Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year! And Anniversary To B.A.D.

I'd lie to wish everybody a

and a great 2010!

I have to say 2009 was a pretty good year. I said this of 2008...

If I had to grade 2008 I would give it a B. Uneventful on a personal level but after 2006 and 2007 to some extent that's really not a bad thing. There is no question if I stopped and took stock of everything that has happened this year it would be more good than bad by a pretty fair margin.

I'd say the exact same thing of 2009. maybe even better than 2008.

Also it's the 3rd Anniversary of Banned And Dangerous. The original point of this blog was to post the idiocy of Conservative trolls. This pleasant post from Chinaskee was one of the first posts here and it shows how much many Conservatives embrace the "culture of life"

hate to burst all of your bubbles but you leftist schmucks didn't win anything

last November. The Democrats won and you aren't Democrats. Sure you might call
yourself Democrats but in reality you're just a bunch of leftist schmucks. You
won nothing. Ned Lamont lost. Tammy Duckworth lost. In fact the whole entire
"Let's Lynch George W. Bush " crowd lost. You schmucks on this board are nothing
but a shrill and vocal minority who have nobody looking out for you in
Washington. There will be no impeachment. There will be no surrender in the war
on terrorism. None of the things you powerless leftists morons wish for will
come to pass in the next two years. You're the useful idiots Lenin wrote about
and you're all too fucking stupid to even realize it. In closing I only have
this to say. I hope at least one of you America hating scumbags gets yourself killed by a drunk driver tonight. And I mean that most sincerely. And I hope when it happens you bleed for a long time before you finally gasp that final breath. Fuck all of you leftist bastards each and every one.

Chinaskee 12.31.06
- 10:12 pm #

After 2008 and the election of Obama the Chinaskee's of the world have only gotten crazier.; Thank you to everybody for the making the last 3 years great!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Gameday #14 Bowl Game Edition And Open Thread


*Arizona is breaking out new as yet unseen uniforms and helmets tomorrow.

33 VS* 0

Guess the New Arizona uniforms didn't work! First 10 win season since 2003/ First shutout in bowl history. Best game Nebraska has played in years.

Defensive Holiday Bowl MVP Matt O'Hanlon

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Uber Nip Is Pissed That Deb's Family Asked For People To Make Donations To Newshounds In Her Name

Uber's other side starting to show itself

I am really saddened to hear of the passing of Deb.
I have been around for more than four years and got to the point where I could start reading a thread on the mains and know it was by Deb.

I along with almost everyone here will miss her dearly.


On the Mains, is Ellen really asking people to donate to News Hounds because Deborah died?
I can understand family members asking for donations to help in the prevention of the disease that brought down their loved one, but I've never seen an organization use the death of an associate to raise money for their own benefit.
Maybe I'm looking at this wrong and am reacting to an initial gut feeling but that just doesn't seem right.
It's like if the CEO of General Electric died of Parkinsons and GE sent out a press release saying "We would appreciate any donations you could give to help make this company become what our dear departed hoped it would be".
Hopefully I am wrong and I am missing something.
I welcome corrections.

Don't get your panties in a wad Ubernip NOBODY is forcing you to part with your money. You can continue to use it for your usual pursuits. Whiskey and Brett Favre posters.

NFL Week 16 Comments & Thoughts

Since my Chargers have wrapped up the no.2 seed on x-mas night (and in convincing fashion), I can finally watch Week 16 without yelling at my HDTV. Good feeling.

* the AFC picture is still murky, but the remaining seeds are set in stone: Indianapolis and San Diego have by weeks thought the Wild-Card Weekend (the Colts have home-field advantage for the rest of the playoffs); New England beats Jacksonville 35-7, wrapping up the AFC East; and Cincinnati wins against Kansas City 17-10, they claim the AFC North. The last loose ends to be taken care of are the remaining Wild-Card slots, and the 3rd and 4th seeds.

*Speaking of Wild Card spots: the Jaguars and Dolphins are both out thanks to those losses today, meanwhile the Pittsburgh Steelers stay alive by beating the Baltimore Ravens 23-20. Gotta give Big Ben credit: just when we thought the Steel Curtain had all but fallen against Cleveland, they get their shit together and stringed together a set of wins that signify, to me, the Chargers aren't the only dangerous team to look out for, should the Steelers get in.

Late Edit: More thoughts:

* The New York Jets beat the unbeaten Colts. Wait a minute, what the f@^k!?

* The Saints also lost again as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It's one thing to lose against a desperate team trying to stay alive in the postseason hunt. What does it say when you lose to a team with nothing to lose (and a team that's 2-12 on the season no less)?

* If there was a playoff-hopeful team that doesn't deserve to be in the postseason, it's the New York Giants. If you're a fan and you watched that monstrosity of a game, you have my sympathies. No heart and sure as hell demonstrated no pride for the fact that this was their last game at Giants stadium. As a result, the G-men get trounced by Carolina 41-9.

Thoughts And Prayers For Deb and Her Family.

Sadly Newshounds Deborah had passed away after a year long battle with an Brain aneurysm. Our thoughts and prayers go to her family and the Newshounds family.

Friday, December 25, 2009

What Did You Get For Christmas

Incomplete list but among the things the Count got were...

2000, 2001 Nebraska Cornhusker football seasons on DVD
Nebraska's Greatest Games DVD set
Lots of music including Beatles Boxset
Cigars, Cigars and More Cigars ( many the Count bought for himself)
New Coat
Gift Card from Borders
3 Books all on the subject of James Bond

How did you do?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

'Tis only a step foreword

But an important step nonetheless.

Without a single Republican vote, the United States Senate passed a sweeping health care reform bill in a landslide, shortly after 7:00 in the morning on Christmas Eve. After months of intense back and forth, and more than three weeks of continuous floor debate, the bill moved through the Senate by a gaping 60-39 margin.

The House of Representatives previously passed a much stronger version of reform with a tighter 220-215 margin. The two versions will now be merged in conference committee negotiations, with the House pushing for more generous subsidies for those required to buy insurance and the Senate attempting to hold the line. The cross-Capitol negotiations will not involve the Republican Party.

Am I deeply disappointed that there isn't a public option or an expansion of Medicare? Yeah. The important thing is that we, finally, after decades of debates and setbacks, are beginning to reform our broken healthcare system. It's far from perfect, but that's why there's the conference to merge the House and Senate bills over the next few months. Be joyful that we got the damn bill and passed!

In the words of the late, great Ted Kennedy: "The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die."

Merry Christmas And Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas if you prefer. For those of you who may get upset if we don't mention the Lord Jesus, the reason many celebrate this the most sacred holiday we don't wish to offend so this is for you...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Not even during the winter holidays can Obama catch a break from conservatives

My take on a conservative rooting for President Obama can be found at Jonathan's Corner. Please read and comment, and the Count is more than welcome to cut-and-paste my post onto B&D if he wishes.

Edit From The Count: Good stuff Jonathan I do not agree that saying bad things about our government on December 23rd is some kind of sin akin to saying something bad about a person after their death. I do find this quote from Blankley quite funny though...

Taking stock this second Christmas after the election of Barack Obama to the presidency, as a conservative Republican (with growing tea-party tendencies) I'm filled with a thrilling, unexpected hopefulness that the president may be well on his way to losing his battle for the hearts and minds of the American people -- tempered by a shocked disbelief that so much long-term damage could have been perpetrated on the American economy, national security and way of life in just 11 months of ill-judged governance.

I remember when uttering such a statement made you an unpatriotic American. He's your President dammit! even if you disagree with him you can't say anything against him? Remember that? I think it was all the way back in 2007, Blankley's (perfect name BTW) real problem is there is a Black man is the most powerful man in the world setting policy on his racist White ass. That's why he feels teabagger tendencies more and more. Of course I have long suspected he was teabaging Newt.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Very Sad Newshounds News

As you know we have subhumans who leave comments on this blog so comments will be restricted on this thread. Ralphy fan and Jonathan can edit to leave comments if they choose.

Ellen wrote: I'd like to pause the blog for a while in honor of Deborah Yesner, a founding News Hound and my dear friend. As many of you know, Deb suffered a brain aneurysm about 14 months ago and has been quite ill ever since. I received some sad news from her family today that rather than perform yet another treatment (this time a spinal tap) that would save her life but not offer any real improvement, they have decided to let her pass peacefully. The tragic part is that her health insurance would never pay for the kind of long term care she needed. The result was that she'd go to the hospital with an infection or complication, get released once acute care was no longer needed, then go back to a nursing facility that could not adequately handle her case. Then she'd develop some other problem that started the cycle all over again. For much of the time, her husband took on the exhausting chore of caring of her at home because he felt she got better care. Her family feels that had she been able to go to a better facility, she would have had a fighting chance.

Deb is expected to pass within 24 hours. Please hold her and her family in your thoughts and prayers. This blog meant the world to her and I believe your good wishes will touch her in some way. The family has asked that instead of cards and flowers, that some kind of donation be made to a political cause, possibly about blogging. I'm researching possibilities now and will get back with more details. If anyone has any suggestions, please leave a comment.

40th Anniversary Of The Ultimate Bond Fan Boys Bond Film

On Her Majesty's Secret Service debuted on December 18th 1969 in both Great Britain and The States. In 40 years the film has gone from Mild success to being completely forgotten to becoming one of if not the most popular films of the entire series with it's most hard core fan base. In this case the fan boys of which sadly I am one get it right.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Just to make it official

Another Version Of The Christmas Carol

Went and saw it today. The Good news is that it's a good Well made, very well made movie and technically there are few complaints but somehow the story gets lost and sometimes buried deep in an attempt to wow us with what they can do with animation these days. When the selling point is look it's slick and it's in 3D you know the movie may suffer just a little. Now to be sure this was IMHO a good movie. I want to be clear about that but for all it had in it's technical brilliance it somehow lacked a soul. At times especially in that next to last act with the Ghost of Christmas future I found myself wanting less chase scenes and 3D wizardry and more of a story.

You know the story of course, (this is the what 10th million version?) so whether or not you'll like this depends on whether or not you like the story. I happen to love it. In My Opinion this is on par with the 1984 George C. Scott Television movie version and not as good as the 1951 Alistar Sim version which is the best version IMHO.

And about the Kids. I read some where there is some controversy about whether or not it really appropriate for kids. I think once upon a time this would have scared the hell out of most kids but today I am not so sure. I would not recommend taking kids younger than say 6 but that's me. The scenes that may scare little ones are the opening scenes with Marley in a casket, everything with Marley in fact, and the end of the scene with the ghost of Christmas Present. The theater I was at had quite a few kids and none of them seemed to get too scared. The worst I heard was a child say mommy that's scary but they didn't seemed too spooked that's for sure.

Anyway I like it. I liked it a lot but I could have used a little less bloat and I fear for the day when we may go to the theater and watch a Video game. I better stay completely away from Avatar huh?

A Christmas Carol ****/*****

An Answer For Billy

I really didn't want to make another football thread here but I don't want to junk up Newshounds anymore.

Billy Nip has a huge man crush ( hell it's a crush period) on Brett Favre And in a failed attempt to cover for the oncoming failure of his special little guy...and Brett Favre he is now trying to claim using sarcasm that the season has been a success because Minnesota has done exactly what they did last year...

I'm sorry Count,

Let me try to make this a little clearer.

I admit I was wrong. The Vikings obviously have no chance of making it into the Play-Offs.
And I concede that the main reason is because Bret Favre is their Quarterback.

I appologize for all the remarks I made when you said Favre was washed up and could not perform.

You win!

But I am curious as to why you asked someone named John to help you out. I went back over all the posts on this thread and couldn't find a "John".

But that doesn't matter. The important thing is that the vikings didn't make the Play-Offs so you were right and I was wrong.

I see you are making your usual drunk attempt to make a point using sarcasm and pointing out the Vikings have done exactly what they did last year with Tavarius Jackson with a much tougher schedule BTW and trying to tell me that was the point of their 25 million dollar investment.

Here is the truth Billy. Unless your boyfriend finds a way to actually produce something like a SuperBowl appearance Then that investment will go down as a colossal failure. When the Vikings signed your Man love people said all they needed was a quarterback and they were Superbowl contenders. Well guess what Billy? here we are getting down to crunch time and I'll be damned if it isn't looking like all the Vikings need to be a Superbowl contender is a Quarterback.

Now he can still make me liar and fulfill all you secret desires and take this team to a Superbowl but he's got to play a lot better than he did tonight or 2 weeks ago.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Ladies and gentlemen, the AFC West Champions

For the fourth year in a row.

SAN DIEGO — Thanks to the help of others, a playoff berth came easy to the Chargers on Sunday. Effortlessly, even. Their fifth AFC West Division title in six years wasn't so simple, no thanks to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Pushed to the limit by the Bengals, the Chargers needed a picture-perfect 52-yard field goal by Nate Kaeding with just three seconds remaining for their ninth straight victory, a 27-24 triumph that ultimately delivered another division crown to the Chargers (11-3). Only moments later, the Oakland Raiders sealed an upset victory over the Denver Broncos, meaning the Chargers were three games up on the Broncos with two games to go in the regular season.

If you're keeping score, it's San Diego's fourth consecutive title since Philip Rivers assumed the QB position after releasing Drew Brees to the New Orleans Saints in 2006, the third under Norv Turner, and their fifth title in six years (2004, 2006-2009).

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dallas beats New Orleans

Wait, what!? Didn't someone tell Jerry Jones that it's the month of December?

In all seriousness, tip your hat to this Cowboys team. They desperately needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, and beat a tough New Orleans team on their turf.

Oh, shut it Perry!

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas: Al Gore has "gone to hell."

"Did you get religion? Did he get religion?" a man in the crowd asked. "What has happened since then?" The Republican governor used to be a Democrat; he worked for Gore's presidential campaign in 1988.

"I certainly got religion," Perry said. "I think he's gone to hell."

I say: up yours, dickhead.

First, and foremost, I know this is just a stunt to win brownie points with his base, but I detest the immature, bully-boy tactics right-wing a-holes like Rick Perry use. I wish politicians wouldn't talk down to us like we're fucking children, but this is America, we're not that bright to connect the dots, so shit has to be broken down for us to understand.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Life Lessons

Back maybe a year or two ago...or possibly three or more at this point I was having an argument with the wife when I yelled let me out of the God damn car now.

Now seeing as how we were in an area of town that I was not familiar with at all and it was too far to walk back home I figured I would get out she would tell me to get back in the car and all would be good. I got out of the car and she called my bluff and drove off. Lesson don't argue with a pissed off woman in a vehicle.

Tiger Woods has learned this lesson and look where it got him. Last night Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henery apparently jumped into the bed of his fiance's truck as she was driving off during a domestic dispute. The first caller to the police said there was a man beating on the back of the window of the truck a woman was driving the second caller said he was lying unconscious in the street. Sadly he died today from his injuries. Now Henery has had issues other than the one which brought about his untimely and unfortunate death. But there is a lesson to be learned from the man. If the wife, Girlfriend, Fiance etc is pissed off don't jump in her truck bed or any other bed she might own for that matter. Let her go away and cool off.

If she's driving your truck report her ass to the police. Or if your making Chris Henery money, assuming it's not all gone the way of drugs and booze just buy another damn truck.

I learned my lesson that night in Papillion wondering around until the wife came back and we went out to eat and dropped the argument Chris Henery won't get a chance to be smarter next time.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

This Has Much To Do With Tiger Woods As Black Women Hating White Folks

Haven't posted troll droppings in awhile. From the Newshounds thread where Hannity blamed Tiger Woods troubles on Black Women hating white folks...

Meanwhile Newshounds obsesses with defending black racists like James Rucker, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Malik Shabazz, and Louis Farakkhan. ANd what ever problems Tiger Woods has is Tiger Woods's own fault. Can't blame Fox this time. But blaming others for problems they didn't cause (Duke lacrosse rape hoax, anyone) is the way of the Democratic Party.

OOH! Jeremiah Nerve Touched! Response Rendered! Film at 11.

'Allo, Mes Amis! Apparent "Clueless Liberal" here, addressing Jeremiah's rebuttal. By the way, Jer, thanks for confirming that you read Count Istvan's blog and that it touches a nerve. All to the good, IMO.

Now, to the chase!

immigrants from England to America in the 1500s-1600s

Did I restrict the time period? Oh, no. You presumed that I placed it in Puritan terms, Jer, when in fact my comment on "successive waves" of immigrants suggested a greater progression across time. Consider the bias and prejudice that the Irish immigrant population initially encountered during the heyday of Ellis Island, for instance. If you think that your Puritanical thinking governed in that day, then you are delusional.

Thus, without God, there is no reason, purpose or meaning in governing bodies, or life in general for that matter. It becomes chaos, which I will explain later on in more detail.

Oh, please do.

On to the larger question of the humanities. Jer states:

What gives art, music, drama, and literature their meaning? What, ultimately, is the driving force behind the things he's listed? When we look at today's "artistry, musicals, dramas, and literature" we can see that, in all of it, to some degree or another, it has been touched by atheism.

I could tell right from the start, that what was being depicted by the minds of these paintings was a sense of meaninglessness. Which is what atheism really does, it creates in the minds and hearts of individuals who've indulged in every pleasure and then come away totally empty of any true meaning, in essence, devoid of a conscience, and therefore, they could not comprehend the purpose of their existence., Jer, any artwork that doesn't cry out to you glorifying Jesus is devoid of merit? Why am I not remotely surprised at this?

Yes, indeed they (Herbert Marcuse, Margaret Sanger, and Madalyn Murray O'Hair) spoke their minds...but now they tell a different story, and if only RalphyFan could listen to their story...he might have a different outlook on things. All three of them died lonely souls, and all because they chose to use their limited authority to satisfy themselves and their worldly pleasures, and it robbed them of the only gift they would ever have, eternal life. Pity!

How do you know in what state of mind they died, Jer?

Seriously. I'd be interested to know.

Take the scenario then, that RalphyFan puts forward for us...he says, "tolerating multicultural points of view works well in Canada," instead of using logic and facts, we see RalphyFan resorting to mere reaction, because he has an agenda, or desired outcome in mind, and what might this outcome be? If you look at it on eye level with the atheist himself, you can see very clearly that the answer is for that subversion to radical egalitarian philosophy that liberals use in the forefront to their ultimate goal of a communist society...we see this taking place in a variety of places that encompasses the globe, most notably here in the U.S., in Canada, and in Europe...and Europe has gone so far now that they're on their way out. But more to the point, where does each culture fall into the line of multiculturalist society? We have to remember that the pecking order is different under the governance of multiculturalist ultimately becomes the centerpiece for all philosophying, governing and most all decision making in general, and dictates that all systems of thought or governing are "equal," but when we look deeper, just underneath the surface we see that this isn't true, those of us who are the most tolerant so to speak, are the ones who then become targets by the government and other agencies of earthly authority, object of ridicule, hate and a conceited effort to place man on a pedestal "higher than God."

Wow. That's even a bigger run-on sentence than in your prior post, Jer. Maybe a refresher course in English is needed?

Notice then the particular faith that RalphyFan wishes to level the bulk of his critique against...yep, you guessed it, none other than an atheist would, at Jesus and His followers. Why? It is for the fact that they recognizes the truth of Jesus' message, and they can't stand that with all passion. Suffice it to say, RalphFan goes off onto a hysterical rant about how he thinks I view other religions. It's evident that he has found pleasure in the material world of which he builds his worldview, yet he is empty inwardly. Devoid of a conscience. I don't know, maybe it's a waste of time to debate such farcical ramblings, but clearly, RalphyFan is a good example of dire situation that our world and especially our own world is in.

Jer, you are a fool and a tool. You have not the remotest notion of my spiritual point of view, nor my conscience. You filter everything through your own narrow lens of your personal point of view. I see you for what you are - a religious bigot who chooses to marginalize anyone who disagrees with his personal, restrictive, retrograde viewpoint.

Thank goodness most sane denizens of the Internet(s) don't subscribe to your view.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Reflections on Tolerance - a Jeremiah-Inspired Expose

So, in his latest screed, our pal Jeremiah waxes philosophical about "The Culture." Which, presumably, means what "The Culture" has devolved to since its pristine, halcyon days of pious, uber-Christian purity that he so idolizes.

Deconstruction thereof, incoming.

He begins by stating that: Our society (America's) has went from a fairly stable culture, to one that is more of a got started through the establishment of tolerance for differing cultures and lifestyles.

Excuse me...did not successive waves of immigrants land upon these shores with "differing cultures and lifestyles," specifically to escape the kind of repression in their land(s) of origin which Jeremiah now seems to espouse as the dictatorial, ideal societal structure? Survival of the first as opposed to survival of the fittest, eh? Let's stir that ol' Melting Pot, Jer. So long as it only has "American" cheese in it, apparently.

He goes on to enumerate all the things he feels make up "culture." I'll spare you the gory details but just state, for the record, that there is very little therein that most of us would look upon as "cultural." He waxes lyrical on transportation, machines, tools, communications - all very utilitarian elements. Nothing at all about the things that supposedly make us "human." You know. Art. Music. Drama. Literature. For Jeremiah, "culture" is limited to expedience.

And then it comes down to that scary communication tool, the Internet: Too, the Internet helps us to communicate and socialize with different people that we most likely would never have the opportunity to in-person. Like the hammer, however, all things can be used for either constructive or destructive, positive or negative, good or bad, basically right or wrong purposes.

When we keep things in purity, and in their original state, they usually work quite well, but when mixing cultures, then that is just asking for a deadly recipe for disaster.

Oh, heavens forfend! How shall we preserve our pure selves from this scourge of Exposure To Other People's Ideas?

So Jer steps back - with some grammatical stumbles - to the beginning: American began as a Christian nation, all the Founders' and always will be, despite the liberal critics who redefine history to mean otherwise. The men who drafted and ratified our timeless Constitution, were the most honorable of Christians. [sic.]

Except, er, no. I could expound on how many of the Founders were Deists rather than Christians in the Jeremian sense, and how insistent they were that no religious test be imposed for citizenship or public office...but he would hold his breath until he turned blue while I did so, and that would be counterproductive for us both.

Jer then zeroes in on his targets: Herbert Marcuse, Margaret Sanger, and Madalyn Murray O'Hair. Marcuse, the enemy of capitalism (which of course Christ would have supported wholesale: might even have endorsed Madoff's scheme...); Sanger, persona non grata for advocating OBSCENITY! Oh, the horror; and of course O'Hair, giving prayers and Bible readings the boot from public schools which are not, after all, Sunday Schools. DAMN those uppity women speaking their minds!

From those times forward, we have seen each succeeding generation being brainwashed with ever-more grotesque and Satanic ideology. Oh, yeah, Jer. Whatever you don't advocate MUST be Satanic by default.

What we can gather from this, then, is that the goal or direction of multiculturalism is the effect that is to be had in a multiculturalist mindset of tolerance for the customs of differing backgrounds or cultures, for sexual orientation and then enforcing a code of political correctness that entails a "right to not be offended," in other words, everything is supposedly to be tolerated without reference to norms or precedent, such as the foundation of prayer and Bible reading that was established in our nation's schools with its hope and wisdom was forced out because one woman was offended, and to other a cross by the side of the highway, if someone is offended by it, most usually a representative for the ACLU (Anti-Christian Lawyers Union) they seek a court order to have it removed, or if a college football team has prayer before their game-time asking God to keep them safe and keep them in good spirits, if an ACLU member sees them, they usually seek a court order to have the prayers stopped.

OK, Jer. Apart from that being the longest run-on sentence ever memorialized on this Series Of many illogical leaps you hurdle, here, I can barely keep up. Tolerating multicultural points of view (which I would just observe, seems to work quite well up here in Godless Canada) apparently equates to Tolerating The Gay, to assuming that one faith has an historic right to promote itself without check, while all others are to just put up and shut up...

Are we seeing a pattern of self-imposed victimization here?

From there, Jer goes on to quote chapter and verse for why he feels the need to incessantly prosyletize, and on the evils of idolatry. I'll skip the rant for the good bits: Our Educational Institutions have played the largest role in destroying this nation politically and philosophically, and who are the most vociferous proponents of multiculturalism as you can imagine, because it leads to the mixing up of cultures which leads to a polytheistic nation, which means "a belief in many gods," forcing the idea that all cultures are "equal" to each other, when in Wester Culture we know that not all cultures are ethically equal.

Dear me, that we should be a "polytheistic nation." Oh, wait! We already are! Hate to break it to you, Jer, but I went though K-12 with Jewish kids. Yeah. They took off Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. I bet you had a similar experience. Were you as outraged then as you are, now, online? Did their devotion to Yahweh over your Jesus piss you off so much at the time? Noooo, I wonder if your ire isn't reserved for all that you perceive as totally "other" than your own beliefs. Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Wicca, etc. If it doesn't touch upon Israel, it doesn't belong in "Wester" [sic.] culture.

At the end of the day, Jer, you are one arrogant son of a bitch. Because you have the gall to try to dictate to others how they should live their lives according to your preferred beliefs. And, furthermore, to shunt the blame onto institutions that strive to be faith-blind, and deliver all kids a decent education rather than the Bible-thumping indoctrination you apparently would prefer.

I am newly glad that you have no children.

Has There Ever Been A More Scathing Book On Conservatism?

The only book I can think of that is as harsh on Conservatism or harsher is the Bible which is why some Conservatives feel the need to re-write it.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Does the Count know who this dude is?

Escape Goat from the News Hounds O/T Forum says that you do.

Edit From The Count : Yup I know who he is and Goat is right. Here is what I wrote in August 2006 on Count Istvan's Castle

This is Pete Ricketts Republican candidate for the Nebraska Senatorial race and he is the first to tell you he is full of Nebraska values, morality and shit like that there

And he is also an OBVIOUS HOMOSEXUAL
And it's not like it isn't obvious Pete. I mean you are Jeff Gannon with a bank account and a small amount of pride still left intact. Think about Jeff, I mean Pete do you really want to stay in the senate race and embarrass your family? If you got elected, and the shit hits the fan, and trust me Pete it will, your entire family and all your business community friends will be hurt by the embarrassment, do you really want this? I didn't think so!

Here is the Count's advice free of charge to you. if you don't want to admit you are Nebraska's Jeff Gannon drop out of the race because your "wife and family wanted you to" then we don't have to vote for the worthless Ben Nelson out of fear that a total nut case like you could win. I tell you it's a win win situation for everybody. Or you can admit the obvious and that are homosexual and continue to run. You won't win but I would at least have more respect for you. (ok not much more, but more) Finally you can keep the charade of being Pete Ricketts family man who invented conservative morals and values and take a chance on winning only to embarrass all of your loved ones. Tell me Pete Is it worth it just to be the Senator of Nebraska and cut your taxes a little more?

Jeff Gannon Republican homosexual man whore.

Pete Ricketts Republican homosexual man whore.

*before somebody gets on here and waste my time with you are "homophobic" garbage being an Obvious homosexual is not the Pete Ricketts crime. The fact that he is damn self-hating and hypocritical about it is.


Three years later I stick by that.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Heisman Trophy Presentation...

For the first time since 2001 Nebraska fans have a reason to watch. Ndamukong Suh has already won the Nagurski, Bednarik, Outland and Lombardi awards tonight he goes for the BIG one. No defensive only player has ever won the award.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

35% of Republicans think Pres. Obama should be imeached


Finally 20% of voters, including 35% of Republicans, support impeaching Obama for his actions so far. I'm not clear exactly what 'high crimes and misdemeanors' they are using to justify that position but there may be a certain segment of voters on both the right and the left these days that simply think the President doing things they don't agree with is grounds for removal from office. I don't think Obama has a lot to worry about on that front.

Also troubling in this poll: 44% of Americans wish Dubaya Jr. were back in charge. Yeah, because things were going so well before Obama entered the White House.

Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama's declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush, with 44% saying they'd rather have his predecessor. Given the horrendous approval ratings Bush showed during his final term that's somewhat of a surprise and an indication that voters are increasingly placing the blame on Obama for the country's difficulties instead of giving him space because of the tough situation he inherited. The closeness in the Obama/Bush numbers also has implications for the 2010 elections. Using the Bush card may not be particularly effective for Democrats anymore, which is good news generally for Republicans and especially ones like Rob Portman who are running for office and have close ties to the former President.

Of course, the mental asylum over at Blogs For Victory are salivating over these poll numbers, and a few of the resident mental patients are going over the top with their comments, just as I knew they would.

uffy says:
December 10th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

I don’t want Bush back anymore than I want Obama the Corrupt Dem in office. What I find absolutely fascinating is the complete change in our democratic republic to a Marxist ideology and no one doing a thing about it.
The only people I see standing up to Obama are Palin and Cheney. Glen Beck had the guts to call Obama a Marxist. Obama and his corrupt DEM admin should be tried and prosecuted for unAmerican activities. The next TEA Party on DC should be a million all packing guns and surrounding the WH and Congressional Building.
Am I calling for an armed revolution? You betcha!

I bet if I told uffy to tell me what Marxism really is about, he wouldn't know jack. If he did, he would know that Marxism gets a bad rap thank to dictators like Lenin and Fidel, who never followed Marx's ideals of a socialist utopia to the letter.
Or that Marx's greatest flaw in his economic theory is that the dictator proletariat would somehow give up their power willingly after social order is restored and communism begins to seep into the society.
But first, that would require two things: reading and critical thinking skills.

Second, uffy is calling for the overthrow of the federal government, which i'm pretty sure constitutes as treason.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009

99% certain

San Diego Bound My hunch is Arizona. We shall find out tomorrow night.

Tis' Official. Nebraska Vs Arizona

The Ones That Mattered:The 100 best films of the decade - Redux

I've finally begun listing the 100 best films, spanning from 2000-2009. Parts one and two are up and ready for discussion over at Jonathan's Corner, and I will have the full list posted on here once completed.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Weekend Football And Open Thread


Big XII Championship edition

13 12

The Big XII Gives their poster boys one extra second to win game. extremely proud of Nebraska tonight.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Look At This

From Wikipedia...

U.S. President George W. Bush during the 2007 State of the Union Address. Note the tinted transparent conference teleprompters on either side of his lectern.


You mean other Presidents have used them?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Palin is now a "Birther:" Or Hypocrite...Opportunist, Part III

I've resisted temptation to use this term to describe former Governor of Alaska and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, even when she used her own Down Syndrome son to politicize Obama's health care plan, but after today's revelation that she has now joined the 'birther' club, I feel that this title is actually appropriate.

Sarah Palin is a cold, calculating, opportunistic bitch. There's no way in hell she believes the "birther" movement nonsense, but if it's one more tool she can use to discredit her opponent and fire up her ignorant base of uneducated Southern rednecks, then the ends justify the means in her world.

Sarah Palin is the embodiment that I have become to truly loathe about the GOP: she, like the party, are true cynics; Palin knows better than to spout off the death pannels BS or to support the conspiracy theory that President Obama isn't a natural-born citizen. But she, like the GOP, knows that their base doesn't know any better, or are just plain stupid, so they create this false boogeyman to scare and create resentment, or stir up deep-seed misgiving against other minorities to get their base to come out in waves. It's political opportunism in its ugliest form, and it shows the darker angels in the human condition where a person can show very little respect or display an ounce of humility for their opponent; they only see them as a threat that must be swiftly and quickly neutralized.

Mark Mangino Officially Out At Kansas

One of the coaches you would have thought at the beginning of the year was as safe as a coach could be has reached a financial settlement to resign tonight. Kansas started 5-0 and was ranked 15th in the country then came a 7 game losing streak and stories of abusive behavior by Mangino towards his players and other people around Campus. Several ex players and campus employees came forward to tell their tales of verbal and physical abuse.

There is another factor at play. Kansas was trying to raise $34 million dollars for luxury boxes and many in the Kansas athletic department felt that the obese Mangino was not the best representative of the university. 2 years ago Mangino took the Jayhawks to an Orange Bowl Victory which capped a 12-1 season the best in KU history. Many felt at the time Mangino would have gotten a better job offer if not for the fact that he weighed between 450 and 500 pounds. This is an issue that goes beyond football like it or not you have a much harder time finding and keeping employment if you are obese.

Mangino needs to take at least a year off lose some weight maybe take some classes on people skills. No doubt in my mind that he could find another job quite easily if he did those things.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Honk If You Don't Give A Shit

Never liked the guy, don't give a flying fuck about his transgressions. Really And now they aren't even talking about the Big XII Championship game on local sports shows because of this clown. Really I don't turn on Unsportsmanlike Conduct to hear about this clowns "transgressions". Really to hell with Tiger Woods.

Got Started On Christmas Shopping Tonight.

Got the Important Family Members shopped for. I bought the gifts for the Cats and Dogs.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Katharine DeBrecht Has Written Another Childrens Book

Just in time for Christmas. I wonder if this will be a better seller than her last book Help Mom! Dad's in Argentina!

What the fuck is wrong with these people?

Not so much Mark Noonan's latest diatribe about the Left in America has brought us down and how he vows to passionately fight for the America he and his father remember, but rather, the inane comments that round out any enjoyable, disturbing, and jaw-dropping read about the topics of the day from Noonan's point-of-view.

neocon1 says:
November 29th, 2009 at 9:31 am

A couple I know a couple I just met and my wife and I were astounded by the anger against obummer and his lunatic commie regime.

What used to be whispered about is now being LOUDLY and defiantly proclaimed.
My wife and I were both taken aback by the rage and defiance that is building.

There was OPEN talk of coming warfare in the streets of America and how they were preparing. These arent racist kooks,or malitia types, these are regular men who are looking around and saying what the F happened to my country? ….scary times indeed

First, if neocon1 took a political science course in college (which I am currently doing), or even look up the definition of the word 'communism' in the dictionary, then observe the economic policies of the Obama administration, he would know that the President is in no way, shape or form, a communist. Then again, that would require neocon1 to a.) read something and b.) turn off Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.
Second, I'd love to see those people neocon1 was talking about, actually put their money where they're mouths are, grab some firearms and fire the first shots. More than likely they'll be on the evening news, either in the back of a cop car or in a black bag ready to be sent off to the morgue.

js02 says:
November 29th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

the only difference is dignity

its easy to tell then from now…then they called sodomy sodomy…now they call it a civil right…then they called abortion murder…now they call it…a right…then they cheered on TV programs that contained moral behavior…now they cheer on TV programs filled with obscenties and lewd behavior…

Then, they also discriminated, beat to a pulp, and, in some cases, kill men and women who were proud to openly be gay; then, women were seeking unsafe, back-alley abortion 'doctors' who risked further damage to their reproductive organs; and then, TV programs depicted minorities and women as crude stereotypes. Tell me, where's the dignity with your generation then, eh?

This is but a taste of the crap Mark willingly allows on his blog, btw.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thansgiving To All

A Poem For Our Friend Jeremiah

Well, Jeremiah's at it again, this time lauding a poem about how dysfunctional the public schools are because they don't fall in line with his personal principles and push his religious agenda. I thought that rather than refute him at his place - which would take several posts because, you know me, I can't use one word when a dozen will do! - I'd offer him a very special ode here. Enjoy, Jer! Don't expend all the resulting angst in one place.

- - - - - -

Over at Jeremiah’s place
It’s easy to predict the pace.
Each day the same myopic screed:
To thump his book he feels the need.
It’s not enough for good ol’ Jer
To grant the kids their silent prayer.
No, he insists they ought to yell
How all the rest are bound for hell.

What if the student next to you
Is Muslim, Pagan, or a Jew?
The very fact that they exist
Leaves Jeremiah feeling pissed.
Their faith, it makes his feelings hurt,
Provides a mandate to convert.
And if they should not heed his moaning,
The fallback option might be stoning.

Diversity? Jer runs in fear
That there might be non-Christians here:
His neighbors, colleagues…can it be
Not everyone believes as he?
It must not stand! HE knows the way!
No-one else is allowed to say –
Or, horror worse, to disagree
With what Jeremiah says must be.

So, study world cultures? Why?
They’re heathen. They deserve to die.
And call our President a Commie!
(As he’s Obama, and not Ronnie.)
Dear Sarah Palin is our Queen:
The runner-up, Carrie Prejean…
Just overlook their jackanapes
With unwed teens and home sex tapes.
Rabid right-wingers get a pass,
And every liberal flunks the class.

Suggest that government and laws
Are secular, and not all God’s,
He’ll be on you ere you can blink.
Kids must OBEY – they’re not to THINK.

He’d take us back to halcyon days,
Apparently with no teen moms, or gays;
In fact, he seems to truly believe
In a world made up of Ward and the Beave.

Hey, Jer – wake from your pious snooze!
For your 411 we have some news.
First, church is church, and school is school.
My child’s desk is not your pew.
You’re bugged your religion’s not for me?
Too bad. It’s a democracy.
We’re all entitled to our faith
(Even those that make you feel unsafe).
Indoctrinate your kids at home:
But, during the week, leave mine alone.

I could care less if you and yours
Hang out and pray in the corridors,
Ring round the flagpole at recess
Your beliefs freely to express.

But you’re not satisfied with that.
You want to govern by fiat,
To have the schools speak with your voice,
To offer no thought, no reasoned choice.
Instead of science, lit and math,
With sermons you would line the path,
Stifling youthful inquiry
With visions of the world you see.

How glad I am my daughter’s part
Of a school that values being smart,
And worries less about if you pray
Than about what you know, and feel, and say.

But, I have no illusions, Jer.
I doubt you’ll change by even a hair.
You’ll go on thinking it’s your place
To push your faith on the human race,
Demanding that we all fall in line
With your own personal view of the Divine.

And in conclusion, I’ll just say this –
Thank God (ALL gods!) that you’ve no kids.
They’d end up more messed up by far
Than any public school students are.

Now take your Bible and your God,
And off, as they say, be pleased to “sod.”

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Obama to unveil new Afghan War strategy next week

And he's putting more boots on the ground.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House braced for a tough sell of President Barack Obama's long-awaited decision on whether to commit tens of thousands of new U.S. forces to the stalemated war in Afghanistan, even as the president met Monday with top advisers for the last major discussion before an announcement "within days."

Military officials and others expect Obama to settle on a middle-ground option that would deploy an eventual 32,000 to 35,000 U.S. forces to the 8-year-old conflict. That rough figure has stood as the most likely option since before Obama's last large war council meeting earlier this month, when he tasked military planners with rearranging the timing and makeup of some of the deployments.

The president has said with increasing frequency in recent days that a big piece of the rethinking of options that he ordered had to do with building an exit strategy into the announcement -- in other words, revising the options presented to him to clarify when U.S. troops would turn over responsibility to the Afghan government and under what conditions.

As White House press secretary Robert Gibbs put it to reporters on Monday, it's "not just how we get people there, but what's the strategy for getting them out."

I think Obama is making the wrong decision here. The Soviets tried to occupy Afghanistan back in the 80's and the end result was their withdrawl from the region in '89 and throwing countless amounts of money and resorces, essentially, down the tolilet. Then again, he might know what he's doing, and I could be wrong about the whole thing. I pray it's the latter.

Thank You

I was wondering If I was the only person who felt this way credit

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Weekend Football And Open Thread


17 3

In case you didn't hear or you've been reading the Grand Island Independent Message Board and got confused Nebraska beat Kansas State 17-3 and secured a trip to Arlington Texas to play in the Big XII championship game against Texas. So why after a division deciding win that locked up the goal the team had set at the start of the year would some fans be so upset? Some of it is guilt by association. The hatred is geared toward offensive coordinator Sean Watson who was brought in by Bill Callahan. Last year Nebraska had a very good offense and while there were still some who hate Watson because of that fact most didn't express it because the offense was working. This year there has been New QB's, a below average wide receiving corps, a thin backfield that has battled injuries and an average offensive line the numbers haven't been there and it's allowed the "Watson is a Callahan guy" hatred to come to the surface.

There is another reason why some Nebraska fans are so upset even after the big win last night. Nebraska won 17-3 a 14 point spread. Late in the first half Nebraska blew a scoring opportunity throwing an interception in the end-zone. Had Nebraska thrown the ball away and kicked a field goal there they probably win 20-3 and you wouldn't see near the complaining. Would 3 points have made that much difference in the game or made Nebraska's performance any better? Nope but it would have given them a 17 point win in a game where the spread was 16 points. So if you're wondering why so many people who profess to be "happy" are bitching like Clint Eastwood telling kids to get off their lawn losing money can take the fun out of a big win. Of course if you were dumb enough to put money on a bad offense with that big a number you deserve to be miserable. Oh an of course the same people bitching that Nebraska didn't win big enough against a bad team are the same people who swore Nebraska wouldn't even win the game 3 weeks ago. Funny how that works.

Before I give my grades why was Erin Andrews wearing a parka and a scarf last night when the temperature was in the 50's? I have to ask.

Offense: C. I think after Nebraska got up 17-3 early in the third quarter they put it in the tank to be honest with you. Figuring that Kansas State wouldn't dent Nebraska for 14 points they just called plays that couldn't result in big mistakes that would let KSU back in the game. They got very conservative. In the first half Nebraska moved the ball well but with both teams eating up the clock that only meant a 10-3 lead. Then they made their only "big" mistake. Zac Lee Threw it late over the middle in the end-zone and instead of going up 13-3 or 17-3 the lead stayed 10-3 at half. Zac Lee didn't have a good game IMHO. His numbers were fine but his decision making seemed to revert back to early season after two weeks of managing the game well. On third down on the mentioned possession he rolled out and took a sack when he should have thrown the ball away. On the next play he threw the pick. Before the end of the half he could have ran for a first down and kept the drive alive but he threw an incomplete pass instead. Bo Pelini ripped into him for that one as he came off the field. Lee got blown up on a blindside blitz on an option pass. Credit KSU for a perfect defensive call but Lee should have been able to read it and checked to another play.

Roy Helu had a tough day churning out 95 yards on 25+ carries but he also had a touchdown. For better or worse Nebraska's tight-ends and receivers were what they have been all year. Drew Young, Mike McNeil and Nyles Paul had nice games but rest were once again MIA. Are Gillylen, Holt or Brooks still on the team?

Defense: B+ Last week Kansas scored 17 points and people wondered what was wrong. This week Kansas State scored 3 points and people wondered what was wrong. KSU moved the ball some especially in the first 3 quarters but as you can see they didn't score much. In fact after kicking a field goal on their opening possession they didn't score again. After Nebraska got up 17-3 they twice threatened to score in the third quarter. The first drive ended 1 yard from Nebraska's goal-line when Larry Asante hit a KSU player forcing a fumble just before he crossed the goal-line. the ball rolled free from several players before Nebraska fell on the ball at the 6. The second threat ended when a 32 yard KSU field-goal went wide-right. In the 4th quarter one got the impression Kansas State wouldn't have scored if the game was another 3 hours long. Fittingly on senior night it was the seniors Suh, Turner, Asante, Dillard etc who took the game over in the 4th quarter. Great way for them to go out. You didn't hear O'Hanlon's name much and given the position he plays that's a good thing. I'll miss that kid. So will this team.

Special Teams A+. I ask this every week. How fucking great is Alex Henery? Twice he put punts out inside the two yard line. He made his field-goal of course. He's the best kicker Nebraska has ever had by a fair margin. Even Kansas State coach Bill Snyder gave Henery special praise. Adi Kunalic was great with his kickoffs as usual and this game that was particularly big because Kansas State had a great kick returner in Brandon Banks. Henery and Kunalic kept Banks in check all night. Only once after Henery's lone bad punt did Banks have anything close to a good return all night. Nebraska's kicm coverage was super all night long. If there was anything close to a negative Nebraska's kick and punt return teams were only "adequate".

Overall A. Nebraska won 17-3. It certainly wasn't pretty. It never is. Neither was it easy. When is it ever? But it was a win. In the first half you got the impression Nebraska was going to put the game away and didn't. They started the second half with a touchdown to go up 17-3 and you thought they had control then Kansas State threatened to score twice fumbling at the one on the first threat. It wasn't until there was about 8 minutes left you began to feel comfortable and about 3 minutes left when you said "we've got this" But with this team could it be any other way?

For all the complaining about Sean watson being impressive enough and the team not scoring enough and your boss at 7/11 up your hours and whatever else the people are bitching about this team is 8-3 and going to the Big XII Championship game. That's the bottom line. Next Friday Nebraska plays Colorado. it's a short game and a travel day and funky shit happens when Nebraska plays CU. This game scares me to be honest with you. Of course when you expect a tough game against Colorado that's when you beat them 30-3.

Around The Big XII

Oklahoma State 31 Colorado 28. Playing on the road against a top 25 team Colorado almost pulled a win that would give them something to smile about in what has been a disastrous year. Oklahoma State turned the ball over 4 times, gave up a kick return and was down to their 3rd string QB and still Colorado couldn't except prosperity. Friday is more than likely Dan Hawkins last game and seeing as how it's Nebraska you can count on CU being their usual skeezy selves. Nebraska's 8-3 Colorado is 3-8 and if Nebraska wins by more than 10 i'll be shocked.

Texas Tech 41 Oklahoma 13. I talked about Missouri and Colorado's play depending on whether or not they took their Tegratol what about Oklahoma? Has a team ever looked so different on the road as they do at home? Bob Stoops may need to hire a Psychologist to figure out why this team can't play on the road. This has been a nice season for Goober Leech and Texas Tech. A win over Baylor puts them at 8-4 which I am not sure was expected.

Texas 51 Kansas 20. Texas is the best team in the conference, Kansas is a Shakespearean tragedy, this wasn't hard to see coming. 6 weeks ago Kansas was ranked 15th and thought to be the sure Big XII north champions, 6 losses later it doesn't appear as if Mark Mangino will have his job at the end of the week. You've got coaches fighting administration, players fighting coaches, players fighting other players, The sudden and disastrous fall at Kansas has been the story of the year in the Big XII. Mangino has gone from being thought of as one of the best coaches in America to almost certain unemployment.

Missouri 34 Iowa State 24. Even though Iowa State is bowl eligible they still maybe on the outside looking in. It doesn't take away from the magnificent job Paul Rhoades has done here with this team. After losing to Baylor at home Missouri seems to have righted their ship somewhat. A win Saturday over a Kansas team that will probably have an interim coach will give Missouri and 8-4 record. Not bad.

Texas A&M 38 Baylor 3. How did Missouri lose to these guys? Texas A&M is also a team that seems to play when it feels up to it. getting blown out by KSU one week and blowing out Texas Tech the next. They are now bowl eligible and that might buy Mike Sherman another year but I can tell you now Aggie fan out it will end and it isn't pretty. After officially being out of a bowl game Baylor must have mailed it in.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Team Edward or Team Jacob? I'm with Team "I don't give a fuck!"

Tonight all across the country, the multiplex will be overun with tweens, high school girls, and mothers who dig vampires and werewolves who are more Calvin Kline-type models than they are, you know - vampires and werewolves. That's right, the next chapter in the Twilight series, New Moon, is set to make some serious box office gold this weekend and nothing I, or any of the critics who say the film flat out tanks, will matter. Much like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, this movie is critic-proof. For two hours and ten minutes, young girls will be staring at studly eye candy (with extra sappy teenage romance/angst and a splash of vampire and werewolf action thrown in).

Am I annoyed about hearing/reading about the relentless parade of movie news and what not? You bet. Do I really give a rat's ass about the rumors of lead actors Kirsten Stewart and teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson dating? Hardly. Am I going to be happy when this franchise joins with Hannah Montana, the Jonas Brothers, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and High School Musical in the trash bin of flash-in-the-pan pop culture hits of the moment? Hell, I probably won't even remember The Twilight Saga, ten years from now (I hope). To all the Twilight-haters out there (and yes, I am a proud member of that group): Let the sparkling vampires have their moment, and allow all the pubescent tweeners mind-frig themselves silly to Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Later on in life, they'll come to the same conclusion that the rest of us knew right off the bat: 'God, that franchise sucked!'

Also, when teen queen Miley Cyrus thinks the Twilight franchise sucks, you know it's only a matter of time before all the tweeners (i.e. the most fickle demographic on Gods green earth) wake up and get wise to the con job.

Mr. "A Noun, a verb, and 9/11" is running for the Senate seat in New York

The story:

Following earlier reports that former New York City mayor and Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani had decided not to enter the 2010 governor's race comes word that he has decided to run for Senate instead.

While Giuliani's spokeswoman is denying that he has made up his mind about which race, if any, to enter, sources tell the New York Daily News that Giuliani has been telling people he "plans to run against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010 to fill out the remaining two years of Hillary Clinton's term."

Taking a page out of the Karl Rove playbook, "Do you really want a cross-dressing freak repersenting the Empire State? We need manly men, not sissy men who dress in drag and look like a bad extra in the '96 comedy The Birdcage."


A majority of Republican voters beleive that the group ACORN stole the presidential election for Barack Obama. I'm not making this up.

PPP's newest national survey finds that a 52% majority of GOP voters nationally think that ACORN stole the Presidential election for Barack Obama last year, with only 27% granting that he won it legitimately. Clearly the ACORN card really is an effective one to play with the voters who will decide whether Hoffman gets to be the Republican nominee in a possible repeat bid in 2010.

Belief in the ACORN conspiracy theory is even higher among GOP partisans than the birther one, which only 42% of Republicans expressed agreement with on our national survey in September.

Overall 62% of Americans think Obama legitimately won the election to only 26% who think ACORN stole it for him, as few Democrats or independents buy into that line of thinking.

Alright righties, let me make this quite clear:

Your candidate fucking lost. Ours won. It was an electoral blowout (over 300 for Obama/Biden, 175 for McCain/Palin), and the Dem ticket won 52 percent of the vote, compared to the GOP ticket of 46 percent. The race is long over. Deal with it.

Monday, November 16, 2009

I Got New Glasses Tonight

Anybody who wears Glasses has gone through what I am about to describe but it makes it no less "disheartening" About the time I was 27 or so I knew my eyes were failing and soon I would be in need of glasses. The final straw came shortly after my 28th birthday when I could no longer make out the board at Sizzlers. So in 2002 I got glasses. Then I got a new pair and my eyes had gotten MUCH worse. Then I got a new pair again and again my eyes had gotten worse. At this point with out my glasses I can read an little else. I mean if it's more than a few feet away it's a blur. I thought my eyes had stabilized and my new glasses this time wouldn't be much different than the last pair...Then I went in for the test. The Dr. Says this is your old prescription and I looked and he said this is your new one... I looked and said to myself Oh fuck! At what point will I be officially blind? it's soon I imagine.

BTW the Contessa who is the opposite of me and needs Glasses to read and little else says..."your glasses are getting thicker aren't they?" That made me feel better.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Week 9 in the NFL: Manning v. Brady

Screw all the games playing today, because there's really only one that matters: undefeated Indy goes up against New England in another chapter between two of football's elite teams. Who will come out on top?

Feel free to discuss any games and the Monday night debacle that will commence in Cleveland against the Ravens.

Early thoughts as of 10:51

I'm flipping back and forth between NO/STL and DEN/WSH and here are a few thoughts:

* Kyle Orton CAN throw the ball down the field. Who knew?

* Redskins had me fooled. After that first possession drive that tied the game up, I thought the Skins just might give the Donkeys a game. One TD and two overthrow passes from Jason Campbell later, its 14-7 Denver. Imagine my surprise.

* Reggie Bush rushes for the Saints first touchdown. Glad to know that Mr. Kardashian is still of some use.

* Going back to the Fox NFL Pregame show, I just had a revelation: Frank Callendo just isn't all that funny. That Dr. Phil bit? Frank - what were you thinking??

Half-time thoughts:

* Our Play of the Day: 4th and 20. Redskins Punter Hunter Smith just made his case to be the new QB for Washington. Smith comes out to attempt a 53 yard field goal, then at the last second to line up in punt formation, only to then throw a 53-yard strike to tie the game at 14-14. Nice one, Zorn.

* Steelers lead the Bengals 9-6, but Troy Polamalu suffers another injury - this time to his leg.

* Speaking of injuries, Kyle Orton came off limping off that 3rd and goal play. Hate the Donkeys, but I hope that's not a serious injury to this guy. Wouldn't wish that on any good QB.

* Chargers safety Eric Weddle gets fined $7,500 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Sunday against the Giants. I call bullshit. That was old-fashioned defense, plain and simple.

Edit From The Count: Orton Injured Broncos Lose. I am sure that bothers you Jonathan.

Late Edit: Two rushing TD for Tomlinson. 21-6 Chargers. Welcome back, LT.

Late edit: Bill Belichick ... what the fuck were you thinking, going for it on 4th and 2!?

Late Edit From The Count: what Jonathan said.

Well look who was actually calling the plays...

Really, Mark?

Despite my feelings towards Sarah Palin, I will admit one thing: for a 44 year-old mother, former Governor of Alaska, and vice presidential candidate for the McCain campaign, she is one attractive woman for her age. Mark Noonan, therefore, must brag and boast on how Mrs. Palin is fare more attractive than anyone us liberals have.

She’s also much, much better looking than any liberal chick you’ve got…so, there.

I didn't know this was a contest, but i'll play along. I'll see your Sarah Palin, and raise you these two.

Game. Set. Match.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Weekend Football And Open Thread


31 17

Sometimes you just have one of those days you just want to bottle up and then release it when you have one of those days when nothing goes right. Kansas played the best game they have played in 5 weeks and held a 17-16 lead with less than 8 minutes to go. When Kansas scored to go ahead given Nebraska's offense of recent vintage you couldn't help but think oh fuck we are screwed. But then Kansas helped out with a pooch kick that Niles Paul returned 44 yards to the KU 30, A face mask on a play that would have left Nebraska with 4th and 16 gave them a first down on the 20. The Next play Roy Helu goes for 20 and a TD Nebraska makes the 2 point conversion and All of the sudden the day got so much brighter. and then came the truly amazing site. Nebraska which had it's most sub-par defensive game since September got a 3 and out and then the offense remember offense? took the ball and kept it until there was but 35 seconds on the clock and a 14 point lead on the score board.

The 31-17 win over Kansas was enough to make the day fairly complete as it was but then Nebraska's basketball team won it's opener in easy fashion against USC-Upstate, yeah I haven't heard of them either, and to top it all off...Creighton lost their opener. Man talk about a day.

Offense B. Could go A even here. 410 yards. 31 points. In the past neither of those numbers would maybe draw such a high grade but for this team that is Huge out put. And how sweet was it to see Nebraska take the ball and end a game with old school power football? Zac Lee played what I think was his best game of the year considering the opponent he was in control all game. 12-20 196 yards and 53 yards Rushing may not be all world but he showed the leadership today this team needs. he did have one screw up when he fumbled in the ball in the endzone but Roy Helu fell on that for a touchdown on Nebraska's opening possession. And speaking of Roy Helu how huge is having him back healthy? over 150 yards 3 Touchdowns and he kept the chains moving to put the game away. Oh and Niles Paul another popular whipping boy for the fans, often justified, had the best game of his life. 4 huge catches and a huge kickoff return. Maybe not vintage stuff by the O but after the last several weeks it was a huge improvement. They still need to find away to score touchdowns and not kick field goals.

Defense B-. You know things have improved dramatically for Nebraska's defense in less than 2 years when the other team scores just 17 points and it felt like the defense had a poor game. It was one of their poorest games of the season but you have to credit Kansas for much of that. Honestly when Nebraska went up 10-0 I thought it was pretty much over. Then Kansas and Todd Reesing got going. Reesing killed Nebraska with QB's draws all game and burned Nebraska on the blitz. At halftime the score was 10-10 but Kansas was in control. They came out of the locker-room on the same roll and went right down the field until on of the plays of the game occurred. Reesing hit Kerry Meier who took the ball down to the 3 where it was stripped by Dijuan Gomes and recovered by Matt O'Hanlon. Nebraska took the ball from their 3 and moved it into field goal range making the score 13-10 Nebraska when it could have easily been 17-10 Kansas. The Gomes strip and the 3 and out after NU went up 24-17 were huge but give Kansas credit for comiong up with a game plan that kept Nebraska's defensive line frustrated and the entire defense off balance all game.

Special Teams A. HUge with a capital HU. Alex Henery had some shaky punts early and barely made a short field goal that put NU up 10-0 but after that the special teams were outstanding. Henery regained his punting stroke and made 2 more field goals, Tim Marlowe started the game with a 40 yard kick return and then there was Pauls kick return after KU took a 1 point lead. Nebraska's kick coverage has been outstanding all year and was again today.

Overall A-. Nothing comes easy for this bunch. Today the offense woke from it's slumber and the defense had it's shakiest showing since Florida Atlantic. Both statements being relative to this season. But give Kansas credit. This was Senior day the last day for their Seniors to play at home and the last chance to right a season which was once so promising 5 straight losses ago. This was not the KU bunch of the last several weeks. This KU team played hard and it played well and any team that does that with the talent KU has will be a tough out for Nebraska. But give all the credit to Nebraska. down 17-16 with less than 8 minutes to go Nebraska didn't fold and didn't quit. Instead they made the plays to put the ball in the endzone not once but twice and now a team that was left for dead after a bad loss to Texas Tech and unbelievably bad loss to Iowa State, both at home, playing for the Big XII North title next week. It's a home game against a team they will be favored to beat but if we learned anything this year it's that this team isn't good enough to over look anybody.

Around the BIG XII.

Missouri 38 Kansas State 12. In a year of freaky outcomes Missouri and Colorado are the two teams who's play really seems to depend on whether or not they took their Tegratol before the game. I didn't see this coming at all. Kansas State had played so well even in a loss to Oklahoma and playing in their last home game against a Missouri team that lost to freakin Baylor...AT HOME! last week I really thought they would handle Missouri. But good news for Kansas State win next week at Nebraska they are Big XII North Champions. Lose next week they are home for the holidays.

Iowa State 17 Colorado 10. Iowa State be bowl eligible. Colorado be officially out of the big XII north race and out of bowl eligibility and just about out of everything other than possibly a serious case of fuck it. The CU fan base which sucks as is really wants Dan Hawkins gone. And they want him gone yesterday. Paul Rhoads might very well be Big XII coach of the year depending on what K-State does next week.

Texas 47 Baylor 14. Give Mack Brown credit he didn't run up the score. it was 40-0 at halftime and I imagine it could have been 80-0 at the end if he so chose. This was exactly about what one thought it would be if not a little more impressive from Texas than expected. This ain't your Daddy's Baylor. Ask Missouri.

Oklahoma 65 Texas A&M 10. Did I mention the Mike Sherman experiment isn't working? He is Bill Callahan south. I guess we must have pissed Oklahoma off really good last week. On the down side the 9000 Oklahoma fans who make youtube videos will be really thrilled this week after slobbering contemplating committing mass suicide last week.

Oklahoma State 24 Texas Tech 17. The shocker here was this game was low scoring. if we had to hurt Stephen Shefield why couldn't we have done it Before he lead his team to a 3 touchdown victory against us? As bad as our offense was that game it's a good bet Taylor Potts is every bit as effective in that game but it's obvious the Stephen Shefield post Nebraska game is not the same QB he was pre and during the Nebraska game. Hey if Oklahoma State beats Colorado
(which they will) and Oklahoma (which they could) and Texas A&M beats Texas (no way in hell) Oklahoma State is Big XII South champions

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