Friday, August 07, 2009

Edible Dirt Cracks Me Up Again



Mariners Option Vargas, Call Up Fister

I’m looking forward to seeing Doug Fister, called up from the Rainiers today, in his first Mariners start on Tuesday.  He’s done okay at Tacoma and I think he will do better in Seattle than in AAA.  Why?  He has great control, and with friendly confines at the Safe, and the outstanding defense the Mariners field, I think he’ll benefit.  Add to it that he’s 6-8, and that it will be the first time any big-leaguers will have seen him, and I think he’ll do well the rest of the season.  Hope so, anyway.

I feel badly for Jason Vargas, but with an ERA over ten since the All-Star break, and winless since June, the M’s couldn’t give him more time to get back on track with the big club.  And, truth be told, since he relies so much on his changeup, I’m not sure he’d have done much better now that he’s been seen and scouted by most teams.  His change doesn’t come in nine flavors like Jamie Moyer’s…

And finally, I wonder if anyone but lame bloggers will actually use the naughty headline that I bet occurs to many when they see Fister has been called up…hint:  replace ‘er’ with ‘ed’.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Not All Men are Created Equal

Sergeant Seth Howard of the 3rd Battalion, Third Special Forces proves that in battle, one man can do the impossible in defense of his brothers at arms.  Don’t miss this story, whether in the more restrained Army Times article Ten Soldier Receive Silver Star, or in the perfectly awed Badass of the Week article.  Here is a real life hero, and an amazingly resourceful, personally courageous and incredibly loyal soldier.  Thank you for your service 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces. 

And thank you Sergeant Howard for making sure the men in your unit made it home. 

Sunday, August 02, 2009

How Stuff Works: Near Death Experiences

I find the NDE research fascinating – perhaps the point at which science cannot prove that there is no consciousness independent of the brain, and at which faith cannot prove that the experiences are other than chemical and electrical phenomena:


Sunshine on Discovery Bay

Sunshine on Discovery Bay
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