Saturday, December 20, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Update: Thanks, everybody! Song of the Week!
Monday, December 08, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
However - check out this image. The caption says fans are arriving at a ball game in the old stadium. Are they doing a lap around the ballpark before they enter?
And this caption is even less accurate!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I was browsing Google News headlines and I came across an emoticon in a headline. You don't see that every day. The LA Times political blog has a smiley face after the headline that reports McCain won't run in 2012. I kind of feel the same way. But I suspect I'm happy for different reasons than the LAT staff.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
This thought crosses my mind as I catch a glimpse of Barack Obama's first news conference in a LONG time. Remember how he had a cute seal on the campaign trail? Folks thought it was a bit presumptuous, so he put it in mothballs.
But today is different. Today he is President-Elect and he has an office and everything. To be fair, it does not seem to say "Obama" or "The One" on it. Maybe these are government issue and McCain has one in the dumpster outside his office.
Update: I know that many people remarked that the President-elect was an inspirational leader. I did not really see it until now. He has moved me.
Get your own at Says-it.com
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
I'd like to learn and pray a little more Latin. However, I was educated by guitar playing nuns with a penchant for felt banners, so I'm not pining for the good old days of my youth.
All I ask of the priest is to stick to teaching what the Church teaches and respect the authority of his bishop and B16. Sometimes even my low threshold is too high. Amy Welborn asked recently what All Saints Day and All Souls Day looked like in her readers' parishes. Here is my story.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
An informal survey of more than two dozen [more than 24 - that must have taken half the morning!] U.N. staff members and foreign delegates showed that the overwhelming majority would prefer that Sen. Barack Obama win the presidency, saying they think that the Democrat would usher in a new agenda of multilateralism after an era marked by Republican [entirely justifiable] disdain for the world body.
Obama supporters hail from Russia, Canada, France, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Indonesia and elsewhere. [like Leavenworth - where Ayers should live in a perfect world] One American employee here seemed puzzled that he was being asked whether Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was even a consideration. "Obama was and is unstoppable," the official said. "Please, God, let him win," he added. [so much for separation of church and the one world state]
"It would be hard to find anybody, I think, at the U.N. who would not believe that Obama would be a considerable improvement over any other alternative," said William H. Luers, executive director of the United Nations Association. "It's been a bad eight years, and there is a lot of bad feeling over it."[tell me; why do we host the U.N. on American soil?]
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The moose part is good but the best part is "When I say Obama -you say Ayers"
Thursday, October 16, 2008
You knew what was going to happen to him because he caused Obama to share with us that he really does think and talk like a Marxist in unrehearsed moments, right? The city of Toledo, the leftist blogs, the media and the labor unions are causing a shitstorm to fall on him.
Update: Is this bit from the Associated Press supposed to be an labeled "analysis" or are they usually this snarky?
Google Trends is a fun website to monitor popular searches on Google on a day-to-day basis. Some blogging types use it as the proverbial finger in the wind to help them determine what subject might drive traffic to their site. Shameless or savvy? I report, you decide.
Sometimes the searches that percolate to the top just make you scratch your head. But today's takes the cake. During the debate, the candidates both invoked the "There will be no litmus test for Supreme Court nominees." promise.
Apparently more than a few people misheard that and bolted to Google to find out what a "lipness test" is. Check out #16 (update: now it is #18).
To quote Larry the Cable Guy (and Tow Mater), "I don't care who you are - that's funny!"
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Here is one - The Art of Manliness.
A recent post was about sea shanties. No, they are not slapdash submarine shelters. I did not wake up the morning I read it thinking about sea shanties, but went to bed a little more hip to the working man's entertainment before iPods were so ubiquitous in the workplace.
But not all posts are so esoteric. Practical advice is to be found as well. Such as how to shine your shoes like a soldier. (I already knew)
They also share how to avoid and treat a snake bite. Those with a long memory my recall I could use some help here.
Friday, October 10, 2008
TBS is allowing anyone with an Internet connection to be their own director. They are streaming four camera angles and allowing viewers to choose the one they like or stick with all four in mosaic mode.
There seems to be about a thirty second latency on the stream I am watching now. I do not know if that is by design to preserve the ratings on TBS or simply a technological artifact. In any respect, it is like having your own instant replay.
If my son John ever finds out about this, he will be very hard to put in bed as long as the playoffs are on TBS. So - Fox - what about it? You brought us the miked base and the glowing hockey puck. Bring on the multi camera directors cut of live sporting events!
Friday, October 03, 2008
On a side note - I'm a bit miffed that our local ESPN radio affiliate only carries the games when it "fits into their schedule". Its a bummer when I want to listen right before I fall asleep.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Here is a sample:
Wedding Party Apparel: We haven't finalized colors or anything just yet, but we're thinking nothing too fancy for the gents, just the normal Bernard wedding apparel: top hats, coat tails, and canes if you've got 'em. The attire for Angela's bride's maid will be lovely too: something boxy with a hemline below the ankle. No bare arms. No open toed shoes. More restrictions to come.Hair and Make up Ideas: Hair up, no make up for her. I may apply a little powder.
I was wrong about the first McCain/Obama debate. A third of the way through the event, I said to one of my guests, "My guy is getting creamed!" Note that I did not say, "My candidate is being beaten into the ground." I don't have a candidate. Priests, like columnists, are not supposed to endorse a candidate. But one of the candidates is from my state and my city, and we shared a pulpit once. So of course I hope he wins. But that doesn't mean I endorse him. As I have said repeatedly in this column, I think he will lose because the country is not ready for a smart, attractive, charismatic man -- if he has skin slightly darker than a Sicilian's.A breathtaking journey of name-dropping, sarcasm, political prognostication, disdain of his countrymen (countrypersons?) and bigotry in one short paragraph.
Keep keeping those endorsements to yourself Andy!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The Browns just stink and I don't know if Quinn is the answer. Its not DA's fault the receivers are dropping passes that are hitting them in the numbers. I'm tired of hearing Romeo's excuses. He may be a nice man but its tough on me as a fan to hear the excuses. I know we have injuries apparently we do not have the depth to cover while the guys are out.
Friday, September 19, 2008
I am raising money with my friends at work for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a participant in their Light The Night Walk September 27 at Progressive Field. We are inspired by our colleague Kurt who exhibited amazing fortitude, an incredibly positive attitude and a crazy work ethic this year. (He has a t-shirt that says "I made cancer my bitch" to prove it!)
Donation helps accelerate cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma and brings hope to the patients and families who are on the front lines of the battle against these diseases.
If you feel inclined to help, please use the link below to donate online.
If you'd like to learn more about the Light The Night Walk, please visit http://www.lightthenight.org
Thursday, September 11, 2008
...one thing that’s amused me in the last two weeks, it’s the screechy distaste of Ms. Palin coming from men who embodied the Modern Alda Paradigm of masculinity, which is to say they are nervous around cars, think guns are icky, had their own Snugli, have wives in corporate jobs who make more money than they do, and still get dissed behind their backs because they can’t figure out how to make the bed. The Lost Boys, if you will. Now, some women can’t stand Sarah Palin for their own reasons, personal or ideological; same with men. Some men, however, are made deeply uneasy by her, because she’s the one who ignored the sensitive poet-guys in high school for the jocks, and didn’t seem to grasp the essential high-school truth that it’s cool to be a loser.
Now tell me he is not a Benchley for our times! Thank you James, and keep it coming!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
Cliff Lee is the pitcher we thought he would be and hopefully he will be this way again next year. If we could get everyone back, healthy and stay healthy we might be on to something.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Mr. Byrd always had that outward appearance of being a consummate professional, a great teammate and a good guy. I think he would be a great dude to sit down and shoot the bull with over a cool beverage.
But was there a dark side? Was he a mean old SOB in the clubhouse, striking fear into the rookies and never returning borrowed magazines to the veterans? Was he prone to fits of furious screaming "I said ICE WATER! This is COLD WATER!" Did he burp loudly and not pardon himself?
Did the media cover for his bad habits like back in JFK's day? Come clean Mr. Shapiro. Speak truth, Mr. Wedge!
I have absolutely no evidence or any cause to speculate this. But I am a blogger, so who is going to notice?
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
One morning last week when I woke up our five year old, the baseball nut, he asked "Did the Indians win last night, Dad?" "No son, they lost" A very matter-of-fact observation followed from the tyke, "They stink!"
And so the rich family tradition continues.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I think I was most amused when I called AT&T to complain about the price of my internet service going up. When I asked the guy for a discount he sat there in silence not knowing what to say. I'm supposed to get $6 off my next bill but I would rather have that credit everytime. I figure if they can give it to you once they can give it to you again.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Friday, May 02, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Today the weather was in the 80's - the blimp was overhead and my Cleveland Indians beat the Yankees, even with Paul Byrd on the mound. John asked me "Why does Uncle Drew think Paul Byrd is bad?" and Paul promptly served up his second homer of the night to Giambi. "That's why son, that's why!"
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Cleveland Indians fans are used to the Tribe getting our hopes up early, only to dash them by the All Star Break. Can't say they are setting the bar too high this year. As a matter of fact, a petition was posted at my workplace Tuesday and amended today.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Take a gander at Georgie Ann Geyer writing about the Pope's visit next week. Before I got 5 column inches into it, I spotted errors that would have never made it past her first draft or an editor if either had an even passing familiarity with the subject.
Next to his predecessor, the image of Benedict was often that of a snarling defender at the gate of Vatican ultraconservativism, standing side by side with the Swiss Guards, moral bayonets at the ready, defending the past.Colorful. But more of a reflection of a cartoon you may have seen He is constantly looking at current writers in theology and philosophy and accepting some thought - rejecting some.
A conservative who grew up in Germany during World War II, Benedict will never agree with Vatican II, the historic 1962-'65 liberal confab of the church.Um...he was there and helped form some of the documents that where produced by the council. Vatican 2" wasn't just about giving us guitar masses. For the record, Pope Benedict ain't crazy about guitar masses.
Most important, he has overseen the church's efforts to define a series of "new sins" that could change the world, if applied. ...Those all could fit under the tried and true seven. Besides attributing this claptrap to Benedict is like holding a head of state responsible for some bureaucrat's report about a proposed change on parking regulations on government leased property.
(Quoting some guy that works in the curia -ed) He went on to speak of everything from illegal drug use, genetic manipulation, environmental pollution, bad ecological practices, and economic inequality in which the poor are getting poorer and the rich growing richer, fueling unsustainable social injustice. These, he said, are the "new sins."
No one knows exactly why the pope chose to come to America at this particular time.
2008 is the bicentennial of the designation of Baltimore as an Archdiocese. Just sayin'
He is, amazingly, even an admirer of much of Protestantism.
Why are you amazed, Georgie? Are you assuming that Catholic leaders are by definition religious bigots? Wouldn't we be bigots to make such an assumption?
The NYT would be sympathetic to that argument while they make guesses as to how much cash I was pulling down for my torment.
Alas, I am just kind of lazy. But I'll be back into it now. The Supreme Pontiff's visit will provide lots of fodder for media criticism and the Tribe is off to a rocky start. I'm back!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Amongst my numerous fascinations, two have most imposed themselves and proven more time resistant than others: science and religion. I am also too ambitious. I always wanted to do the most important things, and what can be more important than science and religion? Science gives us Knowledge, and religion gives us Meaning. Both are prerequisites of the decent existence. The paradox is that these two great values seem often to be in conflict. I am frequently asked how I could reconcile them with each other. When such a question is posed by a scientist or a philosopher, I invariably wonder how educated people could be so blind not to see that science does nothing else but explores God’s creation.
Tru dat, Professor!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Anyway, saw this clip and thought it was pretty damned funny. Berkeley wants the Marines out, out out! And not in a "Don't ask, don't tell" kind of way.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
If you are in Florida or Arizona please do the common courtesy thing and report daily on this blog your sights and seeings at any and all MLB Spring Training facilities. Those of us stuck in the daily wind, ice and snow storms would appreciate a little sunshine sent up north.
Someone who wishes they were in a warmer climate
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
More questions - Why is this Congress' problem? Why can MLB police itself? Why did they extend Bud Selig's contract? What should the punishment be or why should we care if these people cheated as long as it doesn't happen in the future?
Ok my head is spinning and more questions keep popping up. Time to go rest and relax.
Why do I feel like CC is pulling Jim Thome or Carlos Boozer saying one thing and his intentions the whole time are to do another. I hate the business side of baseball sometimes - especially when it seems like we always get the short end of the stick. I guess we'll just have to watch and enjoy CC's farewell tour.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
He's a charming guy. But seeing a Governor from Arkansas jamming with a late show band gave me a flashback to the 90's.
I don't want to go back to the 90's. I really don't.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
I was surprised last night to read Bobby Knight was throwing in the towel. He said he was finished and tired of basketball. I guess that is when you know its your time. Hopefully there won't be a scandal coming out later that tells us the real reason he left.
Monday, February 04, 2008
There is not Boston tea party today because of the red hoodie. How sad. What was he thinking??
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Writer's note - this was just my random thoughts and was not meant to rhyme or be creative in any sort of way. My throat is hurting so I think I better something cold to make it feel better.
Good night to all and to all a Good Super Bowl Sunday!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I have posted three comments critical of him in recent days. I can only say that the Representative who sometimes resides in the 10th Congressional District might have been feeling the heat coming off the Stop Me When I Am Lying blog universe!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Apparently there is a new movie out called "The Bucket" and the two actors play out what they want to do before they kick the bucket. So what would you do?
I would probably try and see as much baseball as I could around the country with my husband. Sampling all kinds of beer and never having a hangover. We would stay at the team hotel and meet all kinds of interesting people.
I would want to experience one more Indian Summer where I can enjoy looking at the colorful leaves and the smells of the fall foilage.
Hug all of my handsome sons and laugh about all the fun and crazy times we had together.
I'm looking forward to hearing what the new nickname might be.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
On a positive note there still is game shows (like the Power of 10 or Deal or No Deal) and reality TV. I enjoy Gene Simmons arrogance and charm so I will be watching him on The Apprentice. I will also be rooting for Country boy Trace Adkins. Omarosa is only a star in her own brain and she can be voted off any day now.
I could go so many places with this. So here are a few off the top of my head:
Vote for my husband - for president, congressman - I don't care just vote for him!
Please vote for me or my wife will leave me!
I really think I can make a difference even though I'm an idiot
I will be there for you Cleveland - when I'm not living in my fantasy world of trying to get elected to the White House.
I am an important person!
I have ready a couple versions but the more I think about it the funnier I think it is. What a bizarre scene it must have been. I think its funny these guys thought they could actually get away with it. Only in America.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Monday, January 07, 2008
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Roll over, you BG Warriors...
Yikes! What happened here? I had a bad feeling when I realized the MAC had three teams playing in bowl games. I had no way of knowing my fellow Falcons would be humiliated. They are just not playing a good football game, and the score is now 42 - 7 in favor of Tulsa. and they are threatening again. I'm diving for the remote so I can go to bed before the score again...