ESPN Report: Pelini To Be Named Nebraska Coach

ESPN's Pat Forde is citing multiple unnamed sources as saying that Bo Pelini will be named head coach of Nebraska early next week.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports Tom Osborne has no comment on the story while Pelini says "I honestly don’t know where they’re getting their information." Not exactly a denial.

Meanwhile, the Sporting News is claiming to have confirmed the story as well, but offers no source.

What's it all mean? We're getting close.

Pederson Back In Pittsburgh

Well, well, well...they say a dog always returns to its vomit. This is true in the case of Steve Pederson as he has accepted an offer to return to his old job as Athletic Director of the University of Pittsburgh. All joking aside, good for him. It's a nice job and he did some good things there in the past. Well suited for it.

Packers Find Some Good In Loss To Cowboys

In case you haven't seen it, the folks that brought us RealClearPolitics also have a similar webpage for sports called (of course) RealClearSports. There you can get the best (and worst) columns from the major sportwriters across the country.

Today there are various schools of thought on the game last night. I think it obviously proves that Dallas is the better team, but the Packers came away with a lot of positives. Number one, they could have laid down, but they fought until the end and kept it a game. Number two, one swallow doesn't make a summer, but Aaron Rodgers looked really good. This is good news for the Pack should Brett Favre go down or retire soon. Either way, Green Bay may get a few phone calls from some GM's in the off-season about Rodgers. In the short term, McCarthy needs to tighten up that defense. As for the Cowboys, it's easy to say they're going to be the team to meet the Patriots in the Super Bowl and that would be a smart bet, but I just have a funny feeling something's going to happen in the playoffs to spoil it for them, whether it's Wade Phillips bad luck or a T.O. clusterf*** or a Romo snafu. We'll see.

Another interesting story is the praise given to Andy Reid for resigning A.J. Feeley. I think Feeley excellent performance against New England shows that with the solid coaching you get from an Andy Reid coaching staff, you can win a lot of games with any solid QB. Thus, it's time to get rid of Mr. Sensitive Donovan McNabb and start fresh with Feeley and Kolb. It's a move that would benefit both parties.

Wow, that's all Paterno makes? $500,000 a year. Talk about loyalty.

Quote Of The Day

But Pelosi, who is scheduled to speak to a Democratic National Committee event in Virginia on Friday, will surely face tough questions from reporters regarding Murtha's statement on the surge.

"This could be a real headache for us," said one top House Democratic aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "Pelosi is going to be furious."

What else is there to say?


Osborne Says Coaching Search "On Track"

Going for two in the Orange Bowl against Miami in 1984 is starting to look like a minor decision in the career of Tom Osborne compared to the decision he's about to make. But while the whole state of Nebraska is in a full-blown tizzy over the search for a new coach, the man who will make that decision seems to be a picture of calm. More from the Lincoln Journal Star.

Sean Taylor's Death And Liberal White Guilt

I've seen some of the sports writer round-table discussions on the death of NFL star Sean Taylor and they've turned out just like you would expect. The white writers are quick to say, "now we don't know the circumstances here, we can't jump to conclusions" etc., etc. Put another way, "I don't want to be thought of as racist or insensitive to the plights of the black race."

In short, thanks to liberal white guilt...things will never change.

Now let's look at sports columnist (and black American) Jason Whitlock. He offers this:

The Black KKK claimed another victim, a high-profile professional football player with a checkered past this time.

No, we don't know for certain the circumstances surrounding Taylor's death. I could very well be proven wrong for engaging in this sort of aggressive speculation. But it's no different than if you saw a fat man fall to the ground clutching his chest. You'd assume a heart attack, and you'd know, no matter the cause, the man needed to lose weight.

Well, when shots are fired and a black man hits the pavement, there's every statistical reason to believe another black man pulled the trigger. That's not some negative, unfair stereotype. It's a reality we've been living with, tolerating and rationalizing for far too long.

When the traditional, white KKK lynched, terrorized and intimidated black folks at a slower rate than its modern-day dark-skinned replacement, at least we had the good sense to be outraged and in no mood to contemplate rationalizations or be fooled by distractions.

Our new millennium strategy is to pray the Black KKK goes away or ignores us. How's that working?

About as well as the attempt to shift attention away from this uniquely African-American crisis by focusing on an "injustice" the white media allegedly perpetrated against Sean Taylor.

Within hours of his death, there was a story circulating that members of the black press were complaining that news outlets were disrespecting Taylor's victimhood by reporting on his troubled past.

No disrespect to Taylor, but he controlled the way he would be remembered by the way he lived. His immature, undisciplined behavior with his employer, his run-ins with law enforcement, which included allegedly threatening a man with a loaded gun, and the fact a vehicle he owned was once sprayed with bullets are all pertinent details when you've been murdered.

In short, we have to pretend that this fact that the number one killer of black men is other black men is just a racist fallacy and point the blame back to a history of white oppression. Thus, nothing will ever, ever change for the black community in this country.

CNN's Shame

Turns out the Hillary supporter that "slipped" by CNN and into the Republican debate was just the tip of the iceberg. Kind of ironic. At first, many of the GOP candidates were leary of a "YouTube" debate. Turns out they should have been more leary of the Clinton News Network. Michelle Malkin has the rundown on all the Democrat questioners that CNN let crash the party.


The Associated Press Sinks Lower

Last night in the soggy conditions of Pittsburgh, the NFL Monday night game between the Steelers and Dolphins was delayed for a half-hour due to lightning. The stadium had to be evacuated for safety, so when things finally let up, they hurried the fans back inside and started the game. Due to running behind schedule, they skipped the National Anthem and got the game going. No big deal, these things happen once in a blue moon, right? Well, so far, there's no outrage over this fact, but that didn't stop the AP from writing the story anyway.

There was no apparent fan reaction to the omission, which occurred as many fans were scrambling to get back to their seats for the kickoff. The fans were ordered to leave the lower seating bowl at Heinz Field when lightning and a heavy rain resulted in both teams being waved off the field during pregame warmups.

National anthems are rarely televised during NFL games, with the Super Bowl being an exception, so there was no indication if any veterans groups were unhappy with the omission.

So why write the story? What's the point?

Totalitarian Health Care From John Edwards

"You don't get that choice."


Ted Kennedy To Write Memoirs, Make Millions

Yet another reason we need a nationwide "Son of Sam" law.

Husker Watch Continues

Tom Osborne's plane should be landing in Lincoln soon after a swing through Baton Rouge and Atlanta. I assume the sports media is swarming. Latest word is that Osborne interviewed Bo Pelini in Baton Rouge and has permission to talk to Turner Gill. The search firm is in Atlanta where Osborne seems to have spent the day. Hard to say if he's talked to anyone else, but the Omaha Weird Herald reports Osborne wants to move things along fast and an announcement could come as soon as Wednesday. Keep watching for that puff of white smoke from the chimney.

UPDATE: Osborne: No comment (until it's done).

Study Says Mankind Shortening Life Of Universe

The Postmodernists strike back!

Tom Brokaw Is An Idiot

The Lamest Generation.

President Bush Waste Time, Has Meeting With Crank

My tax dollars pay the salary of the President of the United States, thus I expect him to use his time wisely and not screw around. President Bush, however, spent a good part of his day today meeting with a snake-oil salesman. That's not what I'm paying you for, Mr. President.

Get Rid Of Title Game

The situation the Missouri Tigers are in now proves once and for all that we need to get rid of the Big 12 Title Game. It was a bad idea to start and it's just gotten worse. The powers that be got all caught up with the excitement of the SEC Title game and thought we should do it too, but it doesn't work. Now, Missouri has to play a game to win the Big 12 which they have in reality done already. Meanwhile, Ohio State, with no Big 10 Title game, sits in waiting in case Missouri loses. Granted, you can say, "well, if they're so good, they should beat Oklahoma," but that's not the point. Some teams play 11 games, some 12, some 13...there's no balance. The Big 12 needs to ditch the title game and do what the Big 10 does. You may not play every team in the conference every year, but you get most of them. You could cut back to 3 preseason games and play a rotating 8 conference teams. And while we're at it, make sure that Nebraska and Oklahoma play each other every year in the last game, just like Ohio State and Michigan. Now that Osborne is the AD, he needs to make this his first priority after hiring a football coach.

Trent Lott To Resign

Looks like he's trying to get around the new lobbying rules so he can make some big bucks right now. Fine, whatever, just go.


Lincoln Airport Hub Of Activity

The folks in Huskerland are going nuts over reports of a private plane being sent from Lincoln's Municipal Airport to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The sports reporters at the Lincoln Journal Star say it's exactly what it looks like, however the AD at LSU is unaware.

It's gonna be a crazy week.

UPDATE: From KMTV in Omaha: Plane picked up Bo Pelini for a flight to Atlanta. Osborne and Harvey Pearlman on the plane.

MORE: Scout.com quotes Monte Kiffin on rumors he might be interviewed: “I haven’t heard anything right now. We’ll just wait and see on that. I spent a little time there, so we’ll wait and see,” Kiffin said.


More Insight Into Osborne's Decision

News Net Nebraska has an excellent rundown of the major quotes from Tom Osborne's press conference this morning. There's a really interesting nugget on a conversation Osborne had with a former rival, Bill McCartney, the coach of the Colorado Buffaloes in the 80s and 90s:

“Obviously, you want somebody with integrity. And that doesn’t mean that these coaches don’t have integrity. I’m not saying that at all. But you want somebody whose word is good. It’s very important in recruiting that the players trust you. That what you tell them is going to happen. You want somebody that knows football and has a good work ethic. You want somebody that can motivate. Some people know football, but they really don’t get people to play hard for them. Again, I’m not saying that’s the case here. But you’ve got to get players to play hard. It’s still a Spartan game. I talked to (Bill) McCartney a couple weeks ago and hadn’t talked to him for two or three years. He has followed us pretty closely, and he said that we’ve lost our identity. What he was saying was that we used to be a team that people hated to play because they felt it for two or three weeks. I’m not saying that we need to go back to running the wishbone or running the option. I’m not getting into X’s and O’s. I’m talking about how we play. You have to play with intensity, and I think these coaches tried very hard to have that happen. I think they knew that. But I think at times, we didn’t have the intensity that you like to see in a football team.”

McCartney nailed it. When you watched Nebraska play, it just felt like watered-down pro football...not college football with its drive and passion. Now watching the Kentucky-Tennessee game this afternoon, that was college football. The SEC is the top of the head right now, while we've been trying to be something we're not. Back to the basics.

Osborne Fires Callahan; Search Begins

KETV.com (a former employer of mine) has the full video feed of Osborne's press conference.

Key points:

-Osborne said when the team was 4-4, Callahan had an opportunity to turn it around. He might have had a slim chance with a win in Colorado, but the Kansas game, Osborne said, was the real turning point.

-Osborne said he didn't hold anyone to standards that he hasn't been held to, which is cold comfort as he was always held to impossible standards. He told the regent story of how he would have been fired in his fourth year if he hadn't won the bowl game.

-The search begin, a firm has been hired and the Lincoln Journal Star reports Pelini is one of them. Osborne said he want someone the player will run through a wall for...that points to Pelini, but could also point to Gill. At this point I'd be shocked if the new coach isn't one of those two.

Here we go...


Nebraska's Worst Season Ends

Just a horrible game against Colorado this afternoon. The only highlight was hearing Eric Cartman introduce the Buffalo's Defense. But what about that offensive explosion in the first half, you say? It was disgusting. It was two mediocre offenses against two pathetic defenses which made the offenses look great. What was the big difference? Only Colorado had coaches that knew how to make adjustments at halftime!!

It was just awful, like watching old run-and-shoot University of Houston football. Yeah, it's high-flying, high-scoring stuff, but ultimately meaningless. When you see a high scoring game like this (unless it involves the Patriots), you know that you don't have quality teams. A 24-21 final score...chances are, that game had two good or great teams. 65-51? Entertaining for some, garbage in reality.

It's time for a change...and it's time for something retro. We need a new coach who has the ability to lead and respect our traditions and uses the walk-on program to its full potential. I was a proponent of Paul Johnson at Navy, and I wouldn't be unhappy if he got the job, but I'm now more inclined to Pelini: lot's of fire in the belly, defense-specialist, tough, able to withstand criticism, popular with fans. That is, of course, if the job comes open with the firing of Bill Callahan. Let's hope Osborne learned during his stay in Washington, D.C. how to bend with the political wind.

Sarkozy Winning First Battle

French President Nicolas Sarkozy appears on the verge of his first major victory against his country's socialist institutions. Rail and subway workers are returning to slowly returning to work after just 9 days on strike.

Union leaders began to concede defeat yesterday. "We have to face reality. Since yesterday's negotiations, things have changed. The strike is no longer the solution. The strike strategy is no longer winning," a leader of the Sud union representing Paris underground railway workers, Philippe Touzet, said in an interview with Bloomberg News.

The collapse of support for the strike by individual rail workers marks the first success in what Mr. Sarkozy considers the key goal of his presidency, the abandonment of expensive entitlements and special conditions for public sector workers, including generous early retirement and pension benefits for half a million rail workers, which he believes make France uncompetitive.

We need this kind of thinking in the United States.


Happy Thankgiving

Well, it's another Thanksgiving and I gotta say, I've got plenty to be thankful for: Good job, good health, good blog, family, friends. Home today cooking a turkey and watching the Packers-Lions game on TV with my boys Hank and Dean. Not bad.

By popular demand...here's a more current picture of Hank and Dean:

They grow up so fast!


What To Do With New Electronics

Someday, we'll all have a little palm device that will hold everything and be able to do anything. We already have it now, in fact, but scattered out amongst many different devices.

Most people (thanks to brilliant marketing) are aware of the iPhone by Apple. A great product, but you're stuck with a huge AT&T bill. Few are aware of other touch-pad devices (due to lousy marketing) that have been on the market for a while like Sony's eReader or iLiad which serve as portable digital books. Now Amazon is into the fray with their new product, Kindle. It offers limited web access (site by site subscriptions) and new technology that makes the screen easier to read. However, no touch-screen and it is the size of a small book, thus bigger than your palm.

Ugh! Now is the time for some great company to put it all together without breaking the banks of the consumers. Do that, and you'll have built the proverbial "better mousetrap."


Callahan's Message To Team Speaks Volumes

I was reading the latest of the many "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead!" stories on the state of the Nebraska football program when something in the story caught my eye:

Osborne has said repeatedly that he won't evaluate Callahan until after the Colorado game. Osborne has given no indication which way he's leaning.

But Callahan has given the players notice that change could be coming, receiver Todd Peterson said.

"Basically, they've just told us that this is a business and it's about putting a product out on the field," Peterson said. "And when you put the product we've put out this year, eventually there are going to be some changes. Whether it will be this year, we don't know. We can't control that."

This illustrates the problem with Callahan's tenure as Husker coach. The phrase, "this is a business" has become a popular sports cliche used as a form of tough-love for players and fans when a coach is fired or a player is cut even though there may be a sentimental attachment. Like all cliches, there is a kernel of truth. In the NFL, it's especially true. It's a multi-billion dollar industry and is designed to make money by keeping the fans going to the games, watching the games, buying gear and memorabilia and so forth.

College football, on the other hand, is more complex. Certainly money is involved. They sell tickets, gear, TV packages, bowl games, but they also sell intangibles: pride, tradition, loyalty.
Callahan says it's a business and it's all about the product on the field. What he doesn't get is that it's also about character. Sometimes it's not about the number of loses, but how you lose. For weeks we saw not only loses, but incredibly lopsided loses from a team that showed no fight and a coach that offered no inspiration. Some are saying that the coaching staff deserves another chance and that this year was a fluke. That argument would have merit if we had seen some of these intangibles, but we didn't. College football has to be more than just a business for it to thrive and this is especially true in a place like Nebraska.

Letting Your Squeeze Flag Fly

Thought the Charmin commercials with Mr. Whipple were just about toilet paper, didn't you? In fact, the philosophical ramifications of Whipple's puritanism are enormous. Especially if you're applying for tenure.

Nobody does it better than Jim Lileks. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

Second Amendment Showdown

Just breaking on Drudge:

(AP) - The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will decide whether the District of Columbia can ban handguns, a case that could produce the most in-depth examination of the constitutional right to "keep and bear arms" in nearly 70 years.

The justices' decision to hear the case could make the divisive debate over guns an issue in the 2008 presidential and congressional elections.

Scary stuff. It's all in Justice Kennedy's hands.

MORE: There are a lot of ways to look at this. Some say we shouldn't worry because the court always endeavours to make very narrow rulings so it might turn out to be much ado about nothing. I'm not so sure...I think this is pretty serious stuff with huge ramifications. The court decides which cases to hear by the Rule of Four, i.e. it takes just four justices to decide if a case will be heard by the court. My question is, which four? Was it the four liberals who are hoping Kennedy joins them, or was it a ideological combination of judges? Also, did Chief Justice Roberts vote to hear the case? If so, that would lead me to believe he thinks they have the votes to protect the Second Amendment. I think the Rule of Four voting is secret, so we could only know through a leak.

Also, look for fawning praise from the New York Times and other MSM outlet on Justice Kennedy in hopes of cowing him into striking down the Second Amendment.

Hillary Con-Job In Vegas

My city of Las Vegas has a infamous reputation. Once a home of mobsters who ran casinos with rigged slot machines and table games...who took their skim off the top and eliminated anyone who got in their way, the city has a more corporate feel these days, but shenanigans can still be found, or in some cases brought in from the outside.

As the days go by we're learning more and more how Hillary Clinton and CNN were able to pull off one of the biggest con-jobs in presidential debate history. Not only does Wolf Blitzer lay down for Hillary, but they were able to fill the audience with "undecided voters" who were in fact Clinton loyalists. Somewhere, Don Hewitt is smiling in admiration.

Bloody Nora! 102-Year Old Woman Poses Nude

From our "Ew!" File (Via the UK Sun):

ALE be damned - 102-year-old pensioner Nora Hardwick poses topless and becomes one of the oldest women ever to appear in a nude calendar.

The former-councillor, from Lincolnshire, became Miss November to raise cash for her local football team, Ancaster Athletic.

News of her picture has raced around the world - with stories as far a field in Bosnia, Australia and New Zealand.


She told us: "I'd never done anything like it before - and I doubt I will again.

Probably a safe bet.


Soldier Re-Enlists Hours After Being Wounded

An American soldier who was seriously wounded during a bomb attack in Iraq on Nov. 13 re-enlisted just hours after the ambush, telling Army officers he still had a job to do, the Army reported Monday.

I can safely say I would not have done the same. You serve in war, you get wounded...99% of us would say, okay, we've done our part with honor. This guy, however, is different. I bet there are a lot of folks (you know who I mean) who are condemning this guy as an inbred fool. Got a news flash for you Greenwich Village wankers...it's guys like this that give you the freedom to be Leftist idiots. You don't have to like it, but you do have to face it.

CNN Growing Plants

It's starting to look like CNN has merged with the Home & Garden Network.

Paul Krugman And Racism At The NY Times

Paul Krugman has a huge column today on why he thinks all Republicans are racist. Eric at the Tygrrrr Express tears down this argument brick by brick.

Mr. Whipple Dies

"Please don't squeeze the Charmin!" Anyone that lived in the 1970s knows this piece of pop culture right off the bat. Dick Wilson was a character actor that appeared in many movies and television shows (he can be seen in several episodes of "Hogan's Heroes" in various roles), but he was most famous for playing store manager "Mr. Whipple" in Charmin toilet paper commercials for several years. It just proves there are no small roles in the acting profession.


NFL Quick Hits, Week 11

Expect a big controversy this week in Indianapolis. Adam Vinatieri is not on the injured list, but CBS commentators noticed he had a taped plant leg. He missed two field goals last week and two in today's game before hitting the game winner. ESPN's Sal Palantonio said the Colts deny he is injured, but when asked, Vinatieri said "Not everyone on this team is 100%." Bottom line, if he's injured in any way and the Colts haven't reported it, it's a violation of NFL rules...the kind of thing you expect from New England, not Tony Dungy. Stay tuned.

Big win for the Browns. They need to learn how to finish a game in order to play with the big boys, but still, a big (and crazy) win. Derek Anderson is one of the best stories this year. He made some big-time throws late in the game.

Detroit is stumbling. Better get it together for the Green Bay Favre's this Turkey Day.

The Dolphins are so bad, they can't beat the Eagles without McNabb.

Team USA Beats Cuba; Castro Blames Embargo

Well, I'm sure he wants to (assuming he's still alive). Congrats to the USA baseball team on beating the commies.

Vilsack Lets Slip Socialized Medicine Conspiracy

Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack admitted in a recent interview that the SCHIP program was just a first step in a plan to completely nationalize health care. The GOP should run this audio in their ads like crazy.


Democrat Debate Reveals Many Truths

Truth 1: The MSM is in the tank for the Democrats, but especially Hillary;

Truth 2: Wolf Blitzer is a puppet;

Truth 3: With his answer on the Spitzer driver's license plan, Obama has proved beyond a reasonable doubt that he's not ready for prime time.


Osborne To Hold Meeting Day After CU Game

Nebraska AD Tom Osborne has once again tried to make it clear to the media that he has made no decision on Bill Callahan and the coaching staff and will not do so until after the Colorado game. That, most of us assumed. However, we did get some news today as Osborne announced that he was scheduling a meeting with the coaching staff for November 24, the day after the Colorado game. That should be quite a day in the Cornhusker state.

Barry Bonds Indicted



MSM Blames Rush For Writers' Strike


Drunken Elephants And Paris Hilton

From our WTF? File:

GAUHATI, Indian (AP) - In a Nov. 13 story, The Associated Press incorrectly reported that Paris Hilton was praised by conservationists for highlighting the problem of binge-drinking elephants in northeastern India. Lori Berk, a publicist for Hilton, said she never made any comments about helping drunken elephants in India.

My brain just overloaded and shut down. If only Groucho was here.

Callahan Going Down Fighting

Interesting piece this morning from Steven M. Sipple in the Lincoln Journal Star about how Nebraska coach Bill Callahan is going down fighting by closing this week's football practices to the media. At the same time, Sipple seems to be trying to reassure Husker fans that while Callahan is a fighter, he's still gonna get fired after the Colorado game, so don't worry.

Meanwhile, the rumors about a future coach get crazier by the day. Bo Pelini has been spotted at the Lincoln airport so many times you have to wonder if he's really Elvis. There are also rumors being floated on the Internet boards that Callahan has already worked out a buy-out deal and accepted a job with the New York Jets under Coach Eric Mangini. I actually kinda hope that one is true. Callahan is like Norv Turner...good X's and O's guy, but not a leader of men.

Let's get the Colorado game over with and get onto the business at hand!

Fjordman And LGF Split For Good

Sadly, two of the best bloggers on the Internet have been unable to find common ground. Fjordman is no longer a member of Charles Johnson's band of Lounge Lizards at Little Green Footballs. Charles' take is here, Fjordman's here. If I had more time, I could study the issues at play thoroughly and break it down, but alas, I just don't.

MORE: Political Black Ops?


Again: Harry Reid Threatens War Funds

Harry Reid is like a football coach that is still trying to establish the run late in the fourth quarter.

Bush Doctrine Validated!

Via Hot Air.

A Dissenting View Of Norman Mailer

Upon hearing of Norman Mailer's death, I was moved to write the following:

He was a literary hero of the American Left and did indeed write some very good stuff, including his first novel, The Naked And The Dead. However, Mailer was a good example of someone who never really moved beyond the 1960s and spent many decades living off his reputation while putting out mediocre work.

Turns out Roger Kimball of Pajamas Media agrees with that assessment (though would judge me far to generous). I'm a man of few works, Roger on the hand takes a more quantitative approach. He has an excellent essay on Mailer's bad writing, though be warned...you may need a dictionary.

MORE: Christopher Hitchens gives us his take on the Left's half-baked hero. Naturally, Hitchens is much more sympathetic to his literary colleague. His take on Mailer: he did some good work, some bad work, but all in all he's the kind of guy that makes life more interesting. I can appreciate that.

Blitzer Warned: No Hard Questions For Hillary

The Hillary Clinton camp has given CNN's Wolf Blitzer a warning...no hard questions for Hillary or it's gonna be ring-a-ding-ding.

Per Drudge:

CNN's Wolf Blitzer has been warned not to focus Thursday's Dem debate on Hillary. 'This campaign is about issues, not on who we can bring down and destroy,' top Clinton insider explains. 'Blitzer should not go down to the levels of character attack and pull 'a Russert.'' Blitzer is set to moderate debate from Vegas, with questions also being posed by Suzanne Malveaux... Developing...

Can someone explain to me how Tim Russert attacked Hillary's "character?"

Simply put, if Hillary wins the Presidency, she expects total and complete loyalty from the MSM...none of this 99% stuff.

This country could be in very big trouble.


Gordon Brown Channeling Thatcher?

What a topsy-turvy world we have in the 21st Century when a Labour Prime Minister in the UK is more of a hawk than anyone among the Tories...and that's been true for 10 years! Relatively new PM Gordon Brown made a big foreign policy speech today with such meaty tidbits as proclaiming that America is Britain's most important ally and that the U.S./Europe alliance is the best hope for the world. Austin Bay has more.

Another Vegas Hotel To Retire

Light posting today as I slept in due to some strange working hours coming up. At midnight, I'll be heading to the Las Vegas Strip to witness the implosion of the New Frontier Hotel. The Vegas resort with make way for The Plaza which will be very similar to New York City's Plaza Hotel. It's just another typical day in Las Vegas. I'll have pictures and a full report tomorrow.


Sunday Night Funny

Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson in "Bottom":

NFL Quick Hits, Week 10

Ugly weekend in the NFL. I really screwed the pooch in my picks pool. Who knew the Rams would get off the snide, or that the Lions would have a letdown in Arizona? I should have known better than to pick Carolina, but they were playing the Falcons for cripes sake!


-The Packers look really good.

-So do the Cowboys, but G-d bless...they're all ESPN talks about. There are 31 other teams, Bristol!

-Steelers and Browns played a good game. Browns have come a long way, but they've still got to learn how to beat the big boys.

-Some truly boring games this weekend (Raiders-Bears, Bengals-Ravens), but you can't have great ones every week. That Detroit-Green Bay game on Turkey Day is gonna be good.


BlogWorld Expo '07

A nice turnout at the first BlogWorld Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center. A truly convenient convention for me as I work at the LVCC. I was able to check out the convention and some of the blog celebs in attendance.

The world famous Chippendales? No, just two bloggers in their prime: the Libertarian Popinjay meets "Captain" Ed Morrissey of Captain's Quarters and Blog Talk Radio. An incredibly nice man and one of the best bloggers on the net.

I also had the pleasure of meeting writer, producer, comedian Evan Sayet at the Pajamas Media booth. Evan has written for the Arsenio Hall Show, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher and other comedy projects in Hollywood for several years, but like his fellow comedian Dennis Miller, the events of 9/11 would change him forever. Evan noticed how many of his liberal friends were actually glad to see America get attacked, feeling that the country deserves what it gets. Evan spoke about this and his political transformation in a speech to the Hertiage Foundation. This speech has since become required viewing for the right side of the blogosphere. He did some standup bits throughout the day at the PJ Media booth. He was very congenial and we talked for about 5 minutes about his career and mine. Good guy.

More pics of the convention floor:

Poker lessons for bloggers!

Evan Sayet conducts a "White House press briefing."

Nebraska And The Option

Interesting line in an AP story about the Nebraska game:

Whether Callahan can save his job isn't known, but he gave the old coach something to think about on a day the Huskers looked like the Osborne teams that routinely throttled K-State. Callahan even called an option play for Ganz.

I didn't see the game, but it sure sounded like the days of old. I really hope we hire a coach that brings in some sort of updated Option Offense, whether it be Paul Johnson's Triple-Option at Navy or some form of Urban Meyer's Spread Option. The West Coast Offense is for the pros, not college. We need a college coach that understands tradition and the Nebraska way. We are not obligated to breed quarterbacks for the NFL. I personally can't wait until the seasons over and Osborne can get to work.

Norman Mailer Dies

He was a literary hero of the American Left and did indeed write some very good stuff, including his first novel, The Naked And The Dead. However, Mailer was a good example of someone who never really moved beyond the 1960s and spent many decades living off his reputation while putting out mediocre work. But, he did lead an interesting life...can't fault him for that.

Huskers Come Up Big Against Kansas State

Huge victory for the Huskers as they trounce Kansas State much the way KU trounced the Huskers. Lot of mixed emotions about this win for Husker fans.

First, it's great these seniors got to shine in their final home game. It's also nice to see that Joe Ganz has some hidden talent. Should he have been the starter all along?

Is Kansas State really, really bad?

However, many, I'm sure, are concerned that this will save Bill Callahan's job. Probably not, but it will mean he can finish the season before he is removed and it means a new coach can develop something positive with this crop of players, including Ganz. Let's hope.


Chavez Supporters Shoot Students In Venezuela

Hollywood's favorite thug.

Report: Callahan Tells Players He Was Asked To Resign

KMTV in Omaha is quoting anonymous sources within the Nebraska Football program that head coach Bill Callahan addressed the team before practice on Thursday and told them he was asked to resign, but that he still would not step down. No word on exactly who asked him to resign, but how could anyone but the Athletic Director (Tom Osborne) be in such a position to pose the question? If true, it would have to have been T.O.


Call It What It Is: Victory

Via Don Surber.

In Iraq, Hope

Photo of the day (if not the year) via Michael Yon. (Hat tip: lgf)

It also offers clarification for me. While I agree with probably 95% of Christopher Hitchens book on G-d, this photo and the story behind it covers the 5% of his take on religion that I don't agree with. He would see this as either meaningless or troublesome...I see it as a positive, especially in light of the circumstances.

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HUGE: Pat Robertson Endorses Rudy

A major voice in with the Christian Right, Pat Robertson is throwing his support behind Rudy Giuliani for President:

"It is my pleasure to announce my support for America's Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, a proven leader who is not afraid of what lies ahead and who will cast a hopeful vision for all Americans," Robertson said in a statement issued by the Giuliani campaign.

He made no mention of the fact that Rudy is pro-choice on abortion. Translation: Robertson understands what's at stake in this election.

As predicted, by the Popinjay!

MORE: Video of the endorsement. Robertson seems to be hitching his wagon to Rudy's promise to appoint Scalia/Roberts-type justices.


Republicans Play Hardball (For Once)

Three cheers for Rep. John Shadegg who called Dennis Kucinich's bluff and forced the Democrats to debate Kucinich's resolution calling for Vice President Dick Cheney's impeachment. Lesson: whenever these guys want to play the fools, let them.

Dennis Miller Back In Sports

Just watched a little bit of Dennis Miller's new show on Versus (it's a cable sports channel) called "Sports Unfiltered." Liked it. It's a much better format for Miller...light, easy, good guests, faster pace. Sports is naturally faster than politics which can get a little bogged down at times. I hope the show is a success, but they're gonna need to make a big marketing push. I just barely knew what Versus was and had to hunt for it on the dish.

Jim Rose Steps Down As "Voice Of The Huskers"

Again, not me...it's the red-headed Jim Rose who has been calling the Huskers football games for six years. Rose says he's burned out and has become a stranger with his own family due to the rigorous schedule involved in covering the Huskers. Last week, he knew he wasn't ready for the broadcast and asked to be replaced. Now, he's decided it's time to move on for good.

The Huskers are a harsh mistress.


Callahan's Interesting Answer

This morning Nebraska Cornhuskers football coach Bill Callahan had an interesting answer to a question posed to him during the Big 12 Coaches Teleconference:

Has anyone from the university asked for his resignation?

"You know what, I respect your question, but those are issues that I would have to defer right now to the higher-ups," Callahan said. "Again, the situation is very disappointing for us and we’re working through it the best we can. It’s one of those years we just haven’t performed to the standard we want to perform at, so I’ll let the higher-ups and whoever the decision-makers are make those decisions."

Interesting. It seems like a dead-cert that he'll be gone after the Colorado game. I'd really like to see Osborne interview Paul Johnson from Navy. He's got that crazy Triple-Option offense that would be most interesting at a school where you can get big-time recruits.

MORE: Praise for Johnson.

The War On Childlike Innocence

There's another war outside the realm of Islamic terrorism. It's the war against children and their innocence. Whether it's condoms in schools or sex education in pre-school, the postmodernist forces continue to look for new ways to destroy everything that's good about being a child. Now, a group of retailers in the UK are forcing their Santas to lose weight lest they set a bad example for children in light of the "obesity epidemic." I can't believe I'm old enough to say that it was simpler in my day.


NFL Quick Hits, Week 9

Pop Quiz: What do the Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Bucs, Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins all have in common?

Answer: They all passed on drafting Adrian Peterson. It's especially bad for Tampa Bay, who of all these teams needs a running back the worst.

Can you imagine if Green Bay could have picked him up? Yikes!

Was it just me or did the Pats-Colts game feel a little strange. I don't know if anti-climactic is the right word, but something along those lines. It was a good game, but it had the feel of being a prelude to bigger things to come.

Regardless, I think the chances of the Patriots going undefeated are even better now that they've gotten past the Colts.

Good Lord! Detroit put a smackdown on the Broncos worse than the Jawhawks put to Nebraska. The Lions are no longer punchlines, they're just a very good team.

Speaking of surprises, after the Browns opening week loss to the Steelers, I was ready to call them the worst team in the league, but they've proved me wrong. Granted, their schedule hasn't been that tough so far, but they're scrappy and just might sneak into the playoffs. Nice win today against the stumbling Seahawks.

The Saints are back.

Alvarez To Coach Nebraska?

From the gang at ProFootballTalk.com:

We interrupt our ongoing coverage of all things NFL to share some rumors we're hearing about a college program currently led by a former NFL head coach.

In Nebraska, one-time Raiders coach Bill Callahan is certain to get fired. And there has been plenty of speculation that Nebraska alum Barry Alvarez will take the job. Alvarez retired as head coach at Wisconsin after the 2005 season.

As our sources hear it, it's more than speculation -- it's a real possibility.

And the Nebraska opening is one of many college gigs that soon will be available, and that could attract the attention of guys currently working in the NFL.


Obama On SNL

Barry Obama appeared as himself last night on Saturday Night Live in a skit in which Hillary Clinton throws a Halloween party for the other Democrat candidates. I have to admit, I can see why the weak-minded like Obama. He's tall, good-looking and has a commanding voice. It's just too bad he's on the wrong side of almost every issue.


Jayhawks Crush Huskers

I've been on the side that felt there was no benefit to firing Bill Callahan and his staff before the season was over, but I've officially changed my mind. After nearly beating Texas, the Cornhuskers went to Lawrence and were humiliated. The Texas A&M game was bad enough, but it actually got worse. Osborne needs to fire Callahan and Cosgrove and ask the rest of the staff to finish up the season, thus letting recruits know there will be a new head coach next year and Osborne can start doing interviews. This is just awful.

Also, something weird going on in the broadcast booth as Jim Rose (not me) did not call the game due to "personal reasons." This naturally has the Internet boards are all atwitter.


Chupacabra Revealed!

Turns out it's just an ugly, hairless coyote. Bummer.

Socialism For Kids!

Courtesy Barack Obama. (Hat tip: Hot Air)

Stan Lee, Peter Paul and Hillary Clinton

Not the best week for media's favorite presidential candidate. After Hillary Clinton's woeful performance at the last Democrat Presidential debate, we now have a very popular online trailer for a new movie coming out that claims to prove she broke campaign finance laws. It all stems from a Hollywood gala thrown for the Clintons in 2000 by comic book mogul Stan Lee and his business partner Peter Paul, who Hillary has tried to erase from her history like she's Winston Smith. For anyone else it would be the end of a promising political career, but we're talking about the Clintons, so don't expect to see much on this outside of the Blogosphere.

Another Media Bias Study States The Obvious

A joint survey by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy found that in covering the current presidential race...guess what? The media are sympathetic to Democrats and hostile to Republicans. The study also found that the Sun is very, very hot.


Top Conservative Revealed?

Well, we finally have the complete, silly list of The London Daily Telegraph's Top 100 Conservatives and Liberals in America. I say silly because ranking these folks is about as relevant as me listing my top ten movies. It may be interesting but it doesn't really prove anything. Anyway, I suppose I shouldn't guffaw too much as my main man Rudy came in at Number 1 on the Conservatives list. However, in all honesty, it should be Rush Limbaugh who came in at Number 6.

On the Liberal side, Hillary has to be pissed...she's Number 4 behind Al Gore and her own right-hand man Mark Penn. Oh, and her husband Bill is Number 1. Heh.

Oh what the hell...here's my top five movies:

1) Miller's Crossing
2) Simple Men
3) The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
4) Office Space
5) Remains Of The Day

Thursday Night Funny

Why I'm not married:

Weird Hillary News

Ron Rosenbaum on his blog at Pajamas Media says that he's hearing the LA Times is sitting on a sex scandal story about one of the leading presidential candidates. Okay, I'll bite...tell me more. Well, Patterico knows a guy at the LA Times who he trust completely and he says there's no story. Meanwhile, there are some rumors being floated around about Hillary, but believe it or not, I'm not ready to link to those. Odds are they're crap and until I see more...

Fjordman v. Little Green Footballs

There's a bit of a kerfuffle happening on the right side of the Blogosphere as Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs and Fjordman of Brussels Journal (among other sites) are having a disagreement over the ideological views of two European political parties, the Sweden Democrats and the Vlaams Belang. I'll spare you the details which you can view yourself here and here, but words like "racists," "neo-nazi," and "zionist" are being thrown around. I hope they can work out their differences. They are two of the best bloggers out there and it would be a shame if they remained on the outs.

More Bad News For Husker

The Nebraska Cornhuskers defense ranks 119th in the nation against the run.

In case you're wondering, there are 119 Division I-A college football teams. Holy crap.

Medical Marijuana At Reason.TV

Drew Carey has a really nice 10 minute piece on Reason.tv about medical marijuana that I completely agree with. I think there's some validity to the argument that some in the fight to make medical marijuana legal across the country have ulterior motives, but how can anyone in good conscience deprive someone who is in chronic pain a way to alleviate that pain? I certainly can't.

PJ Media's Latest Offerings

Pajamas Media has some great stuff this week that you need to check out. First off, they've got a new blogger, Hollywood actor Ron Silver who's found he needs an outlet for his disgust with the MSM and state of the world in general. Silver is one of a handful of entertainment types that grew up on 9/11/01. His first post is here.

Next, we have PJ Media founder Roger L. Simon who is writing a book on the new Hollywood Blacklist of conservatives. It's still in the works, but he has a portion of it online:

So I have not lost sleep worrying whether I have been blacklisted. Still I am sure this new form of Blacklist exists, but not nearly to the formalized extent of the original list of the forties and fifties with its Red Channels and dramatic hearings in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee, featuring ‘friendly’ and ‘unfriendly’ witnesses. Times are different and the system functions in a very different manner. Now it operates through an almost invisible thought control caused by a post-Orwellian “liberal” conformity so pervasive a formal Blacklist is not necessary, indeed would work against itself. In some ways, this new, less overt, list is more ominous than its predecessor, because there is nothing concrete to rebel against, no hearings, no committees, no protest groups pro or con, no secret databases that I know of. There doesn’t need to be. There is no there there, in Gertrude’s immortal words – only the grey haze of a mindless received “liberalism”, the world as last month’s New York Times editorials, half-digested and regurgitated, never questioned or even analyzed, going forth forever with little perceived chance of reform, as if it were the permanent religious text of some strange new orthodoxy.

Sounds like a great read, and highly poignant at this place and time when Hollywood works to impose its will on the populous with awards handed out like candy to Michael Moore and Al Gore. (Hat tip: Power Line)

The Defeat Of Al-Qaeda

Michael Yon has the scoop.