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The Donnybrook
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Riddle me this...

How is it that the two-time defending National League champion Philadelphia Phillies end up playing their first six games of the 2010 season ON THE ROAD?

What kind of scheduling bullshit is that???

Sadly, an awful lot of conservatives are indeed this silly...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
My God, baseball season is almost here!!!

In honor of the season opener (Yankees vs. Red Sox, of course) being a mere five days away, I want to hear about your favorite baseball movie.

I'll take "The Natural". It's corny, hard-to-believe and horribly cliched, but it's still a masterpiece...

I love this movie so much, if someone tells me they don't like it, I instantly like that person less.

True story...

Double Lockout Year, 2011?

I may have to learn to like baseball (riiiight....) in 2011. An NFL lockout is likely and it seems that the NBA may do the same. I will have to make a point of spending more fall Sundays outside in 2011. Probably not a bad thing. Those who argue that the NFL and the players won't fail to get a new CBA have far more faith in those party's sense of rational self-interest than I do. They have self-interest at heart, sure, but not in a rational way. For the NFL, it will take a work stoppage to resolve the impasse in negotiations. In the end, the players will need to accept a somewhat smaller slice of the pie, rookies will have get smaller, shorter-term contracts, and owners will have to learn what transparency means when it comes to their accounting. Right now owners can hide all sorts of questionable shit without having to answer for it and they can make claims about finances without having to show their evidence. I wasn't aware of the NBA situation being so dire, but the NBA needs a hard cap to keep from turning into the sham of competitiveness that MLB has become.

Monday, March 29, 2010
Home-Grown Christian Terror...

Christian militia members arrested
There is a real threat, no matter how much the Tea Party and it's benefactor, the GOP, try to blame it on the media. Nice work, ATF. Nice work, also, by the FBI for arresting the nut who threatened to kill Mickey Cantor (R) and his family. Ditto the Secret Service for getting the TN skinheads who planned to kill Obama. Nuts need to be locked up, simple as that.

(Hat tip, TPM)

A Modest Proposal...

To change the one-and-done occurrences in NCAA basketball, I would like to see all basketball scholarships mean a 3-year commitment for the school offering the scholarship. Not the player. If you sign a John Wall type, you commit that scholarship spot for three years. If he leaves after one year, tough shit. You cannot use his scholarship spot for two more years. If the recipient of the scholarship graduates after playing four years, you get another scholarship for your school. This would make colleges reluctant to one-and-done types. There would need to be changes to prevent scum like Calipari from doing unto others and then leaving, but this would force the NBA to stop using the NCAA as a free farm system and get more involved in Europe or elevate the NBDL to a higher status. With NBA money.

Editor's Note: I just wanted to interject that this is the 3500th post in Donnybrook history.

Way to go, john!!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Chucklehead, Ctd...

Joey Porter keeps keepin' it real. Keep bein' classy, Joey! A DUI and a charge of assaulting a cop should let the Cardinals know they bought a lot of headaches when they signed Porter. What a dick.

The Times They Have A-Changed

And quickly.
The time-honored Republican answer to its difficulties: blame the media. Never look within and make changes....blame the media! Keep at it my GOP friends, and please, please, please nominate Sarah Palin. Please?!? If she runs and and gets as far as the Virginia primary, I promise I will vote for her. No joke. Of course I'd never vote for her in a general election, but I like helping the GOP nominate weak candidates.

Friday, March 26, 2010
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is a lying douche...

The fine Congressman from Virginia claimed the following:

"Just recently I have been directly threatened. A bullet was shot through the window of my campaign office in Richmond this week."
Oh, the horror!!! Except that it's not true...

Bullet that hit Va. congressman's office random

RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond police say the bullet that hit a window of Republican Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor's office had been randomly fired skyward.
Republicans are so desperate to change the subject from the wave of abject craziness coming from the worst among them that they'll throw any false claim out there to see what sticks.

"Fanning the flames", indeed...

UPDATE: Please. Just watch this video. It's so fun...

Thursday, March 25, 2010
Philadelphia's MLS team debuts tonight...

Normally, the debut of a new soccer team would do nothing for me. I really don't dig the game, but I'm always curious when a new sports franchise comes to the City of Brotherly Love.

That being said, I'll be pulling for the Philadelphia Union for a couple of reasons:

1.) The team's new stadium is located in Chester, which is located about 15 miles southwest of Philly, and has a (deserved) reputation for being a......shithole.

I'd like to see something, ANYTHING, improve that area. Maybe a major league soccer team and a brand-new stadium will help to start a revitalization in Chester.

2.) I love the team's name, logo and uniforms. I know those all seem like very superficial reasons to pull for a team, but they work for me! Take a look.

That is a very cool-looking jersey, even if it is soccer...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Which liberal scumbag is responsible for this incident, Jamz?

Do tell. Where in the left-wing braintrust did this bright idea come from?

After a tea party organizer published the address of the brother of Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA) in a blog post urging anti-health reform activists to "drop by," someone cut a propane gas line at the house, Politico is reporting.

Now the FBI is investigating what happened at the home near Charlottesville, according to Politico.

The development comes on the heels of at least five instances of vandalism -- mainly in the form smashed doors and windows -- at Democratic offices around the country in the days around the House health care vote Sunday night.

In the Periello case, an activist named Mike Troxel of the Lynchburg Tea Party wrote a blog post telling activists to add a "personal touch" to their anger at Periello -- who voted yes on the health care bill -- by going to his house. But Troxel mistakenly posted the address of Periello's brother.
Go ahead. Explain this one away...

UPDATE: Violent symbolism, imagery and rhetoric are truly the hallmarks of today's conservative movement.

Check out how Caribou Barbie is using gun sights to "target" Democrats in Republican-leaning districts for voting for health care reform.


2nd UPDATE: Steny Hoyer says at least 10 Democratic lawmakers have received threats since the health care vote on Sunday.

But, he's a lying Democrat, so who gives a shit what he says. Right, Jamz?

3rd UPDATE: Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) has released some of the voicemail threats he's received this week. The hits keep coming, Jamz! Hurry up and blame this on liberals!

4th UPDATE: Two Democratic Congressmen had pictures of nooses faxed to their offices. You stay classy, teabaggers...

Digest This, Creationists
Tell how you believe the Garden of Eden is a literal account.


Whether he becomes an NFL QB remains to be seen, but the slow-release/religion-on-the-sleeve Tebow may need to learn to STFU.

Welcome to the NFL.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Coming Soon to a State Near You...

The fiscal straits that California finds itself in make opening prison doors to some prisoners a necessary step.
See if the folks driving the backlash to this would support higher taxes of fees to pay for more prisons. Hint: they don't. They favor unspecified "cuts" from elsewhere. "Elsewhere" is also not specified. And don't feel smug and laugh at California...this is the sort of fiscal reality trend that will soon be sweeping the nation.

Did you know?

Around 200,000 people marched in DC this weekend in favor of immigration?

Didn't see that on the news? I didn't either...

Let this be a lesson to the Democrats in Washington...

The American people really like it when you do what you set out to do!

Americans by 9 percentage points have a favorable view of the health care overhaul that President Obama signed into law Tuesday, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, a notable turnaround from surveys before the vote that showed a plurality against it.

By 49%-40% those surveyed say it was "a good thing" rather than a bad one that Congress passed the bill. Half describe their reaction in positive terms, as "enthusiastic" or "pleased," while about four in 10 describe it in negative ways, as "disappointed" or "angry."

The largest single group, 48%, calls the bill "a good first step" that should be followed by more action on health care. An additional 4% also have a favorable view, saying the bill makes the most important changes needed in the nation's health care system.
Americans like a winner, which is consequently why the Republicans look so bad right now. They truly embarrassed themselves trying to stop health care reform...

You gotta love ol' Joe...

He's gotta be one of the funniest politicians of my lifetime.

"This is a big fucking deal."
-- Vice President Joe Biden, congratulating President Obama at the health care reform signing ceremony.
The guy simply doesn't know how to keep the thoughts in his mind from flying out of his mouth.

I love it...

An open letter to President Obama...

March 23, 2010

Dear President Obama,

Well done.

Sincerely Yours,

Theodore Roosevelt
Woodrow Wilson
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard M. Nixon
James E. Carter
William J. Clinton


cc: William H. Taft
Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert C. Hoover
Gerald R. Ford
Ronald W. Reagan
George H.W. Bush
George W. Bush

(Hat tip: Bill in Portland, Maine)

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Empire rolls on...

Sunday, March 21, 2010
Tea Party crowd shows its true colors before health care vote...

No, not every protestor was pulling this shit, but this is, after all, a movement lead by some truly detached individuals...

Civil rights icon and veteran Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, said anti-health care bill protesters Saturday repeatedly yelled the "N" word at him as he left a heath care meeting and walked to the Capitol.


The incident was confirmed by Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana, who was walking with Lewis at the time. Protesters were yelling, "'kill the bill, kill the bill' and the 'N' word several times," Carson said.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, released a statement late Saturday saying he too was called the "N" word as he walked to the Capitol for a vote and that he was spat on by one protestor who was arrested by U.S. Capitol Police. Cleaver declined to press charges against the man, the statement said.

Protesters also hurled anti-gay comments at Rep. Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts, who is openly gay, as he left the same health care meeting that Lewis attended in a House office building.

A CNN producer overheard the word "faggot" yelled at Frank several times in the lobby of the Longworth building. Frank said he heard someone yell "homo" at him.
Stop cheering, big brother...

Friday, March 19, 2010
Here's a doozy from a Republican good ol' boy...

Even though I've lived in North Carolina for over 14 years, I don't speak fluent Hayseed, so this quote surprised me...

"If Obamacare passes, that free insurance card that's in people's pockets is going to be as worthless as a Confederate dollar after the war between the states -- the Great War of Yankee Aggression."

--Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA)
Does anyone else think it's weird that the war of "Yankee aggression" was actually started by the South?

Thursday, March 18, 2010
Funniest line I've heard in a while...

Tina Fey, on being the "the thinking man's sex symbol."...

"There's no such thing, the thinking man also wants to fuck Megan Fox."

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
"A thing of beauty is a joy forever."

If you've never been to the Cliffs of Moher...

I highly recommend doing so at least once in your life. It's an otherworldly experience...

Let's kick off St. Patrick's Day the right way!

"I'm Shipping Up to Boston" by Dropkick Murphys

Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Right-wingers go after 11-year-old kid whose mother died...

...because he and his family had the audacity to speak out in favor of health care reform.

They do pick interesting targets, don't they?

Another Chucklehead in Search of a Home...

Joey Porter, who's mouth never stops causing distractions, is still searching for a home. Like T.O., I hope he waits a long time. Even better would be if the Cards took the offer off the table.

And if it wasn't clear already, J Peezy is no longer in high demand.

Donnybrook poll: Which of the three Eagles QBs will be around next year? What would they get in trade for A) McNabb, B) Kolb, C) Vick? Which teams would offer the trades?

How do balls that big even fit into a pair of pants???

Karl Rove is a projecting asshole...

"I think this is part of a broader problem with the Obama administration...We saw it in Honduras. Where rather than monitoring the situation, they let a cowboy president try to act in an extra-constitutional way to violate a fundamental principle in the Constitution, all without having done their homework in advance..."
He knows exactly what he's saying here. What a smarmy cocksucker...

Monday, March 15, 2010
A sign of the apocalypse?

Even though I love ABBA, this headline seems like something pulled from The Onion...

ABBA, Genesis ready for induction to Rock Hall

Some musical acts that thrived in second lives — ABBA, Genesis and The Hollies — are joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

They'll be inducted Monday along with reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff and the raucous Iggy Pop and the Stooges at the annual ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Music executive David Geffen and songwriters whose work sold hundreds of millions of copies will join as non-performers.

The four-member Swedish hit machine ABBA quit in 1982 soon after the band's two couples split. They left behind a string of catchy pop songs like "Dancing Queen," "Waterloo" and "Knowing Me Knowing You."
Strange days, indeed...

Saturday, March 13, 2010
Murray Hill (R) for Congress!

Murray Hill, Inc. is running for office, to show how stupid the Supreme Court decision that Obama derided in SOTU (Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission) is.

I love this sort of mockery. Corporations are people, too!

Thursday, March 11, 2010
Glenn Beck thinks I should leave my church...

...and he may think you should leave yours, too...

"I beg you, look for the words 'social justice' or 'economic justice' on your church web site," Beck urged his audience. "If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!"

Today, Beck returned to the subject, insisting that the notion of social justice is "a perversion of the Gospel," and "not what Jesus would say." He wasn't kidding.
Well, look what I found on my church's website:

The Social Concerns Ministry of Sacred Heart Cathedral is called to engage the parish community in works of social justice and charity, in accordance with the Gospel message and Catholic Social Teaching through awareness, education and action.
And that's exactly why I'll continue attending, in spite of the ramblings of the poor man's Howard Beale...

Good God, what freaking year is this???

A school board in Mississippi is cancelling the prom because one lesbian student wants to take her girlfriend as her date.


T.O. Still Searching for a Sucker Team to Sign Him...

The Bengals must have realized that having T.O. and Chad Johnson on the same team would have been more circus than football team. I love seeing T.O. traipse around the NFL looking for a home and though I feel sure someone will sign him, I would love to see him simply left out. Being a chucklehead has consequences - he'd still be an Eagle or Cowboy if he weren't such a head-case. Who do you think will sign him? Have things gotten so bad for T.O. that he has to play in Oakland?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
A Surprising and Welcome Change...
How will those newly fiscally disciplined Republicans react? Jeff Flake, R-AZ is the staunchest opponent of earmarks. Yet because Dems did this, all he could do was say it wasn't enough. It's more than your party ever attempted to do, bitch! Get with the program.
Anything that reduces the influence that members of the Appropriations Committees have is fine by me. Earmarks are not driving the budgetary excesses of the last decade, but they really skew the intended process for spending tax dollars. I heartily applaud this move...

They'll believe ANYTHING they hear...

...if it makes Obama look bad.

For instance, did you know that he wants to ban fishing???

Of all the businesses that have gone by the wayside recently...

I'm most happy to see Blockbuster go away. That company sucked for the longest time, and I'm very happy to see companies like NetFlix and Redbox eating their lunch...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Ideas like this shake my faith in humanity...

A 9/11-themed hotel in Manhattan. Seriously...

Looking down into the construction site covering the 16 acres where the World Trade Center once stood, some might see a place shadowed by death.

But Cheryl Palmer sees a rebirth — and a business opportunity. She's vice president of Club Quarters Inc., the company opening the World Center Hotel — and as far as she's concerned, the property's location on the edge of the site of the Sept. 11 attacks is a selling point.

"People choose to be here because they want to be close to it. They want to feel it, they want to celebrate. They want to remember," she said, standing by an open-air patio overlooking the site. "We have a very accessible view on it."

The hotel, which began taking reservations last month, offers some rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows that open directly onto the construction. Guests and members will have access to the restaurant patio with views of giant cranes, jackhammers and metal scaffolding.

It seems to be the first area hotel to use its proximity to the site as a marketing strategy. The carefully chosen name telegraphs the hotel's location to prospective guests. And visitors to the hotel Web site are greeted by construction photographs and memorial images.
What exactly is there to celebrate about 9/11?

Another reason to complete health care reform...

Rush Limbaugh says he'll leave the country if the health care bill passes.

It's nice to see that Rush's love of his country is fragile enough that this bill alone could send him fleeing to a Third World country with a truly government-controlled healthcare system...

The new political dictionary...

Sad but true...

"Obstructionism," for example, only refers to Democratic minorities opposing Republican proposals.

"Tyranny" is found when an elected Democratic majority passes legislation that Republicans don't like.

"Reconciliation" describes a Senate process that Republicans are allowed to use to overcome Democratic "obstructionism."

"Terrorism" refers to acts of political violence committed by people who aren't white guys.

"Bipartisanship" is found when Democrats agree to pass Republican legislation.

"Big government" describes a dangerous phenomenon to be avoided, except in cases relating to reproductive rights or gays.

"Treason" refers to Democrats criticizing a Republican administration during a war.

"Patriotism" refers to Republicans criticizing a Democratic administration during a war.

"Fiscal responsibility" is a national priority related to keeping our deficit in check, which only applies when Republicans are in the minority.

"Parliamentarian" is a seemingly independent official on the Hill who Senate Republicans are allowed to fire when the GOP disapproves of his/her rulings.
Hat tip to Kos...

Monday, March 8, 2010
"We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada..."

Wanna know who said that? You betcha do!

Thursday, March 4, 2010
The boys of late winter are here!

Roy Halladay made his spring debut and was nearly perfect against the Yankees today.

April can't get here soon enough!!!

"Don't talk black to me!"

Is anyone else loving "Modern Family"? It's easily the funniest show on TV right now...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Just give him his own denomination, for God's sake...

Here in North Carolina, Patrick McHenry, one of the brilliant Republicans that represents our state in Congress wants to replace Ulysses S. Grant on the $50 bill with the visage of Ronald Reagan.

I've got a better idea: Instead of trying to get rid of an actual American hero from an existing piece of currency, let's give St. Ronnie his own new bill.

It could look like real money, fold like real money, give conservatives goosebumps and have no real value, much like Ronnie acted like a real President while being essentially clueless about the world around him.

It seems like a fitting tribute for President Reagan to be memorialized on a piece of currency that isn't worth the paper it's printed on...

Monday, March 1, 2010
It didn't end the way I would've liked, but I'm proud nonetheless...

The members of Team USA (Ryan Miller especially) deserve a ton of respect today. In a matchup as even as this one, there is no shame in 2nd place.

Kudos to Canada as well. If my team couldn't win, I'm glad to see their Olympics end on such a high note.

Also, I sincerely hope that the NHL does all it can to capitalize on the high level of hockey that has been played over the last two weeks. That kind of passion for a sport is truly infectious...

Sen. Bunning's obstruction kills 2,000 federal jobs...

Even if you believe that 2 years is too long for unemployment benefits to extend, you'd have to be pretty pissed if your job got cut because a Senator with an axe to grind was grandstaning like the old geezer from Kentucky...

Two thousand federal transportation workers will be furloughed without pay on Monday, and the Obama administration said they have a Kentucky senator to blame for it.

Federal reimbursements to states for highway programs will also be halted, the Transportation Department said in a statement late Sunday. The reimbursements amount to about $190 million a day, according to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The furloughs and freeze on payments were the result of a decision last week by Republican Sen. Jim Bunning to block passage of legislation that would have extended federal highway and transit programs, the department said. Those programs expired at midnight Sunday.
I have a few friends in the area who work for the state DOT, and I'd be very sad if their jobs got chopped because of the selfish behavior of one moronic politician in Raleigh...


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