I just heard this yesterda: apparently the Mexican military engages in routine cross-border operations (yep, that's in U.S. territory) as armed escorts for alien and drug smuggling operations. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff called concern over the operations "overblown" and "scare tactics." That's not going to go over too well.
The Spectacle Blog
The cold war with Iran is a quarter century old and moving toward a crisis. A crisis, says the wag, is when there are no good options, and that describes the threat of the violent, ruthless, hallucinatory Iran under the priest craft of the mullahs and the non-rational talk of Ahmadinejad and his IRGC cabal. No good options. The crash of nation states ahead is as inevitable as fission. Meanwhile the EU shivers and feigns. The United States State Department is a pitiable schoolmarm. The United Nations is a fiction dreamed up by Cervantes.
Paul: Yes, that "no play" offsides was equally bizarre. A couple Colts defenders jumped across and immediately pointed at a Pittsburgh lineman as the culprit who drew them offsides. Only in super slo-mo replay could one detect an ever so slight twitch by that lineman beforehand. But to the normal eye it sure appeared that the Colts culprits were simply trying to provoke a call against Pittsburgh -- an easier way to get a team to lose yardage than stopping them on fourth and inches. Unable to decide what happened, the referees pretended nothing had. As head referee, Morelli deserves the blame here too. The final call was his, ultimately. You can safely say he calls them as he sees or doesn't see them!
I'll be on this evening (about 5 pm EST) with John to talk about Iran and the coming UN kabuki dance on sanctions. Hope you can catch it.
Wlady: Didn’t that same game also involve a bizarre ruling from the officials where they called a “no play” after what was clearly an off-sides on either Indy or