Saturday, December 06, 2003
WTFAre you guys getting the same TV channel I am? 'Cause on mine there's 10 minutes left in the 4th in the Big XII Championship and Kansas State is laying it to Oklahoma to the tune of 35-7. It feels like ABC is playing a prank on me or something.
So this is bad for UT's shot at a bowl game, but, you know, UT really kind of brought that upon themselves by not ending up 35-7 with 10 left in the 4th quarter when they played OU. If Texas has to miss a big game for Mobilehoma to finally fall, so be it.
UPDATE: Didn't know this before now, but ESPN says that no conference can put up three teams for the BCS bowls, meaning that with K State's Big 12 clinch and OU's clear top billing that Texas is out for the count. The single at-large spot will be a toss-up between Ohio State and Tennessee. For what it's worth, I'm rooting for OSU since I'm tired of telling people on the east coast that I went to UT and that meaning University of Tennessee.
All I know is that OU got owned tonight. If they end up in New Orleans after this then all hope is lost.
posted by kriston at 9:56 PM........
Friday, December 05, 2003
Friday Free-for-AllOpen topic for your commenting pleasure: It occurred to me today that 2003 is dwindling to a close and I intend to be ahead of the Best Of curve. Though I guess the old weblog took up way too much of the year, a lot of things did happen, and some of them to me: War. I saw Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time. Wesley Clark. I saw the entire CREMASTER Cycle, a series of films by Matthew Barney, and wound up with his emblem permanently emblazed on my arm. I moved to Washington, DC. Saddam got the boot. Steve-O got das boot. I beat Wizards and Warriors on the NES. The fucking Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the motherfucking Super Bowl.
The last two items tie for the top of my list, but in the broader scope of things, I'd have to say that the #1 best thing to hit the scene in the year of 2003 was Derek Watkins, aka Farnsworth Bentley, P. Diddy's butler-cum-consigliare. I mean, seriously, listen to this description from one of those video music awards shows:
[D]apper Diddy disciple Farnsworth Bentley showed nearly everyone up in a cream suit with a plaid shirt and striped tie. And what he was lacking in fashion — which wasn't much — he made up for in old-fashioned sensibilities. Farnsworth alternated between using an umbrella to shade himself from the sun and using a violin to serenade red-carpet arrivals.Seriously, when that guy's on TV, I'm a happier person. Frankly, I hope that MTV produces an M3 channel that's dedicated to Farnsworth dancing around in a white suit with a big umbrella while Big Boi jams. He's just biding his time, man, and just like Biggie, Puffy's not going to see it coming.
I'm now accepting applications for an Associate.
posted by kriston at 4:08 PM........
Welcome to the Dark SideRoger Simon lets it rip with this one:
So what divides our society now is not the old dichotomy between "liberal" and "conservative," it is those who oppose fascism and those who want to let it be. On this blog, I am going to start calling those sides what they really are -- anti-fascist and pro-fascist.Matthew Yglesias responds by launching a solid fascist salvo in Simon's direction:
In the new paradigm, the party of Good Guys -- Bush, Blair, Simon, Reynolds, etc. -- do endless battle with the dark forces of Fascism -- Saddam Hussein, Howard Dean, Kevin Drum, Osama bin Laden, Jim Henley, and Nancy Pelosi.Sounds about right to me. Hail Clinton!
Kevin Drum, especially—those loafers were meant for goose-stepping.
posted by kriston at 4:06 PM........
You're So Not Getting Any More Missiles From UsIsrael fesses up to its pre-war intelligence, which was right down in the muck with ours and Britain's:
"The failures of this war indicate weaknesses and inherent flaws within Israeli intelligence and among Israeli decision-makers," Brig. Gen. Shlomo Brom wrote in an analysis for Tel Aviv University's Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies.It's by now well-known that poor contributions to Western intelligence extend beyond America's stove-pipe special and Britain's sexy dossiers; SISMI, Italy's intelligence agency, played the key role in the process that turned a Niger molehill into an Iraqi WMD mountain. (See, if you haven't already, Seymour Hersh's enlightening New Yorker piece, which details the 'road map' to war with which the US steered the global community.) But not only is Israel admitting its wrongfulness, Israel's military is the party doing the admitting, and the specific wrongfulnesses for which they can account are shocking:
The report said that when "Israeli intelligence became aware that certain items had been transferred by the head of the regime from Iraq to Syria, Israeli intelligence immediately portrayed it -- including in leaks to the media -- as if Iraq was moving banned weapons out of Iraq in order to conceal them."Damning stuff—I'm sure everyone remembers when conventional wisdom said that Saddam mailed his WMD through Syria. It will be interesting to see if domestic pressure forces Sharon to admit to "big three" status, joining Bush and Blair as Western leaders who have been much less than truthful to their citizenries.
This certainly sounds familiar:
The report added, "A critical question to be answered is whether governmental bodies falsely manipulated the intelligence information in order to gain support for their decision to go to war in Iraq, while the real reasons for this decision were obfuscated or concealed."Right, right. Let us know how that turns out for you, buddy.
Story nod goes to Kevin Drum, but he links to the LAT version rather than the original WaPo. Just one more example of how the WaPo scoops the competition.
Western intelligence could learn a thing or two from them.
posted by kriston at 2:25 PM........
Mission to I don't imagine that George W. Bush could prescribe a worse policy initiative. Pick your jaw up off your keyboard and take a look—this WaPo article strongly hints that our President may suggest another mission to the moon, to precede a manned Mars voyage: