The Jury Talks Back


Irish eyes are colorblind — or not?

Filed under: Uncategorized — aunursa @ 5:28 am

Despite a second consecutive disappointing season, Notre Dame announced last week that football head coach Charlie Weis would be retained next year.  This decision has led to speculation of a double-standard.  Weis, who is white, has a 4-year winning percentage of .571 (28-21).  His predecessor, Tyrone Willingham, who is black, was fired after compiling a 3-year winning percentage of .583 (21-15).

According to Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News, when Willingham was let go in 2004 the Fighting Irish cited his teams’ dismal efforts against archrival USC, poor showing against quality opponents, and the “lack of progress” of the program.

Yet in the past three years, Weis has lost to the Trojans by scores of 44-24, 38-0, and 38-3….  [I]n the past two years, Weis has one victory over a team with a winning record, Navy… [and] the Irish are 9-15 — the worst two-year record in school history.

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Willingham did not complain about the apparent leniency offered to his successor.  (Several weeks ago the University of Washington announced that Willingham would be let go at the end of this season; the Huskies finished yesterday with a record of 0-12.  His subsequent tenure, however, cannot explain his earlier termination from Notre Dame.)

I frown upon knee-jerk cries of racism, and yet I admit to being perplexed at how Notre Dame can justify the respective decisions to remove Willingham and retain Weis.


Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 4:18 am

Sixty-seven years ago tomorrow, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the following speech before a joint session of Congress.


Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives: yesterday, December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor [Hirohito] looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador  to the United States and his colleague  delivered to our Secretary of State  a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces—with the unbounding determination of our people—we will gain the inevitable triumph—so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.

Today, on the 67th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, remember the act that brought us into World War II, the war that would see a country with a small standing army and establish it as a world power.

Remember too, the determination that took this nation from an economy in the midst of a depression and made it into a manufacturing powerhouse, establishing us as an economic power.

And remember the men (and women) of all the allies, who fought and died so that the Pacific and Europe would not be controlled by power-mad tyrants.  Each year we lose more and more of those we rightly call the Greatest Generation to the ravages of time.  They endured so that their children would remain safe and free.

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