TMQ to Return?
Bill Simmons, meanwhile, is still writing for Page 2 and has been doing his NBA Preview this week, concluding today. The three parts are here, here and here.
The Sport of Politics, the Politics of Sports
It's also true that the BCS was designed to freeze out schools like Tulane, by guaranteeing most places in the major bowls to members of the Big Ten and other football-factory conferences. This, in turn, guarantees most bowl money to the football-factory conferences, leaving little for outsiders. But that's just life: Sometimes there's a party down the block and you don't get invited. For Tulane and other schools that play second-tier schedules to complain that they are not treated by the BCS as if they had played a top-tier schedule (Brigham Young University is another perennial complainer on this point) is like the CFL complaining that its champion should meet the NFL champion at the Super Bowl.
Links go out to Dimmy Karras and Why I Hate DC for providing excellent diversions from work this week. I really think Dimmy Karras does a great news blog about things I care about, like sports (particularly Boston sports) and some politics. And his comments on my blog have always been thought provoking. I'm a big news junkie, so any blog that actually has news I haven't read anywhere else is a good thing.
The European Union believes China's leaders are determined to meet its World Trade Organisation commitments but will press them to move faster at a bilateral summit in Beijing on Thursday, Pascal Lamy, EU trade commissioner, said on Tuesday
In comments that appeared aimed at distancing the EU from growing US criticisms of China's trade practices, Mr Lamy said in London he was not concerned by the EU's trade deficit of about $50bn a year with China as long as European exports to the Chinese market continued to grow strongly. "We don't feel it's a big systemic problem," he said. "Our numbers are quite different from the US numbers."
Mr Lamy's meetings in Beijing follow a parade of top US officials who warned China that domestic pressure is growing in the US over the trade deficit with China, which topped $103bn last year.
"As usual in our trade policy, we Europeans have a tendency to use a telephone rather than a megaphone," he said.
Last week I found myself caught up in that struggle. I wrote about why Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's prime minister--a clever if loathsome man who adjusts the volume of his anti-Semitism depending on circumstances--chose to include an anti-Jewish diatribe in his speech to an Islamic conference. Sure enough, I was accused in various places not just of "tolerance for anti-Semitism" (yes, I'm Jewish) but of being in Mr. Mahathir's pay. Smear tactics aside, the thrust of the attacks was that because anti-Semitism is evil, anyone who tries to understand why politicians foment anti-Semitism--and looks for ways other than military force to combat the disease--is an apologist for anti-Semitism and is complicit in evil.
Yet that moral punctiliousness is curiously selective. Last year the Bush administration, in return for a military base in Uzbekistan, gave $500 million to a government that, according to the State Department, uses torture "as a routine investigation technique," and whose president has killed opponents with boiling water. The moral clarity police were notably quiet.
Jews rule the world by proxy... 1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews.
He (God), while knowing my human fragility, encourages me to respond with faith... and he invites me to assume the responsibilities that he himself has entrusted to me.
It's a slave system. Make no mistake about it, slave master says you can't do it, then don't do it.
Having previously established to its satisfaction that Hillary is a candidate, the right is now knocking her for running a lousy campaign! Our text is an Oct. 13 dispatch on the Fox News Web site, headlined, 'Clock Ticking for a Hillary Presidential Bid.' The report notes that Hillary has dithered so long that 'the drop-dead date has already passed' for a plausible candidacy. Stupid bitch!