Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Firing Leach Benefits...

In case you didn't hear, Texas Tech's coach Mike Leach was fired for allegedly mistreating one of his concussed players, one Adam James son of ESPN analyst Craig James, who reportedly showed up to practice wearing sunglasses

From blogger Deceptive Speed of is the hilarious, not-based-in-fact-whatsoever following:

My favorite part is the probable dialogue of how this whole thing went down:
Leach:  "James!  D@mm!t, James!  What the f#%k are those sunglasses?"

James (with big sh!t-eating surfer boy f#$k you grin): "Y'ar matey, doctor's orders!  Got a concussion so I'm sensitive to light."

Leach: "Light?  Well, g#ddam!t, you're right.  Get the f@#k in the equipment shed and turn out the lights so your precious f@#king head doesn't get more f@#ked up."

James: "Uh, what?"

Leach: "Get. The. F@#k. In. The. God. D@mn. Shed. Son."

and scene.
Now, for some reason, I gotta vent.

I really don't have a dog in this fight, I'm a Longhorn for Bevo's sake. But, given everything I've read about the situation this sounds like the straw that was used as an excuse for Texas Tech Athletic Director Gerald Myers to fire a coach he didn't like. And the termination letter said he was fired for cause. So a coach can't instruct an injured/concussed player to stay in an cool/air conditioned dark room? Furthermore, it has been reported that an apology by Leach to the James family would have avoided Leach's suspension.  Mike Leach, with all his pirate sutff, made casually following Tech football fun. Plus, Tech football was actually relevant. I heard a caller on the Ticket say that Craig James essentially helped inflict another death penalty on another program.

The biggest beneficiary in this whole mess is Texas A&M.

For some reason now I really want to see Mich St. stomp Tech. What do the vast majority of Tech students and alumni want to see happen in that game? And who exactly is going to fill that brand new stadium that Leach's program funded and built?

Lastly, here are some emails regarding the player and Leach from ex-Tech players and coaches.

Scary, Part 3

Monday, December 28, 2009

Part 6: Cheney, Soul Reaper

* the D.E.V.I.L. Corporation stands for Data Enhanced Visually Integrated Logistics. 
and CSO's are Collateralized Soul Obligations which should not be confused with Collateralized Debt Obligations, some of which were composed of bad mortgages and helped lead to our economic meltdown. Click here for more on that.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Xmas Wishes, Part 2

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

"Chris Brown Outraged That Stores Are Not Carrying His New Album"*

So, what's Chris Brown going to do about it? Assault and batter Walmart?

*Quote from an article about same.

Don't forget why some stores might consider boycotting Brown's newest album.

And yes, this is one of those Non-Political Thoughts Now (NPTN's).

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Why Doesn't Christopher Hitchens Tell Us How He Really Feels About Palin

Needless to say, I don't agree with Christopher Hitchens on a number of issues. However, regardless of his stances on different issues, for sometime I have enojoyed his forthright, well-reasonsed commentary and his candid thoughts on a wide range of topics. That said, here's Hitchens sharing his thoughts about Palin:

Hitchens appeared on Morning Joe on MSNBC after he wrote an equally candid piece on Palin for Hitchens also wrote a piece last month regarding Palin for Newsweek. It is somewhat a relief to know others, in this case Hitchens, appear to be equally alarmed by the dangerous, ever-changing rhetoric spewed by some Tea Partiers generally and Palin specifically. How alarmed am I by this scattershot, divisive rhetoric? Very.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Best Terrible Roast Ever

Another NPTN: For many different reasons the below is one of my favorite comedic bits. First, it's Norm MacDonald. Second, he's doing exactly what you're not supposed to do as a comedian, bomb. But, he's doing it on purpose thus, the genius. Watch how long it takes his fellow comedians on stage to figure out what he's doing. Brilliant and hilarious.

Friday, December 11, 2009

N(ot W.)bel Peace Prize

And if President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for not being W. and re-establishing the USA as a leader in and of the international community is that such a bad thing?

I did not hear or read President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech but, I heard the reviews were good. You might be surprised by some of the people who liked the speech...
Gingrich and Palin actually praised the President's speech. Is that really a good thing?

Here's a link to President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. It's already being called "The Obama Doctrine." I'm going to read it shortly.

(Fyi, some/most of the above is from a past post and has been added to/updated with some new thoughts given recent events. What can I tell you, I've been busy.)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Palin Still Receives A LOT of Media Coverage. Why?

Again, let me get this straight, she quit her job as chief executive of her state in the middle of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression right? So again, why do people care what she has to say or "write"("write" is in parentheses because, come on, she, like any politician, had a ghost writer)? I know she has a new book out but, who cares and why? If someone could answer that I'd appreciate it and then maybe my head would stop hurting.

And check out Palin's rules for media at her book signing appearances. Apparently Palin doesn't like those non-English speaking media types.

Fake chapter titles from Palin's book (updated):

Chapter 1: The Beginning of the Universe, 6,000 Years Ago, When People Walked with Dinosaurs

Chapter 2: How NOT to Teach Abstinence to Your Teen

Chapter 3: The Differences and Similarities In Answering Questions in a Beauty Contest Versus a Presidential Campaign (Miss California, I Feel Your Pain)

Chapter 4: "How to Read ALL the Periodicals Released in Alaska

Chapter 5: A Guide to Shopping on the GOP Credit Card"

Chapter 7: I Hate Katie Couric and Tina Fey

Chapter 8: How to Tell the Difference Between a Phone Call From the Real President of France and a Prank Call From a Montreal DJ

Chapter 9: All My Terrible Interviews and Awful Decisions During the Campaign Were Actually the John McCain Campaign's Fault, Seriously, I Swear

Chapter 10: It was OK For Me to Exploit Levi Johnston During the Republican National Convention By Parading Him Onstage in Front of the Media with My Daughter Who Was Pregnant with His Child at the Time.

Chapter 11: I Don't Understand Where Levi Got the Idea to Try to Get Media Attention

Chapter 12: Why Quitting as Governor of Alaska Made Sense

Chapter 13: Palin/Beck 2012, Now That's a Maverick Ticket for Real America
Some past thoughts on Ms. Palin include but, are not limited to...

- Palin on Health Insurance Reform

- Palin's farewell speech (that I'm pretty sure she wrote all by her mavericky self)

- Shatner's spoken word version of Palin's farewell speech

- Cartoon about Palin's resignation speech (again, I'm pretty sure she also wrote this one all by her mavericky self)

- Letterman vs. Palin regarding the joke about her daughter

- Chapter titles in Palin's memoir (older and a little different than the above)

(Fyi, some/most of the above is from past posts and has been added to/updated with some new thoughts given recent events. What can I tell you, I've been busy.)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

50 Best/Worst Protest Signs of 2009

Here's a link to at least what one person believes to be the "50 best protest signs of 2009." I say they're probably the 50 best/worst protest signs depending on where you land on the political spectrum. For example, are you an intolerant, gay bashing, xenophobic conspiracy theorist or are you not?

Below are a few of my favorites.

And honk for a dictionary. 

 All of Asia? What about Asia Minor? What about Asian youths in America? What about youths in general?

Yes Fox News, thank you for keeping them "infromed" with fax and enformashun that is fare and balansed.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Avatar = SciFi Version of Dances With Wolves on Special Effects Steroids

Yeah, this is one of those NPTN's (Non-Political Thoughts Now).

As you may or may not know I'm generally a huge scifi fan. I love Star War and Star Trek.

However, I've seen many an extended trailer for the new James Cameron movie Avatar, so many and often I feel like I've seen most of the movie. As far as I can tell from the super-long commercials that play during seemingly every commercial break the plot appears to be about a soldier "going native" and falling in love with one of the natives. Then, said soldier fights with the natives against his former fellow soldiers. This time the natives are extra-terrestrials on another world instead of Native Americans.

I think I've seen this movie before when it was called Dances With Wolves. I'll pass on the special effects. Of course, I could be wrong. I'll have to wait and see, kinda. I say, "kinda," because the previews I've seen have not prompted me to even think about going to see Avatar. And regardless, I'll never forgive James Cameron for Titanic.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny."*

*of course that's a quote from your favorite little green alien and mine, Yoda from Star Wars.

Well, looks like Yoda was wrong again-don't forget that Anakin/Darth Vader turned away from the dark side right before he bought the moisture farm in the sky. A conservative blogger has broken ranks with Emperor Limbaugh and Darth Beck. Charles Johnson, writer of the blog, has "parted ways with the Right." Read his reasons, in his own words, here.