Thursday, November 10, 2005

COM: Blogarithmic #53

According to Deathclock i am already two years past my due date. No flowers please.

Desperate, dangerous, and treasonous . . .
A confidential memo circulating among senior Republican leaders suggests that a new attack by terrorists on U.S. soil could reverse the sagging fortunes of President George W. Bush as well as the GOP and "restore his image as a leader of the American people."

The closely-guarded memo lays out a list of scenarios to bring the Republican party back from the political brink, including a devastating attack by terrorists that could “validate” the President’s war on terror and allow Bush to “unite the country” in a “time of national shock and sorrow.”

The memo says such a reversal in the President's fortunes could keep the party from losing control of Congress in the 2006 midterm elections.
Read the rest of this garbage here.

Arctic Drilling abandoned . . . for now.

From the NRDC:

Fantastic news! Late last night, after months of intense pressure from millions of pro-environment activists like you, the House leadership dropped its plan to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as part of the budget bill.

In the end, they were forced to retreat after some 22 courageous Republican Congressmen stood their ground and promised to vote against their own party's budget if it sacrificed America's greatest wildlife refuge. With every single Democrat also opposing the budget, the leadership blinked.

It was the kind of showdown at high noon that restores one's faith both in democracy and the sanctity of America's natural heritage.

Make no mistake: we must now remain vigilant. Senate and House negotiators could still revive the Arctic drilling provision when they hammer out a final budget measure next month (the Senate version of the budget includes Arctic drilling).

If that happens, we'll be calling on you to shore up Republican moderates in the House who have promised to oppose and defeat any such last-ditch ploy to sneak Arctic drilling into the final budget legislation.

But last night's development is a stunning setback for President Bush, for Congressional leaders, and for the oil lobby -- all of whom vowed that 2005 would be the year they finally pried the Arctic Refuge out of the clenched hands of the American people.

And it is a huge -- and I mean HUGE -- victory for all of us in the environmental community.

Just one year ago, Washington insiders were saying that Arctic drilling was a done deal. President Bush was claiming a post-election mandate to industrialize the Arctic Refuge, and the pro-oil contingent of the Republican Party had just tightened its majority grip on both houses of Congress. You couldn't find a pundit anywhere who would give us a wisp of a chance.

But millions of people like you did the impossible! Petition by petition, phone call by phone call, contribution by contribution, you helped us turn the tide in one of the toughest uphill political battles of the past decade.

Although this battle may not be over, yesterday was a red letter day for the Arctic Refuge -- the greatest day since it was first protected by Congress 25 years ago -- but it is much more than that, too. It is a triumph for America.

November 9, 2005 was the day that nature prevailed over corporate greed, that beauty triumphed over a dead-end energy plan. It was the day we reminded Washington that preserving wilderness is a core American value -- and that we intend to keep it that way.

During yesterday's hearings on recent record oil industry profits, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) told the oil executives, "People are concerned about fairness and justice at a time of sacrifice. Your sacrifice appears to be nothing."
Learn more about ExxonMobil at

It is also featured in this morning's New York Times article about the hearings:"Senators Grill Oil Executives on Profits and Prices,"

1. "In heated hearings, oil bosses defend big profits," MSNBC, November 9, 2005 at

2. "Exxon profits hit fresh US record," BBC News, October 27, 2005 at

3. "Business sees Gains in GOP Takeover," Washington Post, March 27, 2005 at

4. "No Disruption In Flow Of Oil Company PAC $," Political Moneyline, November 8, 2005 at

5."Big oil CEOs under fire in Congress," CNNMoney, November 9, 2005 at

6. This section is from and the 5% figure is from the Friends of the Earth report at

7. "House Shelves Alaska Drilling in Budget Fight," New York Times, November 10, 2005 at


First, i wrote that i thought Highland Park had a bye for the playoffs. Turns out apparently that they are playing Texarkana in Tyler tomorrow. Go Scots!

The other day i talked some about how i thought A&M had made monstrous mistakes in the driving off of coaches Emory Bellard and R.C. Slocum. The San Antonio Express-News published an article talking about Dennis Franchione's start (.485) the next day, and i was rather stunned by a comparison of the coaching records of all Ag coaches since Bear Bryant. Guess who had the best records during that time period, better even than Bear Bryant (.636)? Bellard (.676) and Slocum (.715). And while Slocum inherited a scandal-ridden program, it at least had been winning; Bellard on the other hand inherited a program in severe decline and suffered through a couple of lean years before building that record -- in my opinion, the most impressive stretch since Bryant. Don't even think about talking to me about the disgusting Jackie Sherrill (.648) or the disastrous Tom Wilson (.525). I rest my case.

Soccer News:

Catch the US National Team take on Scotland on Saturday, live on Fox Soccer Channel at 11 AM ET. Bruce Arena has named the 20-man roster, with three newcomers in the mix.

Then on Sunday, the 2005 MLS Cup will showcase the LA Galaxy and the New England Revolution at 3:30 PM ET on ABC. It's the same match-up as in 2002. Major League Soccer announced that the game, the League's 10th championship game, to be played on Sunday, November 13, is officially sold out (20,453 seats in the current configuration of the stadium).

Interesting article on Freddy Adu here.

And a columnist on Landon Donovan here.

And from the U.S. National Team Players Association:

In celebration of the 10th season of the team, the San Jose Earthquakes announced the club's all-time Best XI team - Joe Cannon, Jeff Agoos, Troy Dayak, John Doyle, Wade Barrett, Richard Mulrooney, Ronnie Ekelund, Brian Mullan, Eddie Lewis, Landon Donovan, Ronald Cerritos.

Major League Soccer today announced that San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Dwayne De Rosario has won the Sierra Mist Goal of the Year award for the second year in a row.

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