Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Let's check out the telly:
On my own time I like to watch "Ax Men" on the History Channel, if only to make myself feel better by seeing how whiny and petty a bunch of "real men" can be. It makes me feel better about getting winded just spraying weedkiller on my yard today. Front and back!
HEROES: Sheesh. Just great. They focus an entire episode on all of the characters who have annoyed us the most this season: Nathan, Claire, Peter and Sylar. Slow. Drab. Humorless. Nothing revealed or advanced. Val's threatening to stop watching, and I'm not exactly inclined to convince her otherwise. So now that he's not in charge of it anymore, has Nathan decided it's not as good an idea to round up people with abilities? But it was okay when he was running things? We are not pleased that Sylar has shape-shifting abilities now. It can only be used as a crutch to confuse the viewer and take us places we'd rather not go, the way Hiro's time travel began to be bugging.
THE AMAZING RACE: I was going to say that it's refreshing to be in a season in which none of the top six teams are vile. And then the editors decided that the Cheerleaders are now mean Mean Girls. Specifically Jaime, who said that people speaking different languages bugs her. It didn't help when they nicknamed the Small Stuntment "The Tweedles," a.k.a. Tweedledee and Tweedledum. In the end, the Gay Son/Dad duo couldn't recover from bad advice by their taxi driver and got Philiminated. The Stuntmen got the Pit Stop first, but had to sit out an entire hour for two penalties, one for not reading a clue right, the other for sabotaging the other teams in the Detour, which makes them a-holes, too. Hey Racers, let's try to keep this civil and likable again, agreed?
DANCING WITH THE STARS: Sure, Shawn Johnson has a stalker who was in the studio armed with a gun and duct tape last week, but hey, let's focus on how Holly and Steve-O are so distracted with a few boo-boos.
Now that the Obamessiah has decided to stick his hand into private businesses by deciding who stays and who goes, maybe he can help us out and make sure Apple Steve is kicked off on Tuesday night?
Chances are helped that two will go, though that's no guarantee, no matter how low the judges keep judging him in an effort to undermine idiot viewers who are trying to keep him on.
The dancers performed two new dances this week, either the Lindy Hop, which is energetic, and the Argentine Tango, which is passionate. How'd they do ...
DAVID & KYM - There was an obvious mess-up in their lindy hop early, and she seemed to do most of the moves, and yet he's a fun guy and puts in enough effort to stick around a few more weeks.
LIL' & DEREK - There was nothing sensual about their tango. It was so technical, and what's with all the leg kicking in this dance? What do I know, of course, as Bruno gives them a 10.
CHUCK & JULIANNE - He has potential, though I think he's having trouble finding the music and rhythm. Or he can't because Julianne is so energetic and awesome that she naturally diverts attention.
L.T. & EDYTA - Their tango involved him standing around while she danced around him. Not "intense," just "tense." A 5 from Len was surprisingly low, but he'll be fine.
TY & CHELSIE - Jeepers, they got 9-8-8 from the judges, and I think it's because Ty has been most improved, which they love, someone who grows and learns as opposed to having natural talent. We think he's great, but I hope next week he stops trying to be the rodeo cowboy and starts trying to be the bull.
STEVE & KARINA - All fours from the judges, who have decided that Cloris should never happen again. They gave her higher scores last year for butt-slapping and no actual steps performed.
MELISSA & TONY - They really went for their lindy hop, full of tricks and lifts. Wowzers, that was exciting.
HOLLY & DMITRY - Like Apple Steve she uses a chair for their tango (a stool in her case), which is already a sign of weakness, and then she slips off it.
STEVE-O & LACEY - He spends most of his time running after her, then the rest avoiding kicks and hops. More like a double lindy then a triple lindy hop.
GILLES & CHERYL - Carrie Ann did all but toss her panties on stage afterward, she was so hot at their tango. Tom calls it "fierce." I didn't actually care either way, so of course the judges give them the first perfect 30 of the season.
SHAWN & MARK - Their lindy hop was cute, fun and athletic, though with only a 25 score obviously the judges felt there wasn't enough actual dancing.
- DID YOU TURN OFF YOUR LIGHTS Saturday night between 8:30 and 9:30 to observe "Earth Hour," a phony baloney way for climate change advocates to berate you for having planet-destroying electricity in your home? If so, I hope you weren't driving at the time. Reuters claims one billion took part, which seems low when you realize that, what, two, three billion, don't have electricity in their huts? If you didn't follow instructions and don't care that you just doomed a tiny island in the Pacific to drowning, don't worry, even the Tree Hugger In Chief, Al Gore, didn't see to it that his own house observe the edict. I had to work, so instead we at Valfrey Estates took part by turning off our outside lights 12 hours earlier. Sure, it didn't have the same effect, but it's the snooty thought that counts, right?
- ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE GAFFES that would have been a big deal if Bush or one of his folks had made it. This time it's Hillary, she of the mistranslated Russian button recently, and a few days ago asked "who painted" the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe enshrined in a Mexico City cathedral since 1531. Maybe someone on her staff could have given her a heads up that tradition states that one of Catholicism most popular shrines is that the image was miraculously imprinted by Mary on a cloak belonging to Saint Juan Diego in 1531.
- Ed Gillespie doesn't mince his words about media cheerleading for Obama:
Over the past few months, a steady stream of journalists from mainstream-media outlets — at least eight, led by Time Washington-bureau chief Jay Carney — have abandoned journalism for positions in the Obama administration or with congressional Democrats. Fortunately for them, the difficult transition from objective reporting to ardent advocacy of a party’s agenda was made easier by the head start they got in last year’s campaign. Though there have long been concerns about liberal bias in the media, 2008 was the year the referees took off their striped shirts and donned a team’s jersey.
- SO YOU KNOW HOW Obama campaigned on middle class tax cuts and promised that he would only "punish" the top 5 percent of wage earners in the country to fund his overly ambitious new New Deal? He's a big fat liar.
Monday, March 30, 2009
I'm feeling like I'm right about this. Just a feeling.
Maybe also it's because he looks to be one pitchy note away from being on the Broadway run of Velvet Goldmine.
It is a charismatic show that Adam puts on, I'll give him that. But once it looks like he has a chance to win and these videos go mainstream and other pictures come out, well, it will be interesting how the media and fans handle the fuss.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The scenarios for winning my March Madness Challenge:
North Carolina wins, it's all Steve (Tarheels and Tigers)
Villanova takes the title, my big bro, Scott (Bruins Commodores Bears oh my!) is the man.
Michigan State wins, Scott again.
UConn beats Villanova, Scott still wins.
UConn beats North Carolina, Syd (It's CaliPERR-EE) can party.
Scott and Kevin H. (Bubba Keg 52) were the only two with two Final Four teams, and Scott was all alone with his Michigan State pick. Five of us didn't have any.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
They both swept their singles matches, 8-0, and gave up one game in an 8-1 win in doubles, which they always end with a chest bump:
Meanwhile, at work Thursday "American Idol" Memphian Alexis Grace visited our studio. She was as sweet as you'd expect, and even tinier than you'd imagine. She could have used one of my socks as a sleeping bag.
Check out plenty of pictures of our Good Morning Memphis crew as well.
Friday, March 27, 2009
If Louisville wins, it'll be me, since Stephen can't pass me based on the remaining scenarios.
If North Carolina wins it's all Steve, with Jonathan and Dad/Rann finishing second and third.
A Villanova victory gives Scott the bragging rights.
Karen will move up from 16th currently to the No. 1 spot if the Sooners win it all.
Should Pittsburgh take the title, either Randy or Jorge could win based on who wins North Carolina-Oklahoma. A UNC win is good for Jorge, Oklahoma is the factor for Randy.
Interesting side note: Randy is the only one with a chance at having his entire Final Four make it.
1. 78 - Sydney (It's CaliPERR-EE) - Louisville,
2. 77 - Scott R. (Bruins Commodores Bears oh my!) - Michigan State, Missouri, Villanova,
2. 77 - Val (The Bean's Picks) - Louisville,
4. 76 - Cody B. (Belewspickstothetop) - Louisville,
5. 75 - Steve (Tarheels & Tigers) - Louisville,
5. 75 - Cheryl - Louisville,
7. 73 - Jorge (Struggling From Day 1) - Louisville, Connecticut, Pittsburgh,
8. 70 - Jonathan (Longhorns0465) - Louisville,
8. 70 - Rann R. (redsox0407) - Louisville,
8. 70 - Erin M. (Bracket Buster) - Louisville,
11. 69 - Me (Jeff's Tiger Blue) - Louisville,
12. 68 - Randy B. (Rider's Winners) - Louisville, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma (Pittsburgh)
13. 61 - Carol H. (Carol's Picks) - Louisville,
13. 61 - Jenn. R. (RoarRRR!) -
15. 60 - Kevin H. (Bubba Keg 52) -
16. 59 - Karen P. (Velvit) - Kansas,
17. 53 - Stephen M. (Bracketerrible) - Louisville,
1. 65 - Val (The Bean's Picks) - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, North Carolina (Memphis)
3. 64 - Cody B. (Belewspickstothetop) - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, North Carolina (Memphis)
4. 63 - Cheryl - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma (Memphis)
5. 62 - Erin M. (Bracket Buster) - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Gonzaga (Memphis)
5. 62 - Sydney (It's CaliPERR-EE) - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, North Carolina (Memphis)
7. 61 - Jorge (Struggling From Day 1) - Louisville, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Syracuse (Pittsburgh)
8. 59 - Steve (Tarheels & Tigers) - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, North Carolina (North Carolina)
9. 58 - Jonathan (Longhorns0465) - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, North Carolina (North Carolina)
10. 57 - Me (Jeff's Tiger Blue) - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma (Louisville)
10. 57 - Jenn. R. (RoarRRR!) - Wake Forest, Memphis, Duke, North Carolina (Memphis)
12. 56 - Randy B. (Rider's Winners) - Louisville, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma (Pittsburgh)
13. 55 - Karen P. (Velvit) - Kansas, Memphis, Duke, Oklahoma (Oklahoma)
14. 54 - Rann R. (redsox0407) - Louisville, Memphis, Duke, North Carolina (North Carolina)
15. 53 - Carol H. (Carol's Picks) - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, North Carolina (Memphis)
16. 52 - Kevin H. (Bubba Keg 52) - Wake Forest, Memphis, Villanova, North Carolina (Wake Forest)
17. 49 - Stephen M. (Bracketerrible) - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Gonzaga (Louisville)
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Don't worry, it's safe for work, and Alan Thicke is hilariously involved.
Ranked No. 1 all season, Union won 73-48 over Oklahoma Baptist Monday in the semifinals, causing much wailing, gnashing of teeth and rending of garments all over tiny Oklahoma towns.
We were treated very well by our new best friends at Logan's, and chowed down, leaving a thankful tip. That does not mean that I couldn't still go for some cheesy biscuits, but I wasn't willing to wait an hour to get my food and still feel like I was expected to tip such bad service. Isn't that the worst? I can't leave a small tip. The server could admit that he scratched my burger with his butt, and I'd think, "Okay, 20 percent, but no higher, punk!"
This morning I mowed the lawn for the first time this spring, which was only necessary due to the vast number of weeds growing throughout the yard. In fact, maybe I should petition the state for one of those interstate signs that says "Wildflower Project," which is really just an excuse for the state to not have to pay someone to mow the median.
I'm wondering, if I let the island of clovers covering half the backyard to spread, I could just say that I have an Irish Garden and let it be.
Or, I'll get some weedkiller and go to town. Kill! Kill! Die! Die! Weeds must perish horribly at my hands! Bwahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!
Our neighbors on either side haven't had to mow, on account of their pristine sissy lawns that lack character or toughness. I subscribe to the Battlestar Galactica theory when it comes to my lawn, if it isn't raw or flawed, then it's not "real" or suspenseful. This is my story, and I'm sticking to it.
I didn't find any golf balls, though several might have been hidden in the clover patches and ended up embedded in our neighbors above-ground pool, windows or dentures. I'll wait for the knock on the door. If they ask, "Is this yours," I will politely point towards the golf course and claim that I saw a bunch of hackers aiming for my neighbors' homes.
No "24" update today since Val and I have stopped watching it, and no "Heroes" update either, since the story hasn't advanced since January and it's getting repetitively boring, so we'll watch it on the DVR eventually. We did, however, find time to catch "Dancing With the Stars."
We're down to 12 after Belinda got the ignominious honor of being the first booted this season. She wasn't going to last long, but she certainly wasn't the worst dancer, as we'll see ...
DENISE & MAKS - Bad song choice, going for a rock song to a samba, not that it wasn't awkward enough watching Denise moon the audience every time she did a roll and that feather skirt stood up.
CHUCK & JULIANNE - They danced to a Sugarland song, a group my lovely wife despises, pretty much more than anything else in the whole world other than my breath after eating onions. Seriously, five days later, she'll be all "Eww, did you eat onions?" And I'll confess, "No, but I did walk past produce last weekend. My bad." Oh, and Carrie Ann said that Chuck could "be a contender." I disagree.
HEF'S HO'LLY & DMITRY - During rehearsals she whined, "I don't understand." I'm betting she says that a lot. And her samba wasn't good, either. She couldn't shake a bottle of Coke enough to make it erupt when opened, let alone her hips.
STEVE-O & LACEY - At least he's dancing live this time, though a bit robotic. We're told that his back is still bothering him, but I'm not buying it. Doesn't he make a living on "Jacka**" by running naked through acid showers with honey bees stinging his crotch?
LAWRENCE & EDYTA - Let's not overlook the obvious reason, what with his darker skin due to his African ancestry that he has a rhythm advantage written into his DNA, which is also why I hear that Obama is trying to get 50 Cent's "In Da Club" named the new national anthem. I read it on the Interwebby, so you know it's true.
SHAWN & MARK - She's great at the ballroom stuff, not so much with the booty shaking. Not that we're prepared for our gold medal pixie to do so. I do wish she'd stop wearing the revealing dresses that show how her body is a block of muscle with nary a curve. Unflattering.
GILLES & CHERYL - Ooh la la, he is French, so not only can he do the samba with a glass of champagne on his head, he will also surrender to any challengers.
DAVID & KYM - He's going to get votes if only for his showmanship, but he still stood in place too much and let Kym orbit around him.
APPLE STEVE & KARINA - The judges are not going to let a Cloris happen this year, hence the 4-3-3 scores. They really, really want him gone, even if his goofiness is exactly the kind of thing they over-rewarded with Cloris last season. When anyone else pulls a hamstring they hobble to the doctor's office, so why does he get wheeled out in a stretcher into an ambulance?
MELISSA & TONY - She's having a ball out there, and why shouldn't she, she's dancing with Tony, the envy of all friends and family, and making Bachelor Jason look increasingly stupid for dumping her on national TV. I'm worried that like Brooke last year, the judges are going to start judging her against herself, meaning not against the competition but against their expectations for her.
LIL' & DEREK - She's just a lil' ball of sunshine, isn't she? And then you check iTunes and almost all of her best-selling songs have the "Explicit" label. I was going to quote some but I couldn't manage more than one or two lines that didn't involve something that would make your grandparents get the vapors. By the way, she was in prison for three counts of conspiracy and one count of perjury for lying to a Federal grand jury about her friends' involvement in a 2001 shooting in Manhattan. And yet, I kind of adore her.
RODEO TY & CHELSIE - I actually audibly gasped when Chelsie slipped. This will not make Dad love me more. Now that he's won the Most Improved Award he'll have to keep it up or risk getting the What Happened Award. I think Len's just happy that Chelsie isn't such a rebel like Lacey when she came over from SYTYCD.
Who should go? Apple Steve by a big margin. Also in the bottom two will either by Denise or Holly. It's a toss-up.
In case you haven't heard, Schilling officially retired on Monday, and will be enshrined into Red Sox fan lore. Dude could light his bloody sock and throw it into a busload of nuns, I don't care, I will always be grateful for what he did in 2004 and 2007.
- In news that will not help him become a legend in New York the way Curt is in Boston, it turns out that cheating heart A-Fraud likes his women naughty:
A former Manhattan madam who supplied Eliot Spitzer with hookers also counted Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez as a customer - and found him so charming she dated him herself for free, former employees of the call-girl agency tell the Daily News.Then again, I don't know New Yorkers that well. Maybe this will boost his image!
A-Rod wooed ex-madam Kristin Davis with flowers, jewelry, persistence and heated e-mails, according to the sources.
"Throughout the years, there were a number of clients that I befriended and it was not uncommon for them to want the women they can't have whether it be the phone bookers or the madam," Davis said.
If only he was as successful at the plate with two outs and tying/winning runners on base, maybe he'd be less of a national joke.
Monday, March 23, 2009
2. Star Trek - Our favorite characters from the original are fresh out of the Academy and in charge of the Enterprise. Here's guessing Kirk (Chris Pine) beds any female of any species, Spock (Zachary Quinto of "Heroes") raises an eyebrow and Scotty (Simon Pegg) provides the one-liners. (May 8)
3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine - Hugh Jackman is really old, but has an exoskeleton of steel that I guess makes him unkillable? Either way, this is Wolverine's back story, and it looks pretty cool. (May 1)
4. Terminator: Salvation - If Christian Bale is half as feisty against the robots as he was against that poor cinematographer in the famous blow-up, the final(?) Terminator tale should rock. (May 22)
5. Inglorious Basterds - Quentin Tarantino has been promising his World War II epic for years, and finally we get to see what he'll do with a war movie. I'm guessing a lot of blood and cursing, but I'm sure that's just a guess. (Aug. 21)
Waiting for the reviews:
G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra - All those years of my childhood spent watching or playing with my action figures, it's far too overdue. Will anyone actually die, though, or will all the bad guys jump out of their tanks at the last second? And if it's like how I played with my action figures, will He-Man or Chewbacca show up in a cameo? (Aug. 7)
Year One - A comedy starring Jack Black and Michael Cera ("Juno") as outcasts way back in time. I'm guessing "Clan of the Cave Bear" meets "Revenge of the Nerds?" (June 19)
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian - The first was surprisingly entertaining, though I'm unsure if Ben Stiller can do it again. (May 22)
Public Enemies - I doubt it will have one ounce of the charm and rewatchability of "The Untouchables," but I'm willing to see Christian Bale as an FBI agent chasing infamous American gangster John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) in '30s. (July 1)
BADA BING: "The leading liberal voices of the New York Times editorial pages all criticized — and, in some cases, clobbered—President Obama on Sunday for his handling of the economy and national security."
I admit to being a little surprised that the media liberal elites are turning on Obama so soon. If it were an 80s teen comedy I'd be expecting a slow clap in the lunchroom.
The Republicans don't have to do a thing but watch the left implode, and hopefully the public will catch on to their Big Government plans and nix it sooner than later.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
As one of the few in my March Madness Challenge who picked Louisville to win it all, I'm not entirely excited by them the first two rounds against such *cough*popular*cough* teams as Morehead State and Siena. Go ahead, try and figure out where they play. You might get one, but not both.
I was rooting for Marquette to upset Missouri, but I'll be fine with a Tigers-Tigers matchup in Phoenix on Thursday night. It should definitely be a high scoring affair since they both like to run the court.
At least, next week we'll start to see some separation by my contestants. As of right now, only Kevin and his regrettable Wake Forest pick as the champion is out of the running. That leaves 16 more still interested in the tournament.
I'll update later with point totals.
54 - Erin M. (Bracket Buster): Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Gonzaga (Memphis)
53 - Val (The Bean's Picks): Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, North Carolina (Memphis)
52 - Cody B. (Belewspickstothetop): Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, North Carolina (Memphis)
51 - Steve (Tarheels & Tigers): Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, North Carolina (North Carolina)
51 - Cheryl: Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma (Memphis)
51 - Karen P. (Velvit): Kansas, Memphis, Duke, Oklahoma (Oklahoma)
50 - Syd (It's CaliPERR-EE): Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, North Carolina (Memphis)
50 - Jonathan (Longhorns0465): Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, North Carolina (North Carolina)
50 - Rann R. (redsox0407): Louisville, Memphis, Duke, North Carolina (North Carolina)
49 - Jorge (Struggling From Day 1): Louisville, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Syracuse (Pittsburgh)
49 - Scott R. (Bruins Commodores Bears oh my!): Michigan State, Missouri, Villanova, Syracuse (Villanova)
49 - Jenn R. (RoarRRR!):
48 - Randy B. (Rider's Winners): Louisville, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma (Pittsburgh)
45 - Me (Jeff's Tiger Blue): Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma (Louisville)
45 - Carol H. (Carol's Picks): Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, North Carolina (Memphis)
41 - Stephen M. (Bracketerrible): Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Gonzaga (Louisville)
40 - Kevin H. (Bubba Keg 52):
While wondering how stupid the network execs are who decided to rename the Sci Fi channel "Syfy" ...
Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez provided the bulletin board material for the Tigers on Friday, saying that Memphis would have a losing record if they played in the ACC. Thanks, dude! After Saturday's 89-70 blowout he had to admit, "They proved me wrong."
Down by 29 at one point, Maryland showed less fight in the second half than CBS play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson here in Memphis at Blues City Cafe last weekend.
Valfrey's alma mater, Union, is having great success in the NAIA tournament. At the least the women are. Ranked No. 1 for 25 straight weeks, the 31-1 Lady Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals of the NAIA Division 1 national tournament, which they won in 1998, 2005 and 2006.
Alas, the men disappointed as usual in the national bracket. Despite being ranked No. 4 in the country at the end of the regular season and Coach Turner being named Coach of the Year, the Bulldogs lost in the second round to unseeded Columbia of Missouri, 83-64.
In the Tennessee AAA High School State Championship, Raleigh-Egypt took on fellow Memphis school White Station. The Pharaohs have been great for several years but hadn't been in the title tilt since 2005, which ended in a loss. Add another one. The Pharaohs lost, 64-61, in overtime.
No, I do not know how my junior high and elementary school teams are doing.
- Michelle Malkin and her commenters have some ideas about what to call "enemy combatants" now that the Obamadministration has done away with the term:
“Next Life Enablers”
"Jihadis Without Borders"
“Future Democrats of America”
“Freelance foreign policy activists”
"Targets of the Great Jewish Conspiracy"
"Graduates of the William Ayers Academy of Societal Realignment"
- First, the Obamadministration insulted the Brits, and this week they continue their classy streak of treating allies with respect, this time from Brazil: "His meet and greet with the U.S. president was bumped to Saturday, and when the White House announced his official visit, they misspelled his name."
- This my favorite headline of the week: "Obama White House bars press from press award ceremony."
- The Teleprompter in Chief compared AIG executives to suicide bombers: “It was the right thing to do to step in. Here’s the problem. It’s almost like they’ve got — they’ve got a bomb strapped to them and they’ve got their hand on the trigger. You don’t want them to blow up. But you’ve got to kind of talk them, ease that finger off the trigger.” Then why are we negotiating and giving into to them to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars? Just goes to show Obama's foreign policy weakness.
If I was one of the common workers at AIG and the government wanted me to return my bonus, I would say, not necessarily in these words, "Up yours, pricks," and tell the populists feigning outrage at legally protected contracts that Congress signed off on last month, "Don't make me the scapegoat for your incompetence and overspending."
I'd tell the AIG guys to nod and take the reprimands at the hearing, then do nothing, because in one week there will be another distraction created by the Obamadministration to distract from the spending spree currently going on and increasing government control of our lives.
I would also point out that as a senator, Obama "earned" $101,332 in bonus money as Congress's second-biggest recipient of donations from AIG employees.
- Few, if anyone at the big four networks is excited to have Obama interrupt primetime sweeps programming for yet another primetime address: "I believe in the president and his policies, and as broadcasters we have a responsibility to provide the airtime," said another network insider. "But these frequent primetime requests are wreaking serious havoc with our schedule and our advertisers. Ratings are down everywhere and the airtime is costing us all significant dollars when we can least afford it."
Saturday, March 21, 2009
What else matters? Most of us had West Virginia going to the Sweet 16, and some like me had them in the Elite 8, so those picking Kansas in the second round will gain some points. Half had Florida State beating Xavier in the next round, so those with Xavier should be okay with Wisconsin winning. The biggest difference to look for today? Purdue vs. Washington.
1. Steve (Tarheels & Tigers) - 25
Jorge (Struggling From Day 1) - 25
Karen P. (Velvit) - 25
Jenn R. (RoarRRR!) - 25
5. Erin M. (Bracket Buster) - 24
Rann R. (redsox0407) - 24
Cody B. (Belewspickstothetop) - 24
Sydney (It's CaliPERR-EE) - 24
9. Val (The Bean's Picks) - 23
Cheryl B. - 23
Scott R. (Bruins Commodores Bears oh my!) - 23
Carol H. (Carol's Picks) - 23
13. Randy B. (Rider's Winners) - 22
Jonathan (Longhorns0465) - 22
15. Me (Jeff's Tiger Blue) - 21
16. Stephen M. (Bracketastic) - 19
17. Kevin H. (Bubba Keg 52) - 18
Friday, March 20, 2009
Towards the end of his approximately 40-minute appearance, the president talked about how he's gotten better at bowling and has been practicing in the White House bowling alley.On Good Morning America Friday morning, Tim Shriver -- chairman of the Special Olympics -- pointed out that in Detroit there's a Special Olympian who has bowled three perfect games.
He bowled a 129, the president said.
"That's very good, Mr. President," Leno said sarcastically.
It's "like the Special Olympics or something," the president said.
Which means, I think, that he just said that a black man can't bowl as well as handicapped people.
Take it from here, race-demogogues!
UPDATE 6:30 - Jim Treacher provides "outtakes" that didn't make it on air from Obama last night:
"Ya know, I thought about picking a female VP too. But I've already got somebody to clean my house and fetch me beers! Am I right, fellas?"
"Thanks for having me on the show, Jay. You seem like a pretty nice guy... for an Italian. [Tony Soprano impersonation] Ayyyy! Fuggetaboutit!"
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I admit I got a little worried that the Tigers would throw away their first-round matchup against Cal State-Northridge, but not until 10 minutes left and the Matadors in the lead, draining long arching three-pointers and making wild displays of acrobatic layups, which was most impressive. If you've seen any Memphis game this year, you know to wait until "the run," in which Coach Cal's guys have a stretch where they outscore their opponent 10-0 in five minutes and put it away. That didn't happen until the final five minutes today, hence the anxiety. March Madness is fun, but not if you're a fan of the two seed getting upset in the opener! If they lose any of their next three games, you can be sure that I'll refer to this season as The Curse of Obama, for the pres. picking the Tigers to make the Final Four.
Looking at my March Madness Challenge, it would appear that the contest could be very close in the end since many of the Final Four picks are exactly the same. Will someone's risk pay off? Or will you have to win it in the Sweet 16 or pick the right upsets? Although, the seven of you who picked Memphis to win it all must have been sweating profusely and ready to flush your bracket down the toilet!
Me (Jeff's Tiger Blue) - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma (Louisville)
Val (The Bean's Picks) - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, North Carolina (Memphis)
Steve (Tarheels & Tigers) - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, North Carolina (North Carolina)
Randy B. - Rider's Winners - Louisville, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma (Pittsburgh)
Syd (It's CaliPERR-EE) - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, North Carolina (Memphis)
Karen P. (Velvit) - Kansas, Memphis, Duke, Oklahoma (Oklahoma)
Jenn R. (RoarRRR!) - Wake Forest, Memphis, Duke, North Carolina (Memphis)
Carol H. (Carol's Picks) - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, North Carolina (Memphis)
Cheryl - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma (Memphis)
Jonathan (Longhorns0465) - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, North Carolina (North Carolina)
Erin M. (Bracket Buster) - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Gonzaga (Memphis)
Stephen M. (Bracketastic) - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Gonzaga (Louisville)
Rann R. (redsox0407) - Louisville, Memphis, Duke, North Carolina (North Carolina)
Jorge (Struggling From Day 1) - Louisville, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Syracuse (Pittsburgh)
Kevin H. (Bubba Keg 52) - Wake Forest, Memphis, Villanova, North Carolina (Wake Forest)
Scott R. (Bruins Commodores Bears oh my!) - Michigan State, Missouri, Villanova, Syracuse (Villanova)
Cody B. (Belewspickstothetop) - Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, North Carolina (Memphis)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Last chance to join, the fun gets started tomorrow morning in my annual NCAA Tournament challenge!
Click here to go to Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, click on Join Group and join group number 39035. The password is 12345.
Last year our nephew Cody won and earned respect and admiration from all his peers:
1 Cody B. - 142
2 Stephen M. - 138
3 Val - 127
4 Erin M. - 120
5 Randy B. - 117
6 12345 - 113
7 Cheryl B. - 112
8 Dad - 105
9 Me - 103
10 Sydney G. - 98
11 Carol H. - 96
12 Natalie M. - 88
13 Steven R. - 86
14 Michael C. - 85
15 Scott R. - 74
16 Stephanie L. - 72
17 CUT THE NET - 70
18 Jenn R. - 53
Here are the 2007 results:
1. Me - 151 points; 44 out of 63 picks correct (Florida)
2. Dad - 143; 48 of 63 (Florida)
3. Jorge - 138; 47 of 63 (Florida)
4. Michael C. - 128; 41 of 63 (Florida)
5. Karen - 107; 36 of 63 (Florida)
6. Syd - 104; 46 of 63 (North Carolina)
7. Carol H. - 99; 47 of 63 (Memphis)
t8. Kevin - 93; 45 of 63 (Georgetown)
t8. Erin - 93; 45 of 63(Memphis)
10. Val - 91; 46 of 63(UCLA)
11. Steve - 90; 39 of 63(Ohio State)
12. Southern Girl - 87; 45 of 63(Kansas)
13. Cody - 83; 46 of 63(Texas)
14. Scott - 64; 37 of 63(Kansas)
15. Jenn R. - 50; 33 of 63(Memphis)
16. Amy C. - 28; 23 of 63(Miami-OH)
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The Tigers finished second in the final regular season poll for the coaches and No. 3 in the AP. How often has it happened that a team is ranked No. 2 or 3 in the final poll of the season and isn't a No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament? Not that Coach Cal needs extra motivation for his players, but Memphis can seriously play the "no one believes we're any good" card.
It's ridiculous how often my work's email requires us to change our password. I started in March '07 with ******01, and have now worked my way up to ******08. Do the math, that's every three months I have to update something that nobody outside of my workplace gives a rat's patootie about.
"So You Think You Can Dance" was in town Monday for tryouts, as Memphis is one of just six audition cities this season. Yesterday was the initial cattle call of thousands of hopefuls, and we had our morning show on location to take in the fun. And it was. Even though I stayed in the studio for my part, I was doggone giddy when we interviewed host Cat Deeley. We even got her to dance a little with our anchors at the end, which she definitely won't do on air, so points to us! The judges weren't here, though, they'll show up today and tomorrow at The Orpheum to pick apart the crappy dancers brought back for a laugh, and those who actually have a chance.
Life as a homeowner continues to amaze. Shelby County just mailed out 86,000 new property tax appraisals from the county assessor, including to those of us in Lakeland. My initial thought was, "Wow, they are really looking to boost our taxes!" The average increase for Lakeland was 10 percent, ours went up eight percent. We already bought the house last year for a few thousand dollars less than the 2005 appraisal, but now this means that the price we paid for our house is $17,800 less than what it's now going to be taxed. Mind you, only those of us in the 'burbs are seeing a boost. Those in the city are either staying put or have gone done in worth, so the county is looking to get us to pay for everything. Welcome to Memphis.
- FROM THE "IF IT HAPPENED TO BUSH OR QUAYLE" FILES: VP Joe Biden, in an interview about the stimulus package last month and trying to remember the Obamadministration's chief online resource, asked an aide off camera for the "Web site number?" You know, like www.555-GAFFE.com.
- REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE IN A "CATASTROPHE?" UM, NEVER MIND? The Obamessiah has decided that the economy isn't so bad, so buck up, America! When Dems are running for office and then elected to power we always hear that the politics are over and it's time to be real. They are a bunch of big fat liars. Really, this is rich (no pun intended):
The economy is fundamentally sound despite the temporary "mess" it's in, the White House said Sunday in the kind of upbeat assessment that Barack Obama had mocked as a presidential candidate.
Obama's Democratic allies pleaded for patience with an administration hitting the two-month mark this week, while Republicans said the White House's plans ignore small business and the immediate need to fix what ails the economy. After weeks projecting a dismal outlook on the economy, administration officials -- led by the president himself in recent days -- swung their rhetoric toward optimism in what became Wall Street's best stretch since November.
During the fall campaign, Obama relentlessly criticized his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, for declaring, "The fundamentals of our economy are strong." Obama's team painted the veteran senator as out of touch and failing to grasp the challenges facing the country.
But on Sunday, that optimistic message came from economic adviser Christina Romer. When asked during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" if the fundamentals of the economy were sound, she replied: "Of course they are sound."
"The fundamentals are sound in the sense that the American workers are sound, we have a good capital stock, we have good technology," she said. "We know that -- that temporarily we're in a mess, right? We've seen huge job loss, we've seen very large falls in GDP. So certainly in the short run we're in a -- in a bad situation."
Just a week ago, White House Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag declared that "fundamentally, the economy is weak." Days later, Obama told reporters he was confident in the economy.
WHAT LIBERAL MEDIA - CNN International’s Jonathan Mann labeled Rush Limbaugh the “anti-Obama” in a CNN.com article, and condescendingly listed the reasons why the talk show host is the antithesis of the president: “Rush Limbaugh isn’t black, slim, stylish or well schooled.” He later described why Democrats are so eager to portray Limbaugh as the leader of the Republican Party: “They think that Limbaugh, 58, is the very personification of an ugly Republican stereotype: he’s a small-town college drop-out, an angry white man, who they believe offends the ethnic, urban and educated Americans the Democrats want to attract.” (Courtesy Newsbusters.)
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Click here to go to Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, click on Join Group and join group number 39035. The password is 12345, which may also be the combination to your luggage.
Last year our nephew Cody won and earned respect and admiration from all his peers:
1 Cody B. - 142
2 Stephen M. - 138
3 Val - 127
4 Erin M. - 120
5 Randy B. - 117
6 12345 - 113
7 Cheryl B. - 112
8 Dad - 105
9 Me - 103
10 Sydney G. - 98
11 Carol H. - 96
12 Natalie M. - 88
13 Steven R. - 86
14 Michael C. - 85
15 Scott R. - 74
16 Stephanie L. - 72
17 CUT THE NET - 70
18 Jenn R. - 53