Saturday, January 31, 2009

Eight Babies

Just caught the full story of the wonderful mother who gave birth to eight wonderful babies. The story broke through the British media (not the BBC). It is as bad as anyone could possibly imagine.

They name her (I won't). She already had six kids. She's 31. Never been married, no "boyfriend". No job ("professional student"). Lives off of parents and our tax-paying dime. Worked or volunteered for a time at a fertility clinic (presumably long enough to zero in on a donor or two). I can't make this stuff up.

Have at it! I'll comment later when I've fully digested how we've gotten to this point.

Limber Joe

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Drumming up support?

I'm asking anyone who may have been in a marching unit...oh...perhaps even a pipe band...what to make of the story embedded below. I think there is more to the suspension of this drum major (or is he a pipe major?) than a wink and a nod.

Come to think of it, why are the anchors supporting this guy for such a harmless gesture? Wasn't Sarah Palin regarded as a ditzy yokel because of a wink and a nod? Could these reports be biased? You betcha!

Update: Check out the comments for an authoritative analysis.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Advice form the Bush girls to the Obama girls

And they didn't even get a chalupa

A high school girls basketball game got a little lopsided in Texas as The Covenant School defeated Dallas Academy 100-0 in a recent contest. Now the winning team has issued an apology and requested the game be recorded as a forfeit.  

There is no mercy rule in girls basketball that shortens the game or permits the clock to continue running when scores become lopsided. There is, however, "a golden rule" that should have applied in this contest, said Edd Burleson, the director of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools. Both schools are members of this association, which oversees private school athletics in Texas.

"On a personal note, I told the coach of the losing team how much I admire their girls for continuing to compete against all odds," Burleson said. "They showed much more character than the coach that allowed that score to get out of hand. It's up to the coach to control the outcome."

Firstly. You KNOW this is not the pro game. In the pro game it is not up to the coaches to control the outcome. It is up to the referee who has a little wager involving the game who controls the outcome.

Secondly, just what was the other option for the losing team?  They continued to compete against all odds. Yes. What else where they to do? Walk off and have some pizza? Start a fight and hope to get ejected?

I'm just hoping that these teams face off in an alumni game in 15 years or so. Time tends to level the playing field - or court as it were.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Inauguration 2009

I enjoyed watching all the events unfold for our new president. Just a few things I observed. I can't say that I would do this any better but I think Michelle looks awkward at times. Like when she greeted Mr & Mrs Bush. I don't know if she knew whether to hug or kiss on the cheek. One other observation I made is that she is very very tall. I guess I didn't realize this. Also I was disappointed she didn't grab Obama's butt during one if the "First Dances" at the balls.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

My son, the future investigative reporter

John came home from school today with a Barack Obama coloring book. A beautiful commemorative edition ready for individual crayon customization. It was a mini-biography of the president-elect. A whirlwind tour of Hawaii, Indonesia, Kenya, Chicago and DC.

On the last page it asks "If you could ask the President to do something, what would it be?" I misread it and asked John "If you could ask Barack Obama one thing, what would it be?" (I told him I'd ask him what his favorite baseball team is.) John thought for a moment and said "Where did you get all your money?"