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Friday, September 10, 2010

Gotta enjoy this post by a liberal:

Within hours and possibly minutes I expect the president will name Elizabeth Warren to lead the new consumer protection agency, and if he does, the Democratic base will erupt and turn out to vote in far greater numbers than any current poll suggests.

I could be wrong; Obama might give up at the last minute, which would be the last betrayal of the Democratic base and very possibly the death knell of the Democratic House of Representatives. But if he names Warren, the pundits be will amazed, astonished and flabbergasted by the lift this would give to the Democratic base and by the voter turnout that would follow.

Why? Because Elizabeth Warren is The Greatest; Mohammed Ali was just borrowing the title. She will trump the economy, she will trump the deficit. Liberals will turn out in droves to reelect the Democrats to an even greater majority than they currently enjoy. In fact, the Republican party may have to disband.

Or something. Why all this will happen is left unsaid. Who Elizabeth Warren is, and her qualifications for the job are also not mentioned. It's hard to imagine that Warren's six-year-old son could write a less compelling article.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Playoff Droughts Updated

With the NFL's season starting tonight, here's something I did a few years ago on the NFL teams that have had the longest wait for a playoff appearance, playoff win, Super Bowl appearance and Super Bowl win, updated as of this season.

Longest Wait for a Playoff Appearance:
Never made the playoffs (years missed in parentheses): Texans (8)
1999 Bills, Lions
2002 49ers, Browns, Raiders
2004 Rams
2005 Broncos
2006 Chiefs, Bears,
2007 Jaguars, Seahawks, Bucs, Redskins
2008 Titans, Steelers, Dolphins, Giants, Panthers, Falcons
2009 Chargers, Jets, Colts, Saints, Vikings, Cowboys, Ravens, Cardinals, Bengals, Eagles, Packers, Patriots

Longest Wait for a Playoff Win
Never won a playoff game (years missed in parentheses): Texans (8)
1990 Bengals
1991 Lions
1993 Chiefs
1994 Browns
1995 Bills
2000 Dolphins
2002 49ers, Bucs, Raiders
2003 Titans
2004 Falcons, Rams,
2005 Panthers, Redskins, Broncos
2006 Bears
2007 Seahawks, Jaguars, Giants, Packers, Patriots,
2008 Chargers, Eagles, Steelers
2009 Saints, Colts, Vikings, Jets, Cowboys, Cardinals, Ravens

Longest Wait for a Super Bowl Appearance
Never Appeared (years missed in parentheses): Lions (44), Browns (41), Jaguars (15) and Texans (8)

1968 Jets
1969 Chiefs
1976 Vikings
1984 Dolphins
1988 Bengals
1991 Redskins
1993 Bills
1994 Chargers, 49ers
1995 Cowboys
1997 Packers
1998 Broncos, Falcons
1999 Titans
2000 Giants, Ravens
2001 Rams
2002 Bucs, Raiders
2003 Panthers
2004 Patriots
2005 Seahawks
2006 Bears
2007 Patriots, Giants
2008 Steelers, Cardinals
2009 Saints, Colts

Longest Wait for a SuperBowl Win
Never Won (years missed in parentheses): Cardinals (44), Vikings (44), Lions (44), Chargers (44), Falcons (44), Titans/Oilers (44), Eagles (44), Bills (44), Bengals (42), Browns (41), Seahawks (34), Panthers (15), Jaguars (15) and Texans (8)
1968 Jets
1969 Chiefs
1973 Dolphins
1983 Raiders
1985 Bears
1991 Redskins
1994 49ers
1995 Cowboys
1996 Packers
1998 Broncos
1999 Rams
2000 Ravens
2002 Bucs
2004 Patriots
2006 Colts
2007 Giants
2008 Steelers
2009 Saints

Note: Years given are the year as of the beginning of the NFL season. Per numerous league rulings the current Cleveland Browns are the same team that played in Cleveland until 1995, and they are considered to have gone dormant as a franchise for three seasons.

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Monday, September 06, 2010
War to End Tomorrow; Anti-War Groups to Suffer Most

Gotta love this story:

“We don’t have a very vibrant anti-war movement anymore,” lamented Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Codepink, one of the anti-war movement’s most visible organizations. “The issues have not changed very much. … Now we have a surge [in Afghanistan] that we would have been furious about under George Bush, yet it’s hard to mobilize people under Obama. We have the same anti -war movement and not the same passion.”

Well, you know how it is, when you're a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democrats, you're not going to be needed once they're in power. The story goes on in that vein for awhile. I don't have a lot of respect for Cindy Sheehan, but I'll give her credit for at least being consistent in her opposition to the war, unlike many of the people around her back in 2005.


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