For general debate and discussion. Possible talking point: as it seems inappropriate to discuss tomorrow, what do folks think about Halloween? Is there any value to this "holiday" whatsoever, or just a clever way for snack and candy companies to sell their wares?
News item: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, right, is confronted by CodePink member Desiree Sairooz, her hands painted red, as she arrives to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, before the House Foreign Relations Committee
For general debate and discussion. Possible talking point:
How's real estate doing in your area? Where I live in Northern California, the middle-income and higher areas are doing just fine. It's the lower income sections, where apparently more sub-prime mortgages were issued, that are seeing declining prices and large inventories. What are you seeing? Is it as bad as the media are making out?
News item: Maria Shriver is shown in this 2004 file photo in Berkeley, Calif. Shriver said she won't resume her TV news career after witnessing the media spectacle surrounding the death of Anna Nicole Smith.
Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, the old saying goes. It's certainly applicable to liberal talk show host Bill Maher, who got a taste of venom from the far-left 9/11 conspiracy crowd during a recent taping of his "Real Time" program before a live studio audience.
With Rutgers upsetting USF Thursday, it seems a metaphysical certitude that this crazy season of underdog victories will continue. With that in mind, here are the games that could produce surprises:
Without appearing to suck up to my dear friend Blonde, I think Florida beats Kentucky. They've had a good week off to prepare, and from what I've read, have had strong practices during this period. By contrast, after a win like Kentucky had over LSU Saturday, it can be tough to have focused practices, which often leads to a disappointing letdown. I like Florida here to right its season with a win today.
I predicted last week that Oregon State could beat my Bears (full disclosure, this is my alma!) as I had been told that Longshore's injury was more serious than being reported. As such, I'm concerned that UCLA could also upset Cal today destroying what prior to last Saturday evening looked like a miracle season.
Colorado has a real shot at beating Kansas in Boulder today. I think the Buffalos are a much stronger team than their record shows, and now that the Huskers have fallen off the cliff, a win today makes their whole season thereby setting them up nicely for 2008.
Not much of an upset call here, but Illinois at home should beat Michigan.
*****Update: Florida beat Kentucky. UCLA beat Cal (sigh).
For general debate and discussion. Possible talking point: the stock market had an awful week capped by yesterday's huge selloff. Part of Friday's move was ignited by famed hedge fund manager Julian Robertson who told CNBC's Erin Burnett (video available at link), "I think we are going to have a doozy of a recession."
Is he right, or is the market predicting another economic downturn that won't happen?
MRC president and NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell appeared on the October 15 "Hannity & Colmes" to discuss the New York Times ignoring retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez's recent complaints about shoddy, biased, and inaccurate media coverage of the war in Iraq.
Among other complaints, Sanchez hit the media for its "unwillingness to accurately and prominently correct your mistakes and your agenda-driven biases sometimes contribute to this corrosive environment."
Below is the opening exchange between Bozell and liberal co-host Alan Colmes:
The former top U.S. military commander in Iraq, Army Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, addressed the annual conference of Military Reporters and Editors on October 12. While his condemnations of what he called “a glaring and unfortunate display of incompetent strategic leadership” have been widely reported, his criticisms of the media’s Iraq coverage has received far less attention. Here is an excerpt of Sanchez’s speech:
As all of you know I have a wide range of relationships and experiences with our nation’s military writers and editors. There are some in your ranks who I consider to be the epitome of journalistic professionalism -- Joe Galloway, Thom Shanker, Sig Christensen, and John Burns immediately come to mind. They exemplify what America should demand of our journalists -- tough reporting that relies upon integrity, objectivity and fairness to give accurate and thorough accounts that strengthen our freedom of the press and in turn our democracy.
On the other hand, unfortunately, I have issued ultimatums to some of you for unscrupulous reporting that was solely focused on supporting your agenda and preconcieved notions of what our military had done.