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Absolutely. The. Stupidest. Thing. EVER!!!!! September 30, 2006

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As if the irony isn’t enough having been published in a magazine that features its ego-obsessed publisher ON EVERY COVER, “Oprah” magazine has declared Kos as the seventh-sexiest man alive.

And the sycophants at DKos note with real admiration that Oprah notes:

 A little self-deprecation is so appealing (he calls himself a loudmouthed nerd)

Like Kos is self-deprecating.

Well, they say that like attracts like.  Ego-freak Oprah declares that fellow entrenched monomaniac Kos is, in fact, “humble.”

Does the gorge ever become buoyant at this idiocy.

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Bill Simmons with the lowdown on my Seahags. . . September 29, 2006

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Heh. Sure sounds good.

But I do think the Hawks are legitimately good. For one thing, they have the only discernable home-field advantage in the NFL right now. It’s impossible to win there. The crowd won’t allow it, and they’re the only team that can definitively say this. More importantly, they overpaid for Branch, but the trade gave them four quality receivers, leading to the ridiculously potent four-WR offense last week that flummoxed the Giants. As any “Madden” junkie knows, there are only three unstoppable offenses: The five-WR shotgun if your line can protect you, the two-TE offense with two quality tight ends who can block and go deep, and the four-WR offense with a great back and four good receivers.

To pull off one of these offenses in “Madden,” you need to rig at least one trade and sign a couple marquee free agents. In real life, it’s almost impossible; in fact, the last time it happened, the ’99 Rams were involved (the most unstoppable “Madden” offense of this generation). But Seattle inadvertently stumbled upon something significant here — they can run, they can throw, and if that’s not enough, they have this obscene four-WR weapon with Alexander and Hasselbeck and tons of freakish jaw-drop upside. Play the pass and they run. Play the run and they pass. Blitz Hasselbeck and he dumps it off to an open guy. I don’t see how you stop them once they get cooking. Throw in the defense, a healthy Alexander and the home-field advantage, and I’d take them over anyone right now.

He has San Diego as the only stronger team in the NFL right now because Alexander broke his foot.

Like I said, Sure sounds good.

All the same, I am really nervous with the Hags traveling to Soldier Field.

Da Bears are TOUGH this year.

Whitlock gets sacked. . . September 27, 2006

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and then my traffic went WAYYY UP

. . .and near as I can figure it’s because of this post, where I devote all of three lines to extolling the virtues of Jason Whitlock as a sports columnist.

I am mystified as to the sudden popularity of this very small post. Does anyone have any idea if Whitlock said anything momentous today? I can’t find anything.

Yes, I can. I have it now. ESPN dumped him because he was critical of Mike Lupica and -notably- Scoop Jackson.

You can read Whitlock’s own take on this situation here.

So, in essence, he was dumped because he wouldn’t keep his comments about Jackson (probably well-deserved) on the reservation.

This is really too bad. Whitlock is -I’ll say it again- one of the smartest, most insightful columnists out there.

UPDATE: More at the biglead.com. In particular, check here for the Q&A where Whitlock tees off, and for the post where biglead takes credit for Whitlock getting sacked.

Plus c’a change, plus c’e la meme chose September 27, 2006

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(SIGH)

The title is a French cliche (or is it an aphorism?) meaning, “The more things change, the more things stay the same.”

A quote from Myers’ pestiferous Pharyngula:

We have heard talk enough. We have listened to all the drowsy, idealess, vapid sermons that we wish to hear. We have read your Bible and the works of your best minds. We have heard your prayers, your solemn groans and your reverential amens. All these amount to less than nothing. We want one fact. We beg at the doors of your churches for just one little fact. We pass our hats along your pews and under your pulpits and implore you for just one fact. We know all about your mouldy wonders and your stale miracles. We want a ‘this year’s fact’. We ask only one. Give us one fact for charity. Your miracles are too ancient. The witnesses have been dead for nearly two thousand years. Their reputation for ‘truth and veracity’ in the neighborhood where they resided is wholly unknown to us. Give us a new miracle, and substantiate it by witnesses who still have the cheerful habit of living this world. Do not send us to Jericho to hear the winding horns, nor put us in the fire with Shadrach, Meshech and Abednego. Do not compel us to navigate the sea with Captain Jonah, nor dine with Mr. Ezekiel. There is no sort of use in sending us fox-hunting with Samson. We have positively lost all interest in that little speech so eloquently delivered by Balaam’s inspired donkey. It is worse than useless to show us fishes with money in their mouths, and call our attention to vast multitudes stuffing themselves with five crackers and two sardines. We demand a new miracle, and we demand it now. Let the church furnish at least one, or forever hold her peace.

[Robert G. Ingersoll]

Where have we heard this before?

But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. (John 20: 4-25)

Ingersoll, along with his sycophant Myers, demands material proof, despite mounds of proof surrounding them, they demand yet more.

Yet the sort of proof they demand, God in essence standing right in front of them and smacking them with a thunderbolt, is not only arrogant, but an invitation to enslavement.

One of my apologetics students wanted to know why there was no definitive proof for the existence of God (definitive as in Ingersoll’s definition). The response: “Because it violates free will. God does not FORCE us to believe in Him. He issues invitations, and leaves mountains of evidence indicating His existence, but He does not force. He may, but he chooses not to, as He wishes us to choose Him. To force our belief negates our choice.”

The Ego of Cardinal Mahony. . . September 26, 2006

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of Los Angeles apparently knows no bounds.

Who commissions their own biography?  What reflective, properly humble priest would do such a thing?

I’ve been watching Mahony with dumbfounded bemusement for years, but this is the cherry on the sundae of foolishness that passes for most of his episcopate.  (I have to give him a cursory nod on immigration.  As for the rest, well, I’m just glad he’s way on down the coast from where I am at).

The killer quote:

Downey (the chosen biographer)’s first book was “A Blessed Weakness: The Spirit of Jean Vanier and l’Arche” (Harper and Row, 1986), a biography of Jean Vanier, founder of l’Arche, an international community centered on service of persons with developmental abilities.

“In writing about Vanier,” said Downey, “I found that it is crucial to get the facts right. But it is far more important to capture the spirit of person in writing their biography.”

Meaning the “nuance” of Mahony’s befuddled cardinalate will get full exposure, while the sad facts of his confused leadership will be conveniently glossed over/ignored.

Kos gets his tail in a twist. . . September 26, 2006

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. . .because David Broder sees the formation of a Third Party in the current Republican rejection of Bush’s re-reading of Geneva.

I personally think that Broder is way too optimistic in his assessment, but nevertheless, there is a wonderful little gem in the article.

What really irks Kos is this line:

 Now, however, you can see the independence party forming — on both sides of the aisle. They are mobilizing to resist not only Bush but also the extremist elements in American society — the vituperative, foul-mouthed bloggers on the left.

Heh.

Heh heh.

When traditional, more left-bent mainstream journalists are willing to stick a fork into the hidebound side of Kos, well, Hoody simply has to sit up and take notice.

Governor Bill continues to serve himself September 24, 2006

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. . gets all haughty and chews on Chris Wallace of FoxNews.

NEW YORK (CNN) — In a contentious taped interview that aired on “Fox News Sunday,” former president Bill Clinton vigorously defended his efforts as president to capture and kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

“I got closer to killing him than anybody has gotten since. And if I were still president, we’d have more than 20,000 troops there trying to kill him,” Clinton said, referring to Afghanistan.

“We do have a government that thinks Afghanistan is one-seventh as important as Iraq,” he added, referring to the approximately 140,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. (Watch Clinton go on defensive — 1:18)

In the interview, which was taped on Friday, Clinton also lashed out at Fox’s Chris Wallace, accusing him of promising to discuss Clinton’s initiative on climate change, then straying from the issue by asking why the former president didn’t do more to “put bin Laden and al Qaeda out of business.”

“So you did Fox’s bidding on this show. You did your nice little conservative hit job on me,” he said to Wallace, occasionally tapping on Wallace’s notes for emphasis. “I want to know how many people in the Bush administration you asked this question of?

“And you’ve got that little smirk on your face and you think you’re so clever. But I had responsibility for trying to protect this country. I tried and I failed to get bin Laden. I regret it,” Clinton said.

Wallace said that the question was drawn from viewer e-mails.

Clinton asserted he had done more to try to kill bin Laden than “all the right-wingers who are attacking me now.” In fact, Clinton said, conservatives routinely criticized him for “obsessing” over bin Laden while he was in office.

“They ridiculed me for trying. They had eight months to try. They did not try. I tried. So I tried and failed,” he said.

I like how he reframed the argument. Let us compare how the Bush Adminstration did with eight months to get bin Laden, and the eight YEARS that Clinton had to do the same.

Can we focus on that reframing a bit more? Bush couldn’t do in 8 months what Clinton could not do in eight YEARS???
Poor Bill. The quintessential politician (that is NOT a compliment), handicapped by his own inability to govern due to his passion for fat young interns, he now wanders about the country putting his foot in buckets of warm, brown manure.

I Tink I Wanna Womit September 24, 2006

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I could spend the rest of my life pulling the covers off of the rancid, echoing sycophancy that is DailyKos.  Overwhelmed with riches to exploit, I have been akin to paralyzed, unable to comment on the insanely obvious.

But this little bit of fawning hero worship is just a bit too much to stomach.

The key, nauseating quote:

Markos isn’t a year older, but Springsteen is. Both of them have given voice to the common man…. and some of those voices have been rescued here tonight.

Give.

Me.

A.

BLEEPING.

BREAK!!!!!

Jeffrey Loria is an Idiot September 22, 2006

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The owner of the Florida Marlins simply does not know how to deal with success. He keeps getting wonderful treasures handed to him on a silver platter, and he keeps heaving those treasures out the window. And then the platter becomes unrecoverably tarnished.
In 1999, he managed to buy 24% of the Montreal Expos. Through some shady dealing, he manages to quickly gain another 70% of the team, then manages to sell the Expos to MLB (racketeering, anyone?) and buys the Florida Marlins.

In a suit filed by minority Expo owners, they claimed:

that (Loria) effectively destroyed the economic viability of baseball in Montreal (that) included removing the Expos from local television, subverting well-developed plans for a new baseball stadium in downtown Montreal, purposefully alienating Expos’ sponsors and investors, abandoning agreed-upon financial plans for the franchise, and undermining a planned recapitalization of the franchise that would have added new Canadian partners.”

That’s Treasure #1 out the window, and silver platter made toast.

In 2003, led by the crusty Jack McKeon, the Marlins -against all expectations- toast the Evil Empire and win the World Series. It is quite possibly the match-up of the two most-loathed owners in MLB meeting for the Series. The only way this could have been topped is if Oriole owner Peter Angelos and Steinbrenner met, but as both are in the AL, this is impossible.

Never one to not look a gift horse in the mouth, Loria promptly sold off the nucleus of the team, and started lobbying for a new stadium.

That would be Treasure #2 out the window. The silver platter still is working. For the moment.

Now, fast forward to today. Jack McKeon, disgusted with Loria’s insane ownership style, quits and Loria hires Joe Girardi, who has never managed before, to steer the Marlin boat fully onto the shoals, so Loria can finish the job of completely alienating the South Florida market by watching the team go down in a ball of fire with untested rookies.

But here’s the funny thing; Girardi has the team in contention for a wild card spot.

Loria’s reaction? to publicly argue with Girardi, refuse to give him a vote of confidence and leak information that the likely NL Manager of the Year will be out of a job at the end of the season.

I don’t care what Girardi’s people skills are like, or that he occasionally pulls a Grady Little on the field. The man is a miracle worker in getting the Marlins as far as he has, and if Loria lets him go, that would be Treasure #3 out the window, and I don’t think anyone will give the clueless idiot a new silver platter to work with.

Let’s just turn the country over to Kos and Loria. That should be REALLY interesting to watch.

From a great distance.

Like maybe, Auckland, New Zealand.

Tongue-in-cheek SLAM to the Peaceful Islamists September 18, 2006

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Fr. Neuhaus thinks this is over the top.

I don’t.  I think it’s right on.

Dear Pope Benedict XVI:

We Muslims are not at all violent, not that you said we were, but who needs to read your speech when the local imam, who hasn’t read it either, can tell us what it says? Since peaceful efforts to convince you of our commitment to peace have failed, we hope that the mass riots, burnt effigies, cries of “Death to the Pope!” and a smattering of grenades in assorted churches will exorcise every ghost of the rumor that we are violent, and prove that Mohammed pitched a tent big enough to include interfaith camels. It is hoped that you will rescind your position, even if it wasn’t yours to begin with, lest our peacefulness escalate even further.