First privately.



    The linked site straddles between the serious and amusing and off-beat and lots of ands. I hope I’ve made it perfectly clear.

    It was a dark and stormy night
    The results of the 2011 Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest, for bad opening sentences to imaginary novels.
    Winner: Fantasy
    Within the smoking ruins of Keister Castle, Princess Gwendolyn stared in horror at the limp form of the loyal Centaur who died defending her very honor; “You may force me to wed,” she cried at the leering and victorious Goblin King, “but you’ll never be half the man he was.”
    Plenty more where that came from.

  • JKB

    Wouldn’t such an act be mass murder on a scale comparable with WACO or Oslo? 
    Well, until 1909, the penalty for piracy was death.  Now it is life imprisonment.  We need to switch back to death.  Then try  them on board, and execute sentence.   If they are caught on board as ship with weapons while the crew and master have been killed or are being held hostage, there isn’t much confusion over their guilt.

    Again, we should just leave this to the Chinese and Indians who seem to be willing to take a traditional view toward protecting their trade routes.  

  • Ymarsakar

    Killing more people… I don’t think people will like that after something like Oslo. Certainly not the EU or other such nations in the UN. The UN has so far tried to focus on disarming American citizens.

    Just PR wise, mind you. The context.

     The Russians do something like what you said JKB> But they can get away with stuff like that. I wonder if anyone else can.

     China doesn’t have a navy though. So how can they expand or project that much power so that American shipping is protected? I don’t think that’s realistic.

  • Ymarsakar

    By Navy, I mean blue water non-submersibles equivalent to American or at least British/Russian levels.

    The Chinese have focused mostly on diesel subs to take out our carriers. A counter strategy. That isn’t going to “capture” any pirates. IT can sink them, but along with the merchant shipping they have hijacked. Nor would the Chinese give orders to protect Americans or our shipping. In fact, they may purposefully deploy in such a fashion that they aren’t ever in range to respond to an American SOS.