Saturday, May 24, 2008
- Tries to downplay Martin Luther King's relative importance to the Civil Rights movement.
- Claimed to have been under-fire landing in Bosnia.
- Used photos of Osama Bin Laden in an anti-Obama ad.
- Produced sill commercials on taking critical 3 am phone calls.
- Bill Clinton's disparaging comparison of the Obama candidacy to Jesse Jackson's.
- Clinton supporter Geraldine Ferraro's national radio interview suggesting Obama would not still be in the race had he been a white man.
- Suggests that she stay in the race because Bill Clinton didn't clinch until June and RFK assassination.
The Calgary Vipers of the Golden Baseball League couldn't get newly signed pitcher John Odom into Canada for immigration reasons. And the Loredo Broncos of the United League were willing to take a cheap gamble on a pitcher.
Oh, and the Vipers really, really wanted some new bats.
And so Odom, about a month after being acquired by a Canadian team, found himself Tuesday on the roster of a team on the Mexican border. All for the price of 10 Prairie Sticks Maple Bats, double-dipped black 34-inch C243 style.
"They just wanted some bats, good bats -- maple bats," Broncos General Manager Jose Melendez said Friday.
According to the Prairie Sticks Web site, their maple bats retail for $69 a piece, discounted to $65.50 for purchases of six to 11 bats.
John, I think this might be a good time to consider retirement and a career change.
TSN's resident eye candy is Jennifer Hedger. She is the co-host of the 10 p.m. ET edition of SportsCentre alongside Darren Dutchyshen. Her TSN bio mentions that prior to joining TSN, Hedger hosted numerous shows on a local station in her hometown of London, Ont., and on community television. Hedger also appeared as a “lofter” on the 2001 TV show The Lofters.
U8TV: The Lofters was a Canadian reality TV series, which aired on the Life Network and online through its website U8TV.com, in 2001 and 2002.
The show followed the lives of eight young Canadians who lived together into a Toronto loft for a one-year period, while at the same time producing and hosting their own television programs for Life Network or other cable TV networks, and for the website U8TV.com. The loft, located near the intersection of Peter and Richmond streets in Toronto, had 21 cameras filming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in all rooms of the house including the bathrooms — although the bathroom camera was only broadcast if Lofters went in there to talk.
Below is the most interesting clip involving Jennifer.
Last night Roy Halladay had a typical efficient start, eating up innings and giving the bullpen another night off. He won is 5th game going the full 9 innings with 5 strikeouts, no walks, 4 hits and just 1 run on only 104 pitches. He gives the mediocre Jays a chance to win on every start. He has been doing for years.
Last night was his 5th complete game of the season and its only May. Of course he leads all of MLB in complete games (next best is 2) and innings pitched (81.0). For AL pitchers he is 11th in ERA (3.11) and 3rd in strikeouts (62). But the useless Jays have given him very little run support this year, scoring only 3.1 runs per game when Halladay has started.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
So why is this happening? And when will it end?
A number of things are happening to push oil up to the latest high. We've had 5 or 6 years of rising demand while oil reserves continue to shrink. Emerging economies in China and India are sucking up oil like it was cheap whiskey. But no where is oil demand higher than the United States and Canada.
Prior to 9/11 oil prices had been consistently at $25 per barrel or less. There were a few exceptions, largely when there was a war going on in the Middle East. OPEC was a cartel in name only. Every attempt to control prices by controlling supplies failed because everyone cheated. But something changed around the start of the new millennium. OPEC members began to fall in line and supplies fell and prices began to rise. In the past, when the U.S. went into a recession, demand for oil would fall and OPEC members would begin selling at lower prices to keep up their sales. Now things are different. OPEC members are talking about cutting production so that prices will remain high if demand falls too low. When President Bush asked his "friends", the Saudis to increase production to stop prices from rising, he was rebuffed.
We have created our own nightmare through our dependence on oil despite the fact we all knew this could happen one day. And that day is here.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Senator Kennedy has cast a huge shadow over the political landscape for 46 years. He inherited a difficult legacy following the assassinations of his brothers John and Bobby Kennedy. He has had a number of other personal tragedies to deal with as well. My sense was that early in his career he wasn't much of a legislator. Over the years that changed considerably and he remained an effective Senator even when in the minority side of the Senate.
Energy prices are rising at an alarming rate which is causing problems to all types of sectors in the economy. A carbon tax will only accelerate these increases even if gas is excluded. The Liberals are suggesting that the tax will have a neutral impact which means the carbon tax will be offset dollar to dollar with reductions in income tax.
That might be true on a macro level but for suburbanites in the GTA who cannot afford to live in Toronto, they will get hammered. Many are living in larger homes because land prices are lower than in the cities so they will face significant electricity and natural gas price increases. In addition, the lack of reliable public transit outside Toronto means they own multiple cars while gas prices continue to rise. Now I know that many will not be sympathetic to the plight of suburbanites driving their big cars, but right now many are voting Liberal. That might not continue depending on how the proposed carbon tax rolls out.
This past weekend, Robert Mondavi passed away at the age of 94. I happened to have been at his winery in 2004 when he had this picture taken with the winery staff.
Mondavi was an American wine-producing pioneer who put Napa Valley on the global map.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Ladies, take your battle for the environment a little closer to your heart with a solar-powered bra that can generate enough electric energy to charge a mobile phone or an iPod. Oh, it also has pouches to store water so you don't have to carry around environmentally unfriendly plastic.
Lingerie maker Triumph International Japan Ltd unveiled its environmentally friendly, and green colored, "Solar Power Bra" on Wednesday in Tokyo.
It features a solar panel worn around the stomach.
Only one problem with the bra. You can't charge it while wearing clothes. But who ever said environmental-friendly meant practical.
Speaking of eco-friendly, this may have gone to far too...
A 50-year-old Saudi woman asked for divorce after her husband lifted her face veil while she was sleeping, local press reported.
For 30 years, the wife said she never showed her face to her husband in conformity with the tradition of her native village near the south western Saudi city of Khamis Mushayt.
“After all these years, he tries to commit such a big mistake,” the wife told Saudi newspaper Al-Riyadh, after she left the house in total disbelief.
She said the husband apologized and promised never to do it again.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I guess so few humans bother to get exercise so why would their pets get any. So we have couch potato pets.
Ten years ago Heidi, now 42, lived the sweet life in a multi-million-pound mansion once owned by Michael Douglas. She drove a Porsche Carrera, shopped on glitzy Rodeo Drive and had famous men flocking to her bed.
Today Heidi lives in a trailer she shares with 20 parrots she took in when a pet shop closed down.
According to English tabloid The Star, the former pop legend Boy George (George Alan O’Dowd) is reduced to flogging T-shirts at a London East End market stall.He has battled heroin addiction. In 2006 a judge made him sweep the streets of New York on a community service order after George falsely reported a break-in at his Manhattan flat — and cops found cocaine.