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The Donnybrook
Friday, February 29, 2008
Now She Says Winning Ohio Is Enough

Even with the bar (seemingly) lowered, she has to be nervous about Tuesday evening. If she loses TX and wins OH, can she hold off calls for unity until April 22 in PA? That's a long time to hold on. There are some small states in between, but she really still has to win OH and TX, or the delegate math is really against her.

The Real Rupert, and FoxNewsPorn...

Fox: "exposed" for what it really is, a tabloid. (I wonder what Pastor Hagee thinks?)

Sorry for the lack of effort on my part...

Work has been quite hellacious for several weeks now.

Have a great weekend and enjoy some Rush as you return to your subdivisions...

Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wearing a lapel pin doesn't necessarily make you a patriot...

...but being a Republican Congressman from Georgia does apparently make you functionally retarded...

The Double Talk Express leaves the station...

When will the U.S. be out of Iraq?

100 years...10,000 years...3 weeks...within the next several months...

These are all answers that have been posited by that paragon of "straight talk" and media darlingatude, John McCain.

Trust him at your peril...

Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I Miss The Fat Man

Sure, I miss Jerry, too. Miss you IZ...

One of My Favorite '80's Tunes

That wasn't written by Peter Gabriel or Paul Simon...


Another Great Voice

The fruits of Bush's "strong dollar policy"...

Mr. 19% has always maintained that he advocates a "strong dollar policy".

As with everything else he says, the complete opposite is true...

The dollar sank Wednesday to its lowest level ever against the euro after markets took comments from the Federal Reserve chairman as a sign that yet more U.S. rate cuts are on the way.

The 15-nation euro topped $1.50 for the first time since its 1999 introduction in Asian trading, then surged in Europe after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke told the House Financial Services Committee that "the economic situation has become distinctly less favorable" since last summer.

His voice might be my favorite ever...

...and I don't think I'm willing to entertain any opposing viewpoints on this topic.

This song may actually be the highwater mark of American musical history...

"(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" by Otis Redding

So, who goes to jail???

The Huckabilly wants to amend the Constitution to define every fertilized egg in America as a person.

So, my question is this:

If a woman decides to have an abortion, who should serve the jail sentence for killing the baby? The woman? The father? The doctor? Who?

It seems to me that the anti-choice crowd is quick to criminalize these personal decisions, but are very slow to define who the criminals are and how they should be punished...

UPDATE: The Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill to felonize not just abortion, but miscarriage, as well. Welcome to the Stone Age!!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008
In Case You Haven't Seen It Yet

This is Jimmy's response to Sarah.

(Watch Sarah's first if none of this sounds familiar.)

Admitting It is the First Step

We are all addicted to AC power.
I don't want a 12-step program. Just a continuous supply of AC.

Sunday, February 24, 2008
What Goes Around Comes Around

One Deer Has Had Enough.....

Friday, February 22, 2008
Because it just feels like a weekend song...

...and anytime is a good time to hear one of the greatest voices in rock history.

"Rock N' Roll Girls" by John Fogerty

Some hypocritical B.S. from Hillary...

Honestly, I want to like her more than I do.

But when she jumps on Barack Obama's ass for alleged plagiarism, then cribs her final statement directly from her husband's 1992 presidential campaign, what am I supposed to say?

Nevertheless, she's still a far better option than the hot-headed fossil from Arizona...

Thursday, February 21, 2008
I didn't get any sleep last night, if you know what I mean!

Of course, "what I mean" is "The twins woke us up at 12am, 2am, 3am and 4am last night."

Luckily, they're very cute...

There's no dilemma for this Catholic!

I'll still be partying. How about the rest of you?

St. Patrick's Day causing Catholic dilemma

That famous saint named Patrick will have his green-drenched party this year, but it's unclear when the guests are supposed to arrive.

For the first time since 1940, St. Patrick's Day will fall during Holy Week, the sacred seven days preceding Easter.

Because of the overlap, liturgical rules dictate that no Mass in honor of the saint can be celebrated on Monday, March 17, according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

But a few Roman Catholic leaders are asking for even more moderation in their dioceses: They want parades and other festivities kept out of Holy Week as well.
Saturday, Sunday, Monday...take your pick. I'm there!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
More Bass

Talent, humor, what more can you ask. You'd never see lead guitarists do this sort of fun s###.

Dwight Howard is an unbelievable bad ass!

This guy is a joy to watch, he's having a great time, and he (along with LeBron) is the future of the NBA...


It might be an outlier, but if it's not, George W. Bush is less popular than chlamydia at this point...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Anyone had an experience with "The Flip"?

This thing looks incredibly cool. I tested one yesterday and it seems like a pretty strong video recorder. Very easy to use...

Anyone else checked it out?

Monday, February 18, 2008
Peggy Can Put It Like Nobody Else Can

I often disagree on policy with Peggy Noonan, but her assessments of candidates and how they are being perceived by voters and the media are always acute and thoughtfully expressed. She nails it with this line:
Hillary's nomination would do more to unite Republicans and convince them to turn out for McCain than anything could.

De Facto Contraction in the NBA

It comes down to basic economics, Adande says, as he makes the anti-parity argument:

Euros Accepted

In the New York City. Watch for some alarmists from both sides of the aisle call for outlawing the acceptance of anything but the U.S. dollar.

Sunday, February 17, 2008
Echoes of Jaco

From the Crossroads Festival, Chicago 2007. Though the focus of the video is on Jeff Beck and he delivers, Tal Wilkenfeld steals the show starting about 1:20 (or 6:10, your choice) minutes in. To his credit, Beck knew she would and he digs it. She is 19 when this was filmed. Pastorius would be pleased. And Beck still has all his chops in tact...

Read His Lips

No new taxes if McCain is elected. He is starting to sound Clinton-esque in his ability to promise anything to anyone. (Voted against the '01 and '03 tax cuts but now vows to see them made permanent, for example.)

I hope he does not run against Hillary, because he could be elected President that way...

Friday, February 15, 2008
Probably the most male-sounding female singer in history...

Think of "Hot Child In The City" or "Jackie Blue", but in the complete opposite direction...

"Only You" by Yazoo

Thursday, February 14, 2008
Another problem I have with Hillary...

She has some real assholes running her campaign...

"Could we possibly have a nominee who hasn't won any of the significant states -- outside of Illinois?" Chief Strategist Mark Penn said. "That raises some serious questions about Sen. Obama."
What exactly constitutes a "significant state", Mr. Penn?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Dawson or Rice?

When people talk about Hall of Fame snubs every year I always scream that they should be talking more about Andre Dawson not getting in than Jim Rice. I think Dawson was the better player. Rice was the best hitter but that's about it. Here's what I mean...

Andre Dawson: .279; 1373 runs; 2774 hits, 438 HR, 1591 RBI...here's the big one...314 stolen bases, including 7 years with more than 20 and 13 with more than 10. 1 MVP, 1 Rookie of the Year, twice second in MVP voting...here's the other big one...EIGHT gold gloves in nine years.

Jim Rice: .298, 1249 runs, 2452 hits, 1451 RBI; 382 HR, ONLY 58 stolen bases, including a season-high of 10. Like Dawson, Rice was an 8-time all-star and a one-time MVP and Rookie of the Year. He finished third in MVP voting twice.

Now, Dawson played five more seasons than Rice so obviously his offensive numbers appear better. I concede that Rice was the better hitter; however there also is somethign to say about Dawson being able to play 21 years and still being productive in his 19th while Rice ceased being productive after his 15th season. Basically, I'd give Rice an edge in terms of shear offense and run producing. However, it's not by a lot and Dawson demolishes him in speed and defense. Dawson was a true five-tool player while Rice was basically just a great slugger and hitter.

The Hall of Fame is for the best PLAYERS of all-time, not just the best hitters and Dawson was the better and more complete player.

That's my opinion anyway...

Democratic turnout in Virginia puts GOP'ers to shame...

Excellent news from a swing state that continues to trend blue.

Barack Obama received 623,141 votes yesterday. That's 135,485 more than voted for all of the Republican candidates combined.

Nice job, john!!! Now, will we get Jim Webb on the ticket for VP?

A perfect explanation as to why Jack Nicholson sucked in "The Departed"...

From Bill Simmons, in a column about Shaquille O'Neal joining the Phoenix Suns:

Jack's performance failed because Jack thought it was good. He believed all the mugging and over-the-top theatrics were a good idea, and nobody told him differently because he's Jack.

Feel That Political Progress!

Iraqi parliment may be dissolved. Good thing we sent more troops to allow the Iraqis some time to achieve this milestone on reconcilition. You know, this is going well enough that we should probably slow down on the (partial) draw-down.

Who honestly believes that Iraqis will pass a significant oil law that each major group can live with? And what are they smoking?

Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Huckabee: Ditch US laws, use 10 Commandments instead...

Am I exagerrating that point?

"We really don’t need a lot of law if we’re people of morality," Huckabee said at the Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, according to a report in the Lynchburg News Advance. "There are only 10 basic laws that we need … the reason that the law is more complicated is because we try to find clever ways around those 10."
There you have it. A call by a Republican presidential nominee (who's still winning states, BTW) to turn the United States into a religious theocracy a la Saudi Arabia.

How very American...

Monday, February 11, 2008
Buried Report
Public funded effort, yet DOD hides it because they don't like the answer. Not unlike the results of Millennium Challenge 2002.

The First Since Kennedy? (and fun with acronyms)...

The last POTUS who came from the Senate was JFK, with LBJ as is VP. This year looks to be the next time a Senator becomes POTUS. I prefer the Senator from IL to the Senator from NY, who I prefer to the Senator from AZ.

George Orwell is Laughing (again)

It's really more Borg-like than Big Brother-esque. Same effect.

Now here's an interesting voice...

Just heard this chick on Ron & Fez. Her music has a very cool vibe and she's got a very different voice.

Nicole Atkins with "The Way It Is"...

What friggin' year is this???

Herbie Hancock wins the Grammy for Album of the Year for a collection of Joni Mitchell covers.

American music is in DEEP SHIT...

Sunday, February 10, 2008
Compare the Cost of the Stimulus Bill to the Cost of Iraq

Our total spending on Iraq is closing in on one Trillion dollars. Imagine if we had not spent(borrowed) that money on Iraq, but left the splintered groups in that "country" alone like we do most others who are ruled by despots and had run up that much less debt over the last five years. Most folks in this poll who thought that would be a good idea for the futre were Democrats, not surprisingly.
It likely would not all have been saved as the Iraq war has caused a rash of tens or hundreds of Billions of dollars in "emergency" spending that does not get added to the deficit figures until long after being signed by the President. That said, I still the stimulus bill is a really dumb idea economically represents the helplessness of politicians to repeal the business cycle. Too many voters want to see politicians as quarterbacks of the economy, and that is not too smart. Their ability to effect the economy is far weaker than most assume. The economic Viagra this stimulus bill is supposed to represent is really just a placebo, likely to leave just a limp economy lumbering along with large bills to pay.

Friday, February 8, 2008
This Story Will Have Legs Once the Forsensic Audit is Complete

Cole (R-TX) deserves real credit for insisting on the audit.
In 6-8 weeks you can expect more headlines on this...

How women are treated in the "new Iraq"...

Disgusting, disgusting, disgusting...

How delusional do you have to be...

...to think of four more years of George W. Bush as a good thing?

To chants of "four more years," President George W. Bush told some of his staunchest supporters Friday that the November elections are a referendum on his policies from the Iraq war to stem cells.
Boy, I hope he's right.

Since a full 70% of the American people think his policies are shit, I'll take those odds any day...

Thursday, February 7, 2008
Pancakes, Waffles or French Toast?

It might be the toughest question I've ever asked, so by all means, take your time answering it.

Here's my vote...

Although I'm a fan of neither team...

...this still makes me very happy...

Duke 89, UNC 78

Wednesday, February 6, 2008
An embarrassing statistic for St. McCain...

Granted, he's the favorite to take the GOP nomination at this point, which by all accounts is like being valedictorian in summer school, but he couldn't even muster 50% of the Republican votes in his home state of Arizona...

John McCain 47%
Mitt Romney 34%
Mike Huckabee 9%
Ron Paul 4%
Rudy Giuliani 3%

UPDATE: Once again, Democratic turnout broke records and bodes very well for us in November...

2nd UPDATE: Some more interesting turnout stats from CNN's resident curmudgeon, Jack Cafferty:

Here is perhaps the most fascinating statistic coming out of Super Tuesday: out of 14 and a half million votes cast in the Democratic race, only 53 thousand separated Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, that’s according to Time magazine.

And in case you’re interested: in the 19 states where both Democrats and Republicans had elections yesterday, there were 73% more Democratic voters than Republican voters – 14 plus million for Clinton and Obama to 8 plus million for John McCain, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Helping to Bring on a Recession
Xenophobes are running amock. Voters are likely to (collectively) reward them - and we all will be worse off for the little fear-mongering temper tantrum being thrown by the anti-immigrant crowd.

Reopening old wounds...

I think I purposely forgot this little nugget of Oscar trivia:

In 1996, Cuba Gooding, Jr. won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in Jerry Maguire.

Not a big deal, until you realize who he beat out: Edward Norton in Primal Fear

How in the hell was that justified???

Ed Norton was AMAZING in Primal Fear!!!

Happy 5th Anniversary!!!

Thanks for everything, asshole!!!

So he's also a quitter...

Bob Knight is a hypocritical, obnoxious, loud-mouthed asshole and I personally am glad to see him go.

I assume that the powers-that-be at Texas Tech feel differently, since he signed a 3-year extension a mere 4 MONTHS AGO...

Monday, February 4, 2008
To all of you despondent Boston fans...

...please cry yourselves to sleep on the 5 championship rings that your teams have won since 2002.

Sure, it's tough when your team shits the bed at the most inopportune time, but when you've had a run the likes of which hasn't been seen in a city since Pops Stargell and Terry Bradshaw were lighting up Pittsburgh in the 1970's, you need to put things in perspective.

Or, you can sulk. Take your pick.

Just know that you won't be getting any sympathy from this Philly fan...

Sunday, February 3, 2008
An injustice (finally) corrected...

Art Monk finally makes the Pro Football Hall of Fame...

Saturday, February 2, 2008
A Hopeful Perspective

The 2008 campaign has already served one foreign-policy purpose: It has changed how America's Western allies see the country.

The 2008 campaign has reminded the public overseas, and especially in allied countries, of the diversity and vibrancy of American democracy. It is hard for even the most hardened anti-American not to be impressed by the fact that the Democrats will nominate either an African-American or a women as their candidate, while watching this twisting and turning campaign play out gives the lie to the view that United States is some kind of corporate oligarchy.

Another piece of good news is that all three candidates with a realistic chance of being the next president play well abroad in a way that George W. Bush does not.

Thanks, FP Passport

Friday, February 1, 2008
Credit to the RNCC

For reporting fraud on its' books before anyone else found it and reported it.
While handing out credit to Republicans, let's note that Rep. Poe (R-TX) is asking questions that need to be asked, even if it is already 3 years after the crime.
I trust Poe will vote for the upcoming bills on increased contractor oversight. It just gets sillier....now Blackwater is suing its own attorneys.

Update: Mike Conway R-TX deserves serious credit.

Does Obama Have the Juice to Get Nominated?

I am for Obama and will certainly vote for him in Va. on February 12th. I hope he will be nominated but my head says he just won't have enough momentum to get it done. Unless he picks up a few surprise large-delegate states this coming Tuesday, she will emerge with the lion share of the delegates at stake. That would sap some of his momentum. Clinton has good leads, even if they are shrinking, in most of the delegate-rich states. She is very likely to win CA, which has 370 delegates and New York and New Jersey. He will take some states but will likely come out of Tuesday with significantly less delegates. Nonetheless, I remain audaciously hopeful.

Update: Seems I may have miscaculated.
I hope this proves to be true and I continue to hope for (and contribute to) an Obama White House.

Learn To Speak Potomac!

Great humor piece by Dana Milbank in the latest issue of The Atlantic (whose website no longer has a subscripition firewall). A few of my favorite examples:
There are several other good ones. Check out the list.

Galv Update:

It's a Long Time Until November, but...

This is an NFL post, not about the Presidential election), there are some troubling signs for next season. The NFL owners and NFLPA both have the option to end the current labor deal in November. The owners are unhappy with their 40% cut of TV revenues and are likely to pull out of the current deal.
A central problem is that salary caps are based on total league revenues, which includes much more than TV bucks. Big market owners - NY, Dallas, Washington, etc. - paid higher prices for their teams and don't want to have to share it with owners who have teams worth far less. Players will not agree to having their share reduced - they would strike first.
I hope some agreement is reached, but would only put the odds at slightly over 50% right now. The small owners may not be able to get the big market guys to share $$$ or to vote for a lockout. If both sides agree to play without an agreement, there would be no salary cap,which would be particularly bad for small-market owners. What do you think will happen?

Sarah Silverman being Sarah Silverman, and Matt Damon proving why he's my favorite celebrity...

Be sure to watch the whole thing...

My Super Bowl prediction...and a Super-sized meltdown...

I'll keep it short and sweet for Super Bowl XLII:

New England Patriots 31
New York Giants 17
MVP: Wes Welker

Now, on to the fun stuff: Here's ESPN's Chris Berman losing his shite after he thought the cameras had stopped rolling.

Hilarity ensues...


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