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April 19, 2007
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*There's a fair number of debates from the Virginia Tech shooting I don't have time to weigh in on now (there's the gun control issue; Glenn Reynolds aptly summarizes the case for less of it here, there's the university's reaction time, and there's the appalling spectacle of NBC News broadcasting the killer's videotape), though it seems the most important question is why it was so hard to get the killer out of circulation or at the very least on a list of people who should not be permitted to buy firearms, when he was giving off every sign of being a potential danger to himself and others and everyone around him saw those signs and several people tried to do something about it.

In all the horror I did find one moment of a little levity from this quote:

Briettney said her friend, who was shot in the knee, buttocks and shoulder, was expected to be all right. "The one day he goes to class, he gets shot three times!"

*If you were wondering what was so gosh-darn important about holding that Rutgers press conference: the Rutgers coach now has a book deal.

*All three of my fantasy baseball teams have Felix Hernandez. This is not good news for any of them. Perhaps letting him throw a 111-pitch complete game on a cold April night in Fenway in his last start was not such a good idea.

*I definitely did not see a Mark Buehrle no-hitter coming. The past four years, Buehrle has finished second, second, first and first in the AL in hits allowed.

*You can read my reactions to the partial-birth abortion decision here, here and here. This is also a good summary of the concurrence (H/t).

*Please, wear your seatbelts.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:41 PM | Baseball 2007 • | Basketball • | Blog 2006-14 • | Law 2006-08 | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)


A while back, MLB decided not to have aired the pics of disruptive fans on the playing field during games.

When a fan gets on the field now, the TV cameras usually pan elsewhere.

Given the airing of the shooter by NBC and the tendency for copycat crimes, do you think that national media should follow MLB's example?

At the moment, I don't see much difference between the two types of broadcast decisions. MLB made the right decision, and NBC made a very wrong one.

I do see a difference between the crimes, certainly. A shooter is not a drunken streaker. I do not see that the public's awareness or understanding of the crime or problems relating to the crime was advanced by airing the minute details of the gunman's message.

What was the rationale for MLB's decision and does it relate in any way to NBC's? Curious on your thoughts as a legal type and baseball aficionado?


Posted by: JJ at April 19, 2007 2:30 PM

Crank, there's so much more to Corzine than the utilized seatbelt. The Gov put public lives in danger to reach an idiotic photo op, Imus and the girls he destroyed beyond recognition. The Trooper should be dismissed immediately. They caused the accident, 95mph with lights flashing for Imus and friends? Then the lies and cover-up? Pathetic. At least the Gay American did not menace the public in his official car. As for the shootings, NBC looks awful broadcasting the killer manifesto. Reynolds' wife has some insightful comments and links on her blog, worth a scroll down thru several posts:

Posted by: abe at April 19, 2007 3:14 PM


Any chance you can post for us your three fantasy rosters and the relevant categories in those leagues?

Also, here is a great Daniel Patrick Moynihan quote on partial birth abortion: "I think this is just too close to infanticide. A child has been born and it has exited the uterus. What on Earth is this procedure?" (

Posted by: Avery at April 19, 2007 5:56 PM

Peace people

We love you

Posted by: HelloWorld at April 28, 2007 5:50 AM

You are The Best!!!

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