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Confounding the calumniators and apostates
I have made some adjustment to my personal website. I invite you to comment and suggest how I can make it better.
JC: maybe you are too a fan of chess?
My friend X is visiting and told me about this humorous blog. He said some of you are in
He says you are all obsessed with the outcome of the upcoming football match. I know very little of your football, but X brought me some videotapes of both the Seahawks and Steelers. From a stylistic point of view, I would say the Steelers are the 19th-century team, the equivalent of the railroad crew, moving forward only, relying on strength and discipline to defeat the forces that oppose them. One can almost hear the buffalo and Indians dying as they march down the field.
But the Seahawks demonstrate the superior understanding. The west coast offense is rigid, disciplined – an apparently closed and inflexible system. Yet at its core is this man Hasselbeck, wild, undisciplined, capable of anything, a dancer of chaos, interrogating the structure with his laughter and mad yearning for freedom. This is beautiful, and I hope they will triumph.
All the best,
JC at OMA
I'll miss blog entries from Dr. X (due to the new law), and I'll also miss receiving porn-Spam like the classic repeated in its entirety below, just into my inbox, which is funny on so many levels. To me, it reads like some avante garde Asian-language poetry whose translation has gone weirdly awry. With apologies to the author, identified in the message header as one Mckenna Lavelle.
Lay and Skilling meet the jurors. ''We are not looking for people who want to right a wrong or provide remedies for those who suffered in the collapse of Enron,'' (Federal Judge) Lake said. -NYT
How many Super Bowl teams do you think have started four rookies on defense? Seahawks have two rookie linemen and two rookie linebackers.
Administration inconsistency, incompetence and ideological interference help ruin Haiti too. NYT.
The Bush administration tries to stop its top NASA climatologist - attempting to precensor lectures and papers.
A steal at $220,000.
Some years ago the labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan wrote a fine book called Which Side Are You On? Trying to Be for Labor When It's Flat on Its Back. (Some of his concrete advice to unions is here. He's also written a more recent book on the rule of law, or lack thereof, thoughtfully reviewed here.)
It's about what you think it is, from Between the Buried and Me. Video has a guy writing NO! all over himself with a Sharpie, which covers a lot of the Alaska experience if you ask me. If you haven't read vastly overwrought hardcore rock reviews in a while, try here.
On the "it list": Hugh Laurie
Super rapid, 30 day production of -bird flu vaccine for birds. One of those little stories that might save 500 million people a few years from now.
(Enjoy the long-loved, long suffering old Seahawks Logo.)
Wikipedia's featured article today is on the Imperial Japanese Navy. It's not bad, but for a maniacally detailed analysis there is no substitute for combinedfleet.com, which is beyond category in every respect. Their summary page of the Pacific War gives the best overview I've ever seen of the naval war against Japan, along with the ability to drill down to detailed descriptions of all the major battles in the context of the broader campaigns.
I laughed at Doonesbury today. Haven't said that in a couple decades...
A Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times poll taken this week as Bush prepares to deliver his annual State of the Union speech shows that the president wins the approval of only 43 percent of the public, a 7-point drop from a year ago. Three out of five say America is seriously off course, and by 62 to 31 percent those surveyed want to move in a different direction than the one Bush has set forth.
Can you believe it? Nearly a day has gone by without a Seahawks posting.
"Do we need more “Latinas Gone Crazy” actresses in this nation, truly?"
Despite our subtle diplomacy, Canadians have heeded the suggestion of our envoy, and voted out the Liberals, choosing a Conservative Prime Minister for the first time in over a decade. His message to the U.S. government: Fuck off.
Google caves to Chinese censorship. Like a lot of major media outlets, possibly unexcited about offending the enormogiantus Google, the LA Times regards this as a minor compromise.
"I don't support our troops...It's as if the one lesson [pacifists] took away from Vietnam wasn't to avoid foreign conflicts with no pressing national interest but to remember to throw a parade afterward."
I have read with interest the reams of statistical information about football evaluation posted here of late. But let me point out the elegant simplicity and accuracy of the charming Craig Ferguson's logo analysis technique. (See "Craig's AFC and NFC Predictions.")
Standing up to Iran would have worked in 2000, before our government sought to destroy precisely the kind of international mechanisms that would allow a successful confronta...hold on...
"Seattle MLB Lofa Tatupu, with three tackles, an interception, a hit that knocked Carolina running back Nick Goings out of the game, and a complete mastery of a defense. That's rare for a first-year player. I remember Dr. Z talking so highly about Tatupu around draft time, and everything he said has come true. The kid's a brilliant playmaker and runs a new defense like he's been in it 10 years -- even with the mild concussion that he suffered against Carolina."
It's hard to overstate how please I am with Seattle's defense. Here's a summary comparing averages from the regular season (with the regular-season leader in parentheses) against the two playoff games (with the Steelers' comparable playoff stat in parentheses).
"Senator Clinton is not alone among those Democrats who are urging tough action against Iran. Senators Bayh and Bill Nelson have also taken exemplary positions. Maybe, just maybe, the Democratic National Chairman can establish that his dovishness is limited to Iraq.
One side effect of too much BBC reading is an unnatural awareness of British politics. Which can be very entertaining. The center ring currently is the Liberal Democratic party, whose leader resigned because he drinks a lot (a rather amazing thing to do in the UK where drinking and politics go together like peanut butter and jelly).
"Frankl calls depression, addiction, and aggression the mass neurotic triad. He refers to research that shows a strong relationship between meaninglessness (as measured by "purpose in life" tests) and such behaviors as criminality and involvement with drugs. He warns us that violence, drug use, and other negative behaviors, demonstrated daily on television, in movies, even in music, only convinces the meaning-hungry that their lives can improve by imitation of their "heroes." Even sports, he suggests, only encourage aggression."
After the longest drought of Bush abuse on Eisengeiste ever, I flood the well with a video speculation about his return to drinking from TV's Craig Ferguson.
Chirac: "Leaders of states who would use terrorist means against us, just like anyone who would envisage using, in one way or another, arms of mass destruction, must understand that they would expose themselves to a firm and fitting response from us... This response could be conventional. It could also be of another nature."
So "Starboard" is still a good word. Mostly the vast freighter screwed up - there are often 2000 people on the ferry, with both the right of way and a sort of moral authority.
Ferry officials blame the (Dec 20) near-collision on communication errors and on Jamison not acting quickly enough to move away from the bigger boat. The Wenatchee is 460 feet long and weighs 3,000 tons, and the container-filled Knud Mærsk measures 1,044 feet and weighs between 50,000 and 70,000 tons.
According to the report, the ferry had the right of way, but Jamison said she would reduce speed so the freighter could pass.
At one point the pilot of the freighter said, "I can see your red light," but Jamison thought he said he was turning right, the report said.
Posted on a motorcycle forum I frequent. Worth reading to the end...
KCBS in San Francisco is running an ad about the momentous episodes of history, the times when you remember exactly where you were when you heard the news. Included:
Likely events next game:
With the New Year well underway, the troubles of Kazaa are well documented, amounting to a legal poker game overshadowing longstanding pop culture icons such as Britney Spears and Pamela Anderson. Here at Eisengeiste, of course, our sights have been set on the NFL, as our beloved Seahawks are destined to run the table, making their opponents look like Pokemon or Paris Hilton.
But I notice our traffic picked up quite a bit right around the time football season started.
A brief pause in our worship of the Seahawks to consider hilarious blog entry about an upcoming feature film:
Excellent profile of the Seattle offensive line, here.
Surprisingly quick, and surprisingly astute.
Lose your best player, the league MVP? Just win, Baby.
Chris Patten's new book is good.
Any plans to go boating in the Barren Islands or Kamishak Bay this weekend should probably be deferred. The marine forecast, reprinted below, predicts fast moving flows of hot debris. And six foot seas with freezing spray. Otherwise, might make for a nice outing.
In this scientific analysis, it is determined that San Francisco is a Beta World City, along with Sydney, Toronto, and Zurich, and with nine points just one point shy of Alpha World City status.
Lately, Ted Stevens has presented himself as an irresistable target to Jon Stewart. See him and Robert Byrd in a good, old fashioned, COOT-OFF!
From today's NYT on drinking in Britain:
Churchill began each day with a whisky and soda; he "slurped through the war on a tidal wave of Champagne and brandy," writes Ben Macintyre in The Times of London. Drink also featured heavily in the life of George Brown, a Labor foreign secretary in the 1960's, who is once said to have stumblingly invited a guest in flowing purple robes at a reception in Peru to dance. But it was not to be.
"First, you are drunk," the guest is said to have replied. "Second, this is not a waltz; it is the Peruvian national anthem. And third, I am not a woman; I am the Cardinal Archbishop of Lima."
This chart probably explains it all.
Dick Morris: "...[T]he data are becoming overwhelming that the nation is moving left and is likely to stay that way through at least the 2006 election — and, if President Bush doesn’t adjust, for a lot longer."
"The Tuesday Morning Quarterback Non-QB Non-RB NFL MVP: Walter Jones, Seattle. There's a reason Alexander led the league in rushing, and that reason is fabulous blocking. There's a reason Alexander had 15 untouched touchdown runs, and that reason is fabulous blocking. There's a reason most of Alexander's record-setting tally of touchdowns occurred when he was running left, and that reason is that the left side of Seattle's line -- Jones at tackle and guard Steve Hutchison -- is fabulous. Repeatedly this season, Jones just leveled the man in front of him, even when the defense expected Alexander to run left: for instance in the Blue Men Group-Eagles game on Monday Night Football. Repeatedly when Alexander broke into the secondary, the very large Jones has hustled to accompany him: Check the tape of Alexander's 52-yard touchdown against Tennessee, Jones made the finishing block 20 yards downfield. And repeatedly, Jones got no help in passing blocking: not needing a back or tight end to help the left tackle freed more targets for the Hawks' passing game. If ever an offensive lineman should have been the NFL MVP, it was this year, and it was Walter Jones."
The NFL website todays asks the burning question: "who can beat the Seahawks?"
An East Coast sports columnist for the Washingtong Post - that really respects the Seahawks.
Here is the evolution of the ESPN Power Rankings of the Seahawks this season. Some highlights:
(For those of you non-NFL-loving Eisengeisters who are tired of our endless Seahawks posts, all I can ask is, "When did you start hating America?")
I can't find any reference to the Alito confirmation chairs and the holy oil, either on Google News or (more authoritatively) on Fark. Do you have a link?
If you enjoyed the "Lazy Sunday" video from SNL you might be interested to look at some of their other pre-SNL work.
The Wall Street Journal has just reported that three Christian ministers claim to have snuck into a Senate hearing room in order to anoint the chairs that will be used for Samuel Alito's confirmation hearing next week.
A detail I had missed in the massive Abramoff scandal was the fact that he was a lobbyist for Preston, Gates, and Ellis in Seattle ( and of course Anchorage. ) Preston, Gates, and Ellis received a lot of money for their work through Abramoff, how else to put it, developing the sweat shop industry in Saipan, where American citizens receive the limitless benefits of unregulated capitalism. (I speak with a note of bitter sarcasm here.) The relationship started in 1994 and went until 2001, when Abramoff suddenly bailed.
Lawrence Eagleburger, secretary of state for Bush's father, said when talking to the president there is a tendency to be restrained in expressing opposing views.
Abramoff does the perp walk.
Fresno Bee misidentifies unknown person as convicted murderer. Sorry about that...