Feeling Mankato

Peter King is in for a surprise:

I think I’m entering the world of blogdom this week. I’m going to blog my way through NFL camps on SI.com, with an entry (or two, hopefully) a day describing my travels around the pro football world. I’ll even make my photography debut with my new digital camera. I’ll try to take you with me through camps, training tables, sidelines … and, most of all, airports and interstate highways. Never been to Mankato? You’ll get there now. Should be interesting. Or tremendously boring. Not sure which.

I imagine the Scribe of Sports Illustrated will have his eyes opened rather wide once he gets to the home of the Robin’s Egg Blue and Gentle Yellow.

Oh yes, that’s right, it’s nearly FANTASY FOOTBALL time!


I rather expected this sort of thing

John Major hints that the Brits are on the verge of getting serious:

“There seem to be many people who, for reasons that are irrational, dislike the Anglo-Saxon way of life,” he said.

He called for heavier penalties for those who incited violence at this “particularly sensitive time”.

“Always difficult to balance this against freedom of speech but I think, at the moment, it is justifiable to protect the public,” he argued.

Mr Major added: “As far as those who literally spit hate at our country and there are some of them – they spit hate at our country and they incite – I personally would be prepared to deport those where it is clear that what they are doing is causing civil unrest and may cost other people, as a result of that, their lives.”

His assertion of the killing of the Brazilian man being a result of a “shoot to protect” policy is both Orwellian and absurd, of course, but I’ve never been a fan of John Major or his squishy wing of the Tory party.

Still, Muslim deportations could easily become the lightning-rod issue that will sink Labor and bring the Conservative Party back into power. I find it interesting to note that after a series of attacks which are much smaller than either New York or Madrid, the British have reached this point.

I suspect it is a result of their past experience with IRA terrorism. Unlike the US and the Spanish, the Brits have tried pointless mucking around for decades and learned that it got them nowhere. I also suspect that one reason that Paris hasn’t been seriously attacked is that the police there are liable to accidentally drown dozens of handcuffed Muslims given the slightest provocation.

And as for the Germans, well, historically speaking, they don’t need much of an excuse to round up and eliminate semitic people.

A note for Euro-ignorant Americans: European laws regarding residency and citizenship are very different, and usually much more strict, than the USA’s. I strongly suggest that one look up the immigration law of a European country before embarrassing oneself by making ludicrous assertions based on one’s knowledge of US law.

Maybe he’s all right

The Bodysnatcher writes on NRO:

John Roberts is, it appears, a genuinely witty man — as documents unearthed at the Reagan Library dating from his time in the White House counsel’s office reveal. In one, dated 1983, he takes on the idea that Supreme Court justices just work so very, very hard: “While some of the tales of woe emanating from the court are enough to bring tears to one’s eyes, it is true that only Supreme Court justices and schoolchildren are expected to and do take the entire summer off.”

Another quip: “The generally accepted notion that the court can only hear roughly 150 cases each term gives the same sense of reassurance as the adjournment of the court in July, when we know the Constitution is safe for the summer.”

We’ll see… but in the meantime, I’m highly down with that general sense of skepticism and contempt.

Truth and the terrorist trap

From the Financial Times:

On Sunday, ministers and senior police officers defended a policy of shooting dead individuals suspected of being suicide bombers, in spite of calls from British Muslim groups, human rights bodies and politicians for a public inquiry.

Since the shooting, police have confirmed that two years ago they secretly changed operational guidelines allowing officers chasing suspect suicide bombers to shoot them in the head.

In other words, the Brazilian that some have called an idiot for failing to realize that he’d be shot in the head for the dual crimes of wearing inappropriate clothing and turnstile jumping not only had no way of knowing that London police officers considered him to be a suspect suicide bomber, but could not possibly have known about the secret policy with regards to the recommended guidelines for dealing with them.

Police heads should be rolling over this decision to enact lethal force in public without bothering to warn the citizenry of the potential consequences of their actions.

I am not, as some might claim, soft on Islamic terrorists or the sea of moderate Muslims in which they swim. The problem is that shooting innocent Brazilians in the head is not going to stop, or even slow, the spread of Islamic terror.

There are two primary goals of terrorism. One is to achieve a specific end, usually a withdrawal from occupied territory. The second, usually on the part of domestic terrorists, is to provoke a self-defeating response from the target that will swell the pool of terrorist sympathizers. Both the United States and the United Kingdom have foolishly fallen into the latter trap by appearing weak and indecisive, more prone to sacrifice the civil liberties of their own citizens and traditions of their own culture than to reduce the danger posed by the alien invaders.

Put that pole training into practice

As today column makes clear, this country ain’t for everybody, just the sexy people. And yet, my proposal makes about as much sense as anything the Bush administration has done to win the War on Method.

Arguably more, in fact. I doubt even the most motivated Islamikaze would be able to bring himself to spend weeks cavorting naked around America; they do seem to be a rather modest lot.

On a tangential note, must one be naked to cavort?