It's the weekend.
It's also time for links.
Some Royal and general baseball reads:
Royal Heritage: Royals Ding Dongs Home And Away
-- Stilley plays with the new splits available at Baseball Reference.
Pine Tar Press: The Five Best "Batting Fifth" Seasons In Royals History
-- Watson is making his way through the Royals lineup.
Kings Of Kauffman: Market Fresh - Javier Vazquez
-- I'm afraid this one is past it's sell-by date.
The Hardball Times: 10 who did the most to help their Cooperstown cases in 2012
-- What? No Royals made this list?
Baseball Prospectus: In A Pickle - That Blank Expression
-- Looking for Hall of Famers on this year's ballot and finding no one worthy.
Links of general interest:
Politico: Conservatives rebel against Boehner
-- Conservative opposition to John Boehner’s reelection as speaker on Thursday was more determined than it originally seemed. Guest starring a representative from Kansas.
Grandland: Norm Macdonald's Keeping Resolutions
-- Norm Macdonald on gambling? I'm there.
Mental Floss: 12 Historical Speeches Nobody Ever Heard
-- From a goodbye to stranded astronauts to Nixon's refusal to resign, here are a dozen speeches that were never delivered.
The New Yorker: There's Still Hope for People Who Love Les Miserables
-- I don't think this is a positive review.
The Dish: New Year, New Dish, New Media
-- This will be interesting as Andrew Sullivan goes behind a paywall.
The Economist: Norman’s conquest
-- How the first Gulf War continues to shape US policy.
The Economist: Daily chart - Birth right
-- A chart listing the best places to be born in 2013. If you're reading this, you've already been born. You're screwed.