Wednesday Evening News Roundup

The Indianapolis Colts have released Peyton Manning.

There’s lots of speculation as to why the Indianapolis Colts have made this decision. In my opinion, it was an incredibly stupid decision. The big question is whether Peyton Manning can still play football. If he can’t, he should retire. If he can actually play, he should have stayed at Indianapolis for another couple of seasons and schooled the young rookie, Andrew Luck. I’m sorry, but I’m not buying all the hype that is surrounding Andrew Luck. I’m old enough to remember Todd Marinovich and Ryan Leaf. Both quarterbacks were surrounded with all of the accolades that one could ask for; yet, when they got into the NFL, somehow it just didn’t materialize. Thousands of excuses were made. The bottom line is that these guys were paid a lot of money and were a bust. There are no sure things in the NFL. I don’t care how great you were in college, that greatness does not translate into the NFL. Hell, Tom Brady was mediocre in college at best and is now a great NFL quarterback. Personally, I would take a Peyton Manning playing at 80% of his total capability versus any unproven quarterback.

I enjoyed watching this video of a blogger sneaking a metal object through the TSA high-tech scanners. He makes a compelling argument that these high-tech scanners are nothing more than window dressing. Then, he loses me. He talks about how we need to get rid of the scanners and go back to the old metal detectors and how we need to privatize the TSA. What? Privatize? His argument to privatize the TSA undermines the whole video.

Anonymous has taken down the Vatican website. It seems that this group is undeterred by several recent arrests. I wonder if they wrote their protests in Latin. Now, that would have been classy.

Bill Maher has decided to run to the rescue of Rush Limbaugh. Curious. Basically, his argument on Twitter was that Rush Limbaugh apologized and therefore should be forgiven. He also would like intimidation of Limbaugh sponsors to stop. I’m sorry he didn’t like it. Rush Limbaugh’s non-apology apology didn’t start getting heartfelt until yesterday. Yesterday, we saw a real apology.

Michele Bachmann continues her delusional assault on ObamaCare. Earlier today she said, “Going with that logic, according to our own Health and Human Services Secretary, it isn’t far-fetched to think that the President of the United States could say, we need to save health care expenses – the federal government will only pay for one baby to be born in the hospital per family, or two babies to be born per family. That could happen. We think it couldn’t?” Pigs could fly. Beggars could ride. I could go on.

Mitt Romney

If you think that the media is manipulating this election, I think you’re right. I think there are too many incentives for the media NOT to try to pump up Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. The bottom line is that the GOP field is the weakest in over 30 years. Bob Dole, former Sen. and former GOP nominee for president, would mop the floor with these guys. Last night’s suspense-less piece of theater was mind numbingly awful. Anyone following the selection knew how was it going to go before anyone went to the ballot box. Newt Gingrich was going to win Georgia. Ron Paul was going to win around 9% of the vote. Rick Santorum would take a couple of states. Mitt Romney would win Massachusetts and a couple of northern states. The icing on the cake was the small margin of victory that Mitt Romney was going to have in Ohio. Please do not tell me you were surprised. We’ve seen the saga many times before in this election season. Mitt Romney, going into Florida, had a huge deficit. He spent a ton of money and squeaked out a victory against a suddenly bewildered and unfocused Newt Gingrich. (Remember him talking about moon bases? How is that message disciplined?) Then, just last week, we had the nailbiter in Michigan. Mitt Romney was going to lose his home state, remember? Then, Rick Santorum launched into his Obama is an education snob routine and talked about the famous speech by JFK which made him puke. Mitt Romney opened up the cash register and somehow, just barely, each got a victory. How many times are we going to fall for this Charlie Brown, Lucy and the football routine.