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Saturday, July 19, 2003

Senator Joe Lieberman is taking off the gloves according to this A.P. story. Lieberman claims that he can match President Bush on security and defense, and beat him on domestic issues.

Well, this may be a bit soon, but I hearby, officially endorse Senator Lieberman for the Republican Presidential nomination.

Sadly, I'd rather eat my own head than vote for Lieberman as a Democrat.

It was one thing when Democratic Senator Jay Rockafeller was saying that Condi Rice acted with dishonor, but now Pat Buchanan is saying it. On tonight's McLaughlin Group, Buchanan said it not once, but twice. I am starting to think that Condi's time in the Bush administration is running short.


Every time I watch the British Parliament conduct their Question Time with their Prime Minister facing tough, tough questions from their MP's, I wish we had a system like that here. Why not have our President face tough questions from his political opposition once a week, or every two weeks? Can't congress make a law requiring it?


When this story from Time hit the web, I expected quite a brouhaha to develop. But, oddly enough, I haven't heard another word about it. Seems strange to me.


As a Lakers fan, I've had the pleasure of pretty much watching Kobe Bryant grow up as a basketball player. From the air balls in Utah to the three straight championships, Kobe has been an absolute joy to watch.

Now, with Kobe charged with sexual assault, I only know one thing: Nobody will come out of this thing a winner.

Kobe's reputation has been irrevocably tarnished, the female accuser will have her entire life picked over and held up to public perusal, and even the Colorado sheriff will face scrutiny that will certainly not be pleasant.

Kobe has grown to be like a putative kid brother to a lot of us in L.A., and I will love him no matter the outcome. However, if he is in fact guilty as charged, then I will certainly support him paying the price of his actions.

As I said, nobody wins. Myself, and all other Laker fans included.

Friday, July 18, 2003

Seeing that Anita Blount, whose husband Major General Buford Blount commands the US 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq, is now telling military spouses how to act, what to say, and most importantly what NOT to say, several questions came to mind:

1) Has Mrs. Blount been elected to any office of which I am not aware?
2) Has Mrs. Blount, who I believe is a schoolteacher, achieved any rank in any military service?
3) Who the hell does Mrs. Blount think she is?
4) Shouldn’t Major Blount politely tell his wife to shut up?

Thursday, July 17, 2003

Instapundit has some unsolicited advice for Democrats on his blog today.

Isn't that kind of like Colonel Sanders offering advice for chickens?

Do you think that Pat O'Brien, when he was studying international economics at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., ever even considered the possibility that his entire career would culminate in his becoming nothing better than a two-bit gossip?

For some reason, our local NBC station is enthralled with Layla Ali, daughter of Mohammed Ali. They've shown highlights of every press conference Ali and Kristie Martin have held in preparation for their upcoming 'fight', including what most everybody agrees was a staged dust up ten days ago.

If you listen to Ali speak for at least 10 to 12 seconds, you realize that she has an ego the size of New Hampshire. You also realize that she really has no reason to think so highly of herself. As a professional boxer, Ali has made a habit of beating up a bunch of overweight housewives. But to hear her tell it, it is she, not her father, who is The Greatest.

We got this pre-fight gem from Ali tonight:

I don’t respect her because she's a (sic) idiot

Ali predicts a quick victory, and she may be right as she outweighs Martin by 30 pounds! If these were men, no boxing commission on the planet would allow a fight with a 30-pound weight differential.

But, little facts like that don't seem to enter in to Ali 's thinking. She already is eager to announce to anybody that will pretend to listen that she is the best female boxer on the planet. Which, I think, is akin to being the greatest synchronized swimmer in all of Aquilla City, Texas.


The Los Angeles Lakers have made some big changes after last season’s disappointing 2nd round exit from the playoffs. They brought in Karl Malone and Gary Payton, and right now appear to be the 800-pound gorilla of the NBA. While I am a Laker fan, and I am pleased that they look like they might be able to make another run at the NBA championship, I was bothered by one thing.

Early on, there was some talk that Karl Malone was going to wear the number 32, the same number he wore in Utah. Only one problem: that’s the same number Magic Johnson wore during his hall of fame career as a Laker. Magic said it was OK by him if Malone wanted to wear his long retired number.

Karl made a lot of friends in Southern California today when he announced that he would NOT wear Magic’s 32.

Good move, Mailman. You don’t want to alienate a whole town on your first day.

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

In a rather unsurprising development, I kept my Ripken-like streak alive by avoiding Big Brother, as well as every other reality type program.

With all due modesty, kudos to me!

From everything I've heard from watching wall to wall local coverage of the horrific tragedy at the Farmers Market in Santa Monica. it seems that the driver, Russell Weller, is a really good man. It sounds like the whole thing was an accident.

But, watching Mr. Weller being released from police custody just 4 hours after his car ran down dozens of people, it just seems awfully quick to me. I got stopped recently for having expired registration tags on my car, and I was held up for over an hour, and I didn't kill anybody.
Tuesday, July 15, 2003

I love legal movies and TV shows. I have probably seen every single episode of LA Law, The Practice and almost any other lawyer driven show. One that escaped me, however, was Perry Mason. The series went off the air, after 271 episodes, long before I started watching Sesame Street.

Well, a local station plays the reruns of Perry Mason, and I have gotten in the habit of turning it on while I am surfing the net. Now, this may be just a freak of scheduling or it may be the theme of the entire show, but in the last 7 days, a witness who has not been charged with any crime and is being rather gently cross-examined by Mason has confessed to murder in open court 4 TIMES!

It must make David E. Kelly howl.

Monday, July 14, 2003

I absolutely love The Smirking Chimp. It is a daily collection of left-leaning columns and stories culled from around the country. Ordinarily, these stories appeared somewhere else, and The Chimp was providing a great service by putting them all in one place for us to read. It's like a smaller BuzzFlash with a bigger attitude.

However, it seems more and more The Chimp is just skipping a step. They are just putting anybody's essays or columns up on the site whether they first appeared elsewhere or not. Today, for example, there are stories by Daniel Patrick Welch, Walter Brasch, Bruce S. Ticker and Ben Roberts that may have been sent to The Chimp directly from the authors. (Full disclosure: I have no idea who these guys are. They may be the most widely recognized geniuses on the planet for all I know. By the way, do people think they sound smarter if they use their middle initials?).

I guess I am an intellectual snob. When I see a story that isn't linked to a site that I've heard of, or sounds like a site that could be real, I keep moving. I have only so much time to invest reading on he net, and I don't want to waste it reading a story that may or may not have been written by the guy who works the night shift at my local plasma clinic.

UPDATE: I treat Reader Editorials on BuzzFlash the same way.


I have always admired people that know when to leave. Ted Williams knew, but he still had something left in the tank, as evidenced by his 521st homerun that he hit in his last at bat in his last game as a major league ballplayer.

On the other end of the spectrum, I can remember witnessing Johnny Bench making three errors at Dodger Stadium playing 3rd base.

You can read it over at Josh Marshall's TPM or at the White House website, but Ari Fleischer shows that he is going out on top.

Love him or hate him, you have to admit, Ari can still play this game.
Sunday, July 13, 2003

Calpundit ponders whether the newly installed Iraqi governing council will be beneficial, and takes the elusive ‘wait and see’ approach. Now I have no idea if it’s a plus or a minus, but I will go on record as saying that I whole-heartedly support their first official act.

After waiting literally decades to be able to work on a council to help Iraq, the first thing they do is set a national holiday. I gotta tell you, nobody appreciates laziness as much as me.


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