April 2010

By Wink

God bless you John McCain.

War hero. Alleged iconoclast.

You now tell us you never considered yourself a maverick. Really? Never?

Did you read your autobiography, or at least the COVER of your autobiography?

You are an extremely smart man. You know the word “autobiography” indicates you wrote the book, about yourself. You did write it, didn’t you?

Toward the end of the health care debate you declared you would not work with the president for the rest of the year. (This was in February)

Really, the rest of the year? No matter the topic? Even in areas where you agree with the president?

This precludes thought and makes you, Senator McCain, irrelevant, and even unnecessary. We can just put a monkey in that chair to push the ‘no’ button.

Arizona has had a tradition of choosing great senators, both Democrats and Republicans. Carl Hayden, Barry Goldwater, Dennis DeConcini, and yes you, John McCain.

(It is of note that both DeConcini and McCain were implicated in the “Keating 5” scandal)

Senator McCain, you have now renounced all your previous views on immigration, on “don’t ask don’t tell,” on working across party lines for the betterment of society, even on being a ‘maverick.’

My guess is you could stave off any Arizona Republican challenger without pandering, but apparently you are taking no chances.

Once you get by your lightweight opponent in the Republican primary, you will stomp an even lighter-weight Democratic opponent.

There used to be some good Dems in Arizona. Whatever happened with that?

Where have the Udall’s gone?

Oh, to Colorado and New Mexico….

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By Wink

The makers of the Comedy Central series “South Park” have apparently offended somebody.

This may be a first for this otherwise placid cartoon.

Of course, if you are familiar with the show, you may have noticed a tinge of sarcasm in the above remarks….

South Park is outrageous. Always has been. It is sometimes offensive and hilarious, and sometimes is just offensive.

Do NOT watch it if you take yourself, or your politics, or your religion too seriously. They also rip on celebrities. Boy, do they rip on celebrities.

Racism, sexism, gay-bashing? The show has it all.

A radical Islamic website called Revolutionmuslim.com has decided that the creators of South Park have gone too far.

And what is “too far” you ask?

A recent episode included an image of the Prophet Mohammed disguised in a teddy bear costume. This may be the mildest insult in the history of the show.

In truth, this is probably the most respectful and gentle treatment of any religion that the show has ever dealt with.

Doesn’t matter. Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are now under the threat of violent retribution. This is no small consideration.

The post on Revolutionmuslim.com said: “We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”

The post included a horrific photo of Van Gogh with his throat cut and a dagger in his chest. It also included Comedy Central’s address, and the address of Parker and Stone’s production company, and encouraged readers to “contact them [Parker & Stone], or pay Comedy Central or their own company a visit…”

Not a threat? Theo van Gogh was a Dutch filmmaker who was murdered by an Islamic extremist in 2004. His offense? He made a short documentary on violence against women in some Islamic societies.

Of course there are millions of peaceful and courteous followers but, to outsiders Islam appears to be rudderless.

And there are (seemingly) countless nut jobs who claim to be leaders. Some of these ‘leaders’ seem to want to kill anybody who offends them.

Can’t we all just look down on ‘blasphemers,’ or do we have to murder them? There are lots of blasphemers out there.

Maybe Islam needs a ‘pope.’ Not the same pope, but their own leader who can make big decisions. And they don’t have to call him ‘pope’ either

Catholicism has had its share of historical disgraceful acts, too numerous to mention here. Occasionally, however, the Pope gets to stand up and say “You know, we were REALLY wrong on that one” and offer up some sort of an apology. Honestly! He does this from time to time.

More importantly, the Pope can discipline church ‘leaders’ who step out of line. I am inclined to think a bishop or archbishop would be ‘out of line’ to ask followers to murder someone who insults Jesus.

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So Tiger Woods said he would be a much more collected person since he returned from his time off. Yet we saw pretty much the same Tiger that we did before. On multiple occasions he used profanity.

Who gives a crap?

Jim Nantz, apparently some sort of golf announcer, said he would be fired if he used that language on air.

Well, Jim, you’re paid to have a microphone in your face. Tiger is not. It’s not his fault that what he says is picked up from nearby microphones. Nor is it any other athletes fault, or job to keep themselves PC. Usually when an athletes (or fan) swears, and it’s picked up, the announcers just laugh it off or ignore it.

What I’m saying, Jim, is do your job and let the athletes do theirs.

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By Wink


I normally don’t do book reviews.

Any I do would probably be dated, because I rarely feel the need to purchase any book the first moment it appears at the bookstore (Harry Potter being the notable exception, of course)

I read a lot, but have specialized interests. Most of what interests me, history for example, doesn’t require that books be ‘new.’

But, strolling through the bookstore, I stumbled upon the new Carol Burnett book, “This Time Together.”

Hey, who DOESN’T like Carol Burnett? So I started thumbing through it.

Normally I toss back ‘celebrity’ books fairly quickly. They are usually self-serving, or scandalizing, or both, but this was none of that.

It was just fun.

There cannot be an easier read. The chapters are pretty much all three or four page stories of the various people she knew in her adult life. (She previously chronicled her difficult youth in a book released in 1986.)

David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle was not as smitten as I with the book, but gives it a moderately kind review anyway. Perhaps he was hoping for a dirty laundry tell-all type of book.

Maybe she can do that next time, but it seems unlikely. It just seems like she was placed on earth to entertain and charm us. Like she does in this book.

Buy it. You won’t regret it. Better yet, give a copy to a good friend. It is sure to brighten their day…

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So an NCAA panel has decided that, if it were to expand the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament, it would create a 96 team format. I understand that this would give me teams a chance to go Dancing, but lets be honest, why do they really want to expand?

Short answer: Money.

Long answer: MOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNEEEEEEEEYYYYYYY.

We at the Winkest Link have discussed this, and have accepted that none of the extra 32 teams would honestly have a chance. They wouldn’t be adding the possible National Champion. Granted, they could be adding another George Mason, and there is discussion every year about teams that deserved to make it but were left out.

But if you were left out in the first place, you didn’t have much of a chance to win it all anyway.

An expansion would also belittle the quality of play in the National Invitational Tournament, which is prestigious enough, and it’s a great honor to play in that tournament as well. We at the Winkest Link, being big Nebraska and Creighton basketball fans, are all too familiar with the NIT.

Plus, with the creation of the Collegeinsider.com Basketball Tournament (CIT) and the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), teams that even think they deserve a postseason will get one.

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