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Barry Bonds Breaks Home Run Record*

Posted by Mike on August 7, 2007

Barry Bonds hit the 756th home run of his career Tuesday night off of the Washington Nationals’ Mike Bacsik. With this historic shot, Bonds passes Hank Aaron as Major League Baseball’s all-time home run leader*.

Reuters photo

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Rome: The Complete Second Season

Posted by Ryan on August 7, 2007

Finally!  Those of us with basic cable can get a chance to indulge in the second half of HBO’s Emmy-nominated series, “Rome.”  “Rome: The Complete Second Season” is available now, August 7, for complete consumption for anyone interested in a great drama set during the generation between the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, from the reign of Julius Caesar (Season 1) to the rise of his heir Octavian, as Augustus (Season 2).

Intertwined in the history are subplots of the irrepressible Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo, tons of ancient palace intrigue, Atia versus Servilia,  Antony versus Octavian/Brutus/Octavia/Himself/Cleopatra, as well as the usual sex, blood and strange religious and social practices we’ve come to expect from this series.  Season 2 historically moves much faster than the first season.  I think they rushed it a bit, especially towards the end, but the story is tight and completes the story begun in Season 1.  It’s actually a shame that they didn’t spread the story out to three solid seasons, but it’s great nonetheless.  I’m buying it!

Pic from UAH History Events blog.

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Giuliani’s Hubris

Posted by Ryan on August 7, 2007

Rudy Giuliani is playing typical political games.  But as a conservative not yet sold on Giuliani I have a problem with his attitude lately.  He believes that he’s the only Republican that can beat She Who Must Not Be Named, that if he were not going to be the Repubican nominee he’d rather have McCain, and that he doesn’t need to participate in the Ames Iowa Straw Poll

I think that he think’s that he’s being politically savvy by essentially saying he’s the only one who can win, he’s helping McCain’s dying campaign be more competitive against Giuliani’s opponents, and that Iowa’s not that important on his path toward coronation.  I’m not sure he can beat SWMNBN since he’d make more conservatives stay home than the other top tier candidates, plus the MSM’s ready to let loose the flood gates of dirt on Rudy.  By supporting McCain for second place, he’s saying he likes the maverick, pro-amnesty Smeagol/Gollum, which may reflect how unconservative he is deep down.  Also, by not putting in the effort in Iowa, he’s taking all of his success for granted.  Iowa and New Hampshire are just a traditional part of the process.  Despite its size, Iowa is an important symbolic place to campaign in the early stages.  McCain’s not showing up because his campaign has nearly collapsed, Giuliani just doesn’t want to go for money reasons: a shallow and transparent excuse.

This kind of hubris may be reflecting the recent Real Clear Politics trends, but I don’t like it.  I think my nominee should not have a sense of entitlement– that’s SWMNBN’s attitude.  I think he should earn my vote, not just expect it.  He had a good debate on Sunday, but he was not the best, clearly behind Romney, Huckabee,  Hunter, and even Ron Paul (for Paul’s ability to make us all laugh!).  The only poll that matters is the one on election day, and with someone with as much baggage as Rudy, he should have a much different attitude in my opinion.

AP photo.

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The New Republic Published Lies About Iraq

Posted by Ryan on August 7, 2007

War is bad enough; one doesn’t need to lie about it.  But apparently, that’s what ‘s been going on in the liberal magazine and online journal, The New Republic.  Three articles written by Private Scott Beauchamp were false, according to Beauchamp’s own statements under oath.  He exaggerated, lied or just made stuff up on most of his “Baghdad Diaries,” according to a military investigation.  None of his platoon could substantiate the morale-destructing claims he made in the various articles.  In fact some of his “Baghdad” anecdotes were from Kuwait!  He initially stood by his statements… until put under oath, then he sang like a bird.

Would you believe that no one seems as shocked as The New Republic editorial staff?  But here’s the real question in my mind:  did The New Republic want to believe Beauchamp?  We’ve seen the MSM’s desire to run our troops through the gutters with stories about Club Gitmo, Abu Graib, and Haditha (whose only evidence contrary to the US Marines were staged videos by local residents themselves).   It’s like the MSM, and Jack Murtha’s ilk, automatically believe our troops are sinister, evil things are happened because of an unjust war, and America should incessantly hang its head in shame.  I personally think that TNR wanted to believe Beauchamp and failed to substantiate anything he wrote thinking that everything he said must be God’s honest truth.  See, they only blindly believe soldiers who are against the war, and thereby, fit their own political agenda. 

Posted in Media Bias, The Iraq Front | 1 Comment »