Tonight the Twins can clinch their third straight AL Central Title with a win over the White Sox. For the first time in years I'm actually excited about their chances in the post-season. I'm not going to jinx them though. Nope. Not me.
After last week's rough start a couple of changes on the WR front: Dropped Smith and Burleson and am going with Robinson as the primary one to get Moss' leftovers. We'll see. I picked up Deion Branch from NE to replace Steve Smith and Robert Ferguson from GB because I like the matchup with the Bears this week. After leaving Martin on the bench last week and given a reasonably good matchup for the Jets he gets the nod this week. So here we go:
RB-E. James (15pts)
RB-C. Martin (15pts)
WR-D. Branch (0pts)
WR-R. Ferguson (6pts)
RB-J. Lewis (12pts)
RB-D. Davis (0pts)
WR-H. Ward (9pts)
WR-J. Walker (3pts)
WR-K. Robinson (6pts)
Final: 50-48. Whew, that was close. In this league, without many bonus points, 50 is usually a certain victory. So I'm 1-1 and still need to work on the wideouts. I can live with that.
Update: Much better this week. I'm up 50-35 have Robinson and the MN-D going tonight while he still has Akers. The Ferguson move worked out but not Branch, I think WR is going to plague me all year. All three of my top backs scored 2 TD's and bonus yardage this week. That's an encouraging sign.
I read this by Stanley Kurtz last night and was kind of appalled at the basic premise: CBS will not fess up on the TANG forgeries because they have essentially decided that their market is liberals and CBS will tell them what they want to hear and not what is actually true, and their market will love it. Belmont Club has beaten me to the punch but I'll add my own two cents here.
I have a number of liberal friends and close family members and we used to debate politics all the time. While those debates were often very spirited, with some truly memorable and funny zings on both sides, the worst that they ever ended was to agree to disagree. We stayed friends and/or loving family. Sometime in the mid to late 90's that started to change, politics started to become dangerous ground. I have a couple of siblings I still spar with but I think that's because our love and respect keeps things civil. I know that they aren't stupid and vice versa. We can still agree to disagree. Most of my liberal friends don't want to talk politics anymore though, it's like it's too sore a subject to them. I respect that and don't push it but it's kind of sad. I miss those spirited debates, even or maybe especially the ones I lost, because they made me think. Sometimes that thinking made me better armed and prepared for the next debate and sometimes it made me admit I was wrong and change my position. Either way it was healthy for everyone.
I've always found it interesting and wonderful that two (or more) people of good will can look at some objective situation and set of facts and come to different conclusions about what to do. It's so......human. Many times, not always, the difference is not in the goal but what method or means will accomplish the goal. But what happens when two sides perceive objective reality very, very differently? If we can't even agree on facts, what's real, how can we possibly debate solutions?
The Press in this country likes to think of themselves as "The Fourth Estate" and a special group that helps keep us free. They're right as long as they keep up with their responsibilities to the truth. Sure, there's a fair amount of leeway in what content is presented or pushed, but there are/were minimum standards for fairness and truth that had to be met.
It seems to me that those standards have been slipping dangerously in the last few years and it's been poisoning the body politic. CBS has finally pushed across the line with outright forgeries. If Liberals and Democrats are willing to put up with this in the interest of their own short term political gain then it will be a disaster for them. The ash heap of history is littered with regimes and nations and parties that have turned away from truth. Their party will suffer no less a fate if they embrace this course.
Before some of my fellow conservatives start to chortle at that thought (not that they have, yet) they need to look back on history and ponder something: Sometimes the Democrats have been right. We are all stronger for vigorous honest debate. And it's not in our own interest to see our only major sparring partner walk off a cliff.
A major news organization is found dead after smoking memos laced with forgeries. The only witness: A former anchorman who can't seem to blink. The only clue: A cryptic reference to mysterious figures in pajamas.
Ok, I can't resist being a smartass here, but as Charles Johnson points out at LGF:
"The seriousness of what happened here cannot be overstressed. Someone deliberately forged documents, in an attempt to interfere with a presidential election in a time of war, and CBS News rushed these forged documents into release—apparently with almost no serious attempt to verify their provenance. "
This is serious business. CBS does not have much time left to prove their innocence or recover some semblance of integrity here. And it's not just 60 MinutesII's credibility on the line, it's now the entire news organization.
For better or worse, here's this week's FFL Lineup. Oh, but first, I've decided to possibly over-coach right off the bat this year. I've dropped Streets already at number four wideout and have picked up Nate Burleson and I'll start him over Marcus Robinson. I won't be keeping them both for long so I guess we'll find out who stays after today. This of course makes it almost certain that Robinson will outplay Burleson today.
Week 1 My Team
RB-E. James (3pts)
RB-K. Barlow (0pts)
WR-S. Smith (0, out for season)
WR-J. Smith (0pts)
WR-N. Burleson (0pts)
RB-S. Davis (0pts)
RB-W. Dunn (12pts)
WR-R. Moss (12pts)
WR-D. Jackson (0pts)
WR-D. Givens (0pts)
Update: Bad, bad start. As of Sunday evening the score is 13-39. My opponent still has Davis tomorrow while I have Favre and Smith. It's not looking good at Hoot Central. Over-coaching: Burleson's zippo to Robinson's 6 pts. Under-coaching: Barlow's zippo to Curtis Martin's 15. Damn.
I keep some images of 9/11/2001 on my PC. I don’t look at them often and won’t impose them on you today. They are widely available on the web so if you want to see them it’s easy enough to find them. There are many profound images from that day but the most profound to me is one that shows hundreds of people trapped in the North Tower. An image of men and women murdered but not yet dead.
We drafted about as late as possible in our Fantasy Football league. I'm not really happy with my team but oh well, it's not like I spent much time preparing this year (there's a shock). I also got a crappy draft slot multiple times (there's another shock). Continue on to see the line-up, just know before you totally rip my team that I've won my share of Super Bowls in the past and finished second last year.
We don’t get much spam at work anymore. Our e-mail Admin has really done a nice job controlling it without killing legitimate messages. I did get one today that caught my eye as it was from sales @ devianttechnologies.com. Hmmm. Interesting name for a company. So of course the first thing I wondered was just how technical is deviancy getting these days and how far behind the curve am I?
It turns out they sell enterprise IM devices, something I actually need to spend some time looking at. Deviant is not in and of itself a bad word. It just means “deviating, especially from an accepted norm”, which actually can be a good thing. In this case I think they chose the name because they use open source technology as opposed to the “norm” of Microsoft etc, or perhaps it's just one more tech thing I'm not up to speed on. Lord knows I've gone against the conventional wisdom more than a few times in my life but deviant is not a word I'll soon be putting on my resume. I also don’t think the average person looks at it that way. You say deviant and the first thing they are going to think of is sex, deviant sex.
This company apparently sells a legitimate product though. Hmmmm, this is very tempting from a corporate perspective. I mean, what do you suppose the CTO will think when I send him a PO authorization for something from Deviant Technologies? My guess is he’d jump to a conclusion and then read the whole thing and say “Oh, ok.”.
Our CFO would probably drop dead just at the sight of the name on the form. And there’s at least one woman in Accounts Payable that would probably want to know if they had a catalog, if you know what I mean.
The name is certainly unique, I don’t believe I’ve ever done business with a company with the word “Deviant” in it’s name. Pretty sure I would remember that. But they seem to be going after the business market and I wonder how that name’s working out for them. Who came up with it and did they do any market research?
Lot of rich material here but I’m pressed for time. Oh well. Back to work.