Friday, September 29, 2006

Hillary Night Has A Poll Tax

"Proper Government-issued ID is required for entry"

For some reason, Democrats are strongly against having and showing a valid government-issued Photo ID to vote, even if the ID would be free, claiming that it would be a Poll Tax. However, at Hillary Night in NYC, you HAVE to have a government-issued ID card to enter.

So it would be a poll tax to vote for Hillary, but it's not a poll tax to support Hillary?

H/T to The Man for sending me the flier.

Even If It Is Michelle...

OK, so she went on vaccation in college with some friends and had drinks. Oh darn!

And as for the Bikini, if you look at the pictures, it's pretty clear that the trip was to A BEACH. Who would have ever thought that someone going to A BEACH would wear a bikini? The thought is outrageous! Who has gone to a beach and NOT gotten their picture taken in their swim wear?

If the girl in the picture is Michelle Malkin, I wouldn't hold it against her for one second. That just proves that she went on one vaccation to a beach with college friends when she was 21/22. Heck, my senior trip in High School was to Cancun, Mexico when I was 18 (legal age there is 18). I spent a week going to the beach, going to clubs, then sleeping in that order. Granted I didn't touch alcohol for the next 3 years because of it, but I had one trip.

Charlotte Church makes a CAREER out of living like that. She drinks heavily almost as much as she eats, swears as often as possible, and has turned a complete 180 from her former self.

And as a side note:
If that was Michelle 14 1/2 years ago, then she is a rare gem that got BETTER looking with age.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

If Whiners Become Conservatives...

Then the soft ones must become crazed Liberals. Michelle Malkin points out an example in her latest column at Jewish World Review. She comments on a young girl, Charlotte Church.
Several years ago, I wrote a column praising a sweet and talented Welsh girl named Charlotte Church. A singer of arias and sacred songs, she possessed an uncommon sense of modesty and decorum in the skin-baring age of Britney Spears. Charlotte had the face and voice of an angel. Her signature piece was "Pie Jesu" (Blessed Jesus). Her favorite keepsake was a rosary blessed by the pope.

Or so she said at the time. Now, alas, the once-charming Charlotte is the new face of skankdom. And you won't believe what she's saying about the pope.

The 20-year-old entertainer has rebelled against the wholesome image that brought her fame, fortune and worldwide respect as a rare role model for young girls. She has traded in "Pie Jesu" for "Crazy Chick" — a lousy pop anthem even Ashlee Simpson wouldn't be caught performing. Charlotte's gone from pure-hearted to pure crap. These days, she drinks, she smokes, she curses, she fights, she parties, and she tries very, very hard to shock and offend — like a trashier Lindsay Lohan, only with better pipes.

One person interviewed by The Daily Mail said it best.
"This woman may have had the voice of an angel in the past but now she has the foul mouth of a sewer rat."

So if the whiny kids grow up to be conservative, do the quiet ones become crazed liberals?

And as a side note, I have found a fundemental flaw in the Berkley study. The people they were studying were at first toddlers of age 3 or 4, then later at the age of 23 or 24. And as an atendee of a college, you find that people in the demographic of 18-25 tend to lean more liberal, then afterwards the demographic shifts the other way.
So if you have 70% of the "quiet kids" turn liberal, and 30% turn Conservative, then have a 50-50 split among the whiny kids, the study will show that more quiet kids turned liberal than loud kids.
Hot air has the study here, but can some one please explain to me how to analyze the data? The article doesn't elaborate on how to read the QAC Number and the decimal numbers.

HWC Football Week 4 Preview

I was strolling through my fantasy football ranks, which I am doing horribly at outside of the family and friends league. And I remembered, It's Thursday! It's Week 4 Preview time!

Tax Dodgers vs. Hot Wing Chump-ion
This has family written all over it. In week 2 I faced off against my brother, The Man, and now this week I get to lock helmets with my own dad. It looks like this one will be a struggle for me as Vegas has me scoring less than 30 points. However with the Dodgers averaging only about 45 points per match and two players on byes, this game may be closer than expected. Ahman Green is one of the Dodgers corner stones and as the Pack goes into Philly, and that gravy train may just derail. This one is a toss up, and I think I'm going to have to claim it as a 40-40 tie.

I Hate Hillary vs Robots Eat Babies
I smell a stinky foot, and I think it's going to be The Man's after he breaks it off in IHH's rear end. As much as I'd love to see my brother lose, I can't go against the fact that he does have a very strong team this year. I think Manning and Wayne are going to team up for at least one score, and Houshman....something is going to be Palmer's go-to endzone guy again this week. Look for The Man to win this one handily 65-45.

bRight & Early vs fmragtops' spewers
fm overshot vegas by a whopping 16 points in week 3, but then again, The Man overshot it by 21. fm is the highest scoring 0-3 team by 5 points over me, but bRight is the highest scoring 2-1 team at 176 points, and I should know. I got spanked by him last week. The only game he lost was by 3 points to the Dodgers. Look for fm to have an 0-4 record as bRight wins this one 75-60.

San Jose Arrowheads vs RFTR (BLOWOUT ALERT!!)
With San Jose racking up the first 100 point game as early as week 3. Last season the first 100 point game wasn't until week 6 when Bentley beat Wyatt 100-62. Not only is this going to be another solid week for the Arrowheads, but it's going to shoot RFTR way down the rankings since he currently has 5 players on his roster of 11 offensive players out this week. RFTR is one point out of last place, and I think after this week he will be the bottom of the barrel,even though San Jose lost Shaun Alexander to a broken foot. San Jose to win this one 75-30.

Rose Hill Reddogs vs webcats
Poor Reddog can't get his ducks strait if they were lined up in a tube. Even though his team is 2-1, he has the lowest points per game average of anyone in the league at 36. His wins came in a 48-35 win over fm and a 33-20 win over RFTR. The loss was a 56-25 routing by IHH. He dropped Cedrick Houston and Brandon Lloyd in hopes of getting some better stats, but things may not work out exactly as he would like. He picked up Green Bay's defence and Eric Johnson of the 49er's. I don't know about this game. But I can't think that the dogs will come out of here with more than a .500 record. Webcats will win this one 45-30.

The Columbia Crunch vs Mr Wolf Cleaning Svc
Columbia is officially blowing the Cardinal name in baseball, and I think I'm going to go with the same prediction I had last week, "Well, The CRUNCH have started off pretty hot, but let's see how long the luck can last. In baseball the luck ran all the way until about week 22 then it cut and ran like a California Liberal when it got down to the wire...Since it's early in the season, I think I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt to CRUNCH with a 60-50 win."

The Ball Sackers vs Gumbo
Wyatt has impressed me with an average of 63 points per game this season, which is slightly off from his 68 ppg last season, but consistancy is the key to championships. However, Wyatt is scoring better this season than he was up until week 3 last season. He has 191 points this go around compared to 178 last year. Just watch out Wyatt, come week 6 you may have to face your demons when you face the wooks, and in week 10 vs San Jose. Gumbo, there's nothing much to say about your team except they're going to lose to the steamrolling Sackers 65-40.

Hector Vex O-Trons vs Gridiron Wookies
Vex played the roll of Giant Killer last week in an impressive 70-41 win over the Dodgers. Up until week 2, Vex had scored all of 59 points, then smashed that in one week. Wookies are facing some tough matchups this week, many of his guys are facing Da Bearsss, who are 3-0 and have only let a total of 23 points against them in these past 3 weeks. I think Vegas is off on this game and look for Vex to upset again this week 50-40.

Yahoo! Vegas Lines (Home - spread - away, winner in bold):
Hot Wing Chump-ion - 12 - Tax Dodgers
Robots Eat Babies - 14 - I Hate Hillary
bRight & Early - 2 - fmragtops' spewers
RFTR - 18 - San Jose Arrowheads webcats - 27 - Rose Hill Reddogs
Mr Wolf Cleaning Svc - 5 - The Columbia CRUNCH
Gumbo - 18 - The Ball Sackers
Hector Vex O-Trons - 4 - Gridiron Wookies

The Week 4 recap is still in the works, right now it looks as though it will be at Public Figures Beware, but that may change.

Another Shooting At A CO High School

From CNN:

An armed standoff at a high school in Bailey, Colorado, ended after three hours Wednesday with a hostage and the gunman dead.

The gunman walked into the school and took hostages in a classroom, where he later fatally shot a female student and turned the gun on himself as a SWAT team stormed inside, authorities said.

Local media and the Associated Press identified the Platte Canyon High School student as 16-year-old Emily Keyes, citing co-workers, friends and classmates. She was flown to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver, where she died at 4:32 p.m. (6:32 p.m. ET), said hospital spokeswoman Bev Lilly.

Initially, the gunman took six female students hostage, then released four of them one at a time, Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener said. The gunman fired one shot as he entered classroom 206; authorities were able to speak to him through the door.

"The suspect initially talked to deputies, but later spoke only through the hostages," according to a Park County sheriff's statement. "Deputies maintained intermittent verbal contact with the suspect, through the hostages, for the majority of the incident ... The suspect made threats and indicated that at 4 p.m. (6 p.m. ET), "something will happen."

As authorities attempted to negotiate with the gunman through a hostage, his behavior became "more and more agitated," Wegener said. The gunman was shielding himself with one of the hostages, he said. He cut off communication with authorities about 3:30 p.m.

"It was then decided that a tactical solution needed to be done in an effort to save the two hostages that were in the room," Wegener said. "Entry was made. The suspect shot one of the hostages and then shot himself -- that's what it looks like at this time."

More Coverage:

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

2008 RNC Located

The site for the 2008 Republican National Convention has been decided. And the winner is:

Minneapolis-St. Paul

Wow...that was very anti-climactic. Even though the mid-west has become a very important battleground area, nothing beated the GOP decision to go for the juggular and take on the Blue Capitol, New York City while Dems took the safe route and cowered in the Royal Blue stronghold of Boston.

I wonder how many Dem fans were lost in NYC due to the fact that they held the convention in the most hated city of New Yorkers. And vice versa in Boston for holding the RNC in NYC.

Nashville almost had a slight glimmer of hope. They threw their name in the hat, but with an arena that can't hold many people, and not enough support from Democrat heads in the city, the effort failed.

The DNC however, has yet to decide where they are going to hold their convention, but leading candidates are Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, Seattle. I'm putting my money on New Orleans. I will watch it just to see Ray Nagin single handedly destroy the Democrat's chances at winning in '08.

*UPDATE* Well, at least The Captain is excited about it

Boycott Citgo Update


7-Eleven drops Citgo!

DALLAS (AP) -- 7-Eleven Inc. is dropping Venezuela-backed Citgo as its gasoline supplier after more than 20 years as part of a previously announced plan by the convenience store operator to launch its own brand of fuel.

7-Eleven officials said Wednesday that the company's decision was partly motivated by politics.

Citgo Petroleum Corp. is a Houston-based subsidiary of Venezuela's state-run oil company and 7-Eleven is worried that anti-American comments made by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez might prompt motorists to fill-up elsewhere.

...Instead, 7-Eleven, which sells gasoline at 2,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores, will now purchase fuel from several distributors, including Tower Energy Group of Torrance, Calif., Sinclair Oil of Salt Lake City, and Houston-based Frontier Oil Corp.

The rats are already fleeing the Chavez boat. Looks like that ship is on it's way to the ocean floor.


From Glenn:

DICK MORRIS promising new Clinton scandals.
Janet Jackson
in the news.
The Dow approaching record territory.
It's like the 1990s all over again.

How true.

Why I Don't Go To Vandy

Here's one other reason aside from the other main reasons. (Video Here. it's 2 hours 3 min.)

Other Reasons:
Tuition was $26,400 per year when I graduated High School, and has gone up more.
Vanderbilt's Undergrad Engineering program is ranked lower than Tennessee Tech (however their Graduate program is ranked very high)
Sorry mom, but VU is too close to home.
Did I mention that tuition alone is more than $26,000?

Also, if there are any Conservative Bloggers at Vandy, PLEASE let me know ,and you will be very much linked from here, and possibly other places.

Who Will Cover This?

Dow Jones Industrial Average closed yesterday just under 54 points shy of closing at an all time high (during the democrat claimed "Bad economic times"). The previous record was 11,722.98 reached back on January 14th of 2000. Also, the S&P 500 set a 5 1/2 year record when it closed at 1,336.45.

As of 9:30 AM Central time, DJI is up about 20 points, and in other news, NY Times continues its downward slide in stock price. It is down to 22.64, from it's 52 week high of 30.31, and record high of over 50 back in mid 2002.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

HWC Baseball Finale!

***Week NOT 25 is over!! The "week" ends October 1st! Please disregard the rankings, and consider this a preliminary outlook!!!!***

that means that the Hot Wing Conspiracy Baseball league is done! There were 4 games this week to determine 1st, 3rd, 7th, and 9th place. Let's take a look at how they went down in reverse order.

The stats your team builds up are broken down into 12 groups. For batters, there are runs, homeruns, RBI‚’s, strike-outs, stolen bases, and battering average. For pitching, there are wins, saves, strike-outs, holds , ERA, and WHIP. When the week is done and the stats are totalled up, each one of those categories is a win, a loss, or a tie for the teams playing. So in a given week, you can have any combination of wins, losses, and ties that add up to 12.

For 9th Place:
webcats - 5
The Glat-inators - 6 (Tie in Saves)
The cats stole almost all of the batting stats, but the Glats taking that one offensive stat turned the tides as they take this one by a close call. Glats take 9th place, webcats get sent home in 10th.

For 7th Place:
RFTR - 8
Akhtar The Divorcee - 3 (Tie in holds)
This game disappointed me quite a bit. Pigg was slated to take 7th in my books after a strong finish, but then again, I had the Cardinals taking the whole cup, but like the real Red Birds, come October, all is lost. RFTR Pounded this game like a butcher to some tough meat. RFTR comes home 7th after entering the playoffs seeded #11, and Akhtar still finishes in the top half of the field in 8th.

For 3rd Place:
bRight & Early - 5
Columbia Cardinals - 5 (Ties in Offensive K's and Wins)
We'll have to see who takes this one, but Hey bRight, doesn't it suck to wake up Monday to see that you "Sunday's Sure Thing" is now on rocky ground? Don't be surprised if this one swings in the Cardinal's favor, even thoguh I don't feel they deserve it. bRight had him skunked almost the entire week. Somehow Sunday Cardinal's had a crazy good night and tied it up.

For the Championship:
Wookies Will Win - 5
fmragtops spewers - 6 (Tie in Saves)
Poor John. Dominated the entire season, then gets to the final week, and falls apart. I've got to hand it to FM. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. Wookies made a strong comeback going into Sunday, but with no starters, and his relievers all losing, John couldn't drop the ERA, the Whip, or bring up the saves enough to seal this one.

Final Standings:
1st - fmragtops spewers
2nd - Wookies Will Win
3rd - Columbia Cardinals or bRight & Early
4th -
5th - Robots Eat Babies
6th - Baghdad Bombers
7th - RFTR
8th - Akhtar The Divorcee
9th - The Glat-inators
10th - webcats
11th - The PAWs
12th - Poca Dots Blog
13th - Gashouse Gorillas
14th - The right wing nuts
15th - CZC Owns
16th - Repubs lost in SD

Hot Wing Conspiracy is in the works now, so stay tuned at GOP and College for the Weekly Previews, as well as around the blogosphere for the recaps.

*NOTE* If you would like, bRight has started an unofficial HWC Hockey league. If this flies right, HWC Hockey will soon join the ranks of the sports covered. E-mail me GOPandcollege-at-gmail-dot-com for the information to join, or head over to

Current Sports:
Survival Football

Other Possibilities:
Survival College Football

Friday, September 22, 2006

Boycott Citgo

And you can shove the gasoline you sell to Americans through Citgo, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Venezuelan national oil company through which you are bribing your way into international power.

It is, frankly, un-American for U.S. citizens to pour money into any bank account that bears the Hugo Chavez name, you being despicable enough to suggest that "the U.S. empire planned and conducted" the 9/11 terror attacks "against its own people" as an excuse to go to war. (NY Daily News)

I'm not buying it anymore. Ever.

Update: Neither is 7-Eleven

List of American Owned Gasoline Companies:
Gas Express
Murphy USA
Phillips 66
Star Kleen
STP Fuel Centers
Union 76

H/T: The Man

GOP and College Exclusive: Boycott Citgo Bumper Sticker
No-Hugo Wear

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Breaking News from Hot Air

I've been a bit slow on reporting news lately due to a VERY hectic class schedule. I may only be taking 15 hours, but in Engineering where you have an hour or more of homework in each class, it takes a lot of your time. I just saw this on Hot Air, and decided it was worth regurgitating.

Bill: Now, you say that the CIA broke 14 top Al-Queda members. 14, is that correct?

Ross: They have 14 high value leaders they have kept in secret prisons and they have used these coercive techniques. They have a whole

[Can't tell]

B: On all 14?

R: On all 14

B: OK, this is Khalid Sheik Mohammad, Ramzi Binalshibh, uh, Zubedah, all these guys. So, all 14 were coerced, and the worst thing they did to them, according to your report was waterboarding.

R: Right. That is the most harshest of the treatments. That is where you put a man upside down, and they put cellophane or a clothe over his mouth. They pour water, and it gives the impression that the person is drowning. Some people liken it to a mock execution. It is very tough to withstand. When the CIA officers who are trained in the interrogations go through it themselves, some of them couldn't last more than 35 40 seconds.

B: Now the waterboarding broke all of these guys?

R: Not in every case. Some even before they got to that point.

B: Some when they kept them up or played loud music, or they kept them in a cold room...

R: They start with a slap, or a slap on the chest, and then the cold room, sleep deprivation, which seems to be the most effective, but for some the water boarding is what it took.
Mohammad was the longest lasting at about 2 1/2 minutes. The rest were much before that. About 20 or 30 seconds. I agree with Hot air that hearing about one of these cold blooded terrorists breaking down is good to hear them get off of their soap-box.

Information that was given up:
Names of other terrorists
Addresses of top Al-Queda members here, in the Middle East, and in Europe
Information on a planned attack on the tallest building in Los Angeles
More than a dozen other plots foiled from the information

On top of that the people who are Ross' sources DO NOT LIKE the techniques themselves, but admit that THEY DO WORK.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

HWC Football Week 3 Preview

Alright! It's time to take a look at this week's matchups in HWC Football. I tried to post a graphic of this weeks' matchups in the Week 2 Recap, but Blogger is being a pain in the ass and won't upload the image. So, I've got to do it the hard way. Let's take a look.

bRight & Early vs. Hot Wing Chump-ions
Ugh, this game looks like it's not going to be any prettier than week one for me. Vegas has me as a 24 point underdog, and I don't blame them. With 16 teams in the league, and my stars from last year performing about as well as Terell Owens (even without a broken finger) I'm up Crap's Creek without a paddle. Look for me to go 0-3 and bRight to take this one 60-40.

fmragtop's spewers vs. Robots Eat Babies (BLOWOUT WARNING!)
Looks like The Man sliced his roster from last year andafter a shaky week one is munching down on every opponent he meets. He's a 23 point favorite, and with fm's lack of performance in both week one and 2, look for this to be the first candidate for a blowout. I predict The Man is under-rated, and will blow this one away 70-35.

San Jose Arrowheads vs I Hate Hillary
With Alexander still being a lack-luster performer this season, look to Baltimore to have another great outing versus the Browns. I would have to say that San Jose is gonig to go 3-0 and stay on the top of the charts with a 65-50 win over Hillary.

Rose Hill Reddogs vs RFTR
I was originally going to post that this could be a blowout, but after looking at the matchups, this may be closer than expected, and could even be an upset for the Reddogs. Vegas is showing Reggie Bush to have a 50 yard game and a score, but with Reggie only able to muster 5 yards versus a struggling Packers defense on 6 carries, I don't think he's going to perform nearly that well. On the other side you have Kurt Warner in his old home of St. Louis. The Rams last season gave up the most points per game of any team in the NFL, I think Warner is going to have a ball under the Arch. Look for Reddogs to upset 50-45.

The Columbia CRUNCH vs webcats
Well, The CRUNCH have started off pretty hot, but let's see how long the luck can last. In baseball the luck ran all the way until about week 22 then it cut and ran like a California Liberal when it got down to the wire. New England is in Denver this week, and with The snake throwing up interceptions like I throw up bricks on a basketball court, they can rack up some serious points. Since it's early in the season, I think I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt to CRUNCH with a 60-50 win.

The Ball Sackers vs Mr Wolf Cleaning Svc
I don't think I want to know how many points records Wyatt is going to set this week. The only bad matchups he has are Ryan Longwell in Chicago, and a couple Jags in Indy, everything else looks like it's set for the books. Wolf has some good matchups too, but it looks like Wyatt did his homework over the off season while everyone else slacked off. Look for this to possibly be the first 100 pt game of the season. Sackers win big 80-65.

Gridiron Wookies vs. Gumbo
Wookies are being shown to get 13 points from Ronnie Brown in Nashville this weekend, and the way the Titans have been playing that's very likely to happen. Gumbo though has 2 guys with a bye week this time, and if htat doesn't get changed, this is gonig to be a no contest match. The only hick-up I can see for Wookies is Minnesota's Defence playing against the Bears. The Bears have only allowed 7 points in 2 games, while averaging 30 per game for themselves. Look for Wookies to take this one pretty easily, 65-55.

Tax Dodgers vs. Hector Vex O-Trons
Hector is averaging less than 30 points per game, and in Fantasy leagues, that's really bad. Even though the Dodgers have 2 players with byes, it's not too hard t osee that my Pops is going to be 3-0, and Vex is going to be 0-3. Dodgers win this one easy 50-30.

Babel Fish!

Note on the side that I have added Babel Fish to my page, so this page is able to be translated in Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean, French, Italian, Portuguise, and Spanish.

And it is awesome! What is a Babel Fish, you say?
The Babel fish is small, yellow and leechlike, and probably the oddest thing in the Universe. It feeds on brainwave energy received not from its own carrier but from those around it. It absorbs all unconscious mental frequencies from this brainwave energy to nourish itself with. It then excretes into the mind of its carrier a telepathic matrix formed by combining the conscious thought frequencies with nerve signals picked up from the speech centres of the brain which has supplied them. The practical upshot of all this is that if you stick a Babel fish in your ear you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language. The speech patterns you actually hear decode the brainwave matrix which has been fed into your mind by your Babel fish.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Kweisi Mfume Defends "Oreo" Comments

When people called Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele an oreo (Block on the outside, white on the inside) Uncle Tom, and other racial slurs, the insults were not condemned by Mfume, but rather he tried to justify them.

Kweisi said that they were "pointing out the obvious," and "there is a difference between pointing out the obvious and calling someone names."

And don't forget the "black face" incident back in 2005.

Others go on.
"Because he is a conservative, he is different than most public blacks, and he is different than most people in our community. His politics are not in the best interest of the masses of black people." - Salima Siler Marriott

What are the best intrests of the black community then Ms. Marriott? Being whipped back into submission by the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, or others like yourself? What is wrong with an African American who wants to make his life a success? Because it seems like whenever that's the case, people with your mindset are the FIRST to chastize them.

HWC Football Week 2 Recap

I lost at baseball, and I lost at football this week. That SUCKS!

In baseball, we covered the stats before diving into hte games, but for a look at how points are scored, check out The Man's Week One Recap, where he has it covered like the pile on a loose ball.

Let's check out the scores!

Hot Wing Chump-ion - 56
Robots Eat Babies - 60
SO CLOSE! I have lost my coaching touch. I put in Jeff Wilkins instead of Vinatieri thinking that the Colts wouldn't need him for anything more than PATS. I was wrong. Wilkins scored 9 for me, and Vinni got 14. A pivitol 5 points that would have bumped the family record to 5-2 after my loss in baseball this week. Instead, The Man is closing in on .500 at 4-3. However we'll have to wait until the Playoffs to be a possible meet, since I won't play him again in the football season.
Game MVP: Manning - 400 yards and 3 touchdowns, with only 2 sacks. He loves to kick Houston's ass.
Game Wash-Out: Wali Lundy - The Man was right, 25 yards and a fumble sucks.

Tax Dodgers - 57
bRight & Early - 54
Pops took advantage of bRight's 2 goose eggs, and even with a lack-luster performance from most of his players, a couple stars shone to push him ahead.
Game MVP: Plaxico Burress - Caught the game winning fade into the endzone in overtime.
Game Wash-Out: Matt Hasselback - The stellar QB of last season is nowhere to be found.

San Jose Arrowheads - 76
fmragtops' spewers - 43
The first of 3 games with an MOV of more than 30 points, however this game doesn't get the Blowout of the Week award. fm can still hold his head 2 points. 5 Goose Eggs for fm gave him this loss. By far the most non-performing team this week, but still put up some decent numbers.
Game MVP: Baltimore's defense - 6 sacks, a safety, 3 picks, and 3 fumble recoveries, and only allowing 6 points in their romping of Oakland, giving San Jose 27 points.
Game Wash-Out: fm's spewers - fm can't help that his team sucks. I'm stuck with some of my non performers since, with 16 teams, the waiver wires are so thin.

Rose Hill Reddogs - 25
I Hate Hillary - 56
This is the second game with an MOV of more than 30, but just barely. Not much I can say about this game, Reddogs just pretty much sucked. No player got into double digit points, and each player averaging 2.5 points. Not good at all.
Game MVP: Duece McAllister - 47 rush yards and 2 scores, with an additional 15 receiving yards for 15 points.
Game Wash-Out: Mark Bulger - The rams O-line sucks and let Bulger get sacked 6 times, totaling -5 points.

Columbia CRUNCH - 55
RFTR - 43
If safety man put his time into baseball instead of football he might be playing for the championship this week, but that's another story. RFTR gambled on Big Ben, and lost. But with a backup of Gus Frerrote, he didn't really have a choice. It also doesn't help to have an inactive player as your Tight End.
Game MVP: Nate Kaeding - 4 kicks and 4 Pats, giving him 17 points
Game Wash-Out:Ben Roethlisberger - Clearly not playing his best against the Jags last night.

The Ball Sackers - 60
webcats - 54
Wyatt is back where he belongs in football, #2. However this time it's against the Arrowheads instead of me. All joking aside, Wyatt had a star game, and it helps that without the whiny b$%^& Terrell Owens, McNabb is free to use his GOOD receivers.
Game MVP: Donovan McNabb - 350 yards with 2 touchdowns, and only one sack.
Game Washout: - Terrell Ownes - 19 yards, and a broken finger. Out 2-4 weeks, and yet, I'm not upset.

Gridiron Wookies - 60
Mr Wolf Cleaning Svc - 51
Call John butter, because he is on a ROLL. This game came down to whos players performed the best. Wookies had one goose egg, but with Wolf having 3 of them, it wasn't too hard to see who'd come out on top.
Game MVP: Jag's defense - 2 sacks and 2 picks in a shut-out win over the Steelers
Game Wash-Out: Tony Gonzalez - the number 2 TE last season only got seven yards versus the Broncos.

Gumbo - 68
Hector Vex O-Trons - 33
With an MOV of 35 points, this matchup takes the cake for the blowout of the week. Vex O-Trons seem like they are programmed to lose. Even though Delhomme got -1 point, it was better than Marc Brunell's 197 yards, 1 pick, and 6 sacks for -11 points.
Game MVP: Amani Toomer - 137 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns, 18 points
Game Wash-Out: Jake Delhomme - 181 yards and 2 sacks for -1 points.

This week's matchups and teh standings will be up as soon as Blogger will actually upload the images. Look here at GOP and College tomorrow for the Week 3 preview, and next week's recap will be with John at Cake or Death

Ig'nrt Pt. 2

I thought the guy I found was stupid.

But WOW...

As Plank said...
For the life of me, I tried to think of the correct appellative to apply to this leftwing nutjob and after hours of excruciating and rigorous exercise of my little grey cells I could not come up with anything more accurate, more descriptive, more truthful than Liberal Idiot. And although, in the main, it is a shabby argument to use, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar and a liberal is just an idiot.

Far From Muslim

One of the leaders in the "Punish The Pope" crowd is Anjem Choudary, an ardent Muslim who has become a lawyer, and preaches hate and violence to the youth of London.

But how devoted is he REALLY? He never speaks about his younger days, even though he claims to have been a devout Muslim all his life. "I was born a Muslim and I have done my best to be a good Muslim all my life," he said. However, This Is London looks deeper into his past, to places he doesn't want people to know about.

This week he stood outside Westminster Cathedral in central London to call for the execution of the Pope as punishment for 'insulting Islam'. He fulminated against Pope Benedict XVl, adding: "Whoever insults the message of Mohammed is going to be subject to capital punishment."

It's a long way from his days as a medical student at Southampton University, where, friends say, he drank, indulged in casual sex, smoked cannabis and even took LSD. He called himself 'Andy' and was famed for his ability to drink a pint of cider in a few seconds.

One former acquaintance said: "At parties, like the rest of us, he was rarely without a joint. The morning after one party, I can remember him getting all the roaches (butts) from the spliffs we had smoked the night before out of the ashtrays, cutting them up and making a new one out of the leftovers.

"He would say he was a Muslim and was proud of his Pakistani heritage, but he did-n't seem to attend any of the mosques in Southampton, and I only knew of him having white girlfriends. He certainly shared a bed with them."

...The only sign of religious fervour came in flashes of anger over Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses. A friend from that time said: "You didn't want to get him started on that. He would go on and on about the fatwa and he supported calls for the book to be banned. But he would have a glass of cider in his hand when he was carrying on about it."

However, this man has become one of the most prominant muslims in the London Area, and has become so extreme in his preaching that the government keeps a close watch on him. And yet when asked about making liquid explosives he stated, "No, I'm not military-trained. I can make an omelette." As TiL said, "a flippant remark from one whose extremism is so laced with threats of violence."

One reaction from the readers:

I'm amazed at how tolerant this country is towards such people. Why do tax payers have to support such people with such generous benefits? Why don't the police arrest him for inciting murder? Unbelievable!
- Peter, Collier's Wood, London

Welcome to a liberal country Peter. Where politicians believe that terrorisom, violence, crime, and everything bad are a figment of the imagination, and shouldn't be dealt with.

Monday, September 18, 2006

HWC Baseball Week 24 Recap

Well, The Man would disagree but once again, about all I can say is DAMN! You'll see why here in a few, but first, let's go over (for the next to the last time) how the league is scored.
The stats your team builds up are broken down into 12 groups. For batters, there are runs, homeruns, RBI‚’s, strike-outs, stolen bases, and battering average. For pitching, there are wins, saves, strike-outs, holds , ERA, and WHIP. When the week is done and the stats are totalled up, each one of those categories is a win, a loss, or a tie for the teams playing. So in a given week, you can have any combination of wins, losses, and ties that add up to 12.

On to the games! And as a reminder, here were my predictions last week:
Predictions for Top Bracket:
I still think the championship game will be between Wookies and Cardinals with a Cardinals upset for the cup.
I think bRight will stomp over fm's spewers for 3rd.
I think that 5th place will be given to the winner of a draw between The Man and I.
Predictions for Lower Bracket:
I still think Akhtar will be #7 but now over the cats.
I actually think RFTR may beat the Glats for #9
and sorry Don, but you're going to finish last, with PAWs 11th.
I'm actually not going to start off with my own game this week, I'm going to go from order of rank, lower. There were 6 games this week, let's take a look.

Wookie Will Win - 8
bRight & Early - 1
bRight ran out of steam after "beating me" in a tie. This game was close in pitching, but not much else. Wookies dominated the hitting catagories, as usual, then sealed the game up with an average effort on the pitching side. Wookies as predicted are going to the Championship game with a full head of steam.
Game MVP: Rafael Furcal - 5 runs, 4 RBI's 3 homeruns and a stolen base. Talk about clutch.
Game Wash-Out: Craig Biggio - .067 batting average for the week, He was 1/15 batting the week, and that was a one run home run. He also fanned 4 times.

fmragtops spewers -6
Columbia Cardinals - 5
Don't let this game fool you. It was 9-2 fm almost the whole week. Safety man was slacking because he missed on multiple pitching decisions that would have swung the game in his favor. The only saving grace he had was a 3 HR night yesterday to give him some more offensive stats. That still couldn't top a lucky fm, as he is going into the money round vs. Wookies.
Game MVP: fmragtops - Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, and apparently lucky came out on top.
Game Wash-Out: Cardinals - After only having 5 losing weeks in the regular season, the Cardinals come out and losre their first playoff game.

Robots Eat Babies - 8
Baghdad Bombers - 4
This is another game not to be fooled by. This game may look like a blowout, but it was 6-5-1 the whole week, with the leader switching back and forth. The man had a strong night last night and took me to the house. The man will come home with a top 5 finish in the inagural HWC baseball league, and I just have to bow my head in shame.
Game MVP: Josh Willingham - 6 Runs, 6 RBI's and 3 homeruns while batting .364 for the week. Players liek that will win every time.
Game Wash-Out(s): Jim Edmonds/Jason Isringhausen - 2 star Cardinals out with injuries left me with no options. It was like trying to beat someone with cooked spaghetti.

RFTR - 8
webcats - 4
Since when did RFTR have any playoff luck? This guy went the role of the Mets in Football and after going 6-0 flopped in the end of the season. Now he can't lose in the playoffs. Where did that come from? This game wasn't even really close. The stats won by each team were won big.
Game MVP:Ramon Hernandez - 9 Runs, 5 RBI's 2 Homeruns and batted .429 for hte week. Stellar performance.
Game Wash-Out: Raul Ibanez - Yes, he got a homerun and some other stats, but the other stats included 9 K's. Yuck.

Akhtar The Divorcee - 6
The Glat-inators - 3 (Ties in Runs, HR's, and Holds)
Nothing really strong from either team. They both didn't really update their rosters . Akhtar just ended up on top, as expected.
Game MVP: Torii Hunter - 9 RBI's, 6 Runs, 3 homers, and 2 swiped bases. Very nice.
Game Wash-Out: The Coaches. It's playoff time. Roster updating is VITAL.

The PAWs - 9
Poca Dots Blog - 2 (Tie in saves)
This game wasn't even close. Cutting your bench might be a great way to pick up upcoming stars, but at the end of the season it's nothing but suicide. I saw this coming a mile away.
Game MVP: Robinson Cano - 14 RBI's, 5 runs and 2 Home Runs. That's alot of Ribbies.
Game Wash-Out: Travis Lee - Even thoguh he's released since teh 10th, he hasn't played since September 1st, but still managed to stay as a starter for Surber.

This week there are only 4 matchups, and here's how I think they will end up
Now that The Cardinals are out, I think the Wookies are a sure bet to take the Cup over fm.
With the Cardinals struggling, I think this opens the door for bRight to come in and steal the Bronze.
I think RFTR may actually edge out the "leave it alone" Divorcee's for 7th place
And I think webcats will take the 9th place spot away from the Glats.

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Intro to HWC Baseball

Sunday, September 17, 2006

I Can Still Support It

In The Tennessean today there was a letter to the editor which absolutely boiled me over.

How can anyone still support the war?

If you follow President Bush's intentions, they are so transparetn that one would think his mind is that of a child's.
Note his latest conquest to protect the military and politica figures who break the Geneva Conventions mandates from prosecution. He will state "We do not torture." If that is true, then why conjure up legislation to legally excuse those who do torture (and retrocatively to boot). (Bush, GOP senators disagree on terror prosecutions," Sept 14)
Going back to 2002, why does anyone stille believe all the reasons Bush offered to legitimize bombing Iraq when every one of them has been revealed to be a lie?
Why does anyone believe this is a was against terrorism when all the background information is out there clearly showing it has nothing to do with terrorism? This could have something to do with a memo to Bush from Republican party advisor Frank Luntz which rather clearly advises Bush to just keep lying because that seems to work best.
Unfortunately, there are people in our country who take on a loyalty that becomes pathological. For some strange reason their brains block out truth and objectivity.
And that's where we are, folks.
Frank Burger
Mt. Juliet, TN

I replied back with this.
In response to Frank Burger's letter (How can anyone still support the war, Sept. 17), I do still believe in the Iraq War. How can you preach about U.S. Troops violating the Geneva Convention, when the insurgents we capture and interrogate don't even give those rights to their own citizens. Every day there is news about 30, 40, or more people being violently tortured, maimed, and then executed by the very un-uniformed people you want to give those rights to.
As for the Weapons of Mass Destruction, the Center for Nonproliferation Studies has an extensive study on them entitled "Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East." The study contains 46 points of WMD's that Iraq had, or could have possessed before we invaded.
And for letter from Frank Luntz, I assume you meant the "playbook" he created. The only place I could find any information like what you described was from Think Progress. The ultra liberal website who couldn't even get the facts right on their Air America Bankruptcy coverage.
It seems to me that "pathological loyalty" works on both sides of the fence.

'Nuff said.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Jager Watch

This weekend the NHRA boys are in Reading, PA for the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. If I had all the money in the world, I would be sure to catch a flight up to PA to watch the race, but I don't. The guys at Naylor/Jagermeister Racing will have to beat out 14 other Pro Stock racers this weekend to make the field of 16 on Sunday.

Check here at GOP and College to see the updated run times of the Jagermeister crew throughout the weekend.

*UPDATE* Rounds 1 and 2 Rained out. Rounds 3 and 4 will be the only attempts for drivers to make the 16 car fields.

Just In Amnesty International Cries Foul On Hezbollah

Amnesty International has introduced a comprehensive report accusing a terrorist group of war crimes.In utter defiance of the predominant American left, European and United Nations view that Israel engaged in gross war crimes against civilians and freedom fighters in Lebanon, Amnesty International has announced that in its opinion, Hezbollah is guilty of war crimes. Hezbollah purposefully and indiscriminately targeted Israeli civilians. - Boston Herald

Hezbollah is accused of firing 4,228 rockets into Israel, targeting ONLY civilians. Some or most rockets were filled with ball bearings, intended to inflict as many civilian casualties as possible. The picture at left is a solid steel guard rail with the bearings lodged into it. Either way, just think what an impact like that would do to your flesh. Not to mention that the effective radius of the bearings is around 600 meters.

On top of that I believe that they should be accused of using civilians as a military shield by firing rockets from civilian locations.

Some quotes about the bearings:

“I saw ball bearings lodged in the concrete. Another one easily went from one side of a car right through to the other side. This was a French-made car with thick metal. That was 150 meters away from where the rocket blew up. This ball bearing had the power of a powerful bullet —— like an M-16 rifle, at least.” - Lenny Maschkowski

"If you are close and get hit by many ball bearings, you end up like a sieve. If you are very far away, and you only get hit by a few, it would be like suffering bullet injuries.” - Lenny Maschkowski

“If you wanted to bring down a building, you would make a weapon with a heavier blast. You wouldn’t bother with the balls inside that don’t do much harm to buildings, just to people." - Dr. Eran Tal-Or, Surgical Emergency Room director at Haifa’s Ramban Hospital

Real Verse Meets Dave Ramsey

Real Verse got the interview I could only wish that I could get. RV did a piece about Dave Ramsey for the August 24th edition of Vent, while Michelle was out of town. I tried to get a sit in with Dave on his show (which means me sitting in his studio quiet as a mouse as he speaks, but dangit, I'm hangin out with Dave Ramsey!) and I had also sent a list of typed interview questions for him to answer anytime since I didn't want to be too much of a pest. But alas, there was just too little time in Dave's schedule, as well as my own to stop by Financial Peace Plaza for the afternoon.

Oh well, I guess I'll just have to wait. And while my readers do, please either pick up a copy of Financial Peace Revisited, and READ IT! That or take the 13 week Financial Peace University course. It's the greatest thing I have done financially yet. It tells you all about credit card lies, myths, how to save for retirement, and even feel like you've gotten a raise, simply by becoming more financially responsible.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Gator Hater

As a UT fan, I am oblidged to despise the Crimson Tide, and be an Ardent Gator-Hater. This week, the Vols take on the Gators in one of the most important games of the season. Thsi week signifies the ultimate in Tailgating in Knoxville, Gator Hater Week. With some of the largest parties of the year coming up, I can only wish that I lived and went to school in K-town right now.

Mike and Glenn...You lucky dogs.

Jared Bridges understands. Look at this from 2003:
Hatred is a horrible thing. It eats at you, changes you, and makes you into a different person. That is why I love to hate the Florida Gators.
I will not mince words here. I hate the Gators. I don’t simply dislike them–that would be far too tame a term to use. I realize there are criminal charges that could be filed in some areas for hate crimes. Consider me guilty.
In the words of Doc Holliday in Tombstone, “No, I’m sure of it, I hate ‘em.”
The fact that the Tennessee Vols will travel to the Swamp this weekend to play the Gators only heightens the hatred. This is the week where traditionally, in Knoxville, TN, everyone wears Gator Hater T-shirts around. I haven’t seen any here in Louisville yet, but I’m thinking about making some. If you think I’m alone in my loathing of all things Gator, here’s a website that hates the Gators as much as I do.
Give in to your hatred.

This year, The gators come out of The Swamp and play on OUR turf. Time to get the muzzles out.

Other Gator Hater sites:
Gator Haters
Lionel's Place

If you hate the Gators, trackback here and I'll put you up.

Arrogant Son Of A...

Listen to that arrogant punk Dylan Avery speaking on various radio shows.

That's just Part one of the 5 part series.

Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

More lies of Dylan Avery:

Dylan claims that an eyewitness said " was like a cruise missile with wings."
The whole quote:
"I looked out my window and I saw this plane, this jet, an American Airlines jet, coming. And I thought, 'This doesn't add up. It's really low.' And I saw it. I mean, it was like a cruise missile with wings. It went right there and slammed right into the Pentagon."

H/T: Ace

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

HWC Football Week 2 Preview

It's only Tuesday, but I'm ready for a preview of this week's fantasy football action. Let's take a look at how the 16 teams in HWC Football will line up this week:

Robots Eat Babies v. Hot Wing Chump-ion
This game has Sibling Rivalry written all over it. With a Hot Wing record of 4-1, with an additional win in Week one of our family league, I'm very hopful for this week's game. However, with a staggering defense, and shaky legs, my Chumps may just be that. Manning is predicted to take 21 points this week,and normally I would say that's a lie since a great offense vs a bad defense will run the ball like crazy. However last season vs the Texans, he got that much, and then some. This one won't be pretty. I think I'm gonig to go 0-2 after this week. Robots take it 60-50.

Tax Dodgers v bRight & Early
The old man took the win over Gumbo last week, but I think bRight will be just that much too tough for him. As I said last week, the Dodgers are relying on older players that may have crested their career hill last season. bRight will take this one 50-45.

San Jose Arrowheads v. fmragtops' spewers (Blow-Out Warning!)
FM is playing with a batch of nobodys. After Vanderjagt was kicked from Indy, he hasn't played in Dallas, and half of fm's team gained 0 points last week. San Jose on the other hand stuck it to my chumps. Look for San Jose to win this one big. 70-35.

Rose Hill Reddogs v. I Hate Hillary
The Red Dog looked a little stale vs fm with 4 goose eggs, but I think that the week one jitters are out of the way, however Hillary is trying to fight with an player on the Injured Reserve list. Not too wise of a strategy there. One line comes to mind when I see that. "What are you gonna do? Bleed on me?!" Reddogs to take this one to the bank 55-35.

The Columbia CRUNCH v RFTR
Hey R, doesn't it suck to play the highest scoring team that week? This season has been a complete turn around from last season. The two teams who won the first six weeks in a row last season are quickly smacked to the lower half of the standings. RFTR has his QB coming back this week, but with the stacking like the Cardinals have, it's hard to give RFTR a 1-1 record after week 2. Cardinals to take this one 60-55.

The Ball Sackers v webcats (Blow-Out Warning!)
Wyatt is 2-0 vs. the cats, and after scoring an impressive 75 points in week one, it's hard to not see Wyatt being at least as good as he was last season. Last week, Yahoo under rated 5 of his 10 players, and OVER-rated 6 of the cat's players. I think this wek won't be any different. Look for this to be the other contender for Blow-out of Week 2. Wyatt takes this one 65-35.

Gridiron Wookies v Mr Wolf Cleaning Svc
Wookies will face their first football challenge this week, as they face the streaking Wolf. Eli is predicted to get all of 3 points for Wolf, but when they said that many last week, he came back with 12 points. Vegas shows Wolf losing, but I think Vegas is crazy. Wolf wins this one 55-50.

And now for the season's first "Biggest Loser" matchup
Hector Vex O-Trons v Gumbo
These two combined for a total of 56 points last week, and are 14th and 15th only ahead of my Chumps. Neither team has any great stars, and it doesn't look like they care. This may come down to who actually looks at their team. I think Vex will take this one 40-35, because Gumbo will have no QB.

Now that we've seen my predictions, let's see how Vegas ranks them.

Robots Eat Babies - 19 - Hot Wing Chump-ion
Tax Dodgers - 1 - bRight & Early
San Jose Arrowheads - 29 - fmragtops' spewers
Rose Hill Reddogs - 2 - I Hate Hillary
The Columbia Crunch - 14 - RFTR
webcats - 2 - The Ball Sackers
Mr Wolf Cleaning SVC - 18 - Gridiron Wookies
Gumbo - 3 - Hector Vex O-Trons

Stick here friends. The week 2 Recap is right here at GOP and College, and will likely be posted Tuesday or Wed. afternoon.

Week 1 Recap
Week 1 Preview
HWC Football Intro

HWC Football Week 1 Recap

The Man has guest blogger John Madden there to post the HWC Football Week 1 Recap. The preview for Week 2 as usual will be here at GOP and College, as well as the Week 2 recap. HWC Bloggers, if you want a football recap, e-mail me gopandcollege-at-gmail-dot-com and I will assign a week to you.

My team sucked it up and only scored a mere 22 points in week one. A death wish for this season if I'm not careful.

Hot Wing Chump-ion - 22
San Jose Arrowheads - 65
The Cump-ions met and elected Jake Plummer their chief.
MVP - Frank Gore (RB - SF) 18 points (87 yds rushing, 2 TDs)
Goat - Jake Plummer (QB - DEN) -14 points (3 Ints, 4 sacks, 1 fumble)

That one hurt. Time to go to 3-a-days. At least I wasn't the stomp of the week.

HWC Baseball Week 23 Recap

Well, if there's one word that can describe this week in the Playoffs, I think The Man and I can agree that the word is DAMNIT! But as usual, before the game recaps, let's look at how the scores are counted.
The stats your team builds up are broken down into 12 groups. For batters, there are runs, homeruns, RBI‚’s, strike-outs, stolen bases, and battering average. For pitching, there are wins, saves, strike-outs, holds , ERA, and WHIP. When the week is done and the stats are totalled up, each one of those categories is a win, a loss, or a tie for the teams playing. So in a given week, you can have any combination of wins, losses, and ties that add up to 12.

The preview I had given last week called that The Man, myself, PAWs and Akhtar would advance to the next round. Only Akhtar made it to the second round of the playoffs. So instead of my playing the Wookies this week, and The Man playing The Cardinals, I am playing my brother for the 5th place title in the league.
Needless to say, we were both very upst. The man was quoted saying, "Like the Cubs in Mid May, like the Bills in January, like the Red Sox a few weeks ago.... My team was up 9-2.....and now is playing for 5th place."
I feel my brother's pain because I was up 7-3 most of the entire week, but bRight came back to tie the game at 5, and due to the better record in previous games, advanced to play the wookies.
And it you don't believe me that my Week 22 game against Wookies was vital, look at this. If I had lost to Wookies, and finished 6th, I would have played fm, and stomped him massively. The Man would have had a 5th place seed and played bRight, and either won 6-5 or tied 6-6.

Well, enough babbling, let's look at the games:

Baghdad Bombers - 5
bRight & Early - 5 (ties in saves and holds)
This game was so messed up I can't even begin to describe it. bRight was down 7-3-2 going into Sunday and I was already getting ready for week 24 to face to Wookies, and possibly put a strategy together for the 3rd place game. Then I woke up Monday, looked at the bracket and almost used every color of the vocal rainbow to express my disdain. bRight had 3 starters get wins, 2 of which were shut outs, and gained 32 K's in one night. Those pitchers tipped the balance on the ERA and K's since I only had a middle reliever come in that night. bRight tied the game, and I think due to the better record against me, took the win. The final ERA battle was my 2.92 losing to his 2.84 (after being 2.9 or so to 4.2 the night before), and the K's were 67 to 40.
Game MVP: Johan Santana - 14 1/3 innings, 23 K's and 2 Wins with no earned runs.
Game Wash-Out: Jason Isringhausen - An injured arm prevented him from getting a lone save I needed to win.

Robots Eat Babies - 6 fmragtops spewers - 6
The man was up 9-2 at one point, but "a dog that craps fast doesn't crap long." The man's steam ran out, and fm was able to come back to take the win. This game boggels me though, because fm lost to The Man during the regular season, so I have no clue why fm pulled the win out in this game. The real loser in this game is The Man's starting rotation. Zambrano and Liddle both had ERA's over 25, and the one starter who had a good ERA didn't get the decision.
Game MVP: Eric Byrnes - 8 Runs, 7 RBI's, 3 Home Runs, and 2 Stolen Bases
Game Wash-Out: The Man's Rotation - ERA's of 27, 32.4, and one 0.0, no wins and only 12 K's

RFTR - 6
The PAWs - 4 (Ties in wins and holds)
I am shocked and appalled. RFTR's philosophy of live and let live actually paid off in the clutch. Rather than dying in round one like in Football, RFTR killed PAWs in offense, and stole a couple more in pitching to clinch the win. Wow. This really shakes up my predictions.
Game MVP: Jason Bay - Back to his old habits of demolishing any ball he sees. 3 HR's and 8 RBI's
Game Wash-Out: Mike Lieberthal, Travis Hafner - Did not play this week, and did not help PAWs at all.

Akhtar the Divorcee - 8
Poca Dots Blog! - 3 (Tie in holds)
The lone game that I predicted the outcome of. Geez. I was 1-4 this week on predictions, and that sucks. Akhtar did just what I thought and demolished the gutted team of Don Surber. Don dropped all of his bench players for some unknown reason, then rolled over and gave himself up to Akhtar on a silver platter.
Game MVP: Ryan Howard - 4 Home Runs, 6 Runs, and 5 RBI's with a .526 average
Game Wash-Out: Surber - After gutting his team, he left no options for back-ups.

Well, let's take a look at this week's matchups. As of today here are the scores for the games:
Top Bracket:
Wookies are up 7-0 over bRight
spewers are up 6-4 over the Cardinals
The Man's Robots and my Bombers are tied at 5
Lower Bracket:
RFTR is on top of the webcats 5-4
The Glats are up 5-3 over Akhtar
PAWs are up 7-1 over Poca Dots Blog!

Predictions for Top Bracket:
I still think the championship game will be between Wookies and Cardinals with a Cardinals upset for the cup.
I think bRight will stomp over fm's spewers for 3rd.
I think that 5th place will be given to the winner of a draw between The Man and I.

Predictions for Lower Bracket:
I still think Akhtar will be #7 but now over the cats.
I actually think RFTR may beat the Glats for #9
and sorry Don, but you're going to finish last, with PAWs 11th.

Coverage of the 2nd Round of the playoffs will return here next week.

Playoff Preview
Week 22 Recap
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Week 18 Recap
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Intro to HWC Baseball


Found this via Malkin:

WELL, here it is, five years late, but here just the same: an apology from an Arab-American for 9/11. No, I didn't help organize the killers or contribute in any way to their terrible cause. However, I was one of millions of Arab-Americans who did the unspeakable on 9/11: nothing.

The only time I raised my voice in protest against these men who killed thousands of innocents in the name of Allah was behind closed doors, among the safety of friends and family. I did at one point write a very vitriolic essay condemning their actions, but fear of becoming another Salman Rushdie kept me from ever trying to publish it.

Well, I'm sick of saying the truth only in private - that Arabs around the world, including Arab-Americans like myself, need to start holding our own culture accountable for the insane, violent actions that our extremists have perpetrated on the world at large.

Yes, our extremists and our culture.

Every single 9/11 hijacker was Arab and a Muslim. The apologists (including President Bush) tried to reassure us that 9/11 had nothing to do with Islam, but was a twisting of a great and noble religion. With all due respect, read the Koran, Mr. President. There's enough there for someone of extreme tendencies to find their way to a global jihad.

There's also enough there for someone of a different mindset to find a path to enlightenment and peace. Still, Rushdie had it right back in 2001: This does have to do with Islam. A Christian who bombs an abortion clinic in the name of God is still a Christian, at least in his interpretation, and saying otherwise doesn't negate the fact that he has spent a goodly amount of time figuring out his version of the one true and right thing to do.

The men who killed 3,000 of our citizens on 9/11 in all likelihood died saying prayers to Allah, and that by itself is one of the most horrific things to me about that day.

And, while my grandparents never waged a jihad, their attitudes toward Jews weren't that much different than Mohammed Atta's. No, they didn't support the Holocaust, but they did believe that Jews were trouble in many different ways, and those sorts of beliefs were passed on to me before I'd ever actually met a Jew.

I'm sorry for that, for ever believing that anything that my grandparents or other relatives had to say about Jews or Israel, for that matter, had any real resemblance to truth. It took me years to realize that I'd been conned into believing the generalizations and stereotypes that millions around the Arab world buy into: that Jews, America and Israel are our main problem.

One look at the average Arab regime should alert us to the fact that the problem, dear Achmed, lies not overseas or next door in Tel Aviv, but in the brutal, corrupt despots that we have bred from country to country in the Mideast, across the span of history. That history and its corresponding economic devastation is the main reason I reside on New York City's West Bank - New Jersey - not the one near Jerusalem. On my worst day, I'm happy about that fact. I'd rather be here than there, and experience the freedom and boundless opportunities that were mostly unknown to so many generations of my family in the Mideast.

For as long as I live, the image of those towers falling, as I watched in horror and disbelief from the corner of 40th and Fifth, will be for me my Pearl Harbor, for in that instant I recognized that not only was our city under attack - so was our freedom.

It still is. And will continue to be for years to come. And the threat is not from within, but from Islamic fascists who desperately want to destroy the freedom and opportunities that millions the world over still seek.

Five years after that awful day, it's time for all Arab-Americans, and Arabs around the world, to protest against Islamic fascism, to raise our voices - and, where necessary, our arms - against these tyrants until their plague of terror has been driven from the face of the earth forever.

Five years. That's how long it has taken for something big like this to happen. But that's really nothing in my opinion, the guy who wrote this is your average Joe.

When are the Islamic Leaders going to write something like this?

Another Muslim Apology, this one, 3 years after 9/11, by another Average Joe. Here is what is said of the apology:
Nawash’s apology is a pointless attempt to occupy the middle ground between a mortified rejection of Islam and an unapologetic allegiance to it. But there is no such ground. The apology is also a perhaps unwitting subversion of what an apology is actually supposed to be. It should, with all due respect, be marked “return to sender.”

A "fatwa" was finally issued against terrorism almost 4 years after 9/11 stating that targeting citizens is forbidden. However, terrorists believe that we are vile infidels, not citizens.

Top Of The List

Apparently a google search of Loose Change False will bring up this GOP and College page. But if you want the BEST, go to Screw Loose Change.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Remembering James J. McAlary Jr.

*Sticky Post*

When I signed up to post this memorial to James, I was hoping to find out as much information as I possibly could. But as the time went on, I kept looking for information about him, but the most I could find was his name, home town age, and simple things like that. I could never find the information that I felt would do justice to a man who died so wrongly. Finally after searching today, I found the information I was looking for.

James J. McAlary Jr was a 6'-4" man that gave everyone around him a feeling of security. "If he was in charge, you felt safe," said Jeanne, his highschool sweetheart and wife of 15 years.
At home, James was loved by all of the children in his town. They waited anxiously on a hot day for him to get off of work, come down to the pool, and do one of his renouned cannonballs off of the diving board.
At his children's school he offered to be on the board, because he felt like the chances he was given by the people before him should be passed down to the next generation of kids there at the school.
James and his wife lived in Spring Lake heights, a town of about 5,200 in Northeastern New Jersey, and has 3 kids, Jillian, Joseph, and James. When Jillian decided that she wanted to play softball, James was tehre to sign up as a coach.
James went to work that day, not at his usual spot on the Mercantile Exchange on North Blvd, but instead, that day he had a meeting along with 10 co-workers on the 92nd floor of the North Tower. A fate, which was shared by 2,995 other people that day.

The only words I can think of to add to this, were already said by his brother John,
...You are so dearly missed by your wife, your children, mom and dad, and your brothers and sisters, the rest of your family and your many wonderful friends so dearly miss you each and every day. Your wife and kids have been so strong. It is quite clear that they draw their strength from you, as you were always the rock that got us through everything. Please be assured that we are all looking after them. You touched so many lives with your smile and friendship, and you set an example for all of us through your dedication and leadership.
- John McAlary

Friday, September 08, 2006

A Look A The Possible Future

...And it's not pretty.

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H/T: Hot Air

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Turn The Blame

Willisms takes the story of Plamegate and turns the tables of blame back on the liberals in the media and everywhere else who tried to pin this on Karl Rove and Bush, but ended up with nothing.

On the list:
Lawrence O'Donnel
Arianna Huffington
Larry C. Johnson
New York Times
Liberal Blogosphere

Only one person looks better from all this, and that is President Bush. He was accused of going after a political enemy in a despicable manner, and now we find that the despicable actors are Bush's enemies. Bush said he would make every effort to get to this bottom of this affair, and now we have, just as he said. Bush didn't lose his head over this, commit any kind of coverup (à la Bill Clinton) or barricade himself in the White House, because he knew he had the truth on his side and acted accordingly.
Haven't you liberals learned yet that we live in a new age, and that your lies and slanders no longer go unchecked? Or that your news sources too often have the credibility of a Lebanese photo stringer?
Didn't Rathergate teach you guys anything?
Well said Will, but I think I can possibly one up that.

Remember, when you point your finger at someone, 3 more are pointing right back at you.

Bush And Lincoln

Both faced tough war related choices during their time in office.

After Fort Sumter was attacked in 1861, Lincoln called up 75,000 troops to serve 90 days, and end the war quickly. But after a streak of Confederate victories, the war suddenly didn't seem like such an easy task. The war finally ended 4 years and 620,000 lives later, but the Union was preserved, and still is today.

The United States entered Iraq expecting a quick war, and an easy victory. We are still in Iraq, and although there have been great leaps and bounds made in Iraq, the war may not be close to over.

What was missed both times was that there are 2 sides in a war, and each one will die to win.

Opinion Journal has the rest. Read it, and see how our greatest leader is not to far off from our current leader.

Bush Family Linked To Nazi Germany?

It's true, but in a 6 degrees of separation way.

Here's how it goes. Prescott Bush, G.W.'s grandfather worked for Brown Brothers Harriman, a bank with accounts all over the world. One of BBH's Customers was Fritz Thyssen, a wealthy German industrialist. This was in about 1925. In 1926 Fritz heard the great propagandist (Hitler) speak, and was mesmerized. It wasn't until Dec. 1931 that Fritz joined the Nazi Party, but on occasion before then he "bailed out" the struggling party with funds, but not neccessarily from BBH.

So here's where the Libs are going to go ape-nuts.
In the 1930's Thyssen bought milions of dollars worth of gold, fuel, steel, coal and US treasury bonds from BBH. Thyssen then turned around and gave those assets to the Nazi Party

In the late 1930's Thyssen had a falling out with Hitler, and before the war started, he stopped funding the party. In fact, in 1941, Thyssen fled Germany to France, but was captured and was held prisoner until the end of the war.

Was there a link? Yes. Was it direct? No.

Source: Guardian

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Hot Wing Conspiracy Football Week 1 Preview

HWC Football is entering the first week, and I figure I should post the preview before the games actually start tomorrow.

Last Season, yours truely was the champion, and I intend to retain my crown. If I do or not is another story. Well, enough talk. Let's look at thematchups and my predictions, as well as the infamous "Vegas Lines" from last season. And for the Recap, Look to The Man at GOP and the City sometime early next week.

Hot Wing Chump-ion v. San Jose Arrowheads
This match is going to be a preview for the Shaun Alexander show this year. Alex will have another stellar year, but may not quite reach the heights that he got to in '05. And for San Jose, that's about it. If Alexander doesn't perform, their week is shot. I'm going to have to go with my team of many goods over one great. Chump-ions 58-55.

bRight & Early v. Robots Eat Babies
My brother's smack talk says it best, "I have Manning, Wayne, and the NY Giants Defense. I'm covered." It's not good when your defense is playing the best QB in the league, whether you have him or not. I'm going to go with bRight, despite the fact that they have an 0-2 record vs. The Man in football. Another case of many goods beating one or two star(s). bRight 60-55.

Rose Hill Reddogs v. fmragtops' spewers
The reddogs had a mean mean I'm saying it was mean TO the reddogs. With Kurt Warner and Pittsburgh's defense as their best players, I don't think this game will go very far from the Vegas lines. Spewers 60-45.

I hate Hillary v. The Columbia CRUNCH
Safety Man did his research and picked up a solid draft but if something happens to Larry Johnson, Crunch may have as big of a dud as Barry Bonds on his hands. Hillary looks like the clan of slackers. One player is on Injured Reserve, and the replacement doesn't look pretty. If Johnson is on, look for this to be the first blowout of the season. CRUNCH 70-40.

The Ball Sackers v. RFTR
5 extra points to Wyatt for the team name. The preview shows McNabb getting 12 points, but without his #1 target (even if he was an ass) in Dallas, it's hard to think that McNabb will have much. I say that even more because they are playing Houston. The team that gave up 143 rush yards per game. Look for Philly to pound the ground, and Donovan to get maybe 10 points. Wyatt won't need much seeing as Big Ben is out for the first 2 games, and the rest of his team is a bit lacking. Sackers will win an easy one 55-40.

Gridiron Wookies v. webcats
Will John's luck in baseball come over to the gridiron, or get stuck out in right field? I would have to say the latter. With players like the constantly in trouble Jamal Lewis, aging Drew Bledsoe, and flop Ashley Lelie, it's hard to see the Wooks winning. webcats shut down the wookie's baseball momentum 55-45.

Hector Vex-Trons v. Mr. Wolf Cleaning Svc
Edgerrin James goes to Arizona? Talk about getting the short end of the stick. Warner in St. Louis was one of the best pocket passers in the league, but behind Arizona's aweful O-line, he failed miserably. E.J. I think will suffer the same. Plus the young Eli is playing the family rival Indy, so look for him to possibly go in the red. I'm taking Vex 50-40.

Tax Dodgers v. Gumbo
My pops entered into the 2004 Hot Wing Conspiracy, and took 2nd place in the regular season, but then pulled the same fate as RFTRand was out in the first round to finish a disappointing 7th. He then went into football retirement, but made it back onto the field for this season. He has good players, it's just hteir drafting is a couple seasons behind. The Dodgers have a list of aging players that may not be able to perform as well as some of the younger guys on Gumbo's team. I think this game will be the week one nail biter. Gumbo 55-53.

And now for the infamous...VEGAS LINES*! The story is the same as before, home - spread - visitor with the predicted winner in bold.

San Jose Arrowheads - 6 - Hot Wing Chump-ions
Robots Eat Babies - 7 - bRight & Early
fmragtops' sprewers - 6 - Rose Hill Reddogs
I hate Hillary - 16 - The Columbia CRUNCH
RFTR - 17 - The Ball Sackers
webcats - 6 - Gridiron Wookies
Mr. Wolf Cleaning Svc - 4 - Hector Vex O-Trons
Gumbo - 2 - Tax Dodgers

HWC Football Preview

* Vegas lines are provided by Yahoo! and are known to be a *little* off. I do not make these, Yahoo! does.