Saturday, January 07, 2006


A few random thoughts and opinions...

I hope to write a "Why I Blog" post in the near future, something I think about every once in a while. The idea was reinforced by Jack's recent post. I also hope to write about "Why I Believe In Judaism", something Holy Hyrax and others expressed interest in a while ago. Unfortunately, I am not sure when I will have the time to really sit and write such things, as finals are beginning this week, thanks to the dumbest school schedule I have seen in a long time.

It's nice to see the calls of Newt Gingrich and other Republicans to rid the GOP of corruption in light of the Abramoff scandal. It's also nice to see Tom Delay step down in light of the issues he needs to deal with. I like this quote:
Urging a new leadership election as soon as possible, DeLay said the majority leader's job and "the mandate of the Republican majority are too important to be hamstrung, even for a few months, by personal distractions."
I believe the economy is in good shape, considering a 4.9% unemployment rate and another 4.3% increase in GDP (4Q, 2005), and I believe that the Bush tax cuts played a major role in this. I also believe that you have to have very little knowledge of economics or an extremely biased viewpoint to not realize either of those.

I think Lebron James is one of the most talented and exciting players I've ever seen in any sport. This video is a great example.

Ariel Sharon was one of the greatest tacticians recent history has seen - no matter what your opinions are on what he has done. I argued this point in Sharon the Genius? a few months ago. It is nice to see he will survive, though it is a shame he will not return to power. This is not because I agree with him, necessarily: It is far more because he is the only current Israeli politician capable of running the country effectively. I much prefer a government led by Sharon's Kadima with the Likud, right-wing, and religious parties playing a major role in the coalition.

The Redskins beat the Bucs in a great defensive game (which is what I told friends over Shabbos would happen - though it was pretty obvious that it would be a great defenseive game). I don't understand how an NFL player (Sean Taylor) can be so immature to spit into another guy's face, though. The Patriots will beat the Jaguars - it may be a close game, score-wise, but nobody will get the impression that the Jaguars had a great shot at winning. The Giants will lose to the Panthers, because their defense isn't good enough to stop the Panthers consistently and the Panthers defense is good enough to stop Tiki Barber enough while cover Eli Manning's passes. Watch for interceptions on overthrown balls. The Steelers will be victorious over the Bengals for the simple reason that the Bengals just aren't all that great of a team. Look at how the Bengals have done against good teams: Losses to the Colts, Jaguars, and Chiefs; and a split season series with the Steelers themselves, including a loss at home. The only other good team they beat was the Bears in Week 3, who started the season 1-3. The Bengals' defense hasn't been all that great, either, giving up 23 points a game since Week 5.

Off to a bar-mitzvah in Far Rockaway. Curious what people think of my ramblings...