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ONE GOAL!: 'Serve up the calamari, and bring on the Kings!'

Thus spake Blackhawks radio announcer John Wiedemann late last night, as the United Center went wild. 

Brent Seabrook's shot had just nicked Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall and flipped past goalie Jimmy Howard to end one of the most memorable games in the history of a great rivalry. Chicago 2, Detroit 1 in overtime.

The Hawks were going to the Conference Finals. The Red Wings were going home.

Actually, calamari is squid. Octopus is sushi. But who's going to quibble? For the first time in franchise history, the Blackhawks have come back from a three-games-to-one deficit and won a series. They'll face the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Final starting this Saturday afternoon.

The Red Wings started life as the Chicago Shamrocks of the American Hockey Association. Owner James Norris bought the rights to a second Chicago NHL team, but the league disallowed the move, offering the recently vacated Detroit franchise to Norris instea…

Can you imagine if Dubyah had done this?

President Obama has reached out to the victims of the tornado in Monroe, Oklahoma.

Yes. I know it was Moore, Oklahoma. But for some reason Democrats seem to have a problem with remembering that.

Remember Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)?




HT: Drudge

Sometimes closed captioning is nearly as big a mystery as the Holy Trinity

Back in March, Lutheran Satire uploaded a jocular video on the problems with St. Patrick's analogy of the shamrock as an illustration of the Holy Trinity- along with the inadequacy of all the other analogies that have been attempted from time to time.

It seems that You Tube decided that it needed to be close-captioned so that the hearing-impared could have a theological chuckle, too.

The result was... unfortunate. Here it is:

ONE GOAL! Fun and Frolik in Detroit

O, me of little faith!

Just like everyone else, I'd written the Blackhawks off after they went down 3 games to 1 to the Octopus Brigade. But they came back stormnig Saturday night and thrashed Detroit 4 to 1. And last night, down by a goal in the third period, they scored three times to beat the Wings 4 to 3, tie the series at three games each, and force a Game Seven at the UC tomorrow night.

Turns out they needed Michael Frolik's penalty shot goal that made it 4-2. Marian Hossa- in a situation in which the Hawks had a two-goal lead and merely had to kill off a couple of minutes to be certain of victory- took a totally inexplicable penalty, giving the Wings a power play on which Damien Brunner cut the margin to one goal- and created at least the potential for some drama.

But the Hawks and Corey Crawford stood firm, and now they're only one game from the Western Conference Finals.

CHELSEA DAGGER, BABY!

ONE GOAL!: No goals

You have to hand it to the Detroit Red Wings: they are doing everything right.

Not only did they shut down Hawks star Jonathan Toews yet again, but their physical harassment made him totally lose his cool. Three Toews penalties in the second period are anything but characteristic for Captain Serious. Granted, the one that hurt- a high-sticking call which appeared to me to be the best job of diving anybody has seen since the London Olympics- was somewhat questionable. But it set up a power play goal by Jakub Kindl that essentially cost the Hawks the game with one second left on the penalty.

"We'd like to keep him in the box," Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson said of Toews. "He's not as good for them in the box."

The result: the Blackhawks- virtually unstoppable during the regular season- are one defeat from elimination in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Final score: Detroit 2, Hawks 0.

The second goal was an open-netter by former Hawk Dan Cleary as the clock …

ONE GOAL!: Gotta get those Wings tonight!

Let's hope Captain Serious and Kaner aren't whistling in the dark when they say that the Warriors of the Four Feathers are going into the game "happy and confident."

And let's hope even more that they still feel that way when we all go to bed tonight!

GO HAWKS!



Could a teleprompter keep Joe Biden tethered to reality?

Joe Biden says that "Barack is learning to speak without a teleprompter- and I'm learning to speak with one."

Gee. D'ya think that will help you remember which way you voted on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Joe?

Biden, for those who missed it, claimed during last year's vice-presidential debate to have voted against both of them. In fact, he voted FOR both of them.

HT: Drudge

You can't make this stuff up

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) blames Republicans for the Oklahoma City tornado.

Meanwhile, the creator of Comedy Central's The Daily Show has displayed both insensitivity to the people of Moore, Oklahoma and cluelessness about how serious the political abuse of the IRS is when she tweeted that the tornado unfairly targeted conservatives.

To be fairer than the tornado (or the IRS) was, she later abjectly apologized.

HT: Drudge

ONE GOAL!: Blackhawks down

The Blackhawks are a better hockey team than the Detroit Red Wings. Or at least they have more talent.

During the regular season the Hawks beat the Wings every time the two teams played. And in Game One of their Stanley Cup Conference Semi-Final, the warriors of the Four Feathers dominated the octopus boys.

But Game Two was a mirror image of the first, with Detroit doing the dominating. And last night, the Wings dominated again.

Detroit beat the Hawks 3-1 to take a two games to one lead in the best-of seven series.

Never during the regular season did the Hawks lose more than two games in a row. Never. They will come out smoking Thursday night in Detroit. They will have to. Another loss will put them one defeat from elimination.

There are lots of reasons why the Hawks are in trouble. First, the inability of Hawks star Jonathan Toews to get going in this year's playoffs has crippled them. Were it not for their depth, which has consistently gotten scoring from their second and thir…

A cautionary tale

Yesterday at the library I came across a book called Zombie Illinois. It begins with the mayor of Chicago being eaten alive by zombies on live TV.

Just shows how quickly your allies can turn against you in Chicago politics. Zombies are one of Mayor Emanuel's core constituencies. The Regular Democratic Organization has always done well among the zombies, as well as among the dead generally.

Happy Birthday, Christian Church!

Acts 2

English Standard Version (ESV)


The Coming of the Holy Spirit

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested[a] on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt a…

ONE GOAL!: Blackhawks take first of two loses to Wings

Hendrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsuk may not be Gordie Howe and Steve Yzerman, but they aren't chopped liver, either. And the Detroit Red Wings are still no pushovers in this, the sunset of their era as one of the NHL's top four or five teams.

They proved that Saturday afternoon as the Wings beat my Blackhawks 4-1 at the UC.

It was the same score as in Game One, except with the teams reversed. And it was a mirror image of the first game in another way, too: the winning team dominated the last two periods after an essentially even initial stanza.

Looking at the statistics, two things stand out. First, the Wings had 30 shots on goal to the Hawks' 20. And the Wings also dominated in the faceoff department. I think both of those things speak to what I think was the main dynamic in this game: the Wings wanted it more. They had something to prove, while the Hawks were probably just a tad overconfident, especially in their own building.

It should be noted that this is the first t…

ONE GOAL!: Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 1 in Game One

Daytwah put up a better fight than the score would indicate, but the inmates of the Madhouse on Madison were just too much.

The Hawks beat the Wings 4-1 last night in Game One of their best-of-seven Stanley Cup Western Conference Semi-Final last night at the United Center.

Game Two, which will also be at the UC, will begin Saturday at noon, and will be nationally broadcast on NBC.

Marian Hossa did score a goal, but Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane (who- believe it or not- is a finalist for the Lady Byng trophy as the NHL's most gentlemanly player!)remained in the background as the Hawks demonstrated their intimidating depth with goals by Johnny Oduya and Marcus Kruger making the difference. Patrick Sharp buried an empty-netter as the clock wound down.

Odyuh's clincher:

Corey Crawford continued to shine between the pipes. If this guy doesn't win the Vezina, there should be a special prosecutor appointed. We rock.

Poor Detroit...

The series begins at the UC at seven tonight.

Hawks in six.

Potpourii

Abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell has agreed to give up his right to appeal his murder conviction in order to avoid the death penalty. The Philadelphia...er.... physician will be sentenced to life imprisonment.

Detroit's Democratic mayor, Dave Bing, is giving up. He'll retire from office when his present term ends.

Seems like an extreme reaction to the Wings drawing the Blackhawks in the second round of the playoffs, but I guess I can understand his despair at the prospect.

Actually, Detroit's fiscal woes are probably responsible. On the other hand, Michigan's Republican governor, Rick Snyder, has announced that the hitherto strapped state will show a $483 million surplus.

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is "definitely" running for New York mayor. At least we can trust him to engage in full disclosure.

And David Axelrod, the Karl Rove of the current administration, whines that the government is "too vast" for President Obama to control.

Two things: fir…

A primer on marriage revisionism and common sense

Here's a good, short course on the drive toward the oxymoronic fad called same-sex "marriage" from the people at the Manhattan Declaration, of which yours truly is a signatory:

HUZZAH! Jack is back! Fox announces return of '24!'

Jack Bauer may be coming in from the cold.

Fox  has announced that a limited new 12 "hour" season of '24' will be broadcast beginning in May of 2014.

The series, which ended with renegade Federal agent Jack Bauer a wanted fugitive after using...er, rather extreme tactics to expose a conspiracy involving the White House to cover up Russian involvement in the murder of a charismatic, peace-seeking Islamic statesman, had a large and extremely devoted following throughout its eight year run.

The cancellation of Kieffer Sutherland's current series, 'Touch," makes him available to reprise the role of Bauer. Plans to produce a full-length theatrical film using the characters from the series had come to nothing.

I am one of many who regarded '24' as one of the finest series in television history.Each episode encompassed a 24-hour period in the life of the tormented and morally conflicted Bauer, who lost his wife during the series' first season, and t…

GOSNELL FOUND GUILTY!

Abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who snipped the spinal cords of viable babies and told jokes while doing it, has been convicted by a Philadelphia jury of three counts of first-degree murder.

He is eligible for the death penalty.

The national media pretty much ignored Gosnell's trial until Lutheran journalist Mollie Ziegler Hemingway challenged a Washington Post reporter on the subject via Twitter. Even now, the case isn't getting the coverage it should. Political correctness and simple bias trumps the journalistic instincts of the media once again.

Gosnell's house of horrors is, of course, the tip of the iceberg. If not for the geography of the child (outside the mother's body), Gosnell's murders would have been perfectly legal.

And similar crimes as morally- if not legally- repugnant are going on all over America. I can't help but reflect upon Jefferson's comment with regard to slavery: "I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just."

But …

ONE GOAL!: Hawks face Day-twah next

I got my wish. The Blackhawks' second-round playoff opponent will be their arch-rivals, soon to be moved to another division: the Detroit Red Wings.

The Hawks should win in six. But never count out the Wings, an opponent who has earned the respect as well as the distain of Chicago fans over the years. The Montreal Canadians- the New York Yankees of hockey- have won 24 Stanley Cups; Detroit is tied with Toronto for second place, with eleven (the Hawks have won four).

Detroit's last Cup was in 2008. The Hawks' was in 2010.

The Hawks, who won the President's Trophy (best regular-season record) and set an all-time record for the best start in NHL history this year (24 games in a row before their first regulation loss), will be favored- and rightly so. But never count out the Wings. It should be a great series.

I'm happy with the matchup, not only because it pits a pair of arch-rivals against each other but because I think the Hawks would have had a tougher time with t…

A lady who should make most Christian conservatives ashamed of themselves

Sometimes conservatives seem to miss the point. Not as often as liberals do. But sometimes.

And sometimes they don't. This Christian lady shames us all.

Or she should.

There are some pretty significant differences between Christianity and Islam. One of them is that if an American set off a bomb in, say, Iran, I doubt that anybody would feel compelled as a matter of religious obligation to offer him their burial plot.

I wonder why so many Christians follow the Koran rather than the Sermon on the Mount when it comes to situations like this.

Well.... not really. I know why I do so much of the time .

It's my fallen nature.

HT: Drudge

Ex-Clinton aide fears Democratic Party in decline

Doug Sosnik, the political director in the Clinton White House, sees the Democratic party headed for a nosedive once Barack Obama is no longer leading it.

And his arguments are persuasive.

Maybe there's hope for America after all.

Meanwhile, the IRS has admitted inappropriately targeting conservative groups for special attention during the 2012 campaign .

But it's sorry.

HT: Drudge

Blackhawks oust Wild, 5-1; Wings or Sharks are next

The Minnesota Wild are officially tamed.

Marian Hossa scored twice and Marcus Kruger, Patrick Sharp, and and Andrew Shaw once each as the Warriors of the Four Feathers beat Minnesota 5-1 at the United Center last night, ousting them from the playoffs.

Corey Crawford continued his spectacular goaltending, and Hawks fans continue to have reason for optimism. But it gets harder from here on out. The Hawks will play either the Detroit Red Wings or the San Jose Sharks next. Both teams are dangerous- though because of the historic rivalry between the teams and also because I think San Jose would be  a tougher opponent, I'm hoping it's Detroit.

There are only two teams I'm truly afraid of, though. Anaheim- who I have a hunch we'll end up playing in the Conference Finals- have had the Hawks' number all year. And Pittsburg, of course, is the only other NHL team this season in Chicago's class.

In any case, there's plenty of fun ahead as my Blackhawks gun for their s…

Jesus wept

Here's the story of a congregation savaged by the power-hungry nomenclatura of an apostate denomination, the "Evangelical" "Lutheran" "Church" in America:



More here.

Redford will narrate pro-Rahm propaganda piece

The Clinton News Network has commissioned a documentary series on Chicago and Mayor Rahm !@#$%">!@#$% Emanuel staring Robert Redford, whose inclination seems to be to make it a puff piece.

No information yet on whether the cameraman will be instructed to avoid showing Da Mare's jack boots.

ONE GOAL: Patrick's Sharp, Crow is stellar- and the Hawks lead the Wild, 3 games to 1

I have to admit that I'm not looking forward to the Series Two, no matter who the Blackhawks end up playing. Anaheim, St. Louis, Detroit and Los Angeles are all considerably better teams than the Minnesota Wild, and I regard the Ducks and the Blues in particular as real threats to pull an upset.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. First, the Hawks have to close out Minnesota at the UC tomorrow night. Then the time will come to worry about the Blues or Kings.

Stupid penalties kept the Hawks shorthanded throughout much of last night's game, but the penalty killing unit rose to the occasion. Goalie Corey Crawford shut the Wild out, and Patrick Sharp scored two goals (the first, below). Brian Bickel scored the other.

Final: Chicago 3, Minnesota 0.



As Barry Melrose commented Sunday, the Hawks and the Penguins are in a class by themselves. But that's not to say that there aren't teams that are close. While I think it will be the Hawks and the Pens in the Finals, any of the…

Upcoming Benghazi revelations could hurt Hillary's 2016 chances

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says that "the dam is about to break" on Benghazi- and that Hillary Clinton is going to get wet.

Don't buy those tickets for Hillary's inauguration just yet.

The story has already  broken that Special Forces operatives were getting ready to come to the aid of American diplomatic personnel at the consulate- but were ordered to stand down.

Meanwhile, an American diplomat who was present says that the attack could have been prevented if the consulate had been more aggressively defended.

HT: Drudge

The real story about the Pentagon's conflicting statements about religious freedom

The Pentagon having issued diametrically conflicting statements about its policy on members of the military sharing their faith with others, and the Left trying to argue that the whole thing is a tempest in a teapot, here is the story of what's really going on with anti-Christian activist Mikey Weinstein, Secretary of Defense Chuch Hagel, the military, and the issue of "proseletizing/evangelism."

The old razzle-dazzle- confuse the public with contradictory statements until they think that a legitimate concern is merely an extremist hallucination- is a favorite tactic of the Obama administration. They used it quite effectively to deny pharmacists and employers their First Amendment right to refrain from paying for or dispensing the morning-after pill and other forms of birth control which violate their religious convictions.

Now they're trying it with religious freedom in the military.

Note that the actual policy does not forbid proseletyzing, as Weinstein calls  it…

ONE GOAL: Sunday afternoon, the one in five

I've predicted all along that it would take the Blackhawks five games to dispose of the Minnesota Wild in their first round Stanley Cup series.

The extra game was Sunday's.

The Hawks thoroughly dominated the game during the last third of the final period and actually into the brief overtime. But in overtime, all it takes is one shot- and in a rare trip into the Chicago zone, Jason Zucker caught Corey Crawford on his knees and lifted the game winner into the net.

Final score: Minnesota 3, Chicago 2. The Hawks lead the series two games to one. I expect it to be three to one after tomorrow night, when the Blackhawks will be out to put an end to this nonsense before putting an end to the Wild at the UC Thursday night.

GO HAWKS!

Chavez only said that Bush was "the devil." But Maduro says that Obama is the "grand chief of devils."

Venezuela's deceased clown-in-chief, Hugo Chavez, is famous among other things for calling George W. Bush "the devil" in a speech before the UN General Assembly.

His successor as clown-in-chief, Nicholas Maduro, has called President Obama the "grand chief of devils."

At least crazy Venezuelan dictators seem to be non-partisan crackpots.

HT: Drudge

ONE GOAL: Hawks take 2 games to none lead on the Wild

Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick said it during their coverage of the Pen's 5-4 overtime win over the Isles this afternoon: the difference between the two favorites to win the Stanley Cup is that the Penguins are playing like they think they can win, whereas the Blackhawks are on a mission.

The Hawks demolished the Wild 5-2 Friday night in Game 2 of their best of seven series, which I still think the Warriors of the Four Feathers will win in five.

The puck dropped a few minutes ago for Game Three up in Minnesota.

From the UC Friday night:

The Pentagon won't try military personnel for evangelizing. Just for proselytizing. Uh-huh.

The Pentagon has issued a press release denying that Christians in the military can be courtmartialed for sharing their faith. Nevertheless, the policy continues to say that military personnel can be courtnartialed for "proseletyzing.'

But apparently not for "evangelizing."

The diffreence has not been defined.

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway addresses this distinction without an apparent difference quite ably here. Thanks to Mollie for clearing up some inaccuracies in this.

The ambiguity remains- especially in view of the Obama administration's record of trying to double-talk its way around policies violating the First Amendment rights of pharmacists and insurance companies who oppose abortion and/or birth control.

The battle for common sense- and survival- in the GOP

This guy speaks for me.

So does this guy. Bill Scher, I mean. Not (shudder) Rand Paul.

Being out of power has cut Republicans off from any motivation to be rational. Ideological self-indulgence is the order of the day. And while I understand the ascendancy of libertarianism- an ideology I despise- in this self-centered, post-modern, "anything goes" society, it does nothing to help the GOP serve as a bulwark against cultural anarchy.

I'm not going to become a brain-dead ideologue. Not gonna happen. And I share Mr. Scher's concern that the nomination of Paul- whose popularity with Republicans is positively scary- would lead to the breakup of the Republican party- and assure the election of Hillary Clinton in 2016.

HT: Real Clear Politics

This time, it's not the Administration's fault

Maybe it's just a matter of a cultural idiom being misunderstood, but the Bolivians are out of line for getting upset at Secretary of State John Kerry for referring to Latin America as "our back yard."

Apparently they think that an expression alluding to geographical proximity and a heightened degree of concern flowing from it actually means that the U.S. has the right to dictate to Latin American countries. Or something.

But this time- for a change- the diplomatically feckless Obama adminsitration can't be faulted. The problem was not with the sender of the message, but with the receiver.

HT: Drudge

Pentagon agrees with bigot Weinstein: Christians should be 'in the closet'

The Pentagon has confirmed that members of the armed forces who share their Christian faith can be courtmartialed for it.

Anti-Christian activist Mickey Weinstein, with whom Obama administration officials have met in order to formulate policy in this area,  calls the expression of personal religious convictions "spiritual rape," and says that those who exercise their First Amendment right to religious expression are "enemies of the Constitution."

Being willing to "make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you," but to do it with "gentleness and respect," is specifically commanded in 1 Peter 3:14-16. It is a religious duty for Christians, and therefore as clearly protected by the First Amendment as is the right of others to decline to be engaged on the subject. But here we have yet another example of radical secularists and Leftists deciding that the Constitution is unconstitutional. It appears that steps could th…