This page includes posts from February 1-29, 2008 in the usual reverse
Each posting on the home page is perma-linked to these archive pages.
February 27, 2008
There's a good example today in the News-Journal, leading a story about a police raid on an upstate suburban home that was allegedly the scene for high-dollar poker games, complete with barely clad ladies:
And I thought it all about the camaraderie and good sportsmanship.
The other good thing about this story is that it helps fight against that old stereotype of boring suburban living--not on that little cul-de-sac, at least.
John Cheever would have been delighted.
The headline earns three Claudes, and would have earned more without the lame attribution.
February 13, 2008
Nobody likes to lose, but under many social situations, the loser is nonetheless expected to congratulate the winner.
The gesture may be completely insincere, and often is, but it's still expected.
For example, not long ago a legendary curmudgeon, New England Patriots coach Bill Bellichek, managed somehow to shake Giants coach Tom Coughlin's hand in the final seconds of this year's Super Bowl.
Peggy Noonan wondered recently whether Senator Clinton would show the capacity to lose gracefully in the ongoing presidential race. The former speechwriter suggested that skill might not be in the Senator's personality profile:
With a string of primary and caucus victories favoring Senator Obama, including yesterday's sizeable wins in Maryland, Virginia, and DC, there was a fresh opportunity to see if Noonan's assessment was on the money.
It looks like she called it correctly:
If you can't show as much grace while losing than Bill Bellichek, that's not good.
Hat tip: Drudgereport.com.
February 11, 2008
This weekend I posted my newest golf book review.
You might also enjoy this week's column about the kinds of wintertime renovation projects that golf course superintendents tackle, when the grass isn't growing and the members aren't in their way.
For example, they do things like this:
February 6, 2008
Charles Hill recently made a brief comment about the lack of BMWs in his company’s parking lot:
He linked to a piece by Andrew Dederer about the fact that the owners of BMW cars in the 3 or 5 series are in a different demographic, with a distinct attitude about the signaling effect of their choice of transportation:
For at least one new Federal criminal defendant in Delaware, that last comment was right on the money, as it were:
Lofink is to cooperate with the authorities in the upcoming criminal court proceedings against the others involved with the scheme, in which he caused escheat funds to be sent to dummy entities, with the criminal proceeds shared with his buddies in crime.
This is the same infuriating case I wrote about last November, and the story is worse than previously expected:
February 4, 2008
I recently posted a short note complaining about a proposed downzoning of the Rehoboth Elementary School property by the City of Rehoboth Beach, and suggested I was going to do something about it.
I wasn't kidding around.
Here's a recent story about the controversy, as it ran in The Cape Gazette:
I appreciate the support that Senator Bunting and Representative Schwartzkopf are providing by their sponsorship of this legislation.
The bill goes beyond this single dispute, because I think that it is possible that county governments and municipalities other than Rehoboth Beach may one day be similarly tempted to create new open space without actually paying for it.
Once the bill is assigned to a committee, it will be available online. I'll provide a link to it when that happens.
UPDATE: It's Senate Bill No. 206, and assigned to the Executive Committee.
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