Sunday, March 05, 2006
GETTING THEIR MONEY'S WORTH, ODDS AND ENDS
THEIR MONEY'S WORTH
Even better than a baseball double header, Yale and Union fans were treated to 2 1/3 hockey games for the price of one! In the longest game in NCAA history, Yale upset Union 3-2 in FIVE overtimes Saturday night. The game, which started at 7 pm and ended at 1:10 am, had an actual playing time of 2 hours, 21 minutes and 35 seconds.
ODDS AND ENDS
This is the reason I don't buy Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream more often. I have just consumed an entire quart of KARAMEL SUTRA while sitting here at the computer! DAMN, this stuff is good!
Chris Matthews redeemed himself a bit in my eyes Friday night. Asked to speak at Westminster College in Missouri in honor of the 60th anniversary of Winston Churchill's famous "Iron Curtain" speech there, Matthews spoke of the courage it takes to convey a warning no one wants to hear, and the courage it takes to heed it. He used three examples:
In the 1930's, with WWI still fresh in people's memories, nobody wanted to hear Churchill's warnings about the rising power of European fascism and Hitler's Germany. Britain and France failed to heed his warning. The result was WWII.
In the war weary world of 1946, nobody wanted hear Churchill's warning of an "Iron Curtain" enveloping Europe. Truman was so outraged he offered to transport Stalin to the US to rebut Churchill's charges. Yet, the Western world did heed the warning, and took steps to isolate and restrain Stalin and the Soviet Union. As a result, WWIII never happened, and the "Iron Curtain" eventually fell of it's own dead weight.
In the hysteria that followed 9/11, nobody wanted to hear the warnings of former President Jimmy Carter, former President George H. Bush, his National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, or former Secretary of State James Baker. Nobody wanted to hear words like quagmire, insurgency, civil war. Especially not President George W. Bush and his advisors. So here we are, three years later, bogged down in an endless war of attrition. Iraq is on the verge of sectarian civil war, and has replaced Afghanistan as the primary breeding and training ground for terrorists who will be a threat to our security for the foreseeable future and beyond.
I gotta admit, Matthews earned some points with me for that one!
I suddenly feel as if I am living in Bizzarro World! In the past few days, I have found myself defending George W. Bush and Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan, two men I generally loathe. Now Matthews.
If you will excuse me, I have to go find a stiff wire brush and a box of 20 Mule Team Borax. I feel dirty!
Hey, I have a recipe up on my blog that you might find interesting. It's omelets in a bag.
Have a beautiful Monday my favorite Mark Spurrier! :)
BTW did they ever fix the voting machines in Florida, or are we getting ready for a three-peat?
TJ - as long as I have whoopie cusions to put under those mats, yes we will!
Nic - I think you and I have our own personal parallel universes
Brig - I may NEVER feel clean again! And I am sure that as long as Jeb is governor, where there's a will, he'll find a way!
btw... he is merely GWB. I am THE GWB!
When I was in Vermont I took a tour of the Ben and Jerry's factory. It was quite interesting, and there was free ice cream! The coolest part of the place is the Flavor Graveyard, which is this little "cemetary" with headstones for each of the discontinued flavors, with little witty sayings on them. I used to have a picture of it, if I can find it I will post it. My favorite flavor was Bovinity Divinity, but it's discontinued :( That and Festivus flavor.
Quagmire is an understatement!
I haven't defended Bush; I have my parents for that. ;)
gymp -I woud LOVE to see pictures of the graveyard! that is so cool!
tshsm - not sneaky, just have priorities in order!