2006-02-10

Removing All Doubt


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"It is better to be silent and thought a fool than to open one's mouth
and remove all doubt."
- Mark Twain


Jimmy Carter: Apparently he doesn't know what a eugooglee is

Carter Speaking at Coretta Scott King's Funeral and showing, yet again, the stuff that made him quite possibly the worst President ever ...
"It was difficult for them personally - with the civil liberties of both husband and wife violated as they became the target of secret government wiretapping, other surveillance, and as you know, harassment from the FBI."


Even the Clintons, who never miss an opportunity to launch a partisan political jab, understood that this was neither the time, nor the place, for such nonsense. Actually, that's not fair. The Clintons are quite savvy politically. Next to them Carter is Mr. Magoo.

Funny thing is, these remarks are exponentially stronger and more focused than anything Carter did while in office. If only he'd been able to muster such fight when 52 Americans were being held hostage, we might have responded with something more than a helicopter crash.

Mike Holmgren: Would you like some Starbucks with that Whine?

Holmgren addressing fans in Seattle on the day after the Super Bowl ...
"I knew we were playing the Pittsburgh Steelers. I didn't know we were going to have to play the guys in the striped shirts as well."


Had it been the HOUR after the Super Bowl, we might have chalked this up to "heat of the moment." But a day later, after having had time to settle down and gain perspective ... the man is accountable for what he says.

The Seahawks need to own their own failure, and that starts with the coach. The "guys in the striped shirts" weren't dropping Hasselbeck's passes, or comitting offensive holding on crucial plays, or completely wasting the last two minutes of each half.

Sure, the officiating could have been better, and there were some gaffs that went against Seattle. Clean up the referee's work however and the outcome is closer but not different - we'd all be saying, "Gosh, if Seattle could have just screwed up a few less times than almost constantly they might have won this thing!"

Seattle didn't put in a winning effort. To blame the refs is to shirk responsibility for that. If Holmgren is ever going to want his players to take accountability for their actions, he needs to take the lead here.

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