Ryan Grant hasn’t played since suffering a season-ending ankle injury in Week 1, but the Packers running back still could end up having an impact on Sunday’s NFC title-game showdown against the Bears.
As if being three-point underdogs (despite being the higher seed and playing on their home field) isn’t enough to feed the Bears’ eternal appetite for motivation through disrespect, they can use this Twitter post from Grant, sent Saturday night after Green Bay’s blowout win in Atlanta:
“1st n last tweet .Pack Fans might want 2 start booking flights 4 feb. Not looking ahead but u c we just have better players than other teams.”
That’s right, as if the Bears need more motivation. They’re 3 point underdogs on their home field to their most hated rival. Now they have to deal with Ryan Grant, who hasn’t played since September, making asinine comments.
Not for nothing, but seriously Grant, shut the hell up.
A single post by Don Surber encapsulates what I’ve been feeling about the Left’s reaction to the Tuscon massacre:
Last week, the left quickly blamed the right for the national tragedy of a shooting spree by a madman who never watched Fox News, never listened to Rush Limbaugh and likely did not know who Sarah Palin is.
Fortunately, the American public rejected out of hand that idiotic notion that the right was responsible.
Rather than apologize, the left wants to change the tone of the political debate.
The left suddenly wants civil discourse.
The left wants to play games of semantics.
The left wants us to be civil — after being so uncivil for a decade.
Be sure to read the entire post.
[Hat Tip: Memeorandum]
Last night, Aaron Rodgers gave one of the most unbelievable and dominating performances by an NFL quarterback that I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. And I’m saying this as a guy who’s been a Packer fan since 1990, and all throughout the Brett Favre years. Just absolute domination with the football, and he tore apart the Falcons secondary.
And now we’re going to the NFC Championship game!
This is an actual story at Politico. When the pundits scratch their heads as to why Congressional approval ratings are at all-time lows, its partially due to things like this:
Momentum is building to mix the traditionally partisan seating arrangements at the State of the Union later this month, even though there’s no clear plan for how to actually make that happen.
Several Senate Republicans have signed on to the effort, along with a few key House leaders, who have endorsed Democratic Sen. Mark Udall’s proposal to head across the aisle – literally – and sit with members of the opposite party during the annual address on Jan. 25.
All told, more than two dozen members of Congress have publicly endorsed the idea.
Congressional seating is open at the State of the Union on a first-come basis, so anyone can sit anywhere — outside of the first few rows reserved for cabinet officials, Supreme Court justices and certain congressional leaders.
The real test will come the evening of the address, when members will choose to sit with their parties or mix it up. But at least on paper, Udall’s request for a “symbolic gesture of unity” is gaining support.
Unemployment is over 9%. Economic growth is anemic, and the housing market is in a double-dip. But Americans should be comforted in the fact that our elected overlords are making progress on Congressional comity and seating arrangements all in the name of bogus “unity”.
Andrew McCarthy nails it all in this must-read piece–the strategy, the Alinsky tactics, the complicity of the media, etc:
[T]he instantaneous reaction of the hard Left, President Obama’s base, was to politicize the Tucson atrocity as a natural, an inevitable, result of conservative ideology, enthusiasm for immigration-law enforcement and gun ownership by law-abiding Americans, and dissent from Obama’s policies [...]
The atrocity has called on us to indulge a double fantasy. First, that it is worth the time and effort to engage Obama’s base in a debate about the root cause of the shootings, and specifically about whether what the Left frames as an atmosphere of toxic rhetoric (translation: the Tea Party, talk radio, and Fox News) is to blame. Second, that without such a debate, we wouldn’t and couldn’t know why this atrocity happened.
[Hat Tip: Nice Deb]
P.S. Read McCarthy’s piece and then note that I tweeted this yesterday.
Nearly 60% of the country agree that liberal bloggers, pundits and politicians live in a tightly sealed echo chamber:
Nearly six in 10 Americans say the country’s heated political rhetoric is not to blame for the Tucson shooting rampage that left six dead and critically wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, according to a CBS News poll.
In the wake of the shooting, much focus has been put on the harsh tone of politics in Washington and around the country, particularly after a contentious midterm election. Rhetoric and imagery from both Republicans and Democrats have included gun-related metaphors, but the majority of the country isn’t connecting the shooting to politics. [...]
Overall, 57 percent of respondents said the harsh political tone had nothing to do with the shooting, compared to 32 percent who felt it did.
It’s sad to see the gleeful way in which the left is trying to pin this on their political opponents. Pick your poison. Over the past few days, we’ve heard the blame lays at the feet of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, etc. The left is venomous and hateful, full of nothing but anger. And the reality is that there is no evidence to tie the Arizona killer to anybody on the right.
But that won’t stop the left and our complicit media from pushing the meme.
Regarding the tragedy in Arizona over the weekend, I’ve sat back and read and watched as much as I could as everything unfolded. I wasn’t able to stomach the crap that I saw on my Twitter feed, the amateurish ignorance coming from the Left (and some from the Right) boggles the mind.
One thing’s for sure—Palin Derangement Syndrome is alive and well. You can feel the anger and maniacal hatred they have for her, with baseless allegations all over the place. You almost get the feeling that they love tragedies like this–it’s the only way they can justify their anger.
In all the chaos, here’s some words of advice from Stacy McCain:
…[I]t’s just politics, people!
No matter how intense the debate or how serious the issues, no one ought to fear for their safety merely because they become involved in the political process, either as an elected official or any other capacity.
Amen to that.
There’s an amusing little football game going on today at 4:15 pm.
The game is in Philly, but that shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the Pack. Since Christmas, the weather here in New Jersey (I’m only about a 40 minute drive from Philly) has been more Green Bay-like than anything, with about 40+ inches of snow, and temperatures averaging around 30 degrees during the day. That’s not too much higher than the 23 degrees Green Bay will be getting today. Let’s hope the Packers defense shows up for this playoff game, unlike last years embarrassing first half performance vs the Cardinals.
Let’s go Pack!
Also, Ravens at Kansas City at 1 pm.
The alternate title for this post is “Glutton for punishment attempts another flushing of donors’ contributions down the toilet.”
Sources close to former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani confirm to CBS News that the Republican is talking to his political advisers about mounting another presidential bid.
Giuliani, whose 2008 presidential campaign fell flat, has learned from his mistakes, a source says, and will retool his strategy, beginning with a strong start in the early primary state of New Hampshire.
The New York Post first reported on Giuliani’s moves Friday morning. According to the Post, Giuliani is optimistic about his chances, predicting a Republican primary populated with far-right candidates like Sarah Palin. That would allow him to stand out as a moderate candidate with strong national security credentials. The Post reports Giuliani will meet with voters in New Hampshire next month.
I’d like to know who these “political advisers” are and, if I ever run for President, immediately burn their business cards.
Seriously, is he really considering this? In the wake of an election that saw conservatives all over the country organize and assert themselves as the driving force in the party, one which propelled Republicans into majority status in the House, Giuliani really wants to paint himself as a moderate savior for the GOP? Really??
[Hat Tip: Memeorandum]
New Hampshire Republicans love them some Mitt Romney:
Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney holds a commanding lead in New Hampshire in the early stages of the race for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, according to a new survey commissioned by NH Journal and conducted by Magellan Strategies. The survey is the first statewide survey of Granite State Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in 2011.
Romney leads former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin by 23 points, with Romney earning 39% and Palin earning 16%. Mike Huckabee (10%), Newt Gingrich (8%), Texas Congressman Ron Paul (7%), former MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty (4%), Rick Santorum (3%) and MS Gov. Haley Barbour (1%) all trail significantly behind. Romney finished second to Sen. John McCain in the 2008 New Hampshire Republican Presidential primary.
In a memo released about the survey, Magellan pollster David Flaherty stated, “This survey is a very early measurement of the potential 2012 Republican Presidential primary field. Mitt Romney’s strength is not surprising considering his close second place finish to John McCain in 2008 and his regional advantage of being a former border state Governor.
It’s January 2011, and polling this far out is a bit of a stretch (just ask President Edwards). And as the pollster alludes to, this poll says more about Romney than it does Sarah Palin. But soon it will be less than a year until the primaries, and the clock really starts ticking.
That being said, it does show that Palin has a long, tough road ahead of her.
[Hat Tip: Hot Air]