Fascinating. They intended it as a gift, but these 60 years later it’s a time capsule. More than half the players on the roster of the Pittsburgh Pirates got together in the spring of 1953 and gave a Catholic Bible to their boss, general manager Branch Rickey, now known to history as the man who [...]
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It is that time of year — Play Ball!
This is great — Ryan’s largest solo event to date: Ryan’s campaign appearance there represented how the Romney campaign was aggressively playing offense on Obama’s electoral turf to expand the electoral map. Obama has spent the last weeks of the campaign on defense, trying to hold onto states — like Minnesota and Wisconsin — he [...]
This is great.
Hint, not the National Health Service (NHS). Surprisingly, NBC reminded us, not the London 2012 folks. There we were last Saturday evening, settling in for one last round of Olympic competition and what did NBC give us but a history lesson — and one that had nothing to do with Olympics past, not even the [...]
Theodore Dalrymple. The Olympics have long been to me an almost repellent spectacle, one that is tailor-made for the very worst of dictatorships to proclaim to the world their success and moral superiority. If such dictatorships’ athletes win a greater proportion of the medals than their proportion of the world population, then they, the dictatorships, [...]
George Weigel sums up my thoughts spot on. I felt like I needed to take a shower after the adulation of the National Health Service (NHS), etc. I particularly like the final salvo: As the Games of the XXX Olympiad unfold over the next fortnight, and the likeliest moral arguments will have to do with [...]
In Europe on business and could not decide between Paris and London this weekend. But, you cannot pass up the Olympics Host City when you have the opportunity. Leaving on Eurostar in a few minutes, and staying at Hotel 41. More later!
A sobering piece by Peter Weiner. Within every person lies competing and sometimes contradictory moral impulses and currents. It was Solzhenitsyn, in reflecting on his time in the Gulag, who wrote: Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties [...]