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Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

I Hear You

Your comments on the last post have been a great shot in the arm, folks. Thanks for taking the time to make thoughtful suggestions and for letting me know the blog has a worthwhile spot in your day. I expect to come back after a year-end vacation with renewed enthusiasm for BorgBlog.

As things stand, I'm taking the concensus suggestion to monitor the blog for the purpose of throwing out the mean-spirited and irrelevant comments. Let me repeat for the hard of hearing that this does NOT mean we will screen out comments that disagree with my cartoons or other commenters. Opposition voices are an important part of any discussion and entirely welcome and valued here, as they always have been. We're just trying to make these streets safe to walk again.

As for registering, I understand that the Enquirer may soon be adopting a system called Pluck which will require those who wish to participate in online message boards and blog commenting to register. As I understand it, registration will not be required to simply read the online Enquirer offerings, but would be required to actively participate. So my blog will have no extra hoops to jump through beyond the site's eventual requirements.

Sounds reasonable.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! See you here again on January 2.


at 12/19/07, 8:49 AM Anonymous matt a said...

Best Christmas present yet! Thanks!

at 12/19/07, 9:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

just don't say anything against Cincinnati (duh)

at 12/19/07, 11:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeay!! Thanks, Jim. Happy Holidays to you.


at 12/19/07, 1:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

cool...I'm amazed you took at a shot the presumed DEM candidate today.
A welcome change...

at 12/19/07, 1:37 PM Blogger Schottzie03 said...

I like bacon!!

(just wanted to get something irrelevant in before the hammer drops.)

Merry Christmas Jim Borgman!

at 12/19/07, 2:01 PM Blogger Steve said...


Merry Christmas, dude!

at 12/19/07, 2:20 PM Blogger Haystacks Calhoun said...

Great, Jim. Have a great Holiday, can't wait to see what you will be creating in '08!

at 12/19/07, 2:21 PM Blogger Haystacks Calhoun said...


Hee hee hee.

at 12/19/07, 4:40 PM Anonymous Paul said...

Hooray! Glad to hear you've found some enthusiasm again for the blog!

at 12/19/07, 7:44 PM Blogger Monclova Steve said...

Thanks, Jim.
Chalk up a victory for sane and thoughtful discussion -- FINALLY!!!

at 12/19/07, 7:46 PM Blogger Monclova Steve said...

I forgot to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a wonderful rest of your career.
My bad!

at 12/19/07, 9:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peace, man, and merry christmas to all the butt-kissers and to everyone who wants to put coal in your stocking ;)

at 12/20/07, 1:00 AM Anonymous Upper West Side Values said...

Good call and great idea ! BTW, love the cartoon about HRC
Happy Season !!!

at 12/20/07, 1:10 AM Blogger Stacy Curtis said...

Hey Jim, Merry Christmas and a great 2008 to you and your family!

Have a peaceful vacation.

at 12/20/07, 6:12 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, the repubs will be flying on the planes they're taking parts out of (wonder why they don't care)

at 12/20/07, 7:49 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonder who's going to win this war?

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Iran receives Russian nuclear fuel By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer
56 minutes ago

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran received its first nuclear fuel from Russia on Monday, paving the way for the startup of its reactor in 2008.

Both the U.S. and Russia said that with the shipment, the Iranians would no longer have any reason to produce enriched uranium that could be used to build a nuclear weapon.

But Iran said it would continue its enrichment activities at a separate facility, in the central city of Natanz, to provide fuel for another nuclear reactor. Not only that, it indicated that construction had begun on just such a reactor, in Darkhovin in southwestern Iran.

"We are currently constructing a 360-megawatt nuclear power plant in Darkhovin," Vice President Gholam Reza Aghazadeh said on state television. Previously Iran had always described the Darkhovin plant as being in the planning stages.

Aghazadeh said it will take several more years for Iran to install 50,000 centrifuges in Natanz, an industrial-scale enrichment plant, to produce the fuel needed for Darkhovin. Tehran says the enrichment program is part of an effort to generate electricity, but the United States fears it will lead to weapons development.

After initial opposition, the U.S. now publicly supports Russia providing uranium fuel to Iran so long as Moscow retrieves the used reactor fuel for reprocessing, as stipulated in an agreement between Russia and Iran.

"If that's the case — if the Russians are willing to do that, which I support — then the Iranians do not need to learn how to enrich," Bush said in Fredricksburg, Va. "If the Iranians accept that uranium for civilian nuclear power, then there's no need for them to learn how to enrich."

Bush also reiterated his view that "Iran's a danger to peace," despite a recent U.S. intelligence estimate that found Iran halted a nuclear weapons program in 2003.

"My attitude hasn't changed toward Iran," he said. "If somebody had a weapons program, what's to say they couldn't start it up tomorrow?"

The construction of the Bushehr plant has been frequently delayed. Officials said the delays were a result of payment disputes, but many observers suggested Russia also was unhappy with Iran's resistance to international pressure to make its nuclear program more open and to assure the international community that it was not developing nuclear arms.

Russia announced last week that its construction disputes with Iran had been resolved and said fuel deliveries would begin about a half year before Bushehr was expected to go into service.

"All fuel that will be delivered will be under the control and guarantees of the International Atomic Energy Agency for the whole time it stays on Iranian territory," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "Moreover, the Iranian side gave additional written guarantees that the fuel will be used only for the Bushehr nuclear power plant."

The Iranians trumpeted Russia's decision to deliver fuel Monday as a victory for Iran, with Aghazadeh calling it "a message for the world."

Aghazadeh said the Bushehr plant was 95 percent complete and would begin operations "next year." He indicated the reactor needed 80 tons of nuclear fuel during the initial phase of operation, but did not provide further details.

Although at first opposed to Russian participation in building and supplying Bushehr, the United States and its allies agreed to remove any reference to the project in the first set of U.N. Security Council sanctions passed a year ago, in exchange for Moscow's support for those penalties. A draft that mentioned Bushehr was amended after Russia demanded that the language not prevent Moscow from conducting legitimate nuclear activities in Iran.

Washington has since publicly swung behind the project, in what diplomats say is an attempt to maintain Security Council unity, focusing on the fact that terms of the deal between Tehran and Moscow commit the Iranians to allow the Russians to retrieve all used reactor fuel for reprocessing. The U.S. fears that Iran might otherwise extract plutonium from the spent fuel to make atomic weapons.

But plutonium is not the only material that can be used to build a nuclear bomb. The U.S. is pushing the U.N. Security Council to pass a third round of sanctions against Iran for its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment.

The Russian Foreign Ministry reiterated its calls for Iran to halt uranium enrichment, saying the Russian deliveries mean Tehran has "no objective need" for its own enrichment facility.

Iranian officials have argued they need to develop alternative energy sources to prepare for when oil reserves run out. The government has announced plans to built six more reactors like Bushehr to produce 7,000 megawatts of electricity through nuclear energy by 2021.

Some analysts say Russia's willingness to resolve its dispute over Bushehr was related to the new U.S. intelligence report.

"This is more meaningful after the recent report by U.S. intelligence agencies," said Iranian political analyst Jalal Fayazi. "Shipment of nuclear fuel to Iran by Russia means Moscow has full confidence in the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program."

Others downplayed the impact of the National Intelligence Estimate.

"The U.S. report was not a decisive factor," said Anton Khlopkov, a nonproliferation expert with the Moscow-based PIR-Center think tank. "The decision was taken before it was released."

Although Russia has resisted drives to impose sanctions on Iran, it also repeatedly has urged Tehran to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency to resolve concerns over the nuclear program.


Associated Press writers Jim Heintz in Moscow and George Jahn in Vienna contributed to this report.

at 12/20/07, 10:59 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How are the Partiots doing, anyone know their record? :^D Just kidding, I guess the registration process might slow down the odd comments, I really hope you continue the BorgBlog, I think it is a MUST VISIT every day, best wishes to the entire Borgman family and fans for a wonderful Christmas and New Year in 2008. Signed, a reader from PA.

at 12/20/07, 11:54 AM Anonymous mr. whig said...

great, great, great. I almost suggested something like Pluck, or Drupal, something that uses a simple but effective registration system. There will always be cranks and weirdos out there, just like the real world, but there's ways around 'em, just like the real world.

at 12/20/07, 1:46 PM Blogger Matthew Hansel said...


As a part-time cartoonist, I can't thank you enough for continuing with this blog. I learn SOOOOO much from it--especially when you post "ruffs"/prelims/doodles/ideas/thoughts/etc. These are the place where younger cartoonists such as myself can LEARN from the true masters. Anybody can really try and mimic a penline, but a thought process/trying to ferret out the ideas is much harder to try and learn, but gaining insight into a master's approach can be useful/beneficial as one struggles to find a "voice" for one's self.

I think registration is a good idea. Make people use their REAL names, no more anonymous comments from internet trolls/cowards/gadflys whose lives are so empty and shallow that they seek out blogs such as this to rattle the cage/take pot shots/off unuseful critique. Don't listen to'em and don't let'em post. To hell with'em.

Keep up the good work, Jim.

Keep on posting.

Have a merry Christmas!



at 12/21/07, 4:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

you people need lives.

at 12/21/07, 9:53 AM Blogger Jim Borgman said...

...he says at 4:41AM.

at 12/21/07, 12:20 PM Anonymous Duluth MN said...

Happy Holidays Jim!

Normal / rational people can and do turn into raving lunatics when they discuss politics. How unpleasant this often becomes. Please believe that cartoons whether humorous or reflective, make for better moods for many of us who view them. Thank you for what you do.


B. Wumberton

at 12/21/07, 3:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are entitled to a little R & R! I especially want to thank you again for going back into the archives this summer to find the beautiful tribute you did after the Challenger disaster.
Come back clear eyed and refreshed!
Peace at this joyous time!
from the neighborhood

at 12/22/07, 1:49 AM Blogger Rawk Gurl said...


I'm glad your bringing the blog back, I've never posted comments in the blog but read it regularly. I enjoy the insights into your work.

at 12/23/07, 9:57 AM Blogger dawgsfan47 said...

Happy Holidays! Thanks for the blog...I love reading it, especially the insights to your thoughts. I also enjoy how you use comments from readers of the blogs and incorporate them into your cartoons...very cool! As for the crazies, I can't stand them either. They tend to pop up on any blog worth reading. (I always wonder what makes them so unhappy they have to spit hatred at people they don't even really know). And I agree, it's the "anonymous" name they can hide behind that makes them so prevalent in the internet world. I think registration is a GREAT idea.

at 12/24/07, 8:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

patriots statistics

Passing Yards: T. Brady 4450
Passing TDs: T. Brady 48
Rushing Yards: L. Maroney 789
Rushing TDs: L. Maroney 4
Receiving Yards: R. Moss 1393
Receiving TDs: R. Moss 21
Interceptions: A. Samuel 6

Offense (Rank)
Yards: 6190 (1)
Passing Yards: 4385 (1)
Rushing Yards: 1805 (8)
Points per game: 36.7 (1)
Yards per game: 412.7 (1)
Touchdowns: 63 (1)
Field Goals: 18 (29)

AFC East Division
Team W L T Pct
xyz-New England 15 0 0 1.000
Buffalo 7 8 0 .467
New York 3 12 0 .200
Miami 1 14 0 .067

Schedule 2007
Week Date Opp Info
1 9/9 @ NYJ W 38-14
2 9/16 vs. SD W 38-14
3 9/23 vs. Buf W 38-7
4 10/1 @ Cin W 34-13
5 10/7 vs. Cle W 34-17
6 10/14 @ Dal W 48-27
7 10/21 @ Mia W 49-28
8 10/28 vs. Was W 52-7
9 11/4 @ Ind W 24-20
10 Bye Week
11 11/18 @ Buf W 56-10
12 11/25 vs. Phi W 31-28
13 12/3 @ Bal W 27-24
14 12/9 vs. Pit W 34-13
15 12/16 vs. NYJ W 20-10
16 12/23 vs. Mia W 28-7
17 12/29 @ NYG

Copyright © 2007 by STATS LLC.
All rights reserved.

at 12/25/07, 12:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

On Christmas, pope urges end to wars By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 3 minutes ago

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI issued a Christmas Day appeal Tuesday to political leaders around the globe to find the "wisdom and courage" to end bloody conflicts in Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan and Congo.


Benedict delivered his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" speech — Latin for "to the city and to the world" — from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, blessing thousands of people gathered in the square below under a brilliant winter sun.

Wearing gold-embroidered vestments and a bejeweled bishops' hat, or miter, Benedict urged the crowd to rejoice over the celebration of Jesus Christ's birth, which he said he hoped would bring consolation to all people "who live in the darkness of poverty, injustice and war."

He mentioned in particular those living in the "tortured regions" of Darfur, Somalia, northern Congo, the Eritrea-Ethiopia border, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Balkans.

"May the child Jesus bring relief to those who are suffering and may he bestow upon political leaders the wisdom and courage to seek and find humane, just and lasting solutions," he said.

Beyond those conflicts, Benedict said he was turning his thoughts this Christmas to victims of other injustices, citing women, children and the elderly, as well as refugees and victims of environmental disasters and religious and ethnic tensions.

He said he hoped Christmas would bring consolation to "those who are still denied their legitimate aspirations for a more secure existence, for health, education, stable employment, for fuller participation in civil and political responsibilities, free from oppression and protected from conditions that offend human dignity."

Such injustices and discrimination are destroying the internal fabric of many countries and souring international relations, he said.

In a nod to his engagement with environmental concerns, the pontiff also noted that the number of migrants and displaced people was increasing around the globe because of "frequent natural disasters, often caused by environmental upheavals."

The pontiff delivered his message just hours after celebrating Midnight Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.

Benedict followed his speech with his traditional Christmas Day greetings — this year delivered in 63 different languages, including Mongolian, Finnish, Arabic, Hebrew, Swahili, Burmese, and in a new entry for 2007, Guarani, a South American Indian language.

As he finished, the bells of St. Peter's tolled and the Vatican's brightly outfitted Swiss Guards stood at attention as a band played and a crowd numbering in the tens of thousands waved national flags and cheered.

at 12/25/07, 3:22 PM Anonymous zhaf said...

As a budding designer, I must say that I really love your blog. I've been reading your blog consistently from early on, nearly the day it started. I remember the starbucks napkins (which were totally awesome by the way), and seeing them helped really hammer home for me the idea of doing a lot of thumbnails for an idea and recording your thoughts the moment inspiration hits. The idea of seeing your process, or at least reading about it, (a creative professional working in the field) meant so much to me. Meant even more than some of the art and design classes I have taken.

Having said that, it really saddens me to learn that people have been stealing your rough ideas to use as their own. I completely understand your decision to stop posting those, but it would be a lot harder to do without your blog altogether. A LOT harder. You're a tremendous inspiration to me and other cartoon-o-philes I've come across.

So, please, don't let the bums get you down! I am sure that for every one of them, there are at least ten more who admire and respect your work as the creative and talented pieces that they are.

at 12/26/07, 2:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i feel sorry for people who define themselves soley in terms of democrat or repblican, their whole existence; what a waste (defined by somebody else)

at 12/26/07, 2:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

for their purposes

at 12/26/07, 5:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Brady on 16-0
Tom Brady spoke today about the Pats' quest for a perfect season: "It would be great to go down as the only team to be 16-0. That's the goal I got in mind."

at 12/26/07, 8:06 PM Anonymous J. Carey (NJ) said...

I finally understand Samuel Johnson's quote regarding Patriotism as the last refuge of a scoundrel.

PS ZHAF said it all very well.
Happy New Year.

at 12/27/07, 9:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

'republican' is a fancy word the rich use to justify stealing from the poor

at 12/27/07, 9:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beijing Olympics world-beaters for global import
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Troubles, tragedy and triumph: All good words to describe the year that was

Look back: Those who made headlines in 2007

Photo gallery: 2007 year in pictures

Athletes of the Year: Henin and Favre capture 2007 U.S. Sports Acedemy honors after online vote

AP Story of the Year: Barry Bonds finds fame, infamy

AP Male Athlete of the Year: New England Patriots QB Tom Brady

AP Female Athlete of the Year: LPGA Tour's Lorena Ochoa

Digg Newsvine Reddit FacebookWhat's this?By Christine Brennan, USA TODAY
As the 2007 sports year comes to a merciful end, with — what? — only 14 more bowl games to go before Jan. 1, it's time to begin to anticipate, with a certain degree of optimism, what 2008 will bring.
It's a big sports year and a big political year. And we're not even talking about Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina. Or the BCS.

No, just the Beijing Olympic Games.

If it weren't for the 2008 U.S. presidential election, the upcoming Summer Olympics in August would be the most anticipated worldwide news story of the year. As it is, it's a strong No. 2. We haven't seen an Olympic Games of this magnitude, with so much meaning outside the realm of sports, since the tragic 1972 Olympics in Munich, and, before that, the 1936 Games of Adolf Hitler and Jesse Owens in Berlin.

China and its 1.3 billion prospective soft-drink and credit-card consumers will open themselves to the world in a way that the Chinese government might not yet fully comprehend. International corporations are salivating at the thought, which is, of course, the main reason China won the right to host these Olympics.

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For perhaps the first time in its history, though, Chinese leaders will be unable to control the message being sent from their borders. Until now, various Western news bureaus have butted heads with the Chinese thought police. But this summer, thousands of foreign journalists from every spot on the globe will demand to play by their rules, not China's.

And you thought Hillary-Barack was getting a bit rough.

China will give the world much to discuss. Its air pollution, for instance. Expect that to be one of the biggest stories of the summer: the not-so-insignificant issue of how the world's best athletes will breathe while competing.

During a recent visit to Beijing, I was struck by how gray and dark it was in the morning when I opened the draperies in my hotel room. It must be raining, I thought.

But there was no moisture on the pavement. Those were not rain clouds. That was pollution.

You feel it in your throat as you hail a taxi upon arriving at the airport; you smell it on your clothes at the end of a long day in Beijing. It's so bad that Chinese Olympic officials are pondering measures to restrict traffic and shut down manufacturing plants during the Games, while U.S. Olympic officials are seriously looking into the logistics of allowing athletes to train elsewhere in Asia, then come to Beijing for their events.

Protests often follow the Olympics wherever they go, of course, as the Games are a magnet for controversy. The Chinese, who already have their own interesting history with protests, say that Olympic protesters will be allowed "if they have a permit," said Sun Weide, Beijing Olympic spokesman.

But what if they don't have a permit?

"They need to have a permit."

Stay tuned.

Then, of course, there is the issue that gobbled up the 2007 sports year, performance-enhancing drug use. Never have the Summer Games taken place in a more suspicious atmosphere.

The Chinese are trumpeting a brand-new testing lab, but they also have their own sad history of systemic cheating going back to the early 1990s, leading athletes from other nations to naturally wonder what's up their sleeve for the big home game in 2008.

If a Chinese athlete comes out of nowhere to win a gold medal, expect his or her rivals to ask legitimate questions about where the athlete has been and why he or she didn't show up for major meets (read: drug testing) before the Games.

The rise of the unknown athlete is a charming tale, but in today's chemical environment, it's also an incredibly naive one. The Chinese, and others, have tried to sneak that one by us in the past — until the newcomer's drug test lit up the night sky.

Somewhere in this morass of news and issues, sports will in fact take place.

Will the Chinese overtake the United States in the medal count?

That's a question for international bragging rights, one you'll be hearing a lot next summer.

Will superstar U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, who will turn 23 a month before the Games begin, win seven or perhaps even eight gold medals?

That's a question for the ages.

Will he need a gas mask to do it?

That's a question only Beijing's Olympic organizers can answer.

at 12/27/07, 2:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, that's it!!! I'm going back to the password control. Ah, another option just occurred to me: limit the space available for comment! No more than so many characters. If you leave "anonymous" as an option, there is still a space but not monopoly. hmmmm?

who cinci

at 12/27/07, 9:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

" 'republican' is a fancy word the rich use to justify stealing from the poor"

yeah right

'politcian' is the fancy? word

at 12/28/07, 9:35 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


since we are once again closing out another year of futility for our hometown NFL franchise, I was wondering if you could "resurrect" one of my all time favorites, the "Happy Same Year" Mike Brown cartoon. Maybe you could update it a tad, but I think it is still the best depiction of our loser of a franchise.

at 12/28/07, 11:37 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"irrelevent" is a word that Cincinnati uses to scrutinize anything in the rest of the world that doesn't have anything to do with cincinnati, usually something of great importance or success or value

at 12/28/07, 11:39 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Rushing Yards: L. Maroney 789
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Receiving Yards: R. Moss 1393
Receiving TDs: R. Moss 21
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Field Goals: 18 (30)

AFC East Division
Team W L T Pct
xyz-New England 15 0 0 1.000
Buffalo 7 8 0 .467
New York 3 12 0 .200
Miami 1 14 0 .067

Schedule 2007
Week Date Opp Info
1 9/9 @ NYJ W 38-14
2 9/16 vs. SD W 38-14
3 9/23 vs. Buf W 38-7
4 10/1 @ Cin W 34-13
5 10/7 vs. Cle W 34-17
6 10/14 @ Dal W 48-27
7 10/21 @ Mia W 49-28
8 10/28 vs. Was W 52-7
9 11/4 @ Ind W 24-20
10 Bye Week
11 11/18 @ Buf W 56-10
12 11/25 vs. Phi W 31-28
13 12/3 @ Bal W 27-24
14 12/9 vs. Pit W 34-13
15 12/16 vs. NYJ W 20-10
16 12/23 vs. Mia W 28-7
17 12/29 @ NYG

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Belichick: 'I'll take it as a compliment'
Survey: Play 'em or sit 'em?
The coaches aren't definitively saying whether they'll rest players for Saturday's Pats-Giants clash, but indications are starters will see significant time. Would you rather see the Giants rest players or throw everything they've got at the Pats?
Midweek report Sitting starters a restless topic
With nothing to gain, Giants may rest starters
Discuss Hoping Giants rest their starters?

at 12/29/07, 1:02 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogs have a responsibility to monitor the posts made by others. Most, though, limit their censorship to ridding the blog of racist, violent, profane, or rude posts.

Should posts that are inane, uneducated, off the subject, boring, or annoying be added to that list?

Personally, I think it is entirely the call of the guy who owns the blog. Call it property rights. Call it personal taste. Call it whatever you want.

But the idea that "freedom of speech" means that any idiot with a keyboard can say anything he wants on my dime is devoid of understanding about the 1st amendment.

It says Congress cannot deprive of free speech and free press. It doesn't say that Jim Borgman, blog owner/moderator, can't keep idiots off of his blog.

at 12/30/07, 11:42 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pats battle back, make history
In a fitting finish to Boston's magical year in sports, the Patriots recovered from a 12-point deficit and beat the Giants, 38-35, to complete the first 16-0 regular season in the history of the NFL. (Boston Globe)
gallery Celebration and game photos
Jackie MacMullan Brady, Moss set record straight
RECORD TRACKER Marks set by Pats
Patriots 38, Giants 35 Sweet 16-0 for historic Pats

at 12/30/07, 11:42 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

this country doesn't want unity

at 12/30/07, 12:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God prayer is anonymous (irrelevant for aetheists)

at 12/30/07, 12:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

SWEET 16-0!
(Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis) Record-setting Patriots make history vs. Giants
The Pats got their perfect regular season, but it wasn't without a fight. New England rallied from 12 down to beat the Giants, 38-35, and finish 16-0. Tom Brady (TD passes) and Randy Moss (TD receptions) each set NFL records.
gallery Celebration and game photos
RECORD TRACKER Marks set by Pats
Jackie MacMullan Brady and Moss
set the records straight
Dan Shaughnessy Pats just perfect

at 12/30/07, 12:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

patriots statistics

Passing Yards: T. Brady 4806
Passing TDs: T. Brady 50
Rushing Yards: L. Maroney 835
Rushing TDs: L. Maroney 6
Receiving Yards: R. Moss 1493
Receiving TDs: R. Moss 23
Interceptions: A. Samuel 6

Offense (Rank)
Yards: 6580 (1)
Passing Yards: 4731 (1)
Rushing Yards: 1849 (9)
Points per game: 36.8 (1)
Yards per game: 411.3 (1)
Touchdowns: 67 (1)
Field Goals: 21 (24)

AFC East Division
Team W L T Pct
xyz-New England 16 0 0 1.000
Buffalo 7 8 0 .467
New York 3 12 0 .200
Miami 1 14 0 .067

Schedule 2007
Week Date Opp Info
1 9/9 @ NYJ W 38-14
2 9/16 vs. SD W 38-14
3 9/23 vs. Buf W 38-7
4 10/1 @ Cin W 34-13
5 10/7 vs. Cle W 34-17
6 10/14 @ Dal W 48-27
7 10/21 @ Mia W 49-28
8 10/28 vs. Was W 52-7
9 11/4 @ Ind W 24-20
10 Bye Week
11 11/18 @ Buf W 56-10
12 11/25 vs. Phi W 31-28
13 12/3 @ Bal W 27-24
14 12/9 vs. Pit W 34-13
15 12/16 vs. NYJ W 20-10
16 12/23 vs. Mia W 28-7
17 12/29 @ NYG W 38-35

at 12/30/07, 12:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

2007: The Year in Review
Stars were aligned in banner year
The Red Sox swept the World Series for the second time in four years. The Patriots' pursuit of perfection is at 15 and counting, and a fourth Super Bowl crown in 7 years may be in the offing. And the Celtics are pounding everybody into the parquet. (Boston Globe, 12/26/07)
Bob Ryan Enjoy this state of euphoria
Sport's theme for 2007 was 'let's misbehave'
2007: The year in sports from the Boston Globe

at 1/1/08, 3:39 PM Anonymous J. Harbin said...

Re Anon: C'mon Jan. 2.

at 1/2/08, 2:56 AM Anonymous BorgFan said...

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