Pinin’ for the Dawgly Fjords

36 days to go.

Compliments (heh, I swiped it, gleefully) of Paul WesterDawg:

Why do we love college football? Joe Posnanski, via Senator Blutarsky, answers thusly:

…college athletics is not ABOUT the players. College athletics is FOR the players, but that’s a different thing, and that’s a distinction we don’t often make. College football only works on this grand scale, I believe, because it’s about the colleges. The alumni connect to it. The people in the town connect to it. The people in the state connect to it. People are proud of their connection to the University of South Carolina and Clemson, they are inspired by Alabama and Auburn, Penn State and Notre Dame and Stanford, they identify themselves through Missouri and Wisconsin and Florida and Texas A&M. The players matter because they chose those schools, they play for those schools, they win for those schools and they lose for those schools too. Everyone, of course, wants them to be the best players available, and some are willing to cheat the current system to get those players. But soon the players move on, and the love affair continues, just as strong, just as vital. The CONNECTION is what drives college football.

Otherwise, without that connection, it’s just football that isn’t nearly as well-played as the NFL.

Big-time college football … big-time college basketball … these are about the schools that play them. They are about the institutions, the campuses, the landmarks, being young — the front of the jersey and not the back, as coaches love to say. This connection — fan to college — is at its strongest with sports. People might get irritated when the alumni fundraisers find them at their new address (how do they always find me?). They might not want to send in money to build a better library. But they’ll buy sweatshirts, and they’ll buy tickets, and they’ll travel to bowl games, and they’ll pay for pay-per-view, and they’ll take a chartered bus to a subregional in Tulsa. This direct line to sports is how they support — and how they love — their school.

36 days, baby, 36 days.

Herman Cain Must Not be Acqainted with LJGibbs

Otherwise, he would have known about Rule 6: Never apologize; it’s a sign of weakness.

Yesterday Herman Cain apologized to any and all Muslims he might have offended by his comments regarding unobtainable Cabinet positions, NIMBY mosques, etc.

Without going into a long rant about dhimmitude, squishyness, campaign missteps, staff shenanigans, blah blah blah, I will say this: It’s a sad day. He started so strong and so many Georgians were hopeful he was the one that could fix this giant mess. But at this point, poke him with a fork. He’s done.

Pass Around the Cigars

Smitty is a dad.

And what a handsome little fella he is. I wonder how long it will be before Smitty gets him into a bow-tie?

Ahhhh, babies.

Zombie Apocalypse 1, Double-Dealing Debt Reduction Wannabees 0

Are you as sick as I am of the constant double-dealing going on in DC over this debt-ceiling faux deadline and the media talking heads who love stir the pot?

Well, here’s a palate cleanser. Filmed right here in Atlanta and the surrounding counties – creating jobs. Something that Obama has never done…

Obama Channeling His Inner George

In typical fashion, as soon as the Cut/Cap/Balance plan put forward by the GOP gained steam and was scheduled for a vote, Obama ran about waving his arms like someone trying to stop traffic. Don’t look there! Look over here! Look! Look at me! Here’s something different. (Subliminal voice – distract! distract! distract) Mug for cameras, point finger, etc. [UPDATE: Here’s more on Obama’s distraction du jour.]

If I didn’t know better, I’d say the mask slipped a bit and we caught a glimpse of his Inner George. Not George W. Bush, the object of all blame past/present/future in the galaxy, but this George… Read the rest of this entry »

Mark Steyn: “More space for Islam means less space for everything else, and in the end less space for you.”

Mark Steyn again cuts to the quick of the matter:

If you didn’t know it before that Valley Park photograph, you should now: “Diversity” is where nations go to die. If local Mennonites or Amish were segregating the sexes and making them enter by different doors for religious services in a Toronto grade-school cafeteria, Canadian feminists would howl them down in outrage. But when Muslims do it they fall as silent as their body-bagged sisters in Kandahar. If you’re wondering how Valley Park’s catchment district got to be 80-90 per cent Muslim is nothing flat, well, Islam is currently the biggest supplier of new Canadians, as it is of new Britons and new Europeans. Not many western statistics agencies keep tabs on religion, but the Vienna Institute of Demography, for example, calculates that by 2050 a majority of Austrians under 15 will be Muslim. 2050 isn’t that far away. It’s as far from today as 2011 is from 1972: The future shows up faster than you think.

A world that becomes more Muslim becomes less everything else: First it’s Jews, already fleeing Malmo in Sweden. Then it’s homosexuals, already under siege from gay-bashing in Amsterdam, “the most tolerant city in Europe”. Then it’s uncovered women, already targeted for rape in Oslo and other Continental cities. And, if you don’t any longer have any Jews or (officially) any gays or (increasingly) uncovered women, there are always just Christians in general, from Egypt to Pakistan.

More space for Islam means less space for everything else, and in the end less space for you.

RTWT and weep for our northern neighbors. Unless the climate of political correctness that cripples this nation is obliterated, then we are not far behind.

Hey, Douglas County Sentinel: Spell-check is your friend

(Disclaimer: I make my own share of typos, but at least I proof-read before I post. This is just plain embarrassing!)

Douglas County DA David McDade continues to investigate the “changing party” held in the county that is part of the tangled web of APS deceit.

After reading the article, however, one can’t help but wonder if the bigger crime is that the Douglas County Sentinel doesn’t have a spell-checker.

[sic] The Atlanta Public Schools test cheating investigation’s Douglas County cponnection is gettiung an even closer look, as Douglas County District Attorney David McDade looks for any activity that could be subject to prosecution.

McDade has been going through the 120 volumes of a Georgia Bureau of Investigation report as well as the 800-page internal investigation report ordered by the office of Gov. Nathan Deal. He knows that the five Atlanta Public Schools employees met in the Douglas County home of […] to have a “changing party” in which they allegedly used answer sheets provided by a school official to change students’ answers on standardized tests after exams had been turned in.

Those employees of Gideons Elementary have been given immunity from prosecution in exchange for their cooperation in the investigation, but McDade says he is seeing if their supervisors are guilty of any crime.

“We have scheduled interviews with those five individuals and have been in contact with their attortneys,” McDade said. “The first of those interviews will happen on Monday.”

He said while those at the “party” may not face charges, he wants to see what precipitated the actions.

“We hope to determine whether or not there is any evidence that anyone with any supervisory poower over these teachers have any crtiminal liability. Just knowing about it isn’t criminal, but if they in some way suggested it or directed it – that could be a different matter.”

Ouch. Don’t believe me? Screenshot after the fold…

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Petulance

Obama huffs out of yesterday’s budget meeting.

What? A middle-school girl is The President now?

We Are In The Best Of Hands

LA Sheriff tied to terrorist group. (H/T The Other McCain Headlines)

AG Eric Holder is now meddling with home loans.

No worries here. Just move along. Move along.

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, Here I am

Stuck in the middle with you…

Dang. Just Daaaayhng. Has the utter stupidity of it all got you howling at the moon? Merciful Lord, deliver me from fools and politicians!

After being out the particle beam of the 24/7 news cycle for a while, sticking my toe back in feels like it’s been burned off by acid.

Khaatim El resigns from the Atlanta School Board and weeps because he let the poor kids of the district down. How about the rest of the children there, sport?

“Imagine how much more money I’d have today if only the government had acted sooner!”

Sen. Mitch McConnell
has lost his ever-lovin mind.

The President, in FMJ re-election mode, just jumped ahead of the pack and used Grandma for a human shield against the meany GOP that want to save this country. If he can’t win the budget battle on his own, then hey, let’s scare the pants off every senior in America. He thinks it’s a win-win – he thwarts the evil GOP and ensures the senior vote in 2012. Hrumph. Too bad the people who actually understand economic policy say he’s wrong. His lying is beginning to border on the pathological. He’s becoming as easy to read as the schoolyard bully. And equally as prickly with the press. Every other President had to answer unscripted questions. I wonder at what point he will have played more golf than every other President… combined.

In unannounced candidate news, God must like Chris Christie, because if you bad-mouth him you might be struck by lightning and if you show any interest at all in 19th century American history, well, you just might be a bigot and a racist, subject to scorn and ridicule and certainly not fit for The Oval Office.

Heh. So does that mean, since I wore a hoop-skirt and gave tours of an antebellum home in my historically significant little home town during my youth, visited sutler camps and reenactments, gave living history demonstrations and sang songs around a campfire with a Union man in shackles playing guitar while my baby-girl (in the most adorable miniature Zouave jacket ever) slept in the bunk behind me, I can never aspire to higher office? Ever?

“Those who are unaware of history are destined to repeat it.” – George Santayana

End of an Era

Watch America’s final shuttle launch here.

When Atlantis returns, it will be the end of an era. An era where America dominated space travel and exploration. An era where Americans walked on the moon. An era where, through the American space program, technological advances were pioneered that improved people’s lives more than the Industrial Revolution.

Does it give you a warm fuzzy to think how will it feel when the Chicom’s control the lower atmosphere?

Thanks, Mr. President. Thanks a load.

UPDATE: What Charlie said.

got Leadership?

(h/t Erick)

Heh. You first, Mr. President.

Happy Independence Day

Just think – 2012 is just around the corner. I can’t wait to have my country back, can you?

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