College Football – Week 9

Greetings Fellow Sports Fans (and that includes those misguided enough to cheer for teams from the state of Washington)!  Yes, I stole that gag line format.

Week 9 of the college football season is upon us!  I think there’s something to do with baseball going on, and the “WE LOVE CHINA!” league apparently started their season.  Yawn.  Personally I don’t even pay much attention to that other football league – the one that doesn’t have tenuous connections to colleges.  No, September through early January is all about COLLEGE FOOTBALL, BABY!!... [Read More]

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Out for Blood

Where is the outrage?   No, relax,  I don’t think we’ll hafta wait long.  I just heard the FBI is going to start taking DNA samples from asylum seekers, so they can see whether they get any matches later on in the criminal databases.  Come to think of it, I guess they don’t need to draw blood, just a cheek swab or a loose hair will do..

Cue the Ninth Circuit.  The US, has no right—no right, I say!!— to attempt any measure,  no matter how benign,  which might assist it in determining rational immigration policy.
This despite the fact that we now know that American citizens have no immunity from every specie 0f covert surveillance.... [Read More]

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Is There A Doctor In The House?

My friends – I’m very concerned about 10 Cents today.  I fear he is suffering from a severe case of PTSD over his disappointment at the results of the Border War game between Oregon and Washington Saturday.  Even more concerning is that I believe he is also a fan of the Washington State Cougars who are next up on the Oregon slate.

If there is a physician on Ratburger who could prescribe Zoloft or Xanax  for him, it might help him through.  Either that or some cheerleader pics from Mike LaRoche.

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Sun in Autumn

On this drizzly October day, I’m looking back on some recent sunnier memories. Here is the view from the house I just moved out of, when the furniture was mostly sold and I was operating from an office chair and folding desk tray. With the blue sky as backdrop and prospect of getting work done, this felt like a luxury.... [Read More]

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Matins

“Awake! For Morning in the bowl of night/ Has flung the Stone which sets the Stars to flight-/And Lo! The Hunter of the East has caught/The Sultan’s turret in a noose of light!” ( Rubayiat)

“There is more room to live now. The once-secret dawn/Comes late by daylight, and the dark unguarded goes.”  (MacLeish, Immortal Autumn) ... [Read More]

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Stack Exchange Got Woke, Currently Melting Down

Real Brief: Stack Exchange put out one of those “CoC” documents in which speech is compelled, and disagreement is punishable, and yes, it’s all about pronouns.

Here’s a link, and if you prowl about the right-hand lists, you’ll soon get lost in a morass of mistrust, abuse, and bad news.... [Read More]

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Arabian Nights

In 2003, then Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, warned against the imminent invasion of Iraq led by the United States. In his warning, he stated that an invasion aimed at removing the regime of Saddam Hussein would only serve to destabilize the entire Middle East. Clearly, after 15 years of turmoil in the Middle East, what al-Faisal meant by “destabilize” was that Iran would no longer have the counter-weight of Saddam Hussein preventing it from creating a Shi’ite Crescent. This projection of power in the Middle East has stretched from Tehran all the way to the Mediterranean Sea and across the Persian Gulf into Yemen. As a result of this Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states sought for ways to counter Iran’s expansion of influence in the region.

Part of the plan for countering this expansion called for the Gulf States to encourage confrontation with Iranian-allied entities in the Middle East. The opportunity to take out a major component of the Shi’ite Crescent came in 2011 when, as part of what was deemed the Arab Spring, public unrest in Syria began. Initially mimicking what was seen first in Tunisia and then later in Egypt, the unrest in Syria was a call by the people for more political autonomy within  the country. Soon the protests were coopted by jihadists who spotted an opportunity to topple a secular regime and install an Islamist one in its wake. That is when the killing picked up pace. It is also when the Gulf states and many in the national security elite of the United States saw a chance to act.... [Read More]

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College Football 2019 – Week 8

Here we go boys & girls!  Amazingly enough, the College Football Experts (employees of ESPN who have designated themselves Experts) are still able to find what they think are original thoughts about THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF!!! {cue dramatic music}.  There are 130 schools fielding teams in the “FBS” division – considered the highest level.  The buzzing noise generators are convinced that the entire 12 game regular season for all 130 teams, plus conference championships, are completely and totally irrelevant outside of figuring out the 4 teams that are going to play in the final 3 games of the season.

Contrary to what those clowns think, your average college football fan isn’t that stupid.  Watching sports, much like politics, is a much more personal endeavor.  You choose your team and – if you are a REAL fan – you cheer for that team regardless of how well they perform, how many games they win.  Yes, you complain about them vociferously, but you still cheer for them to win.  When I happened to attend college, my college’s team was bad.  I mean in my 4 years on campus their best record was 4-7 bad.  There is a satirical column that’s been around for years called The Bottom Ten.  My school’s team made regular appearances on that list.  The only consolation was that our in-state rival was worse.  In the decades since, however, my boys have climbed into the higher levels, even making it to the National Championship game twice in the past 10 years (lost both times ☹ ).  And I still honestly don’t pay much attention to THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF!!! Unless my boys have a shot at making it.... [Read More]

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One Championship Down, One to Go

Japan’s F1 race last weekend resulted in the clinching of the manufacturer’s championship by Mercedes – for the sixth year in a row.

The Suzaka track is a technical one, with fairly high speeds and more places to pass than most tracks. It sports decreasing radius high speed turns, esses, several places for out-braking an opponent, and at least two high-speed straights, the back one being connected to a high speed corner which takes little braking. Yet despite all these features, the drama was at the start and in the pits.... [Read More]

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