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The Donnybrook
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
NFL Playoff Predictions

It's that time of year again! Here are my picks, let's see yours...

NFC Wild Card

Eagles 24
Vikings 13

Falcons 31
Cardinals 21

AFC Wild Card

Colts 28
Chargers 24

Ravens 10
Dolphins 30

NFC Divisional

Eagles 20
Giants 14

Falcons 31
Panthers 34

AFC Divisional

Colts 17
Titans 7

Dolphins 3
Steelers 14

NFC Championship

Eagles 31
Panthers 20

AFC Championship

Colts 16
Steelers 9

Super Bowl XLIII

Eagles 27
Colts 24

Hey, lightning can strike twice in a calendar year, can't it???

P.S. The move to play the Pro Bowl the week before the Super Bowl is brilliant. It's amazing to see when a major sports league gets it right, so it's certainly worth pointing out...

Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tripp, Trigg, and Track...

Those names make "Manny, Moe & Jack" seem downright regal, and all those guys do is sell tires...

Monday, December 29, 2008
Put some lipstick on this pig, Laura...

I forgot about one other big benefit of being rid of Dubya in 23 days: No more needless interviews with this zombie.

Here's Laura Bush's take on her husband having shoes thrown at him in Iraq...

"As bad as the incident is, in my view, it is a sign that Iraqis feel a lot freer to express themselves."
Come on, January 20th!

Romo had himself a bad day...

...and the whole world got to see once again what a fraud he and the rest of the Cowgirls really are.

Pay close attention to the vicious stiff arm at 1:44.

Have a nice off-season you pathetic choke artists!!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008
Eagles Hand to Dallas It's Collective Ass

Donovan parodies T.O. As well he should. He who laughs last, laughs best.
So are Donovan and Andy "the Pharmacy" Reid still sure to be gone after the season or is that under some debate now?

Maybe the most comical thing that anti-science conservatives do...

Is touting any snowfall anywhere as definitive proof that global warming is a hoax. Matt Drudge is a big purveyor of this stuff.

It's 73 degrees today in Raleigh, North Carolina...on December 28th...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008
"Through the years, we all will be together...If the Fates allow..."

I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who's taken the time out of their busy lives to read my ramblings over the past 5 years (yes, it's been that long!).

I'm often bitter, regularly irritable, and frequently disagreeable, but running this blog has been a fun and eye-opening exercise for me. Even the people I disagree with make this a more interesting place.

I've met some really cool people thanks to this blog and I look forward to meeting even more as we roll into 2009.

To everyone reading, and all of your families and loved ones, I wish you a Merry Christmas...

"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by The Pretenders

I'm no angel, and neither is Gregg Allman...

God, I love this song...

Monday, December 22, 2008
If you consider 9/11 to be the "highest moment" of your 8 years as Vice President...

...then you've pretty much admitted to the entire world that you have no soul.

The sooner this rapidly-thinning piece of trash is face down on the floor clutching his chest, the better.

Merry Christmas...

Saturday, December 20, 2008
I've Been Looking for A Good Turkish Shoe...

This one seems popular right now.
Headline at FOX News within a couple of days......."Bush stimulates Middle East Economies!"

(Thanks, Josh "TPM" Marshall.)

Friday, December 19, 2008
It Wasn't Just American Contractors Ripping Off Their Fellow American Taxpayers in Iraq......

The FBI was in on it, too!
It's fair to argue that there should have been more pay for serving in Iraq, but breaking many federal laws is not the way to do it. It also makes it harder for the government to crack down on cheating contractors when government agencies are on the take, too.

Thursday, December 18, 2008
Damn, I'd forgotten how good this song is...

By a great guitar player with a killer voice...

"My Song" by Jerry Cantrell

Song of 2008...

Some prick swindles $50 BILLION and his reprimand is being forced to be home at night.

The one source of income for my family plans to cut 800 jobs in the next 2 weeks. Everything around me is stagnating and I know a whole lot of people who did everything right and are still in mortal danger of losing everything. You do too.

I get a lot of grief for liking this band. But mask-shtick aside, they have written one of the most complete metal songs ever while managing to tap a primal nerve within me.

This is my nomination for song of 2008. What’s yours?

Slipknot - Psychosocial

Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Kenny Mayne is friggin' hilarious...

...and his web-based comedy show "Mayne Street" is brilliant.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Bush admits that al-Qaeda wasn't in Iraq prior to invasion...

...and does so in a way that is pure Bush: As petulant as a three-year-old with his hand in the cookie jar.

BUSH: One of the major theaters against al Qaeda turns out to have been Iraq. This is where al Qaeda said they were going to take their stand. This is where al Qaeda was hoping to take–

RADDATZ: But not until after the U.S. invaded.

BUSH: Yeah, that’s right. So what? The point is that al Qaeda said they’re going to take a stand. Well, first of all in the post-9/11 environment Saddam Hussein posed a threat. And then upon removal, al Qaeda decides to take a stand.
Just 34 more days until this shitstain is wiped out of the White House for good...

Monday, December 15, 2008
What's the most depressing movie you've ever seen?

A conversation on the radio sparked my memory of a movie called Dominick & Eugene.

Holy Mother of God, that movie is SAD!!!

It's a great movie, and the acting is incredible, but seeing a one-minute clip of it on YouTube almost made me tear up!

Iraqi throws his shoes at George W. Bush...

Thursday, December 11, 2008
All I want for Christmas is my right to free speech!

Fox News: Providing a soapbox for the most vapid among us for over 12 years!!!

Is this one "too clean and peaceful", Kreese?

I thought an image of some Union soldiers putting the hurt on Johnny Reb might fit your quota for Donnybrook-related violence!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Hmmmm...tough call here...

A great question just heard on Ron & Fez:

What is U2's "signature" song?
I'll go with "Where The Streets Have No Name", as evidenced by their transcendant performance at Super Bowl XXXVI.

A few others to ponder: The Rolling Stones' signature tune? The Beatles???

When it comes to defining marriage, maybe we shouldn't lean on the Bible so much...

If we do, we're gonna have to institute some really whacked-out rules...

A. Marriage in the United States shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5)

B. Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chron 11:21)

C. A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed. (Deut 22:13-21)

D. Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall be forbidden. (Gen 24:3; Num 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Neh 10:30)

E. Since marriage is for life, neither this Constitution nor the constitution of any State, nor any state or federal law, shall be construed to permit divorce. (Deut 22:19; Mark 10:9)

F. If a married man dies without children, his brother shall marry the widow. If he refuses to marry his brother's widow or deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law. (Gen 38:6-10; Deut 25:5-10)

G. In lieu of marriage, if there are no acceptable men in your town, it is required that you get your dad drunk and have sex with him (even if he had previously offered you up as a sex toy to men young and old), tag-teaming with any sisters you may have. Of course, this rule applies only if you are female. (Gen 19:31-36)
Hat tip to DailyKos...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Gumby (my hero) asked for it, so here it is...

An open thread for all to enjoy.

Share whatever is on your mind!

As Jimmy V Week wraps up on ESPN...

It's a good time to watch his speech from the 1993 ESPY's.

Probably my favorite speech of all-time...

Resign immediately, you piece of shit...

The piece of shit in question is the Democratic Governor of Illinois.

FBI agents arrested Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday on federal corruption charges in part related to the selection of President-elect Barack Obama's successor, the U.S. attorney's office said.
Step aside, scumbag...

UPDATE: What is it with Illinois governors? Their last one, Republican George Ryan, is rotting in prison as we speak for corruption!

This should lay the whole Coldplay/Satriani thing to rest...

You non-believers might have some splainin' to do...

Monday, December 8, 2008
Smash it or trash it: Christmas edition...

There aren't any good new Christmas songs that I can think of, and most of the old ones are so played-out, you're pretty much done with them by December 1st.

For this reason, I submit a new Christmas song for you to smash or trash...

"Christmas Song" by Sleeves

Congratulations on your terrific season, NC State!

As a reward, you get to travel to Birmingham, Alabama.

Yuck. There are way too many bowl games...

Sunday, December 7, 2008
Finally! Louisiana Gets It Right...

Better to lose this seat than be tainted by this indicted scumbag. I was disappointed in Louisiana Democrats for re-electing him in 2006 and am happy to see him go.

Saturday, December 6, 2008
Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Libertarian Conservative Judgment
I like that ruling. Luck the Fegislature!


If Shinseki takes this job and waits a few years, he may end up as Secretary of the Army.
Fuck you, Donald Rumsfeld and your lackey, Paul Wolfowitz. Shinseki was right, you were wrong, and America suffered because of you.

Hokies Win ACC Again
This young team peaked at the right time. Hopefully, the long layoff before the Orange Bowl won't matter too much more for Tech than Cincinnati. No Carolina teams in the final again, but hey, this is not basketball.

Amsterdam: The End of an Era
This day has been coming since the EU came into being...surprised it took so long. But Amsterdam will not stop it's traditions totally:
I love this country.

Strap On Your Economic Seat Belts
Globalization means corrections happen quicker and are felt more deeply. Welcome to the brave new world....there is no going back.
Good thing we elected a President who is willing and able to think big. He may get it right, or maybe not, but he was the only candidate smart and able enough to be expected to deal with the stuff on the Presidential plate right now.

An Ambitious Agenda for Gates

If he can begin to get DOD heading in the following directions, he will be the best SecDef of my lifetime:
The linked article lists other important priorities regarding the promotion system and training, but the budget situation will make the first two bullets above rise to the top of the opportunity list. I wish him well and hope that Obama will back him sufficiently to beat back Congressional opposition - which will come loudly from both sides of the aisle. Most Defense spending is based more on geography than on ideology. If a weapon system is built in a given Senator's district - he/she is for it. Period.

Friday, December 5, 2008
My escape from Billerica
This song takes me somewhere else...

Gordian Knot - Rivers Dancing

"Utah, get me two!!!"

Probably the funniest throwaway line in movie history, but I have no idea why.

The movie is Point Break...

Got any other stupid movie lines that always make you laugh?

You know that great tune "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay?

They stole it from Joe Satriani!!!

Rock guitarist Joe Satriani has sued British band Coldplay, accusing the Grammy-nominated stars of plagiarizing one of his songs.

Satriani's copyright infringement suit, filed on Thursday in Los Angeles federal court, claims the Coldplay song "Viva La Vida" incorporates "substantial original portions" of his 2004 instrumental "If I Could Fly."

The 52-year-old guitar virtuoso is seeking a jury trial, damages and "any and all profits" attributable to the alleged copyright infringement.
I think Satch has a pretty strong case, but then again, I'm not exactly an impartial source.

You guys can decide for yourselves...

"Viva La Vida" by Coldplay

"If I Could Fly" by Joe Satriani

Thursday, December 4, 2008
Suspended for "sloppy seconds"???

Gary Bettman continues to lead the NHL into relative obscurity...

Of all the cajoling, snide remarks and other stunts Sean Avery pulled on the way to becoming the biggest pest in hockey, never had he gone so far that the NHL believed it had to suspend him -- until Tuesday.

Avery was punished indefinitely by commissioner Gary Bettman for using a crude term about his former girlfriends now dating other hockey players. Bettman acted within hours, in time to keep Avery out of the Dallas Stars' game against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.

Avery's inflammatory line came following a morning skate in Calgary, Alberta. Reporters were waiting to speak with Avery about disparaging remarks he'd made last month about Flames star Jarome Iginla when Avery walked over to the group and asked if there was a camera present. When told there was, he said, "I'm just going to say one thing."

"I'm really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada," the Ontario native said. "I just want to comment on how it's become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don't know what that's about, but enjoy the game tonight." He then walked out of the locker room.
That dopey comment earns Avery an indefinite suspension???

Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Why don't they just move into Texas Stadium?

They'll fit right in with the band of assholes that inhabit that God-forsaken hellhole...

President and Laura Bush are moving to Dallas once they leave the White House, the First Lady said on Wednesday.

Laura Bush confirmed that she and the President are buying a house in Dallas, about two hours from his beloved Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas.
The JFK assassination, the Cowboys and now the Dubyas.

Great town!

Why is the burden still on Democrats to play nice with Republicans?

In addition to Barack Obama's sound thrashing of John McCain in the presidential election, the Democrats picked up 7 (possibly 8) seats in the Senate and expanded their House majority to at least 80 seats last month.

That is an electoral ass-whipping that stretched from sea to shining sea!

Why is it then, that David Gergen believes President-elect Obama should "govern much more from the center and not from the left"?

How about we put the burden on the minority Republicans to respect the will of the American people (who roundly rejected their ideology) and give the majority Democrats some sway in cleaning up Dubya's mess?

I say fuck 'em. Republicans had their way for the better part of the last eight years and everything they touched promptly turned to shit.

Why do they deserve any level of deference simply because the Democrats didn't get to 60 seats in the Senate?

Didn't they try this in "Coming to America"?

Copyright infringement? Ummm, maybe...

Mickey D’s (McDonald’s) has beef with a competing hamburger business…unusually close or trademark infringement? You Decide…

There are two Nicky D’s…one in Warren, Michigan and one in Detroit, Michigan. The thing is…Nicky D’s uses a somewhat arch, and even the same colors as McDonalds.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Happy Sounds, A Capella...

Did anyone else see this last night?

A little something to get you into the Christmas spirit...

Monday, December 1, 2008
What if All NFL/NBA/MLB Fines....

...were doled out in percentage of salary instead of flat rates? If you are a face-of-the-franchise max-salary player you can suck up a $7,500 fine without noticing. If you are a minimum salary hanger-on it hurts you more. Why should the scrubs be the most incentivized to play fair and the stars have no financial worries about fines?


It's official: Obama will "inherit" a recession...

Unlike George W. Bush, who claimed to have inherited a recession that began two months into his term as president, Barack Obama will actually be stepping into a steaming pile of economic dog shit...

The National Bureau of Economic Research said Monday that the U.S. has been in a recession since December 2007, making official what most Americans have already believed about the state of the economy.
Alas, the right-wingers are chomping at the bit to pronounce this the "Obama recession".

Unfortunately for them, the facts are (as they usually are) not on their side...

And I thought the stupidest thing about him was his name!

But alas, there are far stupider things to consider about Plaxico Burress...

Plaxico Burress arrived at a police station early Monday, where he was expected to be charged after accidentally shooting himself in the right thigh at a Manhattan nightclub.

The New York Giants star wide receiver arrived in a black Cadillac Escalade wearing jeans and a black coat. Burress, who was not visibly limping, did not speak to the media.

Burress plans to plead not guilty to a weapon possession charge during a Monday afternoon court appearance, his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said outside the police station.
A very bright move by a guy with an excellent chance to repeat as a Super Bowl champion...


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