You know I can see trading Matt Cassel to the Chiefs after all he was getting a ton of money to be a backup but Mike Vrabel?

I would have thought that Cassel would have been sufficient to get the deal done. Vrabel is effective on both offense and defense. He is old but has delivered time and time again.

Apparently I’m not alone in this:

“We’ve lost perhaps our best all-around football player. Defense, offense, special teams, Vrabes did it all,” Tedy Bruschi [stats] wrote in an e-mail. “His intelligence and on-field adjustments cannot be replaced. This team has just changed immensely.”

And he’s not the only one:

Former Patriots linebacker Steve Nelson was completely taken aback when apprised of the trade.

“I guess that means they’re happy with their young outside linebackers. I don’t know. You’ve really caught me by surprise. He was really a great player for them,” Nelson said. “He was a real leader . . . that’s kind of a stunner.”

And another one:

Harrison, who is still undecided about his future, summed up his feelings in a few words.

“It’s business,” Harrison responded via text message, when asked his reaction to the Vrabel trade.

You know its a weird move when I’m talking about the Pats during spring training. I can’t fathom it.

The Curt Jester tells us the story of the Capybara, a type of fish meat you can eat during lent:

When the Spanish missionaries found the capybara in Brazil during the 16th century, they wrote to the Pope to ask – there’s an animal here that’s scaly but also hairy, spends most of its time in the water but occasionally comes on land; can we classify it as a fish (and thus, the indigenous people could continue to eat it during Lent)?. Not having a clear description of the animal (and not wanting the petitioners to starve), the Pope agreed and declared it to be a fish.

This illustrates the difference between the world today, when the image would have been sent by cell phone camera and an answer given at once and a world where communication takes months each way.

I hate to admit I never heard of the animal nor its Lenten significance but I’m reminded of the following passage in scripture:

As he was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain. At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry? How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat, and shared it with his companions?” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. Mark 2:23-27

The Pope’s ruling was living this passage, but as far as I’m concerned it’s still a rat.

…I’ve been very interested in what is going on in Israel and I’m interested in elections in general. But I’ve got to tell you. It is about as strange as it can go. The winner isn’t going to be able to govern because of the many tiny losing parties that got enough votes to give the losers the win.

At least with Obama I know I”m in it deep. If I was an Israeli voter I’d have no idea what is going on. This guy gets it though.

It’s been about a week since my Instalance and as you can see my stats have returned to their previous level.

instalance

It can be quite humbling when your views go up by a factor of 30 the first day, drop to a factor of 15 the second and then just settle down to normal but better to have lanced and sunk then never to have been lanced at all.

I posed a suggestion for Christians in general and Catholics in particular on how to cope with the problems this bad economy is hitting you with.

If you are an atheist and can’t bring yourself to try it here is another depression fighter; Amazon has a sale on chocolate and candy this month.

It’s a sweet alternative for the unbeliever, then again its not a bad deal for us believers either.

I got a very nice comment from Darren Hutchinson thanking me for my links. Let me say louder what I said in the reply comment. The tag Honorable left is made for a guy like him who doesn’t check his principles at the door when his side is in power.


Dissenting Justice
is being added to the blogroll and I would recommend keeping an eye over there. I’m sure we will disagree a lot over the next few years but that’s how you learn and form an honest opinion on things.

It looks like This is not going to go away. Darren Hutchinson is hot and angry and shows no signs of backing down:

But this forms the basis of the charge of hypocrisy. Human rights groups detailed in numerous policy statements the specific aspects of Bush’s program with which they disagreed. These practices certainly included rendition to torture and indefinite detention, but they also involved the lack of judicial oversight and denial of access to counsel. If liberals now believe that some activists overreached by criticizing the lack of judicial oversight or legal representation in their arguments condemning Bush, then they should express this point. It is absolutely disingenuous to argue instead that human rights groups only disagreed with rendition to torture and indefinite detention, when the organizations’ own words demonstrate that they made a fuller set of arguments.

Furthermore, describing Bush’s plan as “extraordinary” does very little to defend “rendition” in the Obama administration. Labels do not give rise to human rights violations. Specific practices do.

This back and forth is going to be interesting to re-visit at the end of the Obama Presidency.

In looking for the video for Kryten’s head exploding (Ketchup on Lobster! BOOM) for the last post I found this bit of news at the BBC:

Cult comedy Red Dwarf is returning to TV, 21 years after its initial launch.

The show has been resurrected by digital channel Dave for a two-part Easter weekend special, which sees the cast finally return to Earth.

Written and directed by Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor, the new show reunites the line-up, including Coronation Street’s Craig Charles.

The hit show, which ran for eight series on BBC Two between 1988 and 1999, won an International Emmy award.

This show was always very funny and very offbeat. It will be a very fun time. More details here.