Friday, March 8, 2013

Read Stuff, You Should

Happy Birthday to Dick Allen, 71. 19th all time in OPS+. Classic fringe HOFer; could be the answer to "which player makes for the best HOF argument?"

Plenty of good stuff:

1. Greg Koger on the Rand Paul filibuster.

2. Conservative think tanks and the states, from Patrick Caldwell.

3. Abortion, the Jews, and religious freedom, from Sarah Posner.

4. Andrew Sullivan on marriage and democracy.

5. If you believe that the reason the United States shouldn't run budget deficits is because it will turn into Greece, you really should read Matt O'Brien on why that's nonsense.

6. Andrew Sprung on the future grand bargain -- in health care. Plausible? I don't know. Maybe.

7. And I don't actually care very much about Bloomberg and sugary drinks at all, but I do like a great blog post headline, such as this one (apparently written by Suzy Khimm) from a Sarah Kliff post. And anyway, more press attention to implementation is always a very good thing.


  1. I seriously doubt anyone who reads this blog thinks that higher deficits will turn us into Greece....

  2. Dick Allen really is an interesting case. On paper, the stats seem to be a marginal HOFer. But, I think the HOF votes tell the story: the guy just didn't stick in people's memories. The generic name doesn't help, but I think he's kinda Palmeiro-like (without the roids). It doesn't seem to me like people remember Dick Allen; kinda suggests that he didn't have the "fame" necessary. His most similar players list is a list of players I would never have minded having in fantasy, but they're also guys that might get underbid consistently.

  3. I don't have any source material at hand but I do recall (Bill James Historical Abstract?) that Allen was regarded, in his own day, as a disruptive clubhouse presence and that he made little positive contribution to the actual business of winning

  4. From the links at 7:

    A typical grande beverage at Starbucks is 16 ounces; venti sizes and above will be affected. Many popular espresso drinks at Starbucks, like caramel macchiatos and pumpkin spice lattes, would be exempt from the restrictions, because they often contain a lot of milk. But Starbucks is unsure how to measure the milk content of the popular Frappuccinos, which are about 60 percent ice.

    It appears that this legislation may not affect the politically connected middle class that prefers $7.00 700 calorie coffee drinks.

    Only the poor (who typically drink tasty low-brow soda) will be affected.

    Progressives are probably shocked by this outcome.

  5. Based on what the coffee shops are doing, I wonder if restaurants could sell large carbonated waters with Mountain Dew syrup on the side. It might work well enough ... a soda dispenser could dispense carbonated water from the the same unit that dispenses soda syrup.


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