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Thursday, November 15, 2007

A very good week, draft for Randy Mueller

During a week filled with tons of news, even as echoes calling for the hiring of Bill Parcells as general manager linger, the Dolphins current general manager is quietly having a stellar week.

How else to describe what Randy Mueller has accomplished so far.

This week coach Cam Cameron named John Beck Miami's starting quarterback and that means five rookies will start for the Dolphins on Sunday, with four of them playing on offense.

Think about that sentence you just read. The Dolphins are starting five rookies Sunday -- receiver Ted Ginn Jr., center Samson Satele, fullback Reagan Mauia, punter Brandon Fields, and Beck.

This while rookies Paul Soliai and Lorenzo Booker get some fill-in duty as they get their heads out of their butts and try to catch on to the Pro game. Anyway, they're another post for another day.

The point is in the inexact science of NFL drafting, Mueller is already maximizing 50 percent of his 10 picks from his first Miami draft class. You've got appreciate the guy for making that happen.

Now, have there been mistakes? Sure. The Joey Porter signing is still curious. And I grant you, none of the rookies are Pro Bowl players yet. None are even rookie of the year candidates, although Satele will be somewhere in the conversation.

But all mentioned in that compelling sentence are already good enough that they are starting for their team by the midway point in their rookie seasons. I challenge you to find another NFL team that can match that.

I understand if the Dolphins were a great team, the talent level would be so high that it would be more difficult for a rookie to break into the lineup. But if Mueller comes close to matching his current success in future years, if he finds three or four starters in next year's draft, and three or four more in two years, the Dolphins will be a very, very, very strong team in three or four years.

Based on that future hope, which is based on this draft class's early accomplishments, you have to believe Randy Mueller is the right man to remain Miami's general manager. You have to believe that despite mistakes -- and there undoubtedly will be some -- Mueller can turn the Dolphins around.

Your thoughts?

223 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see how Beck plays. And I'm not sold on Ginn yet either... he's shown some hands, and he has the speed. But I don't see him being aggressive to go after the ball while it's in the air. And while he's broken free once or twice on kick returns, he looks scared.

Those are our two first picks. Both questionable... but they could pay off. I think it's still too soon to call Mueller "the man". By the end of this season we should know more...

12:03 AM  
Blogger Mr. Tomas said...

I agree, Mueller has put together a good draft class. Finally!

However, the only reason Porter is a head scratcher is cuz he hasn't really produced, i felt he had a good game last wkend. If Porter would be putting up 1/2 or the stats he put up last year there would be no head scratching. It was a great signing on paper, it just hasn't worked out on the field yet.

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wasnt everyone hating on randy for this years draft class? funny how fickle people are.

12:24 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

I wouldn't call it a "Strong" draft just yet. We HAD to start the rooks because we released/traded/pissed away vets. (As you said, lack of depth/talent) I think it's like the economy, it takes a few years to find out if the changes that are implemented today will work tomorrow. I AM sold on Ginn. I'm sure he will be a force...Still would not have gotten rid of Chambers though. Also, if Ginn does develop into a #1 receiver, who's going to return punts? Fields has been good, and bad. I'm not a great judge of linemen, and we didn't have a great line anyway, so no opinion of Satele. Mauiu has been decent, but drops easy passes out of the backfield, and we cut quite a few vet FB's (Beasley/Schlesenger)and don't have any others on the chart. Not hard to grab that job. Beck, I have hope for, but that's a huge question, and more than likely won't be answered until after Mueller's gone, or when it's too late. Green was obviously a mistake. Porter, I think will come around. Martin for McMichael? Not even a chance in hell that was smart. Not accounting for a depleted secondary from years back, BIG mistake....Did we draft/sign ONE CB/S during the draft/free agency? (Before Bell went down)

So, while the blind loyalist will love you for this and rally behind you, I'm still VERY skeptical

12:41 AM  
Anonymous WinstonSanders said...

I always felt Mueller was a good GM based on his accomplishments in NO & Seattle. He turned both those franchises around pretty quickly from consumate losers to ammual playoff contenders, & they have been such ever since.

His critics here never gave him enough time & never seemed to understand the situation he came into & what is required to turn it around, nor did they understand that it was other personnel & coaching staff which were responsible for the mess before Cam & Mueller got here.

12:48 AM  
Anonymous Harry Potter said...

Hey, Mando!

I just read your article on Cameron's intelligence and good will towards the team ahead of his pride. Outstanding, man. Raw and straight, but fair, supportive but critical.

Good job, man. You earn every single penny.

1:20 AM  
Anonymous Bobby Boinko said...

Too bad we'll never know how good Ginn is. Every time he tries to show us his potential it gets called back on a holding penalty...

http://boinko.com

1:42 AM  
Anonymous John123 said...

Deceiving article... Yes 5 rookies are starting... but lets get real here.. Who are they starting over??? The punter is playing well but its still a punter so we are down to 4. Beck is starting which is great but he is starting over a 2nd string QB in Cleo Lemon... Ted Ginn is starting because the rest of our WR Corps consists of stone hands Hagan and booker.

Sorry this article is giving Mueller credit for nothing right now. Yes, we are starting 5 rookies. 2 play in positions that while are important they are only important to teams that have quality players at the skill positions. The only player you have mentioned that has really done anything significant as a rookie is Satele.

Wake me up when they do something. I'm rooting for them and its good that they are playing but they are playing because A. they are rookies and B. The Dolphins might as well paly them because they suck. Not because they have done anythign particularly special.

Fields and Satele are the only ones I know that have played WELL (I don't know about Regan.. he is a FB and well its hard to tell). The other 2 have either not played (Beck) or have had little impact (Ginn). Sorry its hard to call Mueller's draft a success. Even if you call 3 of them a success so far (Regan, Satele, Fields) it doesn't matter. A FB and a Punter don't matter if the rest of the team is awful.

1:43 AM  
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1:53 AM  
Anonymous M. CORBETT said...

ARMANDO,

ENGLISH SPOKEN HERE. GET AN EDITOR, A SPELL CHECKER, A GRAMMAR CHECKER OR SOMETHING THAT MINIMIZES THE MISTAKES IN YOUR POSTS. HAVE SOME PRIDE, MAN.
AS TO THE SUBJECT AT HAND, MY PREDICTION IS IN THREE YEARS THE DOLPHINS WILL BE A STRONG TEAM AND HARD TO BEAT BY ANYONE BUT A VERY FEW TEAMS. TAKE IT TO THE BANK.

1:55 AM  
Anonymous Dan said...

While I'm heartened to see 5 rookies starting, only one (Satele) has shown enough to get a passing grade so far. Fields and Mauia need to gain some consistency. I can't think of a lot of teams they'd be starting for right now. Both should continue to grow, but I'd still list both in the bottom third of respective positions. Fields is averaging 44.8, which isn't bad until you consider he's ranked 32nd in the league in punts inside the 20 with 3 touchbacks. With so many long punt opportunities, 44.8 isn't exceptional. Mauia isn't a pass or run threat, though a decent blocker.

On to the two biggies.

Ted Ginn has shown speed, and can be dangerous. The jury is out on whether he can run a clean route and be effective in the passing game. Even if he turns out to be mediocre, it's a disappointment. On most other teams in the league, he would play in the slot. A lot of potential, but the fact that he's starting shows the weakness of Miami's receivers more than the talent of Ted Ginn or the drafting acumen of Mueller.

Beck is the wildcard. If he plays his ass off and gives the Phins stability at Quarterback, then this draft is a success. Plain and simple, Beck can make or break this draft. I hope he lights it up in the remainder.

Satele is a player, no question. Solid marks there.

1 solid pick, 2 bit players that could grow a bit, and 2 question marks. They may all start, but it's too soon to shower Mueller with roses for this draft.

1:58 AM  
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2:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey armando the parcells cheers are coming from me listen up wayne get a brain and bring us a side order of tuna in 08! bryan in ohio!

4:02 AM  
Anonymous Bill said...

Armando,
If you read the whole chat yesterday, you'd have learned that I'm living in South Korea.
However, no one talked bad about America, only its government.
The people who want to come here only want to come here because the rich kick down a few more crumbs here than they do in some other countries. Don't forget, the United States government is responsible for why many of them are in such a poor situation in the countries that they are attempting to flee from.
While no country has a perfect government, many are better than the United States, Canada, France, Costa Rica, and Germany are but a few. There are also a great many who do not attempt to engage in imperial conquest. I would say that makes them better.
You must realize though, when you engage in these topics, they are different from sports. It's not my team is better than yours. That argument does not work.
Finally, realize that fleeing a country is cowardly. If one wants their country to be different, they try to change it, like the brilliant Noam Chomsky, the most respected intellectual in all the world.
Finally, Armando, you are fit for talking about sports, and that's about it. You have no insight worth expressing when it comes to social matters. You, like many sports fans, are a mere sheep, a patriotic flagophile.
It's O.K. While many of us would like our sports writers to be Doctors of Journalism, not everyone can achieve the greatness of the late Hunter S.
Maybe you should start by reading something by an author that has a little bit of knowledge outside of the sports world. I have great hope in the human race. You to can attain a social conscience, not just be a sheep to be herded.

6:18 AM  
Blogger mike said...

Samson Satele is the real deal. Of all our off seasons moves the Welker deal pissed me off the most, but it seems to have been one of our best moves. Satele has started every game and is definitely our Rookie stand-out so far.

6:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say that this is exactly the same way you should write about Cam Cameron. Sure he's made a few rookie mistakes. Mueller at least has the luxury of having held several GM positions before arriving in Miami. This is Cameron's first year, and as has been said over and over, even the best of the best head coaches, struggle early in their career.

It's great that you speak so highly of the rookies too. It does have the feel of a strong beginning. However, the Head Coach should get a ton of the credit because coaching is a day to day effort. It takes hours and hours each day, it takes sacrifice, and it also takes patience.

Cameron is going to get things turned around. You chuckleheads will believe it to be dumb luck, but what it really means is that for a rook, he's doing a pretty good job with the hand he's been dealt. I saw a bunch of 2's, 4's with a K & an A on this team when Cam took over, and you know which two members of the defense represent the face cards.

Oh wait, I really think it's that Armando likes Mueller, but either Cameron doesn't like him, and it shows in his "reporting", or Salguero doesn't like him, which I've been saying for months. It really might be a little of both.

Go Dolphins!
DrumFinFan

6:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No no no. If you have a chance to get parcells do it!look at the cowboys! he put that team together not jerry jones. let him clean house. let him hire his own coach, his own scouts and his own players.

6:50 AM  
Blogger mike said...

About Porter...Even Jason Taylor hasn't produced. NOBODY on our defense has produced this year. Jason Taylor gave us the best explanation when he said that they just can't take as many risks because they don't have good enough people out there. We can't use Porter like he should be used because our DB's suck....He's not a bust unless he doesn't produce in an improved and injury free D. God I miss Yerimiah Bell.

7:07 AM  
Anonymous Daryl said...

Dan,
Buddy are you serious "Even if he turns out to be mediocre, it's a disappointment" of course its is he is the 9th overall pick he isn't supposed to be MEDIOCRE! He supposed to be an impact player!
If you fellas bashing Randy take a step back and look at how many players Miami has drafted since 2000 and see how many of those players have gone on to be starters then compare what he has drafted in his FIRST draft you would probably just shut your mouth. True the grade is incomplete because they are rookie and it remains to be seen but five rookie starters is a good indication he know what he's doing when we don't have five starter from the last seven Drafts. Then you get that many and potentially have more (Wright,Smith ten made the squad) in on draft you have to be happy.

Does that mean they will all be superstars No but they will develop and become the Nucleus for years to come. We are basically in catch up mode with rest of the league because if you look around no other teams have drafted as terrible as we have over the past 7 or 8 years. No One and I for one am happy Randy is starting to turn that around!

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian C. said:

Armando,

After reading this article I have come to the realization that someone hacks into the Herald and poses as you and writes some of these articles.

I havent figured out who the real Armando is yet but Im working on it. :)

I know you could care less what I think of you or your blog but I must say that I agree with this one .

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Armando...
Mueller obviously drafted according to need. Can you do a study on players he passed up for the ones he choose at the same positions and how well they are or are not performing?

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Bill,
Why would you care what Armando thinks. Besides a few posts, like this on, it is usually obvious that he's an idiot

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You read my mind Armando. I totally agree with you.

Once again, If those penalties were erased against the Jets and the Bills, people could consider Ginn Jr. as an outstanding pick from our Dolphins in the first round.

Arturo

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Add to that immature and egotistical. Ever notice how he has to give himself credit for all kinds of stuff 'as I already have suggested here', as though the coach is taking cues from Mandy's blog, or if he is first on a story (like why wouldn't he be, local writer for the local team) he has to further let you know with his own pen in his own column he was first. Also, agreed, even though blogs are casual forms of communication, grammar should still be held to a high journalistic standard, at least from the journalist responsibile for the blog, otherwise you are just promoting poor habits that filter down into society.

8:22 AM  
Anonymous James A said...

"Anonymous said...

"Now, have their been mistakes?"

Just giving you a heads up on a typo. Feel free to delete this comment once you correct.

2:17 AM"

lol. "once you correct". why don't you check your own posts before commenting on Armando's?

ps. in case this slipped by you it should read "once you're correct".

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Sam said...

This is great, let's nail everyone on their typo's! Mando's blog just may start a worldwide campaign to lift 'e-text' out of the ghetto's.

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mueller should have taken Okoye since they got rid of all the defensive line depth. That pick alone would have given us 3 more wins by stopping the offenses of other teams. Beck at two, and Ginn at 3rd pick. Booker hasn't shown up yet so I'm not sure we needed him.
Beck will connect with Ginn as well as Marty Booker at WR where Cleo was having placement and distance timing on long balls. Miami will give Phiily hell on SUnday. You wait and see. Beck is a winner and he won't quit. His leadership in the huddle will make the difference. If Vonnie Holiday and JT can play the entire game along with Keith truck Traylor, we are in this game.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mueller should have taken Okoye since they got rid of all the defensive line depth. That pick alone would have given us 3 more wins by stopping the offenses of other teams. Beck at two, and Ginn at 3rd pick. Booker hasn't shown up yet so I'm not sure we needed him.
Beck will connect with Ginn as well as Marty Booker at WR where Cleo was having placement and distance timing on long balls. Miami will give Phiily hell on SUnday. You wait and see. Beck is a winner and he won't quit. His leadership in the huddle will make the difference. If Vonnie Holiday and JT can play the entire game along with Keith truck Traylor, we are in this game.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I usually agree with most of what you write, but what are you thinking here??? WE ARE 0-9 with all of these starting rookies. If we had just a couple of wins I might agree with you, but they have done nothing but lose!

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No way ginn would be avail in the 3rd round. Many draft experts were saying he still could have gone in the first, but second for sure. Beck was a fine pick at 2nd. Look at Cam's track record with qbacks. He knows more about evaluating them than we do, he passed on Quinn for a reason.

9:08 AM  
Blogger H.C.D. said...

Its encouraging to see all these rookies playing. Let them get the game experience week after week. It can only make them better, right?

At this point, I'm not sure if we should be heralding Mueller just yet. I'm not saying we should bash him either. However, its encouraging to see actual draft picks out there playing, since I believe we lack any players that we're drafted prior to 2003.

Hopefully, with the next few drafts, and especially with having a glut of picks NEXT draft, we'll be able to put together a core of quality players that will start to mesh into something special. A key free agent acquisition or two, and we can get back to competitive status in 2 years or less.

One last thing, and I love these guys very much as Dolphins players, but its coming close to the time that we will have to bid farewell to brothers-in-law, Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas. It sucks, but its true. Its like a pet that you know you're going to outlive, one day it'll be gone, you'll be sad, but you'll move on and eventually, get a new pet.

Just prepare yourselves...you might want to say good bye in your mind so it won't hurt so much when it happens. Could be next year, or the year after, but its coming.

Zach needs to think about his health and Jason needs to think about his marriage, and following in the acting footsteps of THE ROCK....lol.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Nomdeplame said...

I usually don't take up for Armando, but, this is a fine post - save the 'their' 'there' thing.

As for 'Bill' who fancies himself and his hero Noam Chomsky moral superiors preaching to the unwashed, let me offer a quote:

"Finally the smoking gun that conclusively proves what many have long known: that Chomsky simply cannot be trusted. This book {THE ANTI-CHOMSKY READER} documents the reality that Chomsky chronically 'fabricates facts,' fakes figures, misquotes authorities, distorts data, plays 'fast and loose with source material,' and engages in 'blatant professional mendacity.' No wonder historian Arthur Schlesinger called Chomsky an 'intellectual crook.' Shaame on those who believe and repeat Chomsky's 'calculated lies.' After reading this book, no one will be able to rely on anything Chomsky says without independently checking every claim." - Alan M. Dershowitz

Read the book, Bill, you might learn something.

So much for the most brilliant man in the world. He is simply a lying, unrepentant Marxist who despises the United States and Israel.

And thanks again, Armando, for an unbiased look at Mueller and the draft.

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fire them both at the end of the year. They are both losers. Mueller was a loser in New Orleans and Cam was a loser in indiana. Once a loser always a loser.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Bill said...

Mr. Chomsky hater,
Chomsky cannot be trusted? Do you honestly think that MIT would keep Noam Chomsky on as head of a department if anyone actually thought the book you mention contained the tinniest shred of accuracy? Of course not.
The whole book, which you mention, is based on one claim where Chomsky accidentally cited something wrong. Let's read Noam Chomsky's response. It is only fair to hear his side.

"In the first book that I wrote, American Power and the New Mandarins, in the first edition there’s a slight error, namely that I attributed a quote to Truman which was in fact a very close paraphrase, almost verbatim paraphrase of what he said in a secondary source. I got a note mixed up and instead of citing the secondary source I cited Truman. It was corrected within about two months, in the second printing. There isn’t a scholarly monograph that doesn’t have a similar error somewhere. There have been at least a dozen articles, if not more, using this to denounce me, to prove that you can’t believe anything that’s said by anybody on the left, etc. These are very desperate people."

Would Chomsky remain the most respected intellectual if this book was the least bit true? No.
You're talking about a man who has taken part in debates with the late, famous Michel Foucault. Besides his work in political theory, he created all that is known and taught about linguistics. His theory of "generative grammar" is considered to be one of the most significant contributions to the field of linguistics made in the 20th century.
This isn't Bill Parcells you're discrediting, this is a true genius.
For those of you that are not familiar with Noam Chomsky, you will surely hear his name when he passes, which will not be in the distant future, since he is 79 years old. The story will be in every major news source in the country. According to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index in 1992, Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any other living scholar during the 1980–1992 time period, and was the eighth-most cited scholar in any time period.
Anyone who would try to discredit this man is simply a right wing nut, who wants to try to bring down a major left wing intellectual figure. The man that wrote the trash you speak of has written one book, a feeble attempt at soiling a made man's legacy. However, only the most conservative right wing fool would pay attention to it. Meanwhile, Chomsky has published well over fifty books. One book against him that has sold ten copies won't harm him.
Oh yeah, he's also not a Marxist, but an Anarcho-syndicalist, not that anyone should be ashamed of being a Marxist if they are one. Marxism is a philosophy that is based on respect for people.

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A positve article. Maybe a little too positive.
As said above, we're 0-9 and how many would be starting on winning teams.

Time will tell.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Can Ricky play safety?

10:25 AM  
Blogger rchinea said...

I rarely agree with you Armando but I do now. To all the critics, 5 starters on a bad team is not the same as 5 starters on a good team.

But here's the argument you can't overcome - when Randy was rebuilding in New Orleans and Seattle, he was adding starters to very bad teams as well.

Also, Armando, you forgot to point out that 4 of the starters are on offense, the unit that was just as bad last year.

How desperate has this team been for a decent WR, OL, RB and QB?

Anyway, for the critics, you are holding true to your 'every move is a bad move' whining - for years, you've complained of the lack of offensive draft picks and how these picks weren't making the roster, let alone playing. On Sunday, 36% of our starting offense is coming from this draft and you are saying that it's because we are bad.

OF COURSE WE ARE. But it still takes talent to find that many guys who can start, especially since they are all skill positions. That talent is courtesy of Randy Mueller.

And he deserves kudos for doing so.

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Ryan said...

To all the people picking on Armando for his grammatical error, you should realize he usually has at least one every other post, and none of you are wise enough to catch it. I assume this because you rarely post anything about it. The rest of us have the common sense to let it go. If Armando hasn't learned that he should proof read what he writes by now, he never will.
If you want to rip on Armando, choose something worth while to rip on, like the fact that he writes articles in the preseason on how Cam will be awesome, citing reasons why, and then tells us the organization is foolish for hiring him at midseason. Or, you could rip on him for being a fascist who thinks the American government is great for the world.
Just don't pick on his grammar. it has sucked since he started working for the Herald, and your criticism isn't getting him to improve it. Let's pick a new subject.

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Ken said...

To Nomdeplame,

You are accepting the word of Alan M. Dershowitz??? The very same 'lawyer' who helped fabricate and distort enough bs to get OJ off the hook? Maybe you should do your own research instead of relying on others motivated by $.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Plain and simple. Cam and Mueller are the answer. They just need some time.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Jason said...

It's good to see there are still some political posts on today's blog. recent blogs have been some of the most interesting. I'd rather learn about Chomsky than hear about Miami's pathetic season. We all know what is happening with them in the off season, they're picking Glen Dorsey. I have only studied Chomsky in PoliScience. I didn't know about his contributions to linguistics. It inspired me to research too. I found out that he also helped spark the cognitive revolution in psychology through his review of B. F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior, in which he challenged the behaviorist approach to the study of behavior and language dominant in the 1950s. They also teach something called the Chomsky Hierarchy in linguistic classes. I'm not even sure what that is. Is there a professor who has accomplished more during the 20th century? No wonder Ali G's antics didn't work on him.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Henry said...

Good point, Ken. Alan M. Dershowitz is a tool. You're not in good company Nomdeplame. Maybe you should see what Nick Saban has to say about Noam Chomsky while your at it.

Your argument is turning out to look like it was constructed by Channing Crowder!

11:11 AM  
Anonymous FLPD said...

My boy Mando is posting stuff for us at midnight after he already wrote another column and instead of thanking him the double duty and the fact he kept you off the porn sites and anarchist chatrooms for that small period of time, you whine like bitches about a grammar error?

(And by the way I believe the error is corrected 'cause I didn't see any.)

You little bitches should just crawl back under your rocks and live out the waning days to your pathetic, no-love-having-lives, without ruining it for the rest of the normal world.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous DC Orlando said...

As hard as it is you have got to be patient with this guy (mueller).He helped build seattle and saints into teams with alot of talent from scratch.Give him 2-3 more years.Ginn's going to be fine if they could stop holding on kick returns.The worst thing he has done so far is give an overrated old linebacker 20 million.And let an underrated and young widereciever go (to your division rival).Continue your draft strategy and choose your free agent's carefully.WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR!!!

11:26 AM  
Anonymous harold said...

And concerning Arthur Schlesinger:

"When Arthur Schlesinger was asked by The New York Times in November, 1965, to explain the contradiction between his published account of the Bay of Pigs incident and the story he had given the press at the time of the attack, he simply remarked that he had lied; and a few days later, he went on to compliment the Times for also having suppressed information on the planned invasion, in "the national interest," as this term was defined by the group of arrogant and deluded men of whom Schlesinger gives such a flattering portrait in his recent account of the Kennedy Administration. It is of no particular interest that one man is quite happy to lie in behalf of a cause which he knows to be unjust; but it is significant that such events provoke so little response in the intellectual community—for example, no one has said that there is something strange in the offer of a major chair in the humanities to a historian who feels it to be his duty to persuade the world that an American-sponsored invasion of a nearby country is nothing of the sort. And what of the incredible sequence of lies on the part of our government and its spokesmen concerning such matters as negotiations in Vietnam? The facts are known to all who care to know. The press, foreign and domestic, has presented documentation to refute each falsehood as it appears. But the power of the government's propaganda apparatus is such that the citizen who does not undertake a research project on the subject can hardly hope to confront government pronouncements with fact." -The New York Review of Books

11:28 AM  
Anonymous eli said...

Mueller is a decent GM, but these rookies are starting for lack of better options. Am still not convinced Beck is the real deal, what has Reagan Mauia really done for the Dolphins, Brandon Fields is a downgrade from Donnie Jones (who is leading the league in punting)..I like Ted Ginn, and Satele is developing, I will concede that those two are good picks though Ginn is not being utilized the way he should. But thats not Mueller's fault, thats Cam's fault.

The main problem here is Cam, yes..

Want to ask your opinion of Matt Roth. This guy seems to have conincided with the decline of the defensive line? Have the Dolphins mis-judged him? He seems unprepared to start.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous ANTI-CHOMSKY said...

Bill, you are obviously NOT familiar with the book in question if you think its criticisms of Chumpsky are based solely on one error. It is an edited volume comprised of many different authors whose essays quite convincingly show Chomsky to be, repeatedly, intellectually dishonest. This extends even to his vaunted exploits in linguistics. Two distinguished linguists take him to task for the same mendacity he displays in matters politic.

Chomsky has an agenda and will do anything to propel it forward including the mendacious tactics exposed in the 'ANTI_CHOMSKY READER.' As usual, leftists will say ANYTHING to advance their agenda even when they don't know what they are talking about.

His professorship at MIT is based solely on his early work in liguistics and NOT on his evil political viewpoint (not that it would matter at most universities.) He has tenure and unless shown to be a murderer or something of that sort will remain on the faculty, I suppose.

You wish to cast me as a 'right wing nut;' it's always what people with no argument and blind adherence do. They make ad hominem attacks. Facts should never enter the debate for leftists, for they will lose every time.

You, or he, may choose to call him an 'anarcho-syndicalist,' but a pig with stilleto heels and rouge is still a Communist pig.

I have read many of Chomsky's books and was, as you obviously are, an admirer and 'true believer.' The difference between you and me is that I allowed myself access to opposing views. I came to the conclusion some time ago that Chomsky's views of the United States and capitalism simply did not comport with what my own eyes, ears and intellect (limited as it may be) told me.

The facts are these: The US is the greatest country on earth. Free markets and capitalism WORK. They are superior to communism. Are there problems? Of course! Are they as serious as the problems CAUSED by communism? NOT EVEN CLOSE.

While the idea of "from those with the most to those with the least' is intellectually and morally seductive, the attendant ideas of totalitarian, top-down confiscation and redistribution have proven time and again NOT to work.

The implementation of this 'progressive' idea and its social consequences have proved to be the most destructive evil ever visited upon the soul of mankind. Ask the around ONE HUNDRED MILLION victims (as in murdered, starved, worked to death in slave-labor, tortured {REAL torture - not being made to wear panties} to death, victims.) That is the ideology Chomsky champions at every turn.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANTI-CHOMSKY - take a look at this and then tell me what you think of your government that fabricates wars, kills innocent people, and sends the dollar to the lowest levels in history, soley in the interests of big business.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7866929448192753501

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stop giving Mueller the trophy. They are playing these rookies because the rest of the team sucks. lets win one game before crowning any of these two bosos running my beloved dolphins now

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armondo, thanks for a positive story re the Fins, they are few and far between.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chomsky has a tiny pee-pee.

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't like Chomsky, try reading Gore Vidal's 'Dreaming War' followed by 'Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace' for some insight into our government. TV and newspapers have the public brainwashed far more than they realize.

12:23 PM  
Blogger mike said...

If Beck turns out to be a good quarterback our 2007 2nd round will turn out to be one of the best draft rounds we have ever had. Satele is already, barring major injury, a staple on our offensive line. If Beck becomes our guy for many years we will have had picked a franchise QB and a franchise center back-to-back.

12:25 PM  
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12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This last poster above is just repeating everything Mando wrote yesterday, only using 1000 times more words to do so.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same exact post actually.

12:43 PM  
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12:47 PM  
Anonymous Randy said...

>>>(I don't know about Regan.. he is a FB and well its hard to tell).<<<

The Dolphins, despite their mediocrity, have one of the NFL's top rushing attacks and you can't tell if FB Reagan Mauia is contributing to that? Who do you think is helping with the blocking?

12:50 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Why do some of you knuckleheads force me to play warden with your posts?

Try adulthood. It's good.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he has done fine, you have to build and it takes a couple years, the QB is the big piece of the pie, if he can play steady and improve, we will be that far ahead going into next year

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Randy Mueller said...

I am good. And it's going to get better.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Armando Salgayro said...

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1:11 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

Why can't I get a critique Mandy?

1:24 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Bill,

Thanks for explaining to me what I am fit to discuss and not fit to discuss. Really persuasive on your part.

You mention all these countries that are superior to the USA and simply state it as fact. Sorry, I don't buy your OPINION. You cite no fact to back up your misguided OPINION and expect everyone to understand and agree. Sorry but I don't accept that, thereby proving you wrong I am of that herd you write about.

I also missed that greatest intellectual in the world poll and how the votes so overwhelmingly cast Chomsky in the top spot. So that is more misguided opinion from you.

Fact is you have no facts.

You fancy yourself an intellectual but you remind me of the Bible verse that speaks of men running to and fro seeking knowledge and answers and thinking they find them, but in reality remain blind and stupid because they miss the real truth.

Nonetheless I appreciate your contribution to this blog. Thankfully your bizzare view of the world and what is true and right and honorable is lost on most non-intellectuals. Particularly me.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is still premature to say this draft is a good one.We still haven't seen Beck play.I think the key to this draft will be John Beck.Mueller and Cameron passed on Brady Quinn and Trent Edwards to choose Beck.Quaterback is the most important position on any team and these guys will be judged on their decision to go with Beck over the other two guys. Vinny

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Ahem said...

While I appreciate Armando keeping the blog open to all subjects as well as the fact he will respond to some of the criticisms, it would still be a bit more applealing if he would write in complete grammatical sentences. His most recent reponse above demostrates my point. I learned how to write complete grammatical sentences in 5th grade.

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woo...wow. Football has taken a back burner, but wow has this blog turned wild! Great arguments by all, but I'll stick to what I know.

Football.

I've gotta give a high five to Patrick for the funniest quote today..."Can Ricky play safety?" LOL! That was hilarious. Great delivery, and perfect timing!

To Mr. Anonymous who said "Mueller should have taken Okoye since they got rid of all the defensive line depth. That pick alone would have given us 3 more wins by stopping the offenses of other teams. Beck at two, and Ginn at 3rd pick". Come ON man...get with it! There wasn't a draft "guru" around who didn't have Ginn rated in the top 15 players in the draft. Out of all the WR's taken in the first two rounds he ran the fastest 40 time on a sore foot! The guy wouldn't have made it out of the top 15 period.

To Mr. Anonymous who said "Fire them both at the end of the year. They are both losers. Mueller was a loser in New Orleans and Cam was a loser in indiana. Once a loser always a loser." Get real man! Where is your misplaced aggression coming from? Mueller wasn't a loser at N.O. OR Seattle. Not to mention he was GM of the year once as well. As for Cam...I'm going to explain this one more time to all of you. Let's say you're a stud high school football player in the midwest, and you had dreams of making it to the NFL. Would you HONESTLY even consider Indiana? NO. If you wanted to stay in the midwest you'd go to Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Iowa OR at the very least Notre Dame for its tradition! IU can NOT draw good recruits for anything other than baskeball. PERIOD. NO ONE has had success at IU...PERIOD. Go look at what Cam did with Anwaan Randle El! He also recruited and coached Wally. So he was able to pull a diamond from the rough here and there, but not enough of them collectively to compete in the Big Ten!

To the guy who said "Mueller is a decent GM, but these rookies are starting for lack of better options. Am still not convinced Beck is the real deal, what has Reagan Mauia really done for the Dolphins, Brandon Fields is a downgrade from Donnie Jones (who is leading the league in punting)" Yeah...and Donnie Jones was a Saban guy. I wouldn't be surprised if he WANTED to leave. As for Mauai..."what has he really done"...how about lead the way for the best run blocking unit this team has seen since the days of Ricky's 1,800 yard season and prior to that...the 70's! When was the last time this team had not one, but TWO runningbacks averaging over 5 yards per carry??? Have they ever?

Some of you amaze me.

~JinVA

2:14 PM  
Anonymous finheavenblows! said...

Hey ahem, you learned grammar in 5th grade but you've yet to learn how to spell 'appealing.' It is not "applealing."

throw stones when you move out of that glass house dummy.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Ahem said...

finblows - Modrn day socyety has tawt me to rely on spel chekers, so plees forgiv my speling. Wunce this blog has a spel cheker i shood be fine and thanx for yer concern.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Ahem said...

I am a lusar.

2:24 PM  
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2:31 PM  
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2:34 PM  
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2:38 PM  
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2:39 PM  
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2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To JinVA
First of all what was the record for New Orleans when Mueller was GM there? I'm sure it wasn't good since last year was the first time they got into the playoffs in what 20 years?

What about giving up every draft pick to take ricky williams?

Also as for your indiana comment. Look at Kansas this year. nough said

2:42 PM  
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2:43 PM  
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2:45 PM  
Anonymous Armando said...

I disagree and keep cheering to fire Mueller! where was he in the previous years? It is easy to say "well I did not have the final decision" So what?? Did he run a good scounting? How was his tal;ent evaluations? If he beleived in someone why he never sold it.
Dolphins are playing rookies because their talent is the lowest in the league, the only above average player is the center.
Now we will see if Beck has the potential to be a franchise QB and I have my doubts that his selection was a Cameron's one not Mueller!!

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando,

I believe you to be a good and decent man and one who loves America therefore I will ALWAYS have your back where thats concerned and I could care less about your grammatical errors or typos or whatever because NONE of those things have ANYTHING to do with being a good human being!

Brian C.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous UMPROF said...

I was Armando's college literature professor for two semester -- Remember UM, Mando? His grammar is fine, his prose is authoritative and his cadence is outstanding.

Don't agree with his politics, but that doesn't change the facts about his writing.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian C. must be in love.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian C. Armando is a professional journalist. You don't believe professionals should maintain professional standards? How about when you go to the dentist? As long as they are nice people it doesn't matter if they have competence at what they do?

3:15 PM  
Blogger PIEMAN said...

Sorry, I'm not sold yet. You stated "I challenge you to find another NFL team that can match that." I challenge you to find another team with as many injuries and are 0-9. Ginn and Beck would not be starting on just about any team in the NFL. Granted I am excited about the promise of these two guys, but Ginn has done little to impress me yet. I hope that was the QBs fault and Beck can change that. Now I am I saying we should get rid of Mueller, absolutely not. But should we be planning a parade and naming streets after this guy, no. I hope he is successful in the upcoming drafts, but I only give credit when its due, and it ain't due yet!!

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typing "their" instead of "there" after writing 2 columns within hours of each while tending to no telling what else in his personal life is deserving of being berated over it?

Were he a Heart Surgeon and overlooked a leaking artery he had just repaired or something comparable resulting in death or a Mechanic who changed your oil and forgot to replace the oil after it was drained thus causing engine failure then yeah...but to mispell ONE word in an article pertaining to Football is hardly the same and IS of less importance to me...but then again,I'm NOT anal!

Brian C.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Football is boring compared to all this other stuff.

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian, imagine growing up as a child reading books that followed no grammatical conventions. Where would we be? Your new computer instructions would be in ebonics. So, yes, journalists should proof read their work for grammer, use a spell checker and be professional, whether they are writing about brain surgey, football or basket weaving. What ever else may or may not be going on in someones life is no excuse to abort maintaining professional standards.

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Sam said...

Have to agree...for bloggers no big deal about grammar or misspellings, but for professional journalism it needs to be mandatory.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Do these names sound familiar?

Steve Walsh (supplemental draft)
Troy Aikman
Steve Wisniewski
Darl Johnston
Mark Stepnoski

These guys were drafted in 1989 by 1 and 15 coach Jimmy Johnson. The reason I went here is because no one thought Dallas had done too well with this draft after suffering through a 1 and 15 season, which featured most of these guys starting. I would also like to make note, as I have before, that Jimmy drafted 2 QBs in the first round (Walsh was supplemental). Jimmy was not going place all his eggs in one Saviour QB's basket.

It took Dallas a few years to fully rebuild and it is going to take us a few years. So just have some patience. The only thing I think is vital to change is Cameron hiring an OC.

Can Chomsky play safety?

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so much better than the yahoos at the sentinel. I just read 2 lame posts there.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Ken said...

Not sure if Chomksy can play safety but Ricky can play philosopher.

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Trenton said...

I love this Blog!! I love Armando

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Dolfan Girl said...

Anal indeed. It has obviously been corrected and we're still disecting it nearly 20 hours after he wrote it.

He breaks more stories than anybody I've seen on that beat. He writes columns that get your juices flowing -- whether you agree or not. And his radio show's pretty darn good.

Move on, people

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Dolfan Girl said...

Oh, and Randy Mueller is doing good, too. Stop hating.

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Max said...

Hey Dol girl, got a photo and a pic their? I mean there, or wait, there, yeah. Juices flowing? Hmmm, not sure if that kind of talk is allowed on this blog, but I am certainly not complaining.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous finndolphan said...

i can't believe that cam/mueller'S FIRST DRAFT CAN BE GRADED SO HIGH! ginn's shown absolutely zilch so far!he was drafted because his dad and cam-cam are bible buddies!ditto with beck!he'll be 27 before the seasons done!they could of drafted edwards before buffalo got him in the third round!booker was atotal reach in the third!he's undersized and might not even have been drafted if not for cam-mueller! solalai looks like a total bust so far! what;s he got like two tackles? reagan mauia blocks like a wide receiver!the two seventh rounders are both washes!how can anyone say this was a good draft?

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Starting so many rookies is only a feat to be proud of if you can win a game.

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill,
To suggest Noam Chomsky is the most respected intellectual is rather humorous. I suppose it depends on who you are asking. As a Linguist, he has undoubtedly been a leader in the field, and made contributions that are arguably greater than anyone in the 20th century. As a political theorist, he has had made no meaningful contributions. I am not surprised by your ardent defense of Chomsky, as most apologists will go to great lengths.

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This article lacks logic of any kind. Where is the balancing of the productive players Mueller found dispensible? Morris, McMicheal, Bowens. Ginn hasn't sniffed the productivity of Welker, but he likely makes atleast double the salary. Culpepper for Green? I would have rather kept Joey Harrington then sacrifice a pick for Trent Green.



Writing is a process that really should occur when the mind is thinking most clearly, Armando. If the same five players were not rookies they would be part of the problem and not the solution for any winless organization. Sorry, but ZERO is my score for the draft class. Personally, I haven't received any credit for 'trying' since grade school, why should they. Only when the effort translates into tangible gains should be recognized!


After the draft next year, let the losses weigh heavily on your conscience.

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People, how about being realistic? You don't just draft a bunch of players that right of the bat first season become stars. Maybe 1%of each draft class makes serious impact the first season, the others need time to develop. Dr.Z of SI recently wrote the reason our running backs are finally gaining is because of Satele. Great. Ginn theoretically had two returns for td's. Jaworski, a former All Pro QB, loves the Beck pick. I agree this team was grossly mismanaged for the last several years, but I think I'd stick with Randy and Cam right now over most other front offices in the nfl. These cries for Cowher (1 SB victory in decades of coaching) or Parcels (retired of own volition) are ridiculous at this point. Take away the unusual amount of injuries to starters and we'd have some wins. This '07 team will not go 0-16, no way.

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bill, is chomsky your gay lover or something? you obviously can't stop talking about him.

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I completely agree with your opinion. I was SHOCKED when they took TG with the first pick. But after I saw the rest of the draft, I really came on-board. Everyone wants success NOW. Doesn't happen like that folks. If Beck turns out to be a decent QB, the fins will be in pretty good shape after next year's draft. TG may never be an all-pro but he has great hands and speed. Defenses will have to adjust to him spreading the field. His intangibles that he brings will help open up things for the other WRs, once we get some, and the RBs. I think the future is looking pretty good.

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think there is a lot to see before we determine whether or not Meuller is any good. He got rid of so many players that were contributors this past year that our team collapsed. We have so many injuries that it leaves us no choice but to play rookies. Also--we are testing a lot of them out to see if they are any good. Most didn't earn their positions. And REMEMBER, we happen to be 0-9. We'll see who we get for Chambers. And was it worth getting rid of Welker for a CENTER? When our line has loads of talent and a few healed injuries from having depth. I'm curious to see what Meuller does with Williams. He has to have some proven results before I buy into him. He hasn't done anything in my book. 5 Rookies playing--- BECK is starting because we suck. Ginn is staring becasue we traded away our number one reciever. Reagan Muai isn't that good-- Eckle who wasn't good enough for us now plays for the PATS, and is better with the ball, We gave up one of the best Punters in the league last year for a 7th round draft pick? Gave away Bowens, Minor, Morris, and now special teams suck...it never ends...So why is Meuller NOW suddenly a genius?

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone is trying to predict how the dice will roll, everyone has an opinion and nothing more than that. Time will tell, no way to analyze what this current group will bring to the future.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't jump the gun. Jury is still out on four of the five & the season has created the opportunity for these starts. I think Purcells or Ron Wolf would do a better job by far.

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PARCELLS IS WAY BETTER THEN MUELLER WAYNE HUIZENGA MAKE IT HAPPEN IN 08! LET THE TUNA SHOP FOR THE GROCIES AND PICK HIS OWN COACH.!!!!!

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parcells is done, a fat slab, old man nobody bites on his bark, give it a rest. It was his assistant Belicheck that made his jets and giants teams anyway.

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CAM AND RANDY ARE DOING AN AWESOME JOB. PARCELLS SUCKS, HE DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO SHOP FOR GROCIES!!! GO CAM & RANDY! I LIKE PIES. BRYAN IN OHIO.

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Bill said...

Armando,
In regards to Chomsky. The New York Times calls Chomsky "arguably the most important intellectual alive."
Are you happy? It is arguable.
As I posted earlier, "According to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index in 1992, Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any other living scholar during the 1980–1992 time period, and was the eighth-most cited scholar in any time period."
That should explain why he is so respected.
As to anti-chomsky, there is not a lot to say to someone who believes universities are evil.
Also, there is no one more distinguished within the linguistic field than Noam Chomsky. That would be like criticizing Euclid in the field of geometry.
Don't worry Mando, I'll get back to you on some other stuff. I'm a little busy today though.

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Armando, are you able to give that idiot Bill a lifetime ban?

10:18 PM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

Why were you guys posting on here between 7-8 p.m.? You should have been listening to my radio show, darnit!

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mando, is your radio show online by any chance? I am living out of the country right now. Thanks. Ken

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anti-Chomsky said...

Bill, I know you're still hanging around, waiting for some response you can mischaracterize. I know you wouldn't spend any money on the book I recommended. So, here's a little entertainment for you and anyone else who might be interested:

http://www.paulbogdanor.com/200chomskylies.pdf

Paul Bogdanor has done all the work, so I can sit back, relax and enjoy the comforts of being a U.S. citizen while you explore some of professor Chomsky's mendacity. In the interest of brevity, Bognador has limited the list to only 200 lies crammed into 66 short pages.

12:01 AM  
Anonymous Sam said...

Anti-Chomsky, I've read Chomsky, found some interesting things, have looked at what you suggested...However seriously, if you are of the mind the good ol red white and blue cares more for the people than it does for big business, take a read of Gore Vidals 'Dreaming War'. Its a good read, has some serious insight that might surprise you. Well written and a fast read. I understand where you both are coming from, and thought this book might shine some light on the verifiable doings of our government. NOt pretty. Also there is a video http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7866929448192753501, at least view it before forming an opinion, then whatever you think is your right.

12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can Chomsky play safety?

1:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey Salguero you idiot, they had to start the rookies. there is no one else. so that makes him so good? and the rookies haven't really proven mierda!

1:23 AM  
Anonymous RedWhite'nBlue said...

Sam, Gore Vidal and Loose Change cannot be taken seriously by rational people. Even Chomsky would (and has) regard the ideas about 9/11 as lunacy.

Vidal is a doddering old queen:

http://www.academia.org/campus_reports/2003/feb_2003_5.html

1:35 AM  
Blogger roger said...

if the Fins go 0-16

the next 10 yrs are irrelavant

(even if we win a super bowl)

the shame and embarassment will be unbearable.

2:13 AM  
Anonymous Bill said...

Yes, Vidal has done some good work, but anyone that pays attention to conspiracy theories with 9/11 is a fool. Instead, look at how the U.S. government used it as an excuse for a war against a nation that had nothing to do with 9/11, killing over 100,000 citizens of that country in the process.

This is the government that many bloggers here, including Armando, think is the best government in the world. Oh, I understand, you don't view Iraqi people as people. How else can you justify calling a government that is willing to kill over a hundred thousand people for nothing the greatest? The only argument one should need for calling another country's government better than the U.S. is: They haven't killed a hundred thousand people in the last 4 years.

2:21 AM  
Blogger mike said...

why don't you guys go debate on a political website...It's pretty annoying to have to sift through your lame arguments to reach the football talk.

Roger, are you serious?

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Fred said...

I think Armando used a bible quote to say someone can't find the truth, which Armando suggests is that the United States is the greatest nation. Apparently, Armando is a supporter of the idea of manifest destiny. I wonder if he thinks God really speaks to George Bush too.

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Jimmy The Finger said...

Ted Ginn's playing touch football. One hand touch. First guy touches him, he's down. Can't call him a bust because it's too violent a term. He's a "Poof!" He's a "Whiff!" But at least he managed to score a TD and survive the End Zone celebration, which is progress. Still with all the holes the Flounders have they use the 9th Overall Pick to Draft a Punt Returner who can't break a tackle. We have to lose Cameron and Mueller quickly. They are the Atom Bomb and we're looking at Nuclear Winter. What these guys might do with the first overall pick next year is scary. This will be a 6 month Root Canal, them playing coy, "close to the vest." Then with a George W. Bush smirk on their face they're going to walk up to the podium and announce something which will make Eric Kumerow look like Peyton Manning? Remember Cameron announcing the selection of Ginn instead of Brady Quinn? He gets booed, gives the crowd the old "Thumbs up." Well, Flounder Fans now know where that thumb was going. Huizenga could've put a headset and a Flounder Cap on a Chimpanzee, stuck him on the sidelines, he'd have the same record as these guys.

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way off base here!!!! Not too hard to crack a starting spot when you are on a winless team! Only impressed with Satele. Ginn seems extremely soft to me. Rather have Quinn or Edwards than Beck, but we'll see on that one.

Sorry to say, but another overall is necessary, as Cameron is in way over his head!

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Bill said...

Hey anti-chomsky,
No one with a mind is dumb enough to believe that the Soviet Union was a communist nation. The Soviet Union was just a bunch of fascists saying they were communists, while they were really an oligarchy.
The United States is in the same situation. The oligarchic government of the United States claims to be a democracy when it really is not. While it would meet the minimum requirements to be a democracy by being a representative democracy, allowing the public to be able to vote for people to represent them, it takes the ability to elect representatives out of the hands of its people by having an electorate system. Therefore it is not a democracy.
Many countries have democracies where all the people of the country are allowed to vote on government issues. These countries are real democracies.
As you brought up free market economies, you should realize that the United States does not have a free market economy. It is a mixed economy where corporations and other private firms make the majority of microeconomic decisions while being regulated by the government. The U.S. government gives subsidies to many major corporations, technology companies, air lines, etc. People can't even go into businesses without purchasing many licenses. A free market economy is not controlled by the government, hence the word free.
You should learn what a democracy is and what a free market economy is before you go repeating catch phrases that you have heard the representatives of the U.S. government say.
I don't blame you for not understanding what a democracy is, it is very difficult to know when the government distorted the meaning.

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Nomdeplame said...

Bill, now YOU are being mendacious. Go to Iraqbodycount.org for current estimates. The figure is guesstimated at between 77 and 84 thousand. Some will argue that these figures are too high. Now it is tragic that civilians die in war, but no need to lie about the number or the cause.

These civilian deaths include police and other officials of government. Has it occurred to you that the 'insurgents' are responsible for the majority of these deaths? You portray the US military as the sole cause of civilian casualties which is most disingenuous.

You call the war 'for nothing,' yet a brutal dictator and his murderous personality cult were deposed.

http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/15996.htm

Visit this State Department page for an idea of what Iraq was like before it was liberated.

A higher percentage of IRAQIS want the US to stay and protect them from al queda than in our own population.

I notice you are no longer commenting about Chomsky. On which page of the link I provided above did you stop reading his lies? Notice that these ACTUAL sources are all footnoted. People who love this 'anarcho-syndicalist' are always impressed by his 'scholarship,' but never follow where his footnotes lead.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Bill,Anti-Chomsky, and Nomdeplame,
The United States is not a democracy, it is a republic. Think back to the pledge of allegiance, "to this republic, for which it stands." Accurately defined, a democracy is a form of government in which the people decide policy matters directly--through town hall meetings or by voting on ballot initiatives and referendums. A republic, on the other hand, is a system in which the people choose representatives who, in turn, make policy decisions on their behalf. The Framers of the Constitution were altogether fearful of pure democracy. Everything they read and studied taught them that pure democracies "have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths" (Federalist No. 10)

The forefathers of the United States did not want a democracy for the same reason that the ruling class would not want one today. The people would take away all the wealth that the rich have.
Don't worry anybody, I'm not a socialist. I own a productive business in downtown Miami and am a season ticket holder, and I want to hold onto both.

9:04 AM  
Anonymous troy said...

Come on Nomdeplame,
If you google Iraqi deaths, the first thing to come up is a CNN headline with this story: War blamed for 655,000 Iraqi deaths.
The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC, and numerous other sources also ran this story.
You say that you think the number is closer to 75,000, Bill says 100,000, and some say 655,000. Should it matter? 1 death is too many.

9:13 AM  
Anonymous RedWhite'nBlue said...

Sigh...Bill says, "No one with a mind is dumb enough to believe that the Soviet Union was a communist nation."

A quick peek at Wikipedia under 'communist states' reveals:

"The Soviet Union became the primary model for future Communist states during the Cold War; the government and the political organization of the country were defined by the only political party, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union."

I use the term Communist as an all-inclusive term lumping together Marxists, Leninists, Trotskyites, and so forth. I place Chomsky in that category as well. He would brilliantly show me where I was mistaken and that he is no such thing. Yet, when push comes to shove, Chomsky defends the communist governments he pretends to disdain and constantly attacks the most FREEDOM loving nation on earth. A typical leftist and 'anarcho-sydicalist' move is to constantly redefine what one is talking about so that no rational argument may take place.

If you really want to argue that the Soviet Union wasn't a Communist state, okay. Everyone with half a mind seems to think it was.

Still no comment on the lies of Chomsky I linked to above?

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Nomdeplame said...

Just as an exercise, Bill, what form of government (if you believe that ANY from is acceptable) would you like to live under?

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Bill said...

Very true, Troy.
Now, Nomdeplame, do you remember the reasons the U.S. government gave for going to war? WMDs They were never there.
They used the patriotic fervor that the people of the United States were in to goad them into a war to control another country's oil supply.
Your argument about disposing a dictator is weak. The U.S. puts dictators in place all the time. Remember, the U.S. supported Saddam in the early 80's, and he was a dictator then. If it really cared about brutal governments it would send troops in to stop the situation in Darfur.
As far as believing what the state department says, they're just trying to cover up the fact that they went to war without proper cause. There weren't the WMDs there that they said would be there, so now they have to make up a new excuse to justify the slaughter.
The insurgents that you blame the deaths on are still a result of the United States invading Iraq.
As far as the Iraqi people supporting the U.S. army, sure, just like the people of Vietnam supported the U.S. invasion. That is a nice claim you pulled out of nowhere. If they really supported the U.S., the war would be over already. I don't know why they wouldn't support an army that kills them.

And as far as you trying to discredit Chomsky, I think you should put in an application at FOX news, they're always looking for people with cajones enough to attack greatly respected intellectuals.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Nomdeplame said...

Come on, Troy, if you believe what CNN tells you in a headline...

These figures are based on a discredited statistical methodology used by the British MEDICAL journal - LANCET.

The figures from iraqbodycount.org are compiled from actual sources on the ground - you know, death certificates, burials, hospital deaths, police reports - REAL numbers you can count.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, death certificates are always issued in a war. How are the dead counted with the bodies being dumped in mass graves?

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Sam said...

To anyone who claims the loose change 2 is all consipiracy theory, I BEG of you to explain how building 7 as well fell in demolition style when it wasn't evevn hit by a plane? How? Enough experts have already shown how not even the towers should have fell demolotion style, firemen have been quoted as saying they are a series of explotions going off just before the collapse. No other building of such structure in history as collapsed demolition style from fire. Building 7 falls as well??? Consider this - the stock of American Airlines had experience unusual degree of short selling in the weeks before the crash. Short selling is a bet on a stock to go down. Insiders had to have known, there can be no other explanation for a sudden increase in short selling beyond normal. I don't believe every single thing in that video, of course not, however it raises some very serious questions that have not yet been answered. And I will give you one more...EVERY single hijacked plane in history was tracked and followed (escorted) by airforce one, this is standard procedure for all hijacked planes. NONE of those planes were escorted by Airforce One, and enough military experts have come out to say their had to have been stand down orders against this. Why? Buildings don't collapse demolition style without strategically placed explosives, fire won't do it, and they certainly couldn't fall that instantlly just from fire alone.

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Randy Mueller is a fiasco. Just because we are playing some of his acquisitions out of sheer desperation doesn't mean anything. He is no better than his Rick Speilman.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Bill said...

Nomdeplame, you asked for this, so here it is. It is rough because I typed it up quickly. If you respond, I may not get back to you until tomorrow. It's getting late in South Korea.

You should have been able to draw from my arguments that I am an anarcho-communist, you may also call my ideal society libertarian socialism or anarcho-syndicalism or communist anarchism. It is a highly organized form of society, but a society that is organized on the basis of organic units, organic communities. These units are the workplace and the neighborhood, and from these two basic units there could derive through federal arrangements a highly integrated kind of social organization which might be national or even international in scope. The decisions could be made over a substantial range, but by delegates who are always part of the organic community from which they come, to which they return, and in which, in fact, they live.

Beginning with the two modes of organization and control, namely organization and control in the workplace and in the community, one could imagine a network of workers' councils, and at a higher level, representation across the factories, or across branches of industry, or across crafts, and on to general assemblies of workers' councils that can be regional and national and international in charter. And from another point of view, one can project a system of government that involves local assemblies -- again, federated regionally, dealing with regional issues, crossing crafts, industry, trades, and so on, and again at the level of the nation or beyond.

Now, exactly how these would develop and how they would inter-relate and whether you need both of them or only one, well, these are matters over which anarchist theoreticians have debated and many proposals exist, and I don't feel confident to take a stand. These are questions which will have to be worked out

The idea of anarchism is that delegation of authority is rather minimal and that its participants at any one of these levels of government should be directly responsive to the organic community in which they live. In fact, the optimal situation would be that participation in one of these levels of government should be temporary, and even during the period when it's taking place should be only partial; that is, the members of a workers' council who are for some period actually functioning to make decisions that other people don't have the time to make, should also continue to do their work as part of the workplace or neighborhood community in which they belong.

As for political parties, my feeling is that an anarchist society would not forcefully prevent political parties from arising. In fact, anarchism has always been based on the idea that any sort of Procrustean bed, any system of norms that is imposed on social life will constrain and very much underestimate its energy and vitality and that all sorts of new possibilities of voluntary organization may develop at that higher level of material and intellectual culture. But I think it is fair to say that insofar as political parties are felt to be necessary, anarchist organization of society will have failed. That is, it should be the case, I would think, that where there is direct participation in self-management, in economic and social affairs, then factions, conflicts, differences of interests and ideas and opinion, which should be welcomed and cultivated, will be expressed at every one of these levels. Why they should fall into two, three or more political parties, I don't quite see. I think that the complexity of human interest and life does not fall in that fashion. Parties represent basically class interests, and classes would have been eliminated or transcended in such a society.

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chomsky is a great man. Don't blame him for the ugly truth.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam,
It is difficult to prove the claims that you think are fact. I'm not saying you are wrong, but it is a difficult argument to win.
However, everyone saw how the United States government used the terrorist as an attack to wage a fake war in Iraq and steal rights away from the American people through such manners as the Patriot act.
These are things that were presented directly in front of our faces. These are things we should be standing outside of the white house protesting about. If you think our government was behind 9/11, use the evidence that can't be denied, which I have listed, to help take this government down.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Sam said...

After reading the suggested link http://www.academia.org/campus_reports/2003/feb_2003_5.html , I can't see how you could find this article in any way more credible than what it is criticising. It merely blabs statements as though they were facts without presenting a scintilla of evidence behind the statements they suggest. Notice it is a Washington D.C. based operation. Not very encouraging. The Bush Administration outed a CIA agent because her husband refuted (correctly) the claims that Iraq was trying to buy uranium from Nigeria. There is plenty of evidence that from day one Bush was demanding his associates find (manufacture) some link between 911 and Iraq. The truth was not relevant to him, he only wanted to parlay that event into a reason to attack iraq. Cheneys 'ex company' Haliburton has profitted billions since the war. Cheney says he no longer has ties to Haliburton, the same company already found guilty several times overcharging the government for food, oil, ect...however, no ties??? HAHAHA, the man has stock, options....monetary ties indeed. It's a farce. Some things need to be answered before you can just blindly look away, blind faith is nothing more than fear in disguise.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Sam, your last post was very good. The site you visited was posted by a flagaphile.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Sam said...

I'll try to make this my final point on the matter. Why in the world would the president of the United States of America want to halt the 911 investigation? Huh? To clean things up? Or cover things up? It is absolutely ludicrous or nefarious that the president would want to halt an investigation into the most tragic crime in our history. Thank the families of the 911 victims for getting that investigation rolling again, and at least give he CIA some credit for having the courage to come out before congress and state that after years of investigating that no conclusive evidence was found that ties Iraq to 911 in anyway. (By the way, thanks to the others for their feedback)

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Jack said...

You won me over bill. Anarchocommunism sounds good to me. We can run this country ourselves.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SOUNDS GREAT...5 ROOKIES STARTERS ON A TEAM HEADED FOR 0-16...SEE ANYTHING WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE...HOW MAN ROOKIES START FOR N.W OR INDY,OR GREEN BAY? YOU ARE TRYING TO TURN BULLCRAp into gold. I HOPE AM WWRONG AND THEY WIN....SMART $ SAYS THEY LOSE AGAIN. THEY COOULD START 11 ROOKIES AND STILL LOSE....HIRE PARCELLS.

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really we should just start only rookies every season, then nobody will have any expectations and going 3-13 will be considered commendable.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Matthew S Schweber said...

"A Very Good...Draft for Mueller"?

That's a bit Panglossian of you Armando, no? Were I so cynical or prone to conspiratorial thinking, I would accuse you of being co-opted or added to the payroll. Here's why.

A look at Mueller's Record.

1) Trent Green (Didn't Mueller take pause over his age and medical history?) Also, why didn't the GM wait until KC cut him and save the Fins a draft pick.

2) Didn't it occur to Mueller that losing David Bowens, Kevin Carter, Jeff Zgonia would deplete the depth of an already old DL? (Couple this to the Porter signing which then prevented them from replenishing that lost depth)

3) I'm not going to quibble with Mueller's decision to cut Culpepper but the team's treatment of him was deplorable. There was no need to humiliate their former QB the way they did, especially when the old regime contributed to much of Culpepper's woes.

4) Picking Ginn and Beck over Brady Quinn was risky and unorthodox, which is fine, but any fair evaluation of Mueller's tenure awaits a definitive conclusion on its wisdom.

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Starting them doesn't mean they are 'good'

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll agree with Shweebie points 1 and 2 above. As far as these constant criticisms of not taking Quinn, I don't get it. Why is it most mere fans think they are a better evaluator of talent than Cam who has proven himself a top offensive mind in the NFL? Cam didn't want Quinn just like he didn't want DC, he had the option for either of them and chose someone else, that should tell you something. Quinn was the 'media' pick, not the pick of the other 22head coaches that passed on him as well. I am not as down on Cam as some of you are, but it's clear the play for Trent was a failure even before the concussion. They didn't wait for him to be cut to give him more time to get acclimated, which of course never happened. Do we hang the coach for making a bad call? Don't think so. he may make a few more mistakes but he seems promissing to me. REMEMBER Belicheck failed miserably in Cleveland, JJ started 1 - 15 with Dallas, so, keep some perspective with this stuff. Nobody, not Parcells or Cowher could come in and turn things around in one season.

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NUTS!!!!!

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Attention all Socialists & political pundits,

Please get off this sports blog & find the next anti-American“Red Revolution” forum discuss the differences between Hitler's Nationalist Socialism, Marx & Engel's Marxist Socialism, Stalin & Lenin's Communist Oligarchic Socialism, Mao's Maoist Communist Socialism, Vidal & Chomsky’s so-called purist Communism, Clinton & Gore's Liberal Socialism, & every other type of Socialism in-between. When it is all said & done, we might find out that one type of Socialism has massacred several tens of millions less than another type of Socialism, which would be a real feather in the cap of its proponents.

I would prefer to discuss Dolphin Football here on this blog.

Winston Sanders

1:59 PM  
Anonymous FreeThinker said...

WinStoned - Are you asking people to narrow there topics to what 'you' deem appropriate? Isn't that politics too? The NFL is politics, the NFL is big business, the NFL represents a facet of our society politically and socially. These discussions are all tied together. If you prefer to sit on the Ginn/Quinn debate, pull out an old copy of the Herald and just read that every day.

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Free Thinking Fool,

It isn't so much whether or not you have the "right" to talk Communism on a sports blog as much as it is simply staying on topic.

Most people really don't want to get into all the crap about how the NFL is "Big Business", how the Bush administration supposedly brought down the WTC, etc. They just want to enjoy the game & off-season personnel discussions related to their favorite team. The fact that you still have the right to talk about this & make all these spurious accusations should be an indication that you have more freedom then you would in any Communist-Socialist Dictatorship

Ironically, you call someone who obviously doesn't share your level of enthusiasm for Communism "Stoned," yet you will find the majority of those who share your line of thought strung out on pot & hallucinogenics.

I figure we better stay on topic as much as possible regarding football, because when the Socialists eventually take over & cleanse any living thing that stands in the way of their agenda, there will be no NFL. After all, they are "Big Business."

Winston Sanders

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando clearly states at the top of this blog: No subject is taboo... So its his blog, for him to decide such things, and obviously he has decided no subject is taboo.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, so the subject of someone requesting that we remain on topic of the headline - "A very good week, draft for Randy Mueller," is not taboo either.

If you want to turn a Dolphin sports blog into a political debate for Communism, I obviously cant stop you. I'm just saying it makes it unpleasant for those who read the headline and actually expect the discussion to be related.

Winston Sanders

3:07 PM  
Anonymous freethinker said...

Hey WinStool - as our anonymous friend pointed out above, which you obviously didn't have the reading comprehension skills to deduce, the very top of the blog clearly states 'No subject is taboo, no deadlines, no space crunch'. So here we have a blog of people exploring various subjects. You come along now with your own preconcieved expectations shared by nobody else and demand people 'stay on topic', but what you are really demanding is they stay on 'your' topic. Sorry to inform you nobody has appointed you the King. Regarding your silly comment "you will find the majority of those who share your line of thought strung out on pot & hallucinogenics", this is a stereotype substantiated by nothing more than your out-dated, narrow mind.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Harry Potter said...

To Anti-Chomsky:

Let´s analyze a bit: First of all, and just to point it out, your nick -athough perhaps a joke- reveals a certain amount of totalitarianism: that which does not think as I do, I am against.

Second, communism does not equal totalitarianism. Otherwhise you would have to affirm such a thing as the Louis dynasty in France was communism. Absurd, don't you think? Totalitarianism can exist in capitalist countries, like Chile during Pinochet, Spain under Franco, Germany under Hitler, and, de facto, USA under Bush. Man, they even inherited the throne (George to Jr) in 8 years (not to mention Bush stole the elections).
To say that a person is a Marxist is not an argument against anything, it is actually a compliment. Have you actually ever read Marx? I honestly doubt it. Otherwise you would see that his theory has nothing to do with the former USSR or Stalin or Lennin. Not because of the sole fact that I claim to be the pope, I am. Speeches mean nothing if they are not congruent with reality.
Another example? USA claim to fight for "freedom" and "democracy" and "human rights" (a super heroes culture), however we have Latinamerica oppressed and have supported, precisely, Pinochet, the Argentinian Gorilas and any totalitarian government as long as they let us exploit their natural resources and people.
So, man, a little less common places (clichés) and a little bit more of brain, thinking and culture.
On the other hand. About the 200 "lies", tell me: Who establishes the "true facts"? The ones who say what you want to hear? TV and the media? Or the people who are suffering the unjust (let's say:Iraqi, Chinese, Latinamerican, African, Kurd peoples, etc. ad infinitum) that tell you their reality, one which we, as American citizens participating in a debate in a Football Blog will never even imagine?

Wake up, man. Don't support the establishment, cause this world, established as it is, suck so much.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous freethinker said...

Well, just when it was getting interesting, heading out on vacation so won't be back to the blog action for a few weeks. In the mean time, look forward to seeing some positives from Beck and Ricky...and doing some more football blogging...

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Free Thinking Fool, you want to miss-identify the difference between "demand" & "request." That is typical of the dishonesty of Socialists.

It is no stereotype to acknowledge that most left leaning citizens in this country are more inclined to be dependent on illicit substances than are those on the right.

Those on the right are more inclined to think it a "sin," so it would stand to reason. This is not a blanket statement, just statistics...and accurate ones at that.

Harry, just go & get your fix of another session of witchcraft & you'll be fine. Another familiar spirit co-hebetating in your body might do you good.

Just one word of caution… if the Socialists come to power, you may not have the right to practice your craft any more.

Winston Sanders

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just because 5 rookies are playing, doesn't mean they are any good.

It's an "0"fer team for chrissakes.

Ginn is a bust.

Never thought armando would be drinking the kool-aid

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Winston, when you calm down, you might want to read your own writing. So let me get this straight, people to the left tend to be stoners...ok...sure...as long as we are stereotyping, then people to the right...tend to be...child molestors, like all these priests that have been abusing children, right wingers, Bush supporters, and when they get busted, they just get transferred to another community. You may think you are open minded but your actions suggest you are as close minded and brainwashed as half our society.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Harry Potter said...

To the anonymous who answered explicitly to me:

It was an outstanding and laughable joke. However you didn't really say anything.

Let me tell you: I sign as Harry Potter without having read any of the books, due to the fact that (since I am left-winged) I am a pot-ter. I smoke, as Ricky (ha!). But that doesn't mean anything at all. It is penalized precisely because of the right-winged governments that rule the world, although the act of smoking Juana doesn't hurt anybody else but me (if whatsoever). Now, if I get it right, in democracies you are supposed to be free, aren't you? So I don't have to wait until the "socialists" come to prohibit my "witchcraft". Capitalists and "-republican/democrats" have already done it, and not because they care about me (otherwise they'd pay fair salaries, give good public services, respect planet earth), but because keeping it illegal allows them to sell non-regulated s**t at expensive prices without paying taxes.
Capitalism cares about capital, money, things. Socialism cares about society, humans, people, subjects (and don't come to me saying: USSR=x, Cuba=x, etc. Socialism has never existed, as I posted above). Quite easy.

4:49 PM  
Anonymous It is I said...

Bill, thanks for the explication of anarcho-communism and its attendant synonym-systems.

Where you and I are going to differ significantly is that I believe the cosmos, including mankind, is hierarchical and there will never be voluntary organization into a society where everyone is equal or shares equally. NEVER! It flies in the face of nature.

This is THE overarching problem with all collectives - 'anarchic' or not. Organizers who concoct an earthly paradise where all share equally are fantasy - intellectually seductive to be sure, but fantasy. Just look how beautiful everything will be! But you can't point to one of these utopian ideas that has ever come to fruition. They don't work because there will ALWAYS be some who refuse to acquiesce. What do you do with these individuals or groups? Why, you FORCE them into 're-education' centers. If they don't wish to be re-educated, why, you KILL them - by the millions. "You've got to break a 'few' eggs to make an omelet." Every utopian plan for earthly paradise succumbs to the heirarchical pattern and the few control the many - or else.

The Constitution of the United States lays out a form of government that WORKS. It has worked now for a couple of centuries. Our forefathers knew first-hand the dangers of a few (or one) grown too powerful and designed our federal government to be responsive to the people and not coercive while remaining small.

If we can protect our republic from the encroachment of socialist or collectivist ideas (we're not doing a very good job,) all will be well. As soon as our government grows so large that everyone depends upon it to dispense or cover every need, it will be too late.

Why is their no successful anarcho-sydicalist government in existence if it is such a great idea? Why adhere to a political 'philosophy' that has failed men and caused untold misery and death?

5:20 PM  
Anonymous It is I said...

Sam, my poor fellow:

http://www.debunking911.com/pull.htm

http://911research.wtc7.net/essays/demolition/seismic.html

Think about 'Occam's Razor.' If there are many explanations for something it is overwhelmingly often the simplest. Why people feel compelled to invent ever more complicated scenaria, is beyond me.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your kidding, right? Five starters has you all hard for Mueller?? OK, lets see. Ginn, who has been probably the 3rd or 4th best rookie reciever- and he was the 2nd reciever picked- and he has done little so far. Beck, has done nothing yet and is only playing because other GM deals (Green) didnt work out. Then we have, a FB- enough said- and a punter- enough said.

The only good pick that we know of so far was 2nd round pick Satele.

Other then that, jury is still out. Armando, youve really been kissed Camuellers booty lately.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Is it said...

Mr. It is above, Just the fact you are taking the time to write all that on a football blog pretty much negates who you say you are. Anyone who believes themselves to be so profound and worldy wouldn't possibly be interested in pigskin football.

As for all these political comments, well maybe in the end one person gets influenced one way or the other. There must be far more we don't know about 911 than we do know, so I say its all a futile argument.

Maybe if this team would show some life and win a game people would be interested in talking football again.

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS WAS AN AWESOME DRAFT! CAM AND RANDY ARE DOING A GREAT JOB! PARCELLS SUCKS, LET CAM AND RANDY SHOP FOR THOSE GROCIES!!! I LIKE PIES.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What crazy tangents for a Dolphins blog ... one truth still holds true: Mandy sucks it as a writer -- always has -- and his grammer is terrible. Mandy gets good info, but he can't write to save his life. Sorry, Saly, that's just the inconvenient truth.

Gordon Rex Lighttower, Esq., Coconut Grove

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey leave 'mandingo alone, he's a hottie! ;->

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous,

Perhaps I should have worded my earlier post differently. Among substance abusers, you will find a higher percentage to be left leaning ideologically than right leaning. But these are not simply stereotypes, but statistics.

A very low percentage of the populous are priests, & of those who are child molesters, the vast majority, 90+ %, are usually homosexual & are of the more liberal religious sect, both theologically & politically. They are by-in-large not Bush Supporters, but usually support the Democratic party by vote. They are usually opposed by the more Conservative portion of the Catholic Hierarchy.

Then we go back to whether or not the Catholic Church should be able to reject homosexuals. Liberals would say no, Conservatives would say yes.

Of the cases of child molestation nation-wide, over 90% are same-sex in nature.

Percentage-wise, it is a substantially lower amount of right-leaning citizens both inside & outside of the religious community who are involved in substance abuse & child molestation, but when they are, the media publicizes it to a far greater extent then they would your average inter-city drunk who tends to be ideologically Liberal & physically & sexually abuses children.

So, on the topic of the new “sins” you introduced, virtually every one of them would more likely be practiced by some one who leans to the left to a greater degree than to the right.

When some one who leans to the right practices them, it is considered far more “hypocritical” than when some one leans to the left practices them, for obvious reasons.

When some one who believes that morality is “narrow minded” & overly restrictive is a drunk, drug addict & adulterer, the case is made that he/she doesn’t believe that they are doing anything wrong to begin with.

When a Conservative practices those things, they are violating their own ideology.

Percentage-wise, there is no comparison.

Winston Sanders

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only guy I'm even halfway sold on right now is Satele. Ginn has shown some flashes of brilliance, but keep in mind O.Gadsen, M.Booker, etc, etc, etc., at times show(ed) flashes of brilliance. Let's see Ginn perform head to head against a strong cover corner who can run or be able to recognize when to come back and help Beck when he is under the blitz.

And the jury hasn't even been given the case for John Beck. If he becomes the Dolphins version of Browning Nagle, Mueller may not be long for South Florida.

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Winston,
Your argument that more substance abusers are left wing is an ignorant comment. George Bush was an alcoholic. He used cocaine on more than one occasion. Rush Limbaugh has his run in. Republican Senator Larry Craig was in a drug /sex scandal. Clinton, who was really a republican, smoked weed.
More extremely right wing people get busted for things they would call a sin, sex, often gay, and drugs. They often turn to drugs because they are repressing their true selves so much, such as tthem being gay.
Televangelists are always getting caught for denouncing gays, and then get caught being gay, Paul Crouch, Ted Haggard, etc.

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Winston, you're a hate monger who invents his own statistics so that you can demonize people.

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Bill said...

It is I,
You claim that Anarcho-syndicalism has never come to fruition, calling it a fantasy, and then claim that they kill people to get them to cooperate. I'm also not sure where these reeducation centers you mention come from. I surely mentioned nothing about them.

A good example of a really large-scale anarchist revolution -- in fact the best example to my knowledge -- is the Spanish revolution of 1936, in which, over most of Republican Spain, there was a quite inspiring anarchist revolution that involved both industry and agriculture over substantial areas, developed in a way which to the outside, looks spontaneous. Though, in fact, if you look at the roots of it, you discover that it was based on some three generations of experiment, thought and work which extended anarchist ideas to very large parts of the population in this largely pre-industrial -- though not totally pre-industrial -- society.

And that, again, was, by both human measures and indeed anyone's economic measures, quite successful. That is, production continued effectively; workers in farms and factories proved quite capable of managing their affairs without coercion from above, contrary to what lots of socialists, communists, liberals and others wanted to believe. And in fact, you can't tell what would have happened. That anarchist revolution was simply destroyed by force, but during the brief period in which it was alive I think it was a highly successful and, as I say, in many ways a very inspiring testimony to the ability of poor working people to organize and manage their own affairs, extremely successfully, without coercion and control.

Unfortunately, the Anarchist societies of Spain were crushed by the fascist Franco regime with the help of Hitler. The Nazi's practiced their blitzkrieg on Spain, which they would later bring to the rest of Europe. It should be noted that the United States and Britain both supported the fascist Franco regime.

There are a few examples of large scale libertarian revolutions which were largely anarchist in their structure. One of these is the Israeli Kibbutzim, which for a long period really were constructed on anarchist principles, that is: self-management, direct worker control, integration of agriculture, industry, service, personal participation in self-management. And they were, I should think, extraordinarily successful by almost any measure that one can impose.

As far as you believing mankind is hierarchical. That is right in line with the slave holding forefathers of this nation and the current government.

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are too much.

Of course you will find drug addicts, alcoholics & child molesters among Conservatives. Limbaugh, Bush, you made your case. I am in agreement.

What I am saying is that statistically, a greater % are left leaning than right leaning, but the bigger media productions are made of those who are right leaning because it would highlight their hypocrisy. A leftist practicing such things is to be expected, so there is no novelty involved.

Is what you are saying that the reason people with moral values fall into immorality because they are suppressing their true selves? Does that mean that the reason left leaning citizens are even more inclined to practice that same behavior because they are not suppressing anything, but rather just going with the flow of their own natural, carnal nature?

Any one disagreeing with you is hate, but you disagreeing with any one else is not. Right?

Winston Sanders

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Harold said...

Right-wingers are allowed to be alcoholics, as many of them are, because alcohol is legal. The drug that leads to more deaths in the United States yearly than any other is legal, and right-wingers down it like lefties down water.

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Bob said...

Winston,
Your stats are fake. You have not cited where they come from. You are stating your opinion as statistics, which is, obviously, wrong.
You need to learn how to make a rational argument.

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Jeez said...

Winston, maybe some fancy kool-aid is coming through your faucet. It's fascinating how people create illusions to defend their positions. You are spitting out percentages that you merely wish to be true, percentages promoted by the right owned media. Wasn't it a Republican Congressmen who was just busted for solicitation in airport bathrooms? Oh, you will say he is secretly left wing? Regarding priests in the Catholic Church, the real percentages show most molestations are covered up and don't come to light, so I guess in your mind only the few that are caught child molesting are secretly left wing. Utah, which must be one of your favorite states being so far right, was busted of sending prostitutes to the visiting Olympic committee that was considering Utah as a site for the games. I guess those were some mighty good hookers they sent because Utah won the games, but I guess in your mind they were the secretly left wing Utah representatives. As much as you fancy yourself an independent thinker, you are clearly brainwashed by FOX news and Bill Reilly. What you don't have the courage to realize is this right/left bs is just that, bs. We all have the same desires for money and lust. The right simply hides behind the church and ridiculously false moral pretenses, where the left just lets it hang a bit more openly. I've lived all over the usa, and it seems in every town the Republican right are trying to limit what strip dancers can do in the clubs, while at the same time they are the ones getting busted for extortion and solicitation. Just remember, the only person you can truly fool in the end is yourself, and you are doing a great job of it. Congrats.

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My last & final comment.

Harold, of course there are alcoholics in abundance among Conservatives. I do not disagree. Same with drug addiction & every other type of "sin" you could think of.

I am not making a case for or against the legalization of alcohol, or street drugs for that matter.

I have worked with several substance abuse programs in social service & charitable organizations, & am familiar with statistics, & with out a doubt, among those with these problems, the vast majority shared a more Liberal perspective about life than a Conservative one.

You need only do a net search to find out the % of child molestation cases which are same-sex as opposed to those which are heterosexual in nature.

Inter cities, which are generally about 67% to 33% Democratic vs. Republican, is where the highest percentage demographically fall into the dependency category nationwide, as well as the national crime rate, both violent & non. If statistics don't meet your fancy, just ignore them.

That doesn't mean it is not happening anywhere else in the country, including so-called Republican bastions. I am talking percentages, not blanket statements.

Winston Sanders

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Jerry said...

Winston,
You claim that the media pays more attention to right wing conservatives when they get caught with drugs. No, the media pays attention to any public figure, whether he or she is democrat or republican. More republicans get caught in drug and sex scandals. I will not even go so far as to say it is because they engage in the practice more, as most would, but they get caught more. That is a fact.

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Winston, so you're saying are government has stuck so many people into miserable situation, like in the inner city, that they have to turn to drugs.

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Winston just likes to hear himself talk. Obviously a waste trying to reason with someone with such rigid and archaic ideas.

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Winston, you claim that the majority of the molestations that occur are same sex. Aren't the majority of these molestations being committed by conservative people, like Catholic priests. A liberal person, who does not believe there is anything wrong with being gay, would just go out and find a consensual same sex sex partner. A conservative gay person, who thinks being gay is a sin, hides it, and might relieve his urges through molestations, like Catholic priests, or through acts in bathrooms, Larry Craig, or with illegal male prostitutes, Ted Haggard, and then try to forget about it with drugs, Ted Haggard again.
It seems like the ultra conservatives are the problem.

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey everybody,
I just did a search on a Florida state website on Winston Sanders. It turns out that he was convicted of a sex crime in 1998. I hope he has notified his neighbors. Another conservative has been caught. Put it in the papers.

11:16 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

Armando,

I'm asking publicly for a favor that you don't owe me, but I would appreciate very much (and it would probably get me to lighten up too) if you could do something about that fool k-law impersonating me on David Neal's article.

Thanks much,
DrumFinFan

11:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, knowing that the wes Welker deal enabled us to get Samson Satele, would anyone knowing how it has played out not make that deal?

2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well of course one coward who doesn’t have the guts to post his name decided to make an erroneous accusation that some one who doesn’t share his Communist bent is discovered to have a sex charge on record in the State of Florida. Spoken like a true Socialist, false accusations run amok. For the record, I’ll bet you are more likely to be on record for anything from a legal standpoint than myself, or anyone else you choose to make your spurious accusations about for that matter.

Someone made the comment that because Bush, Limbaugh & Catholic priests have been proven to have used illicit substances or molested children makes Conservatives more inclined to practice such behavior in a general sense than those of the left-leaning persuasion. Not true, from a statistical perspective. Catholic priests constitute a minuscule percentage of the national populous, & of those found to have molested children, a fraction of that already small percentage still Of those, the guilty partisans have been by-in-large homosexual, as the sex crimes have been same-sex in nature. They have for the most part represented the Liberal wing of the Catholic Church, & are usually categorically opposed by their Conservative counterparts.

Bush, Limbaugh, Haggard, the Republican Senator, to name a few, are genuine Conservatives from a philosophic perspective, & have been found guilty of their alleged behavior…Bush for alcoholism some 12 years ago, Limbaugh with prescription meds about 3 years ago, Haggard & homosexuality, & numerous other high-profile Conservative political & religious leaders.

That does not change the statistics, however, that on a grass-roots level, the majority of US citizens who practice these things are usually Liberal in ideological perspective. The vast majority of cases statistically in each of these categories take place in the inner cities, where the percentage of Liberals vs. Conservatives is roughly 67% to 33%.

If Bush & his former alcoholism constituted the equivalent of 1,000,000 citizens, Haggard the same, Limbaugh, & we even pretended that those Catholic priest were Conservative instead of Liberal, maybe those statistics would sway the other way. But that is simply not the case.

Winston Sanders

2:28 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Winston Sanders hates gays, black people, and anyone else that doesn't live in his area. Apparently, everyone who is not him, or just like him, is responsible for crime.

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Winston Sanders said...

Ok, I'll admit it first right here. I've been in the closet my entire life and hiding behind all these ridiculous ideas just to cover it up. I guess life will be easier once I 'come out'. Thanks all for your help and honesty.

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Ken said...

For all you Quinn fans still in a delusion...this is from todays Herald... If you respect the opinion of HOF QB's maybe you will stop the 'shoulda picked Quinn' chatter:

By BARRY JACKSON
bjackson@MiamiHerald.com

Lots of John Beck chatter:

• Even before debuting Sunday, the Dolphins rookie has elicited the confidence of several prominent former quarterbacks. Last week, CBS' Phil Simms and ESPN's Ron Jaworski -- who have studied Beck's tapes -- joined ESPN's Steve Young in predicting success.

''He's going to be very good,'' Jaworski said off the air. ``I like him a lot. One thing I look for is do they make throws that project to the NFL. I saw those throws in Beck. Quick release, strong arm, moves well in the pocket.''

Simms -- who rated Beck ahead of Trent Edwards and Drew Stanton -- said, ``I watched every one of Beck's throws his senior year. The things I like? He can throw off-balance, can change his delivery, get the ball out of his hands [quickly]. I think he'll be fine.''

Young, who has compared Beck's delivery and accuracy to Tom Brady's, said ''if there's one guy'' who can deal with the pressure of pulling the Dolphins from ''oblivion,'' it's Beck.

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Frank in Buffalo said...

This isn't going to be fixed in a day. If they were 7-2 or 8-1 everyone would say what a great move to sign Porter. The rookies are just that - rookies. Good move to trade Chambers (an underachiever) for a 2nd rounder. If Beck shows he can play and having a 1st and 2-2nds in the draft puts us in a great position to make a move as someone out there (Atlanta) wants a QB in the worst way. You have to respect what Cameron has done with the O, it is the D that is killing them. Hope for Glenn Dorsey in the draft but be prepared for a move down.

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Germany speaking said...

Mid-season 2007 NFL Draft Rookie Report


9. Miami Dolphins: WR Ted Ginn Jr. Ohio State
Ginn was drafted way early and has battled numerous nagging injuries. Thought of as a project at receiver because he was mostly a returner in college. Ginn hasn’t done much for the Dolphins this year catching only 7 passes for 141 yards and 1 TD, but he seems to be coming on as of late, he caught his first TD pass last week against the Giants and the week before against New England he had his best game of the season catching 3 passes for 37 yards.

10. Houston Texans: DT Omobi Okoye, Louisville
This kid is special, and I mean kid, at 20 years old he is the youngest player in the NFL. He has played every game on the inside and has recorded four sacks already, that’s impressive for a defensive tackle, especially for a 20 year old rookie.

11. San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Willis, Mississippi
Willis has been spectacular. In the preseason I predicted he would win the defensive rookie of the year honors and it looks like I will be correct. He is all over the field and has already recorded 73 total tackles, that puts him on pace to accumulate 173 tackles by the end of the year! He might even make the Pro Bowl.

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally disagree. He gave away Welker to the best team in the division, let Randy Mcmichael go without any compensation, signed Joey Porter and Trent Green. Ginn might turn out to be a pretty good player, but not at #10. Yes, the center seems to be good, and a couple other rookies have played. More to the point, he had an entire offseason to evaluate this team, and he couldn't tell how bad it was? The first game against Washington I could tell this team stunk. But it still all depends on Beck---if he pans out, he's done a good job. If not, he should probably lose his job.

8:46 AM  
Anonymous It is I, Nomdeplame said...

Bill says, "...As far as you believing mankind is hierarchical. That is right in line with the slave holding forefathers of this nation and the current government."

It may interest you to know that the holding of slaves was a world-wide malady and not restricted to our little corner of the cosmos. Godly men, abolitionists in this great land and in Britain, were the most instrumental forces in history to bring this abominable practice to a virtual end - except in Communist states.

The entire communist nation of North Korea could easily be described as a slave state. Millions enslaved and living in misery. That's right across the border from where you are.

Where are the Kibbutzim today? Why did they fail?

All the experiments you mention failed for one principal reason. They always will. Even when begun with earnest good will, they fail. They believe they can alter Human Nature. They believe they are God.

"...a long recital of the political mistakes and crimes of the Communist Party: the Soviet Government's deliberate murder by mass starvation of millions of peasants in the Ukraine and the Kuban; the deliberate betrayal of the German working class to Hitler by the Communist Party's refusal to co-operate with the Social Democrats against the Nazis; the ugly fact that the German Communist Party had voted in the Reichstag with the Nazis against the Social Democrats; the deliberate betrayal of the Spanish Republican Government, which the Soviet Government was only pretending to aid while the Communists massacred their political enemies in the Spanish prisons {despite what you and Chomsky think}..." (It goes on, but you get the idea) This is from Whittaker Chambers' magnificent book 'Witness.'

'Witness' chronicles the experiences of Chambers, a member of the Communist Party, through the realization of its true evil nature, his break with the Party, his exposure of Communists in high places within the Roosevelt and Truman administrations, exposure of Alger Hiss, the trial that followed, plus much more.

I know all this is a waste of time for you. You are only interested in your point of view and it will, no doubt, take the realization that you have a soul, that man's reason alone is not enough to establish an earthly paradise, to change it.

"We hold these TRUTHS to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the CONSENT of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed..."

Our forefathers, SOME of them holding slaves - a not uncommon practice of the time - recognized things you and those who would agree with you do not wish to recognize. Those things are self-evident TRUTHS and a CREATOR.

THAT, my friend, Bill, is the crux of the matter. THAT is where the hierarchy has its beginning - in the ABSOLUTE TRUTH. Attempts to deny it are doomed to failure. Sorry.

And good bye - I have a game to prepare for.

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathleen, you ate truly an imbecile.

I have found that the people who usually go around accusing those they disagree with politically as being "haters" are more inclined to hate the ones they are accusing than those are of hating whom they have been accused of hating.

You must think it is normal to hate people you disagree with based on your own inclinations, so you expect others to respond in kind.

You just think it is sanctioned to hate those you believe hate then they are of hating what or whom you would defend.

I believe there is a difference between hating and simply acknowledging something or someone as being or doing something wrong.

Hating is wrong regardless of whom it is directed towards. I personally don't hate anyone, regardless of whether or not they share my political, religious, moral or philosophical perspectives, or even if they are living what I would consider a self-destructive lifestyle. I get the impression that you hate Conservatives because you think they are wrong, & your accusations that they are hate-mongers are based on the fact that you expect them to be just like you as far as that is concerned.

To be balanced about this statement, some Conservatives & Liberals are prone to hatred, & some aren’t.

There are many people who need help based on their lifestyle, & those I do not condemn or hate. I do acknowledge right from wrong when I see it, but you do the same from your own perspective.

Statistics are statistics, & they often reflect the product of certain lifestyles & ideologies lived out in people. None of this should offend you.

No one is wrong based on the color of their skin or where they were born or live, but often by their lifestyle or their belief system which contributes to their lifestyle. Lifestyles are often, not always, indicative of the surroundings, such as inter city, urban, suburban, country, etc. from a statistical standpoint

I think you know this, but accusing someone you disagree with of being a "hater" justifies your own hatred towards them.

Winston Sanders

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I want for Christmas:

- We beat the Jets, Bills and Patriots to close the season at a pathetic 3-13 (Much more respectable than 0-16, and it would result in a 3-3 division record).

- Ricky Williams proves to be a solid, reliable team player.

- John Beck, Jason Allen and Ted Ginn show that they've got the right stuff.

- We end up drafting Jake Long without moving up, or trade down and still land Sam Baker. Either way, we would probably solidify our hole at LT for the next decade.

- We end up adding more draft picks, and field some rookies who put in significant time in 2008.

- We improve upon this season's record and win at least one game in September.

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I'd also like to see DeAngelo Hall perform at a Pro Bowl-level in the aqua and orange...

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Kathleen said...

Thanks for telling me what I am Winston. You're pretty good at that. Your use of the word you six times was impressive.

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Gerald said...

Whittaker Chambers was never a communist. He worked for the Soviet Union, which was a faux communist state, like the fauz democracy of the United States

11:06 PM  
Anonymous jay beadle said...

Gerald, you mean like you're a faux human being?

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Kathleen,

I figure I'd just return the favor since you basically told me what you thought I was.

So you liked my use of the word "you" six times? I'm glad. I wanted to give you a little more attention than you are used to.

Winston

12:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gerald,

The US is not a Democracy, but a Constitutional Republic. A Democracy is basically "Majority Rules," which is something the Framers of the Constitution warned against. In a Democracy, if the majority votes to take your children or rape your wife, then it becomes law.

In a Constitutional Republic, certain rights are protected by law, or the Constitution, & representatives are elected by Electoral College to enact amendments at times when the populous has deemed there is need of change.

Accountability is achieved as best as possible by enacting three separate branches, Legislative, Executive & Judicial, to maintain checks & balances.

The Framers acknowledged that this is not the perfect form of government, but the best among imperfect governments.

The USSR & China are antitypes of what unfolds & results when a Communistic/Socialistic form of government is attempted.

The modern day Communists, yourself included, don't like to be associated with regimes which have massacred over 100 million people in less than a century of their existence, which is more than all the so-called "religious wars" combined since the dawn of time, so they merely re-define them as being "not really Communist states."

The hope is that the next time around, they can confiscate private property & suppress their detractors & eliminate all religious, philosophical & social dissidents who they deem detrimental to the will of the “People”, & not have to massacre as many people to achieve their goals.

The problem is, within their own Communist Manifesto is stipulated the clause which permits them to do so if they fail after all their attempts to convince their political adversaries otherwise. They also claim to know the will of the people, or what is in the best interest of the people, better than anyone who might disagree with them, so summarily they feel justified in doing whatever it takes, including the mass murder of their opponents & the propagation of lies, in order to arrive at their desired end.

You will never get a unanimous agreement in favor of the forfeiture of private property & certain rights, no matter how much convincing you think it may require, so history would be bound to repeat itself, hence the millions of people massacred in the name of achieving a Social Utopia all over again.

Hitler, by the way, was a National Socialist, & really doesn't differ greatly with Stalin, Mark, Engel, Lenin, Mao, & yourself nearly as much as you might think. He was a Socialist, contrary to popular belief. The difference is that he wanted the world to be called "Germany" rather than "the Union." A small constellation compared to the similar massacre which needed to be achieved in order to further his agenda, similar to his Communist counterparts.

Winston

1:15 AM  
Anonymous Warren said...

Winston,
When the people who run the checks and balances are appointed by the people who they are supposed to check, does any checking occur?

2:11 AM  

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