Considering that Puerto Rico is a part of the US it amounts to beating yourself but an amazing 9th inning comeback brought the US from the brink of elimination to the Final pool of the WBC.

Now the question who do you want to play in final round Korea, Japan or Cuba? All are nasty.

On the other side of the country a sloppy first inning made the difference as Korea beat Japan to clinch their spot in the final four.

This sets up the last meaningful game of this pool tonight Japan vs Cuba at 11 p.m.

This is Cuba’s last chance to avenge their defeat of last year and their shutout by Japan earlier this round. I’ve got to give Japan the edge here.

The tune-up game between US and Venezuela this is their 3rd meeting in the tourney and it’s anybody’s game. It will be good baseball but this is the “scrubs” game. You’ve gotta be holding back your best for the one and out game this weekend.

Anyone who thought these games would be boring has been proven very wrong.

…that we should give money to:

In the interview, Dahlan was asked about reports that Fatah was demanding that Hamas recognize Israel’s right to exist as a precondition for the establishment of a Palestinian “unity government.” He called the reports “misleading” and said Hamas was “putting words in our mouths.”

Dahlan added: “They say that Fatah has asked them to recognize Israel’s right to exist and this is a big deception. For the one thousandth time, I want to reaffirm that we are not asking Hamas to recognize Israel’s right to exist. Rather, we are asking Hamas not to do so because Fatah never recognized Israel’s right to exist.”

He explained that it was the PLO, and not Fatah, which recognized Israel’s right to exist when the Oslo Accords were signed in 1993.

Fatah is the largest faction in the PLO. The second largest faction is the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

“We acknowledge that the PLO did recognize Israel’s right to exist, but we are not bound by it as a resistance faction,” he added.

Can we please stop the fiction of these Arabs wanting to live in peace with Israel. These Palestinians have the same plan for Israel as Sheridan did for the Indians.

…and very few people notice. However babau blog is one of them:

Cuba is one of the few countries in the world that prohibits its citizens from leaving without government permission, a violation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Because Cuba’s athletic teams compete internationally the participants are constantly shadowed by members of Cuba’s state security apparatus. The primary objective of Cuban state security is to prevent defections which embarrass the Castro regime and deplete the country of athletic talent. In Democratic countries like the United States this presents a perverse situation where Cuban athletes are basically deprived of their rights to move freely. If an athlete does manage to defect his family is not permitted to leave Cuba as a form of punishment. Often Cuban defectors must then pay human smugglers to extract their families from the island.

Unfortunately this has been a good tourney for the dictator teams. A Cuba vs Venezuela final would be a propaganda boon for two of the worst western hemisphere.

I can’t understand how our friends on the left can ignore this while decrying Gitmo. I also can’t see why our government is allowing the restrictions on movement. These guys only get legitimacy when we allow ourselves to follow their rules.

I would so much love to see the team defect en masse but I suspect that with this administration they would be handed back a-la Elian Gonzales.

Update check out the factsheet some Gems:

“The option not to play in the [World Baseball Classic] tournament, which has been exercised by the Yankees’ Hideki Matsui among others, is not available to Cuban players – if the government tells them to play, they must. On the other hand, the regime can suspend a player from ‘Team Fidel,’ as the national team is often called, simply out of suspicion that he might defect. This happened to Orlando Hernández, before he managed to escape in a boat and eventually find fame with the Yankees.”

According to baseball agent Joe Kehoskie, the Castro regime has been using a bonus system to keep Cuban players from defecting. Players are awarded varying sums based on team performance but the awards are only given if the entire team returns to Cuba without any defections. In this way the regime creates peer pressure among team members to discourage any from exercising their right to defect.

If this administration could stand up it would make a huge difference.

…because of stuff like this:

“George Bush the monkey? Fair ball”

“Draw a comic slamming the Stimulus Bill while featuring a chimpanzee? You, my friend are a racist, homophobic, hate-mongering etc… Neocon.”

Before you know it, you’ve made Olbermann’s list. For a party that controls virtually the entire comedic realm (sitcoms, Comedy Central, late night TV, etc.), the Democrats certainly have a lot of lightening up to do.

Many Conservatives think that the way to handle these attacks is to tread lightly and be hyper-sensitive to the issues. I say we need to be as unabashedly politically incorrect as possible. The only way we’ll end the “race war” is to discard it as an issue altogether. Who’s with me? Who else out there is willing to start speaking freely without fear of race, ethnicity or the liberal nutjobs who deem themselves offended?

I for one will proudly say that I thought the comic was funny… And on a totally unrelated topic; Barack Hussein Obama is one weird-looking dude.

He seems to be the last fearless comic in the world.

Former President George W. Bush says he won’t criticize President Barack Obama because Obama “deserves my silence,”

He was dead wrong on the bailouts but the country, but nobody cared less about what people thought or said about him as long as his country was safe. We will not realize the high quality we had in the White House for many years.

Everyone is all upset about these bonus but none of them seem to be willing to hold the congress that voted for it responsible.

7:18 a.m. Along with the veterans thing this is going put the final nail in the honeymoon coffin.

7:20 a.m. Nobody asked the congresswoman why she voted for that thing.

7:27 a.m. Chuck explains the efficiency of government oversight.

7:30 a.m. They wont lie to me. HA HA HA HA HA HAH HA HA HA HA

8:07 a.m. Had to run an errand, Mika with the head of the playboy magazine empire must have been fun.

8:09 a.m. Whoever they are talking to right not nailed it. They all voted for it and are now all shocked.

8:09 a.m. John Shadegg is nailing congress big time.

8:11 a.m. “One of the things about the new media is we can see the clips of Barney actually saying there is nothing wrong with Fannie & Freddy.” You want a leader of the republican party here it is.

8:13 a.m. “You can ask these questions but having the questions covered is another thing.” This guy is on fire.

8:15 a.m. Boy I came back at the right time.

8:19 a.m. O’Donnell says what I think, the use of the tax code is rather nasty, and it might be unconstitutional. Then again that might be the whole idea.

8:21 a.m. Bayh announces a new moderate group in the senate to try to keep things sane. Mika doesn’t look happy. She really doesn’t look like herself today.

8:34 a.m. Ian McShane looks good in Kings but he was great in Jesus of Nazareth.

8:41 a.m. Tribal? He must not know about the Redsox Yankees.

8:52 a.m. Wasn’t the doc just on the show a week ago talking about not taking expensive tests on small things?

Back in our lets talk porn post I loudly pointed out the following:

Once you are on the net you are on it forever so be very careful what you decide do to in front of a camera or anywhere near a cellphone camera.

You ignore this warning at your own risk.

Well at right wing news we see the nasty example of this kind of thing

it’s not an unusual occurrence. I have probably had friends/acquaintances of mine show me naked pics of their ex-girlfriends at least a dozen times — and I don’t think that’s unusual. As a general rule, you don’t even have to ask. They want to show them to you, to pay their girlfriend back for whatever slight they feel like they’ve suffered at her hands during the break-up.

Moreover, although I can’t go into detail for obvious reasons, I have had female friends of mine tell me all sorts of horror stories about naked pics — quasi-blackmail attempts, having the photos intentionally or accidentally leaked out on the web — it goes on and on.

So, let me just give all the women out there the exact same advice publicly that I would give them privately: do not let your boyfriends take naked pictures of you or the time may come when you regret it.

And the story that prompted this advice ended in the suicide of an 18 year old girl.

So keep this in mind. You don’t have the luxury of being an idiot in private that your parents and grandparents did. Drill it into your head. And if you do something stupid, remember it is still just something stupid, it isn’t something worth doing something even stupider over.

…so says Breitbart concerning his appearance on Bill Maher’s show.

But it is Ben Shapiro who actually nails the technique being used:

But I contend that there’s one objective indicator that Stewart and Maher have lost their ability to be funny: their audience is so stacked that they laugh at clearly unfunny lines – they’re living laugh tracks.

Let me give you an example, I like McHale’s Navy loved it as a kid and have all 4 seasons of it. Tim Conway is just dead funny. Watch the DVD’s and you will laugh a lot. Now watch the McHale’s Navy Movie from 1964. Same actors, same type of comedy but you laugh less, why? No laugh track to carry the marginal jokes.

…Vote for the Tarp plan that allowed the AIG money without conditions?

Then Senator Obama could have opposed the TARP plan and could have demanded changes. He did not. If he had it would have been actual proof the the “moderate” assertions of our intellectual friends.

That being said I didn’t support the plan at the time and criticized then President Bush for it so he does deserve the hits for it