January 29th, 2009

“Who Rules the GOP?”

Its easy to dismiss the blathering idiocy of Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh, but I know too many people that take these buffoons seriously without realizing how terminally wrong they are to a fault. Pointing to the internets and blogs does not help; instead it is more likely to reinforce the authority of these blowhards in the conservative mind.

This is part of the reason I’m fascinated by the changing dynamics in right-wing noise machine as it tries to adjust to the left-ward shift in power in Washington. Witness (via DKos): GOP Congressman Apologizes For Offending Limbaugh Fans.

These guys are “all in” as far as Obama is concerned, esp. Limbaugh and his pronouncements about hoping the Administration fails, and they’ve staked a lot of their credibility on those “hopes”.  So here’s to the inauspicious and rapid demise of Rush and his idiot squad!

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If you’ve seen one World Cup, you’ve seen them all.

Not a big fan of soccer.  Maybe this study from University of the Basque Country Researchers sheds some light on why the popularity of “soccer”  in the United States remains stagnant.

The main conclusion is that the way in which the teams play has not varied over the three World Cups studied. “Today we would not be able to distinguish between a game played by teams in the France ’98 World Cup and one played in Germany ’06,” the researchers point out.

Certainly the same cannot be said for the SuperBowl.

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