You know I can see trading Matt Cassel to the Chiefs after all he was getting a ton of money to be a backup but Mike Vrabel?

I would have thought that Cassel would have been sufficient to get the deal done. Vrabel is effective on both offense and defense. He is old but has delivered time and time again.

Apparently I’m not alone in this:

“We’ve lost perhaps our best all-around football player. Defense, offense, special teams, Vrabes did it all,” Tedy Bruschi [stats] wrote in an e-mail. “His intelligence and on-field adjustments cannot be replaced. This team has just changed immensely.”

And he’s not the only one:

Former Patriots linebacker Steve Nelson was completely taken aback when apprised of the trade.

“I guess that means they’re happy with their young outside linebackers. I don’t know. You’ve really caught me by surprise. He was really a great player for them,” Nelson said. “He was a real leader . . . that’s kind of a stunner.”

And another one:

Harrison, who is still undecided about his future, summed up his feelings in a few words.

“It’s business,” Harrison responded via text message, when asked his reaction to the Vrabel trade.

You know its a weird move when I’m talking about the Pats during spring training. I can’t fathom it.

I was thinking about the comments that Chris made in this post and it leads me to say something very important to the people who say: “Parties don’t matter nobody cares for you etc…”

The moment you decide that there is no reason to vote there is no reason to think, there is no reason to try to govern yourselves. Everyone might has well bend over and kiss themselves goodbye because we have no control over our lives.

That is a very cynical and atheistic view. Atheistic because it is a view without hope or purpose.

I don’t and I won’t subscribe to that view. I think we can and should make a difference, I think that people can be inspired to be better than they are and to aspire to achieve for themselves and for others. I think that an informed and active populace can choose representatives that can lead our cities, our states and our country to become even better than it is today, and in case you aren’t aware of it; despite all the trouble we are having now, despite all the hard times, despite all the lost jobs including mine we are still DAMN lucky to live in what still is not only the greatest country in the world but the greatest country that has ever existed in the history of the world!

And I believe a large amount of our liberal friends think the same, they just have different opinions on how to get there.

This is a small blog, I have a small readership and a small customer base, but I’m very proud and thankful for that and will do my best to grow the customer and the readership base.

And if I can advance positions that will make things better for my wife and sons I will do my best to do so. If my political opinion can change even a few minds or even just get someone thinking about it I’m going to do my best to do so. And If I can persuade even one or two people to Christ in general or the Catholic Church in particular then I will be able to die proud. I am an incurable optimist I think things can and will get better, we just have to be willing to do it.

But none of this is possible if I’m unwilling to bother, and even if your goals are exactly the opposite of mine but your passion is the same your goals can’t be achieved if you are cynical.

Don’t settle for cynicism. If you do then I don’t want to hear you complain, if there is nothing that can be done then why complain, why bother?

Some people may be willing to live that way, as far as I’m concerning that isn’t living, that’s existing and I want more than that in life, and so should you.

I thought it was pretty solid, it was an unafraid speech clearing saying what he thought and why he thought it. It was a speech that displayed no confidence in the Obama Administration while full of confidence in America.

Although he didn’t know it CNN carried the speech. The twitter feedback on CNN was uniformly negative as all the conservatives were watching it on Fox. They might have figured calling him over the line and divisive would allow them to cancel his message while getting the ratings from showing him.

What they did instead is give him exposure to a whole different audience. Doctrine liberals will still remain what they are and the CNN logon people were beside themselves, but tens of thousands of people who likely never heard him talk before will hear this speech and decide that they have been fed a bill of goods concerning him.

The Sunday shows will be very interesting tomorrow.

Update: Hot air has the speech

Instapundit reports that there have been “Tea Party” protests nationwide drawing anywhere from 100 to 1500 people. They have been pretty much self made spread on the web using tools such as twitter.

It will now remain to be seen if and how the media reports on these protests particularly if they continue. Because dissatisfaction over what is going on is not confined to supporters of the president.

It will be very hard to pooh pooh this stuff if people in their towns and cities see it going on and ignored. Particularly when the “tax cut” is only a withholding adjustment that will be paid back anyways.

…My old friend the rightwinggamer fills us in on his D&D campaign:

The Campaign: A home-brewed world which grows adventure by adventure. No real map to it as I didn’t really feel like it, and it sort of changed in scope as I continued. So far the players claim to be having fun, and I hope that is the case. It is a Polytheistic world, which means many religions, and in some cases, it’s a farce of many different games, since the idea isn’t really sticking to the rules, or being so deep that we must obey, but having fun. Elements of World of Warcraft, Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends, and several other influences have filled the game.

He is playing version 3.5. I’m an old foggy and still prefer version 1.0 or 2.0 if I play at all. In the last adventure I was running we saw the consequences of Christianity being introduced into a D&D world but that campaign has been suspended for a year. But enough of the past, if you are interested in a current D&D adventure read on.

Looks like the president decided he wanted to score some serious points:

White House aides told Jewish leaders on a conference call today that the United States will boycott the United Nations’ World Conference on Racism over hostility to Israel in draft documents prepared for the April conference.

The aides, including an adviser to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, Jennifer Simon, and longtime Obama advisor Samantha Power, said the administration will not participate in further negotiations on the current text or participate in a conference based on the text, sources on the call said.

Hotair is impressed:

Well, well, well. I’m not sure whether I’m more surprised to see Obama change his mind or Samantha Power take the side of Israel. Okay, I know I’m more surprised about Power going quietly from Durban II.

Yourish had this to say:

Well, there goes my subject for next week’s SNN. Now I need to find a new one.

Hey I guess Martin Perez a bone sometime.

I can’t help but think of Ken Burns telling us that Nathan Bedford Forest quit the KKK when it became too violent even for him in the last episode of the Civil War Series. I guess the conference is too anti-semitic even for the Obama administration.

We’ll be generous, we will not only give him an Arthur point but we will remove this Carter point for not objecting to a draft as well!

Carter 10 Arthur 5

Now lets see if he acts on the Zombie Unemployment issue!

UPDATE: Accidentally put this under the Amazon reviews catagory instead of Arthur/carter

Was listening to the radio on the way home from picking up my son from school and heard an interesting story concerning fees at U-Mass:

Tuition and fees at the University of Massachusetts system will rise by an average of nearly 16 percent following a vote by the UMass board of trustees’ finance committee.

The committee approved the fee increase with a 7-2 vote today, although the increase still needs final approval from the full board of trustees, which meets next on Feb. 27 in Dartmouth. The proposal would increase the average annual tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates to $11,048 from $9,548 at UMass schools in the next academic year, an average increase of $1,500. The increase is aimed at partially offsetting an anticipated $102 million reduction in state funding in the coming fiscal year that starts on July 1.

An interesting tidbit follows:

The UMass committee approved language that would allow for a rebate, depending on the amount of federal funds the university receives from the recently-passed federal economic stimulus package.

In other words UMass is using the Stimulus package like every other Federal Package, as an excuse to increase its own fees and take the federal funds as their own.

The primary reason why college costs have gone up so much is that the taxpayer is footing the bill, as federal monies go up so do the fees. Instant liberal cash cow.

If you wonder why colleges are so liberal and so in favor of government spending, this is why.

…times continue to be tough as the Star Village World inquisitor reminds us:

… according to US Labor Department statistics released this week, joblessness and under-employment is disproportionately high among the undead population. A historical high of 24.8% was reached this month, as jobless claims among the undead continued to rise.

Combined with discrimination against the Undead it is a real problem, fortunately its Massachusetts to the rescue:

Massachusetts uses a different means of determining eligibility for unemployment. Under their constitution, the Commonwealth is able to tax the dead and undead alike, making Ms. Glass eligible for state-funded retraining, health benefits, and Affirmative-Action based job placement.

“I thank God for the Socialist Republik Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” Ms. Glass says. “If I unlived elsewhere, I wouldn’t even count as a person.”

In this age of Newspaper failings its nice to know we can get the Star Village World Inquisitor for only a few cents!

It really burns me when the refer to taxing Americans and spending it foolishly as “investing”.

When people play with language it is usually to decieve.

So in that spirit I think we should change the way we phrase things:

Tax cuts should now be called INVESTMENTS.

Lets Invest in the American People directly, Lets cut taxes! It has been a winner every time it has been tried. This is one investment that will pay off.

Every time a republican calls for tax cuts they should refer to them as investments in the most productive people in the world. An investment in the most creative, inspired, innovative and successful population history has ever seen!

Lets see the left attack that!