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December 19, 2007
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*Studes says Jose Reyes' problem down the stretch last season was not hitting too few ground balls.

*TIME Magazine looked into Vladimir Putin's heart, too, and named him their Man of the Year for discarding the remaining constitutional breaks on dictatorship in Russia. Unlike President Bush, TIME can't excuse this as diplomacy.

*You'll shoot your eye out! Mike Huckabee may have a serious problem with granting too many clemencies to violent criminals, but Mitt Romney's refusal to grant any pardons or clemencies at all took him to the ridiculous length of refusing to expunge the conviction of a decorated Iraq War veteran who was convicted at age 13 of shooting a friend in the arm with a BB gun.

*Britney Spears' 16-year-old sister, who was supposed to be the responsible one, has announced that she is pregnant. At least she's keeping the baby.

*Businesses that should exist but don't.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:19 AM | Baseball 2007 • | Blog 2006-14 • | Pop Culture | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Come On, Crank. Surely you realize that Time's POY is not always a good thing...or who was on the cover most or anything else...

From TIME's "Why We Chose Putin" release:

"TIME's Person of the Year is not and never has been an honor. It is not an endorsement. It is not a popularity contest. At its best, it is a clear-eyed recognition of the world as it is and of the most powerful individuals and forces shaping that world—for better or for worse. "

This is not ROY or MVP, it is analysis. And TIME is under no obligation to be positive or pro-US in it's selection. I realize it can be hard to "recognize" villainy, and even harder to give a villain credit, but I found TIME's rationale pretty convincing.

You have a better suggestion?

Posted by: Mr. Furious at December 19, 2007 1:00 PM

By all rights, Osama Bin Laden should have been named Man of the Year in 2001. I know it "felt" better to tap Guiliani, but is there a person who had impacted the world more than OBL?

Posted by: Mr. Furious at December 19, 2007 1:05 PM

I do agree that there was chaos in Russia before Putin. But order now? Yeah, and Mussolini made the trains run on time.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at December 19, 2007 2:58 PM

LOL. Good point, Daryl.

I will give Putin credit for making Russia relevant again. They are a world power once again, even if everything's not in order back home.

Just when Bush has us at our nadir...

Posted by: Mr. Furious at December 19, 2007 8:15 PM
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