Monday, August 30, 2010

Music Monday-Josh Thompson "Way Out Here"

Teddy Roosevelt said that “Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood—the virtues that made America."   This quote is shown with a tattered American flag at the beginning of this video of Josh Thompson's "Way Out Here."

Roosevelt goes on in that quote to add, "The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”  It is important to consider both halves of the quote, because if we don't have the first half, we may be destined to chase after the second.

The first and last lines of this song are "Our houses are protected by the Good Lord and a gun.  You might meet 'em both if you show up here not welcome, son."  This song promotes the values described by Teddy Roosevelt.  It also promotes the lifestyle of those our President described as "clinging to guns and religion."  Both work for me.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Major League Tantrum

When I was a kid, I was a huge Washington Senators fan.  When they left DC to go become the Texas Rangers, I eventually became a Baltimore Orioles fan.  During those years, I got to see several animated arguments from their manager, the legendary Earl Weaver, over the years.  Not that Earl was the only one to get a little over the top with his arguments.  There was also some pretty good disagreement from the fiery Billy Martin.  Lou Piniella also had some pretty good ones too.

These days, most of the baseball games I see are minor league games.  For the past 10 or 12 years, we have become avid fans of the Bowie Baysox, usually attending 15-20 games per season.  In those games, we have seen a few arguments with the umpires, but nothing that compared with the likes of Earl, Billy, and Lou.  I guess I always thought that those types of major hissy-fits were reserved for the major leagues.

But no more.  I found this video on Yahoo! this evening.  It features manager Gary Robinson of the State College Spikes (a class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the New York-Penn League.)  Robinson is debating a call where the umpire ruled a batter hit by pitch.  He thinks that the ball hit the bat instead of the batter and should be ruled a foul ball.

After the usual yelling, kicking of dirt, and gesturing, he gets thrown out of the game.  He walks over to first base and pulls the bag from its base.  Instead of tossing the base onto the field a la Lou Piniella, he does something I have never seen before.  He takes out a pen, signs the base, and hands it to the fan.  Truly a major league tantrum and a great souvenir for the fan.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Talk About Distracted Driving

In my opinion, it is not the act of talking on...Image via Wikipedia
Studies show that if you are texting and driving that you are 23 times more likely to be in an accident.  The Washington Post cited a study saying that 28% of accidents involve cell phones or texting.  There are also reports that 80% of all accidents are caused by some sort of distracted driving.  That tells me that there are a lot more accidents by other forms of distraction than cell phones, but that is another matter.  It is one reason I am not in favor of laws singling out cell phones. 

Speaking of other forms of distracted driving, if texting or talking on a cell phone while driving increases your chance of having an accident, how much more likely is it that Colondra Hamilton would have been involved in some sort of accident had the police not pulled her over?  According to The Smoking Gun, she was pulled over because the windows of her car were overly tinted.  When they pulled her over, they noticed her pants were unbuttoned.

The officers questioned Ms. Hamilton and she admitted that she had been masturbating with a vibrator.  She was also watching a pornographic movie that her passenger had playing on a laptop.  She was charged with "impaired alertness." I'll say!  Now that is what I call distracted driving.  They also charged her with possession of drug paraphernalia.  I decided not to post her mug shot, but rather let you leave it to your imagination.  If you want to see her, check out The Smoking Gun link above. 
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hampton Hotel Sweepstakes

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Music Monday-Elvis Costello and the Attractions

In the early 80's, 1981 to be exact, MTV was launched.  Originally, they played music videos almost exclusively.  Over the years, the emphasis on music has declined to the point to be almost an afterthought.  One of the artists that I came to know in those early days of MTV was Elvis Costello.

Since my Music Monday post is a day late, I decided to make it a Two for Tuesday with two of my favorite music videos from Elvis, "Every Day I Write the Book" and "The Only Flame in Town" featuring Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Re-Boost with Boost Mobile

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These days, if you are anything like me, there are probably two things that are true in your life. One is you are looking to cut expenses and save a buck or two whenever you can, and second you rely more and more on your mobile phone. Our phones do so much more than make calls, like email, text messaging, web browsing, and staying connected on your favorite social media sites. All those features can get pretty expensive, but Boost Mobile probably has a plan to help you save money and have all the phone features you need.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sports, Politics, and Unruly Fans

I am a huge sports fan.  In recent years, I have become more and more interested in politics.  I don't particularly care for it when those two worlds collide.  In fact, I hate it.  A case in point would be last weekend when folks protested outside of the Washington Nationals game.  The reason for the protest?  The Nationals were playing the Arizona Diamondbacks and people were protesting against Arizona's illegal immigration enforcement law and next year's baseball All-Star game being played in Arizona.

In my opinion, sports should be apolitical.  They should be a welcome and joyful respite from the everyday concerns of the world.  They should not become a vehicle for one's political agenda. Nothing turned me off more than when the Phoenix Suns started wearing "Los Suns" jerseys to protest SB 1070.  About the only time sports and politics should intertwine is during the Olympics, and then only to root for one's own country.  While I disagree with those who oppose the bill, and understand and support their right to protest, please leave my sports out of it.

There was another bit of action in regards to the protest at the Nationals/Diamondbacks game last weekend.  In addition to the protest outside the game, two idiots decided to run out onto the field with a banner to protest the law.  Rather than comment about what I think should happen to morons like that, I decided to show you a few examples I found on YouTube.

First there is this classic from Baltimore Colts linebacker Mike Curtis.  It doesn't get much better than this.

Here is another nice one from the world of football from Pittsburgh Steeler James Harrison.

While I sometimes think that police can be too quick to use tasers, this member of Philly's finest gives this fan what he deserves.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Revenge of the Bull

I will never be confused with a bleeding heart liberal.  Nor would I ever be confused with animal rights activists like those folks at PETA.  There are certain areas where I can find a little common ground.  One of those happens to be with the tradition of bullfighting.

I consider bullfighting to be a totally barbaric institution.  I almost called it a sport, but I just can't.  There is nothing sporting about killing an animal for entertainment.  There are those who would call out hunters as killing an animal for sport, but the main purpose of hunting is for food, not sport.  Besides, in hunting, there isn't a crowd in an arena cheering for the demise of the animal.  I should say that for myself, I do not hunt, and I do not want to.  In fact, I have often said that if steak did not come neatly wrapped on a tray and I had to kill my own meat, I would probably be a vegetarian.

Now, I never want to see anybody get seriously hurt.  However, I think you live by the choices you make.  If you decide to participate in the bullfighting tradition of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, and you happen to get gored or trampled in the process, then I feel you have brought it on yourself.  You can't blame the bull for your stupidity or for reacting like an animal.

Below is a video of an incident that occurred during a recent bull fight in Spain.  They do everything they can to get these animals riled up to the point where they are going to attack.  After all, you want the bull to put up a good fight and put on a good show for the crowd.  This particular bull thought he saw a way out and made a run for it.  Fortunately, nobody in the crowd was killed, but 40 folks were injured.  The bull was killed for his actions.

I am not saying that those that were injured got what they deserved, though you do take the associated risk in attending any event.  I have seen people hit by line drives at a ball game, and it is an unfortunate to see.  The bull however, is always in a no-win situation.  If the bull loses the fight, he gets killed.  If he wins and injures or kills the matador, he still ends up getting killed.  Where is the sport in that?

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Roof Update

Two w:roofers at work in New Orleans, Louisiana.Image via WikipediaOn Friday the 13th, we discovered we had an issue with our roof.  Without going into all the details, there was a hole in the roof from a combination of bad storms and bad plywood used by the original builder. While there was a specific spot that had the damage, the roofer recommended that the entire roof be replaced.

I guess the insurance company has been busy with claims from all of the bad weather that we had been having around here.  We finally received a visit from the insurance adjuster this morning (five days after filing our claim) to assess the damage, and to give us an estimate for the repairs.

It was a bit of good news, and a bit of bad news.  The roofer had already told us to expect that they would not cover the entire roof replacement.  He had given us an estimate of $3600 to replace the roof.  As expected, they could only compensate us for the storm damage where the water entered the home.

Between the storm damage to the roof, the portion of ceiling that fell in our closet, and damage to clothing, the adjuster will be cutting us a check that should cover about half of the new roof.  Hopefully, we will be able to find somebody who can replace the ceiling and insulation above the closet for a reasonable fee.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Hands Off My Happy Meal!

McDonalds Happy MealImage via WikipediaFirst the folks at PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) protested rather graphically about the treatment of chickens used in the creation of McDonald's Chicken Nuggets, calling them "Unhappy Meals." Then you have the killjoys at CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest) threatening to sue McDonald's for using toys to "lure" children to eat unhealthy foods.  Now the City of San Francisco is proposing an outright ban of toys in kids meals that they deem to be "unhealthy."

I live by a very simple rule of thumb; give me information and let me make an informed decision about how to live my life.  I do not try to force my belief system on you, and for God's sake don't force yours on me.  Unfortunately folks like those at PETA and CSPI don't live by the same credo.  Instead, they want to force their belief systems (agenda) on those of us who don't think like they do.  In their worldview, we are simply too unenlightened or too stupid to know what is good for us.  That seems to be a common behavior from those elites on the left.

It is bad enough to have groups like PETA and CSPI trying to force their lifestyle choices on us, but now we have the ever present nanny state trying to step in to raise our kids, because we are not capable of doing it ourselves.  Is there no end to their reach?  I guess we really shouldn't be surprised that such proposals are coming from that bastion of liberalism that has given us Nancy Pelosi, the People's Republik of Kalifornia as frequently referred to by Capitol Commentary.

I really do not need some government hack telling me what to feed or how to raise my kid.  They say it is to try to help stem the very real problem of childhood obesity, but it is more about taking more of our freedoms away from us.  The bottom line is that the same people that keep saying that we need to keep the government out of the bedroom (in order to promote their gay rights agenda) are the same people that want to take away my rights to eat what I want to eat.  The occasional hamburger and fries from McDonald's isn't what is making kids fat.  It is more a sedentary lifestyle. What next, are we going to ban Playstations and other video games? 
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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Music Monday-BB King & Tracy Chapman "The Thrill is Gone"

I have always been a huge fan of the blues, partly because it is primarily a guitar driven style of music and partly because of its raw emotion.  One of my favorites, is the legendary BB King.  His guitar and vocal stylings are unique.  His classic song "The Thrill is Gone" is one that I can never get tired of hearing.

A few years ago, he did a duet album of several of his hits called "Deuces Wild."  Performing "The Thrill is Gone" on that album was singer Tracy Chapman.  Now, I can't say that I am a fan of Chapman's, but I don't dislike her.  I enjoyed listening to her early hits like "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason."

In this version of the "The Thrill is Gone," I think their voices work really well together.  I hope you agree.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fun with Guns and Condoms

A couple weeks ago, I had a post called Fun with Crawfish that was based on feature called "YouTube is Better than Television" that I first saw on the Undercover Black Man website.  I wasn't sure if it was going to be something that I would continue, but anoher friend at Intrepid Ideas enouraged me to continue with it.

Here is a case of a video not going quite as planned.  Still, there is something about a hot blonde with a condom, and a gun that works for me.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th

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Generally speaking, I am not a superstitious guy.  So, when I woke up this morning and realized it was Friday the 13th, I didn't think too much about it.  In fact, the day started pretty much with out incident and it seemed like it was going to be just another day.

There was nothing unusual in my commute to the office.  There were no major catastrophes waiting for me when I got there.  Things went pretty smoothly through the morning.  Most days, I eat lunch at my desk, but they were having a party in the office for one of our coworkers who is getting ready to be married.  That's when things took a turn for the worse.

After I finished eating my sandwich, I was sitting and talking with one of my friends in the office while the guest of honor opened a few gifts.  The phone rang, and it was the wife.  She called to inform me that there was a gaping hole in the ceiling of the closet in our bedroom and thought maybe that we had a leak in our roof.

Now yesterday, two sets of hellacious thunderstorms rolled through the DC area.  One hit during the morning rush hour, and of course, the second hit during the evening rush hour.  This morning, when I got dressed for work, I didn't notice anything amiss in the closet.  So, I told the boss I had to leave, and I headed home to assess the damage.

I got home and headed upstairs with the Shop-Vac and some heavy duty trash bags.  The entire ceiling (mostly drywall) above our closet and caved in.  There was insulation everywhere, and I could see a hole about the size of a brick in the roof.

I filed a claim with our home owners insurance and should hear from an adjuster in the next few days.  I called my father in law to see if he had the number of a reputable contractor, and fortunately he did.  He came out to put an emergency patch on the roof and assess the damage.  It doesn't look good.

He said the entire roof needs to be replaced due to the type of plywood the builder used when constructing the roof.  His estimate for the new roof, $3600.  He also said that based on the plywood, it might be a situation where it might not be completely covered by insurance.  He did say that there was the possibility that the insurance company might know of some class action suits that might defray some of the cost.

This latest disaster comes just a couple weeks after my car died.  As I said previously, I have never been a particularly superstitious person, but I am starting to wonder if I was born under a bad sign or something.  It is not that I have it so much worse than everybody else, but I just don't seem to have much luck when it comes to financial matters.  Hopefully, knock on wood, we will make it through this latest incident without too much hardship. 
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Beat the Heat in Branson

The Duttons, at their theater in Branson, Miss...Image via Wikipedia
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Summer is quickly coming to a close. Did you get a chance to take a vacation? Perhaps you are planning a fall get away to beat the summer heat.  If so, you ought to check out the family friendly offerings of Branson, Missouri.  There literally is something to do for every member of the family. The Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing and the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel are both conveniently located near everything that Branson has to offer.

Branson is probably best know for being an entertainment capital of the mid-western part of the US.  After all, there are 49 live entertainment theaters in the city, but it offers so much more than that.  Nature lovers can enjoy the scenic beauty of the Ozark Mountains and Lake Taneycomo, or enjoy a river walk.  The kids can enjoy fun activities at local theme parks.  My son would love to go for the Go-kart tracks and miniature golf courses.

While Dad is taking in 18 holes at the new Payne Stewart Golf Course, Mom could be enjoying a shopping excursion at the many local boutiques or the new Branson Landing shopping complex.  Afterward, visit one of the museums or local wineries.  End the day with dinner out on the town and a show.  The only problem would be choosing which of the many shows to attend.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Autistic Boy's Father Talks About Olive Garden Attack

I saw this posted on and had to comment about it here.

As I have mentioned numerous times, I am the father of an autistic 16 year old boy.  Most people have no clue as to what parents of an autistic child goes through.  It is not that our kids misbehave, it is that they often do not have the filter that a lot of "normal" kids have.

Earlier this week, my wife had an extremely difficult occurrence with our son.  She needed to go to the local Target store for some reason.  While there, my son had one of his meltdowns.  For him, his meltdowns often include dropping to the floor and refusing to move.  Often, these occurrences are accompanied by hitting or kicking anybody that comes near him.  Such was the case with our son on this day.

In no way do we condone these sorts of actions on the part of our son.  On most trips out and about he is able to go to stores like Target without an incident.  We have no way of knowing when these outbursts will occur or what can set him off.  Sadly, most folks do not have the understanding or patience in helping a parent through these occasions.    

On this particular occasion, the police were called.  Fortunately, after some time, my wife was able to get our son up and out of the store without police intervention.  As well, it is fortunate that we did not have to deal with a physical attack upon my wife or son like the asshole that these folks had to deal with at Olive Garden.  Parents of autistic children need support of the community, not calls to the police or physical attacks.

If you are unable to view the video below on this website, I believe you can click on a link in the video to watch it on YouTube.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Music Monday-Brad Paisley "Online"

It is time for this week's Music Monday selection.  I know it is Tuesday and technically a day late, but I was busy yesterday blogging about online dating services.  Consequently, it got me thinking about Brad Paisley's song "Online," so it was a natural selection for me for Music Monday.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

On Line Dating Services

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Twenty years ago, when I was a single man, I tried a lot of different methods to meet members of the opposite sex.  Even though I liked going to bars and having a drink or two with my buddies, it was hard for me to meet women in bars.  After college, I signed up for different classes at the local community college and community center to try to meet people with similar interests.

At one point, I signed up for a local dating service.  This particular service did an extensive interview with me to learn about my likes and dislikes.  They would then contact me when they thought they had a female match for me.  I would then call the lady for a date.  I eventually met my wife through a personal ad in a local advertising mailer.  Who'd have thunk it?

When I was on the dating scene, online dating wasn't an option for me.  Had it been, I would have been all over it.  Back in those days, I was what you would call an "early adopter" of technology.  If it was new, and technology related, I tried it.

So what kind of people are using on line dating services?  Probably a lot of ordinary single folks like you and I.  It is interesting that on June 22nd reality television star Heidi Montag recently posted the following on her Twitter account "maybe being single wasn’t such a bad idea after" Later that same day, her soon to be ex Spencer Pratt tweeted "HAH!! while Heidi shops, I’m meeting hotties on"

Now, I am not saying that if you signed up for either of those dating websites that you will meet somebody like Heidi Montage, but you'll never know unless you try. 

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Are You Ready for Some Football

Washington Redskins CheerleaderImage by Keith Allison via Flickr
The NFL preseason kicks off tonight with the annual Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio.  I haven't really thought too much about football yet; it has been too hot.  I usually associate football with the start of fall and the cooler autumn weather.  Though the first game of the preseason is an indicator that we will soon get a break from the summer heat. 

I suppose I should be a little more excited about the start of the football season.  My Redskins have upgraded themselves in two key areas this season over last season.  First the addition of Mike Shanahan as head coach over Jim Zorn, and Donovan McNabb at quarterback in place of Jason Campbell.  Both are significant upgrades over last season.

As for tonight's game, I have no real compelling reason to watch the game other than former Redskins Russ Grimm was inducted into the Hall of Fame yesterday and will probably be interviewed and highlighted at some point during the game.  The game itself will feature the dreaded Dallas Cowboys, who I despise, and the Cincinnati Bengals.  Like most preseason games, the front line players will see very little playing time and it will be mostly 2nd and 3rd team players trying to make the team.  Still, it is football, and in the end, that is all that really matters.
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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Happy Blogoversary to Me

I was visiting some of my favorite blogs earlier in the day, when I saw on injaynesworld that Jayne was celebrating her 1st Blogoversary this past Thursday.  Jayne has a smart, witty blog, though her political viewpoint is much more liberal than mine.  Check her out.  Congratulations, Jayne on your Blogoversary.

After seeing Jayne's post about her Blogoversary, it reminded me that I was coming up on mine.  So I went back and checked the date of my first blog post here.  It was August 4, 2008, so I just celebrated my 2nd Blogoversary.  To think, I almost missed it.  I usually don't like to acknowledge birthdays and anniversaries as they tend to remind me of my increasing age.

When I started this two years ago, I wasn't sure how long I would stay with it.  I found a couple of old friends through their blogs and they inspired me to start mine.  One of them warned me that it could become an addictive habit.  He was right.  I want to thank everyone who visits here on a regular basis to see the ravings of my lunatic mind.  I especially want to thank all of those who also take the time to comment.
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Friday, August 6, 2010

Ray Stevens "God Save Arizona"

Last night, a heavy rain came through the DC area an hour or two before rush hour.  That started the traffic mess.  Then, another wave of heavy rains came through the area right as the rush hour was hitting full force.  Consequently, nobody could remember how to drive and traffic was more hideous than usual.

So, after a much longer than usual commute home that saw me get home at 8pm instead of my usual 6:30, I was feeling rather frazzled.  I was glad to see an email alert from announcing his latest music video, "God Save Arizona."  I was hoping that it would be another one of Ray's humorous looks at one of the topical issues of the day, the government suing Arizona over their immigration law.  It wasn't his usual humorous treatment of a serious issue, but I thought it worth posting here anyway.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bill O'Reilly vs David Letterman

Last night on Bill O'Reilly's program during his "Pinhead and Patriots" segment, O'Reilly played a clip of David Letterman talking with Rachel Madcow on Letterman's program.   As you can see in the clip below, Letterman say that Bill O'Reilly is too smart to actually believe the things that he says on his program.

Sure it is good for a laugh from the Letterman crowd, and O'Reilly handles the comments in a good-natured fashion.  But here is the gist of the comment as far as I am concerned.  It is emblematic of the way the twits on the left think about those who don't agree with them.

In their twisted little world, if you do not think the way that they do, you obviously aren't as intelligent as they are.  It was the same narrative you heard from the media during the health care debate.  Once you understand what's in it, you are going to love it.  If you disagree with President Obama, you must be stupid or racist.

I hate to disappoint Mr. Letterman, but contrary to what he and the rest of the leftist assholes out there, conservatives actually do have brains and intelligence.  We do think out our positions and have beliefs based in logical thought.     

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Favre Retires Again...or Does He?

Brett Favre with the VikingsImage via Wikipedia
Yesterday, with my viewing of the offensive truck on the beltway, I almost missed the opportunity to talk about the annual drama that revolves around whether or not Brett Favre will play another year in the NFL.  It was reported yesterday that Favre had decided to retire for the third time in the last three years.  Frankly, I would have to put the news in the "I will believe it when I see it" category.

Today, it is good that I waited.  There are a couple different things being reported today.  One that I saw on a crawl on ESPN that reported that Favre's agent and the Vikings were having discussions about raising Favre's salary for the upcoming season from $13 million to $16 million.  The second report is that Favre says he wants to play but only if he is healthy.  He is scheduled to meet some time next week with Dr. James Andrews.  Andrews performed surgery in the off season to remove bone spurs and scar tissue.

There is no question that Favre can still play.  He had an excellent season last year with the Vikings.  I have grown tired of the annual will he or won't he retire.  I mean seriously, Brett, just shit or get off the pot already.  Apparently though the annual drama is too much for another drama queen out there.  I saw on USA Today that Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson sent a tweet to teammate Terrell Owens that read "@terrellowens How come Favre isn't a attention whore but we get hell for having fun but he makes a spectacle about coming back its cool?"

Well, Chad, I don't particularly care for the whole Favre spectacle, and I definitely don't care for your antics either.  Maybe I am just too old school.  I would just like all of you to just shut up and play ball.
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hate in the Name of Jesus

I confess that I am not currently what you would consider a "religious" person, though at times in my past I have been.  I do still consider myself to be a Christian, but I have also read a bit of Buddhism.  Even though I no longer consider myself to be a religious person, I do have a great deal of respect for those who are dedicated to their faith.  It offends me to see the lack of respect for the Judeo-Christian foundations of this country, and what can be perceived as attacks against Christianity.

Likewise, I take offense at those that pervert the message of the Gospel of Christ.  Instead of a gospel of love, they preach a gospel of hate.  Now, I am not talking about those mainstream churches that preach out against sin.  As one pastor I was associated with used to say, "Love the sinner, hate the sin."  I do believe that you can be against certain acts that religious groups would consider sinful, and still be respectful and loving to those who engage in those acts. 

Instead, I am talking about people like the folks at Westboro Baptist Church who hold up signs saying "God Hates Fags" and protest outside of the funerals of our fallen soldiers.  I once heard the late Rich Mullins jokingly say in concert video made a few months before he passed away, "I know that vengeance is mine thus sayeth the Lord, but I just want to be about the Lord's business."  Unfortunately those of the WBC and their ilk, take that as more of a calling.

The reason I bring this up today, is that I was driving home from work this evening when I saw a truck similar to the one pictured here.  The only difference is that the one I saw had a picture of the twin towers from 9/11 instead of the two guys kissing.  My first reaction was that I wanted to drive up next to the guy and flip him the bird.  Not a very Christian impulse on my part, I admit.  Instead, I was fortunate to be in a fast moving lane and motored on ahead of the offending vehicle.

As I continued on my merry way thinking about the truck, I wondered to myself if it was the folks from WBC.  I don't think it was, but it is hateful nonetheless.  After a few minutes, the radio was reporting an overturned vehicle had just been reported around the area where I left the truck in my dust.  Immediately, I wondered if the truck was somehow involved in the accident, and thought, if so, they got what they deserved.  Again, not a very Christian thought on my part.  It turns out the accident was heading in the other direction.

In closing, I want to quote Rich Mullins once again from the same video, "This I know will go against the teachings of all the popular evangelical preachers, but they're just wrong.  They're not bad, they're just wrong.  Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world where you can live with your perfect little wife and your perfect little children in your beautiful house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you.  Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved, and Jesus loved the poor, and Jesus loved the broken."  The whole monologue is below and is worth spending the 10 minutes to watch it.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Another Reason Hoyer Must Go

It never ceases to amaze me how full of shit politicians are, especially my Congressman Steny Hoyer.  Hoyer actually had the nerve to call the expiration of the Bush tax cuts a "Republican" tax increase, and he says it with a straight face.  Hoyer seems to have a really bad case of selective retention going on.  The only reason that the tax cuts have an expiration date is because his party refused to allow the cuts to be passed as a permanent tax cut.

I have become more impressed with Charles Lollar the more I hear from him.  My guess is that he has a pretty good opportunity to beat Collins Bailey in the primary.  Here is hoping that Lollar gets the GOP nod and has the juice to send Hoyer out to pasture.  It way past time for that to happen.

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Music Monday-Jimmy Buffett "He Went to Paris"

Last week was a frustrating week for me. Nothing major, just some inconveniences and minor setbacks.  We had a car in need of some major repairs, the screen on my cell phone went black on me, and the external hard drive that I had a lot of music and photo files crashed on me.  In the grand scheme of things, all very minor compared to what some folks are going through.

In thinking of my week and what to song to pick for Music Monday, I thought of a line from Jimmy Buffett's "He Went to Paris" that says "Jimmy some of it's magic, and some of it's tragic, but I had a good life all the way."  It is one of my favorite Buffett songs, and one of the songs that I used to sing to my son as a lullaby when he was a baby.

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

A Night at the Pizza Palace

An employee takes fresh pizzas out for deliver...Image via Wikipedia
As I have mentioned here a few times, I have a part time job on Friday and Saturday nights delivering pizza.  I wish I didn't have to do it, but you do what you have to do.  I have to say though, that the last two months have been pretty bad as far as making much extra cash goes.  It makes me wonder where the economic recovery is that the President keeps talking about.

With my current full time job, I am only able to work two shifts at the Pizza Palace (not its real name); Friday 6pm-9pm and Saturday 5pm-midnight.  When I first started working the 5-midnight shift, I would average about $70-$80 per shift.  On a couple of occasions, I would walk out with nearly $100.  The last two months however, have seen the average for that shift drop to $40-$50 per shift.  I hope it is more a case of summer doldrums, but fear it is more the weak economy.

Let me just share a couple other thoughts about my night at the Palace this evening.  To the woman who came in for a carry out order shortly before 10pm tonight.  Your perfume should not put on so much perfume that the scent is so overpowering as to linger 5 minutes after you leave the room.  My eyes are still watering.  Seriously, do you stink so badly that you have to put that much on to cover the stench.  The old saying "less is more" definitely applies here.

Generally speaking, I tend to like kids.  However, I am not a big fan of when kids answer the door to pay for the pizza.  Why?  Because kids frequently end up not stiffing the delivery guy.  Sometimes, I think the parents do it on purpose so they don't look bad not giving a tip, but sometimes, I think the kids end up pocketing the money for themselves.  Case in point, I was making a delivery and the customer paid by credit card.  A kid answered the door, and I saw cash in the kids hand.  The kid ended up taking the money and keeping the cash.

Anyway, I hope this economic recovery that Obama and Biden have been touting starts to show up in some more pizza deliveries and better tips.  The last two months have been pretty rough with the decline in income.  If things don't pick up soon I may have to look for some more money making activities.  Unfortunately, I am a bit too old and a bit too fat to make any money hooking a webcam up to my laptop.
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