A PLRI terrorist attack on a French Train was stopped by three Americans. The terrorist survived the attempt, and now he claims that he is not a terrorist, but a simple robber who just happened to find an AK-47, a pistol and a box cutter knife in a park and decided to flash back to 1880’s and the American Old west to rob a train. He failed in his attempt, but he is dumfounded that anybody would confuse little ‘ol him with an actual Islamic terrorist. The Americans have been awarded the French Legion of Honor, but it also leave all of us with the question: what would I have done?
North Korea has surged some fifty of its submarines, causing a great deal of alarm and unease, even as the Chinese stock market collapses and takes other markets down with it. Over the weekend, Dave finally caught a documentary he’s been waiting to see for some time, and that film, Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang, leaves him wondering what we might be talking about today instead, if Dennis Rodman didn’t have a drinking problem?
The Birthright Citizenship debate continues. Fine. Some of those who didn’t actually listen to what Dave said about the practice continue to bombard him with the opinion that “under the jurisdiction thereof” means a foreign power. Which is fine. Two Supreme Court Justices agreed with them (Fuller and Harlan). And lost, 7-2. That doesn’t mean that we cannot change the practice, but before we do, we better make sure that we follow the Constitutional Procedure for doing so and we’d better make sure that we fully understand the opinion and what effects it might have to reverse it. But mainly, we need to stop assuming that a dissent is the law. It’s not.
It’s the first “real” day of the New Year and already I have come to realize why I have become so disenchanted with the NCAA and specifically Division I of BCS or whatever they call it now level College Football. For literally years, people have said, “Use the Bowls as playoff games,” and finally the NCAA kind of got the idea and used the Rose and Sugar Bowls this year for a four team – yep, four (remember, 1-AA does 16), playoff. So we were treated to the Oregon blowout of Florida State and a great game in the Sugar Bowl between Ohio St and Alabama. At the end of the Rose Bowl, the Oregon players were chanting, “No Means No!” in reference to the FSU QB’s troubles having been accused of and cleared in a rather haphazard manner of rape charges. The whole incident fueled the belief that high performance athletes get special treatment on campus, and frankly, that belief is probably correct.
In any case, the chant was classless and unnecessary. You just won the game by a wide margin and very much showed the world your football skills were superior in every phase of the game, why go there? Read the rest of this entry