Monday, November 25, 2013

Quick Hits: Volume LXXX

-Yeah, so this happened over the weekend.

A historic deal was struck early Sunday between Iran and six world powers over Tehran's nuclear program that slows the country's nuclear development program in exchange for lifting some sanctions while a more formal agreement is worked out.

The agreement -- described as an "initial, six-month" deal -- includes "substantial limitations that will help prevent Iran from creating a nuclear weapon," U.S. President Barack Obama said in a nationally televised address.

Prevent Iran from creating a nuclear weapon? Maybe. But the key distinction is it doesn't hinder nuclear capability. As Daniel Silva said on Monday's Hugh Hewitt Show, Iran essentially got everything it wanted out of this deal: reduced sanctions and maintaining its nuclear capability.

Leave it to Dennis Miller to brilliantly summarize this whole situation in a pithy tweet.

"BiBi" is, of course, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This deal would appear to be leaving Israel pretty much on its own if faced with an attack from Iran. Of course if you believe in biblical prophecy, specifically Zechariah 12:1-5, this is how it's supposed to play out. An excerpt: On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.

Yes, anyone who attempts to take on Israel will do so at their own peril.

- One of the grand traditions of Thanksgiving day (other than the gluttony) is the NFL's Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys hosting games.

For a little more than a decade, many football fans have lamented the fact the Lions continue to host a game despite their ineptitude this Millennium (save for the 2011 season when they made the playoffs). In fact, the Lions have not even been favored in a Thanksgiving game since 2000, when they took on the New England Patriots. That contest seems like it took place eons ago given that was the Pats' first season under coach Bill Belichick and a rookie QB by the name of Tom Brady made his NFL debut once the game got out of reach.

All that said, it appears the underdog streak is over!

Given the Lions' opponent this Thanksgiving will be a Green Bay Packers club likely to start their fourth different quarterback in five weeks (and also possessing a porous defense), the early line has Detroit as a 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 point favorite.

The Lions are currently in the midst of a 9-game losing streak on Thanksgiving with their last victory occurring in 2003 against (who else?) the Packers.

- I had the opportunity to chat with Marty Seifert, Minnesota GOP gubernatorial candidate, on my radio show this past Sunday.

There has been much speculation over whether or not Seifert would take another run in the MN governor's race after he finished second to Tom Emmer in the 2010 GOP endorsement battle and chose not to force a primary. When it was apparent he would not get the nod from GOP delegates, Seifert endorsed Emmer at the state convention (Emmer never reach the 60% threshold but got into the upper 50s on the second or third ballot) and then promptly announced his retirement as a MN House member after serving 14 years.

About six months later, Emmer lost by a mere 0.5% to Mark Dayton in the general election. In light of that result there were many Emmer supporters who lamented Seifert's alleged lack of campaigning on Emmer's behalf. And then last month, Seifert finished third in a non-binding straw poll at the MN GOP State Central Committee meeting despite not officially declaring himself a candidate. As such, Seifert was accused by some as working behind the scenes to gin up support in an effort to give appearances of an unsolicited grassroots movement. Seifert had never responded to any of the aforementioned allegations......until this past Sunday. How did he answer those charges? Just click this link to find out.


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