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Re: “Buried a week ago by hometown sportswriters, the Bears rise from the dead

Not that they're the same in all respects, but Rosenbloom has a job for the same reason that Skip Bayless has a job -- faux cynicism (often sanctimonious in Bayless' case, quite calculated in Rosenbloom's) plus the ability to take credit for all the badges one has pinned to one's own chest.

Posted by Larry Kart on 09/16/2014 at 7:54 PM

Re: “A lot of Claudia Cassidy and somewhat less of everyone else

Christiansen's style was "as bland as he was"? As a former colleague of his, I may be prejudiced, but I never regarded his style as a critic or the man himself as bland. Clear in expression, fair in judgment, generous and accurate, I would say.

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Posted by Larry Kart on 10/30/2013 at 11:09 AM

Re: “George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin, and reasonable doubt

Not following the advice of a police dispatcher is not a crime.

Further, Zimmerman was NOT told by the dispatcher to stay in his car, as has so often been reported; Zimmerman was already outside of the car when the conversation between him and the dispatcher took place.

The conversation between dispatcher Sean Noffke and Zimmerman: "“Are you following him?” the operator for the Sanford police’s non-emergency line asks Zimmerman. “Yeah,” he says. The dispatcher on the phone tells him: “We don’t need you to do that.”

Noffke testified on the first day of the jury trial that it is dispatchers’ policy not to give orders to callers. “We’re directly liable if we give a direct order,” he explained. “We always try to give general basic . . . not commands, just suggestions.” So, “We don’t need you to do that” is different than a more direct “Don’t do that.”

Which is not to say that Florida isn't a f---ed up state, legally and otherwise, and Zimmerman shouldn't have been doing what he did, in the world of common sense or morally justifiable behavior. But it would seem that there are no satisfying answers here that could be obtained in the setting of a criminal court in the state of Florida. And even then, given the circumstances, there's a lot we can suspect but almost certainly can/will never know.

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Posted by Larry Kart on 07/16/2013 at 10:19 AM

Re: “The "problem" with jazz, part 343: Chris Kornelis at the Seattle Weekly

To amplify a bit, I generally find Iyer's music pompous and bombastic.

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Posted by Larry Kart on 10/16/2012 at 3:33 PM

Re: “The "problem" with jazz, part 343: Chris Kornelis at the Seattle Weekly

I agree with you, Peter, about that stupid column, but I don't enjoy Iyer's music that much or find it that interesting, and it's not because I'm dumb.

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Posted by Larry Kart on 10/16/2012 at 3:32 PM

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