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  1. Go Tribe....here's to rooting for a cool WS of the Rockies & Cleveland.
  2. Preston Parker is a cool name It's no "Luscious Pusey" Actual college player... Yeah he is from S. Fla. I worked with him too. Nice kid.
  3. WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A former commander of coalition forces in Iraq issued a harsh assessment of U.S. management of the war, saying that American political leaders cost American lives on the battlefield with their "lust for power." Sanchez: No concerted effort in U.S. to devise a strategy to win the war in Iraq. Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, coalition commander in 2003 and 2004, called the Iraq war "a nightmare with no end in sight," for which he said the Bush administration, the State Department and Congress all share blame. Sanchez told a group of military reporters in Arlington, Virginia, on Friday that such dereliction of duty by a military officer would mean immediate dismissal or court martial, but the politicians have not been held accountable. He said the Iraq war plan from the start was "catastrophically flawed, unrealistically optimistic," and the administration has not provided the resources necessary for victory, which he said the military could never achieve on its own. Still, he said, the U.S. cannot pull out of Iraq without causing chaos that would have global implications. "After more than four years of fighting, America continues its desperate struggle in Iraq without any concerted effort to devise a strategy that will achieve victory in that war torn country or in the greater conflict against extremism," Sanchez said. Sanchez pointed to what he said was "neglect and incompetence at the National Security Council level" which has put the U.S. military into "an intractable situation" in Iraq. NSC spokeswoman Kate Starr issued a short response to Sanchez Friday evening: "We appreciate his service to the country. As General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker said, there's more work to be done but progress is being made in Iraq. And that's what we're focused on now." Sanchez, who retired in 2006, said it was his duty to obey orders and not object publicly when he was on active duty, but now that he is retired he has an obligation to speak out. "While the politicians espouse a rhetoric designed to preserve their reputations and their political power, our soldiers die," he said. The administration, he said, has ignored messages from field commanders that warned repeatedly that "our military alone could not achieve victory" without corresponding help from the State Department. "Our National leadership ignored the lessons of World War Two as we entered into this war and to this day continue to believe that victory can be achieved through the application of military power alone," he said. "From a catastrophically flawed, unrealistically optimistic war plan, to the administration's latest surge strategy, this administration has failed to employ and synchronize its political, economical and military power," he said. Sanchez said the current strategy, which included a "surge" of troops into Iraq, was "a desperate attempt by the administration that has not accepted the political and economic realities of this war and they have definitely not been able to communicate effectively that reality to the American people." "Too often, our politicians have been distracted and they have chosen loyalty to their political parties above loyalty to the Constitution because of their lust for power," he said. Congress, he said, has failed its job of oversight. "Who will demand accountability for the failure of our national political leadership involved in the management of this war," he said. "They have unquestionably been derelict in in the performance of their duty. In my profession, these types of leaders would be immediately relieved or court-martialed." Sanchez was pessimistic about the chances of victory in Iraq unless there is a major change in commitment. "Continued manipulations and adjustments to our military strategy will not achieve victory," he said. "The best we can do with this flawed approach is stave off defeat." "There is no question America is living a nightmare with no end in sight," he said. The nightmare will not end, he said, until the partisan struggle for power in Washington ends. advertisement "National efforts to date have been corrupted by partisan politics that have prevented us from devising an effective, executable and supportable strategies," he said. "At times, these partisan struggles have led us to political decisions that endangered the lives of our sons and daughters on the battlefield. The unmistakable message was that political power had greater priority than our national security objectives." "Overcoming this strategic failure is the first step toward achieving victory in Iraq," he said. "Without bipartisan cooperation, we are doomed to fail. There is nothing going on today in Washington that would give us hope." http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/13/ira...chez/index.html
  4. The Fan

    NBA Preseason

    I would set the bar for the over/under at 15.5ppg for JJ this year. whoa and I would bet my entire gambling bankroll on that under. Yeah, you're probably right. Might have had a little too much liquor in my system when I said that. However, I do think he will play fairly well if he gets to start this year.
  5. The Fan

    NBA Preseason

    I would set the bar for the over/under at 15.5ppg for JJ this year.
  6. I know a certain moderator on here that did it. Anyway, i'm pot free (amazingly). Fixed. Hah I know who you're referring to... Yes, I have smoked a few times. It's no biggie-- it isn't that great. I never did pay for that, though. I'd usually get it from my ex-boyfriend or other friends. :thumbup Girls rarely pay for weed. Correct. I never did. Although int he interest of full disclosure, I never paid for weed and I am not a girl. I just had a skeezebag drug dealer roommate. ungrateful f***, how you gonna call somebody who hooks you up for free a skeezebag? :mis2 Because he stole my laptop. So you paid for the weed after all. :mis2
  7. How did she know I don't follow laws??? She is so smart. Guess it's time to change religions for me because I can't wait to be 'perfect,' thanks Ann!
  8. Swift, why even respond anymore? Statistics dictate your point to be the correct thought. No use even wasting any additional time trying to prove a point that people blinded by hatred will always refuse to acknowledge. If Barry Bonds' name was 'Ken Griffey Jr.' people would be all for this move.
  9. Does it even matter who comes out of the NFC this year? It seems like a JV league compared the the AFC.
  10. Who do you guys like in the WSH-GB game? Why? GB: 1. In GB 2. Bookies favor GB, which is good enough for me (also, Campbell is still a game manager more than a QB at this point in his career....more faith in Favre.)
  11. Maybe I'm in the minority, but I think baseball managers are extremely overrated, and unlike the other 'big two' sports, the job description is more "don't screw u[" than actual strategy. To me, Torre is as good as the next and it doesn't really matter if they fire him or who they bring in, as long as the new guy doesn't do some ridiculous stuff.
  12. So you think it's your right to smoke and make me cough or end up with cancer? Your rights end the minute they infringe upon others' rights. Agreed.
  13. Some people here act like we had some superb defensive team this past year and brining on Bonds would sabotage that. Fact is our defense sucked, our pitching sucked. Brining in Bonds would only be an upgrade from last years team overall and anybody who can put their jaded views from hatred aside could see that easily.
  14. Bottom line, he is still a consistantly premeire closer in baseball and those are harder to find than a premeire left handed starter. really? CC, Johan, Bedard, Kazmir... am I missing anyone else? maybe Hamels? premier closers from 2007: Valverde, KRod, Putz, Jenks, Saito, Nathan, Papelbon, Wagner, Isringhausen, Corpas(perhaps) Buehrle and Hamels. This is also leaving out people like RJ and Zito who had injuries or off years. Your closer list is nonsense. Valverde had a good season - doesn't make him a reliable closer. Borowski has had two good seasons - still not a reliable closer. On my list is Mo, KRod, Putz, Hoffman, and Wagner - maybe Papelbon. I'd say RJ and Zito are finished as far as being premiere goes. Johnson is 44-years-old and is coming off a season which he was limited to 10 games before being finished and having a 5 era the year before. Can he still be effective, maybe even above average? Sure, but he is most likely done as far as premier. While Zito is younger, and this year was only his really poor year in the last 3, he was so atrocious looking when watching him live, it makes me really skeptical to think he might ever be what he once was. His velocity was down a good deal this year, consistently in the mid 80s with his fastball, and he really struggled to locate his curve for most of the year, which isn't a promising sign. Obviously I could be wrong, as he came back from a poor 2004 to have 2 good years in a row, and had a good August this year, after a horrendous July, I am skeptical for the reason I stated. I agree with Ramp though, I think it is harder to find a premier lefty than a premier closer. With that said, I would take your future closer over almost anybody for the future.
  15. Theres bad and theres physically unable. I don't think people realize how slow and how bad his defense is For someone so slow and bad, his range factor was very close to the league average this year. While I don't think you will get an argument that his fielding is anything special at this point, his offense more than makes up for him being an average (or even slightly below) fielder at this point. You said you are using common sense as your basis, and not statistics, however, statistics show that there really isn't a common sense argument that can be made to say based on his previous (recent) performance, Bond's wouldn't be an upgrade to this team.
  16. Only a dope wouldn't think Bonds would benefit the Marlins. High OBP.....check. Likely increase in attendance (even if small).....check. Protection for Cabs.....check. I could go on and on, but there really isn't a need. The positives FAR outweigh the negatives.
  17. I just hope the jets give Kellen Clemens a chance soon. No point in not, he has a very good arm and you guys have some WRs that can stretch the field. Game planning the Jets isn't difficult when you have such a limited QB, which also clogs the running lanes since people can play closer to the line.
  18. I gave up hope on the season when we drafted a kick returner #9 over Brady Quinn, despite not having a good QB on the roster.
  19. Why haven't I seen this story reported yet on ESPN.com? Not to say this story isn't accurate, but ARod was on ESPN during the homerun derby and basically said he didn't have his mind made up and then minutes later this was posted. Weird.
  20. We've been there four years and if we left the country would go to hell. How much longer do we need? 10 more years? 15? This is the million dollar question. Everyone who wants to stay there just points out how bad things will be when we leave. But how long do we stay? The pro-war people said everything would go smoothly. It didn't. The pro-war people said everything would settle down after a year, that it was just pockets of Sadaam loyalists. It didn't. The pro-war people said after we got Sadaam and his kids, everything would be a-ok. Nope. Now they are saying ok, maybe we approached it wrong and maybe things went badly, but NOW things will be ok and we should stick it out. How has all credibility not been lost? Why should I believe the same people who have consistently been full of sh*t? Great post. Don't forget going over there b/c of the need to destroy the WMD, too.
  21. Why didn't Antoine just head-butt him? That would have sent the thief flying into the ground like a whack-a-mole. lol....could a speeding bullet even penetrate that cranium of his?
  22. (you're not and haven't been a scientist!) Uh, I AM a scientist. BS in biology at Duke, 8 days away from advancing to Ph.D candidacy in biochemistry/molecular genetics at Pitt. :lol :lol :lol
  23. How do the Iraqi people feel? Should we find a poll where the mass majority of them want us out? The article clearly says that they would love to see us gone, but that they fear it may be for the worst for us to leave. We shouldnt have gone in to begin with, but I'll defer to Accord's knowledge on this issue since hes seen it for himself. That's the key right there. We shouldn't have gone in and when we did, it was basically under false pretenses.
  24. Yahoo.com Bush denies Congress access to aides By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer 16 minutes ago WASHINGTON - President Bush invoked executive privilege Monday to deny requests by Congress for testimony from two former aides about the firings of federal prosecutors. ADVERTISEMENT The White House, however, did offer again to make former counsel Harriet Miers and one-time political director Sara Taylor available for private, off-the-record interviews. In a letter to the heads of the House and Senate Judiciary panels, White House counsel Fred Fielding insisted that Bush was acting in good faith and refused lawmakers' demand that the president explain the basis for invoking the privilege. The latest move in the separation of powers fight between the legislative and executive branches came as members of Congress began returning from their Fourth of July recess. An atmosphere of high tension accompanied the resumption of work as a fight also loomed there between majority Democrats and some key Republicans and Bush over his Iraq war policy. In his letter regarding subpoenas the Judiciary panels issued, Fielding said, "The president feels compelled to assert executive privilege with respect to the testimony sought from Sara M. Taylor and Harriet E. Miers." "You may be assured that the president's assertion here comports with prior practices in similar contexts, and that it has been appropriately documented," the letter said. Fielding was responding to a 10 a.m. EDT deadline set by the Democratic chairmen, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, for the White House to explain it's privilege claim, prove that the president personally invoked it and provide logs of which documents were being withheld. As expected, Fielding refused to comply. He said he was acting at Bush's direction, and he complained that the committees had decided to enforce the subpoenas whether or not the White House complied. "The committees have already prejudged the question, regardless of the production of any privilege log," Fielding wrote. "In such circumstances, we will not be undertaking such a project, even as a further accommodation." Conyers' response left little doubt where the matter was headed. "Contrary what the White House may believe, it is the Congress and the courts that will decide whether an invocation of Executive Privilege is valid, not the White House unilaterally," the House chairman said in a statement. The privilege claim on testimony by former aides won't necessarily prevent them from testifying this week, as scheduled. Leahy said that Taylor, Bush's former political director, may testify as scheduled before the Senate panel on Wednesday. The House Judiciary Committee scheduled Miers' testimony for Thursday, but it was unclear whether she would appear, according to congressional aides speaking on condition of anonymity because negotiations were under way. The exchange Monday was the latest step in a slow-motion legal waltz between the White House and lawmakers toward eventual contempt-of-Congress citations. If neither side yielded in that circumstance, it would go to a federal court. The probe into the U.S. attorney firings was only one of several Democratic-led investigations of the White House and its use of executive power spanning the war in Iraq, Bush's secretive wiretapping program and his commutation last week of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's prison sentence. Meanwhile, several Democratic-run investigations are playing out this week as they head toward contempt of Congress citations and, if neither side yields, federal court. On Iraq, Democrats expect to resume legislative challenges to Bush's policy on the war as the Senate this week takes up a major defense spending bill. The administration has been concerned about an escalation of Iraqi war fervor. So much so that Defense Secretary Robert Gates canceled a four-nation South American tour this week to work with the White House on Iraq policy. unclear whether she will appear. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, said Monday there had been "a steady erosion for the president's policy" in Congress because of the "tremendous loss of life among our troops" in June and "the failure of the Iraqi government to pursue the political reforms that are necessary to quell the sectarian violence." Collins is among the Senate Republicans seeking to see U.S. troops departing Iraq by early 2008. Bush's strategy for a short-term troop increase to stabilize Baghdad and certain parts of Iraq has not been successful, she said. "The president argued that we needed to undertake the surge in order to give the Iraq government the time, the space to pursue the political reforms," Collins said on CNN. "That hasn't happened. Instead it has been our troops who are making the sacrifice, who are bearing the burden, and that's why you see a real change in support for the Iraq strategy." In Baghdad Monday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari warned that a quick American troop withdrawal could lead to civil war and the collapse of the Iraqi state.
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