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The Donnybrook
Friday, May 30, 2008
41 Years Ago

Great movies that ran out of steam before they were over?

There are a bunch of movies out there that started out with a bang, but for whatever reason, ended with a whimper.

"Stripes" is probably the ultimate example of this.

A great concept (two morons join the Army), amazing comedic actors (Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, John Candy, John Laroquette), and an atmosphere of early-80's stupidity should equal a classic.

Unfortunately, somewhere about 2/3rds of the way in, the flick pretty much dies.

What are some other examples of this sad phenomenon?

Thursday, May 29, 2008
Two questions...

1.) Why do corporations fold at the slightest hint of the possibility of a boycott no matter how remote that possibility might be?

2.) Why would ANYONE listen to Michelle Malkin when she actually took the time to take this humble blog to task back in 2006???

From ABCNews.com...

Is Rachael Ray, the talk-show host, cookbook author and magazine editor, a terrorist sympathizer?

Controversy over a scarf forces Dunkin Donuts to pull an ad with Rachael Ray. Dunkin' Donuts, worried that its customers might think so, abruptly yanked an ad in which Ray wears a scarf that resembles a keffiyeh -- a traditional headdress worn by Arab men -- after conservative commentators became enraged by the ad and even threatened to boycott the company.

Ray, who signed on as the company's pitchwoman last March, will continue to appear in other ads and commercials.
Fight the real enemy: Ambiguously evil ladies' neckwear...


I wanted to look further into the VA benefits topic and I stumbled across this. If your day on the wage-treadmill was even remotely as asinine as mine, revel in this nice warm-blanket equivalent for your grey matter...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Guitar Conductor, Mark Knopfler

One Instrument?

Your Flag Decal...

...won't get you into heaven anymore...

Note to Scotty: Calling out Bush after peddling his shit for 3 years doesn't make you a hero...

It makes you a whore.

You were a whore when you spread propaganda for Bush, and you're a whore now that you want to sell some books to an American public that is now 70% anti-Bush.

Disappear, you fat little toad...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008
PTSD Diagnoses Up 50%

Yet, the Bush administration sought to slow the diagnosis rate for PTSD:
Nice. Cheat our vets out of tens of thousands of dollars in benefits they would otherwise have received if they had been diagnosed PTSD...

The Headwinds Keep Building for Hill GOP

Beyond the problems with spiking oil/gas prices, Iraq, GOP retirements on the Hill or defending twice as many seats as the Dems in the Senate, they have to look at George W. Bush as their President for another eight months. So not even finding a replacement for Vito Fossella is a real blow. This district in NY is supposed to be safe or at least always contest-able ground for the NY GOP.

Even if Obama loses to McCain, it could be a plus year election for the Dems on the Hill...

Did you lie about making calls during the interview?

William "Cold Hard Cash" Jefferson.

Two Pretenders songs in the span of three months?

I never figured I was that big a fan. Maybe I am. Say "I" much???

"I'll Stand By You"

Signs of another Democratic tidal wave in the Senate...

In 2006, the Democrats needed to pick up six seats in the U.S. Senate to take control. They did so by picking up seats in red and blue states alike (Missouri, Virginia, Montana, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania).

In 2008, the possibility exists that the Democrats could greatly expand their majority, and maybe even secure a filibuster-proof 60 seats in total.

Here's the landscape as it stands right now (thanks to ElectoralVote.com):
  • Democratic challengers are virtual locks to take over Republican-held seats in Virginia, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Colorado.
  • Democrats are likely to make very strong runs at seats in Alaska, Minnesota, Oregon, and Maine.
  • Further tarnishing of the corrupt Republican brand shows that even GOP-held seats in North Carolina, Texas, and Misssissippi are not safe.
Also, in maybe the most shocking bit of early polling I've seen, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Lips on Dubya's Ass) is trailing his relatively unexperienced opponent, Bruce Lunsford, by 5 percentage points.

I hope you Republicans enjoyed that run you had from 2000 to 2004, because your time in the political wilderness is just beginning...

Monday, May 26, 2008
More Stuff White People Like...

#99: Grammar

The full list.

I am now dumber for reading this

Share my damnation. Way to ensure your metro area stays in the top ten for murder rates, genius. The only thing this walking stereotype forgot was the menace of marauding Sioux...

Remember the last time when coyotes were repelled from a Target in Kansas City?

If you truly love your country and the ideals thereof, don’t hand out guns that fit nicely into your pocket. And don’t desecrate our families on Memorial Day when you profit from it. Enough is enough.

Saturday, May 24, 2008
Vive' la Virginia

If one of the VA trio becomes the VP nominee it will likely be Kaine or Webb. Warner is needed too much to get the other Senate seat, which may signal that Webb is not going to be pulled from the Senate. But Webb helps with the demographic that is most in play between McCain and Obama - independent/centrist males. There is little concern that the Senate will tilt more Republican - they are defending twice as many seats as Dems - so Webb may be in play , especially given his legislative victory on his GI bill. (The bill may die/get vetoed, but it's main provisions will pass under this president or the next.)

Personally, I like Kaine or Webb as a VP pick, but would rather see Obama choose KS Governor Sebelius. Just not Hillary...

Profound Scrawlings on Bathroom Walls


McCain's Campaign Staff Troubles are Buying Time

For the Democrats who, by not uninting soon, seem determined to weaken their own chances this fall. Fortunately:
Two Republicans urge the Democrats to just pick one!

Friday, May 23, 2008
Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse
Amazing beer. Unexpected marriage of hops and weisse-bier, working way beyond expectations. I am currently drinking the Brooklyn version of this beer, which has the same German wheat and Schneider's yeast, but then gets
dry-hopped with Palisade and Amarillo hops. Happy Friday!

The "Invisisble" Hand of the Market at Work

Sometimes is does really good things, sometimes not. I like this one:

And this:
The muscle-head era is being brought to its economic end. I dance on the grave of the celebration of big-ass gas-suckers. Inflation sucks, but it helps to bring about needed change. Speak to people through their wallets and they will respond.

Will Liddy Disappear?

GOP Sen. Elizabeth Dole Barely Ahead -- In GOP Poll

Oh, please.

What exactly is Hillary saying here?

I have an idea of where she's going with this line of reasoning, but it's really making me uncomfortable...

Hillary Clinton today brought up the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy while defending her decision to stay in the race against Barack Obama.

"My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don't understand it," she said, dismissing calls to drop out.
Is she saying she expects that Barack Obama could be assassinated before the primary process is over???

Let's try this idea again...

So, I've got myself a new PRS guitar. It's a Jet Black Custom 22.

It's dead sexy, and put simply, the thing breathes fire...

Take a look:

Brian's PRS 004

Brian's PRS 002

Brian's PRS 003

When I got my last PRS (which I traded to get this one), I asked my readers to suggest a tune they'd like to see me play and upload for all to enjoy. The idea didn't take off, but I'd really like to do this.

So give me some suggestions, nothing too insanely difficult, just something that rocks and allows me to show off a little.

Thanks, everybody...

WARNING: Cheese forthcoming

If you’re going to use the word “Dragon” anywhere in your band’s name, you should be:

1) Not American
2) Basing your lyrics on Monster Manuals 1 through 3
3) Bad-Ass.

Check, check and check...have a good weekend...

DragonForce - "Through Fire and Flame"

Thursday, May 22, 2008
Finally, some backbone, Part 2...

Sen. Jim Webb's new GI Bill passes the Senate by a 75-22 veto-proof majority.

The Senate overwhelmingly approved a landmark increase in college aid to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan today.

President Bush has promised to veto the legislation, championed by Sen. Jim Webb, a Democrat. But the 75-22 margin, more than the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto, suggests momentum in favor of the Webb bill may be unstoppable.

Along with the enhanced GI Bill, which would provide a monthly stipend for living expenses plus tuition aid equal to the most expensive public college in each veteran’s home state, the legislation approved today provides new aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast.
Unfortunately, two big questions loom:

1.) Will Bush veto it?

2.) If he does, will the 25 Republicans who voted for the bill also have the balls to override their master's bidding?

Stay tuned...

In praise of Pittsburgh...

You read that correctly. The city I was raised to ridicule is not that bad.

It's actually a very cool town, if for no other reason than you can find one of the greatest beer bars in God's creation on the South Side.

It's called Fat Head's, and no only is their beer selection amazing, but their sandwiches are fantastic, too.

I got the South Side Slopes: Kielbasa, fried pierogies, grilled onions, American cheese and horsey sauce. And you thought a trip to the toilet was interesting after a few beers!!!

Oh, and big kudos to the magnanimous Penguins fans that bought me a sympathy beer as well.

Very classy. Cool town you got there...

Finally, some backbone...

To add to the list of administration-generated mythological creatures such as terrorists who hate your Uncle Joe for his freedom, we now have the horrific subsidy-gobbling beast known as the "rich farmer." If you desire to see some of these magical beings, get into your car and drive anywhere east of I-95 this weekend in NC. You can even entertain the whole family by turning it into a game of punch-bug! But I promise you’ll run out of nicely subsidized Saudi-blood before anyone even takes the first swing.

It’s quite refreshing to see that the same people who didn’t seem to bat an eye to provide funds to (insert designation here) militiamen for the expediencies to build a better IED somehow decided that food stamps for my nephew might be a noteworthy cause to fight for. Aye, this bill does indeed have loopholes just like essentially every bill passed in the history of US legislation. But it also ensures that the next time something we haven’t declared a war on for purposes of funding occurs, like floods or droughts or late frosts, that the rich bastard making less than $20,000 a year on five acres of soybeans won’t have to join the ever-growing "Hey I just Foreclosed My Home Too!" club. Oh yeah, and we might not starve to death or wind up forking over $20 for a head of cabbage.

Bravo, my elected representatives. I join you in a salute to the commander-in-chief and the wannabe who said he would have voted against it (hint: this gesture does not indicate you are #1...) But alas, a 34 page paper SNAFU is probably going to once again demonstrate your ability to snatch a defeat from the jaws of victory.

Monday, May 19, 2008
Documented proof our species is devolving...

The only reason I can fathom why someone would oppose a background check at a gun show is that they have an extinction fetish.

Although I really can’t think of a better way to ensure the safety of those around you by promoting yourself as a “bitter gun owner” via NRA distributed sticker, if this is going to be your rally cry, then at least have the stones to use a mascot who embodies the term...

Swift, Silent....Screwed

How many Korans are destroyed when a mosque is car-bombed? Shooting an inanimate object is more offensive/newsworthy than lobbing mortars into Baghdad neighborhoods and disemboweling children while they are playing soccer?

It’s quite amazing CSI: Sunni Triangle can uncover this “atrocity” yet somehow not detect who is going to lay down their rifle and run in Basra. Marching out a 2-star to do the required ankle-grab will obviously uncork the goodwill geyser from the locals. Anyone willing to wager we’ll see a story within 10 days that some mindless obscenity will be committed in retribution for this “outrage”?

Based on command response, if I were some weekend-warrior ground-pounder on tour #3, I’d be looking for a “skeet-version” of the book. And what an easy out we really just gave ourselves – think of the headline:

“Hellfire missiles decimate local book emporium in Samarra. US to remove 2 brigades in response.”

But alas, I suppose PC doesn’t follow linear logic...

Friday, May 16, 2008
A very astute observation...

...by Atrios:

Approximately 12,000 articles will be written between now and November about how Jewish voters have a problem with Obama, and then they will go to the polls and overwhelmingly vote for him. Despite this, no articles will be written about how Jewish voters have a problem with McCain.

Friday is a good day to bring out some guilty pleasures...

...this way, anything that's really embarrassing will (hopefully) be forgotten by Monday. Here's my submission:

"Heartbreaker" by Dionne Warwick

P.S. Everybody reading this has to post at least one guilty pleasure song or be threatened with a lifetime banishment... :-)

Wanna hear my daughter's first words?

Of course you do!!!

You'd think Bush would steer clear of Hitler references...

...since his grandfather, US Senator Prescott Bush, helped finance the Nazis rise to power...

If you're this unprepared for an interview...

...please, just don't show up.

This right-wing radio hack got absolutely shitcanned by Chris Matthews, who is by no means a mental juggernaut himself.

I just hope his family wasn't watching...

Thursday, May 15, 2008
This Just In...

Joe Paterno is still alive.

She Came Undone A While Ago, She Just Doesn't Realize It Yet

Hillary DeathWatch down to 1.8%. (Thanks, Slate)

What math is she looking at that says stay in the race? Or is she really no more than a Democratic Ron Paul?

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
After 14 years, I still love this song...

A great, underrated voice...

"Bad Reputation" by Freedy Johnston

What does that make John McCain???

The Hill asked all 97 of the Senators not running for President whether they'd accept an offer to be his/her party's Vice Presidential nominee.

Three Republicans gave very interesting reponses...

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)
"When I was much younger I would have probably said, ‘Sure, I’ll be glad to accept it,’ but I’m 70 years [old] and they need a younger person for the job. I would probably tell them, ‘Look for somebody else.’"

Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.)
"No. I’m too old."

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
"I’m too old to be vice president. But I am young enough to be reelected to the Senate."
To review: Cochran is 70 years old, Domenici is 76, and Grassley is 74.

On January 20th, 2009, John McCain will be 72 years old...

And still another heavily Republican district goes BLUE...

...and this one wasn't even close...

We have witnessed tonight a momentous election with far-reaching implications for the country -- in Mississippi, where the Associated Press is projecting that Democrat Travis Childers has won the special election for the open GOP House seat.

With 90% reporting, Childers leads 52%-48% -- and with the strongholds for GOP candidate Greg Davis mostly in, and some of Childers' stomping grounds still out. And all of this happened in a district that went 62%-37% for President Bush in 2004.
The Republicans even flew in Deadeye Dick Cheney to campaign for their loser candidate...to no avail.

Democrats now enjoy a 235-199 majority in the House of Represntatives, far more than the Republicans ever enjoyed in their 10 years of control...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The Un-Ending, Un-Needed, "Race" for the Nomination
Enjoy. And your upcoming victory in KY. It's no less over now than it was on February 5th, and it was over then. Pull out or marginalize yourself for years to come.
The money quote:
Does she think she can play an important role anytime soon if she stays in the contest until June 3? She will still matter if she does, but much less than was possible if she were to leave after WV and/or Kentucky, so she can leave on a high note. If she stays until 6/3, she diminishes her political clout for a few years at least.

Bad Idea, Stenny

If it was a bad idea for Republicans to have this power, it's a bad idea for you to have it, too. No matter that I agreee with your agenda more than theirs. That's not the point.

Maybe He Should Play for the Bengals

Bills WR beat up Dad, pulled gun..

Please don't show this to Lou Dobbs or Tom Tancredo...

You probably shouldn't read this either, big brother...

Study Says Foreigners In U.S. Adapt Quickly

Immigrants of the past quarter-century have been assimilating in the United States at a notably faster rate than did previous generations, according to a study released today.

Modern-day immigrants arrive with substantially lower levels of English ability and earning power than those who entered during the last great immigration wave at the turn of the 20th century. The gap between today's foreign-born and native populations remains far wider than it was in the early 1900s and is particularly large in the case of Mexican immigrants, the report said.

Monday, May 12, 2008
Happy Birthday, Mr. Carlin...

You rule...

Oh, please let this be true...

After last week's primary, Democratic nominee for US Senate Kay Hagan is actually leading incumbent Republican non-entity Liddy "Has anyone ever actually seen me in the state of North Carolina?" Dole by small margin according to a Rasmussen poll...

Kay Hagan 48
Elizabeth Dole 47
Very nice...

UPDATE: PublicPolicyPolling has Dole up by a mere 5-point margin over Hagan. When a nationally-known incumbent is below 50% against a relatively unknown state senator, you know she's in some deep shit...

Bill O'Reilly = Anoos

...and it appears that this has always been the case!

Friday, May 9, 2008
There will be blood...

The Battle of Pennsylvania begins tonight, and it's going to be a best-of-seven brawl.

These teams (and cities, for that matter) hate each other with a passion. It's so bad that even their AHL affiliates have engaged in a bitter, bloody rivalry for years.

If you're a fan of old-school physical hockey with lots of hard hits and fights, get ready. You're going to see both in abundance for at least four games in the NHL's Eastern Conference Finals.

My predicition?


My new guitar is in the area!!!

Details to come...

Thursday, May 8, 2008
UB40 Sings Neil

Sam Sings Bob, Jerry Plays Dobro

The latest in the series of "best covers ever".

Allison Sings Keith

Dave Sings Peter

Republican Congressman wants to protect the troops...from pornography...

What a misguided dog shit idea this is:

"Pro-family" organizations and members of Congress are continuing the push to limit the range of reading materials available to members of the military.

House Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10), with 15 co-sponsors and the support of organizations such as the Alliance Defense Fund and the American Family Association, recently introduced a bill that would strengthen the ban on sales of adult-themed publications on U.S. military installations.
Honestly, is there anyone in the world who deserves the right to run the occasional batch more than the American soldier???

Multiple, extended tours...Two wars in the Middle East going poorly...A lack of equipment and body armor to protect them...and, GASP!,the horror of being exposed to naked breasts in a Playboy magazine!!!

The horror...the horror...

Steve Benen from The Carpetbagger Report puts it best:

Here’s a radical idea: maybe those who wear the uniform and put their lives on the line for their country should be able to read whatever they want.

This “invasion” is an imperative...

There’s really no reason to ask a government if it’s okay to help people in a catastrophe, especially one that prefers bludgeoning monks as opposed to feeding its people or creating sustainable infrastructure.

USPACOM has more than enough muscle to make this happen if we chose and it’s so easy to do the right thing here – step up America. Please.

One more war wasting our money...

Did the Federal government really need to infiltrate and then subsequently raid a campus in southern California near to Tijuana to discover kids on a campus of 35,000 in a major metropolitan city are using and have access to – gasp- DRUGS?

The residents of La Jolla are surely sleeping much better knowing that the Draconian Enforcement Agency has prevented little Billy from toking up in the dorm room anymore. The best quote of this story pertained to the purchases that tactically placed agents made:

"All it took was saying, `Hey, I go to State, can you hook me up?'" said San Diego County prosecutor Damon Mosler. "And then it was off to the races."
Obviously there would have been no transactions as discerning dealers would have politely refused if the patrons had been attending a local community college.

Instead of ruining the lives of some 18 year old kids by handing out felony convictions, send them on a field trip just south of the border for a period to observe the real effects of the American drug consumption if the feds are serious about sending a “message.”

But if you really need to see the hypocrisy, check out the “message” that will probably be sent to an actor from one of the manifestations of repugnance known as “CSI.”

Wednesday, May 7, 2008
What Have Read Lately That You'd Recommend?

I recently read a string of books recommended by my favorite bartenders. Know a sharp barkeep? Ask what he/she has been reading. Worked for me.

In the last 3-4 months I had recommended and read:
A future post could be about books recommended to me by Donnybrookers.

What have you read and liked?

Ain't That America...

Thanks as always to Sullivan.

Declan and Fiona have a message for Hillary...

"Take that weak stuff home! You just got served!!!"

My take on one of the best concerts I've ever attended...

What an incredible show!!!

The cynic in me was fully prepared to leave Monday night's Van Halen concert with two primary complaints: 1.) Wolfgang Van Halen is just a kid who wasn't up to the challenge, and 2.) David Lee Roth was a showboating has-been with a horrible voice.

I was wrong on both counts. Wolfie did exactly what was expected of him (I'm not sure what show you were watching, Murali) and then some, and DLR, while certainly a bit of a ham on stage, did an awesome job vocally and made it feel like a bona fide ROCK SHOW.

Eddie was on his game in a way I've never seen in the four other VH concerts I've attended over the years. He checked his personal demons at the door and showed me why his playing was my initial inspiration to pick up a guitar in the first place.

Never was this more evident than when he started the intro to "Mean Street". He was on fire the whole friggin' night!

With a set list like this...

You Really Got Me
I'm the One
Runnin' With the Devil
Romeo Delight
Somebody Get Me a Doctor
Beautiful Girls
Dance the Night Away
Atomic Punk
Everybody Wants Some!!
So This Is Love?
Mean Street
(Oh) Pretty Woman
I'll Wait
And the Cradle Will Rock
Hot for Teacher
Little Dreamer
Jamie's Cryin'
Ice Cream Man
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love

...the band could've come out and done the typical reunion gig and coasted through the show and still come off well. Instead, they came out and played with an intensity that I doubt that had even in the early 80's.

It really was that good...

Monday, May 5, 2008
The Most Clutch NFL Quarterbacks Ever

UPDATE: The NFL Network hit the nail on the head when talking about why Brett Favre was not in their top 10, building on what I said by saying, "Even Packer fans know that for every great Brett Favre moment there was one equally as bad."

We both had Montana No. 1 and Brady No. 3. They did not have Aikman, Luckman or Bradshaw in their list. They went 10, Marino; 9. Steve Young (this Niners fan definitely disagrees with that as I was not impressed with his clutchness); 8. Starr; 7. Graham; 6. Stabler; 5. Unitas; 4. Staubach; 3. Brady; 2. Elway; 1. Montana

The NFL Network is doing an interesting show tomorrow, ranking the top 10 clutch quarterbacks ever. here are my thoughts...if you care...

10. Troy Aikman: What I don't like about Aikman is that he never brought Dallas from behind in any of his playoff games. What I like about Aikman is that he was so efficient that Dallas didn't have to come back in many games from 1992-95. Aikman won 11 of his first 13 playoff games and threw four touchdown passes in his super bowl debut. He is hurt by the fact that he didn't win another playoff game after 1996.

9. Sid Luckman: Likely to be overlooked by many at places like ESPN whose people don't seem to understand that they played football prior to 1970, Luckman was one of the first big-time clutch quarterbacks and made the Bears the team for the 30s.

8. Bart Starr: You don't win five world championships without having a clutch quarterback. Starr was calm under pressure and was at his best in consecutive NFL title wins over Dallas in 66 and 67 bringing the Packers back twice, including in the legendary Ice Bowl when he navigated the Packers on a long, last-minute scoring drive despite playing on what was basically a skating rink.

7. Roger Staubach: Didn't matter how much they trailed by, the Cowboys always believed they could win as long as No. 12 was under center...because he brought them from behind so many times. His comeback in the 72 playoffs at San Francisco is legendary and twice he almost brought Dallas back from apparent hopeless situations against the Steelers in Super Bowl X and XIII, doing so in remarkably little time against the 70s best defense.

6. Terry Bradshaw: Wild at times, Bradshaw was excellent in four super bowls, winning all and earning the MVP in his last two. Bradshaw brought Pittsburgh from behind in their last three super bowl wins in the 70s, doing so twice in the fourth quarter. He also threw four touchdown passes against a vaunted Cowboys defense in the Super Bowl XXIII, playing against the defending world champions.

5. John Elway: Even before he finally won his two super bowl rings, Elway had established himself as truly clutch, consistently leading average Denver teams to three AFC championships and several playoff wins, often while bringing the Broncos from behind. "The Drive" in Cleveland Stadium in the 86 AFC championship might be the best in NFL history, considering he took the Broncos 98 yards in hostile territory. The fact that it was against a Marty Schottenheimer coached team will not be held against him.

4. Otto Graham: Led the Browns to four straight AAFC championships, then after Cleveland moved to the NFL in 1950, he led them to the title game in five of six years, winning three times. That's mind-boggling. If the media had been what it is today back then, Graham would make the hoopla surrounding Tom Brady last year seem small.

3. Tom Brady: Yes, he played below average in the last super bowl, but the bottom line is that had the defense held on the Giants last possession he would have led the Patriots on a last-minute, game-winning super bowl drive for a third time. 14-3 in the playoffs, Brady won his first 10 playoff games and has led the Patriots on five last-minute, game-winning scoring drives in the playoffs when they were either tied or behind. Oh, and Brady has led the Patriots to four wins against either the AFC's or NFL's top seed in the playoffs during his remarkable NFL career. Unflappable under pressure, he's a modern-day Joe Montana.

2. Johnny Unitas: I wish I could have seen this guy play. He revolutionized the quarterback position and was brilliant in pressure situations as he showed when he led the Colts from behind in the final minutes to beat the Giants in overtime in the 1958 NFL championship. Led the Colts to three world titles, was an offensive wizard calling his own plays and struck fear in every defense the Colts played...listen the 68 Jets talk about how scared they were when Unitas came off the bench in Super Bowl III to see what I mean.

1. Joe Montana: Simply put, if my life depends on winning one football game, Montana is the guy I want calling the shots. The bigger the game the better Mr. Clutch was. A master of the 4th-quarter comeback his last-minute game-winning drives against the Cowboys in the 81 NFC championship and against the Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII are legendary. Even in defeat the guy was clutch as when he erased a 21-0 fourth-quarter deficit over the heavily favored Redskins in RFK in the 83 NFC championship and would have forced OT had the refs not called two horrendous pass interference penalties on Washington's ensuing drive. At 37 he led the Chiefs back from double-digit deficits in the 93 playoffs against the Steelers and the Oilers (in the Astrodome against a team that had won 11 straight) and guided them to their first AFC title game since 1969. He was straight money.

Notes: I would imagine many would include Brett Favre but he misses the cut in my book because he played really bad in some playoff games and had some horrible interceptions that basically killed his team's chances at winning (2003 vs. Eagles, 2001 vs. Rams when he threw 6 picks, 2007 NFC championship). I love the guy and he was clutch but I like the other 10 better in the clutch for the simple fact you don't know if you're going to get efficient Favre, or wild Favre.

Happy Birthday To Me!!!

My wife, who probably could do better than a sports fashion-obsessed dope with the writing skills of, well, an amateur blogger, scored us two tix for tonight's Van Halen concert here in Raleigh.

Does she know me or what???

So, what's your favorite Van Halen tune?

Why Republicans should be scared shitless heading into November...

Fresh off the heels of another Democratic pickup of a heavily Republican-leaning House seat, Kos puts it perfectly:

Voters, even in solidly conservative districts, are simply not that scared of Democrats anymore.
In the 10+ years when the national Republican party gained and expanded it's hold on the federal government's power structure (1994-2004), just about any Republican candidate could attack just about any Democratic candidate with words like "liberal", "tax-raiser" or any other flimsy GOP buzzwords and expect to bring steadfast conservatives to their side.

That's just not the case anymore.

For the past 3 years, Democrats have been winning tough elections in blood red districts and states all across the country because they want government to work effectively for the people, rather than destroy it from the inside like the Republican party...

UPDATE: In an unparalelled display of spin that falls well outside the confines of reality, the National Republican Congressional Committee has this to say about a Democrat winning a seat in a district that voted for Bush by a margin of 59-41 in 2004:
“This should come as a warning shot to Democrats...The elitist behavior of the Democratic front-runner and the liberal and extremist positions that he and his fellow Democrats in Congress have staked their claim to, do not appear to be as salient as they once hoped.”
Ummm. Okay...

Sunday, May 4, 2008
A Good Sign for the Foreskins...


Bobby Alone...

Amazing a capella...(sp?)

Drumsalad Surgery...

McFerrin, Ma, and O'Connor...

Friday, May 2, 2008
McCain now says he thought "Mission Accomplished" was wrong at the time...

"I thought it was wrong at the time..."
--John McCain, yesterday...

Contrast that with his comments on Fox News from June 11, 2003, six weeks after "Mission Accomplished"...

Thursday, May 1, 2008
Greatest cover song of all time?

I'll go with Jimi Hendrix's version of "All Along the Watchtower", since the guitar work is so amazing and the original Bob Dylan version sucks so bad...

A few others I considered:

"Always On My Mind" by The Pet Shop Boys
"You Really Got Me" by Van Halen
"Hurt" by Johnny Cash

What else is there?

Happy 5th Anniversary, Shithead!!!

The headline of this AP story is complete bullshit, since the White House is only "admitting" that this hair-brained photo-op hurt President Bush.

White House admits fault on 'Mission Accomplished' banner

"President Bush is well aware that the banner should have been much more specific and said 'mission accomplished' for these sailors who are on this ship on their mission," White House press secretary Dana Perino said Wednesday. "And we have certainly paid a price for not being more specific on that banner. And I recognize that the media is going to play this up again tomorrow, as they do every single year."
Actually, the 4063 US soldiers killed in this mistake of a war "paid a price", idiot...


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