Friday, October 31, 2008
As can be read by clicking HERE, Christopher Buckley takes issue with comments from Limbaugh. Conservative-on-Conservative verbal sparring.
And Buckley's post lets you watch Limbaugh in his studio as he talks.
For those of you readers who are men of Delta Delta, I noticed a mannerism of Limbaugh that brought back memories. He likes to pull at his shirts like a gentleman who enjoyed yanking on his sweatshirts, especially his iconic purple one.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
For those of you who are happy to describe Obama as a socialist, America's freedom fighter Mr. Colbert interviewed Brian Moore, the true socialist candidate for President, last night.
Click HERE to watch that episode. His interview with Brian Moore begins at 7:06 in. And I also recommend you watch his interview with the author Sherman Alexie, which is really funny stuff.
Obama is a capitalist.
Enough the red-baiting bullshit.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
By clicking HERE, you can see the most recent polls in states. Apparently it's a dead heat or simply quite close in Florida, North Carolina, Indiana, Nevada, and strangely enough Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, and Georgia.
Georgia, Montana, and North Dakota--you got to be kidding me.
FiveThirtyEight also provides some optimistic projections if you're voting for Obama. For that interesting Web site, click HERE.
Or heck, click HERE for InTrade's predictions.
The Senate race I'm keeping a close eye on is the one down in Mississippi. The most recent poll shows Wicker (R) only up one point on Musgrove (D). Georgia is also quite interesting.
Tucker Carlson wants to make me believe that Obama has the election won (click HERE for that column), but I'm still not believing it.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
The main concerns I have about this team are pass protection and pass rush.
At times, the very good Tennessee defensive front seven got a lot of pressure on John Parker Wilson, although some of that can be chalked up to poor pickups of blitzes by running backs.
The Tide also didn't get a lot of pressure on Tennessee' QB except when they blitzed. However, both Josh Chapman and Lorenzo Washington played well in place of Terrence "Mount" Cody, who will hopefully return for when Alabama travels down to "Red Stick" to battle the Bayou Bengals.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
If you've ever watched a Coach Saban press conference, it's obvious he thinks reporters are slack-jawed, jock-sniffing simpletons who consistently annoy the hell out of him.
Near of the end of the most recent press conference, Saban was asked about the chance of rain on Saturday in Knoxville. Here was his answer:
"What should we do? Try and get the game cancelled? What can we do? There's things that you can control and things you don't. If it rains, I bet you it rains on both teams. I bet you we have to play with the same ball. It's another one of those maturity factors, that you know it's not going to affect how I play. It's an external factor, and it's something you can't control. We try and focus on the things we can control. There are things we can do; wet ball practice or whatever so that players are more prepared to be able to manage or handle it if that circumstance comes up. You know I haven't been able to sleep for three days worried about that, so I don't know ... You know I'm kidding, right?"
After that diatribe, he left the podium.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Click HERE for a link to an article on the Senate races and Reed's perspective on how people view a possible 60 person majority in the Senate.
To me, I don't think the Dems get sixty in the Senate, but I also never dreamt of the expansive butt-kicking the GOP took in the '06 election. That was a can of electoral whoop-ass.
Regardless, a 55-58 majority might do some good in that "reaching across the aisle" is necessary. Hopefully there are enough centrist Republicans left to do business with.
Monday, October 20, 2008
This is a three-day old column, but I found it interesting.
Apparently, Christopher Buckley has come out and publicly supported Barack Obama.
The son of William H. Buckley (who started The National Review) resigned from his post at one of the flagship conservative publications.
The satirist who brought us Thank You For Smoking now says, turning around Reagan's old line, that "I haven't left the Republican Party. It left me."
Click HERE for Kathleen Parker's column on "Christo's" stance.
And you can follow this LINK to read Buckley's blog on The Daily Beast.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Although I'm sure Rush Limbaugh will chalk up Powell' s endorsement of Obama today as just a black guy supporting another black guy, I think his endorsement is one that has weight and clout. In particular, Powell's condemnation of the Ayers foolishness and the selection of Gov. Palin has to hurt the McCain camp.
Regardless, I'm intrigued by the chance of Obama winning the Show-Me State. You think he does it?
In addition, recent polls (click HERE) show the race evening in North Dakota and West Virginia. That's a surprise.
The Ole Miss victory came with a price: Terrence "Mount" Cody is out for at least two weeks. An offensive linemen rolled on the back of his right leg, and hopefully it's only a knee sprain.
Once again, Alabama got off to a strong lead in the first half, and they held on to win in the second half.
The aspect of the game that disturbed me the most is that Alabama's offensive line had a difficult time pass blocking. John Parker Wilson was pressured all afternoon, and the running game was stifled for parts of the game because they stacked the box with 8 or 9 defensive players.
When Georgia did that, the Tide made them pay. That didn't happen this Saturday.
The Tide's next game is against Tennessee in Knoxville. There might be some truth in the rumor that Coach Fulmer is going to get canned after this season; however, a decisive win versus Alabama would help his job security.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I finally got my little paws on this Bud American Ale recently.
I hereby dub it, "Brown Bud."
I was intrigued to quaff some of these suds since I had a Michelob Porter a while back that was pretty good. A-B's porter is no Boulevard "Bully" Porter, but it ain't bad.
For an industrial brew, A-B's "American" Ale is serviceable. For an Amber Ale it has a medium to light heaviness with some subtle hoppiness. I would like for the brew to be a bit more aggressively hopped. Both Anchor's Liberty Ale and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale use a good but not mouth-puckering amount of Cascade hops, and Bud American Ale could have used more Cascade since that's the type of hops they're referencing in their advertising.
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a hard ale to beat though.
Monday, October 13, 2008
As I read this article in the Daily Eastern News over lunch today, I almost shed a tear. As the Col. John "Hannibal" Smith of the A-Team said, "I love it when a plan comes together."
These college kids are recycling for the right reasons: a keg party.
For this not-so-innovative project, click HERE.
Although I don't put much stock in national polls, especially since Hillary Clinton was up big on Obama in national polls at one time, one survey now shows Obama up by double digits (Link HERE).
As I posted recently in "Off-Week Blues," Obama needs to be careful. McCain (Mississippi State) can still win this thing. Vanderbilt (Obama) can go down to defeat.
But if this past Saturday's Vandy-MS State game serves as a metaphor for the presidential race, we must keep in mind that Vandy committed some costly errors and turnovers down the stretch.
They didn't finish.
Obama needs a strong finish.
I fear the "Bradley Effect."
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Well, Tubberville fires Auburn's offensive coordinator, and they look just as bad as they did last week. That little running back from Arkansas is a heck of a player.
It wasn't close at all down in Gainesville. Wow.
The Vols have found a QB. I think they'll improve as the year progresses, but hopefully only after the Tide plays them in Knoxville. UGA dominated them though.
The Evil Genius still hasn't lost to Kentucky as a head coach. I should have known his undefeated record.
Vandy woke up and realized who they are. State won by 3 as the cow bells clattered. The 'Dores will go to a bowl though.
That's a tough loss for Mizzou. I think the Tigers give Texas some problems and possibly win.
Friday, October 10, 2008
I'm a little late this weekend with this post.
But I hope you enjoy one of my favorite Son Volt songs, "Out of the Picture." The link HERE only provides the album cover and the song playing, but hey it's a bare bones type of song."
"Take away this Columbus Day.
No more bones on display.
Black Hawk never had a say.
Just taken out of the picture.
Somewhere along the way
The clock runs out.
Somewhere along the way
It all stands still."
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I watched the debate last night, and I kept a crude tally of terms that both candidates used.
Obama referenced or used the term "middle class" (or some version) approximately a dozen times during the debate.
McCain referenced or implied that Obama will "raise taxes" approximately ten times.
As I was watching, I also tallied the number of times that McCain used "my friends," a term he likes to repeat. It's as though he's trying to present himself as approachable, but the way he delivers it makes him sound old and, well, sort of creepy to my ears. It just sounds weird to me.
McCain, by my tally, said "my friend" or "my friends" seventeen times. And as I watched, I thought about how someone somewhere has made a drinking game based on the use of "my friends."
I talked to one of my colleagues this morning, and she read that people have indeed created a "my friends" drinking game.
That other one is helping people get people drunk. Those aren't family values.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Since Alabama doesn't play this Saturday, to satiate my college football addiction I offer picks for some select games this Saturday.
Arkansas at Auburn: Sometime the offense at the Barn has to wake up. The Tigers...wait, the Plainsmen....wait, the War Eagles of Auburn finally get it together down at the Cow College. The Barn by a touchdown.
LSU at Florida: I'm still not buying LSU's QB. Florida wins, but it'll be close.
Tennessee at Georgia: Georgia will demolish the Viles. Phat Phil will eat more because of stress. That orange color will turn even uglier.
South Carolina at Kentucky: The Wildcats will block the Cocks. Big Blue by a field goal.
Vanderbilt at State: If Vanderbilt starts 6-0, I can believe that a black man with a Muslim-sounding name will become President. Beware of the Bulldogs from Starkville. Mississippi State by a point.
Oklahoma State at Mizzou: The Tiggers tune up before their trip to Austin. This game might be defense-optional. But I think the Tiggers win it before they get beat by the Longhorns.
Oklahoma at Texas. Hook 'em!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
This is what the pollsters have been drinking.
Here is Coach Saban's assessment of the game: "I know it's ugly, but we won. We put on a clinic today on how to keep the other team in the game. We left ten points on the board [in the first half]. We played pretty well on defense, other than two
screens, and we bust a coverage in two-minute that could have cost us the game. We struggled in the passing game, and we didn't protect [the quarterback] very well. We never put [Kentucky] away, and we had some chances."
The game should have been 24-0 at half. Glen Coffee, who had an outstanding game with 218 yards rushing, also had two fumbles--one on Kentucky's three yard line after a great drive and another that rolled out of bounds.
And Leigh Tiffin missed two field goals that should have been made.
The Tide has an off-week, and then they take on a tough Ole Miss team led by Rev. Nutt.
Alabama needs to get its passing game finely honed soon because John Parker Wilson showed his bad side today--staring down his primary receivers and making some questionable throws into traffic.
That Coffee is one heck of a back, however.