December 30, 2012
Playing by the Rules

Hereís Noam Chomsky, musing about, among other things, baseball:

I remember when my grandson was about ten and he was very interested in sports, he was always playing for teams for the town. Once we were over at his motherís house and he came back pretty disconsolate because there was supposed to be a baseball game but the other team that they were playing only had eight players. I donít know if you know how baseball works but everybodyís sitting all the time, thereís about three people actually doing anything, everybody else is just sitting around. But his team simply couldnít give the other team an extra player so that the kids could have fun because you have to keep by the league rules.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at December 30, 2012 10:42 AM
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Chomsky is a national treasure. Why doesn't Bad Attitudes link to his website ( ? Lots of great stuff from Chomsky for free!

Posted by: on December 30, 2012 1:43 PM

Consider it done, Anonymous, because I just linked it. Should have done so long ago.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on December 30, 2012 4:19 PM

There's another side of Chomsky that we don't see discussed as often. And I find it fascinating stuff.

Contrast and compare with Jared Diamond's essay "The Great Leap Forward" (google Jared Diamond and the title of the article to find the online pdf).

Perhaps the human neanderthal will wake up in time before global warming kills us all.

Posted by: on December 30, 2012 6:43 PM

HA! I thought i had an original thought about that. Chomsky made the same observation.

No wonder I'm such a dissenter.

Posted by: on December 30, 2012 9:38 PM

Jerry, do you think Obama is going to find his ninth player among the Republicans?

Whatever, have an even better 2013, stay healthy and *don't* stop writing this new Tom Bethany mystery. Let him grow old, pleaaaase ...

Best wishes to all of your readers too!

Posted by: Peter on December 31, 2012 10:36 AM

That's the problem isn't it. The Democrats are playing soccer, the Republicans are playing football, and the referee is calling strikes and outs.

Posted by: on December 31, 2012 2:46 PM
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