Item: I forgot to say a big thumbs up to President Obama, of all people, last night. He let Congress know on no uncertain terms that he would veto any attempt to get rid of the automatic budget cuts if the "super" committee failed. Admittedly, his lack of leadership in the matter (because he's been too busy "not campaigning") makes it a cherry on top of a turd cake, but nevertheless, I gotta give him credit when he does good. Hmm, Obama "didn't campaign," Clinton "didn't inhale"... I sense a pattern...
Item: in doing fairness research on the Occupistas last night, I tumbled onto a joke they found both funny and profound. (BTW I found it neither.) Basically, a plate of 12 cookies is set on a tables between a company CEO, a politician, a Tea Partyer, and an Occupista. The CEO takes 11, hands three to the politician, and tells the Tea Partyer to be careful, the Occupista appears to be preparing to steal his cookie.
(Pause for laughter... let me know when it starts.)
I began thinking about the flawed impression, and how it seems to be a pretty typical impression from the Occupistas I've heard from. I thought to myself, this joke could actually be funny and profound if reworked a little bit. Here's my version:
The Tea Partyer comes in and slaps the plate of cookies on the table, exclaiming, "These are the best damn cookies ever made, and I'll kick the ass of the man that says they aren't." The CEO says, "Hmm... if they're that good, why don't you sell me the recipe? I'll cut you in for 35%, and we'll hire a dozen bakers, a dozen packers, a dozen shippers, and a half dozen or so jobbers to put them in the stores." The politician jumps up and says (as he jabs a cookie down his throat) "Not so fast, my friend. Let me check out your ingredients, baking process, etc, and then I'll decide how big my tax cut will be." The Occupista grabs a handfull of cookies, and declares, "I don't have to pay for these because I make 1% of the CEO's salary, the Politician isn't listening to me, and I would have made them better than the Tea Partyer anyway."
You see, I'm not ALL that far from the Tea Partyer or the Occupista. However, I believe that, unlike most of them, I am willing to compromise to get things done. I believe we could make a lot stronger, sleeker military with fewer, more wisely used dollars. I believe that lower taxes on businesses should be part of the solution as well as closing each and every damnable loophole that lets GE to get off with no taxes. I'd be willing to work on cleaner factories if they were running on cheaper energy from our own territory. You see, the term on my profile "Nixon conservative" means I can give a little to take a little. I think Leon Panetta crying about how badly the DOD will get raped on the auto-cuts is just as idiotic as Harry Reid burying Obama's jobs bill without even allowing a hearing. The bad thing about feeling this way is that there are too many on the left side of the aisle who are revisionist historians, pseudo-scientsts and economists, believers in "fluid reality", and out-and-out liars like John Kerry and Al Gore, and I fear that trusting them is tantamount to sticking my noggin in a lion's mouth.
Item: Ran out of work yet again, off tomorrow thru Monday. Nice on the butt, bad on the wallet.
Onto the NHFFL. Well, we know who is in the playoffs, and in the Purple we know who will play who. The Greenwoods removed all doubt of their playoff spot by handing the Rangers the worst whupping anyone's took this year, 70-19. Matt Stafford put up 15, and Ray Rice and Jordy Nelson tacked on 12 each. The Aguas added the remaining extinguisher on the KCAs hopes, downing them 31-24, with David Akers overcoming missing 2 fgs and having another one blocked to score 11 points. This sets up a Greenwoods-Aguas matchup in two weeks, which promises to be a high scoring affair. The Aguas won their first meeting 55-34 in week 4, and the Elves evened it up with a 51-34 victory in week 8. The remaining Purple Div. game had the Angels topping the Beagles 31-24, hanging on despite a ten-point Monday night from Steve Gostkowski.
The Gold actually got tighter. Both the leaders fell: the Elks dropping to the Ducks 51-39 as five different players put up 6s and Cedric Benson netted 12; and the B2s lost to the Porkchops 27-7, managing only a Eli Manning pass, a single extra point, and 3 defensive points. New 'Chops QB Matt Moore beat that himself (9). And the 'Chops win puts them a game back of the leaders with 1 to go. Also, the Clock BBQs fall into last, losing to Buzz 41-22 behind Cam Newton's 17.
The season finales include Beagles vs Aguas; KCAs/Greenwoods; and Angels/Rangers in the Purple; CBBQs/Ducks (CBBQs need to win by 13 to escape last place); Elks/B2s for the division title and week 1 bye; and Buzz/ Porkchops. The 'Chops play the loser of Elks/B2s in week 1.