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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

If you don't go anywhere else on the internet today...
You've got to check out The Liberal Crack-Up: It's a Scream! Just click on your favorite psycho liberal and laugh the holiday stress away!

If a poor grad student can give 20, can't you?
Aid groups accepting donations for victims of the powerful earthquake and resulting tsunamis that caused widespread destruction in parts of Asia and Africa:
Action Against Hunger
ADRA International
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc.
Association for India's Development
Catholic Relief Services
Christian Children's Fund
Church World Service
Direct Relief International
Doctors Without Borders
Food for the Hungry, Inc.
International Aid
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
International Medical Corps
International Rescue Committee
Lutheran World Relief
MAP International
Mercy Corps
Network for Good
Operation USA
Oxfam America
Plan USA
Project Concern International
Save the Children USA

Cool Pic of the Day

Sodium lights in downtown Billings glow orange in contrast to a frost-covered ponderosa pine tree on the Rimrocks overlooking the city early Monday. Icy fog and a cold wind combined to cover the north side of the trees with frost that contrasts brightly when illuminated with a strobe light.

Real Life 'Jaws' (Wizbang headsup)
Thailand's foremost meteorological experts were sitting together in a crisis meeting. But they decided not to warn about the tsunami "out of courtesy to the tourist industry", writes the Thailand daily newspaper The Nation.

The experts got the news around 8:00 am on Sunday morning local time.

An hour later, the first massive wave struck. But the experts started to discuss the economic impacts when they were discussing if a tsunami warning should be made. The main argument against such a warning was that there have not been any floods in 300 years. Also, the experts believed the Indonesian island Sumatra would be a "cushion" for the southern coast of Thailand. The experts also had bad information; they thought the tremor was 8.1. A similar earthquake occurred in the same area in 2002 with no flooding at all.

...We finally decided not to do anything because the tourist season was in full swing. The hotels were 100% booked full. What if we issued a warning, which would have led to an evacuation, and nothing had happened. What would be the outcome? The tourist industry would be immediately hurt. Our department would not be able to endure a lawsuit...

Monday, December 27, 2004

BIN LADEN TAPE SAYS THOSE WHO TAKE PART IN IRAQ POLLS ARE INFIDELS - Jazeera TV... UBL is getting a little desperate, don't you think?

Saturday, December 25, 2004



And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree
from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into
Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he
was of the house and lineage of David). To be taxed with Mary, his
espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished
that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling
clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in
the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.

And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the
Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good
tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is
Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in
swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly
host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into
Heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto
Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath
made known unto us.

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe
lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which
was told them concerning this child.

And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told
them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the
things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Israeli Terrorism vs. Palestinian Terrorism
"Spirit of the IDF"

Jews for Christmas

First up, Dr. Krauthammer:
"The attempts to de-Christianize Christmas are as absurd as they are relentless. The United States today is the most tolerant and diverse society in history. It celebrates all faiths with an open heart and open-mindedness that, compared to even the most advanced countries in Europe, are unique.

Yet more than 80 percent of Americans are Christian, and probably 95 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas. Christmas Day is an official federal holiday, the only day of the entire year when, for example, the Smithsonian museums are closed. Are we to pretend that Christmas is nothing but an orgy of commerce in celebration of . . . what? The winter solstice?"

Second up, Mark Steyn:
"One December a few years back, I was in Santa Claus, Indiana, and went to the Post Office - a popular destination thanks to its seasonal postmark.

"Merry Christmas!" I said provocatively.

But Postmistress Sandy Colyon was ready for me. "A week ago," she said, "I'd have had to say 'Happy Holidays', but we've been given a special dispensation from the Postmaster-General allowing us to say 'Merry Christmas'. So Merry Christmas!" That's "Christmas" at the dawn of the third millennium - a word you have to get a special memo from head office authorising the use thereof. In America, most executive honchos would rather not take the risk, instructing the staff to eschew any mention of the C-word in favour of "Happy Holidays!" - the all-purpose inoffensive greeting that covers Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Eid, the Third Wednesday after Ramadan, hippy-dippy solstice worship, West Bank Suicide Bomber Appreciation Day and any other festive occasion you've lined up for the general vicinity of late 2004/early 2005."

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Weekly Round-up

Purported new bin Laden tape surfaces

Pro-Gay, Pro-Values, Pro-Bush. A simple logic.

It's Policy, Not Poetry Democrats puzzle over how to "manipulate symbols." Why not start by taking a stand for Christmas?

Infanticide Rampant in Communist China

Mugabe equates himself to Hitler; steals white's farmland...can you imagine if white people were doing this to blacks? You haven't heard a peep about this in our glorious, illustrious, legendary media, have you? And you won't hear about this, because they don't find anything wrong with it, and more than that, they probably don't see anything newsworthy about it. But I will guarantee you if Robert Mugabe were white, and the only farms in Zimbabwe that were productive were black and he seized all of them, you would have heard about this just as we heard about apartheid in South Africa and the University of California Berkeley would be demanding everybody divest from Zimbabwe. It would have been a cause celebre.

An anti-Christian hit piece in Newsweek destroyed by the blogsphere.

In case you missed it, The Blue Gray Sky has already cast parts for the major motion picture film modeled after Notre Dame's search for a new football coach. Check it out here. (Thanks to the Irish-Trojan(s suck)).

Update: Did Putin Poison Yushchenko ?
Poisoned challenger Yushchenko got Sick right after Dinner with Boss & Assistant Boss of Independent Ukraine's successor bureau to KGB

Chevy Chase's potty-mouthed Bush-bashing at Kennedy Center

Why, I remember when Chevy Chase use to be funny. Damn, I'm really starting to show my age.
The Washington Post also reports.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Quote of the Day
"For crying out loud, if California's not going to put Manson to death, they're not going to put Scott Peterson to death." -Rush Limbaugh

And was anyone else mildly disturbed by the Roman mob outside the Redwood City courtroom? I mean I guess it's one thing for Laci's family to feel like justice was served, but to act like they just won the lottery, I find to be extremely grotesque and morally reprehensible. I know I'm not really in any position to say how Laci's family should feel, or how exactly I would feel in their shoes, but have a little class about the whole thing. Killing Scott isn't going to bring your daughter or grandson back, duh?

Check out Laci's stepdad:

In my family, we have one word for this guy, trash.

And check out the jurors celebrating with members of the public outside the courtroom:

"Yeah man, I just decided to end someone's life! Pass me a Bud!"

What are we the Roman Empire? This kind of behavior by ordinary citizens should lead even the most pro-death penalty person to reconsider their stand on the issue. Then again, I think the public is so surprised nowadays when justice is actually served in high profile cases, where people are actually held responsible for the things they've done, that these types of celebration are more and more common, but it doesn't make them any less tasteless. I think it should be a feeling of "justice was served, we did the right thing" rather than "this guy got what was comming to him".

Monday, December 13, 2004

Long-time British philosopher, atheist admits: There is scientific proof for God's existence

Chandra "I only say Hi to black students on campus" Johnson outted as bigot on The Backer
Chandra "I only say Hi to black students on campus" Johnson (scroll down for her best immitation of Mr. Clean) has not only been called out for her blatantly hypocritical treatment of black and white students on campus (I've seen it with my own eyes), now The Backer has outted Johnson has a straight out biggot. Apparently Johnson, who serves at the assistant to the President of the University Monk Malloy, WOULD NOT allow GLND/SMC(Gays and Lesbians at Notre Dame/St. Mary's College) to buy advertising in the student newspaper The Observer. I heard this story both while I was a student at Notre Dame, and now it can be verified by an anonymous source who emailed The Backer with the tip.

It's nice to know Notre Dame has its own Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton as a high level member of the administration. We all know how much equality means to those two, except if you're gay or a Jew. Their slurs have been well documented through the years. And Johnson is suppose to be a Master Catechist for the archdiocese of Los Angeles (whatever that is), as well as a graduate of Notre Dame in THEOLOGY!!!??? This is what being a Christian is to her? A lot of compassion and understanding, so long as you're black.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Al-Quds opines on The Backer, NDNation, Chandra Johnson, New ND Head Coach
Well it appears all but certain that Notre Dame's 7 man committee searching for a new Irish head coach have narrowed their search to Tom Clements and Charlie Weiss, and have made the decision to go with Weiss. Maybe now we can once again turn out focus onto what we should be really worried about as Notre Dame Alumni and fans, winning football games.

The flame-war, or is it blog-war?, between Irish Alum The Backer and Irish Sunday Morning QBs NDNation, has been entertaining nonetheless. ND Nation might very well be the most useless site on the internet, if there is a more irrelevant place in the whole of the infinitesimally vast realm of that body we call the internet than "Rock's House", I don't know what it is. I suppose, hypotetically, if there is some secret European Union website where the leaders of Old Europe get together and post messages that would technically be considered more irrelevant, but since it probably doesn't exist we have to consider NDNation the most irrelevant. As my high school Civics teacher loved to say, "They're about as useless as a pay toilet in a diarrhea war!"

I mean how pathetic is a bunch of middle aged men, sitting on a computer all day, sunday morning quarterbacking a bunch of 18-22 year old running around with a piece of leather on a big field? They have no affiliation to Notre Dame, no loyalty to Notre Dame, and no experience of what going to Our Lady's University is all about. If we are to call ESPN the know-it-alls who know nothing about sports, then we must consider the 4 Stooges who run NDnation and the 85% of their posters the know-it-alls who know nothing about Notre Dame. They're worse than a bunch of old wome

Wednesday, December 08, 2004


Did Putin Poison Yushchenko???

Yushchenko before and after: smooth-faced only five months ago and pock-marked by the effects of poison

Doctors at the Austrian clinic that treated Ukraine’s opposition leader confirm there was a plot to kill him.

Proof that Mr Yushchenko was deliberately poisoned would be a devastating blow for his rival, the Prime Minister, Viktor Yanukovych, as the two candidates prepare for a repeat of a presidential run-off on December 26.

It would raise questions about whether the poisoning was ordered by Mr Yanukovych, his allies, or even the Kremlin, which fears that Mr Yushchenko will take Ukraine out of its sphere of influence by joining Nato and the EU.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

A Star is Born

Julius Jones, who had 198 yards, runs for the winning score.

Irish Women's Soccer Wins National Championship...Jill Krivacek made the deciding kick in the first NCAA women's soccer title game decided by penalties.

I'll assume this has been lost in all the news about the football program, and that ESPN didn't cover this at all.

Monday, December 06, 2004

One Down...
Congrats are in order for one of my first college roomates and best friends from Notre Dame, Dan Earley and his longtime girlfriend Katie Garagiola, on their weekend engagement! The two are planning a Fall wedding. Congrats to you too, much love. Mazl Mazl!

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Quote of the Day
"When I see Kofi Annan standing up there every October at the General Assembly meeting, and he makes his speech and he intersperses the word ''excellencies"? That's how you refer to the delegates at the UN – "Excellencies, I think we must do this and this," and you know that two-thirds of the room is a bunch of anti-Semitic, homophobic, bigot thug dictators being called "excellencies."' -Rush Limbaugh

Pics of the Day

Bonds on Steroids??? No Way!!!

Take a few deep breaths with these, courtesy of the Irish-Trojan(s suck)

On the lighter side
Proving that God is indeed merciful, Green Bay area churches change Christmas Eve mass times to accommodate Packer/Viking fans

Unions are Evil
600,000 member union may strike because one member is being forced to tuck in his shirt

From NDNation:

Notre Dame is just the latest convenient target. Bottom line, people hate us because we stand for things most of them cannot attain, and for a standard of achievement most have never even attempted to reach.

How dare we? Don't we know that by holding ourselves to a higher standard we are making them feel worse about themselves? How selfish.
Damn, what happened to the days when people looked up to heroes to lift themselves up? Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?

Lamenting the Irish
Well friends it's been a difficult weekend, which is why I haven't updated.

Let's just say first off that Urban Meyer is the biggest chump since Matt Doherty.

Chump 1: Coached the Tar Heels to 8-20 overall finish, 4-7 in the ACC

Chump 2: 7 years $14 million, for that much he better win at least 2 national championships.

And while, yes, I have been telling everyone to say away from the race-baiting pundits at ESPN, I did read today that the KW contacted Steve Mariucci, who said he wasn't interested. While Mooch turned down the offer, I think this is good news at least to see that the Administration is doing everything they can to get the best guy for the job. If they called Mooch, surely they will do the same to Stoops, Gruden, and Barry Alvarez, the only 3 guys who I feel are really qualified for the job.

At this point we just have to sit back, ignore the jealous, elitist, know-it-alls from ESPN, and have faith that Fr. Jenkins, Fr. Malloy, and Dr. White get it right.

I also think this whole affair has made me realize what a sad state race relations are in the United States. The culture of affirmative action and political correctness which have infected American culture has not lead to a betterment of the situation of blacks in the US, but rather to a system where the soft bigotry of low expectations rules the roost, and where to criticize any black person based upon the actual performance of their job equates to racism. Why is it that having a black football coach is more important than recognizing that black student-athletes graduate at a higher percentage at Notre Dame than at any another University?

Which is the real racist University? Here are the NCAA graduation rates for other universities without black coaches, African-American Rate, White Rate, Differential:

School Black /Rate White/ Rate Diff.
NotreDame 76 /76 /0

Miami 56/ 57/ -1
Florida 36 /56/ -20
Georgia 40 /73/ -30
FSU 43 /78 /-28
TN 30 /67 /-37
Alabama 45 /63 /-18
Texas 33 /36 /-3
Nebraska 48 /70 /-22
USC 52 /65 /-13
Oklahoma 35 /48 /-13
Auburn 40 /74 /-34
Michigan 47 /70 /-23

This is painfully obvious not only in the way the ESPN pundits handled the Willingham affair, but also for the way they treated the revelation (at least it was a revelati0n to people without common sense) that Barry Bonds was indeed using steroids. Instead of calling Bonds exactly what he is, a cheater and a liar, the whole sporting and black communities make excuse after excuse for him, negating the fact that Bonds will eventually break the record of Hank Aaron, a true racial pioneer who broke the greatest record in baseball legally. Bonds should be banned from baseball, Pete Rose style, and all his records negated. Since I will already be branded a racist by this post might as well go all the way, if Pete Rose was black he would be in the Hall of Fame.