I have two words

That’s all that is needed to conclusively refute the Favre doubters who are casting aspersions on the Viking quarterback’s ability to maintain his level of performance over the course of a 16-game season. Yes, we know he started fast with the Jets last year. Yes, we know he faded in the stretch. Yes, we know the late-season fade cost the Jets a playoff spot. Yes, we know the Vikes haven’t beaten anyone but a banged-up Green Bay team yet and the competition only gets tougher. Yes, we know all the risks. And yet, we’re perfectly willing, we’re cheerfully willing, to gamble on a 40-year old gunslinger’s arm even so.

Tarvaris Jackson. Q.E.D.

Seriously, give it up already

Precisely how is the continued military occupation of either Afghanistan or Iraq of any national interest to Americans?

American soldiers serving in Afghanistan are depressed and deeply disillusioned, according to the chaplains of two US battalions that have spent nine months on the front line in the war against the Taleban.

Many feel that they are risking their lives — and that colleagues have died — for a futile mission and an Afghan population that does nothing to help them, the chaplains told The Times in their makeshift chapel on this fortress-like base in a dusty, brown valley southwest of Kabul.

“The many soldiers who come to see us have a sense of futility and anger about being here. They are really in a state of depression and despair and just want to get back to their families,” said Captain Jeff Masengale, of the 10th Mountain Division’s 2-87 Infantry Battalion.

“They feel they are risking their lives for progress that’s hard to discern,” said Captain Sam Rico, of the Division’s 4-25 Field Artillery Battalion. “They are tired, strained, confused and just want to get through.” The chaplains said that they were speaking out because the men could not.

This is insane. It’s been insane for some time now, but the fact that Obama sold out the antiwar movement that got him elected to this extent only goes to show what a sham the American electoral system has become. You can’t count on a Democratic politician to do the right thing even on the very rare occasions that the broken clock of the Democratic base is correct. This isn’t a war that can be won… there isn’t anything to win there in either country. And as a general rule, if you see the need to establish special rules of engagement, you shouldn’t be deploying troops in the first place.

Someone tell the United Negro College Fund

One of the more amusing commenters at Pro Football Talk opposed to the possibility of Rush Limbaugh purchasing a part-interest in the St. Louis Rams:

The word ‘Negro’ is offensive and Rush exploited that to boost ratings.

That was a gem spotted in the comment thread inspired by a ridiculous piece written by a former NFL player in the Washington Post. The reality is that Limbaugh, with his media savvy, would probably be a much better owner than several teams have at present, moreover, there’s no longer any question that the man was correct about Donovan McNabb, he of the 58.9% career completion percentage and 1.052.15 TD/INT ratio, being an overrated quarterback. I just can’t see the NFL being dumb enough to ban an owner out of distaste for politics that are extremely popular with a statistically significant portion of its fan base. That’s the self-destructive sort of thing the mainstream media does, and it has obviously not escaped the NFL’s attention that the mainstream media is in the process of collapsing. After all, the reason it created the NFL Network is to have a vehicle to deliver its product to its customers once the networks can’t afford to pay huge broadcast rights fees anymore.