When it comes to the climate, "there are competing theories. I am sorry that people like Al Gore are not ready to listen to competing theories. I listen to what they have to say."
It's also kind of interesting to note that when Steele ran for a U.S. Senate seat in the blue state of Maryland, his campaign motto was "Are you ready for change?" Food for thought.
Meeting with the media during Tuesday's annual pre-Super Bowl clusterfudge known as "Media Day," Steelers owner Dan Rooney pointed out that current coach Mike Tomlin wasn't a Rooney Rule candidate.
The Rooney Rule requires at least one minority coach to be interviewed for each head-coaching vacancy."Let me say this, Mike Tomlin was not part of the Rooney Rule," Rooney said. "We had already interviewed [Bears defensive coordinator] Ron Rivera, and so that fulfilled the obligation. We went on, had heard about Mike, called him in and talked to him. He was very impressive. We got him back and talked to him on the phone often and he just showed that he was going to be a terrific coach, which I think is coming to bear. But, he was not part of the Rooney Rule."Rooney wasn't asked about the rumor/legend that offensive line coach Russ Grimm had been verbally offered the job, and that the offer was rescinded after Commissioner Roger Goodell advised Rooney that Tomlin needed to be hired in order to give credibility to the Rooney Rule.
So let me get this straight: Tomlin didn't need the help of the "Rooney Rule" because he was an impressive candidate. Isn't that the way it's supposed to work? Would you hire a black coach if he didn't impress you? The argument is that because of subconscious racism, a black candidate wouldn't get the same opportunities for interviews that white candidates would. Well, that wasn't the case in Pittsburgh and it apparently wasn't the case with Tony Dungy, Lovie Smith, Marvin Lewis, Romeo Crennel, Herm Edwards, and that kid in Tampa (forgot his name). In other words, even if the rule was needed, which I would dispute, it's definitely not needed now and is more of an insult than anything else. Why else would Rooney go out of his way to point out Tomlin didn't get the job because of the Rooney Rule, as though it's some kind of taint? Because it is.
Blacks can coach, and why would any of them want to work for someone that thinks otherwise? It's time to ditch the Rooney Rule.
And it occurs to me that I've never read any of his work minus the occasional article. I'll have to rectify that at some point. Hard to define the post-WWII literary world in America without Updike.
Former Congressman Mickey Edwards:
The Republican Party that is in such disrepute today is not the party of Reagan. It is the party of Rush Limbaugh, of Ann Coulter, of Newt Gingrich, of George W. Bush, of Karl Rove. It is not a conservative party, it is a party built on the blind and narrow pursuit of power.
Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald:
"I hope he fails."
Do you ever say that about your president if you are an American who loves your country? Would you say it about George W. Bush, who was disastrous; about Bill Clinton, who was slimy; about Jimmy Carter, who was inept; about Richard Nixon, who was crooked? You may think he's going to fail, yes. You may warn he's going to fail, yes.
But do you ever hope he fails? Knowing his failure is the country's failure? Isn't that, well . . . disloyal?
Meanwhile, on Rush's website:
Rush to Announce a Bipartisan Plan to Resolve the Fight Over the Stimulus Package on Monday's Show
Let's stop the acrimony. Let's start solving our problems... together. Why wait another day?
Monday is gonna be epic.
Rush often says when things like this happen that he wished his parents were alive to see it. Well, Rush is now the last man standing in the battle of socialism v. freedom. Just three days in office and Obama's arrogance is coming to the fore. This should be an interesting, and scary, decade.
WASHINGTON -- President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.
"You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done," he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.
One White House official confirmed the comment but said he was simply trying to make a larger point about bipartisan efforts.
"There are big things that unify Republicans and Democrats," the official said. "We shouldn't let partisan politics derail what are very important things that need to get done."
That wasn't Obama's only jab at Republicans today.
While discussing the stimulus package with top lawmakers in the White House's Roosevelt Room, President Obama shot down a critic with a simple message.
"I won," he said, according to aides who were briefed on the meeting. "I will trump you on that."
UPDATE: Rush responds.
"We're up there, we've got a lot of stuff on our mind, and he actually, I think, helped me out on a couple of stanzas there. So overall, I think it went relatively smoothly, and I’m very grateful to him," the president told ABC News Tuesday night.
Yes, reason to be proud of our country, but I am at a loss to understand how people can say they're proud of their country for the first time. There's so much good that our country has done over the span of 232 years. For example, liberating over 50 million people.
- The oath gets flubbed.
- Bush gets booed.
- Obama delivers listless speech (though MSM still loves it).
- Senators Cornyn and Clinton get into a tiff.
- A racist benediction.
- Jimmy Carter snubs the Clintons.
- Ted Kennedy has seizure.
- Robert Byrd needs to leave luncheon when overcome with emotion over Kennedy.
And the Obama Presidency is only 3+ hours old.
UPDATE: "Spikey" Isikoff at Newsweak says it's a definite no on Libby.
The match is set for Super Bowl XLIII: the Pittsburgh Steelers versus the Arizona Cardinals. There's already a big storyline for this game. Both head coaches are in only their second year with their respective teams. However, Ken Whisenhunt was the Offensive Coordinator for the Steelers and was denied the head coaching job in favor of Mike Tomlin. Whisenhunt takes the job in Arizona and now here we all are. Revenge? Nah. Turns out both teams made the right hiring decision, but now on February 1st, one will get the ultimate bragging rights.
As far as Jon Gruden goes, sounds like he became a victim of the ol' employee evaluations. The Glazers asked players and staff what they thought of him, and well, it wasn't good.
We need to honor the captain for all the hours he trained, working in a flight simulator and keeping up on his skills.
We need to honor the flight crew, which didn't panic and got everyone out of the plane.
We need to honor the passengers, who didn't seem to panic any more than one might expect and kept their wits about them long enough to get out of the plane and onto the wings.
We need to honor the crews of the many boats in the Hudson River who rushed to the plane to save the passengers.
We need to honor the engineers and builders of the airplane, who constructed it so that it might make such a landing where everyone can survive.
All of this made for a situation where no lives were lost. We can debate miracles, but we must not forget the actions of mortal men and women. It's a lesson for the children. Work hard, study, hone your skills in whatever you decide to do with your life. At some point, you may save the day.
This is by way of a friendly response to the estimable Jay Nordlinger, Senior Editor at the likewise estimable National Review. Jay wrote a strong column yesterday openly saying what I've been hearing many conservatives express tacitly ever since the election. Reflecting on the media's disgraceful distortion of the characters of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin, he wrote:
"It seems to me that the Left has won: utterly and decisively. What I mean is, the Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, Bill Maher mentality has prevailed. They decide what a person's image is, and those images stick. They are the ones who say that Cheney's a monster, W.'s stupid, and Palin's a bimbo. And the country, apparently,
follows."I've been hearing and reading prominent conservatives and Republicans say nearly as much on television, in print and in private conversation ever since the election. They say Sarah Palin can never make a comeback. They say the fight for small government has been lost. They say we can't have immigration reform that protects our borders. They say we have to distance ourselves from "embarrassing" commentators like Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter.No, no, no, no. What the right is experiencing at the moment is a phenomenon called "cultural para-stimuli." You can read all about it in Tom Wolfe's wonderful novel I Am Charlotte Simmons. It's sort of like peer pressure on steroids. It was discovered by Nobel Laureate Victor Ransome Starling, who found that when he surrounded normal cats with cats whose behavior had been bizarrely altered by brain surgery, the normal cats began acting like the crazy cats all around them.That's us-surrounded by the mainstream media. So steeped are we now in their lies about our representatives, their ridicule of our commentators, their demonizing dismissal of the causes we know are just, that we've begun to adopt their attitudes toward ourselves! And perhaps chief among the lies they've sold us is the lie that they've won, that the media are theirs for good and all, and that Americans are going to be hoodwinked and brainwashed by their constant barrage of misinformation forever.Well, only if we let them. And only if we in the media surrender first.
But for me, my Sci-Fi hero (if you want to call it that) was The Prisoner, or if you will, Number 6. Whereas James Bond conquered the world of spy movies, McGoohan was the top secret agent on television in the 1960s with the adventures of John Drake, known in America as "Secret Agent Man" and the former spy known only as Number 6 on "The Prisoner." The later series has a cult following like no other with it's Kafkaesque themes of tyranny, paranoia and the fight for individual freedom. An intensely private man who refused to play the games of Hollywood, his career never reached the heights it was capable of. McGoohan turned down many roles from James Bond to Dumbledore and Gandalf preferring the smaller projects like various turns in the "Columbo" detective series.
For many of his fans, it would have been a thrill to see him get more heavily in the game, but you have to respect his principles and his preference to stay under the radar. Rest in Peace...and, be seeing you.
Meanwhile, the AFC matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers has been dubbed World War III by the gang at ProFootballTalk.com. I think that's an understatement. This game may prove to be better than the eventual Super Bowl.
All the campaign talk of the Great Depression, a Vietnam-like war, and our shredded Constitution will now thankfully subside as the Obama administration assumes office and solves problems with conciliation, dialogue, and multilateral wisdom, rather than shrillness, unilateralism, preemption, and my-way-or-the-highway dogmatism. We will hear that, by historical levels, unemployment is still not that bad, that GDP growth is not historically all that low, and that deficits, inflation, interest rates, and housing starts are all within manageable parameters. "Depression" will transmogrify into "recession" which in turn by July will be a "downturn" and by year next an "upswing" on its way to boom times.
Cass Sunstein is a renowned legal scholar who has taught at the Law Schools of the University of Chicago and Harvard. He has written many books including Republic.com, The Second Bill of Rights, and Nudge. People who have met Sunstein call him one of the nicest and most non-threatening individuals you could ever meet. It is for this reason that many are blind to what he truly believes. Even Thomas Firey at the Cato Institute goes so far as to call him "a strong supporter of liberty."
Now, Sunstein is going to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the new Obama Administration. David Gordon at the Mises Institute sheds some light on Sunstein's true world view:
I wouldn't be so kind. It may be a little over the top for me to use a Biblical verse and compare Sunstein to the devil, but I do so to prove a point. A argument we often hear is how "the road to hell is paved with good intentions." Sunstein is just the kind of man that offers up solutions to societal problems that give everyone that warm, fuzzy feeling even though the reality is that in the end they lead to the destruction of freedom and liberty. Now that we have a "messiah" as our president, Sunstein is the just the type of man to push ideas for a "new political age." And take this to the bank: this post in the OIRA is just a seat warmer until the first Supreme Court retirement and the beginning of the "Second Bill of Rights."The distinguished philosopher Thomas Nagel gives us reason to doubt Firey's verdict. In a review of Sunstein's Republic.com, he said that Sunstein had difficulty suppressing "the impulse to exercise centralised control" and that he distrusted consumer sovereignty. Nagel noted with disfavor Sunstein's proposal to compel Internet sites to link to political sites that opposed their own views. Sunstein, Nagel says, "underrates the pure importance of individual freedom."In another book, The Second Bill of Rights, Sunstein praised Franklin Roosevelt's call for an economic Bill of Rights and urged that welfare rights be given a constitutional guarantee. In yet another book, Nudge, written with the behavioral economist Richard Thaler, Sunstein defended "libertarian paternalism".In a review in The Mises Review, I endeavored to show that these authors want the government to guide "irrational" consumers to what we really want.The prolific Sunstein has also written, this time with the political theorist Stephen Holmes, The Cost of Rights, that explains why we need taxes. If Mr. Firey considers this record to be one of support for liberty, so be it.
"We've done so many things in the name of protecting this country, we've created two worlds. Ours and the people's we've promised to protect. They deserve to hear the truth and decide how far they want to let us go."
Many conservatives see this as a sign the show's producers are bowing to the pressure of the current political climate where Barack Obama is a new messiah and the liberal worldview is the only view. Perhaps, but conservatives need to be realistic about this. It's only a matter of time before any conservative elements in Hollywood get watered down by the pressures of pop culture. Look at Schwarzenegger.
Rush Limbaugh however says that the new season is excellent. I'm sure he'll comment on this particular line in the near future.
-Urban Meyer is probably the best coach in college football. Only Pete Carroll can compare. Meyer has won two titles at Florida in the toughest conference in the sport.
-Bob Stoops is a great coach, but now I think it would be fair to say that except for the national title win in 2000, Stoops cannot win the big one. I don't like saying that because I put up with hearing this about Tom Osborne for years growing up in Nebraska, but they were right about Osborne until the mid-90s. Stoops builds the teams that can win it all, but come the big day, it all goes south.
-Utah, USC and Texas has a point. Why not us? This gets to the heart of what's going on in college football today. It's always been very subjective when it comes to picking a national champion, but now it's getting dangerously close to figure skating. We know that the geography has changed over the years. Notre Dame, my Huskers and other schools in less than tropical climes don't rule the sport the way they once did. Players now want to live in Florida, or Texas, or California. Tradition doesn't have the same lure it did for previous generations. So, with this in mind, the sportswriters and pundits tell us the best teams are in the south, in the SEC or Big 12 South or Pac-10 and they're right, but there's a reason they play the game.
Few noticed at the time when Boise State defeat of Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl a few years back that it was a sign of things to come. How could a school like Boise State win a game like that? Next thing you know you have Appalachian State beating Michigan and you have Utah with an undefeated season. Yes, maybe on paper these teams don't match up to Florida, but again, that's why they play the game.
It's never going to be perfect, but it is time for some kind of change, some kind of playoff. We can say tonight that there's no way Utah would beat Florida, but how do we know that for sure? Who predicted they could beat Alabama? In short, we can just go along with the conventional wisdom that the southeast rules the roost, or we can make them prove it. We can say that Nebraska can't compete in this day and age they way it did in the late 20th century, but how do we know that for sure if the end of the season is akin to crowning the Homecoming King and Queen in High School? Popularity contests don't give you champions and they leave the fans very unsatisfied.
This plan, if it happens, has been designed by Obama, is Jimmy Carter times a trillion. This is basically printing as much money as humanly possible. Because, folks, we don't have the value to back up the money that we are spending, we're not borrowing as much as we're going to spend. The ChiComs have sent out little warning notices saying, "Hey, you know, we may not continue to purchase your debt anymore," and it's a bunch of foreign nations that have been purchasing our debt, T-bills and all that. We're having to print this money, and we are unloading it. We're going to unload this printed money on favored industries and unions and populations to promote left-wing policies and entities, such as the green movement, Democrat mayors. We're going to hand out massive welfare payments to nontaxpayers, and we're going to call it a middle-class tax cut. Jimmy Carter times a trillion. If this happens, as envisioned by Obama, this is gonna go down as the biggest economic blunder in American history.
Takes all kinds.A Long Island surgeon embroiled in a nearly four-year divorce proceeding wants his estranged wife to return the kidney he donated to her, although he says he'll settle for $1.5 million in compensation.
Dr. Richard Batista, a surgeon at Nassau University Medical Center, told reporters at his lawyer's Long Island office Wednesday that he decided to go public with his demand for kidney compensation because he has grown frustrated with the negotiations with his estranged wife.He said he gave his kidney to Dawnell Batista, now 44, in June 2001. She filed for divorce in July 2005, although he claims she began having an extramarital affair 18 months to two years after receiving the kidney transplant, his attorney, Dominick Barbara said.
BUFFALO, N.Y.-- Jack Kemp, the former housing secretary, congressman and Buffalo Bills quarterback, has been diagnosed with cancer, his office said Wednesday.
A statement issued in Washington said Kemp was undergoing tests to assess the origin of the disease and the treatment.
The statement did not disclose the type of cancer.
CNN Doc for Surgeon General?
EX-TIMEWARNER BOSS Dick Parsons to Commerce?
Members of the MSM working in the Obama Administration? What could make more sense than that?
Today we have two Senators coming to the U.S. Senate that aren't welcome by opposing factions. We have Al Franken winning a Senate seat in Minnesota by a few hundred votes. Strangely, some precincts ended up having more cast ballots than voters who signed in. Go figure. Meanwhile in Illinois, the indicted governor selects a black man to fill the open Senate seat but the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, doesn't want him there and is willing to stop him from entering the Senate by force if necessary. And finally, in New York, we have an open Senate seat which many want filled by the daughter of a martyred president even though she's got the communication skills of most of my ex-girlfriends. We have the Obama's, Clinton's, Kennedy's and, to be fair, Bushes, running our government. If one goes down, it's expected that another be picked to replace them.
What the hell happened?
"We are just not interested in anyone so highly critical of President-elect Obama, right now," a TODAY insider reveals. "It's such a downer. It's just not the time, and it's not what our audience wants, either."
"We decided from an early stage we didn't want to use the word 'school'," she told local newspaper the Sheffield Star.
"This is Watercliffe Meadow, a place for learning. One reason was many of the parents of the children here had very negative connotations of school.
"Instead we want this to a be a place for family learning, where anyone can come.
"We were able to start from scratch and create a new type of learning experience. There are no whistles or bells or locked doors. We wanted to de-institutionalise the place and bring the school closer to real life."
Local MP Richard Caborn questioned the decision to drop the word school from Watercliffe Meadow's title. "I'm always open to new ideas but the reality is education is about preparing young people to live in the real world," he said.
"I just don't think the case has been made to drop the word school to a place of learning. I don't know why they have done it."
Have I said today already that you can't make this stuff up?
RESIDENTS of a model housing estate bankrolled by Hollywood celebrities and hand-built by Jimmy Carter, the former US president, are complaining that it is falling apart.
Fairway Oaks was built on northern Florida wasteland by 10,000 volunteers, including Carter, in a record 17-day "blitz" organised by the charity Habitat for Humanity.
Eight years later it is better known for cockroaches, mildew and mysterious skin rashes.
A forthcoming legal battle over Fairway Oaks threatens the reputation of a charity envied for the calibre of its celebrity supporters, who range from Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt to Colin Firth, Christian Bale and Helena Bonham Carter.
The case could challenge the bedrock philosophy behind Habitat for Humanity, claiming that using volunteers, rather than professional builders, is causing as many problems as it solves.
April Charney, a lawyer representing many of the 85 homeowners in Fairway Oaks, said she had no problems taking on Habitat for Humanity, despite its status as a "darling of liberal social activists". She said the charity should have told people that part of the estate had been built on a rubbish dump.
One man pulled up his floorboards to find rubbish 5ft deep under his kitchen. Other complaints include cracking walls and rotting door frames that let in rats and ants. Many residents have complained of mildew and mysterious skin rashes.
You can't make this stuff up.
Now we find out that Harry Reid was doing some lobbying of his own with the corrupt governor, pushing two candidates for the seats, two white candidates.
This is what happens when you make identity politics job one. Lucky for Dingy Harry he's a Democrat and he'll get away with it.
"Most of the people who shout about climate change have not read one article about it.
"I think in 20 years' time we will look back at this whole climate change debate and ask ourselves how on earth were we ever conned into spending the billions of pounds which are going into this without any kind of rigorous examination of the background, the science, the implications of it all. Because there is now a degree of hysteria about it, fairly unformed hysteria I've got to say as well.
"I mean I get it in the Assembly all the time and most of the people who shout about climate change have not read one article about climate change, not read one book about climate change, if you asked them to explain how they believe there's a connection between CO2 emission and the effects which they claim there's going to be, if you ask them to explain the thought process or the modelling that is required and the assumptions behind that and how tenuous all the connections are, they wouldn't have a clue.
"They simply get letters about it from all these lobby groups, it's popular and therefore they go along with the flow - and that would be ok if there were no implications for it, but the implications are immense."