Friday, March 27, 2015

Top 11 Ways To Beat the 37-0 Kentucky Wildcat Basketball Team

11. Bring RICO charges against John Calipari

10. Put them in classrooms across campus before the game so they are disoriented and can't find their way to the arena

9.  Only allow field goals if the shooter can solve a 4th grade math problem

8.  Ban 1 and done players

7.  Let them into the NBA

6.  Tie one hand behind their backs

5.  Pass reasonable rules requiring student athletes to actually be students and athletes

4.  Audit bank accounts of players

3.  Sneak LeBron onto opposing team

2.  Run a lethal level of electric current on the rim (note to Sisyphus, I understand that this wouldn't work as they wouldn't be grounded, but sometimes it's hard to think of 11 ideas)

1.  Make them play a gutty Notre Dame team

Friday, March 13, 2015

Top 11 Reasons Russian President Vladimir Putin Is Missing

11. Shamed by strategic brilliance shown by Barack Obama in Ukraine, Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan

10. Finally dealing with post traumatic stress associated with being repeatedly called Pootie Poot by George W Bush

9.  Helping OJ search for the real killer

8.  Moved to Florida to avoid paying child support

7.  Hiding out in Sicily until the heat is of for the recent murder he committed

6.  Preparing exploratory campaign for 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination

5.  Tracking down everyone who has said something negative about him on Twitter

4.  Binge watching "The Americans"

3.  Off helping the mullahs in Tehran with some sort of negotiation

2.  Russian President among the positions recently eliminated by Target Corp.

1.  Upon reflection, releasing the information about Hillary Clinton's secret e-mail server was a really bad idea

Sunday, March 08, 2015

My Baby, She Wrote Me An E-mail

12/20/2010 09:43 am

From: hdr22@clintonemail.com

To: ritz-carltondc@ritzcarlton.net

Subject: Morons!

Idiots:

I have never encountered such insolence and idiocy in my life. This morning, I spoke at a State Department briefing / Clinton Global Initiative fundraising breakfast. I specifically requested three minute soft boiled eggs. You fools provided eggs that were hard as a rock. You will rue the day you crossed me!

HDR

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12/20/2010 09:51 am

From: hdr22@clintonemail.com

To: humaabedin@clintonemail.com

Subject: Required Contribution

Huma,

Regarding your work lining up foreign backers for my next presidential run: I want to be perfectly up-front with my expectations. We are looking at a $1 billion campaign in 2016. Don't waste your time with tiny contributions. Domestic donors at the $1 million level are acceptable, but if I'm going to be doing favors for foreign governments, I simply must require a minimum commitment of $15 million, with at least 10% up-front.

Now get your ass out their and raise some more money.

HDR

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12/20/2010 09:55 am

From: hdr22@clintonemail.com

To: humaabedin@clintonemail.com

Subject: Another Thing

Huma,

Almost forgot. Let's expand our monthly reports on dirt on my rivals (Republican and Democrat) to weekly.

HDR

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12/20/2010 10:11 am

From: hdr22@clintonemail.com

To: bubba@clintonemail.com

Subject: Don't even think about it!

Bill:

It won't be a very Merry Christmas is you don't listen. You know what I am talking about!

HDR

Friday, March 06, 2015

The Paranoid Style With Jesse Walker



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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Prescience?

I hate it when Hollywood types talk about things like courage. Usually, it's in the context of Reese Witherspoon doing a movie without makeup, or Jennifer Aniston gaining weight for a role. Likewise, when liberals talk about speaking truth to power, they usually mean joining in the choir of criticism of an unpopular Republican (see George W. Bush).

Last week, I made light of the kerfuffle around Rudy Giuliani's comments that President Obama doesn't love America. Real courage involves criticizing someone who has the power to exact a price for such criticism, someone like Vladimir Putin. I invented a Russian named Victor Abalyshev, who made a similar criticism of President Putin. I ended my post as follows:

On a sad but unrelated note, Victor Abalyshev died suddenly last Thursday in a traffic accident. Russian police determined that he was at fault, apparently falling asleep while driving and crashing into a bridge abutment in a one-car accident.

My point being that while our President is a thin-skinned jerk, with a sycophantic media carrying water by criticizing anyone who questions him in any way, we're still better off than Russia, where such criticism takes real courage because it would be dealt with forcefully.

In my post, I assumed that Putin would at least put up a pretense of non-involvement with the murder of his rivals. That's the only aspect of the situation where I was mistaken:

Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down Saturday near the Kremlin, just a day before a planned protest against the government.

Well, that and I got his name wrong. Which really pisses me off, because in an early draft, I had his name as Boris.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Stop The Net Neutrality Law

The issue of Net Neutrality is a particularly complex one. While there are arguments on both sides of the issue, I feel very strongly that enacting such a measure as before congress would endanger free trade as well as free speech by subjecting everyone on the internet to unnecessary government regulation and potential censorship.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Does Putin Love Russia?

In all the kerfuffle over Rudy Giuliani's assertion that President Obama doesn't love America and the media grilling of Scott Walker in search of a response, few have noticed a similar event that took place in Russia.

On February 1, noted governmental critic Victor Abalyshev accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of "not loving Russia," and "lying about how his policies will impact the lives of Russians." The media in Russia hasn't made a big deal of this the way the American media has with Giuliani's comments.

On a sad but unrelated note, Victor Abalyshev died suddenly last Thursday in a traffic accident. Russian police determined that he was at fault, apparently falling asleep while driving and crashing into a bridge abutment in a one-car accident.