As NewsBusters readers are likely aware, we are one of the finalists for Best Conservative Blog in this year's Weblog Awards. Interested parties should vote here early and often as the polls close on November 8 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
Also, NB contributor PJ Gladnick's blog DUmmie FUnnies is up for Funniest Blog. Please show your support here.
In addition, NB contributor Tom Blumer's BizzyBlog is up for Best Business Blog. Please show him your love here.
Finally, we encourage voting for Stephen McIntyre's Climate Audit as Best Science Blog here. Folks should be aware that Steve is the individual that debunked Michael Mann's absurd Hockey Stick theory in 2003, and recently exposed mistakes in how NOAA calculated average temperatures in the United States since the year 2000.
Please also be advised that NewsBusters' friend Steven Milloy has graciously placed his support behind McIntyre even though his own blog Junk Science is also a finalist. Steve has once again presented himself as the class act we fondly know him to be.
For general debate and discussion. Possible talking point: How concerned are you about the situation in Pakistan? Where do you see this crisis heading and how will it impact the war on terror? If Musharraf is replaced by an Islamic theocrat, is it a darned-good thing Saddam Hussein is no longer ruling Iraq?
For general debate and discussion. Possible talking point: Did last night's green nonsense interfere with your Sunday Night Football viewing pleasure? Or, like me, have you mostly ignored this game because of Olbermann's disgraceful presence?
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?