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The Cubs are champions

Yesterday morning on the way to work, I stopped at the office of the apartment complex where I live to pay the rent. As I made the sharp turn to the right into my parking space, a 20 ounce cup of hot coffee sitting next to me spilled all over my lap, causing only first-degree burns but necessitating half an hour of flex time so I could clean up, quickly shower again, and put on dry clothes.

Last night, as I sat at the Hessen House bar with some fellow Cub fans (Warsteiner Oktoberfest seemed an appropriate libation, considering what we all were expecting to celebrate),an off-duty waitress sitting next to me wisely decided that, while she wanted to stick around, she had had enough beer. She switched to ice water. After a while, she wandered off- and a customer sitting on the other side of her gestured extravagently, and knocked her glass of ice water into my lap.

In retrospect, it seems appropriate. As we watched the National League Central Division champion Cubs cavorting around their Ci…

'Dollar Bill' is dead at 77

Long-time Chicago Blackhawks owner Bill Wirtz- known as "Dollar Bill" to fans for his customary tendency toward... er, economy- has passed away at 77.

Hawks fans generally have mixed emotions. We are sorry at his passing, and grieve with the family. At the same time, there is hope that a change in leadership will also lead to a revival of what was once a proud NHL franchise, that degenerated into... well, something less during the late owner's tenure.

Our prayers are with Rockwell "Rocky" Wirtz, the new owner, and the Wirtz family.

Silly media!

Of course, they're terrified at what Fred Thompson will do to their dear Hillary. But here is another take on the oddly widespread notion in the MSM that an entry into the presidential race that made Sen. Thompson an instant co-front runner was somehow a flop.

Gross, man!

Against San Diego, the Bears lost a winnable game because of turnovers.

Ditto against Dallas.

This time, though, it's a little easier to focus on the problem.

Wrecks Gross Man threw three interceptions. He did lead the Bears on a snappy drive that resulted in their only touchdown. Otherwise, he was pretty much of a dud. Again.

This next week, the Bears play Detriot. They should clean the Lions' clocks. If they don't- if they lose, or even win close- and if Grossman doesn't have a solid QB rating for the game and no more than one interception, he should be released right now.

I'm not sure Brian Greise is the answer. But I'm pretty close to concluding that as long as Grossman is the Bears' quarterback, they aren't going to win the Super Bowl.

Right now, I'm not even sure that Grossman can lead them to the playoffs.

In trying to oppose the bully, Obama embraces him

When I was growing up, my dad was emphatic on the point that schoolyard fights were inevitable, and that I should have enough courage and self-respect never to back down for a fair fight even if the guy was bigger than I was.

The key word is fair.

The story of the 'Jena Six' has been so politicized and turned into a racial issue that reasonable conversation about the issue is hard to come by. So let's review the facts.

There was an oak tree on school grounds which some claim was known as 'the white oak,' and a segregated area where only white students were allowed to gather. Others- including school officials- deny this, claiming that it was a common gathering place for groups of both races, and for racially mixed groups, as well.

Two nooses (not, as reported, three- three nooses being a hallmark of the KuKlux Klan) were hung from the tree thereafter. Whatever the tree's history, it was a clear case of attempted racial intimidation, and the students responsible wer…

'Civil rights' activists seem to take their stand for lynching

When I was growing up, my dad was emphatic on the point that schoolyard fights were inevitable, and that I should have enough courage and self-respect never to back down for a fair fight even if the guy was bigger than I was.

The key word is fair.

The story of the 'Jena Six' has been so politicized and racialized that reasonable conversation about the incident itself is hard to come by. So let's review the facts.

There was an oak tree on school grounds which some claim was known as 'the white tree,' and a segregated area where only white students were allowed to gather. Others- including school officials- deny this, claiming that it was a common gathering place for groups of both races, and for racially mixed groups as well.

Two nooses (not, as reported, three- three nooses being a hallmark of the Ku Klux Klan) were hung from the tree. Whatever the tree's history, it was a clear case of attempted racial intimidation, and the students responsible were suspended and …

It's official: Thompson is the GOP front runner

According to the Harris Poll, Fred Thompson has passed Rudy Giuliani as the candidate of the most potential 2008 GOP primary voters and caucus-goers.

The latest numbers give Fred 32% TO 28% for Rudy. John McCain trails badly, with 11%, while
Mitt Romney- the overwhelming favorite here in Iowa- can only manage 9% nationally.

If I had to predict now, I'd say that Romney would win here in Iowa and possibly in New Hampshire, where he faces a much stiffer fight. Thompson will sweep the South, and appears to be poised to garner the largest solid block of Republican support. Giuliani will do well in the East and in metropolitan areas, where comparatively few Republicans live.

The West should split several ways, with Romney perhaps enjoying a slight edge over Thompson in the region.

Perhaps.

The race is far from over, but I like Thompson's or Romney's chances right now a lot more than Giuliani's, even if Rudy is a strong second in the overall national numbers.

I don't fore…

The Washington Post waxes even sillier than usual

The arguments of the MSM and the rest of the Left are sometimes so off the wall that they're impossible to take seriously enough to justify arguing with them. Sometimes all one can do is laugh and walk away, shaking one's head in amazement that such bright people can be so dense.

So it is with the Washington Post's attempted rebuttal of Fred Thompson's remark that Americans have shed more blood in the cause of freedom than have any other people in history.

The Post's silly rejoinder: "On the contrary! The Russians have shed more!"

Excuse me... but on precisely what occasion did any soldier of the Soviet Union shed even a single drop of blood for freedom? Nobody "liberated" by the Russians even in World War II became free as a result. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Do the folks at the Post even think before they write these things?

Do the folks at the Post ever think? Says a mouthful about the values and objectivity of the Washington Post, though.

In case you wondered...

Here is how those poor, picked-on Palestinians on whose behalf our sympathy is so often solicited see 9/11.

HT: Drudge

On the other hand, this shows a saner Muslim world, a bit easier for sensible people to sympathize with.

Meanwhile, on the home front, this from the Chicago Tribune's Steve Chapman shows a total lack of understanding of the nature of our current world struggle against Islamofascism. An insanity infecting a goodly proportion of the world's population need be in no sense monolithic to be one of the greatest threats the West has ever faced. This much, however, must be said: don't overlook the monumental threat posed by a militarily and economically resurgent China. Islamofacism is not the only deadly threat we face on the world stage.

HT: Real Clear Politics

In defense of Thompson's Schaivo remarks

As commenter Carl Vehse points out, in context, Fred Thompson's actual comments concerning the Terry Schaivo case referred to in the previous entry don't quite say what they were reported as saying.

Thompson stated as a general principle that matters of law regarding death should be settled on a local, rather than Federal level. But he also made it clear that he did not recall the specifics of the Schaivo case, so his remark cannot fairly be interpreted as commentary either specifically on that case, or on the precise issues involved in it.

It's unfair to jump to the conclusion I jumped to: that Thompson opposes eliminating the "right to kill" granted in the infamous Cruzan v. Director decision of the Supreme Court, in which food and water were defined as medical treatment and murder by starvation confused with letting the natural process of death follow its course. But I still await clarification from Thompson on this critical question of legal and societal ethics…

Thompson blows it- big time

I've been quite vocal about my support for Fred Thompson. But a remark he made yesterday disturbs me deeply- deeply enough to shake my support for him.

Thompson suggested that Congress overstepped itself when it intervened to try to prevent the court-ordered euthanasia-by-starvation of Terry Schaivo. He said that such matters are "best left to locals."

Balderdash. The issue here is whether the weakest and most vulnerable of human beings are to be vulnerable- on the basis of mere hearsay- to be killed (no, not "allowed to die") by those with a selfish interest in making them dead. If the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution is not a Federal matter, I don't know what is.

Murder is not something that can be left to local option, and Fred Thompson has some major explaining to do if he is going to retain my support.

Crusaders once again

Here is a wonderful essay by James Pinkerton on an idea that has largely passed from history, but which may yet be revived by this current, second historical wave of Islamic imperialism: Christendom.

Contrary to Terry Jones and PBS, the Crusades were largely defensive wars fought by Christian Europe in opposition to an aggressively imperialistic Islam. Back then, those threatened decided to defend themselves just as aggressively. Leftist historians tend to portray Islam as the ultimate victor in that struggle, because the Crusades failed to permanently take the Holy Land away from the followers of Muhammed. They are wrong. The true victory was the very fact that Europe abides, unconquered by the Crescent.

True, the Cross as a religious symbol no longer meaningfully represents the West in general, or Europe in particular. The West is secular, and stands, as a whole, for very little other than commercialism,personal convenience, and a remarkable (and unprecedented) lack of committment to …

Gen. Petraeus, a traitor? I think not, my moonbat friends!

First, everybody waited with baited breath for the Petraeus Report to Congress, an indication from an officer of universally acknowledged integrity and expertise of our prospects in Iraq.

Well, the report is in- and Gen. Petraeus says that President Bush's "surge" is working so well that we will soon actually be able to begin withdrawing troops! Apparently the Left is willing to put its faith in the opinion of those in the best position to know only on those rare occasions when they agree with the Left!

One would think that the anti-war crowd would be delighted. But no. Demogogic congressinal leaders Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid say that what our commanding general describes as prudent troop reductions aren't enough- and the zany radical propaganda outfit MoveOn.org has even accused the distinguished commander of our troops in the field of a "betrayal" for not recommending surrender!

You can sign a petition supporting the recommendations of Gen. Petraeus and Am…

South Carolina high school bans American flag on 9/11

Because of disturbances caused by students wearing apparel bearing the flags of various countries, a South Carolina high school has banned the wearing of all flag apparel from all countries.

Including clothing bearing the Stars and Stripes, worn on 9/11.

The inability of the administrators of Hobbton High School to distinguish between the flag of our own country- the flag of all of us- and the flags of other nations carrying possibly divisive messages speaks volumes. The notion that Old Glory- especially in America itself- carries no message that differs from that symbolized by any other flag seems to me to be an especially ominous symptom of advanced political brain rot.

HT: Drudge

Israel blasts Syrian nuclear plants; U.S. gets ready to hit Iran

Fox News is confirming reports cited earlier by this blog that the U.S. is developing plans for a bombing campaign to take out Iran's nuclear program.

The confirmation comes as reports come in on Israeli air strikes against newly-discovered nuclear sites in Syria, possibly established through the use of North Korean technology.

The nuclearization of the Middle East is not something that can be allowed to happen if nuclear war is going to be avoided. Period.

Hat Tip: The Drudge Report

Various things

The Bears beat themselves Sunday. Having shut L.T. (and the Chargers' offense) down throughout most of the game (first time San Diego had been shut out for an entire half in a forget how many years), they let two fumbles and an incredible play in which a kick hit a blocker and was recovered by the Chargers to beat them. Good news: this was a sloppy game which, were it not for the turnovers, the Bears easily could have won. Bad news: they can't be that sloppy again. And we can't afford to lose Mike Brown for the entire season again. Losing Dusty Dvorcek doesn't help, eitehr

The Cubs tumbled briefly from first place- and then had their favorite tonic come to the rescue. It seems that we can almost always beat the Cardinals- and so the Good Guys did last night, climbing back into a tie for first. Keep up the good work, guys.

Now that Fred Thompson is in the race, look for the unprecedented number of hit pieces on him in the MSM (involving an unprecedented number of trivial …

Bomb. bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran?

A friend in Washington tells me that there is a lot of buzz among the "neocon elite" to the effect that we're going to take out the Iranian nuclear facilities next month. He links to this story in The New Yorker as supporting evidence.

A real, live, all out war with Iran is inevitable, and in fact twenty-eight years overdue. But our committments in Iraq and Afghanistan make such a war at this time impossible. While I continue to think that war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq was also inevitable, and while (the Left and the MSM to the contrary) the decision to go to war against it at the time that decision was made and with the information at hand was an eminently reasonable one, the restraint the current conflict in the Gulf places on our ability to deal with what is, ironically, to a large extent the real enemy even in Iraq is thereby limited. You can't fight a war with air power and naval bombardment alone-wars are actually won on the ground- and if we'd known th…

A short-lived insanity

Judge Robert Hanson has stayed his order setting aside Iowa's law banning gay "marriage" until the Iowa Supreme Court can have a shot at the issue. That may not happen until next year.

Meanwhile, the question of the legal status of the same-sex "marriages" performed early yesterday here in Polk County should be an interesting topic if- as I expect- the law is upheld.