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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

If something happens at 3AM

Clinton threatens to 'obliterate' Iran if Israel attacked

Maybe we should let her sleep

Monday, April 21, 2008

Adults Only

Check out this blog. When you get there read a couple of posts to catch his drift.

I heard this fellow (Bruce Gagnon) on NPR today. With everything I have to worry about, and all the things I've given you to worry about, now we revisit the military industrial complex and its aspirations for space.

It's too heavy a topic to deal with briefly. I'll just mention a few points.

Shooting down that satellite last month was a test of our anti-satellite technology, which congress had banned the pentagon from testing.

Every year the proposal is brought to the United Nations to ban weapons in space, and every year the measure is vetoed by the US.

If the US can achieve dominant weapons in space the rest of the world is ultimately defenseless.

Space weaponry is so expensive the US will have to cut social security and Medicare to afford it, which is what it's advocates recommend we do.

He poses the question, what is America's role in the world? Guarantor of peace and freedom? Please. We are no longer a leading manufacturer or even innovator. Banker to the world? That myth is being dispelled before our eyes. The only identity we have left is military power.

Once the means are at hand it is always easy to create a justification for attacking someone, and as we face unending war the people will be called on to continually surrender more of their material well being, their liberties and constitutional protections.

Big defense contractors are among the biggest campaign contributors. It's a win-win for the politicians. They can take the big money, and vote for obscene appropriations pretending to be concerned for America's "secutity".

50 years ago Eisenhower warned against the military industrial complex. Well, it's here and its ugly.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

I'm not sure this article is in good taste

so I'm not going to paste it here, except for the first few lines:

Benedict Meets With Notre Dame Abuse Victims
Posted on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 12:31:32 PM EDT

Tragedy here "of immense proportions," pope says.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Pope Benedict XVI came face to face Thursday with a scandal that has left lasting wounds on the American church, holding an unannounced meeting with several Notre Dame players who claim they were abused by opposing teams.

President Rev. John I. Jenkins, who organized the meeting and attended, gave the pope a notebook listing some 65 players who had been abused by Southern California alone going back several years, a Vatican official said.

"It was a moving, healing experience," cornerback and victim spokesman Terrail Lambert told reporters afterward. "It was very emotional. There were a lot of tears

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Irish Ruggers

They do pretty good on what must be the national anthem (because in its in Gaelic), but they really get into The Soldiers Song, Answering Ireland'S Call.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Blue Gold

The spring game is Saturday, but I'm not going. It would be nice to see the new and developing talent, but there's some stadium repair going on and seating might be tight. Also, I think on both sides of the ball they're going to be very vanilla.

But come the fall, I'd like to go to see the opener on Sept 6 vs San Diego State or the Purdue game three weeks later.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Alright, you mugs,

I see some coments, see, or the kitten gets it.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Malachy Ross and Poppo (stolen from John)

Aaah, Ya got me

The Dark Irish

The term generally refers to Irish with dark complexions and black hair. I heard it theorized once that they descended from sailors from the Spanish Armada who swam ashore and stayed in Ireland. I think it's the Celtic strain, the old Irish from before the fairer Gaels and later the Vikings invaded. Even though the Celts were spread all over modern Europe 2500 years ago the bloodline and culture remain purest in the remote corners of the continent, Galicia in Spain, the Vendee in France and in the west of Ireland. The music and dance of these regions suggests a common heritage.

But, the phrase to me brings to mind the darker side of the Irish psyche. The inclination to wish ill to the prosperous, to suspect that their misfortunes result from conspiracies against them and betrayal, and to turn bitterly on their fallen heroes.

In light of these recognized tendencies, I'm going to concentrate on how the ND hockey team has risen to the pinnacle of their sport this year and been the Cinderella team of the championship series knocking off the number one cede New Hampshire, last years champs, MSU, and all time championship leader Michigan, before falling to the Boston College Eagles. I'm not going to dwell on the bad calls inflicted on the Irish in the game. the fact that the team's captain and best player was out due to injury, or the fact that the Irish held the puck too long and didn't rush the net and couldn't score on one of six feckin power play opportunities. Oooops.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

If I couldn't be me I'd like to be

this guy


More Hockey

ND beats Skunkbears in overtime in hockey semi-finals

Here's the UTube clip

Championship game vs BC tonight on ESPN.

Saturday, April 05, 2008


The Notre Dame ice hockey team plays Michigan in the semi-finals of the ncaa championship next week. The other three teams are Michigan who we really dont like, Boston College who we really don't like and the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota, who as you may or may not know told the NCAA to kiss their ass when the NCAA said they couldn't use an indian tribal name for an athetic team. The cool thing is the fighting Sious also use the overlapping ND monogram.

The irish will have to play tough defense to advance to the finals, so let's see what a really fired up defense can do. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Hanson brothers.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

A helpful Utility

Need a screen cleaner? This puppy will help.