Re: Wlady Pleszczynski's Luck of the Non-Irish:
Wlady's political astuteness might not necessarily qualify him as a predictor of the outcome of future USC-Notre Dame contests. Such as the ND win he expects when the teams meet again in sunny Southern California next year. When one considers the 12-year run the Fighting Irish had against the Trojans from 1983 through 1995, SC's current streak may well be deservedly only in its incipient stage. The Irish will undoubtedly pull out all stops next time too though, including everything from another distracted clock keeper to -- and if this won't work nothing will -- emerald sequined jerseys! Fight On!
-- N. Spiegel
I just wanted to congratulate you, Mr. Pleszczynski, on your restraint in writing four paragraphs about the resurrected Notre Dame football program without once mentioning the former defensive standout Walt Patulski, Irish co-captain in 1971, and the very first Lombardi Trophy recipient. I'll bet his birth certificate has his first name as Wlady.
-- Ron Kurtz
Notre Dame, Class of '68
The Irish defense on two of the last three plays of the game was truly pathetic. On the second to last play, the defender was faster than the receiver (he eventually caught the receiver from behind) and yet still let the receiver get behind him to catch the pass. If he would have just raised his arms, he could have knocked down the pass and the game was over.
On the final play, the QB sneak, the Irish let the QB roll into the end zone on second effort. Where was the gang tackling? There were Irish defenders standing up right next to the play! They should have hurled their bodies into the QB to knock him backwards.
My impression is that the Texas Longhorns are probably going to beat USC in the national championship game. Our offense is at least as good as Notre Dame's (not as well coached but more speed and talent) and our defense is much, much better (faster, stronger, bigger, better coached).
BTW, I'm a big fan of Notre Dame football.
-- Steve Koch
The luck deserted the Irish. The green shirted people forgot the shamrocks. I knew a friend who was a graduate of UND and I always told him to be proud to have attended the University of North Dakota.
Being a graduate of USC (University of Spoiled Children), I can hold my lucky rabbit's foot one more week, at least.
-- Bruce Johnston
Notre Dame will have a tough time beating SC next time. SC has no drop off in talent.
-- Michael Kellner
Speaking of a "hugely depressing defeat for Irish fans from coast to coast," Wlady, I can think of another, that while not involving USC, surely hits a competing if not higher note on the Notre Dame faithful resonance scale than the '64 contest that you've retold.
It was November 20, 1993. A 10-0 Lou Holtz squad, fresh off of an epic "Game of the Century" underdog victory at home the week prior vs. previously undefeated Florida State, had but to traipse across campus in South Bend to take care of business as the heavy favorite against unheralded poor cousin Boston College, the only other remaining Catholic Division IA football program, to virtually assure itself of a national championship. But a funny thing happened on the way to the coronation, courtesy of a 41-yard last-second, knuckleball-trajectory field goal off of the left foot of BC placekicker David Gordon, culminating in an utterly shocking 41-39 toppling of the Irish.
I know of a citizen or two of ND Nation (and there are more) who will bear the trauma of the '93 Championship That Got Away to their grave.
Does it show that I enjoy recounting that story?
-- Francis M. Hannon, Jr. (BC '82)
Wlady Pleszczynski replies:
Yes, Mr. Hannon, it shows. I could counter by recounting, say, USC 55-24 win over ND in 1974 -- after trailing 24-0 just before halftime. There's never been anything like it -- 55 straight points in the space of some 17 football minutes. Kickoff returns galore by Anthony Davis (who two years earlier had scored six touchdowns against ND), long TD bombs from Pat Haden to Sam Dickerson and J.K. McKay. I imagine Boston College loyalists recall the '93 game in similar terms. The only downside is that Doug Flutie was gone by then.
Mr. Kurtz, thanks for reminding us of Walt Patulski, though I bet if he'd been named "Wlady" he'd have become a basketball player. But I won't let restraint keep me from singling out the ethnic qualities of Tom Zbikowski, the current ND edition's excellent safety and TD scoring punt returner. Plus I think Reggie ("The President") Bush will remember the life lesson Zbikowski taught him for lollygagging into the end zone after a long run.
Re: Shawn Macomber's The Fourth Wall:
This is one of the reasons I only believe one-fourth of what I hear on MSM. Usually leave the TV on Fox News, but once in a while I will change to NBC, CBS, or CNN just to see the take on the same stories.
-- Elaine Kyle
Your article explains why the so called mainstream media are rapidly being ignored as a source of information.
-- Joe Dreyer
Re: Jed Babbin's QuagMiers SGO:
It's true, we've beaten up on Miers about as much as possible and I think we have got our message across, so on to bigger and better things. A correction to Mr. Babbin first though. Canada produces much more maple syrup than the U.S. does and cutting ours off won't hurt anybody.
A letter to this site moaned about conservatives shooting themselves in the foot because of our dissent. I'm a little tired of these folks who think we have to march in lock step and tout the "party" line. I'm also tired of these folks who call themselves conservatives but are ready and willing to get in bed with anyone, even when that entity is totally opposed to the moral values most conservatives hold highly. Doesn't take much to hear them take the high road and start with the "divisive, hatred, etc." liberalese remarks while lowering their own selves. Are we going to sit out the next election and give the Democrats total control? I think the question should be worded, are we going to roll over and die and let the liberals continue their agenda of destroying freedom once and for all?
We have as many liberals under the guise of Republican as conservatives it seems. Conservatives are not going to sit out any election, nor are we going to desert our principals for the chance to maybe get some more crumbs thrown at us. No, we are going to continue to point out the problems within the administration (this or any other) which we feel should be corrected, we are going to stay active in the elections (though we may vote in the "no, thanks" column), and we are going to continue to push for what is right. We are not going to settle for second best. Real conservatives stay the course and don't run at the first hint of opposition, they also hold their principals more dearly than life in some cases, and they don't compromise with anyone who is anathema to Judeo-Christian morals.
Now, all you compromisers can beat up on me if you like. Been shot at, stomped on, and called names before but I'm still here.
-- Pete Chagnon
Very thought provoking article. Regarding Paul Martin, our government should remind him he has significant exposure from his friends and mentor with regard to the U.N. Oil for Food scandal. He also has big problems with the Gomery investigation into his Liberal government. We should also remind him that his armed forces can't even conduct relief work in his own country without hitchhiking on our military air.
If he should cut off our oil, what would he do if Alberta seceded from the rest of Canada, not too farfetched a probability? The man is a nuisance, and needs to be swatted like a mosquito. I expect the Canadians themselves will take care of this problem, sooner rather than later.
-- R. Goodson
Vero Beach, Florida
Re: Jay D. Homnick's Blonde Faith:
I've tried to understand the Plame Game. The only scenario that fits is that Plame attempted a PsyOp on the White House. 1. She knew she was outed in the documents read by the Cubans. 2. She knew she was not a covert NOC while she worked at Langley. 3. Her neighbors and friends at Vanity Fair knew her job. 4. The Dems knew that she was their agent. 5. The Plan: Since her name had not appeared in the western press, if a Clinton-appointed judge could get the case, it would be a felony for revealing her name. (See Sandy Berger's case for irony.) 6. She sent Joe Wilson to Niger. 7. She had Joe claim Cheney sent him. 8. She had Joe claim there was no yellow cake truth. 9. With (7) and (8) false, a baited trap awaited the White House. 10. Rove tries to set the record straight. 11. The mainstream media instantly fomented a felony froth.
Wouldn't it be wild if Plame is Judith Miller's source? Would the PsyOp be a felony for "trying to overthrow the government"? The theory has more truth to it than claims of Bush directing the destruction of the New Orleans levees.
-- Newt Love
MILLION MALCONTENT MARCH
Re: Mark Goldblatt's Millions More Misconceptions:
The author urges us not to look at what the government didn't for poor Blacks in New Orleans, but what the government couldn't do for them, in the aftermath of Katrina. I take issue with that suggestion. It is, I think, far more instructive to look at what the Democrat-controlled government did to them that led to this tragedy. If one looks at the trail of tears (I mean no disrespect to the Cherokee Nation) that lead to this, what one finds is a Democratic Party headed by a cynical Lyndon Johnson who devised a system of welfare that would drive men out of Black families and enslave Blacks to that party. Over the 40-odd years since Johnson was President, the Democratic Party has been able to count the thousands of votes cast mindlessly for Democrats by African-Americans.
The political formula is very simple and had four components: a) pay welfare and other emoluments only families without fathers in residence; b) increase benefits by the number of children born; c) enlist the aid of Black opinion-makers in making promiscuity acceptable in what had been a moral Black society; and d) demonize Republicans and promise just a bit more subsistence with each election.
This trained many Blacks in real need to patiently wait, their hands held out, for all their needs. Housing? We'll build huge blocks of Soviet-style apartments for you for free! (That makes it easier for Democrats to segregate Blacks and be assured of their votes.) Food? We got you covered. Food stamps and government surplus is yours. And you get more by having more children (i.e., an assembly line of Democrat voters).
Unfortunately, these poor people actually believed the Democrats cared for them. As always they waited placidly for the Pelosi-Kennedy-Kerry axis to bring them what they needed. Hadn't that always been the case? Not much mind you, did they ever bring, but enough to cover the necessaries. And so America was treated to a heart wrenching sight of the results of Democrats doing to Americans what they have done to so many others: the Vietnamese, Cambodians, Nicaraguans, etc. -- abandoning them in their hour of greatest need and then blaming Republicans for the oppression of the abandoned people.
This is the lesson we need to learn from Hurricane Katrina.
-- Jay W. Molyneaux
On the same day you publish an article saying that the President needs to smile, smile, smile, and the Goldblatt article on the Million More Movement, which has not even one smile-inducing line. The article footer suggests Goldblatt is a satirist, but really he cannot be, unless his article is a satire too deep for me.
Look at the photos of the event; the one of Sir Roderick Farrakhan (I can't call him Louis anymore, just can't) and his uniformed sidekick is incredible, unbelievable, fantastic, joyful, made my month. Hail Spode and his blackshorts. Hail Farrakhan and his shortblacks. Hail Wodehouse, the great prophet of the ages, the man who knew what comes from humanity over and over again and he laughed and made us laugh.
-- Fred Z.
Mr. Mark Goldblatt's deftly crafted post in today's American Spectator said it all so well. Membership in today's economic underclass is a not so much a result of collective inaction (or racism) as it is of individual rejection of certain key values. Those who choose -- or are misled into -- economic dependence early in life over education, family and responsible behavior are probably doomed to lose. Little wonder that the race hustlers count on perpetual dependence and disorder to keep the game going.
While the word "respect" is so overused as to render it a sad cliche, it is critical to freeing the underclass from its historical position. Respect of women, of scholarship, of striving, and of self, are individual characteristics that usually do not flow from any government or activist program, no matter how well-meaning or compassionate. Those ideals flow from parents, peers, and, at one time -- teachers and clergy. Unless and until the Millions More stop rejecting truths spoken by men like Bill Cosby and Mark Goldblatt in favor of abandoning women, children, and education, Billions can march with little positive effect. And sadly, in that case -- we ALL lose.
-- Deane Fish
Altamont, New York
Re: David Haddon's Child-on-Child Crime:
I've been thinking more about your article on Harry Potter and his lies.
What kid doesn't lie? My own precious (perfect) little darlings lie, particularly the 4 year old because that is what 4 year-olds do. Ask your mother. I bet you popped out a few doozies yourself. Even Opie Taylor, the greatest American kid of all American kids, lied! And Beaver Cleaver, and Tom Sawyer, and Laura "half pint" Ingalls, and Shirley Temple, and Dennis the Menace, and Calvin and Hobbes. It's a gene! (It's like when you get on the phone your kid suddenly and desperately needs to talk to you, now, not in a minute when you're finished with the phone call, now! They appear from nowhere and have to talk to you right this second or I'm going to die! That's a gene, too, I tell you.)
But seriously, when my son reads Harry he doesn't condone the lies and sees them as a problem for Harry which usually contributes to the bigger picture. Aren't they part of Harry's struggle to become? He's without his parents to guide and nurture him. (At least he's not on drugs or sleeping around everywhere hooking up, huh?) Even with Dumbledore as his mentor, he has to find his own way, and in the end won't he overcome his lying and serious shortcomings to grow up to the greatness he is destined for? Isn't Harry also going to discover that lying and deception and dishonorable ways aren't options and that greatness means they isn't necessary or acceptable?
So one thing about Dennis the Menace. He keeps good company when he sits in his corner. :)
-- Sue Ellen Hirtle
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