Monday, September 17, 2012

Rescue the weak and needy

God has taken his place in the divine council;
  in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
“How long will you judge unjustly
and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” 

They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
they walk about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

I said, “You are gods,
sons of the Most High, all of you;
nevertheless, like men you shall die,
and fall like any prince.”

Arise, O God, judge the earth;
for you shall inherit all the nations!

Psalm 82 ESV

Thursday, September 13, 2012

We are the one percent

"We're in it," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I'd say we're dead in it, yeah."*


*This quote was delivered one win after the above chart was generated. Not having the requisite statistical skills to update the percentage, I can only speculate: "We are the one-and-a-half percent?"

Update: I came across a link to another standings website in the comment thread of a September 6th post on an official Phillies blog. A week ago the Fightin's chance at a playoff slot stood at 0.1%. Their status in the Wild Card race over the last seven days:

Thursday: 8 games back
Friday: 7.5
Saturday: 6.5
Sunday: 6
Monday: 5
Tuesday: 4
Wednesday: 3

Not only is the club en fuego, but teams leading the Phillies (such as the miracle-in-2011 Cardinals) are slipping. Current odds of making the postseason, a sturdy 5.5%! Dead in it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fight the power

“Freedom is participation in power.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero