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Duke lost to Wake Forest last night. Duke played awful until the last few minutes of the game, minus the last 2.6 seconds. But nothing is more annoying than an ungracious winner. Case in point: Wake Forest guard Jeff Teague.

Watching Teague during the game and his demeanor and actions toward the Duke players reminds me of another egocentric, ungracious player from Wake Forest: Chris Paul. If you know about the time Paul punched NC State’s Julius Hodge in the groin in 2005, then you know what I’m talking about. Paul was suspended, rightly so, for one game. Incidentally, he attempts the same shenanigans in the NBA. I watched him in a game last week where he threw a light punch to another player in the chest, the guy fell down, and the ref didn’t call it. Paul acted like he didn’t do anything. Hey, who cares, he’s passionate and an NBA all-star??? I digress.

I am not saying Teague is a dirty player like Paul, but that he has a similar arrogance.

I’m wondering how the Duke coaching staff is feeling after Teague’s swipe at them when he said this in the post game press conference, “You give our coaching staff a whole week to prepare for you, we’re going to have everything down pat.” And then another dig at the entire Duke team: “I knew we were going to win this game,” Teague said. Bulletin board material me thinks.

Wonder if Teague will be singing a different tune after Wake’s visit to Cameron in a few weeks on Feb. 22. I would venture to guess yes.

Love or hate Duke, everyone can admit that they are a classy, gracious organization, which is set by the attitude of Coach K. They are always quick to say good things about the opposing team–win or lose–and deflect personal praise to a team effort.

I didn’t watch the press conference, so if you did and (objectively) think I’m judging Teague harshly, set me straight. 

On a side note, I used to love Dickie V., but now I find him so annoying. I had the most of the game muted. Vital doesn’t call the game, he cheerleads as the wind blows. It gets old. Even when he’s singing the praises of Duke. Thankfully, he isn’t calling many of Duke’s games this year. But then sometimes we’re stuck with Jay Bilas, a former DUKE player (!), who is almost as bad. I’ll take Mike Patrick and Len Elmore any day. Better yet, Coach Knight! I digress again.

Anyway, Wake Forest is a tough place to play and Wake is exceptional this year. I think the two teams will split their games. That said, I am not surprised at the outcome of this game, but I am surprised at how poorly Duke played. It wasn’t Duke basketball or defense. They were clearly rattled. I was amazed that they nearly squeaked out a W given their horrendous play. Hey, it’s a long season and this is the ACC. Carolina beat Florida State at the buzzer yesterday. They will all beat each other up and lose to one another.  

Duke will watch tape, learn from it, and adjust appropriately. The rematch on Feb. 22 will be a good one. 

Next game: Virginia on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1 @ 2 pm (et) (FSN)

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and so Dee Dee Myer gushes

Lest you miss her premise, her lap dog rhapsody begins with her thesis statement: 

Barack Obama is the most famous living person in the history of the world.

Knowing that cultural savants will immediately think of John Lennon’s infamous statement in 1966, “The Beatles are more popular than Jesus,” Myers dispels any grandiose comparisons between Obama and Jesus.

I’m not trying to induce an acid flashback to John Lennon’s infamous 1966 comment, “The Beatles are more popular than Jesus.” But whether you measure fame in terms of saturation or sheer numbers, it seems indisputable to me that more people know at least something about the new American president than anyone alive, at this point—or any—in the planet’s existence. 

My daughter asked me today to define “idolatry.” I responded, “Worshipping something or someone in the place of God, i.e., it is your god. It is the thing/person/idea that you think about most and shape your life around. If it isn’t God, then that thing/person/idea becomes your idol and, consequently, you commit idolatry.” 

I think Myers’s adulation of Barack Obama provides a fitting, albeit long-winded, example of such misguided reverence.

Give me all 100!

Obama enjoys an adoring media (networks, cable news, nationally public funded radio, newspapers and editorial pages, supposedly unbiased news agencies such as AP) whose “reporting” borders on propaganda. Yet, there are a few outlets and voices that dare to elicit not-so-glowing assessments of The One. One such outlet is Fox News. Given the mammoth number of venues providing positive coverage for Obama, it appears that negative reporting does not sit well with him. To say that Obama has thin skin is, well, an understatement. 

According to someone in the Congressional meetings today

He [Obama] also acknowledged that there will be plenty of time for them to beat him up politically, according to the notes of one participant in the meeting. “I understand that,” Obama said, then joked, “and I will watch you on Fox News and feel bad about myself.

This reminds me of the parable the prophet Nathan told King David regarding Bathsheba. David had everything, but one. Rather than focusing on what he had, he focused on what he lacked.  In the same manner, Obama has nearly all of the media carrying his water but a few and he choses to focus on them. Telling.

His insecurity is going to trip him up.

 

In my last post, I highlighted Barack Obama’s philosophy of governance, learned and implemented during his community organizing days in Chicago. “Rules for Radicals” (RR) by Saul Alinsky is Obama’s playbook. In order for his “plan” to succeed, he nudged the proverbial #13 ball down the hill last Friday by singling out Rush Limbaugh, a prominent voice of Conservatism. 

By attacking Rush, Obama utilized Alinsky’s RR Tactic 13:

Pick the target (Conservatism specifically and Republicans generally)

Freeze it (Why me? We are not the problem, it’s x, y, and z!)

Personalize it (Avoid abstracts, make it personal: Rush Limbaugh)

Polarize it (Get the Conservatives and Republicans to fight one another)

Polarize it.

Yesterday, it was Bill Bennett chastising Rush for his rhetoric against our new CinC. Today, it is the House GOP leadership telling Rush to zip it. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., said:

“I think that our leadership, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, are taking the right approach,” Gingrey said. “I mean, it’s easy if you’re Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or even sometimes Newt Gingrich to stand back and throw bricks. You don’t have to try to do what’s best for your people and your party. You know you’re just on these talk shows and you’re living well and plus you stir up a bit of controversy and gin the base and that sort of that thing. But when it comes to true leadership, not that these people couldn’t be or wouldn’t be good leaders, they’re not in that position of John Boehner or Mitch McConnell.”

Limbaugh responded in an email to Politico:

“I’m sure he is doing his best but it does not appear to be good enough. He may not have noticed that the number of Republican colleagues he has in the House has dwindled. And they will dwindle more if he and his friends don’t show more leadership and effectiveness in battling the most left-wing agenda in modern history. And they won’t continue to lose because of me, but because of their relationship with the grassroots, which is hurting. Conservatives want leadership from those who claim to represent them. And we’ll know it when we see it.” 

Obama has achieved his objective. These cowardly Republicans have earned their bottom feeder approval ratings. Our elected officials are more concerned about getting a picture with The One and neglect their principles due to Obama’s intimidating approval ratings. And they wonder why Democrats are in power and the GOP base is revolting?

Obama’s attempts to divide Republicans have not gone unnoticed from those across the pond .

I’ll take “Get A Clue for the GOP Leadership for 100” Alex.

UPDATE

Smart move and humbling. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga, just called into Rush Limbaugh’s show in the first hour to apologize for his comments yesterday, say he was wrong, and pledge his solidarity with Rush and Conservatives.

Barack Obama attacked Rush Limbaugh in a private meeting on Friday morning with House leadership. Many are scratching their heads and asking, “Why would Obama, the most powerful person in the world, attack Rush Limbaugh, a talk show host and clown*?”  

In order to understand the motives behind Obama’s actions, we must turn to “Rules for Radicals” (RR) by Saul Alinsky.** As a disciple of Alinsky, RR is Obama’s playbook and he’s using the Tactics (126-164) to a tee. I finally got my own copy (I was using my local library’s copy; hey, I live in Chicago so of course they’d have a copy!) and tore through it over the weekend.

When Obama attacked Rush on Friday, he combined a number of the Rules. Rush responded citing Rule 13:

Pick the target (Conservatism)

Freeze it (Why me? We are not the problem, it’s x, y, and z!)

Personalize it (Avoid abstracts, make it personal: Rush Limbaugh)

Polarize it (Everyone comes out in support of Rush or against him, e.g., Bill Bennett goes against Rush and others will speak out in like manner)

Obama’s attack on Rush, a private citizen, unelected official, and entrepreneur, actually combines a few of Alinsky’s “Tactics”: Rule 5 (Rush is Conservatism’s most potent weapon given his audience and the talk-show medium), Rule 6 (The Dems and Liberals LOVE it when Rush is ridiculed), Rule 8 (They are keeping the pressure on Conservatives, and Republicans to a lesser degree, with the assistance of the media (think Pitts and other “Conservative” editorials and Astroturfing via Axelrod).

Obama’s attempting to restructure power with the Cabinet and the Czars and it all comes from Alinsky–fascinating at his arrogant audacity and frightening in the scope of the potential damage he can render to our country. However, I think Obama has met his match.

Rule 13 says to “ridicule” the enemy, yet that plays right into Rush’s hand. Rush is the master at poking fun at others and getting his message across and Obama’s skin is too thin. For example, Rush opened his show today calling himself “Senator Limbaugh,” jabbed Obama and the spineless Republicans who won’t stand up to the tyrannical, bullying tactics of the Great Unifier. 

 

* This is projection by Leonard Pitts, Jr., who is the real clown.  

** In order to not contribute income to the Alinsky estate and the Vintage publishing company, consider buying a copy from a reseller.

On the heels of his DUI arrest and embarrassing details surrounding the incident, TNT reports that Charles Barkley will be taking a “leave of absence” from the broadcast booth. It’s about time. 

A Gilbert officer working a regional DUI task force stopped Barkley shortly after he left a popular nightclub at about 1:30 a.m. He failed field sobriety tests but was cooperative.

But was cooperative? If “cooperative” means bribing the officer with promises of putting a tattoo on his butt in the officer’s likeness and getting the officer to understanding the true reason for blowing off the stop sign, i.e., the hotness of his girl-friend and imminent O.S., then I guess that’s “cooperative.” 

Barkley was booked and released at a field command post and later issued a statement saying he was disappointed he put himself in that situation.

If “disappointed he put himself in that situation” means cheating repeatedly on his wife Maureen and racing to get there, then that sums it up I guess. 

Now that the loud-mouthed, egomaniac, ignoramus, Conservative-bashing Barkley is on a “leave of absence” indefinitely, I can return to watching TNT’s Inside the NBA. Good riddance.

Guilty by Ann Coulter

 

Where’s the dummkopf hat when you need it? Oh that’s right, it has permanent residency at NBC’s sister network MesSNBC.

Once again, Drudge gets the scoop.  NBC has banned Coulter for life. Their actions backfire and essentially proves the premise of  Coulter’s new book, Guilty: The MSM is a mouthpiece of liberal ideology and will silence any and all dissenting voices. 

“Over the top” or too close too home? Reality bites.

UPDATE

All is well. NBC saw the light and reneged its hours old “life-long ban” of AC. She’s booked for Wednesday morning on The Today Show in the first hour.

Can you believe conference play has already started and I have not mentioned Duke basketball once??? What is going on?!? Let’s get up to speed.

For the non-basketball junkie, college basketball has different phases to the season: Preseason, non-conference play, conference play, conference tournaments, and the crown jewel–March Madness. The season begins with boondoggle preseason tournaments, the most coveted and prestigious being the Maui Invitational. Seriously, who in their right mind wouldn’t want to be in Maui in late November? I rest my case.

Other tourneys include the Paradise Jam in the Caribbean, the South Padre Invitational, CBE Classic, Great Alaska Shootout, the Preseason NIT (you don’t want to be in the POST season NIT because that means you didn’t make the cut as one of the 65 teams for the Big Dance. NIT is also known as Not In Tournament, i.e., no March Madness and no money), Coaches vs. Cancer at Madison Square Garden in NYC, which incidentally Duke won this year. Sweet.

Well, Duke has played well thus far; they’re 12-1 (They lost to Michigan). I have my gripes with the line-up and their sometimes mediocre play despite having 8 (EIGHT!) McDonald’s All-Americans on the roster, but Coach K is still one of the best coaches in the game and knows how to maximize his talent. I like the defense creates offense philosophy and unselfish team play. There are aspects I don’t like, but we’ll focus on the positive.

Conference play started yesterday in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and this is when the W’s really count. It is with the utmost satisfaction and heartfelt glee in which I write the following:

Duke won.

Carolina lost.

The ABCs of college basketball, especially on Tobacco Road: Anyone But Carolina.

The sport’s pundits can make excuses all they want, but the fact is Boston College played a good, tough basketball game against UNC except when BC got careless in the last few minutes. They could’ve given away the game if Carolina had made some shots, but they didn’t. It goes to show that conference play is challenging, especially within the ACC. This is the one time of year that I miss living in North Carolina. It’s ACC all the time. Gotta love it.

Obama was elected the 44th POTUS as a perfect example of the Peter principle. Now he wants to nominate political hack Leon Panetta to run the CIA. Frankly, nearly all of Obama’s Cabinet selections are case studies of the Peter principle, e.g., Hillary Clinton as Sec of State, Ken Salazaar as Sec of Interior, Bill Richardson as Sec of Commerce, Tom Daschle as Sec of HH Services, and Janet Napolitano as Sec of Homeland Security.  

Back to Panetta. Imagine putting Rove in as CIA director or Andrew Card or Rahm Emmanuel in a few years. Is the blurriness giving way to the focused absurdity of this pick? Just what we need: the further politicization of the CIA. The inevitability of another unwarranted and unwanted attack and/or international crisis involving our country becomes more of a reality with these buffoonish decisions. Gird your loins people, we have entered the Twilight Zone. 

On a side note — Does it bother anyone with the number of Senators being nominated to run the Executive Branch of our representative government? Anyone??? 

UPDATE
Via Hot Air Allahpundit notes opposition to The One’s questionable pick from fellow Dems Dianne Feinstein and Jay Rockefeller. Schadenfreudelicious.

UPDATE 2

The One is trying to calm the waters with Dianne Feinstein. Biden confesses that they made a “mistake” by not informing Feinstein, the incoming head of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Goodness, Obama isn’t sworn in and he continually makes junior Senator mistakes. One problem, he isn’t a junior senator from IL anymore, but POTUS. His blunders make national headlines (well, they should) and the repercussions go far beyond the Illinois state borders. 

UPDATE 3

Obama handpicked CNN’s medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta for Surgeon General. A journalist for Surgeon General??? Red is yellow, black is white, and 1 + 1 = 3. It’s going to be a bizarre four years. 

One of the highlights on Gupta’s resume–in 2003, he was named one of PEOPLE magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive.” Michelle Malkin asks, “What next? Judge Judy for the next Supreme Court opening?”

Granted, this decision comes with reservations.

Gupta’s only hesitation in taking the post is said to involve the financial impact on his pregnant wife and two children if he gives up his lucrative medical and journalistic careers. But he is expected to accept the position within days.

So he’ll be slumming for a couple of years making only six figures instead of seven or more. 

Rush is right: It’s a Giant Sitcom.

Welcome to 2010! It’s a new year and that means it’s time to make some goals for the next 365 days. 

Yes, I make New Year resolutions and generally attain many of them, but certainly not all of them. I know most people steer clear of NY resolutions, but I am not one of them. Taking personal inventory is a good thing. There is a saying, “If you aim for nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” The only way to grow and be the best me that God wants me to be for the greater good is by challenging myself and aiming for new heights. That includes introspection, which can be painful and messy.

Some of my goals are recycled, some are new. I focus on different areas: spirit, soul, mind, body, family, and work. This year I’m adding some new categories: Angel (our new dog, a rescue pet, and yes, we need to set some goals with her!) and finances. I ask the Lord for a theme and how he desires me to grow and be shaped in the next year. Over the years I’ve learned to set realistic targets, hence I actually accomplish some of them! 

For some fun NY ideas, go here

Slightly Off-Topic ~

I am still trying to figure out the thematic content of this blog. My tag is “musings on faith, culture, and politics,” but I’ve written mostly about politics. Honestly, it generates a lot of traffic and that is enticing. Yet, I don’t want to be trapped into writing about one topic and, frankly, it’s draining and time-consuming. The media machine never stops: it’s 24/7/365. I’ll leave that to more qualified people who enjoy the madness of  politics. My topics will reflect my life and interests–a hodgepodge of musings. 

May this be a year of new beginnings, growth, and the realization of many dreams. Blessings to you.

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