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Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Stephen Den Beste is scary intelligent. That, in combination with great writing talent makes him lethal. Just read the 5-part piece.

Tunku Varadarajan has a piece today on opinion journal about newspapers: why we read them, what it says about us, ets. However, I have to take exception to one of his closing lines:
And The Wall Street Journal is just a dollar, less than a cup of undrinkable coffee from your nearest street-corner vendor.

I dont want to call Mr Varadarajan a Starbuck's snob, but I am sorely tempted, because the dollar coffees you get at the street carts at the corner of almost every street in Manhattan is some of the best coffee I've ever had, and vastly superior to the regular brew you get at Starbucks. It may vary a little from cart to cart, but they are run by the same companies and stocked with the same items. Sure, it helps that its a heck of a lot cheaper than Starbucks, but it really does taste better. Back when I drank coffee, Id have 2 cups a day, one in the morning, and the 2nd during a break where a few of us from the office all went together. And yes, we had the Starbucks option nearby, but all preferred the cart.

Monday, April 29, 2002

Tom Daschle wants us to "finish the war on terrorism" before we start a war with Iraq. Where the hell has Senator Daschle been? The war to come with Iraq is part of the war on terrorism.


Two heroes of Palestine dressed up as Israeli soldiers and shot their way through a residential neighborhood. They went house to house, kicking down doors and shooting whoever they found. Whatever legitimate grievances the Palistinians may have, do they really expect us to believe that this is the face of an oppressive, genocidal Israel?

Danielle Shefi

One of the terrorists depraved assholes found Shira Shefi sitting on a bed with her 3 young children, so he sprayed them with bullets. 5-year-old Danielle was killed.

How brave.


During his big league career, Darryl Strawberry struk out 856 times so he should be very familiar with the saying "three strikes and you're out". One would think that after having been given 5 strikes in various courtrooms, he would realize that he was living on borrowed time and maybe change his ways. Now, for violating his probation, Straw has been given 18 months in prison.

His drug use in his playing years snuffed out what was as close to a sure thing Hall of Fame talent as there has ever been. Now he has officially struk out in life. Maybe this will finally motivate him to get some help. What a waste...

I am reposting the information below because it came up on a few google searches. While surfing around there, I discovered that photodude experienced search hits as well. I admit that even though I have perused Ms Majette's website, I am not able to vote in that district and thus fall more into the ABC (anybody but Cynthia) crowd. I think that Cynthia McKinney represents everything that is wrong in politics today: it is all about raising money and making sure that "we" beat "them". The "we" and "them" are Democrats and Republicans interchangeable yet always opposed. I don't care to which party someone belongs, critical reasoning, honesty and common sense are traits that weigh very heavily in whose favor I cast my vote. Knee-jerk blame tossing, politico posturing, and strict following of the party line are the coward's way out. Having a misinformed opinion on an issue is not a problem; however, it is a politician's duty to find the truth. If, even after overwhelming factual evidence proves them wrong, they still cling to their opinion, they are not fit to vote on legislation that will impact my life. I think more and more people are starting to make the realization that the people they vote for are not really working for them, and I think there is quite a shakeup comming in November.

That being said, I don't think it is wrong for "Representative" McKinney to think that an investigation is needed for the government's failures before Sept 11. I don't think it would be wrong for her to launch her own investigation, or to recommend one to the Democratic leadership in Washington. HOWEVER, it IS wrong for her to just come out and publicly call for an investigation without having a single piece of hard evidence that would support such a call. She did it to hurt the President, and she did it to get herself on the front page. She has demonstrated that she cannot be trusted to get anything real accomplished. She must go.

Photodude goes into Ms Majette's qualifications more in depth. Of more importance, it seems that he actually is in her district and will have the privilege to vote against her if he so chooses.

Cynthia McKinney's opponent in the July 16 Democratic primary is Judge Denise Majette. Her campaign website is and there is a form there you can use to make a credit card contribution, or you can mail checks to:
755 Commerce Drive
Suite 102
Decatur, GA 30030

Friday, April 26, 2002

Why are some people so confused about who is right and who is wrong? They waste thousands of words on the "issue", yet this artist manages to do it without using a single one (well, 8, but you know what I mean). Cartoon from Perry de Havilland.
Tuesday, April 23, 2002
Went to the free BNL show today in Bryant Park. Was great, wish I had seen them before now. Their onstage banter really separates the show from others.

I want to thank the following for helping me to get to the show:

Thanks to all of you!
Monday, April 22, 2002
There seems to be more "shock" and "outrage" among the intellectuals in France than it first seemed there would be for a primary election. After all, they are more "advanced" than the cowboy states of the world. Come all immigrants, we can support you indefinately because we are tolerant and will above all, attempt to understand you. Don't want to assimilate? Don't! We will be one big Europe soon enough and there will be no more need for something as simplistic as national identities. Le Pen carried his usual anti-immigrant hawks that he takes every 7 years, but he also got some of the 49% who voted to not join the the EU in the first place, and some from those most immediately affected by the crime brought in by immigrants who dont care in what country they reside, but only that they get a free ride from the taxpayers:
His victory speech last night was an appeal to "the excluded, you the miners, the steelworkers, the workers of all those industries ruined by the Euro-globalization of Maastricht, you the farmers forced into ruin, you the first victims of crime in the suburbs and cities." Some of this is protectionist claptrap, but some of it is also a revolt against policies devised for, of, and by the European liberal elites.

Quote lifted from Andrew Sullivan

Ultimately, in order to avoid a guy like Le Pen actually winning the whole thing in the future, the French "elites" are going to have to get together and really think about what in their domestic policy could have prompted so many to be so mad. They need to ask themselves: "Why do we hate us?"

UPDATE: Den Beste, one of the best talents writing on the net, expands upon the roll of free elections in a society which still seems to view government as being a shepherd to the people, rather than being answerable to the people:
There's clearly a major disconnect between how things have been governed in France and what a hell of a lot of French voters really want. They're not in a majority yet, and by all accounts Le Pen is going to get massacred in the runoff election. But that disaffected 18% isn't going to go away. It strikes me that someone in the French Government had better start trying to find out just what it is that the 18% want, and figure out how to give them at least some of it. You cannot ignore one fifth of the population.

In a true democracy, the government serves the voters. It worries me that the rhetoric I'm hearing is all about how the government can try to control those voters rather than to serve them. If that attitude is taken too far, the result is revolution. Despite what the elite think, even they can't govern without the consent of the governed.

"They're too stupid to know what's good for them" is an attitude best left in the 19th century.

The whole story is here.
Sunday, April 21, 2002
I haven't been following this, but I will be now. Jean-Marie LePen has finished 2nd in the first presidential election and will face off with Jacques Chirac in a runoff. My first reaction was "oh no". When I lived in France, I remember him as a fringe extremist whose Front Nationale was a pretty minor player. However, now, after years and years of massive arab immegration - not a problem in and of itself - he has played his cards right. The best comparison with an American would be Pat Buchannon. The man has a lot of negatives, but if he wins, I think it may be a good thing for the war on terrorism. France has a huge arab immegrant community and a huge welfare state, and is a popular place for those who would not assimilate, live off the state, and make their plans.

There really is no chance for him to win. The 1st casting of ballots is generally used by voters to send a message, the second is the one they use to vote for who they want to be their President. A NYTimes paper describes it as first vote is with your heart, second is with your head.

If somehow LePen does manage to pull off the win, there will be alot of "shock" and "outrage" expressed among the European elites (even more than there is now), but will they understand the real message: Stop pandering to the interests of Brussels, listen and work for our people, or else you're out. Nothing is more responsible for the rise of LePen than the dissatisfaction of the French people with their current leadership. It would probably be a tough 7 years for the country; all anyone could do would be to hope that the man does what he says needs to be done, and doesn't revert back to his more extreme and racist past.

UPDATE: I should let a European who knows alot more about the current state of things in Europe do the talking. David Carr over at Libertarian Samizdata has an excellent take on this election, as well as similar movements in Holland, Denmark, and Austria and Italy:
The massive third world immigration into Europe in the last twenty years or so has seen the system stretched to breaking point resulting in a surly, resentful and thoroughly balkanised polity that is starting to express itself through people like Le Pen in France and Pym Forytun in Holland. The ossified Eurocrats are starting to reap what they have so blithely sewn.

Read the whole piece, as well as others on the same subject.
Friday, April 19, 2002
CNN has become the MTV of cable news. Empty-V has had TRL (Total Request Live) for some time. CNN is now abbreviating Talkback Live as TBL.
The Palistinians cut their own water supply and used the pipes to make bombs:
We cut off lengths of mains water pipes and packed them with explosives and nails. Then we placed them about four metres apart throughout the houses -- in cupboards, under sinks, in sofas.

"Innocent" women and children knew about the bombs:
According to Omar, everyone in the camp, including the children, knew where the explosives were located so that there was no danger of civilians being injured.

They also helped lure the IDF into the slaughterhouse:
"They were lured there," he says. "We all stopped shooting and the women went out to tell the soldiers that we had run out of bullets and were leaving." The women alerted the fighters as the soldiers reached the booby- trapped area.

Who is speaking in the 1st person, you ask? Omar, a Palestinian engineer who managed to escape to Egypt and gave his account to the Egyptian Al-Ahram Weekly.

This won't make the mainstream press without some help. I am forwarding the content of the article to various news agencies. It's becomming more and more clear who the perpetrators of "slaughter" are, and who needs to be prosecuted to war crimes *cough*Arafat*cough*.
Thursday, April 18, 2002
I was doing some math calculations to show that CAIR's claims of what happened to their data are impossible, but Max Power beat me to it:

[CAIR's response to Glenn Reynold's email]:
User (I can provide you with the IP address) logs in to the CAIR website. They disable their browser cookies (allowing them to vote multiple times). They voted exactly (as per the logs) exactly 8,056 times. We purged the poll of 8,055 duplicate polls. We also purged a number of other multiple votes (including YES answers). The number of "NO" answers go down drastically. CAIR is seen as manipulating the votes to their advantage. To avoid such confrontation - the poll is taken down.

CAIR is lying.

Before, CAIR's poll showed 95-5 against with 11,168 votes. Let's be conservative, and say the real number of yes votes was 5.49%. That would mean 613 votes for and 10555 votes against.

If 8055 multiple NO votes were purged, the number would be 613 YES and 2500 NO votes, for a 80-20 NO ratio.

Instead, CAIR posted a poll showing 90-10 voting YES with 2176 total votes. So, CAIR did more than subtract 8000 alleged duplicate NO votes. They subtracted over 10,000 NO votes and added over 1000 YES votes!

The CAIR webmaster's story is simply a lie.

The hole is getting deeper, what will they come up with next?
A small plane has crashed into the tallest building in Milan, the Pirelli tire company. The president of the Italian senate has declared it a terrorist attack, apparently because the explosion was much too large for a plane that size.

UPDATE: the pilot apparently sent an SOS before hitting the building, but it is very suspicious.

UPDATE II: Thierry Meyssan has taken up his pen, but with a twist. Instead of blaming the Italian government, he will be blaming the US again.

UPDATE III: Seriously, though, this has happened, of course it would have been better for many lives if it had not. However, I think it will be better in the long run if this turns out to not be an accident. The rest of the West needs to come to the understanding that this is their problem as well.
Wednesday, April 17, 2002
Maureen Dowd strikes again at men by responding to emails she got after her last tirade against us. Not as bad as most of her knee-jerk typing (knuckle-jerk?), but one of the email quotes caught my eye, lets see if you can guess which one:
"For months," writes Yeung-Seu Yoon of Toronto, ...
Kevin Johnson from Chicago: ...
Wright Salisbury writes ...
One guy sums up the male dilemma with a Joni Mitchell line: ...
... writes Mike "not Mormon" Dropkin of Sugarhouse, Utah. ...
Steven Greenfield agrees: ...
Anthony Santelli writes about career women in their late 30's: ...
Patrick Partridge from Fort Collins, Colo., says, ...
Ray Lewis admits ...
Adam Rogers, who was ...
And my friend Paul Costello opines: ...

Do any of those jump out and grab you? Of course, they are all identified by name except for "one guy". And what did "one guy" say?
One guy sums up the male dilemma with a Joni Mitchell line: "You don't like weak women, you get bored so quick. And you don't like strong women, 'cause they're hip to your tricks."

Why, of all respondants, was this one not named? I'm not going to come out and make a direct accusation, because I do not have access to Ms Dowd's email box, but this smells alot like a Mike Barnacle - it's too perfect - without this line, she could not justifiably continue the condescending tone she takes in this piece that she began in the original. In the middle of a bunch of rather tame quotes from men, the majority of whom are either not intimidated by smart women or would actually prefer one (count me among that group), we find one that is more than she could have possibly ever dreamed to receive . I would venture to guess that this line probably sums up exactly how Ms Dowd feels about mens' attitudes toward women. I bet shes also a big Joni Mitchell fan.
I'm always hearing things like our satellites can read "the date off a dime" or "we can track a license plate" from space. Uhhhh not quite.

Spaceimaging offers us a look at what pretty advance satellites are capable of. They offer pictures taken of popular places on earth (I have cropped their picture of the pyramids at Giza as a desktop image), or you can rent time and get a photo of a particular place taken. They have 1 meter and 1/2 meter resolution cameras. The 1/2 meter means that you can pretty safely determine the difference between a sedan, coupe, pickup, or SUV, but you are not going to be able to do anything like read the date off a dime. I realize, of course, that military satellites are more powerful than commercial birds, but the lines that comprise the date on a dime are less than a millimeter thick. You would need to be 3 orders of magnitude more powerful than the 1 meter resolution satellite at spaceimaging. Take a dime out of your pocket, hold it at arm's length, and try to read the date. I can barely do it in very good light.

Now, I am willing to believe that the military can read a license plate - on the condition that it is laying number side up on the ground. Similar test: get a letter you received in the mail, hold it at arm's length; now rotate it away from you 90 degrees. Can you read it now? Thats the angle satellites would be seeing the plates. Even if the military could still make out the number, imagine being a satellite technician at the NSA. Your boss comes in, points at a map of the US, and says, "Johnny, find me NH licence plate 971508."

Whenever I hear people saying things like the above as proof of their assertion that our government should have been able to do something, or missed some grand opportunity, I apply a grain of salt about the size of a rubic cube to everything else they say. They have been watching too many paranoid hollywood movies.

If anyone out there really does know what we are capable of, Id love to hear from you. I may email Den Beste to see if he knows.

DISCLAIMER: NH 971508 was my licence plate for 8 years. It was attached to a 1977 Toyota Corolla Sport Coupe. No, it is not my blogger password ;)
Been out enjoying the sun. Not much posting today.
Tuesday, April 16, 2002
CAIR was running a poll on their homepage asking whether or not Ariel Sharon should be charged with war crimes. Instapundit had a link to the poll and I was in rather early - I think my vote was numbered in the 600s and at the time, it was 66-33 in favor of charging Sharon. Today, the good professor links with with this tidbit. A reader sent him an email:
You should take a look at the Cair Poll again. It somehow went from "94-6 w/11,951 votes" to "7-93 w/ 2083 votes". Who needs "technical problems" when you've got good old fashioned bias?

When I read this, I decided to take a look myself. I refreshed once a minute or so to see the trend:

I had to get the numbers from 11:37 from their previous weekly polls page because they already took the active poll off their home page - they saw where the trend was going and they didnt like it. Keep an eye out for that bald CAIR representative that appears all over the place on cable news. If he mentions this poll, email the show host with the truth.
Friday, April 12, 2002
Cynthia McKinney's opponent in the July 16 Democratic primary is Judge Denise Majette. Her campaign website is and there is a form there you can use to make a credit card contribution, or you can mail checks to:
755 Commerce Drive
Suite 102
Decatur, GA 30030

Have the Saudis been secretly backing Palistinian terrorists behind our backs? Well, that question is pretty much moot, because they are now doing it openly in our faces.

Note that CNN has, of yet, had absolutely no mention of this telethon.
"Representative" Cynthia McKinney D-GA, is suggesting that the white house knew about the Sept 11 terrorist attacks and did nothing because "corporations close to the administration have directly benefited from the increased defense spending arising from the aftermath of September 11th". The story linked is at Fox news. The story as printed in the Washington Post is already making the email and usenet rounds.

The corporation cited in the article is the Carlyle Group, a Washington-based investment firm. George H.W. Bush is an advisor, so of course, Junior must be helping daddy get rich. I particularly like the statement from the Carlyle Group's spokesperson, Chris Ullman:
Did she say these things while standing on a grassy knoll in Roswell, New Mexico?

However, it looks like this is a simply a campaign tactic:
Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), a friend of McKinney's, said the Georgia Democrat is adept at seizing on "red-meat" issues that resonate with her political base and have helped her fend off a series of GOP challengers.

"She's not as random as people think," Kingston said. "People always want to hear a political conspiracy theory."

Hmmm, is that theory as in Darwinism, or theory as in gravity? Either way, let's hope that the good people of Georgia have the sense to demonstrate that taste dictates a limit to the theories people are willing to accept. Statements like this are, in my opinion, borderline treasonous. You dont make an accusation like this without some pretty clear evidence. All she has is circumstance, hindsight, and the popular "we all know what the CIA is capable of, how could they not know" bs that one gets from watching movies like Enemy of the State.

I propose a counter-theory:

"Representative" Cynthia McKinney must have known in advance about the September 11 attacks and did nothing because she wanted to increase the contributions she currently receives from Lockheed Martin and to enrich her constituents who work for that company.

I'm hoping she suffers a humiliating defeat in November, and I will be contributing to whoever opposes her.

I think the evidence we have points out that Bush would have done everything he could have possibly done to thwart the Sept 11 terrorist attacks if he had any knowledge that it was comming. Whether or not you agree with his various stances on various issues such as abortion and cloning (and on these 2, I do not), he is remarkably consistent. The value he personally places on human life is clearly paramount.

UPDATE: This is stike two for McKinney. She is the one who sent a letter to Prince Alwaleed bin Talal apologizing that Rudy Giuliani returned his $10 million check.

NOTE: I obviously have a very liberal definition of treason. In this case, I do consider treason to include an action such as slandering the President of our country while at war, that is intended to bring about his downfall.

Tuesday, April 09, 2002
No comment necessary on this from More Than Zero. It reflects my feelings to a tee:
If I had a dime for every sanctimonious wealth redistributor living in a rent-controlled apartment; every SUV-driver lamenting our failure to ratify Kyoto; every academic with an ambitious corporate regulation agenda who simultaneously defends the professorate's right (see Cornel West) to do whatever they damn please with their tenured positions; every married moralizer having an affair on the side; every celebrity barking on a talk show about how we must change our energy usage while their stretch limo idles outside; every fascist dictator preaching fundamentalism while living a life of outrageous decadence; every European or Scandinavian preaching about racism,wealth redistribution and the Palestinian cause to America while exploiting guestworkers from the Middle East and pinching immigration into their corpulent welfare state to a trickle....

Well, I'd have enough dimes to start my own think tank. It was ever thus. Man's greatest failing is a desire to tell everyone else how to live even as he seeks to maximize his own freedom.

Monday, April 08, 2002
I finished Bill Bryson's book, A Walk in the Woods last night. I do recommend this travel journal of hiking on the Appalachian Trail, but you may want to avoid it if you have a low tolerance of enviro-nut statistics. I am not saying that Bryson is one of those people, but he does get sidetracked a lot (like how something, acid rain, development, or not doing anything and letting nature take it's course, is killing the very thing he is looking at), has a couple full-throttle rants (most notably about the expansion of a highway near his home in Hanover, NH) and tends to throw out a lot of hot-button issue statistics and studies. Unfortunately, I found myself rolling my eyes on a couple of occassions, but kept going because I really did enjoy the majority of what I was reading. Part 1 of the book is extremely funny, reminiscent of Dave Barry, and the experience of his incredibly out-of-shape highschool friend Stephen Katz literally makes this book; it is worth a look if only for that.

Aside: the thought has never even passed my mind of ever attempting to hike the Appalachian Trail, but now, a seed has been planted (no pun intended). If I had read this book 6 months ago and had any idea of how long it was going to take me to find a job, I may very well have taken the time off to do something like this.
The creators of South Park have killed Kenny for the last time. I try to catch the Sunday night airing of the show, but since the 2nd season, have not been a regular watcher - Ive seen maybe 25% of the shows since then. I did notice a couple weeks ago that Kenny was not on and again last night when I noted that I should check out Comedy Central's site to find out why. Fox News beat me to it.
Friday, April 05, 2002
Nobel prize committee members regret that they gave the 1994 peace prize to.... Shimon Peres. That's right, Arafat is still apparently worthy. Link from Little Green Footballs.

Also, thanks for the link to, Charles. I just signed it.
Thursday, April 04, 2002
I know, I know.. just after I talk below about how I dont like to reproduce links found in other blogs, I ran across this one on Instapundit, but I wanted to dissent:
The cameras were installed in 1998. Between the years 1997 and 2000, accidents increased at 5 of 13 intersections for which Howard County's Department of Public Works provided statistics. Rear-end accidents increased at 7; they more than doubled at 4, tripled at one, and quintupled at one. All told, the red-light-camera intersections reported a 21 percent increase in rear-end accidents, while total accidents increased 15.9 percent. Figures for all other county intersections also show an increase in accidents, but a smaller one (a 13.4 increase in total accidents and an 8.5 percent increase in rear-end accidents).

I don't buy it. The increase isn't caused by the cameras, they are caused by the bad drivers who rear-end those who stop for the lights. For years, drivers have been becomming habituated to running red lights, knowing that they have a second or two before the perpendicular light turns green, now the cameras cause them to stop - the cameras work. Also for years, the drivers behind those who used to run the lights have also become conditioned to believe they have an extra car-length to stop (or if youre in NYC, that they can squeeze through as well, resulting in the car behind them having 2 extra lengths to stop). It doesn't matter why a car stops: a red light, a pedestrian, or they want to look at a pretty flower, it is the responsibility of the driver behind to pay attention and to stop safely. Deconditioning is painful for any bad habit; it looks like it is working for people who used to run the lights, because now they are stopping. Now, it is the turn of those behind them. Pretty much everywhere you are automatically at fault if you rear-end someone while driving. A few lost insurance judgements and these drivers will break this bad habit, resulting in less accidents not just at these intersections, but everywhere.
Although I think its a PhotoShop mockup. Looked too good so it piqued my interest. If you open in PhotoShop and rotate 20 degrees clockwise. The bottoms of each letter line up withing a pixel, the tops of the capitals and the final "k" line up, and the tops of all the lowercase letters line up. Seems like a font to me. However, the shadows are realistic, and although the words themselves seem too straight for a line a good football field in length, they are not arranged parallel to the ship. That would've clinched it for me. Im not 100% sure, but my instincts tell me its not real.

Got the photo at Hawspipe. I like his format. With the growing discussion of linker (portal-like) vs thinker (writers) blogs, he usually has only one item per day. It could be humorous, political, a simple photo. Myself, I am obviously a linker -- I have, at best, been able to write some very good pieces for school, but after many many revisions, so I'm not a great on-the-fly writer -- but I try to distinguish myself by not normally linking to those things that are already blog-saturated.

CORRECTION: I got an email from Rich Haley that the photo is authentic:
As a former carrier sailor, I can tell you that we did a similar set up on the Nimitz when we changed homeports from Norfolk Va. to Bremerton Wa.

We formed a heart in red, with a white border, and the message was "I love Wa."

The weapons airdales wore their red flightdeck shirts while the rest of the guys wore their dress whites.

The picture was taken from an E2-C Hawkeye, and we got radio reports from the plane's crew, helping us get our lines adjusted.

I was hoping it was real with the amount of PhotoShop artists out there, but I am glad I was wrong.

Once again, Bush says "You cannot negotiate with terrorists." A statement I fully agree with, but he said it in a speech where he announced that Colin Powell is going to the Middle East to negotiate! Overall, I like what he said in his speech, but there probably still won't be an "or else" after Powell tells Arafat he must stop the bombers.

UPDATE: others have been suggesting this may be a ploy designed to keep certain countries off balance. I hope so, because if this is one of the usual attempts to mediate, we are going to come out with a lot of egg on our face.
Wednesday, April 03, 2002
The IRS has recognized obesity as a disease, the treatments for which are now tax-deductable. Well, according to my height and weight, I am medically considered to be underweight. Can I deduct the cost of all my food?
A guy just walked into St Patrick's cathedral in Manhattan and shot himself in the face.
Tuesday, April 02, 2002
More rioting in College Park, MD last night. An article at Fox News explores the nationwide phenomenon that has occurred more and more over the past couple years:
"This year [at U of Arizona] we had no incidents, but it looks like other campuses are being faced with it now," Borboa said. "The problem is that it becomes a tradition. Once you have one or two incidents, it becomes the tradition that this is the place to gather, and that becomes well-known. It's tough to break the cycle."

That's not true, it is very easy to break the cycle. Any team whose fans riot after a game is exempt from postseason play the next year. If Maryland were not allowed to participate from the ACC and NCAA tournaments next year, you better believe the fans would act better the next time they had a chance to celebrate.
While the current accounting "scandals" all involve companies trying to inflate revenues, Major League Baseball is trying to do the opposite. Forbes has a report that shows that baseball is overstating their expenses by a few hundred million dollars, resulting in MLB's reported $232 million loss that was actually a profit of $75 million. Fraudulent accounting practices? Maybe, but the processes they used apparently are valid and the numbers reproduceable. Why is baseball trying to show a loss? So they can go through with their plans for contraction (Minnesota Twins and Montreal Expos). They want to contract now, so they can turn around in a couple years, show gains, and then expand. The franchise fee for the Arizona Diamondbacks was $130 million, so expect the next round of expansion to have a tag of over $150 million. This money goes directly to the other existing franchises. So you see, if the 2 teams to be cut are in such dire straits, it is not in the best interests of the other owners to allow those teams to move, they'd rather dissolve them, wait a couple years and collect a cool $10 mil each. MLB owners don't appreciate the fans. It is time to remove their anti-trust exemption.
Monday, April 01, 2002
Ran across this classic at satirewire. Read the commentators' bantor as each region is announced.

Their final 4: United States, China, Ukraine, a surprise entry (I will let you see for yourself).
Riots broke out near the University of Maryland after their team won their semifinal game over Kansas. What happens next year? Lockdown of New York if Manhattan College qualifies for the field of 65? People, please, the Terps haven't won anything yet! I am not condoning the all-too-common violence that breaks out during post-game celebrations, but at least have some perspective.

All I can say now is: Go Indiana!

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