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Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Romney's Willie Horton?

Sheesh, here's a sad tale:

“It’s because of stupidity in Massachusetts that my daughter is dead,” said Darrel Slater, 55, who is preparing to bury his daughter, Beverly Mauck, 28, and her husband Brian Mauck, 30.

The couple was executed in their home in rural Graham, Wash., Saturday after an alleged argument with Daniel Tavares Jr., 41, who in 1991 pleaded guilty to hacking his mother to death with a carving knife in their Somerset home in served 16 years for that crime.

Sixteen years? Well, I'm sure he repented his crime and was a model prisoner, right?

Tavares finished his sentence on June 14, but was immediately re-arrested on a warrant charging him with two counts of assaulting Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center prison guards during his troubled stint behind bars, Department of Correction officials said.

Bail was set at $50,000 per count. But that seemed harsh to a second judge, who released him on his own recognizance. And, you guessed who appointed that second judge:

Reached last night at her Andover home, Tuttman, who was appointed to the bench by former Gov. Mitt Romney, said, “I’m sorry, I’m not able to comment on this.” When informed what the slain woman’s father had said, she repeated, “I’m sorry, I’m not able to comment about this.”

Well, if you want to know what kind of judges Mitt Romney will appoint to the federal bench and the Supreme Court, you have your answer.

Update: Mrs M notes one irony of the situation; the Democrats won't be able to use it against Romney because of their soft on crime attitudes. I'm not sure that Hillary can't use it, however. She can say that while she supports lenience towards reformed criminals, this guy was clearly not reformed:

Correction officer Michael Kasprzak was allegedly punched in the head as he removed restraints from Tavares in December 2005. Two months later, the con allegedly spat on correction officer Matthew Atter and screeched, “I’m going to kill you (expletive) . . . I’ll break your (expletive) arms off!” according to court records.

You know, the other amazing thing is that this guy killed his MOTHER and served only 16 years, obviously not with time off for good behavior. Only in Massachusetts indeed.

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Monday, November 19, 2007
Did Mitt Romney Pull a Tawana Brawley?

This is fascinating.

News broke Thursday that voters in New Hampshire and Iowa had received phone calls from pollsters raising questions about aspects of Republican Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith. Who made the calls? Although the Romney campaign denies involvement, evidence points in its general direction.

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Sunday, November 18, 2007
Only Great QBs Win Super Bowls

With very rare exceptions. The winners of the first ten Super Bowls (Starr, Starr, Namath, Dawson, Unitas, Staubach, Griese, Griese, Bradshaw, Bradshaw) are all in the Hall of Fame. Kenny Stabler is not in, but he's appeared on the finalist ballot a couple of times, then we get Staubach, Bradshaw, Bradshaw before hitting Jim Plunkett. Plunkett's a better candidate than most folks realize, with an 8-1 record as a postseason QB and two Super Bowl wins as a starter. Then we hit Montana's first SB win.

Joe Theismann is the first QB who won a Super Bowl who does not have much of a case as a Hall of Famer. Then we get Plunkett and Montana again. Jim McMahon was a fine player and certainly a star, but not quite HOF caliber. Ditto with Phil Simms and Doug Williams. Then it's Montana, Montana, then Jeff Hostetler who certainly appears to rank among the least likely SB winners. Mark Rypien was a fine player for several years and an amazing player for one, but like the other Redskin QBs nobody at his house is waiting by the phone for the call from Canton.

Then we get back into a long line of HOF-QBs: Aikman, Aikman, Young, Aikman, Favre, Elway, Elway. Kurt Warner's probably not going to get inducted, but he's had a hell of a career. Nobody thinks Trent Dilfer's going to be immortalized. Brady follows and then Brad Johnson for the "Huh?" crowd. Then Brady, Brady, Roethlisberger, and Manning.

Even among the guys who aren't going to Canton, most of them were highly anticipated players. Jim Plunkett won a Heismann at Stanford and was the #1 pick in the draft; Trent Dilfer and Doug Williams were first rounders for Tampa Bay, while Simms was a top draft pick of the Giants. Jim McMahon held all the NCAA records when he left college.

Now I am being a little unfair; some of these guys were completely unheralded until they started winning championships. Bart Starr was something like a 17th round draft pick, Len Dawson was cut by the Browns in 1958 and would have been nowhere without the AFL. Joe Montana, although a household name for his college football heroics, was a third-rounder. Nobody thought Tom Brady would develop into the player he has.


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