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Agreed. And I edited the copy to reflect that.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 2.01.2007 @ 13:30

Actually, after reading that letter more carefully, the PEER people are being alarmists. While their point about selling the creationist book is valid, their criticism that the age of the Canyon can't be taught is specious - an exaggeration.

As you said FM, BDS rearing its ugly head. I will update a clarification.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 2.01.2007 @ 12:51

The stricture appears to apply only to the Grand Canyon park itself. Your link (fascinating reading, btw) was to the Interior Department's website.

What they're doing selling a book about Noah's flood being the cause of the Canyon is another question.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 2.01.2007 @ 12:46

As I mentioned in the article, many Protestant sects - including 7th Day Adventists - preach that Christ's return is "imminent." The poll question was whether the responder believed that Christ would return in 2007. The two are not incompatible at all, although the number of 25% seems a bit high.

And my point about Newton had to do with his belief in a literal take on the Bible being the word of god not that he believed the second coming was imminent although it was not out of the ordinary for many Christians at that time to believe that Christ would return in their lifetimes.

The thread that ties them together - that it is not any more "psychotic" to believe in a second coming this year than in the dead rising from the grave - makes Uygur out to be the bigot that he truly is.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 2.01.2007 @ 12:31



Impressive research but you and I both know that the given height and weight of ALL NFL players is usually low balled - sometimes for strategic reasons.

That said, lots of QB's 10, 15, and 20 lbs lighter than Favre's weight. The same could not be said today.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 2.01.2007 @ 13:21


1. I agree with Sensei - I would take Montana over Favre. I would also take Marino over either of them talentwise. But three MVP's in a row (outpolling Elway and Aikman) when no player has ever won more than two highlight the fact that Favre is easily in the top 5 of all time and a good argument can be made that with his competitiveness and heart, ahead of Marino. It's a subjective statement anyway - perhaps a little hyperbole but not much. Certainly far from being "ridiculous."

2. I said that his size was a "rarity" - and your examples prove me correct. Bradshaw was from the 70's. Aikman, Elway, and Marino can be considered contemporaries although Favre began playing towards the end of those other fine quarterback's careers. It was unusual until the 90's to see a quarterback over 220 and much more common to see a QB in the 190-210 range.

3. As far as his play losing games for the Packers, I agree. But the same could be said for any great quarterback. What makes them special is their desire to make the big play at the end of the game that wins it. None of them succeeded 100% of the time. I daresay Elway cost his team many more games than Favre - I'm sure you can recall his early years with Denver where he was less than Hall of Fame caliber.

4. In addition to Sharpe, Favre had Hall of Fame Receiver James Lofton and a couple of excellent tight ends - Chmura and Keith Jackson.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 1.01.2007 @ 08:05



If you send me a link to some factual info about his father, I'd be glad to include it in an update.


I appreciate the sentiments you expressed. You have made some excellent points that I hadn't considered.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 29.12.2006 @ 14:18


Thanks for all that information and your considered opinions.

I was unaware that Watada turned down a desk job. Does that change my opinion? Actually, it butresses my point that he is practicing civil disobedience in that he wishes to publicize his opposition rather than simply fade away.

Again, it is necessary that he accept the consequences of his dissent for it to be truly an act of civil disobedience rather than grandstanding.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 29.12.2006 @ 11:01

Valid points all, Carol. My only quibble is that I'm not excusing or advocating what Wataba is doing. Rather I am pointing out that it is not "traitorous" in the sense that he seems willing to accept the consequences of his actions.

And I see your point about sending him to Afghanistan. But why not accept his resignation? The army lets grunts out for far less. Unless it is the fact that he's an officer, I can't see this prosecution as anything except an effort by the army to make an example of him.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 29.12.2006 @ 10:27


Yes, we are a "young country" in the sense that we have no myths and legends more than a couple of hundred years old while every nation in Europe not to mention many nations in Asia can trace their culture and heritage back more than 1,000 years - sometimes more than 2,000.

And as far as "organic existence under a single set of defining documents and institutions" being the "only" way to define a nation, I daresay you'd get an earful of laughter from any Chinese scholar on the planet. Your criteria is arbitrary and irrelevant anyway. Germany hasn't been a "nation" under your definition until the 20th century. How about common language? Culture? A shared set of values and beliefs?

By any other measuring stick - except the one that you so capriciously used - America is in fact a very young country.

So stop lecturing and get a grip. The rest of the world recognizes the fact that America is a young country. But I guess that's not good enough for you. Maybe you should write a book - you having such superior knowledge of history and all...

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 30.12.2006 @ 09:27

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