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David-Gregory-QuickmemeCall me not as convinced as some others are that “Meet the Press” anchor David Gregory is going to jail over having an illegal (at least in the District of Columbia) 30-round magazine while trying to rile up NRA CEO and Vice President Wayne LaPierre last Sunday.

My guess is when it is all said and done, NBC or Gregory will only pay a hefty fine.  They’re clearly trying to go that route through their media strategy, the only question is does the legal strategy allow them to follow suit.

Did Charles Woodson’s Collarbone Heal Properly?

I’ve been wondering that now for the past few weeks.

On average, it takes the typical human being about 6 weeks to heal a broken bone from a simple fracture.  With the future hall of famer once again sidelined for this Sunday’s regular season finale against the Vikings, it will be ten weeks since Charles Woodson has played a down of football.

While coach Mike McCarthy was explaining at his news conference that team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie still hasn’t cleared Woodson to return, Woodson insisted during a short interview in the locker room that scans on his broken collarbone look good, and he hasn’t experienced a setback.

“There’s nothing going on, just holding out,” Woodson said. “Everything’s looking good but I just think the longer you can hold it off, then I guess the better it is. So we’re just waiting.”

Woodson, who appeared to do only scout-team work in practice today, said last week that he hoped to play in Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Vikings in order to get some work in before the postseason.

When asked today whether he’s going to be able to perform up to his standards in the playoffs without any regular-season work since his injury, Woodson said: “I’m not going to have a choice. There’s no time to come back and play around, you know what I’m saying.”

One good thing about a collarbone injury is that it allows Woodson to stay active on his feet, so if he is back in there for the playoffs, he shouldn’t have to deal with conditioning issues.  The real question is arm strength.

The collarbone allows for arm wingspan, so unless he’s found a way to keep that up with minimal pain, it could be a factor in his effectiveness in covering that ball.

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Jonathan Swift probably said it best in Gulliver’s Travels and the “Laputans” but Thomas Sowell said it much more pithy in his “random thoughts” column today.

The more I study the history of intellectuals, the more they seem like a wrecking crew, dismantling civilization bit by bit — replacing what works with what sounds good.

Having knowledge is great.  Having a practical use for that knowledge is even better.

The Great Father-Caper Continues

So glad to see the liberal policy of “A Father is the same as a Welfare Check” from the 1960s is working according to plan.  Of course, you’d only celebrate that if the plan was more poverty, increased childhood illiteracy, declining respect for people in places of authority, and entire generations dependent on government.

In every state, the portion of families where children have two parents, rather than one, has dropped significantly over the past decade. Even as the country added 160,000 families with children, the number of two-parent households decreased by 1.2 million. Fifteen million U.S. children, or 1 in 3, live without a father, and nearly 5 million live without a mother. In 1960, just 11 percent of American children lived in homes without fathers.

America is awash in poverty, crime, drugs and other problems, but more than perhaps anything else, it all comes down to this, said Vincent DiCaro, vice president of the National Fatherhood Initiative: Deal with absent fathers, and the rest follows.

People “look at a child in need, in poverty or failing in school, and ask, ‘What can we do to help?’ But what we do is ask, ‘Why does that child need help in the first place?’ And the answer is often it’s because [the child lacks] a responsible and involved father,” he said.

Wisconsin saw a 6% increase in the number of fatherless homes from 2000 to 2010.  (Can’t wait to see how the statewide left projects Jim Doyle’s failure onto Scott Walker…)

One of the great failures of the Obama Administration is that many people — not just conservatives — hoped Obama would use his status as a loving father of two young children as an example for young people and young black men especially to follow his lead.  To be a provider, to be a family man, to be there for his kids.

How the hell we’ve let our society reach this level is incredibly sad.

Peter Parker is Dead, Spider-Man Lives!

Now on comic book shelves, Amazing Spider-Man #700, the last ever issue of ASM and the last with Peter Parker (at least so far) in the webs in the standard Marvel Universe.

Call him Peter Octavius or Otto Parker, as a hybrid of sorts will make it out of Amazing Spider-Man #700 to become the new Superior Spider-Man [preview pages seen in this article] in the Marvel NOW! relaunch of the title in January, 2013.

The final battle between these age-old enemies is fought rather non-traditionally. After a vast mind-swapping scheme by Otto, better known as Doctor Octopus or simply Doc Ock, the big fight sees Peter Parker in Otto’s body and vice-versa. However, both minds have left a lasting impression, and that’s where the last punch is truly thrown by Peter as he lies dying in Otto’s frail body.

Peter Parker’s life flashes not just before his own eyes, but as Otto has full access to Peter’s memories and is mind-linked once again, Pete forces him to see all his major, life-changing and philosophy-forming moments. In a crash course on Spider-Man history, Octavius doesn’t just see moments like Uncle Ben and Gwen Stacy’s deaths, he experiences and feels them. He sees exactly what it was like to overcome adversity repeatedly and finally learns: “With great power must also come great responsibility.”

Thus, Otto promises to not only live as Peter lived, but actually become a better, and yes, “Superior” Spider-Man.

“This is Moriarty in the head of Sherlock. This is Prince John inside of Robin Hood. This is the greatest villain inside the body of the greatest hero and trying to do good,” writer Dan Slott told USA Today of the new status quo. He promises you won’t simply see a Peter Parker that has Otto overtones though – this is Otto Octavius in Peter’s body trying to figure out how to be a better hero than he ever was, and it won’t be easy. “That road of salvation and stepping up and doing the right thing, it’s more interesting to see it from a character who has to fight his basic nature to do that.”

Mind swap, not the first time tried in comics and sci-fi, probably not the last either.

The obvious “out” of this story is that while Peter died with his consciousness in Octavius’ frail and battered body [there was a body, it was indeed buried], he was obviously able to get a piece of himself back in his body.  This will then lead to battle of wills for control over Peter’s body and who will be Spider-Man for the rest of time.

Bet on Peter, even with the Parker luck.

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