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Saturday, December 13, 2003
Michigan State 74
Good intense game where MSU fell behind early and couldn't quite make it up.
I'd complain about Chuck Hayes of Kentucky getting away with an intentional foul on Shannon Brown with less than 90 seconds left, but shortly thereafter Tom Izzo got away with clearly being on the court and within a few feet of a Kentucky player while the game was in play.
With some improvements Michigan State could be quite good this year, although those improvements are very much needed, even if right now each loss is highly frustrating.
The AP writes:
A basketball world-record crowd of 78,129 attended Saturday's game at Ford Field between Kentucky (No. 2 ESPN/USA Today; No/ 8 AP) and Michigan State (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today; No. 21 AP).Next up is South Florida on Tuesday in East Lansing.
Members of Congress from both parties are pushing for the first significant increase in the size of the active-duty military in 16 years, despite resistance from the Pentagon.Yeah!
"Army's prosecution of Muslim chaplain falls apart" is the title of Thursday's Christian Science Monitor post by Tom Regan.
In a story from yesterday BBC News writes:
US-led forces in Afghanistan are expanding peacekeeping operations outside the capital, Kabul.***
Ariana Eunjung Cha writes in today's Washington Post:
More than half the men in the first unit to be trained for the new Iraqi army have abandoned their jobs because of low pay, inadequate training, faulty equipment, ethnic tensions and other concerns, leaving the nascent 1st Battalion dramatically understaffed just days before it is scheduled to leave training camp for its first assignment, Iraqi, U.S. and other coalition officials say.Michael Georgy of Reuters writes:
The top U.S. general in Iraq said on Saturday he would rethink the Iraqi army pay structure after a wave of recruits quit the new force over low salaries...Time for the Syrian exit strategy?
If you subscribe to the theory that U.S. President George W. Bush is an idiot (FWIW, I neither believe that he is nor am certain that he isn't), you should be happy to know that he has something like Barney Cam II: Barney Reloaded to focus on.
Isn't kind of odd that instead of something like Finding Barney Team Bush has decided to "parody" a generally not well-received film?
...I do wonder how much longer I will do the political cartoons. I don’t feel as angry or as frustrated anymore. Two years after September 11th I feel like there is a lot more open criticism and skepticism of the Bush administration especially with how they handled the war in Iraq. In October 2001 I just felt like nobody was saying what they were actually feeling or how bad the situation would be for Afghanistan. So that made my anger more acute. I’m kind of naturally lazy so now I feel like I don’t make strips about certain things because someone else will or everyone already knows because it’s a different climate. But I still get angry and frustrated with the continuing bad situation in Afghanistan. I’m so worried we are not going to follow through like we should. But it’s a different kind of anger than the acute anger I had all through 2001.It is nice that his voice has reached a fairly wide audience.
A 78-year-old retired schoolteacher is coming forward after years of silence to claim she is the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, her attorney said Saturday.Go figure.