Thursday, August 31, 2006

NFL

Last games tonight for Bears and Redskins. I don't think we will learn anything more about the teams because the first teamers will be largely sitting out. At the end of pre-season there are still questions for both teams, but Week 1 is almost here and these questions will be answered soon enough.

Day 1815!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

More Bushie

Some more with Brian Williams:

WILLIAMS: The folks who say you should have asked for some sort of sacrifice from all of us after 9/11, do they have a case looking back on it?

BUSHIE: Americans are sacrificing. I mean, we are. You know, we pay a lot of taxes. America sacrificed when they, you know, when the economy went into the tank. Americans sacrificed when, you know, air travel was disrupted. American taxpayers have paid a lot to help this nation recover. I think Americans have sacrificed.

This is just unbelievable and simply not true. Americans have not sacrificed. The wealthy have gotten huge tax cuts in this time of war. Tell it to the families of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq that Americans have been asked to sacrifice.

Bushie w/Brian Williams

NBC News anchor Brian Williams had an interesting interview with Bushie. Here is one of the more interesting exchanges:

WILLIAMS: Do you have any moments of doubt that we fought a wrong war? Or that there's something wrong with the perception of America overseas?

BUSHIE: Well those are two different questions, did we fight the wrong war, and absolutely -- I have no doubt -- the war came to our shores, remember that. We had a foreign policy that basically said, let's hope calm works. And we were attacked.

WILLIAMS: But those weren't Iraqis.

BUSH : They weren’t, no, I agree, they weren't Iraqis, nor did I ever say Iraq ordered that attack, but they're a part of, Iraq is part of the struggle against the terrorists. Now in terms of image, of course I worry about American image. We are great at TV, and yet we are getting crushed on the PR front. I personally do not believe that Saddam Hussein picked up the phone and said, “al-Qaida, attack America.”

Why are we in Iraq again? Oh yeah, Bushie chose to invade a country without understanding anything about Sunnis and Shia differences. There were no WMDs and the magical pixie dust Cheney said he had that was going to create a pro-U.S. Jeffersonian democracy didn't work.

Day 1814!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

JASON LIVES!

(of Friday the 13th fame)

Jason is back in the form of Jeff George. Unbelievable.

Day 1813!

Monday, August 28, 2006

China's Ecomomic Power

Good article on China's growing financial power in the world. They basically own a large part of the U.S. and they sell us more products every day. While we putz around in Iraq, we pay for it by borrowing from the Chinese. That is Bushie-nomics.

NFL Preseason Picks from Last Year

Last year, "NFL expert" Charles Robinson made some interesting predictions. In today's NFL, anything can happen from year to year. My own view is that the Redskins are going to be similar to last year's Eagles or Falcons - high expectations and poor results.

Day 1812!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Bears and Redskins

Bears yet again looked solid. Still some trouble with Grossman, but Griese again looked good against second-teamers. The fans in Chicago are starting to call for Griese. Lovie still is going with Rex, but we'll see.

Redskins - sucked. QB and O-line were again problems, but the D and special teams were terrible.

Day 1811!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

LIEberman Going Down

As I expected, LIEberman is losing support. He is going to get trounced if he stays in the race and he will have shredded whatever dignity he has left (which isn't much).

Bushie Loves to Fart . . .

and tell fart jokes. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the President of the United States.

Day 1808!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

LIEberman-Lamont Update

Turns out the race is much closer.

Lamont - LIEberman Polling

LIEberman was up by more than 20 points back in February and he looked to be in good shape for re-election. However, as Iraq goes, so goes his support - and things are not going well in Iraq.

He lost to Lamont in the Democratic primary and is now running as an independent party candidate - the guy just wants to hold power. Among the general Connecticut electorate (Democrats, Republicans, and independents), he had a 11 point lead on Lamont after the primary. But that is going to change over the next 2 months.

Iraq is not going to get better in the near term and as a result LIEberman is going down. The thing I don't like about him is that he is the de facto Republican candidate and is no longer a Democrat. If you don't abide by your party's state primary results, then you are no longer supporting your party, you are in it for yourself.

T.J. Duckett Coming To Town

I don't know if he is worth a third round pick - certainly not statistically. But, he is more in the mold of a Gibbs-type back. The problem is that Al Saunders now coaches the offense.

If the Redskins were smart, they would have traded for Matt Schaub or some offensive linemen instead. Their QB situation is horrible and their offensive line lacks depth.

Day 1807!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Bushie on 9/11-Iraq nonlink

Again from his press conference yesterday:

THE PRESIDENT: . . . The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East.

QUESTION: What did Iraq have to do with that?

THE PRESIDENT: What did Iraq have to do with what?

QUESTION: The attack on the World Trade Center?

THE PRESIDENT: Nothing, except for it's part of -- and nobody has ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack. Iraq was a -- the lesson of September the 11th is, take threats before they fully materialize, Ken. Nobody has ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were ordered by Iraq.

Bushie the Hypocrite

Here is a question posed to Bushie at his press conference yesterday morning:

QUESTION: Thank you very much. Mr. President, some pro-life groups are worried that your choice of FDA Commissioner will approve over the counter sales of Plan B, a pill that, they say, essentially can cause early-term abortions. Do you stand by this choice, and how do you feel about Plan B in general?

THE PRESIDENT: I believe that Plan B ought to be -- ought to require a prescription for minors, is what I believe. And I support Andy's decision.

They guy pulled out his veto pen to stop federal funding of stem cell research, but he supports over the counter sales of Plan B. His positions make no sense - somehow I am not surprised.

Bushie Approval "Surges"

USA Today/Gallup Poll shows Bushie's approval to be at 42 percent. Looks like the 5 percent of Americans who are easily scared by terrorist plots changed their view on Bushie after last week's terror scare in London.

My guess is that it will be short-lived as the economy slows and Iraq's civil war worsens, but we will see.

Day 1806!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Bears and Redskins

The second week of preseason games and here are my thoughts.

Bears - solid performance. Bears D looks to be in good shape against a solid Chargers offense (no LT). Special teams were great also. The offense continues to sputter. Benson and Thomas Jones sat out, so the running game was not in high gear. Grossman had an average night, and Griese threw another TD pass. A QB controversy could emerge, but as I have been saying the Bears will be better at QB this year which should improve the team.

Redskins - my analysis is that they are struggling to understand Saunders' offense. Of course Portis is out, but man, their offensive line looks weak and their QB play is even weaker. Their defense did not look good against a subpar Jets running game. They need to show some improvement this week, because they have looked terrible for two weeks straight.

Just another note. I am starting to lean toward the Eagles winning the East. McNabb has looked great in his limited action and they seem to be back in prime form.

Day 1804!

Friday, August 18, 2006

$8.5 trillion

Bushie has successfully sent the National Debt over $8.5 trillion for the first time ever - yeah! We will soon owe the Chinese even more!

Day 1802!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Troops are Fed Up in Iraq

Joint Chiefs Chair Peter Pace heard it in Iraq from soldiers who are openly frustrated. Who can blame them.

I see dead people . . .

Haley Joel Osmont got high and drunk. What happened?

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Rising Inflation

Yet again we see that inflation is creeping up. Don't be surprised to see rates rise again.

The National Debt again jumped to a new record today by almost $30 billion. It now stands at $8.49 trillion. Financing the debt is going to be extremely costly as interest rates continue to rise. It just means that there will be less for all other government spending. Watch and see how this problem compounds next year.

Thank you Bushie!

Koren Robinson

Had a chance to draft this guy late in our fantasy football draft. Wouldn't touch him because I knew he couldn't stay sober.

Day 1800!

We are now 1800 days past 9/11 and still no bin Laden. We do know that al Qaeda is alive and well and we also find ourselves fighting in Iraq. Our country is bankrupting itself under the President and the Middle East has clearly become more radicalized in the 5 years after 9/11. Simply incompetence on the part of Bushie.

Fountain of Youth Discovered!

David Copperfield has found it . . . yeah, riiiiight.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Iraq War Casualties and Costs

Now more than 2600 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq. Nearly 20,000 have been injured.

We have spent more than $300 billion with tens of billions more committed for this year alone.

All for nothing because Bushie built a strategy based on unrealistic best-case scenarios rather than reality. I mean the guy didn't even know there were two sects of Islam - Sunnis and Shiites - that would be at odds in Iraq just before our invasion. What a buffoon. It would be funny except that he committed U.S. troops without understanding the enemy, and to date more than 2600 soldiers have paid for his ignorance.

Another Bushie Debt Record!

He has successfully set another record for foreign holders of U.S. debt. The June 2006 figure just came out today and foreigners now hold $2.09 trillion of U.S. debt.

Japan, China, and OPEC hold half of that debt.

Day 1799!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Poll of Historical Presidents

Interesting poll results which further show Bushie's unpopularity.

Bushie's Freedom Continues its March

Wow, a particularly bloody day in Baghdad. I must say, if the goal of the invasion of Iraq was to bog us down and create the worst possible mess we could create, then Bushie can claim "Mission Accomplished!" He is responsible for creating the civil war which will end with the deaths of literally tens of thousands and perhaps hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis - many of them children. Let me be clear, I take no pleasure in saying this - but Bushie has really f**ked this one up.

To make matters worse, we have no military options for Iran because Iraq is such a mess. With Hamas in charge Palestine, and Hezbollah running Lebanon, the Bushie plan for the Middle East has been spectacularly horrible. Whoever the next President is is going to have one Hell of a mess to clean up - and I am not even going to talk about the nuclear weapons and missiles that North Korea has acquired/developed, or the issues that affect every American - gas prices, health care, education, the national debt, etc.

Unless things really change, Bushie will leave office as the worst and most unpopular President in the history of this nation. I truly and honestly hope I am wrong, because I'd like to see the United States stronger and not weaker, but Bushie has been nothing more than incompetent and don't see that changing. I mean really - this is a guy who lost his Daddy's and Daddy's friends' money running several oil companies into the ground in Texas. What can we expect?

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Preseason Bears and 'Skins Thoughts

Bears played an uninspired game in SF. First team defense looked good. First team offense struggled, primarily at QB. Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson sat out, but that does not excuse the struggles of Grossman. Griese looked sharp in his time with the second team (6 of 7, 134 yards, 2 TDs), but it is still early. However, my overall feeling is the Bears will be better on offense because they are better at QB. No major injuries.

Redskins. First team defense was very good, particularly against the run. The QB play was horrible - especially Todd Collins. Jason Campbell looked fairly good (except the interception) but it was against weaker talent. I like his arm strength, but his release seems slow to me. That said, he may have some promise. If I were a 'Skins fan I would be worried about what appears to be a more fundamental problem - a weak offensive line. There is little depth (which is a problem in and of itself), and it seemed to me that they could not protect and they could not open any holes - certainly Joe Bugel has some work to do. The injury to Portis may be trouble.

More Iraqi "Progress"

As if things weren't bad enough, there isn't enough gas to go around. Because we cannot ensure adequate supply the country remains in turmoil, the people become even more marginalized and terrorists are likely to be funding their operations through black market sales of gas. All of this puts our soldiers at further risk. Nice work Bushie!

Day 1798!

Good for Lamont

We need more Democratic candidates to stand up to the ridiculous charges that terrorists will be emboldened by their elections. The War on Terror is going to go on for generations and the idea that Bushie and the Republicans have done a great job and are the only ones suited to prosecute the War is simply foolish.

Day 1797!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Oh Oh! New Bushie Poll Numbers

Surprise surprise. They still suck.

Which is probably why the Republican Scare Machine, led by our fearless President, is in full force trying to frighten Americans. A real leader would bring the country together, instead you have a President who rules by stirring up fear, worry, and partisanship.

Be scared if you want, I'm going fishing.

Day 1796!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Bushie-nomics

This is a quote from Bushie today during his visit to Green Bay: "I also want to make it clear that Congress needs to keep the taxes low on the working people. I'd much rather have these people spend their own money than the government. We've got ample money in Washington to do what we need to do."

This is a joke. The government's bills are the people's bills. We are responsible for the government's debt. The "ample money" that he is referring to is borrowed cash from the Chinese, Japanese, and others. Bushie came into office with a huge budget surplus and at a time we when we were paying down the National Debt. His policies have exploded the budget deficit, National Debt, and our trade deficit.

Our National Debt has grown from $5.7 trillion to $8.5 trillion under Bushie. WE THE PEOPLE WILL BE PAYING THAT BACK WITH INTEREST.

Thoughts on Busted Terrorist Plot

It was great to see the Brits and Pakistanis conducting LAW ENFORCEMENT operations to bust up the terrorist plot. It wasn't a military operation that stopped the plot. It reminds me of how foolish our foray into Iraq is. While we are finding ourselves bleeding and burning borrowed Chinese cash in the middle of a civil war, al Qaeda and the Taliban are reconstituting themselves in Afghanistan. It has been almost 5 years and Osama bin Forgotten is still out there. That fact should be crystal clear given the scope and planning that went into this foiled plot.

I love the words of confidence Bushie offered, "It is a mistake to believe there is no threat to the United States of America." Who the heck is he talking to? Is there anyone out there who believes that terrorism will never strike within our borders again. In my opinion, it is just more of the same scare tactics to try to build personal support.

Look, we will never end terrorism in the world. It will continue to be a matter of remaining vigilant. People can live scared if they want, but I'd rather just enjoy my life. I'd also rather have someone who was a visionary leader, but I would settle for someone who was just plain competent in the White House. Perhaps the next President will define what our objectives are for winning the War on Terror - Bushie has yet to do that. Terror has always existed and will always exist.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Questioning 9/11

Interesting story about a growing group of academics who question the official story.

Day 1794!

Americans Losing Their Homes

Foreclosures are on the rise as rates rise. As the economy continues to slow, oil and energy prices rise, and the Bushie economic plan of accumulating more an more debt hits, rates will continue to rise in order to attract foreign (Chinese) investors to fund our deficits and debt. The number of foreclosures should continue to rise making for even more dissatisfaction with the direction of the country.

Good story at MSNBC about foreclosures.

Iraq War Poll

60 percent of Americans are now against the Iraq war. Anyone who thinks there is going to be more Americans who support the war in November is probably drinking with Robin Williams (hopefully he will get the help he needs).

Maurice - What R U Doing?

Looks like more legal trouble for Maurice Clarett.

Day 1793!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Another Bushie Record

$8.45 trillion National Debt (8/7/06). He has successfully bankrupted this country to a new level!

Floating Bed

This is kind of cool, but I bet the magnetic field will scramble your brain. But hey, anything for style.

Iraqi "Love"

Looks like Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki is mad at the U.S. for trying to take out one of the largest Shiite militias that has been operating as a death squad. Let's see, Maliki supports Hezbollah, there are huge Iraqi rallies against Israel and in support of Hezbollah, a civil war is ongoing and worsening, we are losing 2-4 soldiers a day, spending $6-8 billion a month, oh yeah, and there were no WMDs. Why are we in Iraq again?

I guess that is why Lieberman is likely to go down today.

Day 1792!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Republican Congressman Out

Bob Ney has decided to not run for re-election now that the Abramoff scandal has gotten closer to him. Not surprising.

$4/gallon gas

With 8 percent of U.S. oil production cut off, there will be a shock to the world oil market as traders figure it all out. If the problem is not an easy fix, prepare for $4/gallon.

NFL is Back!

I love it. Here are my early divisional picks:

NFC North - Chicago
NFC East - Giants
NFC South - Atlanta
NFC West - Seattle

AFC North - Pittsburgh
AFC East - New England
AFC South - Indy
AFC West - Denver

Toughest Division - AFC West
Easiest Division - NFC West

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Record National Debt

Congrats Bushie! Another record for our National Debt. My kids will thank you for forcing them to pay back the Chinese with interest.

I'm Back From Chicago (Again)

Spent another week in Chicago - had a great time.

Day 1791!