Occurs to me that some future captain might want to put together a team of fearsome-looking, tough-guy golfers for the sake of intimidation. A current squad from the U.S. PGA Tour might include Hank Kuehne, Bill Glasson, Frank Lickliter, Jim Furyk, Chris DiMarco, David Duval, Marco Dawson, and Tommy Armour III. As I scan the PGA Tour money list, looking for plug-uglies, there's a problem, however: Golf seems to self-select for a certain attractiveness. And many golfers who might look scary, like Jason Gore, spoil the effect by smiling all the time.
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David, I don't remember where I read this, but it appears U.S. infant mortality figures look a little high because our docs save more babies in the birth process -- babies that would not have even made it to term in other countries, and would not have figured in other countries' infant mortality stats.
Regarding Democratic talking points on Chavez, apparently Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin didn't get the "don't attack our president" message that Pelosi and Rangel harmonized on earlier today:
"I thought they were incendiary comments, certainly," Harkin said, adding, "Let me put it this way: I can understand the frustration and the anger of certain people around the world because of George Bush's policies."
Harkin, also said immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, every country in the world, including Venezuela, supported the United States.
"Just think - in five years, President Bush has squandered all that, just totally, totally squandered it all," Harkin said. "I can understand the anger and frustration of a lot of poor people around the world, who see us the richest country in the world putting $350 billion in a war, unnecessary, unprovoked war in Iraq and yet they can't get clean water."
A couple of comments about the Commonwealth Fund's new report (PDF) that gave the U.S. a failing grade for its health care system.
First, here are four different stories (1, 2, 3, and 4) about the report. Can you find a single comment in any of them critical of the report? I can't. Talk about bias. I guess it is just axiomatic among the press that the health care system in the U.S. is terrible.
A week or two ago, Johnny Miller said that, "on paper," the United States had "its weakest Ryder Cup team in years." Given the presence on the team of four rookies, that may be true -- and the show ponies haven't performed all that well in recent Ryder Cups either.
I got a look at the four rookies' press conferences yesterday. Here are my impressions.
J.J. Henry will be fine.
Zach Johnson's tight swing will probably stand up, with some of the usual rookie jitters.
Vaughn Taylor's syrupy smooth swing may break down in the rainy conditions predicted for the tie, and he does not look confident.
Brett Wetterich will end up sitting down a fair amount. He's scared to death.
When the Thai military plotters pulled off their coup, they, like many another gang of revolutionaries before them, took over the radio and television stations in the Thai capital. Thank heavens for the Internet, talk radio, and other alternative media. In that respect, we've had a coup in the United States almost since the beginning of the Bush administration.
Nancy Pelosi deserves credit for her strong condemnation of Hugo Chavez:
"Hugo Chavez fancies himself a modern day Simon Bolivar but all he is an everyday thug," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said at a news conference, referring to Chavez' comments in a U.N. General Assembly speech on Wednesday.
"Hugo Chavez abused the privilege that he had, speaking at the United Nations," said Pelosi, a frequent Bush critic. "He demeaned himself and he demeaned Venezuela."
I think you're being too harsh Jed. I think Rangel deserves credit for saying the right thing (for once). I'd love to see more of the same from the Democrats.
Who - after Michael Moore and Howard Dean - would be the last person you'd expect to defend George Bush? Gotta be New Yawk Congressman Charlie Rangel. But he did. And only I can tell you why. Rangel slammed Hugo Chavez for condemning Bush in his visit to Rangel's
Who - after Michael Moore and Howard Dean - would be the last person you'd expect to defend George Bush? Gotta be New Yawk Congressman Charlie Rangel. But he did. And only I can tell you why.
Rangel slammed Hugo Chavez for condemning Bush in his visit to Rangel's
Paul, this is standard operating procedure for Wal-Mart critics, and a lesson that Wal-Mart appears not to learn very well.:
Wal-Mart capitulates. Critics say, "It's not enough."
Just watch: they'll think about this for a couple days, convene the concerned citizens groups, and decide this is really a bad thing since it'll run "mom 'n' pop" drugstores out of business. Poor CVS.