Archive for December, 2010

2010: The Year In Crazy

December 31, 2010

A two-part summary from the great cartoonist Tom Tomorrow.

A sample here:

Lame Duck, Indeed

December 22, 2010

Many liberals, myself included, have been very frustrated at times by this President, his never-ending quest for some “bipartisanship” and the compromising of principles that seem all too frequent.

Never in my lifetime, however, has there been a more productive, progressive lame duck session of Congress than the current one.  Kudos also to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi for their tremendous efforts.  Yes, we’ve had to endure the failure of the DREAM ACT and the lamentable extension of unnecessary tax cuts for the wealthy.  On the other hand:

  • DADT repeal
  • Middle-class tax-cut extension
  • Unemployment benefit extension
  • START treaty
  • Food safety
  • 9/11 First Responders Health Care

Maybe this guy knows what he’s doing after all.

Eagles 38, Giants 31

December 19, 2010

WORST. LOSS. EVER.  SEASON OVER.

It’s About Time

December 18, 2010

DADT finally repealed by the Senate today; a proud, progressive moment in progress in civil rights for all Americans, especially those who wish to serve their country.  Great job by Senator Reid and others, including the President, who said this:

Today, the Senate has taken an historic step toward ending a policy that undermines our national security while violating the very ideals that our brave men and women in uniform risk their lives to defend. By ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” no longer will our nation be denied the service of thousands of patriotic Americans forced to leave the military, despite years of exemplary performance, because they happen to be gay. And no longer will many thousands more be asked to live a lie in order to serve the country they love.

As Commander-in-Chief, I am also absolutely convinced that making this change will only underscore the professionalism of our troops as the best led and best trained fighting force the world has ever known. And I join the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as the overwhelming majority of service members asked by the Pentagon, in knowing that we can responsibly transition to a new policy while ensuring our military strength and readiness.

I want to thank Majority Leader Reid, Senators Lieberman and Collins and the countless others who have worked so hard to get this done. It is time to close this chapter in our history. It is time to recognize that sacrifice, valor and integrity are no more defined by sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed. It is time to allow gay and lesbian Americans to serve their country openly. I urge the Senate to send this bill to my desk so that I can sign it into law.

Moore and Assange

December 14, 2010

There are so many reasons I love Michael Moore.  This is just the latest.  Read Moore’s Daily Kos diary — Why I’m Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange —here.

Giants 21, Vikings 3

December 13, 2010

Strange weekend.  Strange game.  Lethargic.  No crowd noise.  Just a really weird vibe.  But we won and that’s all that matters.  Not much to say beyond that.

The Giants had big plays in the running game; more than 200 yards overall.  It’s good to have Smith and Nicks back, but they never had a rhythm to their passing game.  Excellent defensive effort with four more sacks and a pick.  Oh, yeah, lousy coverage on special teams, too.

We’re now set up for next Sunday against the Eagles with pretty much everything on the line:  division lead, probably the title, and a realistic shot at the #2 seed overall and a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Giants 31, Redskins 7

December 5, 2010

Excellent, dominant performance by Big Blue.  This one was like a few routs earlier this year against Houston and Seattle; they left no doubt right from the start, beginning with their best kick return all year by Ware.  Boom, TD.  Boom, TD.  They exchange turnovers and Boom, TD.

They had 20 carries for 140 yards at halftime and, after a 28-yard TD by Jacobs in the 3rd quarter, pounded it with Bradshaw.  Dominated with the run all day and had no sacks allowed for the fifth straight game.

Defense?  Four sacks.  Four fumble recoveries and six turnovers total.   Two more sacks and a fumble recovery for JP Paul.   Specials were great all day with punting, kick coverage and a blocked punt.

One bad play:  Terrible decision by Eli on a end-zone interception, but I hated the call, too.  First and goal at the four with the running game going?  No need for pass there.  Run it at least once before pass…but, again, really bad idea by Manning.  It’s the Giants fourth goal-to-go turnover this year, most in the NFL.  Here’s an idea:  stop doing that. 

One last thing:  DE Jason Pierre-Paul may be on his way to stardom.  He’s just bursting out of the game the way WR Hakeem Nicks earlier this year did until he got hurt.   Paul and Nicks are the Giants’ last two first round picks.

American Freak Show

December 3, 2010

From Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone, we get a great, double-dip review of the reality TV careers of a certain celebrity family.

On Sarah Palin’s Alaska: “The Wasilla Windbag tours Alaska, a state nowhere near vast enough to house her ego, and, as usual, never fucking shuts up.”

On Dancing With The Stars: “…Bristol Palin, who’s famous only for getting knocked up, and who knows dancing the way her mom knows macro-economics.  You have to love how she gets introduced as ‘teen activist Bristol Palin,’ apparently because announcing your engagement in Us Weekly before you tell your mom makes you Martin Luther King.”