Week 15 picks

Last week: 13-3. Overall: 135-71. Fantasy: 8-5-1 (3rd place regular season)

W-Pittsburgh Steelers over New York Giants

New England Patriots over Miami Dolphins

W-San Diego Chargers over Cleveland Browns

W-Indianapolis Colts over Baltimore Ravens

W-New York Jets over Seattle Seahawks

L-Denver Broncos over Kansas City Chiefs

W-Washington Redskins over San Francisco 49ers

W-Philadelphia Eagles over Dallas Cowboys

W-Minnesota Vikings over Detroit Lions

W-Houston Texans over Chicago Bears

W-Oakland Raiders over Tennessee Titans

L-Green Bay Packers over Jacksonville Jaguars

W-Buffalo Bills over Cincinnati Bengals

W-Tampa Bay Buccaneers over New Orleans Saints

W-Arizona Cardinals over St. Louis Rams

L-Carolina Panthers over Atlanta Falcons

I don’t like my chances in the first-round fantasy playoff game this week. My matchups are simply terrible, with Ahman Green, Rudi Johnson, Julius Jones and Onterrio Smith all going up against solid run defenses, and of all my receivers, only Lee Evans is going up against a sub-par passing defense. Sure, I’ve got a shot if Daunte goes off, but it’s a slim one. Still, it’s been an unexpectedly good finish to the season even if it ends this weekend.

And if I can somehow survive to the championship game, the matchups get significantly better next week….

UPDATE – No dice. I got off to a good start with Daunte and the Carolina defense, but my running backs and wide receivers, as I feared, were shut down. In retrospect, I should have played Eddie Kennison and Rudi Johnson instead of Brandon Stokely and Ahman Green, but even that probably wouldn’t have been enough if Corey Dillon has a decent game. Still, it was a good season nevertheless.

Sovereign immunity

So fewer than three percent of federal indictments against federal, state and local government employees ever make it to trial… the very term “sovereign immunity” betrays the way that these so called public servants think of themselves. The “sovereign” cannot commit a crime against himself, therefore any government official breaking the law in performance of his duties cannot be found guilty of a crime.

I’ve repeatedly written that America, the idea made reality, is no more. The United States is no longer the most free nation in the world; its wealth and apparent freedom are the lingering, but fading blessings that remain from a place that is now gone.

If you don’t believe me, then let’s see you go pay cash for a cell phone without showing ID. Or open a bank account. Can’t do it legally in the USA, can you? Or go withdraw $30,000 dollars and pay cash for a car. Did anyone ask you any questions, fill out any forms and send them to the government? If they didn’t, you aren’t in the United States. As for the nation’s wealth, real wages have been falling for more than thirty years now. Per capita income is higher in Luxembourg and in Norway, in other countries, such as Bermuda, Switzerland and the Cayman Islands, the gross is lower, but the post-tax net is higher. In ten years, historically impoverished Ireland will be as well.

What people tend to forget is that it now takes two incomes to maintain a relative standard of living that once required only one. Since the government continues to grow fast, the US standard of living curve is bound to continue downward unless and until serious changes are made. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats can fix this as they are the jointly responsible for the present path.

I could be wrong. I certainly hope I am. But I doubt it.