The folks at Joe noticed a bit of a change concerning the cost of saying the economy is fundamentally sound.

6:10 a.m. AIG has really got them angry

6:14 a.m. Mika’s daughter’s statement about bonus’ is very telling

6:20 a.m. The Bill Marr Clip suggests that the Hollywood crowd is inching closer to the dreaded make fun of Obama moment.

6:32 a.m. How are they spinning this in the blogisphere? Nice question. Apparently e-mailers are playing word games?

6:36 a.m. They bring up the school choice thing

6:42 a.m. The old VP gets a shot and they are talking about the distraction game. This might have meat to it.

6:53 a.m. the Goool shout is cool but the catching a full drink thrown at him and drinking it was cooler.

7:01 a.m. Underroos? did they say Underroos?

7:05 a.m. Joe and Pat point out the contrast when the press exposes stuff that actually hurts the war on terror. Mika wisely shuts up.

7:13 a.m. They like the Home Alone line.

7:24 a.m. The e-mail point about what contacts need to be retained is a fair statement.

7:34 a.m. Joe points out that Israel takes Iranian proclamations of destroying them seriously, while Pat asks the what do you do on the overfly question.

8:00 a.m. The wedding ring has been found.

8:28 a.m. The fate of newspapers is discussed with Mort Z.

8:30 a.m. 250mil at 14%? And the times is talking about bad financial management?

8:31 a.m. The only reason why the post is making money is Kaplin.

8:33 a.m. Imus has cancer here comes the praise, but remember this show wouldn’t be on the air if he didn’t have a big mouth.

8:50 a.m. I have no interest in March madness.

8:55 a.m. Kent Conrad is singing their song.

And Bishop Joesph Martino will not let it be served up as a sacrifice to expedency:

“He’s a feisty guy. He’s got his views and he lets them be known,” said David Gibson, a former Vatican radio journalist and the author of two books on Catholicism. “I don’t think he cares about winning any popularity contests — that’s not in the equation for him. He just wants to do what is right for the people of his diocese.”

The showdown over Saturday’s pre-parade Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral started with a letter to organizers last month. In it, Martino said he would temporarily close the church if the event “should honor pro-abortion officials and the Catholic Church is seen to be involved in this honoring.”

He is taking an active participation in the function of “catholic” institutions in his diocese:

Martino also blasted the Diversity Institute at Misericordia University, founded by the Sisters of Mercy, for sponsoring lectures by a gay-rights advocate last month. Calling the speaker’s beliefs “disturbingly opposed to Catholic moral teaching,” Martino demanded the school disband the institute and disclose the names and content of classes that purport to teach Catholic sexual morality.

“It is not only my right, but my obligation to ensure that authentic Catholic teaching is being provided in all Catholic institutions in this Diocese, and that viewpoints in opposition to this teaching are not being presented as acceptable alternatives,” Martino wrote in a statement.

The Church’s job is not to win a popularity contest, it is to be a depositary for truth and a path to salvation. It looks like this fellow has read the job description and understood it. We need more like him.

If anyone had any doubt that the gravy train has arrived for David Frum the fact that he is on Meet the Press this week should confirm it.

With Kathleen Parker and David Brooks they will now be the favorite Republicans in the world. He follows the well trodden path of Andrew Sullivan and will make his fortune.

And just to note something from the show, when Frum defended Steele’s statement on abortion, he said that it should be permissible in the Republican party to have that opinion, however when Tavis Smiley then stated that positions would have to change before the party can attract minorities, Frum didn’t defend the pro-life position he offered that Republican positions would change.

In other words to all we have to do to attract new people to the republican party is to stop being Republicans. Great Idea; after all we saw how well abandoning orthodoxy worked for the Catholic Church in the 60’s and 70’s didn’t we?

Hitting Rush will make him money, hitting republicans will make him money and will make him quotable on networks like CNN.

Oh and it is now 11 days since Rush issued his challenge.

I mean Michelle Malkin the woman who Chris Matthews hates as much as he loves Obama.

She was one of the first to embrace the blogging style nearly a decade ago

The story is here, they are very right she is very abrasive and solid in what she thinks is right and wrong but the closing paragraph is one of the main reasons why she is one of my favorite bloggers.

America has never lost its promise for Malkin’s parents, as she related in a column published 16 years ago. “[M]y mother likes to remind me that she has a great advantage over her children,” Malkin wrote. “She was born poor in a foreign country that offered no opportunity for advancement. Unlike jaded American cynics who’ve grown to despise our country’s greatest legacy, she’ll never take for granted the gift of the American Dream. I hope I never do either.”

I love people who remember where they came from.

I certainly didn’t anticipate the US being mercyed by Puerto Rico, but then again I didn’t see Mexico having the same issue with Australia.

Today at 4 we have the Cuba Japan rematch of the previous final. This is likely going to be the best game of the series. Both my guts and my desire says Japan wins here.

After the 7:30 game either the US or the Dutch will be going home. Both have several disadvantages. The US will be facing a Dutch team with solid pitching while their pitching has been iffy, in addition they haven’t seen the dutch pitchers before and last year’s MVP Dustin Pedrioa is hurt.

The Dutch are facing a US team as strong as any other in the tourney on paper that is itching to prove that yesterday’s loss was a fluke.

I really can’t see the US blowing this one.

Korea Mexico at 11 p.m. I’m going to miss since I have a breakfast engagement tomorrow. My gut says Korea wins this one.

Our Draft has begun We had 30 man rosters, you are allowed to keep players based on your finish the previous year. You can sign players for a max of 3 years after which they must re-enter the draft. Remember when people are picking different teams have different needs. A Team had the option to release a 1st round pick to retain 2 players and 1 player if you forfeit a 2nd or 3rd round pick. This is a new rule.

Round #1 Picks

1…Mets Joe Mauer (Minn) C (pick acquired from Traded from Toronto)
2…Florida Bernard Span (Minn) RF
3…Boston Ray Halladay (Tor) RHP starter
4…Mets Matt Holliday (Col) LF
5…KC I-Rod (NYY) C (I wouldn’t have thought he would have gone so high this season)
6…SD C.C. Sabathica (Mil) LHP
7…NYY Scotty Baker (Minn) RHP
8…Tor Jose Reyes (Mets) SS

I think the new draft rule really messes this up
Round #2
1…Tampa Bay Jason Worth (Phil) RF
2…Florida Gerald Laird (Tex) C
3…Boston Jose Valverde (Bos) RHP
4…Toronto (Acquired from the mets) David Bush (Tor) RHP 
5… Kansas Milton Bradley (Kan) RF
6…San Diego Rich Harden (San) RHP
7…Toronto Mike Adams (Tor) RHP
8..SF   Carlos Marmol  (Cubs)  RHP
9….Toronto  (pick acquired from StL)  Doug Mienkiewitz (Pitt) 1b 
10…Tampa Bay Grady Sizemore (Cleveland) CF
Continue reading “Dynasty League Draft (Liveblog)”

…as the Washington Post notices:

“What the administration is involved in now is the politics of attribution,” said Lawrence R. Jacobs, a political scientist at the University of Minnesota. “Each week that goes by with falling job numbers and Republican criticism of the administration’s flaws means falling approval ratings. What’s the antidote? That the guilty party is George Bush.”

“The trick,” Jacobs said, “is how do you shift blame to George Bush and retain any credibility on the idea that you are looking past partisan warfare? This looks like a doubling down on a very partisan approach.”

And don’t think the old team doesn’t notice:

“There’s a fascinating behind-the-scenes trend taking place for someone who remains a very popular president,” said Ari Fleischer, a former Bush press secretary, describing the decline in Obama’s approval ratings and an increase in disapproval numbers. “His response to that trend is to turn up the blame on George Bush and everything that came before him. And he was the one who talked about getting past partisanship.”

It looks the fight with Matthews has made Ari the goto guy on all of this. And a good job he did.

I predict that president Bush is going to totally ignore this himself and enjoy life, but when he starts making speeches watch the press follow him and ask.