Archive for January, 2012

Obama’s Vision: “Everyone Gets a Fair Shot”

January 27, 2012

The New York Times, Wednesday, January 25, 2012, by Helene Cooper


Characterizes His Vision as an America “Where Everyone Gets a Fair Shot”

Washington–“President Obama pledged on Tuesday night to use government power to balance the scale between America’s rich and the rest of the public…

Ordinary Americans, the president said, have the right to expect, if not a helping hand from their leaders, then at least a field in which everyone plays by the same set of rules.”

There are two sports idioms in the headlines: “for the long run” and “fair shot.”  A third idiom “a field in which everyone plays by the same set of rules” is both a sports and games idiom.

A long run is used for an actual run by horse or man or for the economy in this idiomatic sense.  President Obama is a basketball player;  a fair shot occurs according to basketball rules within the boundaries of the game.  However, this idiom could also be from shooting clay pigeons where there are rules, or in an older sense meaning a “good shot”  pertaining to a shooter or hunter who shoots skillfully, accurately.  “A field in which everyone plays by the same set of rules” is such a general idiom it applies to all field sports and  war.

“Santorum, Riding Wave, Sharpens Aim at Romney”

January 16, 2012

The Wall Street Journal, Friday, January 6, 2102

“Santorum, Riding Wave, Sharpens His Aim at Romney,”  by Patrick O’Connor and Janet Hook

This piece was written a few days after the Iowa election when Mr. Santorum was in second place behind Mr. Romney, who won by only 8 votes.  There was a “bump” in the national polls for Santorum before the New Hampshire vote, where he didn’t do as well, but at this point in the polls, Mr. Santorum had 11% support compared to 3% in late December.

Surfers ride waves and so do politicians when they catch good support.

The Health Care Industry Needs Quarterbacks

January 6, 2012

“Jobs,” by Walter Isaacson, p. 550

Powell, Job’s wife, said,” One the big issues in the health care industry is the lack of caseworkers or advocates that are the quarterback of each team.”… “So Powell asked the various Stanford specialists to come to their house for a meeting that also included some outside doctors with a more aggressive and integrated approach…”

A quarterback of an American football team calls the plays and is the leader of the players.  He coordinates the plays with the help of coaches.

Eisner Had a Powerful Trump Card

January 6, 2012

“Jobs”, by Walter Isaacson, p. 435, “Pixar’s Friends”

“Eisner, however, held one powerful trump card.  Even if Pixar didn’t renew, Disney hd the right to make sequels of Toy Story and the other movies that Pixar had made, and it owned all the characters,…”

A trump card wins a round, usually, unless a player has a higher trump card.

The U.S. is Adjusting Its Own Balance of Power Game Plan

January 6, 2012

The Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, January 4, 2010

China Takes Aim at U.S. Naval Might, by Julian Barnes, Washington, Nathan Hodge, Newport News, Va., and Jeremy Page, Beijing

…”Now China is engaged in a major military buildup.  Part of its plan is to force U.S. carriers to stay farther away from its shores, China’s military analysts say.  So the U.S. is adjusting its own game plan.  Without either nation saying so, both are quietly engaged in a tit-for-tat military-technology race.  At stake is the balance of power of the seas that its growing rapidly in importance.”

There are football game plans, and then there are military game plans.  All game plans are defensive and offensive.

Gold Tycoon Rides Crest of Asian Boom

January 6, 2012

The Wall Street Journal, Saturday/Sunday, December 31, 2011


Gold Tycoon Rides Crest of Asian Boom, Jason Chow

“When $2  billion in IPO proceeds landed in his family’s bank account in mid-December, Cheng Yu-Tung emerged as one of the richest men in Asia, with a $16 billion fortune built on the twin commodities that drive China–gold and land…

Mr. Cheng’s fortune has closely tracked the ups and downs of China, where he has invested for 30 years.  While he has long been considered one of Hong Kong’s tycoons, the recent boom in China propelled him to the very top of Asia’s wealthiest families,…”

Mr. Cheng caught a great wave, not on a surfboard, but of gold and land.