Friday, October 31, 2008

Game 5B Is Over and the Void Is Upon Us

While I was off on the east coast, the Phillies and Rays finally got around to finishing that absurd thing that can only be called World Series 2009 Game 5A and 5B.

Congrats to the Phillies, and to the Rays for a great year as well. Ugly way to end a season.

But with that, the baseball season is over, and now we enter the other season, the Void.

The Void will end on 14 Feb, when pitchers and catchers report. Until then all we have is politics, football, baskeball, hockey, and other so called sports. Yep the Void.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Baseball Interruptus - Or Yet Another Reason Why Dud Selig Needs To Go

First I need to get this off my chest... AAAARRGGHH!!!!

OK. Now I feel better.

Did you watch last night's Game 5 or the World Series? Well don't worry, no one did.

Not because they weren't tuned in. I have no idea how many sets were on FOX.

Not beacuse they didn't try to play. Both teams did their level best.

Not because of the miserable weather conditions. Weather is what it is. So be it.

And not even because the game got suspended. That's just what happened.

No no one watched Game 5 because THAT WAS NOT BASEBALL!

Seriously, have you ever seen: 1) an All-Star quality shortstop miss a pop-up after backing into shallow left, losing the ball in the rain, and then running in like mad as the wind blows the ball almost all the way across the infield mud, er, I mean dirt, or 2) a professional umpire (at any level, let alone 6 MLB umpires), watch a pop-up in the infield, with runners on first and second and one out, and not call an infield fly rule?

Both of those showed very clearly that what was happening was not baseball. See that's what happens in the rain. The game isn't the same. You should not play under those conditions. No one will ever convince me that if that had been a regular season game they would have been playing after the 4th inning.

I believe the umpires know that Dud Selig wanted that "game" (and I am using that word loosely) to be complete. Well that's a nice thing to want, but the weather wasn't cooperating. Tough luck Dud.

Now they've "played" themselves into a corner where we will be down to a 3.5 inning game with only the bull pens to pitch.

Nice going guys. Way to make Baseball fans "happy".

Monday, October 27, 2008

Spot On

B-Daddy has it right, and said better than I ever could.

it is important that the voices of those who believe in freedom of speech, freedom of markets, limited government, and anti-socialism be heard. This has been a terrible year, capping off a terrible eight years, because we have been betrayed by the party we thought most wedded to the cause of liberty. The sooner we move the country back towards a freedom agenda the better off we will all be.
Do yourself a favor, read the whole thing.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

I Am (With) Joe

A great post over at Iowahawk.

He has it exactly right. The way the MSM attacking my fellow Ohioan Joe is disgusting. All of us that think we can actually question our leaders (or in this case proposed leader), like, by the way, all those who insisted that they could mouth off against Bush and the War (and they are right!), we are Joe.

Please note that you are not to use this logo in anyway that anyone (other than Joe) makes any money.

If you think that the way Joe has been treated is an anomoly, I am afraid I must tell you that much worse is yet to come if Obama wins.

If you think that the way Joe was treated was wrong, well... Vote McCain, You Know You Should.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Lessons From My Cat

Its funny where inspiration can come from.

I've been off traveling (to DC), and spent a lot of time thinking about the upcoming election. Particularly about how we could actually go about doing something about the ease with which voter fraud seems to be occuring.

I really didn't have any ideas. Then I got back home last night, and this morning my wife and I took our new kitten in to the veternarian for some basic stuff, that includes microchipping.

Hmmm... Microchips under the skin. This means that she can be positively identified, no matter what... no need for an ID tag or anything else.

Now I know that if anyone seriously suggested that we might want to consider implanting microchips in our citizens, they'd get creamed with calls about "big brother" and the "right to privacy", but... I think it is worth considering.

Consider: No need for photo ID's to board a plane, swipe your arm and you are cleared. No need for a photo ID or password to use a credit card (and actually why bother with the card?). Easier to ID a dead body. Much harder to do identity theft. Easier to know who's here legally and who isn't. It would solve a lot of problems.

Too bad it won't be done.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Spreading My Money, and Yours, But Not Theirs

So I'm sure you've heard Barack Obama's comments to "Joe the Plumber" (another great Ohioan - Go Joe!) in which he says essentially I want to take the money you earned to spread it around it help those coming along behind.

Do you also remember Michelle Obama's comments about how unfair it is to have to pay back her student loans?

Together this means that she doesn't want to use THEIR money to pay back a debt she volunteered to take on, and which would then provide the resources to spread it around for those that are coming behind, but he'll happily take the money YOU earn to give to others.

Seems fair.

A big "tip of the hat" to my wife, who first pointed this out to me.

Monday, October 13, 2008

And These Folks Get To Vote

OK I'm not a Howard Stern fan (truth be told - in the interest of full disclosure - I've never listened to him). I would have never heard this but for CDR Salamander

But they aren't voting based on race...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

My "Autumn" Results

With thanks to Fellow Feline Theocracy member Justin.
Your Autumn Test Results
You are a dynamic, vibrant person. You aren't afraid to pursue your passions.

When you are happiest, you are calm. You appreciate tradition and family. You enjoy feeling cozy.

You embrace change. You love change. You see change as a rebirth.

You find love to be the most comforting thing in the world. You feel at peace when you're with your loved ones.

Your ideal day is active and full. You like to keep busy with your favorite things, and you appreciate a routine.

You tend to live in the moment. You enjoy whatever is going on, and you don't obsess over the past or future.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Am I On Candid Camera?

Seriously, I can't think of any other explanation for this.

There was an article in today's San Diego Union Tribune (on-line here), in which I told, and am supposed to believe, that the Swiss Parliament requires geneticists to consider, no not possible side effects to the environment, and no not the possibility of killing off humans, but rather the dignity of the plants they were working with.

Yes, you read that right, the dignity of the plants.

The Parliament had a group of folks get together and they wrote a 22-page treatise on “the moral consideration of plants for their own sake.”

This has to be a joke...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Pledging Fealty to the Maximum Leader

I, Scooter, so named by those who feed and wait on me because of my former mode of locomotion, do hereby swear my fealty to KT Cat, the Maximum Leader of the Feline Theocracy. All Hail the Maximum Leader.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Air Show Yesterday

Yesterday the family went to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar for the annual air show. Nice day, great flying.

The highlight wasn't the Blue Angels. They were great as always, but the star of the show was the F-22 Raptor.

This things flys like something out of a cartoon. It turns, slides, twists, hovers, flips. Absolutely unreal. (Photo credits to my son, using my camera.)

Too Funny!