These 10:00 PM EST games in Vancouver are going to be the death of me, but the sting is lessened considerably by Roberto Luongo's annual mental breakdown in net for the Canucks. At some point in every series he will surrender a garbage goal; thereafter he goes to pieces and approximates a human sieve.

I will try to honor the No Politics rule sometime on Friday. For now, however, please do take 15 minutes (It's Friday, right? You're not working) to read this excellent take on the current state of U.S. foreign policy and the "democratization" of the Middle East. Do yourself a favor and do not look at the author, lest its baggage lead you to reject the argument out of hand.

The whole Washington Consensus thing worked when we were half of the global economy. Now, not so much.