Monday, November 30, 2009
We reviewed the bill, its cost and the unintended consequences of having the federal government run 16% of our GDP!
"When we correct for both gimmicks, counting both on- and off-budget costs over the first 10 years of implementation, the total cost of ObamaCare reaches — I’m so sorry about this — $6.25 trillion.That’s not a precise estimate.
It’s just far closer to the truth than President Obama and congressional Democrats want the debate to be." (from Ed in HOTAIR)Listen to the show:
Sunday, November 29, 2009
It's hard to believe but they've been playing this game for over a 100 years or the 19th century! It is one of the best rivalries in North American sports.
No knock on Coach Patterson and the '09 TCU "Frogs" of Ft. Worth! They've had a dream season and should play in a very important bowl game!
We enjoy all of Texas's college and universities. We love to watch the highlights every Saturday night!
I don't know for sure but Coach Brown has a bit to worry about: Longhorns Slip by Aggies, but Maybe Not by Critics
It depends and here is why:
First, this is a rivalry game and the critics will take that into consideration. This is a game that brings out the best on both teams, specially the Aggies who have a lot to look forward to in 2010!
Second, Texas has to play Nebraska for The Big 12 title next week. The Longhorns need to play better, at least their defense has to be tougher!
If Texas clobbers Nebraska, and they should, then I expect the Longhorns to play Alabama or Florida for the BCS title.
Of course, everything could look different next Sunday morning. I guess that's why they play the game on the field!
P.S. My guess is that you will see this one as an ESPN "instant classic" very soon. Also, what's a home game without the Aggie marching band:
Saturday, November 28, 2009
The 2010 Hall of Fame list of candidates includes some big names:
• Roberto Alomar: great player.....vote yes!
• Harold Baines: a pure DH! He was traded to Texas for Sammy Sosa & Wilson Alvarez in the summer of '89! We remember that! It was one of the worst trades that Texas ever made. I'm not holding that against him but it's hard to put a full time DH in the HOF!
• Bert Blyleven: my vote! YES!
• Andre Dawson: 50-50! It could happen because he came close last year!
• Andres Galarraga: not quite a Hall of Famer or "HOF-er"!
• Barry Larkin: great player but same as Galarraga, not quite a "HOF-er"!
• Edgar Martinez: too much DH! Same as Baines!
• Don Mattingly: good but 2100 hits is not enough! How can you put Don in the HOF and keep Tony Oliva (2,000 hits and a .304 BA) out?
• Fred McGriff: 493 homers is not good enough! Fred was not an impact player!
• Mark McGwire: he blew it before Congress....it's a shame because Mark was a very popular player! This is a terrible tragedy because we loved the summer of 1998! Let's hope that he can be looked at sometime in the future!
• Jack Morris; great pitcher, vote yes! He pitched a 10-inning complete game in game 7 of the '91 World Series! A money pitcher all the way.....good candidate for the HOF! Who else would you want starting a big game? Vote YES!
• Dale Murphy: great player but did not play long enough!
• Dave Parker: He looked like a sure bet in the late 1970's but something happened!
• Tim Raines: great speed!
• Lee Smith: #3 in all time saves.....could make it this year!
• Alan Trammell: superb shortstop and team player!
That's a very impressive list of players!
My vote is for Bert Blyleven:
"287 wins - 25th on the All-Time list
3.31 career Earned Run Average
4,970 innings pitched - 13th on the All-Time list
3,701 strikeouts - 5th on the All-Time list
685 career starts - 8th on the All-Time list
242 Complete games
60 shutouts - 9th on the All-Time list
15 (1-0 wins) - 3rd on the All-Time list"
Frankly, how was Blyleven overlooked year after year? What does a pitcher have to do to get into the HOF?
My guess is that Alomar, Dawson and Smith have a better than 50% chance of making it. However, let's not forget Blyleven again! How can a guy with 287 wins not be in the HOF?
P.S. I am not alone in this crusade for Bert Blyleven:
The Hall of Fame Case for Bert Blyleven By Rich Lederer
The Case for Bert Blyleven: A Late Convert Joins the Flock, by Bob Klapisch
On Tuesday, Pres BO will apparently announce that 30,000 more troops will be headed to Afghanistan.
Yes, Afghanistan will now become Pres BO's war and the liberals are not pleased.
Today, we saw this: Liberals Vow to 'Spank' Obama for Sending More Troops to Afghanistan
We are not clear what they will do but we will know soon!
We also saw this: President vs. party on troop increase
"Top Democrats have made it clear to Obama that he will not receive a friendly reception should he announce what is considered the leading option: sending 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.
The legislators have indicated that a request for more money to finance a beefed-up war effort will be met with frustration and, perhaps, a demand to raise taxes."
Tax increase with 10.2% unemployment and a deep recession? No way!
And we saw this: President Obama must sell war to anti-war base
As we posted before, there are no pretty options over Afghanistan!
If Pres BO's new surge works perfectly, it will be a couple of years before we see results.
I support the surge.
We need to trust our commanders, specially after the very successful surge in Iraq.
At the same, Afghanistan is not Iraq!
In fact, Afghanistan is unlike anywhere in the world!
Over the next few months, we will see whether Pres BO's heart is in this mission.....we will also learn whether Pres BO is tough enough to deal with the adversity coming his way!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
All nations may have the same interests in some platonic sense.
But all nations' leaders don't.
George W. Bush didn't cause all our foreign policy problems, and Obama's ascension and appeasement don't seem to be solving them."
And now "the morning after disillusionment" begins!
Again, we warned you in this blog that the whole thing was a farce....I'm sorry that so many are finding it out the hard way!
P.S. There is more disillusionment. Check out Der Speigel:
"When he entered office, US President Barack Obama promised to inject US foreign policy with a new tone of respect and diplomacy.
His recent trip to Asia, however, showed that it's not working.
A shift to Bush-style bluntness may be coming."