Giants versus Colts Opening Weekend 2006

Broncos-Chiefs to open NFL Network broadcasts
(March 27, 2006) — The NFL announced its 2006 Kickoff Weekend nationally televised schedule — including a Monday night doubleheader — and its Thanksgiving Day national TV tripleheader.
In a tradition instituted in 2004, the Super Bowl champion annually hosts the NFL Thursday night season kickoff the following year. This Sept. 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET, the Super Bowl XL champion Pittsburgh Steelers will oppose the Miami Dolphins as NBC rejoins the NFL’s TV family for the first time since 1997. The game will feature a quarterback matchup of Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and the Dolphins’ Daunte Culpepper, acquired recently from Minnesota in a trade.
Fans won’t have to wait long to see the anticipated ‘Manning Bowl’.
On Sunday, Sept. 10, the FOX national doubleheader game at 4:15 p.m. ET will feature the Dallas Cowboys at the Jacksonville Jaguars, who finished 12-4 and earned a playoff spot last season
The Sunday night primetime game (8:15 p.m. ET) on NBC can be called the “Manning Bowl” and it will be a history-maker. The AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts will visit the NFC East titlist New York Giants. It will be a matchup of quarterback brothers — the Colts’ 30-year-old Peyton Manning against his sibling, 25-year-old Eli Manning of the Giants. It will be the first time in NFL history that brothers will start at quarterback against each other.

The Last King to rule over America was named George III…

Bush shuns Patriot Act requirement – The Boston Globe
When President Bush signed the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act this month, he included an addendum saying that he did not feel obliged to obey requirements that he inform Congress about how the FBI was using the act’s expanded police powers.

But after the reporters and guests had left, the White House quietly issued a ”signing statement,” an official document in which a president lays out his interpretation of a new law.

In the statement, Bush said that he did not consider himself bound to tell Congress how the Patriot Act powers were being used and that, despite the law’s requirements, he could withhold the information if he decided that disclosure would ”impair foreign relations, national security, the deliberative process of the executive, or the performance of the executive’s constitutional duties.”
Bush wrote: ”The executive branch shall construe the provisions . . . that call for furnishing information to entities outside the executive branch . . . in a manner consistent with the president’s constitutional authority to supervise the unitary executive branch and to withhold information . . . ”

No more Trackbacks

in the Shadow of Greatness: …and so it goes, spring IMC.
As Arref mentions in his own blog here at SSS.N, thanks to spammers, trackbacks have been turned off, permanently, in the SSS.N family.
I’ve been seeing this more and more across the Blogosphere lately. Just like Usenet of old made newsgroups sewers of spam, the usefulness of trackbacks has fallen to spammers. Its too much work and effort keeping the endless flood at bay. 500 false trackbacks to one real trackback is too poor a ratio.
Too.Damn.Bad.

Sf on blogs all over the place

Pharyngula: The SF fanboy stirs again
Like a rapidly spreading virus, there has been discussion of SF on blogs which usually stick to more political or topical topics. In addition to the Pharyngula link above, Kevin Drum, Jane Galt, and Amygdala talk about Heinlein’s lost novel, politics and SF tastes and other miscellany in the topics.
I think some of this was all sparked by the fact that economist and NY Times columnist Paul Krugman mentioned reading and enjoying Iain Banks. Long time readers of BJS know that my own literary encounter with Banks (Inversions) was not to my taste.