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The Donnybrook
Friday, April 30, 2010
Spill, baby, spill!!!

I agree with Bill Maher:

"Every asshole who ever chanted 'Drill Baby Drill' should have to report to the Gulf Coast today for cleanup duty."
President Obama has reversed his misguided policy to allow new offshore drilling. Let's hope he keeps it that way...

A very cool poster...

...just in time for this guy's birthday!

As it stands, I fall somewhere between a Romero and a Polanco...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The Majority of 41 "Allows" Debate!

How magnanimous of them. They even keep an open mind towards the idea that Wall St. may need some new rules.....how progressive! Or maybe they just read the tea leaves....
Ah, reality. Like sunshine, it has a great sanitizing power. So Goldman-Sachs add lobbyists to the team.

Germany Climbs off Its High Horse...

After angrily denouncing fellow Euro nations who exceed spending limits and monetary policy agreements, Germany is realizing that it has no better option than to help Spain as well as Greece.
It may feel good and be good populist politics at home to angrily denounce Spain and Greece, but if those countries default, Germany loses not only its big investments in both country's debt, but it's place as the financial power and leader of the EU. Germany and France lead the charge to ease that financial rules that restrict individual EU nations were "supposed" to follow per the agreements that created the Euro. The chickens have come home to roost and Germany has no better option that aiding Spain as well as France. Welcome to the world of a real world power, Germany. Not many easy choices, even fewer popular ones.

You Made Your Bed Arizona, Now Lie In It...

I'm hoping this boycott will seriously hurt the state's economy to help demonstrate that there are consequences to be faced when you pass laws like AZ did on immigration. The measure was "designed by Republican sponsors to drive the state's illegal immigrants, the majority of them from Mexico, back to their home country." Recall that this is also the state that refused to recognize the MLK holiday until 1992.

"...six organizations had canceled conventions in the state, including the 11,000-member Immigration Lawyers Association, which had planned to hold its annual fall meeting in Scottsdale."
It will be interesting to see how long a court challenge takes to emerge and how it fares in the courts. This is racial scapegoating at its best and is nothing new in American or any country's history, but it's as repugnant, ignorant, and short-sighted as any previous jingo-istic measures or eras. This sort of belligerent, nationalistic outburst does not speak well of you, Arizona. (In fairness, it needs to be acknowledged that many Arizonans oppose this idea. Just not a majority. There are also Republicans from states with large Hispanic populations that are expressing concerns, including the Tea Party darling of Florida, Rubio.)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Possibly the best thing about going to see the Phillies on June 20th...

...is the fact that, in honor of Father's Day, the Phils will be giving away hats modeled after the ones worn by Gary "The Sarge" Matthews.

The true beauty is that I'll get to see my dad wearing this, if even just for a moment...

Monday, April 26, 2010
What if the teabaggers were black?

A very interesting question, and a very interesting read...

Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters - the black protesters - spoke of the need for political revolution, and possibly even armed conflict in the event that laws they didn’t like were enforced by the government? Would these protesters — these black protesters with guns — be seen as brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would they be viewed by most whites as a danger to the republic? What if they were Arab-Americans? Because, after all, that’s what happened recently when white gun enthusiasts descended upon the nation’s capital, arms in hand, and verbally announced their readiness to make war on the country’s political leaders if the need arose.

Imagine that white members of Congress, while walking to work, were surrounded by thousands of angry black people, one of whom proceeded to spit on one of those congressmen for not voting the way the black demonstrators desired. Would the protesters be seen as merely patriotic Americans voicing their opinions, or as an angry, potentially violent, and even insurrectionary mob? After all, this is what white Tea Party protesters did recently in Washington.

Friday, April 23, 2010
In keeping with the Friday vibe...

Here's a classic that I know a lot of you love...

"Your Love" by The Outfield

It's Friday

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Atlanta: The worst sports city in America...

Let there be no doubt about it, if your baseball team is tied for 1st place in its division, you've got the most exciting rookie in baseball starting in right field and the two-time defending NL champions are in town with the future 2010 NL Cy Young award winner pitching, and THIS is what your crowd looks like...

...your town SUCKS...

P.S. Unfortunately, the picture I provided really doesn't show how EMPTY that stadium was last night. Just an embarrassment...

P.P.S. Miami, you suck too...

In Doc We Trust...

Last night's line from his 2-0 shutout of the Braves:

9 innings pitched
5 hits allowed
0 runs allowed
1 walk
7 strikeouts

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Stupid ideas flow like a river from the mouths of Republicans...

"Let's change the system and talk about what the possibilities are. I'm telling you that this works. You know, before we all started having health care, in the olden days, our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor. They would say I'll paint your house. [That's] what people would do to get health care with their doctors. Doctors are very sympathetic people. I'm not backing down from that system."

--Sue Lowden, Republican candidate for Senate in Nevada...
Maybe you could even offer up your first born child in case of a catastrophic illness!

Thursday, April 15, 2010
What exactly are the teabaggers complaining about?

Other than throwing around empty rhetoric about "freedom" and "restoring the Constitution", what exactly are these morons bitching about?

Taxes? Really???

In fact, tax refunds reached an all-time high this year in part because of the stimulus, the president said in his weekly address on Saturday. Meanwhile, taxes are at their lowest levels in 60 years, according to William Gale, co-director of the Tax Policy Center and director of the Retirement Security Project at the Brookings Institution.

"The relation between what is said in the tax debate and what is true about tax policy is often quite tenuous," Gale told Hotsheet. "The rise of the Tea Party at at time when taxes are literally at their lowest in decades is really hard to understand."
Oh, and where were the teabaggers during the Bush years?

Please nominate this moron, Part 2...

Suddenly, Caribou Barbie is a big believer in the power of elections...

Too many on the left don't see it that way. What we have here is a difference in worldview. A difference of opinion. And I guess that's okay, cause that's nothin that a good, old-fashioned election can't fix.
Funny, she didn't put too much faith in the election where the American people resoundingly rejected her as Vice President.

I guess she didn't take the 2006 Alaska governor's election too seriously either, since she quit her job halfway through her term after winning it...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Food for thought...

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 40% since Barack Obama became President, yet the Republican party insists he's trying to destroy capitalism.


Monday, April 12, 2010
The quintessential way for a baseball team to announce themselves as complete and utter pussies...

The Houston Astros couldn't touch Roy Halladay yesterday. It got so bad for them that they resorted to BUNTING in an attempt to reach base.

What a bunch of girls.

Anyway, it didn't work. Roy threw a complete game while throwing only 111 pitches (83 for strikes), giving up one run, walking no one and striking out eight.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I don't miss Cliff Lee a bit!

Friday, April 9, 2010
Please nominate this moron, Part 1...

She's talking again...

"Now, the president, with all the vast nuclear experience that he acquired as a community organizer, as a part-time senator, and as a full-time candidate, all that experience, still no accomplishment to date with North Korea and Iran."

-- Sarah Palin, in a speech at the Southern Republican Leadership Council.
Quite a shot taken by the part-time, half-term governor of a state with a smaller population than Columbus, Ohio.

She's the real expert on nuclear proliferation!

Thursday, April 8, 2010
Whaddya know? Another uneducated moron who loves Sarah Palin!

Sadly, this one is a U.S. Congresswoman, albeit a completely batshit insane one...

"Well, I just -- I want to thank Gov. Palin for breaking the barrier by being a woman as the vice president on the ticket. She did a wonderful job, I think, as the vice presidential candidate. And I think the world is her oyster. If she wants to run, I think that she has tremendous support from the American people."

--Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN)
It's surprising to me that this mental powerhouse has never heard of Geraldine Ferraro, whose choice as a Vice Presidential candidate predated Palin's by a scant 24 years...

UPDATE: Have you ever wondered what it sounds like when two stupid people meet? Here's your answer:
“She is so much one of us,” Bachmann said of Palin, “And as absolutely drop dead gorgeous this woman is on the outside, I’m here to testify that she is 20 times more beautiful on the inside.”

Palin responded in kind, recalling a meeting in Alaska: “I knew that we’d be buddies when I met her when she said, ‘Drill here, drill now.’ And then I replied, ‘Drill, baby, drill’ and then we both said, ‘You betcha!’”

Yes, Virginia, You Elected a Dip-Shit to be Governor

Yet McDonnell proclaimed April to be the month for celebrating the Confederacy. Nice. That's the Virginia Republican party showing its true colors - and they aren't red, white, and blue.

What do you say after Ryan Howard does this to you?

If you're Jason Marquis of the sickeningly inept Washington Nationals, you whine like a bitch and make a complete ass of yourself...

"He does have holes in his swing," Marquis said. "You just got to make pitches. That’s really what it comes down to. If you go look at the tape, a lot of the pitches he hits are mistakes. When I made pitches tonight, I got him out. I left one ball up, and that’s what he thrives on. There’s a reason why he strikes out 200 times. It’s because he has holes in his swing. If you make your pitches, he’s going to be an out."
Isn't it funny when a guy whose "career year" consisted of him leading the league in losses, earned runs and home runs allowed goes after a Rookie of the Year, NL MVP, World Champion and future Hall-of-Famer?

I think so, too!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
It's time to fade into the sunset, old man...

At this point, it's just getting embarrassing...

"I never considered myself a maverick. I consider myself a person who serves the people of Arizona to the best of his abilities."
--John McCain, April 3, 2010
Really? Are you sure???

"Can I just mention one other thing? You know there's now this going around that there's differences between myself and Sarah Palin. We're very close. We're both mavericks." --John McCain, Oct. 28, 2008

"When two mavericks join up, we don't agree on everything, but that is a lot of fun." --John McCain, Oct. 28, 2008

"We get along fine. Sarah is a maverick. I'm a maverick. No one expected us to agree on everything." --John McCain, Oct. 30, 2008
Time is a bitch. I never want to get old...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
"I'm not passing the buck, this is someone else's decision!"

This David Brent quote could just as easily have come from the mouth of Michael Steele, the moron currently in charge of the Republican National Committee, who had this to say about shit-canning his deputy chief-of-staff for using party funds at a titty bar:

Recent events have called that assurance into question and the buck stops with me. That is why I have made this change in my management team and why I am confident about going forward to November with renewed focus and energy.
The buck stops with me, that's why I fired this guy. Hilarious...

Monday, April 5, 2010
How's this for an Opening Day line?

7 Innings Pitched
6 Hits allowed
1 Earned Run
2 Walks
9 Strikeouts

Roy Halladay also had an RBI single today.

Get ready for it, National League hitters. Every five days, you guys are pretty much fucked...


After a long hiatus (and a lot of patience on my part), the goatee is officially back as the chosen facial hair of ne'er-do-wells everywhere!

Thanks, Tiger!!!

What to say, what to say...

I'm not really sure what to say.

Donovan McNabb to the Redskins is truly a bizarre move from a football standpoint. It just doesn't make sense to trade a QB who just had a great season (prior to the last 2 games) to one of your divisional rivals.

The Eagles' brass must truly believe that McNabb is running on empty if they don't mind playing him twice a year for the foreseeable future. Otherwise, they just shot themselves square in the ass.

As a fan of McNabb's, I'd resigned myself to him being dealt awhile ago. It really didn't make sense to keep him through the last year of his contract. That being said, you don't trade a franchise player to a division rival. In any sport. It makes no sense.

I can appreciate that Andy Reid and the rest of the Eagles front office wanted to show some respect to the best quarterback in franchise history by not exiling him to football Hell in Oakland or Buffalo, but it seems like a decent AFC team would've made a run at McNabb at some point. There are SO many teams in the NFL with shitty quarterbacks, it just seems impossible that they had to send him to Washington.

At the end of the day, the Eagles (and the city of Philadelphia, for that matter) needed to turn the page on the McNabb era. I'm not at all sold on Kevin Kolb, but I understand the need to look to the future.

I'll miss McNabb because he is a very good guy who caught more shit than he deserved over the last 11 seasons. He's fun to watch, and when he's making good decisions, there are a miniscule number of QB's who are better than him.

I'll hate rooting against him for two weeks this year, but that's life in sports.

#5, you will be missed. Thanks for the best years the Eagles franchise ever had...

Sunday, April 4, 2010
Times Have a Changed, ctd
C'est bon. :)

McNabb to Skins...

Iggles take long view...deal McNabb for picks. Kolb is in now, and Vick more so than when McNabb was starting. Skins had better improve that porous sieve of an O line or Donovan will end up like Jason Campbell.

Friday, April 2, 2010
A cool piece of news about a really nice guy...

Doug Glanville is a great guy and former Phillie, so it's cool that we'll get to see him on ESPN regularly during the baseball season...

Doug Glanville, a nine-year Major League Baseball veteran, has joined ESPN as a baseball analyst. Glanville will contribute to Baseball Tonight, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. He will debut later this month.

"It is an honor to join the richly talented environment of ESPN,” said Glanville. “There is no other place that has such credibility in sports journalism, while spanning so many platforms. I welcome the creative challenge of adding a new voice to the team and, because of ESPN's enthusiasm to cooperatively express my voice, we found ourselves on the same exciting page."

Glanville was an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs (1996-97, 2003), Philadelphia Phillies (1998-2002, 2004) and Texas Rangers (2003). He turned in his best statistical season in 1999, with a .325 batting average, 101 runs scored, 34 stolen bases, 11 home runs and 73 RBI. That year, Glanville also ranked second in the Majors with 204 hits. He accumulated 1,100 hits throughout his career and retired in 2005 with a 293-game errorless streak intact.

Thursday, April 1, 2010
Sean Hannity compliments his audience as "Tim McVeigh wannabees", they cheer...

He's lost a bit of his luster now that Glenn Beck is the wackjob du jour over at Fox News, but make no mistake: Sean Hannity's brain is still as mushy as tapioca pudding that's been left out in the sun...

Carrying on some family traditions...

Declan carries on his father's love for Queen and his Pop Pop's love of fire trucks.

Fiona carries on her mother's curly hair and penchant for overwhelming cuteness...


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