Sunday, November 04, 2007

Here's what I've learned in the last 24 hours.

Here's a couple of things I've learned in the last 24 hours that I thought you might find useful.

1. Charlie Weis is far from infallible. In watching the Norte Dame- Navy game last night (and rooting for Navy, because Notre Dame are the Yankees of college football), I was shocked, nay stunned, when Weis, supposed offensive genius, didn't go for a 40 yard field goal at the end of the fourth quarter that would have won the game. Instead, they run, turn it over on downs and go to overtime, where Navy (who had been running over the Notre Dame defense all day) finally won it in the third over time, on a pass play. Smooth move, Charlie.

2. The situation in Pakistan has gone from not good to scary. A coup that disbands the parliament is one thing, but a coup that disbands the judiciary and results in the rounding up of lawyers and human rights activists is the true sign of a leader who is running away from democracy as quickly as he can. And given the tremendous amount of aid we send to Musharraf, you'd think that the US would be strong in its opposition and make bold public statements as a warning to this valuable ally. And if you thought that, you'd probably have been living under a rock since 2001. Other than a few weak statements from Condi that indicate that our supposed "war on terror" is more important than the rights of the people of Pakistan, there's been nothing but silence.

Someday I hope that history tells us what Shrub's actual policy on spreading democracy is, because it's not been entirely clear. Nor has Charlie Weis' policy on not kicking field goals to win football games.

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