March 15, 2006

Democrats: the gift that just keeps giving – here (Michelle Malkin has a round-up of reaction from the Left), and here.

UPDATE 16:44 MST: And, as it turns out, this, which is a bonafide hoot:

A Democratic state representative apologized Tuesday for saying U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, D-Conn., should “come to Jesus” and reverse his support for the war in Iraq.

Rep. David McCluskey, D-West Hartford, made the remark in response to questions from reporters after he announced that he could not support Lieberman’s re-election. Lieberman is a practicing Orthodox Jew.

I’m tellling ya folks, you can’t make this stuff up….

Along those same lines: OK, it’s a joke, but it does make for a great pic!

For all you geology fans out there, this is pretty cool – it would appear the horn of Africa is slowly splittling away from the rest of the continent.

Normally changes to our geological environment take place almost imperceptibly. A life time is too short to see rivers changing course, mountains rising skywards or valleys opening up. In north-eastern Africa’s Afar Triangle, though, recent months have seen hundreds of crevices splitting the desert floor and the ground has slumped by as much as 100 meters (328 feet). At the same time, scientists have observed magma rising from deep below as it begins to form what will eventually become a basalt ocean floor. Geologically speaking, it won’t be long until the Red Sea floods the region. The ocean that will then be born will split Africa apart.

Maybe someone can help me out here – if the Red Sea floods into the gap between the horn and the continent, does that constitute a new ocean, or does the horn just become a very large island in an expanded sea?

Drunken horseplay? From the AP via Free Republic:

The man charged with homicide in his girlfriend’s fatal fall from the window of his 23d-floor apartment was released after posting bail yesterday, and he apologized to her family. “I’m so, so sorry for what happened,” Kevin P. Eckenrode, 25, said after a judge set bail at $200,000. Eckenrode is a press aide with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, although he has been suspended without pay.

He has told police he was dangling Rachel M. Kozlusky, 23, from the window Feb. 25 during drunken horseplay when he lost his grip. Fran Chardo, Dauphin County first assistant district attorney, said investigators had not turned up evidence to support first- or second-degree murder charges, making Eckenrode eligible for release on bail. He is charged with general criminal homicide.

Geez, and I thought a full-contact version of “spin the bottle” was dangerous…

This does not sound promising for the Red Sox’ prospects this year:

With Opening Day less than three weeks away, scouts watching the Red Sox say the team should be concerned about third baseman Mike Lowell, 32, and first baseman J.T. Snow, 38.

Lowell, in the words of one scout, has “lost his body quickness.” Snow also lacks athleticism. Kevin Youkilis, 27, can’t play both first and third — and after hitting only one homer in 79 at-bats last season, he might lack sufficient power to be a corner infielder for a championship club.

The Red Sox have a starting pitcher to trade — left-hander David Wells, right-hander Matt Clement or right-hander Bronson Arroyo — and they’re also shopping second baseman Tony Graffanino. But it seems doubtful they would address first base or third before the start of the season.

We found out last year what can happen if you don’t take care of business at first base. Theo, give Lowell through May – max – time to straighten himself out. If he can’t by then, put Youkilis back there and go get yourself a real first baseman. Please.

Things are changing on the PGA Tour:
* Arnold Palmer’s tournament, the Bay Hill Invitational, will officially become the “Arnold Palmer Invitational” starting in 2007. A nice gesture, and about time, given Arnie’s age. (Though I’m not sure GB “Killer” would agree…..)

*Next year’s Honda Classic is slated to become the “New Honda Classic” when it moves to PGA National’s Champions course. There will also be a new charity: financing a new wing for a local hospital whose work is close to Barbara and Jack Nicklaus’ heart. Might this, or perhaps Jack’s “the Memorial” event, someday become the “Jack Nicklaus Invitational”? I hope so.

* Speaking of Jack, he’s concerned about the latest changes to Augusta National and it’s effect on this year’s Masters. Don’t matter, Jack – Tiger’s a lock. Bet the farm and all the animals on it.

Finally, The Anchoress is one of my favorite daily stops around the blogsphere. Today, she takes us on a dizzying tour that is a virtual pu-pu platter of potpourri.

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