Mr. Jefferson Has a Basketball Team
Let us all pause to sing a song to pay homage to UVA, who beat Duke 87-84 last night in Charlottesville.
"I THINK WE NEED ANOTHER DRINK! HEY!
I THINK WE NEED ANOTHER DRINK! HEY!
I THINK WE NEED ANOTHER DRINK, HEY!
FOR THE GLORY OF THE UVA!!!"Ok, now put down your milk!
Monica Opens Up
Last night I caught the amazingly train wreckish Larry King interview with Presidential paramour Monica Lewinsky. It's tragically humorous now, but this woman helped bring about the biggest extramarital political scandal in modern American history. The King gig was Monica's effort to promote her HBO documentary "Monica in Black and White." The stinker is that we all know her for her affection for the color blue. And you know what? She still has feelings for Bill Clinton! "I've moved on" = "the Secret Service detail won't let me even look at him" ! Of course, this could also be an elaborate ruse. Monica could be playing dumb, and making away like a bandit.
The Daschle Gambit
I don't find Tom Daschle's recent criticism of the war on terror all too distressing. The general thrust and tone of his comments yesterday were of course designed to cause the frontpage news this morning. This is perhaps a small window for the Dems to criticize -- Afghanistan is no longer in the hands of the Taliban, any operations against Iraq will take a couple of months to generate -- so perhaps Daschle is just taking advantage of the downtime to discuss how unhappy he is. All things considered, this will be forgotten by the general public. However, if this summer activity against Iraq or any other undesirable picks up, the Dems will have narrower room to fret, lest they make a Ted Kennedy "body bags" remark. The GOP complained rather loudly during Operation ALLIED FORCE, but it didn't make much of a difference and made them look rather shrill. It's all in how you go about it.
Whenever you watch pro football games, you do it with 3 people in the living room -- you, Pat Summerall, and John Madden. Since Sumerall went out to pasture after Super Bowl XXXVI, Madden was released from his Fox gig and negotiated a deal with ABC to become the color commentator with Al Michaels. Thus ends the Dennis Miller Project and concludes the oracle-like musings of Dan Fouts ("if you block the man in front of you, he is being blocked"). For what it's worth, Miller was never given the opportunity to engage is rants and blistering talk that he is known for. He became, unfortunately, just another guy in the booth. Sideline maven Melissa Stark stays on, but the engaging Eric Dickerson departs. Madden is still the guy I like listening to, and Michaels is a legit straight man. Of course, you might get this mixed dialogue:
"DO YOU BELIEVE IN..."
I will of course miss Summerall, the dean of play-by-play. His level voice ("The Cowboys staht at the forty-faaaahve") contrasted perfectly with Madden's "BOOM!" calls. Lately though Summerall had been goofing calls. "Emmitt Smith makes the tackle. Oh, excuse me, Dat Nguyen made the tackle."
The Asexual Superpower
That's basically the feeling I got when I read this article about the European Union's bid to become a superpower and balance all that American meanness. Honestly, European diplomat talk can often be reduced to "don't be such a meanie."
Here's a revelation -- being a superpower is dirty work. It is not a global beauty contest. We go and get our hands dirty, risk our troops and our credibilty because no one else in modern Western society can with the sam impact. The Europeans sit down and do nothing and then ask us "where's American leadership?" (See the War of Balkan Succession), and then when we show that leadership (Afghanistan), they complain that we're not consulting them enough. The Europeans are worse than "satellite states," because satellite states shut up and comply when the big country decides to act. No, the Euros are "are we there yet, are we there yet" states. Thankfully, the problem is mainly with the elite leadership components, not the general population. And to their credit, the Brits and Italians are helping to train the new Afghan Army. But the EU can't be a superpower, because basically their approach is that if you have the power to change a bad situation, you shouldn't use it. It's prudence writ ad infinitum.
"Overt discretion discourages initiative."