Saturday, November 17, 2007
It doesn't matter if your watching OSU-Michigan or it you'll be at the UC-WVU game tonight, it's all about football.
This will be the biggest UC football game in history.
But it's a bad matchup. UC lives off of turnovers and The mountaineers rarely turn it over. I'll be there in my black rooting for my cats and a potential Orange Bowl bid.
And that quality was really why he was so beloved by en entire city.
That humility is so rare, especially in today's sports world, that it's almost
unrecognizable to a fan.
Joe was baseball. He's wasn't serious & complicated. We was slow and an eternal optimist. He was everything that epitomizes 15 games out in blazing August heat. That was what the fans always tuned in for.
It's weird. When I was a kid, I listened to all the games on the radio. But as I got older, my resentment with various strikes and lockouts had me tainted about the game. My patience as an older man isn't close to what it was as a kid. I cannot stand to watch a full baseball game anymore...
But Joe took it back and embraced. Just like your grandpa never judges you, he just gives you another Butterfinger candy bar. And people loved him back the same way.
Friday, November 16, 2007
A Friday Funny
"It's not getting better; it's getting worse," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat. "The goal remains out of reach."
Is he in some kind of parallel reality?
But who is truly blacklisted in Hollywood?
My guess...... it's republicans. Here's an article about Hollywood actors who give to republicans and won't talk publicly about it.
"They learn very quickly, if they know what's good for them, to donate to the Democratic Party," said Andrew Breitbart, co-author of "Hollywood, Interrupted." "If they were to donate to the Republican Party, they would be exposed to career-ending ridicule, period."
No wonder so many Hollywood libs know what McCarthyism is.... they practice it all the time.
For those who have given up on the conspiracy theories, I have something to say to you. Welcome back to the human race.
If you are still one of these goof balls who believe in conspiracies you need to get checked out.
I don't care if it's Kennedy, United 800, Hoffa or 9/11, there isn't a government employee, smart enough to pull off something so grand.
Plus, you can't keep anything secret in today's day in age. If you can't keep Brittney's parenting skills secret how would you ever be able to keep something like where you parked four airliners secret. There will always be some media hound dying to tell their story.
Unless, of course, you're talking about aliens housed at Wright-Patt, now we can talk about conspiracies.
Second, the Yankees cave in on their threat to not negotiate with A-Rod if he declined his contract option. Well, he did and they did.
Finally, Joe Nuxhall dies this morning at the age of 79. There may have never been a bigger ambassador for the game of baseball than Joe Nuxhall. This occurring the day after Butler County made a push to get him a Hall of Fame nomination.
It's a sad day indeed.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
A Nashville man who knowingly hired illegal immigrants to work for his subcontracting businesses in Boone County will spend 18 months in federal prison. That was the ruling of US District Court Judge David Bunning on Thursday. Robert Pratt admitted to hiring more than 25 but less than 99 undocumented workers for drywall and framing in Northern Kentucky. Pratt was arrested along with others during a raid on Fisher Homes construction sites in May of 2006.
Doesn't anyone ever learn. If you want to do something like give an illegal a job, you have to be in the government, like say, governor of New York.
Once you become a governor of New York, you can do all kinds of things like give illegals driver's licenses, in state tuition, and free medical care.
But never, never, never do something illegal unless you are a governor or a senator (except for that toe tapping thing). Then you can get away with it.
Don't believe me. Become a US senator, drive off a bridge drunk, leave the scene, and kill a passenger. You'll walk away scott free.
Trust me. I've seen it happen.
I purchased a monitor from Micro Center with a $50.00 rebate attached to it. The rebate program was administered by the The Express Group. Not only have I not received the rebate, I can't even reach the bozos to bitch about it since the website you are to go to check out your rebate's status is now down and no phone number exists.
I did a google search on The Express Group. The hits were all complaint oriented and numbered in the hundreds.
I've effectively been ripped off of $50.00.
So in the future you can keep all your rebates, points, cards, etc.
On it's face, it sounds great, especially for republicans. But if all the states adopted this procedure, it could prove to be a nightmare in future presidential elections.
Think about it. In the 2000 election, the popular vote was about as even as you could get. But the electoral college isolated potential voting issues to Florida, New Mexico and Wisconsin.
If Gore only needed to swing one or two electoral votes here or there it could have opened the entire country into a recount. You thought Florida was ugly, think about millions of attorneys in every state trying to pull off a swing of only one electoral vote per state. It would be a disaster.
By the way, I'm still waiting for all the vote to be counted in that 2000 election. Libs like to talk about winning the popular vote but there were millions of absentee ballots never counted by the states. Most of those votes were military which would have swung wildly Bush and finally put a lid on all those whack jobs.
Hey Warren, I see you dumped all your holdings in railroad stocks. What did the railroads do to you? You've got enough money to hold on to those poor little railroads.
It says here in this article that you picked up an interest in Carmax with the money freed up from the railroad dumping. I'm sure you did it for totally altruistic reasons.
Warren, if you don't like how much money you have compared to others, feel free to give it away. There's no law that says you can't. What the hell are you whining about.
I never I thought I'd see a billionaire I disliked more than Don Trump but you're getting there.
Whining billionaires... Is there anything more pathetic?
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Kerry insists the only viable Iraq solution is a political oneIn all seriousness, can you name one problem ever solved via a "political" process?
If you can think of one, note it in the comment section.
It looks like turnabout is fair play. Elliott Spitzer is dropping his plan to give illegals driver's licenses.
Now that the Hildebeast has made the issue a convoluted mess, democrats will are going to be forced to address an immigration plan that the American public won't puke over. Good luck.
Things were so much nicer for Pelosi & Co. when they could run on the "at least we're not Bush" plan. Unfortunately, now they are the leaders, and they have to spell out their own governance.
No wonder their approval rating hover near Bob Taft's.
In a somewhat related piece, Norman Ornstein concludes the democratic congress needs accomplishments.
If Democrats think they can count on the unhappiness with President Bush and the residue of repugnance with the performance in Washington when the Republicans controlled all the levers of power, they are delusional.
If you want to read the entire abstract click here.
An excerpt from the article
Police closed in on two 18-year-olds, Roger Whitten of Hamilton and Michael Douglass of Middletown, at the Hamilton Inn late Monday. They filed charges against them and Whitten's 16-year-old sister by early Tuesday......
The two have been friends since both attended Hamilton's Jefferson Elementary School, relatives said. Both have lengthy rap sheets that landed them in the state juvenile prison, officials said.
Douglass has at least 18 convictions, according to court records, including burglary, drug possession, domestic violence and aggravated menacing.Whitten has 13 convictions, including serving time for aggravated arson in one of the most racially charged crimes to hit Hamilton in years - a 2005 fire that was set in retaliation for a Hispanic man's rape of a 9-year-old girl....
Whitten's aunt, Alonda Whitten, said the family was shocked to learn that the girl and her brother had been arrested. She said the siblings called a couple of days ago and said "they met this great guy who was taking them out to dinner and that was offering them a job in Florida."....
Roger Whitten is the father of a 2-year-old girl, Mathis said, and, in many ways, "he was a good kid," she said, despite his troubles with the law. He was interested in construction work and was proud of his Hispanic heritage.
A few thoughts.... When your nephew has committed 13 crimes by the time he's 18 (including an aggravated arson), I don't think "good kid" is a good description of him. In addition, I don't think you should be shocked when he's arrested yet again.
Nowhere in the article is a father presence quoted. Where's the daddy?
I've been on a rant this whole day about the poor. You really want to clean up the poor? Create an environment where's father's have to show up in kid's lives. I think you'll see a big turn around in the crime and poverty statistics.
I'm feeling cranky so why not pile on Notre Dame
In the edition, there are a number of politics articles from such luminaries as Al Gore, Bill Maher, George Clooney, etc. about politics today.
Each and every one of them talk about the Bush Administration's constant use of fear to manipulate the public. Yet within the same paragraphs, they speak of fearing the Bush Administration itself.
Another classic case of liberal psychological projection.
Let's also assume you have a brother who gets hurt on the job and can't do the construction job he has training in.
Being the generous sort, you allow him to move in with you until he gets his situation under control.
How long do you provide his food & shelter before you give him the boot?
When he's able to do his construction job again?
When he's able to do any job?
Let's assume, this same brother brings in a woman late at night while your sleeping (so you can go to your job) and he gets the woman pregnant. Are you more or less willing to continue "supporting" him?
What if he brought people in to your house, while you are working, to booze and do drugs. Do you continue to "support" him?
What if you came home from work one day and your brother started bitching about the kind of food you brought home from the grocery store.
My guess is no matter how liberal you are, you wouldn't put up with that crap for long before your own flesh and blood brother got the boot.
Yet we allow these things to persist for "poor" people for generations. Why?
There may have been no larger influence on my conversion from liberalism to conservatism than Malcolm X. I once read where he accused white people of inventing welfare for blacks so blacks would be pacified just enough to subsist but could never live anywhere but a ghetto white people could avoid.
The result is white people would never have to look at, let alone, do something about poor blacks.
While I disagree with the intention, the result is still the same. Let's just give people more so we can slap ourselves on the back for "doing something" and "having compassion" yet not really do anything about these people souls and forcing a behavior change.
The fact is if you want to stay up until 3:00 am fine, don't ask me to "support" it.
You want to allow yourself to get knocked up, great, figure out a way to pay for your child.
You want to do drugs, awesome, don't do them in the housing we pay for.
The consequence of our current welfare system is an erosion of people soul's and I'm not just talking about "poor" people. I'm also talking about the people who want to "support" people with out getting their hands dirty. People who enable generations of dysfunction with the current welfare system.
People like Beth Schwartz, who want to be able to eat organic lettuce when they have no money.
This morning was a letter to the editor about the challenge.
If elected officials had to live if only for a few months on this kind of a budget, I suspect they might better understand the need that many, many families in this country face daily.
Ms Rabkin, I hate to clue you in on this fact but frankly, it's supposed to suck to be poor.
Really. if it didn't suck to be poor, nobody would be poor. It's supposed to be hard so that people who are poor will do things that won't let them be poor anymore, like get jobs.
And if you think that I'm one of those people who have no empathy for the poor, join me tonight as I go out to buy food for those same poor people.
You can also join me about every fourth Friday as well when I go down to one of the local shelters to help out in the kitchen.
I'm not in favor of anyone going hungry, but I can guarantee that the people who get the $21/week make it work. I don't see herds of skinny people living out in the streets.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
More than 1 million cases of chlamydia were reported in the United States last year - the most ever reported for a sexually transmitted disease, federal health officials said Tuesday.
"A new U.S. record," said Dr. John M. Douglas Jr. of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More bad news: Gonorrhea rates are jumping again after hitting a record low, and an increasing number of cases are caused by a "superbug" version resistant to common antibiotics, federal officials said Tuesday.
Syphilis is rising, too. The rate of congenital syphilis - which can deform or kill babies - rose for the first time in 15 years.
We teach children to abstain from cigarettes because of the health consequences. Out of curiosity, would you teach children to abstain from smoking if the health risks were those noted above?
I started to check out this academic paper about a solution to the issue when I read this passage in the abstract.
It also demonstrates that tax practice - from preparing returns to structuring deals to handling audits and arguing cases - is legal in nature, and needs two things: (1) competent practitioners, and (2) a strong set of ethical rules.
Doesn't that pretty much eliminate attorney's by definition?
(Sorry, I just couldn't resist a shot at my attorney friends)
- "Could the United States, for that matter, elect a cross-dresser? The Rudy Giuliani surge would be comic if its broader implications were not so grave."--James Carroll, Boston Globe, Oct. 29
- "Rudy's acceptance of Pat Robertson's endorsement is equally foolish. Not only has it made utterly transparent that Giuliani isn't just a cross dresser but also a man capable of practicing the oldest profession as well as any Jezebel . . ."--Gloria Feldt, Puffington Host, Nov. 9
- " Rudy Giuliani did Hillary imitations, complete with mincing steps and effete hand gestures, looking just like the cross-dresser we know him to be."--Stanley Fish, New York Times Web site, Nov. 11
- "The old guard, Pat Robertson, has just endorsed the cross-dressing former mayor of New York to defeat what he called Islamic 'blood lust.' "--Andrew Sullivan, Times (London), Nov. 11
All these cracks are directed at Rudy for wearing a dress at a costume party.
Taranto doesn't mention it but it seems like all these writers must be reading off of the same democratic talking points.
If that's the case, do you find some kind of irony that the party of tolerance ie gays, transexuals, & transgenders would attack someone for being a "cross dresser". Especially Andrew Sullivan, a self proclaimed gay, conservative.
I mean, is it OK to be a cross dresser as long as you're not a republican?
It seems to me that it's another example of psychological projection by democrats. They think everyone's a bigot just because they are.
Captain's Quarters has a breakdown of all the recent incidents that has flummoxed the Clinton campaign.
I don't like the long campaign season but there is one thing to be learned about the candidate(s) during these prolonged campaigns. Frankly, how one runs a campaign is likely to mirror how they run an administration.
In the case of the Hildebeast, it looks like you can expect any criticism of her to be responded with a "you can't hit a girl" from her administration. In addition, you can already see that the campaign continues to have the most aggressive and media savvy attack dogs on the campaign trail as evidenced by the planted question scandal.
Clinton can claim that she never authorized the "piling on" videos but she's responsible for her campaign and her campaign is going to take on the personality of it's leader.
Remember, Nixon never authorized the Watergate break in, but it was his fervent paranoia that had his campaign think it was a good idea.
And when it's all said and done, the Hildebeast looks like Richard Nixon, without the charm.
Q: I read a quote where you said that you don’t argue ideas with brutes. Who were you referring to?
CT: Can a diehard Packers fan have a civil conversation with a diehard Bears fan right after a close game? That’s what I’m talking about. There are some people now who are so wrapped up in their interests that that’s all they care about. They don’t even read the opinions that I write. It is their interests that govern them, not the thought process or the Constitution. They’ve got to have their way or they’ll kill you—not physically, necessarily, but certainly with calumnies. There are people today who seem unable to transcend their interests to the point necessary to have a civil discourse.
CT: My grandfather was a man who understood implicitly, without education, what it meant to do right—as a citizen, as a father, as a person. This was a man who had every reason to be bitter—who wasn’t. A man who had every reason to give up—who didn’t. A man who had every reason to stop working—who wouldn’t. He was a man who had nothing but a desire to work by the sweat of his brow so that he could provide for those of us around him, and to pass on to us his idea of right. Another thing he said always stuck with me. When my brother and I went to live with him in 1955 as kids, he told us: “Boys, I’m never going to tell you to do as I say. I’m going to tell you to do as I do.” How many people can say that? And I asked my brother once, “Did he ever fail to live up to his promise?” No.
I can tell you for certain the reason Bears fans can't argue with Packers fans.... you always have to have a supply of flash cards or pictures to communicate with a Packers fan.
About six months ago, I was having lunch with a political consultant and we were having a smart-alecky conversation about the presidential race. All of sudden, my friend interrupted the flow of gossip and said: “You know, there’s really only one great man running for president this year, and that’s McCain.”
Something to ponder as we approach the primaries.
There may not be a better ambassador to the Cincinnati area than Joe Nuxhall and given his current health, he probably lacks a lot of time to get in.
If you want to vote click here.
Despite all the grumbling, however, the press has showered Hillary with strikingly positive coverage. "It's one of the few times I've seen journalists respect someone for beating the hell out of them," says a veteran Democratic media operative. The media has paved a smooth road for signature campaign moments like Hillary's campaign launch and her health care plan rollout and has dutifully advanced campaign-promoted themes like Hillary's "experience" and expertise in military affairs. This is all the more striking in light of the press's past treatment of Clinton--particularly during her husband's White House years--including endless stories about her personal ethics, frostiness, and alleged Lady Macbeth persona.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Because I'm passionate about the issue, I'm always looking for ways to solve the "problem", perceived or not, by the general public.
Now let's assume I talk a congressman into funding some studies into the impact of drinking in the Irish American community. How do you think that study is going to shake out?
I'd bet your life on the outcome and the outcome won't be "no problem". Oh you can bet there's going to be a problem and the bigger the problem the better.
The same is true on this whole global warming caca.
Do you really think that the head of any agency titled Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is going to come out with a report stating the climate is all hunky dory? That's a non starter for some bureaucrat seeking to suck off the government tit.
The report is due this week. I won't need to read it to know what it's going to say.
"Twilight brings traffic jams to the main shopping district of this once-affluent corner of Baghdad, and hundreds of people stroll past well-stocked vegetable stands, bakeries and butcher shops. To many in Amariyah, it seems little short of a miracle."
Then the Washington Post
"The number of attacks against U.S. soldiers has fallen to levels not seen since before the February 2006 bombing of a Shi'ite shrine in Samarra that touched off waves of sectarian killing...The death toll for American troops in October fell to 39, the lowest level since March 2006."
Finally from the NY Times
"American forces have routed Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, the Iraqi militant network, from every neighborhood in Baghdad, a top American general said today, allowing American troops involved in the 'surge' to depart as planned."
So if you are a democrat heading the house, what do you do to support the war effort? Of course, you force a debate on when we surrender.
So on this Veterans Day, this is what democrats call "supporting the troops"
Schwartz went from a diet high in protein and fresh produce to pasta, hot dogs, eggs and peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches. She began hoarding food and counting bites.
She was hungry all the time and constantly worried that she was going to run out of food. She found herself cringing when her daughter asked to have a slice of her cheese.
Schwartz logged her thoughts in a blog. Day one, she was "more aware of my hunger" than usual and thankful for the coffee at work.
On day two, she was comparing apples to gold. On day three she was "impatient and cranky."
"I'm ashamed at how important food has become for me. I feel unabashedly blessed that this is just one week of my life. I feel guilt that this is just one week of my life."
On day four, Schwartz said her brain felt "fuzzy" and she wondered what effect this type of diet has on schoolchildren.
By day six, she was doing the math for her final day of the challenge.
"I calculated that I have $1.67 left to last me the rest of the day," Schwartz said on Sunday morning, the last day of her challenge. "I calculated that's two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, carrots, two eggs and a cup of milk."
At first I thought I would take up the food stamp challenge, until I realized that I've already done it.... Only we called it college.
See, in college, students on limited budgets eat things like mac and cheese (.50 a box), hamburger helper (about 3.00 with hamburger), and spaghetti (about 2.00 with sauce), and Ramen noodles about (.50 a package). I was in a Kroger's the other day and you can still get frozen pizzas for 1.29 a piece.
So spare me if you can't eat a nice diet of Salmon, rice pilaf and brocolli. But isn't that the deal with food stamps and any other public assistance, you get enough to subsist, not enough to get fat on. If you want something more.... go earn it.
Look I'm as pro casino as anybody but what I'm not in favor of..... using state laws to set up gambling cartels.
Isn't it ironic that every one of these gambling initiatives that goes up, limits the number of casinos to the areas in which the proponents own real estate.
In my mind, any gambling should be up to each individual municipality or county to allow under state law. If Fairfield County wants gambling, they should be allowed to zone for it. If Ross County wants gambling but Chillicothe does not, they can zone it accordingly.
Instead, they create these gambling cartels that essentially bars local competitors from the industry, hence sucking money out of the area.
I want to gamble and I want to do anywhere in Ohio. Can we get that deal done for a change?
Sunday, November 11, 2007
What we should do is make all of us civilian schleps work and allow veterans to actually take the day off with pay... Then let them celebrate as they would see fit.
So if you are a veteran, I hope you have an awesome day. Just note, that despite the democratic talking points, your service to our country is truly appreciated by rank and file civilians.
As part of the reception, we need to buy alcohol, and a lot of it. So we did what every normal Cincinnatian does when purchasing large quantities of alcohol... we drove to Kentucky.
Our tab at the Party Source was over $250.00. As I was loading our stash into the huge SUV, I couldn't help but notice the license plates on the cars in the parking lot.
Here was the count.
West Virginia 1
Just out of curiosity, how much revenue does the state of Ohio lose to Kentucky, Indiana & West Virginia on out of state booze and cigarette purchases?
Granted, in the scheme of billions of dollars of in state alcohol and cigarette sales, it's probably a pittance. But assume you were a for profit business. Would you just let the competition next door sell the same product to your customers over and over and over again?
It's not just the revenue from the taxes that Ohio loses out on, it's an entire mindset of state government that just doesn't give a crap about business generation within the state.
If you are an Ohio resident, wouldn't you prefer having operations like the Party Source in Ohio taking Kentuckians' money and generating jobs for Ohioan rather than vice versa?
As I noted in a previous post, as much as I love college football, I can't stand the super powers in the sport.
So any day my Bearcats win is a good one. But when Alabama, Notre Dame, and Michigan take a butt wippin', it's an even better day.
As far as OSU, I think losing for them was a good thing because I don't think they'd want anything to do with LSU in the national championship game. It would be uglier than Florida last year.