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Jumat, 30 April 2010

Palin Hacker Convicted for "College Prank"

Just committing a college prank, WHAT KIND OF EXCUSE IS THAT?

You’d think they want you to believe that it’s just a matter of boys will be boys, and what’s the big deal about being a little curious on the Internet.

The defense of David Kernall charged and convicted of hacking into Sarah Palin’s personal Yahoo email rested on that. They also argued the Sarah Palin was partly to blame for not using more aggressive, harder to figure out passwords. Through it all, there was never any sense that there are clear laws and rules of behavior and personal responsibilities involved. In fact the defense attempted to make little Davey look like a victim.

Kernall exploited the rather easy lack of security Palin used to establish her account was successful essentially tricking his way into her account and then publishing his findings all over the internet. Fortunately, for Palin there was no juicy material but still it was personal stuff she would have had every right to expect would bet only between her and the person addressed in her emails. Such things as Palin’s cell phone numbers and those of her daughter, Bristol, were published and some harassment ensued.

It took the jury four days, but Kernall was convicted of two of the four charges against him. The son of a Tennessee state representative from Memphis was convicted of computer fraud and obstruction of justice He was not found guilty of wire fraud. The panel was deadlocked on an identity theft charge. As such instead of facing up to 50 years in the slammer, he could face 25 years and a $500,000 fine with as much as eight years of supervision after release.

There seems to be a prevailing attitude among the left these days that any behavior directed against someone they deem as enemies of their cause is justified. No one should be surprised then that the criminal action itself didn’t matter but that Sarah Palin’s testimony might have been perjury according to MSNBC’s resident idiot, Keith Olbermann charged in a recent program.

So the poor kid just got a little carried away with himself, and now the big mean system is coming down on him like a ton of bricks and that mean horrible Sarah Palin wants something to happen to him. There have been reports that young Kernall is emotionally upset too. What upset that he got caught?

Never mind there was evidence on his laptop that he was devising plans to hopefully disrupt the McCain/Palin campaign. He was only trying to help the Democrats win. Wouldn’t dad be proud?

Solving The Bosh Puzzle: The Boston Celtics Piece

So one day in late April, I checked in on my blog and noticed a lack of something. Sifting through them, I found pieces on Hedo, the Young Gunz, the Amazing Race, video games, the Olympics, etc. But the one thing that was truly missing was a piece about the franchise - CB4. And yeah, sure, maybe I did that because every other media outlet was beating the whole "Chris Bosh" topic to death; but still.

Like many others, I don't want to take Bosh for granted. And so with the realization that he may be gone very soon, I wanted to dedicate the next 30 days or so to him with my writing and this very blog. After all, this may be my last chance to discuss him on here.

The mission - should you choose to read it - is simple. Everyday, I'll breakdown a different team's outlook in regards to acquiring our franchise player. We'll take a look at how a potential transaction will affect both sides of the spectrum, and whether or not such a move could potentially go down.

Disclaimer: Let's please keep in mind that I'm not majoring in the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement; so if there's a few errors here and there in that regards, please let me know. Thanks!

Yesterday's Piece: The Atlanta Hawks

Today's Piece: The Boston Celtics

Players of Interests
- Rajon Rondo
- Kendrick Perkins
- Glen Davis
- Their fans to admit what the TD in "TD Garden" really stands for?

We all realized that the Celtics sold their soul to the devil when they signed on to bring the Big 3 to Boston. To summarize: Mortgage your future for a few years of legitimately contending for a championship. As well worth the ride was, it's now time to finally break it all up.

Everyone but Kevin Garnett, Rasheed Wallace, Glen Davis, Rajon Rondo, and Kendrick Perkins are expected to hit free agency this year - yeah I know, not exactly the most threatening of teams. Right now, the biggest variable (and what has most Celtics fans concerned with) is whether or not they choose to re-sign Paul Pierce. He has a player option for next year worth around 22 million. But as lofty as a payday that may sound, he's better off opting for free agency and trying to snatch what will probably be the last big long term deal of his career.

So then it comes down to this: Do you give Pierce a big contract out of loyalty to one of the greatest Celtics of all time? Or do you finally part ways and realize it's best to rebuild while you wait out the remaining years on KG's and Wallace's disgusting contracts. I'm not sure what management is thinking, but I do know a lot of Celtics fans are either leaning or at least expecting what they call "A Return to the Dark Age".

Toronto and Boston really aren't the best of trading partners when it comes to Bosh; actually they're quite awful. The Raps don't want to trade Bosh to a divisional rival, and Bosh doesn't want to play on a rebuilding team. On top of that, I'm pretty sure Boston can just outright sign Chris if they wanted to depending on the cap amount next year. Of course, you also have to take into account the unlikeliness of that happenings considering Bosh really would like that extra 6th year only Toronto can give him in a Sign And Trade. Precedent in the NBA shows that no one can turn down an extra 30 million dollars.

I know Raptors fans would love Rondo, but that's certainly not happening. Ray Allen would be nice, but he won't be on the team next year. So what the heck do they have? Draft picks perhaps? But certainly, they would hold onto those right? If Bosh MUST go to Boston, I'm expecting whatever expirings they have in return, a fat TPE, as well as whatever draft picks they have for the next year or two.

The Preferred Scenario:
Raptors Trades Chris Bosh
Boston Trades Kendrick Perkins (expiring), Glen Davis (expiring), TPE, future draft picks

In this ugly looking trade, the Raps get the best of what Boston is willing to give up. I would prefer Rajon Rondo coming back, but obviously we'll try to keep this as realistic as possible. With this, Boston transitions from one of the best PFs of the last decade in Garnett to one of the best future PFs in Bosh. Paired up with Rondo, they could become one of the best big-small duos in the league. But with a rapidly aging team around them, the Celtics need to get young and athletic quick before they can start thinking championships again (hard to do with Garnett and Wallace' contracts). On the other hand, the Raptors get two small expiring contracts and serviceable big-men that will bring much needed swagger to this team. With the possibility of Boston struggling, those draft picks may turn out to be lottery picks as well.

More Likely Scenario:
We Just Stay Away From Each Other

I can pretty much guarantee this happens.

United Nations: Business as Usual -- Iran to Guard Women's Rights

While it is an absolute moral outrage, no one should be surprised that Iran was granted a position on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Iran, a nation that institutionalizes the torture, abuse, and subjugation of women, now has a voice on women's affairs before the world body.


While this should come as no surprise given vicious dictatorships that routinely torture and kill their citizens have found places on the Civil Rights panel, that the United States would let this happen without at least making some symbolic stance that would surely be defeated by the majority of nations that could care less how countries treat their citizens is an outrage. Furthermore, this action reinforces with Iran that they have nothing to fear from the world body as they move forward toward having nuclear bombs and the ICBM's to launch them.


To call the world body an esteemed organization or to believe its rulings come from some high minded sense of world justice is a joke. The United States must take the high road and be faithful to its long standing principles when dealing with the United Nations. We, not them, are the greatest force for good in the world even with a corrupt socialist as President.

Sprint Cup 2010: Race 10 -- Sweet Virginia

After thinking big, racing on NASCAR’s longest track, the Sprint Cup tour goes small this weekend as it races on the ¾ mile short track in Richmond, Virginia. The flag drops for the season’s tenth race, the short track event with the long name, The Crown Royal presents the Heath Calhoun 400, Saturday night. It’s the only ¾ mile track on the circuit making the Richmond races two of the most unique on the whole circuit. While it has the bump and grind of short track racing, the extra quarter mile facilitates a long back stretch where the cars get flying as they would on intermediate tracks. The result is some of the most fun and competitive racing on the calendar. While the September race is one of the most significant races, the one after which the Chase field is set, moving the early race from the series third race in late February or early March to around Kentucky Derby Day makes this a most fan friendly enjoyable race as the key rivalries for the year start to take shape.

For those looking at who the recent winners at Richmond are, local fellow, Denny Hamlin won last fall’s race, but Jimmie Johnson won three out of the last six races going back to spring 2007. Tony Stewart is a three time winner at the track, but his last victory was spring, 2002. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is also a three time winner with his last triumph, spring 2006. Other recent winners include Kasey Kahne – spring, 2005, Kurt Busch – fall 2005, Kevin Harvick – fall 2006, Clint Bowyer – spring 2008, and Kyle Busch – 2009. The old Richmond track served three generations of Petty’s with Lee Petty achieving two victories and Kyle Petty winning in 1986. Since being enlarged for fall of 1988, Rusty Wallace is the big winner with six trophies.

Interesting historical note, prior to its being rebuilt to its ¾ length during the 1988 season, Richard Petty “owned” Richmond from 1967 to the first race of 1975 his last victory at the track. The “King” won 12 out of 17 races during that stretch including seven consecutive races from fall 1970 to fall 1973.

Perhaps foreshadowed by other bigger tracks, the unique giant of the little ones deserves its recognition for its significant historical role in Sprint Cup racing. Located a leisurely Sunday morning drive from the Nation’s Capitol and Crab City, the stands will be packed with fans ready for prime time racing. On the heels of perhaps the hottest Talladega race ever, teams are getting anxious to move with in striking distance of the top 12 so that when they return to historic Virginia in September, they can go home as competitors in the Chase for the series last ten races.

Kamis, 29 April 2010

Sprint Cup 2010: First Quarter Assessment

The 2010 Sprint Cup season has reached the one quarter mark after a thrilling race at Talladega last weekend, perhaps the most competitive race ever based on the record number of lead changes.

Assessing the season so far, we do not want to get carried away with the perception that a fifth Jimmie Johnson championship is inevitable. Despite a dreadful performance wrecking out of last Sunday’s race, he is still atop the points standings and also has the most victories, three so far. The expertise of this team and skill of this driver appear unmarked and destined for legend status in the sport. Meanwhile, the sport’s other current legend, Johnson’s teammate who lured Johnson to Hendrick Motor Sports in the first place has commented during the last two weeks expressing his frustration with his encounters with the #48 team on the track.

Surely, the fortunes of Richard Childress teams improving after a miserable 2009 are worth noting with Kevin Harvick leading the pack.

The onset of an especially early silly season finds the star of Richard Petty Racing, perhaps Ford’s best rising star, moving on to Hendricks for the 2012 season with speculation where he will race next year. Surely, Hendrick’s clout will find him a cozy seat for his year in waiting if a ride isn’t opened up outright on the mothership.

Shell/Pennzoil is moving to Penske for 2010 in a multi-year deal which includes tie-ins with Penske’s IRL cars as well. Kurt Busch will drive the Shell/Pennzoil car to be numbered #22. Meanwhile, Brad Keselowski will pilot the “Blue Deuce,” the #2 Miller Lite Dodge.

The start and park phenomenon remains at least an annoyance for most races this year with the Triad operation, Tommy Baldwin’s team, and Joe Nemechek as the primary offenders. Now that they have taken spots in the race from teams with sponsors and full crews makes the matter more serious. How long NASCAR will continue to allow teams that don’t field a full crew nor have the resources to even change one set of tires remains to be determined. Folks aren’t buying the argument that for some, qualifying is their race. Baloney!!!

The real story for 2010 was played out in part at Talladega, but has been visible throughout the season. NASCAR has shown a willingness not to over regulate competition allowing for more on track competition. Ensuring a competitive finish, the field now has up to three green/white/checker sequences to keep a race from finishing under caution. Aerodynamics have been tweaked, and now for the last four races, Sprint Cup cars once again sport a conventional spoiler rather than the “aero-wing.”

The results have been exciting, five out of nine races finished under “green/white/checker” finishes. Cars are much more engaged with more side by side races and lead changes than in recent years.

Other stories include a lack of blue ovals in the winner’s circle. While Roush teams finish reasonably well, they’re not winning. Fords are not qualifying near the top too often. Ford teams have been slow to introduce their new engine into competition.

With hopes other teams will hotly pursue the top spot, ignoring the #48 team holding down the top spot, the rest of the action is among the hottest in years. NASCAR deserves praise for working to make the sport as enjoyable as possible for its fans.

Rabu, 28 April 2010

New Jersey Principal Demands Parents Forbid Online Socializing

Time marches on and the hands of time have no reverse setting. There is an increasingly more aggressive and imposing climate among society’s elites to legislate private behavior. This is the third article this week where we address another aspect of the nanny state. The culprit this time is public education. The issue is a New Jersey middle school principal is imploring to have parents forbid their children from social networking and text messaging.

Principal Anthony Orsini, Benjamin Franklin Middle School, in Ridgewood, New Jersey sent out an email on Wednesday asking parents to help get all the school’s students off social networking sites and to get them to stay off text messaging.

He wrote:

"Please do the following: sit down with your child (and they are just children still) and tell them that they are not allowed to be a member of any social networking site. Today! "Let them know that you will at some point every week be checking their text messages online! You have the ability to do this through your cell phone provider. "Let them know that you will be installing Parental Control Software so you can tell every place they have visited online, and everything they have instant messaged or written to a friend. Don't install it behind their back, but install it!"

"It is time for every single member of the BF Community to take a stand! There is absolutely no reason for any middle school student to be a part of a social networking site!"Let me repeat that - there is absolutely, positively no reason for any middle school student to be a part of a social networking site! None."

Beneath the shroud of being the assertive strong leader what surely is a part of it is fearing the repercussion of possible events which could happen at his school. There have been a few alarming reports of Facebook postings being used to bully students and spread gossip including the case of a girl driven to her own suicide.

There is no question the use of computers opens kids up to all kinds of new possibilities both good and bad. From the first chat rooms widely used in the 1990’s, there have been situations where kids have been lured into bad situations. However, do we see any coverage of the good?

Maybe we just take that for granted, but kids have so many more options to talk to other kids who share their interests and experiences. Kids who’d otherwise be lonely have many new possibilities.

Parents do take on a huge responsibility when they allow their children to use computers. It’s not a toy where kids can just be given the machine and away they go. Every parent must have a firm conversation with his or her kids and establish what their kids can and can’t use their computers for and what on-line behavior is forbidden. Additionally, parental control software should be setup that monitors their kids’ activities and shuts off access to off limit sites. Additionally, kids should not have computers in their bedrooms. The computers they use should be in a common area in the house with no expectation of privacy that mom and dad could be looking over their shoulders at any time.

The approach should be more one of guidance and less one of being punitive. Kids will not be happy either way but if they understand where their parents are coming from it won’t be as bad. Why not print out where the kids have visited on line and discuss it with the kids?

“I see you’ve been out on the Ravens site a lot this week. What do you think of their draft picks?” “Oh Fox News, I didn’t know you were following the news. Tell me, what did you learn out there?” Taking such an approach takes the threatening aspects out of it, and besides a well-informed adult could see trends or interests and maybe make some suggestions where they might find some more interesting stuff that’s perfectly acceptable.

Humans are social animals. Kids are especially social. In a world where parents are less likely to want kids to travel from one neighborhood to the next unsupervised, kids might now find their community on line. Encouraging the proper etiquette of social networking is all part of the learning and growing process. Likewise, parents should establish guidelines on what time kids can use their computers. Kids need to get outside, exercise, play around outside, and not become couch potatoes.

What does not work and is absolutely regressive is outright prohibition. It’s all too easy and way too ignorant to slam the door on things that might cause isolated trouble and some inconveniences. Principal Orsini is way over the line. Hopefully, members of the community will actively challenge him.

Solving The Bosh Puzzle: The Atlanta Hawks Piece

So one day in late April, I checked in on my blog and noticed a lack of something. Sifting through them, I found pieces on Hedo, the Young Gunz, the Amazing Race, video games, the Olympics, etc. But the one thing that was truly missing was a piece about the franchise - CB4. And yeah, sure, maybe I did that because every other media outlet was beating the whole "Chris Bosh" topic to death; but still.

Like many others, I don't want to take Bosh for granted. And so with the realization that he may be gone very soon, I wanted to dedicate the next 30 days or so to him with my writing and this very blog. After all, this may be my last chance to discuss him on here.

The mission - should you choose to read it - is simple. Everyday, I'll breakdown a different team's outlook in regards to acquiring our franchise player. We'll take a look at how a potential transaction will affect both sides of the spectrum, and whether or not such a move could potentially go down.

Disclaimer: Let's please keep in mind that I'm not majoring in the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement; so if there's a few errors here and there in that regards, please let me know. Thanks!

Today's Piece: The Atlanta Hawks

Players of Interests:
- Joe Johnson
- Josh Smith
- Jamal Crawford
- Marvin Williams
- Al Horford
- Jeff Teague

Atlanta's an odd case - probably so odd that it may not have been the best of teams to start off with this month long project. On one hand, the Hawks boast a plethora of talent that Toronto could find intriguing, yet at the same time Atlanta's future outlook isn't exactly as clear cut as some may think. The organization has always struggled to put fans into seats, and their owners have always been picky in regards to the financial side of things.

Right now, the word on the street is that they would like to sell their draft pick this year, and do whatever it takes to get Joe Johnson to re-sign. And so it really hinges on that alone - the value of the Hawks as trading partners varies depending on whether they retain Johnson or not. I feel with Johnson, Atlanta ownership will be more inclined to go way over the tax with two max players.

So let's say they do re-sign Joe Johnson for the max and then attempt to grab a 2nd max player in Bosh. What can they give the Raps?

Well obviously we can cross Johnson out. Because ATL doesn't want Bosh if JJ isn't their to pair them up, and Bosh doesn't want anything to do with ATL if he can't play with Joe.

They really don't have any expiring contracts of note - other than Jamal Crawford - and I don't think they send him off to us. As the reigning 6th man of the year, Jamal played too big of a role for the Hawks. On that note, I think he's just as important to the Hawks as Johnson is.

What does catch the eye right away however is their 4 and 5 position. With Bosh incoming, the Hawks present themselves with an interesting scenario. Right now, they have Josh Smith and Horford manning the inside. In my opinion, there's not enough room for a trio that includes Bosh. So possibly - we could end up with either Josh Smith or Al Hordford, both of whom would significantly help our pathetic defense.

And then of course there's the other "scenario". Atlanta could simply play Smith at the 3 spot - something he's well capable of - and have a nasty front-court of Horford/Bosh/Smith. With Bibby, Johnson, and Crawford providing the threats from the perimeter, that's a championship kind of team.

In this case, a Sign and Trade would most certainly revolve around Marvin Williams. Though not exactly the best of returns in regards to our defensive needs in the paint, Marvin provides us with that scoring wing who is capable of defending the perimeter as well. Fairly young at 24 year old, the North Carolina product has proven he can be efficient and score in bunches when given the touches. He hasn't quite become what the Hawks expected him to be when they picked him with the 2nd pick in the 2005 NBA draft. But perhaps a new scenery - and getting away from the shot heavy duo of Johnson and Crawford - will inspire him to breakout. Throw in a couple fillers as well as a TPE, and we're as set as we could possibly be in a trade that involves Atlanta.

My Preferred Scenario:
Raptors Trade Chris Bosh
Hawks Trade Josh Smith, and Maurice Evans (3 mil expiring)

Perhaps the details need to be worked out in that trade to match everything up, but an ideal return if the Hawks were to be our partners would involve Josh Smith. He'd provide us with one of the best help defenders in the league, as well as some much needed athleticism. For Atlanta, they get Bosh to return to the place where he played college basketball and gives Joe Johnson another max player to roll with. Immediately, they have one of the best inside-outside combos with Bosh and Johnson/Crawford.

More Likely Scenario:
Raptors Trade Chris Bosh
Hawks Trade Marvin Williams, Maurice Evans, Jeff Teague and/or Future 1st round draft pick, small TPE perhaps?

In this scenario, Atlanta goes all-in kind of like how Boston did a couple of years ago. They throw away their future for a chance at genuinely contending. The only difference is their talent isn't in the twilight of their careers. This would bring a ton of excitement to Atlanta, and would send us back into rebuilding mode with assets we could develop or flip in a future trade. It doesn't look like much, but it would probably be what we'd end up getting if Bosh was dead-set on going to Atlanta.


The party never stops for the socialite, Kim Kardashian as she makes another fashion statement in Hollywood night out arena. Kim Kardashian was een at night wearing this lovely coat at night. The coat really matches Kim Kardashian's look for the night. She is not naked this time but still manages to look sexy at all. According to a Hollywood stylist, the trench coat cost more as it lloks to be. It is a designer trench coat that perfectly matches Kim Kardashian looks.


Sandra Bullock filed a divorce against husband, Jesse James. According to sources, the reason why Sanra Bullock filed a divorce because of the unfaithfulness of Jesse James. But when Sandra was asked about that, the did not gave answer at all. Sandra Bullock is also adopting a baby for herself. The baby's name is Louise Bardo Bullock. Jesse James will have no right for the baby because Sandra applied for single parenting adoption. After filing the divorce, Sandra Bullock went out of their house immediately to formalize the divorce proper.


The mix Martial Arts expert, Tito Ortiz was arrested because of domestic violence against Jenna Jameson. According reports, the injury inflicted to Jenna Jameson are very visible and Tito Ortiz was immediately arrested because of the complaint made by Jameson. For now, the case is sealed and investigators are still gathering more evidences against Tito Ortiz. Inmates in the jail will be very welcome to see their Ultimate fighting idol, Tito Ortiz, inside.


Who said that plastic surgery isn't good? Well, this seems god for playboy and supermodel, Heidi Montag. She is now benefiting from the plastic surgery for her body. Many offers are coming in for Heidi Montag because her body is what they want to see. Play Boy is very interested to see Heidi Montag in front of their magazine. But as offers are rudhing in, Heidi Montag is still looking for that great offer for her.

More Big Brother or Nanny State Garbage: California Town Is a Few Fries Short of a Happy Meal

Okay, kids are too fat these days. That's for sure, but come on now. San Jose, California has just outlawed toys and trinkets in happy meals. The law prohibits any toys or any other freebies with high calorie, high fat meals aimed at kids.
Will somebody please tell these nanny-do-gooders to mind their own freakin' business! This "we need a law" for everything that's not quite right with society is pure insanity. Moderation is the key. Responsible parents would not serve their kids Mickey-D goodies numerous times a week.
Alas, her greatness, Michelle Obama herself, is in charge of a campaign to reduce child obesity. While that is a cause worthy of publicizing, there is no way responsible parenting can be legislated. Kids need more physical activity, more variety in their diets, and better life lessons on how to take care of themselves. Didn't we recently hear of a school that not only serves only "healthy" food, but kids who have processed meats, white bread, any kind of sweats, and anything else the food Nazis don't like would have their lunches confiscated. In the last few weeks, Coke, Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper have joined forces to produce a television ad that they are volentarily no longer providing anything but low calorie beverages in school vending machines. Therefore, after basketball or football practice, Bubba can't even buy a Coke.
THIS IS INSANITY. Learning how to make good decisions is the lesson to be learned. Banning stuff doesn't work. Haven't we noticed the more government gets involved with our personal lives, family affairs, and how to raise children, the more social problems and dysfunctional idiots plague our society?
If you're lucky enough to live where you can still get the most horrible of all wicked high fat, high sugar foods, Krispy Kreme, you'd better grab one of those tasty donuts while you still can. Soon they'll figure out some way to legislate them out of existence.

Selasa, 27 April 2010

Stimulus Funds and Big Brother on Arizona Campus

Your Stimulus Dollars at Work: Big Brother Is Watching

Northern Arizona University spent $75,000 in Federal stimulus money to install an electronic surveillance system that will take attendance for large lecture classes on campus. It is programmed to detect student ID cards as they enter large classrooms. Electronic attendance reports would then be available for classroom instructors.

Karen Pugliese, the university’s vice provost defends the action, stating: "It's more than just enforcing compliance with attendance through the proximity readers. We intend to make our classes compelling and attractive."

We see where this is going like so many other things, strict zero tolerance attendance policies. This is one of so many moves in the last decade or so which seeks to treat college students, most of whom are 18 years of age or older, legally adults, old enough to die in battle for their country, like babies.

If such a system is used, what should be of most concern to the administration is what does it say about students who frequently do not attend lecture courses and ace the exams? Obviously, the instructor’s efforts aren’t effective and the student can meet the standards through his or her own devices. Sounds like an advertisement for on-line learning opportunities or correspondents’ courses doesn’t it?

With the Federal deficit skyrocketing and continued reports of more and more nonsense being dreamed up to interfere with a student’s post secondary experience, we firmly denounce this program and hope it does not spread. Sadly, it has all the earmarks of the wave of the future.

Does the Federal takeover of student loans help make more sense of why this is especially unnerving?

The same technology could be moved to places around campus that serve alcohol or monitor other student behavior. A little paranoia makes a lot of sense.


Mariah Carey's rep has denied reports that the singer is expecting her first child with husband Nick Cannon. Carey, 40, has made no secret of her desire to start a family with her comedian husband Cannon, 29. but her people are denying the claim after pictures surfaced of the singer looking like she's put on a few pounds. if she's not pregnant, then Mariah Carey should lose some weight so that she can get pregnant. Mariah Carey is already 40 years old that is not good.


Kim Kardashian goes nude in the new issue of Harpers Bazaar . Kim Kardashian reveals what she really think of her (unretouched) bodies. No need to make any computer enhancements for the body that Kim Kardashian has. Her beautiful body is the best example for a sexy body.

Senin, 26 April 2010

Latest Lefty Lemmings Crusade

RMF has a friend who like any good left wing lemming would do, find a cause follow it and obey orders. As if all the Obama groups, MoveOn.org and others weren't bad enough, Credo Action is a new one that is so simplistic, naive, misinformed, misguided, and just plain wrong, if what they supported weren't so horrible, we'd just laugh them off.

So here's the latest. Remember the leader of Credo is a fellow who made his fortune in telecommunications -- so how much can we believe their bad big business rhetoric. Founder fish did pretty well.

Here's the new cause...

Tell Goldman Sachs: Stop supporting Reupblican filibuster of Wall Street reform

act.credoaction.comGoldman Sachs, now under investigation by the SEC for its role in the financial debacle, is claiming publicly that it supports bipartisan financial services reform. But privately Goldman Sachs lobbyists are twisting arms to block the Senate from even debating the bill. Take action to break the joint...

Oh, those BAD Republicans. After the bailout bill and the take over of two car manufacturers, the nation's health care system, college loans, and much of the banking industry, that the Republicans might feel a deliberate, cautious approach should be employed before more takeovers, regulation, and bigger government.

May we suggest if Goldman Sachs is so awful, shouldn't Barack Obama give back all those millions they contributed to his campaign? They fear Goldman Sachs is too big to fail, but they're not too big for government scrutiny.
With the financial collapse, the resulting recession, and many of our friends and relatives without jobs, everyone is accountable -- Republicans, Democrats, Wall Street moguls, and federal regulators. This is no time for demogoguery, class warfare, and other such nonsense. I laws have been broken, they must be prosecuted professionally. Using a situation like this for political gamesmanship and expanding the power of government is wrong.
Meanwhile, the lemmings are marching...


ans of rocker Bret Michaels are praying for his recovery, as he remains in critical condition from a brain hemorrhage. The 47-year-old star of VH-1’s “Rock of Love” was rushed to an L.A. hospital Thursday following severe headaches. Bret Michael was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of six, which may be complicating his condition. Let us pray for the fast recovery of Bret Michaels for the rock industry will never be the same without him.


Accidents can do happen anytime. Rihanna, the hottest pop artist right now, fell out of stage while performing on Franch with live audience. According to the reports, the fall did not hurt Rihanna that much. She just suffered some bruises and little hurt on the area of her body that hit the floor. To all Rihanna fans out there, she will be okay. The pain in the fall is not that much compared to the bruises that she got from Chris Brown.

Minggu, 25 April 2010

F-Them If They Can't Take a Joke

The lunatic left is in an uproar. They have found the prime example that Obama haters invoke their religion to demonstrate their hatred of the president. They simply cannot accept such horrors and are up in arms. Someone started a little Facebook thing by posting the following:


Okay, this is not the kind of stuff we would ever embrace. It is childish, disrespectful, and naughty, but it is a little clever in a sick sort of way. Sounds like the kind of humor that makes the rounds in a high school lunch room, doesn't it?

When one considers the level of insults the left directed at President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney, Sarah Palin, and anyone including anybody they can associate with the tea party movement, the mean spirited nature of their taunts, and the use of vulgarity, this stupid little posting is very tame by comparison.

Left wing moral outrage is so outrageous since the lefties are so quick to dismiss traditional morality to begin with.

Face it, from Bill Maher to the New York Times to Obama staff members, we're dealing with angry people, vindictive mean spirited individuals, who abhor anyone who doesn't embrace their doctrine lock, stock, and barrel with absolute blind loyality. Why should members of congress have to worry about reading bills, for instance. They should trust that their fearless leaders know what's good. There's no need to question anything or sweat the details, pass the trash. That's what Barack, Nancy, and Harry want.

F-them if they can't take a joke. Well for that matter, F-them, period.

Sprint Cup 2010: Race 9 -- Talladega Triumph

8th closest finish

Record lead changes 29 leaders 88 lead changes

5th green/white/checker out of 9 races – first to go to 3rd attempt

Nobody likes Jimmie, even the racing gods

Harvick wins for sponsor that stiffed him earlier in the week

The Aaron’s 499 came down to the very last fraction of a second to determine the winner. With some brilliant maneuvering, Kevin Harvick running on the tale of recent restrictor place ace, Jaime McMurray, pulled the classic slingshot stunt to slightly loosen up McMurray move side-by-side and capture the win. The win was Kevin Harvick’s first in 115 races when he won the 2007 Daytona 500. Surely the mood in the #29 garage and Richard Childress racing had to be anxious and displeased after the car’s primary sponsor Shell Oil/Pennzoil announced a multi-year deal to sponsor Kurt Busch with the Penske organization for 2011 and beyond.

It was also a good day for Earnhardt/Ganassi racing with Jaime McMurray, who recently has become the master of restrictor plate racing winning last fall’s Talladega race and the Daytona 500 finished second in a photo finish just a small fraction of a second from taking the win. Juan Pablo Montoya, looking so promising last year but snake-bitten in 2010, finished third.

In a race that was clean and close for most of the day until late race calamity and dare devil desperation started to set in, overall twenty nine different leaders, far more than half the field, competed for 88 lead changes. Under older rules, the race would have finished under yellow with the caution flag flying on lap 183 when Jeff Gordon and Scott Speed got together which knocked laps leader Jeff Burton out of competition. The field was bunched up after a restart for lap 179 from the 5th caution in lap 176, Bobby Labonte spun out by David Reutimann.

What transpired after the restart assured at least a green/white/checker would provide the most unique kind of Talladega racing. Did we mention, the “big one” hadn’t happened yet?

Jaime McMurray took the green flag on lap 189 with Tony Stewart to his side. The racing action wouldn’t last two laps when caution #7 flew on lap 190. Yes, this was the big one with Joey Logano hitting Ryan Newman in the rear collecting multiple cars. The caution was largely due to cars being bunched up from the recent restart.

Green flag racing resumed to start lap 195 with McMurray once again in the lead with Greg Biffle on the outside. Biffle immediately got in trouble presumably running out of the fuel. His drifting back and not able to maintain speed created more havoc with a bunched up field wrecking Jimmie Johnson and knocking him out of the race. The 8th caution was displayed leading to what would be the first time the 3rd attempt rule for green/white/checker would be employed. They were now deep into bonus laps. The final green would fly for lap 198, ten laps past the scheduled finish. Any further calamity would result in a yellow finish.

Once again, McMurray led the field with partner Juan Pablo Montoya to his side admittedly going for broke running on fumes. McMurray maintained the lead as the white flag flew with Kevin Harvick charging hard. The two front drivers then separated from the field with Harvick on McMurray’s bumper until he was able to slide off, loosen McMurray just enough to make the pass. They’d duel side by side as the rest of the pack began to close in coming down the home stretch. Kevin Harvick held on to win by just inches the 8th closest win ever.

With the multiple lead changes, the three attempts to finish under green/white/checker, and the close finish, the spring, 2010 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega would be a race for the history books of NASCAR. While the typical Talladega racing features were there, the big long train of cars racing in formation holding on to the draft and the “big one,” a multicar caution, Talladega couldn’t have been racier. Keep in mind the restrictor plate size has been revised and the cars have a new aerodynamics package reverting to the conventional spoiler, adding the shark fin to direct air across the rear of the car on the driver’s side, a long with other minor tweaks. NASCAR also loosened the grip on forbidding bump-drafting allowing drivers to race more aggressively. Only the inside double line rule remained as a specific requirement for the gigantic track requirements.

The race tightened up the points standing closing Jimmie Johnson’s large point margin to only 26 points over Kevin Harvick who swooned into 2nd with his win. Greg Biffle, despite his late race difficulty, maintained 3rd while Matt Kenseth dropped back to 4th. In the coveted top 12, teammates Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon were the biggest winner and loser in the points battle. Martin gained four positions up to 6th while Gordon dropped to 10th place losing five positions. The winner/loser scenario also played out with two Childress drivers, Bowyer jumping into the top 12, up three positions to 11th, while Jeff Burton’s hard luck day lost four positions even though leading the most laps to fall to the borderline spot of 12th. Outside the top ten, it was a good day for three drivers with top 10 finishes, his second place finish moved Jaime McMurray up four positions to 17th, his teammate, Juan Pablo Montoya likewise gained four positions with his 3rd place finish moving into a more competitive 20th position. David Ragan, the forgotten member of the Roush stable moved up four positions with his sixth place finish moving into 22nd.

Adding to the intrigue of this historic day at Talladega is bonus racing after the Cup event. The Nationwide race was postponed to a late afternoon start due to volatile weather in the region including deadly tornadoes just to the west in Mississippi. Kevin Harvick, Jaime McMurray, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Carl Edwards are competing in both races. Technically, one could add Joe Nemechek who started both races, but quitters never win and winners never quit. We used the term “competing” on purpose – start and park entries are not competitors. As long as this idiotic practice is allowed to call any NASCAR race, competition, must have a footnote noting the number of drivers who took the starting green flag only to make an appearance and quit.


Wow! This is something that many had predicted before. Lindsay Lohan was fired from the cast of The Other Side because of her attitude problem. As they say often, Lindsay Lohan is a big Hollywood mess up! She really needed to seek some professional medical help for her attitude problem. There are also news that Lindsay Lohan is again hooked with drugs and alcoholism. Lindsay Lohan was supposed to be a teen idol and went bad. According to a director, more shows for Lindsay Lohan will be cancelled due to her inner problems.


Pop star Rihanna glams it up in the new issue of Italian Vanity Fair. The Caribbean beauty has totally bounced back from her troubles of last year. There are many offers right now for the pop star and I heard that there are talks about a movie or a show lined up for her this year. Good for her!

Sabtu, 24 April 2010

O's Woes: Glimmer of Hope Turns into Boston Massacre

It seems like it just wasn’t meant to be. On a Saturday night in Boston, Massachusetts, the Orioles put their most successful starter, Brian Matusz on the mound. Matusz was the only Orioles pitcher to win a game so far this year. In fact he started both wins. To add some pop to their lethargic offense, they called up their hottest hitter in the minors, Ryan Hughes who got hits his first two times at bat. Luke Scott who hasn’t hit a lick got three hits. Ty Wigginton smacked four hits including a home run.

Going into the bottom of the 7th inning, the O’s had a 3-1 lead. Matusz tired putting two runners on base including the potential tying run. Good enough, he took his team into the 7th inning with the lead. It was time for the bullpen to do its job. Matt Albers came in and not only allowed two runs inherited to score but coughing up the long ball yielded three runs of his own. His ERA now stands at 9.35. Kam Mickolio entered the game, gave up the gopher ball, allowing the remaining runners to score. The Orioles did it again giving up a six run inning, and were down 7-3. Albers lost three games all in relief, games the Orioles could have won. Mickolio has not been effective either. On offense, dare we point out that the Orioles left 11 runners on base?

Could they possibly redeem themselves? Alberto Castillo shut down the Sox in the eighth striking out two. The Orioles rallied to score three runs in the ninth, but that would be one run short of tying the game, another loss. The team now stands at 2-16 losing their last five games.

Tonight’s game was one they should have won. The right elements were in place, but beneath what would look like an improved performance was more evidence of lackadaisical play – a team of nine professionals that just does not gel as a team where lapses of concentration and effort bear bad results.

Given the Orioles cleaned house and now have the players they developed or obtained via trade to be the nucleus of a winning team for the future, these losses are especially disconcerting. They are part of and subjects of a toxic team climate where the right habits and routines to create winners do not exist.

While truly an exceptional player whose leadership and intensity is rare in all of professional sports, there is little evidence of any leadership at all in the Orioles' clubhouse -- not players and more importantly, not coaches. The Orioles need players who can learn from the example Ray Lewis sets across the parking lot for the Ravens. They need to get in each others’ faces, talk winning, refuse to accept defeat, and know what’s expected of them on game day.

Dave Trembley is spent. If he had a motivational speech that would work on this team, he’s already given it. It’s sad to see a fellow who’s a decent chap look so overwhelmed by the situation he’s still charged with running. He has the look of anticipated doom any time he is caught by the television camera. Aside from some brief frustration after a bad at bat or play in the field, the players appear so nonchalant so unaffected. They are so serene they look like someone needs to build a fire under their butts.

The Baltimore Orioles have one more game on their current road trip at Boston’s Fenway Park. Their record for Sunday afternoon games the last several years is laughable and David Hernandez is the least effective starter they currently have available. How will they sneak into town unnoticed to avoid showing their shame in public? Monday is an off day for the team. They will not have another day off until May 10th.

Not sneaking into town but proudly marching in like Vikings into Valhalla will be Yankees fans for three days, from Tuesday through Thursday, then the Red Sox come to town for the weekend series with the Red Sox "nation" in tow. Not having a moment to tend to their wounds, the Orioles then set out for Yankee Stadium and then travel to be the bull’s eye at Target Field, the Twins’ new happy home.

We can make it a forgone conclusion that in these four upcoming series, the Orioles will at best win one game in a series but being swept in any of these would seem more likely. In their present form and disposition, their next fourteen games look hopeless.

Beyond that, they play the Mariners who just swept them. We’ll have to go forward to May 14th when they play three games against Cleveland then two against Kansas City in Camden Yards for any possible relief. What ever happens in those games could be a well kept secret because until the team starts showing some life, why would anyone buy a ticket to such a painful experience. Nobody will be in the stands to witness the slaughter. More records for low attendance are likely to be set.

Right now it doesn’t seem likely from what the buzz about town is, but the one thing that could make the future look brighter would be a gathering of reporters in the Camden Yards press room with Andy McPhail at the podium, owner Peter Angelos at his side, maybe a couple of famous Orioles alum to help establish their was winning tradition in this town. A new manager will be announced as he is given his jersey and puts on an Orioles cap.

The Orioles are not fighting a slump. They’re fighting a culture. The culture of losing has become the new "Orioles Way." The structure of this team is broken. Tales of their winning ways is now ancient lore. There are only a small sprinkling of aging veterans in the majors who were playing when the O's were still winners. There might be help but no miracles in Norfolk or Bowie. While it is not an envious task, a new manager will make a difference.

While it might be comforting to think of some former Oriole as that person, the team needs a proven motivator. Cal Ripken will not be the team’s field boss nor will that person be Jim Palmer. Many speak of Rick Dempsey, but he has no major league experience and it would be an even greater devastation if he were hired and failed. The harder thing to accept is that potential managers with proven major league experience might refuse to accept a bid from the Orioles knowing they could be walking into a buzz saw. It's not fair to all concerned to continue to have Dave Trembley twisting in the breeze. Likewise, the fans need tangible evidence someone is accountable for the Orioles's dreadful play. The downward spiral is devastating given what happened last September and to see it get even worse now.

Sprint Cup 2010: Race 9 -- 2010 at the Quarter Mark

The NASCAR Atmospheric Interference Vortex remains in effect for the second week in a row as this week’s Cup qualifying has been scrubbed and the Nationwide Series race will run late in the afternoon tomorrow after the Sprint Cup battle has been decided – hopefully a 5:30 pm start.

Future developments provided the week’s big story more so than anticipated competition at one of the circuit’s most threatening venues. After the big story about Kasey Kahne mapping out his future with Hendricks Motor Sports, this week’s attention was on Penske racing that despite being the sole competitive Dodge team, revealed its future plans intending on being a major factor on the strength of former champ, Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski, the young phenom with the golden gift to piss off just about everybody in the garage area for his reckless driving and disrespectful comments toward his fellow racers.

Next year, Keselowski, who doesn’t look old enough to buy a root beer, will drive the #2 Miller Light Blue Deuce. The #2 ride has a rich history with Rusty Wallace who took the #2 team to top ten year after year fighting Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon for championship glory. Kurt Busch will now drive a car with a brand new #22 label sponsored by Shell Oil and Pennzoil currently Kevin Harvick’s sponsor. The terms of this deal extend beyond NASCAR as Shell/Pennzoil will also become an associate sponsor for Penske’s IRL entries. Shell will identify itself as the “official fuel and motor oil” of Penske racing never mind it will still be Sunoco go-go juice fueling the Penske vehicles in NASCAR.

Left out in the cold for now will be third Penske driver, former Indy Car sensation, Sam Hornish, who will lose his Mobil One sponsorship as two different oil companies will surely not want to compete within one race team.

As some questions are answered, we know Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski are firmly established with sponsors for Penske for the near future, new questions arise. What will become of the #12 and or #77? How does Sam Hornish, Jr. fit into the picture? With Kevin Harvick a free agent and Richard Childress losing the lucrative Shell/Pennzoil deal, how will that influence the Childress lineup moving forward and where will Harvick run in the future?

Meanwhile, back at the great Indian burial ground, the Sprint Cup field will lineup based on owner’s points with Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth in the front row. With Greg Biffle starting second, the weather gives Jack Roush what efforts on the track qualifying cannot accomplish, great starting positions. Carl Edwards starts 15th a more typical starting position for a Roush ride. Rumor has it that Jack Roush replaced his hat with a fathered head dress and was dancing and hollering on a Roush trailer early this morning. Stranger things have happened at Talladega to be sure.

Terry Cook in the #46 ride, a team that is failing miserably, will not start nor will the #35 ride with driver, Aric Almirola whose main efforts will now be racing in the truck series which has the weekend off. Michael Waltrip joins the field as one of the few races in which he will contend. We’re not clear if this will be for the start and park operation of Prism Motor Sports or his own team. Given Aarons is the car’s sponsor and the title sponsor for the race, it’s hard to imagine this could be a parking lot job.

For a race that is so unpredictable to begin with, add to the drama NASCAR’s new expectations toward how rough drivers can push their rides, the new aerodynamics package reverting to a conventional spoiler with the large “shark fin” on the driver’s side will demand much attention from tomorrow’s drivers. Whether it will break up the huge Talladega trains with long lines of cars racing in formation to take advantage of the draft will be determined by tomorrow’s activity. Nothing takes away the chilling feeling that as so often happens at the great Indian burial ground, the “big” one will create a burning, steaming heap of scrap metal, drivers to the infield care center with tempers blazing, and hopes to advance in the standings vanquished. Could their truly be a curse from the land of the great Indian’s burial grounds? What strange combination of factors turns metal to dust in just a matter of a few brutal seconds? Could not the spirit of those braves be enjoying some sick sense of justice seeing what the descendents of those who took their land endure where they once roamed freely?

The great spirit of Talladega will come alive tomorrow afternoon. Who will survive the battle and stand proud when the ceremonial checked flag falls at competition’s finale?

We’ll review how the 2010 season looks at the quarter mark once tomorrow’s Aaron’s 499 is in the books. We’ll try to have more to say than, “Jimmie, Jimmie, Jimmie.”

So Much Wrong Packed into One Idiot's Tirade

Once a washed up comedian who simply couldn't make inroads in the late late night market, he made some outrageous inflammatory comments after 9/11 which instantly gave him a seat of honor among the real hard core American haters of the radical left. He also attracted others as followers through his repeated mocking and tormenting of anyone smart enough to believe in God finally making a movie designed to taunt anyone with spiritual understanding. His temperamental outbursts and tirades are legendary. If there's any person who articulates everything the radical left believes in with such hatred for anyone who believes in God, Bill Maher is one of the world's most radical son of bitch. It's hard to measure how far left he is from Barack Obama, but he's way out there. Nevertheless, he earns a show on HBO which is reason enough in and of itself not to be an HBO subscriber.
The Huffington Post, obviously a Maher sympathizer, presents inflammatory quotes from this sick, disgusting spokesperson for the worst of the worst. They also post a video where on one hand sounding sensible about too much government spending, he uses that as a point of agreement to lure the listener into his sick and twisted notions and obvious hatred of such thins as national defense, the Tea party movement which he mocks and taunts relentlessly, and virtually anything moderately conservative or more so. They don't come worse than Bill Maher and his sarcastic dismissive attitude that the American people are too stupid to understand anything they might vote on and that to have any spiritual beliefs at all yield you a special kind of retard.
We present this as a primer to the insanity that's so well established in the Left Wing Lunatic Land. Be prepared to get fighting mad.


Paris Hilton has said she is 'better off without' ex-boyfriend Doug Reinhardt. The 28-year-old beauty recently split with the former Hills star after dating on/off for a year. Looking at the career of Pris Hilton right now, it seems very low. We may see her often in Hollywood and in Beverly Hills. But she is not the same Paris Hilton that shock the world with her number of endorsements. Paris Hilton is getting old I think.


Lindsay Lohan says her dad Michael’s allegations she is addicted to prescription drugs are completely false and she is struggling to come to terms with his attempted intervention at her Hollywood apartment yesterday. When will Lindsay Lohan realize that her career in Hollywood is slowly slipping away from her hands. A little push and she will go down the drain.


A couple of weeks ago I posted Jessica Alba’s Cosmopolitan photo shoot, which just happened to be, in my opinion, the photo shoot that started her super hotness comeback. Well, today we get a whole slew of outtakes from said photo shoot, and as you can see, even these outtake photos are of the super hotness variety. Many guys are still after this goddess until she become available once more.


Christina Aguilera. Remember her? She used to be up there with Britney Spears. Then she turned into X-tina and then back into Christina and then got pregnant. She’s fallen off the map recently, but she’s hoping to get back on it now that her new album is coming out in June. Let us see more about her in the coming months before tha launch of her new album.

Kamis, 22 April 2010

Why Are They So Tolerant of Islamic Intolerance

Unlikely partners -- Franklin Graham and Cartman both subjects of hypersensitivity toward Islam.

Why are the authorities so tolerant of Muslim intolerance?

Traditional American religious tolerance is truly pushed to the brink trying to deal with what many sources supposedly speaking for the Islamic faith demand of our society. Quite simply, Jews and Christians generally don’t much like being made fun of or satirized. Some might denounce being prodded from the pulpit. But as a rule, they never make threats, other than some “fire and brimstone” Christians invoking their critics might be going to hell, but that’s where it ends.

It seems like when something is directed at Muslims, whether satire and cartoons or something more sophisticated like the works of Salman Rushdie, some step forward issuing death threats while the religious command as a whole demands censorship. Remember the flap over the Danish cartoons? They were NOTHING. We routinely see much worse depiction of Jesus.

Well, there are no sacred cows to Trey Parker and Matt Stone the creators of South Park who decided it was time to have a little fun with Moslems, one can only imagine what would happen if they created a Muhammad character like their dim-witted Jesus who hosts a local talk show.

Well, those nasty little fellows would display Mohammad in a bear costume, and for that they must die. A group identifying itself as Revolution Muslim, posted a message that Parker and Stone have insulted Islam with a gruesome picture of Theo Van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker murdered in 2004 for making a movie about a woman who rejected the teachings of Islam. They went on to indicate that the producers of South Park would wind up like Van Gogh. They posted Comedy Central’s address and the California address for Parker’s and Stone’s production company.

Meanwhile, Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, noted Christian activist has had his invitation revoked for a National Day of Prayer event, the Pentagon’s May 6th service, due to complaints about Graham’s comments about Islam including their vicious treatment of women indicating that Islam can be “a very violent religion.”

Nothing makes the powers that be in government, media, and industry falling like dominos than any suggestions from Islamic figures that they are upset about something. We see so much effort to go way out of the way to avoid anything that might upset Islamic sensitivities where conversely Christians and Jews be damned as we see every fall when edicts are issued pushing such things as Christmas decorations out of public buildings or other venues.

Americans have the freedom to choose to surrender their freedom to be, ones who submit, as the term Muslim means, and practice the Islamic faith. The Constitution guarantees the free expression thereof. Likewise, the first amendment allows us to criticize and comment on all religions as we see fit.

There’s something fundamentally rotten in the world of Islam. Why should we be so tolerant of conduct that is so explicitly intolerant?

ACORN Chief, Bertha Lewis, Clearly Reveals Organization's Insanity

Think about George Orwell and the big lie as you read this...
Would it be of any surprise to anyone that the leader of ACORN is a total idiot whose assessment of national affairs is as stupid as it is dishonest? Speaking to an audience of Young Democrat Socialists a branch of Socialist International, she called the Tea Party Movement, the “Bowel” movement, and went on to say, “They are coming. And they’re coming after you.”

Nothing is more obvious than spreading false paranoia in an audience of idiots. She went on to say,

“Any group that says, 'I'm young, I'm Democratic, and I'm a socialist,' is all right with me. You know that's no light thing to do -- to actually say, I'm a socialist -- because you guys know right now we are living in a time which is going to dwarf the McCarthy era. It is going to dwarf the internment during World War II. We are right now in a time that is going to dwarf the era of Jim Crow and segregation," then going on to say, “This is not rhetoric or hyperbole -- this is real. This rise of this Tea Party so-called movement -- bowel movement in my estimation -- and this blatant uncovering and ripping off the mask of racism."

We could laugh at her delusions if her audience weren’t real and there is a constituency that takes her nonsense seriously. Is it any wonder that ACORN is in such disarray and so criminally corrupt?

We must also continuously remind ourselves that Barack Obama’s orientation to how things operate is through his direct involvement with ACORN serving as their lawyer in Chicago, training them, and advancing their cause for many years. Ideologically and practically, demagogues like Lewis have a friend in the White House. Any argument that Barack Obama is not a Socialist or at very least not someone who actively supports socialist ideals is simply not facing up to hard cold reality.

The entire ACORN culture must be destroyed. Their crimes must be prosecuted. Their beliefs and ideals must be discredited. The communities they have ripped off and exploited claiming to represent deserve better. We all do.

Death Report Update: Murder in Baltimore - Late April Edition

April 17th marked the first homicide in Baltimore City where the victim was not a black male. Melonie Hamber of 2000 E. Hoffman Street, a two girl old black girl, was murdered by her father, Tyrone, who police indicate beat her to death with a belt. We simply cannot express our sorrow that a young life could be taken so viciously or express our outrage that a person could be so cruel to his own daughter.

Meanwhile, the homicide count is now up to 52, after a particularly lethal weekend and two recent terrifying murders in the Waverly area near the junction of Greenmount Avenue and 33rd Street. If there’s anything good in the statistics is that the overall murder rate is down from last year, but given this still projects to be 169-170 murders compared to 238, Baltimore is still a killing zone for black male citizens. While the city has crossed the threshold that it is no longer more likely than not someone will be murdered on any given day, that the murders focus so significantly on just one element of the city’s population screams for effective action.

The drug trade, lack of employment, absolutely dreadful preparation and discipline in schools, the gang culture, fractured family structure and apparent indifference of society as a whole has created what appears to be a class of disposable citizens who are doomed to failure at such a young age.

We will not presume to have the answers, but we truly believe that when these murder victims start off in a dysfunctional, incompetent school system that neither gives them the educational background and skills required to succeed in the world nor instills effective values followed up with fair but firm discipline, and as such are at a dreadful disadvantage to explore the wide range of positive possibilities for their lives. City high schools are incubators for gangs and misadventure.

The city and state can only do so much but what they are doing is not working. To put it on the communities themselves does not answer the problem either as their resources and know how is so badly fractured. It will take the larger community, a metropolitan approach where all of us see we have a stake in improving this horror not through massive handouts but identifying those resources that are the most effective and helping them achieve their goals. How many groups like ACORN have posed as helpers for such communities while pursuing a corrupt agenda of their own of no benefit to the communities they are charged with helping?

New NCAA March Madness Contract: SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!

The NCAA announced a new television arrangement and a minor expansion of the men’s basketball tournament beginning next season.

Thankfully, talk of massive expansion was shot down. There was talk of an 80 or possibly 96 team field. Instead, the number will be reduced to 68, with play in games for all four brackets rather than just one. Okay, three borderline teams that folks would argue should have made the field will now get in, but whether the field is 48 or 96, which ever teams are the first ones who don’t make the cut will be coming up with arguments why they should have been there. This move to expand to 68 really doesn’t mess up anything other than slightly diluting the NIT field which no one cares about anyway.

The television contract brings good news and perhaps for others some bad news. Every single game will be televised in its entirety. Fans will no longer suffer with all the cut-ins, watching a game they really care about to see Moose Fart State trying to pull the upset over some conference powerhouse half way across the country. The new contract splits the games between CBS and Turner broadcasting that will throw three of its cable networks into the mix, two of which are widely distributed, the third is not one of the longstanding cable staples. The odd man out, of course, is ESPN who broadcasts the lion’s share of nationally televised regular season games on its combination of networks: ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN-U. Since some of the ESPN crew including Jay Bilas also work for CBS during the tournament, will those announcers and analysts be free to work for the Turner networks in the tournament as often talent with cable contracts are released to work for over-the-air networks but not cable rivals.

Starting next season, all games will be covered on CBS and Turner stations TBS, TNT, and TruTV. Everything in the first two rounds will be split evenly between the four networks. CBS will retain coverage of the regional finals and the final four through 2015. In 2016, regional coverage will be split between CBS and Turner, and the final four will alternate between CBS and TBS. Live steaming will continue to be available for all games. This means those not serviced with cable or a dish service will not be able to watch the final four and a substantial number of games on over-the-air television as this deal takes effect becoming especially difficult once the networks alternate the final four making the final four the most prestigious sports championship not shown on regular television.

The NCAA is the huge winner from a money standpoint as the broadcast rights for the men’s basketball tournament provides the organization with 95% of its incoming revenue, an astonishing huge amount considering football bowls, and the hundreds of regular season games broadcast around the nation. The participating conferences should net an average of $740 million each year, millions for each school according to NCAA President, Jim Isch. The total price tag for this deal, $10.8 billion a figure well in excess of many a state’s budget.

Clearly, the big winner in this deal is the NCAA. Turner wins if they can attract adequate advertising revenue. CBS retains a major piece of one of its most coveted sports portfolio items, but we can only call their stake at best a draw. The big losers are ESPN, who will have even a lesser roll in keeping their coverage of the tournament vital. How much analysis can they supply when highlights released for other networks to air will be carefully allocated by CBS and Turner? What counter programming is available in this time frame, pre-season baseball? The other big losers would be fans who do not have cable or satellite service. They will have less to watch especially when the final four alternates between networks after 2015.

The fans also win big that the field is only being expanded to 68 not 96 games. It’s not just for the sake of the unwieldy bracket sheets that would result, but the way the current tournament plays out over three consecutive weekends provides a great sense of balance and drama without a diluted pool that could make some of the early round match-ups lethal.

We challenge Turner and CBS to continue to work to improve coverage covering the game as completely and accurately as possible resisting the temptation to go gimmick and gizmo crazy.

Raptors Rundown Podcast E.5 [Season-In-Review With Dino Nation Blog]

So check it out.

Yeah, the NBA Playoffs are already well underway, and our Toronto Raptors are once again sitting on the outside looking in. But that doesn't mean we can't look back on the season that was and breakdown what exactly happened. True, the season turned out to be disappointing, but no one can deny the intrigue and entertainment that came out of it. This will always go down as a Raptors season quite like no other.

For episode 5, I have special guest James Borbath of the Dino Nation Blog to help me dissect what he describes as the "Raptors Rollercoaster". Topics include the home opener, the point guard situation, the Hedo Turkoglu mystery, Jay Triano's performance as a head coach, the Raptors' 20-7 stretch, Chis Bosh's amazing season and future, and many more.

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The Look of Losing

The manager looks frustrated and confused. The players give the impression of "oh well, just another day at the office." The overall impression is resignation to the unacceptable while just giving faint lipservice to "things will get better."
This is the same team with a few tweaks, that essentially ended its season after Labor Day last September. This is a team that has become accustomed to and accepting of losing even though so many of them are just beginning their major league careers. To have labored so hard and so long to get to this level and just dog it is hard to figure. While they don't need someone to take a baseball bat to smash a few water coolers to prove there's some real passion on this team, the atmosphere seeps through the television in full view loud and clear.
They can exchange players with Norfolk and Bowie all they like, but until the clubhouse culture changes, we cannot expect change. Once players accept losing isn't horrible, it's all over. Every one of them has something he needs to prove. It's not the lack of wins that is driving fans away, it's the lack of passion. Why should we fork over the money for tickets or turn on MASN or the radio and commit our time when the team isn't clearly showing their commitment to their job.
As if we haven't seen enough or it couldn't get any worse, the Orioles play their next twelve games against the Red Sox and Yankees, six games in Baltimore where Orioles Park at Camden Yards will be teaming with out of town fans drowning out what faint whimpers of support their might be from frustrated Orioles fans.
There's more than a week to go in April, but for the 2010 Orioles, it's already over. The most modest goals will be next to impossible to obtain. Our hopes that this team might hit the .500 mark seems so remote given there is nothing to show they are heading in that direction with such an uncommited culture of going through the motions.
There is no single answer to the mess the Orioles have created. The Washington Nationals look brilliant by comparison and when they were crashing to record lows last year, they did perk up after a change of managers. On paper, which team would you rather see? On grass, however, the Nationals would clean the Orioles' clock right now.
Let's go Nats. Three cheers for the Nationals. Hustle boys, hustle. Orioles territory is Nationals territory and Nationals territory is Orioles territory. Who's staking their claim most effectively right now?

Jessica Simpson Father Joe

Jessica Simpson Father Joe
Jessica Simpson Father Joe
Jessica Simpson Father Joe
Jessica Simpson Father Joe
Jessica Simpson Father Joe
Jessica Simpson Father Joe

Jessica Simpson Father Joe

The Singer Jessica Simpson with her father Joe leave her midtown hotel in New York City dated April 21, 2010.

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