Posted on 31-10-2010
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

Jon Stewart closed out his rally Saturday with a impassioned speech (video below) on why America needs to work together.  The speech took some digs at the role of cable TV in fueling the polarization (Read this article for how MSNBC and CNN have tried to catch up with Fox in a race to the bottom).

Unfortunately with the Republican Party measuring the drapes, signalling that it will continue its plan of non-cooperation and that its top priority is making Obama a one term President (an understandable impulse politically but also not surprising for a party bereft of fresh ideas), the plea is doomed.  It takes two to tango.

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Posted on 29-10-2010
Filed Under (History, Politics) by Rashtrakut

Politicians and voters often hearken back to the golden and pure political age of the Founders.  The reality is that political disputes were extremely vicious back then and the Adams administration went as far as implementing Sedition Acts to muzzle dissent.  The man touted as the apostle of limited government and states rights would ban American ships from engaging in foreign trade.  Likewise election campaigns (notably the election of 1800) were outright nasty with verbiage that would be unthinkable today.

To prove this point, the folks at Reason came up with the clip below using the verbiage published by Adams and Jefferson supporters in their Presidential rematch.  Enjoy.

Just for kicks, included below are two classic negative ads from 1964 and 1968.

  • The infamous “Daisy” ad – which only ran once

  • “Agnew for Vice President” – Sadly Agnew had the last laugh in that election

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Posted on 29-10-2010
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The biggest family values hypocrite in the Senate, Louisiana’s David Vitter, was asked a direct question about his involvement in the DC prostitution ring in his debate on Friday.  He then spent an uncomfortable 3 minutes talking about how he has sought forgiveness from Louisiana voters, though he never said what for.  He then refused to answer a yes or no question whether his moral failings violated the law. Video below:

Personally I don’t care about politicians who stray from time to time.  I draw the line at moral hypocrites who wrap themselves in the flag of family values and further with no hint of irony co-sponsor legislation to protect the sanctity of marriage.  Likewise after the news of his involvement in the prostitution ring broke a few years ago his hypocritical fellow Senators from the self proclaimed “family values” party welcomed Vitter back with a standing ovation.

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Posted on 29-10-2010
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What would we do without YouTube.  As an ugly election cycle winds down Tea Partier Joe Miller is being slammed…by someone who wants to caucus with the Republicans – incumbent Senator and sore loser Lisa Murkowski.  The ad slams the self-proclaimed constitutional conservative for having his goon squad arrest a journalist asking pesky questions about his ethical lapses, his odd praise for the East German Stasi’s methods of immigration control and his supporters parading in a campaign rally toting assault rifles.  It then cuts into brighter tones around Lisa Murkowski.  It is hard not to see this ad and wonder what would have happened if Murkowski had taken the Miller threat seriously and gone after him harder in the primary.  Video below:

Meanwhile, Alaska’s half-term quitter showed up in Anchorage to rally support for a stumbling Miller campaign and take pot-shots at Murkowski.

Murkowski’s ad is a contrast from the type of corny yet good humored ads run by Democratic nominee and huge underdog Scott McAdams – who has the added burden of raising his public profile.  The ad below also pays homage to the rich Alaska tradition of pork and to one of the finest practitioners of the art of bringing home the bacon – the late Ted Stevens.

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Posted on 28-10-2010
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Barack Obama appeared on Jon Stewart yesterday.  While he faced a supportive audience and a non-hostile host, he still had to defend his administration on some pointed questions ranging from his alleged timidity, the failure to meet overblown expectations and to change the tone of Washington.  Obama was serious but held his own.  While he disputed some of the assertions above he acknowledged his failures on other fronts.  Full video is here.

On the same day he also sat down with a bunch of progressive bloggers (full transcript here) and faced far more pointed questions – notably on the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.

I wonder how far Obama’s willingness to compromise will hold up in the face of a Republican leadership (already measuring the drapes) that has indicated that it will not compromise.  The level of brinkmanship likely from the Republicans in the next Congress will make Gingrich’s tantrums in 1995 look like child’s play.  I hope Obama’s self proclaimed stubbornness manifests itself in defending his policies.

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Posted on 28-10-2010
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It was inevitable that the Democrats would use the Curbstomper to club Rand Paul. Rand Paul did condemn the stomper, though he tried to blame activists on both sides for the problem.  Of course Paul was not personally responsible for this attack, and that will cause some Democrats to have the vapors and probably cause Fox News to howl in outrage.  Aware of the risk of a backlash, the ad will run only after 10 p.m.

The tea party movement has tapped into a violent undercurrent out there.  Sharron Angle once notoriously called for Second Amendment remedies if Harry Reid won (lately she seems to focus on spurious voter fraud claims) and on October 15 there was another attack on someone for having the temerity to protest Dino Rossi.

This is a brutal ad that seems targeted at independents scared off by the tea party.  With Rand Paul surging in the polls it is a Hail Mary pass.   We will know next week if this make the race closer or generates a backlash.  Video below:

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Posted on 28-10-2010
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

The list of deficit peacocks preening their fraudulent fiscal conservative plumes keeps growing.  It is scary to think that a party so detached from reality will shortly be rewarded with a return to power.   Some more examples are noted below:

  • The original tea partier Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey when asked for specifics on spending cuts retreated to the standard Republican talking points which will do almost nothing to cut the deficit. Video clip is below:

  • Mike Lee the soon to be Republican Senator from Utah wants to slash federal spending by 40% while extending the Bush taxcuts and without cutting Social Security and defense.  Whatever he is smoking must be nice.  It has created a rosy tea party alternate reality.
  • Republicans are unveiling a bold plan to expand the deficit by replacing the Paygo rules currently in effect (requiring tax cuts and spending increases to be offset) with “Cutgo” (requiring only spending increases to be offset).  Even though the empirical evidence under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush indicates otherwise, Republicans continue to delude themselves that tax cuts do not diminish revenues.

It is going to be a long long two years in Republican Fantasia.

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Posted on 27-10-2010
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Rachel Maddow visited Alaska on Tuesday and interviewed all three Senate candidates.  She also got some time to talk to some impassioned yet frighteningly clueless Joe Miller supporters.  Given the general ignorance about public affairs in this country you could probably make similar clips with leftist protesters.  However, since the tea party is taking to the streets to “take our country back” in this election cycle, I am picking on their inchoate rage:

The Black Panther case alluded to at the end of the clip involved a few losers who showed up at a largely black Philadelphia voting precinct on election day.  The Bush justice department concluded that it could not pursue a criminal case and pursued a civil case instead, which was later dismissed by the Obama DOJ.  Fox made it a story about an organized and serious attempt to intimidate white voters, even though no voters seem to have lodged a complaint.

As a bonus Maddow also snagged a brief interview with Joe Miller.  It is a rare opportunity to find a tea party candidate talking to someone outside of Fox “News.”  After Rand Paul’s stumble over the Civil Rights Act, it even rarer to see a tea partier brave Maddow.  While a soon to come post will slam Miller and other tea partiers on First Amendment issues, I will give him kudos for actually talking to a journalist not employed by the Republican Pravda.  Interview below:

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Posted on 26-10-2010
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

After 60 years of trying, Health Care Reform finally passed earlier this year.  The Republicans used it to gin up support for their base.  The Democrats went silent.  This allowed Fox News and other components of the Republican media machine to rail against the law even though many of the individual components of the law are quite popular.  The advertisement below by Rick Waugh running an incredibly long shot campaign against Eric Cantor is an example of how Democrats could have thrown Republicans on the defensive:

But then if frogs had wings their butts wouldn’t be so sore.  We are after all talking about the Democrats whose spines are made of jelly.  Rather than boldly standing behind the popular portions of the law, you have people like Joe Manchin who cravenly flipped their positions for short term electoral prospects.  With Democrats unable or unwilling to tout their accomplishments during the Obama presidency, it is no wonder that the enthusiasm gap came into being.  However, undesirable the ultimate end result I will shed no tears when some of these gutless wonders (e.g. Blanche Lincoln and an assortment of Blue Dog Democrats) lose.

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Posted on 23-10-2010
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Its the type of story that drives defenders of Bill Clinton nuts.  Evidently during the Lewinsky imbroglio Clinton misplaced the “biscuit” – the device used to open the nuclear football to authenticate  a nuclear strike – for a few months.  The risks of a nuclear strike by another country were low in the Clinton presidency, but that does not excuse his lackadaisical attitude towards the codes.  The loss of the biscuit would not prevent the United States from launching a nuclear strike (and play its part in completing nuclear Armageddon) and would probably not be useful to anybody else.  But as Ambinder notes precious time would be lost clearing up the confusion before the United States could respond.  With Clinton’s office not bothering to issue a denial, the story is probably true.

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Posted on 22-10-2010
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The tea party movement has been dogged by accusations of racism.  In the age of smartphones, racially charged (and sometimes outright racist) banners in the rallies to “take America back” do not help.  And then you get banners like the one below posted by a Daily Kos diarist.  Is this a jocular riposte at the charges of racism? Or, can people really be that obtuse?  You decide:

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Posted on 22-10-2010
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

Because it was passed by a Democratic president.

Ezra Klein notes the history of Republican Senators who had no problem with a health care mandate in the past and actually sponsored legislation containing one  This has been one of the tragedies of the health care debate.  Barack Obama passed a bill that Bill Clinton could have passed in 1993 with the blessings of the Republicans in Congress.  But today that is portrayed as a socialistic power grab, even though it did not contain the public option that most of the left and a majority of the country wanted.  The question now is whether the conservatives on the Roberts court will have a similar change of heart.

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Posted on 21-10-2010
Filed Under (Politics, Religion) by Rashtrakut

This is just embarrassing.  President Obama during his visit to India will be skipping a trip to the Golden Temple in Amritsar.  The Sikh shrine is a common stop for visiting dignitaries.  Unfortunately it requires visitors to cover their heads.  Sikhs have already been targeted by ignorant bigots in the past who confuse their turbans with the headgear worn by Osama Bin Laden, and evidently in this country any such covering is Islamic.

Singed by a previous controversy during the presidential primaries when pictures of him wearing traditional garb during a trip to Africa surfaced, the Obama administration is shying clear of any repeat performance.  The underlying politics are simple.  With increasing numbers of Republicans convinced that he is a Muslim and significant numbers doubting his citizenship, the administration wants to avoid adding grist to the nutjob’s mills.

While discretion may sometimes be the better part of valor, I am disappointed with this decision.  In an atmosphere of anti-Islamic bigotry ginned up over the summer by the likes of Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin (and more recently with Islamophobic statements uttered by prominent Fox “News” personalities and bigots like Marty Peretz with no repercussions), the administration could have taken a bold stand for tolerance and common sense.

But instead we have an American President afraid to go into a Sikh shrine because ignorant bigots in his country will use it as further evidence that he is a Muslim – and thereby also lending credence to the viewpoint that somehow it is wrong to be a Muslim in American public life.  Here’s hoping that it is not too late to reverse this decision.

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Posted on 20-10-2010
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It has been very frustrating in the last year to listen to former Obama supporters complain that “he has not done anything.”  Faced with the worst economic condition for an incoming president since FDR, two wars, an opposition committed to voting no on any administration proposal and blocking many nominees (who later somehow get confirmed almost unanimously) and a wing of his own party paralyzed by timidity, Obama did not possess a magic wand to clean up the mess he inherited.  He could have easily lapsed into Bill Clinton style incrementalism, but did not.  My biggest complaints against him are (1) the opportunities squandered in pursuit of bipartisan compromise with an opposition united in lockstep truculence and expecting Obama to pass only their version of legislation (even though they lost the last two election cycles), and (2) his failure to clean up the excesses of the Bush administration’s tactics in the war on terror, where he has provided soothing rhetoric but little substance.  And yet in 2 years Obama has a litany of legislative accomplishments that dwarf his predecessors.  While the extreme left is disappointed in the health-care bill, Obama is the first president to actually get such comprehensive legislation through.

I will not make an exhaustive list of his accomplishments, because I don’t have to.  I recommend reading this article from Tim Dickinson at the Rolling Stone which lays them out.

I will harp on one accomplishment that has not got the press it deserves, and is noted in Dickinson’s article.  Passed with universal opposition from the Republican Party and to the disgust of libertarians of the Chicago school, Obama did what Reagan also did in the early 1980’s.  He bailed out Detroit.  The bailout prevented the cascading job losses in the Midwest that would have followed a collapse of General Motors and Chrysler.  The job picture would be far bleaker if he adopted the Republican party’s prescription of letting these companies fail.

Dickinson does not dwell too much on foreign policy (but he does raise some of the points below) where a lot of Obama’s accomplishments have been in tone more than substance.  But he has managed to bring Russia and China on board for sanctions on Iran and has stayed away from the pointless neo-con drumbeat for war.  The irritants from Caracas to Tehran have had a harder time rallying anti-American sentiments against the Obama administration.  The lack of substance unfortunately reflects the limitations of American power compounded by Israeli intransigence (aided by their allies here) and Palestinian weakness.

Much more needs to be done (notably sensible immigration reform grounded in reality).  But the man mocked as an inexperienced community organizer has accomplished a lot with relatively little public infighting within his administration.  These are accomplishments the Republicans will have a hard time rolling back.

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Posted on 20-10-2010
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

After two years of listening to bloviating politicians and clueless tea partiers proclaim themselves as fiscal conservatives and deficit hawks, here is a checklist on how to find the preening peacock under the hawk’s clothing:

  • They will loudly proclaim their opposition to tax cuts of any kind.  Tax cuts are evidently always job killers, even though the economy did just fine at the Clinton tax rates.
  • They will support tax cuts as a way to magically raise revenue, facts be damned.  They will also deny that the Bush tax cuts helped balloon the deficit.
  • The budget deficit (state or federal) will be somehow be eliminated solely by cutting spending.  However, they will not spell out what spending will actually be cut.
Fiscal Year 2009 U.S. Federal Spending Projections- Cash or Budget Basis.
    • Defense spending is evidently sacrosanct, even though nobody can explain why we need to spend about 40% of the world’s military spending.
    • A few like Paul Ryan will come up with a plan to reform Medicare by essentially not paying medical bills, a plan that has no chance of passing.  Most will not specify exactly what they will cut.
    • Social Security is sometimes a target for privatization or raising the eligibility age.  Yet again few candidates will risk the wrath of older voters (who actually vote) by offering specifics.  It is a separate issue that the problem with Social Security is not the program itself, but the government’s tendency to use the money for other reasons.
    • Most of the ire is focused on the relatively minor amount of discretionary spending (and it will not be possible to eliminate ALL of it), the few billion dollars of stimulus spending which will make no dent on a trillion dollar deficit and items like TARP (which after all the brouhaha will be a fairly small charge (if any) on the Treasury).
  • They will likely be Blue Dog Democrats like Evan Bayh and Blanche Lincoln, Republicans or self professed tea party members.

A few prominent deficit peacocks are noted below:

  • California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina who frustrated one of the few journalists on Fox News by refusing to answer what exactly cut.

  • California Republican candidate for Governor Meg Whitman whose math for solving the Golden State’s budget problems are as fuzzy as Bill Brady.

  • And just for giggles a compilation of Republicans (including John Boehner and Jeff Sessions) who cannot identify any concrete spending cuts to fix the deficit.  All you get is a dose of blather that they will magically fix the problem.

So there is one final characteristic of a deficit peacock….a lot of hot air.

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Posted on 19-10-2010
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Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas, “offered an olive branch” to Anita Hill by leaving her the following voicemail:

Good morning, Anita Hill, it’s Ginny Thomas.  I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought and certainly pray about this and come to understand why you did what you did. Okay have a good day.”

Whatever you think about the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas controversy, the presumptuous voice-mail is breathtakingly clueless.  Both sides have stuck to their side of the story for the last two decades and this is hardly the way to reach an amicable settlement.  But this is also a person who considers President Obama a tyrant for daring to enact his electoral platform, so logical thinking does not seem to be high on the list of priorities (or perhaps has been drowned in a surfeit of gall).

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Posted on 14-10-2010
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

A few surprises for people picking up ballots this election season:

  • Illinois Green Party candidate Rich Whitney who will likely draw a sizable protest vote may show up as “Rich Whitey” on some electronic voting machines.
  • Absentee voters in Atascosa County, Texas may be puzzled to discover that their ballot designers think that the county lies within Chile.

Honorary mention to Alaska sore loser Lisa Murkowski who commenced her write in campaign by misspelling her own name in her first write in advertisement.  See if you can spot it. (Hint: Its at the end)

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Posted on 13-10-2010
Filed Under (Sports) by Rashtrakut

In the aftermath of the Reggie Bush scandal that cost him the Heisman trophy and placed USC on probation, Alabama head coach Nick Saban bloviated about the “evil” agents victimizing his players and even called them pimps (wonder what a football coach who makes millions of dollars while steering his unpaid players to basket weaving degrees should be called).  The head coach of a school in Austin started politicking (unsuccessfully) for Bush’s revoked Heisman to be returned to his own former quarterback, Vince Young, who was the runner up to Bush.  This lends credit to a laughable assertion by college sports coaches today, that their own players are clean.  Bush’s primary sin was the brazenness with which he got paid. Yet a simple perusal of the cars that star players drive around campus should end that delusion.  Former agent Josh Luchs ripped back the veil on this issue this week by asserting that he repeatedly paid players (and so did other agents) during his career.

College football and basketball are major cash cows for the TV networks, colleges and coaches.  The NFL, NBA (and even the WNBA) get a free minor league system.  Yet the indentured servants who make it all happen do not get paid and cannot even profit from their own likenesses, as Georgia wide receiver A. J. Green discovered this year.  Coaches often steer them into majors that do not have any career value.  They cannot transfer without sitting out for a year (no such restriction on coaches).  Coaches can strip their scholarships for any reason and at any time (this most frequently happens when coaches oversign prospects or desperate assholes like Steve Spurrier try to make room on their roster, while Alabama’s shady Nick Saban puts healthy players on medical scholarships – most of these examples are from the Southeastern Conference for a reason).

The system stinks.  A more honest system would pay these players or tell the NFL or the NBA to create true minor leagues and stop discriminating against 18 year olds – who can drive, go to war, vote and work in almost every other profession but cannot be drafted by these leagues (the NFL rule requires players to have passed 3 years since high school, so unless you are Doogie Howser an 18 year old cannot be drafted).  Somehow I doubt that the well being of players will trump all the vested interests in their way.  The fraud of amateur sports will be around for a long time.

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Posted on 12-10-2010
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This story is kinda cool.  A 9 year old student wrote a letter to Johnny Depp’s character Captain Jack Sparrow asking for help staging a mutiny against her teachers.  The actor who was nearby shooting the fourth sequel of Pirates Of The Caribbeanshowed up in costume with 10 minutes notice to give a young kid a pleasant surprise she will not forget.  Video below:

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Posted on 12-10-2010
Filed Under (Foreign Policy) by Rashtrakut

Hwang Jang-yop the highest ranked defector from North Korea died this week.  The death of an 87 year old should not be a surprise, but the timing of his death and the repeated attempts by North Korea to assassinate him have spawned conspiracy theories.  His death also highlights the internal divide in South Korea.  The conservative parties had no reservations honoring Hwang Jang-yop.  South Korea’s leftists, always eager to make excuses for Pyongyang, have been much more lukewarm.  The much ballyhooed Sunshine Policy that earned former South Korean president Kim Dae Jung the 2000 Nobel peace price has been a dismal failure.  North Korea never had any intention of changing its ways and the policy may have actually propped up Kim Jong Il’s ramshackle regime.  Yet South Korea’s leftists place the blame for the recent freeze across the 38th parallel solely on their own government (and the Americans) with no blame attached to the dictator across the border – even when he sinks a South Korean naval vessel and kills South Korean sailors.  The presidency of Roo Moo-hyn (who committed suicide last year) saw Seoul turn a blind eye to North Korean spy infiltration.  At times you have to wonder if these parties are really that naive or are actually Manchurian candidates taking orders from Pyongyang (just as many Indians often cynically joke about their own communists taking orders from Beijing).

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Posted on 11-10-2010
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Venezuela’s bloviating caudillo reaffirmed his totalitarian bonafides by supporting China’s outrage at the award of the Nobel peace prize to Liu Xiaobo.  I wonder what it will take for his celebrity allies in the United States like Sean Penn to come to grips with the realities of Chavez’s Bolivarian revolution.  When Chavez came to power, his charge that Venezuela’s oil riches had not been shared with its great unwashed had a certain resonance.  A decade later the mask has slipped.  His incompetent handling of Venezuela’s economy has led to food shortages and inflation.  Rising crime is taking its toll on his popularity.  Meanwhile he has supported leftist terrorists in neighboring Colombia and squandered Venezuela’s oil surplus in shoring up self admitted failures like Fidel Castro.  A reflexive desire to poke a finger in Uncle Sam’s eye has led to embraces of despots from Tehran to Beijing.  Given his attempts to muzzle his own opposition and internal media, it is no surprise Chavez has defended the despots in Beijing.

Meanwhile China’s has stepped up its hysterical outbursts against the award by placing Liu Xiaobo’s wife under house arrest.  It remains to be seen who accepts the award on Liu Xiobo’s behalf.

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Posted on 09-10-2010
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Last week, I picked on coaching ineptitude (as an aside, Les Miles pulled off another crazy finish this week leading to more speculation about the nature of his pact with the devil). Now it is time for players to take their lumps.  This is from today’s Texas Tech-Baylor game.  The Red Raiders aggressively call an onside kick.  Unfortunately the kicker does not kick it the ten yards required for recovery.  The ball is still live with a couple of Texas Tech players hovering over the ball until an alert Baylor player scoops up the ball for a touchdown.  Luckily for the Red Raiders they still beat Baylor for the 15th consecutive time. Enjoy the clip.

This play reminds me of a Denver-Indianapolis game a few years back. As the clip below shows, the Denver defense forgot that a player has to be down by contact in the NFL (unlike college) for the play to be over.

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Posted on 09-10-2010
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

Everyone seems to have agreed that the Republicans will make gains in Congress this mid-term election cycle.  The gains appear to be largely because of the “enthusiasm gap” with the Republican base being all fired up to fight the “socialist” in the White House.  A different question will be whether the gains are sustainable given the huge Democratic lead among moderates and the almost certain higher Democratic turnout for the presidential election in 2012.

So for Democrats not inclined to pull the lever, this clip put together by Washington Monthly’s Steve Benen and filmmaker Bill Simmon is worth watching:

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Posted on 08-10-2010
Filed Under (Economics) by Rashtrakut

With Bank of America now suspending home foreclosures in all 50 states, Ann Lowery identifies the winners and losers in this fiasco.  The scale of the incompetence will keep the housing market down and delay the recovery from the great recession.  In the midst of this someone tried to slip through a bill that could have given the banks a get out of jail free card, until the President refused to sign it.  To complete the picture of a legal free for all are the stories of banks trying to change the locks on properties before the foreclosure process is completed and sometimes when the resident is still in the house.  This mess is not over yet.  To complete the mood of frustration at this mess is the dark humor from Jon Stewart below:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Foreclosure Crisis
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

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Posted on 08-10-2010
Filed Under (Current Affairs) by Rashtrakut

It is a rule people would do well to remember.  If you want things to be private (a) don’t commit it to paper, (b) don’t type it up on your computer and (c) never, ever email it to friends relying on their good judgment.

Duke University is in an uproar when a “f**k list” created by a recent grad (who facetiously referred to it as her senior thesis) went viral.  It brings back memories of former congressional staffer Jessica Cutler and it is still unclear whether the author will face similar lawsuits for invasion of privacy.  It has been almost a decade since the first case (that I recall) of a viral email spreading way beyond its intended audience.  There is at least one Chicago large law firm partner whose legal prowess will have a hard time overcoming his association with an unfortunate voice-mail that was not supposed to go viral.  But yet people naively email items that should never be committed to paper.  It will be just a matter of time before the next such embarrassing exchange that was supposed to “just be between friends.”

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