This humor comes to us courtesy of Mark Kelly…
Many folks like to equate our current experience in Iraq to our failed experience in Viet Nam. In reality, the current situation in the Middle East is much closer to the history of the Barbary Wars. For those of you not versed in American history, the Barbary War was our first overseas military engagement and America’s longest overseas military involvement. It lasted from 1783 to 1815 and it involved the Moslem countries of Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli. The Moslem nations pirated American ships in the Mediterranean Sea and held the crews hostage. Believe it or not, it was Thomas Jefferson (yes, the founding father) who first argued that that the United States needed to confront the Moslems.
This subject is addressed in detail in a new book by Michael Oren entitled “Power, Faith, and Fantasy“. His book provides a sweeping history of America’s involvement in the Middle East from 1776 to the present.
It is very fascinating reading and very pertinent to our current situation… There is a great interview with Oren at Pajamas Media.
I made it to the Dayton Bombers game last night at the “Nutt House” and watched a decisive 6 to 2 victory over the Toledo Storm. This was a make-up game from an earlier date that was cancelled due to heavy snow. Since there were less than 1,000 fans in attendance, my buddy Dave Chaliff and I decided to get a seat close to the action (see the photo from my Treo below)… I always enjoys seeing the glass shake with the good body checks in the corners…
If you were paying attention, you may have noticed that former NBA basketball player Tim Hardaway publicly commented: “I don’t like gay people and I don’t like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don’t like it. It shouldn’t be in the world or in the United States.” Naturally, just about everyone bashed Hardaway, and he has been banished from any association with the NBA.
Michael Medved performed a detailed analysis at Townhall and came to a simple conclusion:
“Those who insist that basketball teams or submarine crews must welcome gay recruits must, for the sake of consistency, argue for the same welcome to teammates of the opposite gender. That notion – that a male player could, for instance, join a WNBA team without serious problems – shows the way that political correctness now seems to deny the obvious, often overwhelming potency of human sexuality.”
Medved’s conclusion seems reasonable to me. Another fundamental question would appear to be: is homosexuality perfectly normal and a natural human right? I for one do not care if someone is afflicted with homosexuality. However, I don’t want people to “celebrate” homosexuality and try to convince me and my family that it’s perfectly normal.
From Deadspin on sports, I’ve discovered this story about Tamir Goodman… Folks that have been following basketball for more than 10 years will remember Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan,” who excited many by winning a high school All-Star MVP award and then playing NCAA basketball at Maryland. He ultimately left college partly because he wouldn’t play on the Sabbath.
Evidently, Goodman is currently playing in a semi-pro league in Israel and is more interested in being an observant Jew than worrying about playing in the NBA.
If you have any questions about Jews playing NCAA basketball, you can check here. Believe it or not, there are almost 30 playing Division 1 basketball (naturally, playing at places such as Yale, Princeton, and Stanford).
I noticed an important name missing from that list is John Scheyer who starts at Duke as a Freshman. Scheyer played in Northbrook, Illinois and my brother-in-law, Daryl, actually coached him during his early years.
Not to be confused with the Jordan name, one of the better-known Jewish basketball players is Jordan Farmar, who has a Jewish mother, a black father, and a Jewish step-father. Farmar now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers…
You’ve probably read my postings on basketball at UD and WSU and thought “what happened to DZ’s support of the Buckeyes?”… don’t worry, I haven’t overlooked my alma matter at OSU. They had a great victory at home on Sunday against Wisconsin to clinch the Big 10 crown.
Nevertheless, WSU is a team of overachievers and I think that OSU is potentially a team of underachievers. As I’ve said before, the Buckeyes have great individual talent, but it just appears that they don’t gel as a team.
Dean Barnett over at Townhall is reviewing Ariel Sharon’s autobiography “Warrior.” Barnett notes, “Sharon writes in some detail of how Israel’s Labor Party actively undermined Israel’s war in Lebanon to rout the PLO. At the time Likud was in power. It was Likud’s fourth year in power; up until 1977, Labor had always run Israel. Labor was aghast that the war was succeeding. Although Labor was ostensibly Israel’s peace party, Likud had already signed a peace treaty with Egypt and was about to sign one with Lebanon after expelling the PLO. That would make two more peace treaties in the region than Labor had gotten done in almost 30 yerars. In an emergency meeting of Labor Party players, party chief Shimon Peres described the crisis:
‘Contrary to our previous suspicions, the war is a big success. It is about to reach its most important objectives. In a few days – and one cannot escape the facts – an Israeli-Lebanese peace will be signed. This will be their second peace treaty. They will also succeed in sending Arafat and his terrorists to hell as well as in breaking the PLO.’
The ‘their’ and ‘they’ refer to Labor’s domestic political opponents. Labor organized massive peace protests. They prepared to demand Sharon’s resignation over bogus charges related to the Sabra and Shatilla massacres. These things gave the PLO hope. They let Arafat know that if held out, Israeli domestic politics could ride to his rescue.”
This one is for my buddy Steve Davidson who has elected to hang tough with Ford Motor Company… For those of you not aware, Ford has literally mortgaged their future and finally acknowledged that they are no longer one of the world’s leading auto manufacturers.
It’s interesting to see that the NBA is leveraging YouTube as another means for publicizing basketball. This is a snippet of the top 10 plays for a week in February…
2 min 29 sec