Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I'm ashamed that this Congressman hails from a San Diego county district

Duncan Hunter believes that we should deport children whose parents are undocumented immigrants.

"Would you support deportation of natural-born American citizens that are the children of illegal aliens," Hunter was asked. "I would have to, yes," Hunter said. "... We simply cannot afford what we're doing right now," he said. "... It takes more than just walking across the border to become an American citizen. It's what's in our souls. ..."

Too dumbfounded to respond to this right now. Count or Ralphyfan, have at it.
I'll have something to say about the Republican resurgance of immigrant bashing and the larger picture of us either tomorrow or Friday.

Question For Jonathan

With rumors circulating that JaMarcus Russell is about to be let go from Oakland would you put him in with the rarefied air of Leafdem or is too early?

Edit by Jonathan: Total bust, Count. One of the top 10 busts of all time (probably no. 4 or 5 on the list), thanks in part to Al Davis' staunch support for Russell for as long as he did. Raider Nation will still be a laughingstock as long as Al Davis is still running shit up in Oakland.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ya think?!

Newsweek's article on the teabaggers states the bleedin' obvious.

Surveyers asked respondents in California and a half dozen battleground states (like Michigan and Ohio) a series of questions that political scientists typically use to measure racial hostility. On each one, Tea Party backers expressed more resentment than the rest of the population, even when controlling for partisanship and ideology. When read the statement that "if blacks would only try harder, they could be just as well off as whites," 73 percent of the movement's supporters agreed, while only 33 percent of people who disapproved of the Tea Party agreed. Asked if blacks should work their way up "without special favors," as the Irish, Italians, and other groups did, 88 percent of supporters agreed, compared to 56 percent of opponents. The study revealed that Tea Party enthusiasts were also more likely to have negative opinions of Latinos and immigrants.

As to the reason why these reactionary recneck bigots and outright crackers are so pissed off? When the teabaggers holler "we want our country back!" they mean they want their county back...when they were the majority in American society, as this revealing chart on future U.S. growth in population projects.

Among the other key population projections:

■ The Latino population, already the nation's largest minority group, will triple in size and will account for most of the nation's population growth from 2005 through 2050. Hispanics will make up 29% of the U.S. population in 2050, compared with 14% in 2005.
■ Births in the United States will play a growing role in Hispanic and Asian population growth; as a result, a smaller proportion of both groups will be foreign-born in 2050 than is the case now.
■ The non-Hispanic white population will increase more slowly than other racial and ethnic groups; whites will become a minority (47%) by 2050.

This is what it all comes down to for the teabaggers: they're afraid of being the minority party. It scares them that, in 40 years, they won't be the majority (ethnic-wise) anymore, and now the race is on to cling to their old prejudices and majority, foolishly believing that it will be enought to stop what what will eventually happen. In this sense, I feel sorry for this group. Almost.

Of course, many teabaggers are furious when they get painted as a hateful, racist group of pissed-off rednecks venting becasue the president is black, as Tom Fitzhugh states.

"It really makes me mad...They have tried to portray us as a bunch of radical extremists."

And here's Fitzhugh's beleifs about President Obama as the section continues on:

He considers Obama an abomination—possibly "the most radical-voting senator that ever was" and someone likely to "takeus down the path of destruction." He believes the administration is intent on taking away his guns, trampling on states' rights, and opening the borders with Canada and Mexico. He has serioanyone with a functioning brain belives that you ignorant fucks are anything but racists!us doubts that Obama was born in the U.S. and suspects that the president is a closet Muslim.

Yet Tom and his ilk want me to beleive that this group's outrage isn't motivated by race? A quick note to him and teabagger nation: comments, like the one Fitzhugh trot out, are the reason why African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, gays, and anyone with a functioning brain belives that you ignorant fucks are anything but racists!

Obama is God's punishment on us!

What else is there to say? This story is the worst of both worlds: Its right-wing insanity/hatred for the current president mixed in with bogus fundamentalism to create an ugly force that resembles neither democracy, nor Christanity.

Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, and state Rep. Leo Berman also spoke, all delivering similar messages.

Berman told the crowd, “I believe that Barack Obama is God’s punishment on us today, but in 2012, we are going to make Obama a one-term president.”

Gohmert said, “The longer we go, the more we see how important it is to stick with principles.”

God seriously needs to get a restraining order from His followers.

So I Am Following Newshounds Ellen On Twitter

I have to tell you the things that woman writes...

Are usually spot on 100%

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A birthday weekend and other thoughts

First off, thanks to the Count, RalphyFan, and everyone who either wished me a happy birthday on Banned and Dangerous, or through social networking via Facebook. My 20th birthday celebration was quiet for the most part, primarly because Mom doesn't get paid until next Friday, so we held off on celebrating until then. That didn't mean great things didn't go down: I talked to Kerri Greene over the phone on Friday (most of you know her simply as Keg from the NH O/T Forum) for over an hour. Such an amazing, down-to-earth woman she is. We discussed music, karma, the importance of throwing out positives in the universe, and horses, among other things.

Saturday and today consisted of more laid-back coolness, though I did recieve a shock when dad bought me a new, 22-inch Sony Bravia HDTV for my room. Now all I need is a cable box for it...After that, it was movie time with mom. We saw The Losers, which was awful, but a good awful. A good awful means that the movie was so bad, it was actually entertaining to watch (see The Day After Tomorrow when Jake Gyllenhaall was trying to outrun the hyperfrost that cast over Manhattan after a typhoon-like storm leaves half the city underwater). A bad kind of awful is when the movie is bad and contunies to get worse and worse (see the 2 1/2 hour loud, dumb, violent, misogynistic, and racial stereotype parade of steaming shit that was Trasnformers: Revenge of the Fallen), the kind of movie I do my best to avoid like the Plauge.

Thanks again for all the warm wishes on my birthday, they meant more than any gift I could get.

I Didn't Actually Read This But I Am Pretty Sure It's Stupid

The truth is Obama has no real case to say it's wrong, immoral or even illegal what is happening in Arizona so he uses an emotional philosophical approach of expanding the meaning of words in proving his case but that doesn't prove he is right either, it's just another perspective at looking at things. In other words he has nothing.

SO WHO IS HE TO JUDGE!!!!!????? I find Obama to be intolerant and judgmental.....LOL

So Obama is not happy with the Arizona immigration Bill...hmmmm...go figure. He says "that it is misguided"....says him. He says that it undermines basic notion of fairness????? what does that even mean? what is "NOTIONS" of fairness? it is either fair or it isn't. Furthermore what does this have to do with fairness anyway? what exactly is the meaning of fairness and how does it apply to law breakers? Maybe criminals can use that same rhetoric for their defence. Obama says, "We can take a different path" mean we can take YOUR path...I get it!!!

Obama says and I quote, "Our failure to act responsible at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others. That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe,"

This is a bunch of gobbily goop, chin boooooooooogy!!!! Bush made me laugh with his errors in speech but Obama does not make sense. PERIOD! He brings a form of nonsensical, philosophical jargon from the courtroom to the public.

I am still trying to get over..I am not pro-abortion, I am pro choice......that was rich! That's like me saying, I am not anti-choice I am pro-life. Well to be pro-life would have to be anti-choice would it not?

Society today hides behind words. That is they play with it just enough so they can get their point across without actually getting their point across.

Posted by: Reformed Liberal on Fri 4.23 12:59pm

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bye Bye Dana

Before I get too giddy they might make him give a Duck call and he'll decide to comeback to Creighton.

What Do You Think?

I have made my opinions of this guy fairly well known I do not like him. I know that he gets labeled as a "liberal" from people who have either never actually listen to him and heard he was gay ( so he must be liberal) or by people who are so far right that Hitler was a liberal by comparison. It sure seems obvious to me that anybody who says stupid shit almost nightly like "why is Islam the only religion you can't talk bad about?" Or has talking points that often are almost word for word the same as Hannity's is no Liberal.

Where do you stand?

Song of the Night - Birthday Songs

These are the songs i'm going to be listening to a lot during my birthday weekend.

The first song: we travel back to the Land of the Rising Sun. Again, it's in Japanese, and there's no subtitles, but this song has a great uptempo beat to it and you can see yourself dancing along at a club, or if your just taking a drive with the windows rolled down. Here's J-Pop singer/songwriter Utada Hikaru with "Celebrate".

Next song: Carlos Santana is arguably, one of the greatest guitarists ever and has a long resume of collaborating with music's biggest names, from Rob Thomas to Tina Turner, he makes great singers even better. His challenge: take a mediocre rock band in Nickelback and work his amazing magic for the song "Into The Night". Carlos shoots, and scores again.

Friday, April 23, 2010

College Republicans At Western Kentucky To Hold W. Day

Proof that affirmative action also benefits rich White students.

Credit Think Progress

“With President Bush often getting dogged quite a bit in the media, and amongst younger people, I felt it was our duty to show that there is a fair number that support President Bush and appreciate what he did for our country,” [student Timothy Gilliam] said. [...]

A booth was set up outside the Downing University Center where any supporter could sign a giant thank-you card that will be sent to Bush’s home in Texas. Passersby could also catch snippets of the former president’s most famous speeches and pick up a flier highlighting his accomplishments, Gilliam said.

Gilliam said he’s going to share the idea with other universities due to its success. More than 200 fliers were handed out, and about 100 people signed the thank-you card, Gilliam said.

The Truth Shall Set You Free

This Would Be A Good Group To Start

This Date in History: April 23 Revisited

On this date in history, April 23:

* 1635 - In Boston, Massachetusetts, Boston Latin School is estaablished, making it the first public school built in the United States.

* 1910 - U.S. Preisdent Theodore Roosevelt makes his "Man in the Arena" Speech, which later serves as inspiration to Fran├žois Pienaar, the captain of the South African Rugbuy team in 1995.

* 1935 - The country of Poland adopts its own Constitution.

* 1949 - The People's Liberation Army is created under Mao Zedong.

* 1990 - Most importantly, on this day, Jonathon Purcell Holmes is born on this day to two loving parents, Rhonda Gamble-Holmes and Johnny Holmes.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Jonathan!

Happy birthday Jonathan!

NFL Draft And Open Thread

Tonight for the first time the 1st round of the NFL Draft is on Thursday night. Any thoughts on the draft or anything else talk about it here.

The first pick from the St. Louis Rams is Chief Sam Bradford

Yup I am a Lions fan!

In the first round, the San Diego Chargers select...RB Ryan Matthews of Fresno State!

Chargers GM A.J. Smith gave up a 1st round pick (no. 28), a 2nd round pick (no. 40), a 4th round pick (no. 126), and LB Tim Dobbins for Matthews. I hope he's good, cause he's got some big shoes to fill.

Late Edit From The Count:

Other than Tim Teblow getting drafted in the 1st round other than say the 4th or 5th where he should have been drafted there were no real huge surprises tonight. I don't think Of course I pissed off good old Captain America by pointing out that the only reason he got picked that high is because he is White and his Mommy made anti-abortion commercial. Too bad Cap.

The more them "illegals" come to America, the more like them we'll become!

neocon1/frm. marine rears his ugly, bigoted head again.

neocon1 says:
April 22, 2010 at 8:00 am

Stupid really is as stupid does – now we’ll get to see if California has an ounce of sense left in it.

Europeans had the Sistine chapel in the 1400’s and Michael Angelo painted it in the 1500’s, built the tower of Pisa, aqueducts, the Romans built huge architectural wonders that still stand today.

The central Americans,, Africans, and native indians, lived in thatched – mud huts and had tribal communities until the mid 1800’s.

America was built on European independence, skill, Christianity, and freedom.
As we bring in more and more third world tribal people we will become more like them, 3 rd world hell hole murderous societies, who want to be governed from cradle to grave by a tribal oligarchy not a constitutional republic.

We wont stand for long once we reach the tipping point….welcome to the new America/haiti/mexico… by islamists…

Instead of going after this moron, I pity him and his ilk that share similar beleifs.
In the past years, African Americans, Latinos, women, etc. have been making strides and broken barriers that were once thought to be a fool's dream. People like neocon1/fmr. marine -- who probably grew up during an era when white superiority still lingered with "Separate but Equal" -- can't take the fact that the Jim Crow era has sailed and that their prejudices, customs and beliefs are outdated. To quote Bob Dylan: "How does it feel? To be without a home / with no direction home? Like a complete unknown / Like a rolling stone?"

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

NFL Suspends Ben Roethlisberger For At Least 4 Games

NFL suspends Ben Roethlisberger for 6 games but the punishment could be cut to 4 if he behaves himself. It could also be extended if he does not. I personally like the punishment I think the NFL got it right.

This Is Deep

Latley I've been thinking.

I am there, pro I exist. It's part of the collective unconscious.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Shit That Makes The Count Laugh

Ok I am sure the commercial is out there somewhere on the net but since my half-assed search didn't find it let me describe an honest to God commercial from Cialis.

A woman maybe 55 or 60 is painting the house as her husband, who is not doing anything to help her , stands at the bottom of the ladder staring at her ass as she paints. She sees that her husband has been turned on by her doing the erotic act of painting the house green and thus walks down the ladder, hands him the paint brush and smiles a smile of let's get it on. Then an announcer warns that we never know just what may turn into a romantic moment. I have to admit this maybe true but somehow I can't see too many people getting turned on by looking at their wives or husbands wearing crap clothes covered with green paint. Of course this being Cialis land the couple was dressed fairly nicely (her pants showed off her ass enough to excite her old man obviously) and didn't have nary a drop of paint on them.

Anywho at the end of the commercial the couple has gotten out of their painting duds and now that he has taken the Cialis they are now ready to do what apparently Cialis makes you want to do...jump in separate bath tubs in the middle of nowhere.

So you men out there next time you and the Missus are painting the house and she catches you standing there ogling her ass as she is busting it painting see what it leads to. My guess is a paint bucket over your head. But hey better buy two bathtubs and put them put in the middle of nowhere just in case.

Way to go, Arizona

Arizona's new immigration bill allows the cops to profile anyone who maybe considered "an illegal immigrant." At the same time, it makes certain people -- think "them brown-skinned, taco eatin' folk" -- produce their immigration papers to prove that they are legal citizens.

The new measure would be the latest crackdown in Arizona, which has an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants and is the nation's busiest border crossing point.

Arizona enacted a law in 2005 making human smuggling a state crime and prohibited employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants with a law in 2007.

The latest bill would make it a state crime for illegal immigrants to not have an alien registration document. It also would require police to question people about their immigration status if there's reason to suspect they're in the country illegally.

Other provisions allow citizen lawsuits against government agencies that hinder enforcement of immigration laws, and make it illegal for people to hire illegal immigrants for day labor or knowingly transport them.

Adding insult to injury, Arizona's House of Representatives approved of the birther bill, in which the potential candidates running for office have give out their birth certificate in order to be on the ballot in the state.

I should be outraged over the right's attempt to make themselves out to be the Party of reactionary, outdated bigots, but then again, Sasha Baron Cohen sang a satrical song about killing the Jews, with Arizona rednecks singign and clapping along with Cohen's infamous Borat.

Late edit: John McCanin's reasoning for supporting the measure in his home state: "...the drivers of cars with illegals in it that are intentionally causing accidents on the freeway." Really, John? That's your justification for supporting this very bigoted bill? I used to have respect for you as a politician. Now, I don't even recognize you.

Game 2 Boston-Miami Tonight. KG Suspended

Cocksucker Davey Boy doing all he can to let the league stop Boston.

EDIT From The Count:
Boston 106-Miami77
2-0 Boston!
Nice try Stern! what's next are you going to suspend Garnett and Pierce?

007 delayed indefinetly

Bad news, Count:

"Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on 'Bond 23' indefinitely. We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of 'Bond 23,'"

Edit From The Count: this is off topic but the comment section appears to be acting like a dink.

And the award for racist post of the night goes to...

Cluster, from Blogs For!

ohioorrin says:
April 19, 2010 at 7:44 am

using urself as a source is the diff bet a blogger & a journalist.

cluster says:
April 19, 2010 at 8:01 am

And using proper English is the difference between a conservative and a stupid black man.

A big round of applause for cluster, for being a jackass with a keyboard, and Mark Noonan for allowing this nasty, racially insensative comment to stand! But, of course he continues to preach that its the liberals who are the mean-spirited, immature, hateful lot.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Hey You Laugh But She Was Voted Miss Oklahoma

Spring Game Thoughts

Where Would You Rather Be On A Day Like Today?-Me
On The Golf Course-The Contessa

It takes about an hour in perfect driving to conditions to get from Omaha to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln but only a total fucking moron would only give themselves an hour to make the drive on a game day. but if there is one thing we have learned from The Teabagger movement and the successes of the Nancy Grace and Judge Judy TV shows it's that the world is full of total fucking morons. Which leads me to my opening bitch. If your ticket says 1O'Clock that means to be at the stadium by fucking 1 O'clock not come anytime after 1 O'clock. We left at 10 and even that I feared would make us too late to do much more than take in the game. But as luck would have it we got parked and got to take in the stadium shop and some of the outside pageantry and still got to our seats a good 70 minutes before kickoff. Now I am not saying get to your seats 70 minutes a head of time (Though really who are you hurting if you do?) But I am saying showing up midway through the 1st Quarter and then complaining that your 9 months pregnant ass can't get by makes you look like a fucking moron and an literate one at that. This is actually a good life lesson. If you have a meeting at 1 get to that meeting before 1. if you have a job interview at 1. get there before 1. If your ticket says 1 have your ass in the seat before 1. It doesn't mean show up at the start of the second quarter then bitch you can't get through. I spent much of the first quarter getting up and moving constantly to help get illiterate jackasses to their seats. Several of whom made me move to get to seats that were much closer to another entrance. have your ass in the Goddamn seat at the time written on your ticket. And if you graduated from Creighton and can't read it find somebody to read it to you.

Alabama had close to 92,000 people at their spring game and I have to tell you that is impressive Texas had 10,000 people at theirs and Colorado had 5 people who got drunk and wandered into the stadium by complete mistake. Still Alabama's spring game is free admission to the public which means while their attendance to a scrimmage was impressive it's a little less impressive. Nebraska had 77,800 at theirs and we paid for the privilege of seeing a scrimmage. We only paid $10 a ticket ($15 with all the taxes and fees. Where for art thou tea-baggers?) but we still paid And you wonder why Nebraska schedules South Dakota State? There are several reasons for this phenomenon of seeing a football team play oneself. 1 a snarky response what the hell is there to do in Nebraska? Another a practical one. If you have 2 or 3 kids and a wife You are looking at about $200-$300 just in tickets depending on the opponent. At $10 it's a lot easier on the budget to take the kids and have them experience the atmosphere of a gameday at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln Nebraska. And the atmosphere on spring game day is really not unlike that of a real gameday in Lincoln except maybe even a bit more kid friendly. Before the game started they asked that we not throw anything at the officials or make unsportsmanlike comments towards them. As I said at the time anybody who would throw objects at officials during a spring game shouldn't be let out in public anyway.

Now before I began to talk about the game itself I have to again caution that It's always a mistake to jump to conclusions based on one scrimmage. A scrimmage played in public and on tape at that. Coaches from other teams will get reviews of this game see films of it Nebraska coaches are all to aware of this and show almost nothing. So anybody who went to the game expecting any answers on who'll be the starting Quarterback come September is just as stupid as the guy who left Omaha at 12 to get to the game at 1. In the Bill Callahan days of yore the starters played the reserves. This would mean that the 1 string Quarterback completed 97% of his passes in a 42-6 rout and makes us spending fall wondering what happened to that same guy we had in the spring. The answer is of course his spring numbers were fraudulent built up on players that wouldn't see the field for years if ever. Other than the 2007 spring game the Spring games of Sir Callahan showed next to nothing. What made 2007 different? Well the players were allowed free reign to show off their Touchdown celebrations. After taking fake pictures of themselves and signing fake autographs it was clear that all 14 scrimmages leading to the spring game were spent working on staged Touchdown celebrations and boy they had them down. 2007 would end with Bill Callahan and his amazing TD celebration teaching skills looking for employment. Bo Pelini changed the way the game worked. Going to a draft system with the coaches only interfering to make sure each team had the players they would need to play the game less the "reds' end up with 6 QB's. This has also mad for much more entertaining and competitive football games. I still doubt just how much you learn from this game but at least it's fun for the fans now. Now if the just find out who's ignorant idea it was to separate the teams by the color of their pants and give them a talking to. The confusing color schemes confused players, fans and announcers. The Red team wore Red Pants the White team wore white pants. Players with red Jerseys played offense on both teams. Players with White Jersey's played defense for both teams. Confused yet?

As for the game itself after we figured out why players wore 4 different color combinations it was about as interesting and entertaining as a spring game can get. The Reds won 21-16. The best news is there weren't many penalties though delay of game wasn't called and the Red's second touchdown was about as illegal as Kobe Bryant's house servants. Ed Cunningham a color analyst for ABC/ESPN was a line judge a move made by the Big 12 to try and get announcers to stop calling them out on their incompetence. "If they see how tough the job is maybe they'll stop calling us out for absolutely sucking monkey balls at it" Here's a thought. to get people to stop calling you out for the shitty job you clowns do as officials...DO A BETTER JOB! As for how tough your 4 hour a week job is, if you can't handle it let somebody else do it. One wonders what the people who do jobs for several hours a week that are much tougher than that of a college referee must think about this. Maybe the surgeon who get's sued for malpractice can have a family member of the plaintiff perform the next surgery so they can see how tough doing that surgery really is. Maybe then they wouldn't so quick to judge the surgeon and sue him for malpractice.

Offense: Will it be better than last year? Honest answer it couldn't be much worse. Here's what we know. Zac Lee won't be handed the QB job but it's his to lose. Somebody has to step up and take him from him. From what I can tell nobody did. The talk is all on Taylor Martinez who has the look of a QB who could have kicked ass in Nebraska's system sans 1989. The Dude can flat out run. As for his passing? It needs work. He wasn't terrible but he made some bad decisions in the spring game that showed his youth. As for Cody Green he's still yet to show what they hype is about. Not saying he won't but other than one nice bomb he's not shown why he should be the guy. I wouldn't be shocked at all if Lee is the starter and Martinez plays backup thus allowing them to redshirt Green. The Offensive star of the game was Niles Paul. You remember Niles? The MVP of the offensive Holiday Bowl who looked so brilliant one play and looked as if he got to the stadium on the little yellow bus on the next? Well word is he's found consistency and he's going to be good Niles every game this year. So far so good. If he can find a way to show less and less of "Special" Niles he could become a very special player indeed. Brandon Kinnie had a great touchdown where he appeared to be stopped but dragged a pile another 10 yards for a score. Of course he was pushed by his teammates from the back and dragged over the goal by teammates from the front so the Touchdown in a regular game should not have counted and his teammates help was so blatant I don't think it would have. Although that rule is so rarely enforced maybe it would have. But hey If I were doing their job I would know how tough it is right? We know the Running back position is stocked with 3 guys who saw good minutes last year and is about as set as it has been in years. The O-Line really what can you tell? A good line needs to work together and the Pelini format for the spring game splits them up. It's still s question though I would offer this. Most every-time Nebraska needed the line to come through even when they struggled badly for much of the game they did. Think Kansas game, and especially the Colorado and Texas games.

Defense: People are stressing because both offenses put up good yards. DON'T. ( of course his is Nebraska where people stress if the team doesn't win every game 58-0. No even then they stress. ) If you can't read much in the offense in a spring game you can read even less in a defensive performance. Have the starters on one team the other half on another. teams playing very basic defenses not blitzing not disguising coverages ETC. Nebraska will be fine on Defense even if they give up say 12-14 points a game instead of 10. I really believe even replacing Suh, Asante, Dillard, Turner and O'Hanlon the days of teams scoring 50-60 points routinely on Nebraska went to Minneapolis with Kevin Cosgrove. One thing I feel very sure of. Teams won't throw for a whole lot against Nebraska even if they run it a tad better than last year. Nebraska's secondary could be it's best since the Browns in the late 90's.

Special teams.: With no rush on him I would have liked to see Kunalic hit at least one of the two 52 yard kicks he missed and I thought he missed the last 32 yarder BUT to quote the immortal Jim Rose the officials threw their arms to the heavens and signaled good. I still think he's redshirt so he can play one year and show his stuff the pros if he doesn't we know he's a great kickoff man. Alex Henery had a bad day punting but I am not worried in the least about either his kicking or his punting. In fact that may be something I worry about the least about this team. He's pretty much cash money.

So Spring is in the books once again for Nebraska. No question in my mind going by the spring game this was the best looking Pelini team yet. Does that mean Nebraska will live up to what might very well be top 10 hype? There's time to discuss that later. As for the spring the fact that there were no real Pelini blowups speaks volumes about how he thought the spring went.Color me cautious but color me very optimistic. One thing I can feel safe in saying. when they tee it up for real against Western Kentucky in September it won't be as tough a game as this was.

A Crazier Fundie Than Jeremiah

The latest from Fundies Say The Darndest Things:
Quote# 72156

My toilet flushed 4x for no reason....

Sometime during the wee hours of the April 1st morning, my toilet flushed 4x for no reason.

Someone, I can't remember who, on RITA [forum] mentioned that God has a great sense of humor. Could He had been telling me that 4/4/2010 could be the date of our Rapture/or could this mean something else altogether?

SisterNChrist, Rapture In The Air (RITA) 36 Comments [4/18/2010 10:42:09 AM]
Sounds like someone needs to phone Joe The Plumber...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dumb and Dumber: America's Idiots

Made this earlier tonight. I have a new Adobe photoshop, so I decided to have a little fun, at the expense of Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman.

Song Of The Night And Editorial Comment

I had decided the next time I was going to post one of these I would get away from country but since the 2010 Country Music awards are tonight I decided it was a good night to post a reminder of how it's done right then leave a comment on the current state of Country Music

Editorial Comment on 2010 Country Music

God, i'm starting to hate this woman

There are few things I can honestly say that I hate:
I hate the Islamic Reactionaries and the Christian Right because the pair are two heads of the same destructive coin and they don't even know it, or if they do know it, they don't give a damn.
I hate the L.A. Dodgers because i'm a Padres fan, and Padres fans hate the Blue Bombers on principle and the damn Yankees for kicking our asses in the '98 World Series.
I hate what the Republican Party has devolved into: a cynical party, feeding off old prejudices, people's fears about the next terrorist attack, and ignorance to have them vote against their own best interests.
I hate (most) reality TV. There's nothing real about it.
I most especially hate politicians who wrap themselves in faux patriotism, and criticize anyone who doesn't agree with their warped thinking as un-American.

Now, I don't like using this term on Sarah Palin, but after reading her newest piece, that basically calls on her followers to question President Obama's love to this country, but this bitch is really pushing it.

Asked this week about his faltering efforts to advance the Middle East peace process, President Obama did something remarkable. In front of some 47 foreign leaders and hundreds of reporters from all over the world, President Obama said that “whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower.”

Whether we like it or not? Most Americans do like it.

You know, this would be an outrage...if that wasn't all that he said on being a military superpower.

But what we can make sure of is, is that we are constantly present, constantly engaged, and setting out very clearly to both sides our belief that not only is it in the interests of each party to resolve these conflicts but it’s also in the interest of the United States. It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them. And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure.

Any mention of him dissing role as a military superpower? None. The President wants other nations to solve their conflicts peacefully, because we're the ones who'll have to take sides should shit hit the fan and we'll be losing both money and lives, and we want to avoid that worst-case scenario at any cost.

Palin's smear job of Obama goes to a much deeper matter: the ultra-conservative approach to handling domestic policy: 1st warning - threaten county with war. 2nd warning - there is no second warning. Get the bombs and ammo ready, we're going halfway across the world to straighten out some punk bitches! Yippie-ki-yay, motherfuckers! [/sarcasm]

Acting like the world's bully and threatening the other country with air strikes should be the last resort, not the first option brought up in the war room. These issues - loose nuclear materials, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Al-Qaeda - are a matter of life-and-death. This isn't the time to act out on your Die Hard/24 fantasies and start busting down doors and breaking kneecaps for information on how to find the bad guy.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Final Score

Red 21

White 16

Recap and thoughts on the game coming tomorrow, Oh yeah And Boston won game 1 over the Miami Heat. Open Thread again.

Edit From The Count:

This is what I look like at the moment. Not saying I am sunburned but I was eating after the game and a gentleman walked up to me as said "Can I have your autograph Mr. Boehner?

Song of the Night - Soothing melodies for a Friday Night

I've got a couple of songs to sooth the nevers after a tiring week.

First up: Most bands who come out with a chart-topping hit that eveyone has heard about, that everoyone loves, and that everyone will want to hear, no matter what said band puts out in the future, it's only natural that they refuse to ever sing it again during one of their sets (think Nirvana with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" or Radiohead with "Creep"). Coldplay bucks this trend: they see that "Yellow" is the reason why they broke out in the first place, so give the fans what they want. "Yellow" comes off of the band's debut album back in 2000 called Parachutes, and frontman Chris Martin himself said it's one of the top three favorite songs he's written.

Next on the list - This woman takes the term "one-man band" to a new level, having written, recorded, mixed, and played most the instruments herself. I keep harping on the fact that she's best best female singer-songwriter you've never heard of, only beacuse I want you to listen to her, and that in this era of crap paraded out by Ke$sha (yes, that's how you spell her name), Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and the like, she's an oasis in a barren desert in the female music scene. It's Imogen Heap with "Hide and Seek", off her sophmore album Speak For Yourself, one of the most original works to come out of the 00's.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Game Day And Open Thread Spring Game Edition


For the 3rd year in a row the weather is suppose to be gorgeous with a kickoff temperature around 60 and a high of 66 with bright sunshine. ( now the weather channel says 70) I have been to many of these games and have sat in 90 degrees and 40 and raining. With the wife having to go I was worried that unlike the last two years the weather wouldn't cooperate, it's not like she really wants to go anyway, but it apparently will my payback may not be quite as severe.

Yes it's a scrimmage. Yes you learn almost nothing from it. (Last year we did learn Ndamukong Suh was going to be unblockable. The Whites were up 10-0 after the 2 or 3 series he played then they took him out and the Reds won 31-17.)

Don't expect the QB race to be solved, that wouldn't be fair anyway to Zac Lee.

Once again the teams are split using a draft system wich makes for closer and more entertaining games then we got during the Callahan Era. With Green, Helu and Paul all on the White squad I think they pull out a close win 28-21.

Also Tomorrow The NBA Playoffs start and Kelly Pavlik is fighting so it's a really good day for sports.

Open thread kids. Will have a review of the game probably Sunday. Tomorrow night I may live blog the Celtics game.

Mike Thayer Is Still Pissed That Obama Is President

Yes Mr 500 pounds is not pleased

The President said he is "amused" by the Tea Parties......

How unpresidential.

The President said participants in the Tea Party movement should be thanking him......

We're supposed to thank Obama for mocking the movement?

Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in Miami Thursday night, the president falsely touted tax credits in his stimulus plan.

"So I've been amused in recent days by these people having rallies," he told the crowd at the fundraiser to laughter. "I think they should be saying thank you."

Thank you Mr. President for the extra $13 bucks a week you gave some people on borrowed money.

Thank you Mr. President for the excessive spending and trillion dollar budget deficits.

Thank you Mr. President for piling debt onto my children, and my grandchildren.

Thank you Mr. President, for forcing us as a nation to be the first generation in U.S. history that's killing the next generation financially.

Thank you Mr. President for putting into motion, the collapse of the U.S. Economy.

Thank you Mr. President for lying to us about your stimulus plan, bail outs, tarp funds and health care.

Thank you Mr. President, for being so arrogant and tone deaf, is THAT the change you were talking about?

None of that is amusing.

Trust me Mikey it's not just the President who's laughing at you tea-baggers.

But in happier News the Thayer lads are kicking Ass in Tae-Kwon-Do

CORALVILLE, IA. -- The Thayer twins achieved a higher belt standing recently during promotion testing at Kang's Martial

Arts Academy in Coralville.

John and Drew, both age 9, trained hard for testing and demonstrated the necessary skills to get to the next belt level. John was promoted to Brown High and Drew achieved Red belt status.

Jim Rome getting manhandeled by Jim Everett

A classic example of what happens when you piss off an athlete one too many times.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

An editorial from Jonathan

Can we please stop giving this woman so much freaking attention!?

Kate - you've had your 15 minutes of fame, now fade away.

An Editorial From The Count

Bernard Goldberg is a giant pile of Monkey Dung.

Song Of The Night - He's a little bit country, i'm a little bit rock n roll

No country artist ever gave his band more record time than Buck Owens (eventually they began making records themselves) And that is because nobody in country music history ever had a better band.

The New Bear Family Boxset is almost worth the freight just for the Buckaroos cuts alone.

Late Edit by Jonathan: My SotN comes from, arguably, one of the best rock bands in the world. When I think of U2, songs like "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "One," "Pride (In the Name of Love)," "Angel of Harlem," etc, come to mind. Now add the band's latest single, "Magnificent" - from their 12th album, No Line On the Horizon - to that list of classic U2 songs.

New Blog Layout

I really wanted something new for the blog. For one thing I was getting sick of the old layout for another it looked exactly like that fool Leo's blog. Since my personal choice of turning this thing dark isn't very popular I decided to show case our Patriotic side. So the blog now is Red, White and Blue and proudly showcases a picture of our first family. Remember even if you're against him you should never say anything bad about the President. Remember that.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

An Interview with yours truly, Pt. 3

So what's it like to write for Banned and Dangerous?
I love it! The Count and RalphyFan have been so encouraging to me as a contributor to the site. I love the feedback I get whenever I write something about current events, media, or sports, or whatever comes to mind that day. The best part is probably the fact that what we do isn't always centered about politics, because if it was, we'd burn ourselves out from all the bullshit that goes on constantly.

The Count loves to write about his Nebraska Cornhuskers. Why don't you ever write about your San Diego State Aztecs?
I'm not much of an NCAA fan. I guess I could write about the men's basketball team, but I don't watch that much college basketball.

But not about Aztecs football.
God no. It's not as fun to write about a team that's consistently bad every season.

So that's where writing and reviewing movies comes in.
I've never looked at it that way, but now, i'm going to have to! Laughs. Movies have always been a passion for me, going back to when I was four or five when mom took me to see The Flintstones. It's been a love affair ever since.

What would you say is your favorite movie?
Oh geeez, this is hard. There are so many that I love and stay with me to this day, but I would say its between Pulp Fiction and The Godfather Part II. Pulp Fiction because Quentin Tarantino accomplished what Martin Scorsese did with Mean Streets and Taxi Driver decades ago: he took the crime thriller scenario and turned the genre on its head. The whole movie is out of order, and yet, there's terrific pacing and flow within Tarantino's lurid tales of hitmem, washed-up prizefighters, redemption, and a mysterious suitcase that glows. The Godfather Part II is, frankly, the best sequel ever made. Its a scary portrait of Michael Corleone's rise as the new Don, but his rapid decent into moral bankruptcy, and how his predecessor, Don Vito, his father, rose to power and how radically different the two men are.

A challenge to Leo

Remember Pee Wee's Playhouse? Remember how the audience was told what today's "secret word" was, and when a character from the show said the "secret word", bells, whistles, and whatever else that could make really loud noises went off? Apply that same gag to Leo Pusateri's rant about how President Obama is a socialist, with the "secret word" being "socialism".

It took a Carter to give us a Reagan; it took Obama for the nation to wake up to the fact that all-out socialism ain't all it's cracked up to be.

If it wasn't for Obama's ambitious agenda of radical, in-your-face socialist, statist 'change,' I think it would have literally been a decade or two before folks would have been awakened; since prior to Obama, a slow incrementalism, steady-as-she-goes march toward socialism was the order of the day. We would have been as sleeping insects on a spider's web, being slowly yet firmly entangled in the web of socialism until it was too late to crawl out of it. defines the word socialism as follows: "a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole."
I issue this challenge to Leo: provide an example of the President taking over some form of industry during his short term in office, or admit that you have no idea what the hell you are bitching about, becasue quite frankly, I don't think you do.

The Rude Pundit

The Rude Pundit

Why Does Nebraska Think Women Are Idiots?:
Last month, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, a Republican, opposed a bill that would have provided prenatal care for poor women in his state. His refusal to back the legislation was based solely on the fact that the bill would have provided such care for illegal immigrants, despite the offer from private donors to give $3 million to cover illegals. State Senator Brad
Ashford, who sponsored the bill, said that he just wanted to help "unborn babies." Because the legislature lacked the votes to override an expected veto, the bill has been put on ice.

Today, Governor Heineman is expected to sign two bills passed by the legislature regarding abortion. Now, logic would seem to dictate that, since Heineman obviously could give a rat's ass if healthy babies are born, the new legislation must be something like "free abortions for everyone." Ah, but then you'd be using your thinking brain.

Because, and this is hilarious, considering Heineman's previous action, one of the bills that is about to become law (briefly, before the court challenge) contains the statement that the it is "an expression of the will of the people of the State of Nebraska and the members of the Legislature to provide protection for the life of the unborn child whenever possible." Except, of course, when that unborn child happens to be encamped in the womb of an undocumented Ecuadoran maid.


Leaf Gets 10 Years Probation

AMARILLO, Texas (AP)—Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf on Wednesday was sentenced to 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to eight felony drug charges in Texas.

State District Judge John B. Board also fined Leaf $20,000. Leaf pleaded guilty to seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of delivery of a simulated controlled substance.

The 33-year-old’s mother sat behind him in the Amarillo courtroom during sentencing.

Leaf told reporters after the hearing that he continued to use prescription pain medicine even after he recognized that he had a problem.

“I convinced myself it wasn’t a big deal because these weren’t illegal drugs,” he said, reading from a statement. “But I did have a problem. It finally hit me square in the face in West Texas; I finally had to look squarely in the mirror.”

In late 2008 after resigning from West Texas A&M in Canyon where he coached quarterbacks for three seasons, Leaf said he spent 42 days in an inpatient treatment center in Vancouver, B.C., before doing two months of outpatient care. He said he has been clean for 17 months.

Randall County District Attorney James Farren said after the deal was finalized that Leaf’s addiction was flagrant and that everyone on the West Texas A&M football team knew about it.

“Everyone knew if you got injured you’d get a visit from Ryan Leaf,” Farren said. “And when he left he had half their pain medication

If we allow the gays to get married, then people in incest relationships have to get married also

This is Gov. Mike Huckabee's reasoning as to why he's against gay marriage.

"That would be like saying, well there's there are a lot of people who like to use drugs so let's go ahead and accommodate those who want to use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, should we accommodate them?"

How stupid do you have to be to jump to that conclusion?
The idea of a marriage is that two people are making the ultimate commitment of pledging their undying love for one another, forsaking all others, and taking care of one another for as long as they are allowed to live. In what way does this bonding have to do with a brother and sister having sex with one another?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Celtics Are Not Exactly Roaring Into The Playoffs

Rasheed Wallace inadvertently scores 2 points for The Bulls

An Interview with yours truly, Pt. 2

You've mentioned on the Forums and on here of your love for English alternative bands Radiohead and Coldplay.
Coldplay, I fell in love with I picked up X&Y in 2006. It's strange that I became a fan, but thought no.3 was their weakest effort. Radiohead came one year later, thanks to Keg from the O/T Forums. Seriously, both bands are just amazing. Chris Martin and Thom Yorke are like my yin and yang.

Your yin and yang?
Laughs. It's strange, I know, but they are. Thom is my more pessimistic side: he's the person who understands what it's like to have no connection with the stuff society markets to my generation; the person who feels as if i'm alone in this world. Chris is the eternal optimist: he's been there and come out the other side better than when he entered; the person who's constantly telling me to never yield to total despair.

So they're a reflection of the two sides of yourself.
Exactly. Radiohead's music is moody and constantly reflects on the sorry state of the world. Coldplay does that, but for the most part, prefer to see the glass half-full, and focus on the good that comes out of every situation, no matter how bleak. And that's me in a nutshell. Plus, they're two of the best bands in the world currently.

Let's apply the two sides to the Obama presidency. What would both have to say?
Well, "Thom" would sum up his presidency so far, by borrowing a line from Pete Townshend: "meet the new boss, same as the old boss." We're still in Iraq and escalating in Afghanistan, the health care system is still being run by greedy, blood-sucking insurance companies, and the same people who helped create the financial disaster head up the President's economic team. We might have changed leaders, but their policies still remain: help big business while the middle and working class continues to suffer.

I'm guessing "Chris" would have a different take.
Actually, he would agree with some of the points "Thom" brought up. He would also remind "Thom" of one of the things then-candidate Obama said: that there would be mistakes and false starts, and that change would not come easy. He would also point out that under the Obama Administration, that there has been significant change: The mere fact that he actually thinks things through, as opposed to making rash decisions and bragging about using his gut, like his predecessor did, is a revelation in of itself. We didn't get the public option plan we would want, but we did give 32 million people a chance to purchase health insurance and it eliminates pre-existing conditions, among other things; it develops a structure that will be improved upon in the near future. Just this week, Obama's brought together 49 nations and got them to agree to eradicate nuclear material in four years. None of this would have happened under a McCain/Palin administration.

And who would you side with?
With Chirs. The symbol for the Democratic Party is a donkey, and it suits our personality well: we're stubborn when we don't get everything we want in a single shot, and we lose sight of the bigger picture. Over at the Huffington Post, I keep hearing from other memebers on how Obama's sold out, and how it's time to abandon ship and vote for Ralph Nader. I want to scream out, "Are you serious?! Amp down the drama and get yourselves together!" Obama is not Jesus. He's not nearly every role Clint Eastwood has played as the Avenging Angel. Yes, he's sympathetic to our casue and yes, he is a liberal, but he's also not an idiot. He's beginning to realize that for all of his talks about being a post-partisan president, that it's probably not going to happen as long as the Republicans continue to pander to the crazy base that can't stand the fact that a white man is no longer in power.

Part three of our interview with Jonathan tomorrow.

An Interview with yours truly, Pt. 1

ET and Count have interviewed themselves, so why not I?

How long have you been blogging and how did you get started?
I have been blogging about politics, media, and things happening in my life for over three years now. I have a site called Jonathan's Corner, which I write whenever I can. I am also a contributor to Banned and Dangerous and I (occasionally) write for Newshounds, when i'm not busy with college life, that is. As to how I got started, I was a junior in high school when began to blog. I was on the school newspaper, and both my theapist and newspaper teacher told me I had a pallet for writing, so I should blog about what I hear on the news and what's happening in my general life. Probably some of the best advice i've gotten.

Why Banned And Dangerous?
On the Newshounds Off-Topic Forum, I had this obsession with a paticular conservative blog called Blogs For that was run by Mark Noonan and Matt Margolis, and so I, more ofter than not, took their posts about how the former president was doing such a great job running the country, and how liberals are unpatriotic idiots who are emboldening our enemies, and I posted them on the Forums. One of the guys who is on the Forum, Count Istvan, had a blog dedicaed to all the crazy rambelings of some troll (blogger who comes around to any site and starts bagging on others for fun or out of boredom) named Ranger Bob and I asked him over an email if I could join him. The rest, as they say, is history...

Did the people on the Forums get tired of you talking about what Mark Noonan said today?
I think they did. One thing i've learned is that when you constantly bitch and gripe about something or someone, eventually people just become sick and tired about what you have to hear them say about so-and-so. I mean, we get it: he's a rabidly partisan Bush/Republican loyalist. What's new about that? Its the main reason why I don't do as may posts on Mark Noonan anymore.

You're a very astute obeservor of current affairs. Where did that come from?
That comes from my dad. When I was young, he and I used to watch CNN's The Capitol Gang with Pat Buchannan and Margaret Carlson and two others that I can't remember the names of who were on the show. Mostly I watched because of the verbal jabs they would take at one another; I thought it was as exciting aas watching WWF every Saturday! I usually asked questions about what they were talking about,and dad would always give me the play-by-play. I really got into politics during the leadup to the War in Iraq. I was really mad then becasue it seemed that our leaders were this close to starting another war, this time, for reasons that didn't make sense to begin with, and the country was still in shock after 9/11 to give a damn about what we were about to do. It was as if everyone around me went mad.

So you were prety mad going into high school, I take it?
(Laughs) I was confused and pissed off! For those four years (from 2004-2008), I was mad that I didn't fit into any of the cliques that dominated my high school. One girl who I thought liked me, basically played me into talking her to the movies during my freshman year, and I was devistated. I was afraid to get hurt like that again, so I just stayed away, but that's another story altogether. I couldn't understand how young people like me were so into American Idol and Laguna Beach and what fucked-up shenanagans Brittney [Spears] and Paris [Hilton] were getting into now, rather than how the most powerful country in the world was being led by an incompetent son of priveldge, and that the people he surrounded himself were either shady, back-door dealing thugs doing the will of the defense contractors and Corporate America, or were just merely bobble-headed yes-men who would be guarenteed to never say, "Mr. President, I don't think this plan of action is in the best interests of the country. I think we need to re-think our objective." Its as if the vast majority of the people were plugged into the Matrix, into the dream world where everything's fine and guys like Morpheus and Trinity are a threat to our security just becasue Agents say they are.

Part two of our interview with Jonathan later on.

This is strangely cool

The porno industry are now taking current and beloved TV show and making them into parodies. No joke. So far, they've done 30 Rock, Married with Children, Bewitched, WKRP in Cincinatti, The Brady Bunch, to name a few. The best part? The trailers (the safe ones at least) are on You Tube. Suprisingly enough, a few of them are acually quite funny.

Late Edit by Jonathan: I have decided to take the videos down and just provide the link instead. Some of these "safe" trailers do get a bit raunchy, so if that does offend you, stay away.

An Interview With The Count ( Hey If Ralph Can Do One)

Why Banned And Dangerous?

The original name for the Blog was Ranger Bob And Friends and it's purpose was to catalog the idiotic things conservatives and Fox news fans were saying on a anti-Fox news blog called Newshounds. It was named after a conservative troll who went by Ranger Bob and many other monikers who made up stories about his life. He has claimed his Dad was the doctor for the Yankees, He went to Cornell, Cal and UCLA and he once had sex back stage with Linda Ronstadt...

Anyway I had a falling out with the folks and Newshounds (which I am glad to say is patched up) and changed the name to Banned And Dangerous.

Is This Your First blog?

Not exactly. I had a live journal which I had originally established as a place for personal opinions and a shrine to all of my personal likes. Today I mostly post on Banned And Dangerous though I still occasionally post on "The Castle" Usually pictures of a celebrity crush or 2 and a little football.

Why Count Istvan?

My Name is Istvan though I haven't ever gone by it. Of course there was an actual Count Istvan but I took the name from an Episode of the Andy Griffith show. When Barney believes wishes are being granted from a long dead Count named Istvan Telecky.

How Would You Describe Your Blog Style?

Originally I used a super amped up version of myself to post in a comedic style. Lots of F words and c**k s***ers and words like that. This was of course in the height of the biggest assault on our personal freedoms ever committed from our federal government all passed under the guise of keeping us safe. So I would sign off And George if your reading this go fuck yourself or an invite to "suck my left nut" Which I stole from Jim Anchower at the Onion. Lately there is no question I have softened the manner in which I post. Which I think is also true of myself on a personal level.

Are There Differences Between "Count Istvan" And Stephen?

Count Istvan was originally, not only on my blogs but on other blogs as well, Stephen but Stephen turned up a 1000 degrees. I do know many conservatives and I don't tell them to go F*** themselves. I am capable of the crude and lude comment that part of The Count is very much me. I will be watching a sporting event and comment that an announcer would be much easier to understand if he took an athletes C**k out his mouth that's me. But unlike The Count I am not a big fan of conflict. In fact if I have an issue that needs solved like If I feel I am getting taken advantage of from somebody I have found I get better results if I call in the guns and have them resolve the issue and that would be my wife. I am just not the guy to say anything if I get short changed 50 cents or my meal stinks at a restaurant. I think The Count might say Hey you f**ked me out of 50 cents or hey this f**king food is terrible asshole! I wouldn't. My wife would though if not quite in those words.


Yes for sure Like I said the crass comments that's me. Also the temper that I have unfortunately displayed on occasion is me. I have tried both as the Count and as myself to work on that. And it's not as if I am mad all the time or even for long periods of time but I don't let things build up and simmer. I throw a good old fashion 5th grader temper-tantrum and then I am over it. You rarely see me mad for longer than 30 minutes and it's usually more like 10.

Where did "The Name The View From My Ass" Come From?

I use to be a fan of the wwf/e and still will watch a few minutes on occasion though I haven't been close to a faithful viewer in years and probably won't be one again since the person I used to watch for the most keeps getting pregnant, anyway One of the announcers and suits in the company named Jim Ross wrote an article on the WWF/E website called Under The Big Black Hat. So when I was thinking of a name to name my little editorials that I wanted to convey their true value (none) other than they were what I thought I turned to that for inspiration. I also liked the fact I could use a donkey as kind of a joke.

I close with KTF which means Keep The Faith. I began closing my emails with that when talking to people who were going through some tough personal times and I liked it so I kept it.

Any Advice For Other Bloggers?

Don't take advice from me about blogging because I pretty much suck at it and never claimed otherwise. Banned And Dangerous is actually greatly improved by other bloggers who are so much better and smarter than I am. The thing that makes it all work is we are all so different. Want an effective blog? Get a group of people working to get to one destination but all of whom take a different path to get there. That's why I have such a laugh when some douchebag like Hannity, O'Reilly or Limbaugh ETC talks about Liberals as if we are all of one mind. Nothing could be further from the truth.

My other advice would be be yourself. I think I became a much happier person when I quit caring about not caring. I am never going to be "cool" even if somehow some way I was cool. That's just not me.

What Issues Do You Disagree With Other Progressives on?

First of all I hate the term progressives. I watch The Andy Griffith Show and listen to Sinatra what am I progressing to 1966? Besides the term came about because people of limited intelligence made us ashamed to say we were Liberals. There are few people less personally progressive than I am. If you saw me out smoking a cigar or saw my IPOD immediately you would say conservative and you would be wrong.

Which brings be to something I don't like that I often see from Liberals. They put political meanings on things that have none. Do Conservatives often do the same thing? Yes! But by our very definition we of all people should not. No Music in and of itself is a "conservative" music. Where is the Conservative message in Your Cheatin' Heart?

I always laugh when I hear a Liberal cry about commercialism or ownership society or whatever they call it. Especially when they are typing on a computer they own because they bought it at the store. Sometimes I read this and just think get real.

I get frustrated with other Liberals because they often have short attention spans and don't often fight the best battles. As I have said Liberals will often start on one crusade and then half way through some cow will get tipped over and they are off on another. Often our inability to stick to the task at hand means we seldom win a battle and when we do the battle is so insignificant that we often lose the war.

Finally it saddens me how much Liberals are behind the nanny state. I hear supposed Liberals talk about not eating meat or putting calorie counts on menu's or wanting to take away a persons right to smoke even in their own home and I feel like the animals on Animal Farm. When I hear this I can't tell the difference between the nanny left and the religious right. The Pigs are morphing into the humans. Look at the list of people on Brent Bozo III Parent Television Council. You know the people who think they know better than us what we should watch? Look how many of those people aren't Conservatives. It's really sad.

Thank You For Your Time

Thank you!

RALPH on the Record!

Well, it's official - Blog Interviewer has published Ralph's submitted interview, caps-lock and all.

Thought I'd throw it up here so we can stop by their site and give Ralph some commentary.

Open Thread: Song of the Night

This new segment is for us to get to highlight songs by artists we're currently obessing over at the moment. Tonight's SotN hails from the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan. Yes, the song is sung is Japanese, and no, there's no English subtitles, but one look at this very cute J-Pop (short for Japanese pop) artist, and you won't care much what she's saying. Her name is Namie amuro, and the song is called "Shine More".

Edit From The Count The Count's Song Of The Night For The Hee-Haw in all of us.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Open Thread: Favorite Sports Commentators

When watching baseball or college football, who do we turn to for sports analysis and commentary and who can't we stand? Here are some of my favorites:

Jim Rome - Dad and I have been listening to Rome's radio show before Jim Rome Is Burning on ESPN and before he was syndicated. His swagger is infectious and he's usually spot-on with his takes.

Michelle Beadle and Colin Collinsworth - These two go well with one another on SportsNation. That, and it also helps that Colin's both funny & accurate and Michelle's easy on the eyes.

Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton (local) - Every afternoon, he boasts & brags that the first 15 min. of his radio show are the best 15 min. on sports radio. He delivers on that promise, bringing up everything that's going on in the world of sports for the listeners to comment on.

Joe Buck - The Count will hate me for this, but he's not all that bad of a commentator. I don't understand all the hate he gets.

Dick Ensburg - He's one of the great veterans of sports announcers. Everyting he does - from football to his new home, calling games for the Padres - you feel like you're listening to someone who's been around the world many times over and has amazing stories to tell.

Who I can't listen to:

Skip Bayless - God, he's so fucking annoying. Everytime when he'n on ESPN 2's 1st and 10, I want to grab some duct tape and wrap it around his fucking mouth.

Scott Van Pelt - The guy's just boring.

Frank Calliendo (sp?) - Its always hit-or-miss with him on Fox NFL Sunday when he's making his picks and spoofing someone at the same time. Ok, its mostly him missing a good part of the time. Bring back Jimmy Kimmel.

EDIT From The Count:

Edit From The Count:
Sadly good sports personalities are a dying breed. Of Jonathan's list I do not agree with Rome or Buck. Buck because of his BS faux morality and the fact he thinks he's better than you and Rome just because he thinks he's better than you. BTW I used to love the rome show until he got political in 2000 and was campaigning for G.W. Bush on his show.

I like Michelle Beadle but not really for sports reasons. As Jonathan said she's easy on the eyes and she's really quite good on the show. She like many of her male colleagues make no secret about the fact that she dreams of someday replacing Deanna Farve but at least she is honest about it.

How does Skip Bayless still have a job? After he wrote a book claiming that Troy Aikman was gay? Who is Bayless blowing in Bristol to stay employed?
You can add almost every sports writer on Around The Horn to my can't stand list except maybe Bob Ryan and Jackie McMullen. McMullen for sure is not on my hate list. Great sports writer.

As for announcers. I grew up with Howard Cosell on Monday Night football and I loved the guy. Most people did though they wouldn't admit it. In fact most people claimed to hate him. Yet why has MNF never had anywhere close to the same ratings since he left? The guy was opinionated but more often than not he was right.

There are also legends like Dick Stockton and as Jonathan mentioned Dick Enberg who are reaching the end of their careers.

For College Football To me the best announcer is ABC's Brad Nessler. CBS's Vern Lunquist use to be really good but his time has past. Sean McDounugh sp? is another solid guy for College Football.

Speaking of needing to retire there is no sadder tale than that of Ron Franklin. That guy was one of, if not the best play by play guys ever he was always better than the more celebrated Kieth Jackson. Now he's just pathetic. All he does is bitch about games being too long about being awake and yell for players to be thrown out of games. He also misses a ton of calls and doesn't seem to do any homework anymore.

Pat Summerall who used to be a part of what many considered to be the best NFL announce team of all time in Summerall and Madden only works one game a year Now the Cotton Bowl in his home town of Dallas. But he too struggles now even in limited duty.

Brent Musburger has his fans, lots of them in fact, but I think he is one of the absolute worst announcers ever. And the further the game goes and the drunker he gets the worse he gets. "Big Game Brent" is awful.

There are 2 Mike Terico's. The one who doesn't have a rooting interest is pretty solid. The one who calls games involving Michigan teams is pathetic. I WILL NEVER FORGIVE HIM for his call of the 2005 Alamo Bowl. A professional network announcer openly rooting for Michigan and actually crying on air when Michigan lost.

Play by Play guys pretty much all suck! ok there are a few decent ones. In College Todd Blackledge, Gary Danielson (sometimes) Matt Millen (yes he really is a pretty good on tv) in the NFL Troy Aikman is surprisingly good and I don't mind Chris Colinsworth as much as many do.

College Basketball and NBA announcers are really bad. Many in College basketball like Dick Vitale and even Bill Raftery to some extent are more about themselves then they are about Basketball and are just horrid. Vitale especially BABY!

NBA is just full of testicle lickers. Last night ABC's crew of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson better know as the Kobe Bryant Ball Washing Committee spent 10 minutes ripping Derick Fisher for a foul that cost the Lakers the game against Portland before Breen FINALLY pointed out Kobe committed the foul. Then they went back to bashing Fisher for Kobe's fuck up. The Best NBA guy maybe Dr. Jack Ramsey on the radio for ESPN. I miss Bill (Horrrrrrrrrrrrrrible) Walton on tv. He was the Cosell of his time.

That brings me to the worst announcer currently on TV and this guy is absolutely loved. Gus Johnson

Enthusiasm is one thing screaming the entire game is another. Making matters worse is now that Johnson has hit the big time for his screaming style he screams even more. A typical Gus Johnson call will often sound like this:


As for local guys we use to have Jim Rose on football and Randy Lee on Basketball. Rose was Godawful. I mean one of the worst announcers ever and he was mocked statewide for his incompetence.

He kept his job by constantly pimping for his boss AD Steve Pederson. When Pedey was fired Rose had a nervous breakdown (Not making this up) and was replaced with the very solid Greg Sharpe who still has the gig today.

Randy Lee on the other hand was really good so of course they fired him and replaced him with Kent Pavelka who was well know for his play by play here for years in football and basketball and for the most part well loved. But Pavelka too is now making a lot of mistakes (some say he always did) and his play by play guys after to cover for him.

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