Thursday, August 16, 2007

Karl Rove/NBA/NYC Arabic School

As announced in the Wall Street Journal this week, Karl Rove announced his resignation from his White House position. There is no doubt that Rove possesses one of the great political minds of our time having led the Republicans to election victories in 2000, 2002 and 2004. Clearly he shared some blame for the loss of Congress in 2006, but much greater blame goes to the Republican members of Congress that allowed increased spending and corruption to be their main accomplishments. If one doubts Rove's genius, one can only point to the vitriol that is constantly directed his way by Democrats; no Republicans ever waste their time attacking Bob Shrum, the Democratic strategist that went zero for eight in elections. Rove's presence in the White House will be sorely missed.


There was a time that I loved watching the NBA. Today, however, the NBA has become virtually unwatchable with players that are unskilled in basketball basics (such as shooting and passing) and TV coverage on ABC that is awful. However, as bad as the NBA has become, nothing could have prepared fans for the referee gambling scandal which has shaken the league. Nobody at this point knows how many referees are involved or of the scope of the problem. The referee, Tim Donaghy, pleaded guilty yesterday to a variety of felonies and admitted to helping people gamble on games for five months this past season. We may never know the truth as to what happened. What we do know is that the NBA was caught sleeping at the wheel- the league had no idea they had a problem until the FBI notified them at the end of the season. In order to save the league, big changes need to occur- the first is the resignation of David Stern who is ultimately responsible for the downturn of the league.


I would like to meet the person who thought an Arabic themed school in New York City(in which Arabic culture is taught- whatever that means) was a good idea. The school has certainly allowed for some entertaining moments as the original principal defended "Intifada" t-shirts and then watched herself get roasted in the newspapers until she had to resign. Next comes the new principal, an Orthodox Jew. The best thing that can happen at this point is that the school will be closed and we can all forget this poorly conceived experiment.