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The Donnybrook
Thursday, December 31, 2009
In preparation for the biggest Eagles vs. Cowgirls matchup in recent history...

With the NFC East title on the line, maybe it's time for a friendly wager with my dear friend and Cowgirl fan, john.

Any good ideas for a bet?

Rachel Maddow gets to the heart of GOP hypocrisy on the failed Christmas terrorist...

Hawaii = Un-American?

So says Republican talking head Kevin Madden, criticizing President Obama's decision to vacation in his birth state of Hawaii for the holidays...

You have to also remember the fact that the president being on vacation in Hawaii, it's much different than being in Texas. Hawaii to many Americans seems like a foreign place. And I think those images, the optics, hurt President Obama very badly.
I'm sure the families of the soldiers that died at Pearl Harbor would be happy to hear that Hawaii is considered something less than American by this GOP toolbag.

Also, wasn't the governor of Texas recently heard making noises about his state seceding from the union?

Who's un-American now???

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
My local Fox affiliate sucks ass...

Fox 50 will not be showing the de facto NFC East title game (Eagles at Cowgirls) at 4pm this Sunday.

They've chosen instead to air Redskins vs. Chargers, a game with ZERO playoff implications.

What the hell?

Heard this one at the gym this morning...

...and it refuses to get out of my head. Now, the rest of you have to suffer...

"Shut Up and Let Me Go" by The Ting Tings

It's a good thing no one is leading the TSA!

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), who is quickly becoming the most loathsome and uninformed moron in Washington (no small feat), has been holding up the nomination of President Obama's nominee to head up the Transportation Security Administration.

Why is he holding up this bipartisan nomination? He doesn't want the TSA to become unionized.

Republican priorities: Gotta love 'em...

Monday, December 28, 2009
Why Republicans are so effective at peddling bullshit...

Because they will believe any lie, no matter how big, as long as it makes a Democrat look bad, and a Republican look good...

CNN's Mary Matalin:

I was there, we inherited a recession from President Clinton, and we inherited the most tragic attack on our own soil in our nation's history. And President Bush dealt with it. And within a year of his presidency at this comparable time, unemployment was at 5 percent. And we were creating jobs.
Got that? President George W. Bush inherited a recession that began two months into his presidency, and the 9-11 attacks, which happened eight months into his presidency.

I also find it hard to believe that Republicans are willing to blame President Obama for a failed terrorist attack, but not President Bush for a terrorist attack that killed over 3000 people.

I guess lies are all the GOP has left at this point anyway...

Saturday, December 26, 2009
Vick's Award...

Gotta question the Eagles' players choice of Mike Vick for the Ed Block Courage Award. How was he courageous? The award criteria the players are supposed to use in voting are that the recipient "symbolizes professionalism, great strength, and dedication," that the recipient is a "community role model," and that the recipient "will be identified as a team player in helping abused children and families in crisis."

C'mon, Donovan and Andy. Help us understand why this is isn't some pity party about the "the man" keeping Vick down. His humble and mature words on winning the award: "I've had to overcome a lot, more than probably one single individual can bear," Vick said. "Take a look at what I've been through. You ask certain people to walk in my shoes, they probably couldn't do it. Probably 95 percent of the people in this world -- because nobody had to endure what I've been through, situations I've been put in, situations I've placed myself in, decisions that I've made -- whether they were good or bad." Nice. In what way would they have been good? If you didn't get caught?

The guy obviously learned little from the consequences of his actions. No remorse. This was not a one-time bad decision, but a 6 year pattern/way of life that he chose. Not some "position he was put into." The guy's a lost case morally, a talented-for-now player, and a not-so-accurate passer who just doesn't "get" reading defensive pass coverage, sad story that we will watch fade to its sad conclusion sooner rather than later unless he learns to be a QB. Speed goes long before the arm does - but you have to be an NFL-level passer to maker your living on your arm instead of your legs.

That said, his current team is playing very well and this year is his best shot (probably ever) to get a SuperBowl ring.

Presuming he does not return to Philly (as most do), where do you think Vick might end up?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009
For Brian
I've already preached upon his genius, but this one knocked me back in my seat:

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Let's try this Christmas thing yet again...

Since my last foray into the holiday spirit fizzled out quickly, here's another of my favorite Christmas tunes for you good people to promptly ignore...

"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by The Pretenders

Pretenders - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Watch a funny movie here

Monday, December 21, 2009

• A spectacular place to eat if in Williamsburg, VA.

• Hopefully, more Ford workers will take the buyout this time.

• The Eagles at Dallas game week after next is intriguing, IF the Plowgirls can avoid losing to the (fore) Skins next week.

• The Golden Ratio 1.618/1.0 is the product of the Fibonacci number(series). It is the mathematical principle behind the formation of the spiral seashells on the beach or many flowers. It is also present in the faces and body parts we find the most appealing.

• Though the health care bill is not a done deal. it looks likely. To the Repugnicans who are doing the chicken-little dance, grow up and accept it or organize and oppose. Elections have consequences and you are collecting yours now. Be proud of your Audacity of Nope approach. It may help you in 2010, but in the long term it exposes you as the angry party of no ideas that you have become.

• The Health Care bill is an achievement. It is not what the Progressives wanted, but it IS what was possible. The left needs to suck it up and admit that this was the only way to get 60 and that they can keep the left of the House reps in the Conference from bolting. Health care won't be on the agenda for another 10-15 years on this scale. Some tweaks, yes, but this issue is almost another third rail of politics.

• A test case for budget-cutting, Irish style.

On the busiest day I've had in about 3 years...

...I'm gonna turn it over to the readers.

What's bugging you guys today???

Thursday, December 17, 2009
As if I needed another reason to dislike Gibson guitars...

Not only does the build quality of their guitars suck ass, but they've offically been named the worst company to work for in the U.S.

That makes sense...

Aw, hell yeah!!!

The Phillies just signed a guy who has been arguably the best starting pitcher in the AL for the last eight years. It's impossible not to smile when you think about that as a Phillies fan.

But do you want to know what I really like about this deal?

The fact that the Phillies (who for the first 30 years of my life were a team that always had a bullshit excuse to not upgrade their roster) had a guy like Cliff Lee at the top of their rotation and said "We can do better for longer."

That's what I love about this deal. That and the twinkle I see in Roy Halladay's eyes as he says things like this:

"This is where we wanted to be," Halladay said about his family.


"It was an easy decision for me," Halladay said. "Once the opportunity came up to be a part of this, I couldn't pass it up."
He's talking about the Phillies, people.

He's talking about playing in Philly during the Golden Age of Phillies baseball.

He could've gotten C.C. Sabathia money from a lot of other teams, but he came to Philly because he wants to win this year, next year and the year after with this team.

That's fucking awesome!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Another try for my favorite new Christmas song...

I posted this last year and it was met by crickets, so let's try it again.

I can't post a direct link, so click through to the page and click the "Play" button.

"The Christmas La La Song" by Sleeves

Monday, December 14, 2009
Give Andy Reid some credit...

Not only has he coached the Eagles into first place in the NFC East, but he actually managed to get about an inch of air while chest-bumping DeSean Jackson with his back last night...

Saturday, December 12, 2009
1,000 Words

Thursday, December 10, 2009
Although I'm sure he's heard this speech before...

I sincerely hope President Obama always has this speech by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the back of his mind at all times.

Even though this speech was delivered 73 years ago, it perfectly foreshadows the struggles facing President Obama as he deals with an opposition increasingly controlled by ideologically-blind fools...

Best asshole actor in movie history?

Let me rephrase that: Which actor did/does the best job playing an asshole in movies?

I nominate William Atherton.

When you play the asshole EPA agent in "Ghostbusters" and follow it up by playing Dr. Jerry Hathaway in "Real Genius", that pretty much seals your fate as a great movie asshole, doesn't it?

That's like hitting 50 home runs one season and and hitting 75 home runs the next year.

Just brilliant...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
In praise of Rachel Maddow...

If even a quarter of the journalists currently inhabiting either side of the political spectrum were as articulate and committed to getting the facts straight as she is, we'd all be far better-informed.

Case in point...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Wow! Real-life scumbag Republicans, right here in Wake County!!!

A completely dick move by the Republicans on the Wake County Board of Commissioners...

After 75 minutes and 14 split votes Monday, Tony Gurley and the GOP regained the top spot on the Wake County Board of Commissioners - on a tie-breaker achieved only when member Betty Lou Ward took an unexcused bathroom break.

Her absence gave the board's Republican members a temporary 3-2 majority they used to vote Gurley into the chairman's seat held by Harold Webb, the octogenarian Democrat who is recovering from a stroke. Many thought Webb would appear in the chamber just to cast a ballot to pick his replacement, but the board made its annual leadership vote without him.

When Ward, a Democrat and the longest-serving member of the board, returned from the restroom and found Gurley sitting in the chairman's seat, she said: "Wonderful. Thanks, guys."
It's worth reiterating that these GOP assholes were only able to pull off this power grab because Democrat Harold Webb's recovery from a stroke prevented him from attending the meeting.


Monday, December 7, 2009
Wanna make some serious cash this weekend?

The 11-0 New Orleans Saints, who are on pace to score more points this season than any other team in NFL history, are playing the 3-8 Washington Redskins on Sunday, and they're ONLY FAVORED BY 9.5 POINTS!!!

I don't know how the hell that happened, but if that's not the easiest money you're going to find this year, I don't know what is...

UPDATE: If you lost any money yesterday by taking my God-awful gambling advice, I accept ZERO responsibility. It's not like you would've cut me in if you had won!!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009
Another Bush administration moron revises history...

Hey Jamz! This shithead from the Bush Administration is denying that the entire year of 2008 ever happened!!! Pick that one apart to your little heart's content.

Appearing on Fox News today, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao -- who is also the wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) -- said that the economy is entirely the Democrats' fault, not the Bush administrations, by citing the low unemployment in 2007.

Chao dismissed Democratic objections that the Bush administration was responsible for the bad economy, through the costs of war spending and other issues. "You know it's pretty audacious of them to still claim that. Basically, this is their economy," said Chao. "In 2007, the unemployment rate was about 4.7%, and now with all this massive government spending the unemployment rate is 10.2%."

The recession began in 2008, while George W. Bush was still president (and Chao was still Labor Secretary). The large Democratic spending that Chao refers to, presumably the stimulus, did not begin until 2009, when the recession was already well underway.
Dana Perino ain't got shit on me!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
A belated note to the Tar Heel fans amongst us...

Butch Davis was supposed to take your football program into the upper echelon of the ACC.

How's that working out for you?

28-27, bitches...


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