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MSM-Blogger Draft, Cont.

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Rounds three and four of the MSM-Blogger Fanatsy Draft will be conducted tomorrow. Overnight speculation focused on the plummeting stock of Instapunk, Protein Wisdom’s 1:40 time in the 40 yard dash, John Cole’s alleged “clubhouse lawyer” temperment, and rumored deals between CNN and everyone as Klein attempts to trade up to recover from yesterday’s disastrous supplemetal picks.

Day one positive buzz is centered on NBC’s second round pick of Joe Carter, who somehow managed to turn in a top 25 list of short stories on the day after he was drafted, instantly telegraphing to the publishers of the world a book for which there would be serious pre-pub demand, and raising the asking price for all second rounders in Joe’s neighborhood. “A guy thinks like that, puts the hours in, has a work ethic that doesn’t stop and surprises you, well, you can’t put a price on that,” said one CBS insider, still smarting over The Eye’s missing the clock and forfeiting a Round Two selection. “Rather and Wallace were in a tangle on the floor in the war room,” he added as an explanation for the no-longer-close-to-Tiffany earnings network’s shocking ineptitude. “Sure, it looked like a remake of Cocoon, but we thought we’d havve a couple of broken hips for sure and the time on the clock slipped away.” (For results of a Rather-Wallace knock-down, go here.)

UPDATE:

Peeps, aka “Chad the Elder” of FratersLibertas, celebrated way too hard after he and his pals were selected in the first round by the New York Times, and got into it with another Cabbage Patch collecter at a CPD fair on Friday night in the Twin Cities. It did not go well for Peeps. (That’s a real picture, btw.) Cabbage Patch Dolls collectors are not a particularly fiercesome bunch, but Preemie Boy brings out the worst in the mob.

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The Marines in Fallujah

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Ten members of Regimental Combat Team 8 of the II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C. were killed and 11 wounded in a bomb attack near Fallujah yesterday.

This site commemorates all the Marines who have died in Iraq.

If you are moved by their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their fellow warriors in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, please visit SolidersAngels.com and sign up to become the home front partner of a member of the military deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, or some other front line post in the GWOT. You can send the mail ,ecouragement and care packages, and it is a tangible way for civilians to thank you for the courage and sacrifice of those in uniform.

UPDATE:

An e-mail:

Hugh,

Back in 1984 just before Christmas we had a mine fire in a coal mine near where I live. 24 men and women were killed, including one of my neighbors. It was a horrific shock and our entire communities grieved. Brave mine rescue teams went back in to retrieve their bodies.

Many times, like this one, remind how senseless those deaths were. But the deaths of our Marines and other troops is not senseless in the same sense, because they were engaged an effort to return good to the people of Iraq in return for the evil done to us by Al Qaeda on 9/11.

These are bitter losses, even though they are so few by historic standards, but there is a balm in Gliead, and God will heal and whisper peace to the sore hearts of those left behind.

All we can do to honor these brave Marines is to support those who remain and NOT give in to the urge to pull out of Iraq and leave those people for whome they died to the tender mercies of the terrorists. At some point, the Iraqi defense forces must take this job over, but that time is not yet.

Yesterday, I rewatched parts of The Return of the King and was stirred again by Aragorn’s speech outside the gates of Mordor:

Hold your ground, hold your ground. Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers.

I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me.

A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day.

An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day!

This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!

This is what warriors do. They don’t cut and they don’t run or take flight when they have been bloodied.

Without men and women like this, I would not be free.

My uncle was in charge of a Battery on Corregidor, captured when it surrendered and lived through years of hell as a prisoner of the Japanese. These terrorists have nothing on the Japanese for cruelty. I’m reading his account of that experience. His younger brother died when his transport plane crashed in New Guinea.

I’m sure there is a place to welcome men who die with their honor clean. I pray that these 10 will qualify and that those scum who think they’re brave for setting an ambush will meet their maker and pass through hell for what they have done. Nobody in Iraq is threatened by our troops unless he is trying to harm his fellow Muslims or our troops.

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Supplemental Picks Awarded to CNN in MSM-Blogger Mock Draft

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Oops. In rounds one and two of the MSM-Blogger Fantasy Draft, I overlooked CNN’s claim to be part of the MSM. CNN is awarded four picks in a supplemental draft between rounds two and three and will draft third, after the Los Angeles Times and CBS in future rounds, as The Most Busted Name in News struggles to get back in the game.

Supplemental Round:

CNN picks Anderson Cooper, Brady Anderson, D.B. Cooper and Aaron Cooper.

“In for a dime, in for a dollar,” said CNN president Jonathan Klein, “Besides, in five years, no one will be reading the blogs, just like no one was reading them last year.”

UPDATE: I should have seen this coming:

Hugh – I am the player/agent for www.anklebitingpundits.com. There is no reason why we/my client has fallen out of the 1st 2 rounds of the draft. The rumors of the positive drug tests are false. Our Wonderlic scores are as high as anyone on the board, and in the pre-draft combine we impressed many scouts. We also made a seemless transition from www.crushkerry.com to www.anklebitingpundits.com earlier this year. Should we now be picked in the next round we will mimic the actions of TO and Drew Rosenhaus. We need to feed our families. Thanks in Advance Bulldog Pundit

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