Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Consider these lyrics from Johnee Jingo.
And the throne, the pulpit and the politician,
Create a thirst for power in the common man
It's a taste for blood passed off as bravery
Or just patriotism hiding bigotry.
The entire song Honest Work is just an incredible piece of writing so it is hard to pick a snippet of lyrics but here is one example.
The prophets of a brave new world
Captains of industry
Have visions grand and great designs
But none have room for me.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
From their concert in Segovia, Mecano performs Aire. Ana Torroja is loooking a bit Madonna-ish in this video, but then again it is 1984 when they are performing and a lot of female singers were dressing like Madonna at the time. Aire is Spanish for air and as befits a song with this title and production the lyrics are intricate as well as ethereal.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
As a die-hard fan of the Miami Dolphins, the only team to ever go undefeated (17 - 0) through the entire season, the playoffs and Super Bowl, albeit in 1972 when the regular season was only 14 games long I say to any team that has it in reach, GO FOR IT! This year's contender is the Indianapolis Colts and in my humble opinion they should put their best product on the field and try to win just like they would any other week. Momentum is a funny thing in sports and in my view it is important to take the field having tried your hardest the week before. Apparently not everyone agrees.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
According to the WSJ, Citibank is trying to reassure its customers that their deposits are safe and has sent U.S. bank branch employees a memo as a job aid to help respond to customer inquiries.
Marry an orphan: you'll never have to spend boring holidays with the in-laws.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
There was also an incident in 2006 where Citibank put transaction holds on some Citi-branded MasterCard debit cards. In that case, the action was later linked to a breach at office-supply retailer OfficeMax. That intrusion remains unsolved.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Next up in 1987 I brought a brand new five speed SAAB 900 base model with all of its features manual. That car was a beast and also a lot of fun to drive. It took me everywhere and when you put the back seat down you could fit a coke machine in the back. The only downside was that whenever someone was moving they always called me to help, because as I said, you wouldn't believe the amount of stuff you could fit in the back. Although not as quick off the mark as my previous GL99, the 900 was also a lot of fun to drive and I felt incredibly safe in it. It gave me 18 years and 250,000 miles of faithful service. It took me everywhere I wanted to go, even into the thick of the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew where lesser cars were left behind, and when our run was over I donated it, still running well, to a single mother in need of transportation. It was on its third clutch when I gave it to her. Here is a picture of a 1987 900 below and to the left.
Circumstances prevented me from purchasing another SAAB and I am sorry to see the cars that were born from jets go. SAAB owners in general have a very curious affinity with their cars which inspires a certain kind of loyalty to the brand. I am sure there are many SAAB stories (no pun intended) being told out there and this is merely one of them.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
To My Liberal Friends:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2010, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great, though this is not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wish.
To My Conservative Friends:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
"Of the 245 people in the United States whom DNA testing has exonerated, none has spent more time behind bars than Bain."
Bain says he is not angry. The man is truly amazing if he is not angry which I believe he is not. After having 35 years of his life stolen from him his priorities are seeing his mother, keeping faith with his God and getting an education. If you watch the video what you will see is a dignified, soft-spoken, polite, religious man with a wry sense of humor and a penchant for humbly enjoying his well deserved reversal of fortune. Amazing.
The WSJ reports that the shares got a lukewarm reception on Wall Street this week where leery investors are skeptical of Citi's earnings prospects and have already spent heavily on rival financial institution's shares. I'm not sure who has more egg on their face from this episode, Uncle Vik or Mommy.
Also, here is a fact that is not in the article. A lot of what champagne is today is owed to women, specifically widows. The word "veuve" in French means widow as in "Veuve Clicquot", but she is not the only one. Have you ever tried Bollinger, Veuve Laurent-Perrier or Pommery? All wonderful champagnes that were transformed by women after their husbands died and the wives decided to head up the business.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
And from Politico, Chaos at climate conference. The money quote...
"People around the world [are] actually expecting something to be done from us,” red-faced Danish Prime Minister Lars Rasmussen lectured delegates from nearly 200 nations.
Since the Obama administration has publicly stated that taxpayers are likely to profit from the sale of the Citigroup shares it is doing everything in its power to shore up the financial supermarket's languid stock.
So now, right after it announced it would pay back a little under half of the TARP money (20 billion) Citi gets another boost from the federal dole, this time on the tax side of the books.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Ricky Williams ran for 108 yards, but fumbled 3 times, losing one of them. Chad Henne again played solid, finishing 21 of 29 for 220 yards, with one interception. He also had a one yard run for a touchdown on a bootleg. This win was earned by the defense and again, I like Cameron Wake coming off the edges to rush the quarterback in obvious passing situations. The man made several plays yesterday. Miami, at 7-6, is now solidly in the thick of the playoff race, but needs to win its last three games.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Since I have kids, it is kind of mandatory that I get into the Christmas spirit, so here is an old Christmas classic, Bing Crosby and David Bowie sing The Little Drummer Boy. This is my eldest boy's (age 5) favorite Christmas carol. Happy Friday.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Upon simply touching them or even eyeing the wreaths it seems, the glitter magically transports itself from the wreath and attaches to its new host with both lightning speed and an epoxy-like stickiness. Not only that, but the stuff is miniscule, making it almost impossible to target for removal. It is immune to vacuuming, mopping or sweeping. A remora would be envious of its tenacious adhesive properties. I'm thinking of renting a sandblaster to deal with this stubborn scourge.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
UPDATE: From CNN: TSA says action taken in online release of screening procedures. Apparently the individuals involved are being put on leave. That'll teach 'em!
Obama's Home Teleprompter Malfunctions During Family Dinner
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Now check out these guys and their street soccer. They do some pretty amazing things with a soccer ball as well.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
But enough about the game. What I want to talk about are the announcers. First off, this is only my second time listening to play by play man Bob Papa, and so far my grade is an A. The man knows what he is talking about, prepares well, and best of all, calls them as he sees them. No cold feet at all, no ifs, ands or buts, no hemming or hawing, he calls a play as he sees it and stands by his call during the replay and the challenge. Guess what, he is usually right. At least last night, the game that I watched, the man never wavered and everything he said on tape was instinctively right. Now maybe he has a better angle, but perhaps the man should be officiating, because he interpreted what football should be within the context of what the rules are today.
So let's move on to the color man shall we, that lightning rod of controversy himself, Matt Millen. At first I was thinking who would hire this guy to do color commentary? But, surprise, surprise, he was pretty good. He seems to have a handle on everything that is going on in the game. His comments are knowledgeable, straightforward and enlightening. So if he is that good analyzing plays on the fly my question is, how could he have been such an unmitigated disaster and caused the tragedy he did during his tenure in Detroit? What the heck happened?
A video of The Clash's cover of Vince Taylor's 1958 song Brand New Cadillac. Although many bands have covered this tune, for me the Clash's version is the one that by far rocks out the most. It just has a Friday feel to it if you know what I mean.
"Psychologists actually have a term for this: the "online disinhibition effect." They divide this type of behavior into two categories: "benign disinhibition" (which is what happens when someone says something private they might not have shared publicly with many people offline) and "toxic disinhibition" (expressing rudeness, anger, criticism or hate)."
The article doesn't say anything you might not already know or might not have surmised if you spend any time online in social network settings or on opinionated blogs, but it does give some interesting examples and encapsulates this phenomenon in a way which makes you think.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
For the first day of December, a recording by Swedish songstress Anne-Lie Rydé of the song Deirdres Samba with some accompanying still footage. The original tune was written by the Brazilian Chico Buarque de Hollanda. This is by far my favorite version of this song. Rydé builds the song into her own crescendo of emotion from beginning to end and it fits her powerful, lilting voice perfectly.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Honduras' actions, in remaining true to its vision of democracy, has cost it dearly in funds and political capital, but the small country did the right thing. It has shown that it has very responsible ruling authorities which stand for the good of the Honduran people as opposed to the special interests of a select few.
Here is the WSJ article on the election by Mary Anastasia O'Grady who has been cogently covering this story since it began.
Happy birthday Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain.
"I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly."
Happy birthday Sir Winston Churchill.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
"It is an iron law of Washington that policy makers lose their cool when they are on shaky ground in terms of substance. Geithner must know in his heart that he, far more than Brady or Burgess, is responsible for the financial crisis. That's why minor political theater sets him off.
Look at the facts. Geithner was president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for the five years leading up to the financial crisis. The crisis occurred, in part, because Wall Street firms spun out of control. The New York Fed is the cop charged with patrolling Wall Street, the eyes and ears of the financial regulatory system. It fundamentally failed on his watch."
Read the whole thing.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
The down side of the game had to be the decimation of our offensive line which at one point had lost not only our starting center, but the backup as well. On the defensive side, our nose tackle went down with what I suspect by the look of it on film, will be a long term injury. All in all, Miami played a good game against an opponent which came into the game riding a three game winning streak. The only bright side to the injury report is that since we played on Thursday night the players now have ten days to rest up and heal.
Miami now stands second in their division. This will now be one of those crazy weekends coming up where as a Dolphin fan I have to root for the Jets to win their game because they are playing the Patriots. Go Jets! Arghhh, it feels horrible even writing those two words.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
"Clinton Makes Unannounced Visit to Afghanistan."
Immediately the question that popped into my head was, "Which Clinton?" Common sense says it has to be Hillary, but I guess the fact that I had that moment of doubt says something about her performance as Secretary of State for me up to this point in her tenure.
As Van Halen once said, "Right now, better turn this thing around."
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Plus, the guys over at Powerline Blog are not so impressed with Al Gore's scientific pedigree and musings.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
The pond surface ripples;
A floating beetle
Clings to life.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
"Mr. Reuland acknowledges that, in principle, anyone who knew Mr. Bradford’s username and password could have typed the Facebook update, but he regards it as unlikely in this case."
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Given Chavez's ludicrous and bombastic style, it is no surprise that instead of being accountable for these problems as the head of a government which has been completely incompetent managing the country's infrastructure, Mr. Chavez is blaming the power failures on his population's over-consumption.
Indeed, he is mocking them and challenging them to take shorter showers, calling them obese and telling them to buy generators if they don't like the situation as it stands. Please.
So some British Santas have taken advantage of an offer from PC World in the UK and are receiving extensive training in today's electronic offerings for kids. This training program, along with an email helpline, should help Santa interpret what kids are asking for when they mention they want a PSP, and hopefully it's not some street drug they are asking for, but rather the toy made by Sony.
"Instead of receiving effective relief, patients with persistent pain often find themselves in an endless cycle, seeing multiple health care providers, including many specialists in areas other than pain, who are not prepared to respond effectively. They often endure repeated tests and inadequate or unproven treatments. This may include unnecessary surgeries, injections or procedures that have no long-term impact on comfort and function."
Chronic pain brings with it an accompanying host of problems too numerous to mention here. Suffice it to say that in my experience the medical profession has fallen far short of understanding, treating and assuaging a chronic pain patient's suffering.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
We eat there from time to time. In the past we used to go quite a bit as it was a favorite of my eldest son's who called it Ruby Tuby's. In fact, both the boys seem to enjoy the food there. We always had good service and food for the price they charged, so my hope is that the makeover works out so we can continue to eat there from time to time.
Monday, November 9, 2009
While the Dolphin offense is typically a ball control offense which generally does a good job of realizing time consuming drives which tend to culminate with some kind of score, it all goes for nothing when the defense can not stop the other team. This has been the case when the Fins face quality opponents such as the Colts, Chargers, Saints or now the Patriots. If the Dolphins don’t do something about putting more pressure on opposing quarterbacks it is going to be a tough second half of the season.
Next up, the lowly Buccaneers which may just be what the doctor ordered although they are on a one game winning streak.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Or as is the case this year, the swine flu. I don't have the swine flu (at least I don't think I do), but I am suffering from a pretty rough cold right now.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
"Although flawed, in SuperFreakonomics, Levitt and Dubner have done citizens and policymakers a real service by breaking the taboo on discussing the feasibility and risks of climate engineering in public."