Tuesday, October 25


Greg Wallace and I have been in a bit of a row over our respective positions vis-a-vis the Harriet Miers nomination. I favor that her nomination be withdrawn by the president; Greg believes as firmly that she's due a fair confirmation hearing and an up or down vote in the Senate. He's been churlish, in my view, about mine and others participation in a TTLB Ecosystem survey of polibloggers' positions on the Miers' nomination; I, in turn, have joined forces with Carl to fend off his attack in a knee-jerk flanking manuever.

On a personal note, I'm into doing barbecue, while Greg's a chili cook-off devotee. We exchange email, reveling together in Notre Dame's football fortunes, but get sideways sometimes over our respective political views. Encouraging, however, is that Greg's "bottom-line" and mine are more alike, than disparate, and we both think Hillary Clinton a horse's ass.

Why we insist on periodic turf wars despite a solid Cyberspace friendship I don't know. But if it ever has to come down to mortal combat, I'm a bit concerned at the moment.


Because here's how Greg tested as a Historic General.

And, alas, it must be so that utter ruthlesness will always win out over good looks, a brave heart, a long sword, and a bulging kilt, as here's how I tested (and having watched "Braveheart" as many times as I have, I know I'm going to be torn into pieces by Greg's torturers and scattered across the four corners of the blogosphere):

William Wallace
You scored 72 Wisdom, 77 Tactics, 61 Guts, and 44 Ruthlessness!

Like William Wallace, chances are you have no problem charging a larger, better trained, better equipped, better armed and armored English army with a band of naked drunken Scotsmen. I'm not contesting that you have balls. It's your brain function I'm worried about.

Scottish soldier and national hero. The first historical record of Wallace's activities concerns the burning of Lanark by Wallace and 30 men in May, 1297, and the slaying of the English sheriff, one of those whom Edward I of England had installed in his attempt to make good his claim to overlordship of Scotland. After the burning of Lanark many joined Wallace's forces, and under his leadership a disciplined army was evolved. Wallace marched on Scone and met an English force of more than 50,000 before Stirling Castle in Sept., 1297. The English, trying to cross a narrow bridge over the Forth River, were killed as they crossed, and their army was routed. Wallace crossed the border and laid waste several counties in the North of England. In December he returned to Scotland and for a short time acted as guardian of the realm for the imprisoned king, John de Baliol . In July, 1298, Edward defeated Wallace and his army at Falkirk, and forced him to retreat northward. His prestige lost, Wallace went to France in 1299 to seek the aid of King Philip IV, and he possibly went on to Rome. He is heard of again fighting in Scotland in 1304, but there was a price on his head, and in 1305 he was captured by Sir John de Menteith. He was taken to London in Aug., 1305, declared guilty of treason, and executed. The best-known source for the life of Wallace is a long romantic poem attributed to Blind Harry, written in the 15th century.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 64% on Unorthodox

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You scored higher than 78% on Tactics

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You scored higher than 61% on Guts

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You scored higher than 19% on Ruthlessness
Link: The Which Historic General Are You Test written by dasnyds on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test