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Tuesday, November 09, 2004
NFL thoughts.

A few ponderings that I have:

I think there is no question in anyone's minds who the hottest team in the NFL is, and that's the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The additions of Ben Roethlisberger and Duce Staley were proven to put them over the top. 

Roethlisberger is having the same year Tom Brady had during the Patriots first Super Bowl run.  He's a pretty big guy, standing at 6'5 and weighing over 240, but can move with ease and can throw under pressure.  He currently has a 105.2 quarterback rating, which is good for a QB with years on his belt, and even better for a rookie.  I watched both the Eagles and Patriots games, and I thought he did a pretty decent job.

But the anchor of that offense is the ground game, and the Eagles showed they still can't stop the run.  Jerome Bettis is one of the best running backs of all time, as he's #6th in the all-time yardage for a RB and is guaranteed a spot in the Hall.  But considering all of the injuries and also being downgraded once Duce Staley came from Philly this year, it's a shame that Philly can not muster up enough to keep Bettis under 100 yards.  And it goes to show that Philly would probably be on a 2-game losing streak if Jamal Lewis wasn't serving his suspension for being charged with drug trafficking earlier this year.

But with all of that, Philly will still win the NFC East this year and will have home field throughout the playoffs.  The NFC is quite weak this year, as there is no one other than the Eagles that looks like they can contend for a Super Bowl.  The only ones that comes close to Philly is probably the Vikings, as long as Culpepper can keep launching bombs and outrunning defensive linemen.  However, they need a damn defense, which is why they lost last night's game against Indianapolis.

The cream of the crop:  Steelers, Pats, Eagles, Colts, Chargers.  I suppose alot of naysayers are apologizing to Marty Schottenheimer right about now, as the Chargers are now 6-3 after going 4-12 last year.

The toilet bowl:  Dolphins, Panthers, Niners, Cows, Cards.  Four of those five are in the NFC.  Which one will be the last to get Win 2:  the Dolphins, Niners, or the Panthers?  Ugh.  Right now, the Panthers are just finding ways to lose games.  I know they've lost 10 guys to injury, but when you lose games in such a fashion as they've been doing, that's no excuse.  You don't need to be skilled to avoid penalties.

I'll have more later this week, including my picks.

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Monday, November 08, 2004
LGF alerts AP journalist photos of insurgent attacks.

This is absolutely reprehensible.  I can't imagine any journalist in their right minds that would stand there and shoot pictures while insurgents attack our troops (hat tip: Little Green Footballs.  Pictures are via Yahoo):

And this journalist, Bilal Hussein, just stands there while they do this!

I'm not saying he should do something about it.  But it would be very hard for me or any self-respected journalist to sit there while this scum continues to try to kill off our servicemen; the same servicemen that keep our country safe so his punk ass can have a job.

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The battle for Fallujah.

Let's hope our servicemen get it done this time.

We should have never let Fallujah and Ramadhi get out of control like that in the first place.  Now that the election is over, it's time to raise hell in that place.

Check out Hammorabi to find out the latest.  He's an Iraqi blogger that probably has the best insight into what's going on in Iraq.  He got harrassed today by an emailer, but I know he will continue on telling the truth about the slime that is creating terror throughout Iraq.  The Messopotamian and Healing Iraq are good ones too, with plenty of information and good punditry.

Earlier today, Allawi publicly gave permission to U.S. troops to go into Fallujah and clear it out.  This afternoon, Rumsfeld followed it up with a press conference in Washington, saying that the insurgency must end.

The troops are taking their time, as they have adding onto the air campaign they've used for the last couple of weeks, and on the ground they've closed off all points out of Fallujah.  Everyone inside is trapped.  They have already secured the western border of Fallujah, taking the main bridge and also a couple of hospitals.  Already there are complaints by leftists because military officials said doctors can not go out into the combat zone to treat the injured.

The AP is reporting today that troops have taken a couple of neighborhoods, and Marines can be visibly seen on rooftops.  Power has been cut off in the whole city, possibly setting up a humanitarian crisis because businesses have been closed for the last two days.  Richard Myers, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and U.S. Iraq Commander Gen. George Casey feel they will get into the most aggressive fighting in the next couple of days.

We'll see what happens then, but regardless, there is no doubt that they need to finish the ones that are in those two cities off.  Now will this effectively end the terror?  No, but it will mortally damage them so that we can finally capture and kill the heads of these terrorist militias.  Let's do this so we can finally have peaceful elections on January 29th.

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Friday, November 05, 2004
The Leftist Ego.

This column should be up on sometime this evening.

The Leftist Ego
By Expertise

I used to work at a pretty popular restaurant in Atlanta a few years ago. It was a pretty busy place, and once I got used to the stress and demands of serving, it was a pretty decent place to work.

One day I was cleaning up after the lunch rush, and a female coworker who had the section right beside mine and I were making small talk. She was a big-boned chick, and of course kats like her “bones”, and she was dark-skinned. I never paid her much attention, however.

So all of a sudden, she blurts out, “You know, I think you’re gay.”

It kind of took me by surprise. “Oh? Why do you say that?”

“Because all the other guys here (at work) flirt and hit on me and shit, and you never do that. I figured you must be gay.”

Now when she said that, I started laughing. Not hard, but just a chuckle. I didn’t know what else to do. I mean, was she REALLY serious?

So I replied, “I always knew Atlanta women had egos, but I didn’t think they’d get as big as yours. I mean, did it not cross your mind that I might not be attracted to you? That you might not be my type?”

When I said that, her face fell. I hurt her feelings. But what are you to do when egomaniacs try to paint you as different or possibly inferior because you don’t act the way they expect you to act?

Such is the case with leftists after Election Night. When they say something, you’re not supposed to question it. You’re supposed to shut up and get behind it. And when you don’t, you’re stupid, you’re ignorant, you’re a backwoods country hick with no formal education and gets intimate with your cousins. If that’s how you think, fine. But don’t sit there and whine afterwards when you take heavy losses in the same states and regions that you insult.

The reason Democrats got swept in the South and in the Heartland is real simple; they want to force their message upon people rather than listening to what people think and then adjusting their message to cater them. The South was owned by the Democratic Party since Thomas Jefferson was president. Now, there are only four U.S. Senators in the South that are Democrats.

Instead of learning from the drubbing they took from the Republicans and the majority of the populace, they instead engage in self-righteousness and think the people that voted are the problems, not them. And it didn’t take them any time at all to do so. Whether it was post-election rallies in San Francisco with signs saying “Fuck Middle America” or “Can We Secede Already?”, the writers at talking about “the unteachable ignorance of the Red States”, or a British newspaper/tabloid asking how 59 million people could be so stupid, the left is only digging themselves into a bigger hole with their pretentiousness and disdain.

Aren’t they supposed to be the champions of the poor and disadvantaged? That’s what they claim. But a significant amount of the majority that voted against them are lower-income earners. They don’t consider the Democrats their champion. It goes to show that saying you are and actually being it are two different things.

The Democrats look across the ocean to Europe and see the dream that has evaded them; a populace that looks to the left to take care of them and address every single need they want. But there is a significant difference between Europe and America: European countries were often started through monarchies and empires. America was founded on the idea of individual empowerment. You can not approach Americans the same as you do Europeans.

Until the Democratic Party realizes this, they will continue to be locked out of most of this country and confined to New England and the West Coast. This time it was the Southern states in the Senate. In 08 they risk losing the Great Lake states (Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania) and possibly others.

If leftists don’t get off of their high horse, they soon won’t have a horse to ride at all.

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Now that the election is over...

I feel like I can start cutting up again.

Therefore, without further adieu, I give you Toccara, from America's Next Top Model:

I bet you see why I watch this show now, huh?

This gives me TWO things to thank Ohio for.  And thank God for plus-sized models. :-D

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Wednesday, November 03, 2004
More post-election analysis.

I'm telling you don't know how relieved I am.

Not simply because Bush has been reelected, but because the whole election is over.  I don't mind the partisanship.  So what.  Elections are based on the confrontation of two people/parties with opposing viewpoints.  Get over it. 

I talked to my uncle last night.  He's home on leave from Baghdad until the 18th.  He is a 56 yr old National Guard who was activated and sent to Iraq in April and hopefully he'll be back home for good by the end of the year.  Every time the Democrats trashed Bush's National Guard service, I thought of him.  I thought about whether or not I wanted Kerry and the anti-war left to be in control of his fate while he is there.  I wondered whether or not he would have to go back, or even go to another country because of left-wing idiocy and "nuiance" by John Kerry.  There was no way I could vote for a guy like that, and neither did any of my family.

So if that means we must be forceful and voice our convictions as to what a mistake it is to allow the far left in this country to gain control of the White House, so be it.  If people are going to be pissed off, tough luck.  They'll have to get over it.  There was too much at stake to allow the left to win last night.  If they got their feelings hurt, they'll have to suck it up and learn from their mistakes.  And those mistakes does not include being too moderate.  It means doing what's best for America instead of what's best for the Democratic Party.

Having said that, I'm glad it's over.  I'm just burnt out about election talk.  And finally, that "nuisance" that was the fraud named John Kerry can finally get out of the spotlight and we can worry about finally finishing what we started in Iraq and hopefully get it at least as stable as Afghanistan is.

That means Bush can't fuck around with Fallujah any longer, and he must stem the insurgency from any rebel Shiites.  That means Zarqawi needs to be a dead man by the January elections.  Bush will be pretty busy now, because there will be several resignations from his cabinet (Drudge is reporting that Ashcroft is about to resign, but I'd take that with a grain of salt.), a possible Supreme Court resignation coming at any time, and having to get Iraq prepared in time for the elections, which will be the next bulletpoint.

However, that massive asswhupping the Democrats got in Congress makes it a little easier.  They'll fight like hell for the S.C. nomination, but it won't be too bad, and Bush should eventually get it, right?  I mean, they have an 10 seat advantage in the Senate (11 if you count Jeffords as an independent).  It shouldn't be that hard to find 5 Senators to break a filibuster, right?

Let's hope so.

Anyway, the Democrats will recoup, and they'll be the happy shiny opportunists and frauds we all know and love.  However, let's savor the moment.

In other post-election news:

   - Michael Moore is still pissed.  Is he figuring out that he can't alter an election?  How is he gonna spin this defeat?  Blame it on Kerry?

   - More about exit polls.  Hopefully this will get rid of them forever.  They were so wrong it wasn't even funny.  And I still reiterate that John Zogby looked like a fool during this whole election period by trying to make himself the story rather than the actual opinion of the nation.

Anyone that looked at the polling trends knew that Kerry didn't have the support of the majority of the nation.  However, I thought he'd have enough support to pull Ohio, in which the voter fraud stories had popped up so many times that I thought Bush would get robbed of it and thus lose the election.  And thank goodness for poll watchers; they probably saved the election for Bush.

However, that doesn't mean the left-wing bloggers should get the blame for it, as they supposedly put up fake exit poll results.  Well, then again, they do deserve some of it.  However, the media gets the blame too for not researching it before they reported them.  And it didn't help things when Zogby's ass was running around Tuesday afternoon saying Kerry would get 311 electoral votes.  He put out this lame assed excuse today.

   - I don't know whether to criticize the media for states they would orginally would have given Kerry if he was leading under the same margins as Bush or just give them the benefit of the doubt because they were trying to be cautious because of the criticism of Election 2000. 

I will say this; Election 2000 wasn't a fuck-up simply due to them calling Florida early.  It was a fuck-up because they tried to call it before polling had closed.  It was a good thing to not call a state once the precincts were actually empty rather than just after the closing hour.

But let's be real; once Bush was still up by 200,000 votes after Broward County had reported in Florida, it was a safe bet that Bush had clinched it.  But they didn't call Florida until 98% of the precincts had reported.  They turned themselves into an embarrassment by that time.  And Fox News called Ohio for Bush around 1:00 last night.  I woke up this morning around 6:30 and none of the other networks had even called Ohio even then.  Hell; I still don't think Iowa has finally been given to Bush.

I was right.  The AP still hasn't given Bush Iowa.  Oh well.  I think the media has gone from one extreme to another.

   - but there is one positive about election night:  Dan Rather.  If he isn't the funniest kat on Election Night I don't know who is.  Have you ever sat down and listened to all of the Ratherisms that is said?  If he retired and just came back for Election Night, CBS would be a better place.  But alas, they were still in third place last night.

All in all, the next four years will probably be as interesting as the first four.  I'm glad that Bush's revenge is complete from the defeat of the Democrats in 92, and I'll probably will never doubt him getting a goal done ever again.  I don't know whether to thank him, the Architect, or Melman.

Posted at 11:54 pm by Expertise
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Thank goodness.

I'm not going to lie; I thought Bush was a goner after this weekend.  I was watching the poll numbers drop on Fox News all weekend and then noticed which states he had to get in order to win.

Bush almost didn't need Ohio.  The combination of Nevada, New Mexico, and Iowa - two of those states didn't vote for him - was almost enough to seal the deal.  But no matter.

But here's the surprising thing:  do you know what pushed Bush over the top?

Social issues.  Yeah.

Particularly the anti-gay marriage movement.  11 states had that on the ballot, and one of them was Ohio.  There's no doubt in my mind that Bush would have been in trouble of that wasn't on the same ballot as the presidential election.

The Democrats have tough times ahead.  Not only did they fail to capture the presidency, but they got swept in all five Senate races in the South and then drop three state legislatures.  It looks like they will be down by 10 seats in the Senate.  Wicked.

The Democrats have three problems do deal with in the next 20 years:

1.  Turnout.  That boogeyman ain't scaring anyone anymore.  You had the largest voter turnout since 1960, and Bush still beat them by about...3-4 million votes.

2.  Population.  The South will continue to grow.  So will the Mountains and Midwest.  However, the North will continue to shrink.  That means more electoral votes in Republican strongholds.

3.  Social issues.  See above.
Maybe the Democrats will learn their lesson.  But I was thinking they would after they got smoked in 2002 in much the same way, and they pull out Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean.  So they probably won't for another four years or so.

The biggest losers were the pollsters.  John Zogby looked like a damned fool, and the exit polls were dead wrong.  I'll have more about that later though.  Bush is about to start his victory speech in a second.

Posted at 03:01 pm by Expertise
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Tuesday, November 02, 2004
I have a busy day today.

Classes until 2, then I have to drive almost an hour and a half to go to my polling place and vote (I didn't request and absentee ballot, so I'm going home.  No big deal.)  Then I gotta figure out how am I going to set up my election night news both online and off.

I knew some shit would start up today, and Drudge, as usual, is on it:

Before voting even began in Philadelphia -- poll watchers found nearly 2000 votes already planted on machines scattered throughout the city... One incident occurred at the SALVATION ARMY, 2601 N. 11th St., Philadelphia, Pa: Ward 37, division 8... pollwatchers uncovered 4 machines with planted votes; one with over 200 and one with nearly 500... A second location, 1901 W. Girard Ave., Berean Institute, Philadelphia, Pa, had 300+ votes already on 2 machines at start of day... INCIDENT: 292 votes on machine at start of day; WARD/DIVISION: 7/7: ADDRESS: 122 W. Erie Ave., Roberto Clemente School, Philadelphia, Pa.; INCIDENT: 456 votes on machine at start of day; WARD/DIVISION: 12/3; ADDRESS: 5657 Chew Ave., storefront, Philadelphia, Pa... MORE... A gun was purposely made visible to scare poll watchers at Ward 30, division 11, at 905 S. 20th St., Grand Court. Police were called and surrounded the location... Developing...

I'm sure the details of these incidents will pop up by noon today, but considering Philadelphia is a Democrat stronghold - as most metro areas are - it's very doubtful that Republicans were able to sneak votes into those machines.

This is precisely why poll watchers are needed more than ever.  However, I still don't think they'll be enough.  Good luck to Bush tonight.  I don't think he'll be able to get the Supremes to save his bacon this time around.

Also:  there's more on the line than simply who becomes president.  If Bush loses, I lose my online name.  That means I lose my name "Expertise" on Okayplayer, have to change my name on my blog, change my AIM handle, etc.  So, I'll be on pins and needles for most of the night.

Let's see what happens.  Make sure you stay tuned.

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Saturday, October 30, 2004
Osama makes a guest appearance.

If you haven't heard, Osama took time from redecorating his cave to make a new video, which was released today.

Here's some of what he said today, via Drudge:

You American people, my speech to you is the best way to avoid another conflict about the war and its reasons and results. I am telling you security is an important pillar of human life. And free people don't let go of their security contrary to Bush's claims that we hate freedom. He should tell us why we didn't hit Sweden for instance. Its known that those who hate freedom don't have dignified the 19 who were blessed. But we fought you because we are free people, we don't sleep on our oppression. We want to regain the freedom of our Muslim nation as you spill our security, we spill your security.

Osama is pretty smart.  He's using a new tactic in order to further his agenda and movement.  You see, in the past he has made leftist statements, but only as a list of grievances as warnings for the next terrorist attack.  This time he's talking directly to the American people, and most notably to the American left.

It's be real about this folks; leftists are really gullible.  They'll believe damn near anything; that's what makes them who they are.  And considering that leftists already believe that terrorism wouldn't exist if we'd just leave the Middle East alone, they'll believe this bullshit that Osama is feeding them.

Watch how he tries to make himself seem compassionate:

I will be honest with you on the moment when the decision was taken to understand. We never thought of hitting the towers. But after we were so fed up, and we saw the oppression of the American Israeli coalition on our people in Palestine and Lebanon, it came to my mind and the incidents that really touched me directly goes back to 1982 and the following incidents. When the US permitted the Israelis to invade Lebanon with the assistance of the 6th fleet. In these hard moments, it occurred to me so many meanings I cant explain but it resulted in a general feeling of rejecting oppression and gave me a hard determination to punish the oppressors. While I was looking at the destroyed towers in Lebanon, it came to my mind to punish the oppressor the same way and destroy towers in the US to get a taste of what they tasted, and quit killing our children and women.

You see; Osama didn't want to kill people.  But then he took a trip to Lebanon and got so angry about how the US attacked towers there that he decided that it was time to teach us a lesson.  That's right; Osama really likes us.  That is,until we hurt people.

Look at this:

I am so surprised by you. Although we are in the fourth year after the events of sept 11, Bush is still practicing distortion and misleading on you, and obscuring the main reasons and therefore the reasons are still existing to repeat what happened before. I will tell you the reasons behind theses incidents.

and this:

Both parties are arrogant and stubborn and the greediness and taking money without right and that similarity appeared during the visits of Bush to the region while people from our side were impressed by the US and hoped that these visits would influence our countries. Here he is being influenced by these regimes, Royal and military. And was feeling jealous they were staying for decades in power stealing the nations finances without anybody overseeing them. So he transferred the oppression of freedom and tyranny to his son and they call it th e Patriot Law to fight terrorism. He was bright in putting his sons as governors in states and he didn't forget to transfer his experience from the rulers of our region to Florida to falsify elections to benefit from it in critical times.

Doesn't that sound like John Kerry?  Distorting, misleading, obscuring?

I'm serious; reading this transcript you'd think bin Laden had a little tv in those caves watching the elections way in Pakistan.  Damn near all of the favorite Bush-bashing themes - protecting the wealthy, the Patriot Act, thirst for power, Bush dynasty...hell; he even said Bush stole the 2000 election! - are in this video.

Ain't that some shit?

And if you think that's funny...take a look at this:

Before Bush and his administration would pay attention and we never thought that the high commander of the US armies would leave 50 thousand of his citizens in both towers to face the horrors by themselves when they most needed him because it seemed to distract his attention from listening to the girl telling him about her goat butting was more important than paying attention to airplanes butting the towers which gave us three times the time to execute the operation thank god.

I wonder how that terrorist cheerleading pig Michael Moore feels that Osama has watched his movie?  I mean, every theme of Fahrenheit is right there, right up to the Bush reading the children's book reference and how long it took for him to react.  It's obvious that he's watched that movie. 

Folks, here's what I think Osama is up to...

I think he's seen the writing on the wall.  I think he has seen that propaganda piece, Fahrenheit 9/11, and he's seen all of the Bush bashing by John Kerry and the leftist political machine.  And he's seen the effects of the Madrid bombings and how they allowed a change of government.  And he smells blood.

All he had to do is ease them into it.  Make himself be seen as a bit more human, make concessions that no further attacks would be made if the U.S. pulls out of the Middle East, and make it seem as if the problem lies with Bush and the government.

As I said earlier today, terrorism depends on the most pacifist in the society you're attacking to push for compromise and/or appeasement.  Osama is manipulating them to do his dirty work with this message.

That doesn't mean he'll be able to get the leftists to get the country to appease wholly.  Unless a Green Party movement rises in this country, I doubt that will happen.  But he can get them to pull out of Iraq - possibly with a Kerry victory - and get them to cut down on support for Israel.

And if another terrorist attack does happen, leftists will point fingers at Bush just as if they were Pavlov's dogs responding to a chime. 

I don't like it, but I do see Osama's strategy.  And if America isn't careful, it just might work.  We might be able to see if it works on Tuesday night.

Someone should tell Senator Harken that Osama is not God.

Posted at 05:48 am by Expertise
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Thursday, October 28, 2004
Read this column.

I feel this - out of probably anything else - explains my sentiment on Tuesday's presidential election:

Here's a bit of it:

But above all, in this oppositional sort of age, when it is often easier to be defined by what one is against rather than what one is for, I have to say it is his enemies who most justify Mr Bush’s re-election.

The list of those whose world could be truly rocked on Tuesday is just too long and too rich to be ignored. If you think for a moment about those who would really be upset by a second Bush term, it becomes a lot easier to stomach.

The hordes of the bien-pensant Left in the universities and the media, the sort of liberals who tolerate everything except those who disagree with them. Secularist elites who disdain religiosity except when it comes from Muslim fanatics. Europhile Brits who drip contempt for everything their country has ever done and long for its disappearance into a Greater Europe.Absurd, isolationist conservatives in America and Britain who think the struggles for freedom are always someone else’s fight. Hollywood sybarites and narcissists, self-appointed arbiters of a nation’s morals.

Soft-headed Europeans who think engagement and dialogue with mass murderers is the way to achieve lasting peace. French intellectuals for whom nothing has gone right in the world since 1789.

The United Nations, which, if it had its multilateral way, would still be faithfully minding a world in which half the population lived under or in fear of Soviet aggression. Most of Belgium.

Above all, of course, Middle Eastern militants. If your bitterest enemies are the sort of people who hack the heads off unarmed, innocent civilians, then I would say you are probably doing something right.

This may sound petty. It is not. This constellation of individuals, parties and institutions has very little in common other than the fact that it has contrived to be wrong on just about every important issue of my adult lifetime.

And so, perhaps for the wrong reasons, perhaps less because he has been right and more because those who hate him so much have been so wrong, I want this President re-elected.

Go on America. Make Their Day.

Read the whole thing.  It's very moving, mainly because I agree with him on just about every fascet. 

And he's a Brit, no less!  Yanno, every time I start contemplating on whether there are even Europeans with common sense, small messages like these give me hope that there are.

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