Monday, November 17, 2008

Boy, was it nice to see Tony Romo back in action last night. While a 14-10 win is nothing to write home about, what I watched last night was the best game the Cowboy's defense has played in quite some time. Plus, just by being in the lineup, Romo added that enthusiastic edge the team had been missing since he went down with a broken finger.

The players of the game, however, was not as John Madden and Al Michaels suggested (Marion Barber and Jay Ratliff). While both had outstanding games, the true star of last night's game was Terrance Newman. T-New's return to the lineup - after having surgery to repair a sports hernia - was the big difference. In his last game against the Redskins, his injury caused him to get burned time and again by Santana Moss. But last night was a different story, as Newman blanketed Moss the whole game and also intercepted a pass at a crucial time.

I am loathe to say the Cowboys are back just yet. However, their next two games are both at home - against the 49ers and the Seahawks, on Thanksgiving. Should they beat these two losing teams, which they should, they will be 8-4 and clearly in the thick of things.

Having Romo, Newman, Kyle Kosier and Felix Jones all healthy makes a huge difference. In addition, another week of healing for Jason Witten, who suffered a broken rib three weeks ago, will allow this team to play to their capabilities. Although the Giants, Panthers, Bucs and Cardinals all have a superior record, aside from New York I don't believe any of these teams are better than Dallas. The Cardinals did defeat Dallas while the 'Boys were less than healthy and the Cowboys beat the Buccaneers. The Giants, on the other hand, are currently the class of the conference and should end up winning the division.

But stranger things have happened to teams. If the injury bug that plagued the Cowboys should hit the Giants, well I would expect they would suffer like Dallas did.


So according to a number of media outlets, President-Elect Barack Obama will be pursuing the Saudi peace plan first proposed in 2004. You know the one - where Israel returns to the Auschwitz borders.

The plan calls for Israel to return the Golan Heights to Syria and the West Bank to not Jordan, the nation who controlled it prior to 1967, but to the poor Palestinians who want nothing less but to live in peace and harmony next to their Jewish neighbors.

I mean, isn't that why - when Israel gave back the Gaza Strip (that Egypt relinquished it's rights to) - the peace-loving Arabs have sent in thousands of rockets inside the "acceptable" borders.

Has it occurred to no one that once you make this deal that the Arabs will turn around and want more? Hasn't that happened EVERY SINGLE TIME??? What makes Obama, Olmert, Livni, et al believe for a second that this will change one bit?

But forget about the foolishness of accepting this plan. Isn't this the same Barack Obama who said this a mere 6 months ago:
"...and Jerusalem must remain the capital and it must remain undivided."
In case you don't believe Obama actually said that, here is the video.

Once again, hope and change rear it's ugly head.

I'll tell you what, I will agree that Israel should return all the land it won in war the minute Obama gives back Texas to the Mexicans. Oh wait - better not give him any ideas.


Is there a reason PBS still exists? We live in a democratic republic, so why do we need "public broadcasting?" Regardless of the value of Sesame Street, PBS has forever been a liberal organization that exists only because the government tells us it must. If it were not paid for completely by John Q. Public, it would have been very short-lived due to it's inability to attract a minuscule audience. For some reason, we have all been led to believe that just having PBS somehow makes us more cultured


In the mean time, in it's latest installment (which I'm sure will be watched by literally 10's of people), "Nova" has decided it's finally time to debunk that fictional story of the Bible. Here is their description of this "must-wretch" TV show:

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Bill Maher, on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher," frequently refers to the Old Testament of the Bible as the Book of Jewish Fairy Tales. The description might anger the pious and the fundamentalists, but guess what? Maher's close to the truth.

A visually stunning two-hour special edition of "Nova" examines decades of archaeological studies that contradict much of what is in the Bible. The entire Exodus story is debunked, as is the idea that the Israelites were monotheistic following the contract made between God and Abraham. It turns out idol worship was common through the reign of King David and right up to the Babylonian exile.

Is the Bible the word of God? Only if God dictated it to dozens, maybe hundreds, of different writers, each of whom wrote and modified stories using different patterns of language over a period of centuries.

To be sure, writer-producer-director Gary Glassman does not dismiss the Old Testament as a collection of fairy tales. He asserts that the stories, though provably false in many cases, were intended to give identity to the Israelites, a group likely made up of former Canaanites, nomads and runaway slaves. Also, the Bible provided the Israelites with a moral framework.

The special, narrated by Liev Schreiber, is not likely to sit well with those who believe that the Bible, despite its internal inconsistencies, should be interpreted literally. Then again, science and religion have had a long history of conflict until, ultimately, the former prevails.

I can almost feel the earth shaking beneath me. So, according to what we, the American public, are financing, the Bible is nothing but a collection of fairy tales.

Look, I could care less what LA whackos have to say about religion or the Bible. But the fact that I have to pay for this garbage is just too much. If public schools are forbidden from teaching creationism in schools, then PBS should be forbidden to discuss it on TV. Plain and simple. But liberals don't see it that way. They don't want true "fairness." If they did, they would demand the "Fairness Doctrine" to affect television as well as radio.

True fairness would be to accept every compelling idea as equal. That would mean that creationism be taught alongside evolution. Sex education would teach about prevention And abstention. What the liberals want is to have our way and our ideas silenced.

Just ask Joe the plumber.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

While I agree that this is a disagreeable position to take on the Hebrew scriptures, NOVA is only one show out of hundreds that PBS produces/broadcasts.
The value of PBS is in the variety of programming that pay television and ad generated broadcasts do not provide: Opera, nature, sadly Lawrence Welk reruns, craft and hobby shows, BBC programming of exceptional quality and some unfortunate mediocrity.
PBS is for those who can't afford extortionary cable channels like DIY, HGTV, Nature, National Geographic, History, Animal Planet, Disney, CMT. Granted there are limits to what PBS can do, even as a publicly funded service. But one can not demean the entire endeavor because someone dares to voice contrary opinions, even if they are heretical and wrong.

In many ways, just having PBS does make us more "Cultured" by its existance. It is the only thing that I do miss about television. The Met isn't the same on the radio since the costumes and the expressions are missing. Mystery is a wonderful program. Have you ever seen Jeremy Brett's Holmes... as true to the original stories as anyone has ever gotten. Brett IS Holmes. The commentary from Diana Rigg before each episode directs you to the original source material and will drive those audiences back to book stores.
Granted PBS does generate a small audience. But cable television has created a niche marketing monster and those channels most likely recieve comperable ratings as PBS.
I don't know that for certain but I have heard the ratings watchers bemoan the genesis of niche channels as the cancer that will kill network tv.
Everything on PBS isn't garbage. Despite the ocassional program like this NOVA episode, it is a valuable public service.
By the by old chap, you pay for crap shows like Charm School and the Flavor of Love if you pay for Cable at all. And you will until these companies allow you to chose the channel menu that is piped into your house.