Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Bushie State of the Union Preview

Osam bin Laden's #2 man, Ayman Al-Zawahri has reappeared in a new video in which he threatens new U.S. attacks. Yet again, amazing timing. Bushie's numbers are still in the toilet and there are Republicans who have questions about his illegal spying. No doubt Bush will use it in his State of the Union to scare Americans again.

Here is a preview of Bushie's speech tonight (think about it in his fake Texas twang voice):

My fellow Americans, the state of our union is strong. I love the troops. Freedom is on the march. We are at still at war and I am Commander-in-Chief. Osama bin Laden. 9/11. Osama bin Laden. 9/11. Osama bin Laden. 9/11. The terrorists are scary and still want to attack us every day. We need personal health savings accounts, tax cuts and candy for everyone. The economy is growing but I know energy costs are too high. My solution - personal energy savings accounts. Gas prices a problem? Personal gas savings accounts. Social security is a problem, we'll do something. I'll probably propose personal retirement accounts again.

Remember, freedom is marching in Iraq. Democracy for all. I love the troops. bin Laden, bin Laden, bin Laden, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11. Blah Blah Blah.

I love you all. God bless America.

Latest Bush Poll

Bush is still at a 39% approval level. Pathetic.

Day 1603!

Monday, January 30, 2006

Bushie Borrowing

No surprise here, Federal borrowing will hit an all time high at $188 billion for the first quarter.

You gotta hand it to Bushie and the Republicans. They cut taxes and instead of controlling spending they just borrow more. Every time they hit the Federal debt ceiling they just raise the ceiling. The Republicans are going to have to raise it again by March so that the government can operate.

Just look at the horrible accumulation of debt under Bushie. It is now at about $8.2 trillion - up from about $5.7 trillion when he took office. But hey, Bushie says he is doing a heckuva job with the economy so let's believe him. Yeah right!

Super Bowl Early Line

I cannot believe how much the media is fawning all over the Steelers. They are playing well, but come on. Five weeks ago they were in serious danger of not making the playoffs. If Carson Palmer does not get hurt who knows if they even get past the Wild Card Round, but the fact is they have played really well the last two games.

The Seahawks are getting very little respect and they played well all year. Great offense, great running game, and very quick and solid defense. I like the Steelers, but my early prediction is the Seahawks in a close, exciting Super Bowl. As the week progresses I may change my mind.

Middle East Democracy

You gotta love Bushie and Condi. They forced Abbas to hold Palestinian elections (which he had delayed once and wanted to delay further) and then were surprised that the democratic process ended with Hamas in charge. In Egypt, Iran, and Iraq the democratic process ended with radical Islamic candidates/parties making gains. So our solution is to threaten to cut off aid to the new Palestinian government. This will do nothing to improve U.S. standing in the region and could allow China, Russia, Iran and other nations hostile to the U.S. to exert political power in the region. The geopolitical impacts of this disaster will be far ranging. To the American consumer it is likely to further put pressure at the gas pump.

Bushies and Neocons who believe that forcing democracy will magically make people peaceful and pro-American are seeing proof of their foolishness.

American Debt

The personal savings rate of Americans is now negative. This is the first time this has happened since 1933 and the Great Depression. With 70 percent of the U.S. GDP tied to consumer spending people should be prepared for a major hit to the overall economy. Energy, food, education, and health care costs are through the roof and with the housing boom slowing there is no fundamental reason to believe the economy is on track. We saw a major surprise in the economic growth rate last week when GDP growth dropped to 1.1 percent. The size of the dip was surprising to me, but the fact that it dipped was not a surprise.

Of course Bushie keeps saying everything is dandy. Believe him if you want, but we will see soon enough.

Day 1602!

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Hagel on Terrorism and Abramoff

Republican Senator Chuck Hagel was on "The Week" today and pointed out a fact that I think all Americans should consider. National Security is not a Republican or Democratic issue - it is an American issue. Terrorists do not consider party affiliation when they attack. When Republican hacks like Karl Rove stand up and accuse Democrats of being for terrorist rights he does this country a great disservice. Aside from being ridiculously false, it is about as divisive a comment as he can make. To accuse any other American that they support terrorism if they are not Republican is simply horrible and it ensures that the dialogue between members of the two parties will be contentious. This hurts us all in the end.

Hagel also called for Bushie to release information about his dealings with disgraced GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff. But he is not the only Republican who thinks the president should level with the American people.

Day 1601!

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Day 1600!

Osama bin Forgotten attacked us 1600 days ago. Bushie has still not "smoked him out." Pathetic.

However, he still loves to use Osama to whip up fear in the hearts of Americans and then pretend that he is saving us from disaster. This week in his visit to the NSA Bushie said, "Now, I understand there's some in America who say, well, this can't be true there are still people willing to attack. All I would ask them to do is listen to the words of Osama bin Laden and take him seriously. When he says he's going to hurt the American people again, or try to, he means it."

First of all, who says there aren't people willing to attack? Second, why hasn't he made it a priority to get Osama. He is not providing leadership he is fear mongering for political gain. FDR famously said, the "only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Whenever the polls dip or he faces a scandal, Bushie says, "9/11, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Osama bin Laden" to scare Americans.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Bushie Admits He Broke the Law

This is from the transcript of Bushie's press conference yesterday:

Q: Mr. President, though -- this is a direct follow up to that -- the FISA law was implemented in 1978 in part because of revelations that the National Security Agency was spying domestically. What is wrong with that law if you feel you have to circumvent it and, as you just admitted, expand presidential power?

THE PRESIDENT: May I -- if I might, you said that I have to circumvent it. There -- wait a minute. That's a -- there's something -- it's like saying, you know, you're breaking the law. I'm not. See, that's what you've got to understand. I am upholding my duty, and at the same time, doing so under the law and with the Constitution behind me. That's just very important for you to understand.

Secondly, the FISA law was written in 1978. We're having this discussion in 2006. It's a different world. And FISA is still an important tool. It's an important tool. And we still use that tool. But also -- and we -- look -- I said, look, is it possible to conduct this program under the old law? And people said, it doesn't work in order to be able to do the job we expect us to do.

And so that's why I made the decision I made. And you know, "circumventing" is a loaded word, and I refuse to accept it, because I believe what I'm doing is legally right.


He says he did not circumvent the law, but after his hemming, hawing, and stammering if you actually follow his words he says he couldn't do the job he needed to do under FISA so he decided to ignore it. Bushie actually admitted that he broke the law.

U.S. Holding Wives Hostage

This is utter nonsense. There are cases where the U.S. military is holding wives of suspected insurgents hostage. Not the way you win over the hearts of minds of Iraqis. This invites kidnappings by insurgents. Think about it, if you are a suspected insurgent are you going to turn yourself in so that you can be tortured and perhaps killed, or do you kidnap a western journalist or civilian and try to "negotiate" release you your wife?

Sean Taylor in Trouble

Facing 46 years in prison? Not a good sign. Although, I suspect it is an effort by prosecutors to force a plea.

Great player, but whether or not he is convicted and goes to prison he needs to get his act together.

Economy Slowing

The 4th quarter GDP grew by only 1.1 percent on an annualized basis which was a complete shock to economists. This may be an anomoly, but there is no question it is a very bad sign. Without strong economic growth it will be very difficult to continue to service the incredible deficits and debt that we have accumulated under Bushie. There will be impacts to interest rates and government programs, as well as the overall size of the deficit, in the short to mid term as a result of a slowing GDP. Let's see what happens.

Day 1599!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Bushie Foreign Policy

Bushie's ambassador to India basically threatened that a nuclear deal between India and the U.S. would fall through if India did not vote with the U.S. to bring Iran before the U.N. Security Council. Aside from just being an empty B.S. threat (the deal will go through because it makes sense for both countries), it is ridiculous if you are trying to build better relations with the world's biggest democracy.

It should not have to be said, but instead of threatening - use diplomacy and discussions out of public view. Man, what kind of sham operation are they running in the State Department? I guess Condi thought it would be a good idea, but she forgot that India does not answer to Bushie.

Saddam Suing Bush

and Tony Blair for destroying Iraq. He may actually have a case. Another sign that we are living in Bizarro World.

Warrants - Too Much Paperwork

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was asked why the Bushies don't just follow the law and get warrants for their illegal spying operations. He responded that there is an ". . . often misunderstood provision in FISA that allows for so-called "emergency authorizations" of surveillance for 72 hours without a court order. But in order to initiate surveillance even under a FISA emergency authorization, it is not enough to rely on the best judgment of our intelligence officers alone. Those intelligence officers have to get the sign-off of lawyers at the NSA that all provisions of FISA have been satisfied, then lawyers in the Department of Justice would have to be similarly satisfied, and finally as Attorney General I have to be satisfied that the search meets FISA's requirements. All of this must happen before I can authorize even an emergency wiretap under FISA. And then we would have to be prepared to follow up with a full FISA application within the 72 hours - a cumbersome task."

So basically the Attorney General of the United States of America, the man who is supposed to enforce the laws of the land, does not think the President of the United States should follow the law because it is too much trouble. I think we are now officially in Bizarro World.

Day 1598!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Bushie on bin Laden

In a speech at the NSA Bushie said Americans should take Osama bin Laden seriously when he says he's going to attack again. It is just so convenient that bin Laden provided an audiotape just when Bushie needed it to try to explain his illegal wiretapping program. We're closing in on 1600 days without catching bin Laden, and I find it just amazing how bin Laden appears when Bushie needs him most.

In a letter to Bushie, Senators Harry Reid, Edward Kennedy, Richard Durbin and Russ Feingold wrote, "If you or officials in your administration believe that FISA, or any law, does not give you enough authority to combat terrorism, you should propose changes in the law to Congress. You may not simply disregard the law."

Under FISA, Bushie can wiretap people who are receiving calls from terror suspects in other countries - as he says he is doing right now - but he has to get a warrant from the secret court that oversees these cases. If he has the authority with a warrant, why won't he just get a warrant? It is the law and he is not following the law. We just don't know what he is doing because there is no court oversight or congressional oversight. It is basically Bushie's law. Given how badly he has screwed up on other things I don't think there is any reason to trust his judgement.

Bushie Response to Cutting $12.7B from Student Loans

This was an actual exchange between Bushie and a student at Kansas State University at his appearance on Monday:

Q Hi, I just want to get your comments about education. Recently, $12.7 billion was cut from education, and I was just wondering how that's supposed to help our futures? (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Education budget was cut -- say it again. What was cut?

Q Twelve point seven billion dollars was cut from education, and I was just wondering how is that supposed to help our --

THE PRESIDENT: At the federal level?

Q Yes.

THE PRESIDENT: I don't think that -- I don't think we've actually -- for higher education? Student loans?

Q Yes, student loans.

THE PRESIDENT: Actually, I think what we did was reform the student loan program. We're not cutting money out of it. In other words, people aren't going to be cut off the program. We're just making sure it works better. Part of the reconciliation package, I think she's talking about. Yes, it's a reform of the program to make sure it functions better. It is -- in other words, we're not taking people off student loans, we're saving money in the student loan program because it's inefficient. And so I think the thing to look at is whether or not there will be fewer people getting student loans. I don't think so. And, secondly, on Pell grants, we're actually expanding the number of Pell grants through our budget.

Its as simple as this - Bushie has given a $27 billion tax cut to people making more than $200,000 (no benefit of the cut to people making less) and is burning money in Iraq, so to help pay for it he is cutting funding for student loans by almost $13 billion. That is a pathetic fact.

It's Go Time Iran!

Many members of Congress want to take military action against Iran. Hold your horses tough guys. Unfortunately, Bushie's jaunt into Iraq has our military stretched to its limit. We cannot talk tough with Iran because we really cannot back up the threat of an invasion. The instability in Iraq makes it darn near impossible to successfully manage a military strike because it may inflame the majority Shiites in Iraq to raise arms against the U.S.

Village People Policeman Troubles

Victor Willis, the original policeman in '70s disco band the Village People, skipped a court hearing where he was due to be sentenced on drug and gun charges. You would think the guy would be getting some kind of royalty on "YMCA" but he apparently was living in a trailer park and obviously had some legal issues.

A Root Problem of Political Bias

A new study shows that brain activity of political folks from both parties who are given information that is contrary to their political views is limited. In other words, people not only don't want to hear contrarian information, but their brain does not allow them to do so.

It could explain why people from both parties just yell at each other rather than actually engage in debate.

Katrina continued

No surprise here - Bushie does not want to cooperate with Congress in their investigations of the government response, or non-response, to Hurricane Katrina.

Day 1597!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Not Surprising

A sobering report on the state of the U.S. military shows that it is at the breaking point as a result of Iraq. Nice work Bushie!

The Bushie Economy

Ford is cutting 30,000 jobs, Toys R Us is closing 75 stores, OfficeMax is closing 110 stores, Home Depot is slowing its expansion. What is going on? I thought the economy was just great.

Bushie projects a $400 billion deficit for this fiscal year. I cringe to think what it would be if we had a bad economy.

Well at least Bushie is watching out for the oppressed people in the United States who make more than $200,000/year. Ninety seven percent of the 2006 Bushie tax cuts will go to them. People making less than $75,000/year get nothing, and those between $75,000 and $100,000 will get a whopping $1 tax cut. I am not making this up which is sad.

Way to go Bushie!

Day 1596!

Monday, January 23, 2006

Kobe!

Cannot stand the guy, but 81 points? That is unreal. Some may say he is selfish, but he shot better than 50 percent (including from 3-point range) and his team won. Cannot fault him for taking control of a game in which the Lakers were down by as much as 20 in the second half.

Frankly, the Raptors should be ashamed. I don't care how "in the zone" a guy is, you have to slow him down and let others beat you.

Day 1595!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Seahawks vs. Steelers

Love the Super Bowl matchup. Frankly, I cannot lose because I like both teams. I think Seattle will roll, although I think I would like to see the Steelers win. I may change my mind as we get closer to the game.

Oops!

Bushie and Abramoff in pictures together. Bushie says he does not know the disgraced lobbyist even though the guy was super well known among Republican circles and raised more than $100,000 for Bushie's reelection campaign.

Day 1594!

Friday, January 20, 2006

NFL Picks

I am still down and out because of the Bears. My picks are Seattle and Denver. Home field advantage will help, but both teams are the superior teams in each game.

Absolutely Pathetic

U.S. college graduates do not have basic skills. They do not understand such things as credit card offers or how to balance a checkbook. This is the product of an education system that focuses on memorizing for tests rather than learning to think independently.

Thomas Jefferson said:

"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government."

and

"I know of no safe repository of the ultimate power of society but the people. And if we think them not enlightened enough, the remedy is not to take power from them, but to inform them by education."

We are rapidly becoming a nation of burger flippers who accede to the will of government because we are too stupid to know any better or understand what is going on.

Day 1592!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Surprise Surprise

A new bin Laden tape. Bushie is probably happy because his poll numbers are in the gutter and this will allow him to conjure up the memories of 9/11.

Crazy Cannibal

This guy found a person who wanted to be eaten! There are some really sick people out there - in this case there was a cannibal and a willing victim.

Captain Kirk's Kidney Stone

Sold for $25,000. Man, people will buy anything.

Day 1591!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Bushie Spending!

The Cato Institute, a conservative think tank, has compiled a list of the biggest spending presidents of all time. Guess who is #1.

With a projected $400 billion deficit for 2006 and over $8 trillion in debt, at least Bushie is taking care of the oppressed Americans who make more than $200,000/year. About 97 percent of the Bushie tax cuts go toward those above that income level, with 54 percent going to those making more than $1 million/year.

To help control the deficit, Republicans are cutting such things as Medicaid, food stamps for legal immigrants, federal aid for student loans, child support enforcement programs and some subsidies for farmers. Oh, but those tax cuts for the rich are staying put.

Ricky Martin Nonsense

The guy is mad that people think it is weird that he likes to give "golden showers." Even if you like to do it, keep it to yourself. Most people do not think it is normal to enjoy urinating on others. Ricky, I don't get why you are surprised.

Bushie, Bushie, Bushie!

April 20, 2004 in Buffalo, NY, Bushie said, ". . . any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires -- a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so."

Of course, now we know that he authorized the NSA to tap and listen to Americans without a wiretap. The guy is such a liar.

His first reaction was, "We always got a warrant." Then it was "We are at war and it is a limited program." Now it seems to be "Clinton did it too." (Which is false).

Day 1590!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Great Gore Speech

I know it sounds ridiculous given Gore's past delivery style, but he gave an impassioned speech yesterday in front of an audience of 3000 people in DC. He took Bushie to task about his illegal wiretaps and legal transgressions.

Here is one particularly poignant quote:

". . . the President has also declared that he has a heretofore unrecognized inherent power to seize and imprison any American citizen that he alone determines to be a threat to our nation, and that, notwithstanding his American citizenship, the person imprisoned has no right to talk with a lawyer - even to argue that thePresident or his appointees have made a mistake and imprisoned the wrong person.

The President claims that the can imprison American citizens indefinitely for the rest of their lives without an arrest warrant, without notifying them about what charges have been filed against them, and without informing their families that they have been imprisoned."

The fact that we are at war against terrorists does not give Bushie the right to break the law. I just wish more Americans could see the danger of allowing such activities.

Bushie Wiretapping

All Americans - Republican, Democrat or other - should be outraged by Bushie's illegal wiretapping and electronic surveillance programs. It is a clear violation of the 1978 FISA, so it is against the law. Bushie lovers are out saying that Clinton did it also. This is just Republican talking point nonsense and is not true. There is no evidence Clinton broke the law, all of his NSA-authorized wiretaps had proper warrants.

However, let's say it were true (even though it is not). Then impeach Clinton. Oh, wait he is no longer president. I guess we should turn our eyes to Bushie. There is no legitimate legal defense in saying "Clinton did it so it must be OK." I hand it to the Republicans for their hypocrisy. They screemed "Rule of Law" and the Republican House impeached Clinton for his Monica fiasco, but then they are basically saying that Bushie can break the law because Clinton broke the law. What a joke.

Bear Misery!

I am still reeling from the Bears loss. I cannot believe how poorly the defense played - worst game of the year for a group that I thought was one of the best ever. Obviously not, given their performance. Offensively, I thought Rex did a good job after about the first quarter. Certainly, I would have thought 21 points would have been enough. I did not expect them to make the Super Bowl, but I did expect them to get to Seattle. A great year wasted. At least I am not a Colts fan.

Day 1589!

Sunday, January 15, 2006

I've been saying this for a year

Bushie's economic plan is to basically just spend, spend, spend, and borrow money to pay for it. He has created the largest deficits in history and it will have significant negative effects on the nation.

Good night Redskins!

Rest thy weary bodies and sleep. Good season, surprised me, particularly the last 6 weeks. Seattle was just clearly a superior team. The offseason needs are pretty clear - receiver(s) and offensive line depth. They could probably use another cornerback. I am not a fan of Brunell and think he was weak the last few weeks of the season.

Day 1587!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Dr. Z's and My Predictions

OK, OK we will have to see, but Dr. Z. picks the Seahawks, Bears, Colts, and Patriots this week. I think all the home teams will win and the Patriots and Brady's incredible run in the playoffs will be over.

If I were the Panthers, I would play a very conservative game and try to make Grossman make the costly error. I expect a lot of punts and a heavy dose of the running game by both teams. However, I do think the Bears defense is loose and ready to play and I think Grossman will make just enough plays for the Bears to win.

Seattle is quite simply the best team in the NFC. They were undefeated at home and they have a great offense - running and passing. The Redskins played an inspired game on defense last week, but they are still banged up and Seattle's offense is not Tampa's offense. The Tampa defense is much better, but other than the Giants game, I don't think Brunell has played well the last few weeks and Portis is still a little banged up. I expect Seattle to win comfortably.

Indy will not have any trouble with the Steelers. They just played about a month ago and it was clear the Steelers were overmatched. The Colts might be a bit rusty and their timing might be a bit off given the fact that they have not had to play a meaningful game in about a month, as well as the Dungy family situation. The rust will come off by the second quarter and the Colts will roll.

Denver has a great running game and Plummer does not make mistakes. Their defense is solid. The Patriots have great defense and Tom Brady. I give the edge to Denver because they are at home and I think Shanahan will outduel Belichek. This should be a close game.

$400 billion deficit

Bushie's team announced that the budget deficit for this year will be $400 billion. Their goal is to work hard and do a heckuva job so they can cut the deficit in half by 2009. Wow!

Oh yeah, the last year Clinton was in office there was no deficit. There was a $240 billion surplus.

Veto Power

I came across a pretty interesting stat regarding presidential vetoes. Bushie has not vetoed a single bill - NOT EVEN ONE. Not since Warren Harding's 6 vetoes have we seen a president with so few. The last five presidents all had significant numbers of vetoes: Clinton (37), Bush Sr. (44), Reagan (78), Carter (31), Ford (66).

Makes you wonder if he even reads or cares about the legislation that comes across his desk. This is how we end up with a bill that included spending $250 million for an Alaska bridge that connects to an island of 50 people. I guess he is too busy spying on Americans to really do his job.

We're at War!

When will people get off the back of Bushie? He is the president and is above the law. He is the only one that can protect us and I hope he keeps on insisting that he has the power to authorize government snooping of citizens without warrants. I hope he just rounds up every American and gives us all lie detector tests. If you are not guilty of anything why worry?

Day 1584!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Huh?

The war has been going on for some time. Now the troops are getting body armor.

Day 1583!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Hypocrisy: Bushie Style

Bushie actually said this in a speech today to the Veterans of Foreign Wars: "Compromise and consensus and power-sharing are the only path to national unity and lasting democracy."

He was talking about his Iraq policy and the comment was aimed at Iraqis. Bushie should actually think about his own words and what they mean for the U.S.

$2 Trillion!

The estimated cost of the Iraq War. That is about $6500 for every man, woman, and child in America. Thank you Bushie!

Day 1582!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Oh Marcus!

He must really want to lower his draft position. Marcus Vick pulled a gun on some teenagers and was arrested for it. What an idiot!

Another Milestone in Iraq

With the downing of a Black Hawk helicopter, the number of American soldiers killed in Iraq topped 2200. When will the madness end?

Day 1581!

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Redskins Win Ugly!

Congrats to Redskin fans. Great defensive battle. As I have said (and experienced as a Bears fan) all year, winning ugly is just as good as winning. You may be sacrificial lambs for the Seahawks next week, but at least you will always have this magical night in Tampa.

Personally, I think Marcus Washington was tagged down on that second touchdown right when he picked up the fumble, but those are the breaks. Tampa certainly had enough opportunities at the end of the game but could not get past a very good Redskin defense.

Nice to see LaVar have a good game given his poor treatment by the team throughout the year. Sean Taylor is a talent, but he certainly was not very sportsmanlike - good call by the ref to kick him out.

Day 1579!

Friday, January 06, 2006

WOW!

Marcus Vick was kicked off the Virginia Tech football team. It is good to see a program do what is right. I think it will be good for him personally as a man. He needs to clean his act up and get serious about his life. They guy has talent and can still turn it around, but it is up to him.

Weekend NFL Picks

Should be an interesting weekend with some pretty good games on tap. Here are my picks:

Tampa Bay will beat the Redskins at home. I like the Redskins' effort the last five weeks and would pick them if they were at home, but they aren't. It will be close for the first half, but the Bucs will pull away with a couple of big plays. Of note, last time they met, Sean Taylor and Cadillac did not play. Taylor is clearly a difference maker and should help an injury-plagued secondary. Cadillac should find some running room and improve the passing lanes for Simms. The teams are well matched, but Brunell is banged up and Portis' shoulder may be dinged and could have some impact.

Giants will win at home. Carolina's offense is not consistent enough to outscore a very solid Giants offense.

New England will beat Jacksonville. I don't like the benching of Garrard in favor of Leftwich. Garrard is 5-1 and is playing well. Leftwich was not exactly tearing it up when he was injured. The cold weather won't help Jacksonville either.

Pittsburgh will roll up on Cincy. Cincy's run defense is porous and Pittsburgh has been playing well the last few weeks.

Interestingly, the experts are mixed. The CBS Sportsline staff is pretty much split on all the games. The SI guys favor New England and Washington in their games and are split on the other games.

Iraq Thoughts

Again we see that Iraq is a mess. So much for the election helping. It was the fourth deadliest day for American soldiers since the fall of Saddam with 11 troops killed. That brings the total number of American soldiers very close to 2200.

Also, check out the cost to American taxpayers.

Of course it was also a bloody day for Iraqis with 135 killed in various bombings. People can say what they want but it is a civil war. There is sectarian violence between Shiites and Sunnis that looks like it will continue to escalate.

Hey Iraq, we made sure that you no longer have reliable electricity, water, heat. We have destroyed your infrastructure - roads, bridges, buildings, oil production. We do not provide adequate security so looting, rape, murder is still rampant and civil war is now upon you. Bushie has also basically abandoned the reconstruction effort (no new funds) because Halliburton is now working to rebuild the Gulf Coast after Katrina. But hey Iraqis, be sure to thank us for your freedom. Enjoy.

Day 1578!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Vince Young is a god!

Last night, I watched the single greatest performance by any quarterback in any game ever. On the biggest stage with the best players on the field, Vince was clearly the best player on the field. He was unbelievable and he single handedly beat a very good USC team.

Day 1577!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

O'Reilly vs. Dave

Letterman had that idiot blowhard O'Reilly on last night and called him on some of the nonsense he spouts out of his piehole every night. Click on the link on the Letterman webpage.

I really enjoyed the last part of the interview where he told O'Reilly, "I have the feeling that about 60 percent of what you say is crap."

Rex Factor and the 'Skins

This is exactly what I think about the Bears. Rex does not have to be good, just good enough.

Seattle has to be the team to beat in the NFC, and the Redskins have little chance to make the Super Bowl. Great year for Gibbsy - surprised a lot of people - but it will end this week.

Day 1576!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

More NFL Thoughts

Redskins are 2.5 point underdogs - pretty good given that the home team gets 3 points. I agree totally with Chris Carter's analysis and prediction that the Bucs will beat the Redskins.

JD must be chugging down malt liquor like there is no tomorrow when he claims that the Bears are the worst 11-5 team in history and that teams are scared to play the Redskins. I have no idea what he is talking about. Check out Charles Robinson's rankings and reasoning.

Day 1575!

Monday, January 02, 2006

Bushie, Bushie, Bushie

It is clear that Bushie knowingly broke the law in violation of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. We are supposed to be a country of laws - isn't that why we are fighting in Iraq?

Bushie defended his illegal spying by saying it is "limited" and said that the NSA program only "listens to a few numbers called from the outside of the United States and of known al Qaeda or affiliate people . . . If somebody from al Qaeda is calling you, we'd like to know why." But that is just B.S., because the White House admitted that the NSA is also listening in to Americans speaking within this country, without court order.

It was such a clear violation of law that his Attorney General refused to sign off on the program.

We can only hope that there are Republicans in congress who actually believe in American values and the rights of citizens. Without them, there won't be any hearings or action against the White House.

NFL Thoughts

First, congrats to the Redskins. They had to win 5 in a row and they did - much to my surprise. I still do not like their QB situation, and certainly the injuries to the secondary are a problem, but they found ways to win when they needed to.

Bears probably should have played Grossman for at least a half, but he got hurt in Minnesota and there is probably some mental concerns at play here. The Bears will be ready to play in Chicago two weeks from now.

The way Tice was fired by the Vikings sucks. They should have at least waited until today, and probably should have brought him back for one more year.

Not really NFL news, but Maurice Clarett appears to have been a real idiot over the weekend.

Day 1573!