Published on January 4 2006

This is quite a long article in Opinionjournal that took a full cup of coffee to completely digest--I feel like I've been on a "nine-countries-in-four-days" tour. Steyn takes on everything from political correctness to birthrates to the fall of civilization, but somehow makes sense of it.
Most people reading this have strong stomachs, so let me lay it out as baldly as I can: Much of what we loosely call the Western world will not survive this century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes, including many if not most Western European countries. There'll probably still be a geographical area on the map marked as Italy or the Netherlands--probably--just as in Istanbul there's still a building called St. Sophia's Cathedral. But it's not a cathedral; it's merely a designation for a piece of real estate. Likewise, Italy and the Netherlands will merely be designations for real estate. The challenge for those who reckon Western civilization is on balance better than the alternatives is to figure out a way to save at least some parts of the West.

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Published on January 2 2006

We all knew it was coming, but.....

FOXSports.com - NFL- Sherman, Martz fired
Black Monday has struck in Green Bay. FOXSports.com has learned that the Packers have fired head coach Mike Sherman. General Manager Ted Thompson informed his coach that the franchise was heading in another direction early this morning.

 In Sherman's six seasons as coach, in which he amassed a 57-39 record, he helped the Packers win three NFC North Division titles. He also won two of the six playoff games the team played in under his direction. With injuries decimating the Packers this year, Sherman was never able to get his team out of the injury-bug rut. Despite the fact that Brett Favre was physically able to lead the troops, his surrounding cast looked terrible at times.

How this move affects Favre's decision is unknown. Does he wait around to see who the next coach is and if so, does he want to play in a new regime? At the same time, does playing for a new coach re-energize the future Hall Of Famer? The team is expected to announce the move later today.

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Published on January 1 2006

Midlife Assessment - Cataloging my ruination. By Jonathan Ames
I'm 41 years old, and I'm absolutely falling apart. I'll start from the top and work my way down, cataloging, as it were, my disintegration.
And after reading this guy's "catalog", I feel positively YOUTHFUL, even though I'm four years older. Although there are days when I feel like an old cripple-- especially after a half hour on the elliptical-- at least I can still crawl up onto the thing. However, I am counting the days till I can get the Trek out again. I told a friend in all seriousness that if it weren't for the ice on the streets, I'd be riding it right now. I wonder if they make snowtires for bicycles?

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Published on January 1 2006

Favre JS Online: SMASHING SUCCESS
Of course, Favre is entrenched in the Green Bay annals with numerous records. His top target was Antonio Freeman, who has caught more touchdown passes from Favre - 57 - than anyone else. Freeman said those numbers don't nearly define Favre's impact on the franchise."He's a Hall of Famer," said Freeman. "Those records, they come and go, there will be someone younger, someone faster, someone bigger, and they will shatter those records. But the memories, no one can ever take those. The journey was great. I could name 20 fantastic moments with him and I would still miss five that I should have included. That's' how great the journey was. There was never a dull moment with him."
There was very rarely a dull moment watching him, either. It was just FUN to watch him play!  But after seeing his wave to the crowd on the way to the tunnel, I think we have seen the last of Bret Favre in Green Bay. It was a fun ride.

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Published on December 31 2005

Now let us welcome the New Year, Full of things that have never been. -Rainer Maria Rilke

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