The Errington Thompson Show 12/09/06

The 2 days earlier was the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Think about how we ramped up for that war.

Thursday was the one year anniversary of Drinking Liberally here in Asheville.

The Iraq Study Group report is delivered to the White House. President Bush looked like he just received a vial of the plaque. Both the Democrats and the Republicans have been very cautious with their praise of this report. Some neocons have called James Baker and Lee Hamilton defeat-o-crats. Does the ISG and appointing Robert Gates simple give President Bush time to delay and Stay the Course?

We have an extended version of Let’s Rewind. Donald Rumsfeld officially steps down. Rummy states that there was no more challenging time then right now. I have a little to say about this. I replay some of Rummy’s greatest hits. He has some great sayings.

I discuss these topics and more on the Errington Thompson Show.

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Fascinating debate…..

I caught a program on NPR this afternoon for the first time and it had me absorbed for the entire hour. It was the third in a series called “Intelligence Squared U.S.”, and it was an hour-long abbreviation of a public “Oxford-style” debate held in New York recently. The format includes a moderator, a single motion for the night, and a panel of three speakers in favor of the motion and three speakers in opposition to the motion. A live audience is polled on entrance to the auditorium in regards to their positions on the motion. All six panelists make their opening statements and then the audience is given a chance to ask questions of the panelists. After the questions, each side makes their closing arguments and then the audience is polled again about their positions on the motion.

The proposal debated in this particular program was “A democratically elected Hamas is still a terrorist organization.”

For the motion were Daniel Ayalon, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Steven Cook, a Mideast expert at the Council on Foreign Relations, and John O’Sullivan, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. Against the motion were Stanley Cohen, a lawyer who has representated Muslim and Palestinian activists and imams, Mohamed Mohamedou, of the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, and Mark Perry, co-director of the Conflicts Forum.

Judy Woodruff moderated this particular debate, but each of the three held so far have had different moderators. The program as aired lasted an hour, but the full one hour and 27 minute debate can be listened to at the program’s website.

Previous shows have debated the following proposals: October 3, “We must tolerate a nuclear Iran”, and October 26, “Freedom of expression must include the right to offend.”

Upcoming shows include: December 13, “Hollywood has fueled anti-Americanism abroad”, February 7, “America is too damn religious”, March 14, “Global warming is not a crisis”, April 18, “Better more domestic surveillance than another 9/11”, and May 16, “Beware the dragon: A booming China spells trouble for America.”

I know, I know, just what I needed, more stuff to go listen to. But hey, at least you can stream this on your computer while you’re working on something else.

Romo ain't perfect


AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez


The Cowboys looked great for almost 5 minutes.  Okay, less than 5 minutes.  The offense was bad but the defense was worse.  The defense has gave up 5 TD passes.  The Cowboys in 47 years has never given up 5 TD passes in one game.  The New Orleans Saints exposed the Cowboys pass defense.  They were very soft, deep. There was no pass rush.  None.  This doesn’t begin to tell how bad the Cowboys looked and how good the Saints looked. 

Drew Brees was absolutely great. Midway thru the 4th quarter, Brees is 26/38 for 384 yards and 5 TDS.  No interceptions. 

Tony Romo – 16/33 249 and 2 INTs. 

Cowboys need to go back to the drawing board.

I have resisted jumping on the Cowboys bandwagon.  Why?  The Cowboys have torn out my heart and stomped it many times over the last 10 years.  The Cowboys have been great and they have been awful this year.  I’m hoping that the Cowboys will rally from this beating.