Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Look Who's Not Supporting The President

Republicans. Namely Senate Republicans for refusing to filibuster the non-binding time limits set for troop withdrawal in Iraq. The American people feel like the war has gone on too long. They feel like the war has been mismanaged. They are not hopeful for what lies ahead in Iraq. You know who knows this? The folks on both sides of the isle in the House and Senate who have to face reelection, either in '08 or '10.

You know who doesn't face reelection ever again? W.

So he's on his own.

Last week I speculated that Harriet Miers was about to be thrown under the bus because of the US attorney firings. My how things have changed. She's not the only one.

Alberto Gonzalez! Come on down! You're the next contestant on - on...on...You're Fired!

Things have gone bad for this White House not because of bad luck. Not because of partisan wrangling. Not because certain members of their own party haven't been on board. Things have gone bad for this President because George W Bush does not know what he is doing. Things have gone bad because George W Bush is incompetent. Things have gone bad because George W Bush is a liar. The end of his presidency began the day he sent troops into Iraq. Because he lied to get them there. He sent them there with no plan to secure the peace. And he sent them there with no plan to get out. Worst president ever.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Well, There's Always Next Year, Even For You Dorsey

I chose your picture because you represent both the future, and the past of Tiger basketball. The future because next year you'll be a senior, a team leader, and a spokesman. And as a spokesman, I hope you don't tell everyone within earshot that you will shut down the big man you're going against in the next game. The bad news is - you got schooled yesterday and were made to look foolish. The good news is you got schooled by a lottery pick. Hopefully coach told you to worry about your own game and not the guy you play tomorrow. And mostly because of you, your tomorrow won't come until around November.

Enough jokes. We got five returning starters on a team with back to back elite eight showings. Coach Cal is promising not to go to Kentucky. (not that they've asked officially) And we've got a couple of real blue chips coming in the fall. Things could be worse in Tiger nation. It was a good season.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Memphis Lays Down The Law!

Haters keep on hating. Especially that guy I kept running into on Bourbon St. last weekend who kept going "Acie Law man! Acie Law!

Yeah, man he's real good. And now his season is over.

Elite Eight Bitches!

Go Tigers Go!!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

"Hey Randy! Screw You!" RIP Larry "Bud" Melman

I could never really put my finger on why his Letterman appearances were so funny to me...but they were. Especially the "guy who thinks my name is Randy bit" so stupid it was funny!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Subpoenas And Such

Bush and the people who handle him always put their supporters in the most awkward of positions. Harriett Miers is exhibit #1. When Bush wanted to give her the ultimate patronage job - Supreme Court Justice, conservatives howled because she wasn't "one of them." Although, she probably would have voted exactly as she was told once on the high court. The woman is nothing if not loyal. Now the conservative are forced to defend her because of her kooky idea of firing all 93 US attorneys and replacing them with political hacks.
Of course, it was Rove's idea, but she's the enabler. Just like outing Valerie Wilson was Rove's idea. They made Libby the enabler/sacrificial lamb. So, expect Rove not to testify. Or at least expect the White House to fight the subpoena tooth and rusty nail. They know they can draw this out the length of the presidency and they intend to.

But Miers on the other hand, may be offered up to appease the moderates on both sides. And to assure the Guiliani and McCain campaigns that this thing will "go away." Put on your martyr clothes Harriet Miers. Just as easily as they dumped your nomination for the Supreme Court, they are about to dump you entirely onto the Senate Judiciary Committee. Do us all a favor. Stop with the blind loyalty to a dangerous and dangerously stupid president. Testify against these assholes. Name names. Give them Rove. Give them Gonzales. Hell, be a hero and give them the whole presidency. It's never too late.

Look, I understand the concept of appointed US attorneys serving at the pleasure of the President. I get it. But to fire at least eight of them, in the unusual manner these guys were fired, and then claim they were fired based on non-existent performance reviews fits a pattern. These guys were fired because they didn't succumb to the pressure to harrass Democrats in their districts. Plain and simple. So if you're going to fire people in ostensibly non-political jobs for political reasons at least come clean about it. Or better yet, don't do it.

This administration lies without thought. It lies about war and the reasons for war. And even lies about whether the Vice-President went to the hospital on a routine check-up or because his leg was literally killing him. It lies about social security. It lies about prescription drugs. All they have are lies. But the truth is starting to get out, that's why no one believes them anymore.

Monday, March 19, 2007

You Did Good Tigers

My beloved University Of Memphis Tigers went down to New Orleans and won their first two games in the big dance. Sweet Sixteen y'all!

I went to the games to show my love for the Tigers, but also to visit New Orleans again. This was my first time since Katrina. I have to say there seems to be a determined effort by the locals to get on with it. In the parking lot of the Superdome, local college kids were volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. They were building homes right there in the parking lot. A local cab driver I talked to seemed to have a tired resignation about him when I asked about the recovery. (Probably from all these damn tourist asking about the recovery.) But you could tell he was optomistic. Upbeat even, about the future of his wonderful city.

The French Quarter looked pretty much the same. But that's the thing, the French Quarter is just a part of New Orleans. I caught glimpses of some of the more devestated areas from the Interstate. Vast neighborhoods that no one can live in. You feel kind of helpless just looking at it. You ask yourself what you can do.

And there are some things you can do. You can be like those kids in the parking lot. Donate. Volunteer. Or you could go there. Go there and spend your money. Lord knows they could use it.

My overall assessment is this: The spirit of New Orleans has not gone away. The locals still have that great sense of humor. You see a lot of FEMA jokes on the t-shirts now. (FEMA - Find Every Mexican Available) Or a local favorite. (Drove my chevy to the levee but the levee was gone.)

So my Tigers went down to New Orleans and they did good. And the city itself, well it gets a little better everyday.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

I wrote that just after I heard the news of the verdict. But after thinking about it, I realize that he may not ever see the inside of a jail cell. All Ted Wells has to do, Libby's lawyer, is keep him out of jail until the day after the 2008 election, some 19 months from now. I would bet shortly after, maybe even the last day, Bush will give him a pardon. And you know what, he probably should. Libby did his duty. He didn't rat anybody out, least of all the Vice-President. Everybody knows what happened here. History will be the judge.