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Saturday, November 30, 2002

As Bart Simpson might say, my football picks have been "craptacular" this year. I did not do well this past weekend and I completely forgot to make my Thanksgiving day picks in time. I lost both those games by default. Oh well, I don't have any money riding on my picks like my friend Brooks does. He has a weekly thing with the people he works with and he's whooping my ass in the overall picks. He really does his homework. He studies the injury reports, watches the football highlight shows, and generally pays a lot of attention to what's happening. Me, I'm much too lazy and not nearly as motivated to do the necessary research. There's always next year. I'll cling to that idea as I continue my uninspired prognostications.

Friday, November 29, 2002

Dennis Prager in Townhall.com sums up recent events in Nigeria:

"Nigerian Muslim rioters murder innocent Nigerians and burn down over 20 churches because of an innocuous sentence in a Nigerian newspaper.

The West and its press choose to regard the Nigerian violence as merely "sectarian violence," and hold Nigerian Christians equally culpable.

Muslims kill non-Muslims and the victims (i.e., the editors of the newspaper whose offices were razed) are told to apologize -- just as after 9-11, America has been repeatedly told to apologize to the Muslim world, and just as Israel, while enduring massacre after massacre at the hands of Muslim terrorists, is told to apologize for defending itself.

Nigerian Muslim leaders do not say a word against their murderous co-religionists but they do declare one innocuous sentence by a young woman writer to be an "abomination."

The woman who wrote the sentence has been fired.

The editor of ThisDay has been arrested and not been heard from since. One fears for his life. And ours."

ArabicNews.com is reporting that the Russians are going to stage a coup in Iraq to protect their business contracts and to prevent the US from obtaining a key strategic position in the form of an occupied Iraq.

I don't give this too much credence simply because of the source. Arab news outlets are not exactly protected by constitutional rights of a free press and much of what they print is pure government propaganda. But. Yes, there is a but. The story may not be true, BUT then again I would not be a bit surprised if the Russians were able to talk Saddam out of the country at the last minute before an invasion, nor would I be surprised if they were able to kill him at the last minute to prevent a US invasion.

This story is nothing but speculation, but it is certainly plausible.

My letter to HBO regarding the Bill Maher show:

Dear HBO

I understand that you are going to give Bill Maher his own show. Well, as soon as you formally announce that fact and start promoting his show, I intend to cancel my subscription. I will not pay his salary and support his lying, hatefilled, anti-American opinions. Are you aware that he said this:

"Larry King: “We [Americans] try to do good, don’t we? I mean, we’re basically good.”
Bill Maher: “No. Not for the rest of the world....Iraqis, I think, feel that if we drove smaller cars, maybe we wouldn’t have to kill them for their oil.”
– Exchange on CNN’s Larry King Live, November 1.

I won't pay his salary. I will be very sorry to lose your fine programming, but I will not pay his salary so he can slam this country with his lies.

Sincerely

Sean Roper

The Media Research Center has the latest examples of the liberal bias that infects major media outlets. Here's some examples:

“The war policy is a crock. This is a hugely risky operation for potential gains that probably won’t justify the risk.”
– Newsweek international news editor Michael Hirsh at a Yale forum on November 6, as quoted by Jeremy Kutner in the next day’s Yale Daily News.

“I censored myself for 50 years....Now I wake up and ask myself, ‘Who do I hate today?’...I have never covered a President who actually wanted to go to war. Bush’s policy of pre-emptive war is immoral – such a policy would legitimize Pearl Harbor. It’s as if they learned none of the lessons from Vietnam....Where is the outrage?”
– Hearst White House columnist Helen Thomas speaking at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Nov. 4 and quoted on MIT’s Web site two days later.

Larry King: “We [Americans] try to do good, don’t we? I mean, we’re basically good.”
Bill Maher: “No. Not for the rest of the world....Iraqis, I think, feel that if we drove smaller cars, maybe we wouldn’t have to kill them for their oil.”
– Exchange on CNN’s Larry King Live, November 1.

That last example is the most infuriating because it's such a huge bald face lie. It's right up there with, "Republicans impeached Bill Clinton over sex." Bill Maher is getting his own show on HBO and I have to consider between now and February whether I am going to keep that channel. I really don't want to pay him a salary so he can spout his hatefilled anti-American lies, but damn it, I love The Sopranos. Maybe I could get someone to tape it for me.

It should be obvious that gun control very often has the opposite effect from the intended. Here's yet another example, this time from Canada.

I am one of those who has been thinking that Osama Bin Laden is dead and has been dead since Tora Bora. Then a couple of weeks ago a Bin Laden tape surface and the US government said that it was real; that Bin Laden was alive. That tape seemed to destroy my theory that he was dead. Now, a Swiss research group is saying that the tape is a fake:

"The Lausanne-based Dalle Molle Institute for Perceptual Artificial Intelligence said it is 95-per-cent certain the tape does not feature the voice of the long-absent terrorist leader."

Until the man appears on TV holding a current newspaper, showing without a shadow of a doubt that he is alive, then I will continue to assume he's dead.

Thursday, November 28, 2002

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Fred Barnes says that Democrats must neutralize the Republican's national security advantage before voters will look at the issues that most benefit them the most.

That's all well and good. There may be something to that afterall, but I think that Barnes missed the real problem the Democrats had during the last election. The real problem was that the American people saw that many Democrats hate America. They can probably gloss over that fact by the next election, especially if the war on terror has gone well and appears to be winding down, but if the war is in going full bore the anti-American left will once again rear it's ugly head and spell doom for the Democrats.

The best candidate that the Republican's could hope to face in the 2004 presidential race would be the new and improved(?) Al Gore. The man is having a prolonged meltdown that is excruciating to watch.

In this piece for The New York Observer, Gore complains about the right wing media bias that has infected American political discourse. It sounds to me like he is stopping just short of proposing an outright ban on the people and organizations he lists. According to Gore, the Fox News Channel, Rush Limbaugh, and The Washington Times are poisoning the news in a conspiracy by the right.

Even 15 years ago there were very few conservative viewpoints in the news and Democrats liked it that way. They controlled the news and could frame the debates. This was a very powerful and reliable weapon for Democrats, but even then the Republicans were able to mount successful political campaigns. Now conservative outlets are dominating the media and are exerting significant influence and Democrats don't like it one bit. This can only strenghten conservatives at the ballot box and that thought scares Democrats. I would not be surprised if the left attempted to legislate their way out of this predicament. I don't know how they could do it and it would most likely be unsuccessful given the first amendment considerations, but that doesn't mean they won't try.

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

The Opinion Journal reports that a pair of social workers and a psychologist "are writing a book about what they call 'post-traumatic slavery disorder'--a derivative of post-traumatic stress disorder." Social worker Sekou Mims's 16-year-old son had a psychotic breakdown in which he suffered from delusions that white people were menacing him. Psychologist Omar Reid told Mims that, as the Globe reports, "black and Latino males were showing up 'in droves' with similar symptoms."

It's clear to Opinion Journal and me that the race industry is laying the groundwork for reparations claims based on pain and suffering. The Opinion Journal asked it's readers to send in examples of the kind of "post-traumatic" disorder from which they are suffering to highlight the absurdity of the claims that are about to be made. Here's a couple of the best:

"Roger Butters: Pre-post-traumatic reparations disorder. The present fear of being held responsible in the future for actions that aren't in your past.....

Don Clevenger: Post-traumatic coliseum syndrome. You see I am a Christian and I can still feel the effects of my Christian ancestors that were horribly killed by lions and other wild beasts in the Roman coliseum during the first and second century. It seems I should be able to sue the Italian government and force them to redress these horrible wrongs of a mere 1900 years ago. I can't even visit a zoo or a circus without being overcome with anxiety! Its horrible.....

Gale Nichols: As a Jew, I, too, can claim to experience PTSD--post-traumatic slavery disorder. In my case, though, it is related to the oppression of my ancestors as slaves in Pharaoh's Egypt. With the recounting of the tale of our forebears' experience as slaves and their liberation from slavery each year at Passover for the thousands of years since then, the sense of trauma and stress has had a considerable opportunity to develop and build."

Opinion Journal has many more and they are all worth reading.

The University of Virginia has dimissed 48 students for plagiarism:

"The plagiarism scandal began in spring 2001 when physics professor Lou Bloomfield heard that some students had copied their term papers in his introductory physics class. Bloomfield devised a computer program to detect duplicated phrases and caught 158 papers during the four previous semesters."

This is encouraging. CNN is reporting that weapons inspectors are going to "freeze" sites so that no one is allowed in or out once they arrive at a site to prevent evidence from going out the back door as inspectors go in the front door. This was a huge problem in the previous inspections. Inspectors would arrive at a site, face delays by soldiers at the front door while documents and evidence went out the back door. The really sad thing is that the United Nations allowed this to happen.

A believer of the "religion of peace" is telling fellow Muslims to kill the woman who wrote that Mohammed would have selected a wife from among the participants at the Miss World pageant in Nigeria. Yea, that's some religion of peace. These people kill human beings as easily as most people would kill a fly. Religion of peace my ass

Monday, November 25, 2002

I agree with David Brooks when he says that the news out of Afghanistan is all talk of tragedy and no talk of the dynamism that is taking place in that country today.

I have read more than one account of people saying that the US is completely and hopelessly failing Afghanistan. I have been distressed in recent days because it has been my understanding that we were not doing the right thing. Well, if you are like me, rest easy. Things aren't perfect, but Brooks has good news for people who worry that Afghanistan has not improved.

I just noticed today that there is further proof of Saudi Arabian complicity with the terrorists who hijacked the planes on 9/11. Newsweek broke the story on Friday evening, but I read about it in The New Republic.

The Saudi's have been appeasing Islamic terrorists for many years to keep them from terrorizing Saudi Arabia. Now that the evidence is piling up that they were actually financing terrorist activities against the US, we have to consider very carefully how to deal with the news. Do we overthrow the house of Saud? What is the best way to do that? Who will replace them? Do we go for the trifecta and overthrow Iraq, Iran, and Saudi Arabia simultaneously?

I appreciate the way that The New Republic has given the Bush administration the benefit of the doubt for it's silence in the face of this news. We might not see an overt reply to this news. It's much more likely that Colin Powell or President Bush will smile to the world and deny Saudi involvement in this affair while working covertly to overthrow the Saudi government. I mean, if they are going to finance terror anyway, then we have nothing to lose by getting rid of them. Don't be a bit surprised to see civil unrest rise in the desert kingdom in the coming year.

Michael Moore is a lying piece of crap (via Instapundit). I was going to use the "s" word, but I thought better of it.

Michael Moore's recent documentary, Bowling for Columbine, is full of outright lies and Forbes magazine has the latest examples.

Michael Ledeen reports on the latest demonstrations in Iran.

It appears that the US is playing some role in these demonstrations although no one is coming right out and saying that. The Iranians certainly believe the US is fomenting unrest, but they would say that anyway. I think our intelligence services are playing a role to topple that brutal government. We could see the collapse of Iraq and Iran within weeks of each other.

Sunday, November 24, 2002

I keep reading the most idiotic explanations from Democrats as to why they lost the recent elections. Dianne Feinstein says they lost because President Bush "was very much able to obfuscate on the whole issue of the economy with his pre-election push for national security issues."

Personally, I can't believe how completely clueless the Democrats are. They are in deep denial about how their party feels about America. I wrote a letter to Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, the columnists who featured Feinsteins quotes. Here's my letter:

Matier & Ross

I can tell you why the Democrats lost in one sentence: The American people want a president right now who will nuke your ass if you fuck with America! That is how we feel. We want someone who will blow your ass away if you are stupid enough to attack America. The Democrats are weak, indecisive, moral equivalent, post-modern theory believing, politically correct, handwringing, brow furrowing, European imitating, UN loving, socialist, multicultural, America-hating pussies!

Publicly, Democrats seem to have no clue why they lost. I read what Dianne Feinstein said in "Feinstein to Demos: Time to Get Tough" and if Democrats believe a word of that bullshit, then they will remain the minority party for a long time. Dianne Feinstein is completely clueless if that is what she believes. And as a Republican, I love it!

Sean Roper

I can't stand it. Large parts of the Democratic party HATE America and that has been made abundantly clear to us all. That's why they lost. There is really no other reason. That's it!

Wow. I just read a very interesting article about The Sims computer game.

I have of course heard of The Sims, but I had no idea how creative and in-depth the play was. Here's how David Brooks describes the game:

"You install the Sims on your computer and you begin the game, and what do you see? A subdivision. There's a little ranch home over here, a colonial over there, a larger McMansion up the hill. And the object of the game? Suburban conquest in its rawest form. You've got to get the kids scrubbed and fed by the time the school bus comes around in the morning. You have to select the right coffee table to go with your love seat. You have to remember to turn off the TV if you want to take a nap, because the noise will keep you up. There's no winning and losing in the Sims. No points, no end. In the game, as in life, you just keep doing the dishes until you die."

Several months ago I talked to a friend about the Sims. He enjoys playing the game, but he didn't convey the depth of commitment and detail that many players go to. I simply had no idea. I thought it was stupid. Now I am beginning to understand the attraction although I am sure that I would never be a serious player.

Here's what I mean when I say "serious."

"On the official Sims site, thousands of Sims lovers have posted Sims novellas -- a sort of folk literature that future historians, zeitgeist hunters and museum curators are going to go for in a big way. These novellas look like storyboards, with pictures of Sims interiors and characters, above written stories and dialogue. A typical novella may stretch for 64 to 200 pictures and thousands of words. Some of them are just Architectural Digest in digital form, involving dinner parties and room-by-room house tours. But most of the novellas are more substantial, and after you've read through a hundred or so of these things, they all blend into one vast modern cultural landscape in which ''Oprah'' meets ''Friends,'' ''Terms of Endearment'' and MTV's ''Real World.''

Here's a bit from a story about a teenage single mom who lives with her alcoholic father, Shane, who beats her child, May:

''Who the hell do you think you are!!!!'' I yelled at Shane after telling May to go in the bedroom. ''What the hell are you talking about?!'' Shane yelled. ''I saw you hit May you bastard!'' . . . Shane just glared at me.

At the end of the story the single mom meets a hunky boyfriend who beats up the dad near the backyard swing set.

Some of the stories end badly. It occurs to some players that they don't have to play by the rules of normal society, so they start killing people. They invite neighbors over to their backyard pools and then pull up the exit ladders and watch them drown. Or they kill off husbands. But the striking thing about these stories is that most of them do end happily; the abusive relationships, dysfunctional families, drug and alcohol addictions are overcome and careers are put on track, just like at the ending of all those ''Behind the Music'' rockumentaries."

Some of us blog, some of us play The Sims.

Damn. The Globe and Mail has an article about the torture of Iraqi citizens. Saddam would make Stalin proud.

Honestly, I feel like the all male policy at Augusta National will end. It's just a matter of time. The handwriting is on the wall. Augusta National, as most people know, is the home of the Master's golf tournament and it also has a male only policy. Now, after all this time, the PC police have turned their attention on that organization and are now portraying the whole male only policy as a civil rights issue. When they did that, Augusta National's fate was sealed. The fight will be engaged by Hootie Johnson, the chairman of Augusta National, but really the fight was over as soon as it was started. As soon as it was framed as a civil rights issue, the defenders of the right of men to have their own private club turned their back because it's a no-win public relations nightmare. After this years Master's tournament, Mr. Johnson will most likely announce that a woman has been granted membership. It will be a wife of one of the current members and she will probably not care whether she actually ever takes advantage of the membership. It will all be for show, but it must happen.

John Leo attempts to make an argument in support of the male only policy by showing that there are female only organizations, but no one really cares about that because there are those who simply refuse to see the double standard. Leo provides some examples:

"Indignation about single-sex institutions is indeed selective. There are single-sex colleges, health clubs, and Scout groups, and a women's golf tour that excludes men (though women are eligible for the men's tour). You do not see the press lords at the New York Times growing purple-faced because Wellesley College or the Ladies' Golf Club of Toronto won't allow males. Here in New York, the previously all-male Century Club now accepts women, but nobody is trying to integrate the Century's all-female counterpart, the Cosmopolitan Club. Female sportswriters are allowed into male locker rooms, where they routinely interview naked males. But there is no attempt to let male sportswriters into female locker rooms, though presumably many of these writers would be willing to interview the unclad Anna Kournikova."

The bottom line is that it's a PC sin for men to have male only organizations and it will not be allowed.

I did really well last week with my football picks. I went 12-4 and I am now 88-71. Here are this week's picks:

Inside the NFL: BEAT THE EXPERTS
WELCOME YOUR SEASON RECORD 88-71

WEEK 12
Sunday November 24, 01:00 PM EST
Minnesota at New England
Green Bay at Tampa Bay
San Diego at Miami
Cleveland at New Orleans
Buffalo at NY Jets
Detroit at Chicago
Jacksonville at Dallas
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh
Atlanta at Carolina
Tennessee at Baltimore
Sunday November 24, 04:05 PM EST
Kansas City at Seattle
Oakland at Arizona
Sunday November 24, 04:15 PM EST
St. Louis at Washington
NY Giants at Houston
Sunday November 24, 08:30 PM EST
Indianapolis at Denver
Monday November 25, 09:00 PM EST
Philadelphia at San Francisco
TIEBREAKER: total points scored in Monday Night game: 55