Daniel Norris, Van Man

Daniel Norris, future of the Toronto Blue Jays

Daniel Norris, pitcher, future of the Toronto Blue Jays

Daniel Norris is a pitcher. For the sake of my sanity, let’s assume I made the expected catcher comment. I know I made it in my own head. People could drown in the pond forming in my panties.

That said, this guy is fascinating.Looking at a future absolutely soaked to the nines with money, and he keeps himself in a $10,000 van in the parking lot of a local Wal-Mart. He’s dedicated to living a life he considers worthy, something hard enough to find in the modern world. He’s clearly not spending his life chasing the almighty dollar, not content seeking admiration and idol-worship. He’s just a man who throws a ball exceedingly well.

“Research the things you love,” he wrote one night. “Gain knowledge. It’s valuable.”

“Be kind. Be courteous. Love others and be happy. It’s that simple.”

Seems he lives life exceedingly well, too.


Bibi Blunder(?)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to address a joint meeting of Congress at 11 a.m. ET.

The Netanyahu speech has the Obama White House on edge because Israeli officials have said the prime minister planned to disclose sensitive details of a nuclear agreement taking shape in talks between six world powers and Iran.

Netanyahu is expected to use the details to bolster his argument that the deal under discussion will not prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb and threatening the Jewish state’s existence.


There’s been so much nonsense about this upcoming meeting that I have found myself completely incapable of forming a solid opinion. Just as I approach condemnation of the speech, I’m reminded of the history of strife for the Jews, from Ancient Rome to Auschwitz. Just as I’m about to accept this as a natural outcome of hundreds of years of antisemitism-fueled butchery, I’m reminded of the hundreds of thousands of people who have been heartlessly moved or killed by the overcompensation of the Western World in keeping Israel safe–and I remember that this whole thing could very well be another thinly-veiled attempt by John Boehner to appeal to his ridiculous conservative base.

Wasn’t there a time when politics ended at the border?

For now, I’m waiting to hear what he has to say. But if I were a member of Congress, I’d not be attending the speech, either. He’s picked a big rock to push up that hill.