This is my “catch all” service for non specific problems:

So you something is going funny with your PC, maybe your printer isn’t printing or your word document won’t come out right or your background picture won’t work. Let DaTechGuy take care of it!

What I will do:

  • I will take control of your system
  • I will listen to your description of your problem (unless I’ve already done an evaluation).
  • I will fix the issue

What I won’t do:

  • I won’t do a service that I offer as a unique service (Virus removal, wireless setup etc). This is my catch all service to cover what isn’t already listed.
  • I won’t install service Packs. If I think it is necessary I will DOWNLOAD them and then re-connect once installed.
  • I won’t keep your money if I can’t fix the problem


What I can’t do even if I wanted to:

  • I won’t do physical repairs It’s a long way to ship and frankly I’ve never liked doing it. Use a local tech for that.
  • I can’t add a feature that requires a newer version of software you are using

System minimums for this service:

A high speed internet connect (DSL or better) that is working

A Microsoft based computer running windows XP service Pack 1 or better

At least 256 mb of Ram.

All necessary cables.

If you don’t know the values on your system on XP right click on MY COMPUTER and choose PROPERTIES or choose SYSTEM in control panel. If you can’t access this info due to a virus I will take that into consideration .

I owe Father Z a bit of thanks. After seeing that clip from Yes Prime Minister I looked for it on NetFlix and it turned out both full series are there.

For some inexplicable reason they are only available for streaming till tomorrow so I jumped in and watched the first 4 episodes. Being a political junkie I found them very funny (particularly “Big Brother”).

It is amazing how relevant a lot of this stuff is but more importantly it is funny. I strongly recommend you take a peek if you have Netflix and give it a chance, you’ll laugh and these days extra laughter sure can’t hurt.

6:01 a.m. Chrysler is gone says Mike

6:03 a.m. 12.3 Billion could have paid every American Mortgage

6:05 a.m. Both are going to be bankrupt in my opinion only our dough will have gone to people to grease stuff.

6:07 a.m. I don’t understand that Obama gets a pass on all of this stuff according to the polls. I’d be interested in how the question was asked.

6:21 a.m. Baby as an accessory for Madona?

6:32 a.m. They joke about Bibi moving in tanks, hey lets drop rockets on their studio and see what they do?

6:34 a.m. “30 years of incompetence” says Barnicle. Nobody mentions the Union contracts and how the auto makers in the south are doing fine.

6:35 a.m. Brown mentions the unions.

6:40 a.m. Joe is dying from laughter from this stuff on Glenn Beck, but they point out that they are talking about it. The Barnicle shot is VERY funny.

6:42 a.m. Monsters? Barnicle is having a ton of fun.

7:16 a.m. Mika objects to the idea of giving the customer what they want. Boy is that a reporter or not?

7:23 a.m. Did she report on any of Mrs. Clinton’s gaffes?

7:36 a.m. Gregory sounds a lot like Nigel Hawthorne in Yes Minister.

7:40 a.m. Is Washington more concerned with NY then the rest? DUH!

7:44 a.m. Nothing like a nothing burger.

7:52 a.m. Here comes the moderate Taliban myth.

The gall of the Obama administration on lobbyists in this article is not such a shock but there is one line in the story that jumped out at me:

Next week, the left-leaning ACLU will join with the nonprofit watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the trade group the American League of Lobbyists in sending a letter to the White House protesting the policy, said League President Dave Wenhold. (emphasis mine)

Somebody has actually come out and said it. It is a very liberating thing when you say the truth out loud.

Via Glenn Mickey Kaus bottom lines the political price of the president’s moves at GM and Chrysler.

…won’t Obama now “own” the GM problem? If the company shuts down in the near future, costing tens of thousands of blue collar jobs, it will be under executives implicitly or explicitly chosen by Obama. It will be Obama’s failure, not simply GM’s failure, no? A public sector failure, not just a business failure. Doesn’t that make it harder, not easier, for the administration to walk away and force the company into bankruptcy (if, for example, the company’s plans for “viability” continue to fall short after the new 60-day deadline)? And doesn’t that, in turn, make extracting the necessary concessions (by threatening bankruptcy) more difficult as well?

If you are going to be the man you are going to be the man. Economically this is a really nasty move, politically it is a really risky one, but it is the logical result of companies rushing to take federal dough and the strings that come with it.

Update: Talkleft notices a double standard.

…when they stop earning it with nonsense like this:

Palestinian authorities disbanded a youth orchestra from a West Bank refugee camp after it played for a group of Holocaust survivors in Israel, a local official said on Sunday.

Warner Todd Hudson elaborates further:

We are also told by those advocating realpolitik between the west and the Muslim world that their system based on Islam is just as good as anyone else’s, just as we are so often assured that all governments deserve equal consideration merely because they exist.

But, when things like what happened to the members of a girl’s youth orchestra based in the Palestinian camp of Jenin occur, well it’s awfully hard to feel that the Palestinian government is “just like us.” In fact, it’s pretty hard to think that it is anything but inhuman.

He goes on…

These Muslim hatemngers cannot even stomach an inconsequential little concert put on by their own children if those dirty Jews happened to hear their strains. Worse, instead of just quietly attempting to make sure that their children’s orchestras don’t violate their precious hatred of Jews in the future, in knee-jerk fashion they took away one of the few things that made these young girl’s lives bearable and forbade them to play their music, shuttering their practice hall, and ostracizing their teacher.

I wonder if this story rates an Oliphant cartoon?

And now my oft promised roundup of the Catholic Men’s conference.

Quite a line of folks there I went with my two sons, my friend Steve and his oldest.

One weakness was the coffee area was as far away from everything else as possible, for some of the older guys it was quite a walk.

There were a couple of colleges exhibiting. St. Thomas Moore and Magdalen College, I asked the Magdalen about the Notre Dame situation and they say their staff take an oath of to the church every semester.

I really thought the book selection was pretty thin, Steve picked up a copy of a book on the Knights of Malta and I pointed out the “Thoughts of the Cure d Aris” (St. John Vianney) a great little $3 book that he picked up.

The Knights of Columbus were there seeking members, they picked up 8 (including me) there were campaigns to defend marriage, a campaign to include the choose life plate in Massachusetts, A Worcester first Friday society, the American TFP and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. A lot of choices.

As far as the speakers go we started with Bill Wegner who was really funny and relevant (his talk about “stuff” is must hearing) he also stressed the love of enemies which is very important in a orthodox meeting.

He was followed by Joe Klecko former Jet and very catholic. His presentation was kind of disjointed but he was very passionate and strong when talking about standing up like men as Catholics. Setting the example for our families as men. It was an important message that might have been lost in delivery.

Just before Lunch Msgr Frank P. Lane gave a talk about the sacrament of confession,its biblical background and it’s importance. He pointed out that when he arrived in his parish confession wasn’t even offered, and it took time for people to start going.

Lunch was pretty good a grilled chicken salad rolls and butter and an apple pie, they split us one half eating while the other half took confession. When done eating the lines for confession were VERY long.

The priests seemed rather pleased to have so many taking the sacrament since it gets skipped much too much.

The Next speaker was Brian Brown who talked about prop 8 in California and in not being willing to give up, he illustrated the consequences of the changes in marriage law (such as the inability of Catholic Charities to work with adoptions in Massachusetts.)

I only caught the start of Guy Doud’s talk since the Knights of Columbus ceremony was at the same time. He was very funny to start and he was sweating bigtime when I came back. My son tells me he talked about being heavy and rejected due to appearance but he doesn’t remember much else.

Things closed with Mass filled with Bishops and priests and deacons. It was a solid mass and the sermon was on the “Mystery Greeks” who wanted to meet Jesus in the gospel of John.

All in all it was a good conference, I didn’t find it as good as the last one I attended but I would go again. They already have next years lineup down.

Newsbusters notices something missing concerning a shooting in Minnesota:

We have a shooting incident in Minnesota perpetrated by three Muslim Somali immigrants but for some reason almost every single media report about the incident omits the names of the shooters, names of obvious North African origin. So, the question is, did the Old Media in Minnesota purposefully leave the names unreported so that they could cover up the fact that the criminals were Somali immigrants? And, if so, why would they do this?

How about that!

If you haven’t been following things over there don’t worry Israellycool has, some news of note;

Israel is told by the arabs accept their “peace” plan or else. Ha

Oh and speaking of laughs it looks like since the end of the Israeli counter offensive in Gaza in response to rockets the Arabs have rearmed Hamas:

According to Diskin, since the end of the military operation in early 2009, 22 tons of explosives, 45 tons of raw materials for the production of weapons, dozens of rockets, hundreds of mortar shells and dozens of antitank and antiaircraft missiles were smuggled into the Strip.

The shock is just too much for me.

Meanwhile he links to a Sunday Times report on their strike on an Iranian rocket convoy for Hamas. The really funny part is here.

Khartoum initially accused America of being behind the attacks. “We contacted the Americans and they categorically denied they were involved,” said Sudan’s foreign ministry spokesman, Ali al-Sadig.

Yeah that has all the signs of the Obama White House I’m sure glad I wasn’t drinking when I read it.

The talk of the town is GM and my son is finally sleeping in his own room so I’m blogging again:

6:01 a.m. Richard Hass says get used to it with the GM stuff.

6:04 a.m. The North Korea and the Cig Tax are the really big stories but they don’t understand that.

6:09 a.m. Company’s will think twice about taking money in the future.

6:13 a.m. The best route might have been bankruptcy? DUH!

6:17 a.m. I guess that Etheridge joke is sorta an Obama joke.

6:20 a.m. No progress on anything at G20 did anyone expect any?

6:21 a.m. Why do they love the LA Times?

6:22 a.m. You know everyone is going to die of something

6:27 a.m. They are having Danny Hannan the loud the English MP. It would be a lot more interesting if they had him in the 7:00 hour when more people are watching.

6:36 a.m. “They are following Obama blindly”

6:38 a.m. It’s funny he has been saying it for a year and nobody noticed, I guess it’s location location location.

6:40 a.m. Talking about accounting tricks, why do people follow. He answers that frenzied activity can give the impression that you actually know what you are doing and they won’t admit they are wrong so they carry on.

6:45 a.m. He closes on the comparison between the head of the Bank of England and Bilbo Baggins and points out Bilbo was right in the end.

6:59 a.m. The Sham Wow guy is getting hit now.

7:01 a.m. brb

7:13 a.m. What kind of question was that? I’m not much on Steele but that was a stupid question and Joe and Mika are nailing it.

7:15 a.m. Jon is trying to avoid the racist angle of the question and Mika is answering a call from her kids.

7:24 a.m. I must confess I have no interest in college basketball.

7:28 a.m. Wagner is a “sacrifical lamb” says the Guv on Michigan.

7:30 a.m. Then again if these guys were making cars people wanted at a price we can afford then they wouldn’t need this stuff.

7:35 a.m. Ariana is a bit of a nut but she is certainly a handsome woman.

7:39 a.m. Rangel has a real point in that clip. Doesn’t change his tax situation.

7:41 a.m. Yeah Arianna is going to be investigating democrats I believe that.

7:49 a.m. Putting the people in charge who messed it up is foolish as they all seem to agree.

7:51 a.m. The mainstreaming of the Nation magazine and of Katrina Vanden Heuvel in particular is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen over the last decade. The amazing thing is she is just as much of a pro soviet, pro socialist, pro communist, the US is evil etc as she ever was. It is the press that books her that have become more radical.

8:02 a.m. Burns was the only reason to read the NYT concerning Iraq.

8:26 a.m. You know people go after the US for it’s wealth but they forget that that wealth end up supporting a lot of people all over the world.

8:27 a.m. Fertility isn’t the problem, corruption is.

8:32 a.m. The New York Times already tried that, remember how well that went Joe?

8:34 a.m. My Brother had a Fiat 128.

8:38 a.m. Katrina uses the “reset” word with Russia she doesn’t follow the news much does she?

8:42 a.m. Oh it is Neo Nazi’s killing people not Putin. Does she actually believe that? Oh it is Yelsin’s fault.

8:43 a.m. Joe is calling her on it. Yup she is still pro-soviet.

8:45 a.m. She compares Putin favorably to Bush as a “democrat”. This should be required watching by everyone who wasn’t born before the wall fell so you can see what a soviet apologist actually looks like.

I was surprised to see a booth for Catholic’s United. The whole conference seemed very orthodox and I wouldn’t think Soros’ boys would be there. Several other groups were rather surprised to see them there too.

I actively searched for a delegation from Anna Maria College. Considering the exchange we had I expected to see either a booth, or a delegation or the president himself in attendance. If the goal is to recruit believing Catholics to the school I would think it would be a good move. There were 1000 men there so I might have missed him but if he was there I didn’t spot him.

…or he might hear some trouble over this:

The government of Rio de Janeiro is building concrete walls to prevent sprawling slums from spreading farther into the picturesque hills of this world-famous tourist destination, an official said on Saturday.

Construction has begun in two favelas, or shantytowns, in the southern districts of Rio de Janeiro, a government spokeswoman told Reuters. One of the two is Morro Dona Marta, which police occupied in November to control crime and violence caused mostly by rival drug gangs.

Officials say the wall is to protect the remaining native forest but critics fear the move could be seen as discriminatory and become a blemish symbolizing Brazil’s deep divisions between rich and poor.

What I think is behind this is ceeding an area of the city to the mobs and gangs rather than risking police and services. Eventually you will see a Mafia type feudal society that collects tribute and provides “services” in return for loyality.

This is the natural end result of the mirror image crimes of ignoring social ills and not opposing violent crime. In my opinion it is exactly the type of society the leaders of the small group of marchers in Oakland would like to see, with their groups playing the role of the lord of the manor.

Via Father Z this funny little clip really hits the nail on the head over a lot of our pseudo catholic friends in both church and in clergy.

BTW if you are a fan of the old Adventures of Robin Hood series you will recognize Paul Eddington who played Will Scarlett in season four and just about anyone and everyone else in seasons 1-3.

Nigel Hawthorne of course stared in the fantastic movie The Madness of King George.

UPDATE: Welcome Red State readers, take a peek around. Laugh at the assumptions of the Sudan government, find out about the Worcester Catholic Men’s conference, who was there and who wasn’t, Discover when a wall isn’t racist, learn more about what popular demand can bring, and read about a real live soviet apologist on Morning Joe.

And if you need remote computer tech support I do that too!

You know like many I have a soft spot for Joe Biden. He has been wrong on most foreign policy issues for over 35 years, but there is something about him that just hits you as right. He was clearly the most qualified candidate on the democratic side and would be a far better president (don’t laugh) than our current one.

That being said the story concerning his daughter is news and can’t be suppressed particularly since the act is illegal, but I think it’s an ugly one.

As the father of teenage sons this could be any one of us. I trust I’ve taught my kids well enough to avoid this idiocy but you just never know. The partisan in me remembers the sensitivity that the left showed Governor Palin’s and her teenage daughter in a difficult time but the parent in me has to trump it. I feel bad for old Joe but the daughter is an adult you can only teach them right and hope for the best. If they want to be idiots when they are grown no power on earth is going to stop them.

If a law has been broken it has to be enforced particularly when involving the daughter of the VP, but anyone who shows delight in this kind of think has never been a parent worried about their kids.

Update: Looks like Don Surber and Captain Ed are a lot smarter than me. I do feel happy for Joe, he has enough on his plate already.

You know I was going to do a post on Mrs. Clinton’s gaffe in Mexico but you know what. It’s just too easy.

I suspect that if she had been president however she would have had a team that knew what they were doing, however since we have a lot of Clintonista’s in the Obama administration I don’t know if that is true.

I do wonder however if Mrs. Clinton is being ill served to remove a rival in 2012?

Via Althouse and the Weekly Standard some things are so incredible that one can’t wrap your head around it.

Does this mean that the Obama administration is planning on giving some freed Guantanamo detainees a stipend? It sure appears that way. So, not only is the Obama administration planning on freeing some detainees on U.S. soil, it is also going to pay them to live here. Amazing. Who would have thought that we would see the day when detainees who were once labeled enemy combatants would be receiving welfare?

That this type of thing hasn’t caused a media riot amazes me.

Kaus gets the thread, Glenn and Mark and Moe (the new stooges?) provide the snark but Jonah has the best description:

I think that excerpt demonstrates nicely why I thought the whole thing was so funny in the first place. Obviously it’s just one excerpt and I’m sure there are serious conversations that take place over there too. But even going by that one example, it’s pretty clear that the list itself and the qualities and qualifications of those on it is a major concern to those on it. It’s like the liberal egghead version of Heathers.

Boy I wish I introduced myself to Jonah at the Boston meeting back in ’04.

Diane Korzeniewski puts it better than I do concerning Pseudo Catholics that are the darling of the media:

Dissidents are trying to create a “designer religion” out of Catholicism in wanting to make it conform to their individual desires. It is a world from which Our Lord wants to set us free. It’s a world whose ways are in conflict with God’s ways. At it’s core is often sexual promiscuity under the guise of sexual “freedom”. Think about the teachings that dissidents would like changed and it will often lead right back to this so-called right which is nothing more than a right to sin and offend God, by choice.

Much easier to convert sin to “no sin” than to actually change one’s behavior. She continues.

They often want the Church to accept homosexual behavior. The Church embraces those with SSA, but cannot condone homosexual acts any more than it can condone heterosexual acts outside of Sacramental marriage. Others want to change the Church’s teaching on abortion, or euthanasia, contraception and other “life” issues. Dissidents know where the Church stands on all of these issues, but they don’t agree and feel that Holy Mother Church ought to bend with every wind of doctrine that comes with each new generation. As scripture tells us, Jesus is Truth. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever – do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. (Hebrews 13:8-9). Hence, there cannot be several versions truth any more than there can be several versions of Jesus.

That’s the thing about truth. It is what it is. That’s why political groups need spin doctors.

Read her whole thing and remember this in closing:

The plan never included a set of keys for every individual to “bind and lose” on their own, or through opinion polls, or with the flow of a given age. Remember, it was by popular opinion that Our Lord was nailed to a Cross!

The emphasis is mine but if there was ever a line worth emphasizing this is it.

The American Papist notes that “Catholics” united press release makes this description:

Regrettably, the individuals leading the charge against Notre Dame are partisan operatives who routinely use a single-issue analysis to divorce the Catholic faith from its longstanding commitment to social justice and the sanctity of all human life.

Looks like George “I’m doing great in this crisis” Soros isn’t getting as good a return on his investment in phony Catholic groups as in other things.

I’d actually be interested knowing what parish they belong to and if they do the Saturday or the Sunday mass?

For the first time in many days my kid who has been sleeping on the couch with Pneumonia is in school (the wife is also sleeping in the den). I couldn’t watch Joe without waking people up. So lets have some Joe:

7:28 a.m. Barnicle talks some sense but hey why don’t you count those disappearing electoral votes in NE. By 2020 it won’t matter if the republicans can get us, we will be a fistful of Delawares.

7:35 a.m. They really love that British MP don’t they?

7:38 a.m. Cramer I guess didn’t have much coffee he is very calm.

7:42 a.m. Did he say buy a Miami condum instead of condo?

8:03 a.m. Comparing this to Stockman with Reagan? I seem to Recall Reagan’s stuff worked.

8:08 a.m. The doc is full of it. If one case was deprived then they would make up another one. I’m going on a coffee & donut run for the wife.

8:42 a.m. Cramer keeps saying depression, I think that’s BS.

8:59 a.m. Apparently if a New England Accent says it then attention must be paid.

You know I don’t think much of this current president but C’MON!

The Anchoress in her wise post (you know I don’t ever remember her not having a wise one) on the Notre Dame situation mentions it as a curisosity at the end at asks the question:

Who THINKS of this stuff?

If you actually think this is significant then that’s a Nelson award just waiting to happen.

You know tech gadgets are nice but come ON:

Robert Jones said he trusted his navigational system and continued to follow it when it told him the steep, narrow footpath he was driving on was a road.

Mr Jones, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, now faces court action for driving without due care and attention.

His BMW nearly plunged down a 100ft cliff in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, on Sunday.

He was only stopped from falling after the vehicle rammed into a wire fence.

I’m of the transitional age where we lived both with and without stuff like cellphones, GPS, Laptops, VCR, DVD, wireless, Ipods and even cassette tapes etc etc etc. We actually lived pretty good without them.

Our parents talked of common sense. One eyewitness diseminates some:

“It’s all well and good trusting your sat nav but how about trusting your eyes and when there’s not a road in front of you, don’t keep driving.”

I mean C’mon!

UPDATE: Corrected the bad cut and paste

Well D’Arcy has decided to skip the Commencement:

On Friday, March 21, Father John Jenkins, CSC, phoned to inform me that President Obama had accepted his invitation to speak to the graduating class at Notre Dame and receive an honorary degree. We spoke shortly before the announcement was made public at the White House press briefing. It was the first time that I had been informed that Notre Dame had issued this invitation.

President Obama has recently reaffirmed, and has now placed in public policy, his long-stated unwillingness to hold human life as sacred. While claiming to separate politics from science, he has in fact separated science from ethics and has brought the American government, for the first time in history, into supporting direct destruction of innocent human life.

This will be the 25th Notre Dame graduation during my time as bishop. After much prayer, I have decided not to attend the graduation. I wish no disrespect to our president, I pray for him and wish him well. I have always revered the Office of the Presidency. But a bishop must teach the Catholic faith “in season and out of season,” and he teaches not only by his words — but by his actions.

My decision is not an attack on anyone, but is in defense of the truth about human life.

I have in mind also the statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops in 2004. “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” Indeed, the measure of any Catholic institution is not only what it stands for, but also what it will not stand for.

As for Professor Glendon:

I have spoken with Professor Mary Ann Glendon, who is to receive the Laetare Medal. I have known her for many years and hold her in high esteem. We are both teachers, but in different ways. I have encouraged her to accept this award and take the opportunity such an award gives her to teach.

Even as I continue to ponder in prayer these events, which many have found shocking, so must Notre Dame. Indeed, as a Catholic University, Notre Dame must ask itself, if by this decision it has chosen prestige over truth.

A very classy statement.

Over to you ND.

The American thinker notices something odd, that is unreported:

Rude and shaggy punk rockers who sneer at their president as “a fraud and an a**hole!”, who diss their national icons as “pr*cks” and “murderers!” have recently been arrested for attempting to visit a black civil rights activist who is being tortured in prison for quoting Martin Luther King in public.

And the reaction of the arts community is…

“Should’nt all hip people be outraged by this?..How come I haven’t heard about this in Rolling Stone Magazine, MTV, VH1, Time, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, People, Vanity Fair, OK, InTouch, InStyle, ABC, CBS, CNN etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.??

One guess why

It’s very simple. The insulted “president” is named Fidel Castro, the dissed national icon is named Che Guevara, and the black civil rights activist was jailed and tortured for campaigning for civil rights in Cuba for Cubans.

Need I say more?

This is my problem with the left. They will protest the US, they will attack George Bush but they would sooner shoot themselves then dare say a word about Fidel. This is the nasty secret the reason why I don’t respect so many on the left. Their answer to this outrage will be America is worse or its all America’s fault.

The guy who is imprisoned and tortured by Castro, the actual real thing? Can’t touch it. The whole Anti-anti business all over again.

When it all falls then our friends on the left will pretend that they were against it all the time, we were “all” against it. It never fails.

that something is done:

The Vermont Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday to legalize same-sex marriage, potentially setting the stage for a high-profile legislative showdown and breaking a new political barrier in the state that made history in 2000 by becoming the first to approve civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.

If the bill becomes law, Vermont will become the first state to legalize same-sex marriage without being forced to do so by the courts.

The bill, which passed the 30-member chamber by a 26-4 margin, moves to the Vermont House, where it is also expected to be approved. Republican Gov. Jim Douglas, however, has said he doesn’t support the bill.

As you might have guessed I’m not a fan of Gay marriage but if a state’s representatives choose to vote for it and passes it through normal legal procedures then I don’t have a problem. When elected representatives act for the will of the people and if the people don’t like them they can be voted out. If this is what the people of Vermont want then until and unless they change their minds so be it.

…his compatriot Mark Rudd does as Ronald Radosh explains:

After the Columbia strike, when seeking to up the ante, Rudd and his comrades transformed SDS into the group first known as The Weathermen, and later, as The Weather Underground. Unlike his comrade Bill Ayers, who is both unrepentant and who distorts and lies about the Weathermen’s goals and activities, Rudd is reflective and truthful. He does not depict himself, as does Ayers, as someone who was part of the broad peace movement.

Back then, Rudd, Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn favored “the necessity for violence in order to end the war and also to make revolution.” They were fighting “a revolutionary war from within the United States,” Rudd explains. When successful, the Weathermen would then build a new revolutionary army staffed by young defectors from the US armed forces.

To achieve these ends they adopted “armed struggle,” as the only way to achieve their revolutionary goals.

Rudd’s book is Underground My Life with SDS and the Weathermen but don’t worry, Radosh’s review informs us that he still thinks the US is evil and he explicitly states that his Dorn’s and Ayers goal was to kill hundreds of US soldiers and their women at Ft. Dix. So honesty hasn’t changed him as much as it could.

It does however have him a mere 29,433 slots behind Mark Levin today at Amazon.

via Powerline. What’s always bothered me about this stuff is how people are so willing to gloss over Ayers attempts at mass murder and make excuses for it? Would do the same with these fellows? If not why not? Both were terrorists and both used the law and system at the time to avoid murder charges.

It’s the same thing, but its Paul Kengor’s anti-anti-communists gone wild..

I haven’t posted on the Notre Dame scandal because frankly if you read this blog at all you know what I’d be thinking and why. There is plenty of loud Catholic outrage on that subject (all likely better Catholics than me) so other than signing the petition I haven’t posted on it, but today the American Papist states that Bishop D’Arcy will be putting out a statement on the subject.

Now that I would like to comment on when it happens.

There are great games that stand the test of time, there are rivalries that define the game’s greatness. This game highlighted both.

If you are either a RedSox or a Yankee Fan you could not help but be riveted by this game. You would recognize the intensity of the players, the packed loud stadium, and the fans. This game went back and forth, a dramatic tie to force extra innings and a 2 out single in an 8 pitch at bat in the top of the 10th.

You can’t get baseball much better than this. The whole tourney was something to see. For me the highlight was Jimmy Rollins who in my opinion could have credibly been named MVP over Dice-K (who has now won a world series, 2 WBC and 2 WBC MVPS in three years.)

I think it might be interesting to see an annual tournament post world series where the US World Series winner plays a short 5 game series against either team Japan/Korea or the winner of the Japan World Series. Or on a smaller scale an “Asian world series” where the Japanese and Korean champion teams play a 7 game series after their respective seasons.

I’d watch it.

The bad news is it will be 4 years before we see this again, the good news is in 4 years it will only get better!