Tondar's Daily Rant

Prepare yourself for the writings of Tondar the Destroyer, Baron of Atlanta, Rightful Heir to the Throne of Spain, from whom all babies come. As his will be blogged, so let it be done.

Saturday, February 14, 2004

DARKO AT MID-SEASON

So this is the halfway point for Darko Milicic's first season. Sure he only has 18 points during limited play for the whole season. However more importantly, he is learning the NBA game firsthand. Marc Stein has a good column that doesn't chastise the Pistons for picking Darko over Carmello. For an 18 year old Serb he is doing great in the limelight of America's NBA. To use an analogy, Darko is coming along at about the same pace as football's Steve McNair came along for the Titans. Remember McNair sat most of his first and second season and really didn't make any real impact until his third season. I am expecting the same from Darko. He is coming along nicely, putting on muscle and the weight that will be necessary to bang with the Yaos and Shaqs of the league. In addition, he is developing a wickedly graceful hookshot that makes him look like Kareem Abdul Jabar. In the time that he has played, he creates a massive presence in the post on both ends of the floor.

Sure Lebron and Carmello are having excellent rookie seasons. However, look at their teams. Lebron has no shot to make the playoffs and Carmello is in a tight Western Conference battle for the 8th position in Denver. The Pistons are still in wonderful shape because they are able to compete for an Eastern Conference title while at the same time preparing to be a legitimate contender led by Darko for a decade to come. Thanks to Joe Dumars' front office work, the Pistons are in great shape and they will stay there too.

Friday, February 13, 2004

DON'T PISS OFF THE SOCIALISTS

Foreign socialists always claim to be in favor of such things as freedom of the press and expression. However, look what happens when Conan O'Brien pokes a little fun at the "Quebequeer."
SADDAM'S RETURN TO POWER

Check out this story from The Onion that gives a revealing look into Saddam's NEW dominion.

Money Quote: ""Every day at around 6, he delivers his morning decree," the CIA official said. "He tells the cockroaches and other vermin in the cell that he will protect them against the oppressive Western devils and reward those who remain loyal. Then he usually sings. I once rapped on the bars with the butt of my rifle, but that just fired him up. He started cursing a blue streak at me and launched into a recitation of the "64 Rules Of Order" for the cell. Now I know to just let him tire himself out."
SETH ON 2004 MICHIGAN FOOTBALL III: The Defense

Scroll down for parts I and II. Log on soon for the conclusion...

Defense

"As opposed to the relatively young offense, every member of the defense has seen considerable playing time and many of them are seniors. This could be a very good defense but the young defensive line needs to get comfortable and there isn't much grace period. Look for defensive coordinator Jim Hermann to install a number of 4-3, nickel, and dime blitz packages that utilize the talents of Shazor and Woods on the pass rush while Jackson and Curry play man coverage. If the strategy works and one or more of the young talents on the line blossom into top-flight players, the defense should be strong enough to carry the team. From the looks of things, especially while the new offensive line and quarterback adjust, they're going to have to.
 
Defensive Line: The defensive line, a strong point for Michigan for the past two seasons, loses all four opening day starters but their replacements already have earned a share of experience in Carr's most rotated position. Strong-side end Larry Stevens was a force in the early season before opponents began double-teaming him, but should be replaced by sophomore Lamarr Woodley. Woodley, a top recruit from Saginaw, Michigan, scored playing time in his true freshman season last year and made a handful of great plays. On the other end, Alain Kashama leaves his spot in the hands of redshirt junior Pat Massey, a highly talented player and top flight recruit who won a number of starting roles this past season. Massey, known to friends as "Big Pat" needs to work on his speed as he tends to get beat around the edges. 2003 captain Grant Bowman gives way to redshirt sophomore Larry Harrison, a defensive tackle who should grow into an exciting player. Norman Heuer split time with the exceptionally large nose tackle, junior Gabe Watson, who assumes the role full time. Redshirt sophomores Derek Bell, Rondell Biggs and Jeremy Van Alstyne should see some playing time behind the front four, as should the talented redshirt freshman Will Paul, but there's still a lot of room left for incoming freshmen Will Johnson (big DT, 4 stars, Michigan), Marques Walton (DT, 2 stars, Illinois), and Michael Massey, Big Pat's little brother (tall DE, 4 stars, Ohio). California native Eugene Germany, a 5 (rivals) or 3 (Insiders)-star prospect from California who may or may not have Pierre Woods-like speed (competing 40 times causing the hang up), is still hung up between Michigan and USC.
 
Linebackers: While the young defensive line grows into its own, the speedy, talented linebackers should have ample opportunity to wrack up tackles. Redshirt junior Lawrence Reid led the team in tackles last season from the Mack spot. He's quick, smart, and a sure tackler. Redshirt junior Pierre Woods moved to Sam linebacker last year from defensive line with stellar results. He has exceptional speed and quickness and has a nose for the ball. Woods is also a stellar blitzer. At the Will spot, 5th year senior Roy Manning made a case to replace Carl Diggs with a good showing in early 2003 and could win the position depending on his play this spring. Close behind Manning will be redshirt junior ILBs Scott McClintock and Joey Sarantos who both saw considerable action in 2002 when their fellow linebackers went down with injuries. Of the two, McClintock shows more promise, earning playing time in '03 at the inside spot while Sarantos still needs to overcome a slight tackling disability. Unlike the defensive line, the linebacking position is incredibly deep this year, with future-star run-stopping redshirt freshman Shawn Crable, rapidly rising redshirt sophomores Obianna Oluigbo and Dave Harris, redshirt freshman Paul Sarantos (Joey's brother) and possibly an appearance from the big, talented incoming freshman Chris Rogers (4-star, Pa.), who could also move to defensive end. Chris Graham (4-stars), who some liken to Larry Foote, will also join the linebacking squad next year. Incoming freshman Roger Allison could bring running back speed to the position.
 
Defensive Backs: In the years to come, people will marvel that Marlin Jackson, Ernest Shazor, Jeremy LeSeur, Markus Curry, and Leon Hall all once played in the same defensive backfield. Last year the Wolverines found themselves so chock full of great defensive backs that top corner Marlin Jackson switched to free safety. For his fourth and final season starting on Michigan's defense Jackson returns to his natural cornerback position. Jackson has been compared to Michigan legend Charles Woodson more times than even he admits were necessary but Jackson does possess fantastic cover skills, has shut down a number of future NFL star wideouts, including Charles Rogers and Reggie Williams, and likes to put a hit on any opponent who comes near. Coming back from an injury-hampered season, Jackson should return to the form that made him the 2003 pre-season Big Ten defensive player of the year. With the departure of the talented Jeremy LeSueur, senior cornerback Markus Curry should have the breakout season he was predicted to experience since coming to Michigan. He gets picked on by opposing quarterbacks when mismatched with Mike Williams, but he did a bang-up job against Michael Jenkins (Santonio Holmes' two touchdowns were againstLeSeuer) and has emerged as a fine tackler. At nickelback, sophomore Leon Hall made a case for himself in last year's crowded backfield by earning starts at cornerback as a true freshman. He'll be in every game for a number of situations and should start a few as well. Redshirt junior Ernest Shazor finally made good on his awesome talent last season with a stellar performace at strong safety. He's good in coverage, can support the run, and has had success on the blitz. Willis Barringer saw time last year at free safety as a redshirt freshman while Jackson battled a shoulder injury. Barringer played quite well at times, most noticeably against Purdue, although true to underclassmen, he found himself out of position a few times (big play at MSU). The defensive backfield also goes deep. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Jacob Stewart had a key interception in '03 against Minnesota that turned Michigan's season around. Sophomores Ryan Mundy and Prescott Burgess are super talented players who represent the future at both safety positions. Redshirt sophomore Darnell Hood made the transition from running back to help out at corner and redshirt freshman Brandent Englemon has size and playmaking ability while classmate Quinton McCoy is a smallish but athletic cover corner. Michigan lost top cornerback recruit Ted Ginn (5-star, Ohio) to Ohio State but their ranks will be bolstered by big recruit Jamar Adams (3-star, N.C.) and possibly others."

Thursday, February 12, 2004

TAKING ON JUDICIAL TYRANNY

The judicial branch is neither elected nor responsible to the people. This creates a great conflict in American Govenment when they decide to take on the role of the legislature and create new law without precedent or any previous foundation. However, Pat Buchanan has used the historical example of Calvin Coolidge to demonstrate how the people can still reclaim power over the judicial oligarchy that is trying to make every major decision for the American people. Check it out if you too are a political science major or simply interested in the processes of government. Frankly, I'm not sure if Buchanan's idea is logistically salient, but it is certainly intriguing.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

SETH ON 2004 MICHIGAN FOOTBALL II: The Offense

More from Seth's continuing saga of UM football in '04. Scroll down for part I, log on soon for parts III and IV.

 
Offense:

The receiver position could be the best in Michigan's history, but with a new quarterback, a young offensive line, and no official #1 running back, Braylon Edwards, Jason Avant, and Steve Breaston will be asked to shoulder much of the offensive load. Although the offense is full of talented players – most of these guys were 4 stars or above as recruits – cautious optimism might even be a little too positive when considering this much inexperience. The keys to success are how well the two new offensive linemen gell with the old guys and how long it takes Matt Gutierrez to feel comfortable behind them. The bad news is, there's not a lot of time to get acquainted with each other before facing tough defenses. They get one game, Miami (Ohio), to prepare before visiting South Bend and the Redhawks could beat a lot of Big Ten teams. The good news is, with the exception of Edwards, all of this year's starters should be back for 2005.
 
Quarterback: The departure of John Navarre is going to hurt. Much was made of Navarre's malignment at Michigan and admittedly, much malignment was made, but the last three Rose Bowl/BCS appearances for the Wolverines all came under a senior quarterback (Griese '97, Brady '99, Navarre '03). Redshirt sophomore Matt Gutierrez has worked hard to become Navarre's heir. They're a lot alike in that they're both smart QBs who will play by Carr's book but Gutierrez has more mobility and while he has an authentic gun, it's not the rocket launcher that John owns. He's not, say, a Drew Henson do-it-yourself type of player but as far as knowing the system, the quarterback who never lost in high school has studied hard (Concord De La Salle in Califoria) is ready for his turn. The only other scholarship quarterback on the roster currently is redshirt freshman Clayton Richard – a big, strong-armed kid from Indiana. Chad Henne (5-stars) of Pennsylvania, one of the top QB recruits in the country, will join their ranks next year as a true freshman but will most likely redshirt and prepare to replace Gutierrez after 2006. 5th year senior wideout Jermaine Gonzalez could also mull a return to his old position behind center rather than ride the bench as the 5th receiver.
 
Running Backs: Nobody on the roster will be harder to replace than Heisman candidate Chris Perry. Michigan has brought in a steady flow of 3 or 4 star backs in the past few years but there's no miracle man in the wings just yet. Senior David Underwood, who backed up Perry the last two years, is a decent power back but lacks breakaway speed. 5th year senior Tim Bracken made some noise with his agility in spring ball 2001 and again by working his way up the depth chart in mid-season last year but injuries have hampered him and he's not an every down back. In the youth department, speedy redshirt sophomore Pierre Rembert has great expectations but still has a lot to learn. Sophomore Jerome Jackson earned playing time as a true freshman late last year as a big, all-purpose back. Redshirt freshman Anton Campbell could get in the mix, as could incoming Max Martin or Mike Hart; Head Coach Lloyd Carr admitted that he wouldn't be afraid to put a true freshman in. There's no clear front runner, and this race is just too close to call. If Jackson or Rembert can't emerge on time, Carr will go with Underwood or Bracken, hoping one can be half the man that Perry was. As for the fullback position, junior Brian Thompson beat out departing senior Kevin Dudley for starting time this year and proved himself as a blocker and great receiver out of the backfield. Junior Sean Sanderson, a fullback in a guard's body, was supposed to return from academic estrangement in 2004 as a goal-line blocker and situational back but his failure to perform adequately in the classroom got him removed from the team. Talented redshirt freshman James Presley, originally a top prospect at linebacker, waits in the wings. Incoming freshman Roger Allison has been mentioned as a fullback as well.
 
Receivers and Tight Ends: Stocked. Loaded. Overflowing with talent. I can't say enough good things about our receiving corps for 2004. Braylon Edwards returns for his senior season as a true Michigan #1. Junior Jason Avant emerged as a star with amazing catching ability. Redshirt sophomore Steve Breaston is a speed freak, kick return wizard, and has been hailed as the second coming of Anthony Carter. The trio has been likened to the 2000 set of David Terrell (#1), Marquise Walker (hands), and Ronald Bellamy (athlete) but thinking of them as having Terrell, Derrick Alexander, and Anthony Carter on one team isn't too much of a stretch (perhaps athletic redshirt sophomore Carl Tabb would like a shot at ol' Desmond Howard?). Backing them up is the local prospect Tabb who demonstrated in '03 that he was capable of stepping into any of the top three guys' spots without a dropoff in talent. Redshirt senior Jermaine Gonzalez can also play. The Wolverines lost disappointing Tyrece Butler and reverse specialist Calvin Bell to graduation but could more than make up for that with incoming Michigan native Morgan Trent (4 star), Keston Cheatham of California (3 star), possibly Breaston's Pennsylvania teammate Devon Lyons (4 star) and maybe even #1 prospect Cameron Colvin (5 star) from Gutierrez's school in California or #2 overall Fred Davis from Ohio (5 star). At tight end, redshirt junior Tim Massoquoi, once a top 5 recruit himself at receiver, needs to get over his dropped passes and finally break out as a gifted receiving tight end. He'll battle for playing time with the 25-year-old redshirt sophomore Tyler Ecker, who returned from a Mormon mission in 2003 to make some spectacular catches in key situations. Redshirt freshman Adam Kraus, a blocking specialist, rounds out the position.
 
Offensive Line: The 2003 offensive line looked like a very strong unit all season until falling apart against the talented front four of USC in the Rose Bowl. Three long-time starters depart, leaving a number of questions at a position that Michigan traditionally is stocked at. All-Big Ten weakside guard David Baas could have gone pro after 2003 but returns to lead the offensive line as a solid pass and superb run blocker. 5th year senior Andy Christopfel will have big shoes to fill in replacing Dave Pearson. Team leader and fan favorite strong tackle Tony Pape also departs, paving the way for the young but talented redshirt sophomore Mike Kolodziej, who stands at 6'8", to begin what should be a successful starting career. Returning starters Adam Stenavich (weak tackle) and Matt Lentz (strong guard), both redshirt juniors this season, played well but will need to step up as the newcomers get adjusted to their positions. Last season, the offensive line remained pretty much intact all year, but both top back-ups in '03, Courtney Morgan and Demeterius Solomon, were lost to graduation. Of course, this being Michigan, there's always size and talent coming up. Redshirt junior Leo Henige has matured considerably and will see a good share of game action at either guard position. Redshirt sophomore Ruben Riley, a gifted run blocker, saw some 2nd team playing time last season at tackle, as did 5th year senior Jeff Gaston and redshirt junior David Schoonover at guard. Redshirt sophomore Mark Bihl saw some action at center against Illinois and projects to be a great lineman eventually. Classmate Tom Berishaj is already well past 300 lbs. and should make a decent tackle one day. Redshirt freshman Pat Sharrow could become a mobile guard and highly recruited classmate Jake Long has the frame to become a devastating tackle in a few years. The recruiting season netted some exciting prospects in big Alan Branch (4-stars, N.M.), Brett Gallimore (4-stars, Mo.), Jeremy Ciulla (3-stars, Ga.), and the #3 tackle in the country, Alex Mitchell (5-stars) of Bay City, Mich.
PROGRESS IN IRAQ

Here's a great reminder of all the good that has come from the liberation of Iraq. No matter how you felt about the war you have to honestly admit that these are all good things. I'm not normally one to pass on fwds but this one seemed pretty important. The following is an email message sent to all First Marine Air Wing and Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 from LtCol Scot S. Seitz, Commanding Officer, on Monday 1 Dec 03.

"Marines and Sailors,

As we approach the end of the year, I think it is important to share a
few thoughts about what you've accomplished directly, in some cases, and
indirectly in many others.? I am speaking about what the Bush
Administration and each of you has contributed by wearing the uniform,
because the fact that you wear the uniform contributes 100% to the
capability of the nation to send a few onto the field to execute
national policy.? As you read about these achievements you are a part
of, I would call your attention to 2 things :

1. This is good news that "hasn't been fit" to print or report on TV.

2. It is much easier to point out the errors a man makes when he makes
the tough decisions, rarely is the positive as aggressively pursued.


Since President Bush declared an end to major combat on May 1 :

a) the first battalion of the new Iraqi Army has graduated and is on
active duty.

b) over 60,000 Iraqis now provide security to their fellow citizens.

c) nearly all of Iraq's 400 courts are functioning.

d) the Iraqi judiciary is fully independent.

e) on Monday 6 Oct, power generation hit 4,518 megawatts = exceeding the
prewar average.

f) all 22 universities and 43 technical institutes and colleges are
open,
as are nearly all primary and secondary schools.

g) by 1 Oct, Coalition forces had rehab-ed over 1,500 schools, 500 more
than scheduled.

h) teachers earn 12 to 25 times their former salaries.

i) all 240 hospitals and more than 1,200 clinics are open.

j) doctors salaries are at least 8x what they were under Saddam

k) pharmaceutical distribution has gone from essentially nothing
to 700 tons in May, to a current total of 12,000 tons.

l) the Coalition has helped administer over 22 million vaccinations to
Iraq's children.

m) a Coalition program has cleared over 14,000 km of Iraq's 27,000 km of
weed-choked canals which now irrigate tens of thousands of farms.? This
project has created jobs for more than 100,000 Iraqi men and women.

n) we have restored over 75% of prewar telephone services
and over 67% of the potable water production.

o) there are 4,900 full-service telephone connections.?
We expect 50,000 by year-end.

p) the wheels of commerce are turning.? >From bicycles to satellite
dishes to cars and trucks, businesses are coming to life in all major
cities and towns.

q) 95% of all prewar bank customers have service
and first-time customers are opening accounts daily.

r) Iraqi banks are making loans to finance businesses.

s) the central bank is fully independent.

t) Iraq has one of the world's most growth-oriented investment and
banking laws.

u) Iraq has a single, unified currency for the 1st time in 15 years.

v) satellite TV dishes are legal.

w) foreign journalists aren't on 10-day visas paying mandatory and
extortionate fees to the Ministry of Information for "minders" and other
government spies.

x) there is no Ministry of Information.

y) there are more than 170 newspapers.

z) you can buy satellite dishes on what seems like every street corner.

aa) foreign journalists (and everyone else) are free to come and go.

ab) a nation that had not one single element-legislative, judicial or
executive-of a representative government, now does.

ac) in Baghdad alone, residents have selected 88 advisory councils.
Baghdad's first democratic transfer of power in 35 years happened when
the city council elected its new chairman.

ad) today in Iraq, chambers of commerce, business, school and
professional organizations are electing their leaders all over the
country.

ae) 25 ministers, selected by the most representative governing body in
Iraq's history, run the day-to-day business of government.

af) the Iraqi government regularly participates in international events.

Since July, the Iraqi government has been represented in over two dozen
international meetings, including those of the UN General Assembly, the
Arab League, the World Bank and IMF and, today, the Islamic Conference
Summit. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today announced that it is
reopening over 30 Iraqi embassies around the world.

ag) Shia religious festivals that were all but banned, aren't.

ah) for the first time in 35 years, in Karbala thousands of Shiites
celebrate the pilgrimage of the 12th Imam.

ai) the Coalition has completed over 13,000 reconstruction projects,
large and small, as part of a strategic plan for the reconstruction of
Iraq.

aj) Uday and Qusay are dead and no longer feeding innocent Iraqis to the
zoo lions, raping the young daughters of local leaders to force
cooperation, torturing Iraq's soccer players for losing games, or
murdering critics.

ak) children aren't imprisoned or murdered when their parents disagree
with the government.

al) political opponents aren't imprisoned, tortured, executed, maimed,
or are forced to watch their families die for disagreeing with Saddam.

am) millions of longsuffering Iraqis no longer live in perpetual terror.

an) Saudis will hold municipal elections.

ao) Qatar is reforming education to give more choices to parents.

ap) Jordan is accelerating market economic reforms.

aq) the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded for the first time to an Iranian,
a Muslim woman who speaks out with courage for human rights, for
democracy and for peace.

ar) Saddam is gone.

as) Iraq is free.

at) President Bush has not faltered or failed.

au) Yet, little or none of this information has been published by the
Press corps that prides itself on bringing you all the news that's
important.

av) Iraq, under US-led control, has come further in 6 months than
Germany did in 7 years or Japan did in 9 years following WWII. Military
deaths from fanatic Nazi's and Japanese numbered in the thousands and
continued for over 3 years after WWII victory was declared.


It took the US over 4 months to clear away the twin tower debris,
and substantially longer to even decide what to put up in it's place,
let alone attempt to start building something else...

Now, take into account that almost every Democrat leader in the House
and Senate has fought President Bush on every aspect of his handling of
this country's war and the post-war reconstruction, and that they
continue to claim on a daily basis on national TV that this conflict has
been a failure.

Taking everything into consideration, even the unfortunate loss of our
brothers and sisters in this conflict, do you think anyone else in the
world could have accomplished as much as the United States and the Bush
administration in so short a period of time...?

These are things worth writing about.? Get the word out.? Write to
someone you think may be able to influence our Congress or the press to
tell the story.

Above all, be proud that you are a part of this historical precedent.

God bless you all.

Have a great Holiday.

Semper Fidelis,

Lt. Col Scot S Seitz"
KERRIED AWAY?

Right now it looks like John Kerry is going to win the Democratic nomination. However, is he really the best choice for dems? Take a look at this Slate article that breaks down Kerry's and Edward's poll number. Surprisingly, Edward's beliefs are more popular with voters, but they are voting for Kerry because he seems "more electable." But looking ahead to the general election it will be much more difficult for a northern liberal that votes with Ted Kennedy 98% of the time to appeal to mainstream voters than a Southern moderate. But unfortunately that is the problem with todays primary system. It allows the myth of a man to grow in spite of the math. These TNR articles explain it even better. One compares it to the George W. Bush bubble of 1999. The other describes it in terms of bubble behavior. People are voting for Kerry only because they think others are as well.

DRUNK DRIVIN' TO SESAME ST.

Well it looks like Tennessee could not let Bulgaria have it's drunken moment in the sun. The Richard's Rage Watch has once again turned its attention to the volunteer state, where this time a drunken mom used her 10 year old daughter as a designated driver. Though it is funny, I would not go so far as to call it a true "shenanigan." Sorry babe, just because you got drunk and arrested doesn't mean you can run with the big dawgs. Come back when you break something besides your family.

SETH ON 2004 MICHIGAN FOOTBALL I: The Transition

Seth sent this for posting on January 12th. Sorry guy I've been offline for a while..

"'I'm first! I'm first! It's January and I've already predicted the entire 2004 season. I'm first mwuaahhahahahahaha!!!!

Departing Seniors and early 2004 Outlook
 
Michigan stands to lose a number of guys, including their starting quarterback and tailback for the last three years and their entire opening day defensive line. However, because it's Michigan, there's always another guy to step up. Here's a list and their projected replacements for next year:

(* earned starts this season)      ([eligibility for 2003 season])
Offense:
QB John Navarre..........Matt Gutierrez (Fr)
HB Chris Perry.............Timothy Bracken (Jr), David Underwood (Jr),
                                      Jerome Jackson (Fr), Pierre Rembert (So)
FB Kevin Dudley...........Brian Thompson (So)*
TE Andy Mignery..........Tyler Ecker (Fr)*
C Dave Pearson.............Andy Christopfel (Jr)
T Tony Pape..................Mike Kolodziej (Fr)

Defense:
DE Larry Stevens.........Lamarr Woodley (Fr)
DT Norman Heuer.........Gabe Watson (So)*
DT Grant Bowman........Larry Harrison (Fr)
DE Alain Kashama.........Pat Massey (So)*
ILB Carl Diggs..............Scott McClintock (So) / Roy Manning (Jr)
CB Jeremy Leseur.........Willis Barringer (Fr) Leon Hall (Fr)

Special Teams:
KOS Troy Neinburg.......Garrett Rivas (Fr)
Other seniors departing:
QB Spencer Brinton
QB Mike Kaselitz
WR Calvin Bell
WR Tyrece Butler
WR Andy Stejkal
WR Brian Lafer
WR Ross Kesler
TE Jim Fisher
OL Courtney Morgan
OL Demeterius Solomon
LB Zach Kaufman
LB Jeremy Read
LB Jon Borden
S Jon Shaw
DB Brent Cummings
K Phil Brabbs
K Luke Perl
 
Outlook:
 
Last year, Michigan began the season as a popular pick for national champion. As it looks now, a lot of young guys will have to come into their own in order for the Wolverines to return to a BCS Bowl. There's a lot of talent, especially at skill positions, but the core needs to be re-built over spring and summer if the team hopes to repeat as Big Ten champions."

Log on all week for a breakdown of the offense, defense, and coming 2004 season.


GEORGE W. BUSH: MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Many people like to make fun of how stupid President Bush is. However, what this mischaracterization forgets is that the man is the first president with a masters degree in business administration from Harvard. Unfortunately they don't hand those things out just for being able to tie your shoe, or because your daddy works for the President. You actually have to earn your degree. Here is a fascinating break down of President Bush's politics through the eyes of Harvard's business school. From this, you can truly see that it takes a CEO to run America's executive branch.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

TRAIN WRECKIN' THE BBC

The great British media monopoly known as the BBC was recently under investigation due to a dispute with Tony Blair's government. Check out this story from The Weekly Standard that explains how the BBC has been independently exposed as liberal propaganda machine that it is.

Money Quote: "The great virtue of Lord Hutton's devastating indictment is that it represented for the first time an independent verdict. The editorial failings it criticized, the tendentious reporting it identified, the massive bureaucracy it exposed, and the troubling strategic vision that underlay it all demand a radical change at the BBC, if the organization's reputation is to be restored."

Bottom line: They stopped reporting news and became news when their own reckless world view started influencing reporting. But of course there is no liberal bias in the media, right Seth?
LIBERAL TALK RADIO?

Frank sent me this interesting (but very lengthy) TNR article that breaks down the reasons and the history for the success of conservative talk radio. It also goes on to talk about the coming liberal talk radio. If you can buy stock in something not making money, I would be all over this one. Talk radio is inherently anti-establishment. However, I don't think there is enough anti-establishmentism in the liberal sphere to really be successful. Afterall, if you control every network, newspaper, and university, how can "the man" be hasseling you?

Monday, February 09, 2004

RICHARD'S RAGE IN SOFIA

Check out this story about a Bulgarian that got drunk and wandered into the bear pin.

Money Quote: "He was drinking from a bottle of liquor and shouting to the police: 'Hey come on, have you got the guts to come over here?'" Ivanov said."

Something tells me that he didn't say guts. My guess it was some Bulgarian derivative of testicles. Nevertheless, he wins this week's Pabst Blue Ribbon for amazing drunken shenanigans.
BBC FREAKSHOW I

Step right up and hear the tale of a Kazakh boy that was "pregnant" with his own twin brother.
BBC FREAK SHOW II

Or maybe you would like to read about the woman with an actual tumor.

Money quote: "The tumour weighed 80 kilograms (176 pounds) - twice as much as Lucica Bunghez now weighs without it. "
GLOBAL WARMING AND THE PENTAGON

Here's an article from Fortune.com that says the Pentagon is looking at the security consequences of global warming. Included is also a grim scenario that shows a great redistribution in nations and their willingness to use force. It's rather lengthy but a good read if you have time.
PIGPEN ON FRANKIE IN HOLLYWOOD

"To quote the aforementioned Frankie..."Relax" Damnation, that is quite a sordid sodom and gomorrah-esque tale of left coast doin's that simpletons for the mid west like myself cannot even fathom. I picture it as much like the Jimmy Eat World video for "The Middle", but with goths and people that would most likely associate themselves with "The Dude." What is confusing to me is the offer extended by the porn guy, whom I'll refer to as "Jackie Treehorn" - wow, stuff like that actually happens? Yet I don't understand the connection between being a porn mail man and previous govt work - A monkey could deliver mail if need be. Nevertheless Frank should make his porn name something crappy like Frankenstien Von Boner or of similar vain. Lastly if you could send me the pics, I would really appreciate more back ground into this extremely interesting tale of a young Axl Rose getting off the bus on the strip to make it big in the bright light and high profile world of hollywood retirement homes...Welcome to the Jungle, we got fun AND games!"

Any reference to Fun and Games does not represent Seth in any form. Secondly, if anybody has the Frank pics (and his phone number) could you please forward those on to me. Thanks.
IDIOT: v 2.0

This was sent to me from Paul and Lenny. Not exactly the best way to represent West Michigan.
MY NEW BLOGGER

Well I finally got the internet hooked up out here in Brooklyn. Some delightful Nigerian stopped by around 1. He then proceeded to drill a hole in the wall before monkeying down the fire-escape and laying the cable across the backyard. He ended up climbing a fence through a mess of weeds and vines so that he could connect everything to the telephone poll that is in the vacant lot of the alleged backyard. I tell you what, that gentleman earns every penny for doing all that work. Tondar salutes you! So this is my first post from my apartment. The setup here is quite crude since I am on a Mac. I have to do all my own coding so things might be a bit shakey until I gain the ease to hammer this stuff out while I'm drunk. So please stick around. Without Malebolge, things can only go up from here.