November 5th, 2009

NYY, melky

a World Series poem, hastily constructed, badly written

Here's to A-Rod and his Centaur pic
Here's to Damon Johnny and Swisher Nick

Here's to CC, A.J., and Mo
Here's to Molina, Cervelli, and Po

Here's to the Captain in the leadoff spot
Here's to Marte for getting red-hot

Here's to Teixeira and his stretchy right leg
Here's to fifth starters for which we would beg

Here's to Joba and Phil, arms for the future
Here's to Chien-Ming Wang and his sutures

Here's to Melky and Gardner, fighting for starts
Here's to Hairston and Hinske and other spare parts

Here's to Cashman who put it together
Here's to Cano, who can't handle bad weather

Here's to the bullpen from D-Rob to Ace
Here's to Pettitte and the killer gaze

Here's to Matsui, Most Valuable Player
And here's to Girardi, who'll need a new number
  • Current Music
    the postgame interviews

Schott's Miscellany 3 November 2009

Election Day


I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from teh consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag; and to defend it against all enemies.

It was written by William Tyler Page (a descendent of President Tyler) in 1917, as an entry for a national competition for a composition that embodied the principles of America. The competition, conceived by Henry Sterlin Chapin, the Commissioner of Education in New York, prompted over 3,000 entries. Page's text was formally adopted by the House of Representatives in April 1918.

Read over your compositions, and where ever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.
Samuel Johnson (1709-84)
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    "Desert Rose" by Sting

Schott's Miscellany 4 November 2009

The machine gun was patented by American inventor Richard Jordan Gatling (1862)


In sporting terms, hat trick was originally a cricketing term for the feat of taking three wickets in three successive balls. There is some debate as to the origin of the phrase--some claiming that the bowler was given a new hat by the members of his team*; others claiming that the bowler's hat was used as a receptacle for an informal "passing of the hat." Either way, since the 19th century the term has escaped the boundaries of the cricket pitch, and is generally used for any kind of triplet in any sporting endeavor.

* In 1858 D.V.P. Wright, having bowled a hat trick, actually was presented with a new hat.

We are all strong enough to bear the misfortunes of others.
Duc de la Rochfoucauld (1613-80)
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    "Send My Body Home" by Uncle Bonsai