When it comes to voting for president, the first fact I realized is this: obviously, either George Bush or John Kerry will win the election, so I'm not interested in voting for anybody else. I believe Kerry can be a great president, although I'm not sure -- but I am absolutely sure that Bush does not deserve to be re-elected.
If you believe Pres. Bush has not earned re-election, but you're not sure about Kerry, consider this: we're not just electing a person, we're likely electing (indirectly) more than one Supreme Court justice, who will affect our laws and lives for decades.
Do you disagree with John Ashcroft's priorities in law enforcement? If Kerry wins, Ashcroft is gone.
Bush, who calls himself a conservative, inherited a budget surplus but created huge deficits. If you're a conservative, do you support that?
The Bush administration manipulated facts and the media to start a war in Iraq that has cost tens of thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars so far. Why are we there? Do you feel safer because we invaded Iraq?
There's substantial evidence that Bush did too little to fight terrorism before 9/11. A Presidential briefing called "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States" was given to Bush a month before 9/11, but no action was taken.
Ever since I was a little nerdling, I've been interested in baseball and the numbers that surround it. I learned that certain numbers were sacred and unchangeable: 2130, 714, 257, etc. All those are gone now. I watched them fall.
Another unchangeable fact is that no team in the history of baseball has ever lost the first 3 games of a best-of-7 series, then come back to win the next 4. Never happens. When the Giants faced an 0-3 deficit in the 1989 World Series, and pitcher Mike Krukow was told that "history" would prevent them from coming back, he responded "King Farouk history!" (because he was on the radio and couldn't say what he meant: "Fuck history!").
Baseball had played 100 previous postseasons heading into this October. In those, there had been 136 best-of-seven (or longer) series. And not only had no team ever come back to win the series after losing the first three games, none had even forced a seventh game. Only the 1999 Mets forced a sixth game. Only five teams before the Red Sox even forced a fifth game.
And then the Red Sox beat the Yankees four consecutive games.
It's a geeky book signing! John Rizzo and I will be at Brentano's Books at Valley Fair Mall signing copies of Hacking iPod and Mac Toys.
It's this Saturday, October 16th, from noon to 4:00 PM. Brentano's is very near other mall geek attractions, such as the Apple Store and Wetzel's Pretzels. Come on down, say hi, visit the Apple store, and grab some mall food.