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Monday, May 30, 2011

Breaking News: Tressell Resigns

In surprising news this morning, Jim Tressel announced that he is resigning as head coach of The Ohio State University football team. Tressel is a great man and has been a very good coach for our team. Sad to see him go and especially sad to see him go under a cloud of NCAA nonsense. I'm not going into detail about the players who broke rules and how in hindsight Tressel may have protected himself by going public immediately and getting rid of the players. Those players can carry the shame of bringing down a great coach without my elaborating further. Tressel did a lot of good for the school and the community. Unfortunately, as we all know, one screw up wipes out your entire slate of "At a Boys."

Goodbye Coach and thanks for the memories.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rest in Peace - Harmon Killebrew

Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame baseball player and one of the greatest sluggers of the 1960's, Harmon Killebrew passed on this morning. Killebrew was sort of the Jim Thome of his generation as he was liked by all who knew him and you never heard a bad word about him.

Rest in Peace Killer.

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Correct Way to Apologize

Over the years we have gotten used to public figures misbehaving or saying something inappropriate and then when there is the predictable public condemnation they issue the "I'm sorry if I offended anyone" non-apology type apology statement. Most of those come off sounding as if the offended party is at fault for being offended. Well, today we have a politician/actor caught having fathered an illegitimate child and he actually gave an actual apology where he took responsibility for ruining his marriage and family.
Schwarzenegger told the Times in a statement that also was sent to The Associated Press early Tuesday. "I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.

"I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time," the statement concluded. "While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not."
He still deserves scorn for his actions, but at least he didn't go with the standard mealy-mouthed statement. The next ball player testing positive for steroids or celebrity caught driving drunk should follow Schwarzenegger's example and just admit they did wrong and take responsibility for their actions.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Why is the Obama Administration Afraid of Saying "I Don't Know"

Sunday night we were informed about the killing of Osama bin Laden (OBL). At that time everything was positive as it appeared the military operation went very well. President Obama was being congratulated for making a decision that frankly many didn't think he was capable of making. Since the initial reports the administration has been snatching defeat from the jaws of victory with the inept handling of release of information about the military operation.

I understand that the "fog of war" can result in misinformation or confusion about specifics. However, if you don't know for certain that you are giving a correct answer there is nothing wrong with saying "I don't know" or something similar to end a line of questioning with a non-answer rather than a wrong answer. It is ridiculous the number of details of this military operation that they released and then retracted or modified. With it being a military operation they also had the plausible option of just saying specific details were classified and will be reviewed for later release. Presidential spokesman Jay Carney has accomplished the seemingly impossible task of making his predecessor Robert Gibbs look competent.
A partial list of key details that have changed include:
OBL was pointing a weapon when killed to he was unarmed.
OBL used a woman as a human shield or he didn't.
OBL's wife was killed. Now, she was just shot in the leg.
U.S. military was engaged in a lengthy firefight. Now, only one guy in compound fired a weapon and he was quickly dispatched.
Picture of OBL corpse will be released in a few hours to we've decided not to release the pictures.

The whole burial at sea nonsense and refusing to release the pictures undermines the primary reason to send in a live team rather than just bomb the place from the safety of a plane or ship. Why did we put sailors lives at risk to go in and get him? I assume it was because we wanted certainty that we got the guy. I don't doubt for a minute that we did actually kill the right guy. I believe they performed DNA tests and results showed they got OBL. Problem is, not everyone is as trusting as I am. This post-mission ineptitude plays into the hands of both the conspiracy nuts and those in the Muslim world who want to lead people to believe he may still be alive.

The lesson to learn from this is in the future it would be better to only release the key information: Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces. The other information, much of which was incorrect, did not need to be released immediately or at all in some cases. You can't go wrong with the truth and you can't lie if you don't say anything.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

If You Needed Another Reason to Dislike the Pittsburgh Steelers Read This

If anyone out there needs a better reason to dislike the Pittsburgh Steelers beside them being divisional rival, one of their players is a moron who doesn't believe Osama bin Laden was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall isn’t convinced Osama bin Laden was involved in 9/11.


Mendehall posted such things on his Twitter which includes:

"We'll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style."

"I'm not convinced he was even behind the attacks we have really seen no evidence to prove it other than the gov telling us."
I won't root for an opposing player to get injured, but I'm sure rooting for NFL defenses to clean Mendenhall's clock every time he carries the ball from now on. Hopefully, Joe Haden or T.J. Ward can knock some sense into his head.

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