Saturday, March 25, 2006

They Are Going to Kill Me

that is all I can assume after the Huskies' (the UConn Huskies that is) performance against Washington . . . and Kentucky . . . and Albany. They may very well win the NCAA, but they aren't going to allow me to enjoy it along the way.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

NCAAs

The best four days in sports begins this afternoon (12:20 to be exact -- not that I am counting the moments or anything.)

For the record, my Final Four is LSU, UCLA, UConn and Ohio State -- with UConn beating Ohio State in the finals. (At least on one of my sheets.)

More Pirro Bashing

Although she is no longer running for US Senate, we still have Jeanine Pirro to kick around since she is running for NY Attorney General. The latest amusement, via the New York Post, Jeanine thinks that Ohio borders NY. (Of course it doesn't, that would be Pennsylvania.)

Luckily she has about the same chance of becoming AG as she did becoming Senator.

Monday, March 13, 2006

NCAAs

My first reaction is that Cincinnati and Hofstra got stiffed, while UConn paid no price for their miserable showing against Syracuse and GW gets no respect at all. I have no major complaints about the brackets for a change, it seems as though they are very balanced.

Final Four picks will come later.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Bad Dentist vs. Dick Cheney

Jon Stewart on Vice President Cheney’s 18% approval rating:
Let’s look at this just purely statistically. Four out of five dentists surveyed recommend sugarless gum for their patients who chew gum. So, there is one out of five dentists who say ‘You chew gum? Ah, why not put sugar in it?’ These are not the best dentists, OK that’s 20 percent. He’s not even getting all the dentists who recommend sugared gum.

Monday, March 06, 2006

In case you were wondering.

"It is something I’m considering, yes."

-- John Edwards, yesterday on Meet the Press, when asked by Tim Russert if he was planning on running for president.

Yeah!

Huh?

I understand that in politics -- as well as sports, and perhaps even life -- when you are in trouble you should go back to your core beliefs. And I also understand that for many Republicans, especially those residing or working at 1600 Penn Ave. that means looking back to the 80's and trying to find their "inner Reagan."

However, the most recent White House plan to solve the nation’s ills isn't going to help; a return of the line item veto.

There are two major reasons why this is a non-starter. First, in lesser order, this President hasn't vetoed a single bill. For a guy who supposedly believes in "big ideas" -- here's one, try vetoing a bill you oppose. (When you've done that, then we can talk about a line item veto.) Of course, the second reason is also a bit of a roadblock as well, namely that the Supreme Court has found that the line item veto is unconstitutional and that it would require a Constitutional Amendment. The Court stated back in 1998 that "there is no provision in the Constitution that authorizes the president to enact, to amend or to repeal statutes." That, of course, is a bit of a problem in implementing the idea. (Although, in their defense, I do believe that it is the current White House position that the Constitution only applies to the President when he says it does – so maybe this all makes some twisted sense under White House logic.)

I think that instead of trying to float these absolute non-starter trial balloons that the White House should be more concerned with Iraq, rebuilding New Orleans or reigning in a budget deficit that is getting out of control. But then again, given how incompetent they have been at addressing those items to date, maybe it is a good thing for the country that they are having flashbacks to the 80s.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Why 34% Won't Be The Lowest Number Junior Sees this Month

Compare these two statements. First this:

SAWYER: But given the fact that everyone anticipated a hurricane [Category] Five, a possible hurricane Five hitting shore, are you satisfied with the pace at which this is arriving? And at which it was planned to arrive?

BUSH: Well, I fully understand people wanting things to have happened yesterday. I mean, I understand the -- anxiety of people on the ground. I can imagine -- I just can't imagine what it's like to be waving a sign that says, "Come and get me now." So there is frustration. But I want people to know there is a lot of help coming. I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees. They did anticipate a serious storm. But these levees got breached, and as a result, much of New Orleans is flooded. And now we are having to deal with it and will. (emphasis added)

Then this:

I don't think any model can tell you with any confidence right now whether the levees will be topped or not but that is obviously a very, very grave concern.

The last statement was given by Max Mayfield from the National Weather Service on August 29th to a video conference which included the President. And it certainly sounds to me that someone anticipated a possible levee breach. (Of course, no one said "Mr. President the levees will breach!", but you would hope that he would get the message nonetheless.)

(You can watch the video here.)

Somehow I think that the WH will be looking fondly at the Cheney shooting story by the end of the month. These guys can't do anything right when it comes to governing. I think that's sinking in to both independents and GOPers now.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Optimistic or Delusional?

In a recent interview with ABC News, Junior asserted that he still has political capital.
VARGAS: I am going to ask about a poll, just the most recent poll that's out today that does have your approval rating at an all-time low for your administration. You don't care about that, but you have talked a lot about political capital, the importance of it, the value of it, your intention to use it. Do you think you have political capital right now?

BUSH: I've got ample capital and I'm using it to spread freedom and to protect the American people, plus we've got a strong agenda to keep this economy growing.
Now, of course he isn't going to come out and say what is the current reality-- that his administration is in a world of hurt and even Republicans are beginning to realize that there is no grand plan to solve the current mess. But you do have to wonder if he really believes this and if he is in such a bunker that no one is able to tell him that he is in real danger of having no political capital left.

Indeed if you read the whole interview, you wonder if the President is keeping in touch with reality out there. You would think at some point that this guy would acknowledge that there are problems. I guess in the bunker everything is rosy.
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