Monday, February 28, 2005

The Ongoing Cedar Revolt

Freedom continues its drive throughout the Middle East... (h/t, LGF, CNN)
  • BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) -- The Lebanese government abruptly resigned Monday during a stormy parliamentary debate, prompting a tremendous roar from tens of thousands of anti-government protesters in Beirut's Martyrs Square.

How far have we come? Afghanistan's regime - toppled, new elections held; Iraq's regime - toppled, new elections held; Libya's WMD's - deconstructed (or so we are told); "Palestine" - free elections, a possible road to peace (well, that, and if Palestine wages war against Israel once it becomes its own country, then bombing it into nothingness would not be frowned upon as much) and so forth; Egypt - preparing to quasi-democratize itself; and now this.

Chalk up another point for Dubya. It's like the domino-effect in reverse.

(from juniper-ridge.com) [Cedar] grows quickly—typically to full maturity in 15 to 20 years. The diameter of the tree is usually small (usually 14” to 16”), and there are many branches.

Well, Lebanon may not be the big catch a democratic Syria or Saudi Arabia would be, but it's another good move. I certainly hope many "branches" come out of this, just like they have out of every other move we've made in the Middle East.

I think the Lebanese may have missed the 15-20 year part. For that we're thankful.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Evil Glenn's Rehab Clinic... of DOOM (A Filthy Lie)

My first ever entry into the Filthy Lies realm.
This week's assignment, courtesy of The Alliance:

Recent Googling indicates that Reynolds has opened a Rehab Clinic, but details are sketchy.

Details are sketchy no longer, as I have uncovered the terrifying truth.

Tokyo, Japan - "This is Akatsuki Funiwada reporting live from inside Evil Glenn's Japanese rehab clinic for Drug Abusers and Societal Malcontents. This is Glenn... er, excuse me, EVIL Glenn's noted Rehabilitation Center. But is that what it really does?"

University of Maryland, College Park- "Akatsuki", I start. "You don't really think that Evil Glenn is using his rehabilitation center for the sole purpose of rounding up the hobos of society just so he can murder them at a pace thought impossible only one year before, do you?"

University of Tennessee - Evil Glenn rubbed his chin while watching his monitors. "You know," he said to no one in particular, "I was going to just eliminate this Mitsurugi Babaganoosh group, but if they come up with another idea as brilliant as that, I may just have to add him to my empire - to sacrifice to my dark communist give-me-the-ability-to-go-Frank-punching Lord later, anyway." A pause. He looked into a non-existent camera. "What are you waiting for? ...Oh, right. Indeed."

Tokyo - "It's even worse than that, MB. Sure, he's getting these drug addicts and booze-hounds undrugged and unbamboozled, but it's what he's doing with them AFTER that which has me up in arms."

UMCP - "Will you just get on with it already, Akatsuki? I could be blogging about Bratislava or a different foreign city that I could probably spell wrong! Please tell me this is big news."

Tokyo - "Well, you see - he's warping their minds with our children's anime! They've gone from being drunk to speaking really fast and doing stereotypical offensive "martial arts" and stealing cute cuddly plushy things! I'm not surprised to hear myself say this, but Evil Glenn is using the rehabilitation center to turn these people into his mindless slaves!"

UMCP - All of a sudden, everything clicked. Through a network of myriad possibilities, I had determined the True, EVIL purpose of the rehab center - to put the world's supply of cute, cuddly, plushy things all into the possession of one Glenn Reynolds. First it would be the teddy bears. Then it would be the beanie babies. Then it would be the giant stuffed animals that you win in carnivals. It could even be Andrew Sullivan after that! Well, okay, probably not, but knowing Evil Glenn, one can never be too sure...

"Akatsuki!" I yelled (a little too loudly) into the headset. "I want you to go downstairs and see if there's anything else you can find out about this 'Rehabilitation Center' of pure evil!"

Then all the sounds from my headset went off.

University of Tennessee - A truck pulled up to the building housing the office/secret underground lab of Evil Glenn. It backed up next to a seemingly innocuous chute, which proceeded to open. The truck then poured its contents down the chute - and it was full of the plushy stuff. As it fell down into Glenn's lair, he could only help but laugh.

Then the door opened, and Andrew Sullivan entered Glenn's office. "You said you wanted to see me about WHAT crisis involving the Log Cabin republicans? What the? What's going on here?"

As a crane picked up Sullivan and dropped him into Glenn's pit of myriad dolls and plush, Evil Glenn could only help but laugh even harder.

Haloscan

Haloscan commenting and trackback have been added to this blog.

From what basil's blog and Harvey have to say, Haloscan sounds like a good idea.

TerpBlogging 2 Roundup/Rant

Update: 9:10 PM.

After re-reading that, I can see now why Maryland fans are looked upon as some of the worst in the country. We aren't that good of a set of fans, I admit. Fatalistic and vulgar and rude. Not what I'd like us to be, but that's the way we are.

However, the worst fans? No. We're bad, but the worst fans belong to the city of Boston, and New England in general

"Boston?" you say. "How can Boston have the worst fans? They've been cheering on the Red Sox for 86 years before they won a championship. Do you know how tormented that city was?"

First off, the attention span of Boston fans is shorter than any other in the country. If the fact is not "We finally won after 86 years!", they forget all about it. Remember the Celtics' run through the 80's? Neither do they. How about those three super bowls in four years for the Patriots "Dynasty"? I lived in New England since I was born, and never met a single Patriots fan until the AFC Championship game of the 2001 playoffs. Bill Belichick is a genius only in the way he's able to A) Luck out in playing Bill Cowher at home, and B) Get fans to actually attend Patriots games.

(On a related note, I feel sorry for former Pats coordinator Romeo Crennel, who's going to the Browns. The Browns have been so dismal not even Bill Belichick could win the Super Bowl with them. In fact, noted dope Bill Cowher beat Belichick way back in 1994. Poor Romeo.)

That 86 year curse? People in my high school were talking about how cursed they were. Come on - I've been cheering for the Bears in football since 1991, you've been cheering for the Sox in baseball since 1993. Who's had a longer drought? To further this point, my father was born in the mid-fifties and roots for the Indians. If you were born in the sixties and root for the Red Sox, he's still been waiting longer than you did.

Don't get me started on the Bruins (nice team), but as they're known around those parts, the "Who-ins?" New England also let the Whalers' leave without really giving a crap.

Whenever any team of New England's beats you, they have to rub it in your face until you'd like to do serious damage to theirs. And as soon as their team isn't good anymore? They don't mention them again. C'mon - how many of you could actually name the coach of the UConn Huskies in the mid '80s? How many sportscasters could? It's the same way with every sport. BU win the Beanpot? You bet they're gonna remind you of it every thirty-two seconds, whether or not you cheer for college hockey or not.

I enjoy it very much when New England does not win in a contest that they participate in. The last such one of these was the Election. Boy, was I greatful for that. And you know that New England was ready to take a crap on the rest of the country if they had won THAT, too.

Personally, I'm a Rockies fan, but I have to root for the Yankees to take out the Red Sox this season. Hey - maybe it'll be another 86 years before they win it. 19-18, 20-04, 20-90... I can only hope.

For all the Bruins fans who are upset that the season was cancelled, I'm sorry. Sounds like you do actually care. For the rest of you NE sports fans, you need to know what it feels like to not whine and moan about winning.

In conclusion, we at the University of Maryland are very crappy fans. I'll admit it - but if you want to call us the worst in the nation, you've got to be ignoring an entire region of the country.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

The Terpblogging 2

Not looking like a good day for the Terps. We're on the bubble (again, just like last year), and have only two games left before the ACC tournament. It looks to me like the team will have to win 2 out of 3, if not 3 out of 4 in order to get to March Madness.

That would be so simple, if tomorrow's opponent wasn't UNC. Absolutely terrific. For those who can't remember, North Carolina defeated Maryland 109-75. To be fair, it was in Chapel Hill. However, I'm doubting that the Terps can actually beat UNC, even at home. If Maryland does somehow win tomorrow, they're in. If not, then the game March 5 at Virginia Tech becomes yet another must-win. If they lose both of these games, then they're not going to the NCAA tournament. A win at VT would also most likely have to be followed up with at least one win in the ACC tournament. In that case, the opponent would have to be either Duke or Virginia. Not good odds, but it's still a possibility.

Let's see what else is going on in the world of College Hoops.

Sportsline's Gregg Doyel writes a great piece on the John Chaney debacle of last week. All I can add is "My sentiments exactly." Coming from a student at a college where NCAA basketball is king, I have to say that this is not the message any high-schooler looking to 'ball in college should be getting. Chaney's had a good career - perhaps it's time to call it a night.

Duke scored only 58 points in a victory over St. John's today. I don't even know what to make about that, other than St. John's beat a team (N.C. State) that swept a team (Maryland), who swept Duke. So maybe the game SHOULD have been even closer. Just shows how far the ACC has fallen.

Connecticut-Pittsburgh should be a good game, as always. If I had a television, that's the game I'd be watching today. Since it's not the Big East tournament, I'll give the nod to Pitt. (Update: UConn's pulled out to an early lead) That's the game you should be watching too.

As for the Terps, we'll see, tomorrow night at 5:30. Here's hoping for an overtime game, since we tend to win those. ^_^

Friday, February 25, 2005

Which Way To Go?

Hugh Hewitt asks: "Should the GOP leadership in the Senate push to a confrontation with the Democrats over the filibustering of judicial nominees, and if the Dems filibuster even one judicial nominee, should the GOP move to the "nuclear option" of a rule change, even if Harry Reid threatens a Senate shutdown?"

Now, I'm well aware I'm rather new to this blogging-scene, but I decided that since I have about as much journalistic credibility (i.e. none) as some journalists working for MSM, that I could have a legitimate say as well.

The nuclear option is a bad idea. Why? Because it's going to stay in effect for a LONG time. Long enough so that it will still be in power when the Republicans lose power back to the Dems (or the Libertarians, if one is to believe that the Dems are on their last legs). When the Democrats regain control and have the "Nuclear Option" rule change in effect, things won't be so pretty. What if they use it to replace Rehnquist with someone the Dems filibustered, and he's the only one who dies? If Hillary (stop with the "she-who-must-not-be-named childish rhetoric, republican-bloggers) wins in '08, (and even in '12), and the Democrats regain control in Senate (a 55-45 margin is easy enough to overcome in 5 election cycles), what then? Three more judges could die, and the Democrats would get to pick them, thanks to the nuclear option. That's REALLY not good. The "Establishment Clause" of the first amendment really would become the "Separation of Church and State"

Okay, so I'm a pessimist.

However, Hewitt is right in stating that the far-left reaches of the Senate have imposed a true Religious [litmus] Test on all further judicial nominees. If the Republicans won't use this to their advantage, they'll suffer the same fate that they did in 1992: A chance to end the Democratic Party once and for all and blow it by losing to a Clinton. The Republicans, while not using the nuclear option, must make sure the public knows of the far-reaching obstructionism that the Democrats are using. The "Shut-down" of the senate proposed by Harry Reid shows the Democrats for exactly what they are. They sound like children. (And I'm just coming from childhood myself). Whiny children who insist on getting what they want or else no one is able to do anything. The American Public once and for all needs to see what these people are up to. The Judicial Nomination process should be nigh-transparent.

I probably missed the point entirely, but I felt it was worth it. To sum up: Don't go the nuclear route, as it could bite you in the rear at a date 10 or 15 years down the line. On the other hand, do make sure the public sees all the Democratic filibustering, to show the American people how much the Democratic party really does act.

This has been too much baba gannouj for me to handle. Enjoy yourselves.

Celebrity Jeopardy! Episode 1

Alex Trebek walked to the stage with his notecards in hand. He thought the three contestants looked a tad familiar, but would never have guessed that today's show would turn out something like that of the SNL fame.

"Well, we've got three new contestants today on Celebrity Jeopardy, and all three of them have political clout. Our first contestant is Howard, of Vermont. Howard, tell us a bit about yourself."

"Alex, I hate Republicans and everything they stand for." Howard Dean said this to a large round of applause.

"Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself?"

Dean scanned the audience. "Alex, I'd like to congratulate you for bringing this many minorities into the audience. I bet a Jeopardy! cast full of GOP power-brokers couldn't get as many minorities in here unless they invited the hotel staff."

Alex backed up a couple steps, hopeful that none of that was actually filmed. He sauntered over to the second contestant.

"This is Maurice, out of New York. Maurice, tell the audience a little bit about YOURself."

"Well, Alex, my name is Maurice Hinchey, and I'm a legislator out of New York state. Before I say anything else though, I'd like to say that the answer to Final Jeopardy! is Karl Rove."

"Excuse me?"

"I said Karl Rove did it! I don't have any proof, per se, but I have that feeling."

"O...kay. I'm going to check in with our third contestant now. Anything you'd like to tell us that the audience at home would find interesting?"

"Alex, my name is Dan. I held a steady job for 30+ years until a group of salivating lynch-mobbers took me out because they couldn't handle the truth."

Trebek was already thinking about calling it a night, but no. He checked his watch. Twenty-six minutes more of this, and he was free. First, though, he had to get through the opening round of Jeopardy!

"Alright. Let's see what the categories are." He moved slowly from the left side of the board to the right, making sure the three moonbats understood him. "We have "Past Presidents", "Current Affairs" -

Hinchey rang his buzzer. "Jeff Gannon and President Bush! I KNOW IT!"

Trebek looked at him with an extremely puzzled expression. "It's not time yet, Congressman. I ask that you refrain from ringing the buzzer until I actually READ a question. Now, as I was saying. The last four categories are: "Columnists", "Blogs", "Evil Glenn", and "The Number Seven." As is usually the case, the answers to the last category are all 7. Howard, you have control of the board."

Dean eyed the categories suspiciously before finally declaring his choice. "I'm going to go with Past Presidents for 100, Alex. Except I'm taking it for 0 dollars, because capitalism is evil."

"Alright. For 100 dollars,"

"Ahem"

"For 0 dollars, which president recently had a nuclear attack submarine named after him?"

Dan Rather hit his buzzer. "Who is the late great Jimmy Carter?"

Somewhere in the audience, Charles Johnson laughed.

Alex straightened his tie. "Even though technically, he's not dead, the judges say we can give you the question anyway. So you're in the lead with - never mind, you still have nothing thanks to Howard. But now you have control of the board."

Rather shuffled behind his podium. "What do you mean he's not dead? My documents here seem to say otherwise, though I do get that you don't wanna believe that he is. I can't believe it myself. When I heard it, my mood was lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut."

Alex seemed to be running out of patience already. "Just pick a category!"

"I'll take "The Number Seven" for 300."

Deep down, Alex Trebek knew that none of these three contestants would manage the right answer for this question. It just wasn't meant to be. Then he got an idea. "Alright. Take the number of WMDs found in Iraq to date, and add seven. Would someone please give me the answer?"

Dean was first. Trebek figured he had picked something that Dean could not possibly miss. He was to be denied this joy, however, by a technicality. "What is eight?"

"Eight? How in the world did you figure eight? The category is the number seven!"

"Well, I took 7 to start with, and then added the Weapon of Mass Destruction that is Republican/American Hegemony!"

Trebek smacked his forehead. He didn't want to have to move into Final Jeopardy! just yet, so he decided to pick a category himself. "You know what? We're just going to "Evil Glenn" for 500. That's 500 dollars, Mr. Dean, whether or not you like it. In fact, let's just assume that I'm redistributing 500 dollars from me to you. That way, you can take it and actually give it to the charity of your choice."

Hinchey grimaced. "Dean is nothing more than a Rove plant. His "charity" is probably just paying for Michael Moore's food budget. Moore's another Rove plant. That guy has so many plants, he's like a greenhouse. In that vein, did I mention that Karl Rove is responsible for the Greenhouse effect AND for that matter, Global WarmingTM? On top of that, it was Jeff Gannon who then seduced Rove and convinced him to tell Chimpy McBusHitler not to sign the Kyoto Protocol!"

Dan Rather looked up from his documents. "My unimpeachable sources can prove that."

Trebek contemplated putting a gun to his head, but decided to do plan B and actually ask the question.

"Alright. For 500 dollars, would someone please tell me who runs the conservative side of the Blogosphere? As a hint, look at the name of the category."

Hinchey rang first. Trebek suspected the worst, and got it. "What is the Democratic Underground?" Hinchey enquired.

"No. While the Democratic Underground is an interesting read, I believe they would most decidedly take offense at being labeled conservative, Congressman. I would also like to point out that technically, it is not a blog."

"Are you kidding? They run the entire right-wing side of the internet! You see these facts about Rove and Gannon and Bush, and those people at DU aren't talking about them enough! It's some sort of coverup!" Hinchey followed this by actually taking a breath and allowing the anger to leave his face.

Rather was next to buzz in. "Who is Frank J?" Trebek just ignored him and moved onto Howard Dean.

"I couldn't tell you. Like I said, I hate Republicans and everything they stand for."

"I said conservative, not Republican, chairman Dean."

"Same diff- hey, I like that. 'Chairman Dean.' I've heard it somewhere before, but I still like it. I also like 'Mean Dean', but you probably never watched mid 80's WWF/WWE wrestling. That's where I learned most of my fighting skills."

Trebek went back to Plan A1: Final Jeopardy! "Let's just move onto 'Final Jeopardy!', where the category is "The Supreme Court."

A minute elapsed. "Alright - now here's the question: George Bush is trying to eventually move the supreme court to the right to possibly overturn this earlier ruling."

Another minute elapsed. "Alright, it's time to see your answers. First up is you, Mr. Rather. Let's see what you have."

It was a picture. "A man riding on a horse into the sunset. Rather apt, but not the correct answer. I'll donate 100 dollars to your favorite charity out of spite, just because it seems that you don't want to. Next up is."

Dean had re-written his nametag. "Chairman Mao-ward Dean. I don't know what to make of this, but let's see what you wrote. You wrote "Yeargh!"

Dean leapt on top of the podium. "No! It's like this! YEEEARRRRGH!" He then proceeded to run through the entire audience and plowed through an entire section of schoolchildren before busting a hole through the set and exiting.

"Last would be you, Congressman Hinchey. Let's see what you wrote."

The Constitution. "The Constitution? Care to explain yourself for our judges?"

Once again, Trebek had given Hinchey the forum he needed. Once again, it was too late before he realized it. "Well, you've seen what's happened with William Rehnquist. Bush poisoned him to make the job easier. He's going to do this to all four of the 70-year old justices, before replacing them with his right-wing Theocons! I have no proof, but I have a good feeling that his first move will make 13-year old Clarence Thomas the chief justice, followed by the appointments of John Ashcroft, Karl Rove, Jeff Gannon and James Guckert!"

"But Jeff Gannon and James Guckert are..."

"Quiet! That's what Rove WANTS you to think! There's two of them out there, I tell you!"

Alex Trebek looked Hinchey in the eyes and then determined that there would never be another episode of Celebrity Jeopardy! again.

BioBlogging 1

Well, the Washington Times (at least the print edition does) has a story today on the World population reaching 9.1 billion by the year 2050. (That's 8 years after Social Security collapses, for those keeping track of impending crises, and 9.1 thousand million for you British folks). This would be news, if not for the fact that these people (these people being the media in general) have been saying the same thing for at least the past 5 1/2 years. That's right. Even back in 1999 (gasp!), the U.N. (pre-expose) predicted a population of 9 billion for the world of 2050. So why is this news? I really don't know. Perhaps it's because print (even the relatively right-leaning Times), is running out of things to well... print. The only thing I got out of this article that I couldn't already have figured out/already knew, was that the population of India will apparently be greater than that of China by 2050. Then again, I probably should have seen that coming as well.

Enjoy the baba gannouj, but don't forget to share it with your 9,099,999,999 neighbors.

It's An Environmental Construct, Silly

Hopeful Urban Legend Alert:

So I was surfing through the weblogs today when I find a very interesting story. Secular Blasphemy and PrestoPundit seem to have come upon something very disturbing. The jist of it, if you're too lazy to actually read those articles, is that apparently, the Swedish government has decided that a book containing an interview with a certain scientist, Annica Dahlström, is not fit for print. If the interview is removed, the book may be printed.

Why? Because Dahlström states that the differences between men and women are due to both inheritance and upbringing/environment. Apparently, in Sweden, this goes against the law. The Swedish government has established the "fact" that the differences between men and women are only due to society/environment. Here in the US, we haven't come to any conclusion of that sort.

The important thing to note is that the government has established what is fact and what is myth. While the US government bans the teaching of creationism in public schools, for example, this does not prevent book publishers from releasing books debunking evolution. In essence, that's what this story is about. The government has set in stone what is a fact here, and any scientific progress stating likewise is disallowed, ignored, or punished. Something about that just isn't right. Especially for a tolerant liberal society such as Sweden.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

First Look At The '08 Election

First off, I'd like to thank IMAO for including my answers to their quiz. It made me feel better.

Alright. Today, I'm going to take a quick look at the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election. Around the blogosphere, it seems that the front-running candidates would be Condi Rice and Hillary Clinton.

Now, it's been said by many (and you know who you are), that the Democratic Party is on its deathbed and must win in 2008 or face extinction. I can't say that I agree that this is the case. The GOP had their best chance, in my opinion, to knock out the Democrats in 1992, and failed. Just imagine if George HW Bush had won a second term in 1992. No Bill Clinton presidency, for one thing. No Lewinsky scandal. No evil KKKen Starr. Not even Al Gore. Probably the most important thing - no real notice of Hillary Clinton. Who would the Dems have run in 1996? Clinton again? Ted Kennedy? I think it's a safe bet to say that if the Dems had lost in '92, they would have lost in '96 as well.

Now, losses in '92 and '96 instead of 2000 and '04 would have put the Dems at the hand of a nasty statistic - only one election victory in the span of 28 years. That looks a lot harsher than say, the no electoral victories they've had in only eight. I would think that Republicans would have to win in 2008 AND 2012 before we could seriously give the talk about the Democratic Party at Death's Door serious consideration, though I admit a defeat of Hillary Clinton would probably send most left-leaning bloggers into convulsions.

However, it seems to me that Hillary is going to win in 2008. She won't reach 51.5% of the vote like W, (we may never see a challenger from the Democratic Party reach that mark again) and she may not even reach 50% (which hasn't been done by a Dem in how long? 30 years?), but she will win.

Why? Because the republican party is not unified enough. Not to say that the Democratic party is unified at all, but they're more likely than Republicans to vote for the person because of the letter next to their name than Republicans are. (To put it in a better way, Democrats are more likely to vote for the guy who DOESN'T have the R next to his name), whereas Republicans have an easier time casting votes for third party candidates (see 1992).

Who to run though? The obvious choices would in fact be Condi and Arnold. Not because of their credentials, though they both have very good things going for them (much more so Condi, however). The sticking point is, as in real estate, location, location, location. No one who has ever become president has lost their home state (see Al Gore, 2000), and a win in California by either of these two would basically end the election as is. The electoral vote count this year was 286-252. Assuming a switch by Ohio, New Mexico, and Florida to Democrats, and California to Republicans, the Republicans would still win 289 to 249, an even bigger margin. That is not good news for the Democrats.

What's stopping them? Well, for Arnold, his past is way too big to ignore, and he's still an immigrant, which means as of this writing, he can't run. Condi has the problem of never holding elected office. This may not SEEM like a problem, but I would like to see how she handles something like the VP first. Another problem is that she's unmarried. People don't seem to find that a good quality in an elected official. While she could be able to garner some of the female vote and some of the black vote, I don't think it would be enough to put her over the top.

Well, it would be in a two-horse race. If it was just Condi against Hillary, I could see another close one, but that won't be the case. The Conservatives in the Republican Party and the Libertarians in the Republican Party (like my own congressman Rob Simmons, republican in name only, though I do like him) will not be able to stick together for the next four years. They will run a 3rd candidate (not Simmons, of course) who will most definitely siphon off enough votes from the Republicans to tip the election in favor of Hillary.

Subjectively, I can't say that's a good thing.

Okay... maybe that wasn't a "Quick" look, but it's a look nonetheless. What can I say? Other than "Enjoy the Baba Gannouj" of course.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Who The Hell Do I Think I Am (Frank's Quiz)

Answers to Frank J's Blogger Quiz:

1. Who the hell do you think you are?
Why, I'm Mitsurugi, of course. That wouldn't be my real name, but I like it enough for a pseudonym, despite my inherent whiteness.

2. So, other than blogging, what's your job? Do you work at some fast food joint, dumbass?
None currently. Still "trudging" through college.

3. Do you have like any experience in journalism, idiot?
Nope, but I also don't have any experience in lighting cats on fire, but that hasn't stopped me before.

4. Do you even read newspapers?
Actually, yeah. The Day, of Southeastern CT, and the USA Today. Old Gray Ladies piss me off, though, so I stay away.

5. Do you watch any other news than FOX News propaganda, you ignorant fool?
I don't own a television. I survive without it, thank you very much.

6. I bet you're some moron talk radio listener too, huh?
Does Imus count?

7. So, do you get a fax from the GOP each day for what to say, you @#$% Republican parrot?
I get a fax from the Green Party. Those tree-killing bastards! Wasting my trees!

8. Why do you and your blogger friends want to silence and fire everyone who disagrees with you, fascist?
Fascist? Try Stalinist! Wait... no... stay fascist.

9. Are you completely ignorant of other countries, or do you actually own a passport?
I know who the Governor General of Canada is (Adrienne Clarkson). I bet half of Canada doesn't even know that. Then again, I am arrogant, so 98 percent of Canada probably does know that. But do they know what she DOES?

10. Have you even been to another country, you dumb hick?
I grew up in New England. I think that's another country. That, and Canada. (Plus Quebec to please all you separatists out there)

11. If you're so keen on the war, why haven't you signed up, chickenhawk?
If you're so keen on gay marriage, why haven't you slept with members of the same sex? (Question does not apply to Andrew Sullivan) Other than that, I suppose it's because I don't have to. I'll sign up if there's a draft though.

12. Do you have any idea of the horrors of war? Have you ever reached into a pile of goo that was your best friend's face?
This one time at band camp... (nah, best let that old dog lie)

13. Have you ever reached into any pile of goo?
I shook hands with Ralph Nader once.

14. Once again, who the hell do you think you are?!
Your worst nightmare. That is, if your worst nightmare is me. If not, then I'm clueless.

TerpBlogging 1 Roundup

Ouch. Well, UNC did beat Clemson for the 50th straight time at home, and Maryland did beat Virginia, but Maryland then proceeded to lose to Clemson for the second straight time this season and are on the bubble again, much like last season. We have a worse record than Northeastern, for crying out loud. Now, I don't want to sound fatalistic or anything, but it looks like UMD must beat Va. Tech or win the ACC tournament to have any realistic shot at getting in. Not good.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

TerpBlogging 1

Alrighty then. Two games of real note today: The first is Clemson at North Carolina at 1:00.

How does this affect Maryland Terrapins students/fans like myself? Well, it doesn't. But I like statistics, and Clemson at UNC is full of them. What's the storyline for today's game? Clemson has played at Chapel Hill every year for the past 50 years. They have NEVER won there. The all-time series is 114-19 in favor of North Carolina. Is Clemson due to win at UNC? Don't bet on it. UNC wins 72-56.

Game 2: The one all you Terps fans are waiting for: Maryland at Virginia. We need a win to stay in 4th in the ACC standings, and Virginia's looking to avenge the 82-68 loss we handed them earlier in the season, and it's basically do-or-die time for Virginia. Hopefully Maryland brings their "Duke" game and not their "NC State" game. Prediction?: Maryland 73, Virginia 69. (I'm not trying to be biased HERE, folks)

Other predictions for Today, 2/19/05

#1 Illinois will defeat Iowa.
#2 Kansas will defeat Iowa State.
Cleveland state will actually win another game.
#16 Alabama will get upset via their own incompetence in shooting today.
St. Joseph's will beat the abysmal St. Bonaventure. However, the hype over them will be non-existent as opposed to this point last season.
Western Michigan will play Northern Iowa on ESPN2 and no one will watch.
UAB will defeat #24 Cincinnati
#6 BC will defeat #9 Syracuse by 10 or more points.
#18 Connecticut will dispatch Rutgers, doing what their women's team was somehow unable to accomplish this season.

Check back today around 3:30 to 4:30 for LIVE-Terps blogging

Gannouj... not Gannon.

Even though I won't have ANY readers until eighteen months from today, I'll get the first question out of the way right now. This site has nothing to do with the now-infamous Jeff Gannon/James Guckert thingamajig. In an unrelated story, this site doesn't have anything to do with the Eason Jordan thingamajig either, though I do enjoy targeting journalists in Maryland and Virginia. ^_^;; (tis the "you didn't hear that HERE face", buddies)

By the way, if you're not familiar with this story, Kevin of Wizbang has a pretty easy to follow round-up

How to tell Baba Gannouj (Ganoosh) from Jeff (Non-Baba) Gannon.

1. Gannouj is usually a purée of roasted eggplant and tahini, flavored with garlic and lemon juice, according to dictionary.com. Jeff Gannon is not this, though apparently he does enjoy dressing up somewhat. If one of his costumes was in fact roasted eggplant and tahini, then I would have to clarify this point better.

2. Even though both this Ganoosh and Gannon can be found on the internet, Mitsurugi's Babaganoosh does not perform any sort of male escort service. As far as I know, anyway. *rummages through datebook furiously*

3. Mitsurugi's Babaganoosh never had any sort of press pass to the White House, and has only gone by the White House three times. Jeff Gannon did have such a press pass, and apparently asked softball questions. Presidents have had "reporters" like these for years. Except none were male prostitutes, I believe - though we're not sure about JFK's liasons.

4. While neither Ganoosh nor Gannon leaked the Valerie Plame memos, it is doubtful that roasted eggplant could ever leak anything besides eggplant-juice.

5. Mitsurugi's Babaganoosh has never had its closets checked for skeletons by numerous leftist blogs. There's still time though. On a side note, Ganoosh also needs to check his own closet and stop referring to himself in the 3rd person.

6. Jeff Gannon/James Guckert does not, and to our knowledge, has never chanted "Duke Sucks!" during a Maryland Terrapins men's basketball game. He has no idea what he's missing.

7. Jeff Gannon will never gratuitously link to imao.us. I will. And I will do it gratuitously, as stated in the last sentence. If there's anything Gannon does gratuitously, it's probably week-old news.

Now you know the difference between this site and Jeff Gannon. Or at least, I should hope so. If you don't, then I guess I'll have to dress up in an eggplant costume again. Er... um... for the first time. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Anyway, enjoy the baba gannon - GANNOUJ!

First Point of Note

First thing's first (naturally). This isn't a website about food. (Though Baba Gannouj is a rather interesting meal, and muffins are tempting as well).

It's run by me. I'm your typical blogger in all 5 of the stereotypical ways. That, and the pajammies. Do I love those pajammies.

You'll also notice that while the website is titled with the "Baba Gannouj", the web address is titled "Babaganoosh." This is not because of any slang terms associated with it. I just watch Most Extreme Elimination Challenge (MXC) WAY too often.

"Hey, Vic - next up for log drop is some guy named Mitsurugi Babaganoosh!" - Hence, the name. Ain't that something? No? I didn't think so either.

Visit my other blog here: Fans of Dr. Kim - if you want to see what my physics class goes through on a regular basis, anyway. You probably don't want to do that.

The last thing you'll notice is that I have no picture up. This is because I only possess one picture of myself, and it doesn't even have my face IN it. It's more like a shot from the side. So no piccies of me until something actually develops. *insert " >_< " here*

I don't like cameras - what can I say?

Well, what can I say other than... enjoy the baba gannouj.

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