I give the guy full marks for honesty.

OÖN: Why did you become a priest and not a professional magician?
Smetanig: Because I would like to change the church.

It will take a better magician than him to make the faith disappear. How many of our liberal catholic friends would give this answer to they why am I a Catholic instead of the correct one?

Hey while there is life and confession there is hope.

Ok I’m awake no scheduled post this time

7:58 a.m. Pence notices that Washington is tone deaf concerning living in means.

8:00 a.m. Was Pat on today? Would have been interesting to hear what he had to say on the Freeman stuff.

8:01 a.m. Under Mika’s argument we should legalize coke because our president did it in school so we can’t forbid or even speak against its use.

8:07 a.m. Mika mentions it on the headlines but doesn’t go into detail about the Saudi connection.

8:08 a.m. Sen McCaskill laments the warming blanket gap.

8:17 a.m. McCaskill ducks if the president should veto the spending bill.

8:31 a.m. Wouldn’t the best way to resolve Gitmo to actually show that Gitmo wasn’t a place of torture and oppression rather than feed into the myth of the Gitmo torture chamber?

8:33 a.m. Oh the man who thinks Gitmo violently shakes America’s image won’t close it because he is a u uniter not a divider. What a joke.

8:38 a.m. “Let me tell you about the economy that really stinks” Gotta love it.

8:39 a.m. It’s going up because its finished going down, he says 6500 is the floor. Mark Hayes calls it. Jon Stewart is watching.

8:52 a.m. Fallon is funny but not funny enough to stay up to watch him.

…it’s because I got home late from game night. We finally had 6 guys so we played the Anniversary edition of Axis and allies. Very long game and we didn’t finish. We will try to pick it from from next week. The Russian Bear is teetering, Both the US and England have developed Shipyard improvement and German paratroopers are now wreaking havoc. Even Italy is making it’s presence felt.

The new version is very interesting I like the addition of Italy and the re-done Map. It’s a first rate game but I don’t think it was worth the $100 Ken paid for it. Although I’ve got to admit the pieces are awesome. The tanks and ships correspond to the nation that produces them. For example for the British their fighter planes are spitfires, for the Germans their artillery are 88’s etc etc etc. It’s a lot of chrome but you pay for it.

Was checking out Colin Baker’s blog and found myself empathizing with this paragraph:

If ever I post blogs on this site regularly, you should worry for my well being. It will mean that I have time on my hands and am not working. And not working, while I have two daughters at University and one still at school is, believe me, bad news!

Sometimes people forget that just because someone is on TV they don’t make big money automatically.

Who says you can’t get good work out of slave labor? For the second time tonight a pinch hitter makes the difference late to get their team back into it. In this case a pinch 8th inning two run homer put the Cuban team ahead and a 1-2-3 night gave them a trip to the states.

A fine game all around. Australia has really showed that they belong in this tourney. This sets up quite a revenge match for Mexico who will be desperate to avoid the fate of their fellow Latin Americans in the Dominican Republic.

I must confess I would have liked to see Castro’s boys go home early. The only thing I like about them going to San Diego is that is a better location to defect from.

How bad it it appointment-wise for the Obama administration? There is even a scandal involving his new Zombie cabinet position Secretary of Undead Affairs appointment as the Star Village World Inquisitor reports:

An unexpected snag occurred today as members of the senate ethics committee uncovered documents related to Mr. Murman’s death, showing that his family never paid the required death or estate taxes associated with his death. Mr. Murman and his representatives were unavailable for comment on the allegations, brought forth this morning.

The White House is crying discrimination:

“This is precisely the sort of thing that this new post is meant to discourage,” says White House aid Dirk Diggler. “If Murman was a live person, his integrity probably wouldn’t even be questioned. It’s pure bigotry!” Diggler declined to comment on other tax problems Obama appointments have been under scrutiny for, calling it “a coincidence.”

Ted Kennedy however a longtime supporter of the death tax is having none of it:

“It’s bad enough the undead pay no income taxes,” said Senator Ted Kennedy. “er, ah, I mean come on. When you die, you er, ah, need to pay your death taxes. It’s the er, ah, last time you have to pay, and failure to do so is a slap in the face of the living.”

Since reportedly Mr. Murman’s family put the unpaid death taxes in the stock market the funds unfortunately are deader than he is.

Well Chas Freeman has withdrawn his name. This is good news for the US and although they might not believe it right now even better news for the Obama administration as they won’t a toady who defended the massacre of pro-democracy protesters in China on the team.

Glenn Reynolds as usual notes the most relevant point.

It’s also worth noting that, like the John Edwards story, press covering this withdrawal will have to explain all the stuff they didn’t report before.

At least Morning Joe hinted at it, but this is why the reputation of journalists and newspapers are in the tank and rightly so.

Update Steyn:

Poor old Freeman. He has the guts to spill the beans on the Israel Lobby, and either their stooge Pincus or the sinister cosmopolitan Jews who control America’s Union of Newspaper Delivery Boys hoover any reference to the dark truth out of the paper before it reaches your doorstop.

At least I hope that’s the case. The alternative explanation is that The Washington Post would rather protect anyone even peripherally associated with President Obama than risk giving its readers any “news”.

Manipulating the news was always more about people keeping people ignorant of facts that are dangerous.

I have to admit it, when the Dutch right fielder missed the ball in the 11th allowing the Dominicans to score against Boyd I didn’t think there was much of a chance of a comeback. Apparently the Dominicans felt the same because they not only got sloppy but the put in a Pitcher from the Chicago Cubs with playoff elimination on the line.

Apparently the curse of the Goat sticks with you as long as you stay on the roster. First a double then a single then a bad throw then an error at first. Presto 2-1 loss.

Seriously I felt bad for Aybar who was one of the people on that Dominican team who had really performed, the fact that he would make the miscue that would allow the winning run to score was a surprise.

Congratulations to the Dutch, even if they don’t win another game they have made baseball history! They left 35 opposing players in scoring position. An awful lots of walks but you know, its hard to score from 2nd on a walk.

As for the Dominicans, Lets not forget that their pitching didn’t give up any runs in the first 10 innings either. The Dominican pitchers gave up one earned run in three games. That is an incredible figure that is 4 less than the Dutch. The pitchers can generally hold their heads high. Their hitters however just couldn’t deliver with men in scoring position and their defense or lack thereof cost them both games.

The team is going to get a rough reception back home:

“Oh, God, thank God I don’t have to go back home for a while,” (David) Ortiz said. “I’m telling you right now, in the Dominican, there had to be a blackout right now.”

Felipe Alou, the Dominican manager, told Delmonico and other Netherlands players that he would be watching them and rooting for them. But Alou, 73, has been agitated with the Dominican players who did not participate in the Classic and how that impacted his roster.

The names that didn’t make it are going to hear about it back home, almost as much as the team is going to.

On the other hand, this is a bitter blow for baseball mad Dominican, which received a huge hit at the outset of the tournament when Alex Rodriguez had to pull out. They were already without another superstar, Albert Pujols, who couldn’t get insurance to cover his participation. Adrian Beltre, the logical A-Rod successor at third base, stayed in Arizona at the behest of the Mariners. Also missing: Manny Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, and Aramis Ramirez.

It will be remembered that those guys weren’t there.

If I’m the Dutch manager I rest my best pitchers tomorrow and have my best ready for round 2 but as has been demonstrated he certainly doesn’t need my advice.

Update: David Pinto hits the nail on the head and has the best line of the night:

I’m stunned and happy. This game just put the World Baseball Classic on the map.

By the way, Felipe Alou joins John Thompson in the crappy international coach Hall of Fame.

It’s not quite 2004 but it’s damn close. Marvelous.