Well, the Associated Press released its preseason Top 25 for college football, with Miami scoring the #1 ranking and Texas trailing at the #2 slot. If you root for the Longhorns, this is a golden opportunity for you guys. Texas' schedule is far more favorable than the Hurricanes' -- Miami has to play Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Virginia Tech, and Syracuse. The 'Canes will likely be hit hard somewhere along the way, even with its NFL-caliber roster. The Horns' only real speedbump this season is the Oklahoma game in Dallas. I'd include Texas A&M, but the Aggies have to come to Austin for the game, so I don't know how their chances rate. If the Horns don't secure a Fiesta Bowl bid for the national championship, Mack Brown's job may not sustain the cantankerous eccentricities of the fans and alumni. If somebody wants to expand on this for the Pride of the Fall blog, drop me a line.
With Friends Like This...
A few months ago I did a brief write-up on Jordanian King Abdullah, and how his country delicately balances its healthy relations with the West and Israel with a nonfriendship friendship with Iraq. The Left and the editorial boards of the Fourth Estate, charmed by King Abdullah's crisp English and moderate demeanor seem to think that Jordanian support is essential to a military operation against Iraq. If the last conflagration is any indicator, then that conclusion is misguided. Abdullah's father King Hussein took the unusually bold step of joining the Saddam-Arafat minority, criticizing the coalition for the campaign against Iraq in 1991. King Hussein escaped Washington's wrath given the first Bush Administration's Arabist bent. Such a tendency doesn't exist in the same form that it did back then, given that the stakes for all the involved parties are much higher. King Abdullah's meeting with President Bush this week was designed primarily to "expedite" the declaration of a Palestinian state. Abdullah's timing was either horribly executed or cynically calculated, depending on how you view his intentions. Given the Hamas attack on Hebrew University in Jerusalem that killed 5 Americans, Washington is in no position to hear about the expediting of anything to the Palestinians. King Abdullah can only carry water for Iraq and the Palestinians for so long until his advice becomes irrelevant to the planning. Eventually a man of King Abdullah's intelligence would realize the consequences of alllowing Iraq to manifest a serious WMD arsenal.
More on the Wednesday wordplay that sparked all sorts of commentary from some readers. Here is Mom's original commentary, uncut and unedited:
"Comment on wordplay: That is a self-righteous,
shallow and thinly-veiled commentary about your
feelings about the suicide bombers in Israel. Who
we to determine who is unholy and not worthy of our
compassion? Seems to me that Jesus would preach
those with the most sin are those most worthy of
compassion by true believers. Leave it to a
right-wing conservative to point fingers -
Would you recognize it if it hit you in the face?
With that line of thinking, would you have
on your sinful mother? Maybe you should address
2,500 deaths that have occurred in Israel and
Palestine (wishful?) in the last 22 months. Is
Israeli/US policy working? Maybe Israel should
ALL Palestinians - would that make them any safer
make self-righteous, religious, right-wingers feel
better in the process? Is world opinion on the
of right or might? Is the US starting its own
propaganda program (at the tune of millions of $$$)
change our image? If we were right about
would we have to?"
Thus, Livingston Keithley (C'98) sent me some feedback:
"On the Wordplay thing, its interesting to hear
your Mom's take on yesterday's Wordplay. Being the
Jesuit-raised, guilt-ridden Catholic that I am,
however, I posit the following retort to yesterday's
Compassion was designed specifically for the
This week Pope John Paul II wrapped up his swing through the Americas, capping his trip with an emotional trip to Mexico, a country the Holy Father has visited 5 times during his tenure and the first place he ever visited. Addressing the throngs of the faithful, the Pope said:
"I Go, But I Do Not Leave..."