Some great games on tap for today:

5 p.m. Italy vs Venezuela

Hugo’s boys took Italy lightly and played a little sloppy early but the Italians failed to take advantage of men on base. I still get the feeling that they take them lightly, and the Italians have shown they can put runs on the board.

If Italy can score early then its anyone’s game. The Italian defense is going to be the key here. I’d like to see Italy bounce Hugo’s boys but I wouldn’t be willing to bet money on it.

5:30 p.m. Netherlands vs Dominican Republic

When they scheduled this game It was expected that it would be Panama vs Puerto Rico instead Panama is already out, Puerto Rico is in and the Dominican Republic wants revenge for its most humiliating defeat ever.

They will be gunning for the Dutch and look to put them away early, It will call come down to the Dutch starter in that respect. If they fall behind again I think they might crack like an egg. Robbie Cordemans being available might make all the difference.

The Dutch have to score period! If they can’t score they can’t win.

10:00 p.m. Cuba vs Australia.

Tonight we find out if the crushing of Mexico was a fluke or not. If Australia can put up the numbers against Cuba then there will be sweating in Mexico tomorrow.

I feel bad for the Cuban convict team. It’s hard to spend your life in a prison and know that if you try to escape your family will suffer, it must be even harder to have to play for your jailer. The sheer joy of Baseball is a partial release but its still a convict team playing under guard.

My take, I have no problem with them advancing if it means some of their guys can jump the fence and escape, if they are just going to stay prisoners, they might as well get bounced now and go back to prison.

….when he talks about the Federalist papers and the separation of powers.

Not that he is incorrect when he talks about it. That is exactly right this was what the founding fathers intended and slowing this stuff down is the proper function of the senate…

…However I do recall back in 2002-2004 Rush complaining about the senate obstructing the will of the people when certain Bush era items were being pushed. I confess I don’t recall the exact items that were being pushed but I do remember the argument that the house reflects the current will of the people, and that is certainly correct. President Obama could make that same argument if he wanted to.

He didn’t quote those particular parts of the federalist papers at that time, although he often did quote other parts of them in other matters.

Oh and if you’ve never read the Federalist Papers you should.

Darren Hutchinson continues his dissents on the current administration:

On Rendition:

The Obama administration has indicated that rendition will continue and that it, like Bush, will not utilize rendition to torture. Obama’s executive orders close CIA black sites, but they do not close other United States-run facilities, such as Bagram, which can (and already) house terrorism suspects. Because the administration has claimed legal authority to deny habeas corpus relief to Bagram detainees and to detain indefinitely Al Qaeda suspects, Bagram could become the functional equivalent of Guantanamo Bay.

I would of course dissent from him on Guantanamo.

Earmarks:

Sorry guys, but this one does not pass the laugh test. The bill was structured last year, but Obama, who campaigned on earmark reform (last year), also co-sponsored a $7.7 million earmark while he was still Senator (last year). Thus, even though he campaigned against earmarks, Obama still sponsored one worth millions of dollars. Now that he is President, however, Obama has deleted his name from the list of sponsors. The spending item remains in the budget. [Note: The Obama administration denies that the spending provision is an earmark. Please read the Congressional Quarterly article to see this argument dissected.]

He rightly hits republicans on this too and we deserve it!

DNA evidence:

I believe that inmates should have the right to test DNA evidence used to convict them. They certainly should have the right to test the evidence prior to a conviction. The issue of cost is not relevant in this particular case, because Osborne’s lawyers will pay for the DNA analysis. Because I strongly believe in due process and because science can answer the question of guilt or innocence, I believe that the Court should rule against Alaska and reject the Bush-Obama arguments.

I can’t see how you can restrict this use of evidence myself.

You know, embryonic stem cell research was not against the law in the US during the Bush administration but federal funds weren’t spent on it. Adult stem cell research have produced actual benefits and are pooh poohed, but that doesn’t kill humans and thus doesn’t produce the vital ingredient that makes embryonic stem cell research the priority it is.

The vital ingredient is the sin. The sin of murder, the sin of complicity to murder, the sin of being paid to murder and the sin to say that evil is good.

This is the reason why embryonic stem cell research is such a priority, because it produces a sin that can help damn humans. That is all it is good for.

If you are not a Catholic you likely think that is nonsense, you have the right to think that and call me a nut all you want. This doesn’t make it less true.

The difference is people see heaven and hell and God and the devil as an interesting thing to debate and discuss or dismiss. I see and state that it is reality. Like anything that is actually real and exists it needs to be addressed in our lives as much as the snow on the sidewalk.

Update: Via Glenn what a surprise:

Members of Congress and advocates for fighting diseases have long spoken of human embryonic stem cell research as if it were a sure avenue to quick cures for intractable afflictions. Scientists have not publicly objected to such high-flown hopes, which have helped fuel new sources of grant money like the $3 billion initiative in California for stem cell research.

In private, however, many researchers have projected much more modest goals for embryonic stem cells. Their chief interest is to derive embryonic stem cell lines from patients with specific diseases, and by tracking the cells in the test tube to develop basic knowledge about how the disease develops.

Or to put it another way, its all about the tax dollars.

BTW this is listed as an update because this was a scheduled post.

All I need is a podium with an EIB symbol in front of it.

Hot Air reports that the mainstream media has confirmed the politico story about Rush’s attack being planned:

And for that matter, why didn’t the New York Times report this separately? The White House has ginned up an attack machine to pillory Rush Limbaugh, but meanwhile dozens of high-level appointments have yet to be made at Treasury. They’re too overwhelmed to figure out correct protocol for Gordon Brown’s visit (and too busy to offer decent gifts), but they have the time to coordinate attacks on a radio-show host.

That’s an interesting set of priorities — for both Obama and the New York Times.

Well after all we do know who America’s foes are.

National Review and Newsbusters notes David Frum’s new found popularity:

First Newsbusters:

Appearing on Hardball to plug his anti-Limbaugh Newsweek article denotes that Frum knew he would be addressing not only the Obama White House but also the mainly liberal fans of MSNBC.

If Frum was truly interested in endearing his article to a right of center audience, obviously, he would have been all over Fox News before he went to MSNBC. Just the fact that Frum wrote his piece in Newsweek and not a conservative publication will make conservatives wonder if Frum will do a political 180 a la Arianna Huffington.

Then National Review:

This is really shameful. But at least we’re starting to get the formula down: If you don’t talk about race, you’re a coward; if you talk about it a little, you’re a racist; if you talk about it incessantly over the course of a career, you could become Attorney General, President, or even get your own MSNBC gab-fest; and if you talk about Rush Limbaugh talking about race, you’re a media darling.

Anyone who actually listens to Rush’s show knows he’s the anti-racist. He wants a color-blind society where everyone is on the level playing field of merit and your dignity is a function of your humanity, not your race. Martin Luther King spoke of being judged by the content of our character rather than the color of our skin. How appalling that, 40 years later, a guy who heeds that message is deemed by the media and the rest of the Left to have a “race problem.”

But in those circles, Frum now has no problem. The ring-master cracked his whip, the sea lion flopped around with the race-ball on his nose, and everyone oohed and ahhed. Then Matthews decreed, “Well, you know what I said when I came out here, David. You have changed your life with this article. You will be the man that shot Liberty Valance. You will be the guy that took on Rush Limbaugh.” Congratulations. He must be very proud.

and lets not forget Steyn:

David Frum has now gleefully iterated his complaint about Rush’s personal failings in at least three places – his own website, The National Post of Canada, and Newsweek. The last was certainly a mistake, because it’s no friend to the conservative cause and thus makes David look far guiltier of the sin he keeps accusing Rush of – putting his own interests ahead of the party’s. (Not true, by the way: Rush has all the money he’ll ever need and in the years ahead Obama’s going to be siphoning off as much as he can. If ever there were a time to retire to the Caribbean, this is it.)

I have Mr. Frum’s book on president Bush The Right Man, I’m sure his next book will have a whole new audience, who needs us fans of Rush and Sarah. I’d be really interested in hearing what the Ex president had to say about this.

Howard Dean thinks it time to stop talking about Rush Limbaugh and then proceeds to do so:

Mr. Dean told The Times it was “an embarrassment” and “ridiculous” that Mr. Steele felt he had to apologize to Mr. Limbaugh.

He said he can’t blame Mr. Steele, adding as the leader of the Republicans he shouldn’t have to apologize for pointing out the party’s sorry shape.

Later in the same article Robert Gibbs is asked a question:
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As White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs left the briefing room Monday, a reporter asked about the radio host.

“You are willing to debate Limbaugh now, aren’t you?” the reporter said, referring to Mr. Limbaugh’s challenge to debate Mr. Obama.

Mr. Gibbs drew laughs with his reply: “I’m busy this afternoon.”

It is now 6 days since Rush Limbaugh offered to give the president 3 hours on his show to debate him.

Today the Anchoress looks at what socialism is and what the president is doing. It’s a good read but there is one line in particular that should be read over and over again:

…socialism does not work, except in monasteries and the reason it works in monasteries is because it is voluntary.

Read it, remember it and repeat as necessary.

Today on Morning Joe Barnicle said something that deserves its own post.

All over the world we see this administration talking. Syria, Iran, perhaps Cuba and the Taliban and maybe even Hamas are worthy of negotiation they are to be engaged. The fact they at least three of them are directly involved in killing Americans notwithstanding.

Rush Limbaugh who generates revenue and income for Americans all over the country by his successful radio show. He can’t be debated or attacked he must be destroyed.

Obama and our friends on the left know who America’s true foes are, but just a thought. If Rush wants Obama to “fail” and Iran, Taliban, Cuba, Syria et/al don’t what does that tell you?

UPDATE: You can add Jim Cramer to that 2nd list.