Thursday, April 27, 2006

Delmon Young Knows How to Apologize

In an age where most do not know how to make an apology, Delmon Young still knows that humble craft. Delmon Young is one of the most highly touted minor league baseball players in America. He is also the younger brother of Dmitri Young of the Detroit Tigers.

Last night, Delmon flipped a bat at an umpire after being called out on strikes and being ejected from the game. Today, he made an apology for his actions. It is a true apology and not merely an expression of regret, a back-handed insult of the umpire, or revisionistic expression of misunderstanding.

Here is the apology as reported by ESPN:

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"I sincerely regret my actions in the game yesterday," Young said in a statement released by the office of his agent, Arn Tellem. "Regrettably, in the heat of the competition my emotions got the better of me.

"My behavior was completely unacceptable. I want everyone to know that I recognize that it is never right to throw a bat and I certainly never intended for the bat to make contact with the umpire. Nevertheless, I owe an apology to my team, the fans and most importantly to the umpire, for the incident. I am sorry."

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Mr. Young, I applaud you for apologizing and taking responsibility for your actions. You've already taken the first step toward redemption. Wouldn't it be wonderful if our politicians and other public officials could learn from Young?

Update 4/28/06 - Here is the video of Young flipping his bat at the umpire. I don't want to sound like I'm defending Young--I'm not. I am making a point about apologies. On the surface, it seems that Young is truly apologetic. I hope he is. What he did was truly indefensible.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Terry Ryan Unplugged

Minnesota Twins General Manager Terry Ryan recently spoke at Mondale Hall to a group of University of Minnesota law students. A blogger was there and has reported on the informal talk that Ryan gave.

HT: Aaron Gleeman

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Bush's Approval Ratings and Gas Prices

Is there a correlation between the price of gas and President Bush's approval ratings? This graph would seem to indicate there is one. However, I suspect that gas prices have reflected real and potential conflict and escalating tension in the Middle East including the war in Iraq, Palestinian terrorism in Israel, the Abu Ghraib controversy, Iran's nuclear ambition, the Mohammed cartoon controversy, and so on.

These news "events" are more likely to affect Bush's approval ratings and gas prices simultaneously--causing the two to appear to correspond to one another.

HT: JP at The Corner

St. Thomas' Traveling Cohabitation Policy

I have posted on St. Thomas' policies concerning professors traveling on school-sponsored trips before. My first post on the issue came when the issue arose in January. I later wrote about the school's response to developing a clear policy.

St. Thomas has now released an official policy that "will not allow employees who accompany students on university-sponsored trips to room together if they have a romantic attachment to each other and are not married."

President Dennis Dease says the policy is, "about the University of St. Thomas, in its institutional acts, being what it purports to be: a Catholic university."

This is a step in the right direction for the University, but if St. Thomas truly desires to identify with orthodox Catholicism they still have many strides to take. The issues has brought great division within the student body as well as the faculty. This speaks volumes about the university's distance from orthodox Catholicism.

Update 04/25/06 - Katherine Kersten has editorialized on this topic.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Illegal Aliens Voting in Minnesota

Katherine Kersten is a voice of sanity at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Her column is one of the few things I appreciate about the Minneapolis paper.

Today she writes, "It's much too easy to vote illegally in Minnesota."
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Here are some choice snippets from the article:

"Minnesota's voting laws are among the loosest in the country. We are one of only six states that allow same-day registration."

"Some states with same-day registration try to blunt fraud with "provisional" voting. Under this arrangement, election officials set aside the ballots of voters whose eligibility is in question, and count those ballots only after verifying a voter's eligibility. Not in Minnesota. Here we commingle all ballots. After the election, officials may discover that you voted illegally. But your vote has the same effect as any lawful voter's."

"In Minnesota, you can register on election day without showing poll workers one piece of paper. All you need is a "voucher" -- a person registered to vote in that precinct who is willing to sign a sworn statement that you live there.

Can't find a voucher? You can present a document such as a receipt for a driver's license learner's permit with a current address, but no picture. It might be yours, or you might have "borrowed" it from a friend. Poll workers have no way to know."

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Let's hope our legislators work to change the law so that only American citizens votes count in Minnesota.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Worship Music

Wood Chips and Text Musings has a post with some good links about worship music. I highly recommend the post and Tim Challies' links in particular.

FYI: I have posted on worship music a couple times in the past.

Alistair Begg: Preacher and Actor?

Naomi and I watched Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius last night on DVD. I was surprised to learn that Bobby Jones designed Augusta National, home of The Masters Golf Tournament.

But I was even more surprised to find that the role of Jones' golf instructor was played by none other than Alistair Begg, pastor of Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio. I managed to find an article from Christianity Today that gives background to how Begg came to play the role.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Twins' Shortstop Situation

I generally believe Ron Gardenhire to be a good manager. He often leaves his pitchers in the game past their effectiveness, but I don't often have many criticisms for him. But the way he is handling the shortstop position leaves me baffled.

Jim Souhan tackles the issue well and comes to the same conclusion I do:

"Bartlett has shown enough promise that it is in the team's best interests to determine whether he is their shortstop of the near future, in the near future."

Gardenhire, in defending his decision to play Castro says, ""He just looks right out there next to Castillo," Gardenhire said. "He makes the plays. I really like the way they turn the double play."

Gardenhire's defense sounds like a flighty, emotional answer. Shouldn't he be more concerned who the better player is? Is Castro truly a superior defender? What does Bartlett have to do to win the starting job?

Nick and Nick have more to say at their blog on Gardenhire's baffling choice.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

House for Sale

A friend of mine and I have put our townhome on the market. It is a four bedroom, three bathroom townhome in the Minneapolis suburb of Richfield.

It is a great location with easy access to 494 and 35W, and is close to the Best Buy headquarters and the Mall of America. There are no association dues, so you will save yourself at least $150 a month.

The townhome was built in 1999 and features four bedrooms, lots of closet space, main floor laundry, two full bathrooms, a 3/4 bath, deck in the back, and an attached two car garage. The finished size is 1910 square feet with an opportunity to finish another room in the basement.

There are pictures and contact information are located at Craig's List.