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Saturday, July 07, 2007
Rasmussen: 39% Favor Impeachment

Including the dumbest 16% of Republicans.

Republicans, by an 80% to 16% margin, say that the President should not be impeached. Despite the fact that the President recently alienated his political base over the immigration issue. Republican support for impeachment shows is little changed from the earlier survey.

Hillary Clinton is going to be the next President of the United States, and she's going to have a dominating majority of the House and Senate as well. The Republicans are going to get decimated in 2008.

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Friday, July 06, 2007
Romney on Cutting Farm Subsidies Then:

Romney on cutting farm subsidies now:

According to Romney, additional reductions in farm subsidies at this time would not be wise. "Europe and other nations continue to protect their farmers with a heavy subsidization program and we're not going to take action which would put us at a competitive disadvantage for our farmers," Romney says.

Personally, I liked Romney's position then better than now.


Thursday, July 05, 2007
What is Peter King On?

He ranks his top starting quarterbacks from 1-32. Now this guy knows football, but this list is a joke. It's insane.

Let's start at the top. Peyton Manning is a heckuva player, but Tom Brady is still Tom Terrific. Nobody would rank Manning above Brady without the Colt's comeback against New England, and one game does not topple the leader of the Pats. Brees and Palmer there's not an ounce of difference between, Bulger and Hasselbeck are both quality players and....

Vince Young? Now I'm sorry, but Vince Young is not the seventh best quarterback in the NFL right now, and his selection in that spot is embarrassing. Young has the lowest yards per attempt among the QBs ranked from 1-29. He has the lowest completion percentage among anybody ranked from 1-31. Yeah, he ran for 552 yards last year. So what? We've been through this who thing before, with Michael Vick, remember? Heck, Vick had better stats than Young last year, why is it that he ranks #21 compared to Young's #7?

Obvious answer: Because everybody's caught onto the fact that Vick's a bust. Not a terrible player, but nothing like what we expected from him. If the media want to push a good black QB, how about Byron Leftwich, who's still only 27 and a better player than either of them, and ridiculously underrated at #28 based on an injury last season.

Ben Roethisberger at #17? That's just plain silly. There are no reasons to rank Roethlisberger behind Jay Cutler and Tony Romo; I'd put him in the top 5 easily. Favre at #14? Puh-lease! One of my favorite players of all time, but he's washed up.

Here's my top ten:

1. Tom Brady
2. Peyton Manning
3. Ben Roethlisberger
4. Carson Palmer
5. Drew Brees
6. Matt Hasselbeck
7. Jake Delhomme
8. Marc Bulger
9. Donovan McNabb
10. Byron Leftwich

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McCain's Been Down Before

Like the Fourth of July, 1968:

The Rabbit and I sat there for a few moments staring at each other in silence before he angrily dismissed me.

"Now it will be very bad for you, Mac Kane. Go back to your room."

I did as instructed and awaited the moment when the Rabbit's prediction would come true.

That same day [July 4, 1968] my father assumed command of all U.S. forces in the Pacific.

Let me point out as well that in the much-reported fund-raising discussion, McCain did not do all that poorly. McCain dropped from $13 million to $11.2 million. Romney saw an even larger decline, from $20.5 million to $14 million (although he "loaned" $6.5 million to his campaign so he could claim to have kept pace with the earlier quarter). Giuliani did manage to bump his numbers a bit, but it was only from $16.6 million to $17 million.

I also tend to think that "lending" money to one's own campaign is the kind of thing that makes future donors nervous. If I contribute to Mitt Romney's campaign today, is that money going to go towards campaign ads and phone banks? Or is Mitt going to put it back in his pocket? We hear a lot about how much money Mitt has on hand ($12 million to McCain's $2 million), but Romney loaned something like $2.5 million to his campaign in the first quarter and $6.5 million in the second, so Romney's total is artificially inflated by $9 million in money that he presumably does not want to spend.

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The Kobayashi Alternative

The Babe Ruth of hot dog eating loses his championship despite breaking the prior world record.

Joey Chestnut, a California graduate student, unseated six-time defending champion Takeru Kobayashi of Japan at the 2007 Nathan's Famous International July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest.

The greatest moment in the history of American sports? Uh, sure.

Is there a conspiracy theory?

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The Bad News Is....

Al Gore's son was arrested for drug possession. The good news is he was driving an environmentally friendly vehicle.

Al Gore III, 24, was stopped as he was driving a blue Toyota Prius, a hybrid car, along a freeway near San Diego, southern California, about 100 mile per hour.

Sheriff's deputies who stopped him said they smelled marijuana in the car and recovered less than an ounce of the drug. The officers also found the prescription drugs Xanax, Valium, both tranquillisers, the pain killer Vicodin and Adderall, a drug for attention deficit disorder.

Gore's son has had several run-ins with the law. Obviously no real reflection on his dad.


Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Hero Cabbie Gets 30-Pound Fine

Which I am pretty sure will be waived. I did find his description of the fight quite interesting:

"The guy in the passenger seat was wearing a white T-shirt. He got out carrying what looked like a petrol bomb and seconds later the Jeep was in flames.

"Then he kicked and punched a man to the ground before punching a policeman square in the face. That's when I saw red. That sort of thing just isn't on.

"I told my passenger to run for her life, then I went for the man in the T-shirt and managed to skelp him in the face. I followed it up by booting him twice.

"By that time some other people had joined in and it seemed like the T-shirt guy was trying to get back into the Jeep.

"Then the driver got out of the car. He was already in flames. It was obvious he was the real psycho of the pair.

"Someone was hosing him down but the flames seemed to jump up again just as it looked like they had gone out.

"It was obvious the driver wanted into the boot of the Jeep for something and I was worried about what it was. I thought it must be a gun.

"He was going crazy, just lashing out at everyone and babbling p*sh in a foreign language the whole time.

"I've heard people say since that he was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of c**p to me.

"I ran for the guy and punched him twice in the face with pretty good right hooks.

"Then I kicked him with full force right in the balls but he didn't go down. He just kept on babbling his rubbish.

Not used to calling a guy who kicked somebody in the nuts a hero, but it applies in this case.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Choke Artist

I don't know why I found this story about a writer finding out what it was liked to get choked by an Ultimate Fighting Champ, but I did.

What does it feel like after getting choked out? Your neck and Adam's apple hurt, of course. It's a brutal sore throat, and it lasts a few days. But that pain comes later. In the first few hours, it feels like you woke up too soon after taking a sleeping pill. You know you're going to be OK, but for now everything is cloudy. Your brain isn't quite where it ought to be. Twice in the ensuing two hours I lost a credit card, and no, I'm not joking.


Quick, What Follows Price Controls?

The answer, of course, is shortages, as you can see in this story from Zimbabwe:

Shelves in supermarkets across Harare are swiftly emptying and police in full riot gear linger outside.

The new controls force supermarkets to sell food at below its cost from wholesalers. Unless the regime relents, there will be food shortages, empty shelves and, eventually, the closure of all shops.

"We won't be restocking. If need be, we might have to close shop rather than stick to government prices," said the manager of one store.

The cause of the price controls is inflation, which recently ran 300 percent in one week. The cause of the inflation is huge government deficits. And the cause of the deficits?

This immense borrowing requirement is, in turn, the result of the wider economic failure caused mainly by the seizure of white-owned farms.

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Monday, July 02, 2007
Terrorism All Over News

The British continue to arrest suspects in the Glasgow and London car-bombing rings, including some professionals:

An Iraqi junior doctor and a brilliant neurologist working for the NHS are among the suspects being quizzed over the series of bomb attacks across Britain, it emerged today.

Details of the suspects were revealed as police staged a controlled explosion at a hospital near Glasgow today.

The junior doctor has been named as Bilal Abdulla, who is said to have completed his medical training in Baghdad.

The suspected ringleader of the Al Qaeda car bombers is a brilliant neurologist working for the NHS.

Saudi Mohammed Asha, 26, was arrested with his 27-year-old wife, who was in traditional Muslim dress, on the M6 in Cheshire on Saturday night.

An Islamic cleric warns of more bombings to come:

"There is no doubt whatsoever that there will continue to be attacks against the British government, its interests and the home front as long as we see the continued British and American occupation of Muslim land in Iraq and Afghanistan, support for criminal Israel, and draconian measures taken against Muslims in the UK," said Anjem Choudary, founder and former chief of two Islamic groups disbanded by the British authorities under antiterror legislation.

And the US is reportedly on high alert for a summer spectacular:

"This is reminiscent of the warnings and intelligence we were getting in the summer of 2001," the official told

U.S. officials have kept the information secret, and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said today on ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" that the United States did not have "have any specific credible evidence that there's an attack focused on the United States at this point."




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