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The Donnybrook
Monday, March 31, 2008
Bush gets booed like Colonel Sanders at a PETA Convention...

...and still, the slack-jawed commentators (Johnny Miller and Joe Morgan) instictively fawn all over him.

So embarrassing...

Saturday, March 29, 2008
One of the Finest Letters Ever Written

SnakeHead Calls Richardson a Judas
Snakehead is his wife affectionate term for him*. I don't mean it in nearly the same way. Carville's whiny screed about Richardson's endorsement of Obama is a new low for him.
Crawl back into your hole. It might just be that all those hours he had to endure the Lewinsky stuff and deal with Hillary's hubris these last months finally sent him over to Obama's side. Keep your sour grapes to yourself. The sort of loyalty you want is the stuff that kept Gonzales in office so long, the sort of stuff that led Bush to say "Heck of a job, Brownie". That is loyalty misplaced and/or overplayed, and a sort that is bad for our nation no matter which side does it.

*Which is probably about as affectionate as Mary Matlin is capable of being..

Friday, March 28, 2008
Job Market 2009

How She Remembers It

We may look back and say that the Bosnia-sniper gaffe was her macaca moment...

More PA Stuff

Apparently, the Pittsburgh Pirates are trying to tie a record of futility of the Phillies from the '30's and '40's.
*cue music* ...We are mediocrity...

Great news from the Keystone State...

Sen. Bob Casey will be endorsing Barack Obama and joining him on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania...

Thursday, March 27, 2008
Increased violence = Evidence of success in Iraq...

Wow. George Orwell himself couldn't have written a more backward storyline...

The Pentagon on Wednesday said an eruption of violence in southern Iraq, where US-backed government forces were battling Shiite militias, was a "by-product of the success of the surge."

Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said it showed that the Iraqi government and security forces were now confident enough to take the initiative against Shiite extremists in the southern port of Basra.
Don Rumsfeld is not gone, he just changed his name...

John McCain: Big fan of recycling...his speeches...

But will his base (read as: The Media) call him on it?

A question for you married folks...

If you knew then what you know now and could go back and make changes, how many people that attended your wedding WOULD NOT get an invite?

My wife and I have pegged our number at about 20% of the attendees.

Is that wrong?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The Best of Her Generation

Playing that early 1700's Stradivarius accompanied by great piano, this Hillary brings to music what her political namesake can never do; class and first class execution...

Ah, Bach

Electric, even.

Roger Waters always seemed like a douche to me...

That's why I'm happy to say that one of my favorite Pink Floyd tunes came long after he left the band...

"On The Turning Away"

Monday, March 24, 2008
The Man Himself...

Check this one out just to hear how good an electric guitar can sound...

"Jenna's Eyes" by Paul Reed Smith

Another serving of Cake...

It's the theme song for the best show on TV, Chuck, and with lyrics like this, how can you go wrong?

I want a girl with uninterrupted prosperity,
Who uses a machette to cut through red tape,
With fingernails that shine like justice,
And a voice that is dark like tinted glass...

"Short Skirt/Long Jacket" by Cake

Davidson Wildcats: Tougher on Jesuits than Regan MacNeil...

After tossing Gonzaga and Georgetown down the steps like Father Damien Karras, the Davidson Wildcats are on to the Sweet 16.

Who thinks they can make the Final Four?

Sunday, March 23, 2008
Fun Strange Band

Anyone who can find a use for the phrase "bowel shaking" gets my vote.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

"There is no doubt in my mind that Barack Obama has the judgment and courage we need in a commander-in-chief when our nation's security is on the line...He showed this judgment by opposing the Iraq war from the start, and he has shown it during this campaign by standing up for a new era in American leadership internationally."

--Gov. Bill Richardson

Thursday, March 20, 2008
Tonight's Banjo Selection
Some Turlough O'Carolan: Concerto on Banjo...

Yo-Yo Ma

Dig some Cello.

Or flute.

Answering (some of the) Agents of Intolerance

Kudos, J-Mac.

Al In Charge...

...means that overpaying will happen. FatMarcus Russell will never justify his guaranteed money and neither will DeAngelo Hall, who just got $24.5 guaranteed. I have no doubt that both will contribute considerably to that annual disappointment of a "team" known as the Raiders.

But are they worth the money in a salary cap environment? I doubt it. But "Me"Angelo Hall is now on the right team. The Raiders have always attracted guys who put the "I" in team - reflective of Al "Old Doddering Dufus" Davis - and clearly still do.

What Would Brian (Boitano) Do?

One More Seat In Play

Just tea leaves. No assurance they are right. Republicans should fervently hope that they are not.

There aren't too many Scottish singers that are worth a crap...

...luckily, once upon time there was Gerry Rafferty...

And yes, Brad, this is a fantastic tune as well.

Good call...

A.I., you showed some class last night...

...but I'm still glad you're gone, and I'm really glad you lost to the Sixers...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Foreign policy is his strong suit?

John McCain thinks Iran is training al-Qaeda in Iraq.


Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I'll allow Sen. Obama to address the Wright controversy himself...

I haven't heard the whole thing, but what I've seen thusfar is brilliant...

UPDATE: I really like Andrew Sullivan's take on the speech...
I have never felt more convinced that this man's candidacy - not this man, his candidacy - and what he can bring us to achieve - is an historic opportunity. This was a testing; and he did not merely pass it by uttering safe bromides. He addressed the intimate, painful love he has for an imperfect and sometimes embittered man. And how that love enables him to see that man's faults and pain as well as his promise. This is what my faith is about. It is what the Gospels are about. This is a candidate who does not merely speak as a Christian. He acts like a Christian.

How's your bracket looking?

I'll tell you how my bracket is looking: Nothing.

For the first time since 1992 (when I rode Duke to a $250 payday), I'm not doing one! Someone remind me why the hell I have a job...Just kidding.

Let's break it down into four categories so everyone can play...

Final Four: Memphis, West Virginia, Louisville, Kansas

Nat'l Champion: Memphis

Sleepers: Davidson (you've convinced me, DFL!), Baylor, St. Joe's

Busts: Duke, Tennessee, Texas

Monday, March 17, 2008
My Favorite (non-Muppet) Irish Band

Happy St. Paddy's...

Ain't Nobody Going to Keep Their Promises

Great stuff from The Nation.
I regret the insistence on using that last phrase, because it is needlessly baiting an counter-productive. But the central theme is entirely correct.

Boeing's Bitch

After having been called on a BS offer by John McCain on the initial US military tanker-plane contract(Google "Drunyun"), Boeing is forcing a 100-day delay in execution of a contract to supply much needed new tankers the USAF. After Boeing's performance in the initial competition, it is hard to imagine that this heavily-scrutinized "competition" was improper. EADS was up against the inherent homer-advantage, and won fair and square, with a design that provides more capability than Boeing's modified 767's. It is not "competition" if one side is not allowed to win.

More Jim

Perhaps his best ever...(hat tip: Antonious)

Because Everything I Ever Needed to Know, I Learned on the Muppets

"Dirty Old Town"


I've lived in North Carolina for over 12 years, and for all that time, there's a been a gaping void in the state's culinary landscape.

Until now...

Last night, I had a REAL PHILADELPHIA CHEESESTEAK for the first time in the Tar Heel state!

Fat Philly's recently opened in Holly Springs, and they are making the real thing using the same bread, meat, and cheese that you'd find in downtown Philly.

The owners are very good people, and yes, they take catering orders.

P.S. Don't get me wrong, there are several places around here where you can get a great cheesesteak, but this is the first REAL thing I've seen. Excellent!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Let's start it off with my favorite Irish tune...

"Black Velvet Band" by The Dubliners

Sunday, March 16, 2008
Happy St. Paddy's


A voice from about 40 years ago.

How do you upstage the biggest band in the world doing one of their songs?

This is how...

"One" by U2 & Mary J. Blige

Saturday, March 15, 2008
A Favorite of Mine for a Long While Now,

Was an instant hit in Bluegrass circles when it came out...Lennon/McCarntey were the real deal on several different levels. (Discuss amongst yourselves......)

I Can't Decide Which Sex Scandal Was Biggest (and don't care)

But I find the creepiest photo to be Bob Packw0od's. Look at the expression on his face, and the uncomfortable, fake smile on her face. Have a look. You know you want to.

Generally Speaking, There is an Inverse Relationship Between A Nation's Religiosity and It's Wealth

Echoing some of the themes from The Lessons of Terror, by Caleb Carr:
Alan Wolfe's piece in The Atlantic is well worth the full read.

Friday, March 14, 2008
Where Are Her Tax Returns, and Why is She Overstating Herself So Much?

From Taegan Goddard:
Of course, Obama did none of these things either. He just isn't claiming to have. She is.

Agreeing With Mukasey

He points out that the 9/11 f-stains wanted to be martyrs in the first place. Though imminently deserving of death, they should be denied it - because that is what they hope for.
I won't mourn these guys if they are put to death, but I will mourn the missed opportunity to deny them what they and their fanatical brethren want most right now. Feeding fanaticism makes little sense. Starve the beast of what it feeds on to weaken it.



A testimonial to how bad the Phillies were in the mid-80's...

They had Don Carman, Steve Bedrosian and Kevin Gross prominently featured in a series of commercials that were actually intended to get people to watch the team.

I guess Bruce Ruffin showed up late for the shoot...

Thursday, March 13, 2008
Now this guy was the real deal...

A proud liberal Democrat who proved that it's possible for a millionaire to be concerned with the needs of those on the other end of the socioeconomic spectrum.

Former Ohio Sen. Howard Metzenbaum (1917-2008)

Metzenbaum was one of the Senate's wealthiest members, yet he prospered in politics for more than half a century as a champion of working men and women.

Metzenbaum's outlook was forged by the Depression, and his politics by Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. He remained an unreconstructed liberal Democrat to the end.

He achieved near-legendary status as a foe of big business, an advocate for consumer causes, and a tough infighter blocking scores of special interest bills. He believed he could have won a fourth consecutive term, but made way for a run by his son-in-law, lawyer Joel Hyatt, who lost the Senate seat to Republican Mike DeWine.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008
"Shearing the Sheep"

BTW - where are Hillary's tax returns? Why won't she release them?

We Need Immigrants to Maintain Productivity

Bill Gates cares about his own needs well. He obviously cares about making it easier for Microsoft to hire the talent it needs, and clearly the talent pool stretches beyond our borders. The hotel, building, meatpacking, and other industries need immigrant labor - often illegal - to remain competitive. (To think that Americans would do this work for the same money is is stupid.) America needs to forget the great xenophobic wall of (part of) Texas and think about how to assimilate workers from other countries without vilifying them. It is in our economic interest to do so, whether we accept it or not.

More Great Toto...

Truthfully, it might be my favorite song of all-time...

If not, it's definitely the song with the highest play count on my iPod.

"Pamela" by Toto

In an effort to exorcise the jam band demons around here...

Here's some classic pop for you...

"Don't Get Me Wrong" by The Pretenders

Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Just Another Show I Wish I Had Seen

I Will Have It Both Ways, Please...

Hillary will denounce, but apparently not reject, Geraldine Ferraro's have it both ways comments:
This brought to you by the woman who would never have been a VP-nominee if she was not a woman. Her gender was the be-all and end-all to her candidacy. Do any of you think that Obama is the sort of token candidate she was?

If so please call me out on it and tell my why...preferably with some examples from the Ferrarro candidacy to illustrate your point(s).

Fallon Resigns, Barnett Crows, Centcom Realities Persist...

Barnett. On Barnett.

I highly recommend The Pentagon's New Map, but beware, if you want to comment in Barnett-land, the blog, you have to drink the Kool-Aid. Sycophants only. Sad, but true.

Monday, March 10, 2008
Hastert Tucks His Tail

Hell of an exit Denny! Don't let the door hit your fat ass you go. You quit early to avoid the surge of Dem voters in Illinois in November, thinking that would keep your district safe for Oberweis. How did that work out? No presidential election, and Democrats just took the seat that belonged to the former Speaker of the House. Ouch.

Fatmarcus Russell?

Is JaMarcus Russell, the Oakland(Al) Raiders(Davis), QB who just got $30 mil guaranteed before last year, really 35-40 pounds overweight? Raider-haters can only hope so. Or at least that this signals immaturity or a lack of commitment. *crosses fingers*

A Worse Reality TV Show is Never Far Off

"Forty is the new 16" As priceless a line as it is sad. And it's only sad because it's true.

A Modest Proposal

Regarding daylight savings time, I would like to suggest that when we "spring forward", the change should take place at about noon or so on Monday. We can keep "fall back" as it is, but let's shorten Monday during the day. I have not met anyone who objects yet.....(sample size approximately 5) Write your Congressional representatives!

Reason #1,723,582 that forwarded emails are making the world a stupider place...

Target is not a French company.

It is not owned by the French government.

It is not owned by a French corporation.

It is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and always has been since the family of former U.S. Senator Mark Dayton started the company in 1902.

Make the world a better place: STOP ACCEPTING FORWARDED EMAILS!!!

Sunday, March 9, 2008
Galv's Harmony Nominee

Friday, March 7, 2008
If you hate Washington, DC so much, why would you work there?

Maybe the biggest paradox about anti-government Republicans is their seething hatred of our nation's capitol city.

Enter John McCain:

"It's harder and harder trying to do the Lord's work in the city of Satan," McCain said of Washington.
If it's the "city of Satan", then get the fuck out of it!

Don't look for another job that will have you living there 365 days a year!!!

Why does she keep doing this?

It really sounds like Hillary would rather see John McCain in the White House than Barack Obama...

Tell me, Hill, did you "cross the commander-in-chief threshold" when you voted for America's biggest foreign policy mistake since Vietnam?

P.S. Is being married to the President actually a qualification for becoming President? If so, does anyone really believe Laura Bush would be a viable candidate to lead the country into it's next war???

I for one know I'm not qualified to be a speech pathologist even though my wife is one!

For all we know, this guy had the potential to be president...

...but after being "pitted" in the Pacific Ocean one too many times, his brain has the consistency of rancid tapioca pudding...

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Master Thespians!

Acting! Making a legal loophole really funny.

Good Idea

"Danny Boy" has been banned this St. Patrick's Day at one enlightened pub. Silly, sappy tune written by a guy who never set foot on Irish soil...

What an A-Hole

Pro Tour golfer allegedly felled bird with golf shot as he was filming TV show.

At first, I thought it was a freak accident and that some far out animal rights group was over-reacting. But no, this prick wanted to hit the bird. Remember that mean-spirited bully in you neighborhood growing up who would take pleasure in cruelty to animals or other kids? This is him grown up with golf skills. What a fuckstain.

Will he be buried in a 20-sided coffin?

How much fanfare can get kicked up for a guy whose brainchild prevented more young men from getting laid than acne, halitosis and B.O. combined?

Gary Gygax, who co-created the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons and helped start the role-playing phenomenon, died Tuesday morning at his Wisconsin home. He was 69.
Quite an ironic age for him to die at, since most D&D players have never/will never engage in that particular activity...

Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Happy Trio Sounds

In the same vein...

You Have No Reasonable Expectation of a Right to Privacy

Add in Telecom immunity, which will be granted either legally or de facto regardless of who occupies the White House, and any real expectation of privacy is fools gold.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Trucks and Tedeschi


Stop the Protectionist Bitching

If the US cannot accept competition then is should not portray the request for bids as a "competition". Airbus offers the military a better deal, after Boeing screwed up the last deal with corrupt officials and a gouging price-tag. Boeing still expected to get a pass on its inferior bid and got burned. It's not competition if the "home" team cannot lose. (this contract will create jobs in Alabama instead of Washington and Illinois) The USAF explained the choice in simple terms:
If we are to consider the DOD budget as a jobs program for American manufacturers, then let's come out and say so. If not, then all opposition to this highly scrutinized competition should be muzzled. Don't forget about how Boeing got burned on the original bid. And yes, though I am fairly liberal, I do not like the anti-NAFTA rhetoric being employed to win Ohio right now. NAFTA did not kill manufacturing in the Midwest, but it is a convenient excuse. And McCain gets kudos for leading the charge against Boeing's bogus "bid" last time, where they were going to "lease" the planes to us and pocket $4 billion. Google the name Drunyan with Boeing......
I am not a likely McCain voter, but I like to give credit where it's due. I will be interested to see if he will stands with Pelosi in the "inquiry" into this matter.

Let's talk about Brett Favre...

A good guy, an amazing competitor, a horrible actor, and one of the greatest QB's in NFL history has hung up his spikes today...

Monday, March 3, 2008
Jeff Healey, RIP...

41 years old is way too young. It's really sad...

Finally, the Iraqis are greeting somebody with flowers and kisses...

...it's just too bad it's the President of Iran who's getting the warm greeting...

Pomp and ceremony greeted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his arrival in Iraq on Sunday, the fanfare a stark contrast to the rushed and secretive visits of his bitter rival U.S. President George W. Bush.

Ahmadinejad held hands with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani as they walked down a red carpet to the tune of their countries' national anthems, his visit the first by an Iranian president since the two neighbours fought a ruinous war in the 1980s.

His warm reception, in which he was hugged and kissed by Iraqi officials and presented with flowers by children, was Iraq's first full state welcome for any leader since the U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein in 2003.
Our president has to take secret trips to a nation we "liberated", while Ahmadinejad is received as a hero.

This all seems worth it, doesn't it?

Sunday, March 2, 2008
Beaker Love

Feel it.

Saturday, March 1, 2008
Now that's a great pickup!!!

The Eagles sign Asante Samuel. Very nice get...


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