November 9th, 2006



Well, I think most of us called it. The Democrats are going to the play-offs. There's been much ballyhooing and no small amount of gloating among the fans, which is to be expected. The team-captain, Dean (number 43? I can't remember) did a spot on the "Daily Show", sporting a "bleep eating grin" (to quote Stewart and the censors).

Personally, I'm not all that excited. First off, it's not like the Republicans put together a great team- their Executive Branch is been stinking up the field for the better part of a decade, and their Legislative Linemen have been getting trashed on penalties. Seriously, how many times can you get called "Offsides" on the same down? And then there was the whole "Illegal Contact" penalty with Mark Foley. Like I said, not a terribly strong team.

And the Democrats certainly haven't put a much better team together. Normally, in the playoffs, you expect to see two really good teams going at it hammer and tongs. What we actually have is the Republicans, who can't get a play off without a penalty, and the Democrats, who don't seem to have a playbook! Seriously, have you been watching their offense? It's like the coach doesn't even bother calling a play, they just get out there and just play against the Republican's penalties, as opposed to, oh, I don't know, making a play of their own?

I'm happy, by proxy, for all of the Democrat fans who are happy that their team has won something. And I'm happy that I haven't heard all that much whinging from the Republican fans. But seriously, I'm not all that big into sports. Maybe if they expanded the league some, adding a few more teams. And maybe if there was more fan involvement. The NFL has their "Children's Day" stuff, where kids get to have a day of Football Camp with the pros. Baseball does the same sort of thing. Half-time contests. Heck, considering the way the sport's set up, we could even put fans on the team, instead of having everything split between the professional players and the cheering fans. Politics was never meant as a sport for professionals, and I think that the sport is slowly dying because of the emphasis on professional players. It's like that whole Olympic "Dream Team" bullshit- take the best professional basketball players in the US, enter them into the Olympics to jazz up some jingoistic "At least we can win at one sport" thing.

Once upon a time, Politics was the American Past-time. A sport that anyone could play- but over years, it's turned into a professional's only past-time, with a huge barrier to entry, both financially and socially. I, for one, think that we should take back our teams, and stop rooting from the sidelines and rush the field.

Feeling Haggard?

I've been mostly ignoring the Ted Haggard thing (I knew he was a douche when I saw him on Dawkins's documentary). Yeah, shocking, a preacher is a hypocrite. He likes a little of the Mangina. Fine. Maybe if he hadn't been so vociferous in his previous idiocy, nobody'd care. I don't care.

But do the people who are going to be taking a hand in his "rehabilitation" have to word it like this? "From the Christian perspective, we think in terms of prayer, we think in terms of what we call godly counsel, where godly men who are clean themselves insert themselves in the life of the one who is struggling.