Now it's time to talk about something REALLY important: The nation's ONLY well-run professional team sports league is on the verge of imploding due to the greed of a new breed of owners symobolized by the Redskins' Daniel Snyder, and of course due to the continuing greed of players who aren't satisfied with getting paid millions and want to be paid gazillions instead. What people need to understand is that sports leagues are NOT intended to be pure free enterprise; they are artificial constructs that in order to provide for fair competitition are SUPPOSED to assure to the greatest extent possible that every team starts with no competitive advantage or disadvantage in comparison with all the other teams. That's what the NFL has understood so well for so long, and what Major League Baseball fails to understand. Now the NFL's nouveau riche owners are out to destroy that competitive balance (at the START of things, mind you, not at the end: the whole point is to give the more skilled teams the just rewards of their ON-field excellence) in order to turn their own gazillions into mega-multi-gazillions.
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That's the sage analysis by the Washington Post of growing momentum among the states to make their own laws regulating abortion. South Dakota's legislature passes a near-total ban, and Mississippi's is considering it. It's downright shocking to the Post that some states would outlaw abortion if Roe were overturned.
What's so disturbing about these atmospherics? The Post doesn't say -- rather, it assumes that the so-called right to abortion is a foregone conclusion. Again, abortion rights proponents are revealed as not pro-choice, but pro-abortion.
Dave: The Human Events story includes two very important items. The first reflects the ongoing discussions here on AmSpecBlog of the Bush White House's communications shop:
More on President Clinton's role in consulting on the Dubai Ports deal. First, reporters should be looking into whatever "consulting" arrangements both the Cohen Group and the Albright Group (note that both name partners served in the Clinton Cabinet) might have or had with the former President.
Natural questions to ask both former Clintonistas: Have you ever passed through fees paid to you by UAE clients to the fomer President in, say, the past eight months? Is the work you are or had been pursuing on behalf of UAE clients a result of previous UAE dealings with the former President? When was the last time you or an associate or outside contracted consultant met with the staff of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to discuss UAE business interests?
Most persuasive: It was SOP for the KGB in its later days to contract out its dirty (and wet) work to the Bulgarians.
Rep. Mike Pence is speaking about the Taliban at Yale on John Gibson's Fox News show at 5:10 p.m. (in a half hour)
Mickey Kaus zings the New York Times for hilariously alarmist reporting -- though he does extend them a bit of charity:
I'm not saying Bill Keller's** headline and lede writers were amping up the Iraq hysteria in order to manufacture another Tet. Maybe they just have no judgment or perspective.Maybe!
So the Taliban's former deputy foreign secretary, one Rahmatulla Hashemi, is now enrolled at Yale. Which, of course, doesn't allow ROTC on campus. Nice to know how Yale lines up in the war.
A few questions occur: First, just how was Hashemi allowed into the country? How does an apparently unrepentant Taliban get a visa? Second, are there any others like him running loose? Third, does anybody at the Department of Homeland Security have anything to say about the answers to the first two questions?
Mr. Hashemi is quoted as saying, "I could have ended up in