Kucinich: I did see a UFO...
Kucinich questions President Bush's mental health...
Why should the staff writers knock themselves out when their work is being done for them by the candidate himself?
CLINTON INNER-CIRCLE BLAME 'UNFAIR' MODERATOR TIM RUSSERT. 'HE BORDERED ON THE UNPROFESSIONAL,' TOP HILLARY ADVISER CHARGES. 'HE BROKE DEBATE RULES AND WAS BELLIGERENT'...
First reaction is to think that Russert may need to beef up his security detail, but that's too easy. Russert is a big player in the liberally-biased MSM and will surely make up for it later. In the meantime, however, Hillary's gonna be throwing things in her office. The Politico has the highlights of what they call her worst debate performance of the campaign. However, much like Alan Greenspan, I would advise caution before you get too excited. Just saying.
MORE: The Hill'ry Bash. (It's uh de-bate smash!)
Anyway, TCM is of course not playing up the fact that they were working for one of the greatest mass murders in human history and instead will feature them as victims of "American paranoia." Fortunately, we have the facts to set the record straight. (Hat tip: Power Line)
"I said something to [Belichick] after the game," Godfrey told Curran. "I told him, 'You need to show some respect for the game.' You just don't do that. I don't care how bad it is. You're up 35 and you're still throwing deep? That's no respect.
"You look at all the great head coaches . . . I'm just disappointed," he said. "You gotta show some class, show some respect. Joe Gibbs? We wouldn't have done that. Bill Walsh? You wouldn't see those types of guys doing that stuff. I've never seen nothing like that. Most teams, you get up like that you sit on the ball and try to run the time out. They're up 30-some points and they're throwing deep. That was blatant disrespect. I hope we can see them again, definitely. You don't see Joe Gibbs doing that. You can't even imagine that kind of stuff coming from him. Joe Gibbs. Bill Walsh. Bill Parcells. This isn't like college going for power rankings. This is the pros you show some respect, show some class."
It's a tough issue. One of my least favorite coaches, Jimmy Johnson, used to run up the score at the U. of Miami all the time. He'd get asked about it and would reply that teams need to come to play, it's not his problem. Similarly, Belichick points out that it's the offense's job to score points, not to punt. Belichick is 99% right, it is the job of the offense to score, and the defense to prevent scoring. And in the league as it is today, there's just no such thing as a put-away game. Look what Detroit did to Chicago a few weeks ago, and what Houston almost did to Tennessee last week.However, I do believe there is a line, and Belichick does cross it. It's not because of his beliefs but the fact that he's trying to go 16-0 and get Brady to break Peyton's touchdown record. There is a point in the game where you pull the starters and slow it down. It's a very fine line, but it is there.
ESPN, of course, takes a lot of this to the extreme, however, they had a great piece this morning with Steven King and former NFL legends talking about fear. That was well done. We need more of that and less of that damn kid, jokes about Jimmy Johnson's hair, and Shannon Sharpe's elocution.
The blurring of the line between The Onion and real news stories is making the two indistinguishable. Henceforth, this story from The Daily Mail:
The human race will one day split into two separate species, an attractive, intelligent ruling elite and an underclass of dim-witted, ugly goblin-like creatures, according to a top scientist.
I thought I was gonna rupture my spleen after I read that. *whew* So many ways to go with this...Aren't we already there? And let this be a warning to all the hot chicks out there, keep turning me down and you'll be creating a world full of goblins! Anyway, let's continue:
100,000 years into the future, sexual selection could mean that two distinct breeds of human will have developed.The thing you have to keep in mind when you read these stories is that predictions like this have been around for years, but we live in the media age where everything is reported and sensationalized so much that it seems like it's a new phenomenon, but it isn't.
The alarming prediction comes from evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry from the London School of Economics, who says that the human race will have reached its physical peak by the year 3000.
These humans will be between 6ft and 7ft tall and they will live up to 120 years.
"Physical features will be driven by indicators of health, youth and fertility that men and women have evolved to look for in potential mates," says the report, which suggests that advances in cosmetic surgery and other body modifying techniques will effectively homogenise our appearance.
I'll give you an example: In my neck of the woods, we have the Hoover Dam, one of the great engineering marvels. If you ever visit the Dam and listen to the tour guides, you'll hear the story of how when the dam project was proposed a number of "scientists" at the time warned the government not to do it for a concrete structure of that size would knock the planet off its axis. Well, this didn't happen...go figure, but crackpot theories will always be with us, and I say keep 'em coming. That's entertainment!
Don Surber: the John Oates of the Blogosphere;
Don Surber: the Ed McMahon of the Blogosphere;
Don Surber: the Jim Messina of the Blogosphere;
Don Surber: the new Number 2. (Obscure reference)
Don Surber: (generic poop joke)
Okay, yes, you're right, I'm just jealous. He's one of the best bloggers out there, if not the best. Every day he has great links and commentary and he gets loads of hits. Meanwhile, I'm saving my pennies in a jar so I can someday, hopefully, buy a new pair of pants!
But don't despair, you small-potatoes of the blogosphere, Don has some tips for success!
Congrats, Don...you deserve the recognition.
"Isn’t it better that I tell you what I really believe instead of changing all my positions?" Giuliani told an audience of 2,000 at the Family Research Council’s Values Voters Summit at a Washington hotel. "I believe trust is more important than 100 percent agreement."
This is why I think Rudy going to win the nomination. Conservatives are tired of being lied to and being betrayed. Why not support a "half-a-loaf" candidate that tells you the truth instead of someone that tries to be all things to all people. You combine this with the fear of a Hillary presidency and I think the conservative base is going to rally around Rudy, even in the early primaries, despite what James Dobson, the Al Sharpton of the religious right, says.
Hip hop is the dominant culture for black youth. In general, music, especially hip hop music, is rebellious for no good reason other than to make money. Rappers and rockers are not trying to fix problems. They create problems for attention.Whitlock also has a stat on the Colts and the Patriots that may shock you.
That philosophy, attitude and behavior go against everything football coaches stand for. They're in a constant battle to squash rebellion, dissent and second opinions from their players.
You know why Muhammad Ali is/was an icon? Because he rebelled against something meaningful and because he excelled in an individual sport. His rebellion didn't interfere with winning. Jim Brown, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, etc. rebelled with dignity and purpose.What we're witnessing today are purposeless, selfish acts of buffoonery. Sensible people have grown tired of it. Football people are recognizing it doesn't contribute to a winning environment.
Look, having a fresh pair of eyes come into your operation and give some advice is okay, but when you let the consultant run your operation, then you've basically proven that you have no leadership skills of your own. I worked with a News Director once that took everything the consultants said as gospel. Strangely enough, the ratings never got better and morale continued to decline.
It's the same thing in Washington, D.C. with all their "blue ribbon commissions." Bottom line, either lead or go home.
UPDATE: Rush responds.
UPDATE: Reid's plan worked like a charm: ABC News gives Democrats credit for raising the money.
"You are a valuable member of this family and a key factor in our school's storied history of tradition of excellence … Walk in, say you are a former player, and I promise you, you will be welcomed with open arms."
Apparently, a letter has always been sent out each year welcoming players to the games and the department, however, it wasn't usually...enforced. That is to say, many of the former players felt less than welcome these past few years.
Another surprising fact that we've learned about the Pederson era is that all the pictures of the football All-Americans has been put in storage. Osborne is having them put back up, noting that the huge athletic department has plenty of wall space.
Anyway, in the book there are lots of juicy tidbits about the corporate mentality of Pederson and Callahan's alleged consternation about the legacy of Osborne. Should be interesting to see how the power-players react to the book.
Second, Osborne made an interesting point that Rome quickly seized on. He said that during the heydays of his football teams when the walk-on program was in full-force, (paraphrasing) "we didn't always have the most impressive physical specimens, but they'd die for you." I think that speaks volumes. Give it a listen.
Gotta admit, all this Husker blogging has been a nice break from my usual neo-libertarian political rants.
Granted I live in Nevada now, but I haven't been this much into the Huskers in about 10 years.
I was listening to Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio this morning. He thinks Nebraska should accept the fact that it's a kind of outpost in college football. For years, no one did things like we did and why should we try to, in his words, "out USC, USC." Instead, he thinks we should revert to our old ways of option football, power running game.
I agree to a point. Certainly we can't go back to the old Osborne offense in toto as the game and the players have just gotten too fast, but we can update it. In short, we can do what the fans always wanted...have an option-style offense with a strong running game, but also have a quarterback that can complete a pass or two. That's all we ever wanted in the 80s and 90s...nothing radical, just an offense that mixed it up a bit. Why not?
Latest rumor going around is that they're going to remove Callahan (and Cosgrove) any day now and make Charlie McBride interim Head Coach. I find that one a little hard to believe, but it's fun to think about. Ol' Charlie would probably take the black shirts away from the defense and give them pink shirts. "That's all you deserve to wear now you little bastards!"
It's also very obvious that the AD job is his for as long as he wants. Pearlman stated that his interim status is "open-ended," while Osborne said his job now is to "work himself out of a job." In other words, he's there until he's ready to retire permanently whether that's a year from now or 10 years from now.
MORE: Despite the fact that Osborne is extremely polite and careful with his words, it's pretty obvious that unless Bill Callahan finds a cure for cancer between now and the end of the season, he's out.
UPDATE: KPTM FOX 42 in Omaha is reporting this:
A source close to the program tells KPTM FOX 42 News that Tom Osborne may be named interim Athletic Director. Sources also tell us that Dave Remington, a former NU offensive lineman, will be named to the football coaching staff.
I understand Osborne taking over the department, but Remington "named to the football coaching staff?" What's that about? Does that mean Callahan is out? Unclear.
UPDATE: Tom Osborne says he has not been offered the interim AD job, but apparently he was coy on whether he would accept the job if offered, which leads one to conclude he would.
I'm gonna tell you right now, it would be suicide for Harvey Pearlman not to give Osborne the job. Look at the history: since Bob Devaney retired, we've had two Athletic Directors, both of them literally despised by the fans. Pearlman has got put someone in the AD office who has the fans' backing. Who but Osborne?
MORE: A great column from Dennis Dodd at CBS Sports that makes the case for Osborne.
EVEN MORE: Chancellor Pearlman said today that he had pretty much made up his mind to fire Pederson a few days before the Oklahoma State debacle. Pederson had apparently spent the last 3 years alienating the people in the Athletic Department, the boosters, the season-ticket holders, et al to the point that the situation was becoming untenable. That being the case, it's inexplicable why Pearlman gave Pederson a contract extension in July.
It's a puzzler. By now you've realized that Nebraska is similar to Michigan, Notre Dame and Alabama, in that the fans and the boosters will not accept anything but total dominance. As the calls for many a scalp continue, one idea being floated is to bring back the legend, Tom Osborne....not as head coach, mind you, but as Athletic Director: a job many thought he would have transitioned into years ago. Steve Sipple discusses this in his latest column for the Journal-Star:
What next? Assuming Pederson is gone, to whom does Nebraska turn for the AD position? Osborne seems a logical candidate if only because many in Husker Nation yearn to have their program back and are in need of a leader they can trust.
It’s all very speculative at this point. But Nebraska fans, having endured something of a nightmare, should be afforded the chance to dream, to let their imaginations run wild.
Bo Pelini’s name gets mentioned most as a potential head coach. I know he enjoyed his one-season stay at Nebraska as defensive coordinator in 2003. Now the defensive coordinator at Louisiana State, Pelini has told me often that he and his family liked Lincoln. He liked the parish they attended. LSU’s loss to Kentucky on Saturday will do little to diminish Pelini’s status as one of the nation’s hottest head coaching prospects.
We know Pelini can coach defense. He has told me he would want an offense that’s multiple but favors a strong ground game.
Turner Gill? Well, he’s doing wonders at Buffalo. The Bulls are 3-4 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-American Conference. Their three league victories equal the most since joining the MAC and returning to Division I-A in 1999. The former Husker quarterback is calling the plays for an offense that features elements of a West Coast attack, a power-I formation and even some option.
Whatever they decide to do, from what I'm hearing it's clear that they need to bring in a college football guy. While Nebraska needed to move toward a more pro-style offense that Callahan has given them, they need a college minded guy that understands things like tradition and passion for college football. You can't run the Huskers like a business...it's different in the college ranks.
Folks, it's a bad situation in Lincoln, Nebraska, home of my alma-mater the University of Nebraska and the legendary Nebraska Cornhuskers. We lost to USC...that was bad, but understandable. Then we lost to Missouri, just bad. Then, we get clobbered at home to Oklahoma State and a bunch of fans leave the game at halftime...that's unprecedented. It's so bad, the Drudge Report has a link to the story...and Drudge couldn't care less about football.
My sources tell me that the fans have gone from calling for the defensive coordinator to be fired, to the whole coaching staff and the Athletic Director to be fired. There are also rumors that the University is trying to reach out to former defensive coordinator Bo Pellini, who still has a lot of fans in the state from his one-year stint with the team that included serving as interim-Head Coach for the bowl game victory against Michigan State. However, I'm told Pellini wouldn't consider it unless AD Steve Pederson is fired and he gets to hire his own coaches. This post from Guerillaspot lends some credence to this:
"Pelini said Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson "stopped talking" to him in the days leading up to the bowl game and, following the victory, Pederson didn't fly back to Lincoln with the team.
Pederson eventually spoke with Pelini about the opening, but Pelini said it was clear he had no chance of landing the job.
"It was just a token interview," Pelini said. "(Pederson) brought me in because he had to bring me in. He told me I was being considered, but I don't think I ever was. He wanted to hire a name guy. He would've hired anybody that had a big name."
Chancellor Harvey Pearlman has some big decisions to make, and they had better be the right ones. The boosters are not happy and there's no more powerful group in the state than these folks, believe me.
UPDATE: The fans are indeed restless and the Blogosphere is full of people calling for a house-cleaning. Just to be clear, the stuff I'm hearing is merely word-of-mouth. I have no solid sources on any information, but if I do, I'll sing like a canary. More rumors here.
"We're brainwashing our children," said Dr Gray, 78, a long-time professor at Colorado State University. "They're going to the Gore movie [An Inconvenient Truth] and being fed all this. It's ridiculous."
And everyone needs to understand this:
"It bothers me that my fellow scientists are not speaking out against something they know is wrong," he said. "But they also know that they'd never get any grants if they spoke out. I don't care about grants."
That's what it comes down to. The political powers that hand out our money are in the tank for the Global Warming hoax. They have to be stopped.
The only head of state on the globe that is telling the truth on the subject is Czech President Vaclav Klaus. Though I am a little disappointed to hear him say he is "somewhat surprised" that Gore won. Please. Gore has all the credentials for what the Nobel Committee considers greatness. He is advocating the destruction of freedom. That's what Global Warming is all about. No surprises here.
MORE: Heard a little bit of Rush in the car this morning. He reminds us that there is a silver-lining to this: Bill Clinton has to be furious.
I could never vote for her because the Clintons’ liberal internationalism on display in the 1990s — the pursuit of paper treaties and the reliance on international institutions — is naive in theory and feckless in practice. And her domestic policy sees state intervention and expansion as the answer to every human ill from mortgage default to the common cold. Nonetheless, if 2008 is going to be a Democratic year, as it very well could, Hillary would serve the country better than any of her Democratic rivals.
As much as the prospect scares me to death, he's right. She is the most likely of them all to sell out the Left, but I'd rather not risk it.
At least Rand tried serving the right notions in her less-than-engaging polemic. As Michelle says, we have had a drought of popular-culture defenses of capitalism and individualism. We need another Rand or perhaps someone even more talented, who can write a narrative that uses realistic situations and approachable characters to exemplify the virtues of economic liberty and the dangers of statist policies. We have plenty of examples from real life in the history of the past century, but few seem willing to mold them into the kind of literary icon that Atlas Shrugged truly is.I wish I could have met her.
BLITZER: In the late '70s. Looking back all of these years, knowing what has happened, what, if anything, would you have done differently?
CARTER: I would have had one more helicopter in our rescue mission, which would have brought all of the hostages out safe and free. And so I had to wait from April, around until five minutes after I was no longer president when all of the hostages did come home safe and free.
Holy Hell! Does anyone else remember that mission and how it went? That's his regret?!
This gives me the opportunity to explain a few religious points. I'm an Agnostic. What that means is that I do not believe in anything that doesn't have some scientific proof behind it. However, I can't explain existence, but I know that there must be something that started it all. Whatever that something is may indeed be what we would consider "God," but he/it does not seem to play a roll in anything going on in the universe as far as we can tell. That's why I sometimes call myself a Deist. Depends on my mood.
Anyway, there is also a third faction in this rogues gallery of the "non-believers." Atheists are people that don't believe in God and don't want anyone else to believe in God either. They want to take God and all forms of religion out of our lives. I've never been able to understand this. Certainly, Christopher Hitchens lays out in detail all the harm religion has caused in his latest book, but if a person believes in a higher power, says a few prayers or goes to a church, what do I care? What harm does that do to me? People can believe what they want to believe, and this crap from the likes of Nancy Pelosi that we have to keep the word "God" out of anything involved with the government is petty and foolish. Yes, we have a separation of Church and State, but a word in a pledge or on a coin or document is not a big deal and anyone who thinks otherwise is as much a religious zealot as James Dobson, just in the other direction.
What did we learn? Chris Matthews is an ass (but we knew that), Mitt Romney has good joke writers and Ron Paul is still a crank.
As for the zingers, my personal favorite was Rudy's take on HillaryCare at the end. He should really make it a campaign slogan.
If you think the damage that would be done by Hillary Clinton and a Democrat Congress can be fixed by a future election or two, than let's talk about monthly installments for the purchase of the Brooklyn Bridge.
The stakes are too high.
NEW YORK (AP) - Former Mexican President Vicente Fox said Monday that the United States is letting racism dictate its policies, especially when it comes to immigration.Nice. Yes, I'm a racist because I want people to enter the country legally. Unbelievable.
"The xenophobics, the racists, those who feel they are a superior race ... they are deciding the future of this nation," he said, without naming names, in an interview with The Associated Press.
It just emphasizes the fact the far right is not in the mood to govern, it is looking for purity. They can no longer pretend they are not the ones destroying the GOP coalition. The have now openly stated they will take their marbles and go home if Giuliani is nominated, even though he is supported by a VAST majority of the conservative voting block (GOP and Independents like me).
And libertarians like me. A big issue with the Far Right is abortion...they want it banned. Okay, so if that's what you really want, then you work toward that goal. You may have to work over several generations to get it accomplished, but you work on it step by step. So when given a choice between a probable candidate that supports abortion on demand (Hillary) and a probably candidate that is for keeping abortion legal but supports programs that limit the number of abortions performed (Giuliani), their choice is to either stay home or support a "3rd party" candidate, either way assuring the former candidate victory and probably a few Supreme Court picks.
How stupid can they be?
Fortunately, Rush doesn't take anything laying down. Check out his latest comments and the hilarious graphic put together by his team at EIB.
Among the Texas congressman's loyal, passionate, Web-savvy supporters, that's not a question. It's a statement -- and a semi-accurate one. Here's a very important similarity: Like Dean, Paul has been against the war on Iraq from the beginning, setting him apart from the rest of the GOP field.
And just as Dean's insurgent campaign effectively used the Web to raise money, rally its supporters and create buzz the year before the 2004 elections, Paul's campaign throughout the year has singularly relied on the Internet to fuel his engine.
And like Dean...he's a total crank.
Look, it's true Ron has some libertarian views that are worthy of applause, but he's missing a key element that would make him a true libertarian: reason.
The whole smear campaign is itself a ploy worthy of study in the field of media theory. For it to work, you need a populous that lives off of short-soundbites and word-of-mouth knowledge of daily events. This is exactly what we have and the Democrats know it. The truth is their enemy, but it's a toothless enemy because no one really has the time or the will to seek it out. Thus, if they just keep pounding away with their story-line day after day after day, enough people will believe it and it will become a permanent part of pop culture, much like the near universal belief that J. Edgar Hoover was gay.
The only thing that can stop them from succeeding is Rush Limbaugh himself. He's one of the few Americans that is willing to fight these people.
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I often butt heads with libertarian purists over such matters. They criticize my willingness to use the state to fight wars or to socialize the cost of raising of children. I simply don’t care if such stances render me outside the libertarian true believers. I don’t care if some consider the stances immoral. Particular solutions work in particular times, places and circumstances and there is no point whining about it. I won’t try to shoehorn an ultimately unworkable solution into an ideological framework just to prove I am one of the gang.
At the risk of sounding like a campaign ad, this is why I'm a fan of Rudy Giuliani. He looks at what is best for the particular situation. It's something the Christian Right (a group with a very rigid ideology) can never understand. Running New York and running the United States are two very different things. What works in New York may not work nationally and vise-verse. Results first, ideology second.
Ok, I confess. When I need to crank out a quick column, I find somebody who writes something idiotic, and I give them their deserved dressing down. When my list of idiots gets too big, I just go with my favorite bastion of worthlessness, the Jayson Blair Times. I can’t help it. They simply do not know how to say anything positive, unbiased, reasonable, or accurate. Being liberal, shrill and wrong may offend some, but as a conservative columnist, I delight in their intellectual deficiencies. The Gray Lady is the main reason I support euthanasia. Somebody kill this old bag already.Heh!
You want to come on this program and call me unpatriotic, come on this program and call me unpatriotic. You want to call me a liar, you want to tell me that I did not say what I said, you come on this program and you tell me to my face that I said what I did not say. Stop hiding behind your special protections as a senator and spewing the talking points of an embarrassing, partisan hack media group called Media Matters for America. Hillary Clinton didn't serve in the military, by the way, Senator Reid. She just voted against General Petraeus. Barack Obama did not serve in the military, Senator Reid, and he didn't even show up to vote in support of Petraeus. John Edwards didn't serve, and after voting to send our troops to war, he has undermined them ever since. It is unconscionable for an esteemed United States senator to launch an all-out assault on a private citizen, which is a lie from front to back, in order to cover your own actions and words, which have been the true demoralization of the US military -- and if anybody owes the military of this country an apology, Senator Reid, it is you. It is Jack Murtha. It is Dick Durbin. It is any and all who have joined your effort to secure defeat of the United States and the United States military in not only Iraq, but the war on terror.
Sir, have you no decency left? Have you no shame whatsoever?
Meanwhile, the always classy Tom Harkin of Iowa said "Maybe Limbaugh was high on drugs again."
I almost feel bad for these guys. They don't know what they're getting into.