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A News and Politics Blog, With a Smattering of Sports

Saturday, September 20, 2003

2:24 PM: 
Islamic chaplain is charged as spy:
"Capt. Yee had almost unlimited private access to detainees as part of the Defense Department's program to provide the prisoners with religious counseling, as well as clothing and Islamic-approved meals. The law-enforcement source declined to say how much damage Capt. Yee may have inflicted on the U.S. war against Osama bin Laden's global terror network."
They continue to use our own humanity against us.

9:50 AM: 
U.S. soldier kills tiger in Baghdad, and this is news exactly why? Everyone has killed the Tigers this year.

9:17 AM: 
CONFUSED CLARK CALLS RETREAT ON HAWK TALK:
"Because of his military credentials, Clark has been seen as the ideal running mate for vice president, but his nightmare campaign kickoff could put that in serious doubt as well.

On Thursday, Clark raised eyebrows by telling reporters on his campaign plane about the resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq: 'I probably would have voted for it.'

That startled some supporters, who assumed he was antiwar from his remarks as a TV talking head.

But in same interview on the plane, he wasn't clear, saying a minute later, 'I don't know whether I would have or not. I've said it both ways.'

In fact, he had so much trouble sorting out his position that he called out for reinforcements to press secretary Mary Jacoby, yelling: 'Mary, help!' "
Help! You know I need somebody! Not just anybody! You know I need someone! Help!

9:06 AM: 
Cynthia Tucker thinks that Clark's entry frightens GOP:
"Already, Bush's borrowed flight suit has been sullied by the increasingly hazardous situation in Iraq. But when Clark announced his candidacy last week, the calculus of the presidential campaign changed instantly. Now, Bush will find himself compared with a West Point graduate who not only was decorated in Vietnam but who also led a successful military campaign in Kosovo with the cooperation of international allies. "
It is amazing just how out-of-touch with the average middle class American liberals are. Tucker has absolutely no clue as to what will resonate with voters.

Wesley Clark's candidacy may end up being the biggest fiasco the Democrats have had in recent memory.


Thursday, September 18, 2003

6:20 AM: 
W. DRUBS ALL DEMS IN SURVEY:
"President Bush holds a comfortable lead over Democratic 2004 wannabes - as well as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton - in a poll released yesterday. Bush holds a 15-point lead over Democratic front-runner Howard Dean and a 10-point lead over Clinton as well as double-digit leads over other Democratic contenders according to Quinnipiac University's national poll."
You would think, for all the press the Democrats have been getting, that they would be closer.

6:19 AM: 
W. DRUBS ALL DEMS IN SURVEY:
"President Bush holds a comfortable lead over Democratic 2004 wannabes - as well as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton - in a poll released yesterday. Bush holds a 15-point lead over Democratic front-runner Howard Dean and a 10-point lead over Clinton as well as double-digit leads over other Democratic contenders according to Quinnipiac University's national poll."
You would think, for all the press the Democrats have been getting, that they would be closer.

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

8:01 PM: 
John Burns: 'There Is Corruption in Our Business' is a compelling piece about the media and Iraq:
"We now know that this place was a lot more terrible than even people like me had thought. There is such a thing as absolute evil. I think people just simply didn't recognize it. They rationalized it away. I cannot tell you with what fury I listened to people tell me throughout the autumn that I must be on a kamikaze mission. They said it with a great deal of glee, over the years, that this was not a place like the others."
There is a reason Howard Dean, who has latched onto the anti-war left to propell himself into the limelight, will never be President. This article, which is not about him at all, shows why.

Monday, September 15, 2003

9:52 AM: 
Oh man, did I have an ugly week. Let's cringe and look at the videotape.

I took the Falcons, giving 2.5. I lost.
This was a three star. I lost again.
And again.
I took the Lions, getting 6.5. I lost.
I took the Titans, getting 1.5. I lost.
I took the Steelers, getting 3.5. I lost.
I took the 49ers, getting 2.5. I lost.
That one was a two star. I lost again.
I took the Texans, getting 7.5. I lost.

So after the first six games I picked, I was 0-9. Sweet.

I took the Dolphins, giving 2.5. I won. Finally.
I took the Bills, giving 2.5. I won. A three star, so I won thrice.

I took the Browns, getting 2.5. I lost.
I took the Bucs, giving 9.4. I lost.

I took the Seahawks, giving 4.5. I won.
I took the Broncos, giving 2.5. I won.

I took the Eagles, giving 5.5. I lost.
I took the Raiders, giving 12.5. I lost.

I took the Vikings, giving 8.5. I won.

Ugly, ugly, ugly. 7-13 in plays this week. Ow. That means that for the day, I was down a whopping 7.3 units, putting me down 8.2 units on the year. My worst start for a season ever (and aren't I so glad I started posting my picks for all to see this year! Not!).

Sunday, September 14, 2003

11:21 PM: 
Something Stronger Than Arnold On The Ballot:
"Two of the major reasons many businesses leave the state are high taxes and the dire infrastructure. Power is inadequate; there have been only two new power plants built in the state during the last 30 years. Beaches are closed due to raw sewage in our oceans, state parks look pathetic, health services are in turmoil, our courts and prisons are overwhelmed, our higher education is no longer 'higher,' our transportation system is overcrowded and poorly maintained (in spite of a quadrupled Bay Area population in the last five decades, there have been no new transbay bridges built during that period) and our water resources are primarily relying on overtaxed systems built some 80 years ago. Welcome to California. You get all this, and higher taxes, too. "
Liberalism comes alive.