Thursday, May 24, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
George Carlin's Solution to Save Gasoline
Bush wants us to cut the amount of gas we use. The best way to stop using so much gas is to deport 11 million illegal immigrants! That would be 11 million less people using our gas. The price of gas would come down.
Bring our troops home from Iraq to guard the border. When they catch an illegal immigrant crossing the border, hand him a canteen, rifle and some ammo, and ship him to Iraq. Tell him if he wants to come to America, then he must serve a tour in the military.
Give him a soldier's pay while he's there and tax him on it. After his tour, he will be allowed to become a citizen since he defended this country. He will also be registered to be taxed and be a legal patriot.
This option will probably deter illegal immigration and provide a solution for the troops in Iraq and the aliens trying to make a better life for themselves. If they refuse to serve, ship them to Iraq anyway, without the canteen, rifle, or ammo. Problem solved.
Monday, May 21, 2007
I hereby congratulate Carol for getting her degree. Her mother pinned her on Sunday after the general graduation of Binhamton University, and she walked on Saturday with the Decker School of Nursing. My camera, unfortunatly didn't get very good pictures, but I'll be putting up the ones her father got with his much better camera (and photography skills in general).
One more time, from the proudest husband on the planet: Congratulations Carol!
Friday, May 18, 2007
Winner of St. Pierre vs. Koscheck Will Wait for Title Shot
by UFCjunkie (http://www.ufcjunkie.com/)
Prior to his UFC 69 bout with Diego Sanchez, Josh Koscheck was all but assured a title shot. All he had to do was somehow get past his castmate from The Ultimate Fighter's first season. Even UFC president Dana White himself said the winner of that bout would probably get a crack at the belt.
Koscheck lived up to his end of the bargain, scoring a decisive unanimous-decision victory over the once-undefeated Sanchez. The win catapulted the American Kickboxing Academy team member to the top of the division's rankings, and with a near-perfect 7-1 record in the UFC, Koscheck emerged as a logical choice for a title shot.
Unfortunately, then-champ Georges St. Pierre lost to Matt Serra at the same UFC 69 event, and soon after, White announced an abrupt change of plans: Serra and Hughes will serve as coaches on the upcoming sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter, and the two welterweights will then fight for the title in the show's live finale.
In December — seven months from now.
In the interim, Koscheck (9-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and St. Pierre (13-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) have been scheduled to fight at UFC 74. The winner of that match, assumedly, will be next in line for a title shot against the winner of Hughes vs. Serra.
There's just one problem: the soonest Serra or Hughes will be ready to fight will be a good seven or eight months after Koscheck and St. Pierre's UFC 74 fight. The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale is expected to take place in December, and with a usual three-month layoff, Serra or Hughes won't be ready to defend the belt any sooner than about April 2008.
So what does that mean for Koscheck and St. Pierre?
More than likely, it'll mean the winner will have a seven- or eight-month layoff before getting a shot at the title. But would the UFC dare shelf either of the top welterweights for the better part of a year?
St. Pierre, especially, is one of the UFC's top draws. The former champ is considered one of the sport's most well-rounded fighters — by fans in his native Canada and all over the world. He's amiable, adored, and idolized by fans and even his fellow fighters. Title fight or not, he'll draw the masses. Stick him on a card in Canada, and he could single handedly sell out the event.
Koscheck, love him or hate him (and most people do), is one of the sport's most recognizable fighters — especially to the fans who found the sport through Spike TV's block of UFC-related programming. He's already emerged as one of The Ultimate Fighter's most-improved fighters, and despite a heavily criticized fighting style, he knows how to win. That 7-1 record in the UFC would be a perfect 8-0 if it weren't for a freak late-round knee that Drew Fickett delivered at UFC Fight Night 2.
With an influx in the number of UFC events and a greater need for main-card talent, it seems highly unlikely that either fighter would be benched for an extended period of time.
Instead, the winner will likely have to fight again — probably in or around December, the same time Serra and Hughes are scheduled to fight. Which means that a victorious Koscheck or St. Pierre won't exactly be first in line for a title shot — not without an additional win after UFC 74, anyway.
So, while the UFC 74 fight may feature two of the welterweight division's top contenders, it won't exactly offer the winner an immediate title shot. Not without a surprisingly long wait.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Find the original article here. Forgive the editor for allowing a putz write the article.
Bruce Willis Endorses UFC over Boxing
Michael David Smith
Count Bruce Willis -- who played the boxer Butch Coolidge in Pulp Fiction -- as one vote for mixed martial arts over boxing in the longstanding (and futile, in my opinion) question of which sport is superior.
In an appearance on ESPNews to promote Live Free or Die Hard, Willis talked a bit about his love of sports, why he thinks the NFL should have a team in Los Angeles, and the Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather fight. And he said this:
Ultimate Fighting Championship is so much tougher and more real than boxing.
The whole argument is silly, really, in that no one can ever win an argument about which is a better sport, boxing or mixed martial arts, any more than anyone can ever win an argument about which is a better sport, football or hockey. (Well, actually, that argument's over: football.)
Still, I think the fact that celebrities showed up at ringside for big fights was once a small but real contribution to the popularity of boxing. If celebrities like Willis (and, incidentally, Paris Hilton, who likes the sport) get into mixed martial arts, that's a good thing.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
St. Pierre to meet Koscheck at UFC 74
Well it looks like the speculation over whether or not these two will meet has finally been answered. From Josh Koscheck (Pictures)'s official website:
Well as of now, it looking like Kos is set to be fighting in AUG at UFC 74 and it's looking like we will be taking on Georges St. Pierre (Pictures). We have the contract and will be sending it back this week to the UFC! More updates to come in the next couple of days!
This pairing has been rumored since UFC president Dana White made a comment that it was "likely" they'd meet, prompting several news outlets to take that as meaning it was confirmed.
Winning this fight will be crucial for each fighter at this stage of their careers. If Koscheck wins, it would be crazy to think that he wouldn't be next in line for a title shot. If St. Pierre doesn't win, that only means that his road to redemption will be much longer than anyone expected.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Find the original article here.
Rush Limbaugh billboard near I-83 defaced
Official: 'It looks like they took globs of paint and threw it on his face'
By Nicole Fuller Sun Reporter
May 10, 2007, 11:18 AM EDT
Apparently, somebody in Baltimore isn't a fan of Rush Limbaugh.
A large billboard advertising local air times for the conservative radio talk-show host has been defaced.
Robert Murrow, a spokesman for the city's Department of Public Works, saw vandalism as he drove to work this morning on I-83 near the Guilford Avenue exit. He called The Sun, saying that someone had poured paint on the image of Limbaugh's face.
Limbaugh, who is nationally syndicated, can be heard on WCBM 680 AM from noon to 3 p.m.
"It looks like they took globs of paint and threw it on his face. It looks great. It did my heart good," said Murrow, who admittedly is not a Limbaugh fan.
Kurt L. Kocher, chief spokesman for the city's Department of Public Works and Murrow's supervisor, took issue with Murrow's statement.
"As much as you don't like Rush Limbaugh, you don't endorse vandalism, period," Kocher said. "It's an outrageous comment, and he shouldn't have said it. It is not our policy. I think he got overenthusiastic about his feelings for Mr. Limbaugh. I am very upset about that comment, and I've let him know I'm very upset about that comment. It's his personal comment and it's wrong."
The billboard is privately owned; Murrow said the city is not responsible for cleaning it.
Robert L. Pettit, the general manager for WCBM, said the vandalism was first noticed on Monday and that the blllboard is to be replaced later today. It was put up two weeks ago in an alley near Preston Street and Mount Royal Avenue.
"It's tough to be number 1," Pettit said of Limbaugh's show. "People deface billboards all the time. It's going to be fixed today."
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Robert Novak's thoughts on the Republican presidential hopefulls right now. Sign up for his newsletter and others' for free at the Human Events website.
Republican candidates had their turn to debate last week, giving rise to several revelations about their relative strengths and weaknesses.
Giuliani: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) had the worst performance of any candidate in the Republican debate. Despite months of preparation on how to address the abortion issue, he was all over the map, very uncertain of himself. His shoulder-shrugging answer that the repeal of Roe v. Wade would be "okay" sounded quite flippant -- after years of defending the decision, it was a poor answer, given as though the topic were not serious. His repeated statement that he "hates" abortion is getting old. His answer on public funding for abortion made no sense. His answer on the influence of Christian conservatives effectively amounted to a duck.
Giuliani can certainly learn to give better answers, but his poor performance in debate corresponded with a drop in the polls. He is currently at his lowest point of the year with 25 percent in CNN's poll, although he remains the frontrunner. His problems in the coming months will likely come from places other than his failure to give good answers on abortion. For example, a video is currently circulating on the Internet in which Giuliani praises his wife -- a controversial figure for a number of reasons -- as an expert on biological weapons (she previously worked in pharmaceutical sales). His ties to Bernard Kerik remain potentially problematic as well.
McCain: For much of the debate, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) looked like he was trying to give a stump speech instead of answering questions. In fact, at one point, the audience nearly burst into applause because McCain left them little choice. He was speaking so forcefully that he would have looked foolish if his speech ended in silence.
McCain did not bomb in the debate as Giuliani did. At times he shone, as with his joke about congressional spending and drunken sailors. But he appeared uncomfortable on stage and angry most of the time. His gestures evinced a man in extreme pain. His declaration that he would go "to the gates of Hell" to catch terrorist Osama bin Laden sounded ridiculous. On the other hand, McCain was strong on spending and earmarks. His idea for a $3,000 health insurance tax credit will have strong bipartisan appeal, should he become the GOP nominee.
McCain's problems have led to internal reorganization of his campaign, which has included the firing of his finance director. Political Director Michael Dennehy recently stepped down to spend more time with his family -- usually Washington-ese for either "I've been demoted/fired" or "I am resigning out of frustration."
Currently, McCain's advisors are putting on their best face, taking consolation in his continued (but mostly slim) leads in early states such as New Hampshire, South Carolina and Iowa. They are optimistic about the organizations they have in place in those states. But such early leads tend to evaporate in presidential politics.
Romney: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) probably had the best performance of any of the major candidates. For the most part, he departed from his stilted, staccato speaking style and sounded confident and knowledgeable. Romney finally is in double-digits in the new CNN poll, but still trails the non-candidate, former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.).
Romney opened himself up to attacks, however, by praising the health care system he instituted in Massachusetts. In the past, Romney has qualified his support for the bill, which effectively imposes a tax penalty on those who do not buy health insurance. He has always said before that he had to accept many Democratic provisions that he opposed. But his unqualified praise for the program during the debate is surely premature. Key parts of the program are just going into effect this month, and if it proves to be a disaster, he is setting himself up to take a fall.
Fred Thompson: Absent from the debate was the most discussed man outside the race -- former Sen. Thompson. Thompson appeared the following night to address the Orange County Lincoln Club in a wealthy area of Southern California.
- Thompson, who is not a declared candidate but will likely become one next month, has benefited from conservative dissatisfaction with the candidates currently in the Republican field. They find Giuliani too liberal, Romney too untrustworthy and McCain too unreliable. Thompson has risen effortlessly, without spending a dime, to tie or even pull ahead of those top three candidates. Without lifting a finger, he has won straw polls in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Oklahoma and California.
- Thompson's speech was disappointing, particularly in its delivery. Indeed, the substance of what he said was impressive. But Thompson managed, in a 4,500-word address, to say much less clearly what he would have said in the 1,600-word prepared text excerpt his staff released prior to the speech. The pre-released text received rave reviews from conservatives who read it on the Internet, but attendees at the speech in California were underwhelmed.
- The prepared text contained the simple and concise red-meat language that Republicans want to hear right now. The prepared text quoted Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), a conservative stalwart, and was heavy on the supply-side economics of Ronald Reagan. The actual delivered speech meandered through many of the same ideas in a dull, cliché-ridden and verbose performance. It was not well received at the dinner itself, if crowd reactions are any indication. Thompson had trouble with the podium microphone as his low, conversational tones faded in and out. Thompson worried that the long Lincoln Club program preceding his speech may have turned off the audience, but he may have been the one who lost his enthusiasm. Naturally, expectations were high to begin with. The puzzling part is that an actor would fail in the delivery -- the very area in which he should be most likely to succeed.
- The excitement aroused in melancholy Republican ranks by the politician-commentator-actor will not be doused by one lackluster performance. Obviously, Thompson will need some preparation if he really wants to run. The deeper concern by some supporters is whether the tepid reaction in Orange County will shake what had seemed his clear resolve to make the race.
- Among the best parts of his speech were his reference to "malaise" -- an unmistakable reference to Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign -- and his statement that as the world's problems grow bigger, political leaders "are getting smaller." Both of these are subtle, implicit criticisms of President Bush that are nonetheless appropriately gentle.
- Thompson is considering a different kind of presidential candidacy, the sort that sees him raising small contributions over the Internet and staying several days at a time in Iowa instead of zipping in and out. But his debut speech here as a putative presidential candidate was ordinary. It will be revealing how much he changes his approach in forthcoming non-candidate speeches to Republican gatherings in Virginia and Connecticut.
Brewer Ordered to Pay $49G to Alcoholic Beer Taster
Tuesday , May 08, 2007
SAO PAULO, Brazil — A Brazilian court has ordered a brewer to pay $49,000 to an alcoholic beer taster who said he drank more than 3 pints of beer a day.
The unidentified employee alleged that the company did not provide the health measures needed to keep him from developing alcoholism, a labor court in the Rio Grande do Sul state said in a statement Friday.
The employee said in his lawsuit that for more than a decade, he drank 16 to 25 small glasses of beer during his eight-hour shifts at the company
He also said he received a bottle of beer after each shift.
An initial ruling had favored Ambev, or Companhia de Bebidas das Americas, which can still appeal the decision. The local brewing company alleged the employee already was an alcoholic before becoming a beer taster.
Judge Jose Felipe Ledur said the company still was negligent because an alcoholic should never have been made a beer taster.
Ledur also said the employee's alcohol dependency had worsened in recent years and that even on vacation, the employee felt like drinking the same amount of beer he drank at work.
Monday, May 7, 2007
Sarkozy had it right in 2005 when he called people who act in such a way "scum." My father in law would agree with me, but after he cooled down he might retract that statement and call the actions hideous and the people misguided. However, having just read this article myself, I'll stick with scum for now.
Find the original article here.
Sarkozy's election victory marred by riots.
Street violence took some of the shine off victory in the French elections for new president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Far-left activists had running battles with police across France as 270 people were taken in for questioning and 367 parked vehicles were torched.
Riot police fired tear gas into a crowd gathered at the Place de la Bastille in Paris as news of Sarkozy's victory came through.
Small bands of youths hurled stones and other objects at police and bared their backsides at riot officers.
Other fights with the police broke out in Toulouse, Lyon, Rennes and Nantes.
Two police unions said firebombs targeted schools and recreation centres in several towns in the Essonne region just south of Paris.
BFM TV described rioters as "militant anarchists" apparently upset by the victory of a man of the right.
There had been fears that the impoverished suburban housing projects, home to Arab and African immigrants and their French-born children, would erupt again at the victory of a man who labeled those responsible for rioting in 2005 as "scum."That abrasive style raised doubts over whether Sarkozy, himself the son of a Hungarian refugee, could unite a politically polarized, increasingly diverse nation.
He is widely unpopular among youths from the projects who showed their preference for Sarkozy's Socialist rival, Segolene Royal, in the first-round vote earlier in the month.
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Don't we look smashing? Those are all of the pictures I got, sorry we don't have more!
Thanks to Sherdog for the article.
Title Bouts Headline "Stacked" UFC 73By Sherdog.com Staff [5/6/2007] The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Sunday announced four bouts for its return to the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. on July 7. UFC champions Anderson Silva and Sean Sherk (Pictures) will attempt to defend their titles against Nathan Marquardt (Pictures) and Hermes Franca (Pictures), respectively.
Silva (18-4), who was has yet to officially defend the UFC middleweight crown he won in brutal fashion against Rich Franklin (Pictures) last Oct., rides a four-fight win streak into the Octagon against the experienced Denver native. Marquardt (25-6-2), challenges the Brazilian on the heels of an impressive victory over Dean Lister (Pictures). The contest will be Marquardt's first high-profile televised bout since edging Ivan Salaverry (Pictures) in a disappointing performance in August of 2005.
UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk (Pictures) takes to the Octagon for the first time since claiming the vacant belt with a hard-fought victory over Kenny Florian (Pictures). Challenging Sherk (31-2-1) Hermes Franca (Pictures), who holds recent victories over Spencer Fisher (Pictures) and Nathan Diaz (Pictures).
Also on the card, The Ultimate Fighter season two winner Rashad Evans (Pictures) puts his undefeated record on the line against the "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz (Pictures). Evans enters the grudge match with 10 straight victories, the most recent being a stunning head kick knockout over Sean Salmon (Pictures). July's duel will be Ortiz's first action since being stopped by Chuck Liddell (Pictures) last Dec.
Dispelling rumors that former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Pictures) would make his UFC debut against Justin McCully (Pictures), the UFC announced it will pit "Minotauro" against against a familiar foe, Heath Herring (Pictures) (27-12). The veteran fighters have met twice, with Nogueira seeing his hand raised on both occasions.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
The intention of the below article is to get fans of MMA who never had an interest in boxing to give pure boxing a shot and watch this upcoming fight - apparently a doozie! Attacking MMA so viciously will get the attention of thousands, perhaps millions. If 1% of those people watch the boxing match because that article, he gets what he wants. I almost respect him for this. He's taking an intelectual dive for sake of promoting his own agenda and bringing power back into his corner.
It's kinda like the democrats screaming about pulling out of Iraq, knowing that it's the most idiotic idea in the world, in the hopes that people will ignorantly blame the existence of hate and violence in the world on Republicans and then give power back to Democrats in the 2008 presidential election. Yeah, I went there...sorry, it wont happen again in this post.
While the author did garner enough attention for me to read and respond, I'm still not going to watch the boxing match. Sorry, Mike. The image that came to my mind when I read this article was not one of me wasting my money on a boring sport (BTW, NHL playoffs are on for free [so to speak] right now ). Instead this image came to my mind.
Find the orginal article here.
De La Hoya-Mayweather will separate boxing from thuggish UFC
May 2, 2007By Mike FreemanCBS SportsLine.com National ColumnistTell Mike your opinion!
This is what the Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather fight, one of the most important events in recent sports history, really means: It's boxing's last stand.
Boxing is fighting for its life, and in some ways the largest obstacle to its rebirth is its greatest competitor -- the worst league ever invented, the UFC. Which means it is good vs. evil, Halle Berry vs. Courtney Love, true sport against the mosh pit of sweat and bloodied skull fractures known as ultimate fighting.
De La Hoya and Mayweather can single-handedly save their sport from deteriorating into dust while simultaneously stopping the advance of the UFC barbarians at the gate, trying to destroy boxing by polluting pay-per-view with their brand of low-brow, ghetto-fabulous hooliganism.
This is it. This is when boxing emerges from its great depression riding the shoulders of De La Hoya and finally strikes a blow to the caged ignorance that is mixed martial arts.
It will happen.
In the coming days, you will read foofs who will say boxing can never survive, despite one of the more glorious bouts just several days away. On Thursday, you will attempt to stomach the dopey ramblings of my good friend Gregg Doyel, otherwise known as Captain Persnickety, downplaying this grand moment in history. He's probably another ultimate fighting apologist as well.
Ultimate fighting will never be as good as boxing on its worst day. Many of the ultimates are nothing but thugs and ruffians. All that league has done is take a few former nightclub bouncers, knuckle crackers and parolees, put on some fancy TV graphics and told them, "Kick the other guy in the nuts."
No skill is required to knee someone in the groin (and it happens despite rules stating it is illegal). I'm kneeing Doyel in the groin now. See, was that difficult?
Next on Spike TV: Man eats another man's face. Then some dork will call it a sport.
The UFC has no credibility. UFC equals the Ultimate Farcical Clown league.
And please do not wax poetic about the UFC's popularity. Of course people watch the UFC. It's human cockfighting. It appeals to the lowest common denominator of human existence.
The message boards and my e-mail will be irradiated with balderdash about how the mainstream media is simply a bunch of snobs and we don't "get" the Ultimate Farcical Clown league. I love the NFL. Only Roman gladiators had a more dangerous sporting profession. The NFL is more violent than the UFC, but football at least possesses a veneer of being civilized.
Boxing is almost comically imperfect. It is full of crooks, con artists and ear biters (and that's just a weekend in Atlantic City with Mike Tyson). Despite its faults and notwithstanding the massive greed that has caused boxing to collapse on itself like a dying sun, boxing has more charm in its broken pinky than the Ultimate Farcical Clown league does in its entire crappy organization.
No UFC goon has or ever will possess the grace and natural showmanship of De La Hoya or the true fearsome fighting skills of Mayweather.
Notice the word: skills. This match will not resemble a bar-room brawl but meticulous, highly practiced, man-to-man warfare between two skilled, all-time athletes.
It is only a matter of time before the UFC suckers, er, fans realize they have been fooled by a Jedi mind trick.
The UFC should be banned; the De La Hoya-Mayweather bout should be embraced.
The fact a non-heavyweight match is getting so much attention shows that boxing still has appeal (and even I once thought it was dead). The fact boxing has survived despite so many scandals and crooked promoters demonstrate it has resilience.
"This [fight] is important because boxing is at its lowest point and boxing has been at its lowest point for quite a while now," De La Hoya told the New York Post. "Boxing is always taking these low blows left and right from people. This will give it a good shot in the arm."
The fight can do more than that. It can begin a resurgence perhaps not seen before in American sports. If the fight is particularly competitive, casual fans will give boxing another look and the all-important advertisers will again open their wallets instead of turning their backs.
Then maybe we can begin to put the sad joke that is the UFC behind us.
And once again we can get excited about a real sport.
There are so many rebuttals to things written in this post, that it would be a so timeconsuming that it wouldnt be worth the endeavor. This was likely to be on the agenda for the author. Oh well, hope you enjoyed. Bye now!