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Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Ahhhh, the DDN's Speak Up column: Bringing us the thoughts of idiots for many years

Today's entry:

Maybe if George W. Bush had signed the Kyoto Accord to stop global warming, Hurricane Katrina wouldn't have happened.

--Dayton Daily News: Speak Up

There's really no need to say any more.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:46 AM in Dayton

Friday, August 26, 2005
And while I'm talking about sad things...

This from the DDN's roundup of this week's HS Football matchups:

Both Carroll and Beavercreek are coming off great seasons, albeit by different standards. The Patriots advanced to the D-II state semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Columbus Brookhaven.... Beavercreek is coming off its best season in recent memory. The Beavers went 3-7 and lost a pair of one-point games. Creek was 2-28 the previous three years.

--Dayton Daily News


Posted by Rob Bernard at 10:49 AM in Dayton

Wednesday, August 24, 2005
This is just a sad day
Zimpher couldn't even handle the press conference properly. She needed to stand there, looking dour, and express the usual platitudes about wishing it hadn't come to this. Instead she gets in front of the microphones with a Joker-like smile plastered on her face, grinning like a Cheshire Cat, acting for all the world as if it was the best day of her life.

Nancy Zimpher claims to be concerned about such things as what the University of Cincinnati stands for. Things like its image. Its integrity.

And she should be. Especially today.

Today, if you're a UC employee, you see clearly that if a bus is coming around the corner - headed down that one-way street called Loyalty - Zimpher's is the hand you don't want to feel in the small of your back.

Today, if you work at UC, you understand that when the president gives you an option - like, say, you can keep your job through the final two years of your contract - you should not make the mistake of assuming she really means it.

Today, if you're trying to do the best job you can for the University of Cincinnati, you realize that you should not take for granted that the lady upstairs will actually allow you to.

The University of Cincinnati is where, at a luncheon for academic scholarship candidates, they decorate the tickets and tables with basketballs and the front of the room with an ice sculpture of a basketball player. It's where they hold public rallies to celebrate admission into the Big East Conference. It's where they fire the coach that took them there.

The University of Cincinnati is where standards are so important that they're doubled. It's where hypocrisy holds the highest offices.
If the university had fired Huggins before his graduation rate began to turn for the better, we could have grudgingly accepted that. If it had fired him swiftly after the DUI, we could have grudgingly accepted that. If, on high ground, it had fired him when the Bearcats were having their way with Conference USA, we could have grudgingly accepted that.

But this is unacceptable. This is dirty. This is stupid.

This is wrong.
Incidentally, what must the Big East be thinking today? Would it have been so eager to bring on Cincinnati if it had known that the impresario of the university's flagship program would be slashed before basketball season? In a bath of blood? In a barrage of bad publicity?

Would it have been so eager to bring on Cincinnati if it had known the administration was so disingenuous, so cruel, so clumsy?

And what about you, Bearcats fan? If you had known what you know now about the school in which you've invested your rooting interest, would you have followed it so fiercely all this while? Would you have given it so much love and money?

Probably so, because Huggins earned it over 16 years. You gave him what he deserved.

The same, sadly, cannot be said for the university.

--Lonnie Wheeler - The Cincinnati Post

Whether you think Huggs should go or not you simply cannot deny that there is no possible way Zimpher could have handled this in a worse manner.





Posted by Rob Bernard at 2:00 PM in Cincinnati
Patti Davis on Pat Robertson's religion...
When I lived in New York City, I used to give money to a homeless man who stood on the same corner of Columbus Avenue every day, rain or shine. He was never pushy, he was always polite, and I just felt like giving him money. One day, I saw a man in a business suit getting right in this man’s face, waving a Bible at him and telling him he was a sinner and he had to accept Jesus and ask forgiveness for his sins. I walked up, gave the homeless man a five and said to the sidewalk preacher, "You know, Jesus would never do what you’re doing." I walked away quickly before he could hit me with his Bible. And I walked away feeling very sorry for Jesus. People keep doing things in his name that are so un-Christianlike.

Well, if I felt sorry for Jesus then, I feel like weeping for him now. Shouldn’t people like Pat Robertson just go start their own religion and leave Jesus out of it?

--Patti Davis - Newsweek/


Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:21 PM in Religion

Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Words cannot adequately express how I feel.
The Enquirer reports that Bob Huggins is being given 24 hours to accept a $3 million buyout of his contract or he will be fired.

This is stupid. This is preposterous. This is idiotic. This is outrageous.

This is the quickest possible way for Nancy Zimpher to take a great program and run it completely and totally into the ground. YOU DO NOT GET YOURSELF INTO A NEW, MORE COMPETITIVE CONFERENCE AND IMMEDIATELY DUMP THE PERSON WHO GOT YOU THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nancy Zimpher has done more damage to my alma mater's prestige in two years than Bob Huggins ever has.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 2:27 PM in Cincinnati
Oh, come on...

What do you think you're doing Pat Robertson?

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested on-air that American operatives assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to stop his country from becoming "a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism."

"We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability," Robertson said Monday on the Christian Broadcast Network's The 700 Club.

--USA Today

Posted by Rob Bernard at 9:38 AM in Religion

Thursday, August 11, 2005
A good look inside Iraq

Michael Yon sends back dispatches from Mosul, Iraq. It's the type of stuff you won't hear on the news here at home where they only take notice when good-guys are killed.

The Yarmuk traffic circle is fantastically dangerous. On the first mission I ran in Mosul, we lost two soldiers and an interpreter, all killed by a car bomb. Others were horribly burned, scarred for life. Many of our wounded and killed soldiers got it right here, or in the immediate vicinity. The ISF takes serious losses in this part of town. But it's not entirely one-sided-- the Deuce Four has killed well over 150 terrorists in this neighborhood in the past 10 months. But almost none of those made the news, and those that did had a few key details missing.

Like the time when some ISF were driving and got blasted by an IED, causing numerous casualties and preventing them from recovering the vehicle. The terrorists came out and did their rifle-pumping-in-the-air thing, shooting AKs, dancing around like monkeys. Videos went ‘round the world, making it appear the terrorists were running Mosul, which was pretty much what was being reported at the time.

But that wasn't the whole story. In the Yarmuk neighborhood, only terrorists openly carry AK-47s. The lawyers call this Hostile Intent. The soldiers call this Dead Man Walking.

Deuce Four is an overwhelmingly aggressive and effective unit, and they believe the best defense is a dead enemy. They are constantly thinking up innovative, unique, and effective ways to kill or capture the enemy; proactive not reactive. They planned an operation with snipers, making it appear that an ISF vehicle had been attacked, complete with explosives and flash-bang grenades to simulate the IED. The simulated casualty evacuation of sand dummies completed the ruse.

The Deuce Four soldiers left quickly with the "casualties," "abandoning" the burning truck in the traffic circle. The enemy took the bait. Terrorists came out and started with the AK-rifle-monkey-pump, shooting into the truck, their own video crews capturing the moment of glory. That's when the American snipers opened fire and killed everybody with a weapon. Until now, only insiders knew about the AK-monkey-pumpers smack-down.

--Michael Yon

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:50 PM in War/Terrorism/Middle East

Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Schmidt beats Hackett in the 2nd CD


Yes, let's all pretend that this is a good sign for the Democrats, that it shows they have a shot in Southwest Ohio and are strong nationally. Let's pretend this is a portent of the Republican party's downfall. Never mind that this was the perfect storm for them and they still failed. They had a Republican opponent with very little name recognition, an unenergized Republican base, strong support from the national party thanks to it being the only race in the country and a Democratic candidate doing his very best to hide his Democratic tendencies and present himself as a Republican... and they still failed.

(None of this is meant to take away from Hackett... he was the best candidate the Dems could put up there and he ran the best campaign he could. He just couldn't win.)

Yeah, yeah, the Democrats' defeat is all because of the racists and the bigots and the homophobes and the misogynists... blah, blah, blah... Is it any wonder the Dems keep losing when so many of them can't cotton to the idea that reasonable people can oppose them and not be stupid, racist, red-necked bigots?

Posted by Rob Bernard at 8:19 AM in Cincinnati , Politics/Government


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