Thursday, May 15, 2008


John Edwards, The Preakness and other matters...

In endorsing Senator Obama, John Edwards waited until AFTER Senator Clinton crushed the Illinois Senator in West Virginia to declare:

"… the voters have made their choice, and so have I."

Well, not ALL the voters….there are still a few primaries left as well as that disenfranchisement of Florida and Michigan Democratic primary voters. But the voters have chosen wisely in the past few years in not making John Edwards their choice.

What a contrast in the Mideast: Israel is celebrating their 60th anniversary as Lebanon threatens to descend into a civil war. However, the Washington Post reports today that there may be a calming in Lebanon – apparently the government there is backing off on some actions against Hezbollah. Here’s my favorite part of their reporting:

“While the army was long considered neutral in the crisis…”

Their army is considered neutral in a fight against its government??? (sigh) Israel remains a singular bastion of common sense and civility over there. We should all celebrate its existence and pray for its continued success.

BTW: Yesterday, Soccer Dad sent me a link to a Q&A with Post writer Griff Witte about Israel’s 60th anniversary. Let me just publicly thank him then for such an utter waste of my time whereby, from Mr. Witte’s responses, I learned absolutely nothing new about Israel, the Palestinians or anything going on in the Mideast. The questioners as a whole came across as better informed. Soccer Dad and I share a general head-shaking, eye-rolling reaction to much of the coverage of Israel published in the Post of which Griff Witte is just the most recent exhibit. SD has more here: Soccer Dad: Half witte

The Preakness is this Saturday and I look to be there in plenty of time to bet the 1st race – Post Time 10:30AM. The Big Race has a field of 13 horses – only two of which raced in the Kentucky Derby. The remaining 11 horses COMBINED are $167,000 short of Derby winner Big Brown’s lifetime earnings of $2,114,500…which is why he is a deserved overwhelming favorite this weekend.

No doubt many of you were wondering what Marie Cocco’s latest thoughts were. (I confess, I didn’t know who she was either but it says she is syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group.) Anyway, here are her thoughts: Misogyny I Won't Miss

Fortunately, most of the people she cites for insensitivity on this matter are obvious Lefties. Here’s here ham-handed and predictable conclusion:

“But for all Clinton's political blemishes, the darker stain that has been exposed is the hatred of women that is accepted as a part of our culture.”

Puh-leez. Forget about men getting in touch with their feminine side; we need some of these women to get in touch with their masculine side.

And no, I’m not talking to you Mrs. Clinton; you’re doing fine…

I don’t regularly watch a lot of non-sports television but if I’m still up and watching weekdays at midnight, I’m likely to be tuned to WGN and Corner Gas. It’s a Canadian import and probably requires a few viewings to get a handle on the characters but it is genuinely funny.

Sorry for wasting your time.

It is intersting though, usually these Middle East Q & A's are dominated by what I'd call "the other side."

I'm surprised at the number of pro-Israel folks who participated. (And were on target without being obnoxious.)
Griff was probably surprised there was a pro-Israel side...
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