Ernesto arrived in DC safely yesterday afternoon.
Horns Against the Rifle: ZoNotes' Super Bowl Prediction
DEEPLY SERIOUS NFL FILMS MUSIC PLAYING
GRITTY SLOW-MOTION FOOTAGE OF RAMS AND PATRIOTS
Zo deep voiceover for effect The commentator Dennis Miller once said that the St. Louis Rams' offense was exquisitely vindictive. Indeed, like an angel piercing through the whirlwind, the Rams' offense slashes through opponents with a grace only belied by its sheer malevolence. Rendering this iron fist in a velvet glove is quarterback Kurt Warner, the ringmaster of a circus of lethality. Behind the sturdy concrete elephant, left tackle Orlando Pace, Warner delivers precision strikes to his elite corps of receivers --- Tory Holt and Isaac Bruce. Yet the engine of this war machine is not Warner, it is running back Marshall Faulk. Unsheathing the rapier, Faulk administers death blows through his gritty running ability and his extraordinary receiving skills. From this toolbox of offensive firepower, head coach Mike Martz designs and executes a gruesome form of mutilation to opposing defenses. Every play the Rams design is different, with personnel groupings varied and creative. Yet, with an elegant simplicity, they all end up in the end zone.
Conversely, the New England Patriots have engaged in a dangerous yet seductive flirtation with lady fate; seizing victory in the snow-capped field of Foxboro and liberating the AFC from behind the Steel Curtain. Quarterback Tom Brady has deftly stepped in for grizzled veteran Drew Bledsoe and with the youthful vigor of a child who doesn't know better, has extracted victory where there was despair, bravery from where there was fear. Accompanied with a defense steeped in the (cornerback Ty) Law, the Patriots stand tall and proud in the face of the Rams' juggernaut. They have faced down the dark power of the Silver and Black Oakland Raiders, they have torn asunder the terrible towels of Pittsburgh. They fear no one, not even the apocalyptic assembly of white hot mercilessness that the Rams marshal for battle.
How could any red-blooded American root against the Patriots? Such is the dilemma that sportswriters who figured the Rams would win by 14 or 21 are now casting doubts on their own prognostications. Perhaps they fear a Florida, picking a winner and then watching in horror as events prove them mortally wrong. Or maybe, just maybe, the underrated and underappreciated men from New England will set the sports world on its ear with an upset. Patriots general Bill Belicheck will design game plan surely to litter the majestic path to glory the Rams, dotting the path with land mines and zone blitzes. Indeed, expect both the Rams and the Patriots to duel in a standoff fitting of their esteemed and deserved pedigree. Alas, while the Rams are superior, and I should be picking them, today is a day for boldness, for daring. Just one chance, just one chance, from this day to that! They can always take our lives, but they can never take, our freedom!!! The Patriots shall bleed...but not before they have unfurled the standard...and while they will buckle, they will not fall.
God Bless America.
Setting Right the House of Saud
Sean Mullaney (B'00) sends his thoughts regarding the SOTU:
"Permit me to respond ex post facto to yesterday's ZoNotes on SOTU. Let me give you a little scorecard on terrorism, specifically on 9-11:
Iraq Iran North Korea Saudi Arabia None None None 15 (9.11 Highjackers)
Few or None Few or None None Many (9.11 Leaders)
Little or None Little or None None Majority (Terrorist funding)
NO NO NO YES (Dip.Rec of Taliban)
As you can see, this War will end (not by USA choice, but the way) in Riyadh, not in Baghdad or Tehran. Possibly it could be a peaceful ending (if the Saudis come around big time). I'm not saying that there are not dangers to the US in these other places and the US shouldn't go after them, but I am saying let's not forget the root of the problem."
More Thoughts on NG Conservatism
Aaron Ammerman (F'00) speaks:"Eh. to take on the challenge of your NG
conservatism, TR/McCain-bashing, I want to make a comment
that really hit me on the way to work this morning.
There's a lot of finger-pointing going on regarding
the Enron campaign contributions. CFRers point and
say "Look! They had their hands in everybody's
pockets (putting money in apparently). Look at all the
phone calls they were able to make!! Real Americans
can't just _CALL_ their congresspersons and ask for
governmental assistance!! waaa!" And they have a
very minute point.
CFR-antagonists on the other hand, who like CFRs
are generally incumbents or incumbent supporters who
believe that THEIR ability to stay in power hinges
upon a LACK of CFR. (ALTRUISM IF NOT ANONYMOUS IS
PURE EGOTISM). They look at Enron and point- "look
at all the money they gave and it didn't do a damn
thing for them! This proves that campaign
contributions don't do a damn thing!!" And they have a
very small point to make.
Many ZoPhilosophers are familiar with the
categorical imperative- "What have you done for me ..
LATELY?" With campaign finance reform (and mercenary
activities in general) we actually need to reject this
theorem. while it is said that "loyalty to coin is
loyalty nonetheless," no mercenary (including just
about every politician) owes allegiance based upon
the payments they've received. Even if the money
was handed over the day before, the only money that
counts is the NEXT payment. Enron down the tubes?
they aren't going to have any more cash to pass out
like candy. they're a nothing. they're a
constituent and nothing more. of course no politician will
go down with the ship, there's nothing to be gained
the real campaign finance reform will come now that
Enron's peers can see what THEIR donations are
worth.. Donations given are worth FAR FAR less than
donations forthcoming. the other megaconglomerates
that fail to produce any goods or services should be
at least slightly more hesitant to plunk down the
bucks for a weasel as a result of Enron's fall.
Since everyone reads into my commentary and attempts to extract my personal opinion, I'll
save you the trouble Zo - I do think that our
current method of financing our national politics is
corrupt and degrading. more importantly, it detracts
from the actual needs of governance. hark, someday
DoD may procure weapon systems for reasons
unrelated to which congressional districts they're produced
in, and the Army, Navy, and Air Force may actually
have bases where they are best suited to defend and
deploy. Money matters. Transparency would greatly
improve the process (like the death penalty
process). we know that our politicians are bought and
sold like used toys on E-bay. it would be nice to know
by whom and to what extent. If only we had
journalists to guard our freedoms and root out
injustice!!! the trouble is finding a way to reform the
accountability of our leaders, without suppressing
Constitutional freedoms. Feingold-McCain goes too far
with the respect of the latter, but i think the
done something to shake Washingland and K St...
It's good to have a threat that encourages
improvements to the system, even if the initiative does not
succeed. In time, it will yield to a better
proposal that remains within our legal framework."
D'oh! Buy Me a Drink, Freshman!
Rich Bisso (F'99) emails me with a slight correction to the Hoya Meter posting earlier this week:
"The Princeton Tiger is "Proud Ole", not "Mighty" ;)"
"If you are talking about doing it, you probably haven't done it yet."