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

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Leo gets pissed that we haven't remembered all the good that Saint Reagan had done for us

I will never understand the conservatives obsession with Ronald Reagan. His "trickle-down theory" is the reason why we're in the tank right now, and his willingness to fund the mujaheddin in Afghanistan is the reason why Al-Qaeda exists in the Middle East. But don't tell any of that to Leo Pusateri, who's now pissed that during the week, when we celebrated the day the Berlin Wall fell, we didn't fall on bended knee and worship at the feet of Saint Reagan.

Someone please explain all the praise to a man who made greedy, selfish businessmen feel good about being greedy, selfish businessmen (and Leo is more than welcome to state his case to me), because I don't get it...I don't get it at all.

Thunder Will Always Have This

Today he was sentenced to life plus 90.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I Hope The Door Doesn't Hit Him Where The Good Lord Split Him.

How quick until he ends up at Fox?

The Bold, Fresh Piece of Christianity That is Jeremiah: the Poetry Edition

Time once again to un-spin the whirling dervish (oh-oh, now that sounded “foreign”!) that is our old friend Jeremiah. In our current installment, he chooses to wax poetic…sort of. Commentary occurs, Gentle Reader, between the stanzas.

- - - - - - - -
Twas the month before Christmas
When all through our land,

Not a Christian was praying

Nor taking a stand.
WOW. Who knew that prayer and freedom of speech were suspended every November! Is that all in honor of it being the official month of elections?

 And that poor, cowardly Christian Right, bullied into not saying a thing! Who would have thunk it?
See the PC Police had taken away,

The reason for Christmas - no one could say.

The children were told by their schools not to sing,

About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
How many hours are kids in school per day? Can they only sing in school? Not, perhaps, in places like churches? At home? In the shower? So sad, this pervasive restriction on vocalization.

And, additionally, this is a pile of crap. My very PUBLIC HS choir performed Pater Nosters and Te Deums and any number of songs with what you might call sacred content. For that matter, we did the same in middle- and in grade-school. And, yes, we even had Jewish singers participating in choir! Nobody raised a freaking EYEBROW! This is a phantom issue.

It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say

December 25th is just a “Holiday”.

Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit

Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!

CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod

Something was changing, something quite odd!

Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa

In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.
OK, here’s a big time stretch to connect recognition of diversity in schools, to commercialization of the season, to those oh-so-scary “fringe” holidays like Ramadan (which moves by about ten days every year, Jer, depending on moon phases: it was August 22 this year, so in your quest to equate it with Christmas, you lose big time) and Kwanzaa, and then to political activists whose influence Jeremiah fears.

Understand the basics, Jeremiah. Many worldwide faiths have celebrations on or near the Winter Solstice, so the generic “Holiday” is most appropriate for most people in most public settings. You want to have Christmas up the wazoo…well, presumably, YOU have a church to go to that caters to that. But you sound like you’re advocating Nativity scenes in synagogues, for crying out loud! Believe what you like as fervently as you like – it’s still just good manners and common decency (qualities which you seem to lack) to show some basic respect for the faiths of others, especially when so many diverse celebrations cluster around a certain time of year. Get it? Jesus wouldn’t want you to be RUDE, and that is what you are doing. CHILL, yes?

As Targets were hanging their trees upside down

At Lowe's the word Christmas - could nowhere be found.

At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears

You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.
The upside-down trees thing, yeah, is a stupid and funky trend. But why should it offend you? You DO know that the whole concept of the Yuletide evergreen is essentially Pagan in origin, and certainly has nothing to do with events in ancient Judea? And as for your disdain for corporations that refuse to pander to your preferred wordage? Easy solution. Don’t shop there. Or get yourself elected to the Board of Directors of Lowe’s, K-Mart, Staples, J.C. Penney and Sears, and change the policy by fiat. I won’t hold my breath on that last.

Funny how the fundie right is always up in arms about their own free speech, but just as eager to dictate to other individuals and companies what they can/should say and how they should say it.

On the other hand, Jer, I guess we can all send you gift cards for Wal-Mart in your stocking, since they seem to have escaped your Christian Correctness shit list. I’ll throw in $1.29. You could do with some Tic-Tacs.

Inclusive, tolerance and Di-ver-si-ty

Are words that were used to intimidate me.

Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen

On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!
Ah, the good old days. I remember when Christianity presented itself as inclusive, tolerant and diverse. Now those are words from which today’s “Christians” cower. Very sad. And as to the list of “reindeer,” I think the selections reveal something about the rather dated provenance of this poetic effort. Old news, Jer. Old news.

At the top of the Congress, there arose such a clatter

To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.

And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith

Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace
Yet again, with mingled déjà vu and weariness and impending dread…what about the doctrine of separation of church and state, and that government shall establish no religious test, do you so persistently fail to understand, Jeremiah? Talk about Jesus in public as much as you want! Do you see anyone shutting down your all-but-readerless blog? Nooooo. If you “spoke not a word,” then that’s your own fault and your own responsibility. (And, actually, you haven’t. You’ve been quite vocal. Not that anyone has noticed, but free speech doesn’t equate to a guaranteed audience, even when your topics are “salvation and grace.”) But don’t whine and moan if the Presidential podium and the Speaker’s chair in the House of Representatives aren’t turned into an evangelical pulpit for your own personal views. You might as well come right out and admit it, Jer. You have no interest in or understanding of democracy per se. What you want is theocracy, a dictatorial wolf dressed up in the lamb’s clothing of representative government. What you want is your way or the highway, disagreement with or challenge of your viewpoint squashed. You want a Christian facsism that would far outstrip the “fascism” of which you accuse your adversaries.

The true Gift of Christmas was given then discarded

The reason for the season stopped before it had started.

So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Holiday Tree'

Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Oh, those latte-sipping liberal elites, too special to sling back a common cup of Maxwell House with the likes of your Joe The Plumber(s). I wondered when they would make an appearance. True to form, Jer does not disappoint.

Choose your words carefully, choose what you say

Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holidays!
Yes. Because the season of peace on earth and good will towards humankind is all about the SHOUTING.

Please, all Christians join together and

wish everyone you meet MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Fine. You gonna stone anyone who responds with “Happy Holidays”? Because you seem awfully hung up over a minor issue of wording as opposed to overflowing with the joy and warmth and common cause with your fellow man that is supposed to imbue your spirit at this time of year. But, hey. Anger and bile are far easier than are compassion and empathy. I recommend the latter, Jer, but I’m not at all sure you would recognize them if you saw them, even out of the most minute corner of your eye.

Christ is The Reason for the Christ-mas Season!
And, for the timing and reason for the “season” – aka, WINTER – I take great pleasure in referring you to the old Germanic festival known as Yule, the Pagan origins of which were appropriated by Christianity as a way to placidly convert old believers to the new faith without too much upset. And I trust you also DO know that the Biblical references to the shepherds out looking over their lambs at the time of this miraculous birth would have been, you know, in the SPRING? Not exactly a time for "deep and crisp and even" snowfalls and such?

I notice that one of the etymological descendants of “Yule” is our present-day word “jolly.” I doubt that, or its adjunct, “joy,” is much in play around your house at this festive and reflective season, though, Jeremiah.

You try to talk a good game for your particular flavor of Christianity. But I find it, and you, singularly lacking in genuine joy.

Good luck with that in 2010.

Understanding over ignorance, please!

My take on the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment in the wake of the Ft. Hood shootings can be found over at Jonathan's Corner.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

It's A Brand-New Ballgame In the AFC West

Let's rewind the clocks back to three weeks ago today: Denver just asserted itself as the real McCoy in the AFC by ripping San Diego a new one on Monday Night Football, 34-23. The Broncos were sitting mighty high at 6-0 and under rookie coach Josh McDaniel and red-hot QB Kyle Orton, the message was simple: there's a new, emerging elite unit in the AFC.

The Chargers, on the other hand,were on the outside looking in at 2-3, and thanks to a slew of injuries(an 8-week ankle injury to Pro-Bowl center Nick Hardwick in Week 1 vs OAK, a season-ending injury to nose tackle Jamal Williams among the hardest hit to SD), a lackluster O-line and D-line, and a laughable linebacking corp, looked like they were all but fucked; a team that was in complete disarray, and no answers in sight.

It looked like, once again, Norv Turner would have been in the unemployment line come the end of the season, along with General Manager A.J. Smith, Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera, Shawne Merriman, Antonio Cromarte, and whoever else's heads were waiting on the guillotine. Fans (myself included) were calling for a near-cleansing of the Chargers organization, and for Bill Cower and/or Tony Dungy to come out of retirement.

How quickly the tide can turn in football. In three weeks, you could be the team to beat in the Super Bowl, and five weeks later, the analysts would even question if your team could make the wild-card.

After Monday night's 28-10 ass-kicking from the World-Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver's got a new problem in the form of a three-time, AFC West powerhouse San Diego team, and from the looks of Philip Rivers, Vincent Jackson, Darren Sproles, Antonio Gates, Shawn Phillips, and Eric Weddle, they're ready to take back what is theirs. Did I mention that in the span of three weeks the Chargers have gone 3-0, including finally beating a team with a winning record, and that "Lights Out" Merriman is back?

Should San Diego come out with ferosity against the Philidelphia Eagles on Sunday and win, next week's matchup between the Chargers and Broncos will be a no-holds barred slugfest to decide who will take the AFC West crown on national television.

Three weeks to the day, the AFC race was all but wrapped up. As the saying goes (and it should be applied to footbal, how sad that we fans keep forgetting), "it ain't over, til' it's over."

Monday, November 9, 2009

Murdoch: Beck Was Right To Call Obama Racist

Credit Think Progress

MURDOCH: No, no, no, not Stalin, I don’t think. I don’t know who that, not one of our people. On the racist thing, that caused a grilling. But he did make a very racist comment. Ahhh…about, you know, blacks and whites and so on, and which he said in his campaign he would be completely above. And um, that was something which perhaps shouldn’t have been said about the President, but if you actually assess what he was talking about, he was right.

I Told You He Would Argue Anything

This is why I said "football" has nothing to do with the arguments that I have had with Uber Nip that he is simply just a troll who will argue anything and as such I am a damn fool for falling in his trap. Now he trying to argue killing people is not wrong.

First let me say that this question has nothing to do with our past discussions. I would ask this same question of Al, Keg, ET, Paul or Anisha.

Why is killing people wrong? What is your reasoning?
I'm not suggesting you are wrong but what is your reasoning?

Either he is suggesting there is nothing wrong with killing people or he is taking that position just to have an argument. Like I said he'll argue anything with anybody who lets him. And if I let him pull me in again shame on me.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Argument of the Weak

If you support Obama, you support the trampling of the 10th, because that is exactly what he is doing. If you don’t realize that, you’re too stupid the breathe.

And yet, cluster offers no examples as to how President Obama is tampering with the 10th Amendment, other than to insult anyone who doesn't see the obvious signs ... in his head.

The idiot in chief today said that we should not jump to conclusions about this incident, but didn’t Obama jump to conclusions about the Cambridge professor and police? Without knowing the facts, as he admitted, he jump to conclusion that the police were wrong.

Really? You're comparing an incident where all three men made a snap judgment and the media picked up and made the story bigger than what it needed to be, to that of the Ft. Hood shooting, where a dozen people died and a shooter who planned to take his motives to the grave?

Obama is a train wreck. The dumbest President this country has ever had.

Need I say more?

Sinatra New York

I am sitting here watching the DVD and as It will probably be about over about the time I finish writing this I can officially review the box-set. Though I must admit as horrid and putrid as Thom Jurek's review is on all music Mr. Tony Sachs writes a magnificent review on Huffington Post

As he states in the beginning of his review

"No Frank Sinatra box set should contain two versions of him singing "Bad Bad Leroy Brown."

"I needed to get that out of the way before addressing the rest of this profoundly flawed but worthwhile new 4 CD/1 DVD collection."

I could not agree more. One version of Sinatra's painful take on Jim Croce is painful enough but thankfully and not surprisingly the positives far out way the negatives of Sinatra New York.

Disk One is split between a 3 song set that was part of a reunion radio program with Tommy Dorsey from February 1955. OBTW the audio of this CD is not as sharp as the rest of the set. This should come as no surprise but somehow it did to Thom Jurek...anyway... Frank sings I'll Never Smile Again, Oh Look at me now and This Love Of Mine. The later the only song Sinatra ever wrote. The rest of the disk is a 6 song set recorded at the United nations in September 1963. Again there is no problem with the 6 songs Sinatra sings nor his voice. The Music is great. The problem is the CD has 9 songs and runs a scant 35 minutes. I can't believe they couldn't find something else to put on the disk. The highlight for me of Disk 1. Is Sinatra's version of I Have Dreamed with the sparse accompaniment.

Disk 2. Is From April 1974. Sinatra is just back from retirement and his voice is not razor sharp especially early on. He gets better as the show goes on He does a great My Way, though he forgets a verse, Send In The Clowns, You Will Be My Music and There Used To Be A Ball Park. The show was on April 8th 1974 the night Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's home-run record. Sinatra tells the crowd of Aaron's record home-run. the 72 Minute show gets better and better as it goes along. Highlight There Used To Be A Ball Park.

Disk 3 October 12th 1974. The first night of a two night gig at Madison Square Garden. The second night was recorded for the TV special "The Main Event" I have to be honest I have never seen the TV special. I have heard it's not great Sinatra himself said he was "bad" I have the CD of the album that was released in 1974 as "The Main Event" But the album was spliced together from several different tour stops and is not the same as the TV special. The set list here isn't much different than the April 74 show but make no mistake it's a longer, better show than the original Main Event album. Sinatra wasn't confined to the 50 minutes he got on TV and does an extra 20 minutes. The highlight of the CD might be when he says and tomorrow night Howard Cosell will be my co-star and the crowd boos lustfully. Then Sinatra has Cosell who is in the crowd stand-up and tries to get the crowd to cheer him by talking up their friendship. They boo him again. This is the best CD of the set.

Disk 4 is the strange one of the lot. Why they decided to edit 2 different shows from 6 years apart I do not know. I do hope the reasons aren't as petty as Mr. Sachs suggest though I wouldn't doubt it. Seeing as how the DVD is a show from 1980 maybe they should have just given us the complete 1990 show. And if there was a love lyric to Barbara Sinatra the kids didn't want out they could have just edited it. Especially if the show goes over 80 minutes, the length of most CD's, anyway. The good news here is that even though Sinatra's voice isn't obviously what it was it's far from bad. The 1990 portion of the CD is far from embarrassing. The other questioning thing about CD 4 is the fact that even though it's edited from 2 shows it runs only 55 minutes. Now Sinatra was from the Vegas school where his shows usually ran about an hour to 75 minutes so a 55 minute show isn't that rare but they could have edited together a 75 minute show. Nice versions of The Summerwind and Strangers In The Night which Sinatra tells us again he hates.

The DVD Carnegie Hall June 25th 1980.

The highlight of the package. This is a bit of an odd set list from Sinatra. There's no My Way but since we get 3 other versions of it that is fine. No Strangers either. Sinatra is in great voice here and it's a high energy 75 minute show. Sinatra talks about working with Chrystler to help save 63,000 jobs and the economy. He says this country is "on it's butt right now" wow I can't imagine. Tells Silvia Syms he wants her body then says it's too late I am married. Nobody ever accused the man of being graceful. The DVD closes of course with New York New York.

The Booklet is kinda skimpy. I agree again with Mr. Sachs that the bit about Patsy's restaurant,was kinda odd. Maybe if the booklet would have been larger it wouldn't have mattered. The Sinatra Vegas booklet was 60 pages to New York's 44.

To be clear I love this box-set I think it stacks up favorably to the great Sinatra Vegas. You do have to question why they didn't find some other material to round out disk 1, the 2 edited shows making one fairly short show on disk 4 and the booklet which seems to be a little light on real information but it's a treasure for Sinatra fans. The Family has done a good job of making this material available to those of us without great bootleg connections the last few years and I hope the family continues to do so. Maybe we'll get Sinatra Europe or Sinatra world next.

Disk 1 **** / ***** Great Music, Far too short
Disk 2 **** / ***** Slow start Very strong finish.
Disk 3. **** 1/2 ***** First night of the Main Event. Longer and better than the TV special.
Disk 4. *** 1/2 ***** Odd edit of 2 different shows from 1984 and 1990. The Music is good and the voice though aged is still fairly strong.
Disk 5 DVD *****/***** Strong 75 minute show presents Sinatra doing a bit of a different set list but is a real treasure.

Overall. ****/***** What is here is all pretty close to 5 star stuff. I take a point off for some of the seemingly odd decisions that were made in production of this set. There's a little to question but a lot to love.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Attack at Fort Hood

First off, my deepest condolences to the family members of those who's loved ones had been killed and/or wounded today at the Fort Hood base in Texas. This tragedy is even more disturbing, since one of the military's own, 39 year-old Nidal Malik Hasan, opened fire and killed 12 people, and injured 30+ others in the gunfight.

Having said that: Now isn't the time to try to politicize this tragedy. Somehow, Mark Noonan missed the memo.

We need to get right down to the bottom of this - and, liberals, if the stories of accomplices in custody are true, this is where harsh interrogation might be needed: whoever was involved in this most emphatically does not have a right to remain silent.

Noonan also tagged the incident as a "terrorist attack." We don't know all the information yet, Mark; don't you feel that it's a bit premature to don this as an act of terrorism? We don't know this man's motive, or whether he just snapped. It's also pretty inappropriate for your readers to leave comments like this, too.

cluster says:
November 5th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

The religion of peace strikes again

gtudhope says:
November 5th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

When will we finally stand up and scream, “NO MORE” to these murderous and hateful Muslims?

Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan
Sgt. Hasan Akbar

What has happened to our country? I mourn for it…

jeremiah06 says:
November 5th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Three words…

He turned Muslim.

Well, this is disgusting.

Seriously, what the fuck is the matter with these people?

Early2It Praises Mass Murders.

When it comes to politics I do not know what Early2it is but from his posts and his videos I can tell you he's a moron. Maybe he cracked himself up after praising suspect mass murders like he does on his nonsensical videos. Early sees the Military as murders and as such villains. Fine but why are some murderers villains and others to be praised?

Finally someone with the courage of his conviction in the millatary..

To bad they killed him..

I'm going to try and write the two they are holding and say thank you for standing up against these people.

Posted by: early2it on Thu 11.5 5:37pm

What They're Fighting For

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Seriously. Happy Veterans day this is how we repay you. Oh By The Way...Last Week Colorado had 2 for 1 tickets to their Homecoming game. This is not a University doing something nice for Veterans this is a football program in ruins trying to do anything to give away tickets they can not sell. This week it's in "recognition" of our veterans. Is there any Country that professes more love for it's service Men and women and does less? Oh and don't worry you needn't be a veteran to get half price tickets when you buy them on line just type in the code "veterans"

To think thousands are dying in Afghanistan and Iraq so Colorado can use their name to sell half price tickets.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

But They Aren't Racist

Anonymous said...

Is Jonathan black? If so we must disregard most of his comments since he has been at a general disadvantage as a minority.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

GOP Beats Baylor By 10.

The GOP are winners. They won 2 gubernatorial races. They also have apparently lost a house seat they haven't lost in over a 100 years because of Their Queen Sarah Palin.

So yeah it was a good night for the Republican party but it wasn't a great one or even a very big one. I am reminded this weekend after seeing Nebraska lose two weeks in a row I was thrilled when they beat Baylor, the worst program in the Big XII, even though they looked like shit doing so. I suspect that is how to the GOP feels. It's been so long since they have had a winner they'll take any wins they can get no matter how insignificant.

Looking at the headlines from the mainstream media outlets their overreaction is far from surprising. They are running such howling headlines as
"Huge night for the GOP" and "America To Obama Drop Dead"

How about this headline. it's more accurate and tells the truth. GOP beats Baylor By 10.

Monday, November 2, 2009

And There Used To Be A Ball Park Where The Field Were Warm And Green

Seems to me we always look at life from the situation we are in. As a child I always figured we got the worst end of the stick. If you were a Mom you got a day, if you were a Dad you got a day, if you were a child you were told Money doesn't grow on trees. And God help you if you ever pointed out that actually it does. Then of course as I got older I learned what the adults always told me. Sure as an adult you get one day as a child you get 365 of them. It's August 23rd... your day. And it didn't need to be anything special to be your day either. Oh look suns out...IT'S MY DAY BITCHES! One of the many Frank Sinatra songs that I love is There Used To Be A Ball Park. In it's lyric Frank talks about how great the old team was and how much the new one sucks and about how nothing holds the same wonderment that everything used to hold. Now count me as one who thinks the ball park and the old and new team in the song is metaphorical, As a child Easter was great, 4th of July was great, Halloween was great, Christmas was great, Thanksgiving was a day off School and Football. One by one those days lose their luster. Easter is a day for bad TV, 4th of July was never the same for me after I saw the neighbors cat get spooked and run in the street and get killed as a child, I went out for a half an hour on Halloween when I was 12 said this sucks and went home never went out again, Thanksgiving meant a lot of food I didn't like...At least Christmas was still great. Now don't get me wrong I am happy. happier than I have been in years. Constantly happy. Bored but happy and boredom isn't really a the worst thing in the world. With all due respect to George Burns I have always said if I woke up 18 tomorrow I would commit suicide right then and there and believe me I would. But If Oprah wanted to make me 10 again maybe we could talk turkey. ah but then I would have to go through 14-20 again...fuck that shit.

Critics Seriously Why Do We Need Them?

Speaking of Frank Sinatra I have already mentioned I hate critics. Why do we have critics? seriously aren't we all critics? are we so fucking stupid or so lacking in belief of our own judgment that we need somebody to tell us whether we like something or not? Anyway Tomorrow Sinatra New York comes out and allmusic's Thom Jurek has his review posted for it already. He gives it ** 1/2 our of ***** That's not good. Now I happen to already know Thom Jurek is a fucking moron and you can google his name and see I am nowhere near alone in my assessment of him . So I take it back this is very good. to quote Jurek...

Only the hardest core Sinatra fan will really and truly be pleased with this set. For the rest of us, it's ultimately a letdown. One wonders why a performer who was so iconic -- and, for the majority of his career so exacting in the way he pushed himself to excel, need be represented with anything this uneven. No matter how well-intentioned, this effort falls considerably short of the mark.

Well shit Thom considering the set costs $79 suggested retail ( you can find it in the $50's but that is still a good chunk of change.) I am guessing that only the hardest core Sinatra fans will be buying this set. Thom is shocked that the material from the 50's sounds dated and also amazingly questions why more Live Sinatra CD's are being released.

The real question, given the overall uneven sound quality of this collection, and the fact that so much live material of Sinatra's exists already...

Given the fact that you are clearly a moron it's amazing that you were given the assignment of reviewing this box set. It doesn't matter how much live Sinatra has been released for fans there is never enough. Much of this has been released already for people who know how to find it. The Sinatra family is finally getting wise and making some $ off it themselves instead of just bitching about bootlegs. Here's what we learned from Jurek's review. A 4 CD 1 DVD Frank Sinatra Boxset with material ranging from 1955-1990, that costs $55 to $80 depending on where you buy it ( BTW don't pay $80) has varying sound quality, Sinatra's voice isn't as good on disk 4 as it is on disk 1, and only a hardcore Sinatra fan will really want it. Did we not know any of this before somebody actually paid Jurek to tell us? BTW not once does Jurek actually bother to critic the music in the boxset other than to point out Sinatra's voice in 1990 isn't that it was in 1955, 1963 or even 1974. Damn I would not have known with out you Thom. Reminds me of the idiots on Amazon who buy used casino cards then give a 1 star review because the cards are used. Or buy the James Bond Graphic novels and give 1 star reviews because they are graphic novels. Common sense is so lacking in the world right now.

I May Be A Skeptic But I Am Also Superstitious.

Given the fact I do not believe psychics, Nostradamus, Elvis is alive, or anything Early2it writes, even when I actually understand it, I am shockingly superstitious. I have listened to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass the night before Nebraska games since I did so in 2005 and Nebraska beat Iowa State 27-20 in double overtime. I don't eat Philly Cheese steaks before any of my teams play on game day. I've done this 3 times and my teams are 0-3. I've played a Bing Crosby CD the night of Irish tunes the night of Celtics playoff games and held cat collars while cheering them on to an NBA championship. I won't wear a blue shirt on Nebraska gameday and have asked the Contessa not to wear shirts the color blue as well. Have any of these superstitions been proven to scientifically improve my teams chances to win or have actually made a difference in the outcome? About as much as tests have scientifically proved that drinking Dr. Pepper slowly improves all 23 flavors. Still I am not tempting the fates. Listening to Lonely Bull may not have lick to due with Nebraska's performance the next day and they might very well win without me doing so but I ain't about to take that chance. Saturday I retired my #74 Nebraska jersey with "The count" written on the back after a two game losing streak that included that amazing Clusterfuck against Iowa State for a look I haven't gone with in years. The Dress shirt and Red Nebraska tie. Nebraska won but looked every bit as shitty as they've looked the 2 weeks previous. Do I go with the tie next week? Or bring the Jersey back? The Contessa likes the tie look so I'll prolly go with it again. Oklahoma will almost certainly win regardless of any of my superstitions but who knows? Maybe Casino Royale will work it's mystic powers.

There is one time I ignored superstition. In 2004 when I lived here and The Contessa in Missouri. She spent 7 weekends in the fall in Omaha including the one I proposed marriage. Nebraska was 5-7 in 2004. Guess which seven weekends they lost? And the weekend after I proposed marriage (on a Thursday) Nebraska lost to Texas Tech 70-10. But then I figured the bad luck then was having Bill Callahan for a head coach not her. Of course I think all of this serves one purpose It makes me feel as if I had something to do with outcome even though of course I had none.

Some Parting Questions

Why are conservatives who loved George W. Bush now complaining about spending and a lack of experience?

How Can Campbell Brown be married to Dan senor and have us believe No Bias No Bull? Ok maybe that one isn't fair but the question stands

Why was it rainy and cool to cold all October only see the first day of November bring us a sunny and 73 degree day?

Why is the game tonight Falcons and Saints?

Why is the networks bringing us the game employing a known sexual harasser to do play by play while trying to dig up dirt on the private lives of the coaches and players they cover?

While am I still typing?

Who Cares?



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