The Spectacle Blog
At dinner last night I met a young man who had served a stint as a nuclear engineer on the U.S.S. George Washington in the 1990s. He reported that the ship stopped in Dubai five times, and met no trouble from the natives. In fact, he even guided some on tours of the aircraft carrier. Imagine that: Arabs taking tours of the crown jewel of our naval battle groups. Someone call Duncan Hunter and Chuck Schumer and begin an investigation.
Wlady: Growl, grump, harrumph. Oh, ok. T.O. isn't a danger to national security, so I guess we can let him slide for a while. Let's hope he does more damage to the Cowboys than Brunnell does to the Redskins next year. Murtha isn't really insane, just liberal. Or can we tell the diff any more?
Jed: Now what Murtha said is criminal. But what crimes has Terrell Owens committed? Being obnoxious and insufferable and a lousy teammate can qualify as character flaws, but do they warrant lifetime suspension? There's no evidence he's on steroids, an abuser of women, a cocaine user, heroin dealer, or bank robber. So what's he really done, other than have a weird falling out with the Eagles and their nice quarterback? Sure made things easier for the Redskins last season!
BTW, I bet Bill Parcells will be tickled to know he could be the next Annie Sullivan.
At about 1120, Jack Murtha sent a message to Tehran. On Meet the Press, he said the president doesn't have a military option on Iran. Thanks, Jack, for making war more likely by telling the central terrorist nation that it has license to ignore diplomacy. Don't you understand that diplomacy unsupported by the threat of military force cannot possibly succeed? This man has lost his mind. Hello, Pennsylvania? Is anyone listening?
Wlady: If Parcells can do that with T.O., then the coach's biopic should be entitled, "The Miracle Worker." The problem I have is even giving Owens another chance. Yes, he sells tickets. But so would an ax murderer or a drug-dealing rapper. Where does commercial sports draw the line? And how many more T.O.'s will we see if he's rewarded with yet another shot? This man is getting more "last chances" than Saddam did.
I just got around to reading Patrick Hynes's Friday column. It's a bit problematic. Hynes writes:
David Brooks, writing in the New York Times, declared the moral values voter a "myth." Over at the Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer said moral values voters were a "myth." In his book God's Politics, liberal evangelical activist Jim Wallis called moral values voters, you guessed it, a "myth."I haven't read Wallis's book, but that's a gross mischaracterization of what Brooks and Krauthammer wrote.
Recall the day after the election, exit polls found that "moral values" received 22%, a bare plurality, among answers to the question "Which ONE issue mattered most in deciding how you voted for president?" This lead to much chatter about how the only thing that mattered in the election was gay marriage and the like. Brooks pointed out that this was nonsense, cooked up to coddle liberal egos (his column is no longer online for free, but it's still in the Lexis-Nexis database):
Jed: I like Terrell Owens. Whatever he does off the field keeps the likes of ESPN in business. On the field he's as good as anyone around. Remember when he claimed midfield in Cowboy Stadium for himself some years ago while still a 49er? It was rotten sportsmanship, perhaps, but also brave and audacious. Anyway, it now appears he was only looking ahead. You think Bill Parcells will for one moment tolerate any nonsense from him? As it is, Parcells got rid of one headcase, Keyshawn Johnson, to make room for Owens, who's at least ten times better. Almost singlehandedly, on a warped ankle, Owens kept the Eagles in the Super Bowl last year. Parcells has a way of channeling thuggishness to his team's advantage. The Redskins should be mighty worried. Not to mention the Eagles. Good for Owens for choosing to remain in the same division. Should make the NFL East next fall the only one really worth watching.
Bill Broad of the NYT writes of Iran's missile program in Sunday 19 NYT. Separately, Broad does not deny that that it is possible (no confirm) that Iran has a two track nuke fuel or missile program. Could likely be a second, totally hidden track, much more advanced, for their nuke fuel program or missile program or both.
Also, best Iran anti-regime source (who has said before that Iran has deployed 300 Shahab 3 and has a new Ghadar program, multi-stage, using Russian prototypes) says that there is a major presser on Monday in DC to annouce new detail on the Iran nuke fuel program. This presser is linked to the UN work in NY.
Puzzle 1: Are we being fed revelations on the Natanz and Isfahan and so forth so that we do not look elsewhere?
Puzzle 2: Broad did mention that the centrifuges at Natanz are antiques. Also, it took the US just three years to make the bomb in '45. It took Pakistan ten years. Iran has been working on this project since 1987 at least. Puzzle, what is the game at the UN for?
So the 9-7 Dallas Cowboys have signed Terrell Owens, one of the most repulsive personalities in sports. They now, by contract, deserve each other. Owens, the personification of all that's wrong in professional sports, was justifiably shunned by the rest of the NFL after being booted off the Philadelphia Eagles. Dallas has agreed to a three-year $25 million contract with TO. It remains to be seen how many millions' worth of excellence on the field they get, and how many millions' worth of thuggishness. I expect the split to be about even.