Thursday, April 24, 2008
My new location is http://evanmcelrath.com/
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
That is a Red Sox fan for you.
Rob Bell- What Has Happened To Me, Mars Hill 2-9-2008
Rob Bell is talking from the perspective of Paul in this sermon. I thought that it was an interesting way of doing it. He doesn't tell you that is what he is doing, but just listening you just get it. This sermon just stuck with me, mainly because it was different but also because of the last five minutes or so. The whole thing is worth a listen to. I just transcribed a portion of the last five minutes. It is the part that really stuck out to me in my listening.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
This leads to some questions:
- Will Scott Niedermayer return for one more year?
- Will Teemu retire?
- Will they add some scorers? Cause if you haven't noticed they need some. The leading goal getter this year had 29. Granted he was hurt late in the season.
- Do they lock up Hiller for a couple years? I hope so.
- Was letting Penner go worth it? How about the Macdonald for Dougie Weight trade?
- Will Parros come next season with a mullet?
- That last one was to relieve the tension.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
" NEW YORK (AP) ― Airports in New York and Los Angeles are the latest to use body scanners that allow security screeners to peer beneath a passenger's clothing to detect concealed weapons."
I am sorry but that seems to me to be an invasion of my privacy. It just seems to be getting worse and worse. I am openly and intensely against The Patriot Act. Which takes away several of our Freedoms. They try to justify it saying that they are trying to get terrorists. Any person who agrees with or is in favor of the Patriot Act needs to be reminded of something on of our Founding Fathers said.
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin
Speaking of the Founding Fathers, I think that they would be turning over in their graves if they could see what their dreams and blood led to. The government they created knew its limits. They had just got out from under the thumb of the oppressive British Rule. Now we are letting that happen again and people are stupid enough to let that happen. I mean it is just ridiculous how stupid Americans are to let their government do this. Any candidate who is elected in November will only make it worse.
It is also ridiculous on all the taxes that they are trying to pass. It will be worse if your Democratic Candidate wins. I know in California they want to add a nine cent tax for every gallon of gas you buy. Because we aren't paying enough already. They want to tax your grocery bag. But wait they will sell you a reusable bag for ten bucks. Give me a break. They want to add a tax to your electronic purchases through itunes and other sources. Do they really think that this will help our struggling economy. To take more of our money. The cost of living keeps increasing, the wages stay the same, and taxes are increased. HUH? Doesn't make sense. Then they go and blame the war solely for the economy. While the war was a bad idea and has turned out terribly there are much more reasons for the bad economy.
We need a return to a limited government. It is funny when I hear people comparing Obama to JFK. I'm sorry but didn't JFK say: "And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." Not What kind of government program can we launch so you don't have to get off your lazy ass to live. It is amazing how much things have changed. If it were today JFK would be considered a "Conservative." Sad huh? In todays world true conservatives get pushed to the side because the world does not want them. There are few of us left. If you think you are a true conservative take this test:
- Do you agree with the direction of the Bush administration?
I am also tired of when certain groups don't like something they go and want a "Constitutional Amendment." Again Give Me A Break. I love it especially when I hear "the government is trying to have more control of our lives so lets have a constitutional amendment to _______." Christian groups are especially bad at this. They think that everything they don't agree with should be illegal. Abortion while I don't agree with it, the Federal government should have no say in whether or not it is allowed. I believe the same with Most of the issues that the Evangelicals have.
It is funny I began writing this post because of body scanners and it just took off. Let me leave you with something you have probably read recently.
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin
Especially when he is your teams leading goal getter. Now I am really excited for tonights game. With Perry in the lineup and Robbie Nieds still out the lines should be I think.
With Prongs and Scotty paired up. Also anytime you have players the calliber of Weight and Bert on the fourth line. Look Out.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
This Documentary looks good as well. Plus it has Ben Stein. It is called "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed."
And here is another that is opening soon. It is the same guy that brought us Supersize Me. It is a movie about looking for Osama. Titled "Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?"
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
|Top 7th: LA Angels|
| - J. Mathis homered to deep left, J. Rivera scored |
|Top 3rd: LA Angels|
| - J. Mathis doubled to right center, J. Mathis and E. Aybar scored |
|Top 5th: LA Angels|
| - J. Mathis doubled to deep right, V. Guerrero scored, G. Anderson to third |
| - J. Mathis singled to left, G. Anderson scored, H. Kendrick to third |
|Top 6th: LA Angels|
| - J. Mathis singled to center, J. Mathis scored, E. Aybar to second |
| - J. Mathis singled to center, C. Figgins and E. Aybar scored |
|Bot 6th: Seattle|
| - J. Mathis singled to right, J. Lopez scored, R. Sexson to third, J. Vidro to second |
| - J. Mathis grounded out to shortstop, R. Sexson scored, J. Vidro to third, G. Norton to second |
|Top 7th: LA Angels|
| - J. Mathis reached on fielder's choice, M. Izturis scored |
| - J. Mathis homered to deep left, J. Rivera scored |
I mean I think Mathis is a good catcher but wow. According to this he had 6 hits for the Angels today. And 1 hit for the Mariners. But the best part is in the top of the 6th when Mathis singled to center and on the same play Mathis scored but Aybar only got to second. Wow Great Game Jeff Mathis!!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
- I meant to write Sars. It is kinda like the queens.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
New Paragraph. The Ducks start their quest to their second Stanley Cup tomorrow and I am excited. Well as you can see it was quite a day.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Front and center Parros roughing someone up. Hope he gets to play a little more than last year. Even if he doesn't at least if the Ducks take it all again he will get his name on the Cup. Cause last year he didn't.
Monday, April 7, 2008
I missed the best part of the game. Bottom ninth Mathews walks, Vlad singles, GA walks. Guess what Hunter did. You guess yet? Well he hit a WALK-OFF GRANDSLAM!
All I have to say is oops.
My weight at the time I weighed this morning: 218
edit- Due to operators error My starting weight is wrong. It should be 220
Sunday, April 6, 2008
America’s Port provides an unblinking view of this vibrant and colorful nerve center for global trade—the Port of Los Angeles. Get an inside look at this massive complex and the intrepid individuals charged with keeping it running smoothly and securely 365 days a year. It’s a dynamic and dangerous 24/7 operation.
-America's Port Blog
Okay, maybe I am a little biased. I watched this show tonight and it was great. If you have The National Geographic Channel. This show is going to be on regularly on Mondays at 10pm Eastern, 7pm Pacific. Then repeat at 1am ET and 10pm PT.
Friday, April 4, 2008
LONGSHORE WORKER KILLED AT PORT OF LONG
BEACH PORT; TERMINAL OPERATIONS HALTED
(LONG BEACH, CA) Cargo handling at one of the terminals at America's second busiest port
ground to a halt on Friday following the dockside death of Carlos Rivera, 73, a longshore worker
with more than 40 years experience on the waterfront.
“Longshore work is dangerous, but it doesn’t have to be deadly,”said Joseph Cortez, Local 13
President of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) that represents over
15,000 longshore workers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
More than a dozen longshore workers have been killed on the west coast during the past six years.
This is the second fatality in Southern California since 2005.
“This tragedy affects the entire ILWU family,” said Cortez. “Carlos came in to the industry with
Rivera was working against a ship at the California United Terminal (CUT) at the Port of Long
Beach when he was struck and killed. Details on the cause of death are being investigated.
Union leaders met Friday with officials of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), the Port of
Long Beach, and California United Terminals (CUT). The union is seeking an immediate
investigation of the death and will halt cargo handling at the CUT facility in Long Beach for 24
The union is currently negotiating a new contract with the Pacific Maritime Association that
covers 25,000 longshore workers at 29 west coast ports in California, Oregon and Washington.
The union is seeking stronger safety provisions to curb more than one-dozen fatalities that have
occurred during the current contract which began on July 1, 2002 and expires this July 1.
ILWU bulletin April 4, 2008 For Immediate Release
Seinfeld unhurt after Hamptons car wreck
Thu Apr 3, 8:51 AM ET (AP)
Jerry Seinfeld was in a harrowing rollover wreck but was unhurt after the brakes on one of his vintage cars failed.
Seinfeld was driving alone when the brakes on his 1967 Fiat BTM stopped working Saturday evening, East Hampton Town Police Chief Todd Sarris told the New York Post. Seinfeld tried the emergency brake, to no avail, and then swerved to keep the car from careening into an intersection, Sarris said.
The two-door sedan flipped over and came to a stop just yards from the highway, Sarris said, adding that the comic's maneuver "probably avoided a very serious accident."
The wreck was attributed to mechanical failure, and no summonses were issued, Sarris said. Seinfeld, 53, did not require medical attention and returned to his East Hampton home.
"He was a little shocked when he walked in and it started to dawn on him what happened," said his wife, Jessica.
The comedian took the crash in stride.
"Because I know there are kids out there, I want to make sure they all know that driving without braking is not something I recommend, unless you have professional clown training or a comedy background, as I do," Seinfeld said. "It is not something I plan to make a habit of."
The sitcom star, who co-wrote, co-produced and starred in last year's animated "Bee Movie," is an auto aficionado. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in November that his favorite car in his collection is a 1955 Porsche Spyder.
Credited to Associated Press
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
"It seems that NBC prez Ben Silverman is still invested in the series that put him in the map: The Peacock net has ordered an Office spinoff, set to premiere this winter in the 9:30 slot after the original series.
Mmmm...no wonder they didn't have room for Scrubs (which, by the way, is entirely MIA from NBC's new schedules for 2008-09). According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series would launch as an episode of the original U.S. Office, and then go out on its own.
We're working on answering these burning questions:
• Would any of The Office writers (Greg Daniels, Mike Schur, Paul Lieberstein) move over to the new series? • Would it be a Dunder-Mifflin branch elsewhere in the Rust Belt or maybe a whole new industry in a whole new place? • Would the new series poach any cast faves from The Office? (Keep your paws off Stanley!) • Who will be our new Pam and Jim? • Any chance this is too much of a good thing, like those hour-long installments of The Office earlier this year? Or is this another great element of Comedy Night Done Right?"-Yahoo!
Why? This is the problem with TV today. Or more so Entertainment. They have a great Idea Then they decide that they are going to make more of something just to make money. I love "The Office- An American Workplace" just as much as "The Office." But if you take away any part of the ensemble then the rest just fall flat. And if they start a whole new industry or company can we take another Michael Scott or David Brent for that matter? Are we gonna have another Tim/Jim, Dawn/Pam type thing going on? What about Gareth or Dwight? It may be funny but the greed of these people. What ever happened to letting things end while they still have some dignity? I would have suggested that "The Office- AAW." should have ended after the third season. As much as I love it I don't want to get tired of it. They should have done three seasons and then like the original series have a Christmas Special or something to tie up the loose ends. That is why the British have much better television. They don't overkill. People start losing interest after the third season usually. And in some cases the writing loses some of the spark that helped a series become great. I see this happening with The Office. The storylines are starting to become strained. This is also happening in other series currently on. ER- How many times can your Emergency Room explode. Come on already end it, you have no dignity left. 24- I used to love watching 24 but the series is the same thing every season. Then there are shows killed before their time. Arrested Development is one that comes to mind. It had the opportunity to be brilliant for a couple more seasons. Firefly- Who knows how great this show could have been. I am not saying that I won't watch a spin-off of The Office, but I will be very skeptical of it.
They don't show what happened when he got back to the dugout. He tossed the water cooler.
Monday, March 31, 2008
So my weight right now is 225 lbs. I don't know what my goal is maybe sub 200. Actually that sounds good for starts.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
But, the Democrats know that they can never pass a tax increase with 2/3 vote in the Legislature. That's why they have proposed a sneaky, convoluted bill that avoids the 2/3 vote. AB 1956 would require California's tax board, my agency the Board of Equalization, to redefine California's tax code to include more products as taxable."
Now this is a terrible idea. Just because they are stupidly spending doesn't mean we should have to spend money on whole new taxes. It looks like they are gonna try to do this like they fooled people into voting for the phone tax.
- Apparently AD Movie is being held up by a single cast member holdout. They won't say who it is, but we do know who it is not so far. Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Cera, David Cross. That leaves a lot of people to choose from.
- Also Arrested Development is now on Itunes. All three seasons now on Itunes.
- Also AD is on HULU.COM. Just in case you want to watch for free and not support AD.
- I just tried to guilt people into buying AD.
- Apparently The Office will be back on April 10th. Not April 3rd like everyone thought.
- You mean I have to wait another week.
- X-Files Movie is tapped to be released in late July. A new one that is. They brought everyone back for a second movie.
- I am going back to The Office. Don't you just feel bad for Toby sometimes.
- I was just thinking. The last thing we saw from The Office was Dwight and Mose playing table tennis.
- David Wallace hates his HR guy too.
- Oh I think everybody needs to check out the show Airline. It is on the Bio channel everyday at 1pm pacific or 4pm eastern. They follow around Southwest Airlines and all the knucklehead passengers.
- Andy it is KIT-KAT BAR!
- I just put a blank line in and then told you about it.
- Oh I was noticing last night that Conan has been on The Tonight Show a lot since the beginning of the year. Maybe they are trying to familiarize him with their audience.
- While watching I saw a commercial for Tito's Taco's. I have been kinda craving that for a couple days so that did not help me at all.
- I am supposed to post something for small group thing Tuesday but haven't got the info yet.
- I wish that MLB would get a channel like the NFL and NHL have. Cause then I wouldn't have to watch the Eastern Sports Propaganda Network. Except for the sporting Events.
- The Angels open up on Monday in Minnesota.
- Dodgers open up on......... I don't really care
- I have a fourth ticket to the Ducks game on April 6th. If anyone wants it I'll sell it to you for what I bought it $20.00.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Oh how much I wish that would have been the case. Only if Hiller ended up being ok. Cause Parros in net would be the funniest sight ever. Now if ever there was a guarantee of a goalie fight. I can't find a video of the shot off of Hiller. Here is a sampling of Parros' work.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
9. In the long run, you'll actually get more productivity. If you block access to the online feed, your employees are going to hate you. You think Robert over in human resources is going to bust his ass for you after you've just denied him one of the few things that brings him joy in this life? He's not. And that hate's going to last a long time, and the longer it lasts, the less productivity you get from Robert. Make Robert happy, and then Robert will make you happy.
8. It's either that, or they'll be refreshing this scoreboard every 10 seconds. One way or another, they're going to follow the game. You can make it easy on them, or you can contribute to their early development of carpal tunnel syndrome caused by repetitive clicking. It's up to you.
7. Ask yourself two questions: What would Michael Scott do, and what would Bill Lumbergh do? And then decide which of those two you'd rather be. Michael used to gather his employees to watch Varsity Blues on Monday. Lumbergh made Peter come in on a Saturday. And even with the harsh realities facing the paper industry, I still bet that Dunder Mifflin is doing better than Initech. Unfortunately, I don't have the numbers to back that up.
6. It will foster a sense of camaraderie among your employees, which will facilitate a paradigm shift throughout the office to a more broad-based, results-driven, consumer-focused atmosphere that builds company synergy and gives your employees the freedom to embrace emerging technologies and think outside the box. That means absolutely nothing to me, but you people seem to like that kind of talk, so I hope you found some meaning in there and it somehow swayed you.
5. You've wasted time on less productive things. Basically, I'm talking about every meeting you've ever had. So much of what you make your employees do is utterly pointless. Why not, for one afternoon, be honest with yourself and your employees about wasting time? You might find it refreshing.
4. There's a huge chain e-mail going around right now that encourages all employees who are denied access to March Madness to make Monday, "National Office Supply Theft Day."* Is it worth it? Giving your employees a couple hours to enjoy themselves vs. losing 75% of your binder clips and a couple of laser printers on Monday? Do a cost-analysis on that one, boss.
3. You are threatening the existence of the species. What am I talking about? I'm talking about swarms of men who would rather lose their reproductive ability than not be able to watch the opening Thursday and Friday of the tournament. A generation of men, without the ability to procreate. Thanks a lot, boss! This is the very survival of the species that we're talking about. You want that on your conscience? You want to risk that? Go rent Children of Men sometime, buddy, and tell me how pleasant that world looks. It will be all your fault, and I don't think Clive Owen's got it in him to bail us out of that mess again.
2. There's probably someone in your office who is on the brink of a killing spree anyway. Don't risk it.
1. You're really kind of an ass if you don't. I'm sorry to put it so bluntly, but that's the way it is. Do you really want to be the hard-ass boss that everyone hates? You don't want to live like that. It's not a huge sacrifice we're talking about here. Two afternoons where a few employees use up some bandwidth so they're not miserable people who hate waking up every morning. That's it. Do the right thing.
Now I didn't write this. I found it on yahoo. I especially like number 7.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
In Portland, ILWU members refused working a grain ship, alleging a safety
concern because a U.S. Customs official, carrying a weapon, was on board inspecting
In Los Angeles, the Union failed to dispatch adequate numbers of workers to
terminals, while in Oakland, one crane driver moved three containers per hour when the
three-year average for the vessel being worked is 30.
At the Matson terminal in Oakland today, one crane was moving 12 containers
per hour, despite averaging 30 per hour over the past three years. That ship missed its
sail schedule by at least one day.
The cargo ship, Hyundai Emperor, docked in the Port of Portland, experienced an
average of 5 container moves per hour this morning against an average of 21.68 moves
per hour. During the evening shift, this ship experienced 11.1 moves per hour.
In Tacoma, an Evergreen ship being worked at the MTC terminal is experiencing
10-12 container moves per hour against an average of 32. A K-Line vessel was
producing 11.4 container moves per hour against an average of 26.35. Maersk operations
in Tacoma were operating at 50 percent of normal today. The ILWU failed to dispatch
any labor to unload the ship during the midnight shift.
In Los Angeles/Long Beach, the Union refused to work extended shifts, violating
its ongoing agreement with PMA. In addition, the ILWU also failed to post clerk
positions in the casual hiring hall, thereby violating an arbitration award.
At the Hanjin terminal in Southern California, ILWU clerks stopped working,
alleging that a gear certification on a piece of equipment had expired, even though a 90-
day extension of that certificate was in place. The clerks then alleged erroneously that
the signatures on the extension were forged.
The whole thing after that was just great. PMA sounded like a bunch of whiners not getting their way.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Forget about the iphone(for now, I still want that). There is a new toy that I want. Last year you may remember that Apple released a heating pad called Apple TV. It stored about 40 GB of stuff and heated up your leftovers. Well Apple recently released the second generation of Apple Tv calling it Apple TV take 2. Creative title. It now holds 160GB of stuff and you can watch all of you itunes movies, tv shows, music videos, music, podcasts, and now even rent movies to watch on it. And here is the kicker it only costs about what an ipod costs. You can buy or rent directly from the Apple tv and it will automatically add to your computer library. Except for the rented ones which Apple only lets you watch once. That should be fixed. While I still am not a fan of the Mac Computers, I love all of the Apple gadgets. I can't wait until I am able to get one of these things.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Foo Fighters with John Paul Jones
Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli
and I can't find it right now but John Fogerty With Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Roger Clemens Roger Clemens?
Okay Here is a question. Don't these two look awfully similar. I mean come on Roger don't you know what steroids do to you. They make you look like giant doofball holding a cup of coffee. Is it just me or are you wondering what is in his coffee too. Also steroid Roger is wearing a bow tie. Classy move Roider Roger. Where as Regular lying Roger is wearing a tie and it is off center.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Part 2: The Colbert Report (again with the embedding)
Part 3: Late Night With Conan O'Brien
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Exclusive! Jason Bateman Confirms Arrested Development Movie TalksBy Kristin Dos Santos Fri Feb 1, 5:59 PM PST
This just might be the best news we Arrested fans have heard in a very long time.
Jason Bateman has just confirmed to me that the creative minds behind Arrested Development (Mitch Hurwitz and Ron Howard) have put the wheels in motion toward a major motion picture of the Fox TV comedy so many of us adore. I'm told by insiders that Jason and other Bluth family members have received calls from producers (Hurwitz and Howard) asking if they would be willing to shoot a movie.
"I can confirm that a round of sniffing has started," Bateman says. "Any talk is targeting a poststrike situation, of course. I think, as always, that it's a question of whether the people with the money are willing to give our leader, Mitch Hurwitz, what he deserves for his participation. And I can speak for the cast when I say our fingers are crossed."
For the record, both Jason and Jeffrey's answers were: Hells yeah. And I hear from other sources that other castmembers were called and that everyone seems to be very much on board and excited by the prospect.
Insiders also tell me that while creator Mitch Hurwitz does not yet have a script, he has a good, solid understanding of what he'd like to do for the movie, and Universal is very much interested.
And so it seems that a few good—wait, no, outrageously amazing—things just might come out of this unfortunate writers' strike, as the creative minds in this town have had time to pause, regroup and think about their dream projects.
And an Arrested movie is a pretty great dream, is it not?
So, let's join our crossed fingers with the rest of the cast, shall we? And how about a little support in the Comments section below?
Friday, February 1, 2008
edit- I forgot the headline.
"The president is brain-dead."
Joe Biden on Wednesday, July 4th, 2007 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Irresponsible claim (and wrong medical diagnosis)
During a campaign stop in Iowa on July 4, the six-term senator declared, “This guy is brain-dead.”
It’s an extreme charge, since brain death is defined as “irreversible unconciousness with complete loss of brain function” (Encyclopedia of Death and Dying).
Needless to say, we find the charge ridiculous. There’s no evidence Biden performed the necessary medical tests to make such a diagnosis. We would have accepted the results of a cerebral blood flow study or proof that Biden had examined Bush to see if he had an oculocephalic reflex.
Indeed, even people who disagree with the president about Iraq and assorted other issues will acknowledge that the president has spontaneous respiration and is responding to stimuli.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
1. "Firefly". SCIFI/WESTERN. Great show with great writing. If there ever was a show that was cut short this is it. Lasted 14 episodes and of those only 11 were aired. I would highly recommend to anyone who likes to watch tv.
2. "The West Wing". DRAMA. Well after watching Studio 60 last year and liking it. I decided to check out Sorkin's earlier work. It is a great show I watched the first two seasons in almost one sitting. I am excited to watch this show every time I get a chance. Also recommended to all television fans.
3. "Six Feet Under". DRAMEDY? Well this show is a really dark show. But it is written extremely well. But I can only take so much of it at a time. So I would recommend to check out but this show is not for everyone.
4. "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" SCIFI. I liked Firefly so much that I wanted to check out Joss Whedon's earlier work.(Created FIREFLY). But this was just hard to take the acting was horrendous. It was so bad I couldn't make it out of the pilot episode. I couldn't tell about the writing but I will give Whedon the benefit of the doubt. I would not recommend.
5. "LOST". DRAMA? I watched the pilot of this show and just loved it. The story telling in it was just fascinating. I am waiting for it to come up on my netflix so I can watch more of it. I would definitely recommend the Pilot at least cause I have not seen anymore of it.
6. "Dexter". CRIME DRAMA? Well you see Dexter is a serial killer. But he is also a crime scene investigator. This show is well written and as I have only seen the pilot I would definitely check it out again. Also CBS is going to start airing the early seasons in Mid February. Recommend unless you are queasy because while they don't show all of the killing there is quite a bit of blood.
Well that is all I can think of at the moment. If I think of any later I might just add them. For now this list is complete.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
For Paul, R-Tex., Louisiana is really more of a third place finish since finishing ahead of the winner, John McCain, was "uncommitted pro-life."
But the Paul campaign says they got second place and maybe should have gotten first.
In a statement this afternoon, they allege that Paul supporters were forced to file provisional ballots even when they were pre-registered as delegates for Paul and they accuse the Louisiana Republican party of changing the rules at the last minute.
Paul campaign statement:
The failure of the Louisiana GOP to properly determine who was and wasn't eligible to vote threw this entire process into disarray," said Ron Paul campaign manager Lew Moore. "The party needs to correct this mistake by counting all the votes immediately, and releasing the results."
Due to mistakes by the Louisiana GOP, hundreds of voters were forced to file provisional ballots, including nearly 500 that could change the outcome of the election. According to party officials, caucus locations relied on a voter list from November 1, 2007 despite the fact that under caucus rules, voters must have registered Republican by November 30, 2007.
In multiple instances, state-certified Ron Paul delegates that were on the ballot were forced to file a provisional ballot despite the fact they were pre-approved as delegates.
The Louisiana State GOP also changed the rules at the last minute to allow other candidates to file more delegates. At the time of the original January 10 deadline, Ron Paul had the largest number of delegates pledged to him. The party then changed the rules to give other candidates until January 12 to file more delegates.
It's a confusing process in Louisiana and a trip to the Louisiana Republican Party does not clear things up. They don't even assign numerical totals to show how big the gap between places one and two and three were. In fact, at the website, a statement from party chairman Roger Villere Jr. only says Paul "appear to have captured the next highest number of delegate positions."
But Villere did praise Paul's supporters for having dash.
"I applaud the supporters of Congressman Paul for their enthusiasm and superior organizational ability. Our Party needs the infusion of new activists who have both political skill and a passion for protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us by the Constitution," he said. "I left the caucus with a renewed commitment to promote our core Republican principles of limited government and individual freedom, thanks to the zeal displayed by Congressman Paul's Louisiana supporters," Villere says on the website.
According to the website, more than 10,000 Louisana Republicans met yesterday to elect delegates to their state convention. Those delegates, led by those currently lobbying for uncommitted, will ultimately award delegates to candidates for the Republican National Convention.
ABC News tried to speak to an official representative of the Louisiana Republican party, but the phone number listed on the website http://www.lagop.com rings busy.
It is ridiculous how the media and Republican party are so afraid of Dr. Paul. It seems like they are afraid of someone coming and undoing the many wrongs of their wonderboy Bush.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Last night on The Colbert Report.
Stephen Colbert is a great entertainer, but the reason he has resonated so strongly with audiences particularly during this administration is because he has a core of earnestness that deeply reflects a strong moral sense and a desire to educate, illuminate, and do good works. If you think I'm being overblown, all you need to do is watch last night's episode of The Colbert Report, which was uniquely inspiring, edifying and touching — all while still managing to be completely hilarious.
It was an amazing television moment. After paying his respects to Monday's debate and busting out a pretty darn good Tom Cruise imitation, Colbert made a segue which, in retrospect, was brilliant: Moving from Clinton and Obama's bickering over who loved Reagan more to the evidence provided by Tom Brokaw's book, Boom! Voices of the Sixties, which, in addition to quoting Hillary Clinton discussing how Ronald Reagan finessed the balance of his role "beautifully" on page 404, contains an early segment devoted to the Reverend Andrew Young, the "last surviving member of Martin Luther King's inner circle at the Southern Christian Leadership Council," and lifelong, steadfast civil rights activist. Colbert got to that — eventually — after first introducing a documentary-style segment (in the style of Brokaw's "1968" documentary, complete with soundtrack) about the Charleston Hospital workers union strike of 1969, which was settled by the young, er, Young, who negotiated with a vice president of the associated Medical University of South Carolina — "the only administrator willing to meet with Young was the newly-appointed vice-president of the medical college, who had taken up the position just days before the strike was called." The two worked behind the scenes to finally end the strike — and on the hundredth day, they came to an agreement, awarding raises to the striking workers.
That administrator? James Colbert — Stephen's father.
Colbert doesn't say so in the episode, but his personal history is a matter of public record, and the story of his father is a sad one: In 1974, when Colbert was ten years old, his father and two of his brothers were killed in a plane crash. As if this wasn't moving enough, Colbert then brings out (or, runs triumphantly over to, as is his wont) Andrew Young himself, his guest on the program. It is pretty poignant even if you don't know the full story, hearing Young explain to Stephen how he worked with his father. More than that, Young tells Stephen — pretty seriously, it seems — that he is his "destiny" and that Stephen has the power to end the writer's strike. In a clip that the WGA should blast to every studio, network and media organization across the country (which we have below, of course), Young said the current striking writers weren't a whole lot different than the striking hospital workers in 1969, fighting to be paid the same wages as their white counterparts — in both cases, said Young, it was about a small amount, fair money for fair work, but more than that it was about respect. He called on Stephen to start the behind-the-scenes work to start settling the strike...just like his father. Even though Colbert is as jovial and joke-cracking as ever during this, it is hard not to respond to all of this — the historical and personal context, the moment of the meeting between Young and Colbert, the fact that Stephen was actually getting a mission from this giant of the civil rights movement and American history. Who turns down Obi Won Kenobe? Probably not Colbert, who has always had a thing for fantasy. Liken Young to Gandalf and it's pretty much a done deal.
You'd think that would be enough for one episode, right? Well, it wouldn't be Colbert if there wasn't a rousing musical finish (think: Guitarmageddon, writing the songs that make the whole world sing with Barry Manilow). This was accomplished with a rousing rendition of...well, watch it yourself. But it's amazing: Stephen, Andrew Young, Malcolm Gladwell, the Harlem Gospel Choir ...and Colbert's writers, who presumably had nothing to do with the creation of that episode. Which people like Jeff Zucker are probably pointing to as evidence that we don't really need writers, which of course makes perfect sense: All they need to do is find TV hosts with the wit and talent and heart of Colbert who happened to have had fathers who negotiated the end to a history-making strike with a giant of the civil rights movement. I know. Hollywood boulevard is crammed with 'em.
Sorry, Malcolm Gladwell, for mentioning you so late — I totally agree with you about that potato-knife thing. Nice haircut!
Watch all three segments below. If you can only watch one, watch the middle one — Andrew Young, who is amazing. The whole thing is amazing, actually.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Commissioner Bud Selig's contract has been extended by Major League Baseball's 30 owners for three years, taking him through the 2012 season.
The decision was made in an executive council meeting on Wednesday and was ratified by the collective owners on Thursday, making the new deal the biggest news of this year's first quarterly meetings.
Selig was asked to step out of Wednesday's executive council meeting as the select owners on that board voted to secure the new terms of his position. When the doors swung open and Selig returned to the room, he was awarded a loud standing ovation.
The owners endorsed Selig, who replaced the deposed Fay Vincent on an interim basis on Sept. 9, 1992, on the heels of the release last month of the Mitchell Report, the result of an investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. At Tuesday's four-hour Congressional hearing on Capitol Hill, the Commissioner was commended by a number of elected officials for having the foresight to seek former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell to spearhead the investigation.
Selig, 73, just finished his 15th full season as Commissioner. As a business, the sport has never done better, setting records last season in gross revenue ($6.1 billion) and total attendance (79.5 million). Projections right now are for attendance to easily soar over the 80 million ticket mark in 2008.
Selig had said a few years ago that he would retire at the end of his current term, which was set to expire after the 2009 season. But last year he backed off that assessment a bit when asked about it, saying "you never say never about anything."
Similarly, in 2003 he also mused that he would probably retire at the end of his term, but on Aug. 17, 2004, the owners extended him through 2009.
Selig, who once owned the Milwaukee Brewers, was given the job as Commissioner permanently on July 7, 1998, and since then has presided over unparalleled labor peace and an economic sea change in a sport that was barely generating more than $1 billion a year in revenue at the time he took over as baseball's ninth Commissioner.
Under his watch, Selig fought for and won approval for Interleague Play, the consolidation of the American League and National League under one office, the three-division format and a Wild Card berth in each league, the unbalanced schedule, worldwide recognition of the sport, steroids testing of Major League players beginning in 2003 and home-field advantage in the World Series for the winning league in the All-Star Game.
For the third time, MLB is slated to open its regular season in Japan, with the A's set to match the defending World Series champion Red Sox in March at Tokyo Dome. Also in March, the Padres and Dodgers are projected to play exhibition games in Beijing, the first time Major League games will be played in China.
And in 2009, the second World Baseball Classic is scheduled to be played, capitalizing on its popular inaugural in 2006.
To be sure, it hasn't always been sugar and roses. Early on Selig's watch, MLB was fractured by the 1994 player strike that abruptly ended that season, led to the cancellation of the World Series and delayed the start of the 1995 season. But it was the last event of its kind.
In 2002, the owners and players avoided the ninth consecutive work stoppage over three decades when they signed a four-year Basic Agreement that distributed revenue more liberally from the big-revenue clubs to the smaller ones. Likewise in 2006, the two sides extended the agreement for six years, assuring labor peace through 2012, which coincidentally coincides with the expiration of the Commissioner's latest contract.
Just when we thought we were done with Selig he decides to continue for three more years. Good Grief
Saturday, January 12, 2008
At one point he says that to forgive someone you have to actually wish them well. You have to hope for good things to happen to them. I heard that and thought, wow. That is really hard to do. Hearing that really stuck out and now that I have heard it, it is like duh that makes perfect sense.
Friday, January 11, 2008
David Alton, an independent, pro-life member of the Lords, said the brother and sister were granted an annulment after a high court judge ruled that the marriage had never validly existed.
The identities of the twins and details of their relationship and marriage have been kept secret, but it was known they were separated soon after birth and never told they were twins.
They only discovered they were blood relatives after the wedding.
I read this story today and was thinking those poor people. That would just creep me out if that happened to me.
Friday, January 4, 2008
I did not personally write what is written below. I do not think I could have written any better.
The next presidential election is approaching rapidly, and I’m writing to let you know that I am strongly supporting the candidacy of Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX).Congressman Paul is known among his congressional colleagues and his constituents for his consistent voting record. Dr. Paul tirelessly works for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies.
For more information on Ron Paul, visit his website at http://www.ronpaul2008.com.
Some highlights of Ron Paul’s record include:
- Ron Paul is in favor of allowing Americans to keep more of their own money by eliminating the IRS.
- Ron Paul is well-known among his colleagues for never having voted for higher taxes or unconstitutional spending.
- Ron Paul is a strong proponent of a secure border and against extending welfare to illegals.
- Ron Paul supports putting doctors and patients back in charge of health care decisions. He is a staunch defender of health freedom and against government-managed medicine.
- Ron Paul adamantly defends our 2nd amendment rights and opposes federal gun regulation.
- Ron Paul is strongly pro-life and in favor of repealing Roe v. Wade.
- Ron Paul does not support a military draft, and strongly opposes going to war with Iran.
- Ron Paul is in favor of capturing Bin Laden and believes that it is critical for the United States to have a strong national defense.
- Ron Paul is for protecting individual rights and opposed to unnecessary violations of our privacy like the “Patriot” Act.
- Ron Paul supports removing troops from Iraq as soon as possible and allowing Iraqis to take responsibility for their own protection.
- Ron Paul believes that it is important to maintaining our national sovereignty by opposing trade organizations like NAFTA, the UN, and the WTO.
- Ron Paul wants to stop corporate and banking interests from controlling the U.S. economy. He supports eliminating out-of-control inflation by getting rid of the Federal Reserve.