Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Pennington being knocked out of the game hurt us. Henne was not helped out by one of his receivers, (Ted Ginn Jr., this means you) but he also looked a bit jumpy in the pocket, the product of being an inexperienced backup. I like Henne, he has a good arm but we need Pennington under center for the time being. For right now the defense has to take a long hard look at their pass rush and a secondary which plays well only in fits and starts.
Update: Maybe it is time to despair now. ESPN reports Pennington is out for the season with a torn capsule in his shoulder. Ouch! It's up to Chad Henne and Pat White now, in that order. On the other hand, this could be what takes us to the next level. What do I know? Next to nothing, that's what. I'm just a fan (and have been one for a very, very long time) who suffers every weekend with their ups and downs.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
In 1979, he became known to a much wider audience with this classic Coke commercial. It was listed as one of the top ten commercials of all time by TV Guide magazine and shown in many countries around the world in which "Mean Joe" wasn't even known at all. It is an iconic commercial and timeless in its portrayal of a young fan looking up to his sports hero. Even if it only a commercial, some players today could learn a thing or two about star players' deportment and the effect it has on their youthful admirers.
Here is the commercial. Happy birthday, "Mean Joe" Greene.
The money quote from Weill is as follows, "I think I made a very bad decision on succession."
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Update: I saw an interview with Dr. Gupta on CNN this morning. He still has a cough and even though he didn't specifically write it in his blog post, this morning he admitted on the air it that having this particular flu was the worst he has ever felt in his life. For one who is not prone to hyperbole and whose job it is to give rational information to the public in a calm, reassuring manner, that is a pretty strong statement. Ouch!
If you scroll down you will also see a second list where readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common (or some not so common) words. My favorite on this second list is number 15.
Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
For all you Disc Golfers, isn't that what "Steady" Ed Headrick once said? Just look at the quote at the bottom of this NYT obituary.
The quote from it reads, "'We used to say that Frisbee is really a religion -- 'Frisbyterians,' we'd call ourselves,'' Mr. Headrick said in an interview with the newspaper in October. ''When we die, we don't go to purgatory,'' he continued. ''We just land up on the roof and lay there.''
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The best part of the updates on her blog so far, at least for me is the following.
"This part of the AP article is too good not to repeat: But Zelaya, who said he would hold a news conference Monday afternoon in Tegucigalpa, told the television station that he had "evaded a thousand obstacles" to return. And his staunch supporter, leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, described the journey: "President Manuel Zelaya, along with four companions, traveled for two days overland, crossing mountains and rivers, risking their lives. They have made it to Honduras."
I've said it before and I'll say it again, the Dolphins need more of a base pass rush. This has traditionally been a weakness for the Dolphins and in the two games of this young season it seems to be one again. So much so that they resorted to the blitz last night and got burned on the last drive by the Colts when Manning read the blitz and called the audible. These were the last points scored in the game and eventually sealed the Dolphin's loss.
I also noticed an alarming trend which continued from the first game against Atlanta and which Tucker does not mention in his article. The insistence on inserting Pat White to run the offense has killed momentum and continuity so far whenever the Dolphins have tried it. It happened in Atlanta and it happened again last night. The Dolphins need to work more in practice on this particular wrinkle and not insist on playing him so early in the season when the offense is hitting its stride. Leave the seasoning of Pat White to some later games where Miami will hopefully be ahead and he can gain that valuable NFL game time experience. For now, the Wildcat is running just fine with Ronnie Brown at the helm and the primary offense is working with Pennington under center.
For all the ponderous themes Dekker writes about in Blink, the book is essentially an action thriller which is surprisingly easy and fun to read. It is full of plot twists and interesting characters, constructing a haunting story which will keep you shaking your head long after you have finished the novel. Highly recommended.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
While before ACORN had decried the videos as doctored and threatened lawsuits (even though it fired four of the employees appearing in the videos) it has now announced a hiring freeze, an immediate training program for all front-line staff and selection of an independent auditor. What it should do is announce the dismantling of its operations, but never will. No amount of training can teach people to be ethical and no amount of auditing can keep them that way. Rot like this starts at the top and permeates down throughout an organization and I am sure there are too many interests involved.
Links to all four of the videos in this previous post.
Also, the Power Line Blog guys are posting that there will be another video tomorrow from the San Diego ACORN office.
I have read two previous books, Into the Wild and Into Thin Air by Mr. Krakauer and both were excellent. I heard an extensive interview yesterday with him about his new book and I look forward to picking up a copy of his latest offering.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The money quote from the review, "A person’s last days can be spent in any number of ways. But on the phone pleading with an insurer, that’s only in America."
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
FDA Approves Depressant Drug For The Annoyingly Cheerful
Monday, September 14, 2009
Update: Fourth video from the San Bernadino, California ACORN office can be found here.
Uncle Vik has hired former Travelocity.com CEO Michelle Peluso to bring Citigroup banking into the modern age. It is trying to reinvent itself by producing systems that actually work to serve the client. What a great idea. Perhaps Citi should just work on getting every day customer service right and paying back the TARP money. There is a business model that might serve appropriately.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I've posted about this album before on this blog. You can read that post here. Here is a video of the title track of that album, True Love, by the consummate performer with the fabulous voice, Pat Benatar. She, her band and the crowd are obviously having a great time. This is one sweet performance.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Chavez has already stated his intent on seeking closer ties with Iran as well and the money quote from his Russia speech in which he called the U.S. a "terrorist empire" is the following, "The United States wants to dominate the entire world,” he told about 1,000 students. “The empire of the Yanks will fall this century, and I am not talking about the end of the century but in the next decades.”
Along with that speech here is what the Russian university students were treated to during this initial cooperative trip. The title of the video "Hugo Chavez rocks Moscow" is perhaps a bit generous. My guess is the man would not get past the 10-15 second mark with Simon Cowell on American Idol before he got the boot. It is no small wonder that many attendees left early to watch a World Cup soccer qualifying match between Russia and Wales. Anyway, this shows what can happen when dour Russian diplomacy meets the flowery showmanship of an aberrant Latin American leader.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Facebook, Twitter Revolutionizing How Parents Stalk Their College-Aged Kids
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The money quote in the article, "If I said just one thing about it, I'd say I played that way because I was afraid of losing. I was playing to win."
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The money quote in the article, "Too big to fail and not strong enough to succeed is obviously no exit strategy at all," Warren told The Post in an interview.
Warren is the chair of the committee. Something tells me she is not Uncle Vik's biggest fan.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
The administration got it wrong with its initial response to the Honduras crisis and instead of realizing its error continues to make missteps in its policies towards our Central American friend. If the U.S. does not want to help Honduras then fine, do nothing at all, but to continue with its misguided policy of decrying Honduras for following its constitutional rule of law is obtuse. First the vocal support for Zelaya, then the visa business and now this halting of aid.
Express support for the constitutional government of Honduras by contacting the Embassy of Honduras in the United States.
Its address is 3007 Tilden St. NW, #4M, Washington, DC 20008-3008. You can contact it at: (202) 966-7702 (telephone), (202) 966-9751 (fax), and firstname.lastname@example.org (email).
If you want more context on this Honduran episode just enter Honduras in the search box on this blog and read the posts that come up and the comments made by Hondurans.
Essentially known as Todd's touring band, from 1982 here is Utopia performing Love Alone. Utopia fans know that Kasim was the band's bass player and split most lead vocal duties with Todd, but here he is in full piano ballad/lead singer mode. Backing vocals by Roger, Willie and Todd. These guys are all incredibly talented and fun to listen to. The scope and range of their output is vast and they crossed genres as easily as one crosses the street. What a band. Happy Friday!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Normally I don't give much thought to the upcoming flu season every year, but this one is a little bit different. Dr. Gupta gives advice about what to do should you suspect your child may have become infected with H1N1. He says he is going to follow this approach with his three daughters. Having two young boys of my own I will be paying a little more attention this season. Thanks Dr. Gupta.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Why should I mind? Why do I care?
Thought the pilot as he started to pray.
We are being shot out of the air,
And one can but die on one’s death-day.
Why do we live? Why are we here?
Then the jet was a ball of flame.
Upon death there is nothing to fear,
And yet who will shoulder the blame.