Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Solution for the media:

Sorry folks, I can't help it ... I have been reading for 4 days about how the mainstream media got their nose pushed in because the Vice President didn't do their job for them. I have developed a sure-fire solution for this problem.

Here are the new rules if an accident like this happens again:

1. If your name is Kennedy, drag yourself out of the water, leave your victim to die, and go home.

2. If your name is Hillary, drag your victim along with the car and do nothing. Don't even check on the condition of your victim:

3. If your name is Cheney:
-- Call ABC
-- Call NBC
-- Call CBS
-- Call CNN
-- Do NOT, under any circumstances call FOX NEWS!!!
-- Go find a computer with a GORE-invented internet account and post your story on all the liberal web sites you can find.

-- ONLY THEN may you get medical assistance for the victim.

Monday, February 13, 2006

On NFL and officiating...

First off.... In the name of honesty, I am a Steelers fan. If the Steelers had lost the superbowl, I would not be as quick to complain, for fear of being called a whiner.

I have been watching football for over 30 years. Without exaggeration, I think this year was the year that takes the prize for the worst officiating ever. Not just the Superbowl, but all year long. There are clearly a lot of issues that need to be dealt with. I think full-time refs may be the answer.The fact is that none of us have a crystal ball. None of us know for sure how the game would have turned out even if the officiating was perfect. Oh sure, we can do the math and add and subtract the "what if" points, but that is assuming that every other play of the game would have been the same, except for the ones where there were bad calls by the officials. Big assumption. Who knows what the next plays would have been if those calls went the other way?


However, let's focus the attention on where it should be -- on the officials. The fact that they blew it doesn't mean that Steelers fans should be vilified. Should I stop being a fan because the refs are bad? What would you like a team to do on the field? Should they say... Thanks ref, but the call was a bad one so we are going to spot the other team some points?

Both teams played a hard game. Mistakes and bad plays were made on both sides. The Steelers pretty much let the Seahawks walk all over them in the first half. The Seahawks had some bad play calls and poor time management. One of the golden rules in all of sports, whatever level, is "Don't turn the game over to the officials". Teams can't do anything about that. All they can do is play the game and make adjustments as needed, which is what both teams did in the superbowl. The fans and the players aren't at fault, the officials are.

As a Steelers fan, I am ticked off that this victory isn't what it could be. The refs in this game have cheapened the thrill of victory. I can sympathize with the Seahawks and their fans. If it was the other way around, I would be screaming even louder than they. But the truth is, we have the outcome of the game as it was played and as it was officiated. None of us, as talented as we claim we are, can say what would have happened if the refs hadn't blown it. So let's give credit where it's due -- to the players on BOTH sides of the ball -- and point our anger and frustration where it belongs -- at the worst officials in NFL history.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006


What more can I say?

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Toxic Playgrounds?

Apparently, in Osceola County, Florida, three teens were arrested in connection with a fire that they ignited. When I read that, my initial response was that although it could have been very serious, it was garden-variety teenage vandalism. But, what really scared me was the underlying story....the fumes were toxic. Not just "make-you-sick-and-throw-up" toxic, but toxic to the extreme.

Read this:

"One whiff of that could actually send you into euphoria and possibly just kill you on the spot," fire investigator Detective Juan Bailey said. "It is that toxic."

Now, somebody please tell me --


Partisan? Maybe. New? Absolutely NOT!

Cindy Sheehan was invited to the State of the union address by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, (D- Calif). She was subsequently removed by authorities because she was wearing an anti-war tshirt. I can see the stormwave on the horizon: accusations of first amendment rights violations, partisan discrimination, sour grapes, etc.

But... hold on!

Before we go to far with this, let's step into our time machine and rewind the clock...

During the Impeachment hearings of Bill Clinton, David Delp, a guest of Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), showed up wearing an anti-Clinton tshirt. He was removed by authorities and banned from the Capitol for the rest of the day.

So, please, let's keep this in perspective. I am as passionate as anyone about my beliefs. I have an "Anyone but Hillary 2008" bumper sticker on my car and I proudly display my "Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy" membership card. Sometimes people who don't agree with me respond passionately to my admittedly inflammatory display of my politcal views. The fact is that if you are going to wear a tshirt in opposition, in a venue where you KNOW it will get attention, you have to face the consequences, just as I do when somebody flips me off because of my bumper sticker. We don't do things like this because we want to remain anonymous, now do we?