Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veteran's Day

Thank you to all the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


Congratulations to the Democrats and President-Elect Obama. For both your sakes, and the sake of our country, I hope your term in office is successful.

Duty Done

OK..I voted. No line, but steady .

My ballot sucks though. To vote you have to draw a line connecting two parts of an arrow. But it has to be a specific type of line or your vote doesn't count. The ballot is stupid.

All paper ballots should be fill in the circle. We all grow up taking scantron tests our whole lives, why the hell aren't they used when we become adults?

Monday, November 03, 2008

Those Who Have The Most To Lose

I feel sorry for our country if Sen. Obama wins tomorrow. The next four years are going to suck. But I don't feel sorry for conservatives or Republicans, we deserve what we are getting. After all, we nominated Sen. McCain and produced the two Presidents Bush. Yes they are better than the Democratic alternatives, but that is practically the dictionary definition of damning with faint praise. I haven't been proud of a presidential vote since my vote for President Reagan in 1984 the first time I was eligible.

There is truly something wrong with our national politics when the best man to be president loses because he hates campaigning. That's precisely who I want for president. Thompson will be too old in 2012.

The ones I pity however, are the well intentioned true believers on the left. The ones who truly only want the best for their fellow man and believe that the ideas of the left are the answer. Yes, I consider them well intentioned fools, but fools are people too, and can be hurt. They are about to be hurt even more than those of us on the right. Those of us on the right can see what is coming, the well intentioned fools of the left are standing there in the middle of the road blinking at the oncoming headlights.

They are about to get a House of Representatives dominated by Democrats, with more than a working majority. They are about to get a Senate dominated by the Democrats, probably with a filibuster proof majority. There is a good chance they are about to elect a Democratic president whose record shows only two things: he is willing to play machine politics and go along to get along.

The left is going to have no one to blame. They will control the Legislature, the Executive branch and the Media. They have effective control of the Judicial branch. They dominate public culture. And the next four years are going to be a disaster. They will make Pres. Carter look like a genius.

The economy will tank. No one is going to invest their money so that the Democrats can take it away. The terrorist will return, hopefully outside US territorial limits. Corrupt union politics will make at least a brief comeback. (can you say cardcheck?) Illegal immigration will worsen. (lets go get some of that free money the crazy gringos are throwing around - of course this might have happened with McCain too) Media bias will get worse. Mark my words one of the first things the Democrats will do is bring back the "Fairness" Doctrine. They probably can't take down Fox News, but Rush and Hannity better reserve their satellite time now. Energy prices are going to spike. OPEC is already cutting production, and the left is openly bragging about their intentions to kill the coal industry.

I should do OK. After all, I work for the government, the one industry guaranteed to do well under the Democrats. I have paid off my car, I have no credit card debit, my house payments are affordably and I have some modest savings. Hell even my pension was removed from the state public pension plan so I should do OK there also.

The one thing I fear about is the US Supreme Court. I expect Justice Stevens to retire pretty quickly after Obama wins. My next sentence is scarier than any Hollywood gorefest ever made. The best we can hope for is a Justice Clinton. (either one of them or hell maybe both of them) Obama is clearly going to nominate judicial activists and political ideaologues. He has already told us that he views the Court as a tool for "social justice" and thinks the Warren Court didn't go far enough! We can fix almost anything Obama does pretty easily four years from now, except the damage he does to the Supreme Court. That might take twenty years to fix, and as history has shown, the Court can do a lot of damage in twenty years. That is the issue McCain should have been pounding, and yet it is one that was almost totally ignored.

Only In California

I was at the post office, and a woman in line ahead of me was wearing flip flops, shorts and a hoodie.

What? only your upper body gets cold?

Sunday, November 02, 2008

The Election

OK...it's coming down to crunch time. I hate the fact that my vote won't count since I vote in California. I still think there is an outside chance at McCain winning, which would be good for the country. (or at least better than Obama winning) I would enjoy it personally also just to see the heads of all the Kossacks and progressives explode like a remake of Scanners.

However there is a real chance that not only will Obama win, but that there will be Democratic domination of both houses of Congress also. I honestly truly fear this. It will make the Carter years look like good times.

Seriously folks, the hardcore left is foaming at the mouth, and Obama is not remotely the centrist that Clinton was. There is an awful amount of damage they can do in four years. I have been saving up to pay off my third mortgage (my second is silent and at 0%, my first is at 4.5% and my third about $4,500 now at a silent 5%) but now I have to keep that money set aside to deal with four years of Obama. Thankfully I have been responsible, paid off my car and have no credit card debt. I should make it through OK. I wonder about some of my friends though.....I sometimes have to loan them money to get them to the end of the month now......

Interesting times folks, interesting times......


I skipped the whole month of October.



When NBC started making a big deal about this being the last season of ER, and it being so full of surprises, I joked with some of my friends that they were going to bring Anthony Edwards back. (his character Dr. Green died six seasons ago) I just saw a commercial for ER that indeed talks about him returning, and a little research showed that this has been known for a couple of months.

Well at least he's only coming back in flashbacks......

Things You Should Know # 1,200,098

After you have been cruising down the freeway at 110 miles an hour or so.....60 MPH seems slooooow.

I'm just saying......

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Fantasy Football 9/30/08

I went 2-4 this week. I'm now 2-1 in my two cash leagues and 2-2 in my other four.

Allergic Reaction

If anyone cares, I have discovered that I am allergic to Anbesol (Benzocaine).

Frankly, I prefer the tooth ache.

Friday, September 26, 2008

College Football 9/15/08

OK..I admit it. I'm bummed. I can't explain it. The trademarked Pete Carroll second half magic failed last night. If we miss the BCS Championship game again because we lost a gimmee game against a Pac-10 also ran.......

Watch a 2 loss SEC team go instead....

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fantasy Football - Week 3

Well I went 2-4 this week. My overall record is 13-5. I have one team with a perfect record of 3-0, and five teams at 2-1. Not too shabby at this point. My 3-0 team is in one of my cash leagues.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

World of Warcraft 9/21/08

We went on a 40 man raid to two of the Horde's cities tonight. What a blast. It was the first time I'd ever been on a 40 man raid. We killed Thrall and the other boss in Orgrimmar and the three bosses in Silvermoon City. It's kind of hard to see, but the screenshot above is me standing near Thrall's corpse.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

College Football 9/20/08

Florida -Tennessee:

Just saw a Florida punt return by James at 4:42 of the 1st quarter. There were four, weak, attempts at arm tackles by the Tennessee coverage team. My coaches would have us running wind sprints and laps until we puked, and then make us get up and keep running.

Just Call Me A Sucker......

So I pay all my bills and debts and never have to declare bankruptcy. I buy a house I can afford and don't borrow against its real or paper equity. I make my payments on time. (I even double my principal payments half the time) I make prudent investments and avoid high risk investments. I pay my taxes on time and don't search for obscure loopholes.

In short I follow the rules. Apparently I am a sucker, and soon my taxes are going to be raised to bail out those who broke the rules and are now whining about it. (Most of whom are far better off than I am) Yeah I'm pissed.

Look I believe in capitalism. One of the features of capitalism, is that when you make risky, poor decisions, you often suffer bad consequences. So responsible people make safe, prudent decisions.

Why the hell is our government bailing out irresponsible people who broke the rules? Let the banks fail...let people get thrown out of houses they can't afford....maybe they'll make better choices next time. How likely is that now, when they know the government will bail them out? I can hear them laughing at me and calling me sucker........

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fantasy Football Week 2

I went 5-1 this weekend, so I'm 11-1 for the year so far. However the loss was in one of my cash leagues, and further it is a league I'm playing in for the first time this year so I really want to do well. I have to do well, there is a cash penalty for having the worst record in this league!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Pepsi Max

I just saw a pretty good commercial for Pepsi Max. It starts with Haddaway's "What is Love" playing in the background, while showing scenes of people whose head is sagging from exhaustion (seemingly in time to the music). Then these same people are seen drinking Pepsi Max, and bobbing their heads side to side like the SNL skit and movie "A Night at the Roxbury". Pretty good. But it gets better. the last scene is two women bobbing their heads in a dry cleaners, and Chris Kattan walks between them and snaps "Will you stop that?". Perfect.

College Football 9/13/08

Quite a good weekend. USC beats Ohio State decisively and BYU wipes out UCLA humiliatingly. Doesn't get much better. #2 Georgia barely beats the other USC, South Carolina, so Southern California strengthens its position on the #1 ranking also. Now we just need to have one of the Trojan players start making a case for the Heisman trophy.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


I made another run into Kara tonight. We were jamming. I was working with yet another different main tank though. One of the hardest jobs for an off tank (as I usually am) is to coordinate their pulls with the main tank, coordinate aggro with the main tank, etc. So I have to try and figure out the habits and style of the main tanks as quickly as possible. It can be a steep learning curve. Thankfully most of the time I'm running with well-equipped and experienced guild members, so rarely does the process result in a wipe.

I'm curious though....do the larger more established guilds run two tank teams? I know I would be much more effective if I was constantly working with the same main tank all the time.

North Korea

This is widespread speculation that Kim Jong-Il, the dictator of North Korea, has suffered a stroke. If true, who knows what could happen. His family has spent the last 60 years building a cult of personality and eliminating any possible rivals. It also seems pretty clear that his sons have little chance of successfully taking over like on the death of their father he did.

All bets are off. North Korea could unify with the south, go democratic and remain independent, or be taken over by a military junta aligned with Putin.

The Chinese are probably going to want some say in North Korea's future. This could blow up in the new president's face.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Fantasy Football Week 1

I'm in six leagues this year, two for cash. Three of them are Yahoo, and the other three ESPN. I went 6-0 this week. I had Nate Burleson in several leagues as a sleeper. So what happens? He has a big game, then gets hurt and is out the rest of the season. Oh well, I dropped him and picked up Michael Jenkins to replace him.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Sunday Night Football

Please NBC, please....remove Keith Olberman from Sunday Night Football. I don't know if my stomach will be able to take it if you don't. In fact, your whole studio crew sucks. I mean, I like Bob Costas, but he's hardly a football guy. Jim Lampley? Why the hell does he stil have a job? Dan Patrick would be OK with someone to carry him. Why do you have the football guys isolated over in the corner?

(Un) Reliable Sources

CNN's Reliable Sources spent the first half of its show today talking about Gov. Palin and the media coverage of her. They had three openly hostile reporters (including Sally Quinn who attacked Gov. Palin's motherhood in a national column) and one who was neutral. The stunning thing was not the fact that they continued to attack Palin and defend themselves, but in the utter clueless way they dismissed the public's anger over, and the blatent sexism and hypocrisy of, the coverage.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Update 9/6/08

Well, it's been several days....sorry things are a little complicated right now.

College Football:

Somewhat interesting so far. Big game next week...USC V Ohio State. That should go along way to deciding who will play in the championship game. Notre Dame managed a win.

Pro Football:

I'm in six fantasy leagues......I'm going to be a busy man on Sundays...don't bother me.


The attacks on Gov. Palin: I expected it from the Leftwing wackos and Kossacks....they simply can't help themselves. The fact that the media has so transparently gone into the tank for the Democrats and savaged her this way does surprise me. We may actually be seeing the beginning of the end for traditional media. The political elite and media elite are seriously underestimating her appeal to flyover country.

The election: By all predictors, the Democrats should be winning in a walkover this year. The fact that Sen. Obama doesn't even have the lead that Dukakis or Kerry had at this point is frankly stunning, and the fact that no one is talking about it about it frankly damning. The Democrats are in real danger of losing this election. Personally I think that is a good thing for the country. But I am really frightened about how the Left is going to react. There might be riots.....


I spent about five thousand gold the past couple of days upgrading my equipment. Much of it went for a shiny new sword with a Mongoose enchantment on it. I also bought a new cloak, built a new belt, put a bunch of stamina gems and enchants on my gear and I put a new chest piece on (but it's still nowhere near what I need.)

Monday, September 01, 2008

Ye Shall Know Them By Their Words

Sen. Obama:

"...I've got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."

Gov. Palin:

"Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that, as parents, we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support."

The Sound Of Silence.......

Where is Sen. Obama? Why is he allowing his supporters on the left to attack Gov. Palin and her family this way?

If you don't read the internet much, perhaps you've managed to miss it. (good for you) As soon as Gov. Palin was announced, the left wing smear machine went into overdrive. It began with a relatively mild assertion that Gov. Palin got married while pregnant. Really? The left is going to attack someone for premarital sex?

The next attack hits eleven on the slime meter. It seems that Trig isn't Sarah's son at all, it her daughter's, and even worse, the grandchild is a product of incest! (I've seen two different stories, one that it was her husband, and one that it was Track her other son) Somehow Gov. Palin faked her pregnancy and hid her daughter's, all the while pissing off the media and political establishment, yet nothing ever leaked out until she gets picked for V.P.. Kos and Andrew Sullivan were all over this atrocity.

Now comes word that Gov. Palin's daughter is pregnant, she's keeping the baby and is engaged to get married. The Left is attempting to use this to attack Gov. Palin.

Sen. Obama must immediately call a press conference, condemn the abhorrent attacks on Gov. Palin and her family, declare her family off limits, and congratulate her daughter on her engagement and pregnancy.

Don't hold your breath waiting, the hypocrisy and lack of class on the left knows no bounds.

Update 12:37 9/1/08: It seems the senator has done the right thing:

Politico's Carrie Budoff Brown reports: At a press avail in Monroe, Mich., Barack Obama on Palin: "Back off these kinds of stories." "I have said before and I will repeat again: People's families are off limits," Obama said. "And people's children are especially off-limits. This shouldn't be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin's performance as a governor or her potential performance as a vice president. So I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories. You know my mother had me when she was 18 and how a family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldn’t be a topic of our politics."On charges that his campaign has stoked the story via liberal blogs:
"I am offended by that statement. There is no evidence at all that any of this involved us," he said. "Our people were not involved in any way in this, and they will not be. And if I thought there was somebody in my campaign who was involved in something like that, they would be fired."

Sunday, August 31, 2008

You Dummies Just Don't Get It

I've been watching the Sunday Morning talk shows. It's all the same thing. Palin has no experience, she has no foriegn policy experience.

We. Don't. Care.

It's not about experience. It's about character, judgement, conviction and (political) courage.

And I'll take Palin over Obama or Biden on those grounds any day.

Americans aren't stupid. (well most of them anyway)

Palin's biggest liability with the political class is her biggest asset with the American people. She isn't a member of the political class, isn't afraid of the political class, and is willing to confront the political class.

I'm telling you, this won't be close.

An Eventful Night In Azeroth

Well we were scheduled to do Gruul's again tonight, but because of the holiday weekend we couldn't get enough toons to try it. So while I was grinding out some dailies, I was asked to tank a run through normal Shadow Labyrinth. I said sure, I'm always up for instances.

The group was me and four other members of my guild. Turned out they were starting a Karazhan key frag run, that I just happened to need also. We jammed through normal Shadow Labyrinth pretty quick and easy. I finally figured out how to tank the bosses for this instance. (my guild is really patient with me, and I've learned so much in the past two or three weeks) Then we moved on to the Steam Vaults, but didn't kill any of the bosses, just got the key frag. Next up was the Arcatraz, a floating prison in the Netherstorm. This was my first time here. Again we just did the minimum to get the key frag, but we did it twice this time because one of the guys had two toons that needed it. By now it was getting late eastern time, but we moved on to the Caverns of Time. First we did the Durnholde instance. I really don't know why, unless you have to complete it first before you can do the Black Morass instance. We had some awful lag spikes right near the end of Durnholde, and we came close to failing. Finally we moved on to the Black Morass to talk to Medivh and get the key to Karazhan. This was an interesting and rather involved fight. From comments the other guys made this used to be quite hard, but it was a piece of cake for us. I was wondering if one day Karazhan or Gruul's Lair will seem this easy.

So I got my Kara key (and a Caverns of Time key) and saw a lot of WoW I'd never seen before. All in all, I'm actually pretty glad Gruul's was cancelled.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

USC VS Virginia

1st Quarter 7:00 - This looks like USC scrimmaging against a high school team so far. The USC defense is completely dominating and intimidating Virginia's offense, and the USC offense is moving at will.

Update: 52-7 USC. Sanchez looked pretty good. Bring on Ohio State in two weeks!

Is McCain A Toaster?

This is actually kind of funny.....

Short Answer? - Yes!

OK..The Leftwing wackos and Kossacks have already been frothing at the mouth. It's very amusing to see them questioning the experience of a candidate for national office. Not only did the Democratic Party lose its sense of humor, they have lost their ability to sense hypocrisy.

But Gov. palin has been attacked form the right also. David Frum is typical: "If it were your decision, and you were putting your country first, would you put an untested small-town mayor a heartbeat away from the presidency?"

In a word, yes. I am tired of politics dominated by a professional political class. I want people who have actually done things, run businesses, met a payroll, paid taxes and yes served on the PTA. I want real people involved. Let's look at what she has done:

1) Cut spending, both as mayor and governor.
2) Cut taxes, both as mayor and governor.
3) Made real reforms, and attacked corruption, both as mayor and governor.
4) Been willing to defy and oppose the party machine.
5) Defeated the immediately prior Republican and Democratic governor in her election to governor.

On my high school list someone came on and praised Sen. Obama. I asked them: What has Obama accomplished besides managing to get electedto the Illinois Senate, U.S. Senate and then nominated for president. The only answer they came up with is that he got into Harvard as a Black man from a single parent family. WtH? First of all, he is as much White as Black. More really, he was raised primarily by his White grandparents (not a single mother) in Hawaii where race is much less of a concern than most places. Second, as stated, he was not raised by a single mother. His mother remarried quite quickly, and for most of his life he was actually raised by his grandparents. Lastly, surely he will proudly admit that he got into Harvard through Affirmative Action (AA), given his views on AA and his statements about Justice Thomas? So how tough was that? What did he do at Harvard?

He has not stayed in a job longer than four years, has no legislative record to speak of (and what he does have is known to have been drafted by his Chicago mentor and given to him), was given the nickname "Mr. Present" for his perfiormance in the Illinois Senate, has been constantly running for office since entering politics and submerged himself with the Chicago and National Democratic Political machines.

The only thing he has done is read speeches off a teleprompter well.

I'll put Gov. Palin's experience against Sen. Obama's anytime, anywhere.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Going, Going ....Gone

I've been talking up Gov. Polin for months now, telling all my friends she would be the perfect VP pick. I just didn't think McCain had the political courage to pick her.

I was not happy about McCain as the nominee, and only planned to vote for him in order to vote against Obama. However, after watching his performance at the Saddleback forum and now his pick for VP.....I'm actually beginning to become enthusiastic.

In my opinion, this pick was a homerun.......

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Stanford VS Oregon State

Woo Hoo college football at last. I managed to catch the last 9 minutes of this game. Pretty exciting. Too bad Catchings had to blow Oregon State's real chance to tie it up by trying to grandstand on the 1 yard line.

Monday, August 25, 2008

What Next?

OK...For some reason it has become acceptable to state that people have a "right" to health care. I don't know where it came from. The Founders would have found it inconceivable. Is there some new penumbra I've missed? Or are they using the "evolving social standards" excuse? (which by the way, the Constiution was specifically designed to counter)

So what is next? I guarantee you if they win (and it looks like they will) on health care, they'll find some new "right" to demand that government provide.

I will actually make a prediction on the next "right". Internet access. Remember you read it here first.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

It Was A Joke Son, I Say A Joke......

Ok, if I hear one more Democrat attack McCain by saying he believes you have to have five million dollars to be rich, I'm going to puke. Anyone who saw the Saddleback forum knows he was making a joke. McCain even predicted at the time that the Democrats would act this way. I just don't get it, how can anyone respect people who would take what was obviously a joke and attempt to convince people that this is McCain's real opinion?

If I was McCain, I would immediately make a commercial with the original comment from the Saddleback forum (including the prediction about how the Democrats would behave), a quote from an Obama campaign ad attacking Mccain for the $5 million comment, and then a voice asking something like" If he's willing to lie about this, what else is he willing to lie about?"

If I was a late night talk show host I'd be asking "when did the Democratic Party lose its sense of humor?"

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The O and Joe Show

So, Obama picks Joe Biden. Two senators, one who's been around for thirty years. That sounds like change to me. (not) I don't have a real problem with Biden, he's a pretty typical Democrat, a little better on national security than most. However, he's made some statements that the Republicans will be featuring in commercials for sure.

My biggest concern is the fact that Biden has had two brain aneurysms. Surely he's got some increased risk for another one?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Crazy For Karazhan Day 2

We started day 2 back in the curator's room. We cleared trash through the library and into Aran's room. Some sloppy pulls with some adds. I had some trouble picking up aggro. I died a couple of times.

Finally we made it to the Shade of Aran. We took him down easy. I got a Shermanar Great Ring, it was an upgrade over WindTrader's Band. The main tank was a little more aggressive clearing the trash mobs between bosses than I was used to, and I had trouble picking up aggro on some of my offtanking assignments.

Next was the Chess Event, where we (surprise) play chess. This is usually a walk over, we've only lost once out of all the times I've been in here.

Next we moved on to Prince Malchezaar. I always die in this fight. It's just what happens to melee fighters if they aren't the main tank. I've never seen one survive the whole fight. My current weapon was dropped by this guy, the Decapitator. Tonight I got another axe from him, this time a two handed axe to use when I'm not tanking. It's called Gorehowl.

Then we moved on to Netherspite, or the "Beam Dragon" This is my favorite fight in Karazhan. Easy as pie as usual. The hardest part of this fight is running back and finding your beam location.

Next was Terestian Illhoof. I have an interesting assignment in this fight. The boss has an imp companion, Kil'rek. I tank him the whole fight, and usually kill him two or three times, because he respawns about 45 seconds after he dies. The toughest part for me is targeting him and getting aggro when he respawns. Another one shot. We switched out Mystii for Lager again for this fight.

Unfortunately, we moved on to the Maiden of Virtue. I hate this fight, especially when they decide to make me main tank it. We wiped three times. Then they had me and the other tank tank it together, and it went pretty smoothly. To be honest, I don't think the wipes were all my fault, but I'm sure I contributed to them. I got Iron Gauntlets of the Maiden, which may turn out not to be an upgrade for me, but I was the only one on the raid who could wear plate.

Lastly we moved on to Nightbane. It was getting late, so we decided to only give it one try. We got him down to 40% and then we wiped. I maight have had something to do with this. Apparently I somehow grabbed aggro away from the tank. I tried to give it back, but we wiped. To be honest, a lot of times we skip this fight altogether.

From what I understand, our guild fights the bosses in a different order than many guilds, and we use a few strategies that are uncommon, but things usually go very smoothly. We wiped four times tonight, which is unusual for us, but considering we fought six bosses, not all that bad. Skuud got a lot of good drops tonight, and I got a couple of good ones.

The same crew as last night except Awlbiste missed the raid, and Wickum, a Night Elf Druid (surprise) took her place.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Crazy for Karazhan

I got lucky tonight when some people who signed up for Karazhan didn't show. (I was on the standby list because I got to go last week.)

Everyone in the group was pretty experienced, but a lot were on alts, so they were taking on roles they don't normally do. We took out Attumen the Huntsman first. It was pretty cake, until this idiot warrior (me) pulled a group of elites near the blacksmith after the boss fight. We wiped because I had a total brainfart. Everyone was pretty cool about it though.

Then we headed upstairs to take out Moroes. Again this went well, if not actually textbook. We pulled adds on a couple of occassions but picked them up pretty easily.

Next we moved on to the Opera Event. It was Oz this time, a first for me. I got to kite Tinhead around, then help kill The Crone. The cool thing about that fight was when the Crone cast cyclone on me and I got bounced around up in the air for about 20 seconds.

After this fight we ran back out, and went around to the back to take on The Curator. We ended up pulling the boss early, but recovered nicely and got him down first try.

All in all a great group. The only wipe was due to my stupidity.
Amaraa - a Night Elf Druid (Main Tank)
Arienna - a Night Elf Hunter
Awlbiste - a Night Elf Druid
Fyra - a Night Elf Druid
Gahrie (me) - a Human Warrior (Off Tank)
Mangler - a Dwarf Hunter
Moonsfire - a Draenei Shaman
Mystii - a Draenei Mage
Skudd - a Gnome Rogue
Ydnareno - a Night Elf Priest
Lager - a Gnome Warlock was switched in for the Attumen fight, I believe in hopes of getting a drop.

Here's hoping the second half goes as well tomorrow night.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A Visit To Gruul's

The guild raided Gruul's Lair tonight. We were a little tank and healer heavy. Still it was nice to have 25 players turn out. We never did manage to kill him, but we came close....a few unlucky cave-ins hurt. We had him down to 9% at our last wipe. Friday we are supposed to go to Serpentshrine Cavern and take on Lurker, but I don't know if I will be able to make it...I think I have a fantasy football draft at that time.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Stupid Commecials # 1,056,456

J.C. Penny has got a commecial on currently for back to school clothes. Someone thought it would be a smart idea to use music and scenes from Breakfast Club. Stupid idea. Those of us who remember the movie resent the exploitation, and those who the ad was aimed at have never seen the movie.

How I Met Your Mother

OK, I flip on the TV and this show is on. Now I sometimes watch this show simply because Alyson Hannigan is on it. She's hot. Now apparently one of the current storylines is that she's constantly horny, but not getting any. OMG. This should be illegal. I'd go with her to bandcamp anytime. By the way, I love her as a brunette. Of course I loved her as a redhead also.

Lame Lame Lame

Oh you lefties slay me. McCain cleans your guys clock, so now you all come scuttling out of the wood work to accuse McCain of cheating at the forum and lying about his prison camp story. Lame.

By the way, it's Obama who lied about the Born Alive bills in the Illinois Senate, and his only example for his bravery in "crossing the aisle", he actually punked out.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Please Allow Myself To Introduce....Myself

For anyone who happens to play WoW that may come by, my main account is on the Realm Draenor, and my main toon is a level 70 human protection warrior named Gahrie. I'm currently leveling a nightelf hunter named Shoan, and a human warlock named Kirbdawg.

My guild, Mythos, is pretty cool...I've gone from being a complete noob to someone who can at least act like he knows what he is doing. My main role is to punch the big guy in the nose, and then stand there and get hit while everyone else kills him. It's called tanking, and I'm referred to as a tank. (or more accurately at the moment as the offtank or second tank in bigger raids) I have leveled out blacksmithing, mining, first aid, fishing and cooking (yes I said fishing and cooking for you non-WoWers) I'm hoping when WotLK (next expansion) comes out the levels will go up.

Throw Me A Frickin' Bone Here....

Someone needs to put a warning label on bottles of concentrated grape juice!

I'm just sayin'....


Hello everybody, my name is Gary and I'm addicted to WoW. (cue everyone responding "Hello Gary") The problem is, I can't use the next line, I'm still in the throes of my addiction. (If you have no idea that WoW means World of Warcraft, you're still safe.)

I started on the small stuff, like Age of Empires and Civilization. I soon moved on to Diablo. But soon I needed a bigger score. I moved on to the hard stuff, City of Heroes. I began to get my friends addicted. But I was still in control. I could handle the stuff. Then I fell into the abyss. World of Warcraft. I'd heard about this one, but stayed away from it. Then one day I heard a siren song. Just get a trial account, try it out. The next day I was at BestBuy buying a WoW battlechest. Soon I was playing the game for 12 hours at a time. (seriously...I'm a school teacher and single...which means no life and lots of free time during the summer)

Last night I was chastised by a good friend, who pointed out (among other things) that I have been neglecting this blog. So, I'm going to try and do better.

College football is coming up, and I absolutely love that sport, especially when USC is supposed to have a good year, and they are this year) Expect at least a weekly report about collge football. (end the BCS!)

It's an election year for goodness sake! Expect some political posts. I can't get excited about McCain. He's too liberal for me. However I will support him as the alternative to Obama. Seriously what exactly has Obama ever done but give a good speech from teleprompters? More to follow.

You can expect some posts about WoW for that matter.

So...I'm back, and I'll try to do better. (battle: puff pastery on Iron Chef?!? What the hell?)

Monday, June 09, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me.....

Woo freaking hoo....

43 today. I wake up, turn on Mike and Mike, and they are wishing Dick Vitale happy birthday. A little later, I switch to CNN and they are wishing one of their financial analysts happy birthday. That's a little weird...

Gave myself a sort of birthday present and paid off my car loan early. The girl on the phone noticed and wished me a happy birthday.

Oh well, another year older....

Thursday, May 29, 2008


They just had Jerry West award the Western Conference Championship trophy to Mitch Kupchak of the Lakers. Excuse me? Given all the talk that the fix was in when West traded Paul Gosol to the Lakers was this really a good idea?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Public Service Announcement

If you ever hear that I am going to the same baseball game you are going to, sell your tickets. The last four baseball games I have attended (2 Angels, 2 Dodgers) have ended in 1-0 scores.

Last night was a real scorefest. The Angels won 1-0 on a walkoff walk on four straight pitches in the bottom of the 12th.

Plus I got the pleasure of sitting next to a bunch of drunken frat boys and their dates.

The seats were cool otherwise though....3rd base side, field level between the foul pole and the bullpens, close to the bullpens. Kenny Rogers was pitching for Detroit, and I got some good heckles in as he was warming up in the bullpen and walking out at the start of the game.: "Hey Kenny, you pitch like a singer", "hey where's Dolly?". " you better sing good tonigght, I paid good money for the seats", "freebird!", "C'mon Kenny, just one song".

Monday, April 21, 2008

TBL? Update 4/21/08

Well I weighed in today. My team leader read off the numbers. According to her I lost 9 pounds this week. Not bad, remember, I haven't started any type of exercise yet...it's all just a change in diet so far.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Am I The Only One Thinking This?

Utah is known as the beehive state. New Orleans is the home of jazz music. The NBA franchise in Utah is known as the Jazz, the NBA franchise in New Orleans is known as the Hornets. Shouldn't somebody arrange a swap in team names?

There is precedent.

When the Art Model wanted to move the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore, the NFL worked out a deal where he essentially traded the Browns to the NFL for an expansion team and the Browns' then roster and organization. The name, uniform, records, legacy of the Browns stayed in Cleveland even though everything else went to Baltimore, and a new Browns team was formed.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Refilling Oil Fields Pt 3

Another article musing about the possibility that the Earth is constantly producing oil deep beneath the surface. It mainly talks about a new field found off the coast of Brazil. Every since people started moaning that oil was running out new oil fields have started popping up all over the place.

Being Sick Sucks.....

About halfway through work today, I started to get a painfull cough and my chest tightened up. By the time I got home I was feeling miserable. Just in time for the fracking weekend. My throat is raw, my upper chest congested and I am painfully coughing up bloody sputum. I hope it burns out fast, we're giving the state standardized test all next week, and I really need to be there.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Global Warming Redux

Global Warming

The global warming doomsayers have been telling us for years that one sign of global warming was the increasingly bad hurricane seasons. It's a central point in Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.

Well, the scientist Gore and others have been depending on has just released a new study. Those that are talking about this study are concentrating on the idea that this new study might suggest that hurricanes are not linked to global warming. Which is true. What they are overlooking or ignoring is that Emanuel also states at the same time that his new study might equally suggest that the climate models that global warming activists rely on do not accurately reflect real world realities. The key quote from Emanuel:

"The models are telling us something quite different from what nature seems to be telling us. There are various interpretations possible, e.g. a) The big increase in hurricane power over the past 30 years or so may not have much to do with global warming, or b) The models are simply not faithfully reproducing what nature is doing. Hard to know which to believe yet."

Surely the interpretation that the climate models that underlay the theory of global warming don't work is much more newsworthy than the interpretation that hurricanes aren't linked to global warming? Why then is the first interpretation receiving so much coverage, and the second is being, as far as I can tell, completely ignored? According to Emanuel himself the two are equally likely.

At the very least, Emanuel's new study clearly shows that climate science is not a settled issue. Which is what we skeptics have been claiming all along.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

TBL? Update 4/13/08

Another good week. My clothes are definitely getting looser. Still no weight, but that may change this week.

I cheated a little on Friday night, I went out with some friends and had three glasses of beer. Then I cheated a little tonight and had a Coke with dinner.

But I'm not putting any pressure on myself to be perfect, so it's all good...no guilt.

I may be having a strange aallergic reaction to the generic Crystal Light though..so I'm going to stick to straight water for a day or two to see.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

TBL? Update 4/5/08

I went the whole week without soda...in fact without sugar. I had some caffiene headaches, but nothing I haven't had to deal with before. Diet food like Healthy Choice or Lean Cuisine still tastes like cardboard to me....I may simply go on Atkins again.

Thursday night we worked at McDonald's for three hours to raise money for my school. I spent three hours in front of the fryers. I can't believe I used to do that stuff for a living once. When I got home that night I drank 4 quarts of generic Crystal Light.

The lady at the DO never got back to me about weighing in...so who knows. My clothes continue to get looser though.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

I Am The Champion!

I just won the IrishTrojan's NIT pool for the second year in a row. I came in second two years ago. Go me.

The Biggest Loser?

Well, I was nagged into joining a weight loss competition out at work. The big problem? They can't weigh me. The scales only go up to 350, and I peg it there. Someone from the district is supposed to call me this week to let me know where to go to get weighed.

I had already decided to try and lose 6 inches by the end of the school year. At one point last year I was at 68 inches, right now I am at 66, I want to get to 60 by the time school is out. So even if I end up not being in the competition, I have my own goal to meet.

The big thing, that will make a big difference, is cutting out soda. It's tough for me, and that's where my empty calories are. I can drink 4 liters of Mountain Dew in a day, easy. I figure I can drop at least 1,500 to 2,000 calories a day just by finally not drinking soda. It's been two days so far...so far so good.

To be honest, I really don't know how I got to be this big. Pyschologically I don't think of myself as this big. Two inches here, two inches there, and the next thing you know you can only buy clothes at the big guys store.

Well, Mom and dad have both lost a lot of weight in their 50's and 60's so it can be done.

One day I hope to be able to say I'm half the man I used to be.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Clinically Wild Alaska

I have been watching a lot of the Animal Planet channel lately. There's one show called Clinically Wild Alaska. There is something about the female vet on that show, especially her eyes that I find incredibly attractive.

Am I alone here?

Update: Her name is actually Dr. Shannon Kesting

Valentine's Day For Men

Technically, Valentine's Day is supposed to be for men and women, but for a myriad of reasons has devolved into "treat women ronmantically day". So, in order to restore balance to the universe, there is a proposal to make March 14 a companion holiday for men.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Generic Blog topic #2,090,897,456,001

What are the ten greatest songs that were better as covers than the version sung by the person who wrote them?

To keep the list kosher, we'll confine the list of possible songs to those written by people who have had at least one song sung by them make it to the top ten. The song also must have been released in some form by the writer as well as been sung by someone else.

The first two people that come to my mind immediately are Carole King and Bob Dylan. I'm not a big fan of either of their voices, but they both wrote some great songs.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Behavioral Skills and Expectations

Here is an argument I am participating in on an education blog called joannejacobs.com. The beginning quote is from someone on the otherside of the argument. The discussion began with a post about disruptive students filming "out of control" teachers on their cellphones and posting them on youtube.

"I have a big problem believing that teachers who know how to teach reading and arithmetic can’t figure out how to teach behavioral skills and expectations."

Really? Why?
When did it become the role of teachers to teach behavioral skills and expectations instead of parents? Not too long ago, it was expected that students would already have behavioral skills and expectations before they entered school, and the results were rewarded and punished at home.
We used to teach behavioral skills and enforce expectations by having concrete consequences, and enforcing them uniformly and immediately. This enforcement included corporal punishment, public embarassment, and meaningful expulsion.
Then the 1960's came along and brought us the self-esteem movement and dangerous kooks like Dr. Spock.
Every animal on the planet that raises and teaches it's young uses negative reinforcement to do so. There's a reason for that...it works. We now have a society in which not only can't educators use corporal punishment, but parents are afraid to do so also, for fear of being reported for abuse. The second most effective form of negative reinforcement, shame, is also out of bounds. I have parents who have actually filed complaints on me for embarassing or shaming their child. When I explain to them their child's behavior deserved shame and embarassment they look at me like I am crazy. Shame and embarrsment have also gotten much less effective as popular culture has glorified and celebrated behavior that was once deemed shameful. There literally is no sense of guilt anymore...maybe a little chagrin at getting caught. The most popular kids at school aren't the athletes or cheerleaders, they are the thugs. The ruder and more out of control you behave, the more popular you are. Academic success and good behavior is ridiculed (school boy, acting white). Politeness is seen as weakness.
There are problems with positive reinforcement also. Praise has been completely devalued, because these students have been receiving false praise for poor performance and effort for years. Rewards are ineffective because the students feel entitled to them regardless of performance or behavior. In my experience positive reinforcement doesn't motivate those who don't earn it to try harder, it motivates them to belittle and deride positive reinforcers. As for the students who earn positive reinforcement, they tend to be the students who are going to behave and succeed anyway.
Children are not civilized beings who can be reasoned with. You cannot get children to behave by explaining to them that it is the right thing to do. Children are barbarians. They must be civilized. How do you civilize barbarians? By making the price of barbarity too high to pay, and civilization a more attractive alternative. We are refusing to punish barbarity, and instead glorify it in our popular culture.
So what are we left with? Calling home? About half of the time, the parents side with the students indiscriminately. Much of the rest of the time, the parents have no control over their kids. (This year I have had literally half a dozen parents ask me how to get their child committed to Juvenile Hall) A significant number of parents are simply unreachable. Time outs, detentions? My students either ignore them or simply see them as the cost of doing business. Suspensions? 50% of my referrals to the admin are ignored. When students are eventually suspended, they stay home for a couple of days and watch TV and play video games. (I have students who if they were literate enough would be taunting me with "go ahead and throw me in the briar patch") Expulsions? The district simply refuses to expel students. If they do, they immediately suspend the expulsion, and move the student to a different school instead. I currently have a student who has been expelled twice already this year. (once by a different district with a much better reputation who actually enforced their expulsion)
So, I have 5 classes with 35 students that I see for one hour a day, five days a week. At least half of them see no value in an education and expect (and fell entitled) for society to provide for them. They have no sense of shame or guilt, and no fear of corporal punishment. They know the worst thing that will happen to them is that eventually they will get a couple of days vacation at home.
For the sake of arguement, let's grant that I am responsible for teaching them behavioral skills and expectations? How am I supposed to do that? And if I do try to do that, when am I supposed to teach them the subject matter material?

Sunday, March 09, 2008

What the @#&*% Is Going On With TV? Pt. 2

Did I really just see Ana Marie Cox on CNN's reliable sources on a panel discussing journalistic ethics?

Does no one have a sense of irony?

Bill Murray Is America's Greatest Living Actor

One of the HD channels was running a mini movie marathon tonight, and I suddenly realized just how many great movies Bill Murray has starred in.

Most people start with Caddyshack, but don't over look The Rutles (Spinal Tap before there was a Spinal Tap) done by a Monty Python/SNL hybrid cast. Next comes Meatballs, a pretty decent summercamp movie. Compare it to the modern versions, say the American Pie version. Which would you rather watch with your kids? Notable also because this is the beginning of the Ivan Reitman/Bill Murray partnership that is going to work so well together in the future (Stripes, Ghostbusters).

He follows this up with Where The Buffalo Roam (he plays Hunter S. Thompson) This movie doesn't get the respect it deserves. Should be a cult classic.

Next comes the part that broke him wide open...Caddyshack. A great role in a great movie. Sadly, younger audiences don't seem to get it...but how many thousands of boys have memorized his "on the green" monologue? This begins his partnership with Harold Ramis (Stripes, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day).

Stripes quickly follows, another comedy classic. The definitive military comedy for at least two generations.

He has a supporting role in Tootsie, which was very popular at the time. But in 1984 along comes Ghostbusters. If you weren't around at the time, it's hard to imagine the impact this film had. The theme song was a hit, the movie was a hit and it was just good, clean fun.

He has a small, but classic role in Little Shop of Horrors as a masochistic dental patient.

Next is one of his best, in my opinion an all time classic, Scrooged. This is my favorite Christmas movie of all time, hands down. If you haven't seen it, you are in for a treat.

Ghostbuster II was an obvious attempt to cash in on the success of Ghostbusters. About the only notable thing about it is the fact that the writers, director and major cast all returned for it. Quick Change and What About Bob were funny, but nothing special.

However now we get to a true classic, an all time great. Definitely in my top ten favorite movies. Groundhog Day. Fittingly, I can watch this movie over and over..there is a surprising amount of depth in it.

His work since Groundhog day has been a little uneven, good stuff like Ed Wood and Rushmore, but also commercial roles in Charlie's Angels and the Garfield movies. I'm hoping he decides to take on some more serious roles, perhaps character acting stuff. I'd like to see him do a reverse Leslie Neilsen.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

What The %@*# Is Going On With TV?

Let's see last night I saw a commercial for a movie that featured a pearl necklace joke, a prime time sitcom with a thinly veiled blowjob joke and just now on Fox News an anchor used the phrase "piss off".

How far we have come from the days when Lucy and Ricky shared separate beds, and they couldn't use the word "pregnant".

Why all the Favregasms?

Brett Favre retired. Finally. Why is everyone acting like the world came to an end? Why are people calling him the greatest of all time? That's simply ridiculous!

Yes he has lots of numbers. He played a long time in an era and a scheme that allowed him to. He's the Bill Ripkin of football, not the Babe Ruth. Most of those records he broke were held by Dan Marino, another quarterback who played a long time in a scheme that allowed him to throw a lot.

Is he better than Elway, Bradshaw, Montana, Young or Staubach? Seriously? Among current players is he better than Peyton Manning or Tom Brady?

Supposedly (I don't know him) he's a great guy and a great teammate. OK. Fine. But one of the greatest?

Favre was a good player, not a great player. Let's give him his Hall of Fame membership and stop the deification.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Sudden Revelation About Education

I was involved in a discussion about Math on an education website. One of the commenters wrote the following:

Every lesson was memorizing and practicing a new algorithm. I had the right
answer every time, but I can’t tell you the underlying purpose for even one.There needs to be some balance between memorization and understanding.

This is my response:

Here is the basis of the problem for almost every problem with modern education.
Modern education is based on curriculum written by education professionals, that is people who have been trained and educated in understanding underlying purposes and principles.
What most of them fail to understand, or have forgotten, is that the vast majority of people will never need, and do not desire, to understand the underlying purposes and principles. They just need to be able to get the right answer.

Elementary, Middle and High school students only need to learn how to get the right answers and memorize the basic facts. For something like 75% of the people, that is all they will ever need.

People who need to understand the underlying purposes and principles can go to college to learn them.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Anybody Got An Answer?

How come nobody has ever made a good movie about the War of 1812?

There are some great plotlines:

Dolley Madison saving the contents of the White House as the British invade and burn down our capital

Francis Scott Key writing the Star Spangled Banner

The naval battles of the Great Lakes

The Indian fighting in the mid west

Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans

The U.S.S. Constitution and the naval battles on the Atlantic

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Superbowl XLII (live blog)

3:20 P.M.- A fairly decent performance of the national anthem. Nothing new in the commercials except a Prison Break commercial.
3:24 - Jason Taylor gets the Walter Payton award for community service. Steve Walsh's family and some of his players participate in the coing toss...Lott (fight on) tosses the coin. Giants win and will receive. More Fox and NFL commercials.
3:28 - Interview with Ted Bruschi. (it's his 5th Superbowl) Ford commercial, Fox Promo.
3:30 - Kick off!...into the endzone..Giants bring it out past the twenty. First play hand off left for a three yard gain.
3:33 - 3rd and 6...Manning to Burriss, first down. (nice blitz pick up by the running back) First down, play action pass to the fullback in the flat.
3:35 - another 3rd and 6...first down to Steve Smith (fight on). Pretty funny Audi commercial with a Godfather homage.
3:39 - 3rd and inches. First down carry and more. This is a nice drive so far. The Giants are moving the ball and the clock..the best defese there is against Brady. Manning's first incomplete, a dropped ball.
3:42 - 3rd and 7......another first down throw to Steve Smith. (fight on) First down throw into the end zone to Burriss. Nice defense.
3:44 - 3rd and 10 inside the red zone. Complete to Smith (fight on) short of the first down.
3:45 - Tynes hits a 32 yd field goal...3-0 Giants. 9:59 opening drive. Pretty good Pepsi Max commercial with a A Night at the Roxbury homage.
3:47 - Kick off to the end zone, Maroney brings it out past the 40.
3:50 - First Patriots play a fake reverse into a screen, ball dropped and Brady nearly got sacked. Second play a nine yd run. 3rd down run for a first down.
3:52 - A first down pass, incomplete. 2nd down a completion to Stallworth. 3rd and 3 a first down by Welker.
3:56 - Inside the Giants red zone. First down incomplete pass. 2nd down dropped ball by Faulk. 3rd and 10......pass interference in the end zone. First down on the one. Maroney to the left, stopped on the last play of the 1st Quarter.

End of the First Quarter - Giants 3-0

3:59 - A pretty good Bridgestone commercial. Fox put some effort into their cross promotional commercials this year.
4:01 - Maroney to the right for a touchdown on the first play of the quarter. Patriots 7-3.
4:04 - Great Go Daddy.Com commercial.
4:04: Patriots kick off out of bounds..Giants start on the 40.
4:06 - A good Fed Ex commercial. A good Tide commercial.
4:09 - 3rd and 7......nice blitz pick up...bomb to Toomer for 38 yards....inside the red zone
4:11 - delay of game.
4:13 - 3rd and 6........ tipped by Smith (fight on) and intercepted by Hobbs. Great Budweiser commercial. Morton Downey Jr as IronMan?
4:16 - 3rd and 1 for the Patriots. Maroney stuffed in the backfield. First punt. Caught at the 19, brought out to the 37.
4:19 - OK Toyota commercial. A commercial for a movie called Leatherheads...looks amusing.
4:20 - Manning sacked on first down.
4:21 - fumble on the hand off. Giants keep the ball. (it's pretty clear that Bradshaw steals it back in the pile)
4:22 - Manning throws the ball into the ground on a failed screen. Punt to the 15..returned by Welker.
4:26 - Brady sacked on 2nd and 9.
4:27 - 3rd and 17.......Brady sacked again. Great defensive series by the Giants. Giants get great field position.
4:31 - nice 2nd down run by Bradshaw.
4:33 - Nice 2nd down run by Jacobs.
4:34 - 3rd and 4....Manning fumbles...Smith recovers for a first down, flag down. Illegal bat. 10 yd penalty.
4:37 - 3rd and 18. Incomplete, nearly intercepted.
4:38 - Great Planters commercial.
4:40 - Giants punt.......fair catch at the 11. 1:47 left in the half, Patriots have all three time outs.
4:42 - a Doritos commercial I'm ashamed to say I laughed at.
4:43 - Patriots attempt a bomb, Brady gets hit as he throws, incomplete. Maroney stopped in the backfield on 2nd. Giants call time out with 1:35 to go.
4:44 - 3rd and 13 from inside their 10.......screen to Stallworth for a first down.
4:45 - Another try for a bomb, Brady hit again, incomplete.
4:46 - a run for a first, 10 yd holding call, 2nd and 12 with :59 left.....Patriots time out.
4:48 - 2nd and 12.......another screen to the left, 3rd and 4.......throw to Faulk for the first. Patriots second time out, 28 seconds left
4:50 - long throw to Moss, his first catch.
4:50- ball knocked from Brady's hand...Giants recober...:10 left. Giants got good pressure on Brady in the first half.
4:52 - Moss on the field on defense for the Patriots. Patriots third time out.
4:53 - Hail Mary into the end zone..incomplete.

Halftime Patiots 7-3
5:16 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers did a good job with the halftime show.
5:25 - second half kick off. Patriots start from the 21. First down pass to Welker for 15 yards
5:26 - nice first down run by Maroney for 7 yards.
5:27 - 3rd and 3......dump to Faulk for the first. Brady takes another hit.
5:28 - Maroney stopped in the backfield
5:29 - 3rd and 5....stopped short......Giants force a punt.
5:32 - Anyone else think the sales genie ads are faintly racist? They're certainly not PC.
5:34 - Patriots challenging ...Giants may have had twelve men on the field for the punt....it would give the Patriots a first down.
5:36 - another good Bridgestone ad. CareerBuilder.com has had a couple of good ads.
5:37 - Patriots win the challenge.
5:39 - another screen. The Patriots are throwing a lot of them. Giants are handling them well.
5:40 - 3rd and 13...the defender gave the patriots the first down during the tackle.
5:41 - Brady now has the record for most completions all time in the Superbowl.
5:42 - 3rd and 7......Sack by Strahan.
5:43 - 4th and 14 ...Patriots go for it, Patriots incomplete in the end zone. Moss still only has one catch. Giants take over on downs.
5:46 - looks like Faulk pulled up lame on that 4th down play for the Patriots.
5:49 - Manning throws a long bomb to Burriss...he was triple covered at the end....
5:50 - 3rd and 6.......dropped by Burriss. Punt. Patriots take over at the 10.
5:54 - false start...1st and 15 from the 5 for the Patriots.
5:55 - Brady nearly sacked in the end zone. The Giants are living in the Patriot's backfield. Brady throws to Welker for a first down on second down. Welker is huge for the Patriots so far.
5:57 - Welker across the middle again for 19 yards.
5:59 - Another false start. 2nd and 15......Brady deep for Moss but way off target.
6:00 - 3rd and 15........another screen, talked short
End of Third Quarter Patriots 7-3
6:04 - Punt into the end zone. Giants will start from the 20.
6:07 - nice catch and run by Boss for 45 yards.
6:09 - 3rd and 4....first down for Smith (fight on) at the 12. Giants inside the red zone....nice first down run by Bradshaw.
6:11 - TD pass to Tyree over the middle. Giants 10-7 after an 80 yard drive.
6:12 - an OK Coke commercial with Carville and Frist. It would have been better with Rove or Buchanan.....
6:14 - Giants kick off......Maroney with a good return, but a holding call kills it.....
6:16 - Patriots start from their 11..1st and 10......Throw to Moss for a first down and his second catch....
6:18 - another screen..the Giants stop it for three..Brady overthrows Moss on second down
6:19 - 3rd and 7...... incomplete.. Brady under pressure and should have been sacked
6:20 - Giants take over on their 29 with 9:20 left...that decision by the Patriots to go for it on that fourth down instead of kicking a field goal starts to loom large...
6:23 - Manning spins out of a sack...and then overthrows a wide open Burriss in the flat...
6:24 - 3rd and 9... completion to Toomer 1 yd short of a first...Giants punt
6:26 - Patriots take over on their 20....Giants take only a little over 1 minute off the clock...not a good possession.
6:29 - Moss gets his third catchon a short completion
6:30 - 9 yard run by Maroney, another catch for Welker across the middle, his 10th. The Giants defense has to be getting tired. Patriots are making a methodical drive...
6:32 - Welker across the middle again! Nice run after catch
6:33 - Moss catches across the middle short. Patriots are in the red zone.
6:34 - Faulk a catch and run across the middle for 12...the Patriots have found a weakness and are exploiting it...
6:35 - Patriots have a first and goal at the 7 with 3:12 left...
6:36 - Brady overthrows an open Moss in the end zone..
6:37 - Brady misses Welker across the middle...3rd and goal from the 7 coming up
6:39 - Brady to Moss for a TD. Patriots 14-10 with 2:42 left.
6:41 - Giants will start from their 17.
6:44 - 2 minute warning. The Giants have a 3rd and 10.
6:47 - 4th and inches...Giants are going for it....Jacobs gets the first...1:28 left
6:49 - Manning scrambles for 5..ground causes a fumble..Manning recovers..Giants take their first time out.
6:51 - 3rd and 5.......Manning escapes a sack and makes a long completion to Tyree at the Patriot 24 with :59 left. Giants time out..1 left
6:53 - Manning tackled for a 1 yd loss...Patriots are blitzing on every down and getting pressure..
6:54 - dropped by Tyree..could have been intercepted...a wounded duck of a throw..
6:55 - 3rd and 11... throw to Steve Smith (fight on) first down and out of bounds...inside the red zone
6:56 - TD throw to a wide open Burriss with 35 seconds left...Giants up 17-14. Manning has played a hell of a game. If the Giants hold on, he's the MVP.
6:58 - Patriots start from their 25 with :29 and 3 time outs.. a filed goal ties
6:59 - Brady throws a bomb...could have been intercepted, no receiver close
7:00 - Brady sacked hard! Patriots time out :19 left, 3rd and 20.....
7:01 - Brady long to Moss...he's doubled covered...Moss beat the defenders but had to wait for the ball...Patriots time out.....The only thing I hate about this is how happy the 1972 Dolphins will be.
7:03 - 4th and 20........Brady long to Moss again...broken up...Giants take over with 1 sec left...congratulations Giants.....I called the result; came close on the margin; blew the score. (I picked Giants 35-31.)
7:06 - Belichick shows his ass....
7:28 - Manning got the MVP like he deserved. A great game, both teams played well...

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead

In a bit of ironic justice, she came back to LA to die. Why couldn't you have taken Al Davis with you?

If there is any justice in the world, Steve Rosenbloom will get the team....but don't hold your breath.

Update 4/20/08 8:10 P.M.: The woman left the team to her children. At least one of them was a Rosenbloom.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Hi Ho, Hi Ho........

....It's back to work I go........

I go back to work tomorrow after two weeks off. This is a screwy trimester. We go one week, then we're off for four weeks, then back for four weeks, then off for two weeks, then back.......

I'm of mixed minds right now. I can't wait to see most of the kids again, and I'm teaching fun stuff in both grade levels. ( The Constitution in 8th grade and Feudal Japan in 7th grade) It will also be good to see my colleagues again.

On the other hand, there are my problem children. I have never had so many kids at one time that have stopped even pretending that school is important. I've got dozens of kids who can't even be bothered to cheat. I found myself hoping this morning that some of my least favorite students will have moved away during the break..... which is sad.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Things That Make You Go Hmmmm.....

Article 1:

"There is no tally of the number of illegal immigrants who have already left the United States, many of whom simply head south over the border with their belongings packed into a car during the annual Christmas exodus, or board scheduled flights for other destinations.
Mexican consular sources in Phoenix say they are seeing a spike in the number of immigrants applying for Mexican citizenship for their U.S.-born children, which will allow them to enroll in schools in Mexico.
They are also seeing a rise in requests for papers enabling families to carry household belongings back to Mexico, free of import duties."

1) It's interesting that Mexican officials consider Mexican illegal immigrants in the U.S. returning to Mexico, to be immigrants to Mexico.

2) It's also interesting to note that the U.S.-born children of Mexican citizens need to apply for citizenship to attend Mexican schools.

Article 2:

"Every day along the 1,952-mile border, children from Mexico cross into the United States and attend public schools. No one keeps statistics on how many.
Citizenship isn't the issue for school officials; district residency is.
U.S. Supreme Court has ruled illegal immigrants have a right to an education, so schools don't ask about immigration status. But citizens and illegal immigrants alike can't falsely claim residency in a school district. "

"Calexico's rapid growth outstripped school resources, resulting in overcrowding and prompting demands that Mexican interlopers be ousted. Taxpayers complained their children were bused across town because neighborhood schools were full, even after Calexico voters approved a $30 million construction measure in 2004. Portable classrooms proliferated. "

1) I wonder what would happen if children from the United States crossed the border into Mexico and tried to attend school there?

2) Calexico is currently facing the same problems that the rest of California began to face 10 to 15 years ago. Looks to me like Calexico has handled it better.

Happy New Year!

Welcome 2008! I hope it's a great year for everyone.