Saturday, March 7, 2009

Some Saturday stuff...

Good news for some of my favorite sports teams. The Notre Dame women hoopsters beat St. John's in the Big East tournament, 62-45. That's 5 wins in the past 6 games for ND--maybe they're peaking heading into the NCAAs?

Meanwhile the University of Michigan men's hoops team won today too, beating Minnesota 67-64 on the road in a must-win game. It will really boost Michigan's tournament resume. Great job this year by John Beilein resurrecting Michigan basketball...

And last night the Notre Dame men's hoops team won their final home game, beating St. John's 74-55. Seems that the Irish played more relaxed, and did the little things--hustled, rebounded, etc. There's still a chance for this team to regain the national respect they've lost if they can go to New York and play well in the Big East tournament. They still have that opportunity. Let's see if they can take it.

In other news: hmmm, so President Obama will visit Turkey soon. Why? On administration official said that part of the reason was that "it will also provide an opportunity to continue the president's dialogue with the Muslim world, a dialogue he started immediately and intends to maintain throughout his presidency."
Uh-huh. Well, maybe it will play well with moderate Muslims. But with the radicals? I have a suspicion they'll see it only as a sign of weakness.

More uncertainty developing over the Obama economic plan--just check out this AP report:
"President Barack Obama offered his domestic-policy proposals as a "break from a troubled past." But the economic outlook now is more troubled than it was even in January, despite Obama's bold rhetoric and commitment of more trillions of dollars. And while his personal popularity remains high, some economists and lawmakers are beginning to question whether Obama's agenda of increased government activism is helping, or hurting, by sowing uncertainty among businesses, investors and consumers that could prolong the recession. Although the administration likes to say it "inherited" the recession and trillion-dollar deficits, the economic wreckage has worsened on Obama's still-young watch....Even White House claims that its policies will "create" or "save" 3.5 million jobs have been questioned by Democratic supporters. "You created a situation where you cannot be wrong," the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Montana Democrat Max Baucus, told Geithner last week. "If the economy loses 2 million jobs over the next few years, you can say yes, but it would've lost 5.5 million jobs. If we create a million jobs, you can say, well, it would have lost 2.5 million jobs," Baucus said. "You've given yourself complete leverage where you cannot be wrong, because you can take any scenario and make yourself look correct."