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This is getting ridiculous... and worrisome

The Blackhawks just lost to the Blues, for crying out loud.

We're in in big trouble, folks... and at precisely the wrong time.

If the Capitols win the Stanley Cup because of the injury to Campbell, it will be an injustice of historic proportions.

Is Jonathan Toews ManBearPig from South Park?

Well, no. But a new mural on the Eisenhower Expressway might make you wonder whether the Blackhawks' captain is the mythological creature of television fame.



I'm also a bit worried about the presumption of the depiction of the Stanley Cup in the mural. The way the Hawks have been playing in the absence of two of their best defensemen raises serious questions about how far they'll get in the playoffs even if their goal-tending stabilizes.

HT: Bleacher Report

And while the Left whines about the Tea Baggers exercising their freedom of speech....

...their comrades in totalitarianism have deprived Karl Rove of an opportunity to exercise his:



The Left, as Mr. Rove rightly says, has always believed that the Bill of Rights only applies to people it agrees with. The disgusting hypocrisy with which it seeks to suppress the right of the Tea Baggers to express themselves by using the rhetoric (rather than the actions) of a loony minority as an excuse sorts well with the actual disruption of Mr. Rove's attempt to exercise his First Amendment rights.

Somewhere, Saul Alinsky- President Obama's mentor- is smiling. The Left continues to follow his Rules for Radicals.

HT: Drudge

Outrageous and disgusting

The family of a Marine killed in Iraq is being ordered- by some logic I don't pretend to fathom- to pay the appeal costs of anti-gay and military protester, Christian apostate, and general whack-job Fred Phelps after what strikes me as a very reasonable judgment against him for having the gall, the ingratitude, the bad taste, and the bad manners to picket the Marine's funeral.

I don't know whether to be more disgusted at Phelps- by whom all decent people are perennially disgusted- or at the court.

While Obama fiddled....

The CIA reports that Iran has had the capability of building nuclear weapons since 2009- and that, while it apparently has not yet done so, it is keeping its options open.

God help us all if they ever decide to pursue that option. And the report only underscores how urgent is the task of defeating our ineffectual president in 2012.

If we have that long.

HT: Drudge

Obama makes history- but not the history his supporters think

Matthew Continetti of the Weekly Standard is right: President Obama will go down in history as the president who signed the health care bill.

Only history won't say about him what he hopes. The man who increased the deficit in his first month in office by more than George W. Bush did in eight whole years will be remembered as the president who took a difficult moment in American economic history, and made it harder to put behind us.

HT: Real Clear Politics

Arrest made in death threat against a Republican congressman

While Democrats complain that wild-eyed Tea Baggers are about to kill them all and that the entire Republican party is to blame, it might be worth noting that a man was arrested today for threatening the life of Rep. Eric Cantor (R, Va).

I know of no case in which anybody has been arrested yet for threatening the life of a Democratic member of Congress, regardless of how he or she voted on Obamacare. And I should point out that I, at least, do not hold the entire Democratic party responsible for the threat against Rep. Cantor. Neither, I strongly suspect, does he.

Of course, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla) apparently would classify Rep. Cantor's nefarious trick of having somebody plan to kill him as the equivalent of the way the Nazis handled the Reichstag fire.

HT: Drudge

'Good Friday' not good enough for Davenport

The Mississippi River city of Davenport, Iowa has decided that calling the holiday school kids and municipal officials get this Friday "Good Friday" violates the separation of church and state.

Horse hockey, as Col. Potter used to say on M*A*S*H.

There is a vast difference between government at any level acknowledging the religious beliefs of a certain group within the population, and that same government endorsing those beliefs. One might even argue that all of us taking a day off on the holy days of other people's religions might help us to understand those religions better, and foster an increased appreciation for the diversity of our society.

Jefferson never wrote that the government should be hostile to one religion, or all religions, or even that it should pretend that they don't exist (while I would expect atheists and agnostics to bristle at this, their belief systems are properly granted exactly the same treatment Christianity or Judaism or Islam receives at t…

Davenport decides to rename 'Good Friday' 'Spring Holiday'

Davenport, Iowa has decided to re-name Good Friday "Spring Holiday" for purposes of closing schools and government offices that day.

I have mixed feelings. Certainly Jewish kids should no more have to take a day off from school to celebrate a Christian holy day than Christian kids should have to take a day off to celebrate Yom Kippur. On the other hand, I don't think many kids- Christian or Jewish- would object to strenuously to being given a day off from school for pretty much any reason. And more to the point, there is a difference- which modern secularists fail to recognize- between government acknowledging even sectarian religion and government endorsing it.

Personally, if it were practical, I think it would be reasonable to close the schools and government offices for all holidays celebrated by major religions- and to call the holidays by their proprer, sacred names, too. I think it would be great for Christian kids to learn about Yom Kippur, and its significance for …

Nothing like a cold winter...

"A Nazi allusion that may be seized on by Republicans?"

You'd better believe it!

Another congressional moonbat is trying to blame the Republican party for threats a handful of his fellow fanatics on the other side of the spectrum have made against Democrats.

It seems that when Eric Cantor points out that shots have been fired at his office, and his fellow Republicans report that they, too, have been targeted for threats of violence by disgruntled whack-jobs, this is the equivalent of the Nazi response to the Reichstag fire.

Do these Democrats even realize how all this hysteria and overheated rhetoric makes them look to objective observers? I'm a registered Republican- and I, for one, resent being compared to the Nazis, Rep. Grayson- especially for behavior with which I have absolutely nothing to do.

Ack! Hendry is still being Hendry

The Cubs have traded slick-fielding Andres Blanco, whose bat showed clear signs of coming around late last season, to the Rangers for a player to be named later.

This is a move worthy of Jim Hendry's last off-season. I've been all for giving Hendry one more year at the helm. But maybe the Cubs would be better off giving Greg Maddux his job now.

They are going to regret this.

Breitbart offers $100K for evidence that Tea Baggers used the 'N-word'

Conservative publisher and blogger Andrew Breitbart is offering $100,000 to the United Negro College Fund if congressmen who claim to have heart the "N-word" fifteen times during their stroll through the recent Tea Party rally can actually prove that they heard it even once.

The MSM, of course, has pronounced the Tea Baggers guilty even in the absence of evidence.

McConnell on alternatives to Obamacare

Apropos of my observations concerning the silly attempts of the Left to make opposition to Obamacare about anything but that deeply flawed and unaffordable piece of legislation, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is already talking about the GOP posture toward the health care issue going forward: repeal the bad parts of the bill, and replace them with better ideas.

Sen. McConnell's remarks belie the meme that only Democrats are concerned about the problems posed by the present system. But it is admittedly easier to make wild accusations against one's opponents than to engage them in constructive debate, and the path of least resistance seems to have badly addicted the Democrats during the eight years they were out of the White House.

That's Rich!

According to Frank Rich of the New York Times, the anger about Obamacare isn't about massive government spending we can't afford or the government takeover of an entire segment of our economy.

It's about white Americans feeling threatened by Barack Obama, African-Americans, and other minorities.

Thank you for explaining that to us, Mr. Rich. Nobody would ever have reached that conclusion by thinking.

People predicted it before the last election, and sure enough, it's coming to pass: to disagree with Barack Obama politically is to be automatically labeled a racist by the Left and its acolytes in the media. And perhaps the greatest tragedy is that the abuse of the concept "racism" as merely a way to stigmatize one's political opponents will have the effect of rendering a word which ought to fill people with loathing and revulsion utterly meaningless to them instead.

If you're going to use the idea of racism simply as a politically convenient ad hominem to e…

Well, bless his drunken heart!

This is disturbing, disgusting... and somehow kind of touching.

In a disturbing and disgusting kind of way.

HT: Drudge

Sarah Palin calls the Left's Tea Party lies exactly what they are

Meanwhile, Politico considers it newsworthy that Sarah Palin has labeled the media's water-carrying for the hysterical Democratic slander machine that is seeking to portray the Tea Party movement- and, by extension, the entire Republican party- as inherently violent as exactly what it is: dishonest and manipulative.

What they media are repeating, Palin observes, are, quite simply, "lies."

Colbert King is the real fanatic here

This hysterical- and frankly, racist- attack on the Tea Party people by Colbert King of the Washington Postis even scarier than the ridiculous image Democrats are trying to evoke of an entire Republican party resorting to violence to express its opposition to Obamacare, or the wholly unsubstantiated charges of spittle and racial epithets supposedly hurled at Democratic congressional provocateurs during the Tea Ba'ggers' recent rally in Washington.

King's rhetoric is so far over the top that it's embarassing. Consider this ripe passage:
Without folks like them, there would be no Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity or Pat Buchanan. There would never have been a George Corley Wallace, the Alabama governor dubbed by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Diane McWhorter in a 2008 Slate article as "the godfather, avatar of a national uprising against the three G's of government, Godlessness, and gun control."Gee. I guess anybody who worries about an excessively powe…

'24' is cancelled

The last episode of 24 will air in May.

It's my favorite show. I'm going to miss it like you wouldn't believe. But I can't say I'm surprised.

In the wake of 9/11, the idea of a heroic, larger-than-life figure protecting us all from the Bad Guys and giving them exactly what they deserved (with due homage to the ethical questions rendered by a tortured conscience) was irresistible. And despite lapses in realism that even knowledgeable and diverse fans like Bill Clinton and Janeanne Garafalo (who actually played a recurring role in the series) on the Left and Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld on the Right were willing to wink at in the interests of a more compelling narrative, the series ran with the premise for a remarkable length of time and with remarkable dramatic success.

But you can only take the audience to the edge of Armageddon so many times before it becomes passe'. A plot to assassinate a presidential candidate- and (in Jack Bauer's universe) the first A…

Mark B. Lowe is WrongO at RightOSphere

Call the notion that Mitt Romney- the guy responsible for Romneycare in Massachusetts- can't plausibly serve as the point-man for the counterattack on Obamacare, and thus is precluded from being the 2012 GOP presidential nominee "simplistic" if you must. Mark B. Lowe does.

The trouble is that not one of Lowe's points made in rebuttal of the notion even dents it. Above all, let it be clearly understood that American political campaigns are not forums in which the differences between two systems of government-managed health care can be debated in terms which clearly distinguish each from the other when one of the sides- the Democrats- is pulling out all the stops to obfuscate those differences.

Sorry. But Mitt is history, whether he ought to be or not. If he is the nominee, Obamacare simply cannot be a winning issue for the Republicans in 2012.

Is it just me...

...or is 'Give it up, girls' kind of a tacky slogan for a local drive to get young ladies to donate their used prom dresses so that girls who can't afford to buy new ones can go to their proms?

'N-wordgate,' the myth of violent Tea Party, and the manipulation of the media

Andrew Brietbart on the manipulation of the media by the Democrats in recent days.

Manipulating the media is, of course, no real trick for anybody on the Left. The media is so eager to be manipulated in the service of The Agenda that it's often embarrassing.

It's certainly ought to be embarrassing in this case.

Note that Breitbart provides something which neither those who claim that those Tea-Baggers uttered racial slurs nor insinuate that Republicans all over America are preparing to assault Democratic congressman have bothered to provide: documentary evidence.

HT: Real Clear Politics

Yucking it up with the comedy stylings of Paul Krugman

Here's Paul Krugman's unintentionally funny New York Times piece about how extremists have allegedly taken over the Republican party.

Note how Krugman's hysteria over the threats of violence which have come from certain right-wing nutjobs blends seemlessly into an attempt to implicate the entire Republican party. Note too how, for Krugman, taking exception to a piece of legislation disapproved by the overwhelming majority of the American people is a mark of extremism.

Note, finally, Krugman's failure to appreciate the central irony of his piece: extremists have been in control of the Democratic party for years!

Only one reaction is possible to Krugman's piece.

HT:Real Clear Politics

Not gonna happen.

When it comes to a 2012 opponent President Obama, Romney leads Huckabee among Ohio Republicans by four points. Democrats seem to consider Romney the presumptive GOP nominee.

But even though Mitt is "the next in line" in a party which almost always nominates the next in line, my gut tells me that it's not gonna happen.

The author of Romneycare in Massachusetts is simply not the man to run against Obamacare.

Lest the day slip by unnoticed...

Today is this blog's second birthday.

Happy birthday, All in Faber!

Conservative "hater" Coulter silenced in Ottawa by threat of violence by non-hating Leftists

As much as I love Canada, it is a strange country in some ways. Despite its commitment to democratic institutions, it has a very odd concept of free expression which criminalizes "hate speech." The practical problem, of course, is that what constitutes "hate speech" tends to depend on who is making the call. As a practical matter, the test is whether or not the person making the call approves of the position taken by the speaker. The ultimate incompatibility of such an arrangement with anything resembling either free speech or democracy of any description seems not to have sunk in up there.

A clear example is the cancellation by police order of a speech by Ann Coulter tonight in Ottawa. Ann's rhetoric is admittedly sometimes a bit... well, excessive. But I don't think I've ever read anything she's written that's as chilling as an email she was sent by the university at which she was to speak tonight warning that she could go to jail if she said …

Is Neptune a cannibal planet?

It would explain a lot if the blue gas giant swallowed another planet twice the size of Earth once upon a time, and stole its moon- Triton.

Neptune and Uranus are huge- which is hard to explain if they formed where they are now, in the material-thin outer reaches of the solar system. Scientists reason that they either formed closer to the Sun and drifted outward, or absorbed other, smaller bodies. And Triton orbits Neptune in the opposite direction from the planet's rotation, which can most easily be explained by its having been captured by Neptune rather than originating with the giant blue planet.

Who says those Democratic congressmen are telling the truth?

Some hard Left Democratic congressmen report overhearing Tea Party activists use racial epithets and other unsavory language at their rally the other day. They also claim to have been spat upon. If either of these accusations is true, it is nothing less than shameful. But the thing is, we have only the word of those congressmen that either of them is true.

Not only have some in the MSM accepted their unsupported allegations as unchallengeable fact, but they are going from there to build what may well be a smear in the first place into an indictment of the entire Republican party!

Look, dudes. I don't know what those partisan politicians really heard or didn't hear from those anonymous ideological opponents of theirs whose side of the story is unavailable to us. But it seems to me that your own journalistic integrity is compromised when you treat such unsupported charges as gospel, much less extrapolate from hateful attitudes which may or may not be held by a group of activists t…

The hard Left is firmly in control of the Democratic party

From the White House: The Executive Order

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 21, 2010

STATEMENT FROM COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR DAN PFEIFFER

Today, the President announced that he will be issuing an executive order after the passage of the health insurance reform law that will reaffirm its consistency with longstanding restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion.

While the legislation as written maintains current law, the executive order provides additional safeguards to ensure that the status quo is upheld and enforced, and that the health care legislation's restrictions against the public funding of abortions cannot be circumvented.

The President has said from the start that this health insurance reform should not be the forum to upset longstanding precedent. The health care legislation and this executive order are consistent with this principle.

The President is grateful for the tireless efforts of leaders on both sides of this issue to craft a consensus…

Text of the Executive Order

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 21, 2010

STATEMENT FROM COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR DAN PFEIFFER

Today, the President announced that he will be issuing an executive order after the passage of the health insurance reform law that will reaffirm its consistency with longstanding restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion.

While the legislation as written maintains current law, the executive order provides additional safeguards to ensure that the status quo is upheld and enforced, and that the health care legislation's restrictions against the public funding of abortions cannot be circumvented.

The President has said from the start that this health insurance reform should not be the forum to upset longstanding precedent. The health care legislation and this executive order are consistent with this principle.

The President is grateful for the tireless efforts of leaders on both sides of this issue to craft a c…

Press release from House Minority Leader John Boehner on the health care deal

This from the office of House Republican Leader John Boehner:
The law of the land trumps any Executive Order, which can be reversed or altered at the stroke of a pen by this or any subsequent President without any congressional approval or notice. Moreover, while an Executive Order can direct members of the executive branch, it cannot direct the private sector.

Because of Roe v. Wade, courts have interpreted the decision as a statutory mandate that the government must provide federal funding for elective abortion in through federal programs. In other words, no Executive Order or regulation can override a statutory mandate unless Congress passes a law that prohibits federal funding from being used in this manner. Legal experts at the US Catholic Conference of Bishops, National Right to Life Committee, Americans United for Life, and Family Research Council have confirmed this view that if the Senate bill is signed into law, it is a statutory mandate for the new health plans to include …

Boehner on that executive order

From the office of House Minority Leader John Boehner:

The law of the land trumps any Executive Order, which can be reversed or altered at the stroke of a pen by this or any subsequent President without any congressional approval or notice. Moreover, while an Executive Order can direct members of the executive branch, it cannot direct the private sector.

Because of Roe v. Wade, courts have interpreted the decision as a statutory mandate that the government must provide federal funding for elective abortion in through federal programs. In other words, no Executive Order or regulation can override a statutory mandate unless Congress passes a law that prohibits federal funding from being used in this manner. Legal experts at the US Catholic Conference of Bishops, National Right to Life Committee, Americans United for Life, and Family Research Council have confirmed this view that if the Senate bill is signed into law, it is a statutory mandate for the new health plans to include fede…

Stupak caves

Rep. Bart Stupak has announced that the reported deal between pro-life Democrats and the White House is done.

The "Blue Dogs" will vote for the health care bill, and in return President Obama will sign an executive order supposedly strengthening prohibitions against Federal funds being used for abortions. Trouble is, many believe that the bill requires such use of Federal funds, and that nothing the president does can change that.

Or not!

Newt Gingrich tweets that the health care bill contains a statutory requirement that Federal funds be spent on abortion. He says that an executive order can't trump that requirement; that only Congress can do what the president has promised Stupak and his friends to do.

Obama to sign executive order strengthening abortion ban; Stupak and company will vote for the health care bill

Congressman Stupak and his fellow pro-life Democrats have agreed to support the health care bill in exchange for a promise by President Obama- who campaigned as an opponent of the Hyde Amendment forbidding the use of Federal funds for abortions- to issue an executive order strengthening the ban.

The bill will almost certainly now pass. But a major pro-life victory has been won in the process by Stupak and his fellow "Blue Dogs."

ADDENDUM: Scratch that last comment. A consensus is emerging among thoughtful opponents of the bill that no executive order can trump the statutory requirements of the bill itself.

Rep. Stupak and his colleagues have not, after all, won a victory for the pro-life cause, major or otherwise. They have simply been snookered by the administration.

BREAKING: Obama strikes deal with pro-life Dems to cinch health care passage- in exchange for strengthened abortion ban!

President Obama, who campaigned on a pledge to seek repeal of the Hyde Amendment banning the use of Federal funds to pay for abortions, has agreed instead to issue an executive order strengthening the ban in exchange for the votes of pro-life House Democrats who had threatened to oppose it.

The bill will almost certainly now pass. In the process, however, Bart Stupak and his fellow "Blue Dogs" have won a major victory for the pro-life cause.

ADDENDUM: Or not. The consensus among thoughtful observers seems to be that no executive order can trump the provisions of a law which- the protests of its supporters to the contrary- does indeed mandate the use of Federal funds for elective
abortions.

Stupak and company seem to have been snookered.

Hawks lose

Hawks lose to Phoenix in a shootout, 5-4.

Still number one in the Conference, though.

We play them again Tuesday night at home. Better win.

ADDENDUM: The Hawks are only a .500 team since the Olympics. This has to change.

Fast.

So much for media objectivity

Journalist M.Z. Hemingway was at the Tea Party rally for about five hours today.

She reports that, with the exception of a Fox News shoot at the end of the rally, she saw absolutely no evidence of any coverage of the event by the mainstream media.

Don't look now...

...but Ryan Theriot, the Cubs' shortstop and newly-designated leadoff man, leads all of baseball in spring training with a .536 batting average.

A petition to the UN

The petition below can be signed here.

The Declaration of Human Rights, referenced below, was adopted and proclaimed by the UN General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948.

Recalling that:

The Universal Declaration is a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all Nations,



Bearing in mind that:

Human rights, dignity, freedom, equality, solidarity and justice constitute the spiritual and moral patrimony on which the union of Nations is based,


Stress that:

Proper consideration must be given to

1. The right to life of every human being, from conception to natural death, each child having the right to be conceived, born and educated within the family, based on marriage between a woman and a man, the family being the natural and fundamental group unit of society,

2. The right of every child to be educated by his or her parents, who have a prior and fundamental right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.


Therefore, we call…

Romney leads Huckabee, Palin in early poll

A new survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, shows Mitt Romney with a narrow lead over Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin among Republicans as their choice for president in 2012.

The "next-in-line" in a party which almost always nominates the "next-in-line," Romney nevertheless will have to weather what figures to be a major storm over the similarities between the health care plan he had passed when he was governor of Massachusetts and Obamacare. And candidates like Tim Pawlenty and Mitch Daniels, whom I suspect will be much heard-from before the next Republican nominee is crowned, are at present not well enough known by rank-and-file Republicans to register in the polls.

Say what?

Douglas Burns of the Carroll, Iowa Daily Times Herald has presented us with one of the most poorly reasoned opinion pieces I've seen in some time.

The admittedly somewhat ripe Iowa Family Policy Center- a conservative Christian group which says that it will withhold support from anti-gay "marriage" former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad if he, rather than their favored Bob Vanderplaats, wins the GOP gubernatorial nomination in June because Branstad isn't anti-gay "marriage" enough- is headed by a gentleman named Chuck Hurley. Mr. Hurley recently made the controversial statement that homosexuality is more dangerous to one's health than smoking.

That might be a debatable point, but it's not absurd on its face. Anal intercourse always causes physical injury, and gives various bacteria present in fecal matter access to the bloodstream. Moreover, it's no secret that the life expectancy of male homosexuals is significantly lower than that of the general popula…

'Vlad the Inhaler' has been smoking something nasty

Russian Prime Minister and power behind the throne Vladamir Putin has pledged Russia's help to the whack-jobs in Tehran in building a nuclear reactor.

Russia has historically seen itself as Iran's protector. But it's endangering itself- and the entire world- in giving nuclear technology to an irresponsible and unstable regime which supports international terrorism and threatens the security of everybody on earth.And make no mistake: if Iran develops "peaceful" nuclear technology, it will become a nuclear power- and that will constitute the greatest threat not only to the peace but to the survival of our species in history.

Fess Parker is dead

Fess Parker, who became my generation's first celebrity idol when he starred as Davy Crockett in the very first TV mini-series and later portrayed Daniel Boone in the conventional series of that name, died today at 85.

Every kid of my generation wore a coon skin cap back in 1956, when Disney's Davy Crockett aired, and it would be hard for younger Americans to imagine what a big star he was. The Ballad of Davy Crockett (below, in its entirety) topped the recording charts, and Crockett-mania seemed to permeate every aspect of our popular culture.

While he looked nothing like the real Crockett, he was stuck with that identity in the minds of the American people. That's doubtless the reason why he was cast as Boone, another coonskin hat-wearing hero. Hopelessly type-cast, he didn't appear all that often on either the large or the small screen once the Boone series was canceled, and sort of faded from the public eye. But there's not a person of my generation who doesn&#…

Wisniewski's dirty hit tonight makes Ovechkin's on Sunday look good by comparison

James Wisniewski of Anaheim has knocked Brent Seabrook out of tonight's game with a hit that makes Ovechkin's on Soupy last Sunday look clean by comparison. The hit is at about :15 of the video below; a close-up can be seen at 1:18. After watching the closeup, it's obvious to that Seabrook suffered a concussion.

Incredibly, Wisniewski- who charged Seabrook from somewhere in the adjacent county- only got a two-minute penalty. And Seabrook didn't have the puck! Reportedly a complaint has been registered with the league office by off-ice officials.The Hawks' announcers expect that Wisniewski will be eventually be suspended.



ADDENDUM: In what the Hawks' announcer John Wiedeman calls "one of the worst-officiated games I've ever seen," featuring officiating Troy Murray called "reminiscent of the Keystone Cops," Brent Sopel of the Hawks has been blatantly cross-checked out of the puck, resulting in the lead goal for Anaheim.

ADDENDUM II: Ducks win…

Good luck, Corey!

Cristobal Huet has the flu, so Coach Quennville is starting rookie Corey Crawford in goal tonight against the Ducks.

Crawford's only NHL victory was against Anaheim at the UC last March.

C'mon, guys. The playoffs loom. Time to get our mojo back.

Yes, this Lutheran is wearing green today

My grandmother was born and raised in Downpatrick, County Down, where St. Patrick (as well as St. Columba and St. Brigid) are buried. I am descended from the Protestant leader of Wolfe Tone's rebellion in Ulster, Henry Joy McCracken, through his illegitimate daughter Maria. McCracken died on the gallows as a martyr to Irish freedom on July 17, 1798. So yeah. I may not be Catholic, but I'm wearing green today. That's not about religion. It's about the land of my ancestors, and it's about freedom.

The shamrock, on the other hand, is about religion. It derives its significance from its use by Saint Patrick as an illustration of the Holy Trinity. In this post-modern world, even advertisements for Beamish Irish Stout confuse the shamrock with the four-leaf clover. They are, however, two entirely different pieces of flora. "Luck o' the Irish" or not, four leaf clovers have no place in the celebration of St. Patrick's Day.

Here is an entry I did a few ye…

Ovechkin apologizes- and Soupy WILL be back this year

Alex Ovetchkin has this to say about the hit that broke Brian Campbell's clavicle and rib:
I am very sorry that Brian was injured and I hope he is able to return to his team soon. NHL hockey is a physical game. We all play hard every time we are on the ice and have battles each shift in every game we play so we can do our jobs and win. As players we must accept responsibility for our actions and I am no different but I did not intend to injure Brian and that is why I was disappointed with the NHL's decision yesterday. Every time I have the honor to play for my team, I will continue to do what I have done since I was taught to play. I will play hard, play with passion and play with respect for my teammates, opponents and fans. I look forward to returning to my team and doing everything I can to be the best player I can be."
More on the story: Soupy will avoid surgery and be out only six to eight weeks. He'll return to the Hawks in May at the earliest. He'll miss the…

Ovechkin gets a two game suspension for likely ending Campbell's season

Alex Ovechkin's dirty hit on the Blackhawks' Brian Campbell (video below)- a hit which broke Campbell's clavicle and ribs and probably ended his season- has earned him a two-game suspension.



A Maple Leafs fan I know called Ovechkin's blindsiding of Campbell "flat out dirty." The on-line reaction among Caps fans seems to echo that of the Washington management: that the hit was no big deal, and that Ovechkin really didn't do anything wrong. Some have even suggested that Campbell took a dive!

Personally, I think ten games would have been more appropriate, especially given the fact that Ovechkin is a repeat offender. Two days earlier, he'd been given a previous match misconduct for kneeing Tim Gleason of Carolina (see video below).



Ovechkin may be the NHL's leading scorer, but that doesn't mean he should be treated any differently from any other NHL player who begins to display a pattern of dirty play.

Contrition? Ovechkin's response to Campbell&…

Oh, please.

The photo below was actually run by the New York Times:




These have appeared in the media before, or have been used as campaign materials:











These are admittedly either sarcastic or satirical. But they draw their relevance from the fact that nonsense such as the pictures above has been appallingly common:







HT: Drudge