Thursday, July 31, 2008

So Long Manny

Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out you mook.....
Manny is arguably the best right handed hitter in the game. But he's a pain in the ass of biblical proportions, let's see how the laid back Dodger fans will feel about "Manny being Manny". Good riddance.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Does Obama Favor Reparations?

Does Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama favor reparations for slavery? His pastor, the now infamous Jeremiah Wright sure as hell does. Guilt by association, I know. But what to make of this Obama remark:
"I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it's Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S.
government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds."

If John McCain really wants to be president he ought to dig awhile in this gold mine of redistributionist pablum.

Jon Voight's Brilliant Op Ed In The Washington Times

Who knew Jon Voight was a conservative?
The Democratic Party, in its quest for power, has managed a propaganda campaign with subliminal messages, creating a God-like figure in a man who falls short in every way. It seems to me that if Mr. Obama wins the presidential election, then Messrs. Farrakhan, Wright, Ayers and Pfleger will gain power for their need to demoralize this country and help create a socialist America.

By all means read the whole thing.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Alabama Felon Sues To Regain Franchise

A felon in Alabama is suing because she is no longer able to vote. Our friends the ACLU are naturally aiding and abetting this felon, claiming the law the preventing her from voting is vague. I think I have a solution: all felons, regardless of the nature of their crimes, should lose the right to vote. That's pretty clear, set it to a vote.
It would probably be helpful if you had to pass a civics exam in order to vote, nothing outrageous, just a little metric to see if you can figure out how to make your choices known and if you have a clue about what's going on in the world. Something like this test from the Pew Research center.

Pedophile Sues Amex

We all have privacy concerns and perhaps Amex should keep their yaps shut, but it's hard to feel sorry for this yahoo:
A disbarred Manhattan lawyer who pleaded guilty to statutory rape has sued the American Express Co. for giving police credit card information he says led to his capture.
James Colliton was arrested in February 2006 near Toronto, where prosecutors say he fled after being indicted on charges of having sex with underage girls.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Cancer's Unexpected Blessings

An article written last year by Tony Snow in Christianity Today
Blessings arrive in unexpected packages – in my case, cancer.

Those of us with potentially fatal diseases – and there are millions in America today – find ourselves in the odd position of coping with our mortality while trying to fathom God's will. Although it would be the height of presumption to declare with confidence What It All Means, Scripture provides powerful hints and consolations.

The first is that we shouldn't spend too much time trying to answer the why questions: Why me? Why must people suffer? Why can't someone else get sick? We can't answer such things, and the questions themselves often are designed more to express our anguish than to solicit an answer.

I don't know why I have cancer, and I don't much care. It is what it is – a plain and indisputable fact. Yet even while staring into a mirror darkly, great and stunning truths begin to take shape. Our maladies define a central feature of our existence: We are fallen. We are imperfect. Our bodies give out.

But despite this – because of it – God offers the possibility of salvation and grace. We don't know how the narrative of our lives will end, but we get to choose how to use the interval between now and the moment we meet our Creator face-to-face...

Undeniably a good man. Rest in peace, Mr Snow.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Movie Review: Hancock

Hancock is great fun, go see it. Will Smith, cast against type, did a great job as the reluctant super hero, Justin Bateman was charming as an image consultant of good will and Charlize Theron is just plain gorgeous and surprising. I was surprised by the humor which was very effective over all and the story, though fantastic, was explained to the point of credibility. The one bone I have to pick is that the director Peter Berg was a bit ham handed in foreshadowing one of the relationships. I love it when a film exceeds your expectation by a wide margin.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

T. Boone Pickens Has a Plan...

Heard about this on NPR this morning. He wants to use wind power to substitute for natural gas in our electric generation and then use the natural gas in the transportation sector instead of oil.

I like the idea of using wind. I had no idea the central states could generate as much power with this resource, though. This is a far better alternative than using corn to create ethanol. Wind is largely an untapped resource. Anything that involves using stuff that we are currently under-utilizing is going to be part of the long-term solution.

The Cape wind project (near Nantucket) should be green-lighted too. It'll provide electricity most when it's needed most (in the winter).

Vote For Common Thrill

Common Thrill is in a competition to open for Cold Play on their Viva La Vida Tour. Please go HERE and vote for them, they are the very last band at the bottom of the page - it's the video that looks like the one above. Thanks.

Monday, July 07, 2008

PFC Michael Dyer Has Died

Kim du Toit informs us that PFC Micheal Dyer has died as a direct result of his service in Iraq, may he rest in peace.
I know what you know about Michael Dyer, he's the American GI photographed carrying the Iraqi child to safety during the early part of 2003. I surmise that he was a decent guy who volunteered to serve after his nation was attacked on 9/11. Decent guys are often adversely effected by the horrors of war, some things once experienced can't be un-experienced, I guess some of those things followed Michael home. I hope he and his family can find peace.

Wikipedia May Be Wrong Here.....

From Wikipedia's entry on John Adams:
John Adams was the eldest of three brothers, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Lord Voldemort, born on October 30, 1735 (October 19, 1735 by the Old Style, Julian Calendar), in Braintree, Massachusetts, to John and Susanna Boylston Adams.
The location of Adams' birth became part of Quincy, Massachusetts in 1792 and is now part of Adams National Historical Park. His father, a farmer and a deacon, also named John (1690–1761), was a fourth-generation descendant of Henry Adams, who immigrated from Barton St David, Somerset, England, to Massachusetts Bay Colony in about 1636, from a Welsh male line called Ap Adam. His mother, Susanna Boylston Adams, was a descendant of the Boylstons of Brookline.

Apparently some muggle is, to use the parlance of our times, having a laugh.

Al Qaeda Crushed in Iraq, Who Knew?

AMERICAN and Iraqi forces are driving al-Qa'ida in Iraq out of its last redoubt in the north of the country.
After being forced from its strongholds in the west and centre of Iraq in the past two years, al-Qa'ida's dwindling band of fighters had made a defiant "last stand" in the northern city of Mosul. A huge operation to crush the 1200 fighters who remained from a terrorist force once estimated at more than 12,000 began on May 10.
Quick, elect Obama to surrender to these thugs and murderers before they are all wiped out! Not that the American voter knows anything about this story since our useless, liberal, MSM refuses as a matter of policy to report any good news on the war in Iraq.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

John Kerry Criticizes McCain's Decision Making

What is Kerry trying to do, get McCain elected president? Having John Kerry criticize your decision making is like Tom Arnold lecturing you on culture. Let's look at some of John Kerry's decisions shall we?
  • The $87 Billion Vote, in 2003 voted for a $87 Billion in wartime funding before voting against it, capping his indecision with the immortal phrase: “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.”
  • The War, not content with taking one side of any issue Kerry voted for the war in Iraq and has subsequently been an outspoken opponent of it.
  • The Wind Surfing Outfit, when running for president one should avoid multicolored stretchy outfits and sports that mimic your propensity to tack back and forth on every issue.
  • John Kerry picked the Breck Boy John Edwards as his running mate - a man who couldn't deliver his own state. How'd that work out for you John?
  • Flip Flops, Kerry has "decided" on multiple issues - multiple times. Affirmative action, death penalty for terrorists, releasing the strategic petroleum reserves, the patriot act, no child left behind, the Israeli security fence are all issues that have Kerry's size 13 flip flop prints all over them. Say what you want about McCain but he's no waffler.
  • This picture. WTF was he thinking?

Saturday, July 05, 2008

God and/or Isaac Newton Hates the Yankees

Look how the ball stays on the wall for two seconds or so, what are the odds?

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Obama Unveils Plans for Hope-Based Initiatives


"ZANESVILLE, OHIO - Presidential candidate Barack Obama surprised a fair number of his fellow Democrats on Tuesday when he told a crowd of supporters that he is so fond of the Bush administration's faith-based initiatives that he plans to make them a centerpiece of his White House agenda. As a matter of fact, Obama is now promising an administration entirely based on faith. After all, with just two years of experience in the federal government (and most of that spent running for its top job) faith and hope are his primary qualifications..."

Adele - Hometown Glory

I've been walking in the same way as I did
Missing out the cracks in the pavement
And tutting my heel and strutting my feet
Is there anything I can do for you dear? Is there anyone I can call?
No and thank you, please Madam. I ain't lost, just wandering

Round my hometown
Memories are fresh
Round my hometown
Ooh the people I've met
Are the wonders of my world
Are the wonders of my world
Are the wonders of this world
Are the wonders of my world...
A few weeks ago I started taping Fox's show "So You Think You Can Dance". I don't always get to see everything I've taped but some of what I have seen has been quite impressive.

Last night a couple performed a Mia Michaels choreography to this song - "Hometown Glory" by the British singer, Adele. At times it almost verged on the overly dramatic... almost, but in the end it was a very lovely dance, as is this song.