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The Donnybrook
Friday, November 28, 2008
"Scoring is soaring in the NFL, with the league coming off its highest-scoring weekend ever. The rate at which points are piling up undoubtedly delights the game's rule-makers, who rarely have hidden their conviction that fans want to see passing wizardry and electrifying offense and lots and lots of points. "

So, by some interpretations, in the last five years the league has made it tougher for defenders to cover receivers in the secondary, and tougher for defenders to hit quarterbacks without being penalized or fined.

Do you like the offense-oriented rules or would you like to see more "let them play" calls?

Greed Run Amok

This is not a story about Wall Street.

Consumption Economics

I'm not at all convinced that Americans will learn that constantly spending more than you make (and not saving, either) is unsustainable, but the bursting of economic bubbles and the difficult economic times ahead may help.
So many people bet on their houses continuing to appreciate that they stopped saving altogether and pulled out equity.
What need is less emphasis on getting stuff and more on planning ahead.
Simplify. Live within your means.

Thursday, November 27, 2008
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I'm in Asheville, NC for the holiday with the family, but I wanted to wish everyone a great holiday.

Take some time and enjoy what's really important to you today...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008
A Great Choice

Some on the left don't like having Gates staying on. They are really missing the point that he is the anti-Rumsfeld and the perfect inoculation against early criticism of the Obama administration on defense. And if you disagree, who would be a better choice for the first year or so? And Why?

Sunday, November 23, 2008
No Tie This Time Donovan...

McNabb Benched.
Philly loses. Are the wheels coming off the bus?

Saturday, November 22, 2008
Suck it, Tar Heels...

You guys are friggin' terrible!!!

Jeux Sans Frontiers

Early Hicks

Friday, November 21, 2008
The Gates Question

I like the idea of Obama asking Gates to stay on for at least a year as Secretary of Defense.

"Gates is a great choice because of the respect he has gained from all quarters after the fiasco that went before," says Anthony Zinni, a retired four-star Marine who once headed the U.S. Central Command. "He would also provide continuity at a critical time." The key to Gates' sticking around, Zinni suggests, is how many Pentagon political appointees Obama would let Gates keep if he stays, which would deny Democrats those crucial national security positions. "I think he won't stay without his team," Zinni says of Gates, "and the [Obama] Administration can't let him keep them." Then, uncharacteristically for this particular parlor game, Zinni adds, "But what do I know?"

I have read that Gates really want to keep Gordon England as his Deputy. The Obama transition team wants to have their own guy in the room with Gates (Richard Danzig or one of his minions). I hope they work something out.

To round out your week...

...a musical tribute to Joe Lieberman.

"Backstabbers" by The O-Jays

Politics aside, this song friggin' rules!!!

Sarah Palin pardons turkey...as others are slaughtered right behind her!!!

Now that's a photo-op we can all believe in!

Thursday, November 20, 2008
Mike Mussina: Hall of Famer?

I'm torn.

The positives

Excluding his rookie season, (in which he only pitched in 12 games) the guy never had a only had one losing season in 17 years of MLB service.

He logged a lifetime .638 winning percentage. Wow.

The negatives

He only had one 20-win season.

He never won a Cy Young Award.

At no point in a nearly 20-year career did he ever seem like the dominant pitcher of his time.

In my mind, too many players get into the Hall of Fame. I say NO to Mussina...

GOP Congressman explains the Republican economic philosophy...

...in terms that make it very obvious why his party has gotten its ass kicked in two straight election cycles.

Rep. Zach Wamp gives the big "F YOU!" to workers in his home state of Tennessee...

In summation:

Low wages = Good
No health care = More gooder!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008
John Cash Hip Hop


GOP bigot engages in some decidedly non-Christian sour grapery...

Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) has spent the last 6 years doing her best to outlaw gay marriage, injecting her religion into all aspects of public policy and accepting cash from Tom DeLay's shady PAC.

For her troubles, she got her ass kicked two weeks ago by a staggering 12 points to Democrat Betsy Markey in the 2008 Republican bloodbath Congressional elections.

Sadly, it seems that the uber-holy Rep. Musgrave isn't a very gracious loser...

It’s no surprise Rep. Marilyn Musgrave is taking her recent loss to Betsy Markey really, really hard.

Musgrave, a Republican who’s been representing Colorado’s 4th District since 2002, became part of the Republican Casualty List when she lost in a landslide, even after the National Republican Congressional Committee doled out almost a million bucks (reportedly $900,000) for her campaign.

Two weeks after the brutal loss, Musgrave still hasn’t called her opponent to concede or to congratulate the victor, as is not only textbook but also mannerly to do.

Moreover, Musgrave’s ill manners bleed into her own team. Rumor has it she still — 14 days later — hasn’t even thanked her campaign staff. (Again, textbook.)
November 4th was a good day on so many levels!!!

Sorry about going AWOL...

I've had no time to post anything, but I should be back in the game shortly...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008
If Sarah Palin Was A Football Player...

This is the sort of intelligent comment she'd likely make:
Dumbass. The statement shows a shocking ignorance of the rules of the game he's paid millions to play.

Monday, November 17, 2008
It's About the Dollars

The main reason we have the BCS and not a playoff in college football is dollars. Too many people would stand to lose to much if the current Bowl system was changed. To hell with what is more fair or fans prefer! It's the dollars, even if Fox decides it cannot afford the BCS games, ESPN is there to shell out to the NCAA. But this post isn't even about college football. It's about the NFL. When bad calls cost games during a regular season, the NFL has the Competition Committee talk about it next year. When gamblers lose millions on the Steelers game , the NFL takes a whole day to announce that it may change replay rules before the playoffs.
I like the willingness to correct a wrong with NFL replay, but I lament the fact that it takes gamblers in Vegas howling to bring it about.

Do What the Generals Say...

More than 100 call for repeal of military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy
Obama won't do this via Executive Order, nor should he. He has more important issues to deal with in the first couple of years. Besides, their should be an open Congressional ratification of gay and lesbian Americans' right to serve their country. I hope to see Congress send a bill to President Obama within his first term.

Saturday, November 15, 2008
Still In Denial

"We're here not because of what the auto industry has done," he said. "We're here because of what has happened to the economy."

This sort of view from within the industry is a great indicator that a bailout is useless. If the Big 3 and their workers cannot agree that they have to make better cars and make less money, then they should head straight to Chapter 7. Not 11, 7. Liquidate. Yes, the loss of jobs and the cascading effect will hurt, but a $25 billion "bailout" will only prolong the inevitable and add to the price tag. And the unions are completely unwilling to accept that to keep jobs, workers will lose pay and/or benefits. Pleasant? No. Better than unemployment? I'd say yes.

Let GM go. I t can't or won't make cars better than the Chevy Cobalt and has an impossible financial future with retirees' pensions and health care. We can spend billions to keep this train wreck on life support at the cost of tens/hundreds of billions...but for how long is it worth it?

UPDATE: Clout Has Plunged for Automakers and Union, Too

If you were a bank, would you loan GM or Ford money?

Friday, November 14, 2008
Enjoy a mellow groove on a rainy Friday...

The road to 3,000 is paved with mid-90's gold...

"Deeper Shade of Soul" by Urban Dance Squad

Your douche chills will get goosebumps...

Not since the Senator's daughter in Silence of the Lambs has anyone been so in over their head...

Thursday, November 13, 2008
Brian Will Love This One

Great show in Raleigh, or so I heard...

Finance...2008 Style!

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares of Delta Airlines one year ago, you would have $49.00 today.

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares of AIG one year ago, you would have $33.00 today.

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares of Lehman Brothers one year ago, you would have $0.00 today.

But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminum cans for recycling refund, you would have received $214.00.

Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle.

It is called the 401-Keg.

Is this really the Republican line coming out of their 2nd electoral ass-whipping in a row???

Conservative commentators are trying to claim that the results of last weeks election prove that America is a "center-right" nation.

Ummmm. How the hell is that?

Democrats now control:

The White House (which Barack Obama won with a whopping 365 electoral votes)

29 of 50 state governorships

57 U.S. Senate seats (possibly more, depending on the outcomes in MN, AK and GA)

At least 257 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives (far more than the Republicans ever held during their 12 years in control)
How exactly is this a "center-right" nation?

It should also be noted that many conservatives are also claiming that Obama campaigned as a conservative...less than a week after claiming he was a socialist.

The verdict? Conservatives are morons, and their time in the political wilderness is long overdue...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008
A note to Governor Palin...

You lost the election in spectacular fashion. Why are you just now making yourself available for interviews?

Please get back to protecting the lower 48 from the impending Russian invasion...

My God, this guy shreds...

Extreme has a new album that I need check to out. It's good to see a unique band back together after so much time.

To get yourself going, check out this fantastic performance of "Rest In Peace" to see Nuno Bettencourt at his best.

The sound quality isn't perfect, but when you're this good, it doesn't need to be...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Some of the coolest propaganda you'll ever see...

It doesn't get much more "old school" than this...

Monday, November 10, 2008
The Housing Bubble...It's Just a Story, It Happens to Other People...

Not to me.
Homeowners think it's a sort of Lake Woebegone, where all the kids are above average. Reality bites.

A funny side effect of the Phillies' World Series win...

The Eagles lost a heartbreaker last night to the Giants, and I must say, it didn't bother me a bit.

Last year, this outcome would've ruined my Monday, but this year (thanks to Brad Lidge and the rest of the 2008 World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies!) it didn't even cross my mind to be bummed out.

The Sports Guy had this to say about "grace periods" back in 2002:

After your team wins a championship, they immediately get a five-year grace period: You can't complain about anything that happens with your team (trades, draft picks, salary-cap cuts, coaching moves) for five years. There are no exceptions.
Here's my question: Does a grace period carry over to the other teams you pull for?

Clearly, I'm in uncharted waters here. I'm not too familiar with successful sports franchises/programs.

I have no idea how to explain this phenomenon, but I do know that even if the Eagles miss the playoffs this year, I'll need only cue up Game 5 of the World Series on my DVR and I'll be just fine!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008
New Narrative

Jonetta Rose Barras nails it.
I think some are and some aren't. Who's side is bigger remains to be seen.

Saturday, November 8, 2008
The New Lay of the Land Up North

Alaska will also be staring down a budget crisis: crude oil slipped below $60 a barrel just before the election, and Alaska's budget balances only if oil is in the mid-$70 range or higher. The days of Palin's $1,200 bonus check to every Alaskan may be over, and if her popularity at home suffers, so does her national profile.

2 from the WaPo Limerick Contest

When engaged in a contest political
Running mate choice is most critical
Avoid giggles and winks
Pick a partner who thinks,
And possesses some skills analytical
No greater survivor there can surely be
than John McCain, Vietnam pilot and detainee
but even a veteran of crashes
couldn’t escape from the ashes
of the smoldering wreckage of Bush forty three

Friday, November 7, 2008
Looking A Few Months Ahead..

One sunny day in late January, 2009, an old man approached the White
House from across Pennsylvania Avenue, where he'd been sitting on a
park bench. He spoke to the U.S. Marine standing guard and said, "I would like to
go in and meet with President Bush." The Marine looked at the man and said, "Sir, Mr. Bush is no longer
president and no longer resides here." The old man said, "Okay" and walked away.

The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to
the same Marine, "I would like to go in and meet with President Bush."
The Marine again told the man, "Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Bush is
no longer president and no longer resides here."

The man thanked him and, again, just walked away.

The third day, the same man approached the White House and spoke to
the very same U.S. Marine, saying "I would like to go in and meet with
President Bush."

The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man
and said, "Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here
asking to speak to Mr. Bush. I've told you already that Mr. Bush is
no longer the president and no longer resides here. Don't you

The old man looked at the Marine and said, "Oh, I understand. I just
love hearing it."

The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, "See you tomorrow, Sir."

Thursday, November 6, 2008
It's official: I live in a blue state!!!

It looks like North Carolina has finally been called for Barack Obama, completing the Democratic sweep and bumping his electoral vote total to 364!!!

Also, Democrat Jeff Merkley has been declared the winner in the Oregon Senate race, supplanting phony moderate Republican, Gordon Smith.

The Democrats have now picked up six seats in the Senate with Alaska, Minnesota and Georgia still undecided...

A National Party No More

That was the title of turncoat Zell Miller's 2003 book, wherein he made the case that his party, the Democratic Party, had no appeal to large sections of the country.

Also, Miller said the only way Democrats could increase their appeal was by behaving more like Republicans.

Jonathan Singer from MyDD makes the case that it is now the Republican Party in danger of becoming a purely regional party:

...McCain carried only the South. I wrote about this predicament well before the election, noting that it would be extremely difficult for McCain to rack up 270 electoral votes winning only in the South but not in the other regions of the country. Indeed, while George W. Bush carried the Midwest in addition to the South in 2004, only narrowly losing the West by a single point, McCain won only the South, with Barack Obama taking 54 percent of vote in the Midwest, 57 percent of the vote in the West, and 59 percent of the Northeast.
The elections of 2006 and 2008 have pleased me in many ways, but I must say I'm most pleased to see the political influence of the South diminished so greatly.

For far too long, political pundits have looked to the South as a microcosm for the rest of the country.

Politically, it just isn't...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008
We Can


A few Republicans I'm glad to see get tossed...

1.) Elizabeth Dole (R-NC): Well, duh!

2.) Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO): One of the most anti-gay members of the House for the last six years got blasted by Democrat Betsy Markey, despite Musgrave's reliance on sleazy campaign ads.

3.) Robin Hayes (R-NC): A scuzzbucket who thinks liberals hate America lost to Democrat Larry Kissell. Go fuck yourself, guy with a girl's name.

4.) Chris Shays (R-CT): This phony moderate finally got exposed as a Bush-enabling tool, and now there are ZERO Republican members of Congress in all of New England.

On the flip side, what the hell is wrong with Alaska?

1.) They re-elected Don Young, a vile GOPer who actually violated the Constitution.

2.) They seem to have re-elected convicted felon Sen. Ted Stevens.

3.) Sarah Palin is from there.
I'll take a pass on any trips up into the lawless Alaskan wilderness any time soon, thank you...

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I'd also like to congratulate Senator-elect Kay Hagan and Governor-elect Bev Perdue!!!


Wow, Part 3...

Over 90,000 in Manassass, Virginia last night...

Monday, November 3, 2008
Official Donnybrook 2008 Election Prediction Thread...

Since I'm a big believer in early voting, we'll start this a day early.

Here we go!!!


Senator Barack Obama (D)
318 Electoral Votes
52.6% of Popular Vote

Senator John McCain (R)
220 Electoral Votes
46.2% of Popular Vote

Obama will win all the states that John Kerry won in 2004, and will pick up Iowa, New Mexico, Colorado, Virginia, Nevada and Florida.


The Democrats will pick up seats in New Mexico, New Hampshire, Virginia, Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, and North Carolina, but will fall just short in Minnesota, Mississippi, Kentucky and Georgia. The Republicans will pick up zero seats.

Democrats 56
Republicans 42
Independents 2 (Although you might see Joe Lieberman get the boot from the Democratic caucus)


The Democrats will pick up 23 seats, while the Republicans will snag 2.

Democrats 257
Republicans 178

UPDATE: Here's a helpful map that illustrates when the polls close across the country...

A good point about Catholic priests denying communion on the basis of abortion views...

"A bunch of old men that don't fuck deciding what young girls can do with their bodies."
--The immortal Ron Bennington

Good boy, Chase...

Any time an F-bomb goes out over live air, I get warm and tingly inside.

When it's in this context, I'm just plain giddy...



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