So Morning Joe begins and it’s proved that you can’t be Imused over a black republican.

6:00 a.m. Hey Pat here’s a buck or two buy yourself some AIG and Citi.

6:01 a.m. Looks like we can still make Joke’s about Rush, but the great Obama. Nein est verboten!

6:02 a.m. What we need is optimism.

6:04 a.m You know normally the rats don’t leave the ship while it’s still launching.

6:06 a.m. Barnicle mocks Harry Sunshine Reid.

6:18 a.m. George Bush didn’t make tough choices? What planet is Joe on?

6:32 a.m. It’s worse than they are telling us.

6:44 a.m. Rush might have been irrelevant during an Obama administration? This guy is a reporter?

6:50 a.m. Still making Bush jokes, no Obama ones.

6:58 a.m. They are on thin Ice with Mika over the good looking stuff.

7:06 a.m. Still attacking Steele for not standing up, Obama hasn’t answered yet.

7:14 a.m. Did Albright just say that Iraq was lost? I was distracted by something.

7:22 a.m. Pat asks her about Freeman she ducks the question, Pat “I’m not an anti-semite” Buchanan likes him. He does have a point as to why all these guys who worked for and with him won’t speak up for him.

7:24 a.m Why do I think that Mary Albright would have been a better sec of state than she was?

7:38 a.m. Wesely Clarke loves ethanol. I don’t mind it as an extra card in the deck particularly in wartime as an alternate fuel.

7:47 a.m. They show Gibbs getting the radio, did they mention that Rush arranged it?

7:49 a.m. They push the leave Islam alone and it will leave us alone story in Newsweek. What a crock.

8:01 a.m. Lets cheer ignoring the threats of the world. Peggy Noonan is the guest.

8:12 a.m They are showing the Obama stock market chart.

8:14 a.m. The rich republican canard is trotted out. Joe shoots it down. Obama’s failures are apparently Michael Steele’s fault.

8:27 a.m. They need the smartest people regardless of race, wasn’t that the argument they made on this show FOR Geitner just a month ago?

8:33 a.m. Erin: “If you use the word crash for 10% what will happen when it is down 20%?”

8:50 a.m. That is still the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen (train+truck)

James Hudnall writes a tribute to the Comic Books series The Watchmen at Big Hollywood:

“Watchmen” opens Friday and we’ll see how well it performs in the theaters, but the graphic novel has been a best seller for DC Comics since its inception in 1985. And not without surprise. It’s been voted the best graphic novel of all time by many people. It even showed up in Time Magazine as one of the best literary novels of the 20th century. The only comic to make that list. Personally, I don’t care much for lists or other popularity contests. They seem too high school to me. A lot of stuff on “best ever” lists tends to be crap. It’s all someone’s opinion, after all. But “Watchmen” is definitely a work of art. One that will stand the test of time and already has.

Count me in the minority here. I’ve been reading comics for 34 years. I didn’t care for the Watchmen when it came out and I don’t care for it now.

I have absolutely no interest in the movie. As for Alan Moore’s work I’d check out his Swamp Thing Issues instead.

Give me Stan Sakai , Steve Englehart and Gardner Fox or Denny O’Neil anyday.

And the Greatest Comic Series ever Written? Lone Wolf and Cub hands down!

Let’s talk World Baseball Classic.

Looking at the WBC Rosters particularly the South American Teams i’m seeing some of the nastiest rosters I’ve seen in a while.

There are going to be some intense games going on particularly in Group D when we get to see Panama vs the Dominican Republic likely Monday unless Puerto Rico manages to upset Panama or unless a real miracle happens and the Dutch manage to upset the Dominican.

Bernie Williams fans will be able to watch him on Team Puerto Rico. I hope he does well, he is a class act.

Japan’s defeat of China was not a big surprise today, China able to hold Japan to 5 hits is.

It will take a real miracle for Cuba or Mexico to fail to get to the 2nd round sharing a bracket with South Africa and Australia. Australia would like to think otherwise but sorry that’s the way it is.

I would love to see the US and Italy advance in group B. I can’t however see how Italy avoids going 0-3 in the toughest bracket in the group. I’d really like to see the US step all over Hugo’s boys.

I’d be even happier if some of Raul/Fidel’s boys manage to jump the fence during the tourney.

Play Ball!

Via the corner and the Catholic key Archbishop Naumann bottom lines it:

I am also concerned personally for Governor Sebelius. Her appointment as Secretary for HHS places her in a position where she will have to make many decisions that will in all probability continue her personal involvement in promoting legalized abortion and her cooperation in this intrinsic evil.

I am also concerned that the appointment of Governor Sebelius places another Catholic supporting legalized abortion in a prominent national position. She joins Vice-President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and unfortunately a host of Catholic Senators and members of the House of Representatives who support legalized abortion contrary to the clear and consistent teaching of their Church. It saddens me that so many Catholics, to gain political advancement, have chosen to compromise their Catholic faith by their failure to defend the most fundamental of all human rights – the right to life.

I am reminded of the powerful scene in A Man for All Seasons, the play about the heroic Catholic English Martyr, St. Thomas More. After Richard Rich has perjured himself in order to make it possible to convict Thomas More of treason, the Judge asks Thomas More if he has any questions for the witness. Thomas More notes that Richard Rich is wearing a chain of office and asks what it signifies. He is told that Richard Rich has been appointed Attorney General for Wales. Thomas More then paraphrases the Gospel saying to Richard Rich: “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul, but for Wales?”

This is where the rubber meets the road. The soul. If you are a Catholic Pol you have to decide if you actually believe in Catholicism or not. And if you do is your soul worth it? Ted Kennedy is near death. A knighthood won’t do him much good for much longer.

I may tweak these people with the ” …rest of your life after that it’s up to you” line. The Archbishop’s is actually trying to save their souls, to give the warning. May he succeed.

Update: The Curt Jester got there ahead of me.

Jay Nordlinger does what he almost always does. Has the best commentary on the issue of the day. That issue being Rush. He starts with Colin Powell:

After November’s election, Colin Powell said that Republicans have to stop listening to Rush Limbaugh. Since when have they ever listened to Rush? For president, the Republicans nominated probably Rush’s least favorite politician (in the GOP, that is). And I’m sure most Rush fans voted for him, because they thought he was a lot better than the alternative, which he was.

Whom did Powell support, by the way? Barack Obama, the Democrat, and the most left-wing president we have ever elected, possibly. I’m not sure that Powell Republicanism is the Republicanism the GOP should want.

And let me say a further word about John McCain — whom I admire, and whom I voted for enthusiastically. He was almost perfect for the GOP moderate types, you would have thought. He was anti-Christian Right. He was Mr. Campaign Finance Reform. He was Mr. Amnesty. He was Mr. Global Warming. He was Mr. Reach Across the Aisle.

Except for being against abortion and for free trade, he was well-nigh perfect.

And if McCain isn’t good enough for the Powell brigades — who ever would be?

He gets to the bottom line in a hurry:

For eight years, we heard nothing but “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.” Those who did the most to block or undermine President Bush were exalted as the Great Americans, and People. But dare oppose The One (i.e., our 44th president) — and you’re one of the lowest life forms.

Well, nuts to that.

There are many things wrong with the Republican party today, and Rush Limbaugh, in my opinion, is not one of them. Donald Rumsfeld (another pet bogey) used to say, “America is not what’s wrong with the world.” That is true. And Rush Limbaugh is not what is wrong with the Republican party.

Frankly, Secretary Powell is more like what’s wrong: If he can’t discern the superiority of John McCain to Barack Obama, where the presidency is concerned, who needs him?

The whole column should be required reading for Republicans. If republicans aren’t willing to figure this out then we deserve all that we get.

For three days Morning Joe has been tweaking Rush and then tweaking Republicans who don’t stand up to him. Yesterday they Mocked Michael Steele for backing off of his attack on Rush.

Yesterday Rush now that the White House has elevated him to leader of the Republican Party challenged him to a one on one debate on his show. Blog reaction has been strong. I was interested in seeing what Morning Joe had to say about this today.

They played the challenge that Rush issued up front but pooh poohed it in 30 seconds. They then played a clip of Michael Steele on Hannity and said the following. This caused Joe Scarborough to say the following about picking Steele for party chairman:

6:14 a.m. “Sometimes being black isn’t enough.

This is an amazing statement coming from a MSNBC show. The media has been grovelling all over Obama and the “historic” nature of his presidency. What is historic about it? His skin color. During the campaign the networks elevated him to messianic status, they proclaimed him JFK/FDR & Lincoln over and over again. CNN & MSNBC both have a first 100 days watch. And yet again today it is noted that no jokes are made about him. Meanwhile the economy continues to tank and in under 60 days more spending is proposed than for the previous two centuries.

All of this has happened and Joe Scarborough tells the RNC that Being Black isn’t enough for Michael Steele to lead them? And nobody says a word on it?

Let’s come out and say it: Being Black is apparently enough to immunize you from any critique serious or comic if you are this liberal president.

Being Black is NOT enough if you are a republican.

Being Black is enough if you are a liberal senator from Illinois who seems to have interesting connections to a disgraced ex governor or a liberal representative who keeps thousands hidden in his freezer.

Being Black isn’t enough if you would be the first Black Governor of Pennsylvania or Ohio and you are a republican. Or how about William Lucas:

A few years before, there was a black gubernatorial nominee in my home state of Michigan. His name was William Lucas. Not many said that he would be the first black governor since Reconstruction (he would have been). No one said that the election was a test of the racial maturity of Michigan voters. Nope — Lucas was a conservative Republican, and therefore he didn’t count, in liberal eyes, as black. He was denounced by all the usual forces, and in the usual ways: “sellout,” etc. And he lost — to a garden-variety white liberal (Jim Blanchard, who was later Bill Clinton’s ambassador to Canada). Ho-hum.

This is racism. Obama is their token who absolves them from their sins so he is celebrated. Steele, Sowell or Williams challenge them on their ideas, they are ignored or rejected.

If the media in general or MSNBC in particular isn’t ashamed, it’s only because they have lost the capacity to be ashamed.

Oh and BTW if anything happens because of Mr. Scarborough’s statement it will be because he is the sole Republican of any stature on MSNBC. He can be safely targeted. He is their token. They can always get another token.

Update: Like Meucci it’s not who is first it is who is quoted first.

Now we find out if the Morning Joe team that has been so happy to make fun of republicans for not standing up to Rush will challenge the president to do the same.

5:50 a.m. It is 10 min before the show. I’m predicting that they will pooh pooh the idea of the debate and only Pat will be there to ask why it is incumbent on Republicans to challenge Rush but it is not incumbent for the White House that attacked him to do so. Will I be right?

6:00 a.m. Ok lets see….They lead with the counterproductive quote.

6:02 a.m. Oh they’ve spent very little time on Rush says Barnicle, only what 4-5 news cycles now?

6:04 a.m. Apparently it’s mission accomplished for the White House, no comment on the challenge by Rush yet. Apparently the only thing that Rush has ever said is the 60 seconds of his 80 minute speech that they played over and over and the 30 seconds of his rebuttal to Michael Steele. Nothing else exists.

6:05 a.m. I’ve got to admit that is amazing that fellow lived.

6:07 a.m. They now show the debate challenge, they all dismiss it.

6:10 a.m. Barnicle brings up Tip, I loved Tip he was awsome and an honest opponent.

6:12 a.m. Apparently everyone who meets Rush likes him, he’s funny and not a hater, but I disagree with him.

6:13 a.m. They are still hitting Steele but they have still dismissed the challenge to President Obama

6:14 a.m. “Sometimes being black isn’t enough” says Joe. They are talking about Michael Steele, I wonder who else this could apply to?

6:18 a.m. Funny Rush Joke. Good point the late nights won’t attack Obama, but will now attack Rush.

6:30 a.m. They point out the distraction factor on the Rush story.

6:40 a.m. I did miss this, they hit Geithner on hypocrisy. Good!

6:45 a.m. Apparently Patterson doesn’t enjoy the president’s immunity. That was funny. Note the joke had nothing to do with race.

7:00 a.m. Hey the 7 figure offer for the birth tape is better than the 7 figures for the sex.

7:06 a.m. They play Rush’s challenge again followed by the counterproductive quote from Gibbs. That is interesting.

7:08 a.m. Carlos says there is only so much time you can distract from the issues.

7:10 a.m. Watson says Steele can recover by organizing actual alternatives.

7:11 a.m. Again we see the Steele is a coward and looks weak, but apparently the president isn’t cowardly or looking weak not answering Rush’s Challenge.

7:12 a.m. They are right about the grass roots stuff.

7:13 a.m. Now lets attack Palin as a token and bring back the Being Black is not enough line, Mika tried to head it off. They still don’t get the irony of all of this.

7:15 a.m. This has the potential to be an Imus moment for Morning Joe, it will not be because Mr. Steele is a conservative Republican.

7:17 a.m. “Why does Rush Limbaugh hate children?”

7:20 a.m. Lets make something clear. If Michael Steele was the DNC chairman instead of the RNC chairman this would be Morning Joe’s Imus moment.

7:30 a.m. Now the topic is Iran. Actually a good question from O’Donnell does the worldwide downturn give us leverage against Iran. Haass says yes and praises diplomacy. The problem that these guys have is that they forget dictators don’t care what the standard of living is for their people.

7:32 a.m. Cuba is doing ok according to Hass, but apparently retreats in Syria, Russia etc are all positive things.

7:39 a.m. Is there anything in the advice that Smiley and Scarborough said about Steele that could not be said about the president?

7:41 a.m. Limbaugh challenges the president to a debate and is the lead story so the topic of discussion is the fecklessness of Michael Steele, amazing! Is there an actual conservative that they are willing to talk to or have on for more than 60 seconds.

7:43 a.m. Smiley is asked the “black enough” question in different words. He says symbolism is important but substance matters more. This is what is called “projection”.

7:44 a.m. OMG Smiley says that Obama has to be held accountable to deliver! This is a seminal moment!

7:45 a.m. Annoying doctor: “Leaders don’t grovel.”

7:53 a.m. They are talking healthcare, they are now asking about costs.

7:55 a.m. The Doc is talking about a dark underside on this stuff dealing with coverage.

7:56 a.m. Did you hear anything out of their mouth?

8:01 a.m. Now they are laughing at Gibbs, Good!

8:05 a.m. Obama is just like any other pol looking for advantage says Ari Fleischer as a guest.

8:07 a.m. Barnicle says they aren’t really worrying about Rush in the Whitehouse is he. I say look at the news cycle.

8:07 a.m. Would you have gone after Michael Moore? Would you go after Moore.

8:09 a.m. “Are you going after Democratic candidates for not denouncing Keith Olberman?” Zing! Fleischer is cleaning their clocks.

8:14 a.m. Defensive medicine, they are really talking solid sense now. This is the best non-Rush topic they have done today.

8:16 a.m. 50k is what this doc pays for insurance. This is a solid topic, I’m sure they would LOVE to talk about this instead of Rush on the radio today.

8:20 a.m. I think Tavis Smilley might have saved the day for Morning Joe.

8:29 a.m. How can this argument concerning a “fundamental change” be true when gay marriage wasn’t legal in California until the last year or so. Correct me if I’m wrong but hasn’t California been a state before the civil war?

8:50 a.m. Breaking Bad interesting show.

8:57 a.m. What did I learn today. Being Black isn’t enough if you are a black Republican who won’t oppose Rush. That’s being a grovelling leader. Being Black IS enough if you are a liberal first term senator who wants to be president and doesn’t want to engage Rush in debate. At least that is the case on Morning Joe.

Today on his show Rush Limbaugh, the man who Rahm Emanuel considers The leader of the Republican Party has made an offer to the administration:

If these guys are so impressed with themselves, and if they are so sure of their correctness, why doesn’t President Obama come on my show? We will do a one-on-one debate of ideas and policies. Now, his people in this Politico story, it’s on the record. They’re claiming they wanted me all along. They wanted me to be the focus of attention. So let’s have the debate! I am offering President Obama to come on this program — without staffers, without a TelePrompTer, without note cards — to debate me on the issues. Let’s talk about free markets versus government control. Let’s talk about nationalizing health care and raising taxes on small business.

Let’s talk about the New Deal versus Reaganomics. Let’s talk about closing Guantanamo Bay, and let’s talk about sending $900 million to Hamas. Let’s talk about illegal immigration and the lawlessness on the borders. Let’s talk about massive deficits and the destroying of opportunities of future generations. Let’s talk about ACORN, community agitators, and the unions that represent the government employees which pour millions of dollars into your campaign, President Obama. Let’s talk about your elimination of school choice for minority students in the District of Columbia. Let’s talk about your efforts to further reduce domestic drilling and refining of oil. Let’s talk about your stock market. By the way, Mr. President, I want to help. Yesterday you said you looked at the stock market as no different than a tracking poll that goes up and down.

The administration has decided to elevate Rush Limbaugh as the leader of the 46-47% of Americans who voted against him. Now the administration can decide if they are serious or not. Most likely they will poo poo the offer saying how busy the president is.

When they do the question needs to be asked? Why is he too busy to deal with the leader of the opposition? Why is he afraid of debate? Why is FDR, JFK and Lincoln all rolled into one with a Harvard pedigree unable to compete intellectually with a man who never graduated college? Are the same people who are so anxious to anoint Rush the leader of the opposition convinced that their messiah can’t hold his own against him? Here is the chance to confront the leader of the opposition in front of his audience. A bold leader wouldn’t hesitate.

If he does then we can begin the Obama in hiding countdown.

Update: Hey even the Washington Post believes it is the case as they refer to him as Minority Leader Limbaugh.

Update 2: Ed Driscoll refers to it as an offer the president can’t accept. Lets quote one of his dissenting commentators:

1. Jumbo:

Limbaugh, the drug addicted, thrice divorced sex tourist would get his head handed to him on a plate. Just because you folks walk behind Ruch and marvel at his uninformed drivel does not mean he has anything to say. What he says, he says to YOU; not your country. He targets YOU to spew his lies, and you all lap it up like a junior high sock hop. Limbaugh is your party leader now. You support him, you own him. Mark these words: in ten years time, your children will look to you for an explanation why you would cheerlead for Limbaugh. They will deserve answers, you will offer none. Hang your heads in shame, that’s all you can do.
Mar 4, 2009 – 11:45 am

This being the case Jumbo you will likely contact the administration that suddenly thinks attacking Rush is not productive and urge president Obama to accept this challenge to break the Republican “lies” once and for all. How about it?

Update 3: The Anchoress is impressed:

And he seems utterly, supremely confident. He suggests that if President Obama can debate “without notes or teleprompter” and defeat Limbaugh in the eyes of the audience, (I’m paraphrasing) “you will own America. You will have no opposition standing. Santelli is being silenced, Cramer will be gone soon, though not without a fight. You have the press, you have Hollywood. The only thing standing between you and complete ownership of the United States is me and my little radio show.”

Audacious? It’s audacious as hell. It’s Rush going “all in,” and calling a bluff. He frankly knows he has nothing to lose because Limbaugh understands what so few in America seem to: there has been a coup – a bloodless, painless coup. The new presidency is what, 44 days old, and America may never be the same.

President Obama can’t do it because he is frankly, in my opinion outclassed.

Update 4: The Spectator agrees

With an ineptness that leaves one breathless, the Obama team has now effectively labeled Obama himself as “paralyzed with fear” if in fact the President doesn’t have the guts to accept Limbaugh’s challenge. After all, if they claim that GOP chair Michael Steele and “Republicans” are cowards for not taking on Rush, Obama himself will surely have the guts to do what they claim Steele and Republicans do not: take on Rush Limbaugh one-on-one.

Their conclusion is the world is watching:

Learning nothing from history, the Obama crowd has now set up a breathtakingly stupid proposition: either Obama debates Rush one-on-one or he is, in the words of his own staff, paralyzed with fear. Now there’s a message to send to al Qaeda. The President of the United States has no guts.

Morning Joe has spent the last three days talking about republicans afraid to disagree with Limbaugh, it will be interesting to see how they handle the president’s fear to debate him.

Update 5 Gay Patriot:

It’s almost been amusing these past few days watching the Emanuel/Carville/Begala White House/MSM axis go overboard to potray Rush as the head of the GOP because the talk show host’s unpopularity “with many Americans, especially younger voters.“ Tying him to the GOP will help sink the GOP.

Their strategy may have some short-term success, turning attention from his eloquent criticism of the Administration’s agenda to his middling popularity outside consevative circles. But, over time, people will start wondering about a White House mounting an offense more akin to attacking its adversaries through a series of personal vendettas than to promoting legislative proposals through articulation of its policy goals.

Update 6 In their first hour Morning Joe Pooh Poohed Rush’s challenge but played another clip of Steele on Hannity and Joe said when picking the chairman of the RNC: “Being Black isn’t enough.”. An MSNBC host is saying that concerning the RNC chairman after their coverage of president Obama over the last year. They have lost the capacity for shame.

theharvestMy review of the Big Finish adventure #58 The Harvest is now available at Amazon.com here.

This adventure introduces Hex as the 3rd companion of the 7th doctor. He is a first class character and a great addition to the series. It you are one who likes to listen or read books in order you likely want to grab this one before you get any more of the 7th doctor adventures after number #58.

…but it seems to me that the Dodgers were bidding against themselves here.

I loved watching Manny play. My Sox won two world series with him here. It was great seeing him in the victory parade, and I still think the Catch it, Hi-five the fan and throw to first for the double play was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in baseball, but there was no reason to give in if you are the Dodgers.

It will remain to be seen what happens when the games actually count.