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Saturday, May 24, 2003
 
The Chris Hedges speech continues to make ripples. The conservatives who feel the need to be consistent have mostly been disapproving of those who shouted him down, remembering the situation in the 1980s when the left did that to virtually any speaker of the right.

That's a legitimate point, but suppose in 1999 a Republican speaker had stood up at a graduation, and said "Today I want to talk to you about why Bill Clinton should have been convicted in the impeachment trial", is there any doubt that he would have been met with a chorus of boos? Is there any doubt that his mike would have been turned off well before he got to, "Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broddrick; this we know."

And I would say that's totally appropriate, as was the reaction to Hedges.
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Annika Update: As predicted she did not make the cut, or finish last. Her finish was about the best result the LPGA could have hoped for. They didn't want her to be totally embarrassed, but they certainly didn't want her up there on the leaderboard either, because then the LPGA would be just for the women who can't compete with the men. Still no word on whether the LPGA will allow men to compete in their events (hah!).
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Thursday, May 22, 2003
 
Tigers Update: The Tigers are now on a 9-game losing streak. Their current record is 9-35. In order to lose more than 120 games (the record, held by the 1962 Mets), the Tigers would have to go 32-86, for a .271 winning percentage.
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Annika Update: Although CNNSI gushed about Annika's round of 71, calling it "One Over on the Guys", the fact remains that as of this moment she's tied for 63rd in the tournament, and that ranking will probably decline before the end of the day as there are still players out on the course and they are shooting under par on average.
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Listening to Chris Hedges' idiotic speech at Rockford College. It's bad on so many levels that it's really hard to believe this guy won a Pulitzer.

Early on, he says "we are embarking on a occupation". It's "an" surely?

As usual he blames terrorism on low wages. "and this rage, in a world where almost 50% of the planet struggles on less than $2 a day". However, Atta's father was a lawyer, and Bin Laden's was a billionaire contractor.

There is an air of pronunciamento about the whole speech, almost as if the heavens had parted and Chris Hedges was there, letting us know the word from on high.

"And remember in wartime the press is always part of the problem". Gee would you include yourself in that statement?

He compares war to a "vast video arcade game". Of course there is still very little evidence of this, unless you want to make the claim that bombing targets from the air has a video game feel. Personally I think real video games are NOTHING like war--they are much cooler.

"War allows us to rise above our small stations in life. We find nobility in a cause..." A more perfect summary of how the left feels so superior to the rest of society would be hard to imagine.

He talks about suddenly not feeling alienated. Of course this was the "two-week liberal patriot phenomenon". For two weeks after 9-11, the left felt like Americans. Since then of course they have gone back to hating America.

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