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The Donnybrook
Friday, April 28, 2006
Waiter, I'll Have The Schadenfreude...
Rush Limbaugh was arrested Friday on prescription drug charges, law enforcement officials said.

Limbaugh turned himself in to authorities on a warrant issued by the state attorney's office, said agency spokeswoman Teri Barbera.

The conservative radio commentator came into the jail at about 4 p.m. with his attorney Roy Black and was released an hour later on $3,000 bail, Barbera said.

The warrant was for fraud to conceal information to obtain prescription, Barbera said.
More details to come...

What Do The Following Republicans Have In Common?

Charles Bass, NH-02
Steve Chabot, OH-01
Tom Davis, VA-11
Mark Foley, FL-16
Rodney Frelinghuysen, NJ-11
Gil Gutknecht, MN-01
Doc Hastings, WA-04
J.D. Hayworth, AZ-08
John Hostettler, IN-09
Walter Jones, NC-03
Sue Kelly, NY-19
Ray LaHood, IL-18
Tom Latham, IA-04
Steven LaTourette, OH-14
Sue Myrick, NC-09
Robert Ney, OH-18
Charlie Norwood, GA-09
George Radanovich, CA-19
John Shadegg, AZ-03
Mac Thornberry, TX-13
Todd Tiahrt, KS-04
Dave Weldon, FL-15
Jerry Weller, IL-11
Ed Whitfield, KY-01
Roger Wicker, MS-01
Sen. Mike DeWine, OH
Sen. Jon Kyl, AZ
Sen. Rick Santorum, PA
Sen. Olympia Snowe, ME
Sen. Craig Thomas, WY

I'll give the answer before I leave for the day...

ANSWER: As Rob explains, every one of these Republican Representatives and Senators were first elected in 1994 under the banner of the GOP's "Contract With America", in which they promised to serve no more than 12 years in their elected positions.

Every one of them will be breaking that promise this year by seeking another term...

Drink Up, Motherf*ckers!!!

Tickets are sold out, so if you were looking to do the last-minute thing, you're S.O.L.

Check out Beerinator or PopTheCap for more info.

Hope to see you all there. I'll be the one sporting a Phillies cap, two scabby knees, and a beer-soaked t-shirt.

No, that doesn't make me a hooker...

Thursday, April 27, 2006
Standing In Awe Of The Republicans' Visionary Gas Price Fix...

I'm with PSoTD.

If the Republican Congress decides to send me a $100 bribe in an effort to make me turn my head to the fact that oil companies are raping Americans at the pump, that money's going directly to Congressional candidates that are actually interested in solving this country's long-term energy issues.

Ghostman is on the money, too: That $100 won't be coming from the oil companies, it'll be coming from us taxpayers.

Cut out the middle man and go to your bank, withdraw $100 from the ATM, then go inside and deposit that money back in your account.

That'll be a lot cheaper than this ridiculous stunt.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Cognitive Dissonance In NC's Republican Congressional Delegation?

First, an honorable sentiment from Sen. Elizabeth Dole's website stating her opposition to offshore drilling off the coast of North Carolina...

"I’ll be fighting to ensure that no steps are taken toward drilling off of North Carolina’s coast. Offshore drilling not only would be harmful to our environment, it would be detrimental to an industry that is extremely important to North Carolina’s coastal economy – tourism."
Next, a snippet from today's News & Observer regarding the desire of some Republicans to allow offshore drilling...

Four North Carolina members of Congress are co-sponsoring legislation to allow natural gas exploration off the state's coast.

Reps. Virginia Foxx, Patrick McHenry, Sue Myrick and Charles Taylor, all Republicans, signed onto the bill seeking to lift the federal ban on offshore drilling.

"I think that it is not right for us to ignore natural resources that we have that could reduce energy prices," Foxx said.
Now, it's safe to say they're just making noise so they'll look like they give a shit about people being squeezed at the pump.

The real question is whether or not Sen. Dole will show some guts and shoot their plan down. After all, none of these 4 Representatives has to answer to voters on North Carolina's coast.

Liddy does...

PLEASE, Let This Be The End Of The Line For Kellie Pickler...

She should go to jail for butchering one of the greatest songs in history the way she did last night.


If she survives tonight, she'll definitely win it all, since the millions of brain-dead hicks that keep saving her ass will be proven to be unstoppable...

P.S. For your American Idol fix, this guy Rickey does a great job recapping each episode and handicapping the field...

Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Directly From The Valley-Girl-In-Chief...

From Editor& Publisher:
President Bush today said he had tried to avoid war with Iraq "diplomatically to the max."
Totally tubular, Mr. President...

(Thanks, PSoTD...)

5 Songs I Think You Shoud Be Listening To...
"853-5937" by Squeeze
"Nine Million Bicycles" by Katie Melua
"Hallelujah" by John Cale
"The Book Of Love" by Peter Gabriel
"Overkill" by Men At Work
Feel free to give me a few suggestions of your own...

Monday, April 24, 2006
"Christ! I work hard all day, I expect a normal ham meal, not VOODOO PORK!!!"

A Kids In The Hall classic...

A Couple Of Banal Thoughts...

I forgot this gem when DrFrankLives did his "favorite lyrics" thread awhile ago.
I had a dream, but it turned to dust.
What I thought was love, that must have been lust.
I was living in style when the walls fell in.
When I played my hand, I looked like a joker.
Turn around, fate must have woke her,
'Cause lady luck she was waiting outside the door...
--"Winning" by Santana (1981)
And now for a quick cautionary tale...

Did you ever see that move that some dancers do where they slide across the floor on their knees? Don't ever try that.

Where's my Advil?

Thursday, April 20, 2006
Dean's List Student Gets The Axe For Being Gay...

Here's a story that could be classified under "People Who Need To Be Shoed In The Nuts", in honor of the dearly-departed Virtual Pus. Hell, the story even comes from PusBoy's home state of Kentucky.
A dean's list student at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg has been asked to leave the university after he revealed that he is gay on his page on a popular website.

Jason Johnson, 20, of Lexington, a near straight-A's student, revealed his sexuality on his MySpace.com web page. Johnson said the Cumberlands administrator asked him to leave the school Thursday. He said officials told him they don't approve of his gay lifestyle.
The expulsion of the student is hardly the worst part of this story. Check out what the president of the University had to say in defense of the institution he represents.

Cumberlands president, Dr. James H. Taylor, said in a written statement, "At University of the Cumberlands, we hold students to a higher standard than does society he general...University of the Cumberlands isn't for everyone. We tell prospective students about our high standards before they come. There are places students with predispositions can go such as San Francisco and the left coast or to many of the state schools."
Good to know this guy is running an institution higher learning, don't you think?

Luckily, it's possible that the University could take a hit in the wallet as a result of their anti-gay policy.
Brett Hall, a spokesman for Gov. Ernie Fletcher, said Wednesday the governor hasn't yet decided whether to use his line-item veto power to remove the funding for the pharmacy school from the state budget.

Hall said Fletcher is concerned that the proposed pharmacy school might not be able to win accreditation because of its policy against accepting gay and lesbian students. Hall said the governor also has sought a legal opinion from his general counsel about whether the state can give money for a building project to a religious institution.
Governor Fletcher's a Republican, so I'm sure he's got more than a few anti-gay crusaders pulling at him today. We'll see if he does the right thing...

It's Been Awhile, So Let's Do A Movie Quiz!

Same rules as always: I give you a quote from the flick, you name the flick.

No Google, no Yahoo, don't cheat...

1.) "I always feel like an idiot. But I am an idiot, so it kinda works out!"

2.) "Give me some sugar, baby!"

3.) "Rufus, Brint, and Meekus were like brothers to me. And when I say brother, I don't mean, like, an actual brother, but I mean it like the way black people use it."

4.) "Yeah I called her up, she gave me a bunch of crap about me not listening to her, or something, I don't know, I wasn't really paying attention."

5.) "This is one time when television fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather."

6.) "Take me. Come into me. God-damn you. Take me. Take me."

7.) "Should I bolt every time I get that feeling in my gut when I meet someone new? Well, I've been listening to my guts since I was 14 years old, and frankly speaking, I've come to the conclusion that my guts have shit for brains. "

8.) "I tried to stand up and fly straight, but it wasn't easy with that sumbitch Reagan in the White House. I dunno. They say he's a decent man, so maybe his advisors are confused."

9.) "Now tell me, which one of these dogs would you want to have as your wide receiver on your football team?"

10.) "True love is hard to find, sometimes you think you have true love and then you catch the early flight home from San Diego and a couple of nude people jump out of your bathroom blindfolded like a goddamn magic show ready to double team your girlfriend."

An Interesting Look At Religion Across The U.S...

Found this in an interesting Kos diary.

I knew Catholics were somewhat scarce in the South, but this came as a surprise.

This is coming from a Valparaiso University study based on data from the 2000 census. Just about every major religion's map is in here.

Take a look...

Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Time For A Little NFL Draft Talk...

Per Jamz' request, this does seem like a good time to talk about the upcoming NFL draft.

I'm especially interested in hearing Dr. Masse's analysis of his beloved 49ers' deal with the Broncos.

I personally have not been following the draft hype, other than Vince Young's alleged semi-retardation and Reggie Bush's absence from much of the pre-draft workouts.

My biggest interest naturally lies with the Eagles, but I'm also interested in seeing where some of N.C. State's big dogs end up...

"...it's got lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eyes."

So, when is Robert Shaw gonna show up and put a harpoon through this idiot's chest?

Tuesday, April 18, 2006
What Songs Can You Listen To Over And Over Again?

A few of the people reading this can probably attest to the fact that I've been listening to Toto's "Pamela" obsessively for the past 6 months (or more).

I can't help it. In my estimation, that's a perfect pop song.

Great music, great hook, awesome guitar work, unbelievable vocals.

What songs do it for you? Surely we all have favorite songs that we wouldn't listen to 25 times in a row, but which ones could you handle to that degree?

$30 To Fill A Saturn SL-2...

That seems reasonable...

Monday, April 17, 2006
Sometimes, Republicans Tell Lies...

For instance, they are now using Spanish-language radio ads to accuse Democrats of trying to make illegal immigration a felony.

In reality, it was Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted overwhelmingly to pass the immigration bill last December with the felony provision included.

88% of House Republicans supported treating illegal immigrants as felons, while only 18% of House Democrats did.

Oh, and Republicans also wrote the bill in the first place...

UPDATE: Almost forgot. Republicans have been known to break the occasional law, as well...

Can Somebody Tell Me What The F*ck Is Going On Here?

What the hell is this???

Friday, April 14, 2006
What Life?!? I Got No Life!!! I'M IN THE DARK HERE!!!

I saw some of "Scent Of A Woman" last night, and I have to say I'm amazed with Al Pacino every time I see it.

The unfortunate thing is that apparently, Al Pacino is amazed by it as well. So much so, that he's played the same character for every one of the mediocre movies he's done since then.

It's sad for one of the finest American actors in history.

Which begs the question: Who is the greatest American actor ever?

Pacino? DeNiro? Nicholson? Brando? C. Thomas Howell?

I'll take Jack Nicholson, myself...

Thursday, April 13, 2006
Condi Cozies Up To One Dictator To Criticize Another...

There's our Secretary of State, shaking hands with the dictator of Equatorial Guinea before condemning the dictatorship currently running Iran.

Condi's own State Department put together a report on Equatorial Guinea's treatment of its citizens. It accuses the nation of some of the following beauties, among other things:
• abridgement of citizens' right to change their government
• security force torture, beating, and other physical abuse of prisoners and detainees
• harsh and life-threatening prison conditions
• impunity
• arbitrary arrest, detention, and incommunicado detention
• harassment, detention, and deportation of foreign residents
• judicial corruption and lack of due process
• restrictions on the right of privacy
• severe restrictions on freedom of speech and of the press
• restrictions on the rights of assembly, association, and movement
• government corruption
• restrictions on human rights nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
• violence and discrimination against women
• trafficking in persons
• discrimination against ethnic minorities and HIV/AID victims
• restrictions on labor rights
• forced labor
• child labor

That's quite a rap sheet.

Now, compare it to Iran's report. Not a whole lot of space between them, eh?

So where exactly does Condi Rice get the moral authority to criticize Iran?

(Thanks to LiberalOasis...)

Chris Daughtry Should Be The Next American Idol...

No questions asked, tonight sealed the deal.

He took Innuendo, one of Queen's truly underappreciated masterpieces, and made it seem like his own.

That pick took a serious set of stones, and he pulled it off 100%.

Everyone else (save Ace and Bucky) did a good job, but Chris was it tonight...

P.S. YES, I am taking this very seriously, and NO, I'm not necessarily proud of that...

UPDATE: Bucky gets the boot. Since his only discernable talent was his ability to give me a headache, this is probably a good thing. You're next, Ace...

Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Nobody Likes A Dick...

Monday, April 10, 2006
An Open Letter to Brett Favre...

Dear Brett,

I used to respect you about as much as any player in the National Football League.

True, you made my postseasons miserable numerous times since I am a die-hard 49ers fan but nevertheless, I could not disrespect a quarterback so tough, so athletic, so fun to watch.

Until now.

Each day you continue to hold the Packers hostage and refuse to make a decision about whether to retire or play again you continue to lose my respect.

I can understand you wanting to take a little time to mull such a tough decision but you've gone way overboard. The sad thing is the arrogance you are displaying while doing so.

Yes, this is a life-changing decision for you but it's also one that every football player before you has had to make. And I cannot recall one player ever creating a bigger circus than you are right now when it comes to making this decision.

And then you have the audacity to say, "What are they going to do, cut me?"

Well, if I was the general manager that's exactly what I might do. It's not exactly like you're a great quarterback anymore, Brett. You threw 29 interceptions last year. 29! Most of the national media likes to give you a free pass but the bottom line is you were horrible last year. Some of the decisions you made on the field resembled those made by a junior high quarterback.

Then again, you've always made some horrible decisions on the field. It's just your athleticism could cover those mistakes up and passes that should have been intercepted went for completions.

Those days are over.

This is a team game and don't think for one minute that your poor play last year didn't have something to do with the team's 4-12 finish. Heck, the only reason you won four games anyway is because the Seahawks had clinched home field advantage when they played against you in Week 17 and could rest their best players. True, your team stunk but so did you.

If you weren't such a legend in Green Bay you can bet the front office wouldn't be standing for this stunt you're pulling now. What's laughable about this is that you played like an Aaron Brooks or a Joey Harrington last year. And last time I checked teams weren't beating down the door for those guys.

Green Bay shouldn't either.

The Packers have to move on one way or another. If you do come back it will probably be for only one year so Green Bay might as well start grooming Aaron Rodgers to take over. At least they know he will be at camp this season. Who knows when you will ever make a decision?
With that being the case, the Packers should declare the quarterback position open. If you want the job back you will have to earn it by beating out Rodgers in the preseason.

And if you want to have a fit and say that's not fair and the Packers will suffer I will retort by stealing one of your lines: "What is Rodgers, going to do, play any worse than Brett Favre?" It's not like Rodgers would have a lot of pressure on him. Four wins and less than 29 interceptions? Somehow I think he can pull that off.

One of the things I used to like about you Brett is that you seemed unselfish. Now you keep insisting that the Packers need to get some marquee players and show you that they are ready to win.

So by that logic, Brett, the Packers should just go ahead and mortage the future, make sure they kill themselves with the salary cap and all but ensure that they will suffer numerous more losing seasons in the next 10 years?

Way to think about the team, Brett.

And hey, Brett. Who was that guy last year that criticized Javon Walker for holding out? Oh yeah, it was you. So how is this any different since you are leaving the Packers' direction in total limbo with the draft just a few weeks away?

Come on Brett. Make a decision and quit being selfish.

Each day you continue this charade your legacy is tarnished.

Each day you continue to think of only yourself and not the team the more people are going to expose some facts about you that the national media usually casually forgets. Facts such as these.

Last time I checked, you haven't led the Packers beyond the divisional playoffs since 1997.
Last time I checked, you have only played in three conference championship games.
Last time I checked your postseason record since 1997 is 2-5.
Last time I checked included in those seven playoff games is a six-interception and a four-interception performance.
Last time I checked you have thrown 21 or more interceptions in a season five times.

Don't get me wrong, Brett. You are a legend and a first ballott Hall of Famer. But don't go thinking you're in the same league as guys like Montana, Elway, Unitas or Graham. By the way, Brett, all those guys won more than one championship.

So even when the Packers were loaded with talent you only won one super bowl. So why should this same team try and mortage the future, always a risky move, to glorify your ego when you showed last year that you are now a shell of yourself and are in no position to command a super bowl run?

Answer: they shouldn't.

So Brett, just go and make a decision already. You've done enough throughout your career to deserve one last year for fans to say good-bye to you. But if you keep this ridiculous exercise in indesciveness up, that offer is off the table.
After the way you played last year, what's the worst that can happen to the Packers anyway?

Ladies And Gentlemen, Your Brain-Dead President...

Man, I've Got Some Great Readers...

Scrap, you said it way more eloquently than I ever could. This is a fantastic comment from a discussion on Massachusetts' newly-enacted healthcare bill.
I believe healthcare is a right to all Americans, I know you don't and we will get no place arguing about that. Here's the thing about entitlement that makes healthcare different than any other business in this nation. If you walk in to a car dealership and want a car but have no way to pay for it the car dealer is under no ethical obligation and has taken no oath that says he has to give you a car. When you walk into an ER with a gaping chest wound that you would like repaired but you have no way to pay for it the Doctor in that room took an Oath and is under ethical obligation to provide you with care that may help repair that chest wound. We have millions of people without means to pay clogging up our ER's and the costs are going up for everyone else as a result and whether you want to believe it or not, that is what leads to higher taxes and higher insurance premiums.

I hope we can both agree that our current system is broken. Mass. has developed a system that tries to deal with that. I said, I don't love the plan, but at least it's something. We are one of only 2 industrialized countries in the world that doesn't insure all of its citizens. We have the best healthcare technology in the world; we develop the most new treatments, the most cutting edge Diagnostics.We have the best hospitals and medical schools in the entire world...and yet, according to the CDC we rank 17th in the world in life expectancy and 28th in the world in infant mortality.

Maybe if instead of referring to infant mortality we called it unintentional abortion more Republicans would jump on board in reforming the current system.
Must be that Garnet Valley education!!!

Friday, April 7, 2006
Prepare To Be Transported Back To The Golden Age Of Pro Wrestling...

Man, I love that stuff...

P.S. Dr. Masse, this one is for you...

Wanna See A Tom DeLay Supporter Pop An Old Lady In The Face?

Someone should remind this asshole that his hero cut and ran on his ass when the going got tough...

Thursday, April 6, 2006
Who Would Comprise Your Ultimate Supergroup?

Here's a little something for the music geeks out there.

My ultimate band:

Vocals-Freddie Mercury (circa 1975)
Lead Guitar-Steve Vai
Rhythm Guitar-Eddie Van Halen (circa 1991)
Bass-Les Claypool
Drums-Neal Peart

The Neal Peart pick was probably the most interesting, since I can't really distinguish different drummers (other than Peart and Alex Van Halen), and I just heard the intro to YYZ this afternoon. That sealed the deal...

Hopefully, Massachusetts Will Become A Model For Other States...

A major goal of our society should be that those who need health care can get it, whether they're rich or poor.

The plan passed by Massachusetts' Democratic legislature which will be signed by their Republican governor looks like a brilliant healthcare plan that most people could support.
Massachusetts is set to become the first state to set up a system of virtually compulsory health insurance in the only major industrial nation not to have universal care.

The northeastern state's Democratic-controlled legislature passed a law on Tuesday night setting out the system. The Republican governor, Mitt Romney, said he will sign the law with only minor modifications.

The legislation requires that all of the state's population of about 6.3 million people have medical insurance by July 1, 2007.

No new taxes are planned but employers with more than 10 staff -- who do not provide health insurance -- will have to make a contribution of about 295 dollars per worker. The plan will cost about 1.2 billion dollars over three years.

Massachusetts residents who are already covered will see their contributions fall slightly while the poor will receive improved coverage and public subsidies to help them pay.

Those who do not have insurance and refuse to subsribe to health insurance will face mounting tax penalties.

Under the plan, some 515,000 people in the state without health insurance will get it within three years. This represents about 95 percent of the uninsured.
I really hope the higher-ups of the national Democratic party are paying attention...

Wanna See Something Really Scary?

UPDATE: Am I the only one that thinks that she's not pregnant???

So This Is How Low A Politician Can Go...

Read this.

Then help Democrat Joe Sestak to boot Republican bloodsucker Curt Weldon out of Congress...

Wednesday, April 5, 2006
DeLay On Hillary: "Nothing Worse Than A Woman Know-It-All"

A fine Southern gentleman, to be sure.

Enjoy the video that you probably weren't supposed to see.

Also, take notice of Chris Matthews fawning all over the most corrupt (soon-to-be-former) politician in Washington...

Favorite Sports Movies

Because I'm bored I came up with a list of my 10 favorite sports movies. What are some of yours?

10. The Karate Kid: Laugh if you like but this was a great movie. Gotta love Pat Morita as Mr. Miagi. Great performances by Johnny Lawrence and the guy that played Dutch really made it sizzle.
Memorable Quote: "Points or no points, you're dead meat." Dutch to Daniel before the tournament.

9. Slap Shot: Two words...Hansen brothers. Nuff said.

8. Happy Gilmore: The only time the so-called sport of golf is entertaining is in this movie. Gotta love a brawling, hockey player turning into a golfer. If only real golfers were as colorful. Unforgettable cameo by Bob Barker as well as classic performances from Chubs Peterson and the legendary Shooter McGavin make this an all-time classic.
Memorable Quote: "I eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast." Shooter to Happy Gilmore.

7. Rudy: This is the first in a string of football flicks. If only Rudy had played for Penn State instead of Notre Dame this would probably be in the top five. Still, it's a great underdog story and when the fans start chanting Rudy's name and he makes the sack at the end it's hard not to get a little teary-eyed.
Memorable Quote: You're five-foot nothin, a hundred and nothin and you hung in with the best football team in the land and your going to leave with an education from the University of Notre Dame. Son in this lifetime you don't have to prove nothing to nobody except yourself." The groundskeeper to Rudy.

6. All the Right Moves: Before Tom Cruise became a whackjob he made some great movies and this is one of his best. This 80s flick captures what high school football means to kids and a town perfectly. One of the more realistic football movies ever made in my opinion. Cruise does a great job portraying a hard-hitting defensive back while Craig T. Nelson shines as Coach Nickerson. Great ending as well with Stef joining Nickerson at Cal-Poly.
Memorable Quote: "62 stack monster, 62 stack monster!"

5. Remember the Titans: Greatest football movie ever in my opinion. Maybe I'm biased because I cover high school football but this is sports in its purest form and the fact that this team came together in the segregated time they did is amazing. Sure, the movie took liberties with how the games went since in reality the Titans dominated everybody but even if it wasn't real the way the championship ends is just awesome. Gotta love Bertier and Julius as well as coach Boone and Coach Yost. I watch this movie I'm ready to go out on the field and suit up.
Memorable Quote: "Right side...Strong Side!" Bertier and Jules.

4. Field of Dreams: Great baseball flick that captures baseball in its purest form and tugs at the heartstrings with the relationship between Costner and his father. Costner was great in this and James Earl Jones rocked as Terrance Mann. The ending with Costner having a catch with his dad gets me every time.
Memorable Quote: "If you build it, he will come" seems to be the obvious choice but one of my favorites is by Ray's spitfire lovable wife Annie who says at a PTA meeting, "Well, at least he isn't a book burner you Nazi cow."

3. Major League: It would take a long time to talk about everything that is great about this movie but this was a cinematic masterpiece. Nobody can forget characters like Ricky Vaughn, Jake Taylor, Willie Mayes Hayes, Roger Dorn, Pedro Cerrano, Lou Brown and Eddie Harris. Then to top it off Bob Ueker steals the show as announcer Harry Doyle and rattles off one hilarious one-liner after another. I can watch this movie 1,000 times and it gets funnier each time.
Memorable Quote: "This guy threw at his own kid in a father-son game." Harry Doyle talking about Yankee reliever Brusstar. I can relate to that quote as well since I could see myself doing that as competitive as I am.

2. Hoosiers: Greatest basketball movie ever made and arguably one of the best movies ever made. Again, there's not enough space to mention everything that makes this great. The neat thing is that it actually happen although they do take liberties with some things...but most non-fiction movies do anyway. Like All the Right Moves, this movie captures what a sport can mean to a community. And it's such a great underdog story. Norman Dale is a coaching genius and Gene Hackman does one of the best acting performances of a coach I've seen in any sports film. Love Dale's philsophy too of focusing on all the other aspects before worrying about shooting and his focus on crisp, fundamental team play. With all due respect to legends like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson the best basketball player I ever saw was Hickory's Jimmy Chitwood. The guy doesn't miss! Watch the movie...he misses one shot in the entire flick, I think. And when he saves Dale's job that is a priceless scene.
Memorable Quote: "If you guys put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential and being the best that you can be I don't care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game, in my book we're going to be winners!" Coach Dale to his players before the state semifinal game against Oolitic.

1. Rocky: Oh, you didn't know? Rocky's got the Oscar to prove what it is an all-time classic and a film masterpiece. Ultimate underdog story with unforgettable performances from Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Burt Young, Talia Shire (all were nominated for Oscars) and Carl Weathers who should have been nominated as well for playing Apollo Creed to perfection. What is great about this movie is that it's believable. It's set up perfectly and you can't help but cheer for a guy like Rocky, who while he has flaws, is all heart. One of the best scenes for me is when Apollo knocks Rocky down in Round 14 and thinks he has it won as he parades around the ring. Then he turns around and sees Rocky getting to his feet in disbelief. The look on Creed's face is priceless. Then when Rocky motions him toward him and Weathers shakes his head you know he's thinking "What do I have to do to beat this guy," and that is the essence of Rocky. The fight scene is outstanding and I only wish I would have been old enough to see this film when it first came out. Awesome, just awesome.
Memorable Quote: "Stay in school and use your head. Be a doctor, be a lawyer, carry a leather brief case. Stay out of sports as a profession. Sports make you grunt and smell. See, (Apollo says as he points to his nose), be a thinker, not a stinker." Apollo offering advice to the kids on the news.

Tuesday, April 4, 2006
Maybe Tom DeLay Isn't So Bad After All...

At least, not when compared to this piece of trash at the department of Homeland Security.

The deputy press secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was arrested Tuesday for using the Internet to seduce what he thought was a teenage girl, authorities said. Brian J. Doyle, 55, was arrested at his residence in Maryland on charges of use of a computer to seduce a child and transmission of harmful material to a minor. The charges were issued out of Polk County, Fla.

Doyle, of Silver Spring, Md., had a sexually explicit conversation with what he believed was a 14-year-old girl whose profile he saw on the Internet on March 14, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The girl was an undercover Polk County Sheriff’s Computer Crimes detective, the sheriff’s office said.

Doyle sent the girl pornographic movie clips and had sexually explicit conversations via the Internet, the statement said.


Aren't we all so lucky that a person like this has some small part in the security of America?

UPDATE: That's quite a vetting process they've got over at DHS. Apparently, they've got another kid-toucher to deal with...

When an Orlando mall security officer responded to a complaint about a man exposing himself to a girl in the food court, the suspect hurried out of the mall and ran through the parking lot.

The suspect was Frank Figueroa, then one of Florida's highest-ranking federal law enforcement officers and the former head of a national program formed to target child sex predators. Since his Oct. 25 arrest at The Mall at Millenia, Figueroa has been suspended from his post as the special agent in charge of the Tampa office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the law enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security.

Figueroa is charged with exposure of sexual organs and disorderly conduct, which carry a potential punishment of more than a year in prison. He has pleaded not guilty.

What A Time To Be Alive...

Herr's New Philly Cheese Steak-flavored potato chips.

My birthday is May 5th, by the way...

Monday, April 3, 2006
Bye, Scumbag...I Hope You Look Good In Orange...

Tom DeLay quits his re-election campaign. Presumably, to spend more time with his family (read as: his legal team)...

Bye Bye, Bug Man!!!

Hello, Congressman Nick Lampson!!!

UPDATE: Josh Marshall raises a great point for all those GOP'ers hoping that DeLay's decision will be the solution to their little ethical lapses.
So DeLay is out. But it's DeLay's House. DeLay's Republican DC machine. They built and fortified it with the money he brought in. The great majority of them voted for the "DeLay Rule" custom tailored for Majority Leader DeLay to avoid stepping down even after indictment. The current Republican membership of the House ethics committee was hand-picked to provide protection for DeLay and the old membership was purged. He's their guy. Their rule rests on his machine. They can run but they can't hide.

Can He Do It?

The "he" is Phillies' shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

The "it" is breaking Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak.

Rollins is starting the season on a 36-game hitting streak carried over from the end of last season.

That's the ninth longest streak in history.

In my mind, this is just about the most interesting on-field storyline as Major League Baseball gets started today.

What are you guys looking forward to about the 2006 baseball season?

Limbaugh Called Alleged Duke Lacrosse Team Rape Victim A "Ho"...

A kind and decent American, indeed.

From the transcript:
CALLER 1: Why is it, do you think, that you haven't heard hardly anything from Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton about the whole immigration thing? I mean, the silence is deafening from --

LIMBAUGH: Well, they're busy.

CALLER 1: -- the NAACP [National Association for the Advancement of Colored People] and the --

LIMBAUGH: They're -- they're busy. They're busy. The Reverend Jackson is in New Orleans. He's leading a big march there tomorrow. The march is -- what is it called? The -- the march for the right to return a protected vote and reconstruction. He's trying to -- they got problems down in New Orleans. They don't have voter base, and Sharpton's working on a New Orleans deal, too. He's trying to figure out how he can get involved in the deal down there at Duke where the lacrosse team --

CALLER 1: Yeah.

LIMBAUGH: -- uh, supposedly, you know, raped, some, uh, hos.
I wonder if he would've said that if the victim was white...

(From MediaMatters...)

UPDATE: The right-wing talkers have been hot with the racist candor lately. Neal Boortz called Rep. Cynthia McKinney a "ghetto slut" and a "welfare drag queen". Lovely...


Def Leppard and Journey are coming to Alltel Pavilion on July 4th...

Can it get any better than that???

Tickets went on sale this weekend.

Check out Def Leppard's site or Journey's site for more details...


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