Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Regardless of ones religious beliefs or a lack thereof this is a special season that I treasure. When we get together with our friends and family we should not forget the brave men and women of our armed forces who guard the frontiers of freedom and who are as I write expanding those frontiers. We must remember those who have been injured and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. There are family's with an empty place at the Christmas table. We will think of them as well.
It's a wonderful country and we have much to be thankful for this Christmas and New Year as we celebrate the holidays with songs, gifts and good cheer.
The College Football Bowl Season has also begun.
Go Ducks! Beat Oklahoma in the Holiday Bowl!
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
The latest Democratic bid aimed at undermining the Bush team’s fight against terrorism is further evidence that Democrats prize partisan politics over the safety of America’s men, women and children and are soft on national defense. This is not hyperbole. This is fact. This wiretapping “scandal” is anything but. I’m not going to delve into the myriad reasons why the Bush administration was legally justified for conducting wiretaps, nor am I going to explain why the Bush administration ought to be applauded for conducting wiretaps. You can read Byron York over at NRO for more on that. You might also check out the Wall Street Journal’s editorial on this subject. Or Dick Morris’ piece in the New York Post.What I want to talk about is how soon some people forget. What are these people thinking? It wasn’t so long ago that hijackers used our planes as missiles and flew them into our buildings. It wasn’t so long ago that militant Islamists stole the lives of countless innocent American civilians. Lest we forget, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters didn’t make it home from work that day. They died nightmarish deaths. They jumped out of windows, burned and died of asphyxiation. And we are not talking about ten, twenty, thirty people here. We’re not even talking a few hundred. We’re talking about thousands of lives. Take a trip down to Ground Zero. The World Trade Center is still gone. Yet the scars of September the 11th remain.This unspeakable threat has not magically disappeared. It lingers. Our enemies, the sick, twisted brutal souls who seek to destroy us, remain. They have not changed their plans. On the contrary, they continue in their resolute hatred for us. They continue to despise our way of life. They continue in their unwavering commitment to seeing us die. The threat remains.So pardon me if I ask some folks what exactly they’re thinking when they attack the president as he protects American lives. We must never forget."
Monday, December 19, 2005
John McIntyre on Real Clear Politics points out: "The political pendulum is swinging back towards President Bush....One of the major problems working against Democrats is many on their side appear to be rooting for failure in Iraq and publicly ridicule the idea that we actually might win. When this impression is put in context of the debate over eavesdropping or the Patriot Act, Democrats run the significant risk of being perceived to be more concerned with the enemy’s rights than protecting ordinary Americans. This is a loser for Democrats.
To read the entire article click on the title above.
Saturday, December 17, 2005
President of the United States, George W Bush's live Saturday radio speech to the nation.:
"As President, I took an oath to defend the Constitution, and I have no greater responsibility than to protect our people, our freedom, and our way of life. On September the 11th, 2001, our freedom and way of life came under attack by brutal enemies who killed nearly 3,000 innocent Americans. We're fighting these enemies across the world. Yet in this first war of the 21st century, one of the most critical battlefronts is the home front. And since September the 11th, we've been on the offensive against the terrorists plotting within our borders.
One of the first actions we took to protect America after our nation was attacked was to ask Congress to pass the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act tore down the legal and bureaucratic wall that kept law enforcement and intelligence authorities from sharing vital information about terrorist threats. And the Patriot Act allowed federal investigators to pursue terrorists with tools they already used against other criminals. Congress passed this law with a large, bipartisan majority, including a vote of 98-1 in the United States Senate.
Since then, America's law enforcement personnel have used this critical law to prosecute terrorist operatives and supporters, and to break up terrorist cells in New York, Oregon, Virginia, California, Texas and Ohio. The Patriot Act has accomplished exactly what it was designed to do: it has protected American liberty and saved American lives.
Yet key provisions of this law are set to expire in two weeks. The terrorist threat to our country will not expire in two weeks. The terrorists want to attack America again, and inflict even greater damage than they did on September the 11th. Congress has a responsibility to ensure that law enforcement and intelligence officials have the tools they need to protect the American people.
The House of Representatives passed reauthorization of the Patriot Act. Yet a minority of senators filibustered to block the renewal of the Patriot Act when it came up for a vote yesterday. That decision is irresponsible, and it endangers the lives of our citizens. The senators who are filibustering must stop their delaying tactics, and the Senate must vote to reauthorize the Patriot Act. In the war on terror, we cannot afford to be without this law for a single moment.
To fight the war on terror, I am using authority vested in me by Congress, including the Joint Authorization for Use of Military Force, which passed overwhelmingly in the first week after September the 11th. I'm also using constitutional authority vested in me as Commander-in-Chief.
In the weeks following the terrorist attacks on our nation, I authorized the National Security Agency, consistent with U.S. law and the Constitution, to intercept the international communications of people with known links to al Qaeda and related terrorist organizations. Before we intercept these communications, the government must have information that establishes a clear link to these terrorist networks.
This is a highly classified program that is crucial to our national security. Its purpose is to detect and prevent terrorist attacks against the United States, our friends and allies. Yesterday the existence of this secret program was revealed in media reports, after being improperly provided to news organizations. As a result, our enemies have learned information they should not have, and the unauthorized disclosure of this effort damages our national security and puts our citizens at risk. Revealing classified information is illegal, alerts our enemies, and endangers our country.
As the 9/11 Commission pointed out, it was clear that terrorists inside the United States were communicating with terrorists abroad before the September the 11th attacks, and the commission criticized our nation's inability to uncover links between terrorists here at home and terrorists abroad. Two of the terrorist hijackers who flew a jet into the Pentagon, Nawaf al Hamzi and Khalid al Mihdhar, communicated while they were in the United States to other members of al Qaeda who were overseas. But we didn't know they were here, until it was too late.
The authorization I gave the National Security Agency after September the 11th helped address that problem in a way that is fully consistent with my constitutional responsibilities and authorities. The activities I have authorized make it more likely that killers like these 9/11 hijackers will be identified and located in time. And the activities conducted under this authorization have helped detect and prevent possible terrorist attacks in the United States and abroad.
The activities I authorized are reviewed approximately every 45 days. Each review is based on a fresh intelligence assessment of terrorist threats to the continuity of our government and the threat of catastrophic damage to our homeland. During each assessment, previous activities under the authorization are reviewed. The review includes approval by our nation's top legal officials, including the Attorney General and the Counsel to the President. I have reauthorized this program more than 30 times since the September the 11th attacks, and I intend to do so for as long as our nation faces a continuing threat from al Qaeda and related groups.
The NSA's activities under this authorization are thoroughly reviewed by the Justice Department and NSA's top legal officials, including NSA's general counsel and inspector general. Leaders in Congress have een briefed more than a dozen times on this authorization and the activities conducted under it. Intelligence officials involved in this activity also receive extensive training to ensure they perform their duties consistent with the letter and intent of the authorization.
This authorization is a vital tool in our war against the terrorists. It is critical to saving American lives. The American people expect me to do everything in my power under our laws and Constitution to protect them and their civil liberties. And that is exactly what I will continue to do, so long as I'm the President of the United States.
We need a special prosecutor to go after those that leaked this classified information to the New York Times. They have done great damage to this country and should be prosecuted.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
"To think clearly about how best to remove the looming threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, just keep in mind the National Rifle Association’s much maligned – but perfectly sensible – old slogan: Guns don’t kill people. People kill people."
"It’s the same with nuclear weapons. The threat isn’t from the warhead, but from the individual who controls it. For example, right now several countries whose governments aren’t always friendly to the US – China, Russia, France – each have enough nuclear warheads, and the means to deliver them, to obliterate our country. But we don’t lose one minute’s sleep over this prospect because, although the leaders of these countries are surly, petulant, sometimes vicious and often anti-American – they are also sane...."
"The president of Iran, on the other hand, is nuts. (The tip-off came a while back when, as mayor of Teheran, Ahmadi-Neshad Amadinejad ordered separate elevators for men and women. His insanity became more obvious – and more serious – when he demanded last month that Israel be “wiped off the map,” and then “clarified” this call to genocide by insisting that the Holocaust never happened, and adding that he had only meant to suggest that Israel be re-located somewhere in Western Europe.) Moreover, it’s clear that at least several of the mullahs who rigged the election that brought Amadinejad to power earlier this year are also dangerous fanatics. Allowing Amadinejad and these mullahs to get their hands on nuclear weapons is a risk the civilized world simply cannot take. It would be like allowing a bunch of escaped lunatics to roam the halls of your childrens’ school, armed with rifles, in hopes that maybe they really aren’t as crazy as they seem to be and won’t, after all, start firing into the cafeteria."
To read the rest of the column click on the title above for a link.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
"The left's criticism of the war from the very start was too often a porridge of inanities about oil or empire or Halliburton -- or isolationism by another name. It was childish and ultimately ineffective. The war came and Bush was re-elected. How's that for a clean whiff?"
"Syriana'' is different because it's first and foremost a political statement, a cinematic manifesto of the tired and empty cynicism of too many on the left. ``Syriana'' is not a bad movie. It is just a better cartoon."
To read his entire column click on the title above.
Monday, December 12, 2005
" Surprising levels of optimism prevail in Iraq with living conditions improved, security more a national worry than a local one, and expectations for the future high...."
"An ABC News poll in Iraq, conducted with Time magazine and other media partners, includes some remarkable results: Despite the daily violence there, most living conditions are rated positively, seven in 10 Iraqis say their own lives are going well, and nearly two-thirds expect things to improve in the year ahead. "
"Surprisingly, given the insurgents' attacks on Iraqi civilians, more than six in 10 Iraqis feel very safe in their own neighborhoods, up sharply from just 40 percent in a poll in June 2004. And 61 percent say local security is good — up from 49 percent in the first ABC News poll in Iraq in February 2004...."
"There are positive political signs as well. Three-quarters of Iraqis express confidence in the national elections being held this week, 70 percent approve of the new constitution, and 70 percent — including most people in Sunni and Shiite areas alike — want Iraq to remain a unified country.... "
To read the entire poll results click on the title above
Friday, December 09, 2005
"Like, I am sure, many other believers in what this country has been trying to do in the Middle East and particularly in Iraq, I have found my thoughts returning in the past year to something that Tom Paine, writing at an especially dark moment of the American Revolution, said about such times. They are, he memorably wrote, "the times that try men's souls the times in which the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot" become so disheartened that they "shrink from the service of [their] country "
But Paine did not limit his anguished derision to former supporters of the American War of Independence whose courage was failing because things had not been going as well on the battlefield as they had expected or hoped. In a less famous passage, he also let loose on another group:
"Tis surprising to see how rapidly a panic will sometimes run through a country. . . . Yet panics, in some cases, have their uses . . . . [T]heir peculiar advantage is, that they are the touchstones of sincerity and hypocrisy, and bring things and men to light, which might otherwise have lain for ever undiscovered.
Thus, he explained, "Many a disguised Tory has lately shown his head," emboldened by the circumstances of the moment to reveal an opposition to the break with Britain that it had previously seemed prudent to conceal....
And so, "quitting this class of men . . . who see not the full extent of the evil that threatens them," Paine turned "to those who have nobly stood, and are yet determined to stand the matter out," and rested his hopes on them.
These hopes, we know and thank God for it, were not disappointed. And neither will be the hopes of those today who likewise see "the full extent of the evil that threatens" us; who understand the necessity of the war that our country has been waging against it; who recognize the moral, political, and intellectual boldness of how George W. Bush has chosen to fight this war; and who take pride in the nobility of what the United States, at whose birth Tom Paine assisted, is now, more than 200 years later, battling to achieve in Iraq and, in the fullness of time, in the entire region of which Iraq is so crucial a part."
For the rest of the column by Mr Podhoretz click on the title above for a link.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
A speech by Ann Coulter was cut short at that bastion of free speech the University of Connecticut. The "liberal" students chanted so loudly that Ann had to end her speech. Yes, the dark side of the left. I remember many years ago as a young conservative arguing with an older conservative on why the University of Oregon should allow Gus Hall, head of the American Communist party, to speak on campus. A few short years later left wing students at Oregon burned US Navy recruiting pamphlets on the "free Speech" platform to cheers. Click on the title above for a link to the full story about Ann Coulter and the barbarians of the left.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
"that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, "John Kerry, a 2004 Democratic presidential nominee. on Face the Nation Dec 4, 2005 (He is talking about our boys)
"idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong," Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean Dec 2005 (tell that to the soldier in the field in Iraq)
"If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime -- Pol Pot or others -- that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners." Democratic Senator Dick Durban, June 2005
Not this year. Every year my family spends an entire day putting up our outdoor lights. We have light up snowmen, santas, reindeer,candles, drummer boys and lots and lots of of lights. If you saw the movie with Chevy Chase called National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation you get the idea. We have so many light we have develop a wiring guide and each set of lights is marked with it's location in our yard and on our house. Not this year. We are doing some different things this year for Christmas and decided not to put up the lights. My wife put up our tree last Sunday and we have decorated the inside of the house but less than other years. I put the light up snowman on the front deck with some lights but only so it can be seen from inside the house. Don't worry we will probable go back to the "Chevy Chase" Christmas next year but this year we will be celebrating Christmas in other ways that promise to be even more fun, though less traditional. Marry Christmas and it is "Marry Christmas" and as Uncle Herm used to say "a Happy New Year."
Monday, December 05, 2005
Sunday, December 04, 2005
The Oregon Ducks vs. The Oklahoma Sooners in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on Thursday December 29, 2005. The Ducks are ranked #5 in the final BCS rankings. The Ducks finished as the #2 team in the Pac-10 conference only behind U$C. Not bad for a team that went 5 and 6 last year and did not go to a bowl, and had their starting QB injured with three games to go this season. The Ducks finished the regular season 10 and 1. Go Ducks beat the Sooners! (Click on the title above for a link to the Official Holiday Bowl web site.)
Friday, December 02, 2005
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
"Some critics continue to assert that we have no plan in Iraq except to, "stay the course." If by "stay the course," they mean we will not allow the terrorists to break our will, they are right. If by "stay the course," they mean we will not permit al Qaeda to turn Iraq into what Afghanistan was under the Taliban -- a safe haven for terrorism and a launching pad for attacks on America -- they are right, as well. If by "stay the course" they mean that we're not learning from our experiences, or adjusting our tactics to meet the challenges on the ground, then they're flat wrong. As our top commander in Iraq, General Casey, has said, "Our commanders on the ground are continuously adapting and adjusting, not only to what the enemy does, but also to try to out-think the enemy and get ahead of him." Our strategy in Iraq is clear, our tactics are flexible and dynamic; we have changed them as conditions required and they are bringing us victory against a brutal enemy." (Applause.)
We are so lucky to have him as our President!
Click on the title above for a link to the full speech.
According to Steve Sipple a sports columnist for the Lincoln Nebraska Journal Star in his "staff blog" states Oregon is the Holiday Bowls first choice over UCLA.:
"After discussions with officials from both bowls on Sunday and today, it's clear that the Holiday Bowl's first choice is an Oklahoma-Oregon matchup. "
1. If Oregon goes to the BCS Fiesta Bowl ( UCLA vs Nebraska)
"If Oregon would be a BCS at-large pick, the Holiday Bowl would then - and only then - match UCLA from the Pac-10 against Nebraska. Apparently neither UCLA nor OU is interested in a rematch of their September meeting (a 41-24 Bruin victory in Los Angeles).
Alamo and Holiday bowl officials are on the same page. "
2. If Oregon does not go to the BCS Fiesta Bowl (Oregon vs Oklahoma)
"It comes down to this: If Oregon is available for the Holiday Bowl, it'll be Ducks-Sooners in San Diego. The Alamo would then match Nebraska against either Iowa or Michigan."
Whether this would hold if UCLA were to Beat U$C may be a different story but this sounds like we do not need to worry about the Sun Bowl as a worst case scenario.
For the full story click on the title above for a link.
Today's Arizona Republic newspaper in Phoenix outlines the options of the Fiesta Bowl based upon who wins the key games of U$C vs. UCLA and Texas vs. Colorado. on Saturday. This might be a good resource to consult as the results come in on Saturday. Basically there are 4 scenarios as follows:
1. U$C and Texas both Win their games ( most likely scenario- best for Oregon)
." At-large vs. at-large. This is the Fiesta's dream, and it will happen if USC and Texas win. Then Fiesta officials would then have the first and third picks of the non-title games, allowing them to invite Notre Dame and either Ohio State, Auburn or Oregon. It is presumed that the Orange would take Penn State with the second choice. "
2. U$C Wins and Texas Loses
." Colorado vs. at-large. This is what happens if the Buffaloes upset the Longhorns in the Big 12 title game, thereby claiming an automatic Fiesta bid. It would be a double blow for Fiesta officials, because it would drop them to No. 2 in the selection order, meaning they'd lose Notre Dame to the Orange Bowl and, mostly likely, Penn State to the Rose Bowl." (Who would they chose Oregon or Ohio State for the at- large slot? )
3. U$C and Texas Both lose (Least likelyly scenario)
." Colorado vs. USC. This scenario would be an unfortunate turn of events for the folks in the yellow blazers. This assumes that the Trojans lose to UCLA and drop at least two rungs in the final BCS standings, and that Colorado beats Texas. If that happens, the Fiesta would be obligated to take the Trojans, as Pac-10 champs, and pair them against the Buffaloes, the Big 12 champs. "
4. U$C loses and Texas Wins
." USC vs. at-large. This would be the result of Texas winning the Big 12, but USC losing to UCLA, and it makes for the Fiesta's toughest decision. Although bowls tend to avoid rematches, it might consider pitting the Trojans against Notre Dame in a replay of their midseason classic, a 34-31 USC victory Oct. 15 at South Bend, Ind. But it's likelier that the Fiesta would choose Ohio State and set up a traditional Pac-10 vs. Big Ten duel."(no chance for Oregon)
For a link to the news story click on the title aove.
Monday, November 28, 2005
Following the Thanksgiving weekend the major media outlets, have updated their college bowl projections and the results as far as the Oregon Ducks are concerned are summarized as follows:
Media Outlet----------- Holiday Bowl------------------ -Fiesta Bowl
CBS-----------------------Ducks vs. Oklahoma**------------ ND vs. OSU**
College Football----------- Ducks vs. Oklahoma------------- ND vs. OSU
News.com (also Fox sports)
USA Today---------------- Ducks vs. Oklahoma*-------------ND vs. OSU
SI/ CNN-------------------Ducks vs.Oklahoma------------- ND vs. OSU
MSNBC-------------------- Ducks vs. Colorado-------------- ND vs. OSU
ESPN*---------------------Ducks vs. Oklahoma-------------ND vs. OSU
COLLEGEBCS.COM*-------Ducks vs. Oklahoma-------------ND vs. OSU
Having watched these type of projections for many year I have found the CBS & College Football News.com the most accurate and updated the most often.
For a link to the CBS projection click on the title above.
* updated 11/30/05
** updated 12/1/05
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
As I sit here watching college football games on TV I thought It would be fun to list my favorite John Wayne Movies. These are not necessarily his best movies but the ones I like the most. In order to make the list the movie has to be one I have watched multiple time on DVD or cable TV. The list is in the order the movies were released to theaters and not the order of my preference. Here goes;
1. Stagecoach (1939) *
Director John Ford made John Wayne a Star. Wayne escapes from "B" westerns. Filmed in Monument Valley. See Picture of me at right in Monument Valley.
2. They Were Expendable (1945) *
Director John Ford makes a bitter sweet movie about the fall of the Philippines during
WWII. Ford was a Naval Officer during the war and new of what he directed. This is a
3. Fort Apache (1948)*
The first of the Calvary trilogy Part of it is filmed in Monument Valley.
4. Red River (1948)
Directed by Howard Hawks. A cattle Drive from Texas to Kansas.
5. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)*
The second of the Calvary trilogy. My personal favorite of all John Wayne Movies . Director John Ford evokes the camaraderie he experience in WWII in the navy. Filmed in Monument Valley
6. Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
Best movie about the Marine Corps ever made.
7. Rio Grande ((1950)*
Last of the Calvary trilogy. John Ford trys out John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in anticipation of The Quiet Man.
8. The Quiet Man (1952)*
John Ford's movie of love for his parents Ireland. Wayne and O'Hara have never been better together.
9. Hondo ((1953)
A gritty western
10. The Searchers (1956)*
John Ford's Classic. Monument Valley has never looked better. One of the best day's of my life was spent in Monument valley. (see picture above)
11. Rio Bravo (1959)
Howard Hawk directed. Who can forget Dean Martin (the Drunken deputy) and Ricky Nelson(a young gunfighter) singing a song together as John Wayne and Walter Brennan look on in the sheriffs office. Wayne and Hawks remade this movie as El Dorado in1967. Filmed in Old Tucson near Tucson Arizona. A fun place to visit for John Wayne fans.
12. The Alamo (1960)
John Wayne directed the movie he always wanted to make. He put everything on the line to make this movie. I love the speech about the word "Republic I like the sound of that word"
John Wayne loved this movie and so do I. I never tire of watching it.
13. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
When legend becomes fact print the legend. John Ford made movies after this, but this was the last good one.
14. In Harm's Way (1965)
Fun episodic movie about the war in the Pacific during WWII. Who else but John Wayne could get away with the line "There goes a fast ship in Ham's Way"
15. The Green Berets (1968)
I put this movie in to bug my liberal friends. Best movies about Vietnam are Hamburger Hill and Mel Gibson's We Were Soldiers.
16. True Grit (1969)
John Wayne won his Academy Award for Best Actor.
17. The Cowboys ( 1972)
A good western for Wayne's later movies. Liberals didn't like young boys using guns to kill the bad guys.
18. The Shootist ( 1976)
Wayne's last movie. An over looked classic. A gunfighter dies of cancer. Goodbye Duke!
* DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD
Click on the title above for a link to my DVD collection
America has long proclaimed this principle, but in the post-9/11 era, it has pursued it with unusual zeal and determination. Much of the world hears America declare the spread of freedom the centerpiece of its foreign policy and insists nonetheless that America's costly sacrifices in Iraq and even Afghanistan are nothing more than classic imperialism in search of dominion, oil, pipelines or whatever such commodity most devalues America's exertions. The overwhelming majority of Americans refuse to believe that. Whatever their misgivings about the cost and wisdom of these wars, they know how deep and authentic is the American devotion to liberty."
For the rest of Charles Krauthammer's column click on the title above for a link.
Back then, espousing conservatism was regarded by polite society, then soggy with that era's barely challenged liberalism, as a species of naughtiness, not nice but also not serious. Buckley, representing New York's Conservative Party, which was just three years old, won 13 percent of the vote. When the winner, John Lindsay, limped discredited from office eight years later, Bill's brother Jim had been elected, on the Conservative line, U.S. senator from New York. For the rest of George Will's column click on the title above for a link. Also check out my November 7th post below.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Hello Oregon Duck football fans and friends of Pac 10 conference,
We are part of a group of loyal Duck fans asking you to support a grassroots campaign for an invitation to the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.
The key to the campaign is establishing Nov. 29 as Tostitos Tuesday – A fiesta for the mouth, a Fiesta Bowl for the Ducks
We ask that fans on that day buy Tostitos products to show your support for an invitation to the Oregon Duck football team to the 35th annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Tempe. Here is a list of Tostitos products from the company's website: http://www.tostitos.com/products.php
You have been sent this email to help promote this grassroots effort.
This campaign is being done without the knowledge of the University of Oregon Athletic Department, the university, the Pac 10 office or Tostitos. It is solely the idea of a group of Oregon fans who feel this special season needs a special ending.
The Ducks are coming off an historic season, finishing with a 10-1 record, losing only to the top-ranked Trojans. It represents the best turnaround season in some 70 years, bouncing back from a year-earlier record of 5-6. It also included the coming together of a team that lost its leader, Kellen Clemens, to a leg injury. But backup sophomore quarterbacks led the Ducks to wins in the last three games, culminating with a 56-14 whomping of the Oregon State Beavers.
What has made this season so special is the "chemistry" that has developed between the players, the coaches and staff. That chemistry, along with mentoring and leaders stepping up, have brought this team to new heights.
Further supporting our bid to the Fiesta Bowl, the Ducks are known to "travel well" to bowl games, ensuring a full house at the stadium (our 2002 Fiesta Bowl against Colorado attracted 74,118 fans) and filling up surrounding hotels and motels.
Our participation in the Fiesta Bowl also will help the bowl's TV partner, ABC, achieve its goal of having teams from different regions of the country. When the Ducks appeared in the 2002 Fiesta Bow, hammering Colorado, 38-16, the game drew a TV rating of 11.3. By comparison, Ohio State's 2004 victory over Kansas State drew an 8.5 rating by Nielsen.
Our request is simple: Help us get the word out that Nov. 29 will be Tostitos Tuesday-- A fiesta for the mouth, a Fiesta Bowl for the Ducks. Help publicize this activity, and our unflagging efforts to get a bid to the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.
This email is the creation of members from the Yahoo group GoDucks. It sole purpose is the promotion of the University of Oregon by it's fans. Please forward this email to people you think will try to help the Ducks get to the Fiesta Bowl, http://www.tostitosfiestabowl.com/ and when you buy your products on Tuesday try to let your Store Manager know what's happening and ask him to be a voice for you with his distrubuter and the Tostitos Corperate office. Thank you for your support.
"So this Saturday ... when you hear my thunder growing in the stands above you, when you stand in the tunnel and feel your heart pounding in your chest, listen for my voice when you run onto my field."
"Behind the frenzy of the deafening roar, I will tell you something in a whisper you may miss."
"I will tell you that you are my sons and I am proud of you for the way you wear the green and yellow, for the way you have stood up in the face of adversity and the way you have fought tooth and nail to win. ...
"I am telling you that you are my sons and I love you."
"I am Mighty Oregon. I am the 30-year-old couple coming back to campus for the first time with both little ones in tow. One wears her first green-and-yellow cheerleader outfit; the other wears No. 3 even though he's too young to understand why.
"I screamed `it never rains at Autzen Stadium,' even though you can see the thunderous clouds forming. ... God, I love this place.
"I am Mighty Oregon, and I have always believed I was different. ... The Big Ten, the Big 12 and the SEC may have their `nations,' but we have always been family. ..."
Oregon Coach Mike Bellotti read the above message, he had received from a fan, to the team after the Civil War victory but broke down before he was able to finish it. He read it again at the end of regular season football banquet and choked up again. The above quotes come from a column written by Ron Bellamy in today's Eugene Register Guard. To read the entire column click on the title above.
UPDATE, full text of letter coach Mike Bellotti read to the team :
To Any Oregon Players Who May Read This .... I am sorry for the distraction you may face this week on account of the fans, the media and our hunger for another BCS Bowl. True Duck fans everywhere are behind you. This tribute is for you: I am Mighty Oregon. I am the 30 year old couple coming back to campus for the fist time with both little ones in tow. One wears her first green and yellow cheerleader outfit; the other wears #3 even though he's too young to understand why. I screamed IT NEVER RAINS AT AUTZEN STADIUM, even though you can see the thunderous clouds forming and know it will rain. God, I love this place. I am the 60 year old woman meeting her freshman grand-daughter who is now the 3rd generation of UO students in our family. Despite my age, I'd strap it on Saturday and hit someone if it weren't for my gender and this blasted arthritis. I am Mighty Oregon and I have always believed I was different. You can see it when you look up into the stands. My green is not the same as Miami's and my yellow is not that of Michigan. But the differences go much deeper than my colors. I genuinely believe in these things. To be a "real" Oregon man or woman speaks of character, not of geography. All are welcome to walk through my gates, not just the wealthy or the elite. The Big 10, Big 12 and the SEC may have their "nations," but we have always been family. We bleed green and yellow. Make no mistake...we loathe defeat, but even in defeat, we would rather be an Oregon Duck than anything else. We are family and you are the sons of Musgrave, Wilcox and Rashad (or Moore if you prefer). You come from a long line of brothers whose names include Fouts, Sirmon, Wheaton, Droughns, and Harrington. You will now add Clemens to that list as he has become a truly exceptional leader this season. It is a great heritage and you belong. So this Saturday, when the warm ups are over and the prayer's "amen" spoken, when you hear my thunder growing in the stands above you, when you stand in the tunnel and feel your heart pounding your chest, listen for my voice when you run onto my field. Behind the frenzy of the shakers and deafening roar, I will tell you something in a whisper you may miss. I will be telling you that you are my sons and I am proud of you for the way you wear the green and yellow, for the way you have stood up in the face of adversity and the way you have fought tooth and nail to win each game. I am telling you that you are my sons and I love you. To all of you Seniors - LET'S GO DUCKS!
Monday, November 21, 2005
Mr Hass is the star Oregon State wide receiver and Mr Gipson is the Oregon Duck defensive cornerback who just intercepted an Oregon State pass. Did I say the final score was Oregon 56, Oregon State 14..... yes I thought I did. Nice view of the new Oregon Duck uniform that was first worn at the Civil War game..
Sunday, November 20, 2005
I left for the Civil War Game Saturday and drove the three hour trip to Eugene. Left about 10 AM and listened to a CD of the soundtrack to the Movie Gettysburg to get in the mood for the "Civil War" game . Yes, I know I'm a nerd. Got to Cottage Grove about 12:30 and checked into my motel room. Stayed at the Comfort Inn and got a nice room. Drove the rest of the way to Eugene and met my son at Hirons near the UofO campus . He had driven down from Willamette University in Salem. We found a place to park our cars and had a late lunch at a Chinese restaurant across Franklin Blvd from Hirons. We then stopped by my car and got our heavy coats and gloves because it would be a cold game. We walked to the game over the foot bridge across the Willamette River. We went to our seats and got ready for 3:30 PM the game. The game was a lot of fun. Even though Oregon jumped on the Beavers early the crowd was in the game and very loud to the end. We wanted to get revenge for last year. It was very foggy and hard to see down at the far goal line. The fog made the game surrealistic. The Ducks as a surprise wore their new uniforms made by Nike. After the game we met up with a friend of my son's who also goes to Willamette University. He had also come down to Eugene to watch the game with his parents. We walked down on the field and walked back to our cars. We then drove to Rolling Rapids Pizza Parlor to celebrate the win. Rolling Rapids used to be called Pietros and I ate there after for my, and Autzen stadiums first, Oregon Football game back in 1967. We ran into two groups of friends from Medford who had also gone to the game and I had a good time visiting and talking about the game. My son and his friend watched the U$C vs Fresno State game on the TV at the Pizza parlor. After Pizza I said good by to my son who was going to stay awhile and watch the game to avoid all the traffic on I-5 going back to Portland (there were 58,0000+ at the game) before he went back to Salem. I called my wife at home and went back to Cottage Grove and my Motel to watch the end of the U$C game and fell asleep to a replay of the Oregon game. Drove back to Medford on Sunday and watched Coach Mike Belotti's coaches TV show with highlights of the big win. Now we need to wait to see what bowl Oregon will go to. Probably the Fiesta in Arizona or the Holiday in San Diego. The Fiesta is a BCS Bowl but the only one I will probably be able to go to is the Holiday. San Diego is a nice place particularly in late December. Go Ducks.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Game Update: Ducks win by 42 points. The Beaver win last year was 50 to 21 or a 29 point margin. This year in the "Fog Bowl" we paid them back with interest. Can you say BCS. Go Ducks! The Ducks finish the regular season 10 and 1 and ranked # 8 in the nation in both the AP and Coaches Polls
Friday, November 18, 2005
Lets Go Ducks ! Lets Go Ducks !
This week I will meet my son in Eugene
and we will go to the game together.
We sit behind the Oregon Bench in
Section 13, row 20, seats 5 & 6 on the
30 yard line. Go Ducks! Go Ducks!
Thursday, November 17, 2005
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Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
One of my favorite Civil War stories is from WWII. One of the Band of Brothers featured in the HBO mini series, Don Malarkey, is a University of Oregon alum. His studies were interrupted by WWII and he was in the paratroopers in England preparing for the D- Day invasion. Eisenhower and Churchill came to view his unit before the beginning of the invasion and Ike asks Malarkey what he did before the war. He said he was a student at the University of Oregon in Eugene, and Ike asks him who won the last Oregon vs Oregon State Football game. Of course Ike played football for Army at West Point.
This year the game is in Eugene and the University of Oregon Ducks are 9 and 1. The Oregon state Beavers are 5 and 5 and need a win to be Bowl eligible. Both teams have lost their starting QB to injuries. The Ducks are favored at home but we have learned that in the Civil War game you can throw out the records because the game will be a fight to the end.
It is fun to walk around the tailgate parties before the game because you see Ducks and Beavers together. There is a scene in the movie Gettysburg where a confederate general tells a British observer just before Picketts charge that "All Virginia is here today". At each Oregon vs Oregon State Football game I like to think "all Oregon is here today." Go Ducks beat the Beavers.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
In thinking back on my two years in the Army I am glad I served. The Army taught me discipline and organization that I have used to this day. I didn't like it at the time but the Army made me a better person. When I got to law school some of the students couldn't take the strain. I always said as tough as the professors are they can't "grass drill "you and no one is going to shoot at you. Considering the sacrifice many made in going to Vietnam, my time in the Army was very uneventful, but I met many nice people from all over this country. In those days the Army was truly a melting pot.
Officer Candidate School. After AIT I was sent to Fort Belvoir for Officer Candidate School.(Class 24 Bravo 1) There was lots of harassment as they tried to make you into and officer. To start with we did not have sidewalk privileges, no coffee and had to eat at attention. I became our companies Command Information Officer so I could read the Washington Post and keep the bulletin board updated. I got to report to our unit current events such as the incursion into Laos and the Kent State deaths and John Wayne winning an academy award. I worked very hard at building up my muscles and got into the best shape I have ever been in. Toward the end of our training there was a rumor that the Army was going to offer an Option to OCS candidates they if we would forego the commission we were working for they would give us state side duty for one year, we had already been in for one year, and we would then be honorable discharged after two years service. The Army was cutting back in Vietnam and they had too many officers. With about two or three weeks to go before I received my commission as a Second Lieutenant the rumor turned out to be true and every OCS candidate at all three of the OCS schools were offered the Option. It was a very hard choice to make. I had been working and training for almost a year to become an officer. I was going to be sent to Korea as an Ordinance Officer. On the other hand I had been admitted to law school and the admission was only good for two years, as I had been drafted. If I became an officer I would have at least two more years in the army for a total of three. After those three years I would have to reapply to law school. By that time everyone and his dog wanted to go to law school and it was hard to get admission. I decided my main goal was to become a lawyer. I and about 2/3rd of my unit accepted the offer and I became an E-4 enlisted man for the last year I was in the Army. I was then sent to Fort Carson in Colorado.( For a link to a report on OCS force reduction in 1970 click on the title above.) While at Fort Belvoir I got into Washington DC about three times on pass. I loved to walk around the monuments and give my army buddies the "tour."
Basic Training. After going through the Armed Forces Examination Center in Portland Oregon I was sent to Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. Or as we liked to call it Fort Lost In the Woods. Basic was not fun for a guy who is not coordinated, short and not an outdoorsy type. I learned to fire an M-16 rifle, throw a grenade, and march and march. I still remember the night we had to crawl under barbwire while they fired live machine guns over our head. The course had mud as thick as a milk shake and it got into our rifles and down our necks and it was cold. One guy got caught in the barbwire and so they turned on these big light to get him out while the rest of us laid in the mud and all I could think about was going back to the UofO. It took a lot of effort to get the mud out of that rifle. In the last few weeks of Basic training we were given our orders for OCS. There were three possibilities. Infantry OCS at Fort Banning Georgia, Artillery OCS at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Engineer OCS at Fort Belvoir outside of Washington DC in Virginia. We all knew that Infantry and Artillery OCS were quick trips to Vietnam and an infantry platoonin the field either as a Platoon Leader or a Forward Observer for the artillery. Engineer OCS put officers in the other branches of the army like Ordinance, MPÂ?s, and Military Intelligence. They took us into a large classroom and handed out the envelopes. My friend from Michigan who sat in front of me got infantry. Luckily my envelope said I was going to Engineer OCS in Virginia. Better yet it was close to Washington DC. (To be continued.)
Saturday, November 12, 2005
GAME UPDATE: Ducks win on a field goal in the last 4 sec. Jorden Kent makes a long catch for a TD. Ducks are now 9 and 1. On to the "Civil War" with the Oregon State Beavers for the "right to live in the state of Oregon".
"While it's perfectly legitimate to criticize my decision or the conduct of the war, it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began. Some Democrats and antiwar critics are now claiming we manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people about why we went to war. These critics are fully aware that a bipartisan Senate investigation found no evidence of political pressure to change the intelligence community's judgments related to Iraq's weapons programs. They also know that intelligence agencies from around the world agreed with our assessment of Saddam Hussein. They know the United Nations passed more than a dozen resolutions citing his development and possession of weapons of mass destruction. And many of these critics supported my opponent during the last election, who explained his position to support the resolution in the Congress this way: 'When I vote to give the president of the United States the authority to use force, if necessary, to disarm Saddam Hussein, it is because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his
hands is a threat and a grave threat to our security.' That's why more than a hundred Democrats in the House and the Senate, who had access to the same intelligence, voted to support removing Saddam Hussein from power"
At least the anti-American left, which wants to get out of Iraq immediately and to impeach the president, is consistent. But Kennedy--and his colleagues like Sen. Harry Reid--do not really want to follow the logic of their accusations. They would rather just damage the president--and the country's foreign policy--and enjoy the political effect. For the rest of Kristol's column click on the title above.
Friday, November 11, 2005
"Whether you're an avid outdoorsman who craves a runner's high or a grungy hippie who's in need of another kind of high, Eugene is the place to be. Oregon might be a Pac-10 school, but venture to beautiful Autzen Stadium on a picturesque autumn Saturday and watch the town turn into a frenzied cloud of green and yellow quaking fans that would match the enthusiasm of any school in the SEC. No town in the conference supports its teams better than Eugene, and no alumnus has done more for his school than Nike founder Phil Knight, who created the shoe giant after competing on Oregon's track team."
For the other schools of the Pac 10 click on the title above for a link.
"The stakes in the global war on terror are too high and the national interest is too important for politicians to throw out false charges," the president said in his combative Veterans Day speech
We will never back down. We will never give in. We will never accept anything less than complete victory," he said Friday.
For the rest of the AP news story click on the title above for a link.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
For his entire speech click on the title above for a link
"Hayward Field was track and field's Carnegie Hall, a "Chariots of Fire," Ebbets Field kind of place, where the crowd intuitively knew when a runner was on record pace....
That's hallowed ground," said Craig Masback, head of the U.S. Track and Field Association in awarding the meet to Eugene over Sacramento, Calif. He was talking about Hayward Field, where he had competed as a distance runner.
In Eugene, the meet is about the love of a sport, an appreciation that created victory laps, that made rhythmic clapping before a jump or a vault appropriate.
While crowds of more than 20,000 were announced in a makeshift football stadium in Sacramento, and the warm weather delighted sprinters, last year's meet had little of the sweetness or drama of Eugene. And there was no comparison in intimacy and involvement of the crowds.
Sacramento thinks Nike money persuaded the USTFA to return to its roots. Maybe it did. Nike paid for Eugene's presentation, and will spend at least $1 million on the new meet to be held every year.
The lingering hope is to make track and field again something that happens more than just every four years before and during the Olympics.
If that was the goal, then Eugene is the place."
To read the entire column click on the title above for a link.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Monday, November 07, 2005
"LET'S GO DUCKS! LET'S GO DUCKS! LET'S GO DUCKS! LETS GO DUCKS "
That's the chant 58,000 fans yelled last week in overtime as the Ducks beat Cal.
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Friday, November 04, 2005
GAME UPDATE: Back from Eugene. What a game! Ducks are now 8 and 1 (see game story above)
Thursday, November 03, 2005
"The scandal here isn't what happened before the war. The scandal is that the same Democrats who saw the same intelligence that Mr. Bush saw, who drew the same conclusions, and who voted to go to war are now using the difficulties we've encountered in that conflict as an excuse to rewrite history. Are Republicans really going to let them get away with it? "
Click on title above for full Wall street Journal editorial
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
"Obviously if you are reading this then I have died in Iraq. I kind of predicted this, that is why I'm writing this in November. A third time just seemed like I'm pushing my chances. I don't regret going, everybody dies but few get to do it for something as important as freedom. It may seem confusing why we are in Iraq, it's not to me. I'm here helping these people, so that they can live the way we live. Not have to worry about tyrants or vicious dictators. To do what they want with their lives. To me that is why I died. Others have died for my freedom, now this is my mark."
Michelle Malkin in her column today quoted this from the young Marine's laptop. What is interesting is that the New York Times quoted other parts of his last words but left this quote out and gave it's readers the impression that he had become against the war in Iraq. To read all of Michelle Malkin's column click on the title above.
Monday, October 31, 2005
Sooner or later, one of these many schemes will succeed, and we will have a new version of September 11th. Perhaps only then will our dithering leaders resume fighting the war against terror, a war currently limited, to their shame, to a defensive struggle within the boundaries of Iraq, while they move against us on a global scale.
Faster, please." ( Click on title above for link to column.)
"Che fomented unrest in Argentina, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Haiti, Panama and the African Congo, and every expedition was an abject failure. His single enduring political achievement, Cuba, is not even threatening enough to make the Axis of Evil."
"So, instead of Che being held up as a beacon of peace and justice, let us hereafter revel in his futility. He'll be an exemplar of the idea that hard work does not always pay off. In fact, I already have a new shirt in mind. Take the same iconic picture of Che and just add the heading, "I tried to conquer the evil Yankee imperialists and all I got was this stupid T-shirt."
For the entire article click on the title above for a link to the USA Today opinion column.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Four events, or non-events, have put the administration in a position to make progress and advance the standing of the president and his party in public policy and in the public opinion polls......" To read the rest of the column click on the title above for a link.
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Click on the title above for a link to the best John Wayne Webe site
Friday, October 28, 2005
"It may sound odd to call this good news for the president. But go back and read the fevered anticipations and lethal expectations of Bush's critics over the last month. This was going to be the moment when the case for war was discredited. This was going to be the moment when the supposed venality and corruption of the Bush administration was going to be exposed. This was going to be the moment when the whole criminal conspiracy would unravel. This was going to be the moment of paralysis and disgrace for Bush and Cheney and the assorted warmongers in their employ. " BUT NO.......To read the entire column click on the title above for a link.