At the WBC Mexico avenged their defeat to the Aussies 16-1 in 6 innings. After seeing the humiliation of the Dominicans they didn’t wart a part of it. Things being how thing are in Mexico these days they might have been afraid of being shot.

With two opposite mercy defeats I would have liked to see a 3rd game.

Now Mexico plays for the right to face Korea or Japan. I don’t know which one i would rather face myself. I’m sure the Cubans would love a chance to avenge their defeat in the final 3 years ago but they aren’t going to lie down against Mexico to do it.

They are talking a Drug documentary with Al Roker.

6:33 a.m. Talking Pot. The Doc points out it is also bad for the lungs and the brain cells but insists that particularly in the 70’s it was the best anti-nausea drug out there.

6:35 a.m. We haven’t resolved the states rights issue says the doc. Federal Law should trump it, but you have to be willing to enforce it.

6:37 a.m. The Doc is talking good medical sense and pointing out that regardless of what the law should be Pot is a drug and she doesn’t want her kids using it.

6:40 a.m. Is global warming man made is the argument? He is saying it is but how severe?

6:41 a.m. The down side of spending billions and restricting trade is the same as hiring a contractor to clip your hedges and paying him 38 million dollars. A ridiculous price for a very small return.

6:44 a.m. Why do I see Mika’s suit and think Madonna video?

6:48 a.m. You know the Doc is starting to grow on me, she was talking in a sensible manor all during that segment. When she is talking medical stuff and not talking about sticking her hand in our collective wallet she is solid.

6:53 a.m. They really didn’t want to cover Madoff O.J. style. That speaks well for them.

6:58 a.m. Mika calls following the Madoff car news you can’t use. Another reason to like this show.

6:59 a.m. Uh Oh Doctor Who Marathon on Sci-Fi this morning I guess I’ll check Joe & Mika during commercials.

7:02 a.m. Ford talks about earmarks and explains how they work. He was really quiet during the pot debate.

7:03 a.m. 8000 earmarks imperfect. You know I think the reason I like Joe and Mika so much is because they remind me of people I hang out with. They are generally sane, even if they are wrong and that call BS BS when they see it.

7:05 a.m. Should Pot be legalized? She says No it makes you dumb. It is dangerous and much stronger then it once was. She says Medical Pot is totally different.

7:07 a.m. Earmarks to bloat government good. Earmark to business bad. Looks like BS to me and to Joe.

7:10 a.m. Clinton is exactly right on the strategy of the White House.

7:11 a.m. Win the civil war 1st.

7:13 a.m. The Matthews Fletcher clash was classic.

7:20 a.m. Bernie is out of the Kia. Mika can rejoice!

7:31 a.m. They should have time for things to change, but they don’t have time to show competence. That should be up front.

7:34 a.m. They will talk to Syria & Iran but not us?

7:36 a.m. Ford talks why Tarp 1 was good, I still say I’d rather see him in the White House instead of Obama.

8:00 a.m. Dr. Who has started see you at the commercial boy Billie Piper looks so young.

8:10 a.m. Joe nails the problem of the 60’s and its costs. Exactly Right!

8:18 a.m. Obama has been post ideological? Bull****! Have you seen what he has actually done?

8:24 a.m. (Rose) That is the first time the sound of the Tardis was heard on British TV in 8 years when it was first broadcast. Two generations of Brits grew up with that noise and what it represented. It is as much a part of the British psyche as the monarchy is.

8:30 a.m. Lost the ring but haven’t lost the husband.

8:43 a.m. The doc continues to make sense. She is on a roll.

As you know I don’t think much of the stimulus bill, I think a lot of it is pretty much a scam on the American taxpayer done by the current government.

Much to nobody’s surprise entrepreneurs are now using it for their own private scams:

Now, consumer advocates are warning that scam artists hoping to fill their own pockets are using e-mail messages and Internet ads that say they can help people access a share of the stimulus money for as little as $1.99 upfront.

The cheap offers – which require hopeful buyers to provide credit card information and other identifying details – could turn into cases of identity theft or monthly fees sometimes defined in the ads’ fine print. Some e-mail offers say recipients have already earned a grant, but bank account information is needed to deposit the award.

These scams follow the pattern of most online scams, offering money etc for either a small fee or for bank information. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t give up your information to scams like this. If it sounds too good to be true it likely is.

I didn’t cover the goings on in Connecticut concerning the Church. Just about every other Catholic blogger did.

Was the bill outrageous, of course it was? Was it Anti-Catholic? Without a question. Was it an attempt to undermine the church? Why Soitenly.

Well then Mr. Loud mouth Catholic why didn’t you bother to deal with it?

Because this is part of the job description of the Church. Of course it is going to be attacked. Of course people are going to try to marginalize it of course people want a weak, faithless church.

The Church is the longest and strongest bastion standing between us and the gates of hell. As long as that is the case it will always be a target. The day it stops being a target is the day that I will start worrying if it is being true to itself.

If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but as it is they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me also hates my Father. If I had not done works among them that no one else ever did, they would not have sin; but as it is, they have seen and hated both me and my Father. John 15:18-24

We already know the end of this story overall, we just have to make sure our personal story doesn’t end on the wrong note.

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.