…in the sense that there is apparently no there there:

“The explanations offered by prosecutors and investigators in an attempt to justify their actions and persuade the court that they did not use the defendants’ compelled testimony were all too often contradictory, unbelievable and lacking in credibility,” Urbina wrote.

The confederate yankee has this to say:

I don’t think that this dismissal means that these contractors were necessarily innocent, but the political focus of the investigation means we long ago lost any chance there was of ever determining if there was any justification for the guards to open and then maintain their fire.

He suggests there might have been some there there at one time. Glenn has the best explanation as to why this is happening now:


That’s pretty much it, end it after the election was done but before the next one can start.

…to give you an idea of how good he was look at these pitching stats.

First lets start with the World Series, in 31 innings of World Series play he gave up 3 earned runs. That is an ERA of 0.87 against the National League Champion!

In the regular season he started 148 games and completed 107. That in itself is not so odd given his era, but consider this out of those 107 completed games 17 were shutouts.

Run that through your head, One out of every 8 starts he made was a shutout. That’s a slightly worse rate than Koufax, about the same rate as Bob Gibson but much worse than Walter Johnson, but if you can be mentioned in the same breath as these guys without looking bad, then you are really something.

No offense to Aaron, Bonds, Killebrew, Mays, Dimaggio, Mantle, Williams, Snyder, Ripken, Greenberg, Stan the Man, Yaz, Berra, Manny, Griffy, McGwire, Henderson, Pujols, Banks, Robinson, Josh Gibson and Ichrio et/al. When any of those guys put up pitching numbers half as good as Ruth to go along with their great offensive numbers then we’ll talk about who was greater than the babe and not before.

Remember that Big Finish is GMT which is 5 hours ahead of EST, so when this post goes up at 8 a.m. EST it is 1 p.m GMT. You have till 7 p.m and not a second later to put in that order.

I never collected the Short trips books myself but i’m likely going to grab one or two just to try them out. At least a few have stories by Eddie Robson who is the best writer of Dr. Who audios that i’ve seen.

Might not be a bad idea for Christmas gifts next year for the Dr. Who fan, books store pretty easy.

…hopefully just not yet.

Seriously we conservatives need to remember that the graveyards are full of indefensible men and sooner or later Rush will die, or simply retire. This is a basic fact of life. After all as he has said many times, it is talent on loan from God.

Idolitry is a not only a sin, it is foolish. Rush is the best at what he does, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy what other people do. Babe Rush was and is the greatest baseball player who ever lived, (Ok name another player who hit for power and average like him, stole over 100 bases AND had a won loss record of 94-46 with a career ERA of 2.28!) but that doesn’t mean that Lou Geherg, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial or Hank Aaron or Derek Jeter are not worth watching.

Sooner or later someone of Rush’s quality will rise again and our liberal friends will be up in arms, but it will not be because the person will be the next Rush Limbaugh, it will be because it will be the first of themselves.

Update: Why do I have an image of this scene with Rush as Peter Davidson and Sarah Palin as Colin Baker

Likely because we are 24 hours away from the 10th Doctor’s Regeneration.

now that Rush apparently is in the hospital with chest pains.

I’d keep an eye on memeorandum and see what the comments at the liberal sites are. Perhaps I’m being unfair but when this shows up at the Huffpo I’ll be really surprised to see comments open.

Update: Surprise Surprise Surprise and she is right this is THE twitter of the day:

Irony = Hoping Rush Limbaugh Dies. Then asking for citizens to trust you with power.

If you really want to see nasty comments check out the “pop” side of memeorandum “WeSmirch“. The comments particularly at popeater are really something.

Update: American Power links, thanks muchly.

Q: Why is Robert Stacy using my shtick <thanks USCitizen> to talk about my state election for senate?

What a lot of people forget is that Massachusetts was once a solid GOP state till Tip O’Neil and John McCormick decided to try to change it so a statewide effort needs to be made but it takes time and effort to recruit candidates and to convince fatalistic Massachusetts residents that it can be done.

We live here, we have seen what these changes have done to our state and yet as a population we have elected Liberals in vast numbers. Some are nice guys, I met congressman Olver as I held a McCain sign opposite him, he was very friendly and personable, but that doesn’t make them any more right.

With the Red Sox World Series victories perhaps the fatalism can be shaken but it requires several things.

It requires the GOP to be willing to recruit candidates across the state.

It requires those candidates to be willing to put themselves out there.

It requires the voters to be willing to believe that change can happen.

and most of all it requires that voters WANT the change.

The entrenched interests sustain themselves with the current system, they will fight back but other than a stolen election it is the voters willingness to return these liberal year after year that does it.

Until we are willing to stop doing this to ourselves it will continue to happen, but eventually enough people will leave that our electoral count will be so insignificant as to be irrelevant.

About 50 years ago CBS ruled the roost with a series of shows that appealed to rural audiences such as Petticoat Junction, ,Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry R.F.D., and Hogan’s Heroes. Around 1971 these shows were canceled in what was called the Rural purge. They were all still popular, all still successful but generally paned by urban critics.

These shows continue to make money in syndication.

Fast forward to 2009 and it looks like comedy central has decided CBS had a point:

Achmed the Dead Terrorist has been all but buried on Comedy Central. Press representatives for the network said on Tuesday that its hit series featuring that contentious puppet — not to mention Jeff Dunham, the man with a hand up his back — will not be picked up for a second season, confirming a report that appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.

Well it isn’t like the old days with only three networks, a specialty network like comedy central has to cater to the shows that bring in the absolute highest ratings not just red state stuff…oh wait:

The decision comes as a bit of a surprise given that “Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special,” a performance shown on Comedy Central in 2008, is that channel’s most-viewed broadcast ever, drawing 6.6 million viewers, and the premiere of “The Jeff Dunham Show” was watched by 5.3 million viewers.

Well ok it had millions of viewers a whole lot more than the entire MSNBC lineup, but it’s not as if it was in response to the decisions of urban critics…oh wait again:

A widely read post on the Web site videogum.com declared, “‘The Jeff Dunham Show’ Is the Worst Thing in the Entire World.” In The New York Times, Neil Genzlinger wrote, “Offensiveness is a mutable thing, especially on television, where everything is interchangeable: a Lewis Black joke could be a Jay Leno joke could be a Jeff Dunham joke.”

So bottom line a niche network chooses to cancel a show that still brought in millions of viewers after critics pan it.

I guess comedy central isn’t immune to PC.

Update: Welcome Salon readers, I haven’t quite figured out what this post has to do with the article that linked me but welcome just the same. Feel free to check out my weekend Amazon Reviews. Read a Massachusetts Republican’s take on the Brown Coakley race. Check out my Dr. Who End of Time rant and read my poetic answer to Al Gore.

Was feeling a bit better today so we went off for a few frames of candlepin bowling. After some decidedly average bowling I dropped off the shoes and my wife went up to pay while I went to get the youngest at the pinball machine.

When the clerk took the sheet the first words out of his mouth to my wife were to inquire if I was a senior citizen and entitled to the discount. I’m 14 years away from that privilege.

Maybe that’s why I can’t find work, everyone thinks I’m ready to retire.

…when you get news like this:

This is the first time a conference for all of Israel’s Heads of Missions has been held. The idea is to facilitate direct dialogue with the country’s leaders, mutual updates on major diplomatic issues, and a discussion of action plans to deal with the challenges awaiting the State of Israel in the international arena in the coming year, including the Iranian threat.

Robert Stacy is pretty sure it’s on:

That which is unprecedented is never routine and seldom insignificant. If the current unrest in Iran doesn’t overthrow the Ahmadinejad regime . . . Well, put it this way: If you’re the night watchman at an Iranian nuclear facility, make sure you don’t miss a payment on your insurance premiums.

I can’t find a peep about it on Israellycool, I would have thought this would be of interest there.

Meanwhile Meryl Yourish thinks differently:

My take: It is to unify the message that Israel wants out there. Benjamin Netanyahu is the most PR-savvy Prime Minister Israel has had since Golda Meir.

Watch for the ambassadors to come back with a unified message on Israeli issues.

As for an attack on Iran: Seriously? Do you really think that Israel would recall all of her ambassadors on the eve of an attack on Iran and tell them it was going to happen? Because, gee, that’s the first thing I’d do if I were going to launch a surprise attack—tell a whole lot more people about it so they can leak it to the press.

I think it’s a win win no matter what. What we as bloggers think doesn’t matter, it’s what Iran the US and Europe will think. It could be more of a feint. Either way this is designed to provoke a reaction.

Various nations will almost certainly read things into this and make moves based upon it, these moves may aid Israel’s intelligence.

If Iran sees this as a prelude to an attack how will they respond? Will they redeploy security that is now being used to stop the growing protests? Will they attempt to move scientists and materials vital to their program? If so will they be exposed to attack or perhaps will they become detected due to movement?

Even if Israel was not planning an immediate strike a general time frame can be disseminated from such a meeting. No matter the strike is dated, this meeting will allow a coordinated message to be sent out by the various ambassadors when the time comes, if there is any kind of time frame for an attack key info can be disseminated in person, no diplomatic pouch, no electronic message to intercept etc.

No matter what, I have no doubt that Israel will act. The Jewish state is not going to allow another Shoah in the hopes that the rest of the world will like them better. Since there is no chance that America is going to act and since Europe has no power TO act even if it wants to it falls to Israel.

Logically the outcome is not in doubt, Israel has the best security force, the most efficient military for it’s size, superior intelligence and only American troops have better technology, and more direct experience in combat.

Historically the outcome is even less in doubt as the history of the Jewish state is the history of continued success.

From a Biblical viewpoint of course the outcome has no doubt provided Moses terms from the closing chapters of Deuteronomy have been met.

The real wildcard are the protests. Iran’s as a nation’s best bet to prevent an attack by Israel is the success of the protest movement. Ideally this is the best result for the entire world and would be in the best long term interests for Israel. In fact If I’m Israel I’m putting more effort into aiding the success of these protests than planning for air strikes. Such a success would break the back of Iranian puppets in Syria, Lebanon and in Hamas.

Could that be the “strike” that Israel is planning?