That is the NFL

The two sides met for more than eight hours before U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, the fifth day of mediation but the first since April 20. Neither side would elaborate on the discussions, citing the judge’s confidentiality order. Michael Hausfeld, an attorney for the retired players who joined the antitrust lawsuit against the league, said the players were reviewing a new proposal from the owners.

So it’s lockouts and court rulings. Hey it won’t hurt the NFL long term, it’s not like we live in a world with a million different types of entertainment available for people.

At least the players have an excuse for this idiocy, they get repeatedly hit in the head for a living, The owners have no such excuse but maybe they could use a collective whack upside the head.

I don’t really care, after all it not like it’s something that matters….like Baseball.

It’s nice of the Red Sox to make my show more valuable:

Fenway Park was not even half full when Adrian Gonzalez walked to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning last night. Raw, rainy weather and a six-run deficit against the Orioles had sent most of the fans scurrying for the streets.

The reason Baseball is and always will be superior to Hockey, Football and Basketball is that it’s that as Yogi said. It’s ain’t over till it’s over. You have to get those 27 outs and all the clock stalling isn’t going to cut it. You have to play the entire game.

The Red Sox have a huge payroll and should be fielding a great team and it’s a very long season. I wouldn’t bet them.

BTW did you notice every team in the east except for the O’s are over 500?

Catch EVERY Red Sox game this season on 830 AM WCRN!

Today I saw two actions by political candidates that were examples of gutsy and important talk.

First Newt Gingrich. He has really put his foot in his mouth this week on the Ryan plan but he has done something rather solid on a different issue:

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich says he has sought God’s forgiveness for his personal failings and hopes that evangelical voters take time to talk to him about his two divorces and his affair with the woman who is now his third wife.

His chances of winning the nomination of a party dominated by religious conservatives may depend on it.

“I think people have to look at me, ask tough questions, then render judgment,” the former House speaker told The Associated Press on Monday during his first Iowa trip as a declared presidential candidate. “I have made mistakes in my life. I have had to go to God to ask for forgiveness and seek reconciliation.”

“It would be easier in life to skip all this,” he added. “But if citizenship requires these kinds of conversations, these conversations are worth having.”

I think that it’s important to air this out, it’s not going to be pretty or pleasant but it has to be done. Then again considering the headlines he’s getting now it might be an easier topic with primary voters. Forgiving sins in a Christian obligation, forgiving ideological differences is not. Still a willingness to face this music is a sign of spiritual growth.

Meanwhile Herman Cain says the forbidden words for political candidates. I don’t know:

Ever since the South Carolina Republican presidential debate, reporters have continued to challenge me for not having a specific plan for our nation’s involvement in Afghanistan. They continue to think that if you are running for president then you must have an answer for everything. I don’t! A real leader has the right questions for everything.

When asked about what I would do about our involvement in the war in Afghanistan during the debate, I answered by asking the questions that should have been asked before we got involved many years ago. What is our mission? How does it serve our interest? Is there a path to victory? If not, then what is our exit strategy?

I ask these questions instead of “shooting from the lip” because there is obviously a lot of classified information to which I do not have access. There are dozens of experts and military leaders I would need advice from before I could make an informed decision about a real clear plan for the USA’s involvement in Afghanistan.

Cain is of course exactly right, by ceding this ground he takes a risk but also shows political courage. It takes a person very comfortable in their own skin to be able to admit ignorance on a subject, but ignorance can be cured by information and that’s a lot better than flying blind.

Expect the MSM to savage him on this, if they ever deign to admit he exists.

…is likely a throw away line for this AP story about this Syrian who hitchhiked into Israel after slipping over the border but I think it needs to be repeated loudly:

“I don’t recognize anything about the state of Israel,” he added.

But I thought the Arabs were all about a two state solution? It couldn’t be this “peaceful” protest action isn’t about peace?

Let’s also pay attention to the end of the story:

The border breach was more a symbolic achievement against Israel than a victory, Hijazi said.

“The real thing will happen between armies, he said.

The sooner we recognize that the Arabs are and consider themselves in a war of annihilation with Israel (as history shows us) the wiser our policy will be.

Jim Nolte makes some good points in this piece, particularly this one:

To Chris Matthews, Detroit equals a particular skin color; a failed city equals a skin color that’s not his own. Why?

Detroit’s problems have nothing to do with race and everything to do with failed government.

Matthews equating a failed city to a particular skin color is not only perpetuating the very worst kind of racist stereotype, it’s factually wrong. Anytime Chris or Joan want to come out to Los Angeles, I’d be happy to take them on a tour of Ladera Heights (drinks and dinner on me — bring Ebert!). Maybe a good hard look at the “Black Beverly Hills” will convince these “progressives” that “failed city” doesn’t equal “Black city.”

Nothing reveals more about someone’s character more than how they behave in a desperate situation, and in their desperation to protect Obama, we are learning a lot about the likes of David Gregory, Joan Walsh, and Chris Matthews.

Are these examples signs of racism, paternal racism, colonial “we have to protect our poor black inferiors” brand of racism? Perhaps, but whenever dealing with humans you won’t go too wrong going with the stupidity explanation first. The stupidity that is illustrated by the title of this unrelated post at Althouse:

“Have you ever had a thought on the topic of race that isn’t set generations into the past? Have you ever thought about the future?”

That is the bottom line for the left and the MSM, they live in an eternal 1955 only with Republicans in the role of democrats. They will never get over it because many of them, in my opinion, believe they are not talented enough or worked hard enough to deserve what they have, and frankly many of them might just be right.

Yesterday my youngest son received the sacrament of confirmation. In his homily Bishop McManus extorted the candidates to have the courage of their faith saying how hard it is to be a Catholic in the modern world. This is certainly true, it requires courage which is the root of most virtues.

I couldn’t help think of that when I saw this argument on Gay Marriage that is being made by Tim Muldoon:

My thesis is that Christians ought to let go of the legal argument about what states should call “marriage,” and simply model the radical call of Jesus to live “what God has joined together.”

His basic argument is that the legal fight puts the prohibition on the “freedom” door which gives sympathy to the other side. He further believes we should instead model our lives after Christ and make the moral case outside of the courts and legislatures.

The second part of the argument isn’t bad, after all we should be modeling our life after Christ anyway and we need to be reminded of it on occasion. Christ should always be our primary focus.

Let’s however take the logical extension to the first argument and substitute some words in that paragraph (in bold) on a different Catholic social issue:

My thesis is that Christians ought to let go of the legal argument about what states or the federal government does about “abortion,” and simply model the radical call of Jesus to live “what God has joined together.”

Run that through your head a bit and while you’re at it consider this argument of his as well:

Gamaliel’s insight was that new ideas that are not rooted in God eventually fade away, but new ideas that are rooted in God are here to stay.

I guess Gamaliel has the insight that Islam is definitely from God as is every other polytheistic religion and the reformation.

Part of being Catholic is to acknowledge specific truths and fighting for them. It isn’t easy, we will face ridicule, we will face condemnation, we will be called bigots and we will be excoriated by the media elite, but if you look at scripture you will find that it’s part of the job description.

If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but as it is they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me also hates my Father. If I had not done works among them that no one else ever did, they would not have sin; but as it is, they have seen and hated both me and my Father. John 15:18-24

It’s much easier to avoid the legal fight, you face a lot less grief, that is the temptation apparent in Tim’s argument, but I say there is no reason why we can’t make both the legal argument and the moral case that Tim Muldoon is calling for. Rather than running from these fights meekly we need to boldly make these arguments trusting in prayer and the Holy Spirit to lead us correctly in deeds, in argument and in Christian charity for those we disagree with.

What is it going to be?

Update: An important point I forgot to make. As I said there is nothing wrong with making the legal fight or the political one on social issues, in fact it is important. It is also vital that we don’t fall into the trap of making the fight more important than the faith that drives it.

Here is a headline from the AP from yesterday afternoon:

Obama tries to fire up frustrated supporters

Frustrated, but yesterday morning the the media psy-ops told us he was looking good, yet this story says:

Angling for a second term, President Barack Obama tried to fire up supporters Monday night, saying failure to get everything they want as fast as they want should motivate and not dissuade them.

Liberals and other key Obama supporters have voiced frustration with the president on a number of issues, from his compromise with Republicans on tax cuts to failure to deliver a promised overhaul of the immigration system.

Obama acknowledged the lengthy to-do list ahead, but he said his accomplishments to date show that change is possible. The message to supporters: Don’t give up just yet.

The media might playing with headlines but the president actions show that he saw the internals and has to act.

So I reiterate:

Ride right through them, They’re demoralized as hell!

Looking at the continuing recount in Wisconsin and the reactions of the Kloppenberg it is increasing clear that she doesn’t have the temperament desired for the Judiciary and Wisconsin dodged a bullet here.

I actually think this is a case FOR rather than against the election of judges. Elections reveal things about candidates and perhaps it would be better to find out if a person is out there BEFORE they get a lifetime appointment.

What I’d do is have a “re-affirmation” vote (at least 33% to keep a seat) every 5 or 10 years. That way a judge isn’t out for an unpopular decision but can be out for an outrageous one.

I would give her credit on one thing, I think holes in the bags and bad ties are a legit issue, but it’s not going to make the difference. Why:

1. On election night people SHE was thought to have the lead of a few hundred votes, that being the case the suspicions would be in a different direction.

2. The swing in results was from a reporting error rather than “discovered” votes

3. Unlike the Durant race, you are dealing with a gap of 7000+ votes vs 1-4 votes. Just how big are those holes supposed to be?

I still think while we are doing these recounts Wisconsin should be looking at the irregularities we were talking about before Prosser took the lead. Why miss the chance to root this stuff out when we can?